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TBL 38 OUT ON THE STREETS/ JIMMY PAGE IN NEW YORK/ LED ZEP IV AND HOUSES CHART STATS AND MORE FEEDBACK/ROBERT PRE GIG MEET/DL DIARY UPDATE

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 TBL 38 Out On the Streets:

TBL 38 is out on the streets. All UK copies have been despatched and I am now processing all Europe, America and overseas orders to   go out over the next few days.…hold on – it’s coming your way soon…..I think the wait will be worth it…

So after 113 days of toil, the results are finally there to be read – here’s some initial reaction:

Got my first copy today!……quality quality…content and production…..packed with great stuff  – Paul Hagen

Got ours today Dave, brilliant stuff many thanks –  Julie Jones

Received my copy of TBL38 from Led Zeppelin expert Dave Lewis today. Wonderful stuff  – Mark Blake (Q and Mojo writer/author)

Arrived this morning superb edition Dave – Vic Morgan (BBC Radio Devon)

Mine arrived also Dave,always an enjoyable read to jog my memory – Richard Cole (Led Zeppelin tour manager)

Mine arrived today with a great limited edition print . My weekend reading is sorted – Kevin Turner

Got my TBL 38 today. Really enjoyed the Audio Audacity Led Zep Remastered feature. Cant wait to read the rest -Tony Walsh

TBL 38 :Jimmy Page TBL interview/Zep IV & Houses Of The Holy Olympic Studios Playback and Jimmy Page Life In Music Q and A reports/First three reissues in depth/Zep remastered – a history/Robert Godwin’s Zep Musical Odyssey/Zep 1969 UK spring tour log /Zep ‘75 US tour tape analysis/ John Bonham Memorial Fund Deborah Bonham gig/ Robert Plant the Ceaseless Roar on stage and album/JPJ with Dave Rawlings/ Zep roadie and musician Joe Jammer Interview part 2/ Zep Collectors column and more: 50,000 words epic issue: TBL 38: Not just a magazine – more a mini book. The perfect companion to this great time to be a Zep fan. In short…love Zep –love this magazine – out now- order here:

There are three ways to acquire TBL issue 38:

1: You can subscribe for the three issue TBL 2014/15 subscription which ensures you receive issues TBL 38, 39 and 40 as published – all subscribers also receive a free 10 x 8 print of Jimmy Page on stage in Frankfurt on the 1980 Over Europe tour – perfect for framing. To subscribe go to this link and order via paypal:

http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/subscribe-now-to-the-tbl-201415-magazines-and-receive-a-free-10-x-8-led-zep-art-print/

2: You can order TBL 38 as a standard cover single issue with the Jimmy Page cover shot. To order go to this link:

http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/tbl-38-latest-issue-with-exclusive-tbl-jimmy-page-interview-and-much-more/

3:You can order TBL 38 with the limited edition John Bonham cover – this is a special collectable cover edition available in a run of just 300. To order go to this link:

http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/tbl-38-special-limited-edition-collectors-edition-with-john-bonham-cover/

As previously mentioned, re subscription uptake has been a bit slow – if you previously subscribed all subscriptions ended with issue 37 – now is the time to re subscribe.

If you are reading this and have yet to indulge in a TBL magazine, well this issue is a very fine way to start. I really do need support on this one as the sales of the magazine (and books) is crucial to the whole financial set up of TBL . You could treat it as a toll for all the free info supplied weekly on this website and the TBL Facebook page.

As can be seen by the feedback comments above – it will considerably aid your enjoyment of this great time to be a Led Zeppelin fan. Many thanks in advance for all your support.

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STILL A YOUNG MAN:

An on the spot report from from long time TBL correspondent Larry Bergmann Jr:

Jimmy Page in New York November 3rd, 2014

It was a great pleasure to travel up to New York last weekend with my buddy Brian Knapp to spend a couple of days hanging out in advance of the main event on Monday evening November 3, which was of course the appearance of Jimmy Page in the Kaufman Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y at Lexington Avenue.

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The pre-Jimmy highlight of the trip was our pilgrimage to 96 and 98 St. Marks Place in the East Village, which of course is the site of the world famous “Physical Graffiti” building. Neither of us had seen this in person before and it’s difficult to describe the thrill it was for the two Zepheads as they stood at the foot of this icon.  We were able to chat with a couple of residents as they exited the building and they confirmed the obvious hunch that people stand outside of this place gawking and taking photos of it on a constant basis.  Not that we were doing that, of course…

It was also fun to visit the Physical GraffiTea shop located at the bottom of 96, the proprietor obviously having a way with words, not to mention no little marketing savvy! We spoke with Claudia, who was running the shop that day, and she kindly answered all of our questions and provided some helpful walking tips for us as we prepared to traverse the Village.  And it appears that one day in the not too distant past, a Mr. R. Plant may have been feeling some nostalgia for the old Graffiti home, as he had been there and wound up dropping into the tea shop!  There’s a terrific photo therein of the owner, her daughter and Mr. R. Plant.

The following day was spent watching football, which isn’t worth talking about as Brian’s Baltimore Ravens were throttled by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and my Washington Redskins performed their usual pratfall, this week to the Minnesota Vikings. Maybe Mr. Plant might have appreciated the latter result…

So Monday was the big day. We were able to meet up with some great Zeppelin folks at a pub around the corner from the venue before and after the Page event.  Among them were Mr. and Mrs.  Steve “The Lemon” Sauer; one of the great Led Zeppelin fans, Deborah J from the forums over at ledzeppelin.com (she saw Zeppelin in New Orleans 1973 and Baton Rouge 1975), as well as Vicky (she survived Tampa 1977); Steve Zukowsky, guitarist for the terrific west coast tribute band Zeppelin USA; Nech, the originator of the seminal For Badge Holders Only mailing list; and two kind southern ladies with the Zep spirit, Beth and Lennie.

The event itself was just great. The venue was at capacity and Jimmy was questioned by contemporary American artist Jeff Koons.  I’ve since seen Koons taking some heat on the internet for getting one or two trainspotter’s details wrong, but in all honesty I thought he did a pretty good job.  He’s not a journalist, and that may have been a blessing.  His conversational style with Jimmy was excellent, and I thought that, coupled with the possibility that Jimmy was relating to him as a fellow artist and not a member of the media, made for one of the more relaxing conversations I’ve ever seen anyone engage in with Jimmy.  He was on top form throughout, and I wound up feeling that this was a perfect interview format for Mr. Page.

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In keeping with the promotional schedule for the new mass-market release of Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, the chat was based off a series of images from the book that were shown on a screen which was suspended over the stage.  Koons chose the images, remarked on them, and then let Jimmy respond however he liked.  And there were some great moments.  One of my favorites came right off the bat, inspired by the first image in the book, a young Jimmy serving as a choir boy in church.  Jimmy spoke about that a bit, and then mentioned getting into skiffle.  Koons followed that up by asking Jimmy about the TV appearance he made on the famous Huw Weldon clip.

“It was very embarrassing,” said Page. “When you’ve had a whole lifetime in music, there are certain things that come up and haunt you.  And that is one of them.  Because I can see this precocious kid really trying hard, as nervous as anything in front of the cameras, beaming whatever is being done into everybody’s homes…  I was quite a shy kid, I’m still quite a shy person, I’m sort of quite introverted…so under that sort of scrutiny all manner of things were said, and mistakes were probably played as I carried on through it, but it’s got a charm about it.”

Page also spoke of working on the session for the theme to the classic James Bond film Goldfinger, arranged by the master film score specialist John Barry, and featuring the unforgettable vocal by Shirley Bassey, who famously collapsed from over-exertion at the end of the take that wound up on record. “I was just a kid going ‘My God!'”, said Page.

He did a nice job describing some of the frustrations of the final period of The Yardbirds, and their being forced to record singles that had nothing to do with what the group was really all about. When talking about Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, which Koons was a big fan of, Page revealed that he had had his eye on doing the song with The Yardbirds if they had stayed together.  Somehow, I don’t think it would have quite been the same…

He made a wonderful comment about his plan as his little group was recording the first Led Zeppelin album. He envisioned a “guitar tour de force, but not at the expense of the other musicians.”  He complimented his bandmates as “master musicians”.  Jimmy was quite expansive on the early days of the band, and their rehearsals at his house at Pangbourne.  He really enjoyed his home there in a bucolic section of the River Thames, recalling his boat launch and taking his boat out onto the river in the evening, perhaps in the company of a young lady friend.  “I had a really good lifestyle,” he laughed.  “Eligible bachelor, you know?”  Again, Page was very open and relaxed in this conversation.

Koons chose the overhead shot of Page playing the acoustic at Olympic Studios in 1969, and Page said that after discovering La La, which appeared on the companion disc of the recent Led Zeppelin II re-release, he now realizes that this photo is from that session (the vital clue for him is the organ that is located to his left in the image), which was a very nice revelation.

There were some great exchanges on the peak era of Led Zeppelin. Koons brought up the stage costumes.  Page said it was all part of the energy the group was generating, and that the long shows of the time were “not an endurance test, it was exhilarating.”  The famous Jack Daniels shot by Neal Preston was flashed onscreen to much reaction from the crowd, and Jimmy laughed and called it a “homeopathic remedy”.  He pointed out the differences between the dragon suit (black) and the “poppy” suit (white).

One of his good feelings about the Celebration Day show/film is that it sort of acts as a redressing of the balance after the Live Aid and Atlantic Records Birthday disasters of the 80s. He spent some time chatting about the Unledded project.

At the end, there were a few audience questions, including one about how he became involved with using the theremin. Page gave a terrific, detailed response.  He talked in some detail about producing and mixing.  Koons asked a good question about the tape “bleed through” effects on some of the early Zeppelin, and Page gave another detailed answer on what he termed as “ghosting”.

Then, finally, came the inevitable “2015 question”, and Page answered it, and, well, one can hear the response of this intimate theatre on the interview itself. And at the end, he laughed and said, “I’m still a young man!”.

And on this wonderful evening in the company of the great James Patrick Page, my guess is that many in the audience felt a little bit younger as well.

Larry M. Bergmann, Jr.

Jimmy was due for an appearance on the David Letterman show on Thursday Nov 6

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Classic Rock Awards:

Unsurprisingly, the three initial Led Zeppelin reissues walked off with the Reissue of The Year award at the Classic Rock awards this week. The event was staged in Los Angeles and Jimmy sent a pre recorded acceptance message.

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters at the Roundhouse – TBL pre gig meet:

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters commence their UK next week – the TBL crew are aiming to pitch up for the London Roundhouse gig next Wednesday November 12th. We will be meeting in the The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London, NW3 2BL. 1 minute walk from Chalk Farm Tube Station  (Northern Line, Edgware branch) and only minutes away from the venue. We look forward to seeing all that can make it along.

Robert Plant tour watch: If you are attending any of the Robert Plant SSS gigs on the UK tour, we welcome your feedback and pics on the TBL Facebook and website.

Robert on Sunday Brunch:  Robert’s interview on last week’s Sunday Brunch UK  TV show can be seen here:

http://www.robertplant.com/#news/robert-stops-by-sunday-brunch

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Second Reissues – UK Sales & Chart Analysis compiled by Martin Tait:

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Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin IV returns to the UK album chart at No.7 this week. This is the first time it’s hit the Top 200 since August 2013, the Top 100 since December 2007 and the Top 10 since February 1972. It is its 13th week in the Top 10, 18th Top 20, 27th Top 40, 88th Top 100 and 197th Top 200. The album has now re-entered the UK album chart a total of 51 times since it first left in April 1972, reappearing in 1975, 1976, 1979-1983, 1991, 1993-1995, 1997-2000, 2003-2008, 2013 and 2014.

It is by far Zeppelins biggest selling album in the UK, as well as the longest charting on the full 200 chart, Led Zeppelin II is the longest on the Top 100 with 130wks. To date the album has been certified at the BPI twice, once in November 2004 at 5xPlatinum (1,500,000) and then again in November 2007 at 6xPlatinum (1,800,000).

Music Week stated in June 2009, that it had sold 1,720,000 copies through retail and when the first wave of re-issues hit the charts, that it had sold 662,668 between 1994 to June 2014. In returning to the chart at No.7 it managed to shift 13,622 copies, it shipped 17,000 in 2008 and 20,000 in 2009 and by my reckoning has shipped around between 120,000-150,000 copies since its last BPI certification in November 2007, so has probably shipped around 1,950,000 to date in the UK and should probably top the 2,000,000 mark, at some point next year.

Houses of the Holy

In all honesty, Houses of the Holy truly showed that their chart popularity in the UK had considerably waned since the days of 1969-1971. Although it managed to enter the UK Album Chart at No.1 on 14th April 1973, staying there on the 21st, it dropped to No.2 on 28th April 1973 (which is such a shame, as that was the day I was born and I’d loved HOTH to have been the No.1 album, the day I arrived) then careering 10-7-17-27-40-42-44-29-30, before returning two weeks later for a final bow at No.49 and then completely gone after a paltry 13 week chart run, never to return until this week at No.12.

It is just HOTH’s 14th week on the UK Album Chart, its 6th Top 10, 7th Top 20 and 11th Top 40. It really is such a marked contrast to its US chart performance and sales, where it hits 100 weeks this week and had shipped 11m copies upon its last RIAA certification, back in November 1999.

It’s one and only certification in the UK, came way back in November 1988 at 1xPlatinum (300,000), almost definitely hitting this figure, due to the release of the CD version almost two years earlier in January 1987. In hitting No.12 this week, it sold 7,852 copies. I know nothing of its sales or shipments between 1989-1996 and 2010-2013, but I have figures that show it shipped 150,000 copies between 1997-2009. Using the 150,000 as a marker, I believe it to have shipped around 250,000 in total between its last certification and now, so it is probably a few years away from a 2xPlatinum (600,000) certification award and sitting at around 550,000 shipped to date.

US Sales and Chart Analysis

Led Zeppelin IV

Bizarrely, for an album shipping 23,000,000 in the US, it never hit No.1, having to spend four weeks at No.2 behind Sly Stone and Carole King. It is its first chart appearance since it popped on briefly for one week at No.192 in July 2012. Unfortunately, but for a Billboard restriction imposed on catalogue albums charting between 1991 and 2009, it would probably have more than the 262 weeks on chart that it does. Billboard actually lists Led Zeppelin IV as having 270 weeks in this week’s chart, because strangely, they seem to include 8 weeks it spent in the “bubbling under” chart in May 1985, positioned between 201-210.

In returning to the Top 10 at No.7, it gives it its 15th week Top 10, 20th Top 20, 35th Top 40 and 130th Top 100, which included a 112 week consecutive chart run between September 1972 and October 1974. It is the albums 12th re-entry, appearing on chart in 1971-1977, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1987, 2011, 2012 & 2014.

In hitting No.7 on the Billboard 200, it also re-enters the Billboard Catalog Chart at No.1, having previously reached as high as No.2 back in January 1992 and becomes their third No.1 on Catalog (Led Zeppelin & Mothership are the other two). It has to date, spent 240 weeks on the Catalog Chart, although only 11 of them have been within the Top 10, in late 1991 and early 1992. It has really waned in popularity over the years in the US, between 1991-1996 it spent 228 weeks on chart but since then it has only managed 12 weeks. It was far more successful on the old Billboard Midline Chart a precursor to the Catalog Chart, which existed from 1982-1988, where it spent 110 consecutive weeks on chart from becoming eligible in late 1986 to the final chart in late 1988. Of those 110 weeks, 94 were spent on the Top 10, 82 Top 5 and 49 at No.1, where it was at, on the final chart in 1988.

Its US sales are phenomenal, even if they have slowed a bit over the years. It was last certified in January 2006 at 23xPlatinum and has soundscanned approx’ 3,900,000 since 1991. It sold 35,000 copies this week in hitting No.7 and has soundscanned approx’ 625,000 since it’s last certification, meaning it has probably shipped around 23,500,000 to date, given that some of those 625,000 soundscans would obviously be from copies shipped in the 23,000,000 certification. Unfortunately given the decline in Led Zeppelin IV’s popularity, the decline in physical music sales in general and the fact Mothership seems to have cannibalised all the studio albums sales, as the Box Set, Remasters, Early Days & Latter Days seemed to as well, it could be as much as another 10 years or so, before it gets to 24,000,000 shipped in the US.

 Houses Of The Holy

The third biggest selling album in Led Zeppelins catalogue in the US, last certified for 11,000,000 shipments back in November 1999. In returning to the Billboard 200 this week at No.12, it becomes the fifth Zeppelin album to reach a century of weeks on the Billboard 200 (Led Zeppelin 114, Led Zeppelin II 115, Led Zeppelin IV 262 & Mothership 190).

In returning at No.12, Houses of the Holy as mentioned hit’s 100 weeks on chart, which consists of 15 Top 10, 29 Top 20, 31 Top 40 & 75 Top 100 and a consecutive run of 76 weeks from release until September 1974, returning again in March 1975 for a 12 week stint and then a final run (until this week) in September 1979 for 11 weeks.

It also jumps straight in at No.2 on the Catalog Chart, obviously being kept from the top spot by Led Zeppelin IV. It has not been anywhere near as successful on the Catalog Chart as IV managing a meagre 9 weeks on chart since 1991, with 5 in 1991 and 3 in 1992. It featured and performed more admirably on the old Midline Chart, managing a high of No.17 in mid-1988 and 62 weeks on chart.

They now have 3 No.1’s and 8 Top 5 albums on the Catalog Chart: Led Zeppelin No.1, Led Zeppelin No.2, Led Zeppelin III No.2, Led Zeppelin IV No.1, Houses of the Holy No.2, Physical Graffiti No.3, Box Set No.4 & Mothership No.1.

Its soundscan figures have always been in line with its general popularity and as of December 2006 it had soundscanned 1,792,000 copies, which at the time was only behind Led Zeppelin II 2,193,000 and Led Zeppelin IV 3,369,000, just like its popularity in general. Using the known soundscan figures and rises of other Zeppelin studio albums since December 2006 and its own soundscan figures of 1,618,000 in April 2005 and 1,792,000 in December 2006, I can safely deduce that Houses of the Holy must have a current soundscan figure of around 2,100,000 to date and has shifted approx’ 1,100,000 since it’s last certification in November 1999. This leads me to confidently suggest that around 12,000,000 copies have been shipped to date and hopefully an RIAA update (provided Warner apply for it) should not be too far around the corner.

Many thanks to Martin Tait for that chart overview

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 Second Reissues Feedback:

Bottom line up front: while sounding very good and vibrant, this set of remasters was rather anticlimactic following the admittedly big shoes of LZ I, II and III.

 The companion disc had very few surprises, if any, save the fact there was nothing radically different from the remastered album we all know and love.
I must say, in all fairness, I was hoping for unreleased songs that have become mythological for some time, namely St. Tristan’s Sword and/or Lost In Space. Perhaps I set my hopes too high.
Alas, it was not meant to be. No live renditions or other formative versions of songs. Perhaps we have come to expect too much. And I certainly don’t want to sound ungrateful.
The coffee-table book was a nice packaging and I certainly appreciated the translation from Italian of the story about the gig that went awry in Milan in 1971. If my memory serves me correctly, that show took place literally a day or so after Jim Morrison died in Paris. As I understand it, Europe was embroiled in a hot summer that year and so that would explain one of the factors of the rioting.
I haven’t received Houses of the Holy yet. It’s on back order and I may need to reorder as may the record store I’ve bought some of these sets at.
I’m already looking forward to Physical Graffiti and anticipating a February, 2015, release to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

Greg Frazho

Hi.  I just wanted to share my thoughts on the new remastered LZ IV album.  I got the super deluxe version this week.  I didn’t buy the super deluxe versions of the first three albums but I thought it was worth it for LZ IV due to the significance of that album.  The quality of the packaging is impressive.  I wasn’t expecting much from the book due to reviews that I read online about the books from the first three albums.   However, I really enjoyed looking through it while listening to the album.  I might reconsider getting the super deluxe versions of the first three albums!  In my opinion the fourth album is absolute perfection from beginning to end.  All the songs just seem to fit together and I can easily listen to the entire album without taking a break.  There’s just a feeling of being taken on a journey.  Every thing I love about Zeppelin is there.

From rock to folk to blues to international influences.  As far as the audio quality of the remastered original tracks, I honestly can’t really tell much difference between them and the previous remasters.  The companion tracks are interesting, especially Battle of Evermore, Four Sticks, and Going to California.  It’s amazing how great Going to California sounds as an instrumental.  It really stands well on it’s own.  I have just a few complaints.  I wish that there could have been more in the way of extras such as snippets of studio chatter or the band actually working on the songs.  It also would have been nice if the book had included some interviews with the band about the creation and recording of the music. I know that information has been available in other books and magazines in the past but it’s surprising that it’s been left out of this release.

Overall, I’m really happy with this release.  It’s great to feel inspired once again by Led Zeppelin!!

Steven Babcock, Oh  USA

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Making of Led Zep IV on Robert Elms show

Russell Clarke on Been A Long Time Since I Rock’n’Rolled: the making of Led Zeppelin IV, with the Rock and Roll Routemaster on the Robert Elms Show on BBC London 94.9FM at 12.30pm Wednesday 5 November

Here it on  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p028qg64

Acker Bilk 1929 – 2014:

It was sad to hear the passing of the veteran British Jazz musician Acker Bilk last Sunday aged 85. I’ve always loved his 1962 chart topper Stranger On the Shore – a theme to a BBC TV series – it also topped the Billboard US charts –one of the first UK artists to do so. His easy clarinet style on this is a joy. Acker also contributed the soothing clarinet solo on the song Full Moon recorded by Sandy Denny on her 1977 Rendezvous album – one of the most beautiful songs recorded by anyone anytime.

DL Diary Update:

With the TBL 38 mail out in full swing, it’s been a bit of a slog of a week – with magazines to sign and number, stamps to go on and mags to pack. Not to mention numerous trips to the post office. There has been a new bike purchased so I am mobile around town again and many thanks for support on that situation.

In between the packing of TBL 38, on Wednesday  it was great to meet up with former workmates Debbie and Pat O’Reilly who I haven’t seen for a good 20 odd years. I used to work with them in the peak music retail era of WH Smith/Sound FX/Our Price. It was great to talk of those heady times – many a laugh was had  – I was able to relay my classic record shop story from the late 80s (all true) about a guy who came into the shop asked me for the new album by the Four Skins a punk band of the time. I knew this album had been delayed and quite genuinely replied ‘’oh it’s been pulled back…’’

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Last Saturday the good lady Janet and I popped over to St.Albans. In the excellent Empire Records store I came across a very nice Led Zeppelin I turquoise sleeve pressing – on offer at £800 – making me even more glad that I handed over £10 to my good friend Dec back in 1979 who acquired a copy for me.

I enjoyed Robert’s appearances on Later with Jools Holland and the Sunday Brunch show. During the latter, it was good to see a pic of the Starship plane flashed up during the Robert Plant interview. This was taken by long time TBL friend and associate Laurence Ratner it’s from his pioneering Zep photo book Live Dreams for which I wrote the foreword . Larry made a memorable visit here in early 1993 to show me his Zep photo collection on slides – all taken by him at Zep gigs in the 70s – an illuminating and memorable occasion for sure –Larry’s genuine  enthusiasm would lead to the publication of his book in 1995. A top book from a top man…

Such has been the intensity of the TBL 38 mail out, I have yet to even open the Led Zep IV and Houses Of The Holy vinyl and box sets. That needs some dedicated time which I am hoping to find once the TBL 38 mail out is well under control. I have to say I have been feeling well weary this week with a few things to contend with here – the initial reaction to TBL 38 has been  a source of much inspiration  and it of course makes it all worthwhile – so keep ’em coming…and this one below was also a real unexpected tonic:

This is a very nice piece here about TBL on Chris Charlesworth’s blog (former Melody Maker writer who covered Zep extensively in the 1970s and long time editor in chief at Omnibus Press:

http://justbackdated.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/led-zeppelin-tight-but-loose.html

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Right it’s back to the TBL 38 mail out duties – at the weekend the boy Adam is due back from Eastbourne UNI for a quick visit – it will be good to catch up with him.

Thanks again for all the support

DL – November 7th, 2014.

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YouTube clip:

Jimmy Page interviewed by Jeff Koons:

 

 Until next time…

Keep listening, keep reading…

Have a great weekend

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy – November  7th, 2014.

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  • Chris Ellis said:

    I’ll put the cat amongst the pigeons on this one . . talk about pulling the wool over people’s eyes . . you’ve now gone and purchased again albums that you’ve already bought ( several times probably ) . . and our beloved Robert has finally ( and hopefully the last time ) told people to absolutely fxxk off with this reunion malarkey ( I’ll meet ya in the Queens for a catch up ) well done ‘Percy’ I’m proud . .very proud that he has upheld such dignity along the way . .remasters re-jiggled whatever !! heroes are in books . .old books !! ( remember that ? )

  • Larry said:

    Got the new issue a couple of days ago and am just beginning to get into it. I’d like to thank Richard Grubb for his absolutely superb piece on the history of the catalog on CD, an authoritative piece presented in such a way that can be easily digested and understood by non-audiophiles.

    As someone who has all of the CD incarnations (and yep, I’ve hung on to all of them), I agree that the new releases are to this point the definitive word for the CDs. And I’m overjoyed that they did not fall victim to the dreaded loudness wars, which as my ears age are much more frowned upon. Listening to music should not be a (literally) painful experience!

    Kudos to Jimmy and John Davis for the outstanding job on these projects, and once again to Richard for his fine analysis.

  • Roxanne Barker said:

    Hi Dave–thanks for all the updates and fun info. I just saw the Letterman show with Jimmy and he was wonderful on it. Letterman made the show fun and relaxed, unlike the Tonight show with Fallon, who was stiff and awkward with Jimmy (I thought.) I love the book; pre-ordered from Amazon and received two weeks ago. Can’t put it down…every Zep fan should have a copy. The reissues are a lot of fun. I especially love the instrumental Going to California with Jimmy and Jonesy. It’s like hearing the album first all over again. I love what Jimmy is doing, all the interviews, books, albums, etc. Such fun and it’s great to see him in such great form. Long may he run!!

  • Tim Coffey said:

    It’s great to hear Jimmy talk about “Achilles Last Stand” starting at 1:06:44. Given how many overdubs there are on that song, it still amazes me he was able to lay those down in just one night. Slide guitars, electric 12 strings, and that solo…just brilliant stuff.

  • Scott H. said:

    Jimmy Page – In New York

    Jimmy was also on David Letterman on November 6, 2014. This was followed by another book signing (similar to the one at Barnes & Noble on November 5, 2014) at the John Varatos store on Bowery (the old CBGB’s). 150 books were stamped and those who were at this event (me) were able to meet with Jimmy. Varvatos also walked Page through about 15-20 photos over 30 minutes in a similar fashion as Koons (although Varvatos is more of a fan and his questions were not as well thought out as Koons). About half of the audience that was invited to this event were present more for Varvatos and his clothes (which is completely understandable as he designs and sells fine clothes – to which Jimmy stated he could barely afford) and you could overhear guests asking if Shake My Tree was a new Zeppelin song. A few people were struggling to idenify the Wanton Song. This allowed about 1/2 of the 150 people who purchased books to meet and greet with Jimmy in a much more relaxed and arguably cooler venue than Barnes & Noble (no offense B&N). A new stamp was designed (different than previous stamps)for this event. If you like stamps, it was a great week for book signing. Overall, Jimmy was fantastic giving his explanation of certain photos picked out by Varvatos and Jimmy’s staff. In person, Jimmy was exactly as described. A kind man who lures you in without you even knowing it. Very pleasant. Jimmy spent a lot of time with fans and was clearly happy to be there. He promised that 2015 would be his year and I believe it. I am posting photos via instagram – tomatocan23. Thanks

  • Mark Williams said:

    Isn’t that an excellent interview with Jimmy by Jeff Koons ? Jimmy comes across so passionate, and relaxed.

    Jimmy’s answer the the last ‘what’s next for 2015’ question does point positively but still focuses on just who those companions (beyond the discs !) could be be that could manifest the intent going forward. JeffBeck obviously consistently achieves just that , so absolutely no reason why Jimmy won’t be able to do the same & beyond !

    Confidence remains high for 2015.

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