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Countdown to the Celebration Day…17 days to go.

To mark the impending momentous worldwide screening of the Led Zeppelin Ahmet Ertegun 02 reunion concert on October 17th, we are counting down to the day with a daily Celebration Day Newsletter post. This will feature relevant news and updates plus the TBL Countdown Collection – a daily celebration of Zep moments, memories and artefacts.


It was good to get out to the record fair yesterday in amongst all the Zep mania going on. The fab Earls Court/Knebworth  4 of myself, Tom, Dec and Phil hooked up to wade through the racks and have a beer or two after to review our investments. It was good to bump into Graeme H and Pam – Graeme was searching out all manner of very tasty Led Zep vinyl.

Actually three people came up to me and said they had heard I cried during the Celebration Day film screening – steady on guys, I welled up that’s all – honest!…not that I am ashamed of course…and you may well do too …when you see it for yourselves!

Mind you, I would imagine there were some tears of frustration down Old Trafford way when the mighty Man United failed to stop Spurs gaining their first win there since 1989. I managed to catch the last 20 minutes in the Fox after getting back from the fair. It was torture as United swamped them but hey, Spurs held on to end 23 years of hurt!

Vinyl purchases yesterday included the George Harrison produced Splinter album on the Dark Horse label for £3, Colosseum Live double on Bronze from 1971,, Paul Kossoff double compilation Blue Soul with booklet , Different Stokes, a mint sealed CBS 1970s rock compilation (all at £5 each), a curious single by er one Dave Lewis (no relation!) from 1978 on Polydor and a gem of an EP Gene Krupa Drum Beat on RCA Victor – an absolute bargain at. £1.50.  Gene was of course one of John Bonham’s influences and was also a fave of our friend the late Alan J. A truly lovely find on a day doing what blokes do…talking bollocks about old records which is bliss as far as I’m concerned.

It’s a back to it today with the last text of TBL 33 to wrap and various other things to get on track with – and the good lady Janet and I plan a walk this afternoon to get some air. Tomorrow I’m aiming to zip into London tomorrow in the late afternoon for Barney Hoskyn’s Faber & Faber Led Zeppelin night  and I look forward to seeing all that can make it. Then it will be full on to get TBL 33 to the printers by midweek.

Here’s some pics from yesterday: there’s a few more on the Tight But Loose Facebook page.


Something suitably mellow for a Sunday….


Number 12 in the countdown to Celebration Day:

Today’s choice is Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin. This was released on March26th 1973 and yes, I can recall it like it was yesterday. The album actually took another two days to reach the Bedford shops and I purchased it on Wednesday March 28 at Carlows in Bedford. It was a top end £2.65 being in the Atlantic deluxe series. I’d plagued the Bedford record shops for three months in the wait for this record –clocking my enthusiasm the nice manager of the shop , allowed me some of the display material they had up .

The cover was to the eyes of this then 16 year old totally mind blowing – I still have the wraparound intact that was added on to enable the browser to identify who it was. One of my copies of the sleeve was inscribed by the Hipgnosis co- designer Aubrey Powell (Po),  when he came here to do some filming of my memorabilia for a Robert Plant video in 2005. It states ‘’My favourite sleeve of all time from the Hipgnosis stable –Po (Hipgnosis 21/01/05)’’.

Until tomorrow…keep on celebrating…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy

September 30, 2012

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One Comment »

  • Steve Livesley said:

    Hi Dave if only i’d have known you were going, we could have had a beer (or two). Managed to blow £60 in about 3 hours, money well spent! Bagged a copy of Led Zep 1V Pink Vinyl for a tenner mint condition. Not entirely sure of its origin (Atco), looks like a modern reprint.Sits nicely with my other coloured vinyls now though.


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