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Led Zeppelin


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5 stars Wow! Just wow.

That's pretty much all i can say after seeing 2 DVDs of the best live-material ever shot from propably the best rock-band ever. Okay, that was pretty much said, but if you are even slightly interested of Led Zeppelin or even the history of rock-music, this is a must-have.

The DVD consists basicly of three eras, the early 70's, circa Led Zeppelin II, massive stadionshows from mid-70's and the late 70's not long before John Bonham's death. It's impossible to say which live-material is the best, since every one of them have their own qualities. The gig shot at Royal Albert Hall, i recall, in 1970's focuses on stunning impsovised solos by Jimmy Page in all songs and a breath-taking drum-solo by John Bonham. Here you can see that Led Zep had one of the greatest ever band-chemistries. It's like the members of the band read each-others minds, as they did, in a way.

The two following gigs are both very different, the band doesn't show their playing-skills as much as in 1970 and it has come more a rock-band with a intensive contact with the audience. At this moment, if ever, Led Zeppelin could have been described as Heavy metal. Their attitude is basicly like fist in a face. This section features also their most famous track, Stairway to Heaven, which contains not-less than amazing guitar-solo, but otherwise it's surprisingly average live.

The last section, from the late 70's witnesses the first time a rock-band has ever used a background screen in a concert. The gig is in a word, massive. Even the stage is so big that the members of the band stand oddly frar from each-other. The band's process of breaking up can sadly be heard in the music also. They play almost better than ever, and the new more proggy songs are great, but the chemistry felt in 1970 is gone. Still, there are moments (on Achilles Last Stand and Whole Lotta Love) where they get on a groove that sounds like they are playing in a rehearsal-room in some little basement. Priceless.

delirium | 5/5 |


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