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Gustavo Froes
3 stars O.K,this is just a collection of Led Zeppelin live footage,really.Due to the fact that it was record right at the band's peak,and because it was the only live material avaliable for many years,people tend to give it more thought than it deserves.

The 2007's extended and remastered edition is much more rewarding,but I'm restricted to the original album(soundtrack)here:it was recorded at the legendary tour of 73,at the band's stay in New York.Out of the three gigs in the Madison Square Garden,they came out with this recording and a movie that was kept on the closet until 76(which might have been a terrible mistake).Honestly,it's much more interesting to hear this in the movie that goes by the same name(although the extra shots made in between the actual performances are a joke today,it can still be aprecciated as a cult film).There's not the excitement of Deep Purple's live masterpiece,Made in Japan,still the songs are very well executed(despite Robert Plant's less than average performance).

The best material here are the excerpts from the recently released studio LP,Houses of the Holy.No Quarter is arguably even more incredible and hipnotic on stage,while The Song Remains the Same and The Rain Song are 'cleaner',with less studio tricks.

Stairway to Heaven is also in great shape,although this doesn't adds much to the original.But 27 minutes of Dazed and Confused is simply not for me.This is not Space Truckin,a song which at the live act became a journey through hemispheres,life and death and emotions.Jimmy Page's live experiments in this number may entertain himself,but this could honestly have been kept out in favor to much better pieces recorded in that shows such as Black Dog(actually present in the movie) and Over the Hills and Far Away.

There's not much complain about sound quality(although it's always important to remind everyone that as usual,this is early seventies primitive analog recording).

Overall,this is a nice but overrated live album,with pros and cons.It all seems more fittable in the movie,but The Song Remains the Same's soundtrack still comes as a tip of the iceberg extravaganza for a megalomaniac band at their height,a band that presented us to some of the best rock n' roll ever written.

Gustavo Froes | 3/5 |


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