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4.53 | 172 ratings | 5 reviews | 61% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD1: (62:49)
1. Good Times Bad Times (3:10)
2. Ramble On (5:44)
3. Black Dog (5:53)
4. In My Time of Dying (11:08)
5. For Your Life (6:42)
6. Trampled Under Foot (6:19)
7. Nobody's Fault But Mine (6:43)
8. No Quarter (9:19)
9. Since I've Been Loving You (7:51)

CD2: (52:31)
1. Dazed and Confused (11:43)
2. Stairway to Heaven (8:49)
3. The Song Remains the Same (5:46)
4. Misty Mountain Hop (5:08)
5. Kashmir (9:06)
6. Whole Lotta Love (7:26)
7. Rock and Roll (4:33)

Total Time: 115:20

DVD/Blu-ray - full show video (on editions containing video):
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Ramble On
3. Black Dog
4. In My Time of Dying
5. For Your Life
6. Trampled Under Foot
7. Nobody's Fault But Mine
8. No Quarter
9. Since I've Been Loving You
10. Dazed and Confused
11. Stairway to Heaven
12. The Song Remains the Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
14. Kashmir
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock and Roll

Total Time: 124:05

Bonus DVD (on 2CD+Blu-ray+DVD and 2CD+2DVD editions):
1. Full Dress Rehearsal at Shepperton Studios

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Plant / vocals, harmonica on "Nobody's Fault But Mine"
- Jimmy Page / guitars, theremin on "No Quarter" and "Whole Lotta Love"
- John Paul Jones / bass, bass pedals, keyboards
- Jason Bonham / drums, backing vocals on "Good Times Bad Times" and "Misty Mountain Hop"

Releases information

Recorded in 2007 at the O2 Arena in London for a charity concert in honour of the founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun

Produced by Jimmy Page

Release date 19.11.2012

2CD Atlantic/Swan Song (2012)
3LP Atlantic/Swan Song (2012, 180 gram vinyl)
Blu-ray audio Atlantic/Swan Song (2012, 48 K 24 bit PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)

2CD+DVD Atlantic/Swan Song (2012, CD sized digipack)
2CD+DVD Atlantic/Swan Song (2012, DVD sized digipack)

2CD+Blu-ray+DVD Atlantic/Swan Song (2012, CD sized digipack)
2CD+2DVD Atlantic/Swan Song (2012, CD sized digipack)

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(61%)
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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
5 stars This special event of the Reunion of one of the most popular rock band in the world is finally release after been released in a bootleg version. This time, it's a professionally video with a nice picture and sound quality. It's a great pleasure to see the unique guitar playing style of Jimmy Page who is the member that made the Led Zeppelin sound what it is, with of course the recognizable voice of Robert Plant. Only missing the drummer John Bonham who is replace by his son Jason, who played a very tight performance on this show with a solid and precise style of drumming.

The editing of camera shots are nice, but i was annoyed by the mix of professionally shots with some audience camera shots. Maybe it gives another perspective on the guys, but a poor quality picture on a Blu-Ray looks rather ugly. The first part of the show present for the first time live the song "For Your Life", from the album Presence. And it's with this song that the crew starts to create special effects on the screen behind the stage. The band played the beautiful "Trampled Under Foot" with the "Ray Manzarek" keyboards passage that i have always enjoyed. Then the band played the very atmospheric "No Quarter" with again plenty of keyboards by John Paul Jones. And then the second part, the big classic songs are played ; "Kashmir", Stairway to Heaven", "Whole Lotta Love" etc.

All in all the performance of the songs seems to be close to the originals, it's a pleasure to see the band with the latest technology. The visuals are secondary to the music with Led Zeppelin but the way they use the light show was symbolic to me because it feels like a sunny day or the presence of the fire throughout the set.

A classic performance by the best classic rock band, i could not give another rating then a 5!

Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "house lights place to hide" - Robert

Robert's reference to the incredible pressure of staging this event, just imagine what they must have been feeling before walking on stage. No place to hide indeed.

I almost didn't bother with this. Frequently irritated by old rock stars churning out their hits at that awful reduced speed they sometimes employ when they can't "get it up" at album-speed anymore, I also didn't want to see a long favorite band pandering to hype and payday. Why would Zeppelin be different than some of the others? I should have known they'd pull it off. Golden Gods and all that stuff.

Rather than disappointment they were King Kong staggering through the final assault, determined to deliver this final definitive set before collapsing to history, determined not just to survive this gig but to blow people away one last time. Bodies in their 60s do not simply will the music of legend as the bodies in their 20s did. Despite some obvious examples of this here and there, they pulled off performances that dropped my jaw and put a lump in my throat by the end. I didn't think I wanted to see this show but it proved a very emotional thing to watch...not only a staggering nightcap for a fine band, but a farewell to youthful nights for many a rock fan.

Jimmy Page has always been Led Zeppelin's beating heart to me, and if he couldn't cut it this would be terrible. Both he and Robert had moments where their age hindered what they really wanted to do, but both had tricks to get past those moments in tact. Jimmy in particular had moments where he looked in agony that his fingers wouldn't deliver the leads in solos that he really wanted. He had his back-up plans that usually (though not always) left him unscathed. All of his problems occurred on solos, during the main riffs he was really on his game. Also, his guitar sound was just bizarre on certain tracks, occasionally sounding like an effect of ice going down a garbage disposal. What the hell was that about? I'll admit to cringing in spots. But all in all they were so much better than I expected them to be, and in certain cases the maturity of their current playing bested the swagger of their youthful version. Last, Jonesy was solid all around just like an Entwhistle, the quiet and competent backbone.

"I didn't want it to stop. I felt a certain closeness to he was there with us and he was one with me." - Jason Bonham

And then there was Jason, sitting in for Dad. He was so nervous before the show that he couldn't speak. By the end he was swinging for the fences on every pitch, driving the band and pummeling the crowd with monster fills and energy that had the old man pumping his fist I'm sure. It was emotional, and Bonham reports collapsing in tears backstage after the show. I'm not surprised in the least. Feeling a connection with your Dad after he's gone would do that. And this was such a connection in front of thousands of people which would amplify every emotion.

The fifth man on stage and their secret weapon was the set list. They carefully selected these sixteen tracks and made but one error. Wisely avoiding the "In Through the Out Door" debacle they instead paid tribute to their proper "last stand" album, "Presence." Both of its tracks came off swimmingly as did a delightfully spooky "No Quarter" featuring Jonesy at the keys. My highlight of the evening was "The Song Remains the Same". Song is one of my favorites and they smoked this baby at the proper fast speed and it was hard hitting and just as vital as their mid 70s versions. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, every little moment nicely nuanced yet rocking as hell. "Good Times Bad Times" was a surprising choice for opener that made clear the night's set list would be thoughtful.

"By the time we got to Kashmir, I was really going for it." -Jason Bonham

Obviously! "Kashmir", a track where the studio version bores me at times, was simply incredible. Plant nailed the vocal and when he knew he had it he hung on and pushed himself. Bonham tried to take everything to another level and succeeded. They killed it and they knew it. They owned the audience. Which made their next move all the more confounding.

The evening's stumbles came on the climax of Stairway when both Jimmy and Robert proved anti-climactic, Pagey just couldn't nail this solo and Robert really doesn't connect with the song anymore. On the studio versions Stairway will always be the better anthem in my view, but live in 2007 Kashmir has grabbed the mantle of signature moment. But most regretful was the dreadful choice to come off the powerful Kashmir victory by regurgitating the juvenile theatrics of "Whole Lotta Love." It was embarrassing really and I think they felt it. At that moment of mature power coming off Kashmir, they had the chance to hit orbit by choosing "Ten Years Gone" or "Tea for One" or "The Rover" which would have been doable and incredible given how adrenalized they were-instead they upchucked a Whole Lotta Love complete with moans and baby....this segment was barely tolerable back then, now it was just painful. But complaining about anything here given the totality of the evening's triumph is nitpicking. My old friends kicked ass. Too bad they didn't realize how good this could be in the 90s when they excluded Jones.

The stage presentation (DVD version) was tasteful and simple, keeping the emphasis on the music, although there were some really nice laser effects at one point. The short and sweet booklet was also perfect. Rather than some long liner notes there is one simple page of short thoughts from each band member-Robert's and Jason's were quite touching. There isn't much to say about a document like this. If you were on the fence you shouldn't be. If you're a fan you will almost assuredly love it.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars This review focuses on the DVD visuals and the main audio concert. This momentous event is definitely one for the annals of rock history. The legends are back and for one more time weave their magic before a spellbound crowd.

'Good Times Bad Times' is a perfect way to start, as the band said in the press conference, the song that started it all was the appropriate beginning. It is a terrific version, rocking real hard and Plant taking it down a tone to his vocal range and it works. The bass work of Jones is a blazing inferno, I never really gave him as much credit until I saw him live here; he is a master.

'Ramble On' is a pleasant surprise as it rocks the roof off here. Plant sounds fantastic even after all the years. 'Black Dog' is always brilliant to my ears although Jimmy struggles with those solos. I love the fact that there were no overdubs, just plain raw Zeppelin turned up to the max.

'In My Time Of Dying' has an incredible guitar sound that Jimmy gets from his gibson es-175 blonde axe. I love this version more than any I have heard, it is absolutely bone chilling. Page is more comfortable here on sliding the guitar strings with all the dexterity of the virtuoso legend he became. Bonham's son, Jason, is brilliant here taking it to the drums with a ferocity his father would have been proud of. Plant says "it still feels pretty good up here!" and my thoughts are it feels good from back here too; what a legendary performance. Plant then says "we are honoured to bring Jason in on this" and then states it is the first time they brought this next song in public. It is a strange choice because it is the little known 'For Your Life' and I had to look up from whence it came; namely "Presence", not a great album but this is the better way to hear this song, it really has a lot of passion.

Next is 'Trampled Under Foot' another gem not expected, but you have to love those guitar riffs, from the Terraplane Blues, and Jones is fantabulous on keyboards. The psychedelic visuals are effective too; a real stunner live. 'Nobody's Fault But Mine' follows and I was so delighted as I absolutely love it. The guitar again is given a ballsy muscular tone. It is incredible how tight the band are here, simply faultless (pun intended). By the time we get to the solo it is goosebumps all the way. Plant's harmonica work is great too; one of the concert highlights.

'No Quarter' was a great choice as its super popular and proggy. The guitar sounds amazing with wah wah fuzz but Jones is the real star here on psych keyboards. I love how the crowd sings softly with Plant. A perfect rendition of a classic, and the dry ice is an ethereal addition that looks ghostly. I forgot to mention too, throughout the concert, occasionally, there is an insert video that looks like a bootleg from the 70s, but it is the same concert, just made to look that way, all shakey and fuzzed; quite an affective element. The solo by Page here is one of his best on the night and when he raises his guitar at the end it is a sacrifice to the rock gods.

'Since I've Been Loving You' is a fine example of the band at their bluesiest best. It was a brave move for the band to do this as its so full of complex guitar and high bluesy wails but they nail it; Page and Bonham exchange some smiles cos they feel it. It smokes along with massive guitar solos along with shimmering organ. At the end Plant and Page share a laugh as they really enjoyed it as much as the crowd.

'Dazed And Confused' was a quintessential choice and it always has the power to captivate from beginning to end. The dynamics of tension are dramatic, with Plant screaming up a storm and scatting with improvised finesse, and it is released into some astonishing powerhouse lead soloing. Page takes the violin bow and gives the Gibson a good ol' thrashing. The laser pyramid surrounds him as he makes the guitar scream in agony; the only thing missing is the psychedelic sword wielding from the tarot hermit. It is a stunning live performance, certainly one of the better versions I have heard of this treasure. .

The band would have been lynched had they not done 'Stairway To Heaven' and it receives the appropriate ovation it deserves. The band cruise beautifully through it during the slow parts, though the double guitar sounds too distorted rather than acoustic, and it is downtuned. The heavy section with solo is excellent but it is not as dynamic as the older version from "The Song Remains the Same" movie; though still great to hear after all these years. I think the band are relieved when its over, even Plant says "we did it".

'The Song Remains The Same' is another obvious number to perform live as it is the signature tune from the infamous concert movie. The guitars are tuned down way too low to match Plant's voice and this ruins it a bit but overall it is a decent rendition. It might have been better to leave this out and do a different song, for instance my favourites are missing such as 'Immigrant Song', 'Achilles Last Stand' and 'You Shook Me'.

Plant says Bonham is "Spectacular" on drums and we believe he is right. The drummer shows proudly his Zoso tattoo which is appropriate as they launch into an upgraded version of 'Misty Mountain Hop', one of the album gems from the Zoso LZ4 classic. Bonham has fun backing on vocals and doing a great job. Plant mimics smoking dope at one point and the kaleidoscope video effects pretty much sum up what this is all about.

'Kashmir' is another definitive Zep classic and it sounds perfect here. The members play with emotion and passion and it really has the epic quality it deserves. The graphics are fantastic too on the background screen. Jones is a revelation on keys but you have to hand it to Bonham who drums his little heart out and when he bangs the gong at the end and stands to his feet, everyone in the crowd raise their fists in Valhalla glory; an absolute blockbuster performance from the Zeps at their best.

'Whole Lotta Love' is one of my faves with that awesome riff. Page is not up to scratch in the solo and Plant is a bit weird groaning in his old age here but it had to be included. The guitar interlude is a bit off the boil but you can hear the crowd loving singing along with those Planterisms which is a nice touch. The band leave after thanking everyone who made it possible. Then its off for a breather and an encore.

'Rock And Roll' is the perfect finish to this epic concert; the ultimate encore and the band really have tons of fun cranking it out. Plant plays with the crowd singing too many "lonely"'s and then Bonham lets rip on drums, and it is all over. As the band said in the press conference 5 years is 5 minutes in Zeppelin time, and it feels like time has gone fast too watching this.

The crowd roar as the band bow down and then roar even louder when the Led Zeppelin logo goes up emblazoned on the massive screen. It has been an incredible event, one that will go down in the annals of rock history. 5 stars for a masterpiece come back performance, hammered by the gods in stone, etched in our memories forever.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is the review of the DVD / CD combo. FIrst, I'm a die-hard Zep fan from my earliest days. I have everything official and quite a bit of not-so-official stuff. Robert Plant is my all-time favorite musician. Seventies Jimmy Page could do no wrong. I have heard nothing but good things ... (read more)

Report this review (#866982) | Posted by MrMan2000 | Monday, November 26, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Well five years later the record hits the racks. And, while announced for the 19th November internationally it hit the Wellington, New Zealand record shop on the 16th. Goodie. As most Zeppelin know this concert was in tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, head honcho of Atlantic Records, the distributor o ... (read more)

Report this review (#862703) | Posted by uduwudu | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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