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Led Zeppelin


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3 stars LED ZEPPELIN live was a snarling beast. It's such a pity that this album doesn't capture it.

Having said that, this is not a bad album. I've certainly heard officially released live albums with far worse sound. The set list is what one would expect, and fairly reflects what they were playing live in 1973/4. So, for all those reasons, and because of the stellar songs, this should be a masterpiece.

But no. Only one song is better than the studio version (the simply awesome 'No Quarter', with JONES' bass pedal shaking the floor, and PAGE'S guitar searing the ears at the other end of the sound spectrum). The rest are, well, disappointing. I'm sure PLANT sounded better than that live. I'm sure 'Dazed and Confused' didn't sound so thin, so pointless. Does 'Moby Dick' really go on for a year and a half, or does it just feel like it? And why do I get the feeling that at times the lads simply weren't interested?

At the end of this record we're left with a somewhat reduced view of our heroes, a tarnished legend, a disappointment that they didn't deliver on vinyl what they gave to us in their concerts. Fortunately there is now another option to appreciate LED ZEPPELIN live: 'How The West Was Won' relegates 'The Song Remains The Same' to a historical footnote.

russellk | 3/5 |


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