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BBC Sessions Live

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 18 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B000002JEV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. You Shook Me
2. I Can't Quit You Baby
3. Communication Breakdown
4. Dazed And Confused
5. The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair
6. What Is And What Should Never Be
7. Communication Breakdown
8. Travelling Riverside Blues
9. Whole Lotta Love
10. Somethin' Else
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Immigrant Song
2. Heartbreaker
3. Since I've Been Loving You
4. Black Dog
5. Dazed And Confused
6. Stairway To Heaven
7. Going To California
8. That's The Way
9. Whole Lotta Love (Medley)
10. Thank You

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23 tunes culled from Led Zep's legendary live performances for the BBC in 1969 and 1971, handpicked (and remastered) by Jimmy Page to include favorites ( Dazed and Confused; Communication Breakdown; Whole Lotta Love ) from their first four albums as well as two tunes unreleased by the band in any form, Eddie Cochran's Something Else and Sleepy John Estes' The Girl I Love . Some of these tracks weren't even broadcast!

Frequently bootlegged and now digitally remastered by Jimmy Page, these tapes capture a 25-month (1969 to 1971) arc in which Zep's sound grew to encompass the speed rush and jazz/blues festival stuff of their 1969 debut, the fully developed folkie musings of "Going to California" (in which Plant vowed to make a hejira right up to Joni Mitchell's front door), and the band's modestly popular multilayered epic "Stairway to Heaven." The Sessions also give a glimpse of nearly off-the-cuff invention in an intense take on Robert Johnson's "Traveling Riverside Blues". Most other white blues musicians would've rushed to get this on vinyl; Page and Plant instead used it for parts, most notably taking its profound acoustic freneticism for Led Zeppelin III. --Rickey Wright

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Brown on May 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have all three Zeppelin live CDs. "The Song Remains The Same" (Very underrated, and unappreciated in my opinion), "How The West Was Won", and "BBC Sessions", and this CD, is by FAR is the best of the bunch (I would rank it only behind Zeppelin 4 and "Physical Grafitti" as far as overall Zeppelin CDs are concerned). First off, it has unreleased Zeppelin songs such as "Girl I Love She Got Black Wavy Hair". Next it has the FIRST performance of "Stairway To Heaven" (This was performed BEFORE Zeppelin 4 was released). And finally, it has the most neglected Zeppelin song of all time: "What Is And What Should Never Be" from Zeppelin 2. Simply put, for now, it is the best live Zeppelin CD to date, and a must have for ANYONE who likes Zeppelin at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sugith Varughese on March 3 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It always amazes me how great bands were great live. If you listen to the Beatles at the BBC, you realize that George Martin didn't really have to do anything except turn the microphones on. (Okay, that's an exaggeration, but not by much.) Same with these performances at the BBC of Led Zeppelin at the height of their powers, yet before they were megastars. Effortlessly fine blues rock. Nobody does it better and nobody recorded them live better than the BBC.
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Format: Audio CD
This cd is an example of Led Zeppelin's deeply rooted blues origins. The first cd contains 3 very different versions of Communication Breakdown, the 1st is a little more bluesy and it slows down in the middle w/ Plant wailing out "Squeze My Lemon", the 2nd has a very good guitar solo, the 3rd has an even better guitar solo and more improvosation. The cd also has 2 versions of I can't quit you baby,in the 1st Page is in top form which works hand in hand w/ Plant's new lyrics it's a very cool song, the opening of version #2 is in stark contrast to the first w/ a longer guitar solo and John Bonham's mastery of the drums is very apparent here. The 2 very different versions of You Shook Me are awesome. But Dazed and Confused falls a little short despite new lyrics(very good drums though). The 3 new songs are very cool, displaying Led's versatility that made Their live performances so good. The new Whole Lotta Love is much better than the original. Now the 2nd cd was abit of a disapointment compared to How The West Was Won,but Going To California and That's the Way were superb. As was the longer version of Whole Lotta Love Which was better than How The West Was Won's version. This is one of the best Led Zeppelin albums I have.
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By A Customer on July 19 2003
Format: Audio CD
Why this was so easily forget when promoting the 2003 release of "How the West was won" is puzzling. Pagey & crew are amply represented in the recordings for BBC sessions. Alot of the material on these discs are reflective of the bands early years from '69 to '71. The first disc is selected tracks with a few rare items, while the second disc is a complete hour long performance from 1971. The sound quality of course is a product of being released in 1997. Despite these recordings being aged their are some true gems of enthusiastic renditions of material intended for broadcast on BBC radio promoting the bands first through third albums. The first disc contains different skilled & passionate renditions of their blues 'cover' material (sorry LZ) available in differing variations that make this disc worth listening to, EVEN IF You've HEARD all this stuff 100 times before. This was Led Zeppelin's blues rock in it's most earnest. The performances here are the young and hungry young zeppelin not the sloppy dinosaur rock fodder of "THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME" -or- the predictably self indulgent "HOW THE WEST WAS WON." Of course,being a live LeD Zeppelin, it still has an 18 min. version of "DazedandConfused" on this second disc?! ;-)
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Format: Audio CD
Led Zeppelin's "BBC Sessions" captures much of the group's energy from their early period, before they became heavy metal gods. The music is raw and there is a lot of cool improvisation, plus some fun surprises with familiar tunes.
Disc One features a number of duplicated radio performances, and one might question the inclusion of three versions of "Communication Breakdown." Each performance, however, is different, and one gets a feel of the linkage between the players in this band. Despite the different personalities, these guys played loosely as a tight unit.
Other multiple appearances are made by "I Can't Quit You Baby" and "You Shook Me" and these have unique shades of differences as well, and great unison performance by Jimmy Page on guitar and Robert Plant on vocals.
The rarities on this disk include "The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair," "Somethin' Else" and the great slide blues jam of "Travelling Riverside Blues."
Disk Two features an 'in concert' performance. "Immigrant Song" is tight with great stop/start dynamics. "Black Dog" features a taste of the opening lick to "Out on the Tiles." "Dazed and Confused" clocks in at 18:36(!) but there's some fantastic jamming here by Page. The "Whole Lotta Love" medley also features snippets of some tasty blues.
The liner notes give interesting details on each performance.
This set is a worthy addition to a music collection.
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