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BBC Sessions Live

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Product Details

  • 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 109 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
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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!

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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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By Liz TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 29 2014
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A must for any Zeppelin fan; don't let owning the other albums stop you from buying this. This album contains previously unreleased songs such as "Somethin' Else" and amazing live performances of previous released songs. I find myself listening to this album more often than their studio albums because you just can't beat the energy in the live performance. And Jimmy Page himself remastered it so you know the sound is good. If you're a Zep fan or looking for a great gift for one, buy this.
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Very impressed with this double disc Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions. Really it's a must have.
If you had already purchased this product before you read this posting, then you are a true
fan of Led Zeppelin, you did what I did, bought the item trusting the # 2 band of all time. Sorry
I rate Led Zeppelin as # 2, Pink Floyd is # 1.

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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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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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These two CD's are a better representation of Led Zeppelin's live power than the Soundtrack to The Song Remains The Same. The first half of the first disc contains selections from several short BBC Sessions (comparable to the sessions that comprise the BBC releases of The Beatles, The Who, The Yardbirds, and Jimi Hendrix.) The second half of the first disc and the entire second disc, however, consist of two long concerts performed for the BBC, which seem to be peculiar to Led Zeppelin. These are what make this CD set stand out from those of their contemporaries. The lengthy concerts (both over an hour long) allowed Led Zeppelin to improvise and expand their songs and surpass the typical 3 minute song length desired by the BBC suits. As a result, these performances are a real treat. These extended live performances complement their corresponding studio tracks perfectly, and demonstrate the amazing abilities of all 4 band members. My only complaint is that this release should have been 3 CD's long. The two concerts described above are sadly abridged. Dazed and Confused and White Summer are missing from the first concert, and What Is And What Should Never Be, Communication Breakdown, and the unabridged Whole Lotta Love Medley are missing from the second. In addition, many additional Radio and TV performances from other dates are missing from the first disc. Of course, we have been waiting 25 years for this release, so I guess I shouldn't complain. Anyway, order this set today. It is as essential as Led Zeppelin's great Studio performances.
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This is easily my favorite album. I've had it for a year, and every time I listen to it, I notice some new subtle guitar riff. Probably the best parts on the discs are the second version of "I Can't Quit You Baby" on the first disc, "Black Dog", and "Dazed and Confused" on the second disc. The beginning of "I Can't Quit You..." is super, super sweet, with a beautiful, melodic guitar passage and an extremely funky bass riff. The solo on that song is superb as well, as it starts out super sweet ala the beginning of the song, but then gets mean and nasty. What amazing expression with the guitar. Bravo, Pagey. Black Dog just has soooo incredibly much power to it, and the solo is out of this world. Dazed and Confused is impressive in the middle, as Page pulls unheard of sounds out of his Les Paul. There's one part right in the middle that gives me shivers every time I hear it. He's using his violin bow on the Les Paul, and he's got his Echoplex cranked. After ascending the fretboard with the bow, he suddenly stops playing, and the repeats of the ascent create underwater sounds! It has to be heard to be believed!
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Super Intense and Utterly Honest. The awesome power of Zep explodes in this staggering display of musical talent. This set features the rawest, purest Led Zep, without studio wizardry or polish. The result is a shocking reminder of how hard these guys rocked, how truly talented the songwriting was, how incredible the playing was, even when off the cuff. Especially when off the cuff. Many criticize the inclusion of three versions of communication breakdown. Don't be fooled. Each has subtle, exceptional unforgettable nuances, and this is your only chance to notice them. The guitar solos are each different. One version has a very slight, very bitchin swing beat. One has a longer intro, one features a super-mean guitar bend right in the middle of the intro. The bass riff is meatier in the solo section of the second than first and third versions. Serious musicians and discriminating listeners lust after such details, since they unfold the real secrets of the Led Zep sound. Every song on this set contains tiny diamonds, little things Zep did which made them godlike. I have lifted more tricks and ideas from these tracks than I like to admit, and people wonder where my band gets its power from! Thanks, J. Page, for showing us all your secrets.
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