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Led Zeppelin: DVD [2 Discs]
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Exclamations of religious awe are in order. Legendary and long sought-after, this live Led Zeppelin collection is nothing less than the rock music equivalent of the Holy Grail. Quite simply, this is what all the fuss was about.
Given that they were the biggest band in the world, Zeppelin were notoriously camera-shy in their heyday. Their official filmic legacy until now has been just the fascinating but flawed The Song Remains the Same. While this new set presents some previously unseen footage from the same 1973 Madison Square Garden gigs, its real wonders lie in the earlier (1970) Royal Albert Hall footage and the later Earls Court (1975) and Knebworth (1979) concerts. Everything here looks and sounds new-minted, thanks to painstaking restoration and remastering of both audio and visual sources, a Herculean labor of love on the part of co-producer Dick Carruthers working hand-in-glove with Jimmy Page. Trawling through thousands of yards of previously unseen film and unheard tape recordings--some with missing visuals, some with missing audio--Page and Carruthers have chosen only the best possible footage available. They were also at pains to make the segments segue seamlessly so that the viewer is treated to what feels like a continuous concert--just sample the transition from a grainy Super 8 "Immigrant Song" (Sydney, 1972) to "Black Dog" at MSG.
Highlights? It's not hyperbole to say that every powerhouse minute of this collection (some 230 minutes of concert footage plus another hour and a half of extra DVD material) is a rare musical and visual treat. But hearing Page's violin bow work on "Dazed and Confused" in DTS or Dolby 5.1 is an experience not soon forgotten. --Mark Walker
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Slated for a simultaneous May 27 release, this marks the first-ever official release of rare and legendary performances spanning Led Zeppelin's entire career.
But the DVD and CD sets contain entirely different material so there is no overlap between the two releases.
Clocking in at nearly five-and-a-half hours, The "Led Zeppelin DVD" has been culled from just a handful of performances ever filmed during the band's lifetime.
Guitarist Jimmy Page explained: "We were never really part of the pop scene. It was never what Led Zeppelin was supposed to be about. Our thing was playing live. In that sense, Zeppelin was very much an underground band. The fact that it became as successful as it did was something that was almost out of our control. We actually shunned commercialism, which is why so little official footage of the band has ever been seen before."
Featured on the DVD are performances from London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, just a year after the release of their debut album, their five-night run at London's Earl's Court in May 1975 and their record-breaking shows at England's Knebworth Festival in August 1979, just a year before drummer John Bonham's death led to the band's dissolution.
Also included are songs from New York's Madison Square Garden in July 1973 that were not included in "The Song Remains The Same" concert film, the only previously released live Zeppelin footage.Read more ›
This is an Official Led Zeppelin Video release of Live Material. Do you know how RARE that is? Led Zeppelin has only had a scarce few releases in the past 23 years. Jimmy Page is delivering on his promise. Lets deliver on ours. Buy both the CD & DVD, take off the day, or week as some have said, and watch history.
1) You like/love Led Zeppelin?
2) You enjoy a good energy-filled concert? Or better yet, several of them?
3) You appreciate a good sound?
4) You love little surprises (= menus are actually song performances or rare material of the group)?
5) Interview-bits are interesting to you?
6) You want to watch and learn great musicanship and/or how a suberb music-DVD is made?
7) You are a music-lover and a collector of high-quality material?
8) You just LOVE to rock?
OK, if you ticked "yes" to any of these...and I suspect that you fall into several categories, this is a very good purcahse for you: GO FOR IT!
If money spend makes you wonder, let me tell you. I bet you'll fall in love with this DVD and watch it many many times. This little baby pays itself back to you within weeks, if not in days, if not in the first 15 minutes...That's how it happened with me. :o)
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