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Led Zeppelin DVD Easter Eggs

DVD 1, Main Menu: unloading airplane (Iceland, June 1970), 0:58 (audio: Moby Dick, RAH 1/9/70)

DVD 1, RAH 1 Menu: backstage at RAH while crowd chants "Zeppelin!", 0:32

DVD 1, RAH 2 Menu: Thank You at RAH, 0:24

DVD 1, Clips Menu: footage of Zep's tape vault, 0:38 (audio: Heartbreaker, RAH 1/9/70)

DVD 1, Audio Options Menu: arriving in Iceland (June 1970), 0:54 (audio: STH, Earls Court 5/25/75)

Credits Menu: various video clips, including amateur video, 1:54 (audio: Heartbreaker, RAH 1/9/70)

DVD 2, Main Menu: bow solo in airplane hangar (Iceland 6/22/70), 1:32

DVD 2, MSG Menu: backstage c. 1973, 0:50 (audio: SIBLY solo, 7/27/73)

DVD 2, between MSG & Earls Court: airplane footage (no audio)

DVD 2, Earls Court Menu: clips from the streets of Belfast, 1971, 0:54 (audio: Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Earls Court 5/24/75)

DVD 2, Knebworth Intro: footage of

DVD 2, between Earls Court & Knebworth: more airplane footage, 0:35 (audio: intro to Kashmir, Knebworth 8/4/79)

DVD 2, Knebworth Menu: amateur footage of crowd at Knebworth while crowd sings "You'll Never Walk Alone", 0:40
Knebworth crowd, 2:16 (audio: OTHAFA, 7/28/73)

DVD 2, Interviews: footage of film editing, 0:38 (audio: Thank You, probably RAH 1/9/70)

DVD 2, Promos: various 1977 amateur video clips, 5:18 (audio: TSRTS from the LTTE bootleg)

DVD 2, Audio Options Menu: amateur video clips from Seattle 3/21/75 and other shows, 0:45 (audio: Crunge jamming, Earls Court 5/25/75)

Led Zeppelin DVD Cover Origins

East and West Mitten Buttes

East and West Mitten Buttes at Monument Valley - seen from the visitor centre at the Navajo Tribal Park

Led Zeppelin DVD Essay 2

IMMIGRANT SONG (1972)
Considering the visuals and the soundtrack are actually a digitized 'mash' between two separate performances - the film footage taken from the band's performance at the Sydney Showground in Australia, in February 1972; the music from a Long Beach Arena show, in Los Angeles, in the summer of 1972 - the version of 'Immigrant Song' which opens Disc 2 is a wonderfully evocative bridge between the early, understated Zeppelin of the Albert Hall era and the full-blown grandeur their performances would assume throughout the rest of the seventies.

Plant says he enjoys the "panoramic sweep" of 'Immigrant Song'. "It's just amazing, on the tail-outs, the phrasing on those pushed guitar chords, and the vocals really work well too."

"The fourth album had just come out and we were on a roll," recalls Jones. "Even though the visuals and soundtrack are from different performances, the energy that comes across is palpable."

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (1973)
And then, with the blink of an eye, we are at Madison Square Garden in July 1973. The three shows Zeppelin performed there over the weekend of July 27-29 marked the end of an American tour that saw them drawing bigger crowds to their shows that anyone before, including the Beatles and the Stones, and when we cut to them on stage doing 'Black Dog', it's clear we are into new territory, both band and audience feeding off the electricity pulsing back and forth between them.

The setting is immediately more glamorous too. Indeed, the whole band appear to have undergone a dramatic transformation.
"Originally, we saw the whole essence of our live performance as something that the audience listened to very carefully, picking up on what was going on, the spontaneity and musicianship," says Page. "By the time you see us in New York, though, we're so full of confidence now that the showmanship has started to come through and we're working together with almost a telepathy between us..."

As Jones Observes, "Performing in America was always different to anywhere else. The actual event was almost as important as the music. But it was never contrived. Visually the real theatre relied more on the performances of Robert and Jimmy. They gave the band a visual presence it would never otherwise have had."

"It was such a big deal by then," says Plant, "but the feeling of freedom it gave out was tremendous. We were buccaneer musicians, ready to try anything and, for me, Madison Square Garden was a seminal moment. Until then, I don't think I could have ever imagined something like that. It was like having a dream come true that you never knew you had."

EARLS COURT (1975)
By contrast, the footage from the band's five-night residency at London's Earls Court arena, spread over two weeks in May (17-18 and 23-25) 1975, is captured here in refreshingly intimate style. Then the largest indoor arena in Britain, the band had installed two 24x30-feet Eidophor video screens either side of the stage, designed to send out close-up pictures of them performing so that everyone at Earls Court would be able to see what was going on. That they had also decided to record some of the shows was "more down to luck than anything," Plant recalls. Their first British shows for over two years, they simply wanted to keep a record of the shows for themselves. "There was no thought that we might end up doing something like this with them one day."
Focusing initially on the acoustic segment where Robert, Jimmy and John Paul would all gather together on stools, it serves as a touchingly personal interlude after the hypnotic frenzy of New York. Plant says he was "flabbergasted at how good the Earls Court footage is. You can clearly see how loose it was, how much fun."

There are also riveting electric versions from those show of 'In My Time Of Dying', 'Trampled Underfoot' and a superior version of 'Stairway To Heaven'. "Because it was the first time that back projection had been employed at a rock concert, it's all in close-up and you get a completely different ambience to the rest of the material," says Page. "You don't really get any idea of how big the show we were doing was, it's more like we're just in a room together playing."

KNEBWORTH (1979)
The final concert footage from Knebworth offers a completely different ambience. The two shows Zeppelin gave there on August 4 and 11, 1979, found them performing to a mammoth combined audience of over 400,000 people. Their first appearances in Britain since Earls Court four years before, though none of us knew it then, would also be their last, a fact which adds an emotional piquancy to these performances.

Jones says he is particularly fond of the Knebworth material because "although it seemed like this really huge event from afar, actually when you get really close-up it's still the same four people all in ahuddle together on the stage."

"When the early punks said it was self-indulgant they missed the point," says Plant. "It was the opposite: to achieve what we did on stage, it took a lot of personal restraint. It was this completely selfless form. Everybody was the captain of the ship at one time or another..."

Featuring the first-ever live performances of some of the amterial from the band's 'In Through The Out Door' album, which was about to be released, the highlights from Knebworth are innumerable. Special mention must go, though, to such spectacular moments as 'Achilles Last Stand', 'In The Evening' and 'Kashmir', where far from appearing to be nearing the end of the road the band actually sound more defiantly in command of their music ever.

For Page, Knebworth is "as intense as anything on the DVD. The whole thing's like a complete assault, really. That's what hit me when I first looked at it again. I had seen bits of it here and there over the years, but what we managed to find was extraordinary, new footage and angles from cameras we never even knew existed."

By the time we see them bowing out with 'Whole Lotta Love'm the band has been on stage for nearly three hours and it is now some time in the early morning, and compared to the relatively faithful version of the number we first encountered back at the Albert Hall nine years before this is a completely new numberl the band embroiled in a diamond-hard, almost machine-like groove, the famous, knife-quivering riff turned inside-out, Plant's vocals unexpectedly dark and glowering.

"Everything was always in a state of flux," says Jones. "It kept the whole thing alive, as opposed to just being a jukebox. And I suppose Knebworth was just the night that 'Whole Lotta Love' became funky. We never knew or planned it and that was part of the appeal."

EXTRAS
The additional material on Disc 2 comprises yet more fascinating tidbits, such as the footage from 1973 of the band and their entourage boarding the famous 'Starship' - the Boeing 720B 40-seater in which they traveled America.

Another fun item is the TV news footage of a rare press conference Robert and Jimmy gave in New York together, in September 1970, to promote Zeppelin's forthcoming brace of concerts at Madison Square Garden, coinciding with the third Zeppelin album going to No. 1. Similarly, another televised press party, this time in Sydney, in February 1972 (during the same Australian tour the SHowground footage was shot). Originally shot on 16mm black-and-white film, it's notable for the surprisingly good footage of the band doing 'Rock And Roll' and for the footage of John Bonham being interviewed by a rebellious-looking young woman named Germaine Greer, who talks about a then-recently released fourth album and the different musical styles on it.

The interview with Robert which follows was originally done for the weekly BBC TV show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test', and was first broadcast on January 12, 1975. Shot backstage in Brussels during warm-ups for the 1975 American tour. Robert talks about how much he is looking forward to coming back to England tha summer for the Earls Court shows.

There are aalso a couple of interesting promo films. The first, Over The Hills And Far Away', was pieced together from old seventies footage spliced together in a vaguely surreal montage, and actually dates from the early 90's when it was used to help promote the 'Remasters' box-set.

The second is another 1990 promo, this time of 'Travelling Riverside Blues', again pieced together from existing clips, including some lovely footage of Jimmy at home in his studio.

This glimpse of the music and the performance of four musicians who transported their gift from a small basement room in Chinatown, London, on to a wild rollercoaster ride through the clubs, festivals and stadiums of the world of pop culture is quite remarkable. It is a stirring and dynamic insight into a unique entity.

Mick Wall

Led Zeppelin DVD Essay 1

One of the most fascinating aspects of this DVD collection is that it captures, intimately for the first time, a band that famously fought shy of the cameras throughout its career. Despite the record-breaking tours and millions of albums sold, Led Zeppelin at their height and maintained an inaccessible relationship with the media. Few press photos, even fewer press interviews, and an almost allergic reaction to the idea of appearing on TV; they refused even to release singles in the UK.

Until now, the only official document of the live Led Zeppelin experience was the 1976 movie 'The Song Remains The Same', which featured clips of the band performing in New York in 1973. The idea for this DVD collection - the first official new Led Zeppelin visual material of any kind for over 25 years - was to try and rectify that; bequeathing something of real value to fans from that period, as well as allowing a whole new generation of people who weren't there first time around to get a chance to see what Led Zeppelin was really all about.

What a combined running time of over five hours, the shows that the bulk of the material comes from - Albert Hall 1970, Madison Square Garden 1973, Earls Court 1975, and Knebworth 1979 - were all, in their different ways, landmark occasions for Zeppelin: decisive moments in time that, sewn together like this, provide a compelling snapshot portrait of their career as a live band.

To see such scenes as the acoustic section of the show at Earls Court brought back to life with such vivid clarity is an astonishing experience; one made possible only recently with the arrival of modern digital technology. The Albert Hall footage, which was originally shot over 30 years ago using two 16mm film cameras, looks and sounds like it was recorded yesterday. It's the same with all the material, with the cumulative effect that the close-up footage from Knebworth, for example, is almost too real.

Starting with 132 cans of film negatives, two sets of two-inch videotape from the Earls Court and Knebworth shows, a small amount of bootleg material, plus a few clips of some of their earliest TV appearances, the resulting footage has turned up some incredible hidden gems. "It's been an epic project," says Jimmy Page, "and not without its frustrations. We really went through the vaults. People thought we had lots of stuff to choose from but we didn't. The main thing was to make the best of what we did have, with the added benefit now of technology way in advance of anything they thought back in the seventies."

Another interesting devide is the occasional, fluttering use of bootleg footage, juxtaposed against the vivid clarity of the new footage; specifically in the footage from Madison Square Garden in '73 and the Knebworth shows six years later. While not advocating bootlegs, the band felt it important not to limit themselves in what they could do. This broader view includes other incidental material on the menus giving the collection an almost documentary feel.

The Knebworth footage, for example, far exceeds what might have been possible had it ever been released as a straightforward concert film. Apart from the video recordings from the giant stage-screen that appeared behind them on the Knebworth stage, there is also some great stuff shot on isolated cameras from the audience interwoven into the official footage. The idea, as with all the concert footage is to try and give some feeling for what it was like to actually to be at those shows from as many different perspectives - literally, as many angles - as possible.

The whole process took almost a year to complete. Inevitably, there were some glitches along the wayl there was only one version of 'Achilles Last Stand' from Knebworth, for example. And the biting version of 'Heartbreaker' from the Albert Hall was missing the final reel, which is why only a snatch of the audio version is used as a backdrop on one of the sidebars.

Director Dick Carruthers - whose previous credits include working with The Who, the Rolling Stones and Oasis - describes the process as "like building a cathedral out of matchsticks." In order just to view the original two-inch video tapes from Ealrs Court and Knebworth, he says, "first we had to find a machine that could actually play them. Two-inch video tape is now an obsolete medium." Having finally located an old two-inch video-recorder that still played without chewing up everything up after a search that would take them to Singapore and back, the 25-year-old tapes were then put through a restoration process that included, bizarrely, baking them at 55 degrees for three weeks in a specially made 'oven'. The concern was that the tapes were so worn that if they didn't get it right they might actually finish up with no images at all.

Fortunately, the images they got back were "pretty astounding" although still not perfect, in places pockmarked by 'microphony' (those shaky lines that appear whenever the sound suddenly becomes louder), and 'chromableed' (where the colours appear to smudge). Digitaaly removing those faults alone became a painstaking process that would take over two months to complete.

Most difficult and time-consuming of all, however, was the process of transposing the original film from Madison Square Garden onto a digital format. Although they were able to locate all the original 1973 footage, including several thousand feet of film that was edited out of the final cut of 'The Song Remains The Same', when they came to look at the original film again they found it had worn so badly that most of it was now in ribbons. Working through it 20 cans at a time, roll by roll, it would eventually take six weeks just to put the four songs featured back together in the right sequence, let alone begin work on restoring them and synchronising the live soundtrack.

Ultimately, the aim was to try and stay as faithful to the original presentation as possible; and while a great deal of time and effort has gone into bringing this material back to life, nothing has been done to try and make the actual performances look or sound better than they did back then.

"We wanted something that would trace the jourbey of Led Zeppelin as a live band," says Page. "In that context, it's a truly historical document, that's the thing; something that's never been seen before."



LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL (1970)

By the time they walked on stage at The Royal Albert Hall on January 9, 1970, Led Zeppelin was barely a year old and already a full-blown phenomenon. The second Zeppelin album, released just three months before, had been No. 1 in both Britain and America and this was the third night of a seven-city British tour which marked their first live performances in two months.

Originally pro-shot on 16mm film for a BBC TV documentary, the Albert Hall performance is weighty, detailed and not a single note is thrown away. Zeppelin had played there the previous June, headlining a 'Pop Proms' night and they were 'England's hottest new band', according to 'Disc' magazine. Now they were something else again. Fame may have over-taken them but the band themselves don't appear to have fully caught up yet and what's most striking is the intimacy of the interaction between them on stage.

As Robert Plant observes, "People talk now about the bombast and the dexterity, and while they were key ingredients some of the most crucial elements in the performances were those indefinable moments inside the actual music. There was a feeling of reaching and stretching for something that wasn't quite so evident on the records. Playing live was the real jewel in our existance."

One of the most interesting sequences is watching the 21-year-old John Bonham perform his famous drum solo, 'Moby Dick'. There were other clips of Bonzo doing his solo, of course, but the Albert Hall performance is perhaps the most resonant; beautifully shot, the two cameras zooming in from variuos angles so that you feel like you're practically standing there next to him on stage. It's an exhilarating and unexpectedly poignant moment in an otherwise relentlessly powerhouse performance.



EXTRAS

Disc one also contains some remarkable extra material on the menu; from glimpses of the band in the dressing room at the Albert Hall to rare TV footage from their trip in June that year to Reykjavik, in Iceland. "I'd never seen the Icelandic material before," Plant says. "But I do remember it as an amazing experience." He recalls how the local student body got together to put the show on after the workers at the venue went on strike.

Another charming oddity is a 1969 black-and-white promo film for 'Communication Breakdown'; recently discovered footage featuring a very young Zeppelin proving they could mime with the best of them. Bonham stick-twirling to impressive effect while Jimmy gives it all he's got on the backing vocals.

Most fascinating of all, of course, are the handful of clips taken from various TV shows the band appeared on in their earliest days.

"We always felt very ambivalent about our appearances on TV," recalls Plant. "No matter how well you performed, you were always at the mercy of the in-house studio engineers, most of whom had no idea how to record a live band like us."

The version of 'Communication Breakdown' / 'Dazed And Confused' recorded for the French TV show 'Tous En Scene', in Paris, in June 1969, is a typically incongruous example. Beginning with a backstage shot of the band getting ready to go on, while they do well to battle against an ailing monitor system - Bonzo, in particular, putting up a tremendous fight - this French variety show was a bizarre setting for a group like Zeppelin, as evidenced by the straightlaced, middle-aged crowd.

"It's strange, yes," says Page, "but we wanted to show it because that's the reason we decided not to do any more TV after becoming disenchanted by the audio-cideo presentation that TV provided - so that suddenly makes it an important part of the story that shows why we went off in the direction we did."

The March 1969 footage of the band performance onDanish TV show 'TV-Byen'is the exception that proves the rule, however: shot in black-and-white, the band working their way with ease through a bristling four-song set in front of a small studio audience of mainly teenagers seated cross-legged on the floor; this is vintage stuff from a young band out to prove themselves.

As John Paul Jones observes,"Other big name groups released singles, therefore tey did a lot of television, but we didn't. In Denmark the radio wasn't very good and that TV show was about the only outlet they had. It was probably the one TV show we ever did that we really enjoyed."

The colour footage of 'Dazed And Confused' also featured in this section was originally recorded live the same month for a British TV show called 'Supershow'. Again, while it demonstrates the difficulties inherent in trying to convey the live Zeppelin experience in the ill-equipped TV studios of the day, the fact that the band still managed to make such a good fist of it makes fascinating viewing. After that though, it was decided: no more TV shows.

From now on Led Zeppelin would only be seen performing live on stage - or not at all.

Celebration Day

Celebration Day
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ed Zeppelin continue to spurn the reunion cash cow. Since John Bonham's untimely death convinced Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to call it a day in 1980, the surviving band members have guarded their legacy with remarkable tact. They watched from the sidelines as legends both shameless (The Shadows) and stubborn (Rage Against The Machine) slowly succumbed to feverish fan pressure (no doubt pocketing huge payouts in the process). Zeppelin have reformed previously, but only for truly special occasions: in 1985 for Live Aid, for Atlantic Records 40th anniversary in ‘88, when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, and of course, in 2007 when they headlined the O2 Arena to honour the death of Atlantic's founder, Ahmet Ertegun.

The event became legendary in its own right, establishing the fledging O2 Arena as London's premiere venue seemingly overnight. Tickets were distributed via a random draw; millions applied, 20,000 were selected. Fans ventured from every corner of the globe to descend on one concert, and the rest is history. The kind of history fans could only read about, as Led Zep refused to tour and decided to sit on the footage for five years. As such, Celebration Day hardly warrants a review. Millions of fans will be desperate to snag themselves a copy of this DVD/CD, and quality appears irrelevant when exclusivity cultivates demand. Still, Plant and Page's restraint warrants reprieve from cynicism, and Celebration Day deserves an honest critique.

Implausibly, the band appear to have progressed as a unit, in a wholly organic fashion. Despite being apart for the best part of 30 years Zeppelin have become imperious and stately. The blistering opening onslaught of "Good Times Bad Times", "Ramble On", and "Black Dog" dismiss any fears of decrepit embarrassment, as each member appears sharp and on point. In isolation they've grown according to expectation.

Page has calmed. His playing is less visceral and more weighty (perhaps the result of a hand injury he was recovering from). He appears too cool for school and it suits him. In 2007 Plant was on the verge of releasing Raising Sand with Allison Krauss, an album that would give his career new direction and renewed acclaim. His screams are no longer feral, he instead acts his age: a natural and accomplished crowd pleaser who has moved on from psychedelic screams and embraced a more down to earth rustic approach. John Paul Jones appears locked in. Still a rocker and professional, watching Celebration Day it is unsurprising that two years later he'd create Them Crooked Vultures alongside Dave Grohl and Josh Homme. Then there's John Bonham. The one member of the band who it was hardest to imagine growing old, tragically didn't. His son Jason fills in admirably, adding plenty of kick to "Black Dog" and doing his dad proud on "Rock and Roll" (Page looks genuinely bewildered observing the ferocious final solo).

For a concert film, the crowd are too reverent and respectful. Tears are shed and hands are raised, but they rarely engage, and it detracts from the moment. The atmosphere can at times feel too clean, lacking the intensity that a true spectacle needs (although the director endeavours to simulate wild energy with quick cuts). This isn't an issue on the audio only version; the sound is staggeringly crisp, even during the fastest interchanges. We'll happily give Jimmy the benefit of the doubt, but at times the sound is so sublime it's suspicious - the balance is too perfect. The end result is a series of crystalline recordings that truly benefit the gorgeous sprawl of "No Quarter" and the rambunctious thrills of "Nobody's Fault But Mine", but only serve to further sterilize "Stairway To Heaven". Despite being punctuated by some phenomenal playing, the mid portion of the set becomes bogged down by extended jams, causing pacing issues. The setlist is brilliantly chosen, but could have been more engagingly arranged.

By the time "The Song Remains The Same" and "Misty Mountain Hop" roll around these criticisms are long forgotten, as Zeppelin's sheer force blows away any lingering lag. Plant never truly let's rip, instead he coaxes the crowd through a setlist full of classics, leading to a warm and loving rendition of "Whole Lotta Love". It's not a 70s style crazy reinvention; it ticks like clockwork, and after all these years it's great to hear them play it straight. In the 21st century Plant, Page, and JPJ are comfortable in their own skin. They've moved on - evolved. They'll never be the wild world changing kids they once were, but they are clearly having a whale of a time, and when they wheel "Rock and Roll" out of retirement at the set's close, they still feel like the greatest hard rock band of all time.

-http://www.guitarplanet.eu/album-reviews/led-zeppelin-celebration-day.html
Statistics

Released:
Nov. 19, 2012

Chart Position:

Certified:
Gold Feb. 24, 2014
Multi Platinum 3x Feb. 24, 2014

Length:
124 mins.

Tracks

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 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

17. Shepperton rehearsals
18. BBC Footage
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Led Zeppelin DVD More Info

Led Zeppelin DVD LED ZEPPELIN
Vocals and Harmonica: Robert Plant
Acoustic and Electric Guitars: Jimmy Page
Bass Guitar, Keyboards and Mandolin: John Paul Jones
Drums and Percussion: John Bonham

DVD ONE
Live At The Royal Albert Hall - January 9, 1970 102:00
We're Gonna Groove
I Can't Quit You Baby
Dazed And Confused
White Summer
What Is And What Should Never Be
How Many More Times
Moby Dick
Whole Lotta Love
Communication Breakdown
C''mon Everybody
Something Else
Bring It On Home

2. Communication Breakdown Promo - March 14, 1969 2:24

3. Danmarks Radio - March 17, 1969 7:25
Communication Breakdown
Dazed And Confused
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
How Many More Times

4. Supershow - March 25, 1969 7:31
Dazed And Confused

5. Tous En Scene - June 19, 1969 5:08
Communication Breakdown
Dazed And Confused

DVD TWO
1. Immigrant Song - February 27, 1972 4:03

2. Madison Square Garden - July 27, 28, 29, 1973 23:24
Black Dog
Misty Mountain Hop
Since I've Been Loving You
The Ocean

3. Earls Court - May 23, 24, 25, 1975 49:00
Going To California
That's The Way
Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
In My Time Of Dying
Trampled Underfoot
Stairway To Heaven

4. Knebworth - August 04, 1979 50:11
Rock And Roll
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Sick Again
Achilles Last Stand
In The Evening
Kashmir
Whole Lotta Love

6. NYC Press Conference - September 18, 1970 3:27

7. Down Under - 1972 5:17
Rock And Roll - February 27, 1972
Interviews With The Band - February 27, 1972

8. The Old Grey Whistle Test - January 12, 1975 3:47
Robert Plant Interview

9. Promo 1 - October 1990 4:49
Over The Hills And Far Away

10. Promo 2 - October 1990 4:12
Travelling Riverside Blues

Total Length: 320:00

Led Zeppelin DVD

Led Zeppelin
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With the help of Dick Caruthers, band member Jimmy Page produced this DVD package. A feast for the eyes and ears, this excellent package captures the evolution of the band and brings together footage of Zeppelin playing live and on television, all of it previously unreleased. The set consists primarily of excerpts from four well-known Zeppelin concerts. It also includes eight live performances from other sources and a few interview clips.

The first (and best) segment of the two-disc set is an entire Zeppelin concert from 1970 at the Royal Albert Hall, which comprises most of the first disc. The band, barely a year old at that time, had just released its second album, Led Zeppelin II.

Seeing and hearing the early Zeppelin perform on stage, I finally understand why the band so deserved its name. Playing together, guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones were heavy like metal but nimble enough to fly like a blimp. The live versions of "We're Gonna Groove," "Communication Breakdown," "Bring It On Home," "Dazed and Confused," and "What Is and What Should Never Be" simply blow the studio versions away. Metal truly was born on the backs of this band, and this collection, especially the RAH concert, makes that clear. The power and complexity of these performances is so overwhelming that it becomes difficult to believe there are only four performers.

The second disc includes a four-song sequence culled from the same 1973 Madison Square Garden performances that served as the source for The Song Remains The Same. However, none of the footage here appeared in that film. Shot in 35 millimeter, these performances look and sound much more polished than those from the Royal Albert Hall show, and by '73, the frumpy, hippie clothes worn by the band in '69 had given way to flashy embroidered shirts and flared pants. The band had moved away from its roots as pure interpreters of the blues and moved into its prime as the leading progenitors of the bigger-than-huge sound of heavy metal.

Thankfully, the Madison Square Garden clips on Led Zeppelin DVD are not disrupted by the fictional vignettes that marred The Song Remains The Same, and the focus remains on the band's performances. Here, a masterfully edited clip of "Misty Mountain Hop," powered by John Paul Jones' melodic organ work, artfully exposes the high level of communication between the band members. During "The Ocean," Page displays total control of his instrument and complete command of the stage as he trades funky licks with Bonham, who, surprisingly, grabs a microphone to harmonize with Plant.

Nearly an hour of footage of Zeppelin's headlining performance at Knebworth in 1979 rounds out the two DVD set. Here, the band sounds and looks even more polished than in the mid-'70s. Adjusting to the ascendancy of New Wave, Zeppelin makes use of synthesizers and wears clean-cut clothing, looking almost like a bunch of preppies. In certain respects, by this time the group has lost its bite, sounding almost tired as it plays hits from years before. On the other hand, the energy of the massive crowd at Knebworth and the Zeppelin's forcefulness on certain excellent tracks cuts through the band's new, slick facade. Second only to "Stairway to Heaven" in its distinctiveness, significance, and influence, the Eastern-tinged epic "Kashmir" here becomes even more mystical than on record. During "Whole Lotta Love," Plant engages in a deafening call-and-response with the hundreds of thousands in attendance; slick maybe, past their prime, no.

Visually, the Knebworth footage is most striking in that the band is captured by a number of cameras, from every conceivable angle. Page and Caruthers create a neat effect by toggling between grainy footage of the concert shot by fans in the crowd and the crisp footage that was projected on a giant screen behind the band as it played. At the end of the Knebworth concert, after singing "Whole Lotta Love," Plant thanks the crowd for its eleven years of support, as if he was about to announce the demise of the band, the end of its evolution. He was unaware, of course, that the band would indeed dissolve little more than a year later, as a result of Bonham's untimely death.

Led Zeppelin DVD seems to be another way that the band is thanking its fans. As Page commented recently, Zeppelin was never much of a pop band: it was despised by critics, rarely released singles, and nearly never appeared on TV. Plant, Page, Jones, and Bonham focused on cutting albums and playing live for their fans. More than five hours of great performance footage, this new set is a gift to those fans, one that lets them see and hear what Zeppelin was all about. - PopMatters
Statistics

Released:
May 27, 2003 (US)
May 26, 2003 (UK)

Chart Position:
#1 (US) #1 (UK)

Certified:
Gold 05-26-03
Multi Platinum 13x 07-09-12

Length:
138 mins. (US) 132 mins. (UK)

Tracks

Royal Albert Hall-1970
• We're Gonna Groove
• I Can't Quit You Baby
• Dazed And Confused
• White Summer
• What Is And What Should Never Be
• How Many More Times
• Moby Dick
• Whole Lotta Love
• Communication Breakdown
• C''mon Everybody
• Something Else
• Bring It On Home

Communication Breakdown-1969

Danmarks Radio-1969

• Communication Breakdown
• Dazed And Confused
• Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
• How Many More Times

Supershow-1969
• Dazed And Confused

Tous En Scene-1969
• Communication Breakdown
• Dazed And Confused


DVD TWO
Immigrant Song-1972

Madison Square Garden-1973
• Black Dog
• Misty Mountain Hop
• Since I've Been Loving You
• The Ocean

Earl's Court-1975
• Going To California
• That's The Way
• Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
• In My Time Of Dying
• Trampled Underfoot
• Stairway To Heaven

Knebworth-1979
• Rock And Roll
• Nobody's Fault But Mine
• Sick Again
• Achilles Last Stand
• In The Evening
• Kashmir
• Whole Lotta Love

NYC Press Conference-1970

Down Under-1972
• Rock And Roll
• Interviews

The Old Grey Whistle Test-1975
• Robert Plant Interview

Promo 1-1990
• Over The Hills And Far Away

Promo 2-1990
• Travelling Riverside Blues


Quick Fact

Producer Kevin Shirley said that some of the source tapes needed a bit of work physically done to them so that they would be able to be read by tape machines.

"We had to bake all these tapes in an oven because some of them had moisture in them," Shirley continues, "which turns the glue that bonds the oxide to the tape into a sort of jelly. When you play a tape like that back, the oxide will scrape off and stick to the tape head. So you can destroy the tape just by playing it. Through baking at about 55°C you get the moisture out and the tapes are playable again, at least for a while. The first playback is usually the most stable. But it takes about 60 hours to bake each tape, so immediately we were weeks behind while we waited for the tapes to be baked."

The Song Remains The Same More Info

The Song Remains The Same film THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME
Jimmy Page: Electric Guitar
Robert Plant: Lead Vocals
John Bonham: Drums, Percussion
John Paul Jones: Bass, Electric Piano, Mellotron

1. Mob Rubout
2. Big Apple Credits
3. Country Life (Autumn Lake)
4. New York (Bron-Yr-Aur)
5. Rock And Roll
6. Black Dog
7. Since I've Been Loving You
8. No Quarter
9. Who's Responsible?
10. The Song Remains The Same
11. The Rain Song Begins
12. Fire And Sword
13. Capturing The Castle
14. Not-Quit-Backstage Pass
15. Dazed And Confused Begins
16. Strung Out
17. Magic In The Night
18. Dazed And Confused Continues
19. Gate Crasher
20. Dazed And Confused Concludes
21. No Comment
22. Stairway To Heaven
23. Moby Dick; Country Squitre Bonham
24. Heartbreaker; Grand Theft
25. Whole Lotta Love
26. End Credits And Exit Music

1976 Length: 137:00
2008 Length: 193:03

Filmed on July 23, 1973 at Baltimore, MD, July 24, 1973 at Pittsburgh, PA, July 27-29, 1973 at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York and August 1974 at Shepperton Studios, London, England.

Produced by Jimmy Page
Executive Producer: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot

Program Content ©1976 Swan Song Inc. Artwork & Photography ©1976 Warner Bros. Package Design & Summary ©1991, 1999 & 2007 Warner Home Video Inc.

The Song Remains The Same Cover Images

1984 UK VHS Cover

The Song Remains The Same 1984 UK VHS Cover

1991 US VHS Cover

The Song Remains The Same 1991 US VHS Cover

1999 DVD Cover

The Song Remains The Same 1999 DVD Cover

2007 DVD Cover

The Song Remains The Same 2007 DVD Cover

The Song Remains The Same

The Song Remains The Same
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Led Zeppelin was no stranger to the camera. In March 1969, they were in front of the camera no less than 3 times. In January 1970, they funded the Royal Albert Hall performance to be filmed. Although nothing came out of it at the time but a bootleg video, the footage was included in 2003's DVD. Other filming was done in 1971 and 1972 in Australia.

In May 1973, Joe Massot approached Peter Grant about filming the band. Grant turned him down but took him back up on the offer mid-July 1973. Two band was filing on and off the stage from July 23 through July 29, 1973. Additional filming was set for 1975/1976 but Robert Plant's accident prevented that.

The Song Remains The Same premiered in US theaters on October 21, 1976 and British theaters on November 5, 1976. Many theaters were packed thereafter with midnight showings. It was released in the UK on VHS in 1984 and followed by the US in 1991.

In 1999, the long-awaited DVD was released in the US. It, however, didnt contain any additional footage, so the release wasn't extremely noteworthy.

A re-release, dubbed "Remastered/Expanded" was released on November 19 (UK) and November 20 (US), 2007. It includes more than 40 minutes of added bonus material, including never-before-released performance footage of Over the Hills and Far Away and Celebration Day, plus performances of Misty Mountain Hop and The Ocean, a rare 1976 BBC interview with Robert Plant and Peter Grant, vintage TV footage from the Drake Hotel robbery during the New York concert stand, and a Cameron Crowe radio show.
Statistics

Released:
Jul. 1, 1991 (VHS-US)
c. 1984 (UK)
Dec. 31, 1999 (DVD-US)
June 5, 2000 (DVD-UK)
November 19, 2007 (DVD Re-release UK)
November 20, 2007 (DVD Re-release US)

Length:
138 mins. (US) 132 mins. (UK)

Tracks

1. Mob Rubout
2. Big Apple Credits
3. Country Life (Autumn Lake)
4. New York (Bron-Yr-Aur)
5. Rock And Roll
6. Black Dog
7. Since I've Been Loving You
8. No Quarter
9. Who's Responsible?
10. The Song Remains The Same
11. The Rain Song Begins
12. Fire And Sword
13. Capturing The Castle
14. Not-Quit-Backstage Pass
15. Dazed And Confused Begins
16. Strung Out
17. Magic In The Night
18. Dazed And Confused Continues
19. Gate Crasher
20. Dazed And Confused Concludes
21. No Comment
22. Stairway To Heaven
23. Moby Dick; Country Squire Bonham
24. Heartbreaker; Grand Theft
25. Whole Lotta Love
26. End Credits And Exit Music
Quick Fact

Although the bulk of the movie was filmed on July 27-29, 1973, filming began four days earlier in Baltimore, MD. The section where Peter Grant blasts the promoter for selling pirated posters was filmed that night.

Led Zeppelin Interview (2003)

Led Zeppelin Interview (2003)

Released:
2003

Catalog #:
Atlantic PRCD 301150

This interview-only disc was released in conjunction with the May 2003 release of How The West Was Won.

1. This Is Led Zeppelin
2. This Is Led Zeppelin
3. This Is Led Zeppelin
4. This Is Led Zeppelin
5. This Is Led Zeppelin
6. Making These Projects Happen
7. Making These Projects Happen
8. Making These Projects Happen
9. Making These Projects Happen
10. Making These Projects Happen
11. 5.1 Surround Sound
12. 5.1 Surround Sound
13. 5.1 Surround Sound
14. Watching It Come Together
15. Watching It Come Together
16. Watching It Come Together
17. Watching It Come Together
18. Watching It Come Together
19. Dvd - The Early Films - Denmark, France, Australia, Supershow
20. Dvd - The Early Films - Denmark, France, Australia, Supershow
21. Dvd - The Early Films - Denmark, France, Australia, Supershow
22. Dvd - The Early Films - Denmark, France, Australia, Supershow
23. Dvd - The Early Films - Denmark, France, Australia, Supershow
24. Dvd - The Early Films - Denmark, France, Australia, Supershow
25. Remembering John Bonham
26. Remembering John Bonham
27. Remembering John Bonham
28. Dvd - The Royal Albert Hall 1969
29. Dvd - The Royal Albert Hall 1969
30. Dvd - The Royal Albert Hall 1969
31. Dvd - The Royal Albert Hall 1969
32. Cd - How The West Was Won - LA & Long Beach 1972
33. Cd - How The West Was Won - LA & Long Beach 1972
34. Cd - How The West Was Won - LA & Long Beach 1972
35. Cd - How The West Was Won - LA & Long Beach 1972
36. Cd - How The West Was Won - LA & Long Beach 1972
37. Cd - How The West Was Won - LA & Long Beach 1972
38. Cd - How The West Was Won - LA & Long Beach 1972
39. Cd - How The West Was Won - LA & Long Beach 1972
40. Dvd - Madison Square Garden 1973
41. Dvd - Madison Square Garden 1973
42. Dvd - Madison Square Garden 1973
43. Dvd - Earls Court 1975 And Knebworth 1979
44. Dvd - Earls Court 1975 And Knebworth 1979
45. Dvd - Earls Court 1975 And Knebworth 1979
46. Dvd - Earls Court 1975 And Knebworth 1979
47. Dvd - Earls Court 1975 And Knebworth 1979
48. Zeppelin On Tour
49. Zeppelin On Tour
50. Zeppelin On Tour
51. The Songs Remain The Same...or Do They
52. The Songs Remain The Same...or Do They
53. The Songs Remain The Same...or Do They
54. The Songs Remain The Same...or Do They
55. The Songs Remain The Same...or Do They
56. The Songs Remain The Same...or Do They
57. The Songs Remain The Same...or Do They
58. The Songs Remain The Same...or Do They
59. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
60. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
61. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
62. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
63. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
64. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
65. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
66. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
67. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
68. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
69. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
70. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
71. Parting Thoughts On The Projects
72. Liners
73. Liners
74. Liners
75. Liners
76. Liners
77. Liners
78. Liners
79. Liners
80. Liners
81. Liners

The Girl I Love (1997)

The Girl I Love (1997)

Released:
September 1997

Catalog #:
Atlantic PRCD 8376-2

This promo CD was released in conjunction with the November 1997 release of BBC Sessions.

Communication Breakdown (1997)

Communication Breakdown (1997)

Released:
September 1997

Catalog #:
Atlantic PRCD 8402-2

This 3-track sampler promo CD was released in conjunction with the November 1997 release of BBC Sessions.

BBC Sessions (1997)

BBC Sessions (1997)

Released:
September 1997

Catalog #:
Atlantic PRCD 8401-2

This 9-track sampler promo CD was released in conjunction with the November 1997 release of BBC Sessions.

Tracks

1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Whole Lotta Led Historical Medley: Led Zep I/Led Zep II/Led Zep III/Led Zep IV/Houses Of The Holy/Physical Graffiti/Presence/In Through The Out Door

Baby Come On Home (1993)

Baby Come On Home (1993)

Released:
September 1993

Catalog #:
Atlantic PRCD 5255-2

This promo CD was released to promote the September 1993 release of The Complete Studio Recordings.

Stairway To Heaven 20th Anniversary (1992)

Stairway To Heaven 20th Anniversary (1992)

Released:
1992

Catalog #:
Atlantic PRCD 4424-2

In 1970, the members of Led Zeppelin - Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham - gathered at Headley Grange, a converted poorhouse in Hampshire, England, to begin recording their next album. One night, they started work on a new song...

Page recalls: "Bonzo (Bonham) and Robert had gone out for the night, and I worked really hard on the thing. Jonesy and I then routined it together... Later, we ran through it with the drums. Robert was sitting there by the fireplace just writing away, and suddenly there it was...

Plant picks up the story: "It was done very quickly. It was a very fluid, unnaturally easy track. There was something pushing it, saying 'You guys are okay, but if you want to do something timeless, here's a wedding song for you.'"

The song was Stairway To Heaven, and as Page once noted, it was the song which "crystallized the essence of the band." The final, eight-minute version was recorded at Island Studios in London, and released November 8, 1971 on the untitled fourth Zeppelin album. Never edited and never released as a single, it nevertheless went on to become the most played song in the history of rock radio.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Stairway To Heaven, we are pleased to present you with this very limited, promotional-only edition. Twenty years on, the song remains the same - a magical moment in the history of rock and roll music.

This features a rare CD single and 45 vinyl single (double-sided) of Stairway To Heaven.

The cardboard folder contains popup hermit figure and storysheet.

Photos

Stairway To Heaven 20th Anniversary (1992)
Stairway To Heaven 20th Anniversary (1992)
Stairway To Heaven 20th Anniversary (1992)
Stairway To Heaven 20th Anniversary (1992)
Stairway To Heaven 20th Anniversary (1992)
 

Travelling Riverside Blues (1990)

Travelling Riverside Blues (1990)

Released:
October 1990

Catalog #:
Atlantic PRCD 3627-2

Directed by Aubrey Powell, this video, along with the Over The Hills And Far Away promo was released to promote the 1990 Led Zeppelin boxed set release. This video contains footage from The Song Remains The Same, as well as outtakes from the film, Seattle '77 and 1973 studio footage.

Video

Over The HIlls And Far Away (1990)

Over The Hills And Far Away (1990)

Released:
October 1990

Catalog #:
Atlantic PRCD 8376-2

Directed by Aubrey Powell, this video, along with the Travelling Riverside Blues promo was released to promote the 1990 Led Zeppelin boxed set release. This video contains footage from Danish TV, The Song Remains The Same, Seattle '77 and Knebworth.

Video

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Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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