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The Song Remains the Same was guitarist Jimmy Page's masturbatory opium dream full of noodling around and self-pleasing aggrandizing (translation: "boring")? Obviously you couldn't recognize or appreciate a musical genius the likes of Jimmy Page.[I doubt you've ever listened to it in its entirety]The Song Remains the Same is Page's guitar masterpiece.Although you did do a good job plagiarizing the description of the movie.
As soon as I heard your description of The Song Remains The Same, you lost ALL credibility! You don't deserve a column to write.
"This period of creativity eclipses all bands contemporary with the Stones during that tumultuous period."
The Allman's and The Band immediately come to mind as proof otherwise_
No, both the movie and the original release of The Song Remains the Same are examples of 1970s concert excess just as the Allman Brothers' "Mountain Jam" is. The re-released The Song Remains the Same, including the Led Zepplin IV tracks is better, but not as good as How The West Was Won and neither of these releases beat what is available as bootlegs of LZ performances from this period.I appreciate both bands (see http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=14767 for The Allman Brothers) and, yes, find these long-winded performances as boring as I find late-period John Coltrane. Heresy? Perhaps. Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? Absolutely.This has nothing to do with my appreciation (or my lack thereof) of Jimmy Page's genius. I belong to the camp that appreciates Led Zeppelin IV and earlier more than Houses of the Holy, but I will readily admit that Led Zeppelin came fully into their own identity on that recording, tempering that aural image with the band's masterpiece Physical Graffiti.Happy that you all are reading.
I'll weigh in here and say I agree with Michael; I'm a big fan of Physical Graffiti, but still lean heavily to pre-IV Zep (in fact, I remains my personal favorite, then PG, then III, then IV then II). Page unbound was, imo, why Beck at the same time was so good and is still today: restraint. There can, indeed, be too much of a good thing. And for live Zep, How the West Was Won, followed by the Live at the BBC (ok, not really live) far exceed TSRtS, at least for me.
Right on, Michael! And, btw, great piece on the Stones - not enough to get me to spring for the deluxe, but after ignoring Stones other than Let it Bleed and Sticky Fingers for years, you've encouraged me, along with Doug's Exile piece, to pick up those two in remasters, along with Beggars Banquet, Ya Ya's (just the single disc) and the new double Exile. Other than Beggars, Mick Taylor Stones was always my fave, and now I once again know why!
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