Led Zeppelin [DVD] review by Led Zeppelin

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  • Released: May 27, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9 (110 votes)
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin [DVD]

Sound — 10
Of all the hard rock/heavy metal bands in the world, Zeppelin remains the greatest. It is not great because it's loud, or because the band's energy overcomes their lack of talent (the Ramones). They are a band that will last forever; they had the talent and the energy. This DVD shows that to its fullest. As a guitarist, the highlight for me is of course Page, but there's so much more to enjoy. Robert Plant croons and sways with the music, creating the metal moves we know they will become. John Bonham is among the greatest drummers of all time, as made evident by his solo on Moby Dick. John Paul Jones adds a great bass lines. He is the most underrated memeber of the band, because in most of today's bands the bass gets lost admist the other instruments. He also proves capable of handling several instruments, from keyboard to mandolin. Jimmy Page is a god. He has created riffs so catchy and memeberable that they will never die. His solos on this DVD are nothing short of incredible, thanks to improv that will blow you away. Also, people need to stop beating up Plant for his lyrics. Every song is not meant to bring you to tears, but to lift your spirits and have you enjoy the song. His lyrics do that. People who say his lyrics don't touch them have missed the point.

Content — 10
This DVD is packed with jewels. All the live songs blow the album versions out of the sky. Special features include a few interviews with various members of the band and a couple of promo songs where the sound has not been cleaned up as much. It is interesting to hear the band speak about themselves at the time, but the focus is (and certainly should be) on the performances. It looks and sounds fantastic and features lots of shows on the two discs. Look at another review for a full set list, but most of the songs you know and love are included in this DVD.

Production Quality — 10
Great sound and video. Enough said. They spent ages finding the material and cleaning it up for this release, and it shows so much. The version of the Immigrant Song is pieced together from two different shows, so it's not great (though the song is). I guess they couldn't find a decent version of it, and being a fan favorite, they had to think of a way to get it in.

Overall Impression — 10
Every memeber is so talented and so intersted. You can tell, especially on the DVD's final show, that they had fun doing what they did. This said, Page is the highlight. Stairway to Heaven live is unbelievable, the solo reaching emotional hights not hit even in the ablum version. His use of the violin bow on Dazed and Confused is infintely creative. Who else would have thought of it? Since I've Been Loving You features more great improv, as does White Summer and numerous others. I would buy it immediately if it were stolen or lost. It absolutely puts other live discs to shame.

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