Video/DVD

London Calling Sugar Mama 1DVD (not DVD-R)

Royal Albert Hall, London 9 January 1970
We're Gonna Groove / I Can't Quit You (cut)

Earls Court Arena, London 24 May 1975
Stairway To Heaven

Ear's Court Arena, London 25 May 1975
Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song

Knebworth Festival, 11August 1979
In The Evening / Communication Breakdown

Here is another jewel in the Zeppelin-Bootleg Catalogue.... The DVD starts with 2 Songs from the Royal Albert Hall (We're Gonna Grove, I Can't Quit You Baby). The picture quality is good, the sound is average, a shame that there isn't something better in a better sound quality around there... Then comes "Stairway To Heaven" from the 24.5.75 with a new overdubbed soundboard sound, good picture inclusive. And then, the Highlight : 6 Songs from the 25.5.1975. The picture is good, the sound is excellent! It seems that "Demand Unprecedented" or "Conquistador" was used here to overdub the video with a great sound. Maybe there is a complete concert around there, it would be wonderful if we could get the complete performance... And finally from the 2nd Knebworth Show "In The Evening" and "Communication Breakdown". The picture is in the best quality you can get, much better than the "Final Cut" DVD, the sound is the same as the "Final Cut" DVD has got. This DVD is really nice, some of the best Performances are compared on this thing, you can really feel the musical power of Led Zeppelin on that shows. For fans a must! (Volker Flash Jan 02)

London Calling Sugar Mama DVD

Comprising 4 tracks the most interesting is the the material from 25 May 1975 - I will come to that later. Stairway from the 24th May 1975 is very dark until the solo which is much clearer and does not suffer the "drop-out" in sound from the video release. I judge all these new videos/dvd's by how much the settings on the TV have to be adjusted - for the solo there is none. One gripe would be why this version couldn't have been on the video. However it is fantastic sound! The Albert Hall is the Albert Hall if you know what I mean and a bit pointless but nevertheless it is very good quality. The Knebworth tracks (In The Evening and Communication Breakdown) are a definite step up in picture and sound quality but why only these two is beyond me. The 25 May 1975 tracks are GREAT viewing. Perfectly watchable without adjusting your set, this is the sort of stuff we could only dream about watching. There may be a SLIGHT drop in sound quality but that's being picky - all in all these 6 tracks alone are worth the price. However where is the rest of it? Call me an old cynic but someone is sitting on it and no doubt it will be released in its entirety very soon! (Mark Harrison Jan 03)

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Hats Off To John Bonham - No Label

Track list - Dazed and Confused (Danish TV), Communication Breakdown rehearsal (Tous En Scene), Long Tall Sally medley ( Albert Hall 1970), Iceland airport arrival (Iceland 1970), Lets Have A Party / WLL snippet / Press Conference (Sydney), Rock n Roll / Sick Again cut ( Nassau 1975, Moby Dick start and end (Earls Court 24th), Rock n Roll with Keith Moon (LA 23/6/77) , WLL with Simon Kirke (5 th July 1980 Munich)
Photo Gallery and a BRMB radio Interview from 1980 after Bonzo's death

Well what can be said of this DVD apart from garbage, I got my hands on a copy of this DVD recently after waiting for many months for it to surface, my early expectation was some kind of documentary programme, however this turns out to be yet another compilation of material that's doing the rounds with a big part of it on the official Led Zeppelin DVD. The only footage that's not doing the rounds on any DVD is the Iceland footage, it only contains the band arriving at the airport. I don't think that this is the end of companies re-releasing material, the bootleg CD companies have had a field day for many years. My overall rating for this release would be 1 out of 10 for the effort on the Iceland footage. (Lee Henley Dec 03)

HATS OFF TO JOHN BONHAM (Sugar Mama)

First impression is that , I am in it for the DVD, the menu structure is basic but looks like great with a nice John Bonham picture on the start. It's worth a mention the photo gallery section with great pictures slideshow to music (I feel the drums comes from historic nights Osaka 71, Montreux 70, Hamburg 73) . since the DVD was intended to a TRIBUTE to John Bonham...we can find in a chronological order footage focused on Bonham thru the years .... yes true mostly of the footage consists of the leftover from the official DVD, of course you are familiar on it but what is worthwhile in this DVD release is that SUGAR MAMA added some previously unreleased stuff to celebrate THE DRUMMER. H ere the complete track list : * the common stuff comes from various best available sources:-

DAZED & CONFUSED / DANISH TV
COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN REHEARSALS /PARIS 69
LONG TALL SALLY/MEDLEY / RAH 70 * no channel dropout
AIRPORT ARRIVAL/ ICELAND 70 * timecoded version with sound dubbed LET'S HAVE A PARTY/WLL /INTERVIEWS
AUSSIE 72 ROCK'N ROLL& SICK AGAIN &OVER THE HILLS (SEGMENTS)
NEW YORK 2/14/75 *this is different source, no logo !
MOBY DICK EARL'S COURT 5/24/75 (sbd audio)
NEVER BEFORE RELEASED JAMMING WITH KEITH MOON L.A. 77
JAMMING WITH SIMON KIRKE MUNICH 80
JOHN HENRY BONHAM BRMB 1980 RADIO TRIBUTE..( RARE & UNRELEASED )

So just few lines on what is RARE & UNRELEASED :
MOBY DICK : 5/24/75 during the last 2 years or so you have seen many versions ( VHS & DVD) of that infamous holy grail.... 5/24/75 earls court, well you can enjoy here for the FIRST TIME one of the missing tracks : MOBY DICK----unfortunately all that was discovered was only a few minutes (the very first & very end)... that's to say the precious moments only (Jason, this is your dad ...the last waltz over the drums kit etc). There is a super close up over the last Jimmy's riff prior to the drum solo..do I have to say more ?? Simply AMAZING...! * It's understood this video is some generations off the master reel, (quite a bit of color fading, flaws etc) BUT with no doubt, this is another historical document and one that should be in everyone's collection. Sound is from a very clear soundboard tape and sounds great!

BRMB : RADIO TRIBUTE TO JOHN BONHAM
This can be considered the highlight of the DVD, and again hats off Sugar Mama, now we can hear the one 'n' only intimate interview about JOHN BONHAM. aired in UK in late 1980 after his death. BRMB (a local radio in birmingham), paid TRIBUTE TO JOHN HENRY BONHAM "THE DRUMMER" with thoughts from his many friends ( BEV BEVAN, COZY POWELL...amongst others) who provide their private thoughts on his sudden death. THE REAL RADIO TRIBUTE TO THE MAN. While you hear this interview you will realize why I call it " A MUST " for everyone who thinks that JOHN BONHAM is still the greatest drummer in rock history. JOHN HENRY BONHAM STILL IS "THE DRUMMER " the word best. Iceland 70 with surprise here we have a different timecoded version with dubbed sound.

New York 2/14/75 : complete fragments of that show with NO LOGO.
To sum it up: I'd call this release essential. Grab it while you can get it ..if your budget allows for it. (Colin Rowe Dec 03)

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Early Visions / The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One - 2DVD Celebration Ltd Ed of 500 copies.

Disc 1 (100 minutes):
1) Jimmy Page 1957 (Huw Wheldon Show, BBC TV 1957). It is a very beautiful image!! Mama Don't Want To Skiffle Anymore / Cottonfield
2) Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page (Bouton Rouge, France TV 1967)
It is a excellent image. The Train Kept A Rollin' / Dazed & Confused / Goodnight Sweet Josephine
3) Japanese promotion film (Japanese TV 1969) from MTV re-broadcast that the film broadcast in 1969. It is very clear ( It is the most beautiful in my having seen)
Communication Breakdown
4) Live at Stains, England March 25, 1969. Dazed & Confused
5) Danish TV 1969. It is an excellent image. (This is beautiful No. 1, while being put on the market until now)
It is regrettable that the picture is behind sound for about one second. Communication Breakdown / Dazed & Confused / Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You / How Many More Times
6) Paris TV 1969. It is very clear color ( It is the most beautiful in my having seen). Communication Breakdown / Dazed & Confused / Communication Breakdown (sound-check).
7) Germany promotion film. Whole Lotta Love
8) 8mm film, Texas International POP festival 1969. You Shook Me / Dazed & Confused / How Many More Times
9) Royal Albert Hall 1970 Alternate Version (It's very rare). It is very regrettable that the image is carrying out right-and-left reversal from the middle. We're Gonna Groove / I Can't Quit You / Communication Breakdown / Long Tall Sally - Move On Down The Line - Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On / Something Else / I Can't Quit You

Disc 2 (95 minutes):
1) Royal Albert Hall 1970. It is very clear color ( It is the most beautiful in my having seen). The sound is super excellent soundboard !! It's Great !! We're Gonna Groove / I Can't Quit You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown / C'mon Everybody / Long Tall Sally Medley.
2) Julie Felix Show BBC TV 1970. An image is not so good. White Summer - Black Mountain Side.
3) 8mm film, Honolulu Hawaii Sep 8 , 1970. An image and sound are not correct at all. But, the sound of an excellent audience of those days is reproduced. Immigrant Song / Communication Breakdown.
4) Interview at New York 1970. It is very clear color. The background sound is Bring It On Home.
5) 8mm footages Montreux Switzerland 1971. It's very clear color film. The appearance of the fan who waits for commencement of a performance, and the situation of a member's dressing room are stored.
6) 8mm film The Forum Los Angeles 1971. It's great!! The following music is live recording from audience of those days. Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Stairway To Heaven / That's The Way / Whole Lotta Love.
7) Live & Interview, Sydney Australia Feb 27, 1972. It is very clear ( It is the most beautiful in my having seen).
Of course, It is better than Visualize vol.1 (by Tarantura VTR). Whole Lotta Love / Rock & Roll / Let's Have A Party.
8) Hard Rock Heaven Amsterdam 1972. It is a wonderful image.
9) 8mm film San Bernardino June 22 1972. A color image and sound are audience recording of those days.
Heartbreaker / Stairway To Heaven / Dazed And Confused / Rock And Roll.

If you are a collector, surely, it is a DVD I want you to get and to see. Although there is this with the 1st volume, a talk which will come out to four volumes in the future is heard.

Well there you have it. After having read the above on AirRaid's Headline News page I awaited the arrival with a sense of anticipation. It finally arrived yesterday. 2 DVDs (one silver, one black) in a standard DVD case and a simple fold-out leaflet with details of the clips. I can hardly describe the complete disappointment of this release. The highlights were The Yardbirds on Baton Rouge French TV, Dallas Pop Festival fragments that had been properly sync'd to audio from Disc 1 and RAH from Disc 2. I can't see the point of putting out live footage, 8mm cine or whatever, and throwing a live Sbd or Aud recording all over it without sync - or even trying to. Danish TV is a travesty being a full 1 - 2 seconds of sound behind picture, which is dark, and the copy I made some years ago from a direct BBC TV broadcast showing has yet to be improved upon, imo. Tous en Scene had no visible improvement, Staines Supershow has a dull image and a lot worse than the original version from the complete Supershow Video. RAH from Disc 1 is dire to say the least. The sound and picture quality drops in and out with virtually no sync attempted at all. RAH Disc 2 not bad at all and it was good to see the LA Forum and San Bernardino footage. However, it's hard watching these concert images whilst listening to the sound recording!! Score for expectation 9 / 10. Reality 5 / 10. (The VLH Jan 03)

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Latter Visions 2DVD (Celebration)

DVD 1:
1.KEZAR STADIUM, SAN FRANCISCO 2 June 1973
ROCK AND ROLL
2.MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK 1975 (FRAGMENTS)
ROCK AND ROLL/SICK AGAIN/OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY
3.EARLS COURT, LONDON 5.25.1975
ROCK AND ROLL/SICK AGAIN/OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY/IN MY TIME OF DYING/THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME/RAIN SONG/KASHMIR/NO QUARTER/TANGERINE/THAT'S THE WAY
4.OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST INTERVIEW 1976
ROBERT PLANT & PETER GRANT
5.CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 4.10.1977 (FRAGMENTS)
THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME/NO QUARTER/THE BATTLE OF EVERMORE/TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT/KASHMIR/MOBY DICK/GUITAR SOLO
6.BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA 5.18.1977 (FRAGMENTS)
THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME/IN MY TIME OF DYING/KASHMIR/ROCK AND ROLL

DISC TWO
1.MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK 1977
THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME/SICK AGAIN/THE BATTLE OF EVERMORE/ACHILLES LAST STAND/STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN/HEARTBREAKER/WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
2.KNEBWORTH, UK 8.4.1979
KASHMIR/TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT/TEN YEARS GONE
3.KNEBWORTH, UK 8.4.1979
HEARTBREAKER
4.ALRIGHT NOW, UK TV 1980
BONZO'S LAST TV INTERVIEWS
5.COLOGNE, GERMANY 6.18.1980 (FRAGMENTS)
TRAIN KEPT A ROLLING/NOBODY'S FAULT BUT MINE/BLACK DOG/INTHE EVENING/RAIN SONG/HOT DOG/TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT/KASHMIR/STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN/ROCK AND ROLL/COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN
6.ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND 6.21.1980 (FRAGMENTS)
TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT/SINCE I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU/ACHILLES LAST STAND/WHITE SUMMER/KASHMIR/STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
7.MUNICH, GERMANY 7. 5.1980 (FRAGMENTS)
IN THE EVENING/HOT DOG/ALL MY LOVE/TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT/ACHILLES LAST STAND/KASHMIR/STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN/ROCK AND ROLL(WITH SIMON KIRKE OF BAD COMPANY)

This 2 DVD compliation from Celebration is a very handy gathering of rare footage, which has not been covered by the official DVD. Therefore it is a very valuable collection of the later part of Led Zeppelin. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

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Bring It On Home Part 1

Region free code DVD

Interactive main menu

Pressed DVD (not a DVD-r)

Released by: Eye Thank You

Content:

Swedish TV Late 1968/Early 1969 - Communication breakdown promo

Danish TV, March 17, 1969 (Communication breakdown, Dazed & confused, Babe I'm Gonna leave you, How many more times)

Beat Club, Germany promo (Whole Lotta love)

Paris June 19, 1969 - Tous en scene (Communication breakdown rehearsal, Communication breakdown, Dazed & confused (cut) )

Dallas August 31, 1969 - International pop festival (Fragments of Dazed & confused & how many more times).

Eye Thank You (the same guy that released Earls' court video) came with this new pressed DVD that contains early 1969 footage. The packaging is 3 fold out pages with External box coating the whole package (same as Sanctuary's live on blueberry hill packaging). On the front there's the blimp picture , with purple background & on the back the track list. This package should also contain Part 2 when released, so you have empty case for the 2nd DVD. Not too fancy & not too cheap. Also the price of this DVD was quite reasonable.

The content: In the beginning, you get short introduction, in which Plant's voice represent the band, rather unnecessary feature. Afterwards, you find yourself in the main menu that is divided to 4 parts:1) "Zeppelin montage" which shows you parts of the whole DVD with "As long as I have you" on the background. Again, I don't see any reason for this feature. 2) "Play" in which you see the whole DVD from the start, with no interruptions. 3) Tracking list, in which you can see the whole track list & go directly to any song you like. 4) "Photo Gallery" - now this feature I found quite cool. You see here many pictures from Zeppelin's early era, with music in the background. It's a streaming "video" where the pictures change constantly. Nice pictures, some familiar, many aren't. The first pictures are low quality, I guess they were captured from other videos, but from 1:45 excellent quality pictures appear (example: huge pic showing the entire arena of en scene Paris 69 show, with the band, the camera men & the audience). Very nice!, especially for someone who'd like to print these pics.

After Cosmic Energy released most of this 1969 footage on their own version, you may be asking yourself if this DVD is worth the trouble. I'd say this DVD is worth alone for the impressive upgrade footage in Danish TV. Much brighter & sharper picture - I wouldn't exaggerate if I say it's a perfect picture & sound quality, especially when compared to Cosmic Energy's dark footage. But let's start from the beginning. The first clip is Communication breakdown, but this totally different Clip version that CE (on CE the camera is static in place whereas here the camera is going * rolling near the band, with more emphasis on Plant's face, which creates nice effect). The footage is simply different, much better & stable quality than CE's "shaking" pic. Looks like Zeppelin made 2 versions of this clip - one for the Japanese audience, the other for the European one. This clip was copied from vh1. Next comes Danish TV footage. Like said, best ever version so far (Although Another version, taken from 1990's re-broadcast is being circulated nowadays & said also to be superior over CE), filmed from Italian TV & very low master, probably. The Beat Club 70 is shorter in few seconds than CE, the quality is more or less the same. The French Tour En scene, however, is slight disappointment over CE. Albeit the Communication breakdown rehearsal footage is in 20 secs longer (both in the end & beginning) on BIOH, the general sound & quality of BIOH are no doubt INFERIOR to CE, which produce sharper picture (although slightly darker) & excellent sound. BTW, BIOH does not contain the colour 7 minutes Staines, England 25/3/69 footage like CE does. But it does contain about 4 minutes footage of Dallas. These videos are quite high gen tape, unclear & filmed from the distance, albeit on HMMT the camera is focused more closely on the band, generally nice footage, with proper SBD dubbed.

In short: Despite low marks on the Paris 69 footage, this DVD is worthy alone for the Danish TV excellent best version ever. I know that many carry this video in bad quality & seek to have better copy, well here's your chance to get official video quality. The alternate CB clip, the Dallas footage & the pictures were also nice addition. Also the price was very reasonable for this DVD. RECOMMENDED+++ (Collector, Aug 2002).

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24, 25 & 27 March 1975, The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD 001
CDs in book style cover , one of 3CDs + 1DVD in book style cover , poster and 1975 US tour programme replica in a boxed and limited to 500 (unnumbered) copies.

Disc 10 (EVSDVD 001):

Video 5-/7.5+ AUD

The footage used on the DVD is obviously amateur and fragmented at best.  The quality ranges from B&W footage in poor quality to full color tape in near excellent condition.  There are spells that the cameraman captures almost complete songs and there are other times when it's a few seconds of tape here and a few more seconds there.  Usually the tape reflects a snippet of film from each song as the concert progresses.  The footage from the 24th is the best quality of the bunch.  The 25th contains a good section of the film that's out of focus.  The 24th and 25th were filmed on the floor and pretty close to the stage in full color.  As a bonus I suppose, there is a second source included as a separate track from the 25th that is in black and white and of fairly poor quality.  The 24th and 25th (both sources) are dubbed with audio.  The 27th runs silent.  The footage from the 27th is a bit distant and again out of focus but it is in color and it also includes footage of the outside of the forum prior to the show.  I ran the DVD against a VCD copy of Cosmic Energy's Visual Graffiti side-by-side in real time to compare the two sets.  The Empress Valley footage is nearly identical to the footage used by Cosmic Energy.  The main difference is in the footage for the 25th.  The Cosmic Energy footage is missing any sign of Whole Lotta Love whereas the Empress Valley DVD includes a minute or two of WLL. (Steve Prendergast June 03)

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD 001
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 24, 25 & 27 March 1975

DVD (EVSDVD 001)

Track 1 (LA 24 March 1975) runs from 00.28 to 19.00:
Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / Kashmir / No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

Track 2: (LA 24 March 1975) runs from 19.01 to 46.56:
Sick Again / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Over The Hills And Far Away [out of sequence] / Whole Lotta Love

Track 3 (LA 27 March 1975) runs from 46.58 to 59.09:
Sick Again / Dazed And Confused / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / Stairway To Heaven

Track 4 (LA 27 March 1975) runs from 59.06 to 67.15

Also included in Deep Throat III is a DVD, which has 67 minutes of colour amateur cine footage from all three nights with dubbed sound (apart from the last track). The best quality is from the first night, the picture quality is very good indeed, sharp and steady, nice full colours, taken near the stage to the left hand side of Plant. What a pity this footage is so fragmentary, but it is the most enjoyable section. Track 2 is from the second night, not quite such good quality as the previous night, often blurry images, but shot close to the stage once more, further to the left of Plant. There are longer sections of each song. Tracks 3 & 4 are from the last night. Track 3 is blurry, washed out black & white footage, taken higher up to the left of the stage, looking down onto the band members. The last track is in colour, but silent, a great pity as it is taken from further back and looking down onto the stage so you can see all the band on stage. In addition there is a catalogue of every Empress Valley CD released up to the Spring of 2003, the cover art appears as a slide show with some nifty special effects. The catalogue is arranged as follows: Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck. Finally there is a complete Empress Valley slide show, arranged by the catalogue numbers for each release. (Jules McTrainspotter July 03)

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LED ZEPPELIN - EARL'S COURT '75 - FINAL COURT

This rare, limited  numbered edition consists of two clear-cased VHS videos (custom labels on each) inside a white  plastic double video case.  The spine is black with red, white and yellow type and the familiar Earls Court logo. The back is red and has a colour picture and the song listings.  The pro-shot video footage is from the May 24, 1975 concert. There is also a  single picture CD in a jewel case that is shrink wrapped to the video case. This consists of previously unreleased soundboard material from  the May 25, 1975 concert.

Video One (84 minutes): Rock And Roll/ Sick  Again/ Over The Hills And Far Away/ In My Time Of Dying/ The Song Remains The  Same/ The Rain Song/ Kashmir/ No Quarter/ Tangerine

Video Two (92  minutes): That's The Way/ Trampled Underfoot// Dazed And Confused/ Stairway To Heaven/ Whole Lotta Love/ The Crunge/Black Dog

CD (53:04 minutes): The  Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song/ Kashmir/No Quarter/ Tangerine (fades)  (please note: extracts from Kashmir, No Quarter and Tangerine have been released previously in 1993 on Tarantura's "A 2 Last Nights", but those were incomplete and the sound was inferior). The video for this  set has been taken from two sources. As I understand it, the new source clocked in at about 145 minutes. Then, approximately 30 minutes was  taken from the infamous 'Holy Eye' DVD to complete parts missing from the new source. No attempt was made by Celebration to hide this as the 'Holy Eye' logo remains on the few parts taken from the DVD. However,  you would not need the logo to differentiate between the two sources because you can easily tell from the difference in picture  and sound from the DVD to the much better new video source.   Celebration could have just released their new version but they wanted to  provide collectors with as complete a show as possible. So, what you have is the best looking, best sounding 176 minutes of Led  Zeppelin at what some say was the peak of their career. Some of you might ask "Where's 'That's The Way', 'Going To California' and 'Moby Dick'?"  I've been told (and please don't quote me because sometimes a  good story is just a good story) that the film crew at Earls Court  mis-timed the changing of film reels and film ran out as songs were getting started, in the middle or at the end and the cameras could not be re-loaded in time. Now, while the picture and sound on the new source is much  better   than the 'Holy Eye' DVD, it is not perfect. Please do not  expect to sit down to a perfect video. I only say this so those of you out there new to collecting will not order this expecting a perfect  picture and audio. As many long time serious  collectors will tell you, sometimes the perfect picture and/or audio doesn't exist. So, until Jimmy,  Robert and JPJ open the vaults, I suggest this is as good as it gets.

Earls Court - Definitely better than the Holy Eye version. You notice  the better picture first, but are amazed by the sound quality.  Where  is that soundboard on CD? As far as the "missing" segments (Moby Dick, Going  to California) I doubt that if was left off because of  reel changes.  Reason #1 - I believe these are not off film - it  looks more like video - a more livelier look. Reason #2 - There  would be at least some of the song captured as Moby Dick is over 30 minutes long (enough time to switch reels or tapes). Reason #3 - Peter Grant  talked about Earls Court on an Old Grey Whistle test interview and said he took it (E.C.) home and popped it into his video machine, and I  quote, "nothing" (referring to the power of a live LZ show compared  to viewing a taped performance). Maybe the master (whatever the source) is damaged and there maybe more stable and complete, but inferior copies out there. Whatever the case, I'm just happy to get a voyeuristic glimpse the band doing their stuff. Sure, I'll buy the official  DVD if it comes out, but I won't hold my breath.

From Chris Gust as posted to FBO:

I received a few days ago the new version of the May 24, 1975 Earls Court video, released by the Japanese Celebration label on a double VHS set and titled EARLS COURT '75 - FINAL COURT . I have viewed  it a couple of times and have a few thoughts on it, if anyone is  interested. The bootleggers claim that a 140-minute NEW source is  used and the infamous Holy Eye Physical Rocket DVD version is used to fill  the missing gaps. I can confirm that, yes, a new source is used, which  I estimate as being about 135 minutes, out of a total length of 175 minutes. The tape begins immediately with the opening crashes of Rock and Roll  (no introduction) and the Holy Eye version is used for the first  two minutes or so until the new source begins. The new source requires some adjustment with the video settings on your television to fully enjoy it, as it is dark (again; I suspect the master is even dark) and the color is  way over saturated. I found that if you tweak your  brightness, contrast, and lower your color settings on your TV, the picture quality becomes (IMO) as good as the Knebworth video in common  circulation today and hugely enjoyable (again, IMO). I'm not an expert, but it seems to be about 4th gen footage, much better than the Holy  Eye footage overall. However, the thing that strikes me is the audio quality of the new footage. BRILLIANT HI-FI STEREO that  far exceeds the sound quality of any bootleg CD version of this show. You can hear every  ping and tic on Bonzo's cymbals in professional quality. If anyone is familiar with Celebration Odysseus CD set, the sound quality on the new video source is similar to the sound on Trampled, Moby Dick and the first  5 minutes of D&C.  I should point out, though, that sometimes the  audio slips to below Hi Fi quality during areas with brief tracking problems.  BUT, here's the kicker : whoever was responsible for releasing/selling this new video source to the bootleggers (purposely?) sabotaged each song by cutting out 5-10 seconds in the middle of  nearly every song (exceptions being Tangerine & TU) . Celebration  used the Holy Eye DVD source to seamlessly patch all of these missing pieces (however the change in sound quality is very noticeable during these small patches). Also, midway through Jonsey's piano  solo during No Quarter to the end of the song (15 minutes) are missing on  this new source, as well as from the beginning of the bow solo on D&C through the first 5 minutes of STH (25 minutes). Again, the Holy Eye source was used the fill these huge gaps but the sound quality of D&C from the original Holy Eye source is very poor and a stark contrast to the pro sound quality of the new source. There is some footage presented in the new source, which was missing on the Holy Eye DVD, including Plan's speech prior to D&C about The New Yardbirds and  Jimmy Page coming out of the close (which sparks a reaction from  JP). Also, we can see Bonzo wander to the microphone at the foot of  the stage (in his blue robe) and make his Football is a load of bollocks comment prior to the encores. He! He! The video cassettes are nifty  clear shells, instead of the usual black, and come housed in a white double  plastic case with professional artwork featuring the Earls Court logo and a pictures of the individual band members tinted white and red on the front cover (I noticed that Bron-y-Aur Stomp is missing from the  song listing on the back cover). It is an extremely nice set, and one that I'm pleased to own, even though it is far from perfect. The audio quality of the new footage almost makes it worth the price alone, IMO, and it is nice to watch a single upgraded source for 75% of the show, instead of a patchwork of different sources of varying  quality from song to song, which the Holy Eye DVD is infamous for. The  set also came with a single individually-numbered audio CD (mine is # 010), containing soundboard tracks from the next night, May 25;  TSRTS, RS, Kashmir, NQ, and Tangerine. TSRTS and RS are new to CD but Celebration used heavy noise reduction on these tracks and they basically  sound like  crap.

Earls Court 24th May 1975 (Holy Eye) 3 VCDRs
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975

VCD 1 (57.14): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
VCD 2 (64.28): No Quarter/Tangerine/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot
VCD 3 (57.52): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

When originally announced (for $150), this release was supposed to be on 3 DVDs. A rather roundabout and risky way of ordering this title meant there was little interest from fans. Fortunately this release was subsequently transferred onto three video CDs, and given a very nice fatboy treble jewel case packaging. A great photo of Jimmy surrounded by dry ice during the bow section of Dazed And Confused is on the front, and on the bottom right in small letters are the letters 3 VCD. The source for this is a pretty high generation video of the notorious Earls Court video, which has subsequently been superceded in length and quality by a number of releases on DVD. That said, it is not bad, and the mono soundtrack is acceptable. For those unable to locate or afford the more recent DVD releases, this is a cheap and chearful way of acquiring this show in a handy format on easily copied video CDs. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 04)

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Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975 DVD releases

Earls Court 24th May 1975 (no label) 2 DVDR
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975 (with footage from The Royal Albert Hall, London on 9 January 1970 as a bonus at the end of disc 2)

DVDR 1: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time of Dying/The Song Remains The same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

DVDR 2: Trampled Underfoot/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole lotta love/Black Dog

The source for this excellent release is a low generation video of the hallowed Earls Court 24 May footage. I would take a reasonably educated guess by saying that it was probably a second or third generation copy down from the master. The picture quality never goes below very good, and is mainly in the excellent category. A good indication is the clarity of Jimmy Page's guitar strings during close-ups of him. The soundtrack is extremely good too. As a bonus (rather redundant with the official DVD release) on the end of the second disc is the well know video fragment from the Royal Albert Hall in London on 9 January 1970. All in all this is a first class production and must be regarded as a near definitive version of the Earls Court video, until someone lets the master out of the bag. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Earls Court (no label) 3 DVDR
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975.

DVDR 1: Intro Nicky Horne/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir

DVDR 2: No Quarter/Tangerine/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot

DVDR 3: Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

The main source for this no label release is the 2 DVDR Earls Court 24th May 1975 production. They have copied the opening menus from both of the DVDRs for this release, and the picture quality is identical. However rather more effort has gone in to this release, as gaps in the video have been filled using the Holy Eye 3 VCD release Live At Earls Court 24th May 1975. Also the soundtrack has been sourced from the excellent sounding and more complete soundboard CD release from Watch Tower To Be A Rock And Not To Roll. The reason why the complete video has been spread over three DVDRs is because the compiler did not want to compromise the original quality of his sources and only used one hour DVDRs for his masters. This title comes in a fatboy three way jewel case, with very nice artwork. This a really worthwhile production and one to collect. As is so often the case, when a fan takes a lot of time and trouble the results are often the best quality available. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Earls Court May 24, 1975 (Cosmic Energy, 2 DVDR)

Cosmic Energy's recent release of the fourth night at Earls Court is called the ultimate edition, and it is really something to see. This is a ultimate dose of Led Zeppelin's 1975 effort. The picture is absolutely perfect,  you really can't call this a bootleg. I love it! I have owned the Holy Eye version on tape, the Kanji Dragon on DVD and I'm telling you I don't think I'll need to get another. I'm not going to speculate what generation it comes from all I'm saying is Crystal Clear-no color bleed-no picture flutter-Crystal Clear!. I stared at the screen dumbfounded. Did someone get a working copy from the recent official release? Once it's on digital disc, aren't they all masters? I don't know and I don't care-it's here and I'm loving it. Two clips-one in Going California and one in Moby Dick is the only distracter here. The audio is pretty consistent (I'm not familiar with the boots from this show to give a comparison source identification) they claim High quality audio in fabulous Dolby Digital (I'm happy). The performance is well known. The set list is as well, soon the visual will be. Get this version-highly recommended (meimnoone 2003)

Earls Court May 24, 1975 (Cosmic Energy CE-013) 2 DVDR
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975

DVDR 1: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away//In My Time of Dying/The Song Remains The same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine

DVDR 2: Going To California (fragment)/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur-Stomp/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick (fragment)/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

The Cosmic Energy label is rapidly becoming THE label to collect for DVD releases. With this release they have done another excellent job. There is a very slick opening menu for both discs and all the songs are indexed and easily accessible. The DVD case artwork is also particularly nice and well done. Having said that, the picture quality is the same as the 2 DVDR release Earls Court 24th May 1975, and the sound quality varies throughout the concert, ranging from excellent to only very good. It is a great pity that they did not use the Watch Tower 4 CD release and remaster this in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. This would have made a real difference to the release and considerably improved it. However it does have an advantage over all the previous DVD releases, as this new version has fragments of Going To California and the start of Moby Dick. As a bonus on disc 2 there are complete versions of both these songs, using a blend of the available soundboard recording and the audience recording. However it is probably unlikely that many people will bother to listen to them staring at their TV screen. If you have the no label Earls Court 24th May 1975 (with the Albert Hall footage bonus), there is probably no need to get this. However for those people who do not have the complete Earls Court footage, this release is well worth seeking out. (the Earl of Court Dec 03)

Earls Court May 24, 1975 (Cosmic Energy CE-013) 2 DVDR

Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975

DVDR 1: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away//In My Time of Dying/The Song Remains The same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine

DVDR 2: Going To California (fragment)/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur-Stomp/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick (fragment)/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

With this release Cosmic Energy have at long last done the video from this historic concert proud. They have taken a great deal of trouble in ensuring that this is the most complete version extant. They have used all possible sources of video footage to assemble the longest ever version of this wonderful concert. Of tremendous importance are the additions of fragments of Going To California and Moby Dick. Also Stairway To Heaven is the most complete version extant. The soundtrack quality is overall extremely good, although there are occasional fluctuations. The picture quality is consistently very good indeed, and often near perfect. As those perfect shots are usually close ups of Jimmy Page's guitar we are treated to wonderful detail of the master guitarist at his best. As a comparison to the previous best version of this concert Earls Court 24th May 1975 (no label release with Albert Hall video at the end of the second DVDR), the picture quality and sound a similar, but the Cosmic Energy version is a bit more complete. There is an excellent menu for each DVDR, and the case artwork and disc artwork are superb quality, easily the best of any other release of this concert. As a bonus there are the audience recordings for Going to California and Moby Dick, incomplete on the soundboard and video recordings. Overall this is an excellent production and should be regarded as the definitive version of this legendary concert, so close and dear to all Led Zeppelin fans, but especially to British fans. For those fans who must have the complete concert, as opposed to the superb selection on the official Led Zeppelin DVD, this release from Cosmic Energy is a MUST HAVE. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 04)

Earl's Court 75 (Cashmere) 2 DVD

Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975

DVD 1 (101 mins):-
1. Nicky Horne Introduction 2 .Rock And Roll 3. Sick Again 4. Over The Hills And Far Away 5. In My Time Of Dying 6. The Song Remains The Same 7. The Rain Song 8. Kashmir 9. No Quarter 10. Tangerine 11. That's The Way 12. Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

DVD 2 (68 mins):-
1. Trampled Underfoot 2. Dazed And Confused 3. Stairway To Heaven 4. Whole Lotta Love 5. Black Dog

This release from the amusingly named Cashmere label is reported to be from a different video source to the Cosmic Energy release. From information received it does not appear to be any improvement on the Cosmic Energy release. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Earl's Court 75 (Cashmere) 2 DVD
Earls Court Arena, London, May 24,1975

DVD 1:-
1. Nicky Horne Introduction 2 .Rock And Roll 3. Sick Again 4. Over The Hills And Far Away 5. In My Time Of Dying 6. The Song Remains The Same 7. The Rain Song 8. Kashmir 9. No Quarter 10. Tangerine 11. That's The Way 12. Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

DVD 2:-
1. Trampled Underfoot 2. Dazed And Confused 3. Stairway To Heaven 4. Whole Lotta Love 5. Black Dog

I got the Earls Court Cashmere pressed silver version because someone mentioned that it was from a different source than the Cosmic Energy version. A friend owns the Cosmic version so I thought that if they were different we could swap and compare. That being said I still haven't been able to view the Cosmic version yet even though I have seen and examined the packaging so maybe someone can tell any differences from this review.

The Cashmere version is packaged without any inserts and the discs are pressed silver with Earls Court 75 and the Cashmere Ram logo screened on the discs. The back cover of the case has a small copy of the Physical Rocket picture as well as the Cashmere logo. Pretty plain compared to the Cosmic which is much nicer packaging wise. The picture is very clear when the lights are bright but the picture has some bleeding problems during the parts of the show where the lights are mainly blue or red. This version is a definite must have though, the camera stays with Page during his solos even more than the legitimate DVD. The camera angles cross fade during some songs, this is done to great effect and makes for nice viewing. The video quality is worst during No Quarter, it bleeds pretty bad during this segment and is distracting, also the camera focuses mainly on Jonesy even during the jam portion which is a bit aggravating. That's The Way cuts in and the GTC and Moby clips are not present on this release. A portion of one of the old video releases is spliced in during the beginning of Stairway but only lasts for about three minutes and doesn't affect the main part of the song. You can see the identifying companies logo colored in at the bottom right of the screen. The audio quality also drops for this three minute segment. The sound pans in and out a bit during Rock And Roll and song remains the same. Sound quality is comparable to the first Empress Valley release. Great sound overall with Plant's voice loudest in the mix. Overall a great release, I can't stop playing it. From what I've read it sounds like the video quality of the Cosmic Energy release might be better but there is certainly nothing wrong with this version and they probably share many segments. (Stephen J. Christensen Dec 03)

Earl's Court 1975 The Definitive Edition (Celebration) 2 DVD
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975

DVD 1 107 mins):-
Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

DVD 2 (100 mins):-
Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, The Crunge, Black Dog

Earls Court DVDs are very similar to London buses: you wait ages for one and then three come along at the same time. This is exactly what has now happened with the Earls Court 24 May 1975 video footage. First Cosmic Energy, closely followed by Cashmere, and now Celebration. This release from Celebration claims to be the "definitive version" and "ultimate qualities complete new master reels". Unfortunately both these statements are a load of cobblers. There is only one good feature about this release, the picture quality is probably the best yet. Unfortunately there is a big minus to this important feature, the sound is all over the place. We presume that in view of the close connection between Celebration and Watch Tower, the latter's 4CD release To Be A Rock And Not To Roll was used. However the worst feature of this release is the fact that the picture and the soundtrack are often out of synch. On the first DVD this occurs from Rock And Roll to the end of Over The Hills And Far Away. From In My Time Of Dying to the end of No Quarter it is correct. On Tangerine it is once more out of synch. Going To California is lifted straight off the official "DVD" release, so they are now straying into the realms of piracy. On That's The Way, Celebration cut in with the soundtrack from the official release once again, and the increase in volume really spoils this beautiful acoustic song. On the second DVD, the sound on Trampled Underfoot is harsh and inferior. For Moby Dick, which only has the start and the end available on video, Celebration have the complete track, using the soundboard recording, and they use a few stills off the video of John Bonham drumming. Staring at this for the duration of the song is a bit tedious. On Dazed And Confused the picture and the sound are wildly apart from each other. Stairway To Heaven starts off out of synch, but then it is OK with the change of video source, from poor to very good quality. The two encores are fine. With all these faults, this release must be regarded as inferior to the Cosmic Energy version. If Celebration had taken more trouble in synching the video to the soundtrack, and evened out the sound of same, this had the potential of being an excellent and even a definitive release. As it stands it is certainly not definitive and it has numerous flaws. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 04)

HEAVY METAL KIDS (Empress Valley EVSDVD005-007) 3 DVDs
Earls Court Arena, London, 5/24/75 & 5/25/75

DVD1 (5/24/75): Intro/Rock and Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

DVD2 (5/24/75): Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

DVD3 (5/25/75): Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir

This new DVD title from Empress Valley was rumored to feature upgraded versions of the band's shows at Earls Court both on 24 and 25 May '75.  Especially, it was said to include the footage of "Moby Dick" from the show on the 24th for the first time.  As usual with any EV's titles, the price was not cheap but the package was beautiful and attractive.  As I was watching the footage from the title shown on the monitor, it became hard for me to resist getting it.Since I owned Cashmere's DVD title "Earl's Court 75" I compared the EV's new title with it.  (Unfortunately, I don't own the Master port's version or Cosmic Energy's.)  The quality of the visual images featured on both Discs 1 and 2 of EV's new title is slightly better than Cashmere's, which is especially noticeable when the images are darker.  In addition, Disc 2 of EV's new title actually includes the footage of "Moby Dick" continuing for slightly more than 39 minutes.  It is truly a welcomed addition. As for the footage of 25 May '75 on Disc 3, I compared it with that included in Celebration's "Latter Visions" which I owned.  As a result, I see that the footage featured throughout Disc 3 of EV's new title is also slightly better than that in Celebration's. However, the footage from the 25th as featured in EV's title covers only up to "Kashmir" and does not include "No Quarter," "Tangerine" or "That's The Way," all of which were already available and included in Celebration's title.In addition, while the sounds featured in Cashmere's title was recorded in the "Dolby Digital" format and that in Celebration's was recorded in the "MPEG 2-ch" format, the sound featured in EV's title was recorded in the "LPCM  2-ch" format. Accordingly, the latter sound has greater depth and is a substantial improvement on those of the former two titles. In conclusion, the value of the new title would lie in its better sound, its inclusion of "Moby Dick" in its entirety from the 24th show for the first time, as well as the slight upgrade inquality of the visual images for both shows.(Takemi Hiramatsu May 05)

HEAVY METAL KIDS (Empress Valley EVSDVD005-007) 3 DVDs
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 (DVDs 1 & 2) and 25 May 1975 (DVD 3)

DVD1 (1 hr 49 mins 19 secs): Intro/Rock and Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
DVD2 (1 hr 40 mins 51 secs): Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog
DVD3 (56 mins 19 secs): Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir

There have been numerous releases of the video to DVD transfer from the 24th May 1975 Earls Court concert, but nobody until now has combined it with the first part of the last night (it cuts out during Kashmir). Empress Valley have got the upgraded quality video/DVD transfer that has been available for a while from the 24th May show. However, and most importantly, they have tracked down Moby Dick on video (albeit several generations higher than the rest of the footage). Therefore this new release is a very significant one, and Empress Valley have tried to give the complete SBD recording with as much video footage as possible. This is highly commendable. For the 25th May show, the last night at Earls Court, they have obtained an upgraded video picture, and this is a very nice presentation as well. All the songs are well indexed and easily accessed, and there is a good opening menu. However there is no choice of sound setup, it is only available in LPCM 2. The title of this release is rather facile, a pity they could not have come up with something a little more imaginative for such an important release. The three DVDs are housed in a CD/DVD sized gatefold card cover which is not particularily attractive. It is superfluous to describe the visuals and performances of these two legendary concerts, suffice it to say that they are wonderful and highly emotive viewing experiences. Empress Valley have done fans a very good service with this release, but if they had put a bit more effort into it with soundtrack choice and packaging, then this would be a classic. (Jules McTrainspotter May 05)

HEAVY METAL KIDS (Empress Valley EVSDVD005-007) 3 DVDs
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 (DVDs 1 & 2) and 25 May 1975 (DVD 3)

DVD1 (1 hr 49 mins 19 secs): Intro/Rock and Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
DVD2 (1 hr 40 mins 51 secs): Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog
DVD3 (56 mins 19 secs): Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir

The roots of this review go as far back as the original 2 VHS set from the Celebration label.  When I plunked down my hard earned money for what I thought was the definitive copy of the holiest of holy grails -- man, was I in for a rude awakening.  It looked atrocious, as if someone recorded it from a weak UHF signal using the wrong equipment.  Then came the (in)famous Seattle '77 video which became the first Zep DVD title.  Rock Show/Cameras Roll was expensive, but I bought it.  That sucked too.  Needless to say that when the Earl's Court dvds began circulating in late 2003, I avoided all of them.

That is why I wanted this new Empress Valley 3 DVD set Heavy Metal Kids to be my first review for Underground Uprising.  It easily surpasses any Zep video I've ever owned.  From what others have written, it is indeed an upgrade from previous versions in terms of both picture quality and sound.  I was very excited to discover that the audio is LPCM because that's the audio format that Genuine Masters uses and we all know how prisitine their efforts sound!  And while I always have the utmost respect for Mr. McTrainspotter, I'd have to chide him for his comment that Empress Valley's title is somewhat disappointing because it's not in 5.1 surround sound.  C'mon!  You think it's easy to remix audio in 5.1 without compromising the intergrity of the source material?  I have a few bootleg DVDs that "claim" to be in surround sound when all they are doing is taking the standard stereo and sending it back to the rear speakers.  The sound of Heavy Metal Kids is amazing: rich, full, natural. As far as the video quality, the material from the May 24th show is unbelievable.  I'm not sure how far from the master tape it is, but it's certainly close to 1st generation.  The colors are very vibrant and realistic, and the sharpness and clarity of the picture make for a wonderful viewing experience.  The inclusion of Moby Dick is simply icing on the cake.  The video from the 25th, from what I've read, is a huge upgrade, almost as nice as the 24th. Could the packaging have been better?  Sure.  But the last thing I'd want is a piece that's super-extra-meta limited and costs three times what I paid for this.  I'm incredibly happy with this release and advise any and all to pick one up.  It's only May but this has already got my vote for Best Zeppelin DVD release of 2005....(Scott Segal May 05)

HEAVY METAL KIDS (Empress Valley EVSDVD005-007) 3 DVDs
Earls Court Arena, London, 5/24/75 & 5/25/75

DVD1 (5/24/75): Intro/Rock and Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

DVD2 (5/24/75): Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

DVD3 (5/25/75): Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir

I am not ashamed to admit (but doubt I'm alone) that I bought this title due to its inclusion of Moby Dick for the first time.  Well, for me, the rest of the video made the purchase worth the price of admission alone.  Moby Dick, recorded at many different angles to give the full viewing experience of this drum solo marathon, which I previously found to be one of Bonzo's less than engaging solos, has now been seen by me in quite literally a new light.  And the whatever-generation tape, to me, is meaningless.  The visuals are extremely clear and the recording's great.  Lots of overhead and side shots to follow Bonzo's sticking techniques, and also his great body language during the bare hands portion of the solo.  The tympani solo's fantastic, with close-ups on his hands, perfect sound mastering with flanger, and the flashing light show.  Remembering what a disappointment Moby Dick was (and is) in TSRTS, this is finally a chance to watch him solo on the vistalites.  Excellent, truly excellent.  But, coming back to the remainder of the show, the clarity of this video is such a different world than what was issued as the "holy grail" video of this show a few years back.  In the 5/24 show, for example, Jimmy's guitar in OTHAFA, especially the closed-ups, is pristine.  No Quarter's gorgeous, with great bottom end and expansion in the audio.  The shot of Jimmy soloing in Tangerine is now a breathtaking image of him playing in a basking orange backlight, and no longer a smear of dark color runs across the screen.  Also interesting, to me, that during the beginning of IMTOD on the official DVD, which has that close-up shot of Bonzo's face as he's apparently coming in to the song, is not from IMTOD at all!  It is likely a shot from Moby Dick, which is something I'm seeing now for the first time.  Dazed with the spacey Stardust can be watched AND heard clearly.  There's no synching problems between audio and video.  Sure, there's granulation, but this isn't the master tape - to my knowledge.  And, to make sure we don't forget that, Empress Valley have unfortunately stamped a permanent EV in a circle on the bottom right portion of the screen.  I wish that wouldn't have been done but, I guess where things are so freely copied and redistributed, this attempt at a proprietary symbol is understandable.  Putting that extremely insignificant quibble aside, I agree with all reviews of this title that have enthusiastically embraced this release.  I love it, including the packaging (which came with some cool liner notes regarding the 30th anniversary of the show with another Earls Court glossy insert), and find the sound to be just perfect in presenting the live hall feeling.  Big, big thanks to Empress Valley for the final word - for now - on this show.  (Symmetry101 May 05)

Physical Rocket by Room 101,
Earls Court May 24, 1975

The sound is much clearer and better than the only comparison I have which is Cosmic Energy.  At times the picture is absolutely perfect, but I would still grade the picture an 8.5 with Cosmic Energy maybe a 8.  The sound is the big improvement on this release and I would grade it a clear 9.  Moby Dick is cut out.  There is I am sure more room for improvement and I just heard of another release, so we will see. (JohanG Dec 05)

Knights Of The Court  (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-24.05.1975-DVD-07) 3 DVD
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975
2DVD Complete Concert.   LPCM audio.
1DVD Complete Concert.   Dolby Digital 2ch.

DVD-1 (1:48:38): Nicky Horne Band Intro / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
DVD-2  (1:47:57):  Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog
DVD-3  (3:34:59):  Nicky Horne Band Intro / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

Yet another Earls Court DVD we raise our hands up and ask? A few years ago the release of a complete Earls Court on DVD would have fans wetting themselves, but we have become used to excellent versions before. This new verion from GM is well worth the wait however. The Empress Valley release Heavy Metal Kids (stupid title, but excellent release) set the benchmark for the complete Earls Court 24th May 1975 video. The one annoying feature was the EV logo in the bottom right of the picture, which really got on my wick. However one excused this when you saw the excellent picture quality and very good sound. This new version from GM does not have the irritating logo, ergo it is a different source and not a regurgitation. The picture quality is as good as the EV version (perhaps even a very small fraction better), but the sound is a considerable improvement. We now have the hallmark powerful sound from GM, with excellent bottom end, and excellent top end. This version needs to be played very loud, and when you do you are transported back to Earls Court to savour and enjoy an epic performance from the group. Therefore this release is an important one and soundwise an improvement to the EV release. It will only be surpassed when the so called "digimaster" for this night (and also a complete perfect quality 25th May) is released. They are both out there, but they are being retained with a very tight grip still. We all hope that they both see the light of day in their entirity, sooner rather than later. The third disc is a DVD Audio of the show, amazingly fitted onto a single DVDR, which is a tremendous technological achievement. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 07)

KNIGHTS OF THE COURT

LABEL: Genuine Masters GM-LZ-24.05.1975-DVD-07
SOURCE: Earl's Court, London - May 24, 1975
FORMAT: 3DVD-R Picture Discs , NTSC, Region Free
RUNNING TIME: 1:48:38, 1:47:57, 3:34:59
SOUND/SOURCE: Soundboard w/Audience fill
PACKAGING: Clear, Triple DVD Clamshell with High Resolution Insert Art
FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Selection, Bonus DVD
VIDEO/SOURCE: Proshot, Color

SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 8 / VIDEO 9

TRACK LIST:
DVD-1  (1:48:38) LPCM Audio:  1. Nicky Horne Band Intro / 2. Rock And Roll / 3. Sick Again 4. Over The Hills And Far Away / 5. In My Time Of Dying 6. The Song Remains The Same / 7. The Rain Song 8. Kashmir / 9. No Quarter 10. Tangerine 11. Going To California 12. That's The Way 13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
DVD-2  (1:47:57) LPCM Audio:  1. Trampled Underfoot 2. Moby Dick 3. Dazed And Confused 4. Stairway To Heaven 5. Whole Lotta Love / 6. Black Dog.
DVD-3  (3:34:59) Dolby Digital 2Channel Stereo:  1. Nicky Horne Band Intro / 2. Rock And Roll / 3. Sick Again 4. Over The Hills And Far Away / 5. In My Time Of Dying 6. The Song Remains The Same / 7. The Rain Song 8. Kashmir / 9. No Quarter 10. Tangerine 11. Going To California 12. That's The Way 13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 14. Trampled Underfoot 15. Moby Dick 16. Dazed And Confused 17. Stairway To Heaven 18. Whole Lotta Love / 19. Black Dog

REVIEW:
As I sit down to finally pour some analysis of this latest edition of probably the most common Led Zeppelin bootleg concert video, I'm not sure I've landed conclusively on any one version of this show.  By purely grading, packaging not included, I'd have to say that "Knights Of The Court" positions itself at the #1.5 spot after Scorpio's "Story So Far" but the caveat is that it depends on your viewing preference and probably more importantly - your listening preference.  It is here that Genuine Masters completely blows the competition away.  But it's really not as simple as that.  The fact of the matter is that you would need 3 versions to get a complete show as each one has gaps in the video content and of course we know the soundboard recording is incomplete and all versions patch in the audience recording for "Going To California" and the very start of "That's The Way".  It is in this area also where the various video gaps occur.
The 4 versions I'll reference here are:

  • Genuine Masters > "Knights Of The Court"  2 versions provided:  2DVD w/LPCM Audio - 1DVD Dolby Digital 2Channel Stereo
  • Empress Valley > "Heavy Metal Kids": 2DVD version of May 24th, 1975 with 3rd DVD of May 25th video/PCM Audio
  • Scorpio/Bad Wizard > "Story So Far" DVD9 Dual-Layer Disc w/5.1 Digital Surround Mono (ouch!)
  • Apocalypse Sound > "Zeppelin Express" DVD9 Dual-Layer Disc w/PCM Audio (the audio track not very good compared to the others)

GM, Scorpio (the two I feel are the best to seek out at this point, certainly more value for the buck) and Apocalypse Sound versions have video missing right after "Tangerine" as the Plantations begin, while EV's release has this complete sequence intact but is missing video at the start of "That's The Way".  The others aren't missing any video for "That's The Way".  The patching of these gaps varies from still shots of video from other parts of show to slo-mo video.  Genuine Masters utilizes the still shot approach using screen shots from video.  Empress Valley's video is seemingly the most complete.  Here's where it gets a little more convoluted or perhaps, subjective: Video Quality.

You need to consider how you view your DVD's.  I've gone back-and-forth with others on this topic, asking preferences and there is no "one way" to slice this debate.  At first I wasn't blown away with the new GM release(s) video source -as there are 2 versions included in the "Knights" package which is certainly a nice deal.  Then I started comparing and after disappointment and debate, it actually is pretty damn good.  I evaluate my boot DVD's on a 42-inch Toshiba Television and it's in this forum I felt "Knights Of The Court" fell short on the video quality as it looked to be a higher generation than the others and frankly comparible to the Apocalypse Sound title.  Scorpio's title is head and shoulders above the rest viewed in this manner, deep dimension and natural coloring and looks superb.  Empress Valley really tried to enhance their release by messing around with the brightness and coloring but frankly looks pretty good on the bigger TV, albeit noticable washout of colors.  If they would have just left their source alone it would have been really great.  But they didn't.   Many collector's utilize their PC's or Macs for watching their DVD's and this needs to be considered also.  While GM's new release looked a little sharp and unnatural to me on the bigger screen, it does come across better on my PC and completely holds it's own against the others.  It is on this level that Empress Valley's effort gets downgraded.  Again Scorpio's release looks wonderful and rich and simply has to be from a master tape.  The difference between it and the others is quite noticable for the first third of the show up to that post-Tangerine gap and then again from "That's The Way" to the end.  The source for "Knights Of The Court" looks pretty rough by the time you get to "Stairway To Heaven" - the other titles also to varying degrees and that's a matter of age to the sourcetapes primarily.  But you have to keep in mind that this show was shot in very dark lighting and there are spots where you either lose everything or just see silhouettes.  In those days the lighting wasn't a primary consideration for filming these performances.

When Empress Valley's release came out in 2005, the big selling point was that we were presented with the video inclusion of "Moby Dick".   It should also be noted that all versions mentioned here include Bonzo's showcase, including "Knights Of The Court".  This GM release should be seriously considered due to the value collector's are getting with the 2 versions and the absolutely killer audio presentations on both the LPCM and Dolby Digital options.  I'm telling you I had to reduce my treble on the home stereo the mastering of the high-end is so crisp - it hurt!  This could be Blackdog's best effort from the pure audio standpoint.  GM's claim that "Knights" "Video and Audio that surpasses all titles currently in existance" isn't completely true as the Scorpio/Bad Wizard release is evidence enough that a better print exists.  It's not complete either but it's a better print.  However the GM audio tracks undeniably surpass all the other titles and it's a matter of what you find important and of most value in this mix of presentations.   

The patented GM multi-media menus are incorporated on the 2DVD version but there is no menu on the single DVD (also the complete show) due to the programming limitations of space on the disc but it also should be highlighted here that GM has achieved a bit of a technological break-through in getting this 3.5 hour video on one DVD in this Dolby Digital manner.  The 3 picture discs look great and the packaging, or cover scheme, utilized for the 3DVD Clamshell has a classy touch to it. (SVENGI – Webmaster HotWacks On-Line Feb 07)

Knights Of The Court(Genuine Masters GM-LZ-24.05.1975-DVD-07) 3 DVD
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975
2DVD Complete Concert.   LPCM audio.
1DVD Complete Concert.   Dolby Digital 2ch.

DVD-1 (1:48:38): Nicky Horne Band Intro / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
DVD-2  (1:47:57):  Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog
DVD-3  (3:34:59):  Nicky Horne Band Intro / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

First of all, I would like to welcome the Aussie return of Genuine Masters!  For their first new title after the break which they were forced to take due to the unfortunate incident, GM chose to work on the now well-known and widely-circulated video of the band’s show at Earl’s Court on 24 May ’75.  As expected, the audio of GM’s title has a great range and is very powerful and gutsy, easily excelling all other past titles in that respect.  As I listened to the audio of GM’s title with ear phones, I have noticed that there is some strange whirling of sounds as between the right and left channels.  However, our listening experience is fortunately not disturbed by that minor problem when we listen to it loud with speakers.  I have also noticed that several minor glitches exist in the tape used by GM (e.g., Jimmy’s guitar part close to the end of “In My Time Of Dying,” Johnsey’s melotron intro for “No Quarter,” Robert’s vocal part in “That’s The Way”).  However, Black Dog has explained, and authorized me to reveal, that the tape owner did not allow him to make any single alteration to the tape, to our regret.  Accordingly, in the title, he could not help but leave such minor problems as they were. Frankly, I think that the audio GM produced for their past title “Court Jesters” is still the best, even superior to the audio featured in this new title.  Accordingly, I hope that the tape owner will some day allow Black Dog to synchronize the audio of “Court Jesters” to the video of his tape.  As for the visuals, Empress Valley’s past title “Heavy Metal Kids” presented an enjoyable version but we should note the fact that EV had artificially made the visuals brighter because the video as originally shot was very dark.  In comparison, GM’s version is more natural and clean, constituting a record faithful to the original.  The quality of the visuals as featured in GM’s title is very similar to that of another past title from Scorpio entitled “Story So Far” and I do not think that the difference between the two versions reflects any tape generation but is simply a slight difference in its brightness.  I was first pleased to see the footage of “Going To California” and the starting portion of “That’s The Way” in GM’s title, because it was missing in EV’s “Heavy Metal Kids”.  (Scorpio’s “Story So Far” included almost the same footage as we see in GM’s title.)  Actually, “Going To California” is the most mysterious part of the video of the entire show.  Obviously, the audio synched to the video is not a soundboard source but some audience source, and the synchronization  sometimes does not seem perfect.  After having checked various materials, I now feel inclined to conclude that it is not the footage from the 24th but is actually that from the 25th.  Since the band members (probably intentionally) wore the same attire for both the 24th and the 25th, it is generally difficult to know which footage is from which date.  However, if you carefully watch the footage of “Going To California” included in the official DVD release, you will see Jimmy most of the time wearing the conspicuous pendant hanging from his neck straight down to his chest, while other few times turning it around his neck toward his back.  Then, it should be natural and reasonable to think that it was actually a combination of the footage from two different dates.  I presume that the former more dominating image was the footage from the 25th and the latter scarce image was the footage from the 24th.  In the footage of “Going To California” included in GM’s title (and Scorpio’s), we only see Jimmy wearing the conspicuous pendant hanging from his neck straight down to his chest.  It should mean that the footage is actually not from the 24th but is from the 25th.  In any event, overall, GM’s new title can be ranked at the top of the existing boot releases of the video and is highly recommended for any serious collectors.  It is rather funny that major record stores are now selling a DVD title called “Live At Earl’s Court” and released under “Masterplan” label, featuring an edited version of the same video of a quality inferior to GM’s title both in terms of audio and visuals.  (Takemi Hiramatsu Feb 07)  

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Earls Court 25 May 1975

Unstoppable Metal Machine (Condor) 1 dual layer DVD
Earls Court Arena, London, 25 May 1975

01. Alan Freeman Introduction / 02. Rock And Roll / 03. Sick Again / 04. Over The Hills And Far Away / 05. In My Time Of Dying / 06. The Song Remains The Same / 07. The Rain Song / 08. Kashmir / 09. No Quarter / 10. Tangerine / 11. Going To California / 12. That's The Way / 13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp / 14. Trampled Underfoot / 15. Moby Dick / 16. Dazed And Confused / 17. Stairway To Heaven / 18. Whole Lotta Love / 19. Black Dog / 20. Heartbreaker / 21. Communication Breakdown

This is a single dual layer DVD from unknown label Condor (shades of the legendary Toasted Condor label from the 1980s and 90s, and their logos have been copied here). A rather silly title however. What could have been the single most important DVD release since the official "DVD" from 2003 has unfortunately been a wasted opportunity. Sourced from videotape, and not the so called "digimaster" (which has been held onto by a small band of very select "collectors" [sic]), this last night at Earls Court is destined to be the most talked about Underground release in years. The major drawback with this release is the mono soundtrack. A superb stereo soundtrack is widely available, so why on earth was this not used for this very important release? The picture quality (and it is certainly a video source and not the remastered version created for the official "DVD" project), is very good, but nothing like the quality of the official release. But all said and done, the nearly complete concert on DVD for the last night at Earls Court is a tremendous joy to watch. And what a great performance too. What this release needs is an enthusiastic fan to clean up the picture a little and match the stereo soundtrack to it, and split it over 2 DVDRs, rather than a single dual layer disc. One nice thing with this release is that the Condor logo only appears briefly at the start of each track, along with the sound title. One very annoying thing about Empress Valley's Heavy Metal Kids (another really facile title) was the presence of their logo on the image throughout, which really got on my wick. So therefore this release is a very important and significant one, but as is often the case, it could have been better. Very nice packaging for the single DVD case too. (Jules McTrainspotter March 07)

Unstoppable Metal Machine (Condor) 1 dual layer DVD
Earls Court Arena, London, 25 May 1975

01. Alan Freeman Introduction / 02. Rock And Roll / 03. Sick Again / 04. Over The Hills And Far Away / 05. In My Time Of Dying / 06. The Song Remains The Same / 07. The Rain Song / 08. Kashmir / 09. No Quarter / 10. Tangerine / 11. Going To California / 12. That's The Way / 13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp / 14. Trampled Underfoot / 15. Moby Dick / 16. Dazed And Confused / 17. Stairway To Heaven / 18. Whole Lotta Love / 19. Black Dog / 20. Heartbreaker / 21. Communication Breakdown

The band’s show at Earls’ Court on 24 May ’75 is generally more famous than that at the same venue on the following day, mainly because the soundboard recording from the 24th show has been available to the public for a longer time than that from the 25th show.  However, as you see from the fact that Jimmy Page chose to mainly include the versions from the show on the 25th in the 2003 official DVD release (except for “In My Time Of Dying” which the band members, especially Robert, performed in a more “standard” manner on the 24th , which should be better for an official release), the band’s performances at the 25th show were even better than those at the 24th show or the footage from the 25th show remains in a slightly better quality than that from the 24th show.  Accordingly, this DVD title finally featuring the video from the 25th show in full length is certainly a much welcomed release for our collectors’ circle. (BTW, I wonder why the videos from the remaining three shows at Earls’ Court have not surfaced at all?).

There seems to be some room for improvement in terms of the audio of the new title, which sounds not as brilliant as that of Genuine Masters’ “Final Court”. Actually, the producer of the title noted on its back cover that this is a “mono” soundtrack, despite the fact that there is a stereo soundboard out there. On the other hand, the video featured in this new title is the most complete version ever.  The title is claimed to be made from the “master.”  However, as we compare it with the 2003 official release, the footage of the new release is not as sharp and colorful as that of the official release. Accordingly, I doubt that it was actually made from the so-called “digimaster” of the video.  Nevertheless, it is of the best quality as a bootleg, at least as good as that featured in Empress Valley’s “Heavy Metal Kids” and, in fact, is a more natural and faithful version than the latter which was artificially made brighter.  I have also noticed that the label mark for copying control appears only when the title of each tune is indicated on the screen as the tune starts, rather than staying throughout the show, which is better than what EV did for "Heavy Metal Kids".

The contents of the video, which now includes the footage of Alan “Fluff” Freeman’s exciting introduction on stage before the show started and a number of tunes that have newly been made available to the public, are very enjoyable.  For instance, the footage of "Dazed And Confused" as revealed in its entirety vividly shows Jimmy's wonderful guitar workouts.  Moreover, the footage from "Whole Lotta Love" through to the end of the show is not only new to us but also is almost of an official quality and, therefore, is a sheer joy to watch!  Especially, it is interesting to see the band members, after they finished "Heartbreaker," talk amongst themselves on stage as to whether they should play another song for the last encore and, once they decided, they started dancing on stage!  Very hilarious moments.  The video continues to show the band members, after having finished the last encore "Communication Breakdown," leaving the stage with happy faces.  It is nice and rare to see Jimmy shake hands with a few members of the audience before he finally left the stage.

The producer of the title seems to have supplemented parts of the visuals and audio of the title (e.g., “Tangerine”) with a tape or tapes different from the main source, resulting in minor problems with synchronization.  There remains some blurring of the colours in "Tangerine" as we saw in the version featured in Celebration’s “Latter Visions”.  Incidentally, the new title also reveals that my guessing regarding the mysterious video part of “Going To California” as I wrote in my review of Genuine Masters “Knights Of The Court” seems to be right.  I have confirmed that the footage of “Going To California” as included in “Knights Of The Court” is basically the same as that included in this new release, while the audios synched are different from each other.  Assuming that it if from the 25th show, I guess that the video of the tune from the 24th show has not been made available to the pubic or that it originally does not remain existing (at least in full length) for some reason. All in all, this new release is surely the one which should bring us a lot of fun, tears and answers to resolve long-time mysteries. (Takemi Hiramatsu March 07

Unstoppable Metal Machine, Earls Court, 25th May 1975 – Condor Label
Dual layer DVD, NTSC, Pro-Shot, Mono, 226 minutes

Well here it at last! An almost complete video source of their last night at Earls Court on a single dual layer DVD. This is something to celebrate and without doubt one of the most important bootleg releases for some time. Whilst there are many aspects of this release that could (and should) have been better I just want to say that this is a brilliant release with excellent video quality (probably the best we’ve seen from unofficial sources), a great and almost complete band performance and all on a single disc. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching it and I am sure you will too. First I’d like to comment on the packaging. For such an important release I think the packaging is disappointing. Just the basic one-sided artwork in a transparent DVD case. No inserts, no slipover, nothing! This looks like the label is keeping the costs down which is a good thing but I personally like my milestone Zep boot releases in superior packaging. The artwork itself is nothing special either, drawing on the Earls Court poster design. The disc artwork is also a very plain. I’d also mention that the two DVD menu screens are also uninspiring. They are relatively low quality photos that have been inserted and overlaid with text that is difficult to read (certainly on the track listing menu).

Fortunately it’s not the packaging and disc menus that are important, it’s the concert footage itself and this is superb. The DVD begins with Alan Freeman’s band introduction which is great fun and then straight into a storming version of Rock and Roll….. you know the rest! I agree with observations made by McTrainspotter that this looks like it has come from a tape rather than digital source though the quality is, in the main, excellent. The exceptions are the last minute or so of No Quarter where there is an obvious edit and the video and audio sources change. Unfortunately there are syncing problems with this short segment. The video and audio source switch yet again for Tangerine where a grubby tape transfer has been used which has tape distortion lines and flickers between colour to black and white. Beyond this however the video source is superb and despite the odd occasion where the screen is quite dark (which I think is more to do with the stage lighting than the source) the quality is about the best we’ve seen on any Zep bootleg DVDs. The main audio soundtrack is mono and whilst it is of decent quality it is thin sounding. There is a much better stereo soundboard recording in circulation and I can only imagine it will be a short while before someone synchronises this with the video (Genuine Masters perhaps?). I haven’t gone into detail about band performance of each song because you will all have heard this concert already and know it is a stormer. The end of the concert is terrific fun to watch as the band come out for their last performances before a long lay off. They are in great spirits (who knows what was inhaled or consumed backstage between encores) and play with real vigour and enthusiasm. It is simply outstanding to watch and enjoy. There are also plenty of shots of the crowd before the encores so you might even spot yourself!! I recommend this new DVD release to you wholeheartedly but be prepared to see a plethora of upgrades of this stellar show over the coming months. ROCK ON! (Graeme Hutchinson March 07)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (Empress Valley Supreme Disk)
1 dual-layer DVD
Live at Earls Court Arena, May 25, 1975

Alan Freeman Introduction/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog/Heartbreaker/Communication Breakdown

My jaw dropped when I saw that EVSD was releasing their DVD of 5/25/75.  I thought to myself, "Now EVSD's releasing this?  This has got to be good!"  And it was.  My jaw dropped even lower when I saw the footage.  The footage quality is stunning!  The quality of everything is really, amazing.  It is being said that EVSD used a lower generation tape.  I believe it too, because the quality is better than any of the other releases.  I personally like the 5/25/75 DVD's better than the 5/24/75 DVD's, because I like the way that you can see audience shots in the footage.  This DVD had alot of those.  The first 7-10 minutes is just footage of the audience taking their seats, and pretty much goofing around.  Then, Alan Freeman take the stage for his introduction.  Now, at this point in the DVD, you may not notice the difference in quality than any of the other releases.  But when Led Zeppelin takes the stage, you'll notice it.  When the camera gets close ups of Plant, if you just look at his hair, you'll notice that everything is stunningly clear.  This title doesn't have the color bleeds that every other release does.  The colors are great.  One flaw, EVSD still used the high generation tape for the end of No Quarter and Tangerine.  But on the flip side, Tangerine maintains it's color through the whole song!  I was not expecting it to have that.  The quality of the high generation tape used for the end of No Quarter and Tangerine is an upgrade from everything else we've seen, but the quality still sucks.  But that doesn't really bother me, considering the rest of the release is amazing quality.  I noticed one thing.  The quality very slightly decreases as you go through the concert.  By the beginning, the quality is amazing, but by the end, the quality is just like any of the other releases.  But that didn't bother me much.  And one other thing, the "EV" logo only appears at the beginning of each song, not through the whole performance, which some found distracting on their Heavy Metal Kids release.  The audio on this release is good, but I think the audio on Led Zeppelin and the Holy Grail is a bit better.  The audio on this release is still kind of thin sounding, and is still missing a little bass presence.  But overall, still very enjoyable.  Now let's get into the packaging:  The packaging I found quite plain, and unconvincing.  They didn't even use a picture from Earls Court for the front cover.  The packaging doesn't really bother me, but to some people it might.  But it also came with a nice insert, which is a picture of Jimmy Page during Bron-yr-Aur Stomp.  Well, what else can I say, THIS RELEASE IS AMAZING!  GET IT! (Jack Rossa July 07)

Demand Unprecedented In the History of Rock Music (Empress Valley Supreme Disk)

After getting the Unstoppable Metal Machine DVD I imagined that perhaps only improvements on the audio could be made on this release in the short term, so I decided not to get any another immediate release of this show.  But as always, I was weak and my curiosity grew based on the comments made by other fans so, I hunted and got this recent released titled Demand Unprecedented in the History of Rock Music. Jack Rossa’s review is very accurate in describing this DVD and I agree that it is definitely an absolute must. I saw it in my LCD TV and my 500 watts 5.1 Hi Fi Amplifier to enjoy as much as possible. What a pleasant surprise! from Alan Freeman’s  Introduction to the final section of No Quarter, the quality in indeed unbelievable and the best I have seen in any other of my 52 unofficial Zep DVD collection. I also enjoyed watching the audience sequences during the beginning of this release and during the encore section. I am glad they were included and made me wonder if there could be more complementary footage of this nature that provides a better idea of how great those shows were and the magic in the atmosphere they created. I also enjoy the sound in that same segment. I think that from the end of No Quarter to the end of the show the audio and video were taken practically from the same source of the Condor version with essentially the same variations in quality and limitations, but as a Zep fan, I don’t care anyway since this is without exception an excellent material that I never would have imagined to see. Good improvement and I look forward to see what will come next. If you get it you won’t be disappointed. (Sergio Celayo – Mexico City –August 07)

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Seattle 17 July 1977 Video

This grand new surfacing of the Seattle 77 video has just fell into my lap today. I must tell you first off that this is my first official review of anything, but I have been collecting Led Zeppelin concerts for many years in various forms and am affected by the "Holy Grail" syndrome just like the rest of us. The word "video" gets a rise out of any Zep collector; especially when it's previously unviewed by the masses. What I have here is what appears to be a 5th gen source (at best) of this show. It runs from Song Remains the Same through Kashmir with a snippet of the guitar solo. Very dark and very grainy. Page seems as asleep in the video as he has come off in the audio for years (let's face it folks, this wasn't the bands best performance of the tour). It's amazing how much energy was lost in those few first weeks of July when they were on break, and this video shows it as hard as it is to watch. There is no label on this video, but it is packaged nicely. Please understand that most of this verbal slamming is intended for the people who would use such a deep generation tape for such a waited for Grail. Obviously, this is a must for anyone that can find it, but here's hoping for a better generation source to surface at some point.  (Brian Daoust Jan 02

After purchasing the EC show I inquired about the Seattle 77 & I was promised one on Super Bowl Sunday. Have watched the whole show (although it cuts during the violin bow solo - so this version is missing the final 30 mins).  Audio quality is great & the visuals are at its best moments as good as the Earls Court show, but at worst are even darker.  The show has always been described as lackluster & that is true (too bad it was not from 6/21/77 !!) however, 10 Years Gone & Kashmir are great as is the acoustic set.  I do not know if you have any knowledge as to this tape being out on the collectors circuit yet, so this is at least a heads up or conformation that it is out there !!! (Bob Hochstadter Feb 02)

Heavy Metal DVD July 17, 1977 at the Seattle Kingdome,

 DVD 1 (1 hr 49 min)

  1. The Song Remains The Same
  2. The Rover/Sick Again
  3. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
  4. Over The Hills And Far Away
  5. Since I’ve Been Loving You
  6. No Quarter
  7. Ten Years Gone
  8. The Battle Of Evermore
  9. Going To California
  10. Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

 DVD 2 (1 hr 32 min)

  1. White Summer/Black Mountain Side
  2. Kashmir
  3. Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick
  4. Guitar Solo
  5. Achilles Last Stand
  6. Stairway To Heaven
  7. Whole Lotta Love
  8. Rock And Roll

After months of anticipation, the long awaited Seattle 77 DVD was released April 30 in Japan on the Celebration label.  After several delays and a Led Zeppelin collecting community waiting with baited breath, this title ranks as a ‘must have’ in my view and is sure to be talked about in the months ahead. The 2-DVD set comes shrink-wrapped with a sticker indicating the release’s ‘limited edition complete pro-shot’ status.  The set is housed in a double DVD case, with a fold-out insert consisting of common b&w photos from the tour, song listings, and a stamp indicating the individual numbering (this pressing is said to be limited to 1,000 copies). The DVD’s are silver-pressed, one white in color the other black. 

The Visual

I have never seen the currently circulating videos of the Seattle 77 show, but they are reportedly inferior in quality.  As such, I compared the quality of the Seattle DVD to other titles released by Celebration on video, such as Earls Court.  The DVD has a song selection menu for those who would like to skip tracks.  The small white lettering “Celebration” appears in the bottom right hand corner for the entire performance, but it is not distracting.  The overall picture quality is an improvement over Celebration’s Earls Court video, which has noteworthy color problems.  While the “Heavy Metal” DVD does not have the same color problems found in the Earls video, it does not have the clarity of an official release.  There is graininess in the picture, but the quality notably improves midway through disc 2.  Nonetheless, the first portion is very watchable and the entire show is eye candy for Zep fans. In addition, some small spots appear blurry or washed out at times.  This does not affect the entire picture, but as an example Page’s hand may appear blurry at times, etc.  Other small notes of interest on the visual aspect of the release is the editing and the use of fading and still shots at the end of songs.  This editing may have been in the original master version, which was professionally recorded and simultaneously played on the Kingdome TV screen during the show.  Unlike Celebration’s Earls Court video which was marred with cuts, the Seattle DVD is cleanly edited.

The Audio

The soundboard audio of the DVD is quite good, although I would argue that the sound found on Celebration’s new sourced Earls Court video is better than the Seattle DVD.  The sound quality is similar to the Seattle tracks found on the CD “Coast to Coast”.  There are a few drop outs throughout the performance, but they are brief and the sound bounces back quickly.  I did notice some clicking sounds which could be digital clicks, but they are not too distracting and are infrequent for the most part.

In summary, I see only marginal room for an improvement in quality, and in my opinion the only upgrade to this title would be an official release.  Let’s hope the guys can pull it together and give us fans an official version.  Until then “Heavy Metal” appears to be the definitive Seattle 77 version, thus warranting a ‘must have’ rating. (Zepologist May 02)

Heavy Metal Seattle 1977 DVD:
Well, the packaging claims that this is from the original tape master. Based on the quality that is shown, I'm hard pressed to believe that. More likely would be a second or third gen (S)VHS off of the original *true* masters. Evidence of this is the color bleed at times, the VHS noise which has been filtered to reduce it as much as possible (unfortunately at times its overdone and creates a wobble effect for defining lines such as the rim of Bonzo's bass drum, or Jimmy's guitar cord. Not overly destructive, but it appears VCD-ish for the most part. Now, there are two possible reasons for this. The edits and fades are done well, so props go to them for that. 1) It is off of a second or third gen (hell, even a first gen that has aged maybe 15 years or so), and they have filtered it to remaster it to look better (its very possible to drop a full generation if done *correctly*). 2) The tape would be 25 years old this summer, so anything that has survived that long and wasn't in a true archival vault is a miracle (IMHO) to be in this condition at all, so you figure that it will show a rather substantial amount of age for the low generation that it is. Take your pick. On occasion, there are these black vertical bars (well, bar is more appropriate, as there are only one, but you see it multiple times) on the very far left side of the screen. They were on the tape passed to Celebration, or EMC did some fudging and caused them to appear that way (highly unlikely upon closer inspection) as you can see where the original fuzz runs over into them. My first inclination would be to call them the difference between a PAL and NTSC image, which would also explain (via the 29.970->25.000fps conversion depending on method) the frame decimation like the effect on Jimmy's hands during solos, Bonzo (oh, just in general *snicker*) and other high motion areas. This causes one to believe that there were two different sets of tapes (or just two tapes, take your pick) used in the dvd mastering process. When you look very closely, you can see that in fact it is a PAL image being fit into an NTSC resolution, as the right hand side also has a bar, but considerably smaller. This bar shows the outer edge of the image (99% of the time not seen on a tv, but if you look at a vcd on a pc, or a tv image on a pc, many times you can see it). The other big
hint to the PAL+NTSC theory is that when the switches are made from PAL to NTSC, you see a white flash from where there was no frame to put there, but instead, one was created. (for those who have the dvd, find one, slow it down, and do frame by frame viewing and you'll see what I mean).

There is a fair amount of color bleed, such as the type found on Earls Court, but not quite as bad. When it is apparent is during reds (well duh, "svhs-effect" anyone? ;-p ), and its worsened to a degree by the filtering that has been applied. Last but not least, you can see some DVD specific artefacts that were introduced during the transfer (my guess is due to lack of bandwidth since almost a full 2 hours is crammed onto a single disc). Would I say its bad? No, just something to point out to those who care is all. I'm hoping to tree this as a vcd). An interesting bit to note is the usage of fades when there is really nothing happening to even have the lights on (such as after Over The Hills And Far Away, at the end of No Quarter, and during the piano>synth section, etc). Upon closer inspection, these appear to have been on the original tape(s) that were passed to EMC, and they don't detract from the video in any way.

Audio:
Well, first things first, while it is well known that Percy had vocal problems, they are not nearly as noticeable on this edition as oh... say... Year of the Dragon (which they were crystal clear... in all of their "oh my god I've smoked too much and my voice is cracking cos of puberty but TIMES TWENTY" type effect. So that is a real plus. Now, there is one downside, and many badgies and trainspotters will pick up on this one by just looking at the cover. Celebration (the C in EMC if you're just joining the discussion) is the sister label of Electric Magic. Educated guesses tell ya that they are mastered by the same crew many times, and that's evident from the really strange (ed note: read "not humanly possible") noises that are introduced to the music via overzealous and under experienced sound engineers and their EQ equipment. While the problems that have been seen on releases like The Lost Masters and Rock And Roll Magic are not here universally, there are some occasions, such as Nobody's Fault But Mine, where you physically cringe cause its painful at loud levels... Not the 5k-10k range (cymbals through high hat for the most part) as is usually the victim, but instead the 1k-2k range (page's guitar for the most part, but a mixture of instruments/vocals), and it coats every note for a good 3 or 4 minutes. The problem starts about 2 minutes into dvd1t3 and clears up somewhere near the end of the track I guess (I couldn't take it and hit next track and noticed very little left of it on Over The Hills And Far Away.)  Also, while not overly bearing, or disturbing, the brightness and bass change at totally random moments. Just enough to notice it, but not enough to distract from the enjoyment of the show (example: for a couple of minutes in No Quarter, the high hat and cymbals become more prominent, while Page's guitar drops a bit).

Overall:
After roughly 25 years, a 4 month wait, an additional 3 month delay, was this worth it? yep. Is it worth getting
it even though the playing is rough on occasion, and Percy has the occasional problem which makes you wince every so
often. You bet. Is it worth paying roughly $200 for the double dvd set, which is limited (I guess to 1000. Mine came with a number in the 400s, so I don't know)? YES (OK, well me for anyway). (Grayson Page May 02)

Seattle 17.7.1977 video

Set list:
The Song Remains The Same, The Rover (intro) / Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Boogie With Stu, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Out On The Tiles / Moby Dick, guitar solo (cuts out), Achilles Last Stand (cuts in - fragment), Rock And Roll (fragment).

Pro-shot video of Led Zeppelin's Seattle show from 1977 has finally reached the hands of bootleg traders around the world. My copy of the tape is clearly a high gen copy. The picture quality is quite dark and sometimes it's hard to see what or who is on the screen. However, the audio quality is very good. The version I have, runs about 180 minutes. The source of the video is same from "The Song Remains The Same" to Page's guitar solo - the fragments of "Achilles Last Stand" and "Rock And Roll" come from a different source (the quality of the picture is slightly better but still dark). (Petri Kaasalainen May 02)

Rock Show / Cameras Roll (Akashic Records AKADVDLZ-1)
1DVD in Jewel case Kingdome Seattle Washington USA 17 July 1977
Excellent Pro-shot & Soundboard source Complete show (200 minutes)

The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Out On The Tiles - Moby Dick / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

I received this DVD about a week ago and finally had time to compare it to Heavy Metal on Celebration. It is a single DVD with two parts as opposed to having two DVDs like Celebration. It is an upgrade over Heavy Metal in video and sound quality. The picture is cleaner (not as fuzzy on the face and hands), not as grainey/pixely, no PAL flutter on the edge like Heavy Metal and no Celebration logo in the bottom corner. The sound is even a bigger upgrade. It doesn't have that "flock of birds" sound, it is clear, has good range, and the sound effects come through very well. It does have a small drop in sound as the show begins which Celebration doesn't seem to have, but it sounds like Celebration may have filled in with a different source, but its only for a second or two. A definite MUST HAVE. (Sean Wylie Jan 03)

Rock Show/Cameras Roll - Seattle Kingdome, Seattle, July 17th, 1977 - 1DVD Akashic

Set List (198 minutes):
The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills & Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Out On The Tiles - Moby Dick / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand/ Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock & Roll

This single DVD is simply presented in a single jewel case with obi strip and artwork showing images from the show. The DVD is divided into 2 parts buts runs continuously. I haven't seen the Celebration Video version so am unable to compare. The picture is clean throughout other than when the band are in blue and red lights when the picture quality reduces slightly. Other than that I was surprised by the clear imagery. The sound is excellent Sbd and loud. Other than a slight drop when it starts the only other major cut is from the start of the guitar solo up to the point when Page goes into the Theremin workout. Whilst the rest of the band look fairly fit, Page looks gaunt and thin. I was quite shocked to see how bad he really looked. Still, a nice document to have and a must have for those who enjoy the '77 scene. (The VLH Jan 03)

Kingdome Come- Watch Tower 2 DVD
Kingdome, Seattle, WA 17 July 1977

Set List:-
DVD 1: The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
DVD 2: White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Out On The Tiles - Moby Dick / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

This is a superior release to the Akashic title reviewed above. Unfortunately both Celebration and Akashic were supplied with an inferior video source tape. This new version from Watch Tower, albeit on DVD-Rs, has an excellent picture quality, which is not surprising considering where it was sourced from (viz. very close indeed to the master). The sound quality is stunning, superior to Empress Valley's Return Of The Dragon, and the picture quality is near perfect. The total running time adds up to 3 hours and 21 minutes. Whilst the picture quality is excellent, the colours are a little faded. The original master, must over the passage of time, have faded, similar to being slightly bleached by the sun. This must be why Jimmy Page did not use it for the official DVD. This release makes the previous two redundant, and with the advent of DVD recorders more people will fortunately be able to see and hear this show in excellent quality. I notted however, as did several correspondents, that there is a small discrepancy in the sync between the sound and the video, on the first disc. (Jules McTrainspotter March 03)

Kingdome Come- Watch Tower 2 DVD
Kingdome, Seattle, WA 17 July 1977

Just thought I would put my two penneth in on this one, this is without doubt the best Seattle DVD release to date, and will probably not get much better. The visuals are excellent and apart from a slight clipping noise on the audio track the sound is excellent quality also. I have the Celebration release of this one and this will be going in the bin shortly, or will be used as beer coasters. As far as I can tell the set list is complete for the show, the solo in STH is magnificent and to see Bonzo in this quality on OTT is fantastic, even the close ups on his feet stomping away are awesome. Other highlights are the acoustic set, the band seemed to be highly relaxed and having a good time. Word is, get it. (Lee Henley April 03)

Seattle 1977 (Cosmic Energy CE-12) 2 DVDR
The Kingdome, Seattle, WA, 17 July 1977

DVD 1 :-
1. The Song Remains The Same 2. Sick Again 3. Nobody's Fault But Mine 4. Over The Hills And Far Away 5. Since I've Been Loving You 6. No Quarter 7. Ten Years Gone 8. Battle Of Evermore 9. Going To California 10. Black Country Woman 11. Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

DVD 2 :-
1. White Summer / Black Mountain Side 2. Kashmir 3. Out On The Tiles Intro / Moby Dick 4. Guitar Solo 5. Achilles Last Stand 6. Stairway To Heaven 7. Whole Lotta Love 8. Rock And Roll

Where the Watch Tower went wrong with their otherwise excellent 2DVD release Kingdome Come was the incorrect synchronization of the picture with the audio tracking. Enter Cosmic Energy, a DVD label that takes a great deal of time and effort to do things right (what a nice change!), and this new release on two DVDRs is a model of quality and accuracy. For the first time on DVD we have not only the best available picture quality, but excellent and correctly synched sound in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Each disc is well served by a menu which allows instant access to any desired track or to play the entire disc. Packaging is also becoming a trademark of Cosmic Energy, and once again we are treated to excellent full colour case insert (with a great picture of Jimmy on the front, replete in dragon suit), and very nice disc artwork too. This release must now be regarded as the definitive version on DVD, and is essential viewing for all fans. Now if Cosmic Energy can release a complete Madison Square Garden 1973 show on DVD we shall be transported to seventh heaven! (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 04)

Seattle 1977 (Cosmic Energy CE-12) 2 DVDR
The Kingdome, Seattle, WA, 17 July 1977

Can't say more that this release is a definitive MUST HAVE!!! The picture of this release is great, much better than on the Heavy Metal DVD from Celebration and the sound is completely stunning! This should be the definitive version of this release. The concert is not as good as the Forum shows from 77 but it's still good, much better than the Cleveland show in my opinion. Another MUST HAVE DVD from Cosmic Energy for the serious collector! (Moll Drummer Feb 04)

An Evening With Led Zeppelin (Cashmere) 2 DVD
The Kingdome, Seattle, WA, 17 July 1977

DVD 1 (110 mins):-
1.The Song Remains The Same 2.Sick Again 3.Nobody's Fault But Mine 4.Over The Hills And Far Away 5.Since I've Been Loving You 6.No Quarter 7.Ten Years Gone 8.Battle Of Evermore 9.Going To California 10.Black Country Woman 11.Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

DVD 2 (100 mins):-
1.White Summer / Black Mountain Side 2.Kashmir 3.Out On The Tiles Intro / Moby Dick 4.Guitar Solo 5.Achilles Last Stand 6.Stairway To Heaven 7.Whole Lotta Love 8.Rock And Roll

The second release from new kids on the block Cashmere, is a straight copy of the 2 DVDR release Seattle 1977 from Cosmic Energy. The song running order over the two discs is identical to the Cosmic Energy release. The only advantage of this release over Cosmic's is that it is on pressed DVDs as opposed to DVDRs. Get the Cosmic Energy version if there is a choice. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Kingdome Seattle 1977 (Hercules) 3 DVD
The Kingdome, Seattle, WA, 17th July 1977

DVD 1:- The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
DVD 2:- Ten Years Gone  / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman /Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer / Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
DVD 3:- Moby Dick / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

This title is easily the best that I have seen . I started off with Heavy Metal. Although I was extremely excited to own footage of the Boys, overall, I was disappointed. The colour ran. Picture quality was very poor. However it was better than nothing. Not a positive recommendation. Along came the Akashic title - Rock Show. Pretty expensive. I thought they were bound to do a better job. Whilst it may have been an improvement it was marginal. Certainly not worth the money. Now I was a bit fed up. I determind to spend no more money on this title. Watch Tower and Cashmere released their versions. Surprisingly I managed to keep my hands in my pockets. Hercules then released theirs. It got an excellent review on the Airraid site I decided to purchase. Fat jewel case. Reasonable quality pictures of the band. 3 DVDs. Verdict - a wonderful improvement over my existing titles. Picture quality excellent. Sharp colours. No runs. No logos. Sound very good. I just do not understand how Celebration / Akashic can produce titles of such poor quality compared to Hercules . Presumably the good people at Hercules took the time and effort to produce something worthwhile and at a not bad price, whereas the others just wanted a buck for as little effort as possible. I can now put my mind at rest concerning this title. I have a great version. I do not feel the need to buy any other versions past or future. (John Morrison May 04)

Kingdome Seattle 1977 (Hercules) 3 DVD
The Kingdome, Seattle, WA, 17th July 1977

DVD 1:- The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
DVD 2:- Ten Years Gone  / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer / Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
DVD 3:- Moby Dick / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

Hercules have now released the definitive version of the Seattle video on DVD (on pressed discs too). This is an excellent release, picture quality is the best yet, and the sound is superb. Whilst it is spread over three discs, the price for this release is very reasonable indeed. A great deal of time has been taken by the producers of this release to clean up the picture and this has meant that we have an extremely good overall quality that does not fluctuate. Nicely packaged in a fatboy jewel case, this is a first class production and can be recommended to all fans. (Jules McTrainspotter June 04)

Supersonic Seattle (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-17.07.1977-DVD-04) 2DVD
17th July 1977 Kingdome, Seattle, WA

DVD-1 (1:50:02):
1. Intro / 2. The Song Remains The Same / 3. The Rover / 4. Sick Again 5. Nobody's Fault But Mine 6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Since I've Been Loving You 8. No Quarter 9. Ten Years Gone 10. The Battle Of Evermore 11. Going To California 12. Black Country Woman / 13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
DVD-2 (1:39:47):
1. White Summer / Black Mountain Side / 2. Kashmir 3. Out On The Tiles / 4. Moby Dick 5. Page Guitar Solo 6. Achilles Last Stand 7. Stairway To Heaven 8. Whole Lotta Love / 9. Rock And Roll

Another release of the Seattle 77 video on DVD. The video picture quality is only very marginally better than the 3 DVD Hercules release Kingdome Seattle 1977, but the improvement is in the soundtrack. There is better stereo seperation and it has a very bright and punchy sound. This release was not sourced from existing DVD versions, but is taken from a proper 2 video cassette source. If you own an original Hercules release then this is probably not worth getting, but if you do not have this concert on DVD then this is the best choice. (Jules McTrainspotter Aug 05)

SUPERSONIC SEATTLE (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-17.07.1977-DVD-04)
Kingdome, Seattle, Washington - July 17, 1977

FORMAT: 2DVD-R, NTSC
RUNNING TIME: 3:29:49
SOUND/SOURCE: Video Soundtrack/Line Feed
PACKAGING: Clear DVD Clamshell with High Resolution Insert Artwork
FEATURES: Interactive Animated Menus, Scene Selection, Picture Discs
VIDEO/SOURCE: Low Generation VHS Tapes
SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 7 / VIDEO 9

TRACK LIST:
DVD-R #1: 1. Intro, 2. The Song Remains The Same, 3. The Rover Intro, 4. Sick Again, 5. Nobody's Fault But Mine, 6. Over The Hills & Far Away, 7. Since I've Been Loving You, 8. No Quarter, 9. Ten Years Gone, 10. The Battle Of Evermore, 11. Going To California, 12. Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
DVD-R #2: 1. White Summer/Black Mountain Side, 2. Kashmir, 3. Out On The Tiles intro, 4. Moby Dick, 5. Page's Guitar Solo, 6. Achilles Last Stand, 7. Stairway To Heaven, 8. Whole Lotta Love, 9. Rock And Roll

A title kept under wraps until it was ready for release, Genuine Masters sought to provide what seemed to be the lowest generation source of this well-covered Seattle '77 video. They apparently did their homework well, opting not to utilize a 4 DVD-R version that was circulating in Europe and said to be of the "best" quality. Supersonic is sourced directly from low gen VHS tapes and what it reveals is that the master tape itself has the flaws and labels such as Cosmic Energy and Hercules simply made efforts to "smooth" them out. The bottom line on "Supersonic Seattle" is that it has, without question, the best audio of any of the titles while the video certainly possesses a richness and even a degree improvement on clarity at certain points during the show ("No Quarter" through the Acoustic Set). It should be inserted here that I was totally wrong in my announcement of the title, saying GM was utilizing Empress Valley's "Year Of The Dragon" soundboard for the audio. The audio here is direct from the VHS source tapes and provided the most ideal bed of sound for Blackdog at GM to work. Disc 1 sounds fantastic and is really the basis for any comparison as Disc 2 merely matches any of the other titles in my opinion. This is completely due to the quality and possibly condition of the master tape. There are certain dropouts present sporadically during the course of disc 1 but it is disc 2 that shows the more noticeable of audio "warts" with static bursts and tape blemishes inherited from the source. Noticeable because the audio itself is so clean, a really nice job of preserving the spectrum of qualities and presenting this show, a more lively feel than we've heard before.

Everybody knows all the particulars of this well distributed concert video so, a few personal observations or thoughts. There is no longer any doubt in my mind as to why the band didn't utilize any footage from this tape. The obvious one is the precarious condition of Robert's voice on this July evening, even though there are nice versions of tunes throughout the 1st half of the show -"The Song Remains The Same", "Over The Hills..." & "Going To California" come to mind. "Ten Years Gone" would have been a great one if Robert's voice wouldn't have broken down at the end, bummer. Then, I have to pick on Robert again. The ensemble outfit he sported during that July '77 run of concerts is the absolute worst of his career. He looks absolutely ridiculous. Other reasons perhaps have to do more with the technical aspects, the dark lighting and issues with the audio track. But those blue satin slacks along with those patented moves...I'm sorry, I digress. We are EXTREMELY fortunate to have a full 1977 video to analyze, no matter what. Disc 1 of "Supersonic Seattle" is an excellent document from the archives and it's simply a lack of anything meaty in that latter half of the show that contributes to it being somewhat flat. Too self-indulgent is what it comes down to. The long solos combined with really lack-luster run-throughs of "Kashmir", "Achilles", "Stairway" and the "Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll" encore just lack the zeal we usually associate with these performances. They just seem tired. One final question for you fanatics: Who is playing with drumsticks on the upright Bass along with John Paul Jones during that impromptu jazz interlude towards the end of "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp"? Jimmy? I always thought it was Robert until watching this DVD closely and noticed Robert comes around and plays what sounds like a makeshift Kazoo at that moment. I'll end it there with a trivia question. This is a superb title to pick up if you are looking for a top quality version of the show. I will agree with Jules McTrainspotter from UU and say that if you own the Hercules version, you can probably skip on this. ( “SVENGI” Webmaster HotWacks on-Line Aug 05)

Supersonic Seattle (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-17.07.1977-DVD-04) 2DVD
17th July 1977 Kingdome, Seattle, WA

Supersonic Seattle is Genuine Masters' take on the oft-booted, pro-shot footage from the Kingdome, Seattle July 17, 1977. Unlike the recent substantial upgrades of both Knebworth nights and the rumored ones on the way of the Earl's Court videos, Supersonic Seattle doesn't offer a material improvement picture-wise to Hercules' triple Kingdome Seattle 1977, generally considered the best commercial version to date. The lineage of both appears to trace back to the same tapes, still several generations away from masters, and one might quibble that Seattle didn't warrant another release until a dramatically superior source was available. But it is worth nothing that unlike Knebworth and Earl's Court, which were staged and lit with video filming in mind, Seattle's video source was footage shot for the stadium big screen with no intention of preservation until, as legend has it, Peter Grant himself seized the tapes (two of the three anyway, which is why we had the encore years before we had the rest of the show, but that's a story for another time). By which I mean Seattle is inherently limited thanks to uncooperative lighting, camera positions, etc. even if we had the video directly from the masters (which, for the record, I would still welcome). All that aside, GM's picture is better on the margins and offers fewer glitches and artifacts. Not surprisingly, it?s the audio side where Supersonic soars. The linear-PCM soundtrack is a clear improvement over earlier incarnations, with all the punch, separation and clarity we've come to expect from GM. (Butterking August 05, an expanded Review from Going Underground, ICE Magazine, October 05)

Supersonic Seattle (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-17.07.1977-DVD-04) 2DVD
17th July 1977 Kingdome, Seattle, WA USA.

Having never heard or watched the Seattle 1977 show, I came to the GM release with relatively fresh ears and eyes.  It's true that this is not the best performance by the group.  However, as any Zep collector knows, even an average show by this band still has many strange and even great
moments. The oddest segment in this show is when Page breaks a string during Bron-Y-Aur Stomp and Jones and Bonham take over in a fun and funny jazzy jam.  And whoever suddenly starts to play with drum sticks on Jones' stand-up bass remains a mystery since all we see are his arms.  Could it be a roadie? One of the best songs has to be Stairway to Heaven.  Plant sings beautifully, with restraint and mostly stays within his limits.  But John Bonham is the star of this song.  He plays some incredible fills which you never hear during some '75 versions.  In my opinion, he is the star of this whole show and with this video it becomes clear how far his playing has advanced from '75.  Maybe not for everyone, this dvd is a must for hardcore Zep nuts like me! ( Roger Oct 05)

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Knebworth Festival 4 August 1979

Secrets Revealed (Watch Tower, WT-DV2005001/2) 2DVDs in a plastic DVD case
Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England, 4 August 1979

Disc 1: Introduction / The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
Disc 2: Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand / Guitar Solo / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

Total running time: approximately 197 minutes

This new DVD release from Watch Tower is a title of significant importance. I'm sure it will change people's evaluation of the band's shows at the Knebworth Festival 1979 and will be another definite "must have" for all fans and, especially, all critics who have been saying "bloody" words about them! The pro-shot video footage in full length of the band's second show at the Festival on 11 August, has long been available in the community and released numerous times by various labels. On the other hand, this title features, for the first time, the pro-shot video footage of the band's first show at the Festival in full length. The quality of the visuals as featured in the title, fluctuates a bit from time to time during the concert. At the beginning and some other moments, it is less sharp than the rest. However, it never goes below as good as that of the best available unofficial video footage of the second show and is generally even better than that! The sounds as featured in the title in the format of "Dolby 5.1 Channel Digital Surround" are at the beginning not well balanced (probably originally) but soon improve to be excellent! (Since I unfortunately do not own a system to fully enjoy the format, I have to defer to the opinions of other people who own such a system for more precise evaluation of the sounds as recorded in that format.)

The band's performances captured by this title, also improve as the concert moves on. It's rather surprising to notice that Jimmy's guitar playing at this show is not bad at all but is rather SUPERB!! Both his playing and guitar sounds (with more overdriving effects) are substantially better than those of the second show. Just for the first few songs, his playing is a bit rough, probably due to the nervousness which he may have naturally felt for the band's long absence from the live scenes in their home country. However, from around "Black Dog," he soon starts to shine! His fingers get amazingly loose and his playing gets quite smooth and fluent, being as good as or even better than his performances in the preceding Copenhagen warm-ups. Actually, as I see and hear, Jimmy is the "star of the night"! He is sweating less here than the second night. The performances of the other band members are also flawless. Now I am inclined to agree with Robert's comment made after the band finished "Hot Dog" that the show got to be better than those at Earls' Court in '75! We can see from the band members' smiling faces that they themselves were then quite satisfied with the quality and level of their performances of that night. Therefore, I can now guess how disappointed the band members, especially Jimmy, were, when they read any bad review of their first show, which was actually and truly excellent... As many of you well know, the quality of the band's performances, especially Jimmy's, at the second show on 11 August, were somewhat inferior for some reason not well known to us for a long time, as compared to that of the first show, which we can now duly experience with this new release. I presume that such disappointment of theirs may have resulted in the infamous performances at the second show. If that is the case, the critics rather than Jimmy should have been responsible and blamed for that!! Led Zeppelin itself should have officially released this video of the first show much earlier than Watch Tower releases it in this manner 26 years after the show took place. Then, they should have been able to avoid having been criticized for the inferior quality of their performances at the second show for such a long, long time... Now I would like to toast Jimmy for the due recovery of his fame thanks to this excellent release!! (Takemi Hiramatsu July 05)

Secrets Revealed (Watch Tower, WT-DV2005001/2) 2DVDs
Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England, 4 August 1979

Disc 1: Introduction / The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
Disc 2: Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand / Guitar Solo / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

Both Knebworth Festivals have, over the years, generaly been put down by numerous pundits, critics, armchair experts and even Robert Plant himself! However these two massive concerts remain of great importance to all British fans, and in particular those who attended them. The first concert in particular needs a considerable reassessment and I am sure that after watching this DVD there will be a marked shift to the "highly favourable" camp. Out of the blue and out of the hoarders pathetic and sad bastard mentality ["I've got it and you haven't"] hands, this two (proper, pressed) DVD release of the complete video for the first historic Knebworth concert is an event of tremendous importance to all Led Zeppelin fans. A very large feather in the cap of Watch Tower for tracking this down and getting it out to the fans. The picture quality overall is excellent, it looks to me like a probable second generation at the most from the master video. The sound starts off a bit thin (albeit clear and sharp) but improves and is then excellent. All the instruments can be clearly heard and distinguished. The band were enjoying themselves, and you can see the smiles on many occasions from Jimmy Page and other band members too. The closeups of Plant and Page in particular are very clear and sharp. These 2 DVDs capture the entire concert and clock in at a very impressive 197 minutes in total. The discs are housed in a standard two way DVD case. The insert artwork is fairly ordinary, but who cares really, it is the DVDs that matter. Interestingly (or possibly not), the subtitle for this release is 'Knebworth 1979 First Night'. I wonder whether Watch Tower will follow up this stunning and awesome release by putting out the second show as well at a later date? This release must be considered as one of the most important and essential of the year, and full marks must go to Watch Tower for wrestling this video from the hoarders and getting it out to the fans. They have at last done full justice to the first Knebworth Festival, and I am sure that this historic concert will now get the praise and attention it deserves. (Jules McTrainspotter July 05)

Secrets Revealed (Watch Tower, WT-DV2005001/2) 2DVDs
Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England, August 4 1979

Disc 1: Introduction / The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
Disc 2: Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand / Guitar Solo / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

Like most people, I was totally blown away by the official Led Zeppelin two-DVD set, and even more so by the inclusion of the Knebworth material. I was familiar with the Royal Albert Hall '70 and the Earl's Court '75 footage which comprise most of the official release, and I had read only horrible things about the Knebworth shows. Needless to say, the seven songs from August 4, 1979 astounded me with their sheer force, power, and emotion. Zep looked good, and sounded even better. For those who believe Zep went flaccid around the time of In Through The Out Door, just watch and listen to "In the Evening." Be prepared to have your butt kicked. By the time the newly-revamped "Whole Lotta Love" ripped through this midsummer night's dream, you're reminded why Led Zeppelin had no peers.
This is why the release of Watch Tower's Secrets Revealed was such a major announcement in the Zep community. I wholeheartedly agree with the other reviewers about the quality of the audio and video. It's definitely not up to the standard of the official DVD, but you do wind up getting nearly two-and-a-half hours of previously unseen vintage performance. And I highly doubt you'll ever see the complete Earl's Court or Knebworth released legitamately, so this really does make an excellent companion piece to "Heavy Metal Kids". You're in for a very satisfying listening and viewing experience. Sure, the packaging is pathetic, but if you need your fix of silver, factory-pressed goodness, here 'tis. Highlights? Well, certainly Jimmy Page cherry-picked the best moments for the official DVD, but there are still plenty. I think they found their groove with "Nobody's Fault" and the show achieves a higher level afterwards. "Over the Hills," "Misty Mountain," and "Since I've Been Loving You" are as powerful and dynamic as any I've ever heard. It's also nice to be able to see them perform their later material like "Ten Years Gone," which I would have guessed would have made the official release.
More than 25 years have passed since they took the stage that night, but like the Live Aid dvd set that came out, we can now sit back and revisit a legendary concert in a way few of us believed we could. (Scott Segal July 05)

Secrets Revealed (Watch Tower, WT-DV2005001/2) 2DVDs
Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England, 4 August 1979

Disc 1: Introduction / The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
Disc 2: Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand / Guitar Solo / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

I've just received the new Knebworth 'Secrets Revealed' DVD of August 4th 1979. Watch Tower are to be congratulated for releasing the first version of this show in such good quality, unlike the normal second show, which has seen a spate of continuous minor upgrades over the past 15 years. This release is as good quality wise as the recent releases from the second night. There is also no annoying logo present throughout the show. It was great to watch this show. Some of the footage is from different camera angles to 11/8/79. There also seems to be slightly more footage of Bonzo than 11/8/79. There are a few minor points - there is a background hum present for most of the show, similar to the hum that you can hear on the second disc of most releases from 11/8/79. This seems to get better as the show progresses. The show is not quite complete as there are a couple of missing segments, which I guess is missing on the original source. The first is from the end of 'The Rain Song' and until the start of 'White Summer'. They have pasted in audio from an audience source and some slow motion video. This probably lasts around 1 minute. The second is during 'Whole Lotta Love', and is missing from around the 'I wonder if everyone in Newcastle can hear me' part until the end of the song. This is probably around 2-3 minutes, and they have pasted from the audience recording together with video from 11/8/79 to fill the gap. These are only minor quibbles. The show is highly enjoyable, and great quality, and well worth getting. (Ian Avey July 05)

Secrets Revealed (Watch Tower, WT-DV2005001/2) 2DVDs in a plastic DVD case
Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England, 4 August 1979

Disc 1: Introduction / The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
Disc 2: Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand / Guitar Solo / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

For some time, for those of us who attended the first Led zeppelin Knebworth festival concert, the whole video of the concert was akin to searching for the holy grail. We knew that it was out there - snippets of three tracks appreared on the celebration final cut video of the second concert and versions of tyg and h were available on Latter Visions also by Celebration. the official DVD show casing just how good they weer on the first night only intensified our desire to obtain a copy of the whole of the concert. Secrets Revealed has finally allowed us to find our grail and also allows a objective evaluation of the first concert that Led zeppelin performed at knebworth that year.
At the start the boys are clearly nervous and although SRTS and CD are acceptable the band does not start to gel until BD swiftly followed by NFBM and OTHAFA. Although MMH and SIBLY are sound it is surprisingly NQ that is the surprise hit of the first half of the concert - although widely slagged at the time it is surprisingly a light touch version and seems to kick the band into overdrive. TRS is outstanding and as virtually the rest of the concert was showcased by JP in the official DVD, it is clear that he was more than happy with the remaining 9 songs. These will be familiar to all those who have the official DVD.
What the release does highlight is that the performance overall was far better than the contemporary press reported and even Dave Lewis reported on in his TBL evaluation some years later. Unlike the second show the boys are clearly enjoying themselves, evidenced by the constant grins on RP and JP faces virtually throughout the whole of the the show. perhaps the most revealing aspect of the video is just how good JB was that night. Despite rumours of his state of health in this period he plays as well as in any video I have seen of the band - yet again showing that he was the heart and soul and irreplaceable part of the band. The visuals, although not up to Heavy Metal Kids standard are as good as any of the second show versions available and I guess we will have to wait until genuine masters gets hold of the originals until a better sound of the show is produced. Overall an essential addition to any collection. (MC Aug 05)

Secrets Revealed (Watch Tower, WT-DV2005001/2) 2DVDs in a plastic DVD case
Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England, 4 August 1979

Disc 1: Introduction / The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
Disc 2: Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand / Guitar Solo / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

A review from our special correspondent, a veteran of that field near Stevenage twenty-six years ago....

Well, there's not really too much to add to the other reviews. The picture quality is perfectly acceptable, about as good as a first generation copy of an off-air VHS recording, and the sound is spot-on. Most Underground Uprising readers are likely to be very familiar with the performance, thanks to several long circulating audience tapes and the more recently surfaced audio from the soundboard.
So, just a few personal observations and reminiscences:
The first thing that strikes me is how nervous Robert appears. A man who had been holding huge crowds in the palm of his hand with complete confidence and authority for over a decade is overwhelmed by the scale of the event. Can you imagine a 1977 Plant tentatively asking “How is it? OK?” to an MSG or LA Forum audience? His frequent head scratching and playing with his hair, obviously not apparent from the audio tapes, is a little distracting but suggests that Robert was nervously aware of the importance of the occasion.
Then there's Jimmy. One of the reasons I'd much rather listen to Jimmy Page than the likes of the rather more predictable Eric Clapton is that Jimmy's playing is as exciting as blindfold tightrope walking without a safety net. You never know when he's going to fall off and he comes perilously close very frequently here, but always manages to recover. At Knebworth, Jimmy was all over the place, to the extent that some have called his playing sloppy chaos. On the night, I found it absolutely thrilling and, having listened to the show literally hundreds of times over the ensuing years, still find it so. Now that we can see the concentration, the grins and the grimaces, the sense of excitement is heightened even more. I remember thinking on the night that they'd completely screwed up Since I've Been Loving You, because of Robert's unorthodox early entry near the beginning of the song, but I now realise that the change was deliberate and I think it works. One of my favourites from the show.
The best is yet to come. I was lucky enough to have been at Earl's Court on 24th May 1975 and, by 1979, had lived with the version of No Quarter from that night for over four years, thanks to that great vinyl bootleg in its full colour sleeve. I still remember the goose pimples as Robert announced “This is No Quarter” at Knebworth. It's not often you can recall the exact words running through your mind at a given point after a quarter of a century, but at that moment I was thinking “Here's the high point of the evening.” And it was. Not as special as Earl's Court 24th, admittedly, but still wonderful. John Paul Jones – the complete musician.
A rotund Bonzo, looking rather older than his thirty one years, powers the band throughout the show. There's nothing as visually spectacular here as the astonishing Albert Hall Moby Dick from the official DVD, but his irreplaceability is soundly confirmed. The last time I ever saw him. So sad.
A few technical points:
I like the simplicity of the DVD menus. Nothing too flashy and they work just fine.
The missing bits of video have been skillfully replaced by stills and slo-mo from elsewhere in the recording, but the accompanying audience-recorded audio fragments have not been sourced from the best available version. Still pretty good though, so no complaints.
The camera work is not ideal. The angles change too frequently and there are too few distance shots of the whole group. However, this is perfectly understandable, because what we see is what was shown on the video screen behind the band on the night. Its original purpose was to show close-ups to those of us too far from the stage to see the tiny figures properly. This minor gripe should not discourage anyone from seeking out this title. It's an absolute must for any Led Zeppelin collector and is surely worthy of official release.
Here's a final thought. Wouldn't it be great if some enterprising soul arranged a big screen and sound system at Knebworth one evening next summer to show this in its original setting. Only the tiny figures on the stage (that most of us couldn't see in 1979 anyway) would be missing. I'd be there and I know lots of others who'd be up for it. What are you waiting for, McTrainspotter? Start organising! (Isaac McHelicopter Sept 05)

Silent Sea Productions Knebworth August 4th, 1979.

Here is the opposite, the picture is better than the sound, even though I have to grade the sound a 9+. The picture is a 10.  A fantastic release of the whole show.  They play a little faster than in 75, but I like it.  There is no buzzzing sound as I heard other releases has. (JohanG Dec 05)

Knebworth Celebration(Genuine Masters GM-LZ-04.08.1979-DVD-06) >2 DVDR
Knebworth Festival, 4 August 1979

DVD-1 1:42:45
1. Intro / 2. The Song Remains The Same / 3. Celebration Day 4. Black Dog 5. Nobody's Fault But
Mine 6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Misty Mountain Hop 8. Since I've Been Loving You
9. No Quarter 10. Ten Years Gone 11. Hot Dog 12. The Rain Song 13. White Summer / Black
Mountain Side / 14. Kashmir
DVD-2      1:34:00
1. Trampled Underfoot 2. Sick Again 3. Achilles Last Stand 4. Page Guitar Solo / 5. In The Evening
6. Stairway To Heaven 7. Crowd Party 8. Rock And Roll 9. Whole Lotta Love 10. Heartbreaker

Well, this is it.  This is what ended up being the very last release from Genuine Masters' 3 years of innovative bootleg releases on a format they spearheaded via the DVD-Audio media.  What have they gotten for putting a twist on some of the most infamous Zep boots?  The wrath of the Japanese and the cold shoulder from a large part of the  Zeppelin collecting community.  I'm sure Blackdog & Co. found it amusing and flattering that one of the most prolific Zeppelin boot labels found it necessary to issue some DVD-A's of their own.  Funny thing is, this last GM production isn't a Hybrid DVD-Audio.  "Knebworth Celebration" is a double-DVD featuring the excellent first Knebworth concert proshot video.  And if you're an audio enthusiast, quite a healthy upgrade from the premier version from Watchtower and subsequent copies from Boogie Mama, Way Of The Wizard, etc.  Though Boogie Mama's was the only version to appear on a single, DVD-9 dual-layer disc. What I have really enjoyed about the GM productions is the solid devotion and focus for bringing the best in audio to the table with every release.  All the fuss around anything else going on is just that, complete rhetoric and noise over absolutely nothing.  Look, if you don't like something or agree with an approach taken by anybody for whatever purpose - don't tap in!  Let it die on the vine or take it's course.  Apparently a very large horde figured running a good thing out of town was the way to go.   For the others, this review and this release is likely for you. With all the other versions of this first Knebworth night that have come out over the past 18 months to 2 years, this is the ONLY attempt by anyone to offer something other than an artificial and compressed 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround experience for the consumer/listener.   There's only one reason this has happened, stating something is "5.1 Surround" is sexy and it sells.  None of these labels had any master tapes to truly produce an effective 5.1 and it shows big time.  In contrast  "Knebworth Celebration" features over 3 hours of glorious LPCM Stereo Audio to accompany this proshot gem of a performance.  I have always held these Knebworth shows as personal favorites simply because of the benefit of having a contemporary cross-section of their entire repertoire.  Now, this first night - the better night too!...has been given an excellent DVD release with proper audio production. The LPCM audio soundtrack for "Knebworth Celebration" offers up a much fatter and distortion-free experience where you can turn it up to "11" and have it your way.  Try that with any of the others and you'll have everyone in the room scrambling for the volume control!  Those other 5.1 efforts get awfully nasty sounding as you crank it up - that is simply not the case here and holds true to every other GM production.   I'm sure the knock-offs will follow behind but they better be looking for the opportunity to one-up Blackdog on this one...and not just with flashy packaging either.  There are some low points in the production and they all come towards the end of the show on disc 2.  The most glaring lack of attentiveness to detail is with the gap in the proshot video during the last 90 seconds of "Whole Lotta Love".  GM didn't even attempt to provide an interesting bridge to mesh up the gap.  Random video was patched in to plug the hole and that's exactly what it looks like, random and awkward.  This is also a good reference point to support the case that GM didn't just copy Watchtower's release and synch up the fatter stereo audio.  On Watchtower's behalf, they actually utilized some footage that made sense - and appeared to also have a rare couple more seconds of footage for WLL to end the tune.  Let me comment on the video production from GM on this title at this point.  Overall I would call it an upgrade because the video has been given some attention by enriching the color scheme and increasing the contrast along the way which also enhances the whole experience.  That is, up to that glitch in WLL...then it seemed like the tweaking of anything was over and the video looks pretty much the same as the others.  All of the others, well Watchtower anyway, just provided a straight dub from video to disc without any personal attention to improve any of the qualities.  And that's ok too!  I was tickled to death to obtain my copy and have enjoyed ever since.  I'll tell you this though, THIS is the version I will share with friends and play for myself going forward.  This baby rocks the house like there is no tomorrow and THAT is what I've been hoping for with this show. This release also had the audio offered on 3CDRs and I've had a nice chance to give those a listen over the last 4-5 days.  Very nice, in fact the nicest sounding audio release of this show to date.  Yes, even with the Winston Remasters "matrix" version of blending the audience tape over the top of the stereo soundboard to provide a more "real" listening experience.  An admirable job in my opinion and one I listened to a bunch of times when it was shared over the internet.  You had to be listening with the right set up though.  It didn't come across well on a home stereo.  A mini-stereo or in the car, yes - an effective production.  Of course this GM effort is completely on the other end of the spectrum.  Rich, fat and powerful is what this "Knebworth Celebration" soundboard is...the Blackdog way.  It is with great disappointment that I confirm here that the Genuine Masters Label is no more.  The legacy of the name will endure with time because they held true to the audio and provided the un-jaded collector with a supreme product to enjoy.  Perhaps the others will start to enjoy their hobby and fascination with the band enough to grasp the value in having a Genuine Masters and Blackdog around to "one-up" or hold other labels' accountable for what they are releasing.  GM upped the ante and don't think the Japanese Labels haven't felt their presence.  Good on you GM.   As Robert Plant quips at the end of "Stairway To Heaven" at this Knebworth first night..."it's hard to say it...but good night..." And btw...I highly recommend this Knebworth production over any of the others. (SVENGI – Webmasters HotWacks On-Line Sept/06)

Knebworth Celebration (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-04.08.1979-DVD-06) 2 DVDR
Knebworth Festival, 4 August 1979

DVD-1      1:42:45 
1. Intro / 2. The Song Remains The Same / 3. Celebration Day 4. Black Dog 5. Nobody's Fault But
Mine 6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Misty Mountain Hop 8. Since I've Been Loving You
9. No Quarter 10. Ten Years Gone 11. Hot Dog 12. The Rain Song 13. White Summer / Black
Mountain Side / 14. Kashmir
DVD-2      1:34:00
1. Trampled Underfoot 2. Sick Again 3. Achilles Last Stand 4. Page Guitar Solo / 5. In The Evening
6. Stairway To Heaven 7. Crowd Party 8. Rock And Roll 9. Whole Lotta Love 10. Heartbreaker

Thanks to Jimmy Page's inclusion of some materials from this show in the official DVD and thanks further to Watch Tower's historical release of the full-length video of this show in its title "Secrets Revealed", I have become a great fan of this show by now. It reminded me of the importance of visuals in assessing the overall value of a show performed by Led Zeppelin. (I presume that there may be some other shows of the band that would likely be revaluated if the visuals are made available to the public.) Now, GM has finally released its version of the show. I have been waiting for this release, because it has become one of those shows which I definitely wanted Black Dog to work on. Although not without flaw in "Whole Lotta Love", as pointed out by the webmaster of HotWacks in his review, in its last portion where the footage seems to be missing in the original tape, the visuals as we can see in this GM title are in general a bit brighter and slightly better than those we can see in Watch Tower title. However, the real value of this GM title lies in its audio. In that respect, it easily excels Watch Tower's DVD title. The real rivals would be Winston Remasters' CD title "Thanks For Eleven Years" and another fan-made DVD version of the show (the name of the title of which I don't know), both of which were in principle made by synchronizing the soundboard recording released by Watch Tower in its title "Welcome To The 1979 Knebworth Festival" with the video. All of the three titles (i.e., WR title, fan-made DVD and GM title) sound superior to Watch Tower's "Secrets Revealed". Among them, WR title seems handicapped largely due to the CD medium used and sounds a bit flatter and less warm (especially in the middle range) than the other two titles. Between the fan-made DVD and GM title, on first hearing, it may be difficult to precisely recognize which is superior, as both sound great.

However, as I turn up the volume, I find that GM title still sounds clean and very enjoyable, while the fan-made DVD goes a bit booming and over-distorted. Accordingly, I would conclude that GM title is currently the best version to enjoy the show (as loudly as possible!), both of its audio and visuals being of the best-ever quality, perhaps unless and until Jimmy Page officially releases a DVD title featuring the show in its full-length! I have heard that unfortunately and abruptly due to some incident based on a malicious act of its competitors, this title has become the last release from the GM label. It is a pity and great loss for our circle, since the contributions made by that label during the past three years are tremendous and irreplaceable. Hence, this has unexpectedly become the sad but very satisfying "Swan Song" from that excellent label. Highly recommended! (Takemi Hiramatsu Sept. 06)

PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE 8/4/79, 8/11/79 EMPRESS VALLEY SUPREME DISC EVSDVD 019-020

DVD1: The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Out On The Tiles Intro/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Ten Years Gone/Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer medley incl. Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/Drum Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love medley incl. Woman You Need Love/Heartbreaker

DVD2: Band Announcements/The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Out On The Tiles Intro/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer medley incl. Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/Drum Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love medley incl. Woman You Need Love, Boogie Chillun/Communication Breakdown

Well - this is another excellent release of these shows - stereo soundboard/color pro shot video. The picture is slightly degenerated but appears to be improved over prior releases.  I was pleasantly suprised with the video quality of this release.  EV has offered this at a reasonable price while supplying very good video and audio quality - some tape I have not seen before on the prior releases which are numerous....

 DVD1 Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England Aug. 4 '79; DVD2 Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England Aug. 11 '79.  This comes in a deluxe standard DVD case. However, the track listing for both dates is backwards - very strange indeed. Includes rare unofficial Knebworth pamphlet replica.  Well worth the cost if you enjoy these shows. (Rick Schnell  11/2/08)

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Knebworth Festival 11 August 1979

Second Night In The Park (Cosmic Energy) 2 DVDR
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

DVDR 1: The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again

DVDR 2: Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/DVD Extras

This 2 DVDR release from Cosmic Energy came out in late 2002, to very little publicity or fanfare. It has hardly received any mention by reviewers, and this glaring omission is now put right. Possibly the limelight was stolen by Celebration's 2 DVD release Final Cut, which had as a bonus the four song pro shot video footage from the first Knebworth concert on 4 August 1979. The latter release is very good, although Celebration's logo throughout on the bottom right of the picture is annoying and very distracting. The Cosmic Energy release however is more complete. There is nearly a minute before the start of The Song Remains The Same, with the band's stage announcement, and tuning up. The Celebration release kicks in at the opening of this song. The picture quality between both releases is very similar, and they both sound excellent. However the Cosmic Energy release has a number of advantages with the really nice bonus material at the end of the second DVDR. There is some amateur cine footage from both the 4th and the 11th August shows, and a excerpt from a TV programme giving a short background as to how Knebworth Park started hosting rock concerts in the mid 1970s. There is also a most revealing radio interview by J.J. Jackson for KMET-FM with Robert plant and John Paul Jones, conducted after the second concert, on 12 August 1979. This lasts for an hour, and whilst it is running there are excellent colour photos taken at both concerts as a backdrop. Plant revealed that he was very shaken and upset after reading the negative press reviews for the first concert. Finally the Cosmic Energy release is extremely nicely packaged. The artwork for the DVD box insert is excellent, and both DVDRs have very high quality colour labels. Inside the DVD case you get a repro of the ticket, and reduced size poster for this concert, and finally you get a new specially designed Knebworth T shirt! Cosmic Energy are clearly a label that take a great deal of time and trouble to use the best possible video footage and audio sources, and combine that inside a lovely package. Full marks to them for this excellent release, which is well worth seeking out and acquiring for your DVD collection. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Knebworth Festival 1979 (unknown label) 3 DVDR, NTSC
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979


DVDR 1 (55.57): The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
DVDR 2 (52.01): Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand
DVDR 3 (54.52): Guitar Improvisation / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

The official DVD release certainly renewed my interest in the concerts at Knebworth . It was a bit of an eye opener. I did not realise just how good the shows were. A particular favourite being Whole Lotta Love. Prior to the official release I possessed 2 DVD titles Final Cut (Celebration) and the Cosmic Energy release. Final Cut was not bad. The visual is quite poor. Hate the Celebration logo bottom right corner. The Cosmic Energy title was a bit more complete and a bit better from a visual point of view. The problem I have with it is it will not play on the DVD player. I have to play it through Kids Playstation. This new release compared to the others is first class. Packaging is very nice. Good quality fat jewel case. Artwork is a take of In Through The Out Door with colour pictures of the boys on stage at Knebworth. Concert is spread over 3 discs. Track listing on rear of case. The discs play without any difficulty. Picture quality is very good. The opening shot of the stage is from a distance. On the other releases the opening shots were blurred and it is only when the camera zooms in close that all is revealed. With this new release everything comes into focus much sooner. The improvement in picture quality is present throughout. It sounds good as well. All in all a very worthwhile addition to the boot catalogue . No idea who produced this title. Worth it overall. (John Morrison August 04)

Knebworth Festival 1979 (unknown label) 3 DVDR, NTSC
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

DVDR 1 (55.57): The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
DVDR 2 (52.01): Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand
DVDR 3 (54.52): Guitar Improvisation / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

From the very start of disc 1 you know that this is going to be an exceptional release. The second Knebworth video has been doing the rounds for a while now, and previously Cosmic Energy did a splendid job with their Second Night In The Park. However this new release, by an unknown/unnamed label (but could well be Wendy as it is featured on their website), sets a new standard for both the quality of the video and the soundtrack. I am informed by a very reliable and qualified source that this looks like a second generation video source. There is more video footage as the MC announces the band, as the camera zooms in to the stage the picture quality is much improved and sharper. The clarity, sharpness and cleaness of the picture and the colour is much improved, and the soundtrack is powerful and prominent. A good test of picture quality is how well you can see all the strings on Jimmy's guitar. Here, on the opening song (The Song Remains The Same), Jimmy plays the Gibson double neck, and you can count every one of the 12 strings, and the 6 strings below as well. Another very good example of the exceptional quality of this release is during In The Evening on disc 3, the close-ups of Robert's face are perfect quality, as is the picture quality of Jimmy's guitar. This release has been spread over three DVDRs, to ensure the highest quality transfer to disc. Burning a DVDR this way produces 60 minutes running time, as opposed to a slightly lesser quality transfer of 2 hours. Clearly a great deal of trouble has been taken in ensuring sourcing the best quality video, and the transfer to DVDR. Unfortunately there are no bells and whistles on this release regarding an opening menu, song title index, etc. This is a minor gripe, but if each of the discs had this then it would have made this release even better. The packaging is nice too. It comes in a fatboy jewel case, nice artwork front and back, and the discs are printed with black and white photos taken at the two concerts. All in all this is now the definitive release of the complete concert, and well worth seeking out. Highly recommended. Following a second watching of this superb quality release, I can only reiterate my comments and say that this is probably one of the finest quality unofficial DVD release of Led Zeppelin ever. At times you think that you are watching the official complete concert release. Probably one of the all time great Led Zeppelin official or unofficial releases. The Knebworth concerts have often been criticised (by critics and reviewers and 'armchair experts'), but this second Knebworth concert remains an extremely important and highly emotional one, being the last time the group ever played on home soil. (Jules McTrainspotter August 04)

Knebworth Festival 1979 (unknown label) 3 DVDR, NTSC
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

DVDR 1 (55.57): The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
DVDR 2 (52.01): Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand
DVDR 3 (54.52): Guitar Improvisation / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

I've just got the new Knebworth Festival DVD. I've been after a good copy of it for years as it was the only time I saw Zeppelin live, and this is without any doubt the best quality release to date. The video quality is excellent. The show also includes the crowd footage between the encores (which most bootlegs normally seem to omit), and also carries on running for a few minutes after they walk off stage following Communication Breakdown. The only slight criticism is a poor edit on the second DVD. a few minutes into Kashmir, there is a break, then it restarts towards the end of Black Mountain Side before going through the full Kashmir. This could easily have been edited nicely together, but I guess there will be another release before we know it. Sound quality is excellent, although there are a few minor noticeable changes in volume. Apart from these minor points, I'd highly recommend it as it can't get much better than this, unless of course it had 5.1 surround sound! (Ian Avey September 04)

Second Knebworth Festival 3 DVDR
11th August 1979

DVDR 1 (55.57): The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
DVDR 2 (52.01): Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand
DVDR 3 (54.52): Guitar Improvisation / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

One has to say that the latest offering in the Knebworth festival releases is the best to date and in my opinion will not be bettered. The clarity of the visuals is far superior to anything to date and the music can be classed as high fidelity. If you only buy one title this year then make sure that this is on the shopping list. There is no menu to select the track listing, however the songs are correctly indexed when you flick from track to track. Full marks to the people who put this one out, it would appear that they would like to remain anonymous. (Lee Henley Sep tember 04)

Return Of The Dinosaurs (GM-LZ-11.08.1979-DVD-03) 2 DVDR
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

Disc 1 (83.08 mins): Intro/he Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer Black Mountain Side/Kashmir

Disc 2 (77.05 mins): Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Audience Cheering/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Communication Breakdown

This 2 DVDR set is a presentation of the excellent quality official video, combined with the soundboard soundtrack , from Genuine Masters. The source for this video is the same generation as the one released in the Summer of 2004 on a 3 DVDR no label release Knebworth Festival 1979. That release was excellent, but there was a problem on the copy of the video they used in that release, as there is a glitch during Kashmir and the video jumps back to Black Mountain Side. This fault has been corrected on this new release from Genuine Masters. The picture quality is excellent, a fraction better than Knebworth Festival 1979. The soundtrack stereo sound quality is also really excellent, and both factors combined make this a highly enjoyable release. Clever artwork once again, in extremely high quality colour reproduction, and the two DVDs are also picture discs. The pros and cons of both Knebworth concerts can be debated until the cows come home, but this was the very last concert by Led Zeppelin on home soil, and is therefore an important and significent event. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 04)

Return Of The Dinosaurs (GM-LZ-11.08.1979-DVD-03) 2 DVDR
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

Disc 1 (83.08 mins): Intro/he Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer Black Mountain Side/Kashmir

Disc 2 (77.05 mins): Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Audience Cheering/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Communication Breakdown

The production of this set is second to none at this juncture. Genuine Masters has eclipsed the other releases of this new low gen source by a hair. The clarity is stunning and the PCM Stereo Audio, superb. The concert itself is well known so there's no need to comment on that. It's not the best performance by the band but having this entire concert in this quality is such a treat. This version is absolutely complete and beautiful from start to finish. The Menus are gorgeous and it's simply a perfect transfer to DVD. Nice job. (SVENGI Webmaster HotWacks On-Line Dec 04)
NB from Underground Uprising Webmaster: our thanks to HotWacks once again for permission to use this review.

Return Of The Dinosaurs (GM-LZ-11.08.1979-DVD-03) 2 DVDR
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

Disc 1 (83.08 mins): Intro/he Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer Black Mountain Side/Kashmir

Disc 2 (77.05 mins): Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Audience Cheering/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Communication Breakdown

The Genuine Masters release is the absolute best version available. There will not be a better version of this show unless Mr. Page officially releases his masters of this show. I compared this release with the "GB" label release and find this one is overall sharper in in sound & audio. Sorta like comparing a 1st gen to a 2nd gen. You can see the differences in the video/color/lack of blurriness on the closeups during the concert. As for the sound, Genuine Masters' "standard" PCM stereo is better than GB's compressed stereo (it's not actually Dolby digital as advertised). That said, the GB label does sound good, just not up to Genuine Masters' level.
Complete zeppelin videos are rare, so all fans should have this release (and I assume everyone reading this review already has this on VHS from years ago). If you still have those old VHS copies please put them out of their misery and get the Genuine Masters, or you can wait until Page/Plant/Jones allow the official release, if you think that's gonna happen...(David Smith, December 2004)

Return Of The Dinosaurs (GM-LZ-11.08.1979-DVD-03) 2 DVDR
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

Disc 1 (83.08 mins): Intro/he Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer Black Mountain Side/Kashmir

Disc 2 (77.05 mins): Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Audience Cheering/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Communication Breakdown

It's a sure sign that the bootleg DVD business has arrived when there's a rush to bring a hot new show to market by rival labels. The concert in question is Led Zeppelin's complete Knebworth performance from 8-11-79, a few songs from which are featured on the officially released DVD. The so-called rivalry is between boutique desktop Zeppelin specialist Genuine Masters, the label that broke new ground with its justly praised remasters of classic Zep sets leveraging high resolution linear PCM audio channels of DVD for playback, and "Genuine Bastard," a new moniker that looks to be associated, based on packaging and other factors, with premier DVD bootlegger 4 Reel Productions. Both surfaced simultaneously, though GB's distribution is far more widespread than that of GM, which caters to a more elusive clientele. Like Earls Court and Seattle '77 before it, this Knebworth performance has been booted to death on DVD, with many previous releases claiming to be the definitive edition. Both GB's Knebworth '79: 25th Anniversary Edition and GM's Return Of The Dinosaurs represent true significant upgrades, offering sound and picture quality approaching that of an official release with little video banding, excellent sharpness and only some color saturation artifacts and softness in low-light situations. The differences between the two are largely down to presentation: Genuine Bastard's issue is a dual-layer (DVD9), region-free silver single disc housed in a nice-looking digipak with appropriate period photos and graphics including the sharp on-screen menu (though oddly the opening sequence credits this disc as presented by "Genuine Masters" [sic]). In all, it's a fine example of the contemporary DVD bootleg aesthetic and good value as far as fitting the entire show on one disc. Genuine Masters' two DVD-R set is more of a throwback, taking a fantasy approach to its full-color artwork depicting a T-Rex being circled by Zep's "Swan Song Man." It's on-screen menu offers impressive motion graphics for each chapter. As for the nitty gritty, the picture quality distinction between the two is a toss-up, while audio wise, GM's hi-res linear PCM gets a slight nod over GB's simulated surround sound, though you can't go too wrong either way. (Butterking Dec 04, from an expanded Review from Going Underground, ICE Magazine, Jan 05)

Knebworth Festival 8.11.79 (GB Label) 1 DVD
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

Set list:
The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/ Over The Hills and Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/ Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/ Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

I've just finished watching the new 'Knebworth 79' DVD (25th Anniversary edition), on the 'Genuine Bastard DVD' Label, and don't believe it can get any better than this. I had bought the earlier 'Knebworth 1979 Festival' set which was on 3 DVD-r's, which is what I am comparing with. The new set is in a card case, and is a single silver CD containing the entire show (160 mins approx). There are no edits at all. The picture quality is fantastic. The sound is Dolby 5.1. I'd say the picture quality is slightly better than the earlier 'Knebworth 1979 Festival' set. They have also reduced the brightness slightly which gives a nice crisp black display instead of the fuzzy looking black normally seen. I don't think an official DVD release could look much better than this, the quality is that good! The sound is excellent. The only minor criticism is that the second half of the DVD does have a slight rumble which is noticeable during quieter sections and between songs. This has also been noticeable on other releases of the show however. Other than this, there is nothing that can be faulted on this release, and is nice to have it on just a single silver CD. Cost is also very reasonable. (Ian Avey Dec 04)

Knebworth Festival 8.11.79 (GENUINE BASTARD [sic]) 1 DVD Factory Silver
Knebworth Festival August 11 1979

Set list:
The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/ Over The Hills and Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/ Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/ Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

It seems we always get a flood of titles of one show that come out within a space of a month and we have to decide which one to get. The pre-release gabber that came out for this Genuine Bastard [sic] title gave the impression to me that this was going to be IT. The best Knebworth version by far. Considering it's made by the people over at 4Reels Productions who have a swag of top quality Stones DVD titles I'd expected this to be along those same lines. It's not and it's not even what it claims to be. The packaging and the menus are superb and leave all the other DVDs dead in the water, but the video and audio are not any better than the No Label 3DVD-R set previously noted. I'm keeping this GB set as its nice to have the full concert on a single silver disc but when I compare the video and audio to the No Label the difference is obvious to a slightly deaf and blind man. GB's video is not as good as the No Label set which is much crisper and finer detailed. The sound flow on the No Label just kicks arse and I'd expected this GB title was going to be legs up on at least the audio side of things but its legs down. Correct me if I'm wrong but where is the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound? Its not even Dolby Digital 2.1. My menu says its Dolby Digital 2Ch and no other audio options so what gives? To make things worse all I hear is the same mono that this video has always been in. Is this your usual boot trick to mislead? Get this one for the entry price, stunning packaging and superb menu access. Nice to have the 160minute concert on a single disc just tops it off, so not a complete waste of money.  (Gary Zinno Dec 04)

Knebworth Festival 8.11.79 (GB Label) 1 DVD
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

Set list:
The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/ Over The Hills and Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/ Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/ Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

Knebworth DVDs are similar to London buses, you wait ages for one, then three turn up at the same time. In the last few months we have had three excellent versions of the complete official second Knebworth video transferred to DVD. If you already have the No Label 3DVDR you might wonder, should I get the two new ones? The main advantage of this new release from the rather unfortunately titled Genuine Bastards label (referred to henceforth as 4Reels/GB), is having the complete show on a single factory pressed silver DVD. The 4Reels/GB title is an excellent, professionally packaged title. The menus/chapters and artwork are very smart indeed and make it look and feel like an officially released DVD. For an unofficial release it's easily one of the finest. Unfortunately the 4Reels/GB video is slightly lacking when compared to the No Label 3DVDR set. Compared to the No Label DVD-R set, the 4Reels/GB video shows a certain amount of colour variation/blur and obvious lack of sharpness and definition. It's not a major problem but it is apparent and so the No Label set wins on that front. It is stated that this release is in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. This is true, but we have the identical mono sound from all five speakers. The No Label 3DVDR title, though displaying PCM audio, does have a major drop in audio quality starting at Kashmir, which runs through until the end of the show at this reduced quality. The sound is however excellent on that release and a tad better than 4Reels/GB AC-3 DD 2Ch soundtrack.. The Genuine Masters 2 DVDR release "Return Of The Dinosaurs" has the big advantage of featuring PCM soundtrack just like the No Label set, but this time we have superb stereo soundboard audio. In conclusion, and for the most reasonable price that it is going for, combined with the excellent packaging and menus that it is on a pressed silver DVD, the 4Reels/GB title is still a most useful addition to the Led Zeppelin Live repertoire. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 04)

Knebworth Festival 8.11.79 (GB Label) 1 DVD
Knebworth Festival, 11 August 1979

Set list:
The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/ Over The Hills and Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/ Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/ Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

I recently received and saw the LZ 25th Anniversary Knebworth GB - DVD and I can say that, even when it is not absolutely perfect, this release is indeed outstanding. This is my 9th version of this concert since I started hunting it on video format 12 years ago, including all previous DVD releases and some trips to New York and London, and I honestly can’t complain. I really enjoy the version on No Quarter which unfortunately did not see its way in the official DVD release. The packing has also a great quality. I conclude saying that this is exactly the type of things that when I have them in my hands makes me feel proud and keeps my “Zeppelin Collection Feelings” alive no matter how long it took to materialize. Highly  Recommended !!! (Sergio Celayo Jan 05)

PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE 8/4/79, 8/11/79 EMPRESS VALLEY SUPREME DISC EVSDVD 019-020

DVD1: The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Out On The Tiles Intro/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Ten Years Gone/Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer medley incl. Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/Drum Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love medley incl. Woman You Need Love/Heartbreaker

DVD2: Band Announcements/The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Out On The Tiles Intro/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Hot Dog/The Rain Song/White Summer medley incl. Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/Drum Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Whole Lotta Love medley incl. Woman You Need Love, Boogie Chillun/Communication Breakdown

Well - this is another excellent release of these shows - stereo soundboard/color pro shot video. The picture is slightly degenerated but appears to be improved over prior releases.  I was pleasantly suprised with the video quality of this release.  EV has offered this at a reasonable price while supplying very good video and audio quality - some tape I have not seen before on the prior releases which are numerous....

 DVD1 Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England Aug. 4 '79; DVD2 Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England Aug. 11 '79.  This comes in a deluxe standard DVD case. However, the track listing for both dates is backwards - very strange indeed. Includes rare unofficial Knebworth pamphlet replica.  Well worth the cost if you enjoy these shows. (Rick Schnell  11/2/08)

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See Through The Out Films, Led Zeppelin 1979-1980 , Cosmic Energy 2 DVDR

Disc 1.

Knebworth 4th August, 1979.

The disc starts off with segments of Kashmir , Trampled Underfoot and Sick Again. All fantastic quality (better than any other I have seen) and faultless sound. We then have a complete rendition of Ten Years Gone (originally shown on MTV) and to finish off a single camera shot of Heartbreaker, again very good quality.

Knebworth 11th August, 1979.

This section starts with an official Atlantic records promo video of Hot Dog. We then have a full version of Kashmir , again originally shown on MTV, then have a very poor quality, almost unwatchable section of Stairway ( the quality is so bad it could be anything). We end up with Robert Plant joining Dave Edmonds Rockpile for a version of Little Sister and then Plant, Bonham and Jones joining other musicians for Lucille. These last two tracks are from the Concert for Kampuchea in1979.

Disc 2.

This disc kicks off with John Bonham appearing on TV, in 1980, on a show called All Right Now. Poor quality but a worthy inclusion. We then have clips of film from the following:- Cologne , 6/18/80, Rotterdam , 6/21/80, Munich , 7/5/80 and Zeppelin's last ever appearance, Berlin , 7/7/80. Picture quality varies from poor to very poor and the sound is in places good. All single, hand held camera shots, some colour and some B & W. To finish off with, there is a news broadcast from Los Angeles on the 9/26/80 telling of the death of John Bonham.

Overall, this is a must for any Zep fan. Disc 1 has some of the best quality footage (apart from the official release) that you are going to get, and the last two tracks show the musical roots that Led zeppelin, was born from. Disc 2 really is a struggle to watch, but at the moment is the best quality material available from the last concerts (unless Mr. Page knows different). (Steve Turton Jan 04)

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Assemblage

Assemblage (Cosmic Energy CE-017) 2 DVD
Collection of video footage 1970 to 1980

Cosmic Energy have cornered the DVD market in producing superb (and extremely convenient) gatherings of all available footage from 1969 to 1980 on DVD, for Led Zeppelin (a notoriously camera-shy band). Some of the material originally put out in their year by year sets was subsequently released on the official (and superb) "DVD" release. However, a number of choice and really worthwhile things have subsequently appeared, and these have been very nicely and conveniently now been made available in one handy 2 DVD (pressed DVD too) set. Watching the footage on these DVDs (in every case) improved picture quality was and is a real treat. Some of the material presented is in stunning quality, and quite clearly comes from the master source. To name but one instance, The Old Grey Whistle Test footage is in perfect quality. I brings back very happy memories of watching "Whispering Bob Harris" on this sadly missed UK TV show throughout the 1970s. Some of the footage is very fragmentary cine film, taken at Led Zeppelin concerts. The audience recording has been dubbed to the picture on these priceless fragments. This must have required tremendous hard work and patience, as the song had to be identified, and the audience recording had to be painstakingly synched to the footage. There are some tremendous interviews as well. I especially enjoyed the one with John Bonham doing all the talking to the interviewer (a very quiet Robert Plant was sitting next to him) in 1970. Anything that has John Bonham on it is worth the price of admission alone. Nicely packaged, with informative notes to tell us where and what source was used, these two DVDs are a joy and a culmination of the great work that Cosmic Energy have done, and continue to do. It is especially nice that this release is on "proper" pressed DVDs, as opposed to recordable DVDRs. I am getting rather fussy in my old age, and far prefer a "real" disc to a recordable one. Would it not be wonderful if Cosmic Energy can go through the vast output that they have released from 1969 to 1980, and upgrade/remaster wherever possible the footage used? If they could also be put them out on pressed discs, then the Led Zeppelin Fan Community would have a wonderful and permanent record to Led Zeppelin. This band remains (contrary and in deference to, another well known and popular rock combo from England) the greatest LIVE Rock 'n' Roll band the World will ever see. Any footage that captures them on stage is worthy of release in the best available quality. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 06)

Assemblage (Cosmic Energy CE-017) 2 DVD
Collection of video footage 1970 to 1980

Well yet another worthwhile exhibit from the guys at CE, the footage on here is truly wonderful and worthwhile addition to the collection. The highlights for me being the USA Newsreel footage taken prior to the band coming on stage in New York on the 6th Feb 1975, simply wonderful. There is also an excellent Peter Grant interview recorded around the same time. The list is endless and the material that has been in circulation before has been upgraded to even better quality. There are definitely a few surprises here. Comes with some real nice artwork. Big thumbs up here. (Big Lee from Tipton, Nov 2006)

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London 10 December 2007

O2 Arena London 12.10.07 (Third Eye Productions Dual Layer DVD, NTSC & PAL)
O2 Arena, London, 10 December 2007

Track List: Good Times Bad Times/Ramble On/Black Dog/In My Time Of Dying/For Your Life/Trampled Under Foot/Nobody's Fault But Mine/No Quarter/Since I've Been Loving You/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/The Song Remains The Same/Misty Mountain Hop/Kashmir/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

There are numereous reviews on this website of Terry's Third Eye DVDs of Page/Plant shows in 1995-1996 and 1998 tours, but we are now treated to one of his very finest productions for, suitably, a very fine concert. This dual layer (DVD 9) production has the entire Led Zeppelin reunion concert from the O2 Arena in Greenwich, captured for all time. The DVD was shot just to the right centre of the drum riser, and above, in the seating area. The camera work is excellent, as one expects from Third Eye. Fortunately there were very few people in the way of the camera. The HD picture has been blended with an excellent audience recording, and the two combine to produce a tremendous momento of a classic night. I was standing below, dead centre to Jason Bonham. My recording has been released by the wonders of bit torrent all over the WWW. However, as any tape recordist knows, it was difficult to really enjoy the show, as my primary concern was capturing the show in as good a quality as possible. This DVD has now allowed me to sit back and enjoy the concert without any such worries. Therefore this release is essential not only to all the lucky fans who managed to get a ticket, but the many more less fortunate who could not. This will allow everyone to enjoy a great and historic concert. The concert was slightly marred with sound and feedback problems, but the performances from all four members of the band outshone these setbacks. My favourite song was In My Time Of Dying, which was outstanding, but there were so many other highlights that they bring back happy memories each time I listen to this concert. The opening menu allows you to play the entire concert, or jump to a particular song. The opening credits are really nicely done too. As an added bonus there is a quick guided tour of England and a bit of Wales (Raglan Castle). This ends with a moving and respectfully filmed visit to the church in Rushock, Worcestershire, where John Bonham is buried. Third Eye have produced something really special with this release. There is no difference in quality between NTSC and PAL versions of the DVD either, so it is best to get the version that goes with your own region. The DVD has a full colour insert that fits inside the DVD case, and the disc itself is printed directly onto the disc. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 08)

Led Zeppelin O2 Arena (Third Eye DVD)

Well I too was also lucky enough to attend the gig at the O2 arena like our resident web master. What is presented here is a must have to get the feel from what the concert was actually like, the O2 arena is an enormous place and from where this DVD was filmed from, you kind of get an idea as to the size of the venue. From my estimate the guy doing the filming must have been a good 100 yards away from the stage so there are no close ups of the guys performing. The concert is filmed using a HD camera and presented in excellent quality all be that it has been downgraded to standard DVD playback, the audio comes from an audience source and truly is wonderful. There are so many highlights on the presentation my favourites include No Quarter and Kashmir truly outstanding. I take my hat off to someone who has the patience to sit through and film a concert and then bring it back and put it onto DVD. There are basic menus to enable quick song selection along with a short film presentation of some of the famous UK landmarks associated with the band. All in all this is a must have. (Big Lee from Tipton Jan 08)

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Raving Arizona, (Cosmic Energy CE-011) 1 DVDR, Jimmy Page Outrider Tour

17 September 1988, Mesa Amphitheatre, Phoenix, AZ

Track list:-
Who's To Blame/Prelude/Over The Hills And Far Away/City Siren/Drum Solo/The Chase/Jimmy Page Solo/Dazed And Confused/Writes Of Winter/Tear Down The Walls/Midnight Moonlight/In My Time Of Dying/Blues Anthem/The Train Kept A' Rollin'/Stairway To Heaven

A large part of this show was filmed by MTV, but never aired in full. Copies have circulated on video, but this is the first release on DVD. Cosmic Energy have done fans a great service by making this available in the best available picture and sound quality. In addition there are bonuses of a soundcheck and interviews with Jimmy and other band members. This is a great release and all fans of Jimmy Page ought to get it. The Outrider project has always been viewed with caution by many people, but Jimmy's playing was consistently of a very high standard, and I believe this tour is somewhat neglected by fans. This DVD goes some way in rectifying this deficit. The artwork is extremely nice, up to the usual very high Cosmic Energy standards. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 04)

“Raving Arizona”
Phoenix, Arizona, 17 September 1988

As someone who trekked around the USA following this most underrated tour, it was with delight that I saw this DVD release. A good (but not great) video of this show has been available almost since the show was played, BUT this  DVD is definitely a much needed improvement. Watching this bought back so many memories of the show itself - the crowd going BERSERK when Jim played the opening chords of Over the Hills, the "quaintness" of the small outdoor amphitheatre, the heat was incredible - 11pm and me in my shorts indeed!! Finally I remember looking round during Midnight Moonlight and seeing people in the next door hotel, that overlooked the theatre, looking down down from their rooms................ Incredible!! This WAS a great show to be at and witness and this tour will always be a personal favourite. The Zep stuff blended really well with the Outrider album with "Emerald Eyes" being, for me, a high point of the shows. Jimmy really rediscovered himself on this tour and was getting back to his best, he was obviously having a great time!! A highlight of this DVD however is the extended interview with him backstage. Previous versions have been severely truncated so I think this barely shown interview is worth the investment on its own. To cap it off, after this show I was lucky enough to spend some hours, in the bar of his hotel, with the "Lord of the strings" himself!! Who could ask for anything more? Great Show, Great night, Great DVD!! (Mark Harrison Jan 04)

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Robert Plant Acoustically '93, (Cosmic Energy CE-016) 1 DVDR

Track listing: Airport Arrival / Intro / Hoochie Coochie Man / 29 Palms / Thank You / I Believe / Whole Lotta Love / Going To California [13 June 1993, TV Studio-Videomusic Roxy Bar, Bologna]
Intro / 29 Palms / I Believe / Hoochie Coochie Man / Whole Lotta Love [28 August 1993, Rimini]
Bonus footage from Kings Head, London on 20 May 1993; Pistoia Blues Festival, 3 July 1993;A.J.Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh, PA; Piazza San Giovanni, Rome, 1 May 1993. Also numerous audio only tracks

It is very nice to have a DVD of Robert Plant's most successful tour, promoting his excellent Fate Of Nations release in 1993. A number of TV appearances have been gathered together in one place for this release. Perhaps the most unusual is Plant's performance for the Italian Democratic Party in Rimini, where he is enthusiastically introduced by a Catholic priest, who gets carried away and introduces each song performed. Hopefully he did not fully divine some of the lyrics in Whole Lotta Love, with Robert wanting to give "every inch of my love" to some fortunate lady (married to Robert of course). The titles and presentation are excellent, and this comes as a full colour picture disc (adhesive label), in a very nice card sleeve, which seems to be the new standard from Cosmic Energy. The picture and sound quality are both excellent, so this is a most welcome release for all Plant fans. (Jules McTrainspotter July 04)

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Page & Plant in Pensacola 1995 (Presence Production) DVD-R

It was fifteen years in the making, but Jimmy Page and Robert Plant brought themselves back together for a full-fledged project and ensuing tour. This DVD-R documents the performance of the first night of the 1995 tour, as well as the rehearsals and sound checks from the day before. Not only that, but the DVD also features a lengthy and entertaining interview with Robert Plant, an interview with a fan who was removed from the arena, and footage of fans leaving after the show (never seen before). All material on the DVD was filmed by or given to MTV, and thus is all pro-shot.

The DVD begins with Ed Shermar, the arranger and keyboardist, rehearsing "Since I've Been Loving You" with the local orchestra along with Charlie Jones and Michael Lee. Eventually Jimmy Page arrives, puts on his Les Paul, and together they run through the song in its entirety. Page puts forth an outstanding solo, and he wasn't even performing for anybody!

Next Plant arrives, surveys the stage, and does a mic check. Next is the "dress rehearsal." Everyone, minus Plant, is in their full stage outfits and play three numbers while the crews do a final check to be sure everything is how it's supposed to be. Then comes MTV's interview with Plant. It is lengthy and detailed, and full of Plant's usual mannerisms and humor. The camera remains on Plant for the entire interview. If this all wasn't enough, now comes the pro footage from the actual Pensacola performance. Plant performs "Yallah" with a headset microphone. Thank god he got rid of that later in the tour.. it's just not Plant- like! Not all the show is featured, but is notable for an incredible "Celebration Day" and "Friends."

To round out the DVD, we are now treated to MTV's antics outside the arena, with a couple of fan interviews. I've never seen this footage before, but you'll likely skip over it after watching it once. The DVD is 75 minutes long, pro-shot video, and PCM soundboard sound. The audio isn't quite as clean as that found on the "Thank You" bootleg release, but more audio is featured here than on that bootleg. If you're a Page-Plant fan, this is absolutely worth seeking out. It is currently available as a free download on the internet. (Metaphase April 04)

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Page/Plant Toronto 27 March 1995

Celebration Night (DWTW Productions) 2 DVDR, clear plastic clamshell case.
Skydome, Toronto, March 27, 1995.  
Supposedly 100 numbered copies

Disc One
Poem intro / Immigrant Song intro - Wanton Song / Bring it on Home / Celebration Day / Thank You / Dancing Days / Shake My Tree (incl Theremin solo) / Lullaby / No Quarter / Gallows Pole / Nobody’s Fault But Mine / The Song Remains the Same / Since I’ve Been Loving You / Friends / Calling to You (incl Boogie Chillun / Dazed and Confused)

Disc Two
Four Sticks / In the Evening / Black Dog / Kashmir
Bonus content:  Stairway to Heaven (Japanese TV 1994) / ‘Ever Onward’ VH1 documentary / Toronto news report (March 1995) / I Can’t Quit You (BBC-TV 1994) / Wanton Song (Tokyo 02/05/96 pro-shot clip) / Glasgow 1995 news report w/ pro-shot clips / Jimmy Page’s arrival at Sao Paolo Brazil airport 1995 / Wembley 1995 backstage

Complete show from the Skydome, a larger venue than most for the 1995 North American tour - 30,000 people in attendance.  Both discs have full-motion menus, very nicely done.  Shots of ticket scans, concert posters, etc are shown during the spoken poem / instrumental intro. The video for this show is audience-shot from the video projection screen.  Camera work is a little shaky occasionally but very good throughout.  Nice picture, very low generation. The sound is apparently Dolby Digital 5.1, this fact is reiterated several times on the packaging, opening credits, etc.  That being said, it is an extremely good audience recording (considering the ghastly acoustics of the venue) that was originally captured in stereo.  The 5.1 mix doesn’t really add anything to (or detract from) the excellent performance. The bonus features are a nice touch, but I had seen enough by the time I was looking at jittery hand-held camera footage of Jimmy walking through the Sao Paolo airport. Great show, nice packaging, I’m surprised that this show hasn’t surfaced in more trading circles.(Riggo44 Nov 05)

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Page/Plant Milwaukee, 1 May 1995

Eternal Burning (Empress Valley) 3 DVD

DVD 1 (May 1, 1995, Bradley Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) :-
Wanton Song
Bring It On Home
Ramble On
Thank you
Shake My Tree
Lullaby
No Quarter
Gallows Pole
Hurdy Gurdy Solo
When The Levee Breaks
Hey, Hey, What Can I Do
The Song Remains The Same
Since I’ve Been Loving You
Friends
Calling To You
Four Sticks
In The Evening

DVD 2 (Oct. 3. 1995, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA):-
Wanton Song
Bring It On Home
Ramble On
Thank You
No Quarter
That’s The Way
Hurdy Gurdy Solo
Gallows Pole
Since I’ve Been Loving You
The Song Remains The Same
Going To California
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
Friends
Four Sticks
Whole Lotta Love

DVD3:-
In The Evening
Kashmir
(Oct. 3. 1995, Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre, Irvine, CA)

Black Dog
Kashmir
(May 1, 1995, Bradley Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Ramble On
Thank You
Hey, Hey, What Can I Do
Four Sticks
In The Evening
(April 1, 1995, The Palace, Detroit, Michigan)

The quality of the visual images throughout the 3 DVDs is astonishing! It is definitely a work of professionalism, using multiple cameras and special effects in some portions. I don’t feel any “generation” problem with reproduction of this release. Actually, at least some footages from Irvine (e.g., Wanton Song, Bring It On Home, Going To California) are the ones used by a Japanese ground TV when it aired a program promoting Page & Plant’s concerts held in February 1996. (That may hint the source of this release!). Personally, I was especially moved by the footages from Detroit on April 1, 1995, because it is timing-wise closest to the two concerts I attended in New Jersey on April 6 and 7, 1995. It was the first time I had ever seen Jimmy Page live since I became a dedicated fan of his more than 25 years ago. At that time, I fortunately got very good tickets, e.g., for a seat in the 3rd row on April 6 right in front of Jimmy’s regular standing position. I was almost shedding tears then… Probably YOU see what I mean! (Although I later saw them live twice in London and three times in Tokyo, as well as having attended Jimmy’s in-store talk show in Ginza of last year in the very first row! ) It is also good to see footages from Milwaukee in such excellent quality of Page & Plant playing tunes, such as “Shake My Tree,” ”Lullaby” and ”Calling To You,” which were, good or bad, eventually dropped from their set list as their concerts went on. All in all, the 3 DVD set is definitely a “must” for any serious fan of Page & Plant! I can’t believe that it was nearly a decade ago. Time really flies…(Takemi Hiramatsu Feb 04)

Page/Plant Milwaukee, 1 May 1995

Eternal Burning (Empress Valley EVSDVD 002/003/004) 3 DVD

DVD 1 (1 May 1995, Bradley Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) :-
The Wanton Song/ Bring It On Home/ Ramble On/ Thank you/ Shake My Tree/ Lullaby/ No Quarter/ Gallows Pole/ Hurdy Gurdy Solo/ When The Levee Breaks/ Hey, Hey, What Can I Do/ The Song Remains The Same/ Since I’ve Been Loving You/ Friends/ Calling To You/ Four Sticks/ In The Evening

DVD 2 (3 October 1995, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA):-
The Wanton Song/ Bring It On Home/ Ramble On/ Thank You/ No Quarter/ That’s The Way/ Hurdy Gurdy Solo/ Gallows Pole/ Since I’ve Been Loving You/ The Song Remains The Same/ Going To California/ Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/ Friends/ Four Sticks/ Whole Lotta Love

DVD3:-
In The Evening/ Kashmir
(3 October 1995, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA)

Black Dog/ Kashmir
(1 May 1995, Bradley Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Ramble On/ Thank You/ Hey, Hey, What Can I Do/ Four Sticks/ In The Evening/
(1 April 1995, The Palace, Detroit, Michigan)

The Milwaukee concert on the 1 May 1995 is in superb picture and mono sound quality. In fact this concert is the only release worth having or bothering to buy this set. The picture quality of the Irvine concert from 3 October 1995, whilst professionally filmed, is not particularly good quality, and the sound is mono soundboard again. The Detroit footage from 1 April 1995 is reasonably good, but there is little point in it. If Empress Valley had wanted to make this a three DVD set and given good value, there are numerous parts of shows that were professionally shot that could have been put together on the third disc. Packaging, in a gatefold flimsy card affair, is very lacklustre. It is unlikely there will be a stampede to acquire this release except for the hardcore label collectors. Far better if the Milwaukee concert had been squeezed onto a single DVD. (Jules McTrainspotter March 04)

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Page/Plant, Los Angeles, 17 May 1995

Los Angeles 5/17/95 (Third Eye Productions Re-Master Series 2003) 3 DVDR
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 17 May 1995

DVDR 1: Immigrant Song Intro/The Wanton Song/Bring It On Home/Ramble On/Thank You/Shake My Tree/Lullaby/No Quarter/Gallows Pole/Hurdy Gurdy Solo/When The Levee Breaks/Hey Hey What Can I Do
DVDR 2: The Song Remains The Same/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Calling To You/Four Sticks/In The Evening
DVDR 3: Black Dog/Kashmir/ [Extra tracks: Rock And Roll (Uniondale 14 February 1975)/Stairway To Heaven (Knebworth 11 August 1979)]

This DVD release is one of quite a number of reissues from the well known and highly respected Third Eye Productions stable. There was a problem on the night with the video recording as the opening song was not shot. However a collage from other nights has been used instead (and this is clearly stated in a note that comes with this release, full marks for honesty there). The picture quality is superb, full rich colours, and a very steady camera, from upper left of the stage. The audio soundtrack is also superb, a really fantastic audience recording, presumably from the special tapers section, as there is no crowd chattering or interference. It is wonderful to see a concert from the Forum again (called the Great Western Forum when Page & Plant played there in 1995). An excellent performance from the whole band. No doubt Robert and Jimmy cast their minds back to the last time they were both on that stage together, on 27 June 1977. On the last song, Kashmir, violinist Lili Haden comes on stage and plays some breathtaking solos. The packaging is up to Third Eye's usual very high standards, it comes in a special wide 3 way DVD case, with great photos of Robert and Jimmy. Each DVD has a lovely full colour photo of Robert, Jimmy and Lili Haden respectively on each disc. It is an excellent release of a great show, and rather special as it was in the LA Forum. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Los Angeles 5/17/95 (Third Eye Productions Re-Master Series 2006) 2 DVDR
Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 17 May 1995

DVDR 1: Immigrant Song Intro/The Wanton Song/Bring It On Home/Ramble On/Thank You/Shake My Tree/Lullaby/No Quarter/Gallows Pole/Hurdy Gurdy Solo/When The Levee Breaks/Hey Hey What Can I Do/ The Song Remains The Same
DVDR 2: /Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Calling To You/Four Sticks/In The Evening/Black Dog/Kashmir

The 2003 remaster by the master of the Page/Plant video/DVD, Terry Stephenson, was as good as it got, or so I thought way back in 2003. The opening song is still missing due to technical problems (as per the 2003 remastered version). Technology however advances in leaps and bounds, and what was a superb production on 3 DVDs has now become a stunning production on 2 DVDs. Terry has excelled himself again on this release, the picture and sound are even better than the 2003 remaster. The packaging is the same, and the incredibly high quality printing of the artwork is the icing to the cake, as are the two full colour picture discs. With this 2 DVD release only Jimmy and Lili Haden are featured, Robert has to make do with being represented on the DVD cover looking rather snazzy in his leather strides. This was a great show, with the "old boys" returning to their Alma Mater, the legendary LA Forum (now called the Great Western Forum). The violin solo from Lili Haden was a delightful bonus in this show. There are a number of other releases that have been remastered in this series. Whilst we usually grumble about such things, the tremendous quality and very reasonable prices being asked of these re-releases more than adequately compensates for having to obtain another version. Other releases will be reviewed as well here. (Jules McTrainspotter June 06)

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Page/Plant, Tokyo, 13 February 1996

Tokyo, Japan 2/13/96 (Third Eye Productions Re-Master Series 2001) 3 DVDR set

DVDR 1: Thank You/Custard Pie/Black Dog/Tangerine/Hurdy Gurdy Solo/Gallows Pole/Tea For One/The Song Remains The Same/Going To California
DVDR 2: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/Whole Lotta Love/Friends/Yallah/Four Sticks/Kashmir
DVDR 3: What Is And What Should Never Be/Rock And Roll. Bonus material: Back stage after concert/orchestra rehearsals/songs from Osaka 15 February concert

I watched this DVD to celebrate Jimmy Page's 60th birthday, on Friday 9th January 2004. All ten Japan 1996 concerts are unique and excellent, but this is a great one too. The picture angle, and quality, together with the sound, are all superb. Here is some background information from the video cameraman who captured this concert: " I had been hanging around the band's hotel and had been giving Charlie & Michael copies of my videos.  I think they had been showing them to Jimmy, or at least telling him about them, because after the 2/9 show back at their hotel Jimmy asked me to film the next show for him.  I went into downtown Tokyo and bought a new digital camera and showed up to film the show.  I filmed it from the soundboard on tripod and plugged my DAT recorder into the board.  Just before the show Jimmy introduced me to his girlfriend back stage and mentioned that he was not feeling well.  You couldn't tell it by watching the show because he was brilliant.  After this show Curbishly had me go on to Osaka & Nagoya to mainly film the Egyptians & road crew.  This is how I was able to film the rehearsals and plug into the soundboard". This is a great quality DVD release, and can be recommended to all fans as capturing a very important Page/Plant concert. Japan has always brought out the very best in Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 04)

Budokan Tea Party (Genuine Masters GM-PP-13-02-1996-DVD-01) 1 DVDR
Budokan Hall, Tokyo, 13 February 1996

Track list: Tape Intro/Thank You/Custard Pie/Black Dog/Tangerine/Hurdy Gurdy Solo/Gallows Pole/Tea For One/Band Intros/The Song Remains The Same/Going To California/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/Whole Lotta Love/Friends/Yallah/Four Sticks/Kashmir/What Is And What Should Never Be/Rock And Roll

This is now the third release of this concert, and is, like the Tarantura release, a copy of the superb Third Eye 3 DVDR release. When it comes to video filming of concerts there is nobody better in the business than Terry Stephenson. In fact during the Page/Plant Japan Tour in February 1996 he established a close working relationship with the band and their manager. This was another superb concert, with a different set list to the previous five nights at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo. There is also a superb stereo soundboard recording available for this concert, and it is this recording that has been used to provide the soundtrack. Incredibly, Terry's original three DVDRs have been shrunk down to a single DVDR, by Genuine Masters, with no loss of quality in either picture or sound. The original Third Eye release was as usual distinguished by near perfect and rock steady camerawork, clear and sharp in every detail. This release's picture quality is no different, but has the stereo soundboard recording remastered in Linear PCM. Accompanying this release (again very attractively packaged in full colour, with a printed colour picture disc) is the soundboard recording on 2 CDRs, which is nice to have to listen to on occasions. Therefore this release is a useful addition in making available what will be regarded as a classic set of concerts, of the last Tokyo concert in 1996. It is particularily nice to have the entire concert on a single DVDR. Recommended. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 04)

Budokan Tea Party (Genuine Masters GM-PP-13-02-1996-DVD-01) 1 DVDR
Budokan Hall, Tokyo, 13 February 1996

Track list: Tape Intro/Thank You/Custard Pie/Black Dog/Tangerine/Hurdy Gurdy Solo/Gallows Pole/Tea For One/Band Intros/The Song Remains The Same/Going To California/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/Whole Lotta Love/Friends/Yallah/Four Sticks/Kashmir/What Is And What Should Never Be/Rock And Roll

A very well documented, videotaped effort from Third Eye Productions that has circulated widely.  But now!....it has been given proper enhancement and kit-glove treatment by the good people at Genuine Masters! This is an excellent performance by Mssrs. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and this video was included in Tarantura's "Made In Occupied Japan".  It is a VERY steady and wonderful audience-shot video, by the same person(s) who have provided many excellent vids of Japanese concerts such as the Rolling Stones Licks show at Budokan, etc.  Supplement this particular Page & Plant show with an immaculate stereo soundboard...meticulously synched to the video and you have something very special.  That is "Budokan Tea Party". What GM brings to the table is their ability to master choice audio to a video source.  Their signature approach has been with the novel DVD-Audio/Picture montage product but they stretch once in a while to lend their expertise in upgrading familiar videos in circulation like "Ladies & Gentlemen...The Rolling Stones" in Widescreen format... and since an incredibly beautiful and clean soundboard tape for this Budokan show was available, the whole production just fell into place.  Both sources are complete and that makes it much easier to synch them up. The tape starts off with some backstage and travel footage of the entourage in Japan, fans outside and inside the venue, roadies, etc...to the tune of "I think I'm Turning Japanese" and it's all good fun to set up the awesome openers of "Thank You" & "Custard Pie".  The setlist is outstanding and it is the last night of the 1995-1996 Tour for the band so this sets up to be an emotional evening anyway.  The real treat for fans is the inclusion of "Tea For One" in the set and it's a beautiful interpretation of this gem from Zeppelin's Presence LP.  This was an unbeliveably cool project for Genuine Masters to put together and all Led Zeppelin fanatics will appreciate the marrying of these sources to provide us another gem for ourselves to add to our collections.  Excellent Video, stellar audio, nice package...with tracklisting! = must have. (SVENGI, Webmaster HotWacks On-Line Oct 04)

[NB from Underground Uprising Webmaster: Our thanks once again to this excellent site for permission to reproduce this review]

Budokan Tea Party (Genuine Masters GM-PP-13-02-1996-DVD-01) 1 DVDR
Budokan Hall, Tokyo, 13 February 1996

Track list: Tape Intro/Thank You/Custard Pie/Black Dog/Tangerine/Hurdy Gurdy Solo/Gallows Pole/Tea For One/Band Intros/The Song Remains The Same/Going To California/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/Whole Lotta Love/Friends/Yallah/Four Sticks/Kashmir/What Is And What Should Never Be/Rock And Roll

First I want to agree with Mr. McTrainspotter that Terry Stephenson at Third Eye Productions is the best one-man concert/video filmer and I have every one of his VHS tapes from the 1995/1996/1998 Page and Plant shows he filmed. So we start with a near-perfect video for Genuine Masters to add the fantastic soundboard; and Black Dog has again upgraded an excellent sound to perfection. I'm sure everyone reviewing this website already has this show from various japanese labels, including direct from Third Eye. As in previous GM releases, we now have a single DVD with no loss of sound/picture quality. I detected no difference in video output/watchability vs. my VHS, but the stereo sound wraps around you when you turn it the volume. I recommend this single DVD vs. Terry's 3 DVD set only because I like the continuity of everything on one disc.
This concert should be released legitimately by Page & Plant, IMHO. Eye thank yew 3rd Eye and Black Dog. (David Smith Nov 04)

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Page/Plant London 25 March 1998

Devils Or Shepherds (Genuine Masters GM-PP-25.03.1998-DVD+DVD-A-07) 2 DVD
The Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 25 March 1998
1DVD Complete Concert  LPCM audio (1:54:08)
1DVD-A Complete Concert  LPCM audio (1:57:23)  Audience DAT soundtrack

Egyptian Intro / Wanton Song / Bring It On Home / Heartbreaker / Ramble On / Walking Into Clarkesdale / No Quarter / When I Was A Child / Going To California / Tangerine / Gallows Pole / Burning Up / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / How Many More Times Medley / Most High / Whole Lotta Love / House Of Love / Crossroads / Thank You / Rock And Roll

This is a release that I was very much looking forward to, as I was lucky enough to have been at this concert. Tickets were available only to personal callers at the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street. It was a Saturday morning (the faithful gathered very early: Eddie, Phil and Keith to name but a few), and I was unable to be there myself, but my good friend Phil Tattershall did the honours for me. This was my first 1998 Tour concert, and both messrs Page and Plant were a little nervous to start, but soon warmed up and then they both gave an excellent performance. Unfortunately the anticipation was greater than the end result. The picture and sound are nothing much to go on about, and this is no improvement on the fan released The Old Devils Are Back. The best part of this release is the second DVD, which is a DVD Audio, and is from an excellent audience DAT recording. Unfortunately neither this or the souindboard recording could be synched to the video. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 07)

DEVILS OR SHEPHERDS

LABEL:  Genuine Masters GM-PP-25.03.1998-DVD+DVD-A-07
SOURCE:  Shepherds Bush Empire, London - March 25, 1998
FORMAT:  1 DVD, 1 Hybrid DVD-Audio
RUNNING TIME:  1:54:08/1:57:23
SOUND/SOURCE:  Audience Video Track, Audience DAT Recording - LPCM Audio
PACKAGING:  Clear Double DVD Clamshell w/High Resolution Insert Art
FEATURES:  Interactive Menus, Scene Selection
VIDEO/SOURCE:  Audience Shot Video/High Resolution Slide-show

SOUND 8.5 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 8.5 / VIDEO 9.5

TRACK LIST:  For both DVD & DVD-A:
1. Egyptian Intro / 2. Wanton Song 3. Bring It On Home 4. Heartbreaker 5. Ramble On 6. Walking Into Clarkesdae 7. No Quarter 8. When I Was A Child 9. Going To California 10. Tangerine 11. Gallows Pole 12. Burning Up 13. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You 14. How Many More Times Medley 15. Most High 16. Whole Lotta Love 17. House Of Love 18. Crossroads 19. Thank You 20. Rock And Roll

REVIEW:
The second of the initial titles for 2007 from Genuine Masters with "Devils Or Shepherds" simultaneously released with the May 24th, 1975 Earl's Court DVD, "Knights Of The Court".  Quite the contrast of product between the legendary- and a chapter from the reunion period from the 90's.  What GM has also brought to the table is different formats for collectors to experience the recordings from these titles, particularly with "Devils Or Shepherds" as we get the very nice audience-shot video with the camera audio and a Hybrid DVD-Audio (which GM is known-for) that utilizes the stellar DAT audience recording as the basis for that presentation - and they both shine.  The ratings used in the title for this article are for the DVD video piece of the set.

First, we need to thank our 2 tapers for the occaision.  They really captured this homecoming well and provided us perfect documents to experience a special evening with Robert and Jimmy.  It has been shared that the boys were fighting some nerves during the first part of the evening but I have to say that if that was really true, those nerves were quickly stomped out of the system.  In fact, after a trio of Zeppelin classics Jimmy is fully on-fire and setting the tone by the then-new "Walking Into Clarksdale".  I'll also be frank.  I haven't seen this particular performance in years, but remember feeling this was a highlight of the 1998 Tour.  After digesting it a couple of times it's much easier to listen to than to watch.  But Robert's insistence on incorporating a more yodel-based vocal approach quickly assures me I wouldn't travel back this way very often -either way. 

The DVD presents an immaculate digital transfer of the really nice audience-shot video that couldn't be any crisper, or brighter.  Again, credit the source.  Our taper quickly establishes position on the right side of the Shepherd's Bush Theater floor and readies themself in time to soak up the vibe and action down front and then we're off.  There is some very minor adjusting and zooming by our camera-person and for the bulk of the concert it's a matter of zooming in on Robert > zooming out for a full stage shot > zooming in on Jimmy or the both of them.  It's all pretty smooth until the end during "Thank You" where things get a little restless but nothing close to some of our own home videos!  Our videographer quickly re-establishes themself and it's all good in the end.  This is a solid taping and it lent itself to a proper transfer treatment by GM.  While the accompanying audio track gets some breadth and punch with the DVD medium, it's still quite a noisy and sometimes distracting experience to watch this video.  The mics pick up a helluva lot of surrounding audience noise and it kind of takes away the affect of the crystal clear picture being presented.  What is missing is some of the emotion of the show.  One note on the video is that there seems to be a slight pause in filming or a super-clean and brief edit at the beginning of "Whole Lotta Love".  It occurs so fast that I had to back up and watch it a few times because it almost sounds like the tune was played and arranged that way.  But no, that's not the case.  It's clearly an edit on the fly or whatever.

Perhaps the highlight of this set is the DVD-Audio piece.  The really superb DAT audience tape that has been in circulation since the performance has always been source of praise and a favorite of many.  Here you really feel the heart and soul of the band and it rocks.  I would rate the audio a solid 9, much of the time even a bit better, on this medium.  There's just that something missing from the video piece that is fully evident and showcased with the DAT tape source.  I've been told that a diligent effort was made to synch the two but they just didn't time out the same to be successful which is unfortunate because it seems on the surface that they would be a beautiful marriage.  Nevertheless, it's incredibly lucky to have two completely separate productions that provide quite a different listening/viewing experience.  But I definitely prefer the DVD-Audio.  What Blackdog utilizes for the accompanying video component on this presentation is the audience video, completely brought down to slo-motion with a sort of diffused lighting balance and a sort of halo-effect to our subjects on the screen, and it's really pretty cool and would rate it a 9/10.  What is important here is that you never expect the two to be in synch so you don't watch, hinging on the possibility that they might come together -which has been the case with a couple of older GM productions.   This is really nice and it's unlikely you would sit and watch this anyway.  What you want, and get, is a really kick-ass recording that gets the best extracted out of it for an amazing Page/Plant listen.   

We get the full Genuine Masters production with their patented multi-media menus and high quality picture discs and that super clean and fat sound.  The packaging again utilizes bright and colorful high resolution artwork but the choice of photography seems a bit cookie-cutter and gratuitous as this is a 1998 Tour artifact yet we get 1994-95 common promotional photos that have been used everywhere.  So, a little more thought there would have tied this one together a little better but I suppose you could say that for alot of product we come across in this hobby.  This is a very enjoyable set.  (“SVENGI” – Webmaster HotWacks On-Line Feb 07)

Devils Or Shepherds (Genuine Masters GM-PP-25.03.1998-DVD+DVD-A-07) 2 DVD
The Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 25 March 1998
1DVD Complete Concert  LPCM audio (1:54:08)
1DVD-A Complete Concert  LPCM audio (1:57:23)  Audience DAT soundtrack

Egyptian Intro / Wanton Song / Bring It On Home / Heartbreaker / Ramble On / Walking Into Clarkesdale / No Quarter / When I Was A Child / Going To California / Tangerine / Gallows Pole / Burning Up / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / How Many More Times Medley / Most High / Whole Lotta Love / House Of Love / Crossroads / Thank You / Rock And Roll

The show featured in this new title from GM is a famous gig from which the three songs were selected for inclusion in the official single release of “Shining In The Light”.  I had to pull out an old analogue video title entitled “The Shepherds Bush Empire”, in order to compare it with the DVD disc included in this GM new release.  As I checked, the qualities of both visuals and video soundtrack audio of the DVD version of this GM release were not very different from those of the old analogue title.  Nevertheless, since I did not own any DVD version of the video, it is certainly good and convenient for me to have this DVD version from GM, dispensing with the need for me to pull the old analogue title out of my archive to watch the “old devils’” performances at the Shepherds Bush Empire.  However, the real value of this GM release rather lies in its DVD-A disc which in most parts features the excellent audience recording of the show.  I compared the audio of this DVD-A with that of a no-label past CD release entitled “Crossroads”.  Unlike the producer of “Crossroads”, for some unknown reason, GM elected to use the video soundtrack for the “Egyptian Intro”, but used the audience recording for the rest of the show.  The sound of “Crossroads” is very solid and not bad.  However, it actually sounds a bit too solid.  The DVD-A version of this GM release sounds more warm and natural, adding a more lively feeling to our listening enjoyment.  In addition, GM’s version is cleaner, with less hiss noises, as it is especially obvious in relatively silent portions of the tape (e.g., “When I Was A Boy”, “Going To California”, ”Tangerine”).  Therefore, I would conclude that the DVD-A version of this GM release is an excellent sounding addition to our catalogue for the famous gig.  It is truly a pity that Page & Plant did not come to Japan for performance in ’98, as the band sounded tighter and was musically in a better shape than they were in ’96.  What we Japanese fans can now do is just to imagine how we could have enjoyed their performance if they had had revisited our country in ’98, by watching or listening to the shows as the one featured in this GM release.  I can’t believe that more than ten years have gone since then.  Time really flies. (Takemi Hiramatsu  March 07)

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Page/Plant Bizarre Festival August 23, 1998 (Cosmic Energy CE-015) 1 DVDR

Cologne, 23 August 1998 Bizarre Festival

Track list: The Wanton Song / Bring It On Home / Heartbreaker / Ramble On / Walking Into Clarksdale / No Quarter / Shining In The Light / Gallows Pole / Heart In Your Hand / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / Most high / How Many more Times / Whole lotta Love / Rock And Roll

This release is a direct transfer off the German TV broadcast, of the Bizarre Festival concert given by Page and Plant on their 1998 tour. The weather was awful, pouring with rain, so the fans got drenched. However it was a very good performance by the aforesaid gentlemen, and being a TV broadcast the picture quality and sound are perfect. There is a nice menu for easy access to every song, well indexed. The packaging is different from previous Cosmic Energy DVD release, this comes in a nicely printed full colour card sleeve, and there is a colour label on the DVDR. I really enjoy the Walking Into Clarksdale concerts, and this is a very nice souvenir of one of them, and is well worth getting. (Jules Mctrainspotter April 04)

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Bizarre Party ( Fourth Dimension Supreme DVD) 3 DVDR
Cologne, Germany 8.23.98 & Milano, Italy 11.19.98

Presented in the best possible quality are two of the best shows from the 1998 European Page/Plant tour. First, the complete German TV Broadcast of the Cologne show from August 23rd. To accompany the excellent visuals and sound, Page and Plant deliver a strong performance in front of a huge, rain soaked crowd. Next up we have the Milano show from November 19th. While higher generations of video have circulated from this show, this copy comes directly from the master, and is completely upgraded visually and in sound. There are many close ups of both Jimmy and Robert throughout the performance. This is also drummer Michael Lee's birthday, so the band is quite playful on stage, even going as far as to play a birthday song for him, and hit him with cake during the ending drum solo. These are two of the best performances from the European tour. As a bonus, we have included a third DVD with the Pro Shot footage from Milano, the first three songs, intertwined with the Page/Plant interview. Also included is the never before released Sofia, Bulgaria TV special, running nearly an hour in time. Coming directly from the master again, this has great close-ups and sharp quality throughough. (Ron Thargs Dec 04)

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Bizarre Party ( Fourth Dimension Supreme DVD) 3 DVDR
Sofia, 2 March 1998, Cologne 23 August 1998 & Milan 19 November 1998

This is a very nice release on three DVDRs of three Page/Plant Walking Into Clarksdale concerts from 1998. The bonus DVD is about an hour of the Bulgarian TV footage from the concert in Sofia on 2 March 1998. This is the first outing of this on DVD and is a welcome addition. The main two discs are the German TV recording of the Bizarre Festival in Cologne on 23 August 1998 (in the pouring rain), which is excellent of course, and also the audience shot concert from Milan on 19 November 1998. As with many audience shot productions the is some camera wobble, obstruction and a slight fluctuation in sound, but overall it is a good record of the concert. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 04)

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Page/Plant George, 6 September 1998

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – The Gorge, George, WA September 6 1998 (No Label DVD-R)

Gorge intro / The Wanton Song / Bring it on Home / Heartbreaker / Ramble On / Walking Into Clarksdale / No Quarter / When the World Was Young / Going to California / Tangerine / Gallows Pole / Tangerine / Gallows Pole / Heart in Your Hand / Babe I’m Gonna Leave You / How Many More Times (incl Down By the Seaside) / Most High / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Rock and Roll

An audience shot concert from the Gorge, a beautiful outdoor location in the middle of Washington State.  The intro shows footage of the Columbia River, the town of George, WA and the concertgoers arriving at the Gorge. For the concert, it appears that three different cameras were used and the footage edited together seamlessly.  The sound is excellent and the video appears to be first generation.  One of the better audience-shot audience recordings I have ever seen. The boys, Plant in particular, have always had an affinity for the Pacific Northwest and they are in top form for this show.  I saw them the previous night in Vancouver and it was also a very high-energy performance. The disc comes with cheap artwork taken from a scan of the opening credits.  Full menu with song selection. (Riggo44 Nov 05)

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Page/Plant, Mountain View, 12 September 1998

Mt. View, Ca. September 12, 1998 (Third Eye Productions re-master Series 2002) 2 DVDR set
Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View, CA, 12 September 1998

DVDR 1: The Wanton Song/Bring It On Home/Heartbreaker/Ramble On/Walking In To Clarksdale/No Quarter/When The World Was Young/Going To California/Tangerine/Gallows Pole
DVDR 2: Heart In Your Hand/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/How Many More Times/Most High/Whole Lotta Love/Thank You/Rock And Roll

There are not too many really good videos or DVDs available for the 1998 Page/Plant Tour, so this remastered release on 2 DVDRs is most welcome. Consistently high performances were made by all the band on this tour. Jimmy Page is in good form, and looks like he was really enjoying the concert, as we are treated to a duck walk, and a shuffle, from the maestro. Sot from the upper right of the stage, the cameraman had problems with people obscuring his line of view in the immediate foreground. To compensate for this and get out of a tricky situation, we are treated to some really excellent close-up shots of both Plant and Page. The encores are missing because our intrepid cameraman was "assisting security with their enquiries"! Further to which we have received the following from said intrepid cameraman: "First of all, Shoreline is an amphitheater, not an arena, so there is no right side of the stage, all seating is straight back and kind of fans out.  This was the big deal with this video, the reason it was so different from any other audience-shot videos is because I filmed it from 7th row center, well a little more in front of Jimmy than center, but right in front of their faces.  This was huge, and risky. I didn't see a problem with obstructions in the foreground.  The heads & hands are there from time to time, but you can always see the performers and I think it adds to the feel of being right there in front of the stage.  I guess this last point is a subjective opinion, but you can see where a reader would get the impression that there are more obstructions than there really are. I did a photomontage of still images for the encore songsThese weren't obstructed, there simply wasn't any video shot of the encores since security was dragging me out back". I would think this DVD set would also appeal to any aspiring guitar player, or anyone interested in Jimmy Page's guitar playing technique, as we are treated to some wonderful and really sharp detailed views of the great man at work. The usual very high quality Third Eye packaging, and clever use of a silhouette photo of Robert Plant on the two discs. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

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Page/Plant London 5 & 6 November 1998

London (Third Eye Productions Re-Master Series 2006) 2 DVDR
Wembley Arena, London, 5 & 6 November 1998

DVDR 1: Egyptian Tape Intro/The Wanton Song/Bring It On Home/Heartbreaker/Ramble On/Walking In To Clarksdale/No Quarter/When The World Was Young/Going To California/Tangerine/Gallows Pole/Heart In Your Hand/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/How Many More Times/Most High/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog/Rock And Roll
DVDR 2: Egyptian Tape Intro/The Wanton Song/Bring It On Home/Heartbreaker/What Is And What Should Never Be/Walking In To Clarksdale/No Quarter/When The World Was Young/Going To California/Tangerine/Gallows Pole/When I was A Child/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/Most High/How Many More Times/Misty Mountain Hop/Ramble On/Night Flight/Rock And Roll

This release is a new first for the redoubtable Third Eye Productions studio: they are on dual layer DVDRs. This means that the picture and sound quality need little to no compression to fit onto the much larger dual layer DVDRs, rather than the smaller single layer DVDRs. They are also available in NTSC for the Colonies, or in PAL for the Empire. We get therefore an excellent quality picture, matched to a very good audience recording, for both nights. Terry was up in the top middle left balcony (a bit further back from where I was sitting), so a good view was to be had, uninterrupted with heads and crowd movement. He was able to pan down to the mass of humanity standing on the main part of the auditorium on occasions, to get the atmosphere down there. These were great concerts, the second night in particular saw a shake-up of the set list and a number of different songs were added. The main one being Night Flight, premiered a few nights before at the University of London gig, which I was lucky enough to see (thanks to Dave Lewis). The quality is a little better on the second night. These DVDs bring back happy memories of those cold November nights in the north of London. Why are there no decent pubs in Wembley? I well remember the gathering of the faithful at a hostelry before the concert, and of Terry secreting items necessary for his trade about and on the person of one Tone McJogger (how he got the tripod up there I will never know, brings tears to your eyes just thinking about it). Inside the DVD case is a note explaining the advantages of dual layer technology, my discs played OK so there is no reason to think there will be problems. The discs are adorned with a Union Jack, making them look a bit like a Who release, but all in all this a very worthy souvenir of two excellent concerts. Highly recommended. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 06)

John Paul Jones Live At The Showbox, (Cosmic Energy CE-014) 1 DVDR

The Showbox, Seattle, WA, 25 October 1999

Set list: Zooma / Goose / Grind / The Smile Of your Shadow / Nosumi Blues / No Quarter / Spaghetti Junction / Steel Away / Snake Eyes / JPJ Solo / Crackback / Bass and Drum Solos / B Fingers /Jump Blues / When The Levee Breaks / Tidal / Trampled Underfoot / Black Dog

Another very nice release from Cosmic Energy, on a single DVDR, from John Paul Jones' 1999 Tour, this concert being from the Showbox in Seattle. No less than three cameras have been used for this release, one on either side of Jonesy, very near the front of the stage, and a third from the middle of the venue. This means that we get some very nice close up and detailed shots of this this highly talented and still under estimated musician. The sound quality is excellent too. Packaging is in a full colour card sleeve, with a nicely printed colour label on the DVDR. This is a very release and recommended for all fans of John Paul Jones. The biggest cheers from the crowd are reserved for the Led Zeppelin songs of course. (Jules McTrainspotter April 04)

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Jimmy Page/The Black Crowes

Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes
Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY
Pro Shot Video Bad Wizard Label
Video 720x480 (NTSC)4:3
Audio AC3/2ch
approx. 141 minutes

Set List:: Celebration Day - Wanton Song - Misty Mountain Hop - Hots On For Nowhere - No Speak No Slave - Sick Again - What Is And What Should Never Be - Horsehead - Oh Well - Ten Years Gone - In My Time Of Dying - Just Can't Be Satisfied - Your Time Is Gonna Come - Remedy - The Lemon Song - In The Light - Shapes Of Things - Nobody's Fault But Mine - Heartbreaker - Bring It On Home - She Talks To Angels - Out On The Tiles - Whole Lotta Love

I have always been a big fan of when Jimmy played with the Crowes having had in the collection previous amateur videos which were pretty good to say the least and the various audio bootlegs that were available to us all right through to the official release from the Greek Theatre in 1999. This release is a welcome addition to any collector, Jimmy whilst playing with the Crowes was always on fire, some people regard the vocalist as being "Tame / weak / not Robert Plant etc" should ignore this fact, cause this is all about Jimmy playing old zep standards at some of his highest standards. The highlights for me were Lemon Song, Celebration Day, In My Time of Dying. Lets not forget that the Crowes are a pretty tight and professional band and can certainly handle their instruments. The DVD itself is indeed a pro shot, where it come from who knows and who cares, the picture quality is fantastic with multi camera angles, there is a minor tape flaw in places but this does not detract from the viewing at all. The sound is simply fantastic also. This is a fantastic release and a master class in guitar playing, the intermingling of Jimmy with the Crowes guitarists is fantastic, such a pity they stopped playing. A big thumbs up on this one to the people who released it, lets hope for more. (Big Lee From Tipton Jan 07)

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Page/Plant
Montreux 7 July 2001

It's Only Rock and Roll - Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Friends (Fourth Dimension) 1 DVD
Montreux Jazz Festival 7/7/01

Intro By Mr.  Nobs and Mr. Ertegun / Good Rockin Tonight / My Buckets Got a Hole In It / Heart In Your Hand Candy Store Rock / Endless Sleep / How Many More Years / My Baby Left Me / Baby Let's Play the House

Between 1970 and 1972 Led Zeppelin played some of the greatest Rock and Roll medleys ever created.  Between the songs that they played at the Jazz Festival and the amazing addition of Candy Store Rock it makes this disc well worth having.  Robert is in high spirits and you can tell when he looks at Jimmy during Candy Store.  The smile on his face is priceless.  You can tell that these two still really enjoy playing off each other.  An interesting rendition of Howlin' Wolf's How Many More Years is very well played.  The video quality itself is near excellent.  An enterprising fan decided to sneak a video camera into the venue and record the jumbotron picture.  The sound is also very listenable.  The packaging is very attractive with a gatefold paper sleeve.  The inside has some great pics of Jimmy and Robert and friends of course.  Also included for the FIRST TIME EVER are two never before heard outtakes from the third album.  Hey Hey What Can I Do and Celebration Day in full instrumental versions without lyrics.  Very nice listen.  As a bonus on the DVD disc is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and performance in suberb quality.  Overall this is a great set, which should be on the top for any collector, newbie or hardcore. (Sean Douler July 04)

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Robert Plant Storyteller,(Cosmic Energy CE-013) 1 DVDR

Robert Plant, "VH1 Storytellers", London 6 June 2002 (with bonus footage of the charity concert in New York 31 May 2001)

Ship Of Fools/Fixin' To Die/If I Ever Get Lucky/Whole Lotta Love/Tall Cool One/Four Sticks/Darkness Darkness/Going To California/Song To The Siren/A House Is Not A Motel/Morning Dew
Bonus songs: Morning Dew/Season Of The Witch/Hey Joe/In The Light/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/Misty Mountain Hop/A House Is Not A Motel/Whole Lotta Love

This is a extremely nice package from Cosmic Energy. The main part is the Robert Plant VH1 "Storytellers" show filmed in London on 6 June 2002. As I was lucky enough to be there, this is a really nice souvenir of a great evening. Being sourced from the broadcast the quality is naturally superb. Plant was in good form too, so this release is essential for all Plant fans. There is the added bonus of the concert Plant gave in New York on 31 May 2001 for the Robin Hood Foundation Benefit. This is also excellent quality and makes this DVDR release a must have for all Robert Plant fans. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 04)

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Robert Plant And His Strange Sensation, (Genuine Masters GM-RP-15.09.2002-DVD-02) 1 DVDR

Austin City Limits TV Broadcast, Austin, TX, 15 September 2002

Track list::- Darkness Darkness / Four Sticks / Down To the Sea / Morning Dew / Going To California / Hey Hey What Can I Do / Fixin' To Die / Song To The Siren / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / Backstage Interview

This is now the third DVD release of this concert, Smelly Jelly put it out first, followed by Cosmic Energy, and now Genuine Masters. This latest release has been taken from the master recorded from a digital TV satellite broadcast. The picture quality is superb, simply stunning in fact, it is razor sharp and perfect in every detail. The close ups are exceptional in their quality, and the colour is full and rich too. The stereo sound is excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Whilst it is not listed, included at the end of the broadcast is the backstage interview with Robert Plant. My only minor criticism is the fact that there is no menu for easy access to individual tracks. The DVD cover artwork is of the highest quality and colours too, printed on Kodak photographic paper. All in all another excellent release from Genuine Masters. This DVD will be released on Sunday 18 April. (Jules McTrainspotter April 04)

Robert Plant And His Strange Sensation (Genuine Masters GM-RP-15.09.2002-DVD-02) 1 DVDR
Austin City Limits TV Broadcast, Austin, TX, 15 September 2002

Collecting Zeppelin is a bit like prospecting for gold. There’s the initial exciting discovery, followed by years of digging for the next big nugget. For me the prospecting started when I got hold of a tape of MUDSLIDE and thought, ‘yes there’s more of this out there… just keep searching’. The next nugget from my narrow-minded, strictly soundboard search was THE DESTROYER, followed by LED ZEPPELIN’S FLYING CIRCUS, and whilst I have never given up on Zeppelin, I have never really embraced Robert Plant prospecting with the same enthusiasm. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS has awoken the Robert Plant prospector in me. It must be one of the best solo Plant performances available - STTS is outstanding - and BlackDog has done us prospectors a huge favour by providing an unaltered release of a digital satellite master. This is definitely gold. In terms of Zeppelin prospecting, imagine how much frustration could have been avoided if, for instance, the ‘Rock Hour’ or ‘In Concert’ broadcasts had been released unaltered! Plant’s Austin City Limits show can be considered in the same category as these broadcasts, and AUSTIN CITY LIMITS has effectively closed the permit on future fossicking for any substantial upgrade. The footage is immaculate and simply cannot be improved - there are no glitches to be found and the resolution is impressive. The fact that I have a PAL DVD player, which dates back to the late 90s, does not cause any problems with the NTSC. The audio is stereo and not 5.1. It would be easy to assume that it is 5.1 from info on the GM website, but the site clearly states that the audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo. Obviously when discussing the encoding of the stereo sound, GM used the term Dolby Digital 5.1 as a reference to the Dolby Digital AC-3 code. Nevertheless, the sound has stunning spacing and is as good as we are going to hear until someone gets their hands on the PBS archives and creates an optioned LPCM and DTS soundtrack. Don’t hold your breath! For those of us who subscribe to the prospector, archivist and purist mindset, it’s appropriate that this release has no titling or menu. To incorporate these things would involve, so I am told, a re-rendering process, which would run the risk of negatively altering and perhaps causing unnecessary glitches to an otherwise perfect satellite master. No need to turn the real thing into fool’s gold. In 20 to 30 years time we will thank BlackDog for making this unaltered satellite master nugget available. To be honest, I was concerned with how GM were going to follow up their pace-setting THE ROVER’S RETURN, but AUSTIN CITY LIMITS proves their ability to maintain such high standards. I’m sure the next instalment in the GM DVD venture, BRISBANE BOOGIE, will maintain this standard. (Liam Stone April 04).

Robert Plant And His Strange Sensation (Genuine Masters GM-RP-15.09.2002-DVD-02) 1 DVDR
Austin City Limits TV Broadcast, Austin, TX, 15 September 2002

I received the new Genuine Masters Austin City Limits DVD and have had a chance to view it.  I must say that I was eager to see the difference between it and my copy of Cosmic Energy's version.  So I sat down and watched them.  Then I went back and watched individual songs to get an even better feel.  The Genuine Masters video quality is definitely as good as it gets.  Cosmic Energy has excellent video quality, but Genuine Masters is PERFECT.  The difference is  a) you taped the show on VHS and then transfered it to DVDR (Cosmic Energy), or  b) you recorded a Digital broadcast onto a DVDR (Genuine Masters).  Cosmic even has the KQED logo in the bottom corner...KQED humm... that reminds me of an old Pink Floyd broadcast from KQED studios way back when, I'll have to dig that up and watch it...but enough about that.  Next the sound.  I was ready for GM's 5.1 surround sound but I wasn't getting it.  I check the display on my receiver and it says Dolby Digital.  I check the source and it is Digital but 2.0 not 5.1 or 3/2.1, however you want to look at it.  I check Cosmic it also says Digital 2.0 but it sounds like mono compared to GM's sound.  GM has a much broader, more "Full Dimensional" (for you LTTE fans) stereo sound but... unfortunately not 5.1  The Genuine Masters website discusses the details as to the whys and wherefores regarding the sound and how it was processed in AC-3 etc.  Genuine Masters includes commercials and all.  Its nice not to have the logo in the bottom cormer.  My only gripe on GM...no menu.  You put in the disc and it starts.  It does have cue stops so you can skip for song to song but no chapter menu.  Overall another Monumental release from the stables down under and a MUST HAVE for any Zepp fan.  Thanks go out again to Black Dog for providing us with the very best. (Smoking Pig April 04)

Robert Plant And His Strange Sensation (Genuine Masters GM-RP-15.09.2002-DVD-02) 1 DVDR
Austin City Limits TV Broadcast, Austin, TX, 15 September 2002

All you need to know: recorded direct via digital satellite TV, full stereo sound. Like me, many of you have a VHS or VCD copy, maybe even "first gen" from another collector of Plant's Austin City Limits broadcast. Maybe you have Cosmic Energy's release. Give those copies to your friends or a newbie Zeppelin collector and obtain this Genuine Masters release. The stereo sound and very sharp picture quality are better than the original broadcast! Crank up this one and compare to your current copy of this show...what you thought was an excellent VHS/VCD is merely "good", why not go ahead and get this in the best possible quality available?
And the Genuine Master DVDR of the show renders all other CDRs "gifts" to your friends who are not serious zep collectors. Being DVD-challenged, I prefer "no menu", especially since this lasts under an hour. Years from now you will be glad to have all Genuine Master releases in your collection; get it while you can. (David Smith April 2004)

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