Thursday, January 13, 2011

A dose of Earl's Court, 1975

After work last night, I popped the LED ZEPPELIN DVD into the player and watched the six songs performed at the band's EARL'S COURT gigs in May 1975.
That portion of the DVD opens with JOHN PAUL JONES, ROBERT PLANT and JIMMY PAGE sitting on stools and performing a trio of acoustic songs: "Going to California," "That's The Way" and "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp."

Drummer JOHN BONHAM joins for the last of those songs -- banging on his kit with his hands -- before the band gather up their electric instruments for more rock.

There is an 11-minute version of "In My Time of Dying," when Page displays his slide technique on his Danelectro guitar.

Physical Graffiti's "Trampled Under Foot" features Jones on an organ and the band in one of its funkiest guises.

This portion of the DVD concludes with a 10-minute version of "Stairway to Heaven" and a stirring version of *THAT* guitar solo.

The Earl's Court gigs are notable for the band's use of its 40-ton stage and light show -- flown over from America. Based on what I saw and heard last night, Earl's Court should be notable for the music, too.

The Led Zeppelin presented here appear to be at the peak of their considerable powers.


Blogger Swen said...

"Trampled Underfoot" is one of Led Zeppelin's most under-rated songs - it's fantastic. "Stairway to Heaven," is its most over-rated song. Good, but too drawn out.

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