Thursday, February 15, 2018

Why the 50th Anniversary is Important

In an interview with Planet Rock Magazine, Jimmy Page has stated that new live material will be released in 2018 and "...that they'll be coming out over the next 10 years. There's more to come for sure.” (h/t LedZepNews)

Speculation is now running as to what to expect for 2018 and beyond. Shows from the 1971 Japanese tour or Southampton on Jan 22, 1973 seem be the most expected.* Both the Japanese tour and the Southhampton show are known to have been recorded, so they are the natural expectations.

But pay heed to Page's ten year plan.

In 2002 a European Union wide copyright law was brought into effect that harmonized copyright across the EU. That law gave a 70-year copyright to sound performances from the "date of release." However:
"if a recording is not published or communicated to the public, copyright lasts for 50 years from when the recording was made"
Anything not protected by "making the recording available for sale, both physically and online, in sufficient quantity," (emphasis mine) are subject to "use to or lose it" provisions within the Copyright Act.

Led Zeppelin started performing in 1968, their first show being September 7, 1968. A recording of that show would have to be released by September 7th of this year to secure copyright. While it's not expected that anything from the first European tour was recorded in sufficient quality for a release (or at all), it is possible something exists from 1968. Furthermore, it is known that some shows from early 1969 do exist.

If your betting on what's coming, bet on something that is in imminent danger from the "use it or lose it" provision. When Jimmy Page says 10-years, that means Knebworth in 2019, not now. Expect both Japan and Southhampton University to be released, but not until closer to 2021.

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*I originally wrote the Southampton show that is known to exist in multitrack format was the Southampton University show on March 11, 1971. This has been corrected.




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Monday, February 12, 2018

Ramble on Radio: The Led Zeppelin Podcast, Episode #138

It has been available for audio download almost two weeks, but I finally tamed my video software and got the 138th episode of Ramble on Radio up to YouTube.

In Episode 138, I talk with Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty. You can read an excerpt from the interview, in which McCarty explained how the Yardbirds '68 album came about, here: Yardbirds '68 re-release goes back 12-years.

Here's the video version of the podcast.



And the audio:



You can download Ramble on Radio at Podbean, or stream the podcast through the Podbean app.

You can also listen to and stream The Led Zeppelin Podcast at Stitcher Radio, or listen through the Stitchers app.

You can subscribe on iTunes. If you subscribe via iTunes, be sure to leave a review.  Ramble on Radio is now also available on “Google Play

Listen on Google Play Music


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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters opened up their North American tour Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina. The setlist was heavy with songs from the two Sensational Space Shifters album.

There was some Zeppelin mixed in, however, including Gallows Pole.






  • New World… 
  • Turn It Up 
  • The May Queen 
  • Rainbow 
  • That’s the Way 
  • All the King’s Horses 
  • Please Read the Letter 
  • Gallows Pole
  • Carry Fire 
  • Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You 
  • Little Maggie 
  • Fixin’ to Die Misty 
  • Mountain Hop 

  • I’m in the Mood 
  • Whole Lotta Love



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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Led Zeppelin Official Book Coming in October

The first release of the Led Zeppelin 50th anniversary celebrations has been announced.  Although previously reported, todays news of Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, a photographic book along the lines of  Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, is the first official announcement.
From LedZeppelin.com:


Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is the first and only official illustrated book to be produced in collaboration with the members of the band. Celebrating 50 years since their formation, it covers the group’s unparalleled musical career and features photographs of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham on and offstage, in candid moments and in the recording studio. This definitive 368-page volume includes unseen photographs and artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world.
Available to pre-order now.




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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Yardbirds '68 re-release goes back 12-years

The Yardbirds Live at the Anderson Theatre album, “Yardbirds ‘68, recently released on Jimmy Page records was 12-years in the making, says Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty in an interview with Ramble On Radio.


It goes back probably 12-years. Funnily enough I think I was in Toronto at the time. I was staying with a friend, a guy called Ron Korb who’s a flute player. And his manager rang me up there, and wanted to know about the tapes and said Jimmy was looking for the Anderson Theatre tapes. And also Jimmy rang up in France and was looking for them. So I had various dialogues with his manager at the time, it was a guy called Peter Mensch. Peter said, I’m gonna manage Jimmy but one of my things with the management is that he has to release that album because that was one of my favourite albums ever, you know the Anderson Theatre. He has to re-release it, otherwise I won’t manage him (laughs)
So I tried to help the best I could suggesting where the tapes may be and we couldn’t get anywhere and it all went quiet, which it does you know in this business, it gets very hot and cold.
And then much more recently I heard that Jimmy had found the tapes and he’d had them all the time and found them and done a job on them. Done the remix. And Chris and I were invited in the studio to have a listen and we went over to London and thought it sounded great.
The entire interview will be available later this week on Episode 138 of Ramble on Radio: The Led Zeppelin Podcast later this week.

Meanwhile, Episode 137 is now available, including a return to YouTube.







You can download Ramble on Radio at Podbean, or stream the podcast through the Podbean app.

You can also listen to and stream The Led Zeppelin Podcast at Stitcher Radio, or listen through the Stitchers app.

You can subscribe on iTunes. If you subscribe via iTunes, be sure to leave a review.  Ramble on Radio is now also available on “Google Play


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How the West was Won Reissue

From LedZeppelin.com

Led Zeppelin Live Album How The West Was Won
To Be Reissued With New Remastering Supervised By Jimmy Page
Including The Album’s Debut Release On Vinyl And Blu-ray Audio,
Along With Super Deluxe Boxed Set, CD, And Digital Versions
On September 7, 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant first took the stage together in Gladsaxe, Denmark. Then billed as “The New Yardbirds,” the band would assemble in the studio for the first time later that month to start recording their debut album as Led Zeppelin, and rock ‘n’ roll would never be the same again. Before the band’s 50th Anniversary celebration officially begins in September, Led Zeppelin will continue their reissue campaign with a new edition of their celebrated live album HOW THE WEST WAS WON, originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. Details of additional Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary releases and events will be announced later this year.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON will be released on March 23 in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song, including the first ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions (with the Blu-ray containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound).
· CD - Remastered audio on three CDs
· Vinyl - Remastered audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs.
· Blu-Ray Audio - 96kHz/24 bit 5.1 (DTS-HD Master Audio Surround) and stereo mixes (PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo).
· Streaming & Digital Download – Remastered audio.
· Super Deluxe Boxed Set
o Remastered audio on three CDs and four 180-gram vinyl LPs.
o DVD of album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery.
o High-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit.
o A book filled with rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concert locations, plus memorabilia and ephemera.
o High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
Originally released in 2003, HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the three-CD and four-LP collections capture the band at the height of its formidable powers. Standouts include a 25-plus minute version of “Dazed And Confused” and a 21-minute medley based around “Whole Lotta Love.” The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album Houses Of The Holy, which would be released nine months later.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bert Jansch CD/LP Book Coming

Earth Records is releasing an historical series on guitarist Bert Jansch. Bert Jansch – A Man I'd Rather Be (Part 1) is available for pre-order now and will be shipped Jan 26th.

Covering the first four albums of Jansch's career, Bert Jansch, It Don’t Bother Me, Jack Orion, Bert and John,  the set arrives in hardback book for with 4 LPs or CDs included.
Bert Jansch – A Man I'd Rather Be (Part 1) is £35 for the CD or £60 for the LP version.

You can preorder at Earth Records.

Jansch is an acoustic finger style guitarist who Jimmy Page was heavily influenced by. Page is quoted as saying:

At one point, I was absolutely obsessed with Bert Jansch. When I first heard that LP, I couldn’t believe it. It was so far ahead of what everyone else was doing. No one in America could touch that.
In fact, it is generally conceded that Page used a Jansch arrangement of the Irish ballad Blackwaterside, that Jansch himself likely heard from Davy Graham,  and used it as Black Mountain Side.

Six years ago a 45RPM single was released of Jansch's BlackWaterside as part of Record Store Day.




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