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Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby C » 26 Jun 2020, 14:24

Led Zeppelin

My favourite:
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Probably their best
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Do you agree/disagree?

Have you got an example?

What you reckon?





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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby The Fish » 26 Jun 2020, 16:21

I think the oft maligned 2 is probably my favourite too. I really don't get the love for 4 at all. I like half of it well enough but then - there's Stairway to Heaven - just heard it too many times - Battle of Evermore - sub Tolkein twaddle that even Sandy can't save and Black Dog and Rock'n' Roll sound to me like Quo on steroids or pub band boogie. Pretty standad fare. Awaits the backlash.
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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Matt Wilson » 26 Jun 2020, 17:09

I think 2 is only maligned here, and that's because Pete set the tone. I think it's a classic, and their best album until 4.

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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby robertff » 26 Jun 2020, 17:28

Matt Wilson wrote:I think 2 is only maligned here, and that's because Pete set the tone. I think it's a classic, and their best album until 4.




............ and then along came Physical Graffiti.



Great thread title C. When I've got a moment I'll contribute.


Here's one:


Perceived to be their best?


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The one which is my favourite.


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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Diamond Dog » 26 Jun 2020, 17:53

I thank Matt for suggesting that I led you all sheep-like into rejecting II as your own favourite. Power, it's great.

It's not that I dislike II - I love it. I just love it less than III, IV and PG. And almost certainly less than I and HOTH too - certainly not more. It's disjointed in many ways, which comes with the territory of recording everything in different cities and studios whilst on a ridiculous tour schedule too. The recent remaster served it well though - alot of the anomalies in sound in volumes and brightness of tracks were eradicated.

IV is so much more adventurous - and I honestly wouldn't change a single second of it. That's why it's my own favourite - closely followed by III, which really is the album that has grown in stature the past 20 years or so (maybe since I started championing it, what with all my power to persuade).

My own example :

Probably most peoples favourite Queen album -

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But my favourite is the vastly under-rated -

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I'm sure there are many, many others.
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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Good Night Dallas, Texas » 26 Jun 2020, 18:14

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Probably considered their best but i prefer Bookends, Parsley Sage & Sounds of Silence.

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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Matt Wilson » 26 Jun 2020, 18:22

The sound of the second album is fine - I think it's great actually. And Physical Graffiti was also recorded in different studios and over a span of years too.

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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Six String » 26 Jun 2020, 18:44

I've always preferred Zeppelin's I over II. IV came out my senior year in high school so it has a special place but I really don't enjoy hearing Stairway anymore, ditto Black Dog even though that riff was pretty cool at the time. The first album is loaded with good material. No weak tracks like HOH or PG. III is very special for me too. It's hard to pick one as the very favorite but it might be I or III.

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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Diamond Dog » 26 Jun 2020, 18:50

Matt Wilson wrote:The sound of the second album is fine - I think it's great actually. And Physical Graffiti was also recorded in different studios and over a span of years too.


Which makes the anomalies on II even more mystifying.

I'm not going to go down the 'I said, you said..." path here. Clearly we view II differently. I'm not exactly surprised that we don't see eye to eye over it. But even when I say I love it (which I did) that's not quite enough for you. I'll live with it, honest.

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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Matt Wilson » 26 Jun 2020, 18:54

How do you know "what's good enough for me?" I'm just saying - you mention different studios as being a factor in why 2 is "disjointed." I'm just pointing out that different studios were involved in the recording of PG as well. Not to mention years between recordings.

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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Diamond Dog » 26 Jun 2020, 19:13

I'll go now. Before you manage to ruin the thread for everyone else.
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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Matt Wilson » 26 Jun 2020, 19:19

Ruin it for you, you mean.

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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby toomanyhatz » 26 Jun 2020, 20:09

FWIW, I'm totally with DD on this one.

Also agree with GNDT about S&G - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme has always been my favorite.

I've also always preferred Who By Numbers to Who's Next or Quadrophenia, but I would also argue that it's a quality issue and that the world at large simply has it wrong.
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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 26 Jun 2020, 20:22

toomanyhatz wrote:always preferred Who By Numbers to Who's Next or Quadrophenia


I was just going to post exactly that.

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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby Positive Passion » 26 Jun 2020, 21:13

My favourite - john wesley harding
Regarded as the best - some other dylan album

My favourite - meat is murder (on basis hatful not included)
Regarded as the best - the queen is dead

My favourite - the river
Regarded as the best - something earlier

My favourite - blur
Regarded as the best - parklife

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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby 50 Shades Of Blue » 27 Jun 2020, 11:00

The Fish wrote:I think the oft maligned 2 is probably my favourite too. I really don't get the love for 4 at all. I like half of it well enough but then - there's Stairway to Heaven - just heard it too many times - Battle of Evermore - sub Tolkein twaddle that even Sandy can't save and Black Dog and Rock'n' Roll sound to me like Quo on steroids or pub band boogie. Pretty standad fare. Awaits the backlash.


Your thoughts on 4 are more than valid. The tracks you mention are all too familiar to those of us of a certain age.
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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby C » 27 Jun 2020, 15:16

robertff wrote:

Here's one:


Perceived to be their best?


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The one which is my favourite.


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Good choice of band

perhaps some may say their earlier albums with Peter Green (Let's Play On for example) are better than both!

I agree regarding the perceived 'best' though...






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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby C » 27 Jun 2020, 15:23

Good Night Dallas, Texas wrote:Image

Probably considered their best but i prefer Bookends, Parsley Sage & Sounds of Silence.


Yes! Excellent call

I have always found Bridge Over really inconsistent.

Some fantastic tracks but some very mediocre stuff too (in the latter: Cecilia, El Cóndor Pasa, Why Don't You Write Me...

...and Bye, Bye Love - whatever were the thinking. The crowd can't even clap to the beat!

I'll take any of the three albums you mentioned over it but Bookends is my favourite





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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby C » 27 Jun 2020, 15:26

toomanyhatz wrote:I've also always preferred Who By Numbers to Who's Next or Quadrophenia, but I would also argue that it's a quality issue and that the world at large simply has it wrong.


Dave, what is considered The Who's best album then - Tommy...?

Who's Next is my favourite






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Re: Maybe not their best but my favourite

Postby C » 27 Jun 2020, 15:28

Positive Passion wrote:My favourite - john wesley harding
Regarded as the best - some other dylan album


Wholeheartedly agree

It would be interesting to know what is considered Dylan's best....(?)






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