Thursday, November 11, 2010
Even Better in High Definition
Me vividly remembers sticking on the VHS of The Song Remain the Same at Nicko Mun's abode many, many fooking moons ago & him registering his utter disgust at how Jimmy Page, despite being strung out on H, could play like that. A budding guitar hero in the making, me friend was not amused at the consumate ease Page plucked them notes. "Basterd" was his sentiments if memory serves me right.
Once this tune was so overplayed that it was considered the very epitome of bombastic 70s rock opera. Having being reduced to cliche in some quarters, it became the butt of Wayne's World punchlines & became the calling card fer fuddy duddy classic rockers (ie prone to giving "they just don't make them like they used to"-type lectures).
But having stumbled upon this high def version of this epic performance on youtube recently, me was again reminded of a few startling facts:
1) How the band could make an enormodome like Madison Square Garden seem like a small cosy niteclub.
2) The ultra "fit" of Robert Plant's hipster jeans.
3) The sheer austerity of the stage show.
4) And, the simple fact, that this remains one of the greatest fooking songs ever.