Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin
Truly overwhelming, this double-DVD set offers Zep fans nearly five-and-a-half hours of vintage live footage. It's almost too much to cope with after all these years of having little in the way of Zeppelin concert visuals. Disc one features a 1970 concert at the Royal Albert Hall; even at this early point in their career, the band was clearly unstoppable onstage. For younger folk that never got to see the band, this is a damn fine substitute. The main point of weariness with this is that, after all, it is the '70s — every song gets turned into a long jam session, often with less than exciting results. The extras on the first disc include a rare promo video for "Communication Breakdown" from 1969 (hilarious lip-synching) and three television appearances, one of which is the same footage of "Dazed and Confused" that MuchMusic has played to death, but the rest is nothing short of fascinating and, at times, hilarious. Disc two features outtakes from three concerts (1973, 1975 and 1979), all of which feature some cool and less overplayed tunes — "The Ocean," a vicious "Since I've Been Loving You" and the great "Achilles Last Stand." The visual and audio quality on everything is top-notch, shot with multiple cameras. Extras on the second disc include a short press conference and interview clips, and those two odd promo videos from 1990 that were released to push the band's box-sets. All in all, this is something few thought would happen: a close-up look at Zeppelin through the years for those who missed out the first time 'round and those that want to relive it. The worst part is the set really drives the point home that there aren't bands like this around today, bands that really matter culturally and historically, bands with songs that define whole decades of rock'n'roll. Extras: promotional videos; television performances and interviews; press conference footage; extra live songs. (Atlantic)