Getting the Led out

tbl17.jpgFanzines are great, and anything we here at Goldmine can do to promote them, we’ll do. A fascinating one crossed my desk yesterday. It’s called Tight But Loose, and it’s a U.K. publication that covers anything and everything related to Led Zeppelin. Simply put, it delivers what it promises.

Longtime Zeppelin fanatics probably already subscribe to it and visit the Web site daily, but getting the latest issue was a revelation for me. In addition to news pages on each of the surviving members, including John Paul Jones’ new bluegrass album with Uncle Earl, there are features on the 60 greatest performances of Jimmy Page and Zeppelin’s final European tour, plus a clutch of CD reviews — most of them from the underground — all related to Zeppelin. Amazing stuff.

“30 years ago I established a platform of communication for Led Zeppelin fans starting with a handmade fanzine,” said Dave Lewis. “Over the years, this has grown into what you see today in issue #17, as well as launching Now together with the support of Xyz Promos we have launched a publishing plan for 2007 with three editions of the Tight But Loose magazine, expanding on that original premise to take the readers ever closer to the music.”

The next issue is slated for August, 2007. Planned articles include: The Last Stand in the USA: 30th Anniversary Led Zeppelin North American Tour 1977 Extensive Retrospective; Arms ’83 tour revisited; Part 2 of the Reel Collector’s Guide; and more news on Page, Jones and, of course, Robert Plant.

Speaking of Zeppelin, veteran rock journalist Dave Thompson goes “Over the Hills and Far Away” with the ’70s rock gods in the July 6 issue of Goldmine.

Hey all: Any other fanzines out there you dig? Write back to me and let me know what they are.

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  1. At least 11 years ago I purchased an export copy to Germany Led Zeppelin II, identified of course by the laminated sleeve, the standard US label with the "GEMA" on the label. It also has white on the Atlantic emblem where it would be yellow on the standard US stock issues. It does identify "1841 Broadway" at the bottom of the label. I had seen these listed in the Goldmine British Invasion Price Guide as valued at approximately $80-$200 VG+ to M-. I played the record once, noticed it sounded weird and then put it on the shelf until about six months ago when I first heard about the rare Robert Ludwig mix copies identified of course by the "RL" in the deadwax. I looked at mine and side one has the "RL" clear as day. Side two however has the "RL" etched in very faintly. I had to hold it up to the light to make it out. So since I was visiting my dad and that is where my records are stored currently and I had recently purchased one of the Ion Turntable. I decided to record it to mp3 so i could compare it to the stock stereo and a recording of the white label promo mono recording I had recently acquired. While flying to Fort Lauderdale this evening I decided to listen to it on my iPod. I noticed that Whole Lotta Love sounded different, the mix sounding not so good actually. It was What Is And What Should Never Be that slapped me in the face. At the approximately 3 1/2 minute mark of the song, where Jimmy Page starts playing those licks that keep switching channels every time he hits one, I noticed that it was NOT switching channels. I went back and listened to that part again, just to make sure. The guitar licks are all loud and they alternate channels on the true stereo mix. On the white label promotional mono mix the guitar licks are all loud and they are all on the same channel. On this "new" mix I have discovered the first guitar lick is quiet, the second loud and then they alternate in that manner. However, all guitar licks come in on the same channel. I would pull first the left then the right headphone off my ear to ensure I was hearing the same thing out of both. I compared each song (minus moby dick) between the "new" mix, the re-mastered stereo cd mix, and then the white label promotional mono mix. The "new" mix is most definitely in mono and is most songs sound completely different to the known mono mix. Only Heartbreaker, Living Loving Maid, and Moby Dick sound similar (but still slightly different) to the promotional mono. Ramble On sounds nearly like a completely different song. I was hoping to learn if there are any other known copies with this mix. Led Zeppelin II was not known (in my collecting circles) to have ever had stock mono copies released. I’m just hoping to find out more information about it. Attached is a photograph. The label says stereo but the recording is DEFINITELY mono.

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