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Led Zeppelin : "Since I've Been Loving You" v. "Tea For One"

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
The title pretty much says it all, though I'm speaking more in terms of SQ than structure (both of them are very similar). Personally, I prefer the sound of Since I've Been Loving You, though I prefer Tea For One as a song.

What are your thoughts?
post #2 of 10

"If you're gonna compare a Hanzo sword, you compare it to every other sword ever made... that wasn't made by Hattori Hanzo."

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

"If you're gonna compare a Hanzo sword, you compare it to every other sword ever made... that wasn't made by Hattori Hanzo."

Is that an actual quote? Cool :))

Anyway, I didn't mean to demean either song by comparing them to one another. I was just curious as to whether it was only me that found Since I've Been Loving You to be better recorded/mastered than Tea For One. If anything, I thought that Bonham's drumming sounded better on LZ III than Presence.

 

P.S.

From what I recall, wasn't Hattori Hanzo a warrior (or ninja)? I don't remember anything about him being a swordsmith as well. Then again, that could just be because I'm basing that memory on a book I read years ago, and a game called Samurai Showdown that I played for hours on end as a kid. It's a PS1 game :))


Edited by ZetsuBozu0012 - 8/13/12 at 5:03pm
post #4 of 10

Quote:

Is that an actual quote? Cool :))

 

Kill Bill

post #5 of 10

Also, Hatori Hanzo was only a sword-smith (unless you count sushi chef :) ).

 

Sorry about the double post!

post #6 of 10
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Also, Hatori Hanzo was only a sword-smith (unless you count sushi chef :) ).

 

Sorry about the double post!

 

Wow, looks like I really need to brush up on my Japanese History :P

Anyway, what's your stance on the thread topic? :)

post #7 of 10

I've always been a fan of the slow blues of "since I've been loving you."  I've never done a side-by-side comparison, so I'll get back to you on my SQ opinions.  I'm firing up my Asgard now!

post #8 of 10

According to Wikipedia, there was a real Hattori Hanzo that was a samarai & ninja master in Japanese history.  However, that quote is in fact from Kill Bill Vol 2.

post #9 of 10

I was unaware of the REAL Hatori Hanzo redface.gif

 

As for my take on the songs:

 

This is a tough comparison for me...

 

First off, all things are not equal in my music library:  Led Zeppelin III is 128kbps Mp3 (I will have to remedy this) and Presence is 320kbps Mp3.  

 

There also seems to be a different approach to recording (voice and drums especially).  "Since I've Been Loving You" is a much deader sounding studio, where as the Robert Plant and John Bonham have a lot more ressonance in the studio space in "Tea for One."  This is reflected in guitar as well as Jimmy uses more reverb/distortion in "Tea for One."

 

There seems to be better imaging and soundstage in "Tea for One" (but that may be a factor of data quality in my comparison).

 

One interesting note is the squeak of Bonham's base drum peddle in "Since I've Been Loving You."  I never noticed it before, but it is quite clear to me in the beginning of the song when it is just base, drums and guitar, but remains audible throughout.  I haven't listened to this album in years (and certainly not with this good of a set-up) so it is cool to hear this level of detail even in such a low quality Mp3.

 

Musically, I still think I prefer "Since I've Been Loving You"  I love the jazzy organ riffs in the background throughout, and the clean / crisp feel of the recording.  This is the slow, gritty blues of Zeppelin I love so much.  I think I am going to have to dust off a couple more of there albums in the coming weeks.

 

Cheers!

post #10 of 10

I'm not sure I agree, but there could be many variables at work.  There is a big difference between exactly which release of each song you listen to.  These albums have all been remastered several times.  Once upon a time I had the original vinyl albums of all of them, and although its been quite a while (those albums are long gone) I recall that the earlier albums sounded much more "raw" than the later albums.  In particular, Presence always seemed a bit more polished than the first 3 albums, and I think that's no surprise considering how much more sophisticated Paige was by that time.  I also suspect the quality and technology level of the equipment could have changed considerably in the intervening 6 years.  

 

I have also read that Presence was recorded in a very short time - a matter of days.  To be honest, Zep III was never my favorite - I guess I preferred the harder hitting songs on II & IV, while Physical Graffiti & Presence also appealed to my late 70's teen angst. 

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