What are your thoughts?
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What are your thoughts?
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.
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 :))
Wow, looks like I really need to brush up on my Japanese History :P
Anyway, what's your stance on the thread topic? :)
I was unaware of the REAL Hatori Hanzo
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.
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.