Led Zeppelin DVD

A Garden Tapes special feature
by Eddie Edwards

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The relegation of these treasured 1969 performances to mere "clips" is a measure of the awesome scale of DVD and the way in which it transformed the Led Zeppelin catalogue at a stroke.

Communication Breakdown
You know, I don't know what it is, but I'm not altogether convinced that this is a genuine live performance at all.

Danmarks Radio
Everything from the original performance is here except, inexplicably, the very end of How Many More Times. The climactic 20 seconds of the performance were present when it was broadcast on BBC Television's Heavy Metal Heaven on new year's day 1990, albeit without the accompanying visuals, so there's no good reason why they should have been faded out on DVD. Even if the visuals were not available, it wouldn't have done any harm to let the music run to its conclusion. The band member introductions at the beginning of How Many More Times are intact here, unlike on the Royal Albert Hall and BBC Sessions versions.

Dazed and Confused is presented here in exactly the same form as on the 1986 Supershow official video, which means that the familiar cut near the end of the song is still there, at 0:07:12. It would have been a nice bonus finally to see and hear an unedited version of this intense performance but presumably this is all that exists.

Tous En Scene
Communication Breakdown and the incomplete Dazed and Confused are included in the same form as originally broadcast although, in two places during Dazed, visuals from the rehearsal version of Communication have been mixed in to replace zany off-stage shots from the French television programme. These parts are not difficult to spot as Bonzo is wearing an orange, long-sleeved shirt and the studio seats are empty! That the Communication rehearsal should not have been included on DVD in its own right is understandable considering its fragmentary nature, but regrettable because it captures Bonzo in even more stunningly exhilarating form than does the performance itself.

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