Okee Dokee, As someone lucky enough to have been at this gig, I have been praying that, at some point along the line, the footage I saw being filmed would some day turn up.. I will let the official blurb on the dvd packaging say the rest..
Enjoy, treasure it & PLZZZZZZ keep it seeded
This new DVD release from Watch Tower is a title of significant importance. I\'m sure it will change people\'s evaluation of the band\'s shows at the Knebworth Festival 1979 and will be another definite \"must have\" for all fans and, especially, all critics who have been saying \"bloody\" words about them! The pro-shot video footage in full length of the band\'s second show at the Festival on 11 August, has long been available in the community and released numerous times by various labels. On the other hand, this title features, for the first time, the pro-shot video footage of the band\'s first show at the Festival in full length. The quality of the visuals as featured in the title, fluctuates a bit from time to time during the concert. At the beginning and some other moments, it is less sharp than the rest. However, it never goes below as good as that of the best available unofficial video footage of the second show and is generally even better than that! The sounds as featured in the title in the format of \"Dolby 5.1 Channel Digital Surround\" are at the beginning not well balanced (probably originally) but soon improve to be excellent! (Since I unfortunately do not own a system to fully enjoy the format, I have to defer to the opinions of other people who own such a system for more precise evaluation of the sounds as recorded in that format.)
The band\'s performances captured by this title, also improve as the concert moves on. It\'s rather surprising to notice that Jimmy\'s guitar playing at this show is not bad at all but is rather SUPERB!! Both his playing and guitar sounds (with more overdriving effects) are substantially better than those of the second show. Just for the first few songs, his playing is a bit rough, probably due to the nervousness which he may have naturally felt for the band\'s long absence from the live scenes in their home country. However, from around \"Black Dog,\" he soon starts to shine! His fingers get amazingly loose and his playing gets quite smooth and fluent, being as good as or even better than his performances in the preceding Copenhagen warm-ups. Actually, as I see and hear, Jimmy is the \"star of the night\"! He is sweating less here than the second night. The performances of the other band members are also flawless. Now I am inclined to agree with Robert\'s comment made after the band finished \"Hot Dog\" that the show got to be better than those at Earls\' Court in \'75! We can see from the band members\' smiling faces that they themselves were then quite satisfied with the quality and level of their performances of that night. Therefore, I can now guess how disappointed the band members, especially Jimmy, were, when they read any bad review of their first show, which was actually and truly excellent... As many of you well know, the quality of the band\'s performances, especially Jimmy\'s, at the second show on 11 August, were somewhat inferior for some reason not well known to us for a long time, as compared to that of the first show, which we can now duly experience with this new release. I presume that such disappointment of theirs may have resulted in the infamous performances at the second show. If that is the case, the critics rather than Jimmy should have been responsible and blamed for that!! Led Zeppelin itself should have officially released this video of the first show much earlier than Watch Tower releases it in this manner 26 years after the show took place. Then, they should have been able to avoid having been criticized for the inferior quality of their performances at the second show for such a long, long time... Now I would like to toast Jimmy for the due recovery of his fame thanks to this excellent release!! (Takemi Hiramatsu July 05)