DVD (Led Zeppelin DVD)

DVD is a double DVD box-set by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The recording history of the DVD spans from the years 1969 to 1979 and comprises performances from the Royal Albert Hall in 1970, Madison Square Garden in 1973, Earls Court in 1975, and Knebworth in 1979, in addition to other visual documentation. The DVD package was released in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2003, and the United States on 27 May 2003.

Led Zeppelin DVD front cover 2003

Overview

The DVD project was several years in the making. Due to dissatisfaction with the only visual document available in the form of The Song Remains the Same, Led Zeppelin guitarist and creative producer of the DVD Jimmy Page, resolved to compile all remaining archive footage of the band's performances for official release. Due to the deterioration of the original film material over time and gaps in filming, Page put out an open request for bootleg footage for specific concert dates to bootleg traders, some of whom complied. Bootleg footage from selected concerts was then interspersed with the professionally filmed material. Much of this footage was painstakingly restored for almost a year. Some of these film tapes were so aged and fragile, they had to be baked in ovens in order to regain their flexibility. The audio soundtrack was digitally remixed for stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes.

In keeping with enigmatic album covers of the past, and tying in with the theme of the How the West Was Won released at almost same the time, the DVD cover features buttes standing alone on a sea of desert sand, ringed by a cloud halo. The buttes are the West and East Mitten Buttes, photographed from the visitor centre at the Navajo Tribal Park located at Monument Valley, Arizona.

The RIAA certified the Led Zeppelin DVD at 10 times platinum for 2 million sales in the United States alone (estimated 2.5 million worldwide). It was, for three years the highest selling music DVD in the United States and Japan.

Track list

Track sequence:

Disc one:

          Royal Albert Hall - 9 January 1970

          Atlantic Records promotional clip - February 1969

  • 'Communication Breakdown' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 2.24

          Danmarks Radio (Gladsaxe Teen Club, Gladsaxe) - 17 March 1969

  • 'Communication Breakdown' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 2.46
  • 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page) – 9.09
  • 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 6.46
  • 'How Many More Times' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 12.20

          Supershow (Staines Studio, London) - 25 March 1969

  • 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page) – 7.33

          Tous en Scène (Theatre Olympia, Paris) - 19 June 1969

  • 'Communication Breakdown' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 2.51
  • 'Dazed and Confused' [edited] (Jimmy Page) – 5.12

Disc two:

          Sydney Showground - 27 February 1972 [Splodge edit]

          Madison Square Garden - 27, 28, and 29 July 1973

          Earls Court - 24 and 25 May 1975

          Knebworth - 4 August 1979

  • 'Rock and Roll' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 3.47
  • 'Nobody's Fault but Mine' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 5.45
  • 'Sick Again' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 5.08
  • 'Achilles Last Stand' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 9.03
  • 'In the Evening' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 7.56
  • 'Kashmir' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham) – 8.50
  • 'Whole Lotta Love' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 7.06
  • 'You'll Never Walk Alone' – 1.21

          New York NBC Studio - 19 September 1970

  • Press Conference – 3.26 (mono)

          Sydney Showground - 27 February 1972

  • 'Rock and Roll' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 3.06

          ABC Get To Know- 27 February 1972

  • Robert Plant and Jimmy Page after concert interviews with Jeune Pritchard

          BBC2 The Old Grey Whistle Test - 12 January 1975

  • Robert Plant interview at the Vorst Nationaal in Brussels with Bob Harris – 3.47

          RemastersPromo One - October 1990

          RemastersPromo Two - October 1990

          Menu clips:Royal Albert Hall - 9 January 1970

  • RAH Dressing Room (pre-concert) – 0.27

          Royal Albert Hall - 9 January 1970

  • 'Thank You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) (pre-concert keyboard rehearsal outro) – 0:34

          Royal Albert Hall - 9 January 1970 [collage edit]

          Reykjavik Airport - 22 June 1970 [collage edit]

  • 'Moby Dick' (John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page) (drum solo excerpt) – 0.56

          Laugardalshöll - 22 June 1970

  • 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page) (guitar bowing solo)

          Sydney Showground - 27 February 1972

  • 'Black Dog' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 0.36

          Madison Square Garden - 27 July 1973

  • 'Since I've Been Loving You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 0.49

          Madison Square Garden - 28 July 1973 [Knebworth campsite on 4 August 1979 video clip]

  • 'Over the Hills and Far Away' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 2.23

          Seattle Center Coliseum - 21 March 1975

  • 'Whole Lotta Love [medley]' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) [theremin solo and 'The Crunge' excerpt from Earls Court, 25 May 1975] – 0.48

          Earls Court - 24 May 1975 [streets of Belfast on 5 March 1971 clip]

  • 'Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 0.49

          Earls Court - 25 May 1975 [collage edit]

  • 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) (guitar intro) – 0.54

          LA Forum - 21 June 1977 [8 mm video clips from various 1977 performances]

Chart positions

  • Norwegian Music Chart (2003) 1
  • German Music Chart (2003) 18
  • US Billboard Top Music Video Chart (2003) 1
  • UK Top 10 Music DVDs and Videos Chart (2003) 1
  • Australian ARIA Top 40 DVD Chart (2003) 1
  • US Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos Chart (2003) 4
  • Hungarian MAHASZ Top 20 DVDs Chart (2003) 8
  • Finnish Music Chart (2003) 3

Certifications

  • Argentina (CAPIF) 40,000+ Platinum
  • United States (RIAA) 2,000,000+ 10× Multi-Platinum
  • Japan (RIAJ) 100,000+ Gold
  • Brazil (ABDP) 100,000+ Diamond
  • Australia (ARIA) 75,000+ 5× Platinum
  • Finland (IFPI) 10,006+ Platinum
  • Germany (IFPI) 10,000+ Platinum

Certification history

  • RIAA – USA Gold 7 July 2003
  • RIAA – USA Platinum 7 July 2003
  • RIAA – USA 10× Platinum 7 July 2003

Credits

  • Jimmy Page - electric guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals, producer, creative director
  • Robert Plant - vocals, harmonica
  • John Paul Jones - bass guitar, keyboards, bass pedals, mandolin
  • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Peter Grant - executive producer on original recordings
  • Dıck Carruthers – producer, creative director
  • Kevin Shirley – sound engineer
  • Joe Massot - director (The Song Remains the Same footage)
  • Peter Clifton - director (The Song Remains the Same footage)
  • Peter Whitehead - director (Albert Hall footage)
  • Stanley Dorfman - director (Albert Hall footage)
  • Eddie Kramer - engineer on original recordings
  • Brian Condliffe - technician
  • Mick Hinton - technician
  • Benji LeFevre - technician
  • Ray Thomas - technician

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