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Poll: Better Band: Led Zeppelin or The Who? (18 member(s) have cast votes)

Better Band: Led Zeppelin or The Who?

  1. Led Zeppelin (12 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. The Who (6 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

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#21 SBTarheel

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:28 PM

Good to see In the Light on your list too. That one would probably fall somewhere in my #6-10. Another underrated one. Physical Graffiti is definitely on my deserted island list.


Love that album!! I'm going to listen to it tonight, and then of course, get completely obsessed with Zeppelin again. This is what happens to me with them over the years.
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:33 PM

Love that album!! I'm going to listen to it tonight, and then of course, get completely obsessed with Zeppelin again. This is what happens to me with them over the years.


I thought the same thing when I started posting in this thread.....it's playing on iTunes as I type this. :D
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#23 Mackus

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

Rough list:

When The Levee Breaks
Since I've Been Loving You
Stairway to Heaven
How Many More Times
Thank You
Tangerine
Hey Hey What Can I Do
Ten Years Gone
Over the Hills and Far Away
Bring it on Home

When the whole band kicks in like a minute or so into Over the Hills and Far Away is my favorite single bar of music.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

My Top 5 Zeppelin Songs:

1) Over the Hills and Far Away
2) Hey Hey What Can I Do?
3) Since I've Been Loving You
4) Ramble On
5) Fool in the Rain

My Top 5 Who Songs:

1) Won't Get Fooled Again
2) 5:15
3) Love Reign O'er Me
4) My Generation
5) Behind Blue Eyes

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

When the whole band kicks in like a minute or so into Over the Hills and Far Away is my favorite single bar of music.


Yeah, that's a great moment.

They have quite a few moments like that where they go from soft or just one person playing/singing to the whole bank kicking back in with force, and they're generally great. Bring It on Home is a great example imo as is Babe I'm Gonna Leave You. Plenty more of course.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:03 PM

The Who. They tore stuff up. Keith Moon even blew up his drum kit on national TV. Pete Townsend once jammed his whammy bar into his hand AFTER HE HAD TURNED INTO AN OLD MAN.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

I don't know that I'd really be able to classify one of the two as overwhelmingly better than the other, but given the ultimatum that I could only listen to one of them ever again and not the other, I'd choose to be able to listen to Zeppelin, so that's who I voted for.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

I've heard that, back in the day, Led Zeppelin was for the hipsters and The Who was for the bro's.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:26 PM

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I would pay good many to see Led Zeppelin in concert, this is probably a long shot but it would be awesome if it happened.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:16 AM

For me, it's Zeppelin, though The Who have grown some in my estimation over the years as I've become familiar with more of their catalogue. Nice to see "The Rain Song" get some recognition here. When it comes to the vox populi, the prevailing view is generally that "Stairway to Heaven" is their best song; when I heard "The Rain Song," though, I thought, "This is the second coming of 'Stairway,' maybe surpasses it. Possibly the greatest song I've ever heard." It is just so far under the radar, though, even though it's a song of similar length. Just a massive, massive song.

I could go on and on with my thoughts on the Zeppelin catalogue, but I'll keep things brief. When it comes to live albums, it's hard to say what the cause is behind them not having something people immediately point to as a sort of seminal work, especially something released at the time. The Song Remains the Same in its original release was something Page, who is known for producing the hell out of everything, really didn't consider as a live album proper, rather, as a soundtrack, as it states on the front of the album. The reissue from 2007 is much more well-regarded in all quarters, essentially. How the West Was Won, released about 30 years after the fact, as a nice glimpse into things and a very good release, as is the video Led Zeppelin DVD. What I wish I had hold of were the bootlegs. There are so many out there, and many are purported to have done a decent job as far as the sound. So much of the legend goes beyond the studio catalogue, and I've heard some mp3s of stuff, but I'd really like to have those boots. So many overseas releases, especially Japan. Many of us still wonder, "What does Jimmy still have somewhere, and what is he going to do with it, if there's anything?" Things have always taken forever because he's such a perfectionist, and he's not seemed to have much of a "warts an' all" mentality. I really need to get Celebration Day (haven't had the money) and give that O2 concert a listen and watch.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 04:58 PM

I saw The Who play twice...the first time in 1966 when they weren't even the headliner, but stole the show and in 1970 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in front of 20,000 plus fans (many who had stormed the gates/fences to get in). They were at their peak and just incredible...it was an amazing show.

Unfortunately, I somehow never saw Zeppelin live, only on video. Still, there is no denying the show they put on.

They both had great writing, great singers, great guitarists, etc. How to choose?

You can't go wrong with either one. For me, I guess I'd pick The Who. Their music just resonated with me a little bit more. That, and actually seeing them does it.
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