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Johnny Hallyday Was More Than Just a Kitschy Gallic Misreading of Rock

It's hard to think of another male pop singer who could hold his own alongside exceptional female vocalists like Céline Dion.

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Led Zeppelin: In Through the Out Door (Deluxe Edition)

Led Zeppelin's final album proves to have more symbolic value than actual musical value.

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Led Zeppelin: Presence (Deluxe Edition)

Led Zeppelin's most underappreciated album gets the remastered treatment.

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Jeff Beck: Performing This Week… Live at Ronnie Scott’s

Recorded at the famed London jazz club of the same name, this sensational double disc set recasts many -- though not all -- of the individual highlights of Beck’s nearly 50-year career.

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Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition)

Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin's first last album, represents the most grandiose expression of these Brits at the height of their powers.

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This Collection of the Band's Memories Makes Led Zeppelin Actually Likeable

No matter how grandiose the Led Zeppelin legend gets, hearing the golden gods tell their tale is both astounding and more real than anything anyone could ever make up.

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Robert Plant: Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar

You have to respect Robert Plant's desire to take the crowd-pleasing, Grammy-approved formula of his last few records into wilder, hazier places. But the results don’t always reach their intended target.

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Brad Tolinski's Comprehensive Look at the Musician: 'Light and Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page'

When questioned about music, the reticent Jimmy Page is an articulate, gracious and generous interviewee. Just don't ask him about anything else.

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The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - "Over the Hills and Far Away"

The most popular song from Houses of the Holy isn’t the one that stands out as the obvious choice for a single, but that doesn’t mean its place amongst Zeppelin’s revered singles isn’t warranted. Its air of warmth and philosophical openness makes it essential Zeppelin.

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The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - "The Rain Song"

Though you're rarely going to hear anyone place "The Rain Song" in a short list of Led Zeppelin's best songs, it might just be the most beautiful—if not the best—thing these Brits ever performed. No other song on Houses of the Holy matches how utterly captivating it is.

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The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - "The Song Remains the Same"

The latest Between the Grooves series celebrates the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy by examining the many ways in which the band was at its best on the underrated post-Zoso masterwork. "The Song Remains the Same", the album's triumphant opener, introduces this overlooked classic with a joyous ode to music's universal language.

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'Yardbirds: Making Tracks' Will, Indeed, Have You Making Tracks

What happens when a legendary band reheats itself for a 20-year cycle of touring with new members who aren't gritty enough to get the grit? No, I ask you.

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Remembering Keith Relf, and the Yardbirds

The Yardbirds required only two years and change to create songs that changed music.

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Jimmy Page: Magus Musician Man -- An Unauthorized Biography by George Case

Case provides no illumination beyond what most Page fans already heard in hushed and stoned tones from their older siblings during middle school.

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Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.

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The Story of the Yardbirds

Focusing on guitarists Clapton, Beck and Page, this gathers amazing archival footage and interviews with the surviving members of "The Most Blueswailing" British band of the '60s.

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Led Zeppelin DVD (2003)

Seems to be another way that the band is thanking its fans.

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