Revisiting Led Zeppelin’s six Dallas shows as the band reissues its first three albums

June 2, 2014 8:06 PM

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This go-round, the band’s receiving a far warmer critical reception than it did in 1969, when Rolling Stone said of Led Zeppelin I that Jimmy Page is “a very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs, and the Zeppelin album suffers from his having both produced it and written most of it” and The Village Voice‘s Robert Christgau back-handed it as “the best of the wah-wah mannerist groups, so dirty they drool on demand.” (That nod came with a relative rave grade of B.) This paper certainly wasn’t leading the cheering section.

Two years later, following an August 24, 1971, show at Memorial Auditorium, The News‘ film critic, Philip Wuntch, proved a far bigger fan. “The evening was everything a Led Zeppelin fan could hope for,” he wrote. “Even if lead singer Robert Plant was admittedly not in the finest voice that evening, ...

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