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The Origin of the Species: Led Zeppelin
The Origin of the Species Led Zeppelin
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 10min

This 70-minute film covers the years of struggling before Led Zeppelin: the session studios and amateur band scene of the 1960s. It then focusses on the modest success of outfits like The Yardbirds and Band Of Joy, and ev...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Documentary
Studio: Sexy Intellectual
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/29/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

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James Hennings | Chesterton, IN USA | 08/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I enjoyed learning about the members before Led Zeppelin and what they've done and hearing the people they played with talk about them. The DVD includes what is billed as "The Hardest Led Zeppelin Quiz in the World Ever". It's far from hard. The DVD looks into the past of each band member before becoming Led Zeppelin. It also looks into the first few albums, tracing some of the songs' "roots", so to speak. Pretty good, although I've seen better. Hard core fans *will* buy it, newcomer fans *should*."
Whole Lotta Great Footage, Great for Die Hard Zep Fans
Barbara Rose | | 08/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What is so interesting and amazing about this DVD is the footage showing the band members who would become Led Zeppelin before they came together and when they did, covering their history up to the release of their second album Led Zeppelin II.

Seeing Jimmy Page perform in The Yardbirds, seeing Robert Plant, John Bonham, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page perform in the earliest days of Led Zeppelin - this is the kind of footage that an avid fan can really get into.

The DVD covers and shows clips of the musicians who had the greatest influence on Page and Plant, as well as a couple of songs where that influence was used on a couple of songs on their first and second albums.

I honestly would only recommend this DVD to a die-hard Zeppelin fan. I don't think it would have the same impact on the casual listener, and I honestly don't think it's geared toward the casual listener.

[From the back cover] "This DVD is NOT authorized by Led Zeppelin or individual band members thereof, or their estates, their representatives or any record of publishing company associated with the release or ownership of Led Zeppelin's music."

It is very tastefully done, balanced and fair - I don't get the feeling of any ulterior motives - as the people who shared knew the band members before and during the formation of Led Zeppelin.

It's 70 minutes long - and I was glued to the screen the whole time. No boring footage here. I really enjoyed it. But it's the kind of DVD I don't feel the need to watch again. If you love Led Zeppelin, I think you would get more out of the DVD Led Zeppelin LED ZEPPELIN.

If you're a die hard fan as I am - by all means this is an excellent DVD.

This other linked DVD Led Zeppelin is a MUST BUY - Can't count how many times I've watched it and will again and again.
Paul G. Macfarlane | Aspen, Colorado, USA, Planet Earth | 02/10/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"First, I am one of the world's foremost fans and authorities on this band.

Do NOT buy this--if you want information, choose any of a number of decent books. If a few SECONDS of unique video or photos are of value to you-then buy all you want.

This is yet another of these "critical review" DVDs that are now so prevalent, like the dreaded UK Classic Rock series that feature people giving opinions and telling eighth-generation accounts. Though Chris Welch, Yardbird Chris Dreja etc are worthy folk indeed, the cobbled together video scenes and such are evidence of how little material there is about this group. The official LZ youtube channel is much better than this."