In For a Quick Garden
This edit shows one complete uninterrupted concert out of all official footage available.
Previous attempts made by others are available, but they felt a bit crude so I decided to try doing the assembly myself.
When preparing the restored DVD/Blu-Ray in 2007, Jimmy Page was not allowed to modify any footage of the film due to copyrights issues, but he did modify the soundtrack heavily to make it more in sync with the visuals.
While being a huge improvement, many out-of-sync moment remains.
-The Led Zeppelin 2003 double DVD: Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, various crowd shots and backstage footage (from menu)
-8mm footage from the concerts released by the band on Youtube: dialogues, performance gap in Dazed and Confused
-An old VHS called "The First Cuts": alternative live concert shots for Rain Song and The Song Remains The Same
-The remixed soundtrack from 2007 (double CD): Heartbreaker, dialogues, crowd
-The official soundtrack from 1976 (Cd from the nineties): dialogues
Paul Currie, from Yeeshkul!, for his kindness in providing rare footage across the Atlantic free-of-charge,
Eddie Edwards, author of The Garden Tapes, for his deep research into this concert recording,
Neglify, from the FanEdit forum, for being patient while guiding me through the approval process,
TM2YC, from the FanEdit forum, for the absolutly fabulous artwork,
And of course the guys from the Led Zeppelin forum. Keep on rocking!
- NTSC DVD-9
-The soundtrack is entirely made of the Kevin Shirley fantastic stereo mix. That is the glue that holds the movie together: while the visuals can be rough sometimes, the soundtrack quality kicks ass.
-4 new songs included: Celebration Day, Over The Hills and Far Away, The Ocean, and Misty Mountain Hop.
-Added a few dialogues between songs using a combination of 8mm footage and the album sountrack.
-Heartbreaker is included! Fully! This was made possible by using every backstage footage cut from the movie, and the 2007 CD, to create a brand new documentary/fantasy sequence,.
-Black Dog is now complete, thanks to the alternate edit from LZ DVD 2003.
-The concert plays with the songs in their original playing order, and the music plays without any interruption.
-The credits are now at the end of the movie.
-Since I've Been Loving You use an alternate edit made for the Led Zeppelin 2003 DVD for the sole reason of being much more in sync then it's original counterpart.
-A random backstage shot inserted in Dazed and Confused is now replaced by real concert footage.
-The Song Remains The Same and Rain Song are entirely re-edited to include more actual performance footage, and less of Robert Plant fantasy sequence.
-Backstage dialogues are gone.
-Documentary parts are also gone.
-The robbery sequence is cut. Any allusions to it is gone.
-The band "home movies" introduction is cut, as well as Peter Grant and Richard Cole fantasy sequence. The concert starts right away.
-LZ 2003 DVD footage have their original aspect ratio corrected (using frames from the movie as reference), and level-adjusted (the blacks were crushed).
-"First Cuts" footage have been corrected in many aspects: colors, speed, sync and aspect ratio (using frames from the movie as reference).
-Black levels and contrats should remian consistent through the movie despite the varying footage quality.
The original 'The Song Remains the Same' film was an indulgent mess. 'In For a Quick Garden' is a freakin' masterpiece in comparison.
eckoes has gone to great lengths to track down as much concert footage as possible to replace the dreadful interludes, so be warned that some of it dips far below the quality of the main concert film. But what is so brilliant about this edit is that it's built on the rock solid foundation of a monster soundtrack. So any variations in visual quality never become distracting because you are to busy enjoying the way it sounds thundering out of your speakers.
A note of praise - Narrative is a 10/10 because now there isn't any ;-)
A note of criticism - There are chapter points but a proper song selection menu would have been handy.
Play this fanedit f*cking loud! (As Dylan once almost said).
This is a rocking good time! A must-see for any Zeppelin fans.
A/V Quality - 9/10
A number of different quality sources were used and it's obvious when it switches between. But the audio quality makes up for it in strides. And overall, excellent quality for the size of the file.
Editing - 10/10
No issues with anything. Like I said, it's obvious when lower quality footage has been cut in, but it's well executed and nothing felt jarring to me.
Narrative & Enjoyment - 9
I enjoyed this immensely. I only watched The Song Remains The Same once many years ago. I wasn't too big into their live stuff then, actually I think this film was the first live set I had heard. And I was turned off by the long fantasy sequences. This new cut remains focused on the concert and goes into fantasy land only when it can't be avoided.
Recommended drink: Black Dog