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View Poll Results: The Who Vs Led Zeppelin
The Who 82 47.40%
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Old 22-12-2012, 12:37
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Who do you prefer ??

For me it has to be the Who
Whos Next
Quadrophenia
Tommy
The Who live at leeds
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Old 22-12-2012, 12:45
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the who for me. especially for their early 'mod' material.

i respect led zep, but im not a fan.
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Old 22-12-2012, 12:49
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I love both, but for me it is a complete no brainer and I have to vote for the Greatest Rock'N'Roll Band that ever existed Page, Plant, Jones & Bonham.
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Old 22-12-2012, 13:12
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Way too difficult for me to choose. Led Zep are the greatest technical band of all time... and without them a great deal of the music industry wouldn't even exist.

The Who have all the catchy tunes though, even surpassing the Rolling Stones and The Beatles on the way in my book.

Baba O'Riley
Won't Get Fooled Again
My Generation
I Can't Explain
Substitute
Love Reign Over Me
Real Good Looking Boy
Behind Blue Eyes
Who Are You
You Better You Bet

And a crap load more to add. I'm not sure any band could stand up to The Who when it came to a live performance either.
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Old 22-12-2012, 13:17
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Two of the all time greats, but The Who for me.

The best live band I've seen. Complete mayhem, and unbelievable rawness back in the day.

Their pre Tommy albums were all very good, then they hit the big time with three all time great albums. The Who By Numbers follwed, and is a brilliant album, overshadowed somewhat by what went before.
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Old 22-12-2012, 14:46
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Zeppelin easily.
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Old 22-12-2012, 16:33
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Led Zeppelin
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Old 22-12-2012, 16:47
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Led Zeppelin.
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Old 22-12-2012, 16:49
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Way too difficult for me to choose. Led Zep are the greatest technical band of all time... and without them a great deal of the music industry wouldn't even exist.

The Who have all the catchy tunes though, even surpassing the Rolling Stones and The Beatles on the way in my book.

Baba O'Riley
Won't Get Fooled Again
My Generation
I Can't Explain
Substitute
Love Reign Over Me
Real Good Looking Boy
Behind Blue Eyes
Who Are You
You Better You Bet

And a crap load more to add. I'm not sure any band could stand up to The Who when it came to a live performance either.
i love baba o riley
i'm not really familiar with led zep but i do like the stuff i've heard of theirs but im not au fait with their entire works
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Old 22-12-2012, 18:40
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I think Zep did far more for music than The Who could ever claim.
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Old 22-12-2012, 19:43
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It has to be The Who simply for the fact that I cannot stand Robert Plant's voice and find Led Zeppelin unlistenable as a result.
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Old 22-12-2012, 20:07
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I keep looking at this thread but still can't decide.
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Old 22-12-2012, 20:10
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Generally I prefer Led Zeppelin.
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Old 22-12-2012, 20:33
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I like both, but Led Zep just edge it for me. Not least because Robert Plant was such a beautiful man in his younger days.
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Old 22-12-2012, 20:43
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Old 22-12-2012, 20:47
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zep by a mile. the who were very much second rated to zep. zep made all great albums then stopped. you only have the one bad cash in album that can be ignored, and they didn't keep playing 30 years after they should have stopped. too much filler on who albums too
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Old 23-12-2012, 07:29
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The Zep, without question. Put them up another 50 bands and they would come out top.
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Old 23-12-2012, 08:50
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As much as I like Led Zep, the simple fact is they are one of the most unoriginal sets of musical magpies going. They stole not just a riff, or something that sounded a bit like, but often entire songs. That's everything, whole tune + words off other people.

R&B song that not many white people had heard at the time? Led Zep would see nothing wrong with stealing it and pretend they'd written it. Former band mate from one of Jimmy Page's earlier bands writes song, that he played a few times with Page. Next thing he knows Led Zep do a version and Jimmy claims he wrote it.

There's actually a very good video on You-tube that shows all the steals, if you've never heard it, it may well make you change your opinion of them. Certainly in terms of the B.S. propaganda put out by Rock Dinosaur monthly and all those guitar magazines that waffle on like Led Zep were somehow innovators. Great stage men and musicians that sold a great image yes, but innovators no-way.

And the worst thing is whilst Led Zep may well have been technically superior musicians, they actually played a lot of those songs they stole worse. Often the case with technical skilled musicians, they rob things of the sha-wing factor and turn them into technical exercises. Somehow their versions are cold and well just so darned "white" in comparison with the original R&B tracks.

Add to that they popularized boring 20 minute solo's of not just guitars but any instrument in the friggin band, and you have a bloated band that its no surprise the punks took as a target for their vitriol of everything that was bloated, pompous and wrong with music.

I will still always respect them for the likes of Whole Lot of Love, Kashmir and Stairway. Even if the words from Whole Lot of Love were stolen off an R&B tune...but you know I just take all the platitudes thrown their way with a bit of a pinch of salt.
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Old 23-12-2012, 09:05
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I like Led Zeppelin, but love The Who
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Old 23-12-2012, 10:26
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As much as I like Led Zep, the simple fact is they are one of the most unoriginal sets of musical magpies going. They stole not just a riff, or something that sounded a bit like, but often entire songs. That's everything, whole tune + words off other people.

R&B song that not many white people had heard at the time? Led Zep would see nothing wrong with stealing it and pretend they'd written it. Former band mate from one of Jimmy Page's earlier bands writes song, that he played a few times with Page. Next thing he knows Led Zep do a version and Jimmy claims he wrote it.

There's actually a very good video on You-tube that shows all the steals, if you've never heard it, it may well make you change your opinion of them. Certainly in terms of the B.S. propaganda put out by Rock Dinosaur monthly and all those guitar magazines that waffle on like Led Zep were somehow innovators. Great stage men and musicians that sold a great image yes, but innovators no-way.

And the worst thing is whilst Led Zep may well have been technically superior musicians, they actually played a lot of those songs they stole worse. Often the case with technical skilled musicians, they rob things of the sha-wing factor and turn them into technical exercises. Somehow their versions are cold and well just so darned "white" in comparison with the original R&B tracks.

Add to that they popularized boring 20 minute solo's of not just guitars but any instrument in the friggin band, and you have a bloated band that its no surprise the punks took as a target for their vitriol of everything that was bloated, pompous and wrong with music.

I will still always respect them for the likes of Whole Lot of Love, Kashmir and Stairway. Even if the words from Whole Lot of Love were stolen off an R&B tune...but you know I just take all the platitudes thrown their way with a bit of a pinch of salt.
wow...thats interesting, ive heard similar criticisms before but as my knowlege/interest in led zep isnt that great i never followed it up or was able to counter/agree with these charges.

pity you didnt post a link to the youtube clip mentioned.

but in all fairness, they werent the first to rip off obscure r n b tracks, many did it including the beatles.
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Old 23-12-2012, 10:30
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zep by a mile. the who were very much second rated to zep. zep made all great albums then stopped. you only have the one bad cash in album that can be ignored, and they didn't keep playing 30 years after they should have stopped. too much filler on who albums too
You cannot be serious

I think serious comparison of the two should be limited until the point their respective drummers died.

Obviously. Zep called it a day, and The Who carried on. They never reached the same heights again, but much of that was down to Townshends style changing from the earlier classic Who.

At their peak, both bands were superb, and produced a vast amount of top quality material, as well as being great live.

It is just personal opinion in the end as to who we like better.
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Old 23-12-2012, 11:55
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Check em out. They ripped off all sorts of stuff! The Dazed and Confused one is perhaps the best one!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyvLsutfI5M

And here's somemore:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zThdTAWQFAQ

And more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5uMQDlKn8g
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Old 23-12-2012, 12:06
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For me, Led Zeppellin, they have done so much that I love.

I do like both though.
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Old 23-12-2012, 12:22
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I like Led Zep and I like The 'Oo...there's only one way to sort this out....
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Old 23-12-2012, 13:15
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You cannot be serious

I think serious comparison of the two should be limited until the point their respective drummers died.

Obviously. Zep called it a day, and The Who carried on. They never reached the same heights again, but much of that was down to Townshends style changing from the earlier classic Who.

At their peak, both bands were superb, and produced a vast amount of top quality material, as well as being great live.

It is just personal opinion in the end as to who we like better.

my comparison of zep vs who was mainly based on the 70s period. if you take similar band, the stones, beatles, floyd, or who etc and compare album by album (ie. 1st album to 1st album, 2nd album to 2nd album), zep comes out on top

take the eponymous first album, look at the tracklisting, it's classic zep from start to end. unlike other acts like beatles, stones, floyd, who etc, zep don't have that "early" sound that seperates the first material from the later more matured albums, such as the beatles from rubber soul/revolver onwards, or the stones maturing from the jimmy miller period onwards, or the who's early rnb period

the other thing the who suffered from is large amounts of filler material compared to the zep who had none. even the beatles suffered from the ringo tracks

so album by album zep has the strongest catalogue by far. the who have far too much filler, perhaps as a result of their interest in album concepts. when you have great tracks on an album, the bad ones stick out a lot more, so the who's albums aren't as cohesive as zeps

from there onwards, the who's legacy is further spoiled from the 80s onwards. they spent more than double the time being shit than they were good
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