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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 4, 2005, 07:54 PM »
Not to add fuel to the fire, as I've just been watching this thread I just wanted to clarify and state that Brad was correct.  The quote is as follows:

"I'm god so live with it.... "

I should know I was there!  ;D

My response to this comment was a little farther down responding to his lack of typing skills and reads as follows:

"I stated this because in addition to your numerous comments that make you look very immature by showing you don't know what you are talking about, it shows that you don't know how to spell (regardless of how fast you type). If your such a higher being with the "god" comment at least show that you have some intelligence when you post and use this option".

Back to lurking.  ;D

Robert
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Hi Rebeltrader,

There are various sites all over the web but in the case of Led Zeppelin Jason Peterson's http://www.royal-orleans.com/ is one location to download live Zep.  Another place that has various artists including Zep appears to be the old sharingthegroove group now at http://www.thetradersden.org/

If your looking to do some Zep trading there are various trade lists but you can join FBO here: http://www.buckeye-web.com/badgeholders.html as there's trees running all the time. There's also various Yahoo groups for Zep but Les Sutton has a popular one which you can check out here: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/LZ_Trees/ which also has trees running often.

I can add more but you get the general areas of live Zep with the above listed sites.  I'm currently building up my CD collection (I've been collecting live Zep since the old vinyl days, and have pretty much everything on DVD)

Good luck as there's some amazing stuff captured in either audio or video format from an era of incredible music.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What was the first album you remember buying?
« on: December 7, 2004, 08:35 PM »
Great thread!  Unofficially, it would be this:



Yes, it's still sealed from 1978, but the first albums I purchased with my own cash were such examples as:



or this:



yes, that's an actual photo taken at the concert as part of the artwork or:



There were others as well but you get the idea. 8>)

Robert
http://www.behindthetoys.com
Lead Editor
BLACK S. U. N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 10 Rock Bands of ALL Time
« on: November 13, 2004, 10:47 AM »
Interesting topic for discussion as one has to take into account so many different factors.  In the modern era dubbed rock and roll starting with up-tempo blues and rhythm and blues the 1950's had Elvis who helped create the use of radio song singles to become famous.  Unfortunately, military service altered how much recording output he did during the that time period, and after a couple of years, the United States' public's musical tastes changed until the Beatles hit the shores as part of phase one of the British Invasion.  Again, the use of radio song singles were utilized to introduce the band to the public.  There was so much musical talent as the genre was changing.  The Beatles were the top musical attraction until there split in under a decades time.  Personally, I would rate it this way:

1. Led Zeppelin - I'm not stating this because I've collected Led Zeppelin for twenty years or that I'm biased.  While together they ruled the music industry longer than any other rock artist (11 years).  It's interesting following their flight path when comparing them to an artist such as the Beatles as each artist has done things the other has not.  Zeppelin became legendary without the use of radio singles as they were an album based band, and used constant touring and legendary performances to become popular.  While more considered hard rock Zeppelin explored every genre of music.  There's so much to type for reasons why.

2. Elvis -  Even though Elvis can be considered a crooner, he did have a band behind him making the music.  Elvis was the blueprint for radio single artists and his influence can still be seen today.  Did Elvis get lucky?  Perhaps, as the upstart modern era music industry needed a young charismatic Caucasian male with a voice to sing up-tempo rhythm and blues.  I'm a fan of Elvis and own some of his recorded output, and I'm not even remotely insulting Elvis.   These days it's a radio singles market and if one has the looks the industry exploits the artist to sell records.  The difference is Elvis had the talent while the artists today like to mime their material! 8>)

3. The Beatles - Helped open the floodgates for the British Invasion, for other artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Animals etc.  The Beatles are the blueprint for a singles pop band.  Unfortunately, internal turmoil helped split apart such a talented group of musicians.

To save space I'll place numbers four through ten as such in no real particular order:

4. The Who
5. The Yardbirds
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Eagles
7. Pink Floyd
8. Eric Clapton
9.Bad Company
10. KISS

One has to remember there would be NO GENRE called rock and roll music without the blues, and that's a fact.  Greatest rock artist ever.  Robert Johnson. 8>)  Also, SunHouse, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, there's so many to list!  For up-tempo original rock and roll Little Richard, Chuck Berry etc.  The list goes on and on!

Robert
BehindTheToys.com
Lead Editor
BLACK S. U. N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Greatest Album of All Time?
« on: November 10, 2004, 09:00 PM »
While I personally agree that CorranHorn has made a good decision for a great album, (as are all the previous albums stated above my response thus far) a couple of corrections need to be stated about some information in regards to Led Zeppelin's fourth album effort.  First, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album never did reach the number one spot on the charts in the United States and only went as high as number two.  The album was unable to knock off Carole King's "Tapestry" release from the top spot in the United States.  The album did reach number in other parts of the world including the U. K. though. 8>)

Led Zeppelin were ruling the music business long before this album, with their January 1969 self titled debut album reaching the top ten closely followed the same year by the October 1969 release of Led Zeppelin II.  Led Zeppelin's second effort even dislodged the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album from the top spot on the charts.

Not every song on this album was released in the United States as a single as only two singles were released from the album in the United States.  Those two songs being Black Dog backed with Misty Mountain Hop as a B side and Rock and Roll backed with Four Sticks as a B side.  Stairway To Heaven has never been released as a single in the United States.  It has however appeared on an Atlantic promo in 1972 as well as in Australia as part of an EP album.  In addition not one song from this album ever hit number one in the United States.  In addition, while the fourth album was at one time the biggest selling album in the United States, it has been surpassed by several albums in overall units sold according to the RIAA.  One thing to remember though is the RIAA only conducts audits of a catalogue when hired to do so, so the numbers on their website are from the most recent audit done on that artist's catalogue, which in most cases is outdated statistically.

It's a great album to listen to regardless.  For recommended reading in regards to the mysterious runes (symbols) that each member of the band utilized to represent themselves I highly suggest to check out (fellow Star Wars collector and Led Zeppelin expert) Robert Godwin's book titled "The Making of..(four symbols).  In addition, a highly researched book called "Symbology and Led Zeppelin" is a very detailed read about the meaning's of each symbol.  This book is written by Duncan Watson.  While Duncan's book is not about Led Zeppelin per se it does explore the meaning of each symbol as well as the influence traditional blues had on Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin's another hobby.  ;D

Robert
Behindthetoys.com
Lead Editor
BLACK S. U. N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Scum continues it's downward spiral
« on: October 15, 2004, 11:19 PM »
Bob Crane wrote:

"it's queer how most people pin-point Wuher’s as the root of evil there, I feel that the hallowed vintage section is by far the most distraught, RS would be a lot better off without half the bizarre personalities that hang in there- “tight knight community” my ass."

SemsFir writes:

The readers that post in the vintage forum at RS can in a way be considered more cautious due to events that unfold from time to time in the vintage section (such as the Albert soap opera for example).  While you feel that a segment of the vintage community is made up of "bizarre personalities" the same can be stated for every public forum on the world wide web.  Is the vintage community tight - knit?  I'd have to answer yes.  While disagreements do happen amongst the vintage community, the vintage community watches out for each other (for example to help prevent fellow collectors from getting scammed), and when new information comes forward about a particular subject, knowledge is generally shared.  So, yes the vintage community is tight - knit.

Bob Crane wrote:

"those people are really just much too childish to give me a meaningful opinion"

SemsFir writes:

If you have a question about collecting Star Wars especially action figures and toys created by Kenner and Hasbro there are numerous knowledgeable collectors that post in the vintage forum section of RS, and in some cases their knowledge is very meaningful.  In certain situations I'd rather have a meaningful opinion from a knowledgeable collector of a particular subject, then fly blindly into the storm.  

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
Lead Editor
BLACK S. U. N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anybody else a hardcore auto enthusiast?
« on: September 3, 2004, 08:31 PM »
Thank you for the compliments!  This was my very first car and it's something you don't hear about very often (i.e. people who own their very first car, 15 years after buying it).  Some breakdown on the restored 1973 E body 'Cuda Barracuda runs like this.  It's a numbers matching, rare white on white car (i.e. white interior and exterior).  The car still has the original '340 small block under the hood.  This was the final year for the 340 motor as Chrysler changed the displacement mid year to create the 1974 (the final year for the Barracuda) 360 c. i. motor.  The car is one of 6,583 'Cuda Barracuda's built for the 1973 model year, and one of 4,576 built with an automatic.  In my opinion, probably roughly half of the 1973 'Cuda Barracuda's survive today, and most are modified making this bone stock example a rare find.  It took five donor cars to restore this car to how it appears today, and I did not purchase the car restored.  The restoration took roughly 14 months although I'd have to check the receipts and pictures of the car restoration to verify.

The car pretty much has had the once over with the exception of dipping the frame and detailing the under carriage.  An 8-3/4 rear end is in the back hooked up with the 727 tranny.  The car has the optional rally package, but lacks luxuries such as A.C.  The original owner of the car appears to have ordered it to cruise at a good speed and didn't add options that would take away what was left of the horsepower (since the compression ratio was lower than the previous 340 motors).  That's pretty much the basics of the car.  How fast is the car?  I honestly have no idea.  Each car is different, and so many things have to be taken into consideration when judging how fast a car is.  I have no desire to find out either.  It's not worth wreaking the car if something happens, and it's certainly not worth my life to find out.  I simply reply to that question with a sense of humor by stating slower than some faster than most.  Two things I always remember is there's always somebody faster, and worth more money.  If I wanted speed I'd modify the car or purchase a big block car.  For me it's owning a piece of automotive history that makes the car unique.  I do drive the car from time to time, and to Star Wars collector club meetings. 8>)  The car holds it's own quite well in judged events and has placed higher in show competitions than some even rarer restored E Body Barracudas.  The car stills has a ways to go, as I would like to rebuild the engine, but the engine bay is show worthy.

My family has six MOPAR musclecars.  The latest project is an ultra rare 440 Road Runner GTX with a sun roof.  It's hard to believe this car was my daily driver for six years to school, college, and work.  My advise is if you are looking to purchase an American musclecar buy one already restored!  It may not be as fun or cheaper, but it saves some hassles of hunting for parts! 8>)

Robert
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anybody else a hardcore auto enthusiast?
« on: September 2, 2004, 06:02 PM »
Besides Star Wars prototype collecting, and Led Zeppelin, I also hit the streets every once in a while. 8>)



I've now owned the car almost 15 years.  How time and the car flies! 8>)

Robert
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BLACK S. U. N.

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12" Figures / Re: 12" Nute Gunray
« on: March 2, 2004, 07:20 PM »
You can check out the head of the unproduced Ody Mandrell by going here: Ody Mandrell Hardcopy Head

I have yet to see images of the unproduced twelve inch Nute Gunray or Senator Palpatine figures, however that doesn't mean tangible prototypes don't exist in some format.  Perhaps in the future more information will become available on these figures.

Robert
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When arcade games were a quarter each...
« on: February 28, 2004, 08:33 PM »
I liked the game so much I decided to carry 575 pounds into my basement a couple of years ago!



The cabinet has seen better days, but the game iteself is the hard to find four player version.  Yes, it works! 8>)

Robert
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: KBZ jokes on GNT at scum
« on: February 24, 2004, 08:14 PM »
JediMac wrote:

"That whole "Coin" vs. "Medallion" thing, and the prototype arguement, were absolutely classic as well!"

Since I was one of the main culprits for proving GNT wrong in the Xizor thread I will state that I personally, don't have it out for GNT (despite my picture with comment added that I posted earlier in this thread).  Yes, he made himself look completely foolish in yet another one of his classic performances.  Gregg was doing his best to save his pride / ego but he ran into a couple of individuals who take the time to research about this hobby that we all share, and we could back up what was stated, while he knew he could not and his best effort was speculation.  If you notice Gregg disappeared once the Naboo fighter first shot images were posted as he had no defense against tangible evidence.  Plus, I knew that he did not know anyone of the employees who worked on either the Xizor figure or the Naboo fighter.  He did dance around many questions (that still are / went unanswered) as Gregg knew that he couldn't respond to them.  The now classic sig line "I'm God, so live with it" was such a poor comment to make, considering it showed how uneducated he proved himself to be in the hobby, and it also showcased his lack of intelligence when debating a topic, in particular a topic he knows nothing about.

I have great respect for JoshEEE for leaving the thread open.  I would've expected GNT to close the thread himself (if he could have, after taking some final shots) or for GNT to email a moderator of that section of the forums to close the thread, but JoshEEE let the storm ride until the end.

Gregg provides good entertainment (at least for me).  His posts are quite amusing, especially when he types drivel that clearly shows he has no idea what he's talking about.  I completely understand the frustration that everyone is feeling as to why he is still a moderator.  I still respect the position that he has as moderator.  I know it's an extremely difficult time consuming position.  Thanks again to everyone who posted to the Xizor thread in my defense.  I really appreciated it.

Best regards to the staff at Jedidefender!

Robert
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BLACK S. U. N.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: KBZ jokes on GNT at scum
« on: February 22, 2004, 02:00 PM »



Robert
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The World's Last Great Mystery...Solved!!!
« on: December 9, 2003, 07:58 PM »
I have to smile at Force Guy and JediMAC's comments about coins! 8>)  Yes, I'm on these forums too, but only in the shadows.  Thanks again to the crew at JediDefender for their support over in the RS forums in the Xizor thread.  I've decided to inquire for images for the item that led Gregg to get more or less run out of town in that thread  by myself, John A. and Chad.

I decided to slice him in half when he decided to type the waste of bandwidth he probably would like to call his valid opinion.  I saw the pack in thread in the RS Saga section but restrained myself until he decided to question what I typed in the Xizor thread. Well, I'm sure you've all read the thread to know what happens.  I'll just say that thread was amusing and entertaining at the same time.

Best Regards,

Robert
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12" Figures / Re: 12" Nute Gunray
« on: November 21, 2003, 10:35 AM »
The figure was mentioned in Hasbro's 2000 Pre Toy Fair catalog with a couple of other interesting 12" figures.  You can check out the information by going here: Hasbro 2000 Pre Toy Fair Catalog

Robert
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Power of the Force 2 / Re: Wedge Gunner Station Prototype?
« on: November 21, 2003, 10:16 AM »
Offhand I'm not sure how far this particular item got (if anywhere at all), and I keep forgetting to ask, but in addition to the Wedge X - Wing Gunner Station, I believe there was also plans for a T. I. E. Pilot  Gunner station as well.  I know of a customizer that created a  T. I. E. Pilot Gunner station on the card, but have yet to see anything in regards to either the Wedge or T. I. E. Pilot Gunner Stations in prototype form.

Robert
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BLACK S. U. N.

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