Led Zeppelin - Origin of The Species Unauthorized

8.01 h 11 min200613+
This film covers the years of struggling before Led Zeppelin: the session studios and amateur band scene of the 1960s. It then focuses on the modest success of outfits like The Yardbirds and Band Of Joy, and eventually culminates in the formation of Led Zeppelin, the first two albums, and international acclaim and popularity.
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Keith AlthamClem CattiniAlan Clayson
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The Scrappy CatReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Duller than dirt—don’t bother.
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First of all, if you are a Zeppelin fan, you already know all the “facts “ included here. If you’re looking for some entertaining video clips, there are very few included and they are frustratingly short. Most of the recording time is taken up by interviews with a few very dull men. Watching/hearing Alan Clayson speak is utterly excruciating. He is like a barely animated corpse, speaking painfully slowly in his lock-jawed “upper class” accent. He seems to know a lot about the Yardbirds but when it comes to Zeppelin, especially the later years, all he seems to care about is his obsession with their so-called plagiarism. I recommend this doc only for extreme hard-core fans, to watch only because you want to tick them all off the list. And definitely, if you must watch it, please make sure you get it for free! I wouldn’t spend a penny on this turd.
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ukemanReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
What can you say?
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A well done doc of this type, chronicling history of an icon or idol, a band, you love, will get you feeling like this one, "this is the BEST rock band EVER"... then you go to the next well done doc of another of same genre, same feeling? Well not exactly. Pound for pound you could make the argument for Led Zep as best ever and get away with it any day.
That said, I just watched Eric Clapton review of the "60s and the narrators were the same, and for good reason. These people were there; they are intelligent, experienced, and therefore expert analysts. One reviewer of the Clapton film said "how dare he criticize the God of guitar" more or less... come on, these idols may as well have walked on water, but they are humans.
In the case of LZ here, there's not a lot of psychoanalysis and no need really; this group of 4 great individuals met up at the right time to produce the best of the genre and there will never be another. Just a wonderful doc.
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Robert WilsonReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I liked this movie
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Learned background info I did not know about- facts I've not been exposed to. Having grown up with L.Z's music and having seen them on one of their first U.S. tours, it's always nice to learn more ( I was not of driving age at the time and I've stayed away from their "biographies", as the truth does not always win out. )
If one needs to hear Led Zeppelin's music, there are the albums and, a few movies available. Remember this is pre-MTV.
As a musician, I am always interested in background info and hearing from people who worked with members of L.Z. before they were L.Z. was enlightening .
It's interesting seeing Page's Telecaster in action, which Fender has recently introduced an artist's version of, and which is the Fender's version inspiration for.
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TBReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really enjoyed this.
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I'm not one of those people who leave negative comments about documentaries because there is 'too much talking and not enough of the band playing', because if I wanted that I will go online and watch all those live rock videos. This doc has just the right amount of live music and information, which is what I expect from a documentary. If I was disappointed in anything it would be that there was not enough about John Paul Jones who was instrumental in co-writing much of their music.
MatitoReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Well Done Documentary: The Beginning of Led Zeppelin
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I really enjoyed this documentary that focusses mainly on the beginning of the band. The best part for me was seeing a 15 year old Jimmy Page playing and singing on British television with his band, the "JP Skiffle Band." At the 3:15 mark you can see a young Andy Summers with his band outside the Flamingo Club in London, but they make no mention of him.
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John A. BertelsReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent details about the beginning of Zep!
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Though I have been an LZ fan forever, this video includes video coverage and previously unknown facts about the years building up to the beginning of LZ. Some of it I knew already but had forgotten and most I had not known, but I do now. As always, anything about Zeppelin in a vintage format is priceless and particularly with coverage of The Yardbirds. Slightly over an hour, it's well worth watching.
CocoReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Every song was inspired by 5 different people -- got a bit unnerving after getting nearly through to the end. Led Zep stands on their own and that should have been more of a focus. Also, why is Drejha in almost every dang documentary? I find him to be used way too much in many rock docus
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ThiagoReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Decent documentary
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First of all, I'm biased because Zeppelin is one of my favorite bands. The doc, didn't really capture the full spirit and feel of the later band, but it was an origin doc after all.

The Jimmy Page section was too long long in the beginning. Some of the photo zoom ins were weird, the montage of the 1960s drive through England was really choppy and fast.

Otherwise it was pretty good.
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