Friday, April 20, 2018

Led Zeppelin - 1975-03-21 - Seattle (Winston Remaster)

Led Zeppelin
March 21, 1975
Seattle Center Coliseum
Seattle, WA

One Extreme to the Other
Winston Remaster

221 minutes 23 seconds

101. Intro
102. Rock and Roll
103. Sick Again
104. Over the Hills and Far Away
105. In My Time of Dying
106. Song Remains the Same
107. Rain Song
108. Kashmir

201. No Quarter
202. Since I've Been Loving You
203. Trampled Underfoot

301. Moby Dick
302. Dazed and Confused

401. Stairway to Heaven
402. Whole Lotta Love
403. Black Dog
404. Communication Breakdown
405. Heartbreaker

Get it Here

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Judas Priest - 2018-03-15 - Youngstown

Judas Priest
March 15, 2018
Covelli Centre
Youngstown, OH

01. Intro tape: War Pigs / Guradians
02. Firepower
03. Running Wild
04. Grinder
05. Sinner
06. The Ripper
07. Lightning Strike
08. Bloodstone
09. Saints in Hell
10. Turbo Lover
11. Angel
12. Evil Never Dies
13. Some Heads are Gonna Roll
14. Breaking the Law
15. Hell Bent for Leather
16. Painkiller
17. The Hellion
18. Electric Eye
19. Metal Gods
20. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
21. Living After Midnight

Tapers Notes:
Somehow Rob Halford manages to not sound like a screechy old man this tour, hitting all the high notes you'd expect clean and strong.  This was taped by my son, who went to the show in his full length leather jacket with the fringe and studs that he wears when performing with Call for the Priest.  Security and the merch guys loved the jacket.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Rainbow - 1978-07-02 - Chicago

July 2, 1978
International Amphitheater
Chicago, IL

Definitive Chicago 1978
Rising Arrow (Rising Arrow-059)

01. Over The Rainbow
02. Kill The King
03. Mistreated
04. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
05. Man On The Silver Mountain
06. Blues
07. Night People
08. Man On The Silver Mountain (Reprise)
09. Still I'm Sad
10. Beethoven 9th
11. David Stone Solo
12. Cozy Powell Solo - 1812 Overture
13. Still I'm Sad (Reprise) - Guitar Crash
14. Over The Rainbow

Deep Purple - 1972-07-14 - West Palm Beach

Deep Purple
July 14, 1972
Spring Auditorium
West Palm Beach, Florida

Made In Florida
Darker Than Blue (DTB 226)

01 Highway Star
02 Smoke On The Water
03 Strange Kind Of Woman
04 The Mule
05 Lazy
06 Space Truckin'

1972 would be a year on the road for Deep Purple, their most recent record Machine Head, released in March of that year, was a hit making them a hot item on the live circuit. For this new release Darker Than Blue documents the band’s stop in the summer of 72 in West Palm Beach Florida. The recording is an incomplete audience source that falls into the poor to fair range, it is distant and suffers from distortion, Blackmore’s guitar is in the forefront, the bass and drums are virtually completely buried with vocals and keyboards heard but lower in the mix, there is a bit of crowd chatter also but this adds to the atmosphere of the event. The recording is also incomplete, there are cuts between every song and one can assume that Child In Time and an encore were either not recorded or not played possibly due to being a support act. I did some digging on the Internet and could not find a billing for the evening.

The beginning of the tape starts a few seconds into Highway Star, the recording is certainly at its poorest but does clear a minute in and from there plateau’s off. The sound sounds almost a bit fast to my ear also, but once your ears adjust to the sound you find that the band is playing very well, Blackmore is playing well and his fingers are nimble, he delivers a furious solo. Smoke On The Water sounds repetitive, since Blackmore is high in the mix the first thing you hear is the simple riff over and over and over, the always brilliant Strange Kind Of Woman features the obligatory call and response between Gillan and Ritchie that is always nice.

We finally get to hear Ian Paice proper during The Mule, he delivers an amazing drum solo and pounds the audience into mush, he gets a nice ovation that is abruptly cut. Jon Lord gets a bit of spotlight time at the organ jam that leads into a great band jam that will eventually get into Lazy and once the band gets into the song proper Blackmore leads the band through a game of catch me if you can, Lord proves he is up to the task. The audience is in a fever pitch as the band plays a shuffle that leads into Space Truckin’ they clap joyously along with the beginning of the song, there is a cut at 3:10 as the band almost sound like they are playing a variation of The Kinks’ You Really Got Me riff. The song eventually gets into the middle section of Mandrake Root that steamrolls the audience and ends in a feedback storm, the recording stops as the last notes of Lord’s organ fade. Great performance and I really love early 70’s live Purple, too bad so many recordings have crap sound.

The packaging is typical for Darker Than Blue, full color inserts made to look like the official Made In Japan release, some really nice live shots on the rear and inside. You get a collectable sticker and picture CD to boot. While it is nice to see a show that I don’t believe has been out on CD before, the poor sound will make this release for the Purple completers, casual buyer steer clear.

Deep Purple - 1970-12-01 - Hannover

Deep Purple
December 1, 1970
Hannover, Germany

Hannover 1970
Darker Than Blue (DTB 156)

01 Speed King
02 Wring That Neck
03 Mandrake Root
04 Black Night

Deep Purples gig in Hannover Germany in December 1971 has been captured, in part, in a fair to good sounding mono audience recording. There are signs of distortion when the band is going full force and the drums are slightly buried in the mix but overall has a relatively clear and enjoyable sound. The performance is par for the time, Deep Purple where on fire and giving incredibly brutal performances. It is fair to say that at least two songs are missing, Into The Fire and Child In Time

“Two words…a thing called Speed King” is Ian Gillan’s introduction as the band takes the stage and begins the opening jams that leads into the song. Fast and aggressive, Ian is in fine voice and wails away in fine fashion. I like when Ian asks “do you know what a speed King is ?” and his answer comes via a response from Ritchie guitar and it leads into a nice blues duel for Blackmore and Jon Lord to loosen their fingers on.

Blackmore climbs out of the blues via his fret board and starts ripping into leads to leads the group back into the main theme.

The tape is cut at the songs conclusion and picks up again with the opening stains of Wring That Neck, the sound quality goes down a bit and sounds a bit more muffled. Lord and Blackmore trade solos back in forth in the usual way and Roger Glover even gets into the mix and the whole thing leads into the middle section. Lord takes center stage first and goes through some classic parts and proceeds to conjure up some incredible sounds from his organ, as if opening and inter dimensional gateway, if you did not know better you would think the Pink Floyd where playing. Blackmore goes into his solo spot and hits the boards running but soon slows down and plays a slow melancholy piece sounding somewhat like a cross between Paint It Black and Still I’m Sad. He soon goes into some medieval themes and even a hint Jingle Bells for good measure before leading the band back to Neck and its finale.

Mandrake Root follows and it sounds as if someone was fiddling with a loose cord as a couple of bumps are notable. After the main theme the band goes into the fast riff section, Blackmore leads the band through the chain saw like rhythm and Lord takes the opportunity to solo over the top. Blackmore comes in and its his turn to head to the stratosphere and walks the line between nimble notes and boisterous feedback to great effect. Farther one in the piece Blackmore takes a stab skyward and again the piece takes on a very outer space kind of feel to great effect, of course this is no smooth ride with Ritchie piloting ! They song is another excellent example of the key to early Deep Purple, the musical interaction between Blackmore and Lord that provides the catalyst for the onstage magic the band created.

Black Night is the final song on the tape, it is incomplete and starts in process with the second verse, the sound is a little louder and slightly more distorted giving a great nasty sound to the song. A great aggressive version of the song, Blackmore is literally all over the place. At the concerts conclusion one can only surmise on the other songs absent from the concert as the fragments we have a superbly played concert.

Packaging is simple black and white photos that looks live there were taken at the actual show and a picture of the poster for the concert itself. Again if one can turn on their bootleg ears and get beyond the marginal sound quality there is some incredible music found within these gems. Certainly not one for the casual collector but I have been on a Purple tare of late and these early shows have been more than satisfying my hunger.