Saturday, September 27, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1975-03-12 - Long Beach

Led Zeppelin
Long Beach Arena
Long Beach, CA

01. Intro
02. Rock and Roll
03. Sick Again
04. Over The Hills And Far Away
05. In My Time Of Dying
06. The Song Remains The Same
07. The Rain Song
08. Kashmir
09. No Quarter
10. Trampled Underfoot
11. Moby Dick
12. Dazed & Confused
13. Stairway To Heaven
14. WHole Lotta Love(Featuring The Crunge)
15. Black Dog
16. Crowd
17. Heartbreaker

Complete show based on the newly discovered 3rd source recording. The new source is an excellent sounding recording but incomplete. The Millard source which is also an excellent recording is used to fill in the missing sections with the old lesser quality source used to fill in the gaps missing in source 2 and 3. The version of source 3 used here is a direct transfer from the master cassettes.

Source: Audience (3 source mix)
Mix and transfer of source 3 tapes done by David E.

One of the best, most visceral shows of 1975! The sound is crisp and bassy and really adds to the show. The opening string of numbers is brutal and fast and this may be one of the best versions of No Quarter ever! It is savage and the improvisations are excellent. In My Time Of Dying was dedicated to Bob Dylan: "An old work song. A long time before Mr Zimmerman listened to it in the Village back in the Sixties." The reason why The Song Remains The Same was repeated is that Jimmy Page broke a string. Trampled Underfoot moves like nobody's business and Dazed And Confused, dedictaed tonight to Roy Harper (:Wherever you are Roy, don't stay in thatstate too long!"), is a glorious 1975 version in full flight. An exquisite Stairway To Heaven closes the show and the relentless and surprising inclusions in the encores end a show that seems leagues ahead of the sluggishness of just the night before!

The band's second night in Long Beach begins with a brief soundcheck before Rock and Roll explodes into motion. Page blazes through the guitar solos during a blistering Sick Again. He hints at White Summer briefly at the beginning of Over the Hills and Far Away. In My Time of Dying is devastatingly heavy. Page's guitar cuts out at the beginning of The Song Remains the Same, causing the band to stop playing and start over after a short pause. Bonzo hammers at his drums with incredible intensity as Page's fingers tear across the fretboard at lightning speed. A fantastically epic Kashmir is dedicated to "anybody who got divorced today." The walls of the arena quake under the power of the band's thunderous attack. An excellent performance, one of the best thus far.

No Quarter is preceded by a haunting electric piano introduction. Page solos wildly as Bonzo and Jones explore an upbeat jazzy rhythm during the outstanding instrumental section. A truly amazing performance. Unfortunately, the song is cut during the final verse. Page shreds frantically through the guitar solo during a frenzied Trampled Underfoot. Plant introduces Dazed and Confused as "the first climax that we reached together" before dedicating the song to an absent Roy Harper. The Woodstock interlude is brutally heavy. The band is absolutely on fire during the guitar solo/workout section. Bonzo thrashes wildly at anything within reach as Page erupts in a furious cascade of notes. The relentless sonic assault threatens to destroy the taper's equipment. The frenzy reaches its peak with the explosive outro jam. A phenomenal performance, one of the best thus far.

Before Stairway to Heaven, Plant tells the crowd "the vibes are really good tonight, they're better than last night... too many reds," adding "by the time we get to The Forum, we should be sky high!" Page delivers a fantastic guitar solo, one of the best in recent memory. As the band returns to the stage, Plant leads the crowd in a Happy Birthday sing-along in honor of their attorney Steve Weiss. The funky theramin freakout during Whole Lotta Love features an excellent rendition of Licking Stick-Licking Stick in addition to the usual The Crunge interlude. Plant is in top form during a riotous Black Dog. Heartbreaker features an outstanding I'm a Man blues interlude between the guitar solos. A truly amazing performance. Must hear.

1 comment:

Zen Archer said...