Saturday, September 27, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1975-03-17 - Seattle

Led Zeppelin
Seattle Center Coliseum
Seattle, WA

101. Introduction
102. Rock And Roll
103. Sick Again
104. Over The Hills And Far Away
105. In My Time Of Dying
106. The Song Remains The Same
107. The Rain Song
108. Kashmir

201. No Quarter
202. Trampled Underfoot
203. Moby Dick

301. Dazed And Confused
302. Stairway To Heaven
303. Whole Lotta Love
304. Black Dog

"Godfathers Of Grunge"
Remastered Soundboard Recording

Press Review: Squeeze all the air out of a three-hour Led Zeppelin concert at the Coliseum and you might have an hour of music and visual effects worth your attention.

Nevertheless, a sellout crowd that broke four plate-glass doors and brought a two-feet-deep stack of counterfeit tickets gust to get into the place, sat spellbound, despite the fact that ushers and police relieved them of the equivalent of a green garbage dumpster full of booze.
Led Zeppelin's appeal might be explained by the fact that they're known in the trade as a "street band," meaning that their following precedes critical attention by about two years.

Credit for such audience appeal belongs in large part to the band's singer, Robert Plant. Plant's ability to sing and play with, rather than to, a crowd is rare in this business.

Several years ago, when it was the custom to have chairs at rock concerts, people at the rear of the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C., began chanting "Please sit down!" to those blocking their view. Plant picked up on the chant, the band improvised a song, and a perennial concert hassle was thus resolved.

Supporting Plant's howling vocal S were lead guitarist Jimmy Page, on Les Paul and double-necked 12-and-six-stringed guitars, John Paul Jones on bass guitar, mellotron, and piano, and John Bonham on drums.

The band introduced four songs from its new double album, titled "Physical Graffiti". These included "Sick Again," a rocker, "In My Time of Dying," a spooky tune called "Kashmir" and the album's new single "Trampled Underfoot"

A better chunk of the hour that makes LZ worth the price of admission was occupied by "Dazed and Confused," one of the band's earliest songs, and the rock classic "Stairway to Heaven."

In between these two was a medley rendition of "Woodstock" which featured Page playing his guitar with a violin bow and dynamic visual effects capped by three laser beams emanating from the stage and, terminating high above the opposite end of the Coliseum.

As the band went onto its encore, Plant remarked to the audience, "You were fantastic, so were we". (BY D. P. BOND, March 1975)

A really superb show from the 1975 Tour. The sound is great and the playing is excellent. Robert is in decent voice and the band is on a roll! No Quarter and Dazed And Confused are some of the best versions ever, and he opening numbers are really powerful. The earlier shows on the tour like the New York shows were long, but the marathons were generally played at 1973 length (No Quarter never exceeding twenty minutes, Dazed never exceeding thirty). In the west coast shows Zeppelin expands the numbers to where a thirty minute No Quarter and a forty-minute Dazed And Confused are routine. More highlights include something happening onstage after Bonham's drum solo, which causes Plant to start singing lines from Max Bygraves' "You're A Pink Toothbrush". This song is nothing more than Plant singing what appears to be a commercial jingle. It has only 10 seconds but it's funny!

The tape begins just before the second verse of Rock and Roll. Page blazes through the guitar solos during Sick Again. As the song ends, Plant announces "for once in our career we started early, cause we didn't want to keep you waitin'." Over the Hills and Far Away features a blistering guitar solo from Page, one of the best in recent memory. In My Time of Dying is explosive. Plant sings "Seattle, won't you listen" during a frantic The Song Remains the Same. His voice is incredibly strong during Kashmir, having finally settled into his new range.

No Quarter features an excellent piano solo from Jones. The instrumental section is transformed into an upbeat free-form jazz improvisation. Page shreds erratically through the guitar solo during Trampled Underfoot. Plant sings a bit of Max Bygraves's You're a Pink Toothbrush before introducing Dazed and Confused. The hauntingly heavy Woodstock interlude continues to grow in complexity. Page is absolutely on fire during the guitar solo/workout section. His fingers tear across the fretboard in a furious cascade of notes as Bonzo and Jones race to keep up. The frenzy reaches its peak during the explosive outro jam, punctuated by a thunderous finale. A devastatingly heavy performance.

Stairway to Heaven features an amazing guitar solo. As the band returns to the stage, Plant hints at Louie Louie before dedicating Whole Lotta Love to "Seattle and The Pretty Things." The theramin freakout is preceded by an excellent rendition of The Crunge, the best and most complete thus far. Plant again throws in a bit of Licking Stick-Licking Stick during the funky breakdown. The band closes the show with a riotous Black Dog. An excellent performance.

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