Saturday, September 27, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1975 - Throwing The Wild Seeds (Nassau Coliseum 1975 Complete Tapes)

Led Zeppelin

Throwing The Wild Seeds
Nassau Coliseum 1975 Complete Tapes
The Godfather Records

Led Faces Over Coliseum
February 13, 1975 
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

101. Stage Introduction (1:43) 
102. Rock And Roll (3:50) 
103. Sick Again (6:22) 
104. Over The Hills And Far Away (8:35) 
105. In My Time Of Dying (11:39) 
106. The Song Remains The Same (5:33) 
107. The Rain Song (9:06) 
108. Kashmir (9:58) 
109. No Quarter (19:17) 

201. Trampled Underfoot (9:10) 
202. Moby Dick (26:36) 
203. Dazed And Confused (41:28) 

301. Stairway To Heaven (15:27) 
302. Whole Lotta Love (5:53) 
303. Black Dog (8:37) 
304. Communication Breakdown (with Ron Wood) (8:14) 

The tape begins with the usual announcement of "the American return of Led Zeppelin." The crowd erupts as Rock and Roll crashes into motion. Page shreds through the guitar solos during Sick Again. As the song ends, Plant tells the crowd "tonight we are feeling good," and it shows. Page solos wildly as Bonzo and Jones hold down a funky groove during Over the Hills and Far Away. In My Time of Dying is outstanding. There is a slight cut near the beginning of The Song Remains the Same. There are some minor speed fluctuations during an otherwise excellent performance of The Rain Song

No Quarter is absolutely fantastic. Jones's dramatic piano solo is followed by a flawlessly epic guitar solo from Page. An amazing performance, one of the best thus far. Before Dazed and Confused, Plant tells the crowd "we got together a long time ago in a little tiny room, couldn't afford a big room... and one of the first things that we did made up our mind to stick together... and this was it." The San Francisco interlude is hauntingly beautiful, one of the best iterations of the piece thus far. The band is absolutely on fire during the marathon guitar solo/workout section, led by Page's maniacal, lightning-fast soloing. He once again includes the riff from Walter's Walk briefly before a slight cut in the tape. The Mars, The Bringer of War section is utterly devastating. The forty-one minute epic reaches its climax with the blistering outro jam. A stellar performance, quite possibly the best thus far. Undoubtedly the longest and most complex.

Whole Lotta Love is played nearly complete for the first time this tour. The frenzied theramin freakout is linked nonstop with the Out on the Tiles intro to Black Dog. Page shreds erratically through the guitar solo. As the band returns to the stage, Plant introduces "a good friend of ours, Mr. Ron Wood!" joking "we're going to have a happening." He hints at Roll Over Beethoven before introducing Communication Breakdown as "an old Led Faces number." Page and Wood trade licks during a fantastic funky breakdown leading up to the frenzied finale. A phenomenal performance. Must hear.

Few Hours With St. Valentine
February 14, 1975 
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

101. Stage Introduction (1:45) 
102. Rock And Roll (3:50) 
103. Sick Again (7:09) 
104. Over The Hills And Far Away (9:29) 
105. In My Time Of Dying (12:05) 
106. Since I've Been Loving You (9:31) 
107. The Song Remains The Same (5:29) 
108. The Rain Song (9:46) 
109. Kashmir (9:33) 

201. No Quarter (23:45) 
202. Trampled Underfoot (9:46) 
203. Moby Dick (21:49) 

301. Dazed And Confused (37:03) 
302. Stairway To Heaven (16:40) 
303. Whole Lotta Love (6:06) 
304. Black Dog (7:48) 
305. Heartbreaker (10:25)

The band's final night in New York begins with a brief soundcheck before Rock and Roll explodes out of the gate. Plant sings about "the New York queens" during Sick Again. The thunderous rhythm section pummels the crowd as Page blazes through the guitar solos. The combined onslaught threatens to destroy the taper's equipment. As the song ends, Plant tells the crowd "today is one of the last of the pagan traditions that is carried on into the twentieth century, it's the day for... sewing wild seeds" before dedicating the show to Saint Valentine himself.

Prior to Over the Hills and Far Away, Plant announces "we intend to take a knife and cut right through the glorious ice cream of Led Zeppelin and give you a little bit of vanilla, a little bit of chocolate, a little bit of color, a little bit of everything." He mentions Swan Song for the first time before In My Time of Dying, which includes some great slide work from Page. Plant tells the crowd "there's a lot of numbers that we haven't done for such a long time that we've nearly forgot them, but there's a few people that we see here night after night... and so, for those people, we're gonna play you somethin' and who knows what it's gonna sound like!" before the first appearance of Since I've Been Loving You since 7/29/1973. The band seems a bit hesitant at first, warming up as the song progresses. Page is especially subdued, unsure if his injured finger can take the strain. As the song ends, Plant announces "despite our depleted physical forms, we intend to shake this building," adding "and as you're fully aware, we can't shake this building by ourselves."

The Song Remains the Same is somewhat disjointed with both Page and Plant getting a bit lost early in the song. Kashmir is introduced as "one that the regulars who come here every night know quite well." Plant delivers a strong performance, having regained control of his voice. As the song ends, Page makes a brief reference to Train Kept a Rollin'. No Quarter is fantastically epic. The climax of the instrumental section is explosively chaotic. An excellent performance. Page is on fire during Trampled Underfoot, soloing wildly at every opportunity with Bonzo close behind. A blistering performance, the best thus far. A large portion of Moby Dick is missing from the tape.

Plant dedicates Dazed and Confused to "all the people who've been good to us in New York." Page solos wildly during the lead-in to the bow solo, getting the band into a frantic jam prior to the hauntingly beautiful San Francisco interlude. Unfortunately, there is a cut in the tape during the heavy section, leaving us near the beginning of the bow solo. Page is absolutely on fire during the guitar solo/workout section. His fingers fly across the fretboard as Bonzo and Jones race along at top speed. As the song ends, Plant hints at Tangerine before admitting he's forgotten the words. Stairway to Heaven is introduced as "a song that supersedes our wildest dreams." There is a cut in the tape just as Page begins an excellent guitar solo. The theramin freakout during Whole Lotta Love is surrounded by a funky jam. As the band returns to the stage, Plant tells the crowd "we'd like to thank you for New York being New York." Heartbreaker is preceded by a heavy jam with references to Ricky Nelson's If You Can't Rock Me. The a cappella solo is followed by an impromptu rendition of Elvis Presley's A Mess of Blues. Page shreds through the fast guitar solo. Bonzo gets lost during the final verse, resulting in a unique stop-start arrangement. An incredibly loose performance.

Armed with a new double album, Physical Graffiti that would be in stores soon, Led Zeppelin prepared  for their much anticipated 10′th US tour.  The tour was to be broken into two legs following two European warm-up shows in Brussels and Rotterdam.  In keeping  with rock shows of the day, this tour was to be much more grandiose, incorporating a massive  light  show and laser bean effects for Jimmy’s violin bow solo during Dazed and Confused. And, for the very first time Bonzo and his drum kit were perched high atop a riser.

The first leg of the tour was plagued with ill health. Jimmy injured a finger which forced him to develop a new “3 finger” technique. This also meant that Dazed and Confused would  be put on the shelf, only to be replaced by How Many More Times.  Robert had the flu, and ongoing voice  issues while  Bonzo struggled with stomach problems. John Paul Jones  it seemed was the only member of the band to remain healthy throughout.

Songs from the new album that were added  to the setlist were Sick Again, In My Time Of Dying, Kashmir and Trampled Underfoot, with Kashmir quickly becoming one of the highlights of the show.  As Plant would often mention during the  shows, the  set list had been constructed to highlight a broad cross section of material from the groups six and a half years.

After what I consider to be the best show of the tour to that point at Madison Square Garden on February 12′th, the band must have been feeling quite good about themselves as they set up camp for two shows at the Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale New York.

The February 13′th show was very good. By this time, Dazed and Confused was back in the set list as Jimmy’s finger problems appeared to be much less problematic.  This show is historically notable  due to the fact that Rolling Stone Ron Wood joins the band during the Communication Breakdown encore. For fans that are used to seeing Jimmy handle all the guitar work , it is interesting to see the interplay between the two of them as they both take rather long solos.  February 14′th was another energetic and forceful performance despite Robert struggling with his voice again in the early going. Highlights on this night were the inclusion of Since I’ve Been Loving You into the set as well as John Paul Jones at his improvisational best during No Quarter.

Soundboard tapes for the February 14′th show have circulated for quite some time already and have been released by various labels. The big excitement though was the discovery of the soundboard from February 13′th which surfaced only just recently. With this discovery, Godfather Records saw the perfect opportunity to package both these  superb shows into a single deluxe box set.

As for the sound quality, that is always a very subjective thing from one listener to the next, so speaking for myself only, I feel this release does contain the best available  sound and is very close to rivaling an official release. I’m not an audio engineer so I can’t give you the details of what Godfather have done to the sound, but trust me…it sounds good!

Never one to disappoint on the packaging front, Godfather has created another visually appealing box set. Enclosed in the outer box are two trifold cardboard cases, one for each night, as well as two miniature tour posters and a beautifully illustrated 18 page booklet.

If you have always been a fan of the New York shows as I have this box set will make a wonderful addition to your collection. Both visually and aurally  stunning it gets high marks from me.

1 comment:

Zen Archer said...