Thursday, September 25, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1977-05-28 - Landover

Led Zeppelin
May 28, 1977
Capitol Center
Landover, MD

Soundboard Recording

01 The Song Remains the Same
02 Sick Again
03 Nobody's Fault But Mine               
04 In My Time of Dying           
05 Since I've Been Loving You       
06 No Quarter    
07 Ten Years Gone
08 The Battle of Evermore
09 Going to California
10 Black Country Woman
11 Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
12 White Summer
13 Black Mountain Side
14 Kashmir
15 Over the Top
16 Guitar Solo
17 Achilles Last Stand
18 Stairway to Heaven
19 Whole Lotta Love
20 Rock and Roll

A continuation of the atmosphere and level of playing. In fact all four shows from Landover stands on the same, rather high level. During In My Time Of Dying there is a longer than usual pause before they start the fast boogie section, you can almost see them waiting on Jimmy to start so they can start rocking. Very good version of No Quarter and Kashmir here. Achilles Last Stand id also great exceopt for the opening riffs from Mr Page who played them too early.

The show gets off to a shaky start with a somewhat sluggish The Song Remains the Same. Page is all over the place during the guitar solos. The band crawls through Sick Again at a snail's pace. As the song ends, Plant mentions that it's Memorial Day weekend, saying "we'll try and make your holiday just a little bit higher." In My Time of Dying is introduced as "a song that took its origins from the southern states of the United States of America, long before we were twinkles in our great, great, great grandfathers'... possibilities." Bonzo sounds tired as Page shreds through a laid-back Since I've Been Loving You. Plant complains about the heat onstage before introducing "the ivory keys of John Paul Jones" prior to No Quarter. Jones delivers a dynamic piano solo, which develops into an upbeat boogie/hard rock jam as Page and Bonzo join in. Page delivers an excellent guitar solo, although the band can be a bit disjointed at times.

Plant describes Jones's triple neck as "what looks like some remnant from Greek mythology" before Ten Years Gone. He sings "do you ever remember me, Benji?" following Page's first guitar solo, referring to the band's tour manager Benji LeFevre. Bonzo assists Jones in his backing vocal duties during The Battle of Evermore, which Plant describes as "an awake version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young" afterward. Page fumbles through a sticky-fingered White Summer/Black Mountain Side. Bonzo seems to be playing in slow motion as the band plods through a lackluster Kashmir. Ironically, Plant introduces him as "one of the more prolific timekeepers of the English rock movement" before Over the Top. The drum solo is unbearably long and boring. Plant tells the crowd "this song's given us a little bit of strength sometimes when we felt down, cause we knew it was a nice one" before Stairway to Heaven. The guitar solo section devolves into a disjointed mess by the end. The band closes the show with a sloppy Rock and Roll.

The tape is a slightly bass heavy soundboard recording

1 comment:

Zen Archer said...