Thursday, September 25, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1977-06-19 - San Diego

Led Zeppelin
June 19, 1977
San Diego Sports Arena
San Diego, CA

01. Intro
02. The Song Remains The Same
03. Sick Again
04. Nobody's Fault But Mine
05. In My Time Of Dying
06. Since I've Been Loving You
07. No Quarter
08. Ten Years Gone
09. The Battle Of Evermore
10. Going To California
11. Mystery Train
12. Black Country Woman
13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
14. White Summer
15. Kashmir
16. Noise Solo
17. Achilles Last Stand
18. Stairway To Heaven
19. Whole Lotta Love
20. Rock And Roll

Previously uncirculated set of unmarked tapes for this show transferred with Dolby B on as per Mike's notes on the tape labels using an adjustable outboard Dolby B unit. This is the 1st time (May 2010) these tapes have ever been digitized. The sound is completely unaltered except for pitch correction during playback and fades added for each of the tape flips.

This show is wonderful. Jimmy Page is playing some of the best guitar I have ever heard, and despite his back problems during this show, Jonesy is amazing on bass and keyboards. Robert's voice is in very good shape, and the only problem comes from Bonham. He sounds fine sometimes, but other times, his fills are measures behind the rest of the group and his playing is erratic ... it still sounds fine with the songs and makes for some new arrangements, but sometimes he seems lost ... they drop Moby Dick because of this. ("He's got trouble with his back. He's been lying in bed all day. It's about time we had some sordid press. It should be noted that he doesn't just play backgammon!" Plant stated somewhere in the show.) Anyhow, this show is great, and No Quarter, Ten Years Gone and Achilles Last Stand rock! Jimmy is on; this is his show.

The show gets off to an uneven start with a sluggish The Song Remains the Same. Bonzo struggles to keep the beat as Page tries in vain to speed things up. By the beginning of Sick Again, it's obvious Bonzo's having an off night. Completely missing his cues during the intro, he crawls through the rest of the song at a snail's pace. As the song ends, Plant tells the crowd "we're not gonna do too much spieling, cause I heard the live album, so we'll just play a lotta music instead." Bonzo continues to struggle during Nobody's Fault But Mine. Page shreds through a sticky-fingered guitar solo. Plant exclaims "oh my Audrey!" near the end of In My Time of Dying. As the song ends, he mentions that Jones is having trouble with his back, joking "it's about time that somebody noted it down in the press that John Paul Jones doesn't just play backgammon."

Page is on fire during Since I've Been Loving You, which features mournful organ accompaniment from Jones. Unfortunately, Bonzo's erratic drumming frequently disrupts the somber mood, preventing the piece from ever really coming together. Jones's piano solo develops into an excellent hard rock jam as Page and Bonzo join in during No Quarter. Page's guitar solo gets off to an excellent start, but is quickly derailed by Bonzo's disjointed overplaying. Plant introduces the acoustic set as "our version of a sort of a Californian Crosby, Stills, Nash and Bonham" before The Battle of Evermore. He forgets some lyrics during an otherwise beautiful Going to California.

Page and Plant get into a fantastic impromptu rendition of Mystery Train before Black Country Woman. Bonzo is absent for the remainder of the acoustic set. Page plays a bit of Dancing Days during Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. Plant is in top form during Kashmir, belting out each line with power and bravado. Bonzo is constantly on the brink of falling apart while still managing to deliver some very lively passages at times. The crowd erupts as the band launches into Achilles Last Stand. Page blazes through an outstanding guitar solo during Stairway to Heaven. As the band leaves the stage, Plant tells the crowd "it's good to be back San Diego, it really is good to be back, goodnight."

The tape is another excellent Mike Millard recording.

1 comment:

Zen Archer said...