Thursday, September 25, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1977-06-11 - New York City

Led Zeppelin
June 11, 1977
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY

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-Y-Aur Stomp
12 White Summer
13 Kashmir
14 Over The Top
15 Guitar Solo
16 Achilles Last Stand
17 Stairway to Heaven
18 Heartbreaker

Fourth night at the Garden and the crowd is just as wild as the first! The set is well paced and the crude recording gives you an idea of just how much of a sonic wall Bonham and Jones were capable of creating. No Quarter is excellent as in most 1977 shows and Ten Years Gone has Page being as epic as usual with his one guitar orchestrations. Kashmir is towering and Heartbreaker is a riotous encore with Page's middle solo containing sections as it did in the past.

The tape begins with a brief soundcheck before the band launches into The Song Remains the Same. Plant's voice starts off a bit rough, taking a few songs to really warm up. Page's fingers are a bit sticky during the guitar solos in Sick Again. As the song ends, someone near the taper can be heard saying "my ears are hurtin'." After greeting the crowd, Plant apologizes for the delay, joking "welcome to the midnight movie." In My Time of Dying features the usual You Shook Me tease toward the end of the song. Page's soloing is elegantly restrained during a somber Since I've Been Loving You.

No Quarter is simply amazing. Jones's elaborate piano solo makes way for a fantastically epic instrumental section. The band moves as one as they expertly traverse the vast musical terrain, lead by the urgent cadences of Page's volatile guitar solo. An outstanding performance. Ten Years Gone is introduced as "a song about a love that could have been good, but went by the wayside." Page's fingers are a bit sticky during the guitar solos. Going to California in absolutely beautiful, one of the best thus far. Unfortunately, the song is periodically disrupted by two people talking loudly near the taper. Plant skips some lyrics during Black Country Woman, ruining the end of the song. Page's fingers dance across the fretboard during an excellent White Summer/Black Mountain Side.

There is a slight cut in the tape during a source change near the end of Kashmir. Over the Top is incomplete as well. The crowd erupts as Achilles Last Stand explodes into motion. The band hammers through the song at a frantic pace. The walls of the arena quake under the power of Bonzo's thunderous pounding. Page shreds wildly through the guitar solo during Stairway to Heaven. Plant pushes his voice to the limit during the initial verses of Heartbreaker.

1 comment:

Zen Archer said...