Monday, September 22, 2014

Page & Plant - 1996 - 10 Days

Page & Plant
1996
10 Days



February 5, 1996
Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan

01. Egyptian intro
02. Immigrant Song intro / The Wanton Song
03. Bring It On Home
04. Heartbreaker
05. Ramble On
06. No Quarter
07. Hurdy Gurdy solo
08. Gallows Pole
09. Since I've Been Loving You
10. The Song Remains The Same
11. Going To California
12. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
13. Whole Lotta Love (incl White Rabbit / Break on Through / Dazed And Confused)
14. Yallah
15. Four Sticks
16. Kashmir
17. Black Dog
18. Rock And Roll


February 6, 1996
Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan

01. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
02. Bring It On Home
03. Heartbreaker
04. Thank You
05. Gallows Pole
06. Hurdy Gurdy solo / Nobody's Fault But Mine
07. Going To California
08. Since I've Been Loving You
09. Dancing Days
10. Yallah
11. Four Sticks
12. In The Evening
13. Kashmir
14. Tangerine
15. Whole Lotta Love (incl In The Light / Break on Through / Dazed And Confused)
16. Rock And Roll


February 8, 1996
Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan

01. Egyptian intro
02. Celebration Day
03. Bring It On Home
04. Heartbreaker
05. What Is and What Should Never Be
06. The Rain Song
07. Hurdy Gurdy solo / When The Levee Breaks
08. Gallows Pole
09. Tea For One
10. The Song Remains The Same
11. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
12. Whole Lotta Love (incl Down By The Seaside / Break on Through / Dazed And Confused)
13. Yallah
14. Four Sticks
15. In The Evening
16. Kashmir
17. Custard Pie intro / Out On The Tiles intro / Black Dog
18. Rock And Roll


February 9, 1996
Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan

01. The Rain Song
02. No Quarter
03. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
04. Immigrant Song intro / The Wanton Song
05. Heartbreaker
06. Ramble On
07. Hurdy Gurdy solo
08. Gallows Pole
09. Whole Lotta Love (incl Spoonful/Break On Through/I Wanna Take You Higher/Dazed And Confused)
10. Tea For One
11. Dancing Days
12. Yallah
13. Four Sticks
14. In The Evening
15. Kashmir
16. Black Dog
17. Rock And Roll


February 12, 1996
Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan

01. Egyptian intro
02. Immigrant Song Intro / The Wanton Song
03. Bring It On Home
04. Heartbreaker
05. Ramble On
06. No Quarter
07. Hurdy Gurdy solo
08. Gallows Pole
09. Tea For One
10. The Song Remains The Same
11. Going To California
12. That's The Way
13. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
14. Whole Lotta Love (incl Bring It On Home / Break on Through / Dazed And Confused)
15. Yallah
16. Four Sticks
17. Kashmir
18. Custard Pie
19. Rock And Roll


February 13, 1996
Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan

01. Thank You
02. Custard Pie
03. Black Dog
04. Tangerine
05. Hurdy Gurdy solo
06. Gallows Pole
07. Tea For One
08. The Song Remains The Same
09. Going To California
10. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
11. Whole Lotta Love (incl King Bee / Break On Through / Dazed And Confused)
12. Friends
13. Yallah
14. Four Sticks
15. Kashmir
16. What Is and What Should Never Be
17. Rock And Roll


February 15, 1996
Castle Hall
Osaka, Japan

01. Egyptian intro
02. Custard Pie
03. Bring It On Home
04. Heartbreaker
05. What Is and What Should Never Be
06. Hurdy Gurdy solo
07. Gallows Pole
08. Wonderful One
09. Going To California
10. Ten Years Gone
11. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
12. Whole Lotta Love (incl You Shook Me / Break On Through / Dazed and Confused)
13. Tea For One
14. Friends
15. Yallah
16. Four Sticks
17. Kashmir
18. Black Dog
19. Rock And Roll


February 17, 1996
Century Hall
Nagoya, Japan

01. Egyptian intro
02. Heartbreaker
03. Bring It On Home
04. Custard Pie
05. Ramble On
06. Tangerine
07. Thank You
08. Hurdy Gurdy solo
09. Gallows Pole
10. The Rain Song
11. The Song Remains The Same
12. Tea For One
13. Dancing Days
14. In The Evening
15. Four Sticks
16. Kashmir
17. Celebration Day
18. Black Dog
19. Rock And Roll


February 19, 1996
Castle Hall
Osaka, Japan

01. Egyptian intro
02. Celebration Day
03. Bring It On Home
04. Heartbreaker
05. What Is and What Should Never Be
06. Tangerine
07. Thank You
08. Hurdy Gurdy solo
09. Gallows Pole
10. Nobody's Fault But Mine
11. The Song Remains The Same
12. Since I've Been Loving You
13. Whole Lotta Love (incl It's All Over Now / Break On Through / Dazed and Confused)
14. Dancing Days
15. In the Evening
16. Four Sticks
17. Kashmir
18. Black Dog
19. Rock And Roll


February 20, 1996
Marine Messe
Fukuoka, Japan

01. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
02. Ramble On
03. Custard Pie
04. Heartbreaker
05. Wonderful One
06. The Song Remains The Same
07. The Rain Song
08. Celebration Day
09. Hurdy Gurdy solo
00. Gallows Pole
01. Since I've Been Loving You
02. Whole Lotta Love (incl Baby Let Me Follow You Down / Going Down / Break On Through / The Crunge / Dazed And Confused)
03. In The Evening
04. Four Sticks
05. Kashmir
06. Black Dog
07. Rock And Roll



Page & Plant spent the better part of 1995 bringing the “Unledded” show to the road.  After the final concert in October, they took a break just over three months before bringing the show to the far east after a few warm up dates in South America.  Ten shows were booked for Japan including six in the Budokan, “the famous old building” as Robert Plant calls the venue in the first show.

With Tokyo becoming at the time the center for international bootlegging, it is obvious that every show was taped by several sources and there were multiple, competing releases coming out right after the show.  This wasn’t lost on the artists either and Plant refers several times to the bootleggers in the audience.



Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – February 5th, 1996

Disc 1 (54:17):  Eastern, Immigrant Song / The Wanton Song, Bring It On Home, Heartbreaker, Ramble On, No Quarter, Hurdy Gurdy solo, Gallows Pole, Since I’ve Been Loving You, The Song Remains The Same, Going To California

Disc 2 (61:04):  Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, Whole Lotta Love, Yallah, Four Sticks, Kashmir, Black Dog, Rock And Roll

The first show in Japan was at the Budokan in Tokyo on February 5th, the first time they played together in Japan in twenty-four years.  Other titles document this historic concert such as First Show At The Famous Old Building (Real Dragon), The First Day (Cobla) and First Night In Japan 1996(Pore The Sole) as well as the two boxsets.

For the first night Page & Plant play it a bit safe with the setlist, relying upon what is perhaps the most common  pattern.  The middle eastern tape starts off as an introduction to “The Immigrant Song” riff leading into “The Wanton Song.”  Plant’s vocals are a bit rough during the show.

The Led Zeppelin II medley includes the ninety second fast riff from “Bring It On Home” segueing into “Heartbreaker” which in turn leads into “Ramble On.”  As the shows in Japan continue, they will play with this arrangement to include other songs from the album.

“It’s indeed a great honor…Jimmy and I to be playing again here in this famous old building” Plant tells the audience before “No Quarter.”  Between this, and the following hurdy gurdy solo and “Gallows Pole,” the replicate the more interesting tunes from “Unledded” live.

In the middle of the set they play “Going To California” which Plant describes as “a song that was written just before 1971.  Well maybe it was just before 1931.  Anyways, it was one of those periods where it was hard to distinguish the years.  And it’s still quite hard” he jokes.

During the “Whole Lotta Love” medley they get into a dreamy version of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” in addition to “Break On Through” and “Dazed And Confused,” the two constant inclusions.

“Yallah” is introduced as “”a new platform for the future…we must go into the past, and to go into the past you  must change the past and remodel it” summing up their  musical ideas in a few phrases.  The show ends with the very long “Kashmir” with “Black Dog” and “Rock And Roll” as the common encores.  It is a tight, rehearsed opening night and a very good Page & Plant show from the era.  

Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – February 6th, 1996

Disc 3 (58:30):  Babe I’m Gonna Leave You / Stairway To Heaven, Bring It On Home, Heartbreaker, Thank You, Gallows Pole, hurdy gurdy solo, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Going To California, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Yallah

Disc 4 (56:42):  Four Sticks, Egyptian Pharaohs, In The Evening, Kashmir, Tangerine, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

And just as the first night was quite standard, on the second night they start to experiment and stretch out a bit more.  There is no middle eastern opening tape, but instead Page and Plant come onstage  Instead of the middle eastern tape, they start off with “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” used as an opening number for the first time.

A ninety-second segment of “Bring It On Home” is a short introduction to “Heartbreaker” which in turn segues into “Thank You.”

“Hello Tokyo.  There you are!  Well tonight, ladies and gentlemen, and boys and girls, and dogs and cats, and camels.  We’ve been trying every night … to do things a little bit different” Plant says before “Gallows Pole.”  Nigel Eaton’s is played afterwards as an introduction to “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”

One of the peculiarities of this show is that “Whole Lotta Love,” which includes “In The Light,” is played as the second of three encores instead of played in the middle of the show as on most night.  Otherwise, it is another excellent concert, much better than the first night and the third night to follow, one which is filled with many mistakes.

Much like Led Zeppelin’s first visit to Japan in 1971, their visit in 1996 meant they were able to relax and pull out many unique performances.  It also meant allowed them the fiddle around with the setlist and rearrange the number and sequence of songs played.  The first couple of shows in Tokyo were quite strict with the setlist, but by the third night they began to stretch out and take some risks.

With risk comes the potential for disaster and on-stage breakdown, and the first show in Celebrating Third And Fourth Day has several breakdowns.  But that is the charm and reason for collecting these recordings.  They don’t have to be musically perfect, but rather an honest record of the risks the artists are willing to take.

Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – February 8th, 1996

Disc 1 (59:24):  Eastern, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home, Heartbreaker, What Is And What Should Never Be, Rain Song (intro mistake), hurdy gurdy solo, When The Levee Breaks, Gallows Pole, Tea For One (intro mistake), The Song Remains The Same

Disc 2 (69:57):  Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, Whole Lotta Love, Yallah (intro mistake), Four Sticks, Egyptian Pharaohs, In The Evening (including Carouselambra), Kashmir, Custard Pie (intro Black Dog), Rock And Roll

The third Budokan show starts off standard with the middle eastern tape before the first tune “Celebration Day” and the first medley of “Bring It On Home,” “Heartbreaker” and “What Is And What Should Never Be.”

Afterwards it the first big surprise of the night.  “The Rain Song” is played acoustically with orchestra as it was on “Unledded,” but nowhere else on the tour.  Page hits  bum  note at the very beginning and continues to make minor mistakes, but it sounds gorgeous.

The Nigel Eaton hurdy gurdy solo leads into “When The Levee Breaks,” not “Gallows Pole” as is most common on the tour.  Afterwards is the second big surprise when they play “Tea For One” for the first time ever.  It breaks down at the beginning prompting Plant to say, “This is the rehearsal for the bootleg.”

Page & Plant play a slow, dreamy version of “Down By The Seaside” from Physical Graffiti in the “Whole Lotta Love” medley, and “Break On Through” sees Page fiddling with the wah-wah pedal and Plant shouting “FREAK OUT.”

Plant introduces the orchestra before they attempt “Yallah.”  But there is a major foul up in the equipment and they have to abort the song.  “Thank you, another new song” Plant says sarcastically when they stop.  “this is a remarkable evening.  It’s fantastic.  This is like the best rehearsal….we have been on tour now for one hundred and three, one-zero-three concerts, and there’s still major fuck-ups.”

“Four Sticks” is introduced as another new song and the rest of the show precedes to “Kashmir” without any more incidents.  But the first encore is quite confusing.  It sounds as if Page wants to play “Custard Pie” and plays a riff resembling the song.  Plant stops and addresses Tokyo before Page starts “Black Dog.”  At the end of the song Page plays riffs from “Out On The Tiles” and “Misty Mountain Hop.”

Overall it’s a strange but ultimately rewarding show for the Page and Plant collector.  

Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – February 9th, 1996

Disc 3 (58:37):  The Rain Song, No Quarter, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You / Stairway To Heaven tease, Immigrant Song intro / The Wanton Song, Heartbreaker, Ramble On / What Is And What Should Never Be, Nigel Eaton’s hurdy-gurdy solo, Gallows Pole, Whole Lotta Love (Jimmy’s theremin session / Spoonful / Break On Through / Dazed And Confused)

Disc 4 (64:15):  Tea For One, Dancing Days, Yallah, Four Sticks, Egyptian Pharaohs, In The Evening including Carouselambla, Kashmir, Out On The Tiles intro / Black Dog / In My Time Of Dying tease, Rock And Roll

The following Page and Plant make amends for the previous  night’s disaster.  Dispensing with the opening tape, they start off with a perfect rendition of “The Rain Song” with orchestra.  It’s a low key beginning to a fantastic concert, one of the best from the tour.  What really makes these performances of “The Rain Song” is, since it’s not segued with “The Song Remains The Same” as in the days of Led Zeppelin, they’re able to play it in the proper key.  (Older live performances were played a step higher than the album cut).

The mellowness continues with the surreal arrangement of “No Quarter” before the rest of the band come on stage for “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.”  The Led Zeppelin II  medley is lacking “Bring It On Home,” but has “Heartbreaker” and “Ramble On” with a short reference to “What Is And What Should Never Be” tacked onto the end (the staccato guitar riff).

“Whole Lotta Love” is played earlier in the set this night and includes Cream’s “Spoonful” in addition to “Break On Through” and “Dazed And Confused.”

Again further to make amends for the previous evening, they attempt “Tea For One” a second time with Plant explaining, “this song we attempted to do last night with disastrous effects.  It’s our second attempt to do it in the history of mankind, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for the first minute and a half.”  In contrast, this evening’s performance is flawless.  And after “Dancing Days,” they play “Yallah” with no problems.

The rest of the show settles down into a comfortable groove with the very long “Kashmir” being the evening to a stirring close.  The encores are “Black Dog” and “Rock And Roll.”

 Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – February 12th, 1996

Disc 1 (61:09):  Eastern, The Wanton Song (intro Immigrant Song), Bring It On Home, Heartbreaker, Ramble On, No Quarter, hurdy gurdy solo, Gallows Pole, Tea For One, The Song Remains The Same, Going To California, That’s The Way

Disc 2 (61:20):  Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Yallah, Four Sticks, Kashmir, Custard Pie, Rock And Roll

The February 12th show can be found also on Evening Custard (Pore The Sole) and Fifth Show At The Famous Old Building (Real Dragon) in very similar sound quality and all released at about the same time.  While not as adventurous as other shows in Japan, there are a few rarities and is overall an excellent and moving performance for the band.

The opening number is “The Immigrant Song” riff segueing right into “The Wanton Song” from Physical Graffiti, the most common opener for Page & Plant, followed by the fast “Bring It On Home” riff segueing into “Heartbreaker” into “Ramble On” forming a short Led Zeppelin II medley.

“Well good evening Tokyo.  Happy holiday” Plant greets the audience, probably referring to National Foundation Day (which actually falls on February 11th).

Their rearrangement of “No Quarter” followed.  It is signatory not only for its tenacious message but for the expression of their music ideas of a synthesis between classic Led Zeppelin pomp, British folk and middle eastern Tajwid.  It is a compelling piece which leaves the audience spellbound.

“Tea For One” is given its second ever performance.  Unlike the previous night when it fell apart by the start, this performance is tight and flawless.  And after “The Song Remains The Same” they perform a two song acoustic set with “Going To California” and “That’s The Way.”  After the second Plant confesses “that was a song we don’t normally do, but as we seem to be here for the entire season…”

After “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” Plant resurrects the old badgeholder routine from 1977 when he sees a staff member walking in front of the stage:  “There’s a lady down here who’s lost.  Are you lost?  No?  You have a pass on!  You’re a badgeholder!  Fancy that.  We’ve been wondering where you were.  We haven’t seen you since 1972…It’s happening again, Bill, it’s all gonna be like it used to be.”

During the “Whole Lotta Love” medley they play the original Sonny Boy Williamson version of “Bring It On Home” (with Plant on harmonica), The Doors’ “Break On Through” and “Dazed And Confused.”

After introducing the orchestra, Plant calls for the loop for the excellent “Yallah.”  The show ends with “Four Sticks” and the long “Kashmir” including the “Black Dog” reference at the end.  “Custard Pie” (with Page starting in the wrong key) returns as the encore followed by “Rock And Roll.”

Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – February 13th, 1996

Disc 3 (60:38):  Thank You, Custard Pie, Black Dog (incl. In My Time Of Dying), Tangerine, Hurdy Gurdy Solo, Gallows Pole, Tea For One, The Song Remains The Same, Going To California, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Stairway To Heaven

Disc 4 (58:37):  Whole Lotta Love, Friends, Yallah, Four Sticks, Kashmir, What Is And What Should Never Be, Rock And Roll

The final night in Tokyo was released also on Sixth Show At The Famous Old Building (Real Dragon), 10 Days (Hoochie Coochie) and Back Into The Forest Vol. 1 Empress Valley.  Several years after this in 2003 a soundboard surfaced and was released by Tarantura in Made in Occupied Japan 1996 (TCDPP-1-3) along with a DVD with audience filmed footage of this show.

Like other tapes in this series, it is a very good to excellent stereo DAT recording.  It’s slightly more distant than the February 12th tape with slight distortion in the louder parts and, at the very beginning, there is disturbing audience noise over the music.  But that quickly ends and you’re able to enjoy the show.

No middle eastern tape is used, but instead the Page and Plant start onstage with “Thank You” which segues into an extremely heavy rendition of “Custard Pie” and “Black Dog” without the “Out On The Tiles” introduction.

After an acoustic version of “Tangerine” Plant tells Tokyo, “tonight is a very sad night.  It is the very last concert in your city for this tour.  We’ve had a wonderful time in Tokyo and tonight we intend to play and play so you never forget the moment.”  He then introduces Nigel Eaton as the “loudest hurdy gurdy player in the world.”  His solo tonight is very lyrical and melodic.

“Tea For One” is played again and is sounding much more tight and rehearsed.  This performance leands a heavy air of melancholy and depression, keeping with Plant’s assertion earlier in the night.  The  mood extends with “Going To California” and a sad “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.”

“Whole Lotta Love” contains a reference to “I’m A King Bee” in addition to “Break On Through” and “Dazed And Confused.”  One of the “core” tunes of the Unledded project returns to the set in “Friends,” a song rarely played during Led Zeppelin’s career.

“Yallah” is introduced as “a song that was born very recently.  Maybe it was the first song that we put together in our new career in the new days.  Inspired by the city of Marrakesh, the home of sinners and good men and us” and is followed by several more “core” tunes “Four Sticks” and “Kashmir.”

When Led Zeppelin visited Japan for two tours in the seventies, both were remarkable for the looseness they were able to achieve in Osaka.  In both 1971 and 1972 they played rarely played songs and jammed, stretching out the shows into three hour long marathons.

When Page and Plant returned to Osaka at the tail end of the Unledded tour, they were also quite loose and played some rarely performed songs.  It is a rare meeting of experience, talent, and risk which makes the two Osaka shows perhaps the best from the entire Page & Plant era.

There are many different audience recordings and, regarding the first Osaka show, an excellent soundboard recording in circulation.  So there are many opportunities to obtain these shows in one form or another.

Castle Hall, Osaka, Japan – February 15th, 1996

Disc 1 (69:27):  Eastern, Custard Pie, Bring It On Home, Heartbreaker, What Is And What Should Never Be, Hurdy Gurdy Solo, Gallows Pole, Wonderful One, Going To California, Ten Years Gone, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, Whole Lotta Love

Disc 2 (57:49):  Tea For One, Friends, Yallah, Four Sticks, Kashmir, Black Dog, Rock And Roll

The first Osaka show is perhaps the most popular of all the Japan shows with many different titles in circulation.  The Symbols utilize an excellent DAT stereo audience recording with remarkable dynamics and clarity.  It is also included in the massive 10 Days (Hoochie Coochie) boxset, Two Days In Osaka (Real Dragon) and the first two discs of Back Into The Forest Vol. 2, an early Empress Valley title.

A professional soundboard recording surfaced many years afterwards and can be found on Live In Japan (Empress Valley EVSD 9-12) and Made In Occupied Japan (Tarantura TCDPP-1~3). and Maido In Japan(Akashic), a three disc set with rehearsals from the same day.

The middle eastern instrumental returns as prelude to the show before the rip into “Custard Pie.”  Only the clavinet is missing from the arrangement.  Opening the show with the from song from Physical Graffitisets the mood of potential surprises in the setlist for the night.

A trio of Led Zeppelin II songs follow with ninety seconds of “Bring It On Home” (the fast riff before the solo), “Heartbreaker” (up through the solo) and “What Is And What Should Never Be.”  Page botches the song’s first solo, playing a very sloppy slide guitar.  

“Hello Osaka.  It’s indeed a great pleasure for me and Jimmy to be back in your town” Plant says before introducing Nigel Eaton and the hurdy gurdy solo segueing into “Gallows Pole.”  The first surprise of the night follows when Plant introduces “here’s a new song…oh nooooooooo” before they play “Wonderful One.”

It’s the first performance since the previous May when they began to jettison the new songs for the Zeppelin tunes.  “Wonderful One,” included on Unledded, is stately, majestic, moving and one of their most sublime creations.  The deliberate, languorous rhythm section and sparse melody belie the intensity of the vocals.  In construction it stands as a latter day “Kashmir” without the bombast.  It’s a shame it wasn’t played more often, and every recording of the classic is precious and worth having.

After “Going To California” comes the second surprise of the night.  “Ten Years Gone” from Physical Graffiti is played for the only time in the Page & Plant years.  It was rehearsed for many months.  The arrangement is very close to the studio recording except the orchestra stands in for the multide of guitars.

“Whole Lotta Love” contains references to the Knebworth arrangement as well as The Doors’ “Break On Through” and Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed And Confused.”  But they follow it with “Tea For One” from Presence.  It made its live debut in an chaotic performance in Tokyo, but this version sounds much tighter and is much more effective.

After a rather long band introduction they play “Friends,” a song which received its only live performance during Led Zeppelin’s career in Osaka in 1971.  Plant mentions valentines and chocolate before “Yallah,” another new song.  Finding two new songs in the setlist is a welcome rarity at this point.  The long, apocalyptic rearrangement of “Kashmir” closes the show.  “Black Dog,” with a reference to “In My Time Of Dying” and a curt “Rock And Roll” are the encores.

Castle Hall, Osaka, Japan – February 19th, 1996

Disc 3 (56:26) Eastern, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home, Heartbreaker, What Is What Should Never Be, Tangerine, Thank You, Hurdy Gurdy Solo, Gallows Pole, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, The Song Remains The Same, Since I’ve Been Loving You

Disc 4 (66:27): Whole Lotta Love medley, Dancing Days, Egyptian Pharaohs, In The Evening, Four Sticks, Kashmir, Black Dog, Rock And Roll

After a show in Nagoya on February 17th (which The Symbols don’t cover in their Celebrating series), Page & Plant return to Osaka on February 19th.  The label uses another excellent DAT stereo audience recording of the entire show, on par with other releases such as Have Mercy Osaka (Pore The Sole), Two Days In Osaka (Real Dragon), 10 Days (Hoochie Coochie) and discs three and four of Back Into The Forest Vol. 2 on Empress Valley.

The middle eastern opening music is a prelude the rare deployment of “Celebration Day” as set opener followed by the same Led Zeppelin II trio as the first night in Osaka.  Afterwards Plant tells the audience that it’s a “special night for us” and calls it “The happi coat show.”

Plant will refer to the happi several times throughout the night, calling Nigel Eaton “Mr. Happi Coat” before the hurdy gurdy solo and that it is “happi coat time” before “Since I’ve Been Loving You.”  (Are there any photos from this particular concert confirming they were indeed wearing happi coats?”

A mellow, acoustic arrangement of “Tangerine” is referred to as a song “written in the fifteenth century.”  Following is “Thank You,” yet another song from the second Zeppelin album.  With “Whole Lotta Love” appearing later in the set, most of the album makes an appearance.

The “Whole Lotta Love” medley contains a rare reference to “It’s All Over Now,” first released by The Valentines in June 1964 followed by The Rolling Stones in July 1964 as their first hit single.  The rest of the medley contains references to “Break On Through” and “Dazed And Confused.”  It is an intense version and afterwards Plant jokes:  “This has been a Bill Curbishley presentation” [referring to their manager and is the individual responsible for persuading Plant to join Page for the Unledded project].

The Egyptian Pharaohs have their piece as an introduction to a very slow version of “In The Evening” (with the “Carouselambra” interlude).  The second night in Osaka closes as the first, with the long “Kashmir” and encore set of “Black Dog” and “Rock And Roll.”  Plant thanks Phil Collins for coming along before the final song of the night.  (February 1996 is when he officially left Genesis, but it’s not clear if he was in Osaka that night).

The Marine Messe Hall, Fukuoka, Japan – February 20th, 1996

Disc 1 (63:33):  Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, Ramble On, Custard Pie, Heartbreaker, Wonderful One, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Celebration Day, hurdy gurdy solo, Gallows Pole (incl. Celebration Day), Since I’ve Been Loving You

Disc 2 (59:47):  Whole Lotta Love / Baby Let Me Follow You Down / Going Down / Break On Through / Dazed & Confused, Egyptian Pharaohs, In The Evening (incl. Carouselambra), Four Sticks, Kashmir, Black Dog, Rock And Roll

Page & Plant completed their remarkable Unledded period with ten shows in Japan and five more in Australia in the beginning of 1996 before taking a long break.  All of the Japan dates were recorded from the audience and released from many different sources.  A majority of titles focus upon the Tokyo and Osaka dates.

But the final night in Fukuoka is the most obscure of the lot.  The Celebrating Tenth Day on The Symbols is part of their series documenting the Japan shows.  Like the others, it is a very clear stereo audience recording picking up all the details and nuances of the performance.  Other releases of this show include Going Down To South (Pore The Sole) and Eternal Burning (Magnum 005/6) are two other titles with this show.

Like other shows this week, Page & Plant opt for a quiet beginning with “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You.”  While it has it’s bombastic moments, it’s more of a statement of their “light & shade” ethic rather than hard rock and it sets the mood for the show perfectly.  And, like all performances, it includes the short reference to “Stairway To Heaven” at the end.

“Ramble On” and “Custard Pie” follows in quick succession as does “Heartbreaker,” which is played only up through the guitar solo, omitting the third verse.

“Excuse me, hello?  There you are!” Plant jokes before telling them that “it’s our very very last show in Japan.  Big tears from us tonight, we really don’t want to go anywhere else.”  The first (and only) new song “Wonderful One” is played.  It was dropped in America but reintroduced in Japan.  It is quiet, contemplative, and one of the most beautiful songs Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had ever written.  It’s a shame it has dropped into relative obscurity.

“The Song Remains The Same” and “The Rain Song” are played back-to-back but are not segued as in the old days.  They pause to change instruments so that the latter can be played with the acoustic guitar and in the correct key.  The orchestral embellishments are very pretty to hear as well.

Plant introduces the band before “Celebration Day” and introduces Nigel Eaton before the hurdy gurdy solo.  “Gallows Pole” is listed as having a reference to “Celebration Day,” but it doesn’t.  Page actually plays the opening riff to the Led Zeppelin arrangement of “Traveling Riverside Blues” from the BBC recording, something they never attempted live.

“Whole Lotta Love” lasts fourteen minutes and contains a very rare reference to “Baby Let Me Follow You Down.”  It is one of the very few times they covered a Bob Dylan song in concert.

The Egyptian Pharaohs have their piece as an introduction to “In The Evening.”  Finally, the sixteen minute “Kashmir” closes the show with two encores, “Black Dog” (minus the “Out On The Tiles” introduction) and “Rock And Roll” ending the evening.  And because the Walking Into Everywhere tour two years later never made it to Japan (Plant walking away from the project), this is the final Page & Plant show in that country.  





7 comments:

Zen Archer said...

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Anonymous said...

Obrigado
João

Anonymous said...

gracias emilio

Bootradr said...

I got these as they were torrented. But I really enjoy your write up and research too! Great work...

Bootradr

kwf said...

Thank you very much for this. It seems that disc 3 of the first show in Tokyo 1996-02-05 is missing. Any chance you could investigate? TIA

Jules Walker said...

Fantastic, many thanks indeed!