Thursday, July 28, 2016

Led Zeppelin - 2015 - The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts

 Led Zeppelin 
2015
The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts 
(Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition)

Empress Valley Supreme 
EVSD 805~822 



Rocking The Big Apple: First Night At The Garden
Version A

0101. The Rain Song
0102. Dazed And Confused
0103. Stairway To Heaven

0201. Moby Dick
0202. Heartbreaker
0203. Whole Lotta Love
0204. Audience
0205. The Ocean
0206. Audience

Version B
0301. The Rain Song
0302. Dazed And Confused
0303. Stairway To Heaven

0401. Moby Dick
0402. Heartbreaker
0403. Whole Lotta Love
0404. Audience
0405. The Ocean
0406. Audience

Bonus Disk
0501. Moby Dick
0502. Heartbreaker
0503. Whole Lotta Love
0504. Audience
0505. The Ocean
0506. Audience


Taking The Building Into Stratosphere: Second Night At The Garden
Version A

0601. Audience
0602. Rock And Roll
0603. Celebration Day
0604. Black Dog
0605. Over The Hills And Far Away
0606. Misty Mountain Hop
0607. Since I've Been Loving You
0608. No Quarter
0609. The Song Remains The Same
0610. The Rain Song

0701. Dazed And Confused
0702. Stairway To Heaven
0703. Moby Dick

0801. Heartbreaker
0802. Whole Lotta Love
0803. Audience
0804. The Ocean
0805. Audience

Version B

0901. Audience
0902. Rock And Roll
0903. Celebration Day
0904. Black Dog
0905. Over The Hills And Far Away
0906. Misty Mountain Hop
0907. Since I've Been Loving You
0908. No Quarter
0909. The Song Remains The Same
0910. The Rain Song

1001. Dazed And Confused
1002. Stairway To Heaven
1003. Moby Dick

1101. Heartbreaker
1102. Whole Lotta Love
1103. Audience
1104. The Ocean
1105. Audience

Bonus Disk

1201. Moby Dick
1202. Heartbreaker
1203. Whole Lotta Love
1204. Audience
1205. The Ocean
1206. Audience

Final Magik: Third Night At The Garden
Version A

1301. Audience
1302. Rock And Roll
1303. Celebration Day
1304. Black Dog
1305. Over The Hills And Far Away
1306. Misty Mountain Hop
1307. Since I've Been Loving You
1308. No Quarter
1309. The Song Remains The Same
1310. The Rain Song

1401. Dazed And Confused
1402. Stairway To Heaven
1403. Moby Dick

1501. Heartbreaker
1502. Whole Lotta Love
1503. Audience
1504. The Ocean
1505. Audience
1506. Organ Solo
1507. Thank You

Version B

1601. Audience
1602. Rock And Roll
1603. Celebration Day
1604. Black Dog
1605. Over The Hills And Far Away
1606. Misty Mountain Hop
1607. Since I've Been Loving You
1608. No Quarter
1609. The Song Remains The Same
1610. The Rain Song

1701. Dazed And Confused
1702. Stairway To Heaven
1703. Moby Dick

1801. Heartbreaker
1802. Whole Lotta Love
1803. Audience
1804. The Ocean
1805. Audience
1806. Organ Solo
1807. Thank You



The Garden Tapes – The Song Remains The Same Concerts Expanded & Revised Collectors Edition (Empress Valley Supreme Disc EVSD – 805/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20/21/22 + DVD)

Like most people of my age who were too young to see Led Zeppelin in a live setting, their seminal concert film The Song Remains The Same was a first glimpse of the band onstage. I had some live tapes, the 1969 and 1971 BBC material taped from the radio, but The Song Remains The Same was something different. First off it captures the band during what many consider the pinnacle of their onstage playing, second for a young rock fan in the early 80’s, it added to the still mysterious nature of the group. Back then we had no VHS player so my only access to the film was sporadically on late night cable television, but the soundtrack was a different story, it was down at your local record store and I devoured it. The soundtrack was for many years my most beloved source of live Zep, yet I had no idea of the amount of work that went into the project, sure the soundtrack was much more polished than the film but to what extent I had no clue. Fast forward 20 plus years and reading Eddie Edwards excellent The Garden Tapes website I was really shocked, and intrigued, by the work that had been done. By this time I had the second night soundboard as well as a fragment of the final night soundboard in my clutches, Eddie’s web site was an revelation and I certainly watched and listened to the project in a new light.

The source material for The Song Remains The Same comes from the final three nights of the tour, at the famed Madison Square Garden. All three nights were filmed and recorded by the band for use on the project and all three nights were recorded un-officially by members of the audience. While there have been many Zeppelin box sets from various labels over the years that would focus on other triumphs, curiously no one has gathered together the various recordings that circulate in the collectors market from those three incredible nights in late July 1973, until now. When this set was announced I was excited and intrigued, after shopping around I found the best deal I could and then all that was left was the waiting, the hardest part. The box itself is similar in design to the Godfather box sets, the box has an official look to it by using graphics from the official The Song Remains The Same soundtrack. The box houses five gatefold sleeves for the individual nights as well as a fold out liner notes that gives the same information that is found on the back of the sleeves. The gatefold sleeves feature a live shot on the front but it is the inside that made it for me, all feature a picture of the band at Shepperton studios in August 1974 filming the “missed” shots needed to complete the film. There is a complete overview of each of the three concerts, there are audience and soundboard sources for each of the dates and all are represented in this collection. Empress Valley uses both recordings from the respective dates to complete and compliment each other, the mastering is excellent, the switch to the alternating source is seamless making for a nice listening experience.  Overall the packaging is very nice, although I do find that the liner notes could have been better, more detail would have been nice. Also there are no extras, some lobby card reprints or small poster would have made excellent additions to the set. Doing reviews of this nature is a daunting process, thankfully there are a few excellent web sites I used for resources, a big shout out goes to Eddie Edwards Garden Tapes, The Led Zeppelin Data Base, and some old dusty books on my bookshelf, most notably Luis Rey’s Led Zeppelin Live, Dave Lewis’ Concert File, and Robert Goodwin’s Illustrated Collectors Guides (the last three).

Rocking The Big Apple: First Night At The Garden July 27, 1973

Disc 1 Version A (49:22): The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven

Disc 2 Version A (54:35): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Audience / MC, The Ocean, Audience / MC

For the first two discs we have the audience recording for the show Version A, the source is a good to very good recording, it does suffer from distortion at times but has wonderful ambience and is by far the most enjoyable, yet fragmented, of the audience sources. It features the last 100 minutes of the concert, there is a gap in Moby Dick at 13:16 to 16:05 that is filled with the soundboard and the splice is seamless.

Disc 3 Version B (49:22): The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven

Disc 4 Version B (54:37): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Audience / MC, The Ocean, Audience / MC

Disc 5 Bonus Disk (53:40): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Audience / MC, The Ocean, Audience / MC

Version B features the longer of the two sound board sources, it’s an excellent well balanced yet incomplete fragment of the last 60 minutes of the concert. Empress Valley uses the audience source to fill in the gaps and elected to also add The Rain Song and almost all of Dazed from the audience source as well. The last 40 seconds of Dazed and Stairway come from a third soundboard tape; the quality is excellent although the mix does float around a bit during Stairway. The second soundboard tape is used for the rest of the show, filled with bits of the audience source for the first 40 seconds of Moby Dick, (just audience cheering), during Whole Lotta Love gaps at 1:45 to 2:22 and 6:14 to 7:55, and the very last minute and a half of audience cheering at the end of the tape. The bonus disc is the earliest version of the sound board to appear, it shares the same cuts as the above version, the main difference is the balance is slightly different. I would go mental in even finding them so let’s not even bother. All three sound boards are excellent, well balanced recordings that have just a bit of hiss on them, all are extremely enjoyable recordings.

The first night at the Garden is the most incomplete, while both audience and soundboard sources exist they are sadly incomplete. The performance is extremely important to The Song Remains The Same project, from what we have we can tell it is the tightest of the three and much of the show is used officially by the band. The audience source has been released before as The Out Of Song Remains (Holy SH003), the soundboard has been out as Discover America (Tarantura T3 CD 10), Grandiloquence (Antrabata ARM 17773), Best Of Tour ’73 Vol 2 (Dynamite Studios DS92J020), The Safecrackers Show (Midas Touch 62211), and Complete Madison Square Garden (Wendy WECD 18-20). The audience source provides such an atmosphere that you know what’s happening, during the audience shots of the official film you can see the crowd is going absolutely bonkers, these recordings back it up.

Plant tells the audience just prior to Stairway “Things are beginning to vibe up a bit…now listen we got to get one thing straight…stop acting like pigs, alright…cool it. This is a song of hope…a very quiet song so shut up” all during screaming insanity and the distant sound of fireworks being let off. This is the introduction used for the soundtrack slightly edited but here it is in all its glory…curious to hear since the “song of hope” has become a Zeppelin standard. We get the complete unabridged version of Dazed and Confused that is truly excellent, so much in fact Page uses this version for the soundtrack slightly edited of course. A real pleasure to hear it in its natural form and the audience recording does is total justice. After The Ocean encore the tape continues to run and the vibe in the building is electric, the fireworks and loud booing are the audience response to Led Zeppelin being gone, a superb first night at the Garden.

Taking The Building Into Stratosphere Second Night At The Garden July 28, 1973

Disc 1 Version A (64:41): Audience / Tune Up, Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

Disc 2 Version A (73:19): Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick

Disc 3 Version A (31:54): Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Audience, The Ocean, Audience

Second night at the Garden, Version A features the audience recording and to my knowledge has never been released on bootleg. It is for good reason, first off the recording is incomplete clocking in at about 113 minutes, there is a sizable chunk of tape missing from the last 8 minutes of Dazed and Confused and all of Stairway to Heaven and Moby Dick. The sound is fair, distant from the stage, muffled sounding and a slight layer of hiss is present yet surprisingly there is clarity (thankfully) and once your ears adjust it can be enjoyed. The cuts throughout the recording have been filled with the soundboard recording that can be jarring due to the sheer difference is qualities. The soundboard is used for the Audience / Tune up at the beginning and for the first five seconds into Rock And Roll, after Black Dog at 5:45 to 5:51, after No Quarter at 12:05 to 12:27, and for the last 13 seconds of the first disc. It resumes for the first 36 seconds of the second disc, and at the 22:00 mark of Dazed And Confused continuing on for the rest of the disc. There is a cut between Whole Lotta Love and The Ocean that is filled with the soundboard source, about a minute and half long of nothing but cheering and the last 50 seconds of the disc, again just cheering.

Disc 4 Version B (64:56): Audience / Tune Up, Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

Disc 5 Version B (73:09): Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick

Disc 6 Version B (31:48): Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Audience, The Ocean, Audience

Disc 7 Bonus Disc (61:05): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Audience / MC, The Ocean, Audience / MC

Ahh, the soundboard source for the second night at the Garden, the most complete of the three nights as well as the best quality of all the circulating shows from MSG. Again there are two versions of the soundboard, the oldest version is found on disc 7 the bonus disc. The main soundboard is excellent, well balanced, except for small cuts in The Rain Song from 3:16 to 3:34, Whole Lotta Love at :16 – :46, and finally in The Ocean at 1:52 – 3:08, and 3:49 – 3:57. All cuts use the alternate soundboard source as well as the audience source. There has been a bounty of releases for this recording, Another Magic Vol 1 & 2 (DS98M023/24), Madison Square Garden (Turtle TR-09), Wizardry (Joker JOK-008-A), Madison Square Garden (Pirate Master PM-712), Tour-De-Force (Tarantura TCD-MSG-1,2,3), 9th US Tour (Whole Lotta Live WLL 004/5/6), One More Magic (Immigrant IM-019-21), Out From The Movie (FSS 99-003), MSG (Cannonball CA-2004019/20/21), The Effect Is Shattering (Empress Valley EVSD 285/286/287), Towa No Uta (Tarantura TCD 73-1,2,3), and Complete Madison Square Garden (Wendy WECD 18/19/20).

The soundboard is excellent, well balanced and does not suffer from the flat sound that some of the other 73 board tapes do. There is a very minor amount of hiss present but this recording does sound great when cranked up. For me the performance suffers from the middle show syndrome, it is a good but not great show. The playing at times showcases the band getting a bit loose, I love the version of No Quarter from this show, parts of it were used in the soundtrack and The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song are were lifted intact. Plant gets some of his most amusing Plantations during this show, talking about going to Bangkok and its accented reference and his hilarious rap about hashish. The interesting part of this show is what is featured on the bonus disc, while discs 4, 5, and 6 feature the tape we all know and love the sound is consistent with the best versions circulating, the bonus disc features a 60 minute fragment of the end of the show but the quality is noticeably brighter, clearer and very enjoyable. It does have cuts in Whole Lotta Love and The Ocean that are filled with the other soundboard and audience sources. It would be something to get the rest of this show in this quality.

Final Magik Third Night At The Garden July 29, 1973

Disc 1 Version A (64:10): Audience, Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

Disc 2 Version A (73:01): Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick

Disc 3 Version A (48:40): Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Audience, The Ocean, Audience, Organ Solo, Thank You

The final night at the Garden and an excellent show by the group. There is a single audience tape that is almost complete save for some small cuts, the recording is a fair to good source that is distant. While it is a bit muddy you can certainly make out the vocals and instruments clearly and is not a difficult listen. There are times where the audience response is almost deafening, like during Plant’s introductory speech. The cuts are filled with the soundboard source, the first cut is during No Quarter from 7:45 to 8:07, in the middle of Dazed And Confused at 22:19 to 22:38, during Moby Dick at 20:21 to 20:56 and the last is the audience cheering and first couple seconds of the organ solo prior to Thank You. What is most curious about the audience source is again, the deafening roars in the beginning and after Stairway To Heaven, it gives you a scope as to how big the events were. There is very little audience noise near the taper, the only real disturbances are during Moby Dick when they get a bit restless. Another curiosity is the show features the least amount of fireworks, while there are a few it is not as “war like” atmosphere as the previous two nights.

Disc 4 Version B (63:27): Audience, Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

Disc 5 Version B (73:42): Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick

Disc 6 Version B (48:51): Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Audience, The Ocean, Audience, Organ Solo, Thank You

The last night in the Garden, the band pull out all the stops on the final night of the 1973 US tour and the last live date until the January 1975 date in Rotterdam. The soundboard recording, while excellent, is not as clear but is more powerful than the other two nights, Jones’ bass is well represented in the mix giving a nice fat sound. It is almost complete, missing the end of Dazed And Confused as well as all of Stairway To Heaven and a bit of the Organ Solo prior to Thank You. Plant calls the concert a fitness test, and one can agree, yet the playing is perhaps the best of all three nights. For me the concert comes alive with the soundboard recording, it conveys the power of the collective. The audience source was issued as The Last Of The Last (Tarantura TCD-115), while the sound board has been released under such titles as The Trade Mark Of Quality Masters (Flying Disc FD 101-105),  A 2 Last Nights (Tarantura T2CD-5-1,2), and Madison Square Garden 1973 (Firepower FP032) feature the soundboard portion, Grand Finale (Empress Valley EVSD 173/4/5/6), Missing Doll (Tarantura TCD-12-1/2/3), and Madison Square Garden Trios (Wendy WECD 188/189/190) use the audience source to fill the gaps.

Page is in great shape for the last show, his fingers are nimble and he rapes his fret board during the opening stretch of Celebration Day and Black Dog, nice chunks of both songs are used for the soundtrack and movie. The roar to Plant’s opening speech comes through nicely followed by a brilliant Over The Hills And Far Away. No Quarter has the first musical cut, from 8:48 through 9:00. The version of Dazed is great, it has a mysterious yet laid back vibe to it, Luis Rey describes it as Latin meets Spanish and is epic as far as 1973 versions go clocking in at well over 32 minutes. The ending of Dazed is cut at the 25:34 mark, the remainder of the song as well as Stairway To Heaven comes from the audience source and the soundboard resumes just prior to Plant’s introduction to Moby Dick.

This concert features the longest version of Whole Lotta Love of the three nights, it is a great loose version of the song. The funky Crunge section is…well funky and Jones’ bass playing during the Theramin section is excellent. Page and Plant take their time getting into Boogie Chillun’ but once they do it’s great, yet loose as they are having a great deal of fun. The song is brought to a riotous conclusion as Bonham does an extend coda while belly dancers take the stage, Plant loves every minute of it! The audience recording is used for the audience after the song as well as Plant and Bonham’s introduction and the first 10 seconds of The Ocean. A rare for 73 version of Thank You closes the event in superb fashion, a restfully easy version that has Plant expressing his affection during the song “You to me, are the only ones” in reverence to his houses of the holy.

Out From The Movie: The Song Remains The Same Outtakes And More

Bonus DVD (63 minutes): The Song Remains The Same Outtakes, Madison Square Garden July 27, 1973 Amateur Footage, Madison Square Garden July 28, 1973 Amateur Footage, Madison Square Garden July 29, 1973 Amateur Footage, B&W News Footage

The Song Remains The Same Outtakes were released in the early 90’s and feature a 35 minute hodgepodge of clips mostly incomplete. For me the best of the lot is The Song Remains The Same and Rain Song, we get different scenes of Robert’s “journey” that I find very enjoyable. While the footage is professional it is not up to the movie quality by any means yet it is interesting to watch and since my last copy was on VHS, this is a nice inclusion to the set. The amateur footage has been released many times in various incarnations, 1973 (Cosmic Energy CE 1973), Film Noir (Hercules), Assemblage (Cosmic Energy CE-017) and Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy CE-021). The footage from the 27th was shot close to the stage and is silent with a soundboard audio of The Song Remains The Same and Rain Song plays along with the footage. The footage was transferred by using a video camera while the footage played on a home video screen. The footage from the 28th was shot some distance from the stage, we get a great view of the full stage and all the action, again it was silent with Black Dog and Over The Hills And Far Away playing along. The footage of the 29th is a mere snippet of Dazed And Confused with actual dubbed sound, curiously it looks like it may be semi professional since it was shot very close to the stage from the right side and looks to be at stage level. The black and white news footage is interesting, it is not on the DVD menu and consists of a news story about an investigation into the wealth being generated by the music industry, it does feature footage of Zeppelin and the Starship.

The final word?  Empress Valley have released a definite edition of the three Madison Square Garden shows, sound quality meets or exceeds all previous versions, the mixing of the sources is seamless and well done and the mastering is excellent. The presentation is visually appealing and the subject matter is of major historical importance. After spending literally weeks listening and enjoying these performances I find myself very happy with this box set and while the price tag was reasonable for a set of this magnitude, for me it was worth every penny.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Led Zeppelin - 1971-09-23 - Tokyo (New EVSD with forthcoming soundboard bonus)

Led Zeppelin 
1971-09-23 
Budokan
Tokyo 





Rock Carnival 
EVSD 567-568


101. Introduction by Goro Itoi
102. Immigrant Song
103. Heartbreaker
104. Since I've Been Loving You
105. Black Dog
106. Dazed And Confused
107. Stairway To Heaven
108. Celebration Day
109. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp / That's The Way


201. Going To California
202. What Is And What Should Never Be
203. Moby Dick
204. Whole Lotta Love
205. Communication Breakdown





Rock Carnival 
EVSD 567-568
Special Bonus Disk - First Attack of the Rising of the Sun - Remastered

101. Introduction by Goro Itoi
102. Immigrant Song
103. Heartbreaker
104. Since I've Been Loving You
105. Black Dog
106. Dazed And Confused
107. Stairway To Heaven
108. Celebration Day
109. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp / That's The Way

201. Introduction
202. Going To California
203. What Is And What Should Never Be
204. Moby Dick
205. Whole Lotta Love
206. Communication Breakdown



Led Zeppelin
1971-09-28 
Festival Hall
Osaka 
(Soundboard)



01. Black Dog

From the Bonus CD of the new EVSD Rock Carnival release


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Led Zeppelin - 1977-07-17 - Seattle (DVD)

Led Zeppelin

1977
Year Of The Dragon


01 The Song Remains The same
02 The Rover/Sick Again
03 Nobody's Fault But Mine
04 Over The Hills And Far Away
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/Black Mountain Side
13 Kashmir
14 Over The Top
15 Guitar Solo
16 Achilles Last Stand
17 Stairway To Heaven
18 Whole Lotta Love
19 Rock And Roll

July 17, 1977
Kingdom, Seattle, Washington, USA

Great pro shot video of the full show, 39 years ago today... My wife affectionately calls it the White Knight Jimmy video (as in Earls Court 1975 being Black Knight Jimmy.. sadly enough Knebworth is called Heroin Jimmy by her....)





As a bonus I have added the audience and the soundboard audio recordings for whoever might be interested in also having it (I also have the Godfather Records 3 cd version if anyone is interested)


Led Zeppelin

July 17, 1977
The Kingdome
Seattle, USA




Unreleased Alternative Source

01 The Song Remains The same
02 The Rover/Sick Again
03 Nobody's Fault But Mine
04 Over The Hills And Far Away
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/Black Mountain Side
13 Kashmir
14 Over The Top
15 Guitar Solo
16 Achilles Last Stand
17 Stairway To Heaven
18 Whole Lotta Love
19 Rock And Roll


Led Zeppelin
July 17, 1977
The Kingdome
Seattle, USA





01 The Song Remains The same
02 The Rover/Sick Again
03 Nobody's Fault But Mine
04 Over The Hills And Far Away
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/Black Mountain Side
13 Kashmir
14 Over The Top
15 Guitar Solo
16 Achilles Last Stand
17 Stairway To Heaven
18 Whole Lotta Love
19 Rock And Roll

"Sleeping Sickness In Seattle" - A slumpymatrix Production [SFCDR373]

Review: 
62,000 Led Zeppelin Fans Jam Kingdome

They came at night by the thousands, some waiting for two days in the rain and cold for a chance to have their ears assaulted and nerves numbed and to say they saw Led Zeppelin.

It was a night of pot, pills and popcorn with the popcorn coming in a close third to the other two.

But overall, the Led Zeppelin concert at the Kingdome came off without too much trouble. There were several arrests, lots of dope and booze smuggled in – either under coats or inside bodies – and some very sick kids from drinking too much.

“It's not a bad bunch considering the number of people here”, one Seattle police officer said of the 62,000 people, “and considering the reputation of the group.”

Led Zeppelin has earned a reputation for attracting surly crowds which generally fight and riot. But the most damage was to the ears and there is a possibility 62,000 people will spend today saying, “Huh?”

What attracted these people, generally hard-core rock fans, was the experience.

It was appreciated by some when the lead singer, Robert Plant, told the crowd he was deaf in one ear. It was a miracle the whole band wasn’t stone deaf. Later, Plant said his hearing came back during one number.

The concert started shortly after 8 p.m. amid fireworks and people holding up lighted matches, the moment everybody had been waiting for.

Throughout the long Sunday, the huge crowd remained orderly as it waited to get through the gates and have the experience.

At 4:30 yesterday afternoon, the 20,000 or so Zeppelin fans waiting at the Kingdome started to chant, “We want in, we want in.” Suddenly a movement rippled through the crowd like a wave pushing the front-line troops into the fence.

Plant promised that the 1977 tour would be “blood, thunder and the hammer of the gods”. A squad of paramedics was geared up for the blood and everybody else was geared up for the thunder and hammer part. (Post-Intellengencer - July 1977)


A very good show in a huge, echoey venue. The recording is distant but quite listenable, and the show is very good considering the 2-week layoff between the LA Forum gigs and this one. Monitor problems plagued some of their acoustic set. Also, Page broke a string during Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp and Jones filled in with jazz improvisation (Plant: "At least we know we can play in the hotel bar afterwards"). Stairway To Heaven has the most beautiful Page solo ever performed, and the show as a whole is strong and full of energy, even though it may not be the most technically perfect one.


Following a three week hiatus, the band returns to the states to begin the ill-fated third leg of the 1977 North American tour. The break has left everyone a bit rusty and it shows as The Song Remains the Same gets underway. The spark of energy present in some of the earlier performances has died down and the result is a band that sounds tired, despite Bonzo's efforts to inject some excitement into the proceedings. Plant's vocal troubles have returned and Page's fingers become hopelessly entangled in the strings of his guitar at the end of Sick Again. As the song ends, Plant mentions "Jimmy's got a touch of sleepin' sickness" before telling the crowd "what we're gonna try and do is play, and play, and play... nonstop."

Over the Hills and Far Away is introduced as a song "about some part of the holy land." Page gets lost during a disastrous, out of tune guitar solo. Jones wanders off track during the transition back to the main theme. Page stumbles during the intro to Since I've Been Loving You. Bonzo thrashes wildly at his drums as the song reaches its frenzied peak. Jones's piano solo develops into a laid-back boogie shuffle as Page and Bonzo join in during No Quarter. Page shreds wildly through an erratic guitar solo. The band fumbles through a lackluster Ten Years Gone. Plant completely loses control of his voice near the end of The Battle of Evermore. He can be heard coughing off-mic as the song comes to a close.

Going to California is dedicated to "anybody who's come from Alaska." As the song ends, Plant tells the crowd "I think it's about the lousiest thing that you can possibly do, to throw firecrackers." Page once again breaks a string during Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, leaving Jones to improvise a short bass solo, which transforms into a tongue-in-cheek rendition of It's All Right With Me as Plant and Bonzo join in. Kashmir is dull and uninspired. Equipment troubles force Page to abandon the electronic noise section during the experimental guitar solo. The band is all over the place during a disjointed Achilles Last Stand. Page blazes through an epic guitar solo during Stairway to Heaven. The band closes the show with a quick and dirty Rock and Roll.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dweezil Zappa - 2016-07-08 - Port Chester

Dweezil Zappa Plays whatever the F@%k he wants!
July 8, 2016
Cease and Desist Tour 2016
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY




01 stage entrance / instrumental
02 Help, I’m a Rock
03 Transylvania Boogie
04 It Can't Happen Here
05 You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here
06 Harry, You're a Beast / The Orange County Lumber Truck
07 Lemme Take You to the Beach
08 What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?
09 She Painted Up Her Face
10 Half a Dozen Provocative Squats
11 Catholic Girls
12 Doreen
13 Inca Roads
14 Holiday in Berlin, Full Blown
15 70's and 80's Medley
16 Cosmik Debris - featuring James Santiago on guitar
17 Dinah-Moe Humm
18 You Didn't Try to Call Me
19 The Illinois Enema Bandit
20 five-five-FIVE
21 Planet of My Dreams
22 Eat That Question

Encore:
23 I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby  (Johnny "Guitar" Watson cover) - featuring Adam Minkoff on vocals
24 You Are What You Is
25 Keep It Greasy

Dweezil Zappa - guitar
Mikki Hommel - vocals
Scheila Gonzalez - keyboards, sax, flute, vocals
Chris Norton - keyboards, vocals
Ben Thomas - guitar, trumpet, trombone, vocals
Kurt Morgan - bass, vocals
Bryan Brown - drums
Adam Minkofff - guest vocals on "I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby"
James Santiago - guest guitar on "Cosmik Debris"




Friday, July 01, 2016

Pink Floyd - 1970-12-22 - Sheffield

Pink Floyd 
December 22, 1970
City Hall
Sheffield





A Final Breakfast at the Gates of Dawn
Eat A Peach 91/92

101. Introduction 01:27
102. Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast 24:19
103. Tune Up 03:07
104. The Embryo 13:06
105. Tune Up 01:47
106. Fat Old Sun 15:29
107. Careful With That Axe Eugene 16:16

201. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 12:43
202. A Saucerful Of Secrets 18:32
203. Powerbreak 01:32
204. A Saucerful Of Secrets (finale continued) 06:08
205. Atom Heart Mother 33:15
206. Atom Heart Mother (finale reprise) 03:07



It has been many years since the December 1970 Sheffield gig has been in circulation, collectors know of this tape since it contains the only know live version of Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast. When The Ultimate Breakfast (Devils Breath DB 001) came out in 2007 it was a vast upgrade over all previously circulating versions of the tape, the sound was so much improved over my much beloved Pink’s Psychedelic Last Night (Highland HL 176) that it would be called definitive. With this new release from Eat A Peach I am re thinking that statement.

First let’s go back and take a look at the history of the Sheffield recording, It is excellent and well balanced that features all instruments and vocals well balanced, the crowd noise is minimal and captures the ambiance of the concert very well. The source for many of the releases come from a guy named Pete who went to University in Sheffield in the early 80’s and through a notice board bought two TDK tapes, one C60 and one C120 taken from the seller’s first gen copies of the master cassettes. Since Pete was more of a Clapton and Stones fan, the tapes sat dormant for many years and after doing some online research and downloading found that what he had was much better than what was out there, so he started transferring them to digital format and circulating them to the collecting community.

This transfer is simply the best I have heard, when I received this title and began comparing it to The Ultimate Breakfast I could hear the noise reduction used in that title. At the time I reveled in its clarity yet after listening to this new title many times and comparing them I can hear the effects of noise reduction on the Devils Breath title, something I do not hear in the Eat A Peach title. I am very pleased with the sonic quality. First there is tape hiss, it is very minimal but is what can be expected on tapes of this age but what we get in turn is a broader range of frequencies giving a much warmer sound. It is a bit louder than the Devils Breath that makes the stage theater improvisation of Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast easier to hear and enjoy, I even sat down with Hodges and Priston’s excellent Embryo book as it has a transcript of the Nick Mason “conversations” from the performance.

The performance is excellent, there is a link above to Gerard’s review of The Ultimate Breakfast, complete with information on previous releases and his typically excellent assessment of the title. The band play a relaxed and intimate performance, in Roger’s words the last concert of the year. The rarity, Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast is quite interesting, the band was not done with the music mixed with theater concept they premiered a year earlier during their Man And The Journey performances. From the few accounts I have read the band had a huge cereal box display and a kitchen set up as props for the song, this was the fourth and final performance of the song and it seems like the band are enjoying themselves. The improv during The Embryo is great, Gilmour does some seabird cries while tapes of children playing are played that leads into a jazz interlude by Wright that sounds as if they are in a smoky basement club. This is hands down one of my favorite versions of Careful With That Axe, Eugene. The build-up is soft and slow with Roger’s soft spoken “conversations” just incredible, murderistic drama at its finest.

Roger’s bass and Rick Wright’s keys are slightly in the foreground making for an excellent listen, especially at the start of an epic A Saucerful Of Secrets, the band seems to almost noodle around and the audience applauds them for it! The soundscapes of this song seem to float along like ripples in a pool yet without intensity. This later part of the recording suffers most from tape speed issues, as the batteries began to drain it made for an uneven sound at times, this can be heard during Celestial Voices. The power outage is cool, while they wait for the power Rick plays some piano until the power is restored, the taper also cut some of the power outage out to save battery power. The Atom Heart Mother features full choir and brass ensemble, the speed issues are not near as bad as ASOS, a very nice performance of the song.

The packaging is what we have come to expect from Eat A Peach, mini LP sleeve with cover art featuring the band super imposed over a picture of the City Hall of Sheffield. The label seems to have settled with a format of having the Cd track titles on the corresponding sleeves that are adorned with era pictures. The insert has excellent liner notes written by The Lazy Goalkeeper and the CD’s have pictures on them as well. This is an excellent follow up to The Man and The Journey – Legendary London 1969 Performances and ties in perfectly with the Floyd’s “Rock Theater” concept.

Iron Maiden - 2016-04-21 - Tokyo

Iron Maiden
April 21, 2016
Ryogoku Kokugkan
Tokyo, Japan






(in ear monitor matrix source)

101. Opening
102. Intro Movie
103. If Eternity Should Fail
104. Speed Of Light
105. Children Of The Damned
106. Tears Of A Clown
107. The Red And The Black
108. The Trooper
109. Powerslave

201. Death Or Glory
202. The Book Of Souls
203. Hallowed Be Thy Name
204. Fear Of The Dark
205. Iron Maiden
206. The Number Of The Beast
207. Blood Brothers
208. Wasted Years
209. Outro


Iron Maiden - 2016-04-20 - Tokyo

Iron Maiden
April 20, 2016
Ryogoku Kokugkan
Tokyo, Japan




(monitor matrix source)

101. Opening
102. Intro Movie
103. If Eternity Should Fail
104. Speed Of Light
105. Children Of The Damned
106. Tears Of A Clown
107. The Red And The Black
108. The Trooper
109. Powerslave

201. Death Or Glory
202. The Book Of Souls
203. Hallowed Be Thy Name
204. Fear Of The Dark
205. Iron Maiden
206. The Number Of The Beast
207. Blood Brothers
208. Wasted Years
209. Outro