Monday, July 31, 2017

U2 - 2017-05-14 - Seattle, WA (EVSD)

U2
May 14, 2017 
Century Link Field
Seattle, WA 




Take The Fucking Roof Off! / EVSD

01. Opening
02. Sunday Bloody Sunday
03. New Year's Day
04. A Sort Of Homecoming
05. Bad
06. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
07. Where The Streets Have No Name
08. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
09. With Or Without You
10. Bullet The Blue Sky
11. Running To Stand Still
12. Red Hill Mining Town
13. In God's Country
14. Trip Through Your Wires
15. One Tree Hill
16. Exit
17. Mothers Of The Disappeared
18. Beautiful Day
19. Elevation
20. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
21. One
22. Miss Sarajevo
23. The Little Things That Give You Away
24. I Will Follow

Recorded on the second night of the ‘Joshua Tree’ anniversary tour, the follow up to EV’s ‘Thirty Years And I Still Can’t Play Harmonica‘ is another of those brilliant audience / IEM matrix releases that we’ve become accustomed to over the past few years. The sound of this set is the same as the first set, the taper using his technical expertise and the best audience recordings to bump up the atmosphere in the playback. The playback is crisp and almost like listening to a digital radio broadcast maybe a little better! Effort has been made to stifle the count-in’s from the soundboard checking in the band to their parts – It was one of the things that took away from ‘Thirty Years ..’ for me but by squeezing these out, the taper has made a much easier listen. The ones that are left in just fit a little more naturally.

The set list doesn’t differ much from the first evening – it’s a pretty static list though ‘MLK’ is replaced by ‘Bad’ in the the first night starchiness has been shaken out and Bono returns to grabbing other’s lyrics from out of the air and bolting them on to the bands songs, vamping as he sees fit. You also know the role by now – The album is bookended by a various few greatest hits by the band with the mighty 1987 album being played out in full. Electronic advances and changes to eras being as they are, the sound of the band is a little less brougeish punk and a little more polished stadium rock.

Highlights from the set include Bono’s acapella rendering of Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” that bridges ‘A Sort Of Home Coming’ and ‘Bad’, returning at the very end to brush in an exhilarating ‘Pride’ which in turns leads in to a punching, ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’. The audience mix reveals a little too much before ‘With Or Without You’ as a female audience member shouts to her companion “You know this one?”, it’s either an in joke, a reference to the TV show “Friends” or a forehead slappingly behind member of the human race who has turned up not knowing this track, the rest of the audience certainly do and play with an aural mexican-wave following Bono’s vocals.

An most beautiful ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ where the crowd swoon along. ‘Exit’ twins itself with ‘Wise Blood’ and even a chant of ‘Eenie Meenie Miny Mo’ which Bono sets on fire with passion followed by a heart melting, ‘Mothers Of The Disappeared’ before which, Bono shouts out to Eddie Vedder who appears to be in the audience.

But after all this, we really can’t not include Bono’s giddy everyman attitude between tracks, his klutzy fumbling before ‘Trip Through Your Wires’ as he falls over his words and adds a little depreciation to his harp playing (Which is still brilliant) is still rather endearing.

The band return for their encores with a thrilling ‘Beautiful Day’ with a hint to The Who’s ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ before the sticky grunge-pop of ‘Elevation’.

‘Ultra Violet’ is announced as being dedicated to the women that the band know, their mothers, daughters and the women of the audience, while Bill and Melinda Gates are applauded at the end of the track for their charitable works, this also coincides with a tribute to the companies who have joined the fight against aids while, ‘One’ is dedicated in the memory of David Wojnarowicz.

‘The Little Things That Give You Away’ rounds of the show nicely, grand and cinematic, it paves the way nicely for the hyper-excitement chug of ‘I Will Follow’, giving the audience and band a chance to, as Bono requests, “Blow the fucking roof off’.

The 2 disk set is neatly tied in to the same aesthetics that also made ’30 Years ..’ a joy to hold, the colours and design remain the same but obviously the name has changed. Thick stock cardboard, gatefold sleeve with an Obi-Strip for authenticity (And, one suspects, to add a little touch of class).

I actually prefer this over the first night, the set seems a little tighter if looser with no let up to the energy from the band. It looses so many of those obtrusive count-ins too, which was the crux of the first set. Obviously U2 fans will want to collect the set but if you were (or are) waiting for that definitive show for your collection, despite the fact that we’re only the second one in, I’d strongly recommend this release.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Led Zeppelin - 1968-12-30 - Spokane, WA (Lifetime Guarantee Revisited - EVSD)

Led Zeppelin 
December 30, 1968 
Gonzaga University 
Spokane, WA 




Lifetime Guarantee Revisited (EVSD)

01. The Train Kept A Rollin'
02. I Can't Quit You
03. As Long As I Have You
04. Dazed And Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Times
07. Pat's Delight


The earliest live Led Zeppelin audience recording has been released many times before over the past twenty or so years.  The show was taped by the promoter of the show and the levels were set high making it rather distorted at the beginning.  Thankfully after the initial blast it clears up and it becomes a very good and listenable, perfectly enjoyable document.  It first surfaced on vinyl on Alpha And Omega (Rock Solid Records RSR 141) where the show (minus “Dazed And Confused” and “White Summer”) were paired with the July 24th, 1977 Oakland show. 

This title was also included in The Final Option box set.  On compact disc it can be found on Gonzaga 1968, Gonzaga ’68 (Capricorn CR-2031E), Capricorn’s copy Gonzaga ’68 (So Fucking What), and Empress Valley’s first release Lifetime Guarantee (EV 141) released in the spring of 2002.  EV claim to use the master cassette which is pictured on the sleeve, and their version runs at the correct speed, is much cleaner sounding and is more complete. 

Tarantura issued a version of this show on Yardbirds Fame (TCD – 69) which was almost universally panned by collectors as being among the worst ever issued.  Empress Valley’s latest release Lifetime Guarantee Revisited presents the show in both an audio and a DVDA format.  The volume of the tape has been amplified a little bit and is a bit more clear than the earlier edition making it the best available version in existence.

Spokane is the fifth show on Zeppelin’s first tour and the only live tape from 1968 in circulation.  Opening for Vanilla Fudge, this show is a bit more than three months removed from their live debut in September and nine months from the Yardbirds’ Anderson Theater show recorded in March and released on Live Yardbirds!  Featuring Jimmy Page.  The set list for both began with “Train Kept a Rollin’,” focuses upon “Dazed And Confused” and “White Summer,” and contains a twelve minute rave by the end (“I’m A Man” and “How Many More Times.”) 

The opening song is played deliberately as The Yardbirds did, before Zeppelin would quicken the tempo in later performances.  The guitar disappears about a minute into the song and it take a bit of time before Page’s guitar is fixed before he comes back in.  

After the second song Plant says, “good evening from Led Zeppelin.  You won’t believe this but I don’t think either ourselves or our equipment is quite used to the temperature.  It’s taken about three hours of gas stoves over the equipment before we could get it together.  Let’s see if we can keep it going.  This is a thing by Garnett Mimms of all people, called ‘As Long As I Have You.'”  This early version of their epic improvisational piece is eight minutes long but includes the “Fresh Garbage” reference.

“We’re all dying.  You’ve got flu and things here” Plant says before he mentions the first album coming out in three weeks. 

“Dazed And Confused” is very close to the studio track with little improvisation in the middle, and this is followed by “White Summer.”  This version is two minutes longer than what Page played in the springtime, but is a rare version where he only plays the old track with no reference to “Black Mountain Side.” 

“How Many More Times” doesn’t have the Bolero section, but has a lot of call and response between Page and Plant, “The Hunter,” and another Page violin bow on guitar solo.  The show strangely ends with the Bonham’s drum solo “Pat’s Delight.”  The tape cuts out right after the return to the main theme, leading to speculation if another song were played that night such as “Communication Breakdown.” 


The second disc is a DVDA of the same tape and again the sound quality is very good.  Each song is accompanied by a picture from the era. 

This is packaged in a double slimline jewel case with full color inserts with photos from the early years of Zeppelin.  Thankfully they didn’t use the inconvenient big plastic cases they use for their other DVDA releases.  Some collectors are speculating Empress Valley released this in direct competition with Tarantura’s release from some months back.  If that is the case, EV is still the best version of this fascinating tape available and since this one is very reasonably priced makes it worth acquiring.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Led Zeppelin - 1968-12-30 - Spokane, WA (EVSD)

Led Zeppelin
December 30, 1968
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA




Lifetime Guarantee / EVSD

01. The Train Kept A Rollin'
02. I Can't Quit You
03. As Long As I Have You (includes Fresh Garbage,Shake,Mockingbird)
04. Dazed & Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Years/Times (includes The Hunter)
07. Pat's Delight

Led Zeppelin - 1968-12-30 - Spokane, WA (Tarantura)

Led Zeppelin
December 30, 1968
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA




Yardbirds Fame / Tarantura


01. Train Kept-A-Rollin'
02. I Can't Quit You
03. As Long As I Have You
04. Dazed And Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Times
07. Pat's Delight

Led Zeppelin - 1968-12-30 - Spokane, WA (Capricorn)

Led Zeppelin
December 30, 1968
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA




"Gonzaga '68"
Capricorn

01. Train Kept a Rollin'
02. I Can't Quit You
03. As Long As I Have You (medley: Fresh Garbage, Shake, Hush)
04. Dazed and Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Times (inc. the Hunter)
07. Pat's Delight

Led Zeppelin - 1968-12-30 - Spokane, WA (Zeppelin Digital)

Led Zeppelin
December 30, 1968
Gonzaga Universty
Spokane, WA




Zeppelin Digital Volume 5


01. Train Kept a Rollin'
02. I Can't Quit You
03. As Long As I Have You (medley: Fresh Garbage, Shake, Hush)
04. Dazed and Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Times (inc. the Hunter)
07. Pat's Delight

Led Zeppelin - 1968-12-30 - Spokane, WA (dadgad)

Led Zeppelin 
1968-12-30 
Gonzaga University
Kennedy Pavillion
Spokane, WA




Unknown Gen Analogue to Digital Audience Source.

01. The Train Kept A Rollin'
02. I Can't Quit You Baby
03. As long As I Have You
04. Dazed And Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Times
07. Pat's Delight

This might surprise many of you but I'll leave any final judgement to the listeners.
I can track the trade back to two recipients before me:
?>Japan>Poland>me

Phase and speed corrected, song by song, the pitch and speed varies throughout all the original tape
especially from the beginning up to White Summer where it almost levels until the end.

Mastered with  AACS6, tracked with CD Wave Editor.

Unaltered sound.

dadgad prod.

Led Zeppelin - 1968-12-30 - Spokane, WA (Master Clone)

Led Zeppelin
December 30, 1968
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA



Master Clone

01. Train Kept A-Rollin
02. I Can't Quit You
03. As Long As I Have You
04. Dazed And Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Times (With The Hunter)
07. Pat's Delight


KRW_CO

Led Zeppelin - 1968-12-30 - Spokane, WA (Magic Bus)

Led Zeppelin
December 30, 1968
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA



Alpha & Omega: Sounds Of The Underground
(Magic Bus Box)

01. The Train Kept A Rollin'
02. I Can't Quit You Baby
03. As Long As I Have You / Fresh Garbage / Mockingbird
04. Dazed And Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Times / The Hunter
07. Pat's Delight

Led Zeppelin - 1968-12-30 - Spokane, WA (1st Gen)

Led Zeppelin
December 30, 1968
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA


Audience Recording
Master > Cassette > DAT

01. Train Kept a Rollin
02. I Can't Quit You
03. As Long As I Have You
04. Dazed and Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Times
07. Pat's Delight

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Led Zeppelin - 2017 - History Lesson (DVD Box)

Led Zeppelin
2017
History Lesson





This release contains every known clip of Led Zeppelin on/off stage ranging from 1969-1980, as well as every reunion performance (besides 02), promo videos, post Zeppelin interviews, and adds. While the majority of the footage has already circulated (with the  exception of the Peter Grant interview from 1971, which I have never seen before, and non-YouTube versions of Landover and Greensboro 1977), the following clips have been upgraded, most being transferred from their original master reels:

-New York 1973.07.28
-New York 1975.02.07
-Philiadelphia 1975.02.08
-Landover 1975.02.10
-Seattle 1975.03.17
-Seattle 1975.03.21
-Chicago 1977.04.10
-Los Angeles 1977.06.22
-Los Angeles 1977.06.26
-Knebworth 1979.08.04

Track Listing:


Disc Lengths:
Disc 1 - 1969-1971 (2:47:02)
Disc 2 - 1972-1973 (2:30:25)
Disc 3 - 1975 (2:57:02)
Disc 4 - 1977 (2:31:41)
Disc 5 - 1977-1980 (3:06:38)
Disc 6 - 1985-2016 (3:18:38)
Bonus Disc - 1958-1968 (1:13:09)