Sunday, November 05, 2017

Led Zeppelin - 1971-11-16 - Ipswich (EVSD)

Led Zeppelin
November 16, 1971
St. Matthew's Baths Hall
Ipswich, UK

01. Immigrant Song
02. Heartbreaker
03. Black Dog
04. Since I've Been Loving You
05. Rock And Roll
06. Stairway To Heaven
07. Going To California
08. That's The Way
09. Tangerine
10. Introduction
11. Dazed And Confused
12. What Is And What Should Never Be
13. Celebration Day
14. Whole Lotta Love
15. Weekend
16. Gallows Pole


Feelin' Groovy Definitive Edition (Empress Valley)

This new release uses what is believed to be a fourth(!) source tape from the Ipswich, UK show of 17 November 1971. Previous versions of  this show on bootleg included "Two Penny Upright", "Over the 12 Foot End", "Ipswich 1971" (TDOLZ), and the original "Feelin'  Groovy"  (Empress Valley). One or both of two original good/very good source  tapes were used for the first 3 titles mentioned. "Feelin' Groovy"  used a near excellent third source tape. All sources were not complete, missing at least the last 5 minutes of the WLL medley and any encores.This new fourth source tape is very good in quality and is the 2nd best of the four. All instruments are very clear. Plant seems at bit low in the mix, but that may be the result of the PA system. The recording "crumbles" with the band's sheer volume at a couple of points, mainly the first crashing notes of songs such as R&R and BD. What makes this source special is that the WLL medley iscomplete for the first time and two encore tracks are presented, the
rarely played "Weekend" and The even rarer "Gallows Pole". "Gallow's Pole", like it's previous appearance on a bootleg recording at Copenhagen from the previous May, seems to be played by Page on his Gibson double-neck guitar. This version is similar to the Copenhagen one, with Bonzo underlining the end of each verse with drum crashes. The band seems rather confident with this version (which is amazing, considering how infrequently this song was played live) and Page's guitar noodling at the end of the song is shorter than that at Copenhagen. With the improved recording quality, compared to Copenhagen, this track is a real pleasure, IMO.As for the rest of  the CD, STH, TTW, and Tangerine appear to be missing on the new source tape. Empress Valley used the near excellent source from its previous version of this show for STH and TTW, but inexplicably Tangerine is from one of the original source tapes and is distant and muddy sounding. It they tried, Empress Valley could have released this new source on two discs, as Plant's dialogue and the opening notes of WLL are included at the end of disc two and 
repeated at the beginning of disc three. This is a shame, considering the high prices charged by this "premium" bootleg label. The packaging is similar to other Empress Valley releases, with the discs recessed in a heavy cardboard "block" with a slipcover wrapping up the package. Photos from November 1969(!) were used on the cover. There has been some speculation that a third encore of "Communication Breakdown" was played at this show, so stayed tuned 
for "Feelin' Groovy Definitive Definitive Edition". (Chris Gust, Nov 2000)

Feelin' Groovy Definitive Edition Empress Valley-EVSD 52/53/54-3CD
November 16, 1971 St. Mathew's Baths - Ipswich, England

This release comes packaged in Empress Valley's unique "long box" design case. The outer sleeve is open-ended on both sides and a heavy cardboard "tray" slides in/out. The tray has an opening carved out of the middle that the 3 discs rest in. There's a small, credit card-sized insert that contains photos of the venue. Each disc is housed in a cream-colored paper sleeve with the Empress Valley logo printed in gold in the lower right corner. The source tape is a very good, clear audience tape but it is biased towards the higher frequencies. The sound becomes distorted on the high-end of the spectrum because the recorder can't handle what's being thrown at it. It is still a highly enjoyable release. The audience is very restrained, polite perhaps. In any event, they are quiet and applaud when appropriate and talking around the recorder is minimal. 
Stairway To Heaven is spliced in from an alternate, but near excellent sounding source tape as is That's The Way. The only downside to the alternate source is the amount of tape hiss present.
Disc one fades out during the bass intro to Dazed And Confused. Disc two picks up repeating about 15 seconds of the end of disc one ensuring no tape is missed in the disc change. If you listen carefully to the Dazed And Confused medley, you can hear snippets of what will evolve into The Crunge. Dazed also features a tape swap lasting maybe 30 seconds or so before switching back. Disc two fades out just as Whole Lotta Love starts and disc three starts off repeating several seconds of disc two. The specialness of this show however, doesn't become apparent until the encores. Eddie Cochran's Weekend is played followed by the extremely rare live rendition of  Gallows Pole. The audience was relentless in requesting Gallows and the band finally succumbs to the pressure. The tail end of Gallows has the smallest of a snip of alternate tape spliced in. The set should have been released onto 2CDs and not 3, but what's done is done. Worth the asking price if you're really into Empress Valley, if you're a diehard Gallows Pole fan and/or to fans of early Zeppelin and the 1971 tour in particular. (Steve Prendergast 
February 03)  


Zen Archer said...

Blackdog1966 said...

Thanks again for continuing to put out this great music!