LED ZEPPELIN: Piston 70 – Ecole Centrale – Chatenay-Malabry 1969-12-06 (no label – 2013 – bootleg) – TTT1/2

7 Mar

TITLE: ED ZEPPELIN: Piston 70 –  Ecole Centrale –  Chatenay-Malabry 1969-12-06

LABEL: (no label)

TYPE: audience





Led Zep - Piston 70 - front

Registrazione uscita in questi giorni e mai apparsa prima, forum dedicati ai LZ in subbuglio. Si sa, i LZ sono uno dei due/tre nomi più bootlegati, ogni novità come questa, od ogni nuovo soundboard, viene vissuto un po’ come il ritrovamento del sacro graal. Siamo alla fine del 1969, i LZ sono in formissima, ogni concerto è uno spettacolo! Questa registrazione acquista valore  perché fino ad oggi non era mai apparsa appunto e perché il periodo in questione (le ultimissime settimane del 1969) non è coperto da questo punto di vista. La registrazione audience non è un granché, ecco il perché delle tre T e mezzo. E’ un bootleg quindi solo per i fan in senso stretto. In ogni modo, è sempre eccitante ascoltare un concerto dei LZ mai sentito prima. (La fame comunque è così tanta che su DIMEADOZEN è già stato scaricato 1250 volte…risultato incredibile per un bootleg con una qualità audio di questo tipo).

Led Zeppelin - Piston 70 - back

LED ZEPPELIN  - Piston 70 - inlay

LZ - Paris 6 dec 1969 LZ - paris piston 70a


Led Zeppelin
Piston 70
Ecole Centrale

CD 1 (side A):
1. Good Times Bad Times [as an intro only]
2. Communication Breakdown
3. I Can’t Quit You
4. Heartbreaker
5. Dazed And Confused
6. White Summer – Black Mountain Side

CD 2 (side B):
1. You Shook Me
2. Moby Dick
3. How Many More Times
**** DO NOT BUY / SELL ****
Robert Plant: vocals
Jimmy Page: guitar
John Paul Jones: bass, organ
John Bonham: drums
Over the years, there’s been much speculation regarding the validity of Led Zeppelin’s
appearance at Ecole Centrale’s Piston 70 – despite a review in the French magazine Best in
February 1970 and a publication of the programme in the book Hexagonal Experiences.
The first clue was the photographs of the gig taken by Gilles Château, which were published
on the LedZeppelin.com website.

But now, more than 40 years later, there’s no doubt that it really happened since this
recording has been dig out! A 40 years old master tape that has never been circulated before.
It must have a few glitches from times to times, but it’s a miracle that it was not
completely gone after all this time.

I first heard about the Châtenay-Malabry show through the website of Jean-Claude Bellamy
(a former Centrale student who operated as a lighting engineer that night). Having done an
engineer school myself, I always remained curious to find a copy of the show, but quickly realized
it was a controversial date. But I kept believing in it, and basically always asked about it when
Led Zeppelin came into the discussion. I’m finally so glad that I managed to find it and was able
to restore it. Nowadays, it’d likely have just been rubbishly ripped onto mp3 and shared onto a blog
as if it was an evident download. A shame because such a new Led Zep find is a very big deal.
I’ve spent many hours on the editing just for the sake of all the fans who hoped to hear it as well.

Big thanks to Gérard for digging out his tapes collection, and coming home with some of them,
and of course for taping this show at the time!
So, a few words from Gérard the taper:
“The concert took place in the suburbs of Paris, it was very cold and snowing. I went there with
four friends. One of them became famous later in the seventies, under the nickname of Ramon Pipin
when he became the founding member of bands called Au Bonheur Des Dames and Odeurs.
The musical press had announced this concert hosted by the École Centrale, and of course we bought
our tickets and I kept mine, numbered 1111.
We were sitting on a kind of balcony above the stage located in the main hall of the building.
“We had already seen Led Zeppelin in England and France. I must say that during the late sixties,
we went very often to England and we saw many bands that would become successful and often in small
venues. It’s difficult to imagine now, for example, seeing Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett playing to
an audience of just 40!
“We’ve seen Led Zeppelin many times and the most memorable concert was the one in a pub in London.
We paid 10 shillings and Led Zeppelin played for more than two hours.
We were standing in front of the stage. This was one of the best concerts I’ve attended!!”

Also attached with the recording are a scan of the original ticket, and an article by
Christophe Le Pabic published in Tight But Loose #34, courtesy of Dave Lewis who also reviewed
the recording.

Just a few last notes:

The very begining of the intro may be missing, but it really seems that ‘Good Times Bad Times’
was not played as a song, but just as an intro:
a) This webpage: http://www.ledzepconcerts.com/concertdates/cd.php?id=lz19691206
sates it was only the intro played
b) Another part of the song was played into ‘How Many More Times’

Additionaly, ‘How Many More Times’ features another Led Zeppelin II song which,
to my knowledge, had never been played as part of this song. I don’t give the answer
here, but it must be something unique to this show!
Audience->Philips EL-3302->Master Cassette
->Nakamichi DR-1 (azimuth adj.)->Thomson/Hama Scenium KD4112 cable->Roland Edirol R-09HR
->WAV 96000Hz 24bits->Adobe Audition:
* Automatic Click Remover (Threshold: 5, Complexity: 1)
* Manual clicks removal
* Hiss Reduction
* Volume: +7.60dB
* Conversion to 44100Hz 16bits
->split to CD WAV->FLAC->MP3Tag
**** DO NOT BUY / SELL ****

3 Risposte to “LED ZEPPELIN: Piston 70 – Ecole Centrale – Chatenay-Malabry 1969-12-06 (no label – 2013 – bootleg) – TTT1/2”

  1. mauro bortolini 08/03/2013 a 08:17 #

    Domande allo zeppelinorum magister maximus.
    E’ possibile che esista qualche nastro registrato nel 1968 ?
    Mi pare strano che un tipo avveduto come Page non abbia qualcosa.
    Magari gli hanno fregato i nastri….ma li avrebbero pubblicati…..!?
    O forse tirera’ fuori dal cilindro qualche spezzone live per le
    riedizioni con bonus del 2013 ?

    Mi piace

    • timtirelli 08/03/2013 a 12:45 #

      Mauro, come ha scritto Luca, dei LZ nel 1968 esiste solo la registrazione di SPOKANE del 30 dicembre. Non mi sembra di ricordare di aver mai letto dichiarazioni più o meno sibilline di Page circa l’esistenza di registrazioni del periodo in suo possesso. Mah, vedremo.

      Mi piace

  2. lucatod 08/03/2013 a 12:32 #

    Bootleg interessante , l’ho scaricato , ma non ancora ascoltato bene , comunque i Led Zeppelin dei primi anni sono stati quasi sempre in gran forma .
    Del 1968 io possiedo un boot audience “Led Zeppelin 1968-12-30 Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA” , ma sarebbe un miracolo poter avere una registrazione ufficiale da quel primo tour . Speriamo che il buon vecchio Page , non ci deluda .

    Mi piace


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