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BOOTLEGS: Led Zeppelin, Long Beach, CA March 11, 1975 (Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS and Dadgad) TTT½

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BOOTLEGS: Led Zeppelin,Long Beach, CA March 11, 1975 (Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS and Dadgad The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 37) – TTT½

Mike Millard Legacy intro

Di Mike Millard su questo blog ne abbiamo parlato più volte, amante del rock proveniente dalla west coast americana, dal 1973 al 1992 registrò parecchi concerti tenutisi in quell’area. Lo fece con una strumentazione di qualità, per quei tempi davvero notevole, portandola all’interno delle arene in questione usando diversi stratagemmi (a volte anche fingendosi disabile e quindi su una sedia a rotelle). Le sue sono dunque registrazioni audience, cioè prese dal pubblico, ma di una qualità micidiale; non è un un caso che ancora oggi – tra il giro di appassionati – siano considerate tra i documenti migliori per quanto riguarda l’epoca d’oro della musica rock. Sì perché con le registrazione audience si ha l’idea esatta di cosa fosse andare ad un concerto rock, la performance dell’artista catturato nella sua essenza più pura: l’umore e le scosse emotive del pubblico, la musica messa su nastro senza artifici (e dunque senza le modifiche e i trucchetti presenti nei dischi dal vivo ufficiali), i commenti dei fans che a tratti finivano sul nastro. La fortuna ha voluto che i LZ fossero tra i suoi gruppi preferiti e, ad esempio, le sue registrazione di alcuni dei sei concerti tenuti nel 1977 a Los Angeles sono per tutti noi testimonianze preziosissime. Nel 1994 Millard decise di togliersi la vita, decisione che non ci permettiamo di giudicare e quindi tralasciamo di commentare gli abissi di dolore a cui deve essere andato incontro. Per moltissimo tempo le sue cassette rimasero archiviate nella sua stanza a casa di sua madre, le registrazioni che circolavano provenivano infatti da copie che lo stesso Millard aveva fatto per amici e altri collezionisti. Successe poi che sua madre finalmente affidò ad amici intimi di suo figlio le tante cassette (si parla di 280 concerti registrati) in modo che potessero essere trasferite e quindi salvate su DAT. Sotto all’articolo riporto (oltre al testo che accompagna la registrazione di RP di cui tra poco parleremo) tutta la lunga storia in caso qualcuno fosse interessato. Per chiudere questo breve riassunto, quando si pensava che i master originali di Millard fossero andati persi, ecco che vengono ritrovati, rimasterizzati e messi gratuitamente in circolo da generosi collezionisti e amanti del rock come noi. E’ dunque doveroso mandare un pensiero a Mike Millard perché grazie ai suoi nastri il rock si mantiene vivo e noi possiamo ancora illuderci di vivere in prima persona i momenti più esaltanti della musica che amiamo.

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Live Recording reflections

Benché in molti considerino i concerti tenuti dai LZ negli anni che vanno dal 1968 al 1980 delle esperienze cosmiche, degli eventi determinanti per le vite di chi gli ha vissuti (e io non ho nessun dubbio a tal proposito), è ben essere realisti e schietti (e chi frequenta questo blog sa che cerchiamo di esserlo con buona determinazione) e ammettere che dal 1975 in poi i tour del gruppo furono grandiosi dal punto di vista dello spettacolo, del botteghino, del business, ma che non sempre lo furono dal punto di vista musicale. Il chitarrista spento e disconnesso causa uso di sostanze chimiche, il cantante alle prese con grossi problemi alla voce dovuti ad una presunta operazione alle corde vocali (avvenuta forse tra il 1973 e il 1974), a continue bronchiti e influenze e soprattutto ad un uso scriteriato della (incredibile) voce nei primi 5 anni di esistenza del gruppo (se entri a freddo – senza nessun riscaldamento vocale – e parti con Immigrant Song, sera dopo sera, è chiaro che prima o poi paghi dazio). Il tour del 1975 ne è la prova più evidente: il gruppo arriva a Chicago nel gennaio del 1975, Robert Plant si becca l’influenza che per tutta la durata della tournée tormenterà lui e di conseguenza gli spettatori presenti ai concerti. Questo concerto di Long Beach di cui scriviamo oggi non ha grandi estimatori tra i fan storici del gruppo eppure a me a tratti non sembra niente male ma è chiaro che ne parlo perché di questo concerto esiste la registrazione del leggendario Mike Millard, registrazione recentemente rimasterizzata dal Team JEMS in collaborazione con Dadgad (tra l’altro nostro personale amico, che il Dark Lord lo abbia in gloria); sebbene esista da qualche anno anche una eccellente versione soundboard, quello che riescono a dare le Mike Millard recording in termini di pathos non ha confronto, dunque versione questa da preferire.

Il tour del 1975 si apre con due warm-up gig a Rotterdam (11/01) e a Brussels (12/01) per poi prendere il largo nel Nord America dal 18/01 in Minnesota al 27/03 in California e ritornare in Europa in maggio per le cinque date di Earls Court a Londra. Lo show dell’11/03 è la prima di due date che si tengono alla Long Beach Arena, un edificio con una capacità di 15.000 posti per quanto riguarda i concerti.

Long Beach Arena

Long Beach Arena

ANNOUNCER: the house lights are down, now, so you’ll have a good view. The people behind the stage, keep your seats. You have a good seats now. Thank you very much. The American return of Led Zeppelin.”The American return of Led Zeppelin”.

E’ questo che dice l’annunciatore prima che il gruppo si lanci in Rock And Roll. La qualità audio è sin da subito fantastica (come sottolineo sempre, tenendo presente che si tratta di una registrazione audience … presa dal pubblico insomma). Ti sembra di essere al concerto, posizionato nelle prime file. Voce e strumenti sono ben bilanciati e perfettamente distinguibili, i ragazzi della Showco sapevano davvero il fatto loro. La voce di Robert non è disastrosa come mi sembrava di ricordare. Non amo molto Sick Again, un discreto per quanto anonimo brano rock che i LZ hanno comunque spesso suonato dal vivo. Durante l’uso dell’effetto Phaser 90 della MXR, il suo della chitarra copre un po’ troppo gli altri strumenti.

RP: Good evenin’! Good eveeenin’! We must apologize for the, um, the slight delay, but, um, we couldn’t get into the building. And, we haven’t got any tickets. Um, it’s a fact. A sort of well known scalper, well, he, he, you know, I mean, we blew it, you know. And it was blown as well. So tonight we’re gonna tell you what we intend to do. We intend to take six and a half years of changes and give you, and give you just a little taste of the six and a half years. A little bit from here, a pinch of the best. The best rock, if you take my meaning. It starts like this.

Over The Hills And Far Away non è niente male. La qualità audio si conferma altissima. Nel tour del 1975 il suono di chitarra di Page era più pulito del solito, forse persino troppo, un pelo di sustain in più non avrebbe guastato. Buono il lungo assolo di Page, sostenuto come sempre da un inarrestabile Bonham e da un perfetto Jones.

RP: Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Ah, feeling really invigorated by the English weather you, you’ve been havin’, you know. It’s, uh, it’s put us back into the healthy, um, you know, sometimes on the road you gets a bit, uh, and then you get the English weather in L.A., that’s too much. So watch out. If you intend to sit still, forget it. We just managed, uh, not only to get a record label together, but to get an album together, Physical Graffiti. And, um, once again it has a large variety of material and, um, thoughts of our consciousness. We gonna play some of it for you. This is the first one. It comes from way way back, older than my boots.

In My Time Of Dying è suonata molto bene, d’altra parte è un brano in accordatura aperta e con questo accorgimento di solito i chitarristi sono facilitati nell’adempiere al loro dovere. La voce di Robert regge, il chilometraggio blues le dà suggestive sfumature. Bonham è di nuovo uno spettacolo, e Jones tiene tutti agganciati al terreno. Che magnifico bassista.

RP Thank you. I see the front row’s filling up very slowly. Who is Atlantic Records? Bloody state. Right, now this is a song that you definitely will have heard before, unless you’ve had your ears shut for two and a half years. It depicts a tale, or rather it, it lends itself to a series of events and, and places and ports of call throughout the world that we stopped at where, fortunately, the foot of Western man hadn’t trodden too often. And it was in these places that everything seemed to be good and wholesome and cheap and clean. And the red lights always shone brightly. In fact, ‘The Song Always Remained the Same.’

The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song. L’introduzione di TSRTS è uno di quei momenti che ti fa comprendere come il buraccione LZ sia componente fondamentale del successo interplanetario della band. Qualità audio sempre altissima, tanto che una volta di più occorre mandare un pensiero al grande, grandissimo Mike Millard. The Rain Song in alcuni momenti pare disgiunta, forse a causa dei problemi al Mellotron.

RP: Ladies and gentlemen. For the benefit of anybody who was making a bootleg then, the twelve-string was out of tune on ‘Song Remains the Same.’ Sunny California. Hang on, tick. Is that gonna be alright? We gonna, um, we gonna continue with John Paul Jones trying to manipulate a mobile orchestra. John Paul Jones on mellotron, who I might add is looking a little bit harassed with the sounds that are coming out of it. Harassed. Excuse me. This song is, um, it’s a song that we created, or it created itself in amongst a lot of chaos and, um, change. And yet the song is basically quite a very straight forward, straight thinking thing. Lateral thinking, as my friend James puts it. Uh, this is a song about the wasted land, the land that was once green and fertile. ‘Kashmir.’

In Kashmir (altro pezzo in accordatura aperta) la batteria trattata con effetti non crea l’atmosfera giusta secondo me, il Mellotron continua ad avere problemi ma la versione del pezzo è buona. Robert la canta con grinta.

RP: John Paul Jones on mellotron. A complete Pakistani orchestra, all in one pool player. John’s been studying and concentrating a lot on the keyboards. He’s also got into Chuck Randall and, uh. You will excuse us if we have a good time, won’t you? This is another track that features, uh, hang on, John’s in trouble. And, this short break should be really filled up with a bit of schpeel, but, um, I really can’t tell schpeely things. There’s a man in the wings who is very good at doing Lenny Bruce imitations. This is a track about another song about a journey, um, a journey which will never, ever be finished for anybody. It’s called ‘No Quarter.’ 

Ogni volta che parte No Quarter ho i brividi: il suono di tastiera galleggiante, quello tondo, corposo e pieno della batteria di Bonham, l’alone di mistero e di sopranaturale del pezzo, la profondità del cosmo che ci schiaccia verso paure ancestrali … ec lavòr, ragàs (come diciamo qui in Emilia)! L’assolo di piano (con qualche problema di collegamento tra i vari cavi che genera fastidiosi rumori di fondo) di Jones e di chitarra di Page stasera sono poco ispirati e un po’ tediosi, alla batteria Bonham invece è sempre superlativo.

RP: John Paul Jones, grand piano. The taste of naughty equipment. We seem to have a little trouble on the keyboard side of things at the moment. There’s a little bit of buzzin’ and hummin’. But nevertheless, we shall hot things up a little bit. Now, a long time ago, in the South of Ameri, in the South of North America, there was a guy called Robert Johnson who wrote a lot of really good blues things, and this maybe should be a tribute to his art, or capabilities, this next song, ‘cuz anyway, it’s, it’s slightly relative in its, where it comes from. This is a song all about motorcars, but on the other hand. The drumming and the hammering is by courtesy of Acme Quaalude Company, Limited, in the back. This is a guy building a chicken pen. Can you hear it? I mean, over to our roving reporter. Shithead. This is called ‘Trampled Underfoot.’

In Trampled Underfoot Robert fatica, ma con stile ed esperienza rende le sbavature quasi un marchio distintivo. Anche qui John Paul Jones e Jimmy Page hanno problemi di ispirazione ma la carica del brano riesce a celare queste performance opache.

RP: Yes, that’s one for the motor car trade, or the trade or the motorcar. Uh, Jimmy just broke two strings, and John Bonham is just about to have a hernia. Hang on a bit. We’d like to dedicate this next song to, uh, The Chateaux Marmont, and the Continental Hyatt House, and all the places where there’s cockroaches on the floor. And, um, we’re gonna feature now, in fact, the, the grand work and the grand percussion skills of the one and only Mr Dynamo! Mr Cockstarch! John Bonham! ‘Moby Dick!’

Durante il giro di Moby Dick, il gruppo pare a tratti fuori tempo, sarà forse per il suono di batteria completamente cambiato e sicuramente peggiorato. Verso la fine il solito lavoro sui timpani sintetizzati, ma anche qui il sound non sembra funzionare e quindi convincere. Ad ogni modo 21 minuti di follia tambureggiante.

RP: Bonzo Bonham! Let’s hear it for John Bonham, ‘Moby Dick!’ John Bonham. John Henry Bonham. Gardener of the year. Good evening. Nice of you to make it. Ahh. I didn’t see you on the way in. …, hold on, vocal diarrhea. A long time ago, uh, when I was nineteen, and we all got together in a room that cost two dollars fifty for a week. Just in case it didn’t work. To see if it could work. The second thing that we tried made us sure. The first thing that we did was sign a contracts. Second thing that we did, we were really sure that we should be together from now until the ultimate finale of the big bright light. And this is the second thing.

Devo ancora rimarcare l’ottima qualità audio, in cuffia a buon volume l’inizio di Dazed And Confused è una meraviglia. Considerati i problemi alla voce, Robert si dimostra un grande: coraggioso e impavido. Benché il gruppo non fosse al suo massimo, la Dazed And Confused del 1975 rappresenta uno dei picchi dei LZ. Tra i 28 e i 40 minuti di esoterismo musicale, dipinto con i colori della decadente grandeur che il gruppo sfoggiava a quel tempo. Scrivo questo al minuto 5:30, sembra incredibile che nel 1975 avessero questa forza espressiva. L’entrata di Bonham prima del magniloquente arpeggio MI- / DO (su cui stasera Robert canta il testo di Woodstock) è uno di momenti ritmici patrimonio della umanità. Se avessi potuto essere presente ad un concerto – seppur standard – come questo e dunque aver vissuto una Dazed And Confused di tale spessore, ne sarei uscito pronto per imbarcarmi su un vascello diretto a sfidare le maestose insidie di Capo Horn. L’uscita di Bonham dalla sezione dell’arpeggio citato è di nuovo un esempio del suo grandissimo talento. Il lavoro del Dark Lord con l’archetto di violino è efficace e seducente. Quando va sugli alti sembra di soccombere al canto delirante delle sirene di Ulisse. Mi fanno davvero pena i fan dei LZ che non vanno oltre il 1972, perché una Dazed And Confused come questa vale tantissimo. La qualità sonora è semplicemente perfetta, che razza di nastro audience questo! Durante la sfuriata elettrica Page è un portento (sporco, illuminato, ispirato) e Bonhan e Jones sono poderosi. 28 minuti di estasi e tempesta elettrica. Solo i Led Zeppelin!

( assente nella registrazione: RP: On guitar, Jimmy Page. That was a combination of, um, key signatures that just will never occur again. Amidst the, um, rushing and the screaming of cowboys. (Our cowboy in the sand.) Um, now and again there comes, uh, a song that we really, really really dig and we find that we can get right across with no trouble at all. This is for the people beyond the third row. The people in the darkness)

Stairway To Heaven inizia bene, la voce di Robert non ha scricchioli e quando entra Bonham tutto sembra paradossalmente ancora più chiaro. La pedaliera basso si sente benissimo, quelli delli Showco erano davvero i numeri uno al quel tempo per quanto riguarda la amplificazione dei concerti Rock. Buono l’assolo di chitarra, che comprende il 4 giri di bicordi che qui alla Domus Saurea appassionano molto.

RP: Long Beach! Thank you very much for your time and, uh, goodnight.
Well?

Come spesso capitava in quegli anni, di ritorno sul palco per i bis, il gruppo si presentava in condizioni discutibili. Il riff di Whole Lotta Love è suonato da Page con poca dinamica e la band sembra scollata. Peggiora anche il suono degli strumenti., Solo il basso di Jones sembra essere all’altezza. The Crunge è un po’ approssimativa, la sezione Theremin invece funziona a dovere. L’intenzione di Plant in Black Dog è quella giusta, peccato il sound meno definito di chitarra e batteria.

Ladies and gentlemen of Long Beach, goodnight. Sleep well. Half a quaalude with water

Registrazione dunque eccellente di un discreto (a tratti ottimo) concerto dei LZ.

Qui l’audio pubblicato due settimane fa su youtube:

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(macaroni)ENGLISH

Mike Millard Legacy intro

We have talked about Mike Millard on this blog few times, he was a rock music lover from the US west coast and from 1973 to 1992 he recorded several concerts held in that area. He did it with quality equipment, for those times truly remarkable, bringing it inside the arenas in question using different stratagems (sometimes even pretending to be disabled and therefore in a wheelchair). His are therefore audience recordings, that is, taken by the public, but of a deadly quality; it is no coincidence that even today – among the circle of fans – they are considered among the best documents regarding the golden age of rock music. Yes, because with audience recording you have the exact idea of ​​what it was like to go to a rock concert, the artist’s performance captured in its purest essence: the mood and emotional shocks of the audience, the music put on tape without artifice (and therefore without the edits and the tricks present in the official live records), the comments of the fans who sometimes ended up on the tape. Luckily LZ were among his favorite bands and, for example, his recordings of some of the six concerts held in 1977 in Los Angeles are precious testimonies for all of us. In 1994 Millard decided to take his own life, a decision that we do not allow ourselves to judge and therefore we neglect to comment on the abysses of pain that he must have gone through. For a very long time his cassettes remained archived in his room at his mother’s house, the records circulating in fact came from copies that Millard himself had made for friends and other collectors. Then it happened that his mother finally entrusted the many tapes (we are talking about 280 recorded concerts) to close friends of his son so that they could be transferred and then saved on DAT. Under the article I carry over (in addition to the text that accompanies the registration of RP which we will shortly talk about) the whole long story in case anyone is interested. To close this short summary, when it was thought that the original Millard masters had been lost, here they are found, remastered and put into free circulation by generous collectors and rock lovers like us. It is therefore a duty to send a thought to Mike Millard because thanks to his tapes rock remains alive and we can still delude ourselves to experience firsthand the most exciting moments of the music we love.

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Live Recording reflections

Although many consider the concerts held by the LZ in the years from 1968 to 1980 of cosmic experiences, of the decisive events for the lives of those who lived them (and I have no doubt about it), we got to be realistic and frank (and those who frequent this blog know that we are straight shooters ) and admit that from 1975 onwards the group tours were great from the point of view of the show, the box office, the business, but that it was not always the case from the musical point of view. The guitarist turned off and disconnected due to the use of chemical substances, the singer struggling with major voice problems due to an alleged vocal cord operation (perhaps between 1973 and 1974), to continuous bronchitis and influences and above all to a reckless use of the (incredible) voice in the first 5 years of existence of the group (if without any vocal warming you start a show with Immigrant Song, evening after evening, it is clear that sooner or later you pay duty). The 1975 tour is the most evident proof of this: the group arrives in Chicago in January 1975, Robert Plant gets the influence that for the duration of the tour will torment him and consequently the spectators present at the concerts. This Long Beach concert we are writing about today does not have great admirers among the historical fans of the group and yet at times it does not seem that bad but it is clear that I am talking about it because of this concert there is the recording of the legendary Mike Millard, a recording recently remastered by the JEMS team in collaboration with Dadgad (our personal friend, may the Dark Lord bless him); although an excellent soundboard version  exists, what Mike Millard recordings can do in terms of pathos has no comparison, so this version is preferred.

The 1975 tour opens with two gig warm-ups in Rotterdam (11/01) and Brussels (12/01) and then take off in North America from 18/01 in Minnesota to 27/03 in California and return to Europe in may for the five dates of Earls Court in London. The 11/03 show is the first of two dates held at the Long Beach Arena, a building with a capacity of 15,000 seats for concerts.

ANNOUNCER: the house lights are down, now, so you’ll have a good view. The people behind the stage, keep your seats. You have a good seats now. Thank you very much. The American return of Led Zeppelin. “The American return of Led Zeppelin”.

This is what the announcer says before the group launches into Rock And Roll. The audio quality is immediately fantastic (as I always emphasize, bearing in mind that it is an audience recording … taken by the public in short). You seem to be at the concert, positioned in the front rows. Voice and instruments are well balanced and perfectly distinguishable, the Showco guys really knew what they were doing. Robert’s voice is not as disastrous as I seemed to remember. I don’t like Sick Again, a discreet though anonymous rock song that LZ have often played live anyway. While using the MXR’s Phaser 90 effect, the guitar covers a little too much the other instruments.

RP: Good evenin ‘! Good eveeenin ‘! We must apologize for the, um, the slight delay, but, um, we couldn’t get into the building. And, we haven’t got any tickets. Um, it’s a fact. A sort of well known scalper, well, he, he, you know, I mean, we blew it, you know. And it was blown as well. So tonight we’re gonna tell you what we intend to do. We intend to take six and a half years of changes and give you, and give you just a little taste of the six and a half years. A little bit from here, a pinch of the best. The best rock, if you take my meaning. It starts like this.

Over The Hills And Far Away is not bad. The audio quality is confirmed to be very high. On the 1975 tour, Page’s guitar sound was cleaner than usual, perhaps even too much, a hair of more sustain would have helped the general impression. Page’s long solo is good, supported as always by an unstoppable Bonham and a perfect Jones.

RP: Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Ah, feeling really invigorated by the English weather you, you’ve been havin ‘, you know. It’s, uh, it’s put us back into the healthy, um, you know, sometimes on the road you get a bit, uh, and then you get the English weather in L.A., that’s too much. I know watch out. If you intend to sit still, forget it. We just managed, uh, not only to get a record label together, but to get an album together, Physical Graffiti. And, um, once again it has a large variety of material and, um, thoughts of our consciousness. We gonna play some of it for you. This is the first one. It comes from way way back, older than my boots.

In My Time Of Dying it played very well, on the other hand it is a piece in open tuning and with this trick guitarists are usually facilitated in fulfilling their duty. Robert’s voice is okay, the blues mileage gives it suggestive nuances. Bonham is again sublime, and Jones keeps everyone hooked to the ground. What a magnificent bass player.

RP Thank you. I see the front row’s filling up very slowly. Who is Atlantic Records? Bloody state. Right, now this is a song that you definitely will have heard before, unless you’ve had your ears shut for two and a half years. It depicts a tale, or rather it, it lends itself to a series of events and, and places and ports of call throughout the world that we stopped at where, fortunately, the foot of Western man hadn’t trodden too often. And it was in these places that everything seemed to be good and wholesome and cheap and clean. And the red lights always shone brightly. In fact, ‘The Song Always Remained the Same.’

The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song. The introduction of TSRTS is one of those moments that makes you understand how the LZ “buraccione” (sound impact) is a fundamental component of the band’s interplanetary success. Audio quality is always very high, so much so that once more it is necessary to send a thought to the great, great Mike Millard. The Rain Song at times seems disjointed, perhaps due to problems with the Mellotron.

RP: Ladies and gentlemen. For the benefit of anybody who was making a bootleg then, the twelve-string was out of tune on ‘Song Remains the Same.’ Sunny California. Hang on, tick. Is that gonna be alright? We gonna, um, we gonna continue with John Paul Jones trying to manipulate a mobile orchestra. John Paul Jones on mellotron, who I might add is looking a little bit harassed with the sounds that are coming out of it. Harassed. Excuse me. This song is, um, it’s a song that we created, or it created itself in among a lot of chaos and, um, change. And yet the song is basically quite a very straight forward, straight thinking thing. Lateral thinking, as my friend James puts it. Uh, this is a song about the wasted land, the land that was once green and fertile. ‘Kashmir.’

In Kashmir (another piece in open tuning) the drumes are treated with effects  and they does not create the right atmosphere in my opinion, the Mellotron continues to have problems but the version of the piece is nice enough. Robert sings it with determination.

RP: John Paul Jones on mellotron. A complete Pakistani orchestra, all in one pool player. John’s been studying and concentrating a lot on the keyboards. He’s also got into Chuck Randall and, uh. You will excuse us if we have a good time, won’t you? This is another track that features, uh, hang on, John’s in trouble. And, this short break should be really filled up with a bit of schpeel, but, um, I really can’t tell schpeely things. There’s a man in the wings who is very good at doing Lenny Bruce imitations. This is a track about another song about a journey, um, a journey which will never, ever be finished for anybody. It’s called ‘No Quarter.’

Every time No Quarter starts I get chills: the floating keyboard sound, the round, full-bodied Bonham’s drums, the halo of mystery and supernatural of the piece, the depth of the cosmos that crushes us towards ancestral fears .. . ec lavòr, ragàs (as we say here in Emilia, what a great work, boys!)! The piano solo (with some connection problems between the various cables that generate annoying background noises) of Jones and Page’s guita solo tonight are not very inspired and a little tedious, Bonham drums it is always superlative.

RP: John Paul Jones, grand piano. The taste of naughty equipment. We seem to have a little trouble on the keyboard side of things at the moment. There’s a little bit of buzzin ‘and hummin’. But nevertheless, we shall hot things up a little bit. Now, a long time ago, in the South of Ameri, in the South of North America, there was a guy called Robert Johnson who wrote a lot of really good blues things, and this maybe should be a tribute to his art, or capabilities , this next song, ‘cuz anyway, it’s, it’s slightly relative in its, where it comes from. This is a song all about motorcars, but on the other hand. The drumming and the hammering is by courtesy of Acme Quaalude Company, Limited, in the back. This is a guy building a chicken pen. Can you hear it? I mean, over to our roving reporter. Shithead. This is called ‘Trampled Underfoot.’

In Trampled Underfoot Robert struggles, but with style and experience makes the burrs almost a distinctive brand. Here, too, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page have problems of inspiration but the charge of the song manages to conceal these opaque performances.

RP: Yes, that’s one for the motor car trade, or the trade or the motorcar. Uh, Jimmy just broke two strings, and John Bonham is just about to have a hernia. Hang on a bit. We’d like to dedicate this next song to, uh, The Chateaux Marmont, and the Continental Hyatt House, and all the places where there’s cockroaches on the floor. And, um, we’re gonna feature now, in fact, the, the grand work and the grand percussion skills of the one and only Mr Dynamo! Mr Cockstarch! John Bonham! ‘Moby Dick!’

During the Moby Dick riff section, the group seems maybe out of time, perhaps due to the completely changed and certainly worsened drums sound. Towards the end we have the usual work on the synthesized timpani, but even here the sound does not seem to work and therefore convinces. Anyway 21 minutes of drumming madness.

RP: Bonzo Bonham! Let’s hear it for John Bonham, ‘Moby Dick!’ John Bonham. John Henry Bonham. Gardener of the year. Good evening. Nice of you to make it. Ahh. I didn’t see you on the way in. …, hold on, vocal diarrhea. A long time ago, uh, when I was nineteen, and we all got together in a room that cost two dollars fifty for a week. Just in case it didn’t work. To see if it could work. The second thing that we tried made us sure. The first thing that we did was sign a contracts. Second thing that we did, we were really sure that we should be together from now until the ultimate finale of the big bright light. And this is the second thing.

Still I have to point out the excellent audio quality, in headphones at good volume the beginning of Dazed And Confused is a marvel. Considering the problems with the voice, Robert proves to be great: brave and fearless. Although the group was not at its best, the 1975 Dazed And Confused represents one of the peaks of LZ. Between 28 and 40 minutes of musical esotericism, painted in the colors of the decadent grandeur that the group sported at that time. I write this at 5:30, it seems incredible that in 1975 they had this expressive force. Bonham’s entry before the magniloquent E- / C arpeggio (on which Robert sings Woodstock’s text tonight) is one of humanity’s rhythmic moments. If I could have been present at a concert – albeit standard – like this and therefore had lived a Dazed And Confused of such thickness, I would have come out ready to embark on a vessel directed to challenge the majestic pitfalls of Cape Horn. Bonham’s exit from the aforementioned arpeggio section is again an example of his tremendous talent. The Dark Lord’s work with the violin bow is effective and seductive. When he goes on high tones we seems to succumb to the delusional song of the sirens of Ulysses. I really pity LZ fans who don’t go beyond 1972, because a Dazed And Confused like this is worth a lot. The sound quality is simply perfect, what kind of audience tape this is! During the electric outburst Page is a portent (dirty, illuminated, inspired) and Bonhan and Jones are powerful. 28 minutes of ecstasy and electric storm. Only Led Zeppelin!

(absent in this recording: RP: On guitar, Jimmy Page. That was a combination of, um, key signatures that just will never occur again. Amidst the, um, rushing and the screaming of cowboys. (Our cowboy in the sand.) Um, now and again there comes, uh, a song that we really, really really dig and we find that we can get right across with no trouble at all. This is for the people beyond the third row. The people in the darkness)

Stairway To Heaven starts well, Robert’s voice has no creaks and when Bonham enters everything seems paradoxically even clearer. Jones’ bass pedal is so clear, Showco was really the number one at that time as regards the amplification of the Rock concerts. The guitar solo is focused enough and it includes the 4 bichords lickes that here at Domus Saurea we are very passionate about.

RP: Long Beach! Thank you very much for your time and, uh, goodnight.
Well?

As often happened in those years, returning on stage for encores, the group presented itself in questionable conditions. The Whole Lotta Love riff is played by Page with little dynamics and the band seems to be unglued. The sound of the instruments also worsens. Only Jones’ bass seems to be up to par. The Crunge is a bit rough, the Theremin section works properly. The attitude of Plant in Black Dog is the right one, too bad the less defined sound of guitar and drums make things worse.

Ladies and gentlemen of Long Beach, goodnight. Sleep well. Half a quaalude with water

Therefore excellent recording of a discreet (sometimes excellent) concert by LZ.

Here the audio published two weeks ago on youtube:

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Note che accompagnano la registrazione / Notes accompanying the recording:

Led Zeppelin
Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA, March 11, 1975
Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS and Dadgad
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 37

Recording Gear: AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder

Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Yamaha KX-W592 Cassette Deck (Dolby off) > Sony R-500 DAT > Analog Master DAT Clone > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture > Adobe Audition 3.0 > iZotope RX and Ozone > Peak Pro 6 > FLAC

01 Rock And Roll
02 Sick Again
03 Over The Hills And Far Away
04 In My Time Of Dying
05 The Song Remains The Same
06 The Rain Song
07 Kashmir
08 No Quarter
09 Trampled Underfoot
10 Moby Dick
11 Dazed And Confused
12 Stairway To Heaven
13 Whole Lotta Love / The Crunge
14 Black Dog

Known Faults: None

Introduction to the Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Series

Welcome to JEMS’ Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone series presenting recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin done in and around Los Angeles circa 1975-77. For the complete details on how tapes in this series came to be lost and found again, as well as JEMS’ long history with Mike Millard, please refer to the notes in Vol. One: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=500680.

Until 2020, the Lost and Found series presented fresh transfers of previously unavailable first-generation copies made by Mike himself for friends like Stan Gutoski of JEMS, Jim R, Bill C. and Barry G. These sources were upgrades to circulating copies and in most instances marked the only time verified first generation Millard sources had been directly digitized in the torrent era.

That all changed with the discovery of many of Mike Millard’s original master tapes.

Yes, you read that correctly, Mike Millard’s master cassettes, long rumored to be destroyed or lost, have been found. Not all of them but many, and with them a much more complete picture has emerged of what Millard recorded between his first show in late 1973 and his last in early 1992.

The reason the rediscovery of his master tapes is such a revelation is that we’ve been told for decades they were gone. Internet myths suggest Millard destroyed his master tapes before taking his own life, an imprudent detail likely concocted based on the assumption that because his master tapes never surfaced and Mike’s mental state was troubled he would do something rash WITH HIS LIFE’S WORK. There’s also a version of the story where Mike’s family dumps the tapes after he dies. Why would they do that?

The truth is Mike’s masters remained in his bedroom for many years after his death in 1994. We know at least a few of Millard’s friends and acquaintances contacted his mother Lia inquiring about the tapes at the time to no avail. But in the early 2000s, longtime Millard friend Rob S was the one she knew and trusted enough to preserve Mike’s work.

The full back story on how Mike’s master tapes were saved can be found in the notes for Vol. 18 Pink Floyd, which was the first release in our series transferred from Millard’s original master tapes:

http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=667745&hit=1
http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=667750&hit=1

Led Zeppelin, Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA, March 11, 1975

The time has come.

We now know Mike Millard captured hundreds of great concerts, but without question Mike The Mike’s most famous works are his recordings of Led Zeppelin. Mike recorded his favorite band a total of ten times, five shows in 1975 and another five in 1977.

His now legendary rig, AKG 451 microphones and Nakamichi 550 cassette deck, was purchased in early 1975 for the express purpose of recording the upcoming Zeppelin shows at the Long Beach Arena and The Forum. Mike wanted to upgrade his gear to get the best possible results. Did he ever.

He tested out his new rig at a March 5, 1975 show by Rod Stewart and Faces at the Forum, six days prior to Zeppelin’s first SoCal date in Long Beach. The new equipment passed with flying colors: The Faces tape (Vol. 13 in our series) is outstanding. Mike was ready for “the American return of Led Zeppelin” as the stage announcer says just before the band takes the stage.

Since our Millard series resumed we’ve seen a few message board posts asking why we were waiting to do Mike’s Zeppelin tapes. The answer is we wanted to do them right, which isn’t as simple as it sounds as I will attempt to explain.

All of Mike’s Zeppelin masters in our possession come from the first batch of tapes Rob S borrowed from Mike’s mother and transferred to DAT. It’s no surprise Rob started with Mike’s best-known recordings, but that means our source is a 1644 DAT, not the master cassettes themselves.

The good news is Rob made excellent transfers from cassette to DAT, and while it would have been ideal to do azimuth correction on playback (as we do with all of Mike’s master cassettes), tape alignment doesn’t appear to be a material issue.

Mike’s Led Zeppelin recordings have been widely circulated for decades and exist in bootleg and download form in myriad versions, largely owning to the many remasters in circulation.

The provenance of extant Millard Zeppelin recordings can be cloudy. Around 2010, JEMS transferred a verified, unmarked set of first generation cassettes made by Mike himself. These tapes were transferred Dolby On, though Millard almost certainly played back his masters Dolby Off, which was his standard practice when making copies: master off, copy on.

Where other sources originate is murkier, though we know some trace back to a set of VHS Hi-Fi tapes Mike made from his masters for a collector who sent him a VHS recorder to do the transfers. These VHS tapes were then converted to DAT and often circulate as first-gen sources.

Anyone who has compared JEMS’ flat, Dolby-on transfers with the various remasters from other sources know they sound quite different. Many of us have grown accustomed to the remasters’ sound, which have often gone through a fair amount of processing to boost or drop frequencies, tame hiss, compress, expand, etc. That’s not a criticism of them, simply stating a fact. In fact, some of them are uncanny in terms of the fidelity they derived from the circulating sources.

Given that, the question I pondered about the transfers of Mike’s LZ cassette masters to DAT Rob made in the early 2000s is how would they compare to the remasters? Would they disappoint because the sound we are all used to is somewhat removed from the original sound? Or would that one true generation closer make a difference?

I did a few comparisons between Rob’s DATs and circulating versions, and struggled to land on a clear POV. Because we had a lot of other Millard tapes to work through, I figured the Zep masters could wait.

But a couple of months ago I decided to reach out to Dadgad, as I admired the work he had done on some key Zeppelin soundboards and the JEMS transfer of 6/27/77. Of the folks who had done a substantial number of Zep remasters, I liked what he and Winston did best. That’s my subjective opinion and it is a subject for which many collectors seem to have strong opinions.

There was also a decision to be made about what order to release the Zeppelin shows given the hodgepodge approach we have taken with Millard’s work so far. Chronological felt like the obvious and correct answer. With that decided, I sent Dadgad a sample of the Millard 3/11/75 Long Beach recording and what he sent back convinced me we had found the right path for this tape.

After some back and forth we settled on a version that polishes and sharpens Mike’s master tape while still keeping the music sounding natural. Dadgad found the power in the recording and the performance has never sounded fresher to my ears. Of course, we’re fortunate to have a soundboard recording of this particular show, and a good one at that, but it doesn’t diminish the appeal of Mike’s master which captures the performance and the atmosphere in excellent quality. Samples provided.

The performance itself surely needs no endorsement. As Jim says below, the SoCal run is one of the peaks of the ’75 tour. While I personally lose a little interest in the “Moby Dick” and “Dazed and Confused” portions of these shows, the first half of the set, “Rock and Roll” through “Trampled Underfoot” is pretty fucking great. Listening anew, I found appreciation for Robert Plant’s friendly, casual manner. He may have looked like a rock god fronting the biggest band in the land, but he addressed the audience in a charmingly informal manner.

Here’s what Jim R recalled about the first Led Zeppelin ’75 Long Beach show:

I attended the Led Zeppelin concert with Mike Millard on March 11th, 1975. It was at the Long Beach Arena.

This was the beginning of the wheelchair era, which itself had two phases. Initially, a friend of ours named Mike L (who was partially paralyzed) offered to bring in Mike’s equipment using his personal wheelchair. Mike L got the gear in for this show but was extremely late the following night (3/12) which explains why Mike only got a partial recording of the second Long Beach show. More on that when we post the 3/12 recording. By the time Zep was back in LA for the start of the Forum run on March 24, Millard had gotten his own chair and I pushed him in. “If you want a job done right, you do it yourself.”

We sat in Riser Section 20, Row B. One row up off the floor and even with about the 10th row of the floor. Definitely a PA recording.

During the show, you can hear Plant comment, “I see the front row is filling up slowly… bloody Atlantic Records.” It was opening night in the LA area, and because this was a highly anticipated show, the music industry had numerous ticket holds. Limited inventory due to those holds likely explains why Mike and I sat in the Risers. We had much better seats for the other nights; 5th row on the floor was our “worst” seat.

On March 10, the night before Long Beach, Mike and I actually drove down to San Diego and timed that show for tape flips to make sure we didn’t miss a note in Long Beach. Which begs the question, why didn’t we record the first San Diego show? The answer is the San Diego show was general admission in a venue that was already acoustically challenged. Mike only wanted to record from his preferred locations, which is why we went to such lengths to get the seats he desired for Long Beach and Inglewood. Hard as it is to believe now, if Millard couldn’t record from the location he wanted, he would stand down, preferring no tape at all to a recording not up to his high standards.

Speaking of questions, we have seen a few message board posts inquiring if Mike ever met any rock stars. The answer is yes. Here’s one of those stories.

Between the Long Beach and Forum shows there was a 12-day gap where the band performed in Seattle, Vancouver and a second San Diego concert (bizarrely there was no Bay Area stop on the ’75 tour). LA was their hub for all the West Coast dates. Knowing this, we checked the tour schedule, and on an off night took a drive to the Continental Riot House in Hollywood (Riot instead of Hyatt, as Plant had renamed it). As luck would have it, three of the four members of the group were in the lobby: Plant, Bonham and Jones. Page was presumably up in his room.

I brought along printed photos from the Long Beach 3/12 show where I shot from the 3rd row. Mike and I got autographs from all three guys, who were cordial and liked the pictures. Bonham was especially boisterous and fun. We then followed them to the Rainbow Room where we watched them eat hamburgers.

Led Zeppelin was still near their peak for these ’75 shows. An electric buzz in the building. Awesome shows every night. Mike and I attended all seven Long Beach, LA Forum and San Diego performances. We couldn’t get enough Zep. But it still bugged Mike for years that he didn’t record the full 3/12 show.

I hope you enjoy the March 11 recording. I’ve included some pictures from the show. Keep in mind my pictures from the other performances turned out much better since we had much closer seats.

Cheers to Mike.

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R and Barry G to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself.

We can’t thank Rob enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He kept these precious tapes under wraps for two decades, but once Rob learned of our methods and stewardship, he agreed to contribute the Millard DATs and cassettes to the program. Our releases would not be nearly as compelling without Jim’s memories and photos. As many of you have noted, the stories offer  a wonderful complement to Mike’s incredible audio documents.

As always, post-production support comes from the skilled hand of mjk5510, our partner and friend.

Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. His work never ceases to impress. May he rest in peace.

BK for JEMS

BOOTLEG: Robert Plant, San Diego, CA 9 August 1990 (Mike Millard Master Cassettes via JEMS The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 35 1644 Edition) – TTTTT

27 Giu

ITALIAN / ENGLISH

Di Mike Millard su questo blog ne abbiamo parlato più volte, amante del rock proveniente dalla west coast americana, dal 1973 al 1992 registrò parecchi concerti tenutisi in quell’area. Lo fece con una strumentazione di qualità, per quei tempi davvero notevole, portandola all’interno delle arene in questione usando diversi stratagemmi (a volte anche fingendosi disabile e quindi su una sedia a rotelle). Le sue sono dunque registrazioni audience, cioè prese dal pubblico, ma di una qualità micidiale; non è un un caso che ancora oggi – tra il giro di appassionati – siano considerate tra i documenti migliori per quanto riguarda l’epoca d’oro della musica rock. Sì perché con le registrazione audience si ha l’idea esatta di cosa fosse andare ad un concerto rock, la performance dell’artista catturato nella sua essenza più pura: l’umore e le scosse emotive del pubblico, la musica messa su nastro senza artifici (e dunque senza le modifiche e i trucchetti presenti nei dischi dal vivo ufficiali), i commenti dei fans che a tratti finivano sul nastro. La fortuna ha voluto che i LZ fossero tra i suoi gruppi preferiti e, ad esempio, le sue registrazione di alcuni dei sei concerti tenuti nel 1977 a Los Angeles sono per tutti noi testimonianze preziosissime. Nel 1994 Millard decise di togliersi la vita, decisione che non ci permettiamo di giudicare e quindi tralasciamo di commentare gli abissi di dolore a cui deve essere andato incontro. Per moltissimo tempo le sue cassette rimasero archiviate nella sua stanza a casa di sua madre, le registrazioni che circolavano provenivano infatti da copie che lo stesso Millard aveva fatto per amici e altri collezionisti. Successe poi che sua madre finalmente affidò ad amici intimi di suo figlio le tante cassette (si parla di 280 concerti registrati) in modo che potessero essere trasferite e quindi salvate su DAT. Sotto all’articolo riporto (oltre al testo che accompagna la registrazione di RP di cui tra poco parleremo) tutta la lunga storia in caso qualcuno fosse interessato. Per chiudere questo breve riassunto, quando si pensava che i master originali di Millard fossero andati persi, ecco che vengono ritrovati, rimasterizzati e messi gratuitamente in circolo da generosi collezionisti e amanti del rock come noi. E’ dunque doveroso mandare un pensiero a Mike Millard perché grazie ai suoi nastri il rock si mantiene vivo e noi possiamo ancora illuderci di vivere in prima persona i momenti più esaltanti della musica che amiamo.

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Dopo la fine dei LZ, RP decide di dar vita ad una carriera solista. Il primo e il secondo album diventano dischi di platino in USA (un milione o più di copie vendute). Lo stesso accade per l’EP degli Honeydrippers nel 1984 (album dedicato al rock and roll degli albori). Il terzo album (1985) non va al di là del disco d’oro (500.000 copie vendute, anche se pare raggiunga le 750.000) poi arriva, nel 1987, Now And Zen. Completato con il terzo album il tragitto che porta al distanziamento assoluto dai LZ, Robert torna con una nuova formazione e un nuovo approccio. Al di là dei discutibili suoni anni ottanta, l’album non è male, contiene alcune belle canzoni e riporta Robert al grande successo (3.000.000 di copie vendite solo in America). Manic Nirvana viene pubblicato nel 1990, buon disco di rock moderno, sarà l’ultimo lavoro di RP a diventare disco di platino (se escludiamo i dischi fatti in collaborazione con Page e con Alison Krauss). Ebbi modo di vedere una data (Firenze) del tour che seguì, è quindi un piacere avere a disposizione una registrazione di Mike Millard tratta dal tour di Manic Nirvana.

La potente e suggestiva Watching You (da Manic Nirvana 1990) apre lo show, la qualità audio – considerando che stiamo parlando di una registrazione audience – è spettacolare. La voce di Plant è chiara, sicura e piena di chilometraggio blues. Tramite vocalizzi che provengono da Friends (da Led Zeppelin III 1970) arriva Nobody’s Fault But Mine  (da Presence dei LZ 1976) e con essa torna in vita il possente approccio del gruppo che fu. Robert canta benissimo, il gruppo non ha abbastanza blues in corpo per poter competere con la versione originale, ma la rilettura modernista si fa ascoltare comunque. L’assolo di chitarra di Doug Boyle non è niente male davvero.

Robert al quel tempo era fissato con lo psychobilly e Billy’s Revenge (da Now And Zen 1988) ne è una testimonianza, personalmente non ho mai amato il genere e quel tipo di pezzi ma stavolta finisco per ascoltarlo con piacere, sarà l’ottima qualità audio … in cuffia a buon volume questo concerto è uno sballo. Tie Dye On The Highway (da Manic Nirvana 1990) è condotta dalla feroce chitarra di Doug Boyle. Stupisce un po’ Robert, all’epoca cantava in maniera sublime, non lo ricordavo così in forma. Bello il momento con la chitarra “blues” di Boyle e l’armonica di RP. Il pubblico è caldissimo.

La bella In The Mood (da The Priciple Of Moments 1983) riporta la melodia al centro dell’attenzione, e anche qui ottimo assolo di Doug Boyle. Chris Blackwell alla batteria e Charlie Jones al basso fanno un gran lavoro. Robert stuzzica il pubblico accennando That’s The Way (da Led Zeppelin III 1970). Arriva quindi il tempo di battere i sentieri che gli altri non prendono: No Quarter (da House Of The Holy 1973 dei LZ). Non appena Phil Johnstone introduce al piano i primi ricami il pubblico “va giù di melone” come diciamo qui in Emilia. Per quanto la versione sia più che degna e fresca, non si può non notare una certa rigidità ritmica, d’altra parte Bonham e (John Paul) Jones erano di altri universi. Liar’s Dance (da Manic Nirvana 1990) è il quadretto in accordatura aperta (dove tra l’altro RP accenna Gallows Pole da LZ III 1970 e Stairway To Heaven da LZ IV 1971) a cui segue Going To California (da Led Zeppelin IV 1971). Pubblico in visibilio.

Little By Little (da Shaken ‘n’ Stirred 1985) proviene da un album difficile e non proprio riuscito ma è un pezzo che ho sempre amato molto. Bel groove e sviluppo di rilievo. Nirvana (da Manic Nirvana 1990) è un brano che non gradisco e continuo a trovare insipido.

Immigrant Song (da LZ III 1970) rimette in carreggiata il concerto, versione convincente suonata nella tonalità originale (FA#), ben centrato l’assolo modernista di Boyle. Hurting Kind (da Manic Nirvana 1990), singolo designato del disco allora appena uscito, inizia con una lunga introduzione per poi partire con il dovuto ritmo scatenato. Nel mezzo della canzone Robert stuzzica i presenti con gli “oh my jesus” presi da In My Time Of Dying (da Physical Graffiti dei LZ 1975) Ancora da sottolineare la qualità sonora, registrazioni audience di questo calibro sono una meraviglia.

Robert saluta e quando torna per il bis, prima del rush finale, è il delizioso momento di Ship Of Fools (da Now And Zen 1988). Non appena Robert inizia a cantare il pubblico gli dimostra un grande, grande, grande affetto. Wearing And Tearing (da Coda 1982 dei LZ) e una delle outtakes del 1978 tratta dalle sessions di In Through The Out Door del 1979 dei LZ. Rock serratissimo e indiavolato. Il gruppo se ne va e quando rientra se ne parte con Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman) (da LZ II 1969). Interpretazione coinvolgente, grande assolo aggiuntivo di Doug Boyle. Si chiude con Tall Cool One (da Now And Zen 1988), una sorta di Train Kept A-Rollin’ modello anni ottanta. I campionamenti presenti nel pezzi riportano prepotentemente in pista i Led Zeppelin. Verso la fine Robert e il gruppo citano (al di là dei sampler) The Ocean/Black Dog/Custard Pie ei LZ.

Registrazione dunque stupenda, certo non avrà la qualità di un disco dal vivo ufficiale ben registrato col multitraccia, ma il suono del rock che ti ribolle nella pancia è catturato in modo perfetto. Gran bootleg dunque, gran concerto, grande prova di Robert e dei ragazzi … allora era ancora il golden god e dava la paga ai gruppi tipo Whitesnake in quegli anni ormai annegati nel metal radiofonico americano.

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We have talked about Mike Millard on this blog few times, he was a rock music lover from the US west coast and from 1973 to 1992 he recorded several concerts held in that area. He did it with quality equipment, for those times truly remarkable, bringing it inside the arenas in question using different stratagems (sometimes even pretending to be disabled and therefore in a wheelchair). His are therefore audience recordings, that is, taken by the public, but of a deadly quality; it is no coincidence that even today – among the circle of fans – they are considered among the best documents regarding the golden age of rock music. Yes, because with audience recording you have the exact idea of ​​what it was like to go to a rock concert, the artist’s performance captured in its purest essence: the mood and emotional shocks of the audience, the music put on tape without artifice (and therefore without the edits and the tricks present in the official live records), the comments of the fans who sometimes ended up on the tape. Luckily LZ were among his favorite bands and, for example, his recordings of some of the six concerts held in 1977 in Los Angeles are precious testimonies for all of us. In 1994 Millard decided to take his own life, a decision that we do not allow ourselves to judge and therefore we neglect to comment on the abysses of pain that he must have gone through. For a very long time his cassettes remained archived in his room at his mother’s house, the records circulating in fact came from copies that Millard himself had made for friends and other collectors. Then it happened that his mother finally entrusted the many tapes (we are talking about 280 recorded concerts) to close friends of his son so that they could be transferred and then saved on DAT. Under the article I carry over (in addition to the text that accompanies the registration of RP which we will shortly talk about) the whole long story in case anyone is interested. To close this short summary, when it was thought that the original Millard masters had been lost, here they are found, remastered and put into free circulation by generous collectors and rock lovers like us. It is therefore a duty to send a thought to Mike Millard because thanks to his tapes rock remains alive and we can still delude ourselves to experience firsthand the most exciting moments of the music we love.

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After the end of LZ, RP decides to start a solo career. The first and second albums become platinum in the USA (one million or more copies sold). The same happens for the Honeydrippers EP in 1984 (album dedicated to the early rock and roll). The third album (1985) does not go beyond the golden disc (500,000 copies sold, although it seems it reached 750,000) then arrives, in 1987, Now And Zen. Completed with the third album the journey that leads to absolute distancing from the LZ, Robert returns with a new line-up and a new approach. Beyond the questionable eighties sounds, the album is not bad, it contains some beautiful songs and brings Robert back to great success (3,000,000 copies sold only in America). Manic Nirvana is released in 1990, it is a good modern rock record, it will be the last RP work to become platinum (if we exclude records made in collaboration with Page and with Alison Krauss). I was able to see a date (Florence) of the tour that followed, so it is a pleasure to have a recording of Mike Millard available from the Manic Nirvana tour.

The powerful and suggestive Watching You (from Manic Nirvana 1990) opens the show, the audio quality – considering that we are talking about an audience recording – is spectacular. Plant’s voice is clear, confident and full of blues mileage. Through vocalizations that come from Friends (from Led Zeppelin III 1970) comes Nobody’s Fault But Mine (from Presence of LZ 1976) and with it the mighty approach of the group that came back to life. Robert sings very well, the new group does not have enough blues in the body to compete with the original version, but the modernist reinterpretation is good anyway. Doug Boyle’s guitar solo isn’t bad at all.

Robert at the time was set with psychobilly and Billy’s Revenge (from Now And Zen 1988) is a testimony to this, personally I have never loved the genre and that type of pieces but this time I end up listening to it with pleasure, it may be the excellent audio quality … in headphones at high volume this concert is a blast. Tie Dye On The Highway (from Manic Nirvana 1990) is conducted by Doug Boyle’s ferocious guitar. Robert at the time sang in a sublime way, I didn’t remember him so fit. Nice moment with Boyle’s “blues” guitar and RP harmonica. The audience is hot.

The beautiful In The Mood (from The Priciple Of Moments 1983) brings the melody back to the center of attention, and here too I must underline Doug Boyle’s excellent solo. Chris Blackwell on drums and Charlie Jones on bass do a great job. Robert teases the audience by mentioning That’s The Way (from Led Zeppelin III 1970). So the time comes to choose the path where no-one goes: No Quarter (from LZ’s House Of The Holy 1973). As soon as Phil Johnstone introduces the first embroideries to the piano, the audience “goes down of melon” as we say here in Emilia, meaning going crazy/out of their heads. Although the version is more than worthy and fresh, one cannot fail to notice a certain rhythmic rigidity, on the other hand Bonham and (John Paul) Jones were from other universes. Liar’s Dance (from Manic Nirvana 1990) is the lovely little picture in open tuning (where, among other things, RP mentions Gallows Pole from LZ III 1970 and Stairway To Heaven from LZ IV 1971) and it is followed by Going To California (from Led Zeppelin IV 1971) . The Audience is in raptures.

Little By Little (from Shaken ‘n’ Stirred 1985) comes from a difficult and not quite successful album but it is a piece that I have always loved very much. Nice groove and nice musical development. Nirvana (from Manic Nirvana 1990) is a song that I don’t like and I continue to find bland.

Immigrant Song (from LZ III 1970) puts the concert back on track, a convincing version played in the original key (F# / ), well centered on Boyle’s modernist solo. Hurting Kind (from Manic Nirvana 1990), the single designated of the disc then just released, begins with a long vocals introduction and then starts with the due unleashed rhythm. In the middle of the song Robert teases those present with the “oh my jesus” taken from In My Time Of Dying (from Physical Graffiti of LZ 1975). I have to repeat myself: audience recordings of this caliber are a marvel.

Robert says goodbye and when he returns for the encore, before the final rush, it’s time for the delicious moment of Ship Of Fools (from Now And Zen 1988). As soon as Robert starts singing the audience shows him a great, great, great affection. Wearing And Tearing (from Coda 1982 by LZ) is one of the outtakes of 1978 taken from the sessions of In Through The Out Door by LZ 1979 . Tight and frenzied rock music. The group leaves and when it comes back it dive into Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman) (from LZ II 1969). Engaging  interpretation, great additional solo by Doug Boyle. The show closes with Tall Cool One (from Now And Zen 1988), a sort of Train Kept A-Rollin ‘eighties model. The samples in the pieces forcefully bring Led Zeppelins back on track. Towards the end Robert and the group quote (beyond the samplers) The Ocean / Black Dog / Custard Pie.

So, it’s a wonderful recording, it certainly won’t have the quality of an official live album well recorded with multitrack, but the sound of the rock that boils in your belly is captured here perfectly. Great bootleg therefore, great concert, great performance of Robert and the boys … then he was still the golden god and he could won easily on groups like Whitesnake that in those years were drowning in American radio mainstream and blatant metal.

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Robert Plant, Sports Arena, San Diego, CA. August 9, 1990
Mike Millard Master Cassettes via JEMS
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 35, 1644 Edition

Recording Gear: AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder

Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi RX-505 (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX6 > iZotope Ozone 6 > MBIT+ resample to 16/44 > xACT 2.39 > FLAC

01 Watching You
02 Nobody’s Fault But Mine
03 Billy’s Revenge
04 Tie Dye On The Highway
05 In The Mood
06 No Quarter
07 Liar’s Dance
08 Going To California
09 Little By Little
10 Nirvana
11 Immigrant Song
12 Hurting Kind (I’ve Got My Eyes On You)
13 Ship Of Fools
14 Wearing And Tearing
15 Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
16 Tall Cool One

Known Faults: None

Introduction to the Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Series

Welcome to JEMS’ Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone series presenting recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin done in and around Los Angeles circa 1975-77. For the complete details on how tapes in this series came to be lost and found again, as well as JEMS’ long history with Mike Millard, please refer to the notes in Vol. One: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=500680.

Until 2020, the Lost and Found series presented fresh transfers of previously unavailable first-generation copies made by Mike himself for friends like Stan Gutoski of JEMS, Jim R, Bill C. and Barry G. These sources were upgrades to circulating copies and in most instances marked the only time verified first generation Millard sources had been directly digitized in the torrent era.

That all changed with the discovery of many of Mike Millard’s original master tapes.

Yes, you read that correctly, Mike Millard’s master cassettes, long rumored to be destroyed or lost, have been found. Not all of them but many, and with them a much more complete picture has emerged of what Millard recorded between his first show in late 1973 and his last in early 1992.

The reason the rediscovery of his master tapes is such a revelation is that we’ve been told for decades they were gone. Internet myths suggest Millard destroyed his master tapes before taking his own life, an imprudent detail likely concocted based on the assumption that because his master tapes never surfaced and Mike’s mental state was troubled he would do something rash WITH HIS LIFE’S WORK. There’s also a version of the story where Mike’s family dumps the tapes after he dies. Why would they do that?

The truth is Mike’s masters remained in his bedroom for many years after his death in 1994. We know at least a few of Millard’s friends and acquaintances contacted his mother Lia inquiring about the tapes at the time to no avail. But in the early 2000s, longtime Millard friend Rob S was the one she knew and trusted enough to preserve Mike’s work.

The full back story on how Mike’s master tapes were saved can be found in the notes for Vol. 18 Pink Floyd, which was the first release in our series transferred from Millard’s original master tapes:

http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=667745&hit=1
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Robert Plant, Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, August 9, 1990

Our weekly dip into the Millard archive carries on with Mike’s master cassettes of the San Diego stop on the Manic Nirvana tour in support of the album of the same name. As we know, Led Zeppelin topped the list of Mike’s favorite artists and he documented many solo shows post 1980 by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.

Speaking of Zep, Plant’s choice of songs to include in the set from his former band include two great picks that Zeppelin never performed live. The first is the LZII ditty “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman),” which I’ve always found delightful. It is performed with straightforward charm.

The second is the brilliant In Through The Out Door outtake “Wearing and Tearing,” which legend has it was briefly considered for a single release around the time of Knebworth ’79. It’s a high-energy stormer that rides a great riff and, in my opinion, would have been a welcome addition to ITTOD, instead of being released after Bonham’s death on Coda. While I’m on the subject, “Wearing and Tearing” and “Ozone Baby” are both highly underrated and “Darlene” (the third outtake of the ’79 trio) isn’t too shabby either. I genuinely love all three.

The rest of the set smartly mixes Manic Nirvana songs with the best of Plant’s solo career and a few extra Zeppelin nuggets. I particularly like RP’s vocals on “In The Mood” and “Ship of Fools.”

As we’ve previously discussed, the Sports Arena in San Diego is not the Sydney Opera House in terms of acoustics, but Millard’s taping location seems to be ideal on this night and he gets a very fine, close capture without a lot of the hall muddying things up. Samples provided.

Neither Jim, Rob nor Barry were along for the ride this time, so we don’t have a first-person account to share. We do know Mike recorded the opening act, Alannah Myles, the Canadian hard rock singer you might remember from her hit song, “Black Velvet.” He also recorded Plant’s show one night later in Irvine.

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R and Barry G to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself.

We can’t thank Rob enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He kept these precious tapes under wraps for two decades, but once Rob learned of our methods and stewardship, he agreed to contribute the Millard DATs and cassettes to the program.

Three cheers to mjk5510 for his post-production work on this. And to Goody his pitch inspection and beyond.

Lastly, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. His work never ceases to impress. May he rest in peace.

BK for JEMS

 

Welcome to a truly extraordinary new chapter of JEMS’ Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone series presenting recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin done in and around LA circa 1975-77. For further details on how some tapes in this series came to be lost and found again, as well as JEMS’ history with Mike Millard, please refer to the notes in Vol. One: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=500680

To date the Lost and Found series has presented fresh transfers of previously unavailable first-generation copies made by Mike himself for friends like Stan Gutoski of JEMS, Jim R and Barry G. These sources were upgrades to circulating copies, and in most instances marked the first time verified first generation Millard sources had been directly digitized in the torrent era.

Now, we are ecstatic to present what had been previously unthinkable, unimaginable, perhaps even impossible: a direct, high-resolution transfer from Millard’s original master tapes.

Yes, you read that correctly, Mike Millard’s master cassettes, long rumored to be destroyed or lost, have been found. Not all of them, but many, and with them a much more complete picture has emerged of what Millard recorded between his first show in late 1973 and his last in early 1992.

The reason the rediscovery of his master tapes is such a revelation is that we’ve been told for decades they were long gone. Internet myths suggest Millard destroyed his master tapes before taking his own life, an imprudent detail likely concocted based on assumptions that because the master tapes had never surfaced and Mike’s mental state was troubled, he would do something that rash WITH HIS LIFE’S WORK. There’s also a version of the story where Mike’s family dumps the tapes after he dies.

The truth is, Mike’s masters remained in his bedroom for many years after his death in 1994. We know at least a few of Millard’s friends and acquaintances contacted his mother inquiring about the tapes after his death to no avail. But in the early 2000s, longtime Millard friend Rob S was the one she knew and trusted enough to preserve Mike’s work.

Here’s Rob’s account of how Millard’s master tapes were saved:

After Mike left us, I visited his mom Lia occasionally, usually around the holidays. She’d talk about the grandkids and show me pictures. She had no one to help out around the house so I did some minor improvements like fixing a kitchen shelf that collapsed and another time a gate that hadn’t worked for years.

After a few visits, I explained to Lia how the tapes were metal, up to 25 years old already and would eventually deteriorate. She agreed to let me take the tapes and make copies. We went into Mike’s bedroom and it was exactly like I remembered it when I was there years before. I loaded up every tape I could find and went to work copying them. Oldest first, some requiring “surgery.”

Months later when I was done copying, I compared what I had copied to a list Mike had compiled of his masters and realized there were many shows missing. I returned the tapes and asked Lia if we could see if there were any more somewhere else in the house. We went into a back bedroom and found a bunch of boxes filled with more original master tapes. I loaded them up, thanked Lia and left. This was the last time I would see her. I copied the rest of the tapes and stored the masters in a cool dry place until late last year when Jim R. reached out. We had known each other through Mike. After speaking with Jim, and later BK who had tracked him down, I knew their partnership was the “right way” to get this music out to everyone who wanted it, and I’m sure Mike would have agreed.

Initially, Rob copied a large batch of Millard’s master cassettes to DAT and returned them to the house. The second time around, he was given a large portion of the cassette collection, different from what he had copied to DAT.

The first round of DAT transfers features some of Millard’s most famous recordings of Led Zeppelin, ELP, the Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull. The second traunch of actual cassette masters includes his captures of Yes, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Rush and Pink Floyd.

As exciting as it is to access Millard’s masters of the shows we know and love, there are many new recordings in both collections from artist like Elton John, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Eric Clapton, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Guns N’ Roses, Linda Ronstadt, David Bowie, the Moody Blues, U2 and more.

Even with an information gap in the mid ‘80s when Millard was surely taping but there is no tape or written evidence as to what he captured, we have now confirmed some 280 shows Millard did record. Of those, there are master cassettes for approximately 100 shows, DATs off masters of another 75 and first generation analog copies for 20-25. Together, that nearly quadruples the number of extant Millard recordings. In the coming months we will release more amazing shows from the recovered treasure, some familiar, some entirely new. But we had to start somewhere.

And so we begin this new era of Mike the MIC master tapes with one of the most beloved recordings in the Millard canon: his incredible capture of Pink Floyd on night four of the band’s five show stand at the Sports Arena in LA on the Wish You Were Here tour. This recording has been bootlegged and circulated in many forms, most recently from what are claimed to be (and in fairness probably are) first-generation sources that sound excellent. In fact, we were preparing to post Jim R’s first generation cassettes made by Mike (which have particularly brilliant cassette art) before this fortunate turn of events.

Mike’s master recording is sublime, a sonic marvel not merely for what it captures from the stage but for how little the audience can be heard, save for when you want to hear them. It is full, rich and close in a way that makes the argument for why the best audience recordings can be more satisfying than a soundboard tape. Mike used TDK KR 90 cassettes, an early chrome tape which would soon be rebranded to the more familiar SA 90.

The tapes were recorded Dolby on, but for this edition transferred Dolby off, as Mike did himself when he made copies for friends. The sonic signature should be familiar to those who have done close listening to the best first-generation sourced versions (like buffalofloyd’s update of Sigma’s Definitive Millard), but hopefully that title more accurately applies to this version.

To our ears, the Millard master transfer is everything you love about the extant recording and more: lower lows, clearer highs, less hiss. It is balanced, warm and immersive. We’ve made the recording available in both consumer friendly 1644 and audiophile 2496 editions, with mastering at a bare minimum to let the pure power of the capture shine through. Samples provided.

Millard’s dear friend Jim R was with Mike at the show and shot the original unpublished photos we are fortunate to include with this release. Here’s what he recalls:

Mike and I attended the Pink Floyd concert on April 26, 1975. I pushed him in the wheelchair.

It was the fourth night of a five night stand at the LA Sports Arena. Due to Pink Floyd’s popularity, tickets were in extremely high demand and expensive. As a result, we attended only the one night. Since the LA Sports Arena was owned by LA County, all of the choice seats were controlled by downtown ticket brokers. Fortunately, we were in tight with several of them and had our choice of where to sit.

Ahead of time, we heard about the high quality sound system Pink Floyd was using and that it would be a Quadrophonic setup. Knowing that, we decided on seats a little further back than normal, in the 16th row in order to pickup some of the Quad sound. Indeed it was a fantastic sound system with PA stacks in each corner of the floor.

What really makes this show one of the most memorable of the 200 or so concerts Mike and I attended together was the fact that there were over 500 drug busts made during Pink Floyd’s LA run (detailed in a big LA Times story about the crackdown). Regardless, we were able to sneak in a Nakamichi 550 cassette recorder, which is the size of the yellow pages phone book and nearly 15 pounds. Amazingly, people got busted for a couple joints and somehow we smuggle in a huge tape deck and get away with it. What a rush!

The recording turned out superb and it was aided by a very polite crowd. At the very beginning of the recording Mike says “testing 123.” The lighting was on the dark side (pun intended), and since we sat 16 rows back, my pictures turned out a little on the fuzzy side. Oh well.

Meeting Jim, then Barry and ultimately connecting with Rob has added incredible new chapters to my personal Mike the MIC story that started in 1986 when I first saw a box of Millard tapes and heard stories about how he recorded. I’m lucky and grateful that we all four of us share a deep appreciation for what Mike documented over the years and the on-going belief in his mission to share the music among friends, which is why we do this.

As joyous as this initial Millard master release has been, it is bittersweet. The person who showed me that original box of Millard tapes and told me the stories was Stan Gutoski, the S in JEMS. He met Mike face to face on two occasions and the pair had a few phone calls, sharing notes on how they recorded shows, comparing gear and ultimately trading copies of their recordings. Game respecting game. During a 1992 meet up in SoCal, they even spoke about losing their fathers and hugged each other in camaraderie, something Stan never forgot.

Sadly, on Friday, January 24, 2020, Walter Stan Gutoski, passed away. He was 74.

Stan had gone into the hospital in December because of a spinal infection that severely limited his mobility. I spoke to him at the time, sharing various JEMS updates which always lifted his spirits, even as he sounded weak. He was released, but his condition didn’t improve after he left the hospital, and in mid January I got updates from his son that didn’t sound promising. Last week, his son told me Stan was back in the hospital battling pneumonia, and it was clear his health was rapidly deteriorating. I began to consider how soon I could fly up to see him.

On Thursday night, I asked if there was an opportunity to call Stan in the hospital, and his son said perhaps he could put me on speaker phone for a minute if his dad was up to it. Sensing that might not happen, I followed up with a text: “Please tell Stan I love him dearly and that we found Mike Millard’s master tapes a few weeks ago.”

His son replied, “Wow. The taper’s ‘Ark of the Covenant.’ That’s amazing. I’ll tell him.”

Mid morning the next day, Friday, his son texted, “Good morning. My dad passed away a few minutes ago.”

It was the stomach punch I knew was coming, but not this fast. Way too fast. I started crying. His son then texted:

“My brother and I and my youngest son stayed with him until 6:30 am. He never went to sleep. He kept fighting it. He was impressed about the 280 shows [Millard recorded]. He kept making me repeat the number. He wanted to know what years and what cities/venues. I guess he can just ask him now in person. [They are] hanging with Jared watching Tom Petty and George Harrison play.”

If ever there was a moment of happiness and sadness at the same time, reading that text was it. While I’m not religious, the thought of Mike Millard, Stan Gutoski and our late, great friend Jared Houser (the J in JEMS) all hanging together in heaven is something I am only too happy to believe.

JEMS is thrilled to partner with Rob, Jim R and Barry to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself. It has been 25 years since Mike passed away and his legend only continues to grow. Along with the tapes, Rob also had a copy of Mike’s tape list circa 1983, which details all his master tapes including his own quality rating system: Stereo-EX, Stereo-Good, Stereo-Fair and Stereo-Poor. He was a tough critic of his own work: the outstanding recording of the Rod Stewart and Faces 1975 show at the Forum only rated Good.

We can’t thank Rob S enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He has kept these precious tapes under wraps for two decades, but once he learned of our methods and stewardship, he agreed to contribute his DATs and cassettes to the program.

Our production support team also deserves credit. Thanks to Goody for giving this his stamp of pitch approval and to mjk5510 for his essential work on all JEMS projects. We can’t do it without you.

Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone, Jared Houser and Stan Gutoski. May they rest in peace. Can’t wait to hear the heaven tapes someday.

BK for JEMS

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BOOTLEGS: Led Zeppelin, Vienna 16/03/1973 (new 4 source matrix)

29 Apr

ITALIAN / ENGLISH

Il tour europeo del Led Zeppelin del marzo 1973 è – per quanto riguarda le performance – uno dei picchi del gruppo. Sebbene RP tra la fine del 1972 e gennaio 1973 avesse sofferto di problemi alla voce e non fosse probabilmente più il cantante rock con timbro celestiale ed estensione senza limiti che aveva in mente il pubblico, dal punto di vista strumentale la band viaggiava su livelli stellari. La scaletta era la più ricca sino a quel momento, il mood del gruppo era ancora altissimo, il management al pieno della propria capacità e lucidità e Jimmy Page suonava come il Jimmy Page dell’immaginario collettivo. Copenhagen (02/03/1973, Goteborg (04/03/1973), Stoccolma (06/03/1973), poi due spettacoli cancellati in Svezia e Norvegia e quindi Norimberga (14/03/1973) e appunto Vienna il 16/03/1973. Dopo, altri 11 concerti spesi tra Germania e Francia (dove ne vennero comunque annullati altri due per disordini), quattro settimane di pausa e poi via per l’altrettanto leggendario tour americano speso tra maggio, giugno e luglio.

IL concerto di Vienna si tenne alla Stadthalle, sala indoor da 16.000 posti e fu un successo, questo uno stralcio del resoconto di allora del Melody Maker:

“The historic city of Vienna, normally bulging at the seams with Strauss and grand operas, played host on Friday night to Led Zeppelin at the enormous Wiener Stadthalle.
“Introduced as the ‘Rock sensation of the year’, the group took the stage and went straight into a deafening version of ‘Good Times Bad Times’ [sic]. Robert Plant strode around with chest barred and hair flailing, thrusting his pelvic grind at the audience, while Jimmy Page, wearing his Les Paul low-strung, crushed out well amplified chords. ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Misty Mountain Hop’ followed, and both songs included some dynamic drumming from John Bonham, who hammered the skins for all his was worth.
“Things quieted down in ‘Bron-Y-Aur Stomp’, their only acoustic number. Page then brought out his double-necked Gibson for ‘The Song Remains the Same’, from the new album and John Paul Jones who it was announced was suffering from a stomach complaint, provided some superb orchestral effects on the mellotron.
“The opening bars of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ were greeted with a huge roar, and when the band finally broke into ‘Whole Lotta Love’, that was the cue for a general stampede towards the front of the sage.” — Dave Hopkins [Melody Maker, 1973-03-31]

Wiener Stadthalle

La porzione soundboard di questa registrazione esiste da tempo immemorabile e qualunque fan dei LZ che si rispetti ne gode dunque da moltissime lune, ma da poco è stata resa disponibile nei circuiti internet che si occupano di registrazioni dal vivo non ufficiali la versione forse definitiva, quella creata mettendo insieme nel miglior modo possibile le tre registrazioni audience (prese dal pubblico) e quella soundboard (presa dal mixer).

La produzione (che comprende anche le copertine e le note e le specifiche tecniche) è a cura di Nite Owl production. E’ bene precisare che NiteOwl si è servito dell’ottimo lavoro fatto a suo tempo da Winston Remasters con Danke Vienna.

LED ZEPPELIN – 1973-03-16 – Vienna – NEW 4 SOURCE MATRIX (16bit)

Led Zeppelin – “Vienna Fireworks: Live in Europe 1973”
Recorded Friday evening March 16, 1973 at the Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria

STEREO MATRIX of 4 recordings synchronized & mixed together in varying levels & combinations: AUD sources 1-3 and SBD (where available).

SONGS: [2:11:25]
01. introduction [0:57]
02. Rock and Roll (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) [3:48]
03. Over the Hills and Far Away (Page, Plant) [6:41]
04. Black Dog (Jones, Page, Plant) [6:18]
05. Misty Mountain Hop (Jones, Page, Plant) [4:27]
06. Since I’ve Been Loving You (Jones, Page, Plant) [9:09]
07. Dancing Days (Page, Plant) [5:53]
08. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (Jones, Page, Plant) [6:26]
09. The Song Remains the Same (Page, Plant) [5:20]
10. The Rain Song (Page, Plant) [9:19]
— [* = board tape available / optional disc division @ 58:19]
11. Dazed and Confused (Page, Holmes) * [28:30] contains:
San Fransisco (Phillips)
Mars, the Bringer of War (Holst)
12. Stairway to Heaven (Page, Plant) * [10:59]
13. Whole Lotta Love (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant) [25:36] contains:
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (Wexler, Berns, Burke)
Boogie Chillun’ (Besman, Hooker) *
(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (Leiber, Stoller) *
Let’s Have a Party (Robinson) *
I Can’t Quit You Baby (Dixon) *
14. Heartbreaker (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) * [8:01]

 

Il Robert Plant che parte in Rock and Roll è finalmente altra cosa rispetto a quello con continui problemi alla voce delle settimane e mesi precedenti; anche il gruppo pare in forma sin da subito benché serva sempre un po’ prima di carburare. Over the Hills and Far Away mi è sempre sembrata fuori posto come secondo pezzo della scaletta, ma il gruppo qui la suona bene comunque. Nella parte hard rock RP evita i picchi vocali usati nella versione da studio ma il brano sta in piedi ugualmente. La qualità audio audience (il soundboard è relativo solo al secondo disco) è molto buona, il lavoro fatto da Nite Owl sembra già in queste prime battute ottimo, suono corposo e chiaro. Sul finale scoppia un petardo.

RP: Good evening. Good evening! Steady. Now tonight we must be very careful not to do too many things, because Mr Jones, has, uh, colic. Must be careful. So, all your spiritual feelings must go straight to Mr Jones’ stomach, for a bit of health. Beyond that note. Here is a song about, uh, about a rather oversexed, uh, member of the canine family. This is called ‘Black Dog’.

Robert annuncia dunque che John Paul Jones stasera soffre di coliche, ma a sentirlo suonare non si direbbe proprio.

Black Dog è suonata molto bene, il tocco di Page nel riff è di quelli magici, pieno di dinamica. La voce di Robert è aiutata da un po’ di echo (o delay) mentre Jones e Bonham sono sempre una meraviglia da ascoltare. I giochetti di cassa di Bonham sono fenomenali.

RP: Danke schön. This is, uh, an instrum, a number that features Mr Jones on piano. And he’s having a lot of trouble gettin’ about. This is a song that in England, uh, it’s understandable because wherever you go to enjoy yourself Big Brother is not very far behind. And Big Brother is a term used for the paranoid establishment. And, uh, if it’s ever happened to you, you know what it’s like. But this is what comes of walking through the park with a packet of cigarette papers. What does that man mean? This is called ‘Misty Mountain Hop.’

Misty Mountain Hop è il solito trampolino di lancio per l’ennesima grande versione targata 1973 di Since I’ve Been Loving You. Jimmy Page pare spiritato sin dall’inizio; nelle parti lente e riflessive il feeling è di un candore impressionante, al tempo stesso immacolato e  dissoluto. L’interplay tra Robert e Jimmy è un meraviglia. La qualità audio si conferma ottima (tenendo sempre presente che stiamo parlando di una registrazione audience). In cuffia la sensazione è quella di essere presenti al concerto.

RP: Thank you. Danke schön. It’s very nice to be here in Vienna. Very nice. You’ve even got some good groupies. Ha ha, ha ha. Um, this is a song, about, uh, this is a song off the new album which comes out sometime this year. The LP is called Houses of the Holy. We all hope you rush out and, uh, look at a copy. And this is a song about little school girls, and, uh, not too little, mind you, not too little, and, uh, my love for ‘em. Remembering what happened to Jerry Lee Lewis, I think I’ll take it easy. Mr, Mr Bonham there? Two hundred pounds? ‘Dancing Days.’

Le versioni live di Dancing Days sono sempre divertenti; John Bonham sembra spassarsela sempre un sacco.

RP: Thank you very much. Very nice to be, uh, walking towards the mic stand. This is our number where we show our age and we have to sit down a little bit. You’ll have to shut up up there! Sshh, sshh. I don’t know what you’re sayin’, but it’s, uh, contrary to the state regulations. Actually, this is a clean up tour for us, as opposed to a mop up. Shut up! Here is a song that was written in the, in the mountains in, in, in Wales, where there is no electricity, no running water, no chicks. Actually, I tell a lie, and plenty of sheep. Ha, ha, ha. It is a song about a little dog who I know very well. …. This is a song called ‘Bron-Yr-Aur.’ Ooops. This is a song with a Welsh title. It’s a song I enjoy singing in foreign parts ‘cuz it reminds me of the good times that I have with my dog. That’s a, now for those pople who can’t speak English, this is called ‘Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp.’ And you can all help us with the aid of your dolies(?). I know. We must wait for Mr Jones who has a bad tummy. Bless you. Now don’t do that, nicht gut. You’ve got it. It’s just the rhythm.

Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (including a bit of That’s The Way) come sempre vede John Bonham alla seconda voce. Solito irresistibile quadretto danzereccio campagnolo.

RP: Another, um, this song is, uh, for a couple in Moulin Rouge. And Mr. Bonham’s delight at the Moulin Rouge tonight. Far out. Ha ha. This is called ‘The Song Remains the Same.’

Con The Song Remains the Same la vaporiera LZ si getta tra le acque agitate del fiume a tutta velocità per poi attraccare in insenature tranquille grazie alla bellezza assoluta di The Rain Song. Da segnalare l’assolo di Page sulla 12 corde durante TSRTS, spettacolare!

RP: John Paul Jones played the mellotron with a bad stomach.

RP: Here is, uh, a song that comes from a long long long time ago. When we were all nineteen. You never did, you schmuck. Wait, stop, go home. On you, the Scotsman. You’d have to be a Scotsman to do that. Anyway, here’s one from a long time ago.

Dazed And Confused è la consueta tormenta elettrica costruita su fasi diverse a loro volta ispirate dalle differenti missioni umane: l’esplorazione del cosmo, degli inferi, del mistero della vita. Che un gruppo Rock sapesse suonare, improvvisare e restare compatto in quel modo è ancora oggi per me un evento inspiegabile. Poco dopo il minuto 5:00 inizia la transizione tra registrazione audience e registrazione soundboard, la qualità audio migliora sensibilmente ma vale pena ribadire ancora che anche la registrazione audience ha comunque il suo perché. Il solito accenno a There Was A Time di James Brown e poi è già tempo di San Francisco. I quattro musicisti si allineano sull’arpeggio di MI minore e DO di Page, Plant vi canta sopra l’immancabile If You’Re Going To San Francisco di Scott McKenzie, quindi tutti insieme vanno a quietarsi per poi perdersi nel mare dell’inquietudine della violin bow section. Page si mette il vestito da negromante, illusionista e stregone e ipnotizza il pubblico con i suoni che fuoriescono dalla sua Les Paul trattata con l’archetto di violino. Abbiamo descritto questo momento tante volte, ma l’effetto che ha sulla nostre psiche non ci permette di esimerci dal magnificare il talento pittorico di Page nel mettere su tela i suoni dell’infinito. Subito dopo, breve botta e risposta da Page e Bonham e via che si parte per la sgroppata a rotta di collo lungo i sentirei dell’improvvisazione più alta. Dopo l’ultima strofa, la chiusura è di nuovo un portento di improvvisazione … mai sentito un gruppo Rock a questo livello. 27 minuti di meraviglia sonora.

RP: (Happiness is a warm gun.) That was an old song called ‘Dazed and Confused.’ And now we’d like to. John Paul Jones’ stomach … This song is for you, Dalia, wherever you are. Oh, there she is.

 

Stairway To Heaven è piena si sentimento ed è il ritratto perfetto della bellezza musicale. Ognuno ha le sue preferenze ma è indubbio che le versione del tour del 1973 di certi pezzi sono da considerarsi definitive (penso in particolare a STH, SIBLY, NO Q e WLL).

RP: Danke schön. This is a song for people who like to boogie a little bit. In fact, it’s the most basic thing that anybody can possibly do. In fact, we should all be doing it tonight. Ha ha, ha, ha, ha.

Dopo STH torna il piombo Zeppelin. Whole Lotta Love (Ain’t It Funky Now/Sing A Simple Song/Cat’s Squirrel, Boogie Chillum, Boogie Mama, Baby I Don’t Care, Let’s Have A Party, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Lemon Song) si riempie di riferimenti e di divertissement. Si parte, dopo le prime strofe, con accenni strumentali a Ain’t It Funky Now di James Brown, a Sing A Simple Song di Sly & The Family Stone e a Cat’s Squirrell dei Cream. Dopo l’assolo e la terza strofa ci si butta in Boogie Chillum di John Lee Hooker e quindi nella sempre travolgente Boogie Mama, per me – nella versione del live ufficiale del 1973 (1976) TSRTS – uno dei punti più alti del gruppo. Seguono (You Are So Square) Baby I Don’t Care, successo di Elvis scritto nel 1957 da Leiber & Stoller, e Let’s Have A Party anch’essa del 1957 e cantata da Elvis e scritta da Jessie Mae Robinson. Si chiude il siparietto con I Can’t Quit You Baby e The Lemon Song, un lungo unico blues dove i ragazzi provano a smontare i confini delle 12 battute e a riscrivere – da bianchi – la musica dei neri che li ha formati.

RP: Thank you very much and goodnight. That’s, that’s enough. Good.

L’improvvisazione prima di Heartbreaker è da sempre fonte di gioia per i fan; trattasi di 60 secondi scarsi di hard rock funk improvvisato, Jones e Bonham che accontentano Page seguendolo in uno dei suoi riff meravigliosamente strampalati creati sul momento. Nell’assolo centrale Page cerca di parlare al pubblico con la chitarra prima di iniziare la famigliare scarica di note. Sentirlo suonare in maniera così potente, sicura (e sporca) è una delle belle cose della vita. Bourrée, il pezzetto Ragtime e infine la ripartenza con tutto il gruppo. Plant canta la strofa finale un po’ a fatica, è attento a non esagerare, nelle sue condizioni essere arrivato a fine concerto in maniera ben più che dignitosa è tanto, meglio non cadere proprio alla fine.

RP: Thank you very much, Vienna. And goodnight. Thank you very much. It’s been a very nice night

Già, a a very nice night, un gran bella serata quella passata a Vienna 47 anni fa. Gran concerto e gran bella versione di questa registrazione live.

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MATRIX NOTES:

The general aim was to provide the whole concert in as consistent and upgraded a listening experience as could be stitched together from the various recordings which are all incomplete. While there are always some downsides to matrixing analog recordings that have been manually synchronized, it is hoped that the benefits, such as the improved stereo dimension, of the results outweigh those deficiencies. Further lesser quality audience sources than those described below also exist but were not used.

AUD source #1: The master was reportedly a TDK SA 90 cassette, which matches the 45 + 45 minutes which are extant and captured tracks 2-8 & 12 and parts of 1, 9, 11, 13. Winston Remaster used for the first part (which is unmatrixed on that version). Best of the audience recordings overall, recorded close to the stage towards one side. The guitar is somewhat buried here.

AUD source #2: A lower/medium quality cassette recording at a greater distance to the stage, used only to patch missing AUD sections of tracks 1 & 9-11 (and the encore break before 14).

AUD source #3: Captured most of the concert except for the introduction and notably two gaps in DAC. The master reported to have been recorded with Sony mics to Uher Report reel-to-reel. Close to the quality of AUD.1 but with a different sound balance (guitar is prominent, vocals somewhat buried) and recorded towards the other side of the stage. Matrixing with AUD.1 thus allows reproducing the occasional stereo panning effects of the house mix (which are not present on the SBD): guitar break in Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, bow solo in DAC, Theremin in WLL.

SBD source: Apparently a 60 minute cassette which contains most of tracks 11-14. However, several minutes of 11/DAC & 13/WLL are missing, as the tape was not flipped immediately when the side or reel A ran out. There was probably another cassette on which the first hour of the concert was recorded (or copied), including the beginning of DAC, with the engineer likely missing some two minutes of the song between the cassettes, after the first one stopped and until recording resumed on a fresh tape. The reason why only the second cassette is available (for this and also certain other dates) is perhaps that someone in or with the band wanted a listening copy of just the songs with improvisation. The mix that was recorded is not exactly the same as what was played over the PA, as some of the delay/reverb effects (particularly on the vocals), as well as the panning, heard on the audience recordings are not present.

Track by track breakdown:
tr.01: AUD.2+1. AUD.2 contains half a minute more of the pre-show compared to AUD.1, none of which is on AUD.3.
02-08: AUD.1+3. SBD not available for the first part of the show but AUD.1 & 3 run practically without breaks until the end of BYAS.
09: AUD.1/2+3. AUD.1 has breaks during the intro and its side A completely cuts out @ 1:30 into TSRTS; the taper evidently did not flip the tape and resume recording until well into DAC which gap has here been patched with AUD.2.
10: AUD.2+3. AUD.1 thus does not exist for The Rain Song; the lower quality tape of AUD.2 used to substitute.
11: AUD.2/1+3. AUD.1 continues recording @ 5:00 while AUD.3 cuts out around 6:45 for one minute. Both gaps in DAC have been patched by matrixing with AUD.2, except for the section between roughly 2:50 and 4:00 where that tape itself has a discontinuity.
11: SBD & AUD.1+3. SBD cuts in about 15 seconds after AUD.1, i.e., around 5:15 into DAC from which point on it is the main source for the matrix but augmented with AUD.1 & 3 – and some patching from AUD.2 – as far as they are available.
12: SBD & AUD.1+3. AUD.3 has short cuts in the introduction; SBD cuts out after STH ends as the tape side ran out.
13: AUD.1+3 / SBD & AUD.1+3. Side B of the AUD.1 cassette runs out around 10:15 into WLL but SBD continued recording 4 minutes before that.
13-14: SBD & AUD.3. The segment containing the last 13 minutes of WLL and nearly all of Heartbreaker is therefore a matrix of SBD and AUD.3 since AUD.1 was no longer recording. The encore break is largely cut on both sources between the songs: AUD.3 misses about 2:20 of atmosphere while SBD loses only 1:30 and has the first notes of Heartbreaker intact. For the sake of completeness the missing part has again been patched from AUD.2 although the change in sound is noticeable.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Thanks to all the tapers and the persons who made the digital transfers, and Winston Remasters whose version of AUD source 1 has been appropriated. (Indeed the whole of “Danke! Vienna”, which matrixes only the parts where both AUD.1 and SBD are available, was useful for reference. Note that in the notes to that title, AUD.3 is called “Aud Source 2” whereas here it is referred to as AUD.3.)

Artwork included. A Nite Owl production (NO-2020-12).

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(broken) ENGLISH

The LZ European tour of March 1973 is – as far as performances are concerned – one of the group’s peaks. Although RP between the end of 1972 and January 1973 had suffered from voice problems and was probably no longer the rock singer with celestial timbre and limitless extension that the audience had in mind, from an instrumental point of view the band traveled on stellar levels. The songlist was the richest so far, the mood of the group was still very high, the management at full capacity and lucidity and Jimmy Page sounded like the Jimmy Page of the collective imagination. Copenhagen (02/03/1973, Goteborg (04/03/1973), Stockholm (06/03/1973), then two shows canceled in Sweden and Norway and then Nuremberg (14/03/1973) and precisely Vienna on 16. Afterwards, another 11 concerts spent between Germany and France (where two more were canceled due to riots), a four-week break and then off to the equally legendary American tour spent between May, June and July.

The Vienna concert was held at the Stadthalle, 16,000-seat indoor hall and it was a success, an excerpt from the Melody maker’s account of the time:

“The historic city of Vienna, normally bulging at the seams with Strauss and grand operas, played host on Friday night to Led Zeppelin at the enormous Wiener Stadthalle.
“Introduced as the ‘Rock sensation of the year’, the group took the stage and went straight into a deafening version of ‘Good Times Bad Times’ [sic]. Robert Plant strode around with chest barred and hair flailing, thrusting his pelvic grind at the audience, while Jimmy Page, wearing his Les Paul low-strung, crushed out well amplified chords. ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Misty Mountain Hop’ followed, and both songs included some dynamic drumming from John Bonham, who hammered the skins for all his was worth.
“Things quieted down in ‘Bron-Y-Aur Stomp’, their only acoustic number. Page then brought out his double-necked Gibson for ‘The Song Remains the Same’, from the new album and John Paul Jones who it was announced was suffering from a stomach complaint, provided some superb orchestral effects on the mellotron.
“The opening bars of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ were greeted with a huge roar, and when the band finally broke into ‘Whole Lotta Love’, that was the cue for a general stampede towards the front of the sage.” — Dave Hopkins [Melody Maker, 1973-03-31]

Wiener Stadthalle

The soundboard portion of this recording has existed from time immemorial and any self-respecting LZ fan has therefore enjoyed it for many many moons, but recently the whole recording has been made available, on the internet circuits that deal with unofficial live recordings, in a new version created by putting together the three audience recordings (taken from the audience) and the soundboard (taken from the mixer) in the best possible way.

The production (which also includes the covers and the notes and the technical specifications) is by Nite Owl production. It is good to point out that NiteOwl has made use of the excellent work done at the time by Winston Remasters with Danke Vienna.


LED ZEPPELIN – 1973-03-16 – Vienna – NEW 4 SOURCE MATRIX (16bit)

Led Zeppelin – “Vienna Fireworks: Live in Europe 1973”
Recorded Friday evening March 16, 1973 at the Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria

STEREO MATRIX of 4 recordings synchronized & mixed together in varying levels & combinations: AUD sources 1-3 and SBD (where available).

SONGS: [2:11:25]
01. introduction [0:57]
02. Rock and Roll (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) [3:48]
03. Over the Hills and Far Away (Page, Plant) [6:41]
04. Black Dog (Jones, Page, Plant) [6:18]
05. Misty Mountain Hop (Jones, Page, Plant) [4:27]
06. Since I’ve Been Loving You (Jones, Page, Plant) [9:09]
07. Dancing Days (Page, Plant) [5:53]
08. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (Jones, Page, Plant) [6:26]
09. The Song Remains the Same (Page, Plant) [5:20]
10. The Rain Song (Page, Plant) [9:19]
— [* = board tape available / optional disc division @ 58:19]
11. Dazed and Confused (Page, Holmes) * [28:30] contains:
San Fransisco (Phillips)
Mars, the Bringer of War (Holst)
12. Stairway to Heaven (Page, Plant) * [10:59]
13. Whole Lotta Love (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant) [25:36] contains:
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (Wexler, Berns, Burke)
Boogie Chillun’ (Besman, Hooker) *
(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (Leiber, Stoller) *
Let’s Have a Party (Robinson) *
I Can’t Quit You Baby (Dixon) *
14. Heartbreaker (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) * [8:01]

 

The Robert Plant that starts in Rock and Roll is finally something else than the one with constant problems with the voice of the previous weeks and months; the group seems to be in shape right from the start although it always serves a little before fueling. Over the Hills and Far Away always seemed to me out of place as the second piece of the setlist, but the group here does it well anyway. In the hard rock part RP avoids the vocal peaks used in the studio version but the song is still standing. The audio audience quality (the soundboard is relative only to the second disc) is very good, the work done by Nite Owl seems already in these first few bars excellent, full-bodied and clear sound. At the end of the song a firecracker breaks out.

RP: Good evening. Good evening! Steady. Now tonight we must be very careful not to do too many things, because Mr Jones, has, uh, colic. Must be careful. So, all your spiritual feelings must go straight to Mr Jones’ stomach, for a bit of health. Beyond that note. Here is a song about, uh, about a rather oversexed, uh, member of the canine family. This is called ‘Black Dog’.

Robert therefore announces that John Paul Jones suffers from colic tonight, but hearing him play you’d say he is in perfect shape.

Black Dog is played very well, the touch of Page in the riff is magical, full of dynamics. Robert’s voice is helped by a little echo (or delay) while Jones and Bonham are always a marvel to listen to. Bonham’s bass drum tricks are phenomenal.

RP: Danke schön. This is, uh, an instrum, a number that features Mr Jones on piano. And he’s having a lot of trouble gettin’ about. This is a song that in England, uh, it’s understandable because wherever you go to enjoy yourself Big Brother is not very far behind. And Big Brother is a term used for the paranoid establishment. And, uh, if it’s ever happened to you, you know what it’s like. But this is what comes of walking through the park with a packet of cigarette papers. What does that man mean? This is called ‘Misty Mountain Hop.’

Misty Mountain Hop is the usual springboard for yet another great 1973 version of Since I’ve Been Loving You. Jimmy Page seems spirited from the beginning; in the slow and reflective parts the feeling is of an impressive candor, at the same time immaculate and dissolute. The interplay between Robert and Jimmy is a marvel. The audio quality is confirmed to be excellent (always keeping in mind that we are talking about an audience recording). With the headphones the feeling is that of being present at the concert.

RP: Thank you. Danke schön. It’s very nice to be here in Vienna. Very nice. You’ve even got some good groupies. Ha ha, ha ha. Um, this is a song, about, uh, this is a song off the new album which comes out sometime this year. The LP is called Houses of the Holy. We all hope you rush out and, uh, look at a copy. And this is a song about little school girls, and, uh, not too little, mind you, not too little, and, uh, my love for ‘em. Remembering what happened to Jerry Lee Lewis, I think I’ll take it easy. Mr, Mr Bonham there? Two hundred pounds? ‘Dancing Days.’

Live versions of Dancing Days are always fun; John Bonham always seems to be having a great time.

RP: Thank you very much. Very nice to be, uh, walking towards the mic stand. This is our number where we show our age and we have to sit down a little bit. You’ll have to shut up up there! Sshh, sshh. I don’t know what you’re sayin’, but it’s, uh, contrary to the state regulations. Actually, this is a clean up tour for us, as opposed to a mop up. Shut up! Here is a song that was written in the, in the mountains in, in, in Wales, where there is no electricity, no running water, no chicks. Actually, I tell a lie, and plenty of sheep. Ha, ha, ha. It is a song about a little dog who I know very well. …. This is a song called ‘Bron-Yr-Aur.’ Ooops. This is a song with a Welsh title. It’s a song I enjoy singing in foreign parts ‘cuz it reminds me of the good times that I have with my dog. That’s a, now for those pople who can’t speak English, this is called ‘Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp.’ And you can all help us with the aid of your dolies(?). I know. We must wait for Mr Jones who has a bad tummy. Bless you. Now don’t do that, nicht gut. You’ve got it. It’s just the rhythm.

Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (including a bit of That’s The Way) as usual features John Bonham on backing vocals. Usual irresistible rural dance picture.

RP: Another, um, this song is, uh, for a couple in Moulin Rouge. And Mr. Bonham’s delight at the Moulin Rouge tonight. Far out. Ha ha. This is called ‘The Song Remains the Same.’

With The Song Remains the Same, the LZ steamboat flows into the troubled waters of the river at full speed and then moors in quiet coves thanks to the absolute beauty of The Rain Song. Noteworthy is Page’s solo on the 12 strings during TSRTS, spectacular!

RP: John Paul Jones played the mellotron with a bad stomach.

RP: Here is, uh, a song that comes from a long long long time ago. When we were all nineteen. You never did, you schmuck. Wait, stop, go home. On you, the Scotsman. You’d have to be a Scotsman to do that. Anyway, here’s one from a long time ago.

Dazed And Confused is the usual electric blizzard built on different phases which in turn are inspired by different human missions: the exploration of the cosmos, the underworld, the mystery of life. That a rock band could play, improvise and remain compact in that way is still an inexplicable event for me even today. Shortly after minute 5:00 the transition between audience recording and soundboard recording begins, the audio quality improves significantly but it is worth reiterating that the audience recording also has its charm. The usual hint of James Brown‘s There Was A Time and then it’s already San Francisco time. The four musicians line up on the arpeggio of E minor and C by Page, Plant sings over it the inevitable If You’Re Going To San Francisco by Scott McKenzie, then all together they go to quiet down and then get lost in the sea of ​​restlessness of the violin bow section. Page puts on his necromancer, illusionist and sorcerer outfit and hypnotizes the audience with the sounds that come out of his electric Les Paul treated with the violin bow. We have described this moment many times, but the effect it has on our psyche does not allow us to exempt ourselves from magnifying Page’s pictorial talent in putting the sounds of infinity on canvas. Immediately afterwards, a short call and response from Page and Bonham and off we go for the ride along the paths of the highest improvisation. After the last verse, the closure is once again a portent of improvisation … never heard a Rock group at this level. 27 minutes of sonic wonder.

RP: (Happiness is a warm gun.) That was an old song called ‘Dazed and Confused.’ And now we’d like to. John Paul Jones’ stomach … This song is for you, Dalia, wherever you are. Oh, there she is.

 

Stairway To Heaven is full of feeling and is the perfect portrait of musical beauty. Everyone has their preferences but there is no doubt that the 1973 tour version of certain pieces are to be considered definitive (I think in particular of STH, SIBLY, NO Q and WLL).

RP: Danke schön. This is a song for people who like to boogie a little bit. In fact, it’s the most basic thing that anybody can possibly do. In fact, we should all be doing it tonight. Ha ha, ha, ha, ha.

After STH the lead Zeppelin returns. Whole Lotta Love (Ain’t It Funky Now / Sing A Simple Song / Cat’s Squirrel, Boogie Chillum, Boogie Mama, Baby I Don’t Care, Let’s Have A Party, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Lemon Song) fills up of references and divertissement. It starts, after the first verses, with instrumental hints to James Brown’s Ain’t It Funky Now, to Sly & The Family Stone‘s Sing A Simple Song and to Cream‘s Cat’s Squirrell. After the solo and the third verse they throw themselves in John Lee Hooker‘s Boogie Chillum and then in the always overwhelming Boogie Mama, for me – the version of the official live of 1973 (1976) TSRTS – one of the highest points of the group.Then (You Are So Square) Baby I Don’t Care, an Elvis hit written in 1957 by Leiber & Stoller, Let’s Have A Party also from 1957 and sung by Elvis and written by Jessie Mae Robinson and I Can’t Quit You Baby and The Lemon Song, a long single blues where the boys try to dismantle the boundaries of the 12 bars and rewrite – as whites – the music of the blacks who formed them.

RP: Thank you very much and goodnight. That’s, that’s enough. Good.

The improvisation before Heartbreaker has always been a source of joy for fans; it is a matter of 60 seconds of improvised hard rock funk, Jones and Bonham content Page by following one of his wonderfully bizarre riffs created on the spot. In the central solo Page tries to speak to the public on guitar before starting the familiar burst of notes. Hearing him play so powerfully, lively (and dirty) is one of the good things in life. Bourrée, the Ragtime piece and finally the restart with the whole group. Plant struggles a bit in the last verse, he is careful not to overdo it, in his condition having arrived at the end of the concert in a way more than dignified is so much, better to not fall right at the end.

RP: Thank you very much, Vienna. And goodnight. Thank you very much. It’s been a very nice night

Yes, a very nice night indeed the one in Vienna i 47 years ago. Great concert and great version of this live recording.

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MATRIX NOTES:

The general aim was to provide the whole concert in as consistent and upgraded a listening experience as could be stitched together from the various recordings which are all incomplete. While there are always some downsides to matrixing analog recordings that have been manually synchronized, it is hoped that the benefits, such as the improved stereo dimension, of the results outweigh those deficiencies. Further lesser quality audience sources than those described below also exist but were not used.

AUD source #1: The master was reportedly a TDK SA 90 cassette, which matches the 45 + 45 minutes which are extant and captured tracks 2-8 & 12 and parts of 1, 9, 11, 13. Winston Remaster used for the first part (which is unmatrixed on that version). Best of the audience recordings overall, recorded close to the stage towards one side. The guitar is somewhat buried here.

AUD source #2: A lower/medium quality cassette recording at a greater distance to the stage, used only to patch missing AUD sections of tracks 1 & 9-11 (and the encore break before 14).

AUD source #3: Captured most of the concert except for the introduction and notably two gaps in DAC. The master reported to have been recorded with Sony mics to Uher Report reel-to-reel. Close to the quality of AUD.1 but with a different sound balance (guitar is prominent, vocals somewhat buried) and recorded towards the other side of the stage. Matrixing with AUD.1 thus allows reproducing the occasional stereo panning effects of the house mix (which are not present on the SBD): guitar break in Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, bow solo in DAC, Theremin in WLL.

SBD source: Apparently a 60 minute cassette which contains most of tracks 11-14. However, several minutes of 11/DAC & 13/WLL are missing, as the tape was not flipped immediately when the side or reel A ran out. There was probably another cassette on which the first hour of the concert was recorded (or copied), including the beginning of DAC, with the engineer likely missing some two minutes of the song between the cassettes, after the first one stopped and until recording resumed on a fresh tape. The reason why only the second cassette is available (for this and also certain other dates) is perhaps that someone in or with the band wanted a listening copy of just the songs with improvisation. The mix that was recorded is not exactly the same as what was played over the PA, as some of the delay/reverb effects (particularly on the vocals), as well as the panning, heard on the audience recordings are not present.

Track by track breakdown:
tr.01: AUD.2+1. AUD.2 contains half a minute more of the pre-show compared to AUD.1, none of which is on AUD.3.
02-08: AUD.1+3. SBD not available for the first part of the show but AUD.1 & 3 run practically without breaks until the end of BYAS.
09: AUD.1/2+3. AUD.1 has breaks during the intro and its side A completely cuts out @ 1:30 into TSRTS; the taper evidently did not flip the tape and resume recording until well into DAC which gap has here been patched with AUD.2.
10: AUD.2+3. AUD.1 thus does not exist for The Rain Song; the lower quality tape of AUD.2 used to substitute.
11: AUD.2/1+3. AUD.1 continues recording @ 5:00 while AUD.3 cuts out around 6:45 for one minute. Both gaps in DAC have been patched by matrixing with AUD.2, except for the section between roughly 2:50 and 4:00 where that tape itself has a discontinuity.
11: SBD & AUD.1+3. SBD cuts in about 15 seconds after AUD.1, i.e., around 5:15 into DAC from which point on it is the main source for the matrix but augmented with AUD.1 & 3 – and some patching from AUD.2 – as far as they are available.
12: SBD & AUD.1+3. AUD.3 has short cuts in the introduction; SBD cuts out after STH ends as the tape side ran out.
13: AUD.1+3 / SBD & AUD.1+3. Side B of the AUD.1 cassette runs out around 10:15 into WLL but SBD continued recording 4 minutes before that.
13-14: SBD & AUD.3. The segment containing the last 13 minutes of WLL and nearly all of Heartbreaker is therefore a matrix of SBD and AUD.3 since AUD.1 was no longer recording. The encore break is largely cut on both sources between the songs: AUD.3 misses about 2:20 of atmosphere while SBD loses only 1:30 and has the first notes of Heartbreaker intact. For the sake of completeness the missing part has again been patched from AUD.2 although the change in sound is noticeable.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Thanks to all the tapers and the persons who made the digital transfers, and Winston Remasters whose version of AUD source 1 has been appropriated. (Indeed the whole of “Danke! Vienna”, which matrixes only the parts where both AUD.1 and SBD are available, was useful for reference. Note that in the notes to that title, AUD.3 is called “Aud Source 2” whereas here it is referred to as AUD.3.)

Artwork included. A Nite Owl production (NO-2020-12).

©Tim Tirelli – april 2020

Led Zeppelin – “Please Please Me” 28/09/1971 Osaka, Japan – Previously Unreleased Soundboard – Empress Valley 2020

9 Mar

ITALIAN / ENGLISH

Di questo soundboard ne discuto con il mio amico – illustre LZ live recording collector e high level Led Head Amduscia – ormai da diversi anni, da quando insomma ci arrivò la notizia – tramite le nostri fonti – della effettiva esistenza nelle mani della Empress Valley di questo gioiellino e finalmente oggi possiamo godere di questa registrazione soundboard mai sentita prima. Ah, se penso ad alcuni lustri fa quando scambiavo cassette live dei LZ tramite la rete esoterica che avevo tessuto in tutto il mondo e mi accontentavo spesso di registrazioni audience con qualità assai discutibile quando poi negli ultimi anni la Empress Valley Supreme Disc (la mitologica etichetta bootleg nipponica) ha pubblicato parecchi sounboard subito messi a disposizioni della rete dai più generosi… che cambiamento … ormai anche un soundboard di questa portata ci sembra normale amministrazione. Questo nuovo bootleg non è completo, ma poco importa visto che contiene una larga porzione del primo show tenuto alla Festival Hall di Osaka il 28/09/1971. Quello del 1971 in terra giapponese è un tour ritenuto leggendario dai fan dei LZ, il gruppo era probabilmente all’apice delle sue potenzialità, Robert Plant cantava come forse mai nessun altro cantante hard rock aveva mai cantato, il gruppo era coeso, spiritato, divertente, LZ IV stava per essere pubblicato, insomma si era nel periodo d’oro non solo del gruppo ma anche della musica Rock.

AVVERTENZE: per assaporare appieno un bootleg occorre mettersi nella giusta predisposizione d’animo e creare l’atmosfera adatta. Leggo i primi commenti di altri fan (?): “Carino“, “niente male” etc etc…e rimango basito. Non è sufficiente sentire la cosa a pezzi e bocconi, è indispensabile mettersi di buona voglia, preferibilmente in cuffia, riservarsi uno spazio di tempo adeguato e precipitare laggiù negli anni settanta al cospetto di sua maestà il Rock!

La registrazione inizia con la coda dell’assolo di Page in Heartbtreaker (manca dunque la Immigrant Song e la prima parte di HB appunto). Il secondo assolo (quello in cui JPP è accompagnato da Jones e Bonham) è la solita tormenta elettrica. Non appena rientra Plant non ci si può che accorgere della potenza vocale del cantante.

RP: Arigato. Tonight, tonight you will be happy. And so will Phil Carson. This is, uh, this is indeed a pleasure. We had a wonderful, we came from Hiroshima yesterday and, uh, your glorious train was really far out. Long big train with many sleeping and things like that and such. Good milk. And, uh, so we’re in top spirits and, uh, to avoid walking in more bullshit, we’ll go straight on. This is called ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You.’

Ascoltare la batteria d John Bonham in modo così chiaro in Since I’ve Been Loving You è una cosa meravigliosa. Tutto è ben bilanciato, piano elettrico/organo e pedaliera basso perfettamente udibili. Bonham è incontenibile e la voce di Robert Plant è una lama al calor bianco che ti entra il cervello. Il Dark Lord è ispirato e bravo, molto bravo, seppur a tratti un po’ sporco (ma lo sappiamo, è una delle sue caratteristiche). Durante l’assolo di chitarra John Bonham non sta fermo un attimo.

RP: Arigato. I have a terrible problem with my shoes nightly. They keep coming undone. But we, uh, tonight you’ll be more than happy and, thank you. This is one from many moons ago. It’s called, uh, no, I’ll leave you to guess. Mr Jones? Good evening. Right on. This is a thing, in about three weeks time we’ll have a, a new LP coming out, by the fourth album, and, uh, this is one of the tracks from it. It’s called ‘Black Dog.’

LED ZEPPELIN IV non era ancora uscito in quei giorni e chissà cosa ne pensava il pubblico dei nuovi pezzi. Out On The Tile  intro/ Black Dog è suonato con la cazzimma tipica dei LZ del 1971. Semplicemente magnifici!

RP: Wait a minute. Um, this is one from about the same time as that. When we, uh, this is the guy, him. Totally different, right. John Paul Jones.

Dazed And Confused live è musicalmente il consueto portento occulto, 30 minuti di interazioni elettriche atte ad evocare il suono delle profondità cosmiche. Nel finale magmatico fuoriesce anche Third Stone From The Sun di Jimi Hendrix.

RP: Yeah goodevening, you must wake up, wake up. This is indeed a great and most honorable pleasure. Far out, man. This is another track off the fourth album, uh, and, um, this, uh, takes on an entirely different mood, really, to anything that we’ve ever done before. And, uh, it’s called ‘Stairway To Heaven.

Stairway To Heaven è eseguita con una purezza ed un candore commoventi.

 

Col secondo disco inizia l’avanspettacolo: cazzeggio, improvvisazioni di pezzi altrui, la gioia di vivere … un portento insomma.

RP: Arigato. Good evening! You are too quiet. Much too quiet. Dishonorably quiet. It’s not cool. Not far away to the East there is, uh.

Plant sta ancora parlando e Page accenna a Please Please Me (Beatles), Robert non si fa pregare e abbozza il pezzo dei Fab Four. Non contento si butta in From Me To You (Beatles) presto seguito da tutto il gruppo. Uno spasso. Jimmy poi parte con l’intro di Celebration Day e il piombo zeppelin pieno di groove prende di nuovo il sopravvento. Che schianto di band! John Paul Jones superlativo.

Il set acustico inizia con Bron-YR-Aur Stomp a cui è collegata That’s The Way. In quest’ultima Robert a volte si lascia andare a strilli calibrati che ti capovolgono.

LZ Osaka sept 1971

RP: Arigato. Thank you. Thank you. Um, this, this next song is, um, another one from the fourth album. And, uh, this is, uh, no, it’s nothing to do with that at all, man. No, no, now listen, you’ve got to wait. …, there’s no more use saying that. That’s all you know in English. I know a little bit more, you see? Now this is off the fourth album and it’s a sitting down one. ‘Cuz I must have sat through about thirty times for us at two each. If I have spoken more English over here than I ever did in America, it just means I’m happier here, no … ever the same way out. So this is called, uh, ‘Going To California.’ Which is, California being, uh, somewhere between here and the lost continent of Doom (?) and, uh, Atlantis, and, uh, the British Isles. Nevertheless, some people go there. In fact, in California, there is a place called San Francisco and, uh, San Francisco is, uh, I mean, uh, I really wish it could be …, promise they’re not on stage, but it was a wonderful place, so, ‘Going To California.’

Page cambia accordatura – on stage, in diretta, aiutato dal mandolino di Jones – per Going To California. La versione del pezzo è estesa, oltre 8 minuti, parecchi i momenti strumentali sostenuti da chitarra e mandolino; è chiaro che il pezzo in versione live è ancora in divenire, i due musicisti provano e improvvisano, cercano le vie giuste per rendere al meglio questo celestiale quadretto acustico.

RP: Arigato.

Page cambia chitarra acustica, controlla e aggiusta l’accordatura e quindi parte con un bel giro di fingerpicking. Poi Robert si lancia in We Shall Overcame, momento da brividi che continua con Tangerine, versione chitarra voce con Jimmy che nel ritornello canta insieme a Robert. Altro accenno al fingerpicking e quindi i due partono con Down By Th Riverside. Trattasi di spiritual della metà del 1800, pubblicato per la prima volta sembra nel 1918 in una raccolta di canti delle piantagioni. Canzone tra l’altro dai toni pacifisti.  Nel corso del pezzo Jones aggiunge l’organo e quindi la pedaliera basso. I LZ non smettono mai di sorprendere.

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Altro siparietto country prima di ripartire col Rock di What Is And What Should Never Be. 

RP: Good evening! It’s our greatest and, uh, most honorable, uh, pleasure, as often as possible, and, uh, I don’t know how you say it in …, but in English, ladies and gentlemen, it’s your old friend, for a summer season, ladies and gentlemen, John Bonham, ‘Moby Dick!’

Moby Dick chiude il bootleg con la sua inesorabile carica percussiva.

RP: John Bonham! ‘Moby Dick!’ 

All’appello mancano: Whole Lotta Love (+medley) / C’mom Everybody / Hi-Heel Sneekers / Communication Breakdown.

Original Festival Hall – Osaka.

Registrazione dunque da avere a tutti i costi per tornare a sognare e per potersi rendere conto una volta di più di che cosa era la musica Rock e i Led Zeppelin nel 1971. BEST BAND EVER!

 

La porzione soundboard inizia al minuto 21:20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLkRU9SH0wM

(broken) ENGLISH

I am discussing this soundboard with my friend – illustrious LZ live recording collector and high level Led Head –  Amduscia for several years now, since in short we got the news – through our sources – of the actual existence in the hands of the Empress Valley of this little gem and finally today we can enjoy this soundboard recording never heard before. Ah, if I think of a few decades ago when I was exchanging LZ live recordings on cassettes through the esoteric network that I had woven all over the world and I was often satisfied with audience recordings with very questionable quality when then in recent years the Empress Valley Supreme Disc (the mythological Japanese bootleg label) has published several sounboards immediately made available to the network by the most generous … what a change … now even a soundboard of this magnitude seems routine. This new bootleg is not complete, but it does not matter since it contains a large portion of the first show held at the Osaka Festival Hall on 09/28/1971. Japan 1971 is a tour considered legendary by LZ fans, the group was probably at the peak of its potential, Robert Plant sang like perhaps no other hard rock singer had ever sung, the group was cohesive, spirited, funny, LZ IV was about to be published, in short it was the golden age not only of the group but also of Rock music.

WARNINGS: to fully enjoy a bootleg, you need to put yourself in the right frame of mind and create the right atmosphere. I read the first comments of other fans (?): “Cute“, “not bad” etc etc … and I am disgusted. It is not enough to hear the thing in pieces and bits, it is essential to put yourself in good will, preferably with the headphones on, reserve an adequate space of time, surrender and  precipitate down over there in the seventies in the presence of his majesty Rock music!

The recording starts with the solo of Page in Heartbtreaker (therefore the Immigrant Song and the first part of HB are missing). The second solo (the one in which JPP is accompanied by Jones and Bonham) is the usual electrical storm. As soon as Plant returns, one cannot but notice the vocal power of the singer.

RP: Arigato. Tonight, tonight you will be happy. And so will Phil Carson. This is, uh, this is indeed a pleasure. We had a wonderful, we came from Hiroshima yesterday and, uh, your glorious train was really far out. Long big train with many sleeping and things like that and such. Good milk. And, uh, so we’re in top spirits and, uh, to avoid walking in more bullshit, we’ll go straight on. This is called ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You.’

Listening to John Bonham’s drums so clearly in Since I’ve Been Loving You is a wonderful thing. Everything is well balanced, perfectly audible are electric piano / organ  and bass pedal. Bonham is uncontainable and Robert Plant’s voice is a whitewashed blade that enters your brain. The Dark Lord is inspired and good, very good, albeit at times a little dirty (but we know, it is one of his characteristics). During the guitar solo John Bonham does not stand still for a moment.

RP: Arigato. I have a terrible problem with my shoes nightly. They keep coming undone. But we, uh, tonight you’ll be more than happy and, thank you. This is one from many moons ago. It’s called, uh, no, I’ll leave you to guess. Mr Jones? Good evening. Right on. This is a thing, in about three weeks time we’ll have a, a new LP coming out, by the fourth album, and, uh, this is one of the tracks from it. It’s called ‘Black Dog.’

LED ZEPPELIN IV had not yet come out in those days and who knows what the public thought of the new pieces. Out On The Tile intro / Black Dog is played with the typical LZ “cazzimma*” of 1971. Simply magnificent!

*(Napoletanity is something difficult to explain – as the famous “cazzimma”, they are feelings more than simple words, untranslatable terms, guttural sounds, soul assonance. Anyway think about something like cocky/badass attitude. ED)

RP: Wait a minute. Um, this is one from about the same time as that. When we, uh, this is the guy, him. Totally different, right. John Paul Jones.

Dazed And Confused live is musically the usual occult wonder, 30 minutes of electrical interactions designed to evoke the sound of the cosmic depths. Jimi Hendrix’s Third Stone From The Sun also emerges in the magmatic ending.

RP: Yeah goodevening, you must wake up, wake up. This is indeed a great and most honorable pleasure. Far out, man. This is another track off the fourth album, uh, and, um, this, uh, takes on an entirely different mood, really, to anything that we’ve ever done before. And, uh, it’s called ‘Stairway To Heaven.

Stairway To Heaven is performed with moving purity and candor,

 

With the second disc, the vaudeville begins: fooling around, improvisations of other people’s songs, the joy of living … in short, a portentous.

RP: Arigato. Good evening! You are too quiet. Much too quiet. Dishonorably quiet. It’s not cool. Not far away to the East there is, uh.

Plant is still talking while Page mentions with the guitar Please Please Me (Beatles), so Robert sing a small bit of the Fab Four’s song. Not yt happy he throws himself in From Me To You (Beatles) soon followed by the whole group. A real treat. Jimmy then starts the intro of Celebration Day and the zeppelin leaded groove takes over again. What a band! John Paul Jones is superlative.

The acoustic set begins with Bron-YR-Aur Stomp to which That’s The Way is connected. In the latter Robert sometimes lets himself go to calibrated shrieks that turn you upside down.

LZ Osaka sept 1971

RP: Arigato. Thank you. Thank you. Um, this, this next song is, um, another one from the fourth album. And, uh, this is, uh, no, it’s nothing to do with that at all, man. No, no, now listen, you’ve got to wait. …, there’s no more use saying that. That’s all you know in English. I know a little bit more, you see? Now this is off the fourth album and it’s a sitting down one. ‘Cuz I must have sat through about thirty times for us at two each. If I have spoken more English over here than I ever did in America, it just means I’m happier here, no … ever the same way out. So this is called, uh, ‘Going To California.’ Which is, California being, uh, somewhere between here and the lost continent of Doom (?) and, uh, Atlantis, and, uh, the British Isles. Nevertheless, some people go there. In fact, in California, there is a place called San Francisco and, uh, San Francisco is, uh, I mean, uh, I really wish it could be …, promise they’re not on stage, but it was a wonderful place, so, ‘Going To California.’

Page changes tuning – on stage, live, aided by Jones’ mandolin – for Going To California. The version of the piece is extended, over 8 minutes, several instrumental moments  by guitar and mandolin; it is clear that the piece in live version is still in progress, the two musicians try and improvise, looking for the right ways to make the best of this celestial acoustic picture.

RP: Arigato.

Page changes acoustic guitar, checks and adjusts the tuning and then starts with a nice fingerpicking sketch. Then Robert begins We Shall Overcame, a thrilling moment that continues with Tangerine, guitar/vocals version with Jimmy who sings with Robert in the refrain. Beautiful. Another hint of fingerpicking and then the two start Down By Th Riverside. This is a spiritual from the mid-1800s, published for the first time in 1918 in a collection of plantation songs. this song, among other things, has pacifist tones. Jones adds the organ and then the bass pedal. LZ never cease to surprise.

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Another country tease before What Is And What Should Never Be.

RP: Good evening! It’s our greatest and, uh, most honorable, uh, pleasure, as often as possible, and, uh, I don’t know how you say it in …, but in English, ladies and gentlemen, it’s your old friend, for a summer season, ladies and gentlemen, John Bonham, ‘Moby Dick!’

Moby Dick closes the bootleg with his relentless percussive charge.

RP: John Bonham! ‘Moby Dick!’

The missing tracks: Whole Lotta Love (+ medley) / C’mom Everybody / Hi-Heel Sneekers / Communication Breakdown.

Original Festival Hall – Osaka.

Live recording therefore to have at all costs to be able to return to dream and to be able to realize once more what Rock music and Led Zeppelin was in 1971. BEST BAND EVER!

 

La porzione soundboard inizia al minuto 21:20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLkRU9SH0wM

Led Zeppelin,Tokyo, Budokan 23/09/1971 new sensational footage

8 Mar

All’improvviso qualcuno carica su youtube un filmato amatoriale dei Led Zeppelin ripresi a Tokyo il 23 settembre 1971 in qualità mai vista prima e tu a momenti non ti ribalti sulla sedia. Mi meravigliano sempre queste novità, quando meno te l’aspetti escono audio-video fino a ieri impensabili. Che meraviglia i Led Zeppelin nel settembre del 1971!

Suddenly someone uploads on Youtube an amateur footage of Led Zeppelin filmed in Tokyo on September 23, 1971 in a never seen before quality and you almost fall on the ground. I am always amazed at these news, when you least expect it, audio-videos of this calibre come out out of the blue. What a wonder the Led Zeppelins in September 1971!

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The Dark Lord Tokyo 23/09/1971

Bad Company “Desolation Angels (40th Anniversary Edition)” 2CD/2LP set (Swan Song/Rhino ) – TTTTT

8 Feb

ITALIAN/ENGLISH

Primavera del 1979, sono un adolescente, la musica rock è il centro di gravità permanente della mia vita, i Led Zeppelin la luce guida, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, ELP, i Free e tutto il resto le altre stelle che guidano il mio cammino. Sfoglio le pagine della rivista settimanale Ciao 2001, come sempre mi soffermo su quelle dedicate alle classifiche e noto che al numero 5 dei long playing più venduti negli USA c’è una new entry: Desolation Angels dei (o della) Bad Company. Incidono per la Swan Song, l’etichetta dei LZ, e sono in procinto di diventare anch’essi uno dei punti di riferimento della mia vita. Sebbene sia Straight Shooter il primo album che acquisto, Desolation Angels è quello che vivo in diretta. Ricordo con tenerezza il Tim di allora rimanere irretito dal visual del gruppo, sei artwork (nel 1979 erano però solo 5), sei copertine che mi hanno formato per quanto riguarda il design, il gusto per l’estetica, e la colorazione cromatica di certi orizzonti. I Bad Company sin dalla loro formazione sono influenzati dalla musica americana, meno Europei dei Free sviluppano a loro modo una connessione tra il rock inglese e quello americano con risultati – per il sottoscritto – strabilianti. Il visual di Desolation Angels (così come quello del successivo Rough Diamonds del 1982) vira in maniera decisa verso il mondo americano toccato nei tour del 1974,75,76 e 77.

La – bellissima – copertina del disco è a cura della Hipgnosis, la leggendaria agenzia di design & photography di Londra. Simon Kirke “Inizialmente pensavo che sarebbe diventata una copertina migliore di come poi è risultata. Ci trovammo in un garage a Londra e posammo intorno alla vecchia Cadillac di Paul, ma non pensavo che sarebbe stata trattata in quel modo minimalizzando tutto. La copertina apribile poi penso sia una dell più costose mai realizzate. I tipi della agenzia andarono a scattare qualche foto di un vecchio garage abbandonato nel deserto a est di Los Angeles e l’intera operazione ci costò un sacco di soldi. Oggi lo si potrebbe fare con Photoshop per 50 sterline.” Forse bisognerebbe ricordare a Kirke che se le copertine dei dischi degli anni settanta sono ancora oggi un punto di riferimento per quanto concerne il design c’è un perché, e che le copertine di oggi fatte con Photoshop e qualche immagine tratta da Image Bank fanno letteralmente schifo.

Dopo il tour del 1977 il gruppo si prende una lunga pausa visto che i 4 anni spesi continuamente sulla fast lane dell’ album-tour-album-tour rischiarono di far saltare il gruppo. Nel giugno del 1978 Mick Ralphs, Boz Burrell e Simon Kirke si trovano al Dodgy Demos studio per delle pre session che portarono alle prime bozze di Oh Atlanta e Gone Gone Gone. In luglio il gruppo – completo di Paul Rodgers – si ritrova al Ridge farm studio. I ragazzi sono rilassati, ben disposti e riposati, ci si concentra sulle canzoni, si cercano arrangiamenti alternativi, ci si sorprende di quanto sia ancora piacevole suonare insieme. Sul finire dell’estate del 1978 terminano le registrazioni, un altro un paio di mesi per missaggio, mastering e artwork e il disco è pressoché pronto. Viene chiamato Desolation Angels, dal libro del 1965 di Jack Kerouac. L’idea è di Rodgers, che avrebbe già voluto intitolare così il secondo album (del 1969) dei Free.

Il disco esce a metà marzo, mentre il gruppo è in giro per un vero e proprio tour nel Regno Unito a cui ne seguirà uno  – infinito –  in estate negli Stati Uniti. Il disco arriverà nella top 10 in UK e nella top 3 in America (dove si guadagnerà 2 dischi di platino = 2 milioni di copie vendute) e diventerà il terzo disco dei Bad Company più venduto. Ricordo ancora la recensione che apparve su Ciao 2001, dove si scriveva che il gruppo cercava strade alternative risultando più fresco e meno noioso di tanti altri loro colleghi dediti all’Hard Rock.

Questa nuova deluxe edition è come al solito spettacolare, quando David Clayton è coinvolto (insieme a Hugh Gilmour e Paul Rodgers) il risultato è garantito: il materiale bonus è tanto e di qualità, il booklet ricco e ben scritto, il remaster dell’album eccellente… è così che vanno fatte queste edizioni.

Nel 1978 Rodgers acquista un Roland synth guitar e da quello strumento nasce l’ispirazione per Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Rodgers), un bell’hard rock grintoso giocato sulle chitarre maschie di Rodgers e Ralphs;  esce come singolo e raggiunge la 13esima posizione in America, risultato ottimo se si considera che pur contenendo spunti melodici non è certo un brano da 45 giri.. Superbo Paul Rodgers alla voce.

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Crazy Circles (Rodgers) è giocato sulle chitarre acustiche e su un mood riflessivo. L’assolo di Mick Ralphs è un gioiellino.

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Con Gone, Gone, Gone (Burrell) si torna all’Hard Rock di ampio respiro, bello il lavoro di slide guitar e buona la prova del gruppo. Evil Wind (Rodgers) pur non avendo una melodia particolare è uno dei miei pezzi preferiti del gruppo. Introduzione superlativa, l’epica rodgersiana del testo che sventola su  galoppata musicale, l’ottima prova di Kirke e Burrell, le grandi doti vocali di Paul Rodgers e quello che – nella coda finale –  secondo me è uno dei migliori assolo di sempre di Mick Ralphs.

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Early In The Morning (Rodgers) è il classico pezzo lento di Paul Rodgers che qui splende nella magnifico nuova rimasterizzazione. Nel finale ancora la sempre efficace epica rodgersiana sospinta da un bell’intervento alla solista di Mick Ralphs

Lonely For Your Love (Ralphs) è il boogie by numbers (© David Clayton) dell’album, ovvero uno dei boogie un po’ dozzinali di Mick Ralphs. In pratica è Can’t Get Enough part 2 ma, amando così tanto il chitarrista in questione, a me risulta comunque molto godibile. Rodgers la canta in un registro altissimo. Oh Atlanta (Ralphs) invece è un signor pezzo, musica americana fatta da inglesi in maniera impeccabile. Armonica, ritmica suadente, chitarre da sogno e il solito grandissimo Paul Rodgers alla voce (con i Little Feat sullo sfondo).

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Chitarre acustiche per Take The Time (Ralphs), terzo pezzo di Mick. Bello sentire il gruppo così coeso e maturo. Una volta ancora deliziosi i ricami di slide guitar.

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Rhythm Machine (Burrell/Kirke) è uno spumeggiante rock scritto dai due bei delinquenti che formano la sezione ritmica del gruppo; She Brings Me Love (Rodgers) chiude l’album, canzone d’amore dai rintocchi gospel che beneficia anch’essa enormemente del nuovo remaster.

 

Il materiale bonus si apre con due versioni di Smokin’ 45 (Alternative Version 1) –  Smokin’ 45 (Alternative Version 2) (Sinfield/Burrell/Hinckley), il pezzo di Boz Burrell che avrebbe dovuto essere pubblicato nell’album (lato 1, traccia 3) ma che poi fu escluso e che apparve per la prima volta nel 1999 nella Original Bad Company Anthology (versione che io avrei voluto pubblicata anche qui). In quest versioni alternative io ci sento di nuovo i Little Feat, soprattutto nelle lunghe code finali.

Rock Fever (Ralphs) non fu mai presa troppo in considerazione per la scaletta dell’album, e credo che solo ad un Mick Ralphs fan come me possa davvero interessare. Rock semplice e senza pretese scritto da Mick mentre la band era in esilio nell’isoletta di Jersey, tra Francia e Inghilterra. Brano poi pubblicato nel 1984 sul suo primo album solista Take This!

Rock fever, roll easy, let me save my soul

Rock fever, roll easy, let the good times roll.

Oh yeah, Mick!

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Oh, Atlanta (Slow Version with Rhodes) per quanto mi riguarda è splendida. Mick al Fender Rhodes piano, Paul all’armonica per un delizioso quadretto in 3/4.

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A me piacerebbe avere tutto ciò che i Bad Company 1974/82 hanno registrato, ma tre versioni alternative di Rock’n’Roll fantasy sono forse un po’ troppe: Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 1) – Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 2) – Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 3) [2019 Remaster]. La seconda si differenzia per l’organo aggiunto nel ritornello,

Crazy Circles (Alternative Version) ha un bel pianino che ogni tanto fa il controcanto a Rodgers, pure in Gone, Gone, Gone (Alternative Take) c’è un piano inaspettato, il pezzo si differenzia inoltre per un riff che funge da intermezzo e che nella versione originale si può sentire solo nel finale che va a sfumare. Early In The Morning (Alternative Version 1) è cristallina e più viva rispetto all’originale. Lonely For Your Love (Alternative Version 1) è una rough and ready version e Take The Time (Alternative Version 1) ha le percussioni ben presenti ed Mick la suona con la chitarra elettrica.

Evil Wind (Alternative Version) è un work in progress mentre Take The Time (Alternative Version 2) è quasi meglio dell’originale; seguono Lonely for Your Love (Alternative Version 2) e She Brings Me Love (Alternative Version) che mette in evidenza un finale suggestivo.

What Does It Matter (Blues Jam) è il secondo inedito vero e proprio, nulla più che un blues appena abbozzato ma – a mio vedere – dalle grandi potenzialità se la band avesse avuto la voglia di lavorarci sopra. Di nuovo Mick al piano e Paul all’armonica. Per il fan che sono, un momento gustosissimo e imperdibile.

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Rhythm Machine (Alternative Version) ha il piano più in evidenza e un approccio naturalmente meno sofisticato.
Una versione piuttosto scanzonata di Amen (A cappella) chiude il disco. Trattasi di una canzone gospel portata in classifica nel 1964 dagli Impressions.

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Deluxe edition dunque eccellente e da non perdere. Mi chiedo a questo punto che fine farà Rough Diamonds, l’ultimo album della original Bad Company, visto che in precedenza le deluxe edition del gruppo sono state pubblicate due a due. Capisco che sia l’album meno fortunato del gruppo (ventiseiesimo in Usa e quindicesimo in UK) ma sarebbe un vero peccato non completare la serie delle deluxe edition. Da fan un ringraziamento alla Rhino (e a Daid Clayton) per l’ottimo lavoro fatto. VIVA BAD COMPANY!

CD1
1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (2019 Remaster)
2. Crazy Circles (2019 Remaster)
3. Gone, Gone, Gone (2019 Remaster)
4. Evil Wind (2019 Remaster)
5. Early in the Morning (2019 Remaster)
6. Lonely for Your Love (2019 Remaster)
7. Oh, Atlanta (2019 Remaster)
8. Take the Time (2019 Remaster)
9. Rhythm Machine (2019 Remaster)
10. She Brings Me Love (2019 Remaster)
11. Smokin’ 45 (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
12. Smokin’ 45 (Alternative Version 2) [2019 Remaster]
13. Rock Fever (2019 Remaster)
14. Oh, Atlanta (Slow Version with Rhodes) [2019 Remaster]
15. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
16. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 2) [2019 Remaster]
17. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 3) [2019 Remaster]
18. Crazy Circles (Alternative Version) [2019 Remaster]

CD2
1. Gone, Gone, Gone (Alternative Take) [2019 Remaster]
2. Early in the Morning (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
3. Lonely for Your Love (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
4. Take the Time (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
5. Evil Wind (Alternative Version) [2019 Remaster]
6. Take the Time (Alternative Version 2) [2019 Remaster]
7. Lonely for Your Love (Alternative Version 2) [2019 Remaster]
8. She Brings Me Love (Alternative Version) [2019 Remaster]
9. What Does It Matter (Blues Jam) [2019 Remaster]
10. Rhythm Machine (Alternative Version) [2019 Remaster]
11. Amen (A cappella) [2019 Remaster]

  • Distributed By – WEA Records Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Swan Song Records
  • Copyright (c) – Swan Song Records
  • Recorded At – Ridge Farm Studios
  • Mixed At – Marquee Studios
  • Published By – Badco Music
  • Lacquer Cut At – Strawberry Mastering
  • Design, Photography By – Hipgnosis
  • Engineer – Tony Patrick
  • Plated By – E.G..*
  • Producer – Bad Company

LE DELUXE EDITION DEI BAD COMPANY SUL BLOG:

https://timtirelli.com/2017/07/12/bad-company-burnin-sky-deluxe-edition-swan-song-rhino-2017-tttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2017/06/12/bad-company-run-with-the-pack-deluxe-edition-swan-song-rhino-2017-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2015/05/14/bad-company-straight-shooter-deluxe-edition-swan-song-rhino-1974-2015-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2015/04/30/bad-company-bad-co-deluxe-edition-swan-song-rhino-1974-2015-ttttt/

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(broken) ENGLISH

Spring 1979, I’m a teenager, rock music is the permanent center of gravity of my life, Led Zeppelin the guiding light, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, ELP, Free and all the rest the other stars that guide my path. I leaf through the pages of the weekly music magazine Ciao 2001, as always I focus on those dedicated to the charts and I note that at number 5 of the best selling LPs in the USA there is a new entry: Desolation Angels by Bad Company. They record for the Swan Song, the LZ label, and they are in the process of becoming one of the reference points of my life too. Although Straight Shooter is the first album I buy, Desolation Angels is the one I live in real time. I fondly remember the Tim of the time being ensnared by the group’s visual, six artworks (in 1979, however, there were only 5), six covers that formed me regarding design, the taste for aesthetics, and the chromatic coloring of certain horizons. Since its formation, Bad Company has been influenced by American music, less European than Free they develop in their own way a connection between English and American rock with amazing results in my opinion. The visual of Desolation Angels (as well as that of the subsequent Rough Diamonds from 1982) turns decisively towards the American world touched on the tours of 1974,75,76 and 77.

The – beautiful – album cover is by Hipgnosis, the legendary London design & photography agency. Simon Kirke “Initially I thought it would become a better cover than it turned out to be. We found ourselves in a garage in London and posed around Paul’s old Cadillac, but I didn’t think it would be treated that way by minimizing everything. The gatefold cover then I think it’s one of the most expensive ever made. The guys from the agency went to take some pictures of an old abandoned garage in the desert east of Los Angeles and the whole operation cost us a lot of money. Today we could do it with Photoshop with £ 50. ” Maybe we should remind Kirke that if the covers of the seventies records are still a point of reference as far as design is concerned, there is a reason, and that today’s covers made with Photoshop and some images taken from Image Bank literally do sucks.

After the 1977 tour the group takes a long break as the 4 years spent continuously on the fast lane of the album-tour-album-tour risked blowing up the group. In June 1978 Mick Ralphs, Boz Burrell and Simon Kirke found themselves at the Dodgy Demos studio for some pre sessions that led to the first drafts of Oh Atlanta and Gone Gone Gone. In July the group – complete with Paul Rodgers – meets at the Ridge farm studio. The boys are relaxed, well disposed and rested, they focus on the songs, look for alternative arrangements and they are surprised at how pleasant it is still to play together. At the end of the summer of 1978 the recordings end, another a couple of months for mixing, mastering and artwork and the disc is almost ready. It is called Desolation Angels, from the 1965 book by Jack Kerouac. The idea comes from Rodgers, who would have already wanted to title the second album (from 1969) of Free.

The album comes out in mid-March of 1979, while the group is on a real tour in the United Kingdom followed by one – infinite – in the summer in the United States. The disc will arrive in the top 10 in the UK and in the top 3 in America (where it will earn 2 platinum discs = 2 million copies sold) and will become the third best-selling Bad Company disc. I still remember the review that appeared on Ciao 2001, where it was written that the group was looking for alternative ways, being fresher and less boring than many of their other colleagues dedicated to Hard Rock.

This new deluxe edition is spectacular as usual, when David Clayton is involved (together with Hugh Gilmour and Paul Rodgers) the result is guaranteed: the bonus material is so much and of quality, the booklet rich and well written, the remaster of the album excellent … that’s how these editions should be made.

In 1978 Rodgers bought a Roland synth guitar and from that instrument the inspiration for Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Rodgers) was born, a nice gritty hard rock played with the male guitars of Rodgers and Ralphs; it comes out as a single and reaches the 13th position in America, an excellent result considering that although it contains melodic ideas it is certainly not a 45 rpm track .Superb Paul Rodgers on vocals.

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Crazy Circles (Rodgers) is played on acoustic guitars and on a reflective mood. Mick Ralphs’ solo is a gem.

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With Gone, Gone, Gone (Burrell) we return to the Hard Rock of wide scope; beautiful the work of slide guitar and good performance of the group. Evil Wind (Rodgers) despite not having a particular melody is one of my favorite pieces in the group. Superlative introduction, the Rodgersian epic of the text waving on a musical gallop, the excellent performance of Kirke and Burrell, the great vocal talents of Paul Rodgers and what – in the final coda – in my opinion is one of Mick’s best solos ever.

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Early In The Morning (Rodgers) is the classic slow piece by Paul Rodgers that shines here in the magnificent new remaster. In the end the always effective Rodgersian epic driven by a nice intervention of lead guitar by Mick Ralphs

Lonely For Your Love (Ralphs) is the album’s boogie by numbers (© David Clayton), which is one of Mick Ralphs’ slightly cheesy boogies. It is Can’t Get Enough part 2 but, loving the guitarist in question so much, it is still very enjoyable to me. Rodgers sings it in a very high register. Oh Atlanta (Ralphs), on the other hand, is a great piece, American music made flawlessly by the British. Harmonica, persuasive rhythm, dream guitars and the usual great Paul Rodgers on vocals (with Little Feat in the background).

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Acoustic guitars for Take The Time (Ralphs), third piece by Mick. Nice to hear the group so cohesive and mature. Once again the slide guitar embroidery is delightful.

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Rhythm Machine (Burrell / Kirke) is a sparkling rock written by the two beautiful rascals who form the rhythm section of the group; She Brings Me Love (Rodgers) closes the album, a love song with gospel tolls that also benefits enormously from the new remaster.

 

The bonus material opens with two versions of Smokin ’45 (Alternative Version 1) – Smokin’ 45 (Alternative Version 2) (Sinfield / Burrell / Hinckley), the piece by Boz Burrell that should have been released on the album (side 1 , track 3) but which was then excluded and which appeared for the first time in 1999 in the Original Bad Company Anthology (a version that I would have liked published also here). In these alternative versions I hear the Little Feat feeel again, especially in the long final codas.

Rock Fever (Ralphs) was never taken too much into consideration for the songlist of the album, and I think only a Mick Ralphs fan like me could really care. Simple and unpretentious rock written by Mick while the band was in exile on the isle of Jersey, between France and England. Track then released in 1984 on his first solo album Take This!

Rock fever, roll easy, let me save my soul

Rock fever, roll easy, let the good times roll.

Oh yeah, Mick!

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Oh, Atlanta (Slow Version with Rhodes) is splendid for me. Mick on the Fender Rhodes piano and Paul on the harmonica for a delightful 3/4 moment.

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I’d like to have everything Bad Company 1974/82 recorded, but three alternative versions of Rock’n’Roll Fantasy are perhaps too many: Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 1) – Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 2) – Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 3) [2019 Remaster]. The second is differentiated by the organ added in the refrain,

Crazy Circles (Alternative Version) has a nice piano that every now and then does the counterpoint to Rodgers, even in Gone, Gone, Gone (Alternative Take) there is an unexpected piano, the piece also differs from the original track thanks to the riff that acts as an intermezzo and which in the original version can only be heard in the ending that fades. Early In The Morning (Alternative Version 1) is crystal clear and more alive than the original. Lonely For Your Love (Alternative Version 1) is a rough and ready version and Take The Time (Alternative Version 1) has the percussions very present and Mick plays it on the electric guitar.

Evil Wind (Alternative Version) is a work in progress while Take The Time (Alternative Version 2) is almost better than the original; then Lonely for Your Love (Alternative Version 2) follows and She Brings Me Love (Alternative Version) highlights a suggestive ending.

What Does It Matter (Blues Jam) is the second real unpublished thing, nothing more than a just sketched blues but – in my view – with great potential if the band had the desire to work on it. Again Mick on piano and Paul on harmonica. For the fan I am, a very tasty and unmissable moment.

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Rhythm Machine (Alternative Version) has a most prominent piano and a naturally less sophisticated approach.
A rather light-hearted version of Amen (A cappella) closes the album. It is a gospel song brought up in 1964 by the Impressions.

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CD1
1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (2019 Remaster)
2. Crazy Circles (2019 Remaster)
3. Gone, Gone, Gone (2019 Remaster)
4. Evil Wind (2019 Remaster)
5. Early in the Morning (2019 Remaster)
6. Lonely for Your Love (2019 Remaster)
7. Oh, Atlanta (2019 Remaster)
8. Take the Time (2019 Remaster)
9. Rhythm Machine (2019 Remaster)
10. She Brings Me Love (2019 Remaster)
11. Smokin’ 45 (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
12. Smokin’ 45 (Alternative Version 2) [2019 Remaster]
13. Rock Fever (2019 Remaster)
14. Oh, Atlanta (Slow Version with Rhodes) [2019 Remaster]
15. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
16. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 2) [2019 Remaster]
17. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy (Alternative Version 3) [2019 Remaster]
18. Crazy Circles (Alternative Version) [2019 Remaster]

CD2
1. Gone, Gone, Gone (Alternative Take) [2019 Remaster]
2. Early in the Morning (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
3. Lonely for Your Love (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
4. Take the Time (Alternative Version 1) [2019 Remaster]
5. Evil Wind (Alternative Version) [2019 Remaster]
6. Take the Time (Alternative Version 2) [2019 Remaster]
7. Lonely for Your Love (Alternative Version 2) [2019 Remaster]
8. She Brings Me Love (Alternative Version) [2019 Remaster]
9. What Does It Matter (Blues Jam) [2019 Remaster]
10. Rhythm Machine (Alternative Version) [2019 Remaster]
11. Amen (A cappella) [2019 Remaster]

  • Distributed By – WEA Records Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Swan Song Records
  • Copyright (c) – Swan Song Records
  • Recorded At – Ridge Farm Studios
  • Mixed At – Marquee Studios
  • Published By – Badco Music
  • Lacquer Cut At – Strawberry Mastering
  • Design, Photography By – Hipgnosis
  • Engineer – Tony Patrick
  • Plated By – E.G..*
  • Producer – Bad Company

LE DELUXE EDITION DEI BAD COMPANY SUL BLOG:

https://timtirelli.com/2017/07/12/bad-company-burnin-sky-deluxe-edition-swan-song-rhino-2017-tttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2017/06/12/bad-company-run-with-the-pack-deluxe-edition-swan-song-rhino-2017-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2015/05/14/bad-company-straight-shooter-deluxe-edition-swan-song-rhino-1974-2015-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2015/04/30/bad-company-bad-co-deluxe-edition-swan-song-rhino-1974-2015-ttttt/

 

BOOTLEGS: The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany, December 3rd 1984

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ITALIAN/ENGLISH

The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984 (upgrade 2016)

LABEL: no label

TYPE: audience

SOUND QUALITY:TTT½

PERFORMANCE: TTT½

ARTWORK: no artwork

PACKAGING: no packaging

BAND MOOD: TTTT

COLLECTION ZEP FAN: TTT

COLLECTION CASUAL FAN: T

Jimmy Page impiega più o meno 4 anni per riprendersi dal drammatico delirio dell’ultimo periodo dei Led Zeppelin. La morte di Bonham, il frantumarsi del suo progetto, l’uso feroce di sostanze chimiche pesanti, la mancanza di volontà riguardo l’essere di nuovo il magnifico musicista che era, il radicale cambiamento musicale che avviene tra i due decenni fan sì che i primi anni ottanta siano per lui un periodo di confusione. Una colonna sonora (per la verità ottima) nel 1982, la discutibile partecipazione all’ARMS tour a supporto della ricerca per la sclerosi multipla nel 1983, le sghembe apparizioni come ospite e un disco interlocutorio con Roy Harper. Page non troverà mai più la forza e la lucidità per modellare un proponimento concreto e duraturo ma all’epoca il progetto Firm sembrava l’inizio di una nuova era per il nostro. Il 16 luglio 1984 me ne stavo in piazza Duomo a Pistoia in attesa della sua apparizione per il tributo ad Alexis Korner. Ricordo chiaramente che già ero al corrente del suo sodalizio con Paul Rodgers. In quanto fan dei LZ, della Bad Co e dei Free, ne ero entusiasta. Si vociferava di Cozy Powell alla batteria, ma come sappiamo la sezione ritmica sarà poi formata da Tony Franklin (conosciuto grazie alle recenti collaborazioni con Roy Harper) e Chris Slade (figura nota tra le seconde linee del rock inglese e a quel tempo batterista piuttosto richiesto e in auge).

Sul finire del 1984 la band parte per un mini tour europeo, tour che anticipa l’uscita del primo album prevista per febbraio 1985 (disco che arriverà nella top 20 americana, diventando disco d’oro).

1984
11.29 Gota Lejon, Stockholm
11.30 Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen
12.01 Olympen, Lund
12.03 Kongresshalle, Frankfurt
12.04 Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen
12.05 Audiomax, Hamburg
12.07 Town Hall, Middlesborough
12.08 Hammersmith Odeon, London
12.09 Hammersmith Odeon, London

A quel tempo i bootleg sono persino stampati anche in Italia, poco dopo infatti riesco ad acquistare nel negozio di dischi da cui mi fornivo regolarmente (nel centralissimo Corso Canalchiaro angolo Piazza Grande di Mutina) il doppio Live in Frankfurt da fonte audience.

Black Cover – The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984 – photo TT

Black Cover – The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984 – photo TT

Dello stesso bootleg ne stampano anche una versione con la copertina rossa.

Red Cover – The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984

34 anni dopo mi decido a cercare un upgrade, cosa non certo impossibile nell’era digitale dove tanto è condiviso in rete. Sono al corrente che ne esiste già una versione uscita …

Versione precedente su cd

Versione precedente su cd

ma riesco a trovare una buona versione del 2016 e mi ci butto sopra.

A dir la verità, non è che il miglioramento sia poi così evidente rispetto al bootleg in vinile in mio possesso, ma la tecnologia di oggi non può che migliorare – in fatto di pulizia – vecchie registrazioni live prese dal pubblico, cosicché questo nuovo transfer risulta molto gradevole per un fan dei Firm quale sono.

Il concerto inizia con la classica introduzione usata dal gruppo in quel periodo, la maestosa Jupiter di Gustav Holst da i Pianeti (1914)

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Il riff di Closer (The Firm – first album – 1985) apre le danze, nonostante sia solo il quarto concerto il gruppo pare coeso e in palla. E’ il periodo in cui Page suona quasi esclusivamente la Telecaster con lo Stringbender, un Page in discreta forma, lontano certamente dallo zenit raggiunto con i LZ, ma – per un fan – tutto sommato niente male. Finito il pezzo il pubblico si di mostra molto caldo e lo sarà per tutto il concerto. Questo è curioso, sono anni in cui il classic rock degli anni settanta non è certo di modo, punk, new wave e in parte NWOBHM la fanno da padroni, il gruppo propone brani da un album non ancora pubblicato o dai recenti dischi solisti (non certo di successo) di Page e Rodgers e si rifiuta di giocare facile inserendo in scaletta qualche pezzo dei LZ o della Bad Co.

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Segue City Sirens (Jimmy Page – Death Wish II soundtrack 1982). Slade  e Franklin formano una ottima seziona ritmica. Quest’ultimo suona un basso fretless, strumento molto in voga negli anni ottanta (e venuto alla ribalta nella seconda metà degli anni settanta grazie a Jaco Pastorius), apparentemente non adattissimo al rock di questo tipo, ma Tony riesce ad essere assolutamente convincente con esso, il lavoro che fa è entusiasmante. La carica del gruppo è contagiosa.

Subito dopo l’ incedere quadrato di Make Or Break (The Firm – first album – 1985) il pubblico inizia a gridare “Jimmy Jimmy” segno che, a dispetto del periodo, l’amore per lui e per i LZ in Germania è ancora forte. Morning After The Night Before (Paul Rodgers – Cut Loose – 1983 album) è un po’ caotica e fuori fuoco ed è seguita da Together (The Firm – first album – 1985). Questa la presenta Jimmy, quando si avvicina al microfono il pubblico si infiamma ancor di più. Con Together il gruppo torna compatto, è evidente che Page sia più a suo agio con i brani a lui direttamente collegati.

The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984

Cadillac (The Firm – Mean Business album – 1986) è una outtake del primo album che verrà pubblicata l’anno successivo sul secondo. Il pezzo ha un vago sapore new wave. Prelude (Jimmy Page – Death Wish II soundtrack 1982) è la controversa versione di Page del preludio in MI minore Op 28, n. 4 di Chopin, nemmeno due minuti di musica strumentale con la solista che esegue la melodia in un arrangiamento non certo indimenticabile. Classiche atmosfere Rodgersiane in LA minore per Money Can’t Buy (The Firm – first album – 1985), discreto assolo di Page con l’ausilio del wah wah. Radioactive (The Firm – first album – 1985) è il singolo tratto dall’album. Un tempo sostenuto guidato dall’acustica di Rodgers. Ennesimo sviluppo in minore. Il riff dissonante che rese famoso il pezzo in studio fu suonato da Rodgers (quando tutti per anni pensammo fosse Page) e in ambito live naturalmente da Jimmy Page. Live In Peace (Paul Rodgers – Cut Loose – 1983 album /The Firm – Mean Business album – 1986 ) è il quarto pezzo in minore consecutivo e mi chiedo a cosa pensassero Jimmy e Paul quando buttarono giù la scaletta. Sei giorni più tardi i Firm ne faranno una grande versione all’Hammersmith Odeon di Londra, versione poi pubblicata nel Maxi Single contenente il remix di Radioactive, con in evidenza uno dei più riusciti assoli di Page degli anni ottanta. Qui a Francoforte l’assolo non sembra essere della stessa qualità, ma rimane ad un livello certamente buono; il pubblico applaude convinto. Midnight Moonlight (The Firm – first album – 1985) proviene dalla prima metà degli anni settanta. Page infatti la registrò insieme a Bonham al tempo delle session di Physical Graffiti col titolo provvisorio di Swan Song. I LZ non ne fecero nulla e così Page usò la base per scrivere il pezzo insieme a Rodgers poco prima del tour americano dell’Arms  del dicembre 1983, a cui parteciparono entrambi. Brano molto bello, articolato, profondo e per certi versi epico. Rodgers qui a Francoforte la canta molto bene. Nella parte centrale dedicata alla chitarra, Page gioca con l’accordatura aperta, cita White Summer e Black Mountain Side. Quando rientra la band è facile intuire che i Firm avrebbero davvero potuto essere una grande band se solo Page fosse stato più concentrato e volenteroso. La versione live You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling ((The Firm – first album – 1985) dei Righteous Brothers non ha mai convinto del tutto e quasi scompare dinnanzi a quel piccolo capolavoro che è la versione registrata in studio. Qui a Francoforte però l’intenzione è quella giusta e il pezzo fila.

Promo shot 1984 - The Firm

Promo shot 1984 – The Firm

La sezione dedicata agli assoli dei singoli musicisti è un po’ fine a se stessa, erano anni in cui certe cose andavano evitate. Inizia Tony Franklin; tre minuti e mezzo di assolo per poi unirsi al gruppo per lo strumentale The Chase (Jimmy Page – Death Wish II soundtrack 1982). Quattro minuti insieme per arrivare al momento in cui Page prende l’archetto di violino per un esoterico momento zeppeliniano. Il pubblico naturalmente apprezza molto. Nel finale Jimmy aggiunge anche la parte con l’effetto usata nel tour americano del 1977. Segue assolo di batteria. Full Circle ((The Firm – first album outtake) è un’altro inedito del primo album e che mai verrà pubblicato. Hard Rock grintoso seppur senza brividi particolari. Curiosità, sembra contenere, nella parte finale, il giro di accordi poi usato da Jimmy in Over Now dall’album Coverdale-Page del 1993.  Someone To Love (The Firm – first album – 1985) chiude il set con la sua consueta carica. Durante l’assolo di Page la chitarra smette di funzionare. Franklin, Slade e Rodgers continuano (con un grande lavoro di basso) sino a che la chitarra di Page torna in vita. Il pubblico risponde alla grande alla richiesta di feedback da parte di Rodgers.

I bis sono costituiti da Boogie Mama (Paul Rodgers – Cut Loose – 1983 album) e Everybody Needs Somebody To Love di Solomeon Burke in una versione molto simile a quella che erano soliti fare i LZ nella tournée europea del 1973. Boogie Mama è un bis niente male, un bluesaccio che si sviluppa in uno scatenato rock and roll. Rodgers, Franklin e Rodgers (voce/chitarra) in alcuni momenti sono incredibili, Page non è male. ENSTL invece non funziona, sarà forse perché non ho mai gradito quell’arrangiamento ma il pezzo non decolla. Dopo circa 5 minuti la band lascia il solo pubblico a cantare il ritornello e se ne va per un paio di minuti, poi ritorna e riprende il pezzo da dove lo aveva lasciato. 11 minuti non certo indimenticabili.

The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984

Concludendo, una registrazione audience buona per avere una testimonianza (insieme al soundboard di Londra 9 dicembre 1984) del primo mini tour dei Firm.

The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984

 

Artist: The Firm
Source: Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984
Time: Disc 1: 59:33
Disc 2: 57:11
Disc 1:
1. Intro (1:30)
2. Closer (4:09)
3. City Sirens (5:03)
4. Make Or Break (5:25)
5. Morning After The Night Before (4:55)
6. Together (4:21)
7. Cadillac (5:28)
8. Prelude (1:51)
9. Money Can’t Buy (4:20)
10. Radioactive (4:28)
11. Live In Peace (6:37)
12. Midnight Moonlight (11:27)
Disc 2:
1. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (6:17)
2. Bass Solo (3:26)
3. The Chase (4:07)
4. Guitar Solo (6:48)
5. Drum Solo (5:28)
6. Full Circle (4:50)
7. Someone To Love (6:48)
8. Boogie Mama (8:07)
9. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (11:21)

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(broken english)ENGLISH

The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984 (upgrade 2016)

LABEL: no label

TYPE: audience

SOUND QUALITY:TTT½

PERFORMANCE: TTT½

ARTWORK: no artwork

PACKAGING: no packaging

BAND MOOD: TTTT

COLLECTION ZEP FAN: TTT

COLLECTION CASUAL FAN: T

Jimmy Page takes more or less 4 years to recover from the dramatic delirium of the last Led Zeppelin period. The death of Bonham, the shattering of his project, the ferocious use of heavy chemical substances, the lack of will to be again the magnificent musician he was, the radical musical change that takes place between the two decades, make the early eighties a period of confusion for him. A soundtrack (excellent, after all) in 1982, the questionable participation at the ARMS tour in support of the research for multiple sclerosis in 1983, the crooked appearances as a guest and an interim record with Roy Harper. Page will never find the strength and lucidity to model a concrete and lasting purpose but at the time the Firm project seemed the beginning of a new era for our man. On July 16th 1984 I was in Piazza Duomo in Pistoia waiting for his appearance at the tribute to Alexis Korner. I clearly remember that I was already aware of his association with Paul Rodgers for his new adventure. As a fan of LZ, Bad Co and Free, I was thrilled. Cozy Powell was rumored to be on drums, but as we know the rhythm section will then be formed by Tony Franklin (known thanks to recent collaborations with Roy Harper) and Chris Slade (a well-known figure among the second lines of English rock and a drummer in vogue at that time).

At the end of 1984 the band left for a European mini tour, a tour that anticipated the release of the first album scheduled for February 1985 (a record that will arrive in the American top 20, becoming a gold record).

1984
11.29 Gota Lejon, Stockholm
11.30 Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen
12.01 Olympen, Lund
12.03 Kongresshalle, Frankfurt
12.04 Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen
12.05 Audiomax, Hamburg
12.07 Town Hall, Middlesborough
12.08 Hammersmith Odeon, London
12.09 Hammersmith Odeon, London

At that time the bootlegs were even printed in Italy, shortly afterwards in fact I manage to buy at my local record store (in the very central Corso Canalchiaro near Piazza Grande in Modena) the double lp live in Frankfurt from audience source.

Black Cover – The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984 – photo TT

Black Cover – The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984 – photo TT

They also print a red cover version of the same bootleg.

Red Cover – The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984

34 years later I decide to look for an upgrade, which is certainly not impossible in the digital age where so much is shared on the net. I am aware that another version already exists …

Versione precedente su cd

Versione precedente su cd

but I find a good version of 2016 and jump on it.

Actually, it’s not that the improvement is so obvious compared to the vinyl bootleg in my possession, but today’s technology can only improve – in terms of cleaning – old live audience recordings, so that this new transfer is very pleasant for a Firm fan as I am.

The concert begins with the classic introduction used by the group at that time: the majestic Jupiter by Gustav Holst ‘s Planets (1914)

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The Closer riff (The Firm – first album – 1985) gets it on, although it is only the fourth concert the group seems cohesive and on the ball. It is the period in which Page plays almost exclusively the Telecaster with the Stringbender, Page is in discreet form, certainly far from the zenith reached with the LZ, but – for a fan – all in all not bad. Once the piece is ended, the audience appears very hot and it will be so for the whole concert. This is curious, these are years in which the classic rock of the seventies is certainly not trendy, punk, new wave and in part NWOBHM are the masters, the group offers songs from an album not yet published or from recent (and obscure) solo albums of Page and Rodgers and refuses to play easy by inserting a few pieces of LZ or Bad Co. into the setlist.

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City Sirens (Jimmy Page – Death Wish II soundtrack 1982) is the second number. Slade and Franklin form an excellent rhythm section. The latter plays a fretless bass, a very popular instrument in the eighties (and came to the fore in the second half of the seventies thanks to Jaco Pastorius), apparently not very suitable for hard rock, but Tony manages to be absolutely convincing with it , the work he does is exciting. The drive of the group is contagious.

Immediately after the square run of Make Or Break (The Firm – first album – 1985) the audience began shouting “Jimmy Jimmy” a sign that, despite the period, the love for him and for the LZs in Germany is still strong . Morning After The Night Before (Paul Rodgers – Cut Loose – 1983 album) is a bit chaotic and out of focus and is followed by Together (The Firm – first album – 1985). This is introduced by Jimmy, when he gets closer to the microphone the audience gets even more crazy. With Together the group becomes solid again, it is clear that Page is more at ease with the songs directly connected to him.

The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984

Promo shot 1984 - The Firm

Promo shot 1984 – The Firm

Cadillac (The Firm – Mean Business album – 1986) is an outtake of the first album to be released the following year on the second album. The piece has a vague new wave flavor. Prelude (Jimmy Page – Death Wish II soundtrack 1982) is Page’s controversial version of the prelude in Minor MI Op 28, n. 4 by Chopin, not even two minutes of instrumental music with the lead guitar performing the melody in an arrangement that is certainly not unforgettable. Classic Rodgersian atmospheres in A minor for Money Can’t Buy (The Firm – first album – 1985), with a good enough solo by Page with the help of wah wah. Radioactive (The Firm – first album – 1985) is the single from the album. and its driven by Rodgers acoustic guitar. Yet another minor music development. The  famous dissonant riff in the studio was played by Rodgers (when for years we all thought it was Page) and in the live set is obviously played by Jimmy Page. Live In Peace (Paul Rodgers – Cut Loose – 1983 album / The Firm – Mean Business album – 1986) is the fourth minor piece in a row and I wonder what Jimmy and Paul thought when they scribbled down the setlist for the tour. Anyway six days later the Firm will make a great version of it at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, a version later published in the Maxi Single containing the Radioactive remix, highlighting one of the most successful solos of Page in the eighties. Here in Frankfurt the solo does not seem to be of the same quality, but it remains at a certainly good level; the audience applauds convinced.

Midnight Moonlight (The Firm – first album – 1985) comes from the first half of the seventies. Page in fact recorded it together with Bonham at the time of the sessions for Physical Graffiti with the working title of Swan Song. The LZs did nothing with it and so Page used that almost complete sketch to write the piece with Rodgers shortly before the Arms US tour in December 1983, in which both took part. Very beautiful piece, articulate, deep and in some ways epic. Rodgers sings it very well here in Frankfurt. In the central part dedicated to the guitar, Page jokes with the open tuning, he cites White Summer and Black Mountain Side. When the band rejoin in it is easy to see that the Firm could really have been a great band if only Page had been more concentrated and willing. The live version You’ve Lost That Lovin ‘Feeling ((The Firm – first album – 1985) by Righteous Brothers has never completely convinced me and almost disappears in front of that little masterpiece that is the studio recorded version. Here in Frankfurt though the intention is the right one and the song flows.

Promo shot 1984 - The Firm

Promo shot 1984 – The Firm

The section dedicated to the solo spots is a bit of an end in itself, they were years when certain things had to be avoided. Tony Franklin starts the thing; three and a half minutes of soloing and then he joins the group for The Chase (Jimmy Page – Death Wish II soundtrack 1982). Four minutes of intsrumental music together to arrive at the moment in which Page takes the violin bow for the esoteric zeppelinian moment. The audience naturally appreciates a lot. In the final section of his solo spot Jimmy also adds the part with the guitar effect used in the American tour of 1977. Then we have the drums solo. Full Circle ((The Firm – first album outtake) is another outtake of the first album and it will never be released. Gritty Hard Rock without any particular thrills. It seems to contain, in the final part, the chords section used by Jimmy in Over Now for the 1993 album Coverdale-Page. Someone To Love (The Firm – first album – 1985) closes the set with his usual charge. During the solo Page’s guitar stops working. Franklin, Slade and Rodgers coolly continue (there’s a great bass work at that point) until Page’s guitar comes back to life. After that Rodgers request some feedback from the fans, and the audience explodes.

The encores are Boogie Mama (Paul Rodgers – Cut Loose – 1983 album) and Everybody Needs Somebody To Love by Solomeon Burke in a version very similar to what LZs used to do on the 1973 European tour. Boogie Mama is an good encore, some badass blues that develops into a wild rock and roll. Rodgers, Franklin and Rodgers (vocals / guitar) are incredible at times, Page is again a bit out of focus. ENSTL on the other hand does not work, it may be because I have never liked that arrangement but the piece really does not take off. After about 5 minutes the band leaves the public alone to sing the chorus and leaves for a couple of minutes, then returns and picks up the piece from where it left it. 11 minutes certainly not unforgettable.

The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984

In conclusion, a good audience recording that serves for an account (along with the London 9 December 1984 soundboard) of the first Firm mini tour.

The Firm – Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984

 

Artist: The Firm
Source: Kongreßhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. December 3rd 1984
Time: Disc 1: 59:33
Disc 2: 57:11
Disc 1:
1. Intro (1:30)
2. Closer (4:09)
3. City Sirens (5:03)
4. Make Or Break (5:25)
5. Morning After The Night Before (4:55)
6. Together (4:21)
7. Cadillac (5:28)
8. Prelude (1:51)
9. Money Can’t Buy (4:20)
10. Radioactive (4:28)
11. Live In Peace (6:37)
12. Midnight Moonlight (11:27)
Disc 2:
1. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (6:17)
2. Bass Solo (3:26)
3. The Chase (4:07)
4. Guitar Solo (6:48)
5. Drum Solo (5:28)
6. Full Circle (4:50)
7. Someone To Love (6:48)
8. Boogie Mama (8:07)
9. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (11:21)

 

BOOTLEGS: Led Zeppelin, Fort Worth,19 May 1973 (dadgad remaster 2019)

13 Mag

ITALIAN/ENGLISH

Led Zeppelin, Fort Worth, Texas, USA Tarrant County Convention Center 19 May 1973 (dadgad remaster 2019)

LABEL: no label

TYPE: soundboard

SOUND QUALITY: TTTT

PERFORMANCE: TTTT

ARTWORK: no artwork

PACKAGING: no packaging

BAND MOOD: TTTT

COLLECTION ZEP FAN: TTTT

COLLECTION CASUAL FAN: TTT

Terzo remaster del 2019, terza ottima prova di dadgad. Non posso che ripetere quanto già scritto nei precedenti due recenti articoli: nuovo remaster sempre relativo alla prima parte del tour del nord America del 1973. Altro soundboard (una cassetta solitamente stereo registrata dal bancone del mixer) che dadgad riprende in mano e ripulisce con la sua consueta bravura. Due parole sulla prima parte del tour del 1973 le abbiamo scritte nella recensione del concerto di Mobile (pubblicato l’11 aprile), passiamo quindi direttamente al concerto.

13500 (forse 14000) spettatori per la data texana al Tarrant County Convention Center di Forth Worth, data che inizia come da copione con Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog. La qualità audio è davvero ottima (ricordiamoci sempre che stiamo parlando di bootleg), gli strumenti sono ben bilanciati, seguire la performance è un piacere. Il gruppo sembra in forma. Il basso di Jones è ben presente e pompa con la consueta stupefacente eleganza. Nell’assolo finale di Celebration Day Page sperimenta nuove cose, è chiaro sin da subito che sarà una buona serata. Seguire in cuffia John Bonham i è entusiasmante, le finezze che mette in campo sono godibilissime. Tiene il tempo con la potenza che lo contraddistingue ma tra un giro è l’altro vi infila passaggini deliziosi.

RP: Thank you. Good evening. A little more rapport. What happened to you on that ah, ah? Where you went? You were jerkin’ off. What happened? That’s my game. This is a song from, uh, Houses of the Holy. It’s, uh, it’s about man.

Over The Hills And Far Away è un altro momento adatto per apprezzare la coppia Jones/Bonham; mentre Page è perso nelle sue improvvisazioni, la sezione ritmica regge il pezzo con impeto e passionale precisione.

RP: This is, uh, quite an occasion, he said to himself. This is a track from the fourth album. This is what happens when you go for a walk on a Sunday afternoon in the park, and things don’t go so well. In fact, you end up in the jail house. It’s called ‘Misty Mountain Hop.’

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-19 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

 Misty Mountain Hop e Since I’ve Been Loving You proseguono lungo il sentiero del concerto. In SIBLY il piano di Jones mi irretisce ogni volta. La versione del 1973 è davvero insuperabile: arrangiamento sublime, gruppo sempre pronto a prendersi rischi e azzardare figadini musicali, assolo di chitarra di espressività cosmica.

RP: This, uh. Mr. soundman. This is called ‘No Quarter.’

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-Texas, USA

 

Purtroppo durante No Quarter il suono della pedaliera basso su cui John Paul Jones agisce contemporaneamente alle tastiere non esce in modo chiaro, è infatti un indistinto tumbleweed di frequenze basse che rotola continuamente sotto i piedi del polistrumentista. Buono l’assolo di Page.

RP: That was a new one. This is another new one. It’s about, uh, actually, I’ve got a funny feeling in me pipe. I swear, ha ha. Um, it’s about traveling about in, in, uh, different countries and finding out that at the very end that basically eveybody is just the same. There’s a few crazy people but basically, anywhere, everybody is the same. And it’s called ‘The Song Remains the Same.’

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-19 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

In The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song la definizione del basso di Jones sembra perdersi un po’. Bonham durante TSRTS è la solita furia, stasera sembra ossessionato dall’uso dei timpani (tipo di tamburi della batteria posizionati a terra, in questo caso a destra del batterista). Lo scrivo ogni volta, ma il lavoro di Page sulla dodici corde è uno dei momenti più alti del chitarrismo rock. Alla fine il pezzo va a dissolversi in The Rain Song; la delicata chitarra di Page e il canto celestiale di Robert Plant mi confermano – come se ce ne fosse bisogno – che i LZ sono stati davvero stati i numeri uno. Entra poi il mellotron di Jones e mi sciolgo per l’ennesima volta di fronte alla maestosa musicalità del gruppo.

RP: John Paul Jones played the orchestra. Let’s hear it for John Paul Jones, who played the orchestra! As you’re so responsive, I think you can give yourself a good round of applause. We’d like to, uh, in fact, it’s nothing to do with we, it’s something to do with me. I’d like to dedicate this next one to, uh, an old friend of mine, if she’s about anywhere, The Butterqueen. Ha, ha, ha. The Butterqueen, fantastic. Do you know what it’s like? Far out. [fade cut]Hah. She is too much, really. And so are we. And this is an old one. An oldie but goodie. The Butterqueen.

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-19 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

L’introduzione di Dazed And Confused si caratterizza per un uso masiccio dei timpani da parte di Bonham. Molto bene Plant e assai riuscita la sezione dell’archetto di violino, grande impatto sonoro e magnetismo interstellare, ma è tutto il pezzo ad essere magnifico. I musicisti si trovano e si rincorrono secondo uno schema universale mandato a memoria, un po’ come facevano, nello stesso anno, i giocatori dell’Ajax. Alla fine trenta secondi di ovazione dopo trenta minuti di purissima tempesta elettrica.

RP :Good evening.”

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-19 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Stairway To Heaven è impeccabile. Niente di più, niente di meno. Uno spettacolo.

RP: Thank you. Thank you very much. I think after, after that I’ll, I will put the lemon tea away and stand on the beer again. Oh, dear. So it’s gettin’ a little more personalized now, right? I’m beginning to feel, feel the presence of fourteen thousand people. [cut]

Anche in questo caso il soundboard si conclude con STH, nastro dunque incompleto ma da avere (anche grazie al lavoro di dadgad), se ci si considera una testa di piombo.

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Artist: Led Zeppelin
Date: 1973-05-19
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Venue: Tarrant County Convention Center
Source: Soundboard
Lineage: Unverified Analogue low gen source>DAT>CDr>WAV>FLAC

Comment: 2019 Remaster, the difference from the old one is subtle but there is.

I received the raw transfer as 1st Gen>DAT>CDR along with the Mobile and Kezar SBDs back in the years.

Considering the saga that surrounds these SBD tapes I prefer to list this as unverified gen.

This and the Mobile one do not belong to the well known branch.

Setlist:
01. Rock And Roll
02. Celebration Day
03. Black Dog
04. Over The Hills And Far Away
05. Misty Mountain Hop
06. Since I’ve Been Loving You
07. No Quarter
08. The Song Remains The Same
09. The Rain Song
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven

Speed&Pitch corrected and Remastered

dadgad prog.

Altre produzioni di dadgad sul blog:

https://timtirelli.com/2019/04/24/bootleg-led-zeppelin-salt-lake-city-salt-palace-26-may-1973-dadgad-remaster-2019/

https://timtirelli.com/2019/04/11/bootlegs-led-zeppelin-mobile-municipal-auditorium-13-may-1973-dadgad-remaster-2019/

https://timtirelli.com/2014/08/15/led-zeppelin-san-francisco-kezar-stadium-2-june-1973-dadgad-edition-2010-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2013/07/12/led-zeppelin-the-kings-of-the-stone-age-bootleg-2013-empress-valley-3-cd-doctored-by-dadgad-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2017/02/02/led-zeppelin-must-have-bootlegs-going-to-california-berkeley-14091971/

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(broken) ENGLISH

Led Zeppelin, Fort Worth, Texas, USA Tarrant County Convention Center 19 May 1973 (dadgad remaster 2019)

LABEL: no label

TYPE: soundboard

SOUND QUALITY: TTTT

PERFORMANCE: TTTT

ARTWORK: no artwork

PACKAGING: no packaging

BAND MOOD: TTTT

COLLECTION ZEP FAN: TTTT

COLLECTION CASUAL FAN: TTT

Third 2019 remaster, third excellent work of dadgad. I can only repeat what I have already written in the previous two recent articles: its a new remaster always related to the first part of the North American tour of 1973. Another soundboard (usually  a stereo cassette recorded by the mixing desk) that dadgad cleans with his usual skills. I wrote few words on the first part of the 1973 tour in the review of the Mobile concert (published on April 11), so we go directly to the show.

13500 (maybe 14000) fas for the Texan date at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Forth Worth, a date that starts as expected with Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog. The audio quality is really good (always remember that we’re talking about bootlegs), the instruments are well balanced, following the performance is a pleasure. The group seems to be in good shape. Jones’ bass is very present and pumps with the usual astonishing elegance. Page tries new things in the final solo of Celebration Day, it is clear right away that it will be a good evening. To follow John Bonham, with the headphones on, is exciting, the subtleties he puts into play are extremely enjoyable. He keeps his tempo with the power that sets him apart, but between one ride and another he puts on delicious passages.

RP: Thank you. Good evening. A little more rapport. What happened to you on that ah, ah? Where you went? You were jerkin’ off. What happened? That’s my game. This is a song from, uh, Houses of the Holy. It’s, uh, it’s about man.

In Over The Hills And Far Away we can enjoy again the Jones/Bonham rhythm section; while Page is lost in his improvisations, the two Johns holds the piece with impetus and passionate precision.

RP: This is, uh, quite an occasion, he said to himself. This is a track from the fourth album. This is what happens when you go for a walk on a Sunday afternoon in the park, and things don’t go so well. In fact, you end up in the jail house. It’s called ‘Misty Mountain Hop.’

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-19 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Misty Mountain Hop and Since I’ve Been Loving You continue along the concert trail. In SIBLY, Jones’s piano charms me every time. The 1973 version is truly unsurpassed: a sublime arrangement, a group always ready to take risks and hazarding new musical figures, the cosmic expressiveness of the guitar solo.

RP: This, uh. Mr. soundman. This is called ‘No Quarter.’

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-Texas, USA

Unfortunately during No Quarter the sound of the bass pedal (on which John Paul Jones acts simultaneously while playing the keyboards) does not come out clearly, it is in fact an indistinct low-frequency tumbleweed that continuously rolls under the feet of the multi-instrumentalist. Good Page’s solo.

RP: That was a new one. This is another new one. It’s about, uh, actually, I’ve got a funny feeling in me pipe. I swear, ha ha. Um, it’s about traveling about in, in, uh, different countries and finding out that at the very end that basically eveybody is just the same. There’s a few crazy people but basically, anywhere, everybody is the same. And it’s called ‘The Song Remains the Same.’

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-19 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

In The Song Remains The Same e The Rain Song, Jones’ bass definition seems to get lost a little. Bonham during TSRTS is the usual fury, tonight he seems obsessed with the use of tympani (type of drums positioned on the ground, in this case to the right of our beloved drummer). I write it every time, but Page’s work on the twelve strings is one of the highest moments of rock guitar playing. Eventually the piece dissolves into The Rain Song; Page’s delicate guitar and Robert Plant’s celestial vocals confirm – as if it were needed – that the LZs were really the number ones. When Jonesy’s mellotron enters I melt for the umpteenth time in front of the majestic musicality of the group.

RP: John Paul Jones played the orchestra. Let’s hear it for John Paul Jones, who played the orchestra! As you’re so responsive, I think you can give yourself a good round of applause. We’d like to, uh, in fact, it’s nothing to do with we, it’s something to do with me. I’d like to dedicate this next one to, uh, an old friend of mine, if she’s about anywhere, The Butterqueen. Ha, ha, ha. The Butterqueen, fantastic. Do you know what it’s like? Far out. [fade cut]Hah. She is too much, really. And so are we. And this is an old one. An oldie but goodie. The Butterqueen.

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-19 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

The introduction of Dazed And Confused is characterized by a massive use of the tympani by Bonham. Plant is very good on this track and the section of the violin bow is a real gas, great sound impact and interstellar magnetism. In the end the whole piece is magnificent. The musicians find and chase each other according to a very natural (to them) universal scheme, a bit like the Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax players did in the same years, in fact I have always thought Jimmy Page was the Joahn Cruijff of rock music. At the end we have thirty seconds ovation of the public, after thirty minutes of pure electrical storm.

RP :Good evening.”

Led Zeppelin 1973-05-19 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Stairway To Heaven is impeccable. Nothing more, nothing less. A unique spectacle!

RP: Thank you. Thank you very much. I think after, after that I’ll, I will put the lemon tea away and stand on the beer again. Oh, dear. So it’s gettin’ a little more personalized now, right? I’m beginning to feel, feel the presence of fourteen thousand people. [cut]

Also in this case the soundboard ends with STH, so it is an incomplete tape, but it’s a recording I suggest to have in your LZ bootleg collection (also thanks to the work of dadgad), if you consider yourselfselves a led head.

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Artist: Led Zeppelin
Date: 1973-05-19
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Venue: Tarrant County Convention Center
Source: Soundboard
Lineage: Unverified Analogue low gen source>DAT>CDr>WAV>FLAC

Comment: 2019 Remaster, the difference from the old one is subtle but there is.

I received the raw transfer as 1st Gen>DAT>CDR along with the Mobile and Kezar SBDs back in the years.

Considering the saga that surrounds these SBD tapes I prefer to list this as unverified gen.

This and the Mobile one do not belong to the well known branch.

Setlist:
01. Rock And Roll
02. Celebration Day
03. Black Dog
04. Over The Hills And Far Away
05. Misty Mountain Hop
06. Since I’ve Been Loving You
07. No Quarter
08. The Song Remains The Same
09. The Rain Song
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven

Speed&Pitch corrected and Remastered

dadgad prog.

Other dadgad’s production on this blog:

https://timtirelli.com/2019/04/24/bootleg-led-zeppelin-salt-lake-city-salt-palace-26-may-1973-dadgad-remaster-2019/

https://timtirelli.com/2019/04/11/bootlegs-led-zeppelin-mobile-municipal-auditorium-13-may-1973-dadgad-remaster-2019/

https://timtirelli.com/2014/08/15/led-zeppelin-san-francisco-kezar-stadium-2-june-1973-dadgad-edition-2010-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2013/07/12/led-zeppelin-the-kings-of-the-stone-age-bootleg-2013-empress-valley-3-cd-doctored-by-dadgad-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2017/02/02/led-zeppelin-must-have-bootlegs-going-to-california-berkeley-14091971/

 

BOOTLEG: Led Zeppelin, Salt Lake City, Salt Palace 26 May 1973 (dadgad remaster 2019)

24 Apr

ITALIAN/ENGLISH

Led Zeppelin, Salt Lake City, Salt Palace 26 May 1973 (dadgad remaster 2019)

LABEL: no label

TYPE: soundboard

SOUND QUALITY: TTTTT

PERFORMANCE: TTTT

ARTWORK: no artwork

PACKAGING: no packaging

BAND MOOD: TTT½

COLLECTION ZEP FAN: TTTT

COLLECTION CASUAL FAN: TT

Altro remaster del 2019 di dadgad sempre relativo alla prima parte del tour del nord America del 1973. Altro soundboard (una cassetta solitamente stereo registrata dal bancone del mixer) che dadgad riprende in mano e ripulisce con la sua consueta bravura. Ho confrontato questo nuovo remaster con la versione che avevo (Georgia On My Mind) e direi proprio che questa nuova fatica di dadgad sia più chiara e brillante. Due parole sulla prima parte del tour del 1973 le abbiamo scritte nella recensione del concerto di Mobile (pubblicato l’11 aprile), passiamo quindi direttamente al concerto.

Gli 11.000 (mica male per una cittadina che in quegli anni aveva una popolazione simile a quella di Modena ad esempio, 175.000 cittadini o giù di lì) del Salt Palace si scatenano sin da subito per la solita sequenza d’apertura Rock And Roll (cuts in), Celebration Day e Black Dog. Plant e Page sono leggermente fuori fuoco; nell’assolo finale di Celebration Day il chitarrista inserisce la sezione ad accordi tipica dell’assolo accompagnato di Heartbreaker. Effetto echo fuori controllo nel cantato di Black Dog. Jones e Bonham sono comunque fenomenali.

RP: “Thank you. Good evening. It’s, uh, it’s very nice to be back here again. Unfortunately, uh. Yeah, it’s very nice to be back here. No messing about. This is a track, after five albums we’ve finally been able to find a title for the new one, which is called Houses of the Holy. And, uh, so there’s somebody out there. This, this is a track from one of the, from this album. It’s about mankind.”

Over The Hills lo sappiamo è cantata da Plant in questo tour con un registro più basso rispetto a quello altissimo usato in studio e nella date americane del 1972. Con questo brano Page e Plant sembrano entrati in partita, la prova è convincente.

RP:“Thank you. Right, well what I was gonna try and say before, now that Jimmy’s just broken a string it gives me an opportunity to say that we’ve been, us English-folk are usually living on sea level, you know? Right down. Now for over a week now we’ve been above four thousand five hundred feet. And, uh, I suppose it’s like the dinosaurs and the complete evolution of things where you get, you know, you get out of a certain environment into another. We’ve been managing to stay awake about eight hours a day and we’re supposed to have a good reputation for staying awake twenty-four hours a day, so anyway, it’s been a very good tour. I’m doing a bit of schpeel as you’ll appreciate, while a string is being changed. It’s been a good tour; we’ve played in, in Tampa, and we thought we’d see a few people there but fifty-eight thousand people came. That was, so then we played in Atlanta and we thought we’d see another fifty-four thousand people, okay? So we had to sit down for a few days and work it out. Anyway, we’ve got back into the swing of doing concerts and things again, after sitting down for at least three days. So we want this one, we’re gonna make this one, ‘cuz we move from here to the West coast, this is the last Mid-west thing that we do before we get entirely crazy in California. We gonna do, we gonna make this gig the best one in the Mid-west. What we’re about to do to do this, we all got out of bed about an hour ago so’s we could do it properly, ha ha ha. So if you’ll excuse this little gap, we’ve sent so many things on to California that, uh, we even sent all the spare guitars and, I even found one foot of mine was drifting across there. Now, how we doing, Raymond? We got a Scotsman doing the guitars tonight, so he’s, he might be a little distorted with the hype above sea level. So if you’ll just talk amongst yourselves for a second, we’ll have a chat. Now this is a very, very professional run group, so cool it for a bit, ha ha.I could do a harmonica solo but me harmonicas are in the, the West coast too. Ah, another musician amongst us.”

Jimmy rompe una corda, la sostituzione dura più del previsto, Robert chiacchiera con il pubblico fino a che Jones di siede al piano e in tre improvvisano Georgia On My Mind di Ray Charles.

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RP: “Ahh, wait a minute, hold it, hold it. The night club has now closed down and we can get on with the concert. Right, this is a track from the, the album before the one with a title. It’s about what happens, you see how we speed up again, here? It’s the one about, about if you’re caught walking thru the park with the wrong stuff in your cigarette papers. ‘Misty Mountain Hop.’ “

LZ 26 may 1973 Salt Lake dadgad prod 2019 – homemade cover

Misty Mountain Hop e Since I’Ve Been Loving You seguono come di consueto. Ora tutto il gruppo è deciso e caldo. Il soundboard regala grandi emozioni e questa rimasterizzazione di dadgad riesce a far risaltare ulteriormente la connessione perfetta tra Bonham e le tastiere e pedaliera basso di Jones. Ascoltare in cuffia una SIBLY del 1973 in questa qualità audio (rammentiamo che comunque stiamo parlando di un bootleg) è sempre, sempre, una grande esperienza.

RP: “I think it would be advisable if you didn’t throw those green things around, you know. In case they hit somebody on the nut. This is a track from the titled album, uh. It’s called ‘No Quarter.’ “

No Quarter avanza tra la nebbia del vapore prodotto dal ghiaccio secco, effetto che ogni volta stupisce e  incanta il pubblico. Il duetto strumentale tra Jones e Bonham prima dell’assolo di Page è di nuovo appassionato e bello da ascoltare. La solista di Page è ispirata e ben si incastra con i giochi ritmici stimolati da Bonham.

RP: “Well. As you can tell, as the group gets older, we get into all sorts of different trips. Ahh, sorry, different themes. But not even that. Different things. And, you go all around the world and you pick up, sort of, feelings from different countries, different towns. Just like this one. And in the end you find that it’s all the very same. So ‘The Song Remains the Same.'”

La vemenza con cui The Song Remains The Same inizia alza il livello di potenza della scaletta, a questo punto giunta oltre la metà. Sulla dodici corde Page fa quello che vuole, il chitarrismo che esprime in un solo pezzo incanta ogni volta. Sfortunatamente, passato sul manico sottostante, ci si accorge che la chitarra è scordata durante The Rain Song e anche il Mellotron di Jones sembra avere problemi. Chissà, forse i 1288 metri d’altitudine e il clima della città rese difficile la gestione dell’accordatura.

RP: “John Paul Jones was the Henry Mancini Orchestra. Whatever happened to Henry Mancini?”

LZ 26 may 1973 Salt Lake poster

RP: “Right, now, during these five years there’s been all sorts of different colors, musically, that we’ve come across, and put under plastic. And this is one of the very first. An oldie, but goodie”

Dazed And Confused dura circa 31 minuti. Robert pare davvero dentro alla dimension (come diciamo da queste parti); nei primi quattro minuti è senza dubbio lui il mattatore. Subito dopo entra in scena il trio Page, Jones, Bonham per la consueta meraviglia strumentale. Nella sezione “San Francisco” Plant continua a risaltare. L’entrata in scena dell’archetto di violino regala le suggestioni cosmiche che conosciamo. La scorreria elettrica che segue come sappiamo è uno dei massimi momenti di improvvisazione rock a tutto campo. I LZ come nessun altro. Mi chiedo cosa potessero pensare di un Armageddon musicale di questo calibro gli eventuali rampolli dei mormoni presenti al concerto. Alla fine  il pubblico sembra in visibilio.

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RP: “Thank you very much, Ta’. We enjoyed that too. As you might have gathered. Ohh. Here’s a song that was written in an entirely different mood.”

Il cambio di atmosfera che arriva con Stairway To Heaven è come una bruschissima frenata, ma l’ancestrale candore di quell’arpeggio impiega pochi secondi per irretire tutti i presenti. John Paul Jones pasticcia un po’, ma poi tutto prosegue come al solito. Pur ascoltandone l’ennesimo assolo di chitarra, non posso che concentrami su di esso e dirmi che gran chitarrista fosse Page nel 1973. Ad un certo punto inizia a giocare su frasi fatte di bicordi, trademark che diventerà famoso nei tour del 1975 e 1977.

RP: “That’s the way to the stairway. Thank you. Well, I reckon the guy who did that should get at least, get a rotten carrot. Very well done, sir. Actually, I’ll keep the rest of it as a memento of Salt Lake City.”

Salt Lake City in the seventies

Bonham introduce Heartbreaker nel tipico arrangiamento del 1973, a cui viene poi attaccata- prima della strofa finale –  Whole Lotta Love (fade out).

In quest’ultima nella sezione funky Page alterna un riff di dubbia efficacia. In questi due ultimi pezzi il chitarrista sembra meno lucido, tutto sembra più caotico. Energico il breve interludio dedicato al Theremin, con mitragliate assolutamente degne di nota. Il nastro soundboard termina qui, manca quindi una bella porzione di Whole Lotta Love (dalla registrazione audience sappiamo che è l’umica versione del tour a non contenere l’intermezzo di Boogie Chillum).

The Salt Palace, Salt Lake City

Live recording quindi di ottimo livello, come abbiamo detto egregiamente rimasterizzata da dadgad.

♦♦♦

Led Zeppelin – 1973.05.26 
Venue: Salt Palace 
City: Salt Lake City 
Country: USA 
Title:
Label:
Quality: Excellent Soundboard 
No Of Cds:
Comments: 2019 remaster from a Master>DAT source. 

01 Rock And Roll (cuts in) (CD1) 
02 Celebration Day 
03 Black Dog 
04 Over The Hills And Far Away 
05 Georgia On My Mind 
06 Misty Mountain Hop 
07 Since I’ve Been Loving You 
08 No Quarter 
09 The Song Remains The Same 
10 The Rain Song 
11 Dazed And Confused (CD2) 
12 Stairway To Heaven 
13 Heartbreaker 
14 Whole Lotta Love 

Master>DAT(x)>CDr4>Flac>Remaster 

cleaned, trimmed and remastered 

dadgad prod. 2019

Altre produzioni di dadgad sul blog:

https://timtirelli.com/2019/04/11/bootlegs-led-zeppelin-mobile-municipal-auditorium-13-may-1973-dadgad-remaster-2019/

https://timtirelli.com/2014/08/15/led-zeppelin-san-francisco-kezar-stadium-2-june-1973-dadgad-edition-2010-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2013/07/12/led-zeppelin-the-kings-of-the-stone-age-bootleg-2013-empress-valley-3-cd-doctored-by-dadgad-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2017/02/02/led-zeppelin-must-have-bootlegs-going-to-california-berkeley-14091971/

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(broken) ENGLISH

ed Zeppelin, Salt Lake City, Salt Palace 26 May 1973 (dadgad remaster 2019)

LABEL: no label

TYPE: soundboard

SOUND QUALITY: TTTTT

PERFORMANCE: TTTT

ARTWORK: no artwork

PACKAGING: no packaging

BAND MOOD: TTT½

COLLECTION ZEP FAN: TTTT

COLLECTION CASUAL FAN: TT

Another dadgad’s 2019 remaster always related to the first part of the 1973 North American tour. Another soundboard (usually a stereo cassette recorded by the mixing desk) that dadgad picks up and cleans up with his usual skills. I compared this new remaster to the version I had (Georgia On My Mind) and I would say that this new dadgad effort is clearer and brighter. We’ve already written few words on the first part of the 1973 tour for the review of the Mobile concert (published April 11th), so we go directly to the concert.

The 11,000 (not bad for a town that in those years had a population similar to that of Modena for example, 175,000 or so) of the Salt Palace are unleashed immediately by the usual opening sequence Rock And Roll (cuts in), Celebration Day and Black Dog. Plant and Page are slightly out of focus; in the final solo of Celebration Day the guitarist inserts the chords section typical of the accompanied solo of Heartbreaker. Echo effect out of control in the Black Dog vocals. Jones and Bonham are still phenomenal.

RP: “Thank you. Good evening. It’s, uh, it’s very nice to be back here again. Unfortunately, uh. Yeah, it’s very nice to be back here. No messing about. This is a track, after five albums we’ve finally been able to find a title for the new one, which is called Houses of the Holy. And, uh, so there’s somebody out there. This, this is a track from one of the, from this album. It’s about mankind.”

We know that Over The Hills is sung by Plant on this tour in a lower register than the very high one used in the studio and in the American dates of 1972. With this track Page and Plant seem to be in the game, the proof is convincing.

RP:“Thank you. Right, well what I was gonna try and say before, now that Jimmy’s just broken a string it gives me an opportunity to say that we’ve been, us English-folk are usually living on sea level, you know? Right down. Now for over a week now we’ve been above four thousand five hundred feet. And, uh, I suppose it’s like the dinosaurs and the complete evolution of things where you get, you know, you get out of a certain environment into another. We’ve been managing to stay awake about eight hours a day and we’re supposed to have a good reputation for staying awake twenty-four hours a day, so anyway, it’s been a very good tour. I’m doing a bit of schpeel as you’ll appreciate, while a string is being changed. It’s been a good tour; we’ve played in, in Tampa, and we thought we’d see a few people there but fifty-eight thousand people came. That was, so then we played in Atlanta and we thought we’d see another fifty-four thousand people, okay? So we had to sit down for a few days and work it out. Anyway, we’ve got back into the swing of doing concerts and things again, after sitting down for at least three days. So we want this one, we’re gonna make this one, ‘cuz we move from here to the West coast, this is the last Mid-west thing that we do before we get entirely crazy in California. We gonna do, we gonna make this gig the best one in the Mid-west. What we’re about to do to do this, we all got out of bed about an hour ago so’s we could do it properly, ha ha ha. So if you’ll excuse this little gap, we’ve sent so many things on to California that, uh, we even sent all the spare guitars and, I even found one foot of mine was drifting across there. Now, how we doing, Raymond? We got a Scotsman doing the guitars tonight, so he’s, he might be a little distorted with the hype above sea level. So if you’ll just talk amongst yourselves for a second, we’ll have a chat. Now this is a very, very professional run group, so cool it for a bit, ha ha.I could do a harmonica solo but me harmonicas are in the, the West coast too. Ah, another musician amongst us.”

Jimmy breaks a string, the interlude lasts longer than expected, Robert chats with the audience until Jones sits on the piano and they (with Bonham) improvise Ray Charles’s Georgia On My Mind.

◊ ◊ ◊

◊ ◊ ◊

RP: “Ahh, wait a minute, hold it, hold it. The night club has now closed down and we can get on with the concert. Right, this is a track from the, the album before the one with a title. It’s about what happens, you see how we speed up again, here? It’s the one about, about if you’re caught walking thru the park with the wrong stuff in your cigarette papers. ‘Misty Mountain Hop.’ “

LZ 26 may 1973 Salt Lake dadgad prod 2019 – homemade cover

Misty Mountain Hop and Since I’Ve Been Loving You follow as usual. Now the whole group is firm and warm. The soundboard gives great emotions and this dadgad remastering brings out the perfect connection between Bonham and Jones’ keyboards and bass pedal. Listening to a 1973 SIBLY with headphones in this audio quality (let’s remember we are talking about a bootleg anyway) is always, always, a great experience.

RP: “I think it would be advisable if you didn’t throw those green things around, you know. In case they hit somebody on the nut. This is a track from the titled album, uh. It’s called ‘No Quarter.’ “

No Quarter advances through the mist of steam produced by dry ice, an effect that amazes and enchants the audience every time. The instrumental duet between Jones and Bonham before Page’s solo is again passionate and beautiful to listen to. Page’s lead guitar is inspired and fits well with the rhythmic games stimulated by Bonham.

RP: “Well. As you can tell, as the group gets older, we get into all sorts of different trips. Ahh, sorry, different themes. But not even that. Different things. And, you go all around the world and you pick up, sort of, feelings from different countries, different towns. Just like this one. And in the end you find that it’s all the very same. So ‘The Song Remains the Same.'”

The vehemence with which The Song Remains The Same begins raises the power. On the twelve-string neck Page does what he wants, the guitar playing he manages to express in just one song is so rich that overtakes every time. Unfortunately in The Rain Song the six string neck is out of tune and even the Mellotron seems to be have problems. Who knows, perhaps the 1288 meters of altitude and the climate of the city made the tunings difficult to manage.

RP: “John Paul Jones was the Henry Mancini Orchestra. Whatever happened to Henry Mancini?”

LZ 26 may 1973 Salt Lake poster

RP: “Right, now, during these five years there’s been all sorts of different colors, musically, that we’ve come across, and put under plastic. And this is one of the very first. An oldie, but goodie”

Dazed And Confused is about 31 minutes long. Robert really seems to be in the right mood; in the first four minutes he is without doubt the protagonist. Soon after, the Page Jones and Bonham trio come forestage for the usual instrumental wonder. In the “San Francisco” section Plant continues to stand out. The entry into the scene of the violin bow gives us the cosmic suggestions we know. The electric raid that follows, as we know, is one of the greatest moments of rock improvisation. LZ and no other. I wonder what the offspring of the Mormons at the concert might have thought of a musical Armageddon of this caliber. In the end the audience seems to be in raptures.

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RP: “Thank you very much, Ta’. We enjoyed that too. As you might have gathered. Ohh. Here’s a song that was written in an entirely different mood.”

The change of atmosphere that comes with Stairway To Heaven is like a very sharp braking, but the ancestral candor of that arpeggio takes a few seconds to cast a spell on all those present. John Paul Jones messes up a little, but then everything goes on as usual. While listening to yet another guitar solo, I cannot but concentrate on it and tell myself what a great guitarist Page was in 1973. At a certain point he starts playing phrases made of bichords, a trademark that will become famous in the 1975 and 1977 tours versions of STH.

RP: “That’s the way to the stairway. Thank you. Well, I reckon the guy who did that should get at least, get a rotten carrot. Very well done, sir. Actually, I’ll keep the rest of it as a memento of Salt Lake City.”

Salt Lake City in the seventies

Bonham introduces Heartbreaker in the typical 1973 arrangement, to which it is then attached – before the final verse – Whole Lotta Love (fade out). In the funky section of WLL Page alternates a riff of dubious effectiveness. In these last two pieces the guitarist seems less polished, everything seems more chaotic. Energetic is the short Theremin interlude, with absolutely remarkable machine guns effects. The soundboard tape ends here, so a big portion of Whole Lotta Love is missing (from the audience recording we know that it is the only version of the tour that does not contain the Boogie Chillum section).

The Salt Palace, Salt Lake City

So, an excellent live recording, as we have said, very well remastered by dadgad.

♦♦♦

Led Zeppelin – 1973.05.26 
Venue: Salt Palace 
City: Salt Lake City 
Country: USA 
Title:
Label:
Quality: Excellent Soundboard 
No Of Cds:
Comments: 2019 remaster from a Master>DAT source. 

01 Rock And Roll (cuts in) (CD1) 
02 Celebration Day 
03 Black Dog 
04 Over The Hills And Far Away 
05 Georgia On My Mind 
06 Misty Mountain Hop 
07 Since I’ve Been Loving You 
08 No Quarter 
09 The Song Remains The Same 
10 The Rain Song 
11 Dazed And Confused (CD2) 
12 Stairway To Heaven 
13 Heartbreaker 
14 Whole Lotta Love 

Master>DAT(x)>CDr4>Flac>Remaster 

cleaned, trimmed and remastered 

dadgad prod. 2019

Other dadgad productions on the blog:

https://timtirelli.com/2019/04/11/bootlegs-led-zeppelin-mobile-municipal-auditorium-13-may-1973-dadgad-remaster-2019/

https://timtirelli.com/2014/08/15/led-zeppelin-san-francisco-kezar-stadium-2-june-1973-dadgad-edition-2010-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2013/07/12/led-zeppelin-the-kings-of-the-stone-age-bootleg-2013-empress-valley-3-cd-doctored-by-dadgad-ttttt/

https://timtirelli.com/2017/02/02/led-zeppelin-must-have-bootlegs-going-to-california-berkeley-14091971/

 

BOOTLEGS: Led Zeppelin, Mobile, Municipal Auditorium 13 May 1973 (dadgad remaster 2019)

11 Apr

ITALIAN/ENGLISH

Led Zeppelin, Mobile, Municipal Auditorium 13 May 1973 (dadgad remaster 2019)

LABEL: no label

TYPE: soundboard

SOUND QUALITY: TTTT

PERFORMANCE: TTTT

ARTWORK: no artwork

PACKAGING: no packaging

BAND MOOD: TTTT

COLLECTION ZEP FAN: TTTT

COLLECTION CASUAL FAN: TTT

Remaster nuovo di zecca di questa vecchia registrazione live da fonte soundboard a cura di dadgad, fan noto nel circolo dei collezionisti di registrazioni dal vivo e specializzato in deliziose rimasterizzazioni. Il lavoro di dadgad mi sembra davvero ottimo, confrontato col bootleg Speed Freaks della Empress Valley questo nuovo remaster spicca per chiarezza, per assenza di fruscio e per pulizia, dadgad sa di sicuro il fatto suo.

Il concerto di Mobile fu la sesta tappa della prima parte del tour americano del 1973. Finita l’incredibile tournée Europea (le date di marzo in Germania sono semplicemente spettacolari, dal punto di vista strumentale uno dei picchi più alti mai raggiunti dal gruppo), circa un mese di pausa e poi via di corsa nel Nord America. Già alla secondo data (a Tampa il 5 maggio) fu battuto il record di presenze (appartenuto precedentemente, come sappiamo, ai Beatles), i Led Zeppelin incrementarono dunque l’isteria che già li riguardava, tuttavia le primissime date servirono al gruppo più che altro per carburare e per entrare nella giusta modalità.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 – 1973 tour first leg

Arrivati a Mobile i quattro erano già sufficientemente pronti e di buon umore e questo fece sì che il concerto fu un successo sotto tutti i punti di vista.

Il trittico d’apertura Rock And Roll, Celebration Day e Black Dog è come sempre efficace sebbene la voce di RP non sia ancora esattamente calda.

RP: “Good evening. I did say good evening. That’s better. We gonna, every eighteen months we seem to manage to get an album out, and this is a track from Houses of the Holy, which, uh. This is a song about, uh, man, if you like to call it that. It’s called ‘Over the Hills.”

Robert fatica un po’ in Over The Hills And Far Away, pezzo impegnativo per un cantante.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 dadgad 2019 remaster

RP: “Malacum salaam. It’s a bit of Indian. Um, this is a song about what happens in England if you go walking in the park and you have a packet of cigarette papers in your pocket and something to put in the cigarette papers, and things don’t go quite so well as they should. That sounds like, uh, that guy sounds like a nut. This is called ‘Misty Mountain Hop.”

Misty Mountain Hop e Since I’ve Been Loving You si susseguono nel tipico arrangiamento live del 1973; segnalo un ottimo JPJ al piano in SIBLY.

RP: “That was, uh, somethin’ off the third album, which we always will play as long as we’re in existence. It’s one of those things that we get off on a lot, you know? Talkin’ about gettin’ off a lot on things, uh, this is John Paul Jones, and a track from the new album. It’s called ‘No Quarter.'”

No Quarter inizia con l’impeccabile lavoro al piano di John Paul Jones; è un peccato che la pedaliera basso non si senta a sufficienza. E’ una versione in qualche modo simile a quella di studio e all’epoca appena pubblicata sull’album Houses Of The Holy. Adorabile il duetto Jones/Bonham prima dell’entrata in scena di Page. Particolari gli arabeschi creati dalla chitarra prima dell’inizio dell’ultima strofa. Versione stringata e dritta al punto. Il riff di chitarra del “ritornello” è suonato senza l’effetto wah wah, curioso.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 dadgad 2019 remaster (homemade cover by a fan)

RP: “Thank you. Good evenin’!t seems so early, really, to do a concert, ya know? ‘Cuz, uh, we only got outta bed about 2:30, so it, see, I just finished me bacon and egg and here we are. Well this might, what’s the name of this place? So we go to Mobile. So we go to Bombay. So we go to Hong Kong. So we go to Bangkok. And everywhere we go it always seems to be wild, heh, hah, hah, the same. This is a song called ‘The Song Remains the Same.'”

Altra accoppiata vincente è quella di The Song Remains The Same e The Rain Song.

RP: “John Paul Jones played the orchestra. You’re very kind.”

LZ 13 may 1973 Mobile dadgad prod 2019 – homemade cover

Dazed And Confused dura 28 minuti ed è meravigliosa. Tutto funziona a dovere, gli ordini del Signore Oscuro sono chiari, il gruppo lo segue con coerenza e coraggio lungo i sentieri dell’esoterismo musicale. Il botta e risposta tra Page and Plant durante la sezione dell’archetto di violino è perfetto. Il lungo assolo di chitarra che viene subito dopo è degno della fama che aveva Page in quel tempo. Finale magniloquente. Un trionfo.

La Stairway To Heaven del 1973 è quella definitiva. Arrangiamenti più ricchi e maturi e gruppo ancora al vertice delle proprie possibilità. Anche qui a Mobile ne suonano una versione incantevole. Robert Plant ispirato, John Paul Jones sicuro e diligente, John Bonham caparbio e superbo e James Patrick Page dispensatore di emozioni musicali di massimo livello. I Led Zeppelin insomma.

RP: “Thank you. Thank you very much. Well we been, uh, well we been together now for over five years and we’ve come to America a total of ten times, and the English tax people are quite pleased about this, ‘cuz they’re ripping us off terrible. We decided to live somewhere in between America and England and it’s pretty wet. Huh, huh, we gonna have to do it. But every time we come here we always manage to feature one of our favorite members of the group. A rather fat chubby happy fellow. Full of shit and speed, ha. I’m not talkin’ about the Drag Queen from New Orleans. I’m talkin’ about John Henry Bonham. ‘Moby Dick!’ Johnny Bonham.”

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973

Quello di Moby Dick credo sia uno dei miglior riff del rock e qui il gruppo lo rende molto bene. A questo seguono ovviamente circa 15 minuti di acrobazie ritmiche. Non è da tutti ascoltare per intero un assolo di batteria, ma quando si tratta di John Bonham una volta iniziato ad ascoltarlo poi è difficile tirarsi indietro. La foga percussiva, l’immenso talento, la creatività ritmica e il senso del rock che aveva Bonham, non possono che irretire ed incantare gli amanti della musica Rock. Versione riuscitissima.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 poster

Il nastro soudboard di Mobile termina qui, non contiene tutto il concerto dunque ma è comunque una gran cosa che sia arrivato sino a noi, se poi consideriamo il nuovo remaster di dadgad, beh diventa un registrazione live da avere.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 ticket

Led Zeppelin – 1973.05.13
Venue: Municipal Auditorium
City: Mobile
Country: USA
Title:
Label:
Quality: Excellent Stereo Soundboard

Comments: 2019 Remaster from an unverified gen analog tape>DAT>CDr transfer.

01 Rock And Roll
02 Celebration Day
03 Black Dog
04 Over The Hills And Far Away
05 Misty Mountain Hop
06 Since I’ve Been Loving You
07 No Quarter
08 The Song Remains The Same
09 The Rain Song
10 Dazed And Confused
11 Stairway To Heaven
12 Moby Dick

Unverified gen analog tape>DAT>CDr

remastered and speed corrected

dadgad prod.

 

(broken) ENGLISH

Brand new remaster of this old soundboard source live recording by dadgad, a fan known in the collectors’ circle of live recordings specialized in delicious remastering. The work of dadgad seems really good to me, compared with the bootleg Speed ​​Freaks of the Empress Valley, this new remaster stands out for its clarity, for no hiss and cleanliness, dadgad knows for sure how to make an old recording shine. The Mobile concert was the sixth of the first part of the  1973 American tour. The incredible European tour ended early april (the march dates in Germany are simply spectacular, from the instrumental point of view it is one of the highest peaks ever reached by the group), about a month break and then off to North America. On the second gig (in Tampa, May 5) there was the attendance record (previously belonging as we know to the Beatles), Led Zeppelin therefore increased the hysteria that already concerned them, however the very first dates served the group more than anything else to get going and to enter in the right mood.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 – 1973 tour first leg

Once in Mobile the four were almost ready and in good spirits and this meant that the concert was a success from all points of view. The opening triptych Rock And Roll, Celebration Day and Black Dog is as always effective although the RP voice is still not warm enough.

RP: “Good evening. I did say good evening. That’s better. We gonna, every eighteen months we seem to manage to get an album out, and this is a track from Houses of the Holy, which, uh. This is a song about, uh, man, if you like to call it that. It’s called ‘Over the Hills.”

Robert struggles a little in Over The Hills And Far Away, a challenging piece for a singer.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 dadgad 2019 remaster

RP: “Malacum salaam. It’s a bit of Indian. Um, this is a song about what happens in England if you go walking in the park and you have a packet of cigarette papers in your pocket and something to put in the cigarette papers, and things don’t go quite so well as they should. That sounds like, uh, that guy sounds like a nut. This is called ‘Misty Mountain Hop.”

Misty Mountain Hop and Since I’ve Been Loving You follow each other in the typical 1973 live arrangement; I report a great JPJ on the piano in SIBLY.

RP: “That was, uh, somethin’ off the third album, which we always will play as long as we’re in existence. It’s one of those things that we get off on a lot, you know? Talkin’ about gettin’ off a lot on things, uh, this is John Paul Jones, and a track from the new album. It’s called ‘No Quarter.'”

No Quarter begins with John Paul Jones’ impeccable piano work; it is a pity that the bass pedal volume is low. It is a version somewhat similar to the studio one at the time just published on the Houses of the Holy album. The Jones / Bonham duet before Page entered the scene is adorable. Unusual are the arabesques created by the guitar before the beginning of the last verse. Short version and straight to the point. The “refrain” guitar riff is played without the wah wah effect.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 dadgad 2019 remaster (homemade cover by a fan)

RP: “Thank you. Good evenin’!t seems so early, really, to do a concert, ya know? ‘Cuz, uh, we only got outta bed about 2:30, so it, see, I just finished me bacon and egg and here we are. Well this might, what’s the name of this place? So we go to Mobile. So we go to Bombay. So we go to Hong Kong. So we go to Bangkok. And everywhere we go it always seems to be wild, heh, hah, hah, the same. This is a song called ‘The Song Remains the Same.'”

Another winning combination is that of The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song.

RP: “John Paul Jones played the orchestra. You’re very kind.”

LZ 13 may 1973 Mobile dadgad prod 2019 – homemade cover

Dazed And Confused lasts 28 minutes and it is wonderful. Everything works properly, the Dark Lord’s orders are clear, the group follows him with consistency and courage along the paths of musical esotericism. The call and response between Page and Plant during the violin bow section is perfect. The long guitar solo that comes soon after is worthy of the fame he had at that time. Magniloquent ending. A triumph.

The 1973 Stairway To Heaven is the definitive one. Richer and more mature arrangements and group still at the top of its game. Also here in Mobile they play an enchanting version. Robert Plant inspired, John Paul Jones confident and diligent, John Bonham stubborn and superb and James Patrick Page dispenser of top-level musical emotions. In short: Led Zeppelin.

RP: “Thank you. Thank you very much. Well we been, uh, well we been together now for over five years and we’ve come to America a total of ten times, and the English tax people are quite pleased about this, ‘cuz they’re ripping us off terrible. We decided to live somewhere in between America and England and it’s pretty wet. Huh, huh, we gonna have to do it. But every time we come here we always manage to feature one of our favorite members of the group. A rather fat chubby happy fellow. Full of shit and speed, ha. I’m not talkin’ about the Drag Queen from New Orleans. I’m talkin’ about John Henry Bonham. ‘Moby Dick!’ Johnny Bonham.”

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973

I think that Moby Dick riff is one of the best of rock music and the group play it very well here. This is obviously followed by about 15 minutes of rhythmic acrobatics. It is not for everyone to listen to a drums solo in its entirety, but when it comes to John Bonham once you start listening to it then it’s hard to stand back. The percussive enthusiasm, the immense talent, the rhythmic creativity and the sense of rock that Bonham had can only enthrall and enchant Rock music lovers. Very successful version.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 poster

The mobile soudboard tape ends here, it does not contain the whole concert but it is still a great thing that this beautiful tape from the beginning of the 1973 tour is available to us, if we consider the new dadgad remaster, well it becomes a live recording to have.

Led Zep Mobile 13 may 1973 ticket

Led Zeppelin – 1973.05.13
Venue: Municipal Auditorium
City: Mobile
Country: USA
Title:
Label:
Quality: Excellent Stereo Soundboard

Comments: 2019 Remaster from an unverified gen analog tape>DAT>CDr transfer.

01 Rock And Roll
02 Celebration Day
03 Black Dog
04 Over The Hills And Far Away
05 Misty Mountain Hop
06 Since I’ve Been Loving You
07 No Quarter
08 The Song Remains The Same
09 The Rain Song
10 Dazed And Confused
11 Stairway To Heaven
12 Moby Dick

Unverified gen analog tape>DAT>CDr

remastered and speed corrected

dadgad prod.