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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)

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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/