1969

Concerts Covered In This Section:

30-Dec-68 Spokane

Gonzaga (Capricorn) Per **** SQ **1/2 Appeal HardCore

A real rarity, the only confirmed 1968 show. This single disc incomplete audience recording is from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington on December 30. The end of Dazed is cut and a fade out occurs as the band returns following the Pat's Delight drum solo. Overall the sound is muffled and distorted, with some bass overload. Fortunately the vocals are clear if a little distant and the guitar becomes more audible at the start of I can Quit You. Plant voice is superb, really grabbing those high notes and White Summer despite a bit of hiss sounds fresh and inventive. An excellent version of Dazed is very close to the arrangement on the first album. Probably one for the more serious collector. (Tony Gassett Oct 97)

Lifetime Guarantee  Kennedy Pavilion, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington 30 Dec 1968 - EVSD 141 (Total playing time of 57 mins 32 secs). Tracks: The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You, As Long As I Have You Medley, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times, White Summer, Pat's Delight  

The CD comes in a paper slipcase within the Empress Valley long box with deluxe slip cover.  The front and rear covers show unpublished photos from the Rose Palace, Pasadena, CA.  The front also has a photo of the master tape.  The CD itself depicts a reel tape.  Liner notes in English and Japanese.  The show starts off with some distortion but clears nicely.  Guitar and bass slightly upfront with the vocals and drums pushed back slightly but not to the detriment of enjoying the show.  Clearly the recording equipment, a Norelco cassette recorder with internal microphone, was unable to cope fully with the loudness of the performance.  It states on the reverse that the taper sat next to the mixing desk in the front row.  However, that said, this is an embryonic Led Zeppelin and for me is a fantastic document of their 3rd ever show in the USA.  An excellent As Long As I Have You and Dazed and Confused.  I wonder if the Vanilla Fudge were keen to go on next? (Philip Bushe March 02)

Things Began To Happen (Beezlebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR

Disc 1: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 12-30-68: The Train Kept A Rollin’ (2:30), I Can’t Quit You (6:41), As Long As I Have You (8:42), Dazed And Confused (9:43), White Summer (6:45), How Many More Times (15:36), Pat’s Delight (7:31) Disc 2: Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA 01-05-69 As Long As I Have You (12:40), I Can’t Quit You (6:04), The Train Kept A Rollin’ (3:22), Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (6:06), Dazed And Confused (11:13), Killing Floor (4:45), For Your Love (7:56)

Packaged together for the first time are the two earliest recordings (in circulation) of a very young Led Zeppelin.  Even though the band had only been together a couple of months they sound like a well seasoned band hungry for success and all that goes along with it. 

Beezlebub Records have put these two recordings together in a great looking gatefold package.  They’ve used an early black and white promo picture as the basis for the main cover art.  The center panel artwork is a replication of an early newspaper article about the band.  The back cover art is an early black and white stage shot of the entire band, along with the track listings for both shows.

The first disc contains the earliest circulated recording of Led Zeppelin Live.  Robert comments on how cold it is in Spokane and how the equipment had to be heated up with portable heaters.  Overall the band sounds very tight and it’s great to hear early versions of many of Zep’s trademark in-concert showpieces such as Dazed And Confused and John Bonham’s Drum Solo.  The depth of this recording provides a perfect vehicle in which to get lost in Led Zeppelin.  Beezlebub Records have boosted the overall level of this recording slightly and they have added a bit of low end to bring this recording into the new millennium.

The second disc contains a newly surfaced recording of the band from the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA.  This recording has only been making the rounds for a month or so and in my opinion it is a hot performance.  Beezlebub’s version seems to bring the vocals out a bit more than the other label’s release.   For Your Love rounds out this performance and the band play it as it should have been originally.  It doesn’t get more psychedelic than this version. Even if you’re not a fan of Beezlebub Records you should take a chance on this release.  I, myself am not a fan of the early shows but I did find myself  enjoying the shows contained on this release.
(Harley Dog Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beezlebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR
Disc 1: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 30 December 1968
Disc 2: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA 5 January 1969

Disc 1 (57.33): The Train Kept A Rollin’/ I Can’t Quit You/As Long As I Have You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer/How Many More Times/Pat’s Delight
Disc 2 (52.11): As Long As I Have You/I Can’t Quit You/The Train Kept A Rollin’/Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/Dazed And Confused/Killing Floor/For Your Love

A useful package of Led Zeppelin's earliest two recorded concerts, from the first tour in the USA at the end of 1968 and start of 1969. The Gonzago concert has of course been available for a long time, but here it sounds probably as good as you are likey to be able to find elsewhere. The second disc is a reworking of the recently surfaced Whisky A Go Go concert as released by Empress Valley. At the end of the day it is a matter of personal preference whether you like the sound of the original, or the remaster. As noted above, the vocals are a bit more prominent in this version. Both concerts are of course very important historical artifacts. This release is in a colour gatefold, with picture discs, and is nicely presented. (Jamie Boswell Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beelzebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR
Disc 1: 12/30/68 Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington
Disc 2: 01/05/69 Whisky A Go-Go Los Angeles, California

Disc 1: (57:31)  The Train Kept A Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You, As Long As I Have You, Dazed And Confused, White Summer, How Many More Times, Pat’s Delight
Disc 2: (52:09)  As Long As I Have You, I Can’t Quit You, The Train Kept A Rollin’, Babe, I’m Gonna Lave You, Dazed And Confused, Killing Floor, For Your Love

Beelzebub has remastered  the 2 earliest known live Zeppelin records using “Lifetime Guarantee” Empress Valley (EVSD - 141) for the first disc. Beelzebub’s version has more “Punch” to it and it’s really a matter of preference as to which most collectors would choose to seek out. Both titles are clear considering the recording equipment that was available at the time. The discs come in a fold out case with early pictures and also what appears to be an interview on the inside. Hopefully someone can share some information on this.

For the second disc, Beelzebub used the source that was first released as Live At Whisky A Go-Go!!! on Empress Valley (EVSD – 442). They must be given credit for unearthing this fantastic recording. Beelzebub’s remaster has brought Plant closer in the mix and also added more “punch”. The discs come in a fold out case with early pictures and also what appears to be an interview on the inside. Hopefully someone can share some information on this. (LedMan Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beelzebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR
Disc 1: 12/30/68 Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington
Disc 2: 01/05/69 Whisky A Go-Go Los Angeles, California

Disc 1: (57:31)  The Train Kept A Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You, As Long As I Have You, Dazed And Confused, White Summer, How Many More Times, Pat’s Delight
Disc 2: (52:09)  As Long As I Have You, I Can’t Quit You, The Train Kept A Rollin’, Babe, I’m Gonna Lave You, Dazed And Confused, Killing Floor, For Your Love

Following fast on the heels of the exellent Empress Valley release Whisky A Go Go !!! comes Things Began To Happen on the cdr label Beelzebub.  This is a copy of Empress Valley's Lifetime Guarantee on disc one and Whisky A Go Go !!! on disc two.  Basically Beelzebub simply copied each title and increased the volume for us, pressed it on cdr and charges us a premium for it.  This is an important release for those whose stereos are missing the volume dial but otherwise this is simply worthless.  For the price charged you can buy several Empress Valley's and enjoy them, but otherwise the discs in Things Began To Happen are pretty looking coasters.  (Belzlegion Jan 07)

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5-Jan-69 Los Angeles

Things Began To Happen (Beezlebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR

Disc 1: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 12-30-68: The Train Kept A Rollin’ (2:30), I Can’t Quit You (6:41), As Long As I Have You (8:42), Dazed And Confused (9:43), White Summer (6:45), How Many More Times (15:36), Pat’s Delight (7:31) Disc 2: Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA 01-05-69 As Long As I Have You (12:40), I Can’t Quit You (6:04), The Train Kept A Rollin’ (3:22), Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (6:06), Dazed And Confused (11:13), Killing Floor (4:45), For Your Love (7:56)

Packaged together for the first time are the two earliest recordings (in circulation) of a very young Led Zeppelin.  Even though the band had only been together a couple of months they sound like a well seasoned band hungry for success and all that goes along with it. 
Beezlebub Records have put these two recordings together in a great looking gatefold package.  They’ve used an early black and white promo picture as the basis for the main cover art.  The center panel artwork is a replication of an early newspaper article about the band.  The back cover art is an early black and white stage shot of the entire band, along with the track listings for both shows.

The first disc contains the earliest circulated recording of Led Zeppelin Live.  Robert comments on how cold it is in Spokane and how the equipment had to be heated up with portable heaters.  Overall the band sounds very tight and it’s great to hear early versions of many of Zep’s trademark in-concert showpieces such as Dazed And Confused and John Bonham’s Drum Solo.  The depth of this recording provides a perfect vehicle in which to get lost in Led Zeppelin.  Beezlebub Records have boosted the overall level of this recording slightly and they have added a bit of low end to bring this recording into the new millennium.

The second disc contains a newly surfaced recording of the band from the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA.  This recording has only been making the rounds for a month or so and in my opinion it is a hot performance.  Beezlebub’s version seems to bring the vocals out a bit more than the other label’s release.   For Your Love rounds out this performance and the band play it as it should have been originally.  It doesn’t get more psychedelic than this version. Even if you’re not a fan of Beezlebub Records you should take a chance on this release.  I, myself am not a fan of the early shows but I did find myself  enjoying the shows contained on this release.
(Harley Dog Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beezlebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR
Disc 1: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 30 December 1968
Disc 2: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA 5 January 1969

Disc 1 (57.33): The Train Kept A Rollin’/ I Can’t Quit You/As Long As I Have You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer/How Many More Times/Pat’s Delight
Disc 2 (52.11): As Long As I Have You/I Can’t Quit You/The Train Kept A Rollin’/Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/Dazed And Confused/Killing Floor/For Your Love

A useful package of Led Zeppelin's earliest two recorded concerts, from the first tour in the USA at the end of 1968 and start of 1969. The Gonzago concert has of course been available for a long time, but here it sounds probably as good as you are likey to be able to find elsewhere. The second disc is a reworking of the recently surfaced Whisky A Go Go concert as released by Empress Valley. At the end of the day it is a matter of personal preference whether you like the sound of the original, or the remaster. As noted above, the vocals are a bit more prominent in this version. Both concerts are of course very important historical artifacts. This release is in a colour gatefold, with picture discs, and is nicely presented. (Jamie Boswell Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beelzebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR
Disc 1: 12/30/68 Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington
Disc 2: 01/05/69 Whisky A Go-Go Los Angeles, California

Disc 1: (57:31)  The Train Kept A Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You, As Long As I Have You, Dazed And Confused, White Summer, How Many More Times, Pat’s Delight
Disc 2: (52:09)  As Long As I Have You, I Can’t Quit You, The Train Kept A Rollin’, Babe, I’m Gonna Lave You, Dazed And Confused, Killing Floor, For Your Love

Beelzebub has remastered  the 2 earliest known live Zeppelin records using “Lifetime Guarantee” Empress Valley (EVSD - 141) for the first disc. Beelzebub’s version has more “Punch” to it and it’s really a matter of preference as to which most collectors would choose to seek out. Both titles are clear considering the recording equipment that was available at the time. The discs come in a fold out case with early pictures and also what appears to be an interview on the inside. Hopefully someone can share some information on this.
For the second disc, Beelzebub used the source that was first released as Live At Whisky A Go-Go!!! on Empress Valley (EVSD – 442). They must be given credit for unearthing this fantastic recording. Beelzebub’s remaster has brought Plant closer in the mix and also added more “punch”. The discs come in a fold out case with early pictures and also what appears to be an interview on the inside. Hopefully someone can share some information on this. (LedMan Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beelzebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR
Disc 1: 12/30/68 Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington
Disc 2: 01/05/69 Whisky A Go-Go Los Angeles, California

Disc 1: (57:31)  The Train Kept A Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You, As Long As I Have You, Dazed And Confused, White Summer, How Many More Times, Pat’s Delight
Disc 2: (52:09)  As Long As I Have You, I Can’t Quit You, The Train Kept A Rollin’, Babe, I’m Gonna Lave You, Dazed And Confused, Killing Floor, For Your Love

Following fast on the heels of the exellent Empress Valley release Whisky A Go Go !!! comes Things Began To Happen on the cdr label Beelzebub.  This is a copy of Empress Valley's Lifetime Guarantee on disc one and Whisky A Go Go !!! on disc two.  Basically Beelzebub simply copied each title and increased the volume for us, pressed it on cdr and charges us a premium for it.  This is an important release for those whose stereos are missing the volume dial but otherwise this is simply worthless.  For the price charged you can buy several Empress Valley's and enjoy them, but otherwise the discs in Things Began To Happen are pretty looking coasters.  (Belzlegion Jan 07)

Live At Whisky A Go-Go !!! (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSDVD-A005 / EVSD-442) 1DVD-Audio & 1CD

Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, CA, 5 January 1969

Set list (52:13): As Long As I Have You / I Can't Quit You / The Train Kept A Rollin' / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / Dazed And Confused / Killing Floor / For Your Love

This is a release of great historical importance.  The title features, for the first time almost 38 years after the event took place, the second oldest tape in the history of the band that has surfaced so far. The recording is pretty good for the era.  Actually, it is of quality almost equal to that of a "soundboard" recording.  I presume, however, that it is in fact a very good audience recording made in a relatively small venue rather than so-called a "soundboard."  Jimmy's guitar, which did not have as much overdriving or fuzz effects as later (as you can hear in "I Can't Quite You" included in the free sampler DVD-Audio distributed by EV for free with any EV title purchase for some time) and Bonzo's loud drum tends to overshadow Robert's voice and Johnsey's bass, but all the sounds are clearly discernible.  The set runs for only slightly over 50 minutes.  In view of the short set list included in the title, some people may be skeptical to think that EV intentionally held back some portion (e.g., "White Summer/ Black Mountain Side", as one of the still photos featured in the title shows Jimmy playing the Dan Electro) of the entire recording.  As I listened to Robert's announcement recorded in the tape, "For Your Love" is clearly the last tune played at the gig.  Whether or not EV skipped any tunes before the last one is a question to which I don't have any definitive answer at hand, but I guess that is not the case.  It probably features the master tape source in full.  For curiosity, a photo of a box of the SONY PR-150 reel tape which seems to be the master tape of the recording is shown on the back cover of the title.  On the back side of the case, in addition to the English notes "SIDE 1 Ch.1  LED ZEPPELIN  at Whisky A Go-Go Jan 5, 1969   Side 2 Ch. 1  L.Z. 'For Your Love',"  there are some Japanese characters written on it, saying "Ch.2  Japanese xxx. "  I cannot precisely read the portion xxx, since the characters are too small.  (They may be Japanese words meaning "songs for children"!) Why such Japanese characters are written on it is a mystery...  We can certainly feel that the performance of the band captured by the tape is one of its earliest, since most of the tunes are played in more compact manner than they became in later stages.  Here, improvisations are confined to minimum levels.  However, the brutality of Bonzo's drum playing and the wide range of Robert's voice is incredible.  Jimmy also seems to have been doing some experimental guitar works here.  The tape is certainly a very welcome, find with which we can experience a compact, primitive but young and powerful Zeppelin.  Triple thumbs up for this great release by EV!  The title is composed of a DVD-Audio with still photos featured and a CD, but the audio contents are the same as between the two different mediums. (Takemi Hiramatsu  Dec 06)

Live At Whisky A Go-Go !!! (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSDVD-A005 / EVSD-442) 1 DVD-Audio & 1 CD
Whisky A Go - Go, Los Angeles, CA, 5 January 1969

Set list (52:13): As Long As I Have You / I Can't Quit You / The Train Kept A Rollin' / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / Dazed And Confused / Killing Floor / For Your Love

Empress Valley have pulled another coup off with the release of this totally unknown and unheard of January 1969 concert, the last night of their stint at the Whisky a Go Go Club in Los Angeles, just before they headed north to San Francisco. This is a release of really major significance and importance to the Led Zeppelin Live catalogue, and the label must be very highly commended for (no doubt about it) paying out a very hand sum of money to acquire this tape.CD labels are all too often critisised for one reason or another, but this recording would probably never have seen the light of day if not for a major label stumping up hard cash for it. And tape it is, as the back cover of the case clearly shows a 5 inch Sony reel to reel tape, which is presumably the source for this release. It is a very tight and compact set, with a brief tune up at the start, and Plant saying that this was the last night. The performances from all band members are superb, as you would expect from so very earlier in their live career. Singing is spot on, and Jimmy Page's brilliant guitar playing needs no introduction. Let us hope that Empress Valley were not stitched up and we have the complete recording, it seems to look and sound as if this is complete. Why EV chose to release this as a DVD-A as well as a regular audio CD is a mystery. The sound is very good indeed. It is not a soundboard, but could well be made semi professionally by the venue or someone close to the band. Unless some enterprising member of the audience managed to get in a high quality tape recorder and microphone. But this really does not warrant a DVD-A, excellent though it is. The packaging is the same as EV have used for all their DVD-A releases, nothing of great excitement but perfectly acceptable. However one has to excercise great care in freeing the discs from their retaining lugs, or else you could possibly break the disc. No doubt this will "ride up with wear sir", hopefully. So all in all this is one of the most important releases for a long time, and Empress Valley must be very highly commended in tracking this down and paying for its acquisition. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 06)

Live At Whisky A Go-Go !!! (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSDVD-A005 / EVSD-442) 1DVD-Audio & 1CD
Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, CA, 5 January 1969

Set list (52:13): As Long As I Have You / I Can't Quit You / The Train Kept A Rollin' / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / Dazed And Confused / Killing Floor / For Your Love

Empress Valley have come up trumps again with this find of great significance. Having listened to this title now several times and compared it to other audience recordings from around the same period it is an excellent audience recording with plenty of atmosphere and warmth. Although the recording is very good it does not justify the DVD-A release in my opinion. The performance is tight, compact and energetic, though the band were obviously just starting to express themselves and to stretch their musical muscles. The crowd are appreciative if restrained. Bonham's kick drum shines and drives things along mightily intertwined with Jones bass, Page was playing fluidly and Plant's full range is in evidence. The packaging is rather plain and could maybe have been a little more imaginative, but this is a minor gripe. All in all this is a very important release in great quality sound. A very enjoyable listen and an essential addition to anyone's collection. (Adrian Jones Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beezlebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR

Disc 1: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 12-30-68: The Train Kept A Rollin’ (2:30), I Can’t Quit You (6:41), As Long As I Have You (8:42), Dazed And Confused (9:43), White Summer (6:45), How Many More Times (15:36), Pat’s Delight (7:31) Disc 2: Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA 01-05-69 As Long As I Have You (12:40), I Can’t Quit You (6:04), The Train Kept A Rollin’ (3:22), Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (6:06), Dazed And Confused (11:13), Killing Floor (4:45), For Your Love (7:56)

Packaged together for the first time are the two earliest recordings (in circulation) of a very young Led Zeppelin.  Even though the band had only been together a couple of months they sound like a well seasoned band hungry for success and all that goes along with it. 

Beezlebub Records have put these two recordings together in a great looking gatefold package.  They’ve used an early black and white promo picture as the basis for the main cover art.  The center panel artwork is a replication of an early newspaper article about the band.  The back cover art is an early black and white stage shot of the entire band, along with the track listings for both shows.

The first disc contains the earliest circulated recording of Led Zeppelin Live.  Robert comments on how cold it is in Spokane and how the equipment had to be heated up with portable heaters.  Overall the band sounds very tight and it’s great to hear early versions of many of Zep’s trademark in-concert showpieces such as Dazed And Confused and John Bonham’s Drum Solo.  The depth of this recording provides a perfect vehicle in which to get lost in Led Zeppelin.  Beezlebub Records have boosted the overall level of this recording slightly and they have added a bit of low end to bring this recording into the new millennium.

The second disc contains a newly surfaced recording of the band from the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA.  This recording has only been making the rounds for a month or so and in my opinion it is a hot performance.  Beezlebub’s version seems to bring the vocals out a bit more than the other label’s release.   For Your Love rounds out this performance and the band play it as it should have been originally.  It doesn’t get more psychedelic than this version. Even if you’re not a fan of Beezlebub Records you should take a chance on this release.  I, myself am not a fan of the early shows but I did find myself  enjoying the shows contained on this release.
(Harley Dog Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beezlebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR
Disc 1: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 30 December 1968
Disc 2: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA 5 January 1969

Disc 1 (57.33): The Train Kept A Rollin’/ I Can’t Quit You/As Long As I Have You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer/How Many More Times/Pat’s Delight
Disc 2 (52.11): As Long As I Have You/I Can’t Quit You/The Train Kept A Rollin’/Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/Dazed And Confused/Killing Floor/For Your Love

A useful package of Led Zeppelin's earliest two recorded concerts, from the first tour in the USA at the end of 1968 and start of 1969. The Gonzago concert has of course been available for a long time, but here it sounds probably as good as you are likey to be able to find elsewhere. The second disc is a reworking of the recently surfaced Whisky A Go Go concert as released by Empress Valley. At the end of the day it is a matter of personal preference whether you like the sound of the original, or the remaster. As noted above, the vocals are a bit more prominent in this version. Both concerts are of course very important historical artifacts. This release is in a colour gatefold, with picture discs, and is nicely presented. (Jamie Boswell Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beelzebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR
Disc 2: 01/05/69 Whisky A Go-Go Los Angeles, California

Disc 2: (52:09)  As Long As I Have You, I Can’t Quit You, The Train Kept A Rollin’, Babe, I’m Gonna Lave You, Dazed And Confused, Killing Floor, For Your Love

For the second disc, Beelzebub used the source that was first released as Live At Whisky A Go-Go!!! on Empress Valley (EVSD – 442). They must be given credit for unearthing this fantastic recording. Beelzebub’s remaster has brought Plant closer in the mix and also added more “punch”. The discs come in a fold out case with early pictures and also what appears to be an interview on the inside. Hopefully someone can share some information on this. (LedMan Jan 07)

Things Began To Happen (Beelzebub Records BSD 111-112) 2 CDR
Disc 1: 12/30/68 Gonzaga University Spokane, Washington
Disc 2: 01/05/69 Whisky A Go-Go Los Angeles, California

Disc 1: (57:31)  The Train Kept A Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You, As Long As I Have You, Dazed And Confused, White Summer, How Many More Times, Pat’s Delight
Disc 2: (52:09)  As Long As I Have You, I Can’t Quit You, The Train Kept A Rollin’, Babe, I’m Gonna Lave You, Dazed And Confused, Killing Floor, For Your Love

Following fast on the heels of the exellent Empress Valley release Whisky A Go Go !!! comes Things Began To Happen on the cdr label Beelzebub.  This is a copy of Empress Valley's Lifetime Guarantee on disc one and Whisky A Go Go !!! on disc two.  Basically Beelzebub simply copied each title and increased the volume for us, pressed it on cdr and charges us a premium for it.  This is an important release for those whose stereos are missing the volume dial but otherwise this is simply worthless.  For the price charged you can buy several Empress Valley's and enjoy them, but otherwise the discs in Things Began To Happen are pretty looking coasters.  (Belzlegion Jan 07)

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10-Jan-69 San Francisco

Fillmore West (Akashic Records) Per **** SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

A 2 CD set from the Fillmore West, San Francisco on January 10, 1969. This is the first almost complete show that has surfaced so far. This audience recording has a cut in Dazed and Confused and the beginning  of Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is missing. The sound is good for the era, well balanced and only slightly muffled, with the vocals causing overloading in places. Every number is raw and aggressive, the standout ones are As Long As I Have You and Dazed. White Summer etc. sound fresh and inventive. The packaging is impressive but bizarre - teen magazine cartoons of the boys, with a page of extra clothes to try out. Best version of this show so far but in a limited expensive edition. (Tony Gassett June 99)

For Your Love (Cobla Standard Series 032). 2 CDs, Fillmore West San Francisco Jan.10 1969. 94 mins.

CD1:Train(cuts in)/I Can't Quit You/As Long As I Have You/Dazed (cuts in,cut after second verse)/How Many More Times(cut prior to bow episode).

CD2:White Summer/Killing Floor/You Shook Me (guitar solo edited)/Pat's Delight/Babe I'm Going To Leave You (cuts in)/Communication Breakdown/For Your Love (cuts in).

Cobra took a long while between announcing this title and releasing it, but the results are not those of a carefully-crafted work. This is an audience recording very up front, well balanced and detailed but there's high-frequency distortion and hiss. The first disc's sound quality could have been excellent had it not been for the excessive emphasis on treble and the very high level of hiss. The second disc begins with the same characteristics but by Killing Floor hiss augments overpoweringly, heavy equalization is needed to make the listening bearable. The quality deteriorates somewhat and hiss is at its worst during You Shook Me (where distortion is very annoying) and Communication, but not so much during Pat's Delight and For Your Love. For Your Love is muffled and slightly inferior in quality until the last two minutes or so where the quality returns to the first disc's standard. Panther Records' "Live in San Francisco" included portions of this recording sourced from vinyl, where hiss and distortion are also present but not as pronounced. Cobra's version is sharper, fatter-sounding and more detailed except for the deteriorated parts, and free of surface noise. Luna Record's "Tales From The Riverside" included For Your Love in excellent quality, bright and detailed, hiss and distortion are very mild but irritatingly fades out two minutes or so before its conclusion, exactly where Cobla's version improves in quality to almost excellent ,something rather mystifyingly indeed. The performance is excellent, powerful and very interesting as it is one of the earliest captured complete and in great detail. Famous arrangements can be heard probably for the first time here: How Many More Times features a sequence of arpeggios as an instrumental bridge to the bow episode, clearly the same that would evolve in future Dazed and Confused versions and would include the lyrics to San Francisco and Woodstock, and would lead to the bow solo as well. As Long and Dazed feature other sequences of arpeggios making them rather unique. The vocals to the fast part of What Is And What Should Never Be are clearly sung by Plant with different lyrics on Killing Floor, he does a Sonny Boy Williamson impersonation also like the one on Bring It On Home. This show (or these double sets) deserve a better presentation. (Rosina Diaz Scali May 1999)

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11-Jan-69 San Francisco

Psycho Au GoGo (Led Note)

Set list: I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/How Many More Times (on the original it cut out as Page was entering the solo section, on my version you have the "I got you in the sights" section right to the end)/Communication Breakdown. 

This is an expanded (by 12 minutes) version of the show that was released a few years ago as  "Birth Of The Gods" The funny thing is that my version came from a tree and a few weeks later, voila! the bootleg appears. The sound quality is typical of those 69 soundboards. Vocals and drums up front! Now before anyone starts saying "this sucks" the great performance will blow you away! The coup-de-grace is Bonzo's drumming throughout the whole tape! "Communication Breakdown" has Plant substituting his "banshee-scream" before the solo w/ a growl. I can't really do it justice, here you just have to hear it for yourselves. I really like the intro to "CB" slow intro and then before you know what hit you----a rainstorm of drums and guitar! Incidentally the same arrangement was used in the 1/26 concert---but you wouldn't know it, b/c the way they were playing then, was so fresh, and innovative! Back to "Communication Breakdown" Plant actually loses his cool and yells at the audience to "HANG ABOUT!!" (hope I got it right??) They were begging for an encore, but he thought they'd be cutting into the 2nd set! It turns out that they got the okay, and off they went! A vivid reminder of the early, ramshackle days of Led Zeppelin! Where there were four musicians on stage, and little else! What more could you ask for!

Psycho A Go Go! (Led Note)

I Can't Quit You Baby/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown (40.45)

Packaging is single jewel case with single front liner depicting a translucent very early promo shot of the band over a psychedelic background and the rear of the front liner is again an early colour promo shot.  The rear cover is a black and white photo of Page and Jones playing live at the Rose Palace 2 May 69.

Another release of the longer version of one of Zeppelin's earliest concerts, in excellent soundboard quality. A great performance as well, so this is well worth seeking out. (Brian Damage Dec 01).

Fillmore West, San Francisco, January 11 1969. Soundboard recording.

Track listing: I Can't Quit You/Dazed and Confused/You Shook Me.

Previously released in Balboa's single CD "Birth Of The Gods", this recording is almost perfect, there's hiss and the low frequencies are not very clear, the worst part comes in Dazed where there are clicks (successive dropouts) during the bow solo and part of the instrumental passage that follows; none of this deficiencies are present in Balboa's offering, which sounds sharper and the bass and the drums sound fatter and louder. The source is identical, they both share the same balance which is the only drawback to this recording: vocals to the fore with the rest of the instruments "rotating" in the mix. This is a pretty good performance, it's remarkable how every single version of I Can't Quit You has a specialness to it; Dazed is great, Bonzo and Jonesy accompany Page during the bow solo and although Plant sounds as suffering from flu, he delivers powerfully. Page plays a bit from the Boogie Woogie riff in the fast solo. The fragment of How Many more Times present in Balboa's release is not included. (Rosina Diaz Scali Apr 99)

Anybody Got A Les Paul?  (Equinox EX 00 020-0)

I Can't Quit You, Dazed & Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (incl. How Many More Years?, Smokestack Lightning, cut), Communication Breakdown

This title by Equinox presents four documents from various sources through the first couple months of 1969.  The first five tracks on this single disc are a soundboard recording of the first set from January 11, 1969 show at the Fillmore West on their first US tour.  This fragment had previously been released on Birth Of The Gods (Balboa), Psycho A GoGo (Led Note), and Hampton Kicks (Elrond) and has since been released on the Akashic label and Pb+ on Wild Card. This title presents a longer source of the soundboard, with a substantial section from How Many More Times and the encore of Communication Breakdown (proceeded by an angry shout from Robert).  The quality of this recording is excellent with a minor amount of hiss present.  The performance itself is excellent, especially the drums of Bonzo.  Dazed & Confused has alternate lyrics, and there is a high standard throughout. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

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23-Jan-69 Boston

Boston After Dark (Empress Valley EVSD 65)

Disc 1:  Train Kept A Rollin, I Cant Quit You, As Long As I Have You, Dazed & Confused, You Shook Me

This title represents the extent of Zeppelin’s show at the Boston Tea Party on January 23, 1969.  The source is a bit distant. However, it is very clear and powerful.  This is one of the best titles for Zeppelin’s first tour. The playing in this show is ferocious. The highlight of this tape is the As Long As I Have You medley.  It had not yet grown to the epic that it would be on their second tour, and the battle between Page and Bonham is a delight to listen to. This show comes in a single pocket thick cardboard sleeve, and it is very expensive.  But, the money is definitely worth it. (Gerard Sparaco Oct 2001).

Boston After Dark (1CD Empress Valley EVSD 65)

This 2001 release of Zeppelin's first visit to the Boston Tea Party captures the event in very good, three-dimensional sound quality.  The only noticeable flaw in the recording is a 20 second bit of garbled tape as the I Can't Quit You solo ends.  This is a tremendous and highly underrated show - incredible playing with the audience loving every minute. Page's Telecaster sounds heavier than any other pre-Les Paul recording.  Plant soars from start to finish.  The set features a wild As Long As I Have You & Dazed And Confused and closes with a superb You Shook Me.  Blues based rock at it's best.  The atmospheric recording really comes through in this nicely packaged effort by Empress. (David DeSanctis Jan 02)

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31-Jan-69 New York

In The Heat of the Night (Beelzebub Records) 2 CD
New York City, January 31st and February 1st 1969

Disc 1 (46.01): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (46.29): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times /Communication Breakdown

The first North American tour that Led Zeppelin undertook can quite possibly be considered one of the best and most powerful every performed by the band.  Thankfully some enterprising fans had the mind to bring a tape recorder to two of the most powerful shows the band performed on this tour.  As stated on the back of the release, both shows come from recent transfers of the master tapes, and I can.t say that I disagree.  The sound quality on both discs is stellar as compared to what has previously been available.  Comparably clearer than Empress Valley's New York In The Wind, the first show comes to a climax with quite possibly one of the best screams Robert ever conjures up during How Many More Times.  The Fillmore East was to be set afire again the next night with a second performance by Zeppelin.  Having forgot Jones' bass, Robert comes out and announces that Jimmy will play his solo, White Summer first.  After a nice early version the band breaks into an extremely powerful Train.  As Robert tells the crowd they.re going to try and squeeze as much as they can into 20 minutes, it prompts a fan to scream "to hell with the Butterfly!".  With Iron Butterfly surely waiting in the wings the band does all they can in the time allotted. Jimmy manages to throw the bow solo of Dazed into How Many More Times before finishing up the set with an encore of Communication Breakdown.  Overall the sound quality of this set is a much welcomed upgrade over what was previously available and released and the artwork for this set is also quite complimenting.  This is a set well worth picking up. (Sean Douler Jan 04)

In The Heat of the Night(Beelzebub Records) 2 CD
New York City, January 31st and February 1st 1969

Disc 1 (46.01): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (46.29): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown

Both these discs are sourced from the master tapes. The first night at the Fillmore East in New York is from an alternate master source, which is very similar to the well known one (and used on the Empress Valley 2 CD release New York In The Wind), but unfortunately does not have the opening tune up by the band and is 30 seconds shorter therefore. A great debut in New York, supporting Iron Butterfly, this is a quick but very lively performance, with Plant in excellent voice. It is nice to have this as an unadulterated straight transfer from tape to CD. The second night, on 1st February, has a little bit more tape than what has been circulating, and so this recording is slightly longer than the Empress Valley version. It is a pity that the source is dull and a little distorted, but the abscence of EQ means that the sound has not been cranked up and distorted even more. The packaging is nice, a gatefold card sleeve, and the CDs are each housed in a black card sleeve. If you want these shows without any EQ then this set is recommended. If you want louder/EQ'd versions then get the Empress Valley version. You pays your money and you takes your choice, as the old saying goes. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 05)

In The Heat of the Night(Beelzebub Records) 2 CD
New York City, January 31 and February 1, 1969

Disc 1 (46.01): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (46.29): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown

Every so often a surprise release is issued that receives little fanfare, and then puts a smile on my face me when I hear it.  Reel Masters' Dusseldorf 1970 was one of those releases for me last year.  Beelzebub's "In the Heat of the Night" is a perfect example of such a release in 2005, at least as far as the first disc is concerned.  Friday, January 31, 1969 is the first show and it's a whopper.  Train crashes in, pretty distorted but somehow enjoyable.  ICQY is next, and Plant's in top form.  As is my want, I focus heavily on Bonham in Zep's music and he was mixed nicely in this recording.  The snare's deep with a solid punch and his thumper bass drum is easy to pick-up as well.  There's an unfortunate cut in Pat's Delight, during the bare hands portion of the solo, but it's so great to hear him going mad and then hearing the audience erupt in response.  You Shook Me is beautiful, and heavy, containing one of the best ever call-and-response exchanges between Jimmy and Robert that I can remember.  As mentioned, disc 1 is a very pleasant surprise and actually reminds me a lot of the audio on Dusseldorf 1970.  Great ambiance, each instrument discernable in the mix, and not too much mud or distortion.  Disc 2 from the following night, however, is not quite as enjoyable.  Bonham's buried, and the band's a bit disoriented due possibly to JPJ leaving his bass behind.  Starting a show with White Summer was unorthodox enough, but inserting Pat's Delight after ICQY instead of Dazed feels weird.  The recording of Bonzo's drums, strangely enough, is fuller in disc 2's Pat's Delight as compared to disc 1's rendition.  All in all, though, the second show was also another great one and a bit of a shame that the recording wasn't a bit brighter.  Alas, beggars can't be choosers, so I'll happily take this very worthy release.  The packaging is smart, with pictures from the 2 separate shows in a glossy case holding the discs in different paper sleeves.  The reasonable price made obtaining this item that much more worthwhile.  (Symmetry101 Jan 2005)

New York in the Wind:The Legendary Fillmore Series-East Vol. 2 (Empress Valley EVSD 312/313) 2 CD
Fillmore East, New York City, NY, January 31 & February 1, 1969

Disc 1 (46.33): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (44.54): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc Dazed And Confused, The Hunter)/Communication Breakdown

I am a huge fan of '69 Zepp shows and I have attempted to collect them all, but as we know some of these concerts were only available on some minor labels long ago and thus difficult to obtain.  But here we have both shows together! who could ask for anything more. 1/31/69 starts off with some warm ups then into Train and I must say its an improvement over my copy of Psychedelic Raw Blues but I don't own Grande Ball to know if this is the upgrade tape L. Rey speaks of. The show is well received by the NY audience and is a great compact performance typical of early '69.  2/1/69 starts off with Robert apologizing for the delay which is caused by them forgetting JPJ's bass guitar so they start with White Summer.  This show has been available on Savage Beast label with same title TLFS but Vol. 1 unfortunately its one I don't have so I can't compare it to this one.  But this tape sounds similar to the first night and again the crowd loves it.  After White Summer Robert says "were gonna start now" and then into Train, a little overloaded at first but better by I Can't Quit You.   After ICQY Robert again apologizes that they have to "cram as much as we can into the next 20 min" to which the taper replies "to hell with the Butterfly" apparently he can't get enough Zepp.  I would have left out Pat's Delight for Dazed and Confused if they only had 20 min but....instead we get a short Pat's then into HMMT.  The HMMT's medley incl. the bow section that runs out with the Dazed feel but its a reach to say it includes Dazed, as stated on the back cover, but the Hunter is definitely there and when hes got you in the sights Robert works the crowd and enlongates the huffing and puffing until hes "just about made it" in which they roar into the ending and the crowd explodes for MORE, MORE, MORE!!!! Robert again apologizes and says if he was to turn around you see he'd split his trousers, to laughs and then into Communication Breakdown.  WOW, the second night has more energy and I can see why the Iron Butterfly didn't want to follow this powerhouse.  If you don't have these dates or want them in the best quality then this is the set to have. (Sean Wylie Jan 05)

New York in the Wind:The Legendary Fillmore Series-East Vol. 2 (Empress Valley EVSD 312/313) 2 CD
Fillmore East, New York City, NY, January 31 & February 1, 1969

Disc 1 (46.33): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (44.54): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc Dazed And Confused, The Hunter)/Communication Breakdown

This release follows up that by Empress Valley in 2004 of the superb concerts by Led Zeppelin in San Francisco in April 1969, and is the second in a planned series to release all the Fillmore East and Fillmore West concerts from 1969. Both sets played by Led Zeppelin in New York were supposed to be as support for Iron Butterfly, but the intensity of their playing blew that group off the stage! The sound quality has never been that good for these two concerts, but is acceptable, the first night more so than the second. The first concert on 31 January has Robert Plant reaching some incredibly high notes and the sound has been EQ'd by Empress Valley, which has emphasised the tape hiss, but fortunately that was left in. The second night (in a duller, more distorted recording) starts off with an apology from Plant saying that John Paul Jones' bass had been left at the hotel! So Jimmy Page steps in for White Summer/Black Mountain Side. Robert Plant is conscious that they are supposed to be the support band and is trying to move proceedings along, and when he introduces John Bonham's showpiece Pat's Delight, some wag close to the taper says "to hell with the Butterfly!" The sound on this recording is just about acceptable, the problem being, as said earlier, the source is dull and distorted. The CDs are housed in a slimline double jewel case, the artwork is very dark and unimaginative however. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 05)

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01-Feb-69 New York

The Legendary Fillmore Tapes Vol. 1 (Savage Beast Music)

Per ***1/2 SQ **1/2 Appeal: HardCore

First time on disc for this unusual show from the Fillmore East, New York on February 1 1969. There are no cuts in the songs from this audience source but the sound is distant and muddy with slight hiss. This single disc set shows signs of noise reduction. The bass/drums entry in Train Kept A Rollin' overloads the recorder and results in the recording becoming particularly mushy with How Many More Times bringing a slight improvement. Having been forced to start with White Summer/Black Mountain Side in the temporary absence of Jones' bass, Page plays this number neatly and concisely. I Can't Quit You is also worthy of note. Dazed is missed in it's normal place and ends up in part inside How Many More Times! Casual collectors should pass this one by.

In The Heat of the Night(Beelzebub Records) 2 CD
New York City, January 31st and February 1st 1969

Disc 1 (46.01): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (46.29): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times /Communication Breakdown

The first North American tour that Led Zeppelin undertook can quite possibly be considered one of the best and most powerful every performed by the band.  Thankfully some enterprising fans had the mind to bring a tape recorder to two of the most powerful shows the band performed on this tour.  As stated on the back of the release, both shows come from recent transfers of the master tapes, and I can.t say that I disagree.  The sound quality on both discs is stellar as compared to what has previously been available.  Comparably clearer than Empress Valley's New York In The Wind, the first show comes to a climax with quite possibly one of the best screams Robert ever conjures up during How Many More Times.  The Fillmore East was to be set afire again the next night with a second performance by Zeppelin.  Having forgot Jones' bass, Robert comes out and announces that Jimmy will play his solo, White Summer first.  After a nice early version the band breaks into an extremely powerful Train.  As Robert tells the crowd they.re going to try and squeeze as much as they can into 20 minutes, it prompts a fan to scream "to hell with the Butterfly!".  With Iron Butterfly surely waiting in the wings the band does all they can in the time allotted. Jimmy manages to throw the bow solo of Dazed into How Many More Times before finishing up the set with an encore of Communication Breakdown.  Overall the sound quality of this set is a much welcomed upgrade over what was previously available and released and the artwork for this set is also quite complimenting.  This is a set well worth picking up. (Sean Douler Jan 04)

In The Heat of the Night(Beelzebub Records) 2 CD
New York City, January 31st and February 1st 1969

Disc 1 (46.01): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (46.29): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown

Both these discs are sourced from the master tapes. The first night at the Fillmore East in New York is from an alternate master source, which is very similar to the well known one (and used on the Empress Valley 2 CD release New York In The Wind), but unfortunately does not have the opening tune up by the band and is 30 seconds shorter therefore. A great debut in New York, supporting Iron Butterfly, this is a quick but very lively performance, with Plant in excellent voice. It is nice to have this as an unadulterated straight transfer from tape to CD. The second night, on 1st February, has a little bit more tape than what has been circulating, and so this recording is slightly longer than the Empress Valley version. It is a pity that the source is dull and a little distorted, but the abscence of EQ means that the sound has not been cranked up and distorted even more. The packaging is nice, a gatefold card sleeve, and the CDs are each housed in a black card sleeve. If you want these shows without any EQ then this set is recommended. If you want louder/EQ'd versions then get the Empress Valley version. You pays your money and you takes your choice, as the old saying goes. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 05)

>In The Heat of the Night (Beelzebub Records) 2 CD
New York City, January 31 and February 1, 1969

Disc 1 (46.01): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (46.29): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown.

Every so often a surprise release is issued that receives little fanfare, and then puts a smile on my face me when I hear it.  Reel Masters' Dusseldorf 1970 was one of those releases for me last year.  Beelzebub's "In the Heat of the Night" is a perfect example of such a release in 2005, at least as far as the first disc is concerned.  Friday, January 31, 1969 is the first show and it's a whopper.  Train crashes in, pretty distorted but somehow enjoyable.  ICQY is next, and Plant's in top form.  As is my want, I focus heavily on Bonham in Zep's music and he was mixed nicely in this recording.  The snare's deep with a solid punch and his thumper bass drum is easy to pick-up as well.  There's an unfortunate cut in Pat's Delight, during the bare hands portion of the solo, but it's so great to hear him going mad and then hearing the audience erupt in response.  You Shook Me is beautiful, and heavy, containing one of the best ever call-and-response exchanges between Jimmy and Robert that I can remember.  As mentioned, disc 1 is a very pleasant surprise and actually reminds me a lot of the audio on Dusseldorf 1970.  Great ambiance, each instrument discernable in the mix, and not too much mud or distortion.  Disc 2 from the following night, however, is not quite as enjoyable.  Bonham's buried, and the band's a bit disoriented due possibly to JPJ leaving his bass behind.  Starting a show with White Summer was unorthodox enough, but inserting Pat's Delight after ICQY instead of Dazed feels weird.  The recording of Bonzo's drums, strangely enough, is fuller in disc 2's Pat's Delight as compared to disc 1's rendition.  All in all, though, the second show was also another great one and a bit of a shame that the recording wasn't a bit brighter.  Alas, beggars can't be choosers, so I'll happily take this very worthy release.  The packaging is smart, with pictures from the 2 separate shows in a glossy case holding the discs in different paper sleeves.  The reasonable price made obtaining this item that much more worthwhile.  (Symmetry101 Jan 2005)

New York in the Wind:The Legendary Fillmore Series-East Vol. 2 (Empress Valley EVSD 312/313) 2 CD
Fillmore East, New York City, NY, January 31 & February 1, 1969

Disc 1 (46.33): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (44.54): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc Dazed And Confused, The Hunter)/Communication Breakdown

I am a huge fan of '69 Zepp shows and I have attempted to collect them all, but as we know some of these concerts were only available on some minor labels long ago and thus difficult to obtain.  But here we have both shows together! who could ask for anything more. 1/31/69 starts off with some warm ups then into Train and I must say its an improvement over my copy of Psychedelic Raw Blues but I don't own Grande Ball to know if this is the upgrade tape L. Rey speaks of. The show is well received by the NY audience and is a great compact performance typical of early '69.  2/1/69 starts off with Robert apologizing for the delay which is caused by them forgetting JPJ's bass guitar so they start with White Summer.  This show has been available on Savage Beast label with same title TLFS but Vol. 1 unfortunately its one I don't have so I can't compare it to this one.  But this tape sounds similar to the first night and again the crowd loves it.  After White Summer Robert says "were gonna start now" and then into Train, a little overloaded at first but better by I Can't Quit You.   After ICQY Robert again apologizes that they have to "cram as much as we can into the next 20 min" to which the taper replies "to hell with the Butterfly" apparently he can't get enough Zepp.  I would have left out Pat's Delight for Dazed and Confused if they only had 20 min but....instead we get a short Pat's then into HMMT.  The HMMT's medley incl. the bow section that runs out with the Dazed feel but its a reach to say it includes Dazed, as stated on the back cover, but the Hunter is definitely there and when hes got you in the sights Robert works the crowd and enlongates the huffing and puffing until hes "just about made it" in which they roar into the ending and the crowd explodes for MORE, MORE, MORE!!!! Robert again apologizes and says if he was to turn around you see he'd split his trousers, to laughs and then into Communication Breakdown.  WOW, the second night has more energy and I can see why the Iron Butterfly didn't want to follow this powerhouse.  If you don't have these dates or want them in the best quality then this is the set to have. (Sean Wylie Jan 05)

New York in the Wind:The Legendary Fillmore Series-East Vol. 2 (Empress Valley EVSD 312/313) 2 CD
Fillmore East, New York City, NY, January 31 & February 1, 1969

Disc 1 (46.33): The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc, The Hunter)/You Shook Me

Disc 2 (44.54): Introduction/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Pat's Delight/How Many More Times (inc Dazed And Confused, The Hunter)/Communication Breakdown

This release follows up that by Empress Valley in 2004 of the superb concerts by Led Zeppelin in San Francisco in April 1969, and is the second in a planned series to release all the Fillmore East and Fillmore West concerts from 1969. Both sets played by Led Zeppelin in New York were supposed to be as support for Iron Butterfly, but the intensity of their playing blew that group off the stage! The sound quality has never been that good for these two concerts, but is acceptable, the first night more so than the second. The first concert on 31 January has Robert Plant reaching some incredibly high notes and the sound has been EQ'd by Empress Valley, which has emphasised the tape hiss, but fortunately that was left in. The second night (in a duller, more distorted recording) starts off with an apology from Plant saying that John Paul Jones' bass had been left at the hotel! So Jimmy Page steps in for White Summer/Black Mountain Side. Robert Plant is conscious that they are supposed to be the support band and is trying to move proceedings along, and when he introduces John Bonham's showpiece Pat's Delight, some wag close to the taper says "to hell with the Butterfly!" The sound on this recording is just about acceptable, the problem being, as said earlier, the source is dull and distorted. The CDs are housed in a slimline double jewel case, the artwork is very dark and unimaginative however. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 05)

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02-Feb-69 Toronto

Absolutely Gems (Sanctuary) 3CD 2/2/69 and 8/18/69 both sets Ltd edition and numbered

Sound Quality 5-7/10; Appeal 4/5

The three Rockpile shows from 69 are presented here by the Sanctuary boys. The first, 2/2/69 was previously out on the Totonka label but was missing Killing Floor (as was the tape that circulated at the time). Killing Floor is complete here and the Sanctuary release is slightly better in terms of sound quality as it is from a lower gen tape (as is the tape currently circulating). The second and third discs contain both sets, complete, from August in better quality than either Hideaway (Neinerwald) or The Complete Rockpile Show (The Symbols). In particular, the first set has only previously been out on The Symbols release but that used noise reduction to remove the hiss present on the tape which flattened the sound making it inferior to the Sanctuary version. The three discs are presented in their own paper sleeves (with photos and set lists) housed in a tri-gatefold sleeve adorned with relevant photos and other photo goodies like handbills/posters for the shows. Very nice in its own right, but as an added bonus you receive a perfect replica of the 1969 tour program with the hard cover just like the original! (note these programs were reissued a few years ago but with a soft cover). (Lord Byron Nov 99)

The Rockpile Canada 2/2/69 (zltc77 Totonka)

The Rockpile, Toronto, Canada (first show), February 2, 1969

CD: (59:15) introduction/ The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You (volume drops in the beginning), Dazed & Confused (volume returns back to normal at the beginning), You Shook Me (cuts in after the first note, contains a 2 second "mute" near the end), How Many More Times (includes The Hunter)

Olympic Studios, London, U.K., September 20 - October 10, 1968

Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (take 8), You Shook Me (take 1), Baby Come On Home

This newly discovered audience recording of the first Led Zeppelin show in Canada is good and clear. There is the expectant tape hiss, especially when the volume has to be increased during I Can't Quit You. But it's manageable. As for the performance, nothing is held back, especially Plant's vocals during How Many More Times. There aren't' t any surprises during this show and this recording is not the entire show. Plus the announcer notes they will be doing two sets tonight (this being the first). The Olympic Studio's material is the same as what's been out before, but with more tape hiss. (Brian Ingham Feb 97)

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14-Feb-69 Miami

Thee Image Club (RDM-942002A, 942002B Rag Doll Music)

Thee Image Club, Miami, Florida, February 14, 1969

CD 1: (43:15) Train Kept A Rollin' (beginning fades in), I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed & Confused, Killing Floor (includes Lemon Song, Needle Blues, You'll Be Mine), Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (includes Reflections On My Mind), How Many More Times (includes Roll Over Beethoven) (ending cut)

CD 2: (44:34) White Summer/Black Mountain Side (beginning fades in), As Long As I Have You (includes Fresh Garbage, Hush Little Baby, Shake), You Shook Me, Pat's Delight

Both sets are from the same taper. Each recording is good and clear. The volume is consistent without any noticeable tape hiss. The sound quality of the recording is a bit dated though. The recording of the first set ends during How Many More Times' bow section. Both performances are not wild ones & the audiences do not sound too present. But both shows are still good. (Brian Ingham July 96)

Reflections on My Mind (2CD, Image Quality, IQ-005/6), Miami, 14.2.69, aud

Set List: Train, ICQY, DaC, Killing Floor, BIGLY, HMMT, WS-BMS, ALAIHY, YSM, Pat's Delight

"Snowblind" (CD), "The Image Club" (2CD), "Yellow Zeppelin" (2CD) were previously released from this show. Among them, "Yellow Zeppelin" from Tarantura was the best in both sound quality and completeness. This newly released stuff from Image Quality uses the same source as the one which has been used on these previous releases. And in both sound quality and completeness, "Reflections On My Mind" is almost equivalent to "Yellow Zeppelin". Someone may say that sound quality of "Reflections On My Mind" is a little bit clearer, but no big difference. (Susumu Omi, June 97)

Reflections On My Mind (Image Quality) Per ***1/2 SQ *** Appeal G

Marginal increase in sound quality from previous releases for this 2 CD set with two incomplete shows, one on each disk from the Miami Image Club, Florida now dated as February 14 1969. The basic sound quality is slightly distant and muddy, with an emphasis on bass frequencies and hiss always present. The guitar is to the fore and the vocals in the background. The sound improves a bit in disc 2 - the second set. How Many More Times is cut towards the end, and applause is tacked on after the cut. The group sound tired at the beginning but after a slow start things pick up in Dazed and then both Killing Floor and especially As Long As I Have You are played superbly. Plant starts off sounding hoarse but at the end on You Shock Me things have improved and he has a good workout on this number. Nice packaging from this new label swings this more to the general collector. (Tony Gassett July 97)

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13-Mar-69 Denmark

Danish Television March 1969 (CD, Cobra Standard Series 009), Copenhagen, 13.3.69

Beware of the hoax!! According to the info from the bootlegger, this one contains both very well-known video soundtrack version and newly surfaced audience recording!!! of the Danish TV. But "audience version" is really from Gladsaxe Teen Club (Evening of the same date as Danish TV). Sound quality of Danish TV is almost the same as "Danish TV 1969" (Flying Disc Music) and "Denmark '69", while that of Teen Club Gig is almost the same as "Copenhagen". (Susumu Omi, July 96)

Danish TV & Studio Sessions (Watch Tower WT 2001009)

Disc 1:  Communication Breakdown, Dazed & Confused, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, How Many More Times, Untitled Instrumental

 The first four tracks on this title are from the Danish TV appearance on March 17th, 1969.  This soundboard recording is excellent, dynamic, and sounds like it was mastered by Page himself. The sound is very similar to the official BBC release. And just like their BBC appearances, the playing is meant to be a short and intense sampling of their set at the time. Light and shade, tender and aggressive, all packed into a stunning half hour.  The remaining seven tracks come from the Olympic Studio session from October, 1968, and consist of Page and Jones playing acoustic guitar and organ figures. Some of it sounds like Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, but might also be related to Your Time is Gonna Come, but in a different key.  The title comes in a single jewel case with many pictures from the actual Danish TV appearance with a picture from the Fillmore East on the front cover.  It is said that this label is related to TDOLZ and is very limited, although I have my doubts. (Gerard Sparaco Oct 2001).

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14-Mar-69 Stockholm

Missing Links (TDOLZ Vol. 81)

Stockholm 1969 / June 28, 1970 Bath Festival / Clearwell Castle 1978

CD: (51:08) I Can't Quit You, I Gotta Move, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times (beginning only), Heartbreaker, That's The Way, Fire, Carouselambra, Carouselambra, Carouselambra

An interesting compilation of material presented in amazing quality from TDOLZ - the best available versions thus far. The first four tracks from Stockholm were recorded from the soundboard on March 14, 1969 (the exact date may still be in dispute). As the CD back cover claims, this Stockholm material was "Taken From The Master Reel To Reel". Statements like that are always questionable, but there's no doubt this is a clean and near excellent recording. This material has also been available on Tarantura's "Kicks" - which used to be the best available version of this show - but as hinted at earlier, this release on TDOLZ is a major upgrade from the Tarantura title.

"Missing Links" on TDOLZ is presented in very nice packaging - typical of TDOLZ. The unique cover has also been seen as the Turkish LP cover for Led Zeppelin II. Definitely a very good release by any standard, and highly recommended to the collector who already has almost everything. (Scott Davis Feb 99)

Kicks (CD, Tarantura, K&S 974), 3/14/69 Stockholm

Source tape is identical to "Many More Early Times" (CD) and "Stockholm" (CD). But sound quality is inferior to "Stockholm" and almost equal to "Many More Early Times". The only one advantage over these previously released stuff is that it contains DJ comment just after HMMT (incomplete). I think Tarantura at least should have added newly surfaced audience source tape as the bonus tracks. (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)

In The Garden Of Sweden (Beelzebub Records BSD 10/11) 2 CDR
Koncerthuset, Stockholm, 14 March 1969

Disc 1 (46.02):- I Can't Quit You/I Gotta Move/Dazed And Confused/How Many More Times [from pre FM broadcast master] I Can't Quit You/I Gotta Move/Dazed And Confused/How Many More Times [from master recorded from FM radio]
Disc 2 (50.47):- Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Gotta Move/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times [from audience recording master]

This release from Beelzebub, on CDRs with printed labels, covers the concert in Stockholm on 14th March 1969. The first disc is made up from two sources: the first is from the master of the pre FM broadcast tape, that has been in circulation amongst collectors for a while. It sounds excellent and is 22.08 minutes long. More important is the second part of this first disc, which has a longer source for the actual FM broadcast. This is 23.52 minutes long, and has the Swedish Radio DJ's intro (with trendy and "with it" dripping water sound effects in the background). The sound on this is first rate, and very enjoyable. Jimmy Page played the opening song with some ferocity, as he broke a guitar string. The second disc contains the complete audience recording for the concert, which has the opening song (Train Kept A' Rollin') and White Summer/Black Mountain Side, that were not on the radio broadcast. The sound on this is acceptable, and is stated to be from the master cassette. Some years ago a fan produced 2 CDR release 1969 Scandinavian [sic] Tour....the audience recordings first made this source available. This was from a first gen. source, and I think it sounds a fraction better than this new version which is off the master. Therefore the most important part of this release is the longer FM broadcast. Whilst the discs are CDRs, with printed labels, they come in a nicely printed card gatefold slipcase, which has on the inside an English translation of a newspaper review of the concert. (Jules McTrainspotter Feb 05)

In The Garden Of Sweden (Beelzebub Records BSD 10/11) 2 CDR
Koncerthuset, Stockholm, March 14, 1969

Disc 1 (46.02):- I Can't Quit You/I Gotta Move/Dazed And Confused/How Many More Times [from pre FM broadcast master] I Can't Quit You/I Gotta Move/Dazed And Confused/How Many More Times [from master recorded from FM radio]
Disc 2 (50.47):- Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Gotta Move/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times [from audience recording master]

Anything new, or upgraded, from Zeppelin's 1969 embryonic performances is of great appeal to me. The development of songs and ideas heard in those shows foreshadowed things to come in Zeppelin II and beyond, making the performances that much more exciting to hear. When I got word that Beelzebub records was releasing a purported upgrade to the March, 1969 Stockholm soundboard recording that I've had for years, I immediately ordered it upon being advised that it was available. Well, after waiting nearly 2 months for it to arrive, I can say with great certainty that I am thoroughly disappointed with this item. The soundboard recordings are no different than what I've (and probably you've) heard before, with the only longer source being more tape of the D.J.'s comments in a foreign tongue! The second disc, hailed as the complete show recorded from the audience, is horrid and barely decipherable. It sounds as though the tape recorder was packed under the audience member's trench coat, and Robert's nowhere to be found (a great shame as he was in remarkable voice). There are startiling volume fluctuations in Train that distorted in my speakers, and the apparent power of the performance is not even remotely evidenced by this recording. Curiously, "I Gotta Move" was played after Train, and before ICQY, but is nonsensically placed in the soundboard recording after ICQY! At its end, this first disc gave me the unwanted taste and nasty reminder of being duped by a bootleg label that has simply copied a short show twice and put it on one disc. As for the packaging, there is an apparent translation of a contemporaneous article inside the glossy case, but on the adjacent side there are stills from the Communication Breakdown promo video. It may have been more beneficial to translate the words of the D.J. on disc one, but maybe that would've been too much work for this label. Even at a modest price, this title is not worth the money. One to avoid, in my very humble opinion. (Symmetry101, March, 2005)

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15-Mar-69 Denmark

Rock of Ages (The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin Vol. 83 & 84 TDOLZ 839901/849901)

Disc 1: The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You, As Long As I Have You, You Shook Me, Communication Breakdown, The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me

Disc 2: The Train Kept A Rollin', I Gotta Move, I Can't Quit You, Dazed and Confused, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, How Many More Times

The first disc contains the complete first show, and the first half of the second show from March 15, 1969. The first show was at the Teen Club in Gladsaxe, and the second at the Brondby Pop-Club. It sounds like TDOLZ have used a very low generation tape for this

disc. It is up front and excellent. The shows themselves are amazing early 1969 shows, with Jimmy Page pyrotechnics impressing the crowd. The highlight of the first disc is the As Long As I Have You medley, which begins with a groovy psychedelic riff. It contains I Just Want To Make Love To You which is very heavy and effective. (Gerard Sparaco July 2000)

Short Cuts (Image Quality) Single CD. Audience recordings,52 minutes.

March 15 1969,afternoon show at the "Teen Club" in Gladsaxe Denmark. Set List:Train/Can't Quit You/As Long/You Shook Me/Communication.34 mins. Approximately. The main fault of this recording is the excessive level of hiss throughout the set, there's also distortion caused by the proximity of the microphone to the guitar amplifiers. On the positive side, the guitar and vocals are very detailed and very bright; hiss was the price to pay though. The lower frequencies are not as clear but fairly discernable in general. In the final minute of I Can't Quit You the volume drops for a few seconds, returns to the original level and remains that way until the end. Despite the short set list, the recording is seemingly uncut but for the spoken introduction to Communication, in which a line is clearly repeated, as though the label wanted to make it clear that the performance was not edited; the quality becomes sharper but nothing really changes all that much, my guess is that a lower generation tape was used, the vocals are a bit drowned but that has to do more with the band cranking up for the finale rather than with a change to an alternative recording. The sound quality is surprisingly enjoyable to me, the performance is excellent and very interesting as it captures the band in a small club. This recording contrasts with the professional, clean quality of the Danish TV Special and the "diluted" Swedish radio broadcast in the nasty and loud attack. Plant's vocals are in superb form but he doesn't use his higher register as often as in the radio broadcast, but he is amazing and so are Page, Bonzo and Jonesy. The gig is incredibly powerful and the pieces are played very aggressively ,without losing control. As Long As I Have You features an impressive guitar introduction, Plant uses a line of Muddy Watters' I! Just Wanna Make Love To You to "counterattack" the instrumentation in an awesome improvisation. When the number finishes, Page checks the guitar-tuning with a bossa nova riff, quickly followed by the other two instruments for a few seconds, Plant says: "We'll try to carry on despite Che Guevara" (South American communist revolutionary) much to everyone's amusement. Communication is also graced with one of Page's great introductions. In my view, this gig is as powerful as the April affairs at San Francisco, only the arrangements are shorter and the dreamy psychedelic approach is not used. (Rosina Diaz Scali Mar 99)

Also see Vigorellin Stadium 5-July-71

Led Zeppelin Is A Gas - Empress Valley EVSD-207
Total Playing Time 63.32

Afternoon show, Teen Club Gladsaxe Denmark, 15 March 1969
Set List:- The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I have You with I Just Wanna Make Love To You / You Shook Me / Communication Breakdown

Evening show , Brondby Pop-Club Brondby Denmark, 15 March 1969
Set List:- The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / Dazed & Confused / You Shook Me

Presented in a single jewel case with a luxury glossy card booklet containing a complete 15th review by Hamish Rook in Japanese and English with exclusive photos from the shows on the covers. The title appears to have been formed from comments at the Leicester gig the week previous when "the kids were having a gas". The complete late afternoon show is presented first, even though Plant announces "Good evening". Sound is excellent and very clear with an outstanding You Shook Me and great intro to old style Communication Breakdown, A short killer set. The 2nd show at Brondby cuts out after another brilliant You Shook Me and is missing White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Pat's Delight and How Many More Times. Sound is Excellent to very good. This was not excessively priced by EVSD and if you're a 1969 fan then good value as these early shows showcased the rising Led Zeppelin in all their improvisational glory. As an aside, the notes mention the heavy machinery of Zeppelin's rythm section, which no doubt inspired the title of the next EVSD release from Nancy, France in 1973. (The VLH Dec 02)

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16-Mar-69 Copenhagen

Rock of Ages (The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin Vol. 83 & 84 TDOLZ 839901/849901)

Disc 1: The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You, As Long As I Have You, You Shook Me, Communication Breakdown, The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me

Disc 2: The Train Kept A Rollin', I Gotta Move, I Can't Quit You, Dazed and Confused, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, How Many More Times

The second disc is the first release of the complete audience recording from their March 16, 1969 show at the Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen. The 25 minute soundboard recording is very well know, but it is interesting to hear the show in it's proper sequence. Unfortunately, the quality of the tape is extremely poor. It sounds like it was taped in the lobby of the venue. What you hear for the most part is the echo from the PA, making it sound slow and distorted. There are moments when it clears up a bit (especially in Dazed and Confused), but is never really good. Interesting as a curiosity. This release comes as a box set limited to 250 numbered copies. This has been TDOLZ's trend for the past couple of months, and one hopes they grow out of it. They are popular because they release good quality shows in decent packaging that are affordable. This box set also comes with a nice 12 page booklet with 1969 photos. It is nice, although we have seen the photos before on previous TDOLZ releases like Twist, Stroll On, Hampton 1970 and Bristol Stomp. Despite these drawbacks, this title is definitely recommended.(Gerard Sparaco July 2000)

Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen Denmark. March 16 1969.Swedish radio broadcast.

Track Listing: I Can't Quit You (briefly edited)/I Gotta Move (improvised jam)/Dazed and Confused/How Many More Times (fragment) /DJ's comments.

Living Legend's "25 Years: The Train Kept a Rolling Vol.II" included this show in inferior quality: background noise is present throughout; I Gotta Move has a cut near the end. This release is very clean and clear. I Gotta Move is complete but I Can't Quit You has an edit in the guitar solo, in the part where Page plays alone the very low lick that leads to a radical change of volume joined by Jonesy and Bonzo. By comparing both releases one is able to detect the otherwise imperceptible edit. The sound is very compressed, Page's personal nightmare of the drummer sounding as hitting suitcases becomes true here; his guitar also sounds lessened, very different than at the Danish TV Special and at the Teen Club. The balance has the voice to the fore and the instrumentation in the back. Big Music's five-CD compilation "Through the Years" included I Gotta Move with a clever elimination of the background noise, as "Hampton Kicks" does too, but managing to achieve depth in the drum sound,! resulting in a stronger and more enjoyable presentation. Unfortunately, this was the only track used for that compilation; it would be great to hear the same procedure applied to the pieces that feature Page, who is replacing a string during this fill-in jam. Plant's vocals are excellent, showing off his wide range and multi facetted approach, from the bluesy to the aggressive. How Many More Times is used only for Plant's band introduction. (Rosina Diaz Scali Apr 99)

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19-Mar-69 Maida Vale

Ottawa Sunshine (House of Elrond) 1 CD, 74 minutes approximately.

March 19 1969, BBC session.

CD Track Listing: Alexis Korner's introduction/I Can't Quit You, You Shook Me (cut), Sunshine Woman.

(CD also includes tracks from Ottawa 1970)

Thirteen plus minutes of the "lost" BBC session from March 19 1969,in very clear and detailed, although dull, sound quality. Real Dragon's CDR release "The Crunge" included Sunshine Woman individually as a "hidden" bonus track in fair quality, there's a world of difference here, only the sound was slightly brighter in the other release. The introduction to You Shook Me, as described by Mr.Lewis in TBL 13,is not present. I Can't Quit You is excellent; a standard You Shook Me has Jonesy on organ and cuts out after four minutes without a guitar solo. Sunshine Woman sounds like a mid sixties British blues, perhaps played in Mr. Korner's honor, a The All-Stars featuring The New Yardbirds kind of jam, if you will. However the rarity of this track, it is I Can't Quit You the outstanding track of this session. Rosina Diaz Scali Apr 99)

Anybody Got A Les Paul?  (Equinox EX 00 020-0)

Alexis Korner Introduction, What Is and What Should Never Be, I Can't Quit You, You Shook Me (ending cut), Sunshine Woman

This title by Equinox presents four documents from various sources through the first couple months of 1969.  This is from the March 19, 1969 "missing" BBC session from the Maida Vale Studio on the Alexis Korner show on the BBC.  This document had previously been released as Sunshine Woman (Flagge), and Ottawa Sunshine (Elrond).  Equinox also includes What Is And What Should Never Be, as did Flagge, which is not from this session but from June 16, 1969. The quality of the recording is a very good to excellent tape right off of the medium wave broadcast of the show.  The master tapes have been erased. This title is equal to the Elrond release in sound quality, and a bit more complete since it contains Korner's intros. It does contain Korner's intros to the different songs, whereas the Elrond release does not. It seems the intros are out of order (Korner gives his closing remarks before I Can't Quit You). At interest on this tape is the song Sunshine Woman. This is yet another "BBC exclusive" (along with Traveling Riverside Blues and The Girl I Love). Sunshine Woman shares the "I've got a mortgage on my body/I've got a lean on my soul" and "When she walks/she walks just like a willow tree" lyrics with the other two BBC songs.  It is an interesting coincidence Plant recycles those lyrics since Rod Stewart was using them in the Jeff Beck Group at the same time.  This title by Equinox is a good way to get this session in good quality. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Discs, EVSD 410-413)  4 CD

What we in the collectors' circle were mostly frustrated with the official "BBC Sessions" release in 1997 was its incompleteness.  To our joy, however, Empress Valley has released a 4 CD set covering chronologically all of the BBC radio sessions that the band had in its history.  The set starts with the band's first radio session for John Peel's "Top Gear" recorded on 1 March '69 and finishes with its last radio session for John Peel's "Sunday In Concert" recorded on 1 April '71.  It even covers Jimmy's appearance in "Julie Felix Show" recorded for TV on 23 April '70.  As the title says, the materials included in it are very complete, covering every tune played and every interview or chat, if any, recorded at the respective sessions.  In addition, the quality of the audios allegedly made from Pre-FM Master Reels is also of excellent quality, almost equal to that of the versions in the official release, except for the band's session for "Rhythm And Blues" recorded on 19 March '69 which is said to be rather made from an Aircheck Master.  Even the audio of the "Rhythm And Blues" session as featured in the new title is a slight upgrade over that of the past title "Sunshine Woman."  As especially noticeable from the deeper echoes of Robert's voice in "Immigrant Song," "Heartbreaker," et al. in "Sunday In Concert", the audio mix in the title is clearly different from the versions in the official release, which serves as an evidence that the title was not made by simply copying the official versions.  Given the completeness and excellent sound quality of this new title from EV (combined with Genuine Masters' excellent past release of the "Sunday In Concert" show with its title "BBC Zep"), I can now almost do away with the official "BBC Sessions" release!  The new title has been released with two different covers.  The "Maxell is Pleased to Present" version has black artwork from a famous promo only radio LP, while the "Floating Pig Blimp" version has famous William Stout white artwork which has been used on many of previous LP and CD releases.   I chose to get the version with the black "Maxell" cover, because it seemed more rare.  However, the one with the white cover also looked cute.  The title includes replicas of the "BBC Radio Transcription" jackets as inner sleeves to hold the disks.  A great collectors' item.  (Takemi Hiramatsu  Dec 06)

The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions ( Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSD 410-413)

Disc 1 (1:15:26): March 3, 1969, Playhouse Theatre, London, UK; March 19, 1969, Maida Vale Studio, Delaware Radio, London, UK; June 16, 1969, Aeolian Hall, Studio 2, Broad Street, London, UK; and June 24, 1969, Maida Vale, Studio 4, London UK.

Disc 2 (1:07:24) June 27, 1969, Playhouse Theatre, London, UK; and April 23, 1970 BBC TV Studios, Lime Grove, London, UK.

Disc 3 (56:57) April 1, 1971, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK.

Disc 4 (53:30) April 1, 1971, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK.

My first listen to the radio broadcast of Led Zeppelin’s April 1, 1971 BBC show, as a teenager a couple of decades ago, forever changed my life in how I heard live music, and how I heard Zeppelin.  The rendition of Communication Breakdown – which the American broadcast incorrectly used as the opening track – blew me away.  To this day, this concert’s performance of Heartbreaker remains the high water mark for this song’s performance on stage.  And then came their version of Dazed and Confused, which was, and is, so incredibly different, creative and, in all honesty, a bit scary to me at the time.  The broadcast also provided a fair amount of the between song comments by Robert, referring to (among many others) Mandrex, Bridgette the Midget, and about feeling “a little looser now” with “the barriers down and everybody very nice and warm.”  An incredible recording of an incredible concert that I replayed countless times.  I felt incredibly cheated when I purchased the official release of the “BBC Sessions,” which excluded (!!) the April 1st version of “Communication Breakdown”, most of Robert’s between song talk, and included only a butchered version of Whole Lotta Love.  Well, thankfully, Empress Valley have fully remedied this situation with this beautiful title.  Discs 3 and 4 contain what seems to be the entire concert, with simply stunning quality and breadth of sound.  I am once again able to fully enjoy this concert, as it was meant to be experienced.

Discs 1 and 2 of this title contain Zeppelin’s multiple 1969 appearances, which I first heard (in part) many years ago on the K&S album curiously entitled “Knebworth Fair Volume One”.  The sonic quality of the tracks presented on that album, which I also played to death, do not compare to the superior sound Empress Valley has presented in this title, with Bonzo’s ride cymbal sticking standing-out to me for some reason.  K&S’s release was also a grossly incomplete presentation of the band’s 1969 performances, as is the official BBC Sessions release.  To make Empress’s title that much sweeter, Jimmy’s stellar acoustic performance of “White Summer/Black Mountainside” on the Julie Felix show in 1970 (sans Bonham) closes out disc 2.

The 4 discs are in clear plastic sleeves placed into pumpkin colored “BBC Transcription Services” cases of heavy, paper stock.  They are all housed in a classy box, with the version I’ve purchased bearing the “Maxell is Pleased to Present” image of that guy sitting on the lounge chair (with the floor lamp and cocktail) being blown back by a loud speaker presumably cranking live Zeppelin.  Empress Valley’s “The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions” is quite simply the final statement for these important, historic shows.  It is complete, beautifully presented, and a thoroughly wonderful listen.  It is this reviewer’s opinion, which is shared by others, that the official “BBC Sessions” (aside from its excellent liner notes) is a redundant and (sadly) irrelevant release in light of Empress Valley’s title.  I highly recommend this title for all collectors of live Led Zeppelin.  (Symmetry101 Dec 06)

The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions ( Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSD 410-413)

Disc 1 (1:15:26): March 3, 1969, Playhouse Theatre, London, UK; March 19, 1969, Maida Vale Studio, Delaware Radio, London, UK; June 16, 1969, Aeolian Hall, Studio 2, Broad Street, London, UK; and June 24, 1969, Maida Vale, Studio 4, London UK.
Disc 2 (1:07:24) June 27, 1969, Playhouse Theatre, London, UK; and April 23, 1970 BBC TV Studios, Lime Grove, London, UK.
Disc 3 (56:57) April 1, 1971, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK.
Disc 4 (53:30) April 1, 1971, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK.

I remember being excited wen the official BBC Sessions were released back in 1997, and I still cherish my Vinyl box set of the sessions, however the release was always a little flawed as far as I was concerned. There were parts missing and John Peel's "Sunday In Concert" recorded on 1 April '71 had been chopped around by JP during the creation of the set, especially WLL and the missing Communication Breakdown. I have to say that I will probably never play the official release again now that I have this set. Plenty of thought has gone into preserving the running order and the original flow of the programs as well as superb quality sound throughout. My only gripe is that the supplier had run out of the inner sleeves for the box set, so mine arrived with TMOQ sleeves, the same as the extra discs supplied with Days Confused and Snow Jobs. But despite this disappointment, the box itself is wonderfully produced, and its the contents that really matter. Definitive for now. (Adrian Jones Feb 07)

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24-Apr-69 San Francisco

Cracker Jack Blues (Jelly Roll) 1CD 24-Apr-69 Sound Quality 9; Appeal 5/5

Superb and complete version of this show pressed on gold CD (not CDR). This is obviously sourced from the master DAT clone that has been circulating for a couple years now, and sounds much better than many of the older releases of this show. Not only that, the complete tape is presented including the sound-check (more complete including a quick harmonica blow!) and the small tape garble during White Summer (edited out on some previous releases). Packaging is nice. A single jewel case with a glossy front and back insert. The front pic is an early group shot, whilst the back pic is one of those incredible Montreux 70 on-stage shots capturing a fan bowing on-stage to Page, from the Over Europe book. I f you don't own this show, pick up this release quick. Even if you have one of the older versions (eg. Immigrant), this is still a worthwhile upgrade. (Lord Byron Mar 99)

Best Of Tour 69(Forever Standard Series FSS99-006)

Fillmore West  24.4.69 (As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You and Pat’s Delight) & Texas Pop Festival 31.8.69 (Trains Kept a’ Rolling, I Can't Quit You Baby, You Shook Me and Communication Breakdown)

Per **** SQ **** Appeak G

This budget release conbines tracks from both  24.4.69 (excellent aud) and 31.8.69 (excellent SB). It’s a good introduction to the 69 tour I suppose but both of these dates are good enough to warrant a full purchase. (Greenman Nov 2001)

The Dancing Avocado (Small Fish) 2 CDR
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 24 April 1969

Track list:-
Tuning/As Long As I Have You/Killing Floor/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/Pat's Delight

It is not often these days that one gets something for practically nothing, but this release bucks the trend. Mastered from a digital copy of the original master tape, this release is on 2 CDRs, the first is the remastered version with the tape speed corrected in White Summer/Black Mountain Side, and the second disc is the "raw" version, untouched. Along with these two discs you get very nice artwork to go with it. But it is the stunning sound that we have here, a superb recording, made from the side of the stage by the late Bill Graham, the promoter and owner of the venue. We are given all the details of this and how the master tape came down to the present day, information that warms the heart of any good trainspotter. As stated, the sound on this release blows all previous versions away, it is untouchable. The sharpness and crispness is simply superb, and is a tremendous way to enjoy and treasure the drumming of John Bonham. The only problem with this recording is that Plant's voice is back in the sound mix, but that is how it was recorded all those years ago, and has been left as is. John Paul Jones' PA was on the blink (amusingly referred to in song by Robert Plant), but that is only a minor distraction to this terrific concert. A tremendous 'eye thank yew' to everyone involved in the production and making available of this historic gem. The band's tenure in San Francisco in April 1969 is the stuff of legends, their playing was on fire, and they will always be held in the highest esteem by fans. All four concerts are absolutely awesome, and this new version is a great addition to the historical record. (Jules McTrainspotter July 05)

Black Beauty (Wendy Records WECD -77) 1 CD
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 24 April 1969

Disc 1 (58:44): Tuning/As Long As I Have You/Killing Floor/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/Pat's Delight

I would say that this release from Wendy is a sound upgrade over the old Scorpio's "Fillmore West" in my collection. The new title sounds very punchy (probably due to amplification) but it still sounds very clean and has nice warmer sounds especially in their lower ends (i.e., bass and drums), while Robert's voice remains a bit off in the tape. That portion of the tape which was annoyingly accelerated in "White Summer - Black Mountain Side" has also been corrected as much as possible. As a result, the title is very enjoyable, especially to be amazed by the vibes created by Jonsey's bass playing of early years, despite the notorious equipment trouble he had during "As Long As I Have You" medley. However, since I do not own EV's "Listen To The Difference" I cannot tell which of the two titles has better sounds. Despite the name of the title, I guess that Jimmy probably played the Telecaster at the show and doubt that he played the "Black Beauty" Les Paul there. The black and white pictures used on the front and back covers and the color picture burnt on the disc (which is the now famous one showing a praying guy in the first row of a French venue) for "Black Beauty" have nice touch and are attractive. Accordingly, I can recommend this title for those, like myself, who do not own any of more recent excellent sounding titles featuring the same show but only own the old Scorpio title or anything comparable to it. However, those who own any of such more recent excellent sounding titles should carefully think about whether it would be truly worthy of their collecting. (Takemi Hiramatsu Oct 06)

Black Beauty (Wendy Records WECD -77) 1 CD
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 24 April 1969
Disc 1 (58:44): Tuning/As Long As I Have You/Killing Floor/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/Pat's Delight
 
I had no previous version of this show to compare against so my opinion is purely based on this release. I think this is an excellent sounding release of a very good early 69 performance. The sound is rather bass heavy and Robert and Jimmy get drowned out a little in places, but overall its punchy, clear and a very enjoyable listen. The playing is very fluid here and Killing Floor just rocks. If you don't already have this show I can recommend this title. The artwork is simple, black and white photo and unimaginative jewel case, but altogether an excellent release. Recommended. (Adrian Jones Feb 07)

The Dancing Avocado (Godfather Records GR330)
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA April 24, 1969

Running Time: (59:00). 01. As Long As I Have You (Medley) (20:12), 02. Killing Floor (8:52), 03. White Summer/Black Mountain Side (10:23), 04. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (7:14), 05. Pat's Delight 12:19).

During their first year of existance Led Zeppelin quickly adopted San Francisco as their home away from home.  The shows performed there actually set the mark for how amazing the band could be live.  This particular show definitely does just that.  Long rumoured to be stolen directly from Bill Graham's vaults, this show has everything a Zephead could want and so much more.  Pure Psychodelia with a mixture of raw power make for a Red  Hot set. Every member of the band is in fine shape and turns in an inspired performance.  Robert's voice sounds amazing and the rest of the group are as tight as can be.  Halfway through this recording John Paul Jone's Bass Amp blows up but he somehow manages to get through the rest of the gig.
Upon writing this review I sat down and compared this version to the Empress Valley release "Listen To The Difference" and I'm leaning towards this release sounding a bit cleaner.  There's just a bit more body and depth to this release which definitely takes it to another level.  This recording has long been thought to be a soundboard recording due to how well balanced the instruments are.  Robert's voice is a bit lower than everyone else. Coming from two microphones placed directly on stage could explain why his voice is a bit lower.  The instruments are picked up well but the microphones are placed behind the throw of the main PA speakers.
The packaging is the standard Godfather Gatefold packaging with 3 panels.  All contain great period shots of the band both on and off stage. Mr. Paul De Luxe contributes another essay to the inside panel. Godfather's advantage over alot of other labels is that their packaging is always simple and to the point, all the while looking just as exciting and as professional as many of the boutique labels.   
This source was previously released on LP as The Rising Of The Zeppelin (no label) & San Francisco '69 (no label)" and on CD as Best Of 1969 Tour (Forever Standard Series), Black Beauty (Wendy Records), Blues Anytime (Empress Valley Supreme Disc),  Cabala (CD Company SRL), Conquering California (Dinopower Records), Cracker Jack Blues (Jelly Roll), The Dancing Avocado (Small Fish CD-R), The Dancing Avocado - Supreme Edition (Small Fish CD-R), Fillmore 69 (House Of Elrond), Fillmore West (Last Stand Disc), Fillmore West 1969 (Scorpio), Fillmore West - January And April 1969 (Aulica), Go West Young Man! (Scorpio), Listen To The Difference (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), More Than Something Else (Aulica), Psychedelic Raw Blues (Immigrant), San Francisco '69 (Aulica), Shenandoah (Aulica), Through The Years (Big Music), & Who's Country Joe (Flying Disc Music).
Even if you own numerous versions of this show I highly suggest adding this one to your collection.  I for one am pleased with it and am glad I decided to add it to my collection.  Godfather never disappoints me with their releases and I honestly doubt anyone else gets disappointed either. Turn It Up!!!!! (HarleyDog Nov 08)

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26-Apr-69 San Francisco

Graham's Superb Vol 1 (IQ-059/060 Image Quality)

Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California, April 26, 1969

CD 1: (58:34) introduction/ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You, Dazed & Confused (minor tape bump near end), You Shook Me, How Many More Times (includes Smokestack Lightning, Roll Over Beethoven, The Hunter, Girl of the North Country) (bass overloads the beginning)

CD 2: (62:35) Plant's introduction/ White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Killing Floor (includes Lemon Song, That's Alright), Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Pat's Delight (cut during the instrumentation before the drum solo, cut near the end of drum solo), As Long As I Have You (includes Fresh Garbage, Shake, Hush Little Baby), Whole Lotta Love (small cut before the "looove" portion)

Both sets are from audience recordings most likely from the same taper. The sound quality for both sets is very good plus. The instruments are very clear in both sets. Tape hiss is present up to the first two minutes of I Can't Quit You, but vanishes afterwards. This show was previously released on Psychedelic Explosion (TDOLZ). Graham's Superb Vol 1 has a few advantages over Psychedelic Explosion. Psychedelic Explosion's introductions are shorter, it has a small cut near the end of Dazed & Confused, there is more noticeable tape hiss and it runs 3-4% slower. The only advantage it has over Graham's Superb Vol 1 is the lack of the cut near the end of Whole Lotta Love. (Brian Ingham April 98)

Graham's Superb Vol. 1 (Image Quality)

Per ****1/2 SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

This audience recording from the Fillmore West, San Francisco show on April 27, 1969 was previously out only on the expensive Tarantura label. This release has each of the two sets on a separate disc with the sound being clear for the most part, slightly muffled in places and the drums are a little in the background of the mix. How Many More Times has a cut and also a dropout near the end, White Summer a dropout at the start and Dazed has a cut at the start and a large one starting in the bow solo. In the middle of the second set there is trouble with crackles in instrument leads or the PA. This show features outstanding versions of Train Kept A Rollin' As Long As I Have You and Communication Breakdown. Page's guitar work in I Can't Quit You is a model of delicate, controlled power phrasing. The playing in Killing Floor and Sitting And Thinking shouldn't be overlooked either. An essential early 1969 show.(Tony Gassett April 98)

Avocado Club The Legendary Fillmore Series - West Vol. 1 (Empress Valley EVSD 270-275), 6 CDs in a 6 way jewel case

Discs 1 & 2: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 26th April 1969 (audience recording)
Discs 3 & 4: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 (audience recording)
Discs 5 & 6: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 (soundboard/audience recordings)

Disc 1 (57.32): Intro / Communication Breakdown / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / You Shook Me / How Many More Times
Disc 2 (61.57): White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / Pat's Delight / As Long As I Have You / Whole Lotta Love
Disc 3 (67.41): The Train Kept A' Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 4 (54.41): Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused
Disc 5 (68.51): The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 6 (62.24): Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused

From the subtitle of this release it appears that Empress Valley may follow up this release with either the January or November 1969 San Francisco concerts, and/or the Fillmore East Concerts from January/February 1969. This six CD set covers the last two of the four legendary concerts that Led Zeppelin played in April 1969. Both superb concerts have been released more times than I have had hot dinners, and there is nothing new in this latest offering from Empress Valley. However the sound quality for both the audience recordings on the 26th and 27th April is extremely good, probably as good as it will get. In addition to the audience recording for the 27th April, Empress Valley have gone down the path previously trodden by TDOLZ (Collage) and fan group For Badgeholders Only (The Jimmy Page Experience), by using the well known soundboard recording and filling the gaps using the audience recording. It would have been better if just this combined source was released with the 26th April audience, but if you can milk extra CDs out of a release, then Empress Valley are the best people to do it. Little needs to be said here of the superb performances by the group on both nights, these are truly classic Led Zeppelin concerts and are certainly in my own Baker's Dozen of all time greats. The CDs come in a six way jewel case. The front insert has the famous avocado poster for the four San Francisco concerts. The track listings are on the back insert, printed in a virtually unreadable white coloured typeface. Green is the motif everywhere, the discs are a very pleasant shade of green too. For those who do not have these concerts (if such a thing is possible), this new offering from Empress Valley is well worth seeking out. (Jules McTrainspotter March 03)

Avocado Club The Legendary Fillmore Series - West Vol. 1 (Empress Valley EVSD 270-275), 6 CDs in a 6 way jewel case

Discs 1 & 2: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 26th April 1969 (audience recording)
Discs 3 & 4: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 (audience recording)
Discs 5 & 6: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 (soundboard/audience recordings)

Disc 1 (57.32): Intro / Communication Breakdown / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / You Shook Me / How Many More Times
Disc 2 (61.57): White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / Pat's Delight / As Long As I Have You / Whole Lotta Love
Disc 3 (67.41): The Train Kept A' Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 4 (54.41): Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused
Disc 5 (68.51): The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 6 (62.24): Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused

I wondered how long it would take Empress Valley to release these two early classic Led Zeppelin concerts. Empress Valley has chosen to call the release Avocado Club, in reference to the famous green Fillmore series poster of an avocado announcing the four Led Zeppelin concerts in April 1969. Well, the time has come and the results are stunning. The source tapes for the two shows have been circulating for years. The sound quality on Avocado Club is equal to the best versions available for both nights. What makes the Empress Valley release so valuable is that this 6 CD set includes the audience source for both night on discs 1-4 and a seamless mix of the soundboard and audience tape from the 27th of April on disc 5 and 6, available together for the first time in one release. The original Tarantura label release, Lead Set, had the audience source tapes for both nights available as a 4 CD box set. However, Lead Set is extremely expensive and a very difficult title to find. We have also had the excellent soundboard/audience mix from April 27th released by TDOLZ as Collage and one of my personal favorites of the soundboard version, Simplistic Atmosphere, on the Jelly Roll label. These two shows are legendary. They are evidence of a young band melding together to create music that is truly mind boggling. As I listen, I can only imagine what must have been going through the minds of the audience of these shows. The performances are scorching hot. I never tire of hearing a young Zep, blasting through songs like As Long As I Have You, You Shook Me, I Can't Quit You, and Communication Breakdown among others. These two shows are testimony to what can happen when four incredibly talented young musicians come together to create something larger than the sum of the parts. If you are a Zeppelin fan you need these two shows. Empress Valley has made it easy to get both nights plus the soundboard/audience mix from April 27th in one release rather than trying to hunt down several older hard to find titles to obtain the same material. This title is highly recommended. (Scott Shallcross April 04)

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27-Apr-69 San Francisco

Collage (TDOLZ).April 27 1969, Fillmore West,San Francisco, California. Soundboard/Audience.

CD1(68:26):The Train Kept a Rolling/I Can't Quit You/As Long As I Have You//You Shook Me/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown. (First Set)

CD2(62:28):The Lemon Song/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Sitting  & Thinking/ Pat's Delight/Dazed Confused. (Second Set).

This is not a reissue of the famous soundboard tape but, as the title suggests, a combination of soundboard and audience sources. No, it isn't a reissue of the Twinight release either, this time around, TDOLZ have outdone themselves by filling the gaps on the soundboard tape with the audience source with a mastering job that has to be heard to be believed. The audience source is spliced onto the soundboard tape, and vice versa, so cleanly it's amazing. The differences of quality and volume between both recordings are notorious but the painstaking care with which the tapes were combined is truly awesome, allowing the concerts to flow. Other versions of the soundboard tape like Aulica's De Luxe Live At The Fillmore West and Living Legend's 20 Years The Train Kept A Rolling pale in comparison to the greatly detailed and dynamic sound quality and the stereo separation of TDOLZ's offering .I hadn't heard the audience tape, so listening to these complete performances is a revelation as the quality of the audience source is very clear. The total time suggests that these sets are probably as complete as they can be save for Plant's introduction to Train, according to Brian Ingham's excellent review on IQ's version of the audience tape. The Bootlegs Site recently registered Jelly Roll's Simplistic Atmosphere ,which perhaps is a similar item but the playing times displayed on this website are inferior to those of TDOLZ's Collage. The set list is the same for both releases, with Communication Breakdown as the first set's encore, most other releases have placed this number as the second set's encore. Maybe the experts (a.k.a. trainspotters), could tell us if this is right or wrong. [Webmaster: Communication Breakdown is the first set’s encore]. The packaging is also great with pictures of the '69 US Tour Programme in a transparent slim jewel case. (Rosina Diaz Scali Sept 99)

Graham's Superb Vol 2 (IQ-061/062 Image Quality)

Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, April 27, 1969

CD 1: (61:34) Plant's introduction/ The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You, As Long As I Have You (includes Fresh Garbage, Shake, Cat's Squirrel, No Money Down, I'm a Man), You Shook Me, How Many More Times (includes Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, The Hunter, Mulberry Bush) (small cut before the medleys and near the end)

CD 2: (61:50) Killing Floor (includes Sweet Jelly Roll), Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, White Summer/Black Mountain Side (small cut near end), Sitting and Thinking (tape distortion in the beginning), Pat's Delight, Dazed & Confused (ends during the beginning of the bow section), Communication Breakdown (volume fluctuates in places)

As with the 26th show, both sets are from audience recordings most likely from the same taper. The first set (disc one) is a little shy of very good in sound quality and suffers from some form of distortion. The distortion sounds similar to pops and clicks from vinyl, but not as pronounced. It may have been the result of a bad tape used to record the first part of the show. The distortion, for the most part, disappears before You Shook Me where a cut between it and As Long As I Have You signifies a tape switch. The recorder was switched off then on before How Many More Times resulting in its beginning sounding slightly muddy. The sound clears up a minute into the song. There is a small amount of tape hiss during the first set. The second set's sound quality is the same as the first's. There is some tape hiss, but it lessens before White Summer/Black Mountain Side. All the instruments come through clear in both sets. There are portions that get a little muddy as the volume crashes into the recorder. But it's an early performance. Sonic chaos is expected! The back cover and Luis Rey's book incorrectly list White Summer/Black Mountain Side as the second song in the second set. All evidence contradicts this song order. On the soundboard tape there is no cut between Killing Floor and Babe I'm Gonna Leave You. Additionally, there is no cut between Babe I'm Gonna Leave You and White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the audience tape. A previous release of this show, Twinight (Immigrant), used both the soundboard and audience tapes. The soundboard tape comprised the majority of that release while the audience tape was used for White Summer/ Black Mountain Side and Pat's Delight. Comparing the audience portion of Twinight to Graham's Superb Vol 2, Graham's Superb Vol 2 sounds better. This is primarily because it has less tape hiss on those two tracks. Plus there is a small dropout in the beginning of Pat's Delight on Twinight. Comparing Graham's Superb Vol 2 to the stereo soundboard version would be an unfair comparison. A version of the soundboard tape has been circulating since late 1996 claiming to be a clone from the master tape. Regardless if this is true or not, its sound is an upgrade to all previous releases using the soundboard version. Most notably it does not have the tape hiss found on previous releases. The cuts are still the major drawback to the soundboard tape. They include: Train Kept A Rollin' fades in, the last two minutes of How Many More Times are cut, a portion near the beginning of Killing Floor is cut, White Summer/Black Mountain Side is missing and Pat's Delight's beginning and end are missing. Despite some wavering in the balance in places, the soundboard tape still surpasses the audience tape in sound quality. All of the releases mentioned above, in both soundboard and audience versions, run at the same speed. (Brian Ingham April 98)

Avocado Club The Legendary Fillmore Series - West Vol. 1 (Empress Valley EVSD 270-275), 6 CDs in a 6 way jewel case

Discs 1 & 2: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 26th April 1969 (audience recording)
Discs 3 & 4: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 (audience recording)
Discs 5 & 6: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 (soundboard/audience recordings)

Disc 1 (57.32): Intro / Communication Breakdown / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / You Shook Me / How Many More Times
Disc 2 (61.57): White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / Pat's Delight / As Long As I Have You / Whole Lotta Love
Disc 3 (67.41): The Train Kept A' Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 4 (54.41): Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused
Disc 5 (68.51): The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 6 (62.24): Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused

From the subtitle of this release it appears that Empress Valley may follow up this release with either the January or November 1969 San Francisco concerts, and/or the Fillmore East Concerts from January/February 1969. This six CD set covers the last two of the four legendary concerts that Led Zeppelin played in April 1969. Both superb concerts have been released more times than I have had hot dinners, and there is nothing new in this latest offering from Empress Valley. However the sound quality for both the audience recordings on the 26th and 27th April is extremely good, probably as good as it will get. In addition to the audience recording for the 27th April, Empress Valley have gone down the path previously trodden by TDOLZ (Collage) and fan group For Badgeholders Only (The Jimmy Page Experience), by using the well known soundboard recording and filling the gaps using the audience recording. It would have been better if just this combined source was released with the 26th April audience, but if you can milk extra CDs out of a release, then Empress Valley are the best people to do it. Little needs to be said here of the superb performances by the group on both nights, these are truly classic Led Zeppelin concerts and are certainly in my own Baker's Dozen of all time greats. The CDs come in a six way jewel case. The front insert has the famous avocado poster for the four San Francisco concerts. The track listings are on the back insert, printed in a virtually unreadable white coloured typeface. Green is the motif everywhere, the discs are a very pleasant shade of green too. For those who do not have these concerts (if such a thing is possible), this new offering from Empress Valley is well worth seeking out. (Jules McTrainspotter March 03)

Avocado Club The Legendary Fillmore Series - West Vol. 1 (Empress Valley EVSD 270-275), 6 CDs in a 6 way jewel case

Discs 1 & 2: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 26th April 1969 (audience recording)
Discs 3 & 4: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 (audience recording)
Discs 5 & 6: Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 (soundboard/audience recordings)

Disc 1 (57.32): Intro / Communication Breakdown / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / You Shook Me / How Many More Times
Disc 2 (61.57): White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / Pat's Delight / As Long As I Have You / Whole Lotta Love
Disc 3 (67.41): The Train Kept A' Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 4 (54.41): Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused
Disc 5 (68.51): The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 6 (62.24): Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused

I wondered how long it would take Empress Valley to release these two early classic Led Zeppelin concerts. Empress Valley has chosen to call the release Avocado Club, in reference to the famous green Fillmore series poster of an avocado announcing the four Led Zeppelin concerts in April 1969. Well, the time has come and the results are stunning. The source tapes for the two shows have been circulating for years. The sound quality on Avocado Club is equal to the best versions available for both nights. What makes the Empress Valley release so valuable is that this 6 CD set includes the audience source for both night on discs 1-4 and a seamless mix of the soundboard and audience tape from the 27th of April on disc 5 and 6, available together for the first time in one release. The original Tarantura label release, Lead Set, had the audience source tapes for both nights available as a 4 CD box set. However, Lead Set is extremely expensive and a very difficult title to find. We have also had the excellent soundboard/audience mix from April 27th released by TDOLZ as Collage and one of my personal favorites of the soundboard version, Simplistic Atmosphere, on the Jelly Roll label. These two shows are legendary. They are evidence of a young band melding together to create music that is truly mind boggling. As I listen, I can only imagine what must have been going through the minds of the audience of these shows. The performances are scorching hot. I never tire of hearing a young Zep, blasting through songs like As Long As I Have You, You Shook Me, I Can't Quit You, and Communication Breakdown among others. These two shows are testimony to what can happen when four incredibly talented young musicians come together to create something larger than the sum of the parts. If you are a Zeppelin fan you need these two shows. Empress Valley has made it easy to get both nights plus the soundboard/audience mix from April 27th in one release rather than trying to hunt down several older hard to find titles to obtain the same material. This title is highly recommended. (Scott Shallcross April 04)

The Devil's Blues (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1969-DVD-A-10) 1 DVD-Audio 
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 27 April 1969

First Set: The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You Baby/As Long As I Have You Medley/You Shook Me/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

Second Set: Killing Floor/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Sitting And Thinking/Pat's Delight/Dazed And Confused

Many many labels have released this historic and classic last night in San Francisco in April 1969, most recently (and excellently) by Empress Valley. But we now have a combination of the stunning but not quite complete stereo soundboard recording, very cleverly blended with the very good audience recording in simply superb sound. Listening to the soundboard recording it is hard not to think that this is an official release. And the performance is as blistering as the sound. A young and raw Led Zeppelin playing in superb form, wowing the lucky audience gathered in the Fillmore West on the 27th April 1969. The photos presented are all of excellent quality and there are some that I have not seen before, and snippets of the Tous en Scene TV show are also used. The DVD cover artwork is also very clever, showing the Devil "doing a deal" with Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix is also shown on the bottom right corner. The DVD is a colour printed direct onto the disc surface. The opening menu gives easy access to the songs on both sets. All in all a really splendid production, and this release must now be regarded as the definitive one for both sets of this concert. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 04)

The Devil's Blues (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1969-DVD-A-10) 1 DVD-Audio 
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, April 27, 1969

First Set: The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You Baby/As Long As I Have You Medley/You Shook Me/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

Second Set: Killing Floor/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Sitting And Thinking/Pat's Delight/Dazed And Confused

Once again GM uses the best possible source combined with the best possible mastering technique, producing the most enjoyable release ever of the classic 4/27/69 Fillmore show ! it is a DVDR in PCM audio of the soundboard with the gaps filled seamlessly by the audience source. All instuments are perfectly balanced, you have to hear for yourself. Secondary but also good are the visuals. It is the audio that sets this apart from other versions of this show. With the improved clarity you can really  get a sense of the chemistry this band had to improvise in a live setting . Highly recommended  (Randy Johnson Dec 04 )

The Devil's Blues (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1969-DVD-A-10) 1 DVD-Audio
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, April 27, 1969
First Set: The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You Baby/As Long As I Have You Medley/You Shook Me/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown
Second Set: Killing Floor/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Sitting And Thinking/Pat's Delight/Dazed And Confused

I don't do reviews very often, but this one just might compete for the release of 2004 despite the new shows and stiff competition we've enjoyed. Kudos to the Digital Dog for making this available in best ever quality with '69 era photo/video to accompany the audio trip as a bonus. The sound on this is absolutely stunning. I had 6 versions of this baby starting with the Jester vinyl up to and including the new EV version and this turns 'em all to dust collectors. The level problems that plagued parts of this tape have all been corrected making for a very consistent sound (especially during the first part of this show). The clarity and separation is top notch, near zero background hiss, and the between song banter between Plant and the audience is about as clear as you've ever heard it. Most of you will have at least one version of this show, but trust me, you need to get this one. Once again, the Dog working hard in his laboratory Down Under, has moved another old fave into the 21st century digital realm. P.S. Double kudos for using the opening "Smokestack Lightening" riff of Killing Floor as the menu music...without a doubt the most savage and evil sounding Page has ever been. When I listen to this show, I always hit the repeat on that opening bit and it never fails to get the air guitar workin! (Chris Serratella Dec 04)

The Devil's Blues (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1969-DVD-A-10) 1 DVD-Audio 
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 27 April 1969

First Set: The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You Baby/As Long As I Have You Medley/You Shook Me/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

Second Set: Killing Floor/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Sitting And Thinking/Pat's Delight/Dazed And Confused

Another well thought out project from Genuine Masters. The audio is superb, the best sounding version of these wonderful sets I've heard. GM has taken a pristine soundboard and filled in the few gaps with the excellent audience source that has circulated. Like other collector's, I've obtained several versions of these Fillmore West shows and you will not find a better version than what is provided on this DVD Picture Disc. The pictures and video that accompany the first set is taken from the Staines Supershow 1969 footage and it's cleverly mixed up between still shots and the video. Nicely done. The same approach is implemented for the second set only GM utilizes the Paris Tous En Scene TV show footage here, and it really works great! I think this is a title that captures everything to be liked about this format. I cannot rave enough about the stellar sound quality that is brought out of this recording. Another highly recommended release from Genuine Masters. Love the front artwork too! GM also offers the show on 2 CDRs as well but the audio on the DVD is far better. (SVENGI Webmaster HotWacks On-Line Dec 04)
NB: Thanks to HotWacks for permission to reproduce their review here.

The Devil's Blues (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1969-DVD-A-10) 1 DVD-Audio
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, April 27, 1969
First Set: The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You Baby/As Long As I Have You Medley/You Shook Me/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown
Second Set: Killing Floor/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Sitting And Thinking/Pat's Delight/Dazed And Confused

Another example of outstanding alchemy on the part of Genuine Masters techno-wizard Black Dog. As with previous GM releases, the visuals are a treat (anyone who ever shopped at Chess King should check out Plant's flowered shirt), but the heart of "Devil's Blues"  is its awesome sound quality. "Clear," "crisp" and "dynamic" are the adjectives that leap to mind. The set itself is extremely interesting, given the then-young band's ambitions and the setting itself. At the premier venue in the world capital of hippiedom, Zeppelin unleash an aural attack that's just about the polar opposite of the reigning "San Francisco sound" of local outfits like Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service, then at the height of their popularity. In fact, on this recording, Zeppelin is already setting  the template for rock and roll for the next decade, with a far heavier approach that would soon eclipse those bands. Given Plant's fascination with the hippie ethos and his obvious affinity with the crowd, it's ironic that even as he praises  flower power, his band has  actually come to hammer it into oblivion, at least as a musical force. Between Plant's harmonica outings and Page's furious guitar work, the band is both bluesier and more psychedelic than at any other point in their career.  A fabulous addition to any Zeppelin fan's collection, and a must-have for those partial toward the band's early years. (Killtone Dec 04)

The Devil's Blues (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1969-DVD-A-10) 1 DVD-Audio 
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, April 27, 1969

First Set: The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You Baby/As Long As I Have You Medley/You Shook Me/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

Second Set: Killing Floor/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Sitting And Thinking/Pat's Delight/Dazed And Confused

"Oft-booted" and Led Zeppelin are practically synonymous, but for every ten pointless reissues there's one reboot where better sources, better technology and remastering TLC yield something truly worthwhile. Genuine Masters' The Devil's Blues, an audio DVD reissue of the Fillmore West, San Francisco 4/27/04, joins the incomplete stereo board tape and the complete audience recording into a single sonic marvel. Previous issues of these tapes were decent, but here missing balance and separation is achieved, along with a complete absence of any tape noise. "I can't help but reach for the old bootleg cliché," says one longtime collector, "it sounds like Led Zeppelin is playing in your living room." Further, the edits, inserts and transitions between sources are strikingly transparent. The Devil's Blues captures the band, still in its first year of existence, in a representative set that features such early staples as "Train Kept A-Rollin'," "As Long as I Have You," "Sitting and Thinking" and "Pat's Delight." There's punch and there's crunch, but nary a strident moment to be found in this masterful restoration. Appropriate period photos and video snips comprise the visual accompaniment to the stunning high-resolution audio, while the cover art and picture discs offer a cheeky tableau of the band's heads atop gothic figures, with Jimmy Page cutting a deal with the devil while Jimi Hendrix sits by. (Butterking Dec 04, taken from an expanded Review from Going Underground, ICE Magazine, Jan 05)

The Devil's Blues (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1969-DVD-A-10) 1 DVD-Audio 
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 27 April 1969

First Set: The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You Baby/As Long As I Have You Medley/You Shook Me/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

Second Set: Killing Floor/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Sitting And Thinking/Pat's Delight/Dazed And Confused

It is certainly an interesting time for collectors of Zeppelin material: fans releasing tapes on to the Internet, soundboards surfacing and lastly, but not least, the emergence of Genuine Masters. A lot has been written about the DVD process pioneered by Genuine Masters. I do not for a second pretend to understand the technical aspects of what is going on, but I am more than able to appreciate the results of Black Dog's efforts. In my opinion, with regard to Black Dog's releases to date, all being titles previously booted, is akin to hearing the concert for the first time. Such is the improvement. When I heard that Black Dog was releasing The Devil's Blues I immediately placed my order. Once again Black Dog was releasing a previously booted concert, would his release improve, in terms of sound quality, on what had gone before. The disc is housed in a clear plastic clamshell. The artwork, as usual, is terrific. What I particularly enjoyed about the artwork is the definition and the colours. Black Dog does not skimp on the artwork. The picture on the front depicts the devil kneeling before JP. Jimmy's head being superimposed upon a naked voluptuous body. The other band members' heads are superimposed on other creatures' bodies. There is also a graphic of Jimi Hendrix. On the rear there are pictures of the band. The track listing is clear and legible. Visually I think this is Black Dog's best effort to date. I really enjoyed the video sections in slow motion. I think that the stills merging into the video works well. The visuals mesh with the sound.

The sound quality is stunning. The first music you hear is a riff on Jimmy's guitar. It is a glorious sound. As soon as you hear it you just want to get straight into the concert. Momentarily I was troubled with the thought of whether the sound quality of the rest of the disc would reach the heights of the opening riff. I need not have concerned myself. The sound quality in my opinion is stunning. Once again Black Dog has taken the sound sources previously available and transformed them into something wonderful. The music is crystal-clear. Every instrument, including Plant's vocals, are balanced. The music has a feel to it. It has an edge, a vitality. What happened to the background noise? The genius of Black Dog's title is that he provides a quality clear sound with none of the usual downsides. There are no flocks of birds, metallic noises or the like. It is just pure unadulterated natural sounding music. For those of us not lucky enough to be present at the concert, this is, without doubt, the next best thing. Black Dog has set the standard for other producers to achieve. Give that Dog a bone. (John Morrison Dec 04)

The Devil's Blues (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1969-DVD-A-10) 1 DVD-Audio 
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 27 April 1969

First Set: The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You Baby/As Long As I Have You Medley/You Shook Me/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

Second Set: Killing Floor/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Sitting And Thinking/Pat's Delight/Dazed And Confused

AWESOME! Actually the 'F' word should have preceeded awsome. Easily the best title to have come out in recent memory. Easily! I don't care that its a show thats been around for years. As his lordship Mr. Page once said "Same frame, new picture". The BlackDog has given us a new picture alright as well as F'ing new audio! I've had this GM title now for around 3 weeks and in that time its been getting air-play at least once every other day. My walls at my condo haven't stopped shakin'. If you think you have heard this show or sets then believe me you haven't. The BlackDog has made a mind boggling, head shakin' full dimensional new stereo sound that should get the award for title of the year. It already has my vote on that! Over several days I sat down and compared it to the 'Collage' title on the TDOLZ label and the BlackDog's work is so vastly superior that its hard to think just a month back that 'Collage' could be relegated to the list of titles I must sell one day. Devils is what we want in a bootleg. At least I do. Clearly the Dog spent more time on this than other of his titles as we get to see a synced connection of the images and video to the music we hear. The sequence and timing of visuals to music is well thought out and makes the Devils experience so much more riveting to watch.  With the Genuine Masters titles I also like to turn off the viewing experience and just listen to the DVD-A audio and that's when you can get a sense of how good the Dogs work is on these DVD-A's. There isn't anything one could say to hear this improvement in the sound. Its as good as it gets. Having played this title to a few friends they also were drawn into the power of the raw psychedelic music and the amazing visuals. You couldn't help but be drawn into the devils blues! One thing they all said was how lucky it is we have a Zepp-head doing these dvd-a's. Right on! Going to be damn hard for the Dog to top this title but I hope he can prove me wrong. Back to shakin' my walls for the 18th time!! Bring on 2005 Mr. Dog!!  (Gary Zinno Jan 05)

The Devil's Blues (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1969-DVD-A-10) 1 DVD-Audio 
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 27 April 1969

First Set: The Train Kept A Rollin'/I Can't Quit You Baby/As Long As I Have You Medley/You Shook Me/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

Second Set: Killing Floor/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Sitting And Thinking/Pat's Delight/Dazed And Confused

fantastic sound from GM. This is an improvement over all of the bootleg releases from japan (tdolz, toasted, immigrant ), including the Jimi Page Experience cdr tree that was done a few years ago. One way to test this pristine sound quality is to crank the volume up very high and listen for background noises/distortion on the other releases vs. Genuine Masters...GM just beats the others hands-down. I really can't come up with better adjectives than previous reviewers. I did want to thank Black Dog for the great visuals on the DVD-A from Staines Supershow and Paris Tous En Scene. While not matching the audio, these high quality videos really complement the audio. The sound on the DVD-A's and the CDs are so clear and strong that you'll give away your other titles. genuine masters is putting alot of bootleg titles out of circulation, why settle for an "8" when you can have a "10"? (David Smith Feb 05)

KOZMIC BLUES (Beelzebub) 3 CDRs
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 + March 19, 1969 BBC "World Service R&B" hosted by Alexis Korner

Disc 1, First Set : The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 2, Second Set: Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused
Disc 3: March 19, 1969 BBC "World Service R&B" show, original AM broadcast, hosted by Alexis Korner. What is And What Should Never Be / I Can't Quit You You / Shook Me / Sunshine Woman

Just when you think it's safe to say "This is the definitive release of show X" something always pops up to make you think again. The last night at the Fillmore has long been a favourite of just about every fan or collector past and present, and I myself must have 10 different bootleg and non-bootleg versions already. This release basically puts the rest onto the dusty top shelf, even the wonderful Genuine Masters Devils Blues release of last year. Compared side by side I am amazed at the difference - a warmer, more rounded sound, this release breathes more life into an already lively recording. Sourced from an obviously different original tape, this just sounds so much better than the rest, and has been a permanent fixture in my CD player for 2 days solid. I hesitate to say it, but until Mr Page releases an official version, this is now "The definitive release of this show"! The bonus material consists of an AM radio recording of the Alexis Korner radio show session from a few weeks earlier, with a second version of Sunshine Woman from a superior source thrown in for good measure, and the whole package comes in the traditional Beelzebub triple-gatefold card sleeve with printed discs. All in all, a superior sound to any of the previous offerings, and a must-have release. (Captain McCrunge March 06)

KOZMIC BLUES (Beelzebub) 3 CDRs
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 27th April 1969 + March 19, 1969 BBC "World Service R&B" hosted by Alexis Korner

Disc 1, First Set (68.22): The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / As Long As I Have You Medley / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 2, Second Set (62.21): Killing Floor / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Sitting And Thinking / Pat's Delight / Dazed And Confused
Disc 3 (21.13): March 19, 1969 BBC "World Service R&B" show, original AM broadcast, hosted by Alexis Korner. What is And What Should Never Be / I Can't Quit You You / Shook Me / Sunshine Woman

I first listened to this release on my main Hi Fi system, which is a pretty good rig. I thought that there was a very powerful bottom end sound, to the slight loss of the top end. I then listened to it through the speakers connected to my computer, and got a totally different impression. There is a better tiop end sound and it was really punchy and powerful. I was very impressed with the quality. Therefore this release may well sound different to people depending on the sound system it is played on. It of course must be compared to the Genuine Masters The Devils Blues that came out a while back, on a DVD-A. The sound on that release is powerful and more natural. This Beelzebub release has been remastered and sounds very punchy and powerful. Some people may prefer the Genuine Masters version, whilst others may prefer the Beelzebub version. As to the concert itself, it is of course a classic, one of the group's very best ever performances. This release has the added bonus of the Alexis Korner 19th March 1969 AM World Service radio broadcast. The sound here is probably as good as it gets, and so this release is very worthwhile. The packaging is in a colour card gatefold, very nicely done, and the CDRs are picture discs. There is a photo of Alexis Korner on the inside cover, and on the CDRs. (Jamie Boswell March 2006)

Blue Flame (Bumble Bee BB-0702009-10)
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - April 27th, 1969

Disc 1:  Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown
Disc 2:  Killing Floor, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Sitting And Thinking, Pat's Delight, Dazed And Confused

Blue Flame joins an impressive list of releases covering Led Zeppelin's April 27th, 1969 show at the Fillmore West.  The soundboard source is among the earliest tapes to escape from Wolfgang's Vault, over thirty years ago.  Vinyl releases include Fillmore West 1969 (GLC) and Moby Dick (GLC) combining to present the whole tape in great quality.  The Jester label reissued these LPs in the same great quality.  It's Been A Long Time on Songs For Swinging Mothers is another excellent sounding release which comes with a wristwatch and is extremely rare.  Metallic Opus on Rec and Flying High on White Night are less complete and in inferior quality to the other vinyl titles.  The soundboard is among the very first Led Zeppelin release on compact disc with San Francisco 27/04/69 Vol. 1&2 (KMCD3&4) on Kaleidoscopic Records, 20 Years Train Kept A Rollin' Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (LLRCD 025/ 026) on Living Legend, and Zeppelin Express (Condor 1968) and Zeppelin Ediface (Condor 1970) both on Toasted all being released in 1989.  Dazed And Confused on Discomagic (CD/ON 2216) was released about this time, claims this is from Los Angeles and contains the intro., "How Many More Times", "Train Kept A Rollin", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", and "Dazed And Confused".  World Productions released Killing Floor (WPOCM 0589 D 024-2) with various tracks.  Other releases of the incomplete soundboard include American Beauty (SFSB-1,2) on Tarantura released in 1996, Fillmore West (LSD-09/10/11) on Last Stand Disc coupled with the April 24th tape and Simplistic Atmosphere (JR-27/28) on the late, great Jelly Roll label. 

Tracks from the soundboard tape have appeared on compilations like Complete Tapes Vol. 1 (Tintagel), More Than Something Else (Aulica), and the famous Cabala (Osoz) box set. The complete good sounding audience recording was released twice.  First by Tarantura on Led Set and second by Image Quality on Graham's Superb Vol. 2 (IQ-061/062).  The trend of the last decade has been to use the audience recording to fix the holes in the soundboard tape and has been done very effectively.  Immigrant attempted it first with Twinight (IM-002/3), but this version was very rough.  The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin label did an unbelievable editing job on 1999's Collage (TDOLZ Vol. 91) in which the difference between the audience and soundboard, and the fades were so smooth, made this an incredible aural experience.  This was followed by Avocado Club (EVSD- 270-275) on Empress Valley, which is a six-disc set with the April 26th, the audience recording of the April 27th and an edition of both audience and soundboard.  Wendy is the most recent with the March 2007 release of Sleeping Beauty (wecd-78/79).  Many question why there is yet another release of this show following so closely on the heels of the Wendy release.  It is a fair question to ask and except for some degeneration of the audience recording at the very beginning of the show, this is a pretty good release.  It certainly isn't offensive and Bumble Bee doesn’t try to "improve" the recording with heavy-handed tinkering with the tape.  In fact the label themselves claim this tape is "the low generation which recently is excavated" and that "polite mastering is administered."  The edits between the two sources are similar with the older editions.  The audience recording is used for the first twenty seconds before fading into the soundboard tape in "Train Kept A-Rollin'". 

Thirty seconds is used between "As Long As I Have You" and "You Shook Me", and about fifteen seconds between that and "How Many More Times".  In that track, the audience source is used between 19:38 to 23:00 containing the final verse of the song, and "Communication Breakdown" comes entirely from the soundboard.  The first seven seconds of disc two is the audience before the soundboard comes in, and between 1:38 to 3:04 in "Killing Floor".  The audience source is used again for thirty seconds in "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" between 1:25 to 1:55.  It is used for the entire nine minute "White Summer/Black Mountain Side" and comes in again for "Sittin' And Thinkin'".  It makes another appearance for approximately thirty seconds before "Pat's Delight" and runs to the end.  The fades are much smoother than Collage.  The concert itself deserves its legendary status and is an essential tape to own.  The show is great except for the final half of the second set where "Sittin' And Thinkin'" (which sounds like "I Can't Quit You Babe" without the bite), "Pat's Delight" and "Dazed And Confused" sound like they simply run out of energy.  This is the only known time "Dazed" is played as a set closer and is a poor choice.  On the positive side this tape contains one of the greatest versions of "As Long As I Have You" and a fantastic twenty-three minute version of "How Many More Times" which includes "Smokestack Lightning", Bonham banging the gong, Page playing the theremin at the end, and a very self conscious Robert Plant.  Bumble Bee use the famous photograph of Zeppelin onstage at the Fillmore East in New York.  Blue Flame is a good release that certainly isn't too offensive and is recommended to those who have not picked up this show before. (Gerard Sparaco May 07)

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25-May-69 Columbus

See Montreal 07-Jun-72

Anybody Got A Les Paul?  (Equinox EX 00 020-0)

Whole Lotta Love

This title by Equinox presents four documents from various sources through the first couple months of 1969.  This is the encore from the May 25, 1969 show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland when Zeppelin played a double bill with The Who, this is also the second known performance of Whole Lotta Love. It is similar in structure to the April 26, 1969 San Francisco performance, but the guitar solo is much more frantic and the results are overall better.  The interaction between Page, Plant and Bonham are more akin to the middle section of Bring It On Home than any future version of Whole Lotta Love.  Fascinating to see a work in progress. The tape is distance but clear.  The only letdown is evidence of digital enhancements, very similar to the recent releases by the Celebration label.  However, this is a very good way to get this document. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

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20-June-69 Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Blighty Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle 20 June 1969, & Mothers Club, Eardington, Birmingham 22 March 1969 (shown in blue) 2CD Tarantura 2000 (TCD-13)
Limited to 200 unnumbered copies.
Set List:-
Disc 1 (58.41): The Train Kept A' Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / White Summer / Black Mountain Side / Plant Harmonica / You Shook Me - The lemon Song / Pat's Delight
Disc 2 (36.00): How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown / The Train Kept A' Rollin' (cuts in) / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused (first 3 mins only)

A potentially very exciting release, limited to 200 copies, of two completely new 1969 UK shows. When first announced this was going to be a four disc rip-off, similar to the Auckland 1972 release (two discs unequalized and two equalized), to make sure that a new show to CD was milked for every penny. Fortunately the curse of Underground Uprising struck, and it has become a two disc release. This release is made up of two completely new 1969 concerts. The main part is a virtually complete audience recording from City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on 20 June 1969. A very good concert, the Geordies are praised by Plant, who modestly says that this was one of the best concerts of the tour. The last three tracks on the second disc are a fragmentary recording (11 mins only) from Mothers Club in Eardington, a Birmingham suburb. Packaging is standard Tarantura 2000 thick glossy card slipcase, inside which fits a three sided gatefold card package, housing the two picture disc CDs. The front of the slipcase has a Mr. Stout black and white cartoon of Jimmy Page, who is like Cyclops, one eyed, and appears to be playing a three stringed bass guitar. In the background a dragon rears up. Inside there are some nice black & white Christian Rose photos from 1969. Unfortunately the sound production is in 32 bit remastering (sic) by CoolMixMan, and the original analogue re-re-mastering (sic) is by Sumo Studio. This is an apt title as the sound for the Newcastle show has been so compressed and squashed it might as well have been sat on by a sumo wrestler. No doubt the original tape had a lot of hiss, and this has been removed by EQ, but the result is the loss of any top end. The bottom end is not bad, but the original tape recording suffered from distortion, and the EQ has heightened this. On a scale of 1 to 10, this would be about a 5 (just). The second tape is much clearer, and there is tape hiss present, so it has not received such a heavy handed equalization. Sound on this one is a 7. The opening song cuts in, and the third song (Dazed) fades after 2 mins 54 secs. A great pity as if this had been complete it would have been a real gem. It is a great pity that these important shows will be very hard to find for many fans, being limited to only 200 copies. I have now received the CDRs with the original recording transferred onto them, the Birmingham show first, followed by Newcastle. The Birmingham show is the better sounding, but in the Newcastle version from the original tape, the sound, whilst ropey, is easier on the ear as opposed to the Tarantura 2000 version. This is particularly noticeable when Plant is talking between songs, you can hear fairly clearly on the unadulterated version. With the brutal EQ'ing on the Tara 2000 it is very difficult to hear what is being said. (Jules McTrainspotter April 03)

Blighty Tarantura 2000 2CD
20-Jun-1969 City Hall, Newcastle, UK
22-Mar-1969 Mothers Club, Birmingham, UK

Disc 1 (all from Newcastle):
The Train Kept a-Rollin' / I Can't Quit You Baby / Dazed and Confused / White Summer / You Shook Me / Pat's Delight

Disc 2 (first two tracks from Newcastle, remainder from Birmingham):
How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown / The Train Kept a-Rollin' / I Can't Quit You Baby / Dazed and Confused (cut)

It's not every day that you get to hear some new 1969 Zep and these recordings are particularly interesting as they are not from the relatively well documented North American or Scandinavian tours, but from England. The filler tracks from Birmingham at the end of the second disc are by far the highlight of this release. The sound is great for the time and all the instruments can be heard reasonably clearly. There's a bit of distortion but you get the impression that this is caused not so much by recording overload but by the Mothers Club PA system almost exploding as it attempts to cope with the ridiculous power of the music being forced through it. Predating Supershow by three days, this is the earliest known recording from a British live show.
The main course on Blighty is from Newcastle City Hall, 20th June 1969, a week before the BBC show at the Playhouse Theatre in London. There's not a hint of tape hiss on this recording but, sadly, there's not much else either. It's been reduced to little more than a threatening rumble by one of the most disgusting noise reduction jobs of all time. Not only is there no top end but there are whistling and ringing artifacts all over the place. Even by Tarantura standards, this is extreme. In Pat's Delight, it sounds as though Bonzo has traded his Ludwigs for a set of Caribbean steel drums! Because of the ruined sound it's hard to get really involved with the show but the band and the audience seem to be having a great time. "You know we do a lot of work in America but I think this is the best night we've ever had in England," says Robert near the end.

These shows are very welcome discoveries as there are precious few recordings of Zep performing live in their homeland in 1969. We have the abovementioned professionally recorded Supershow and BBC performances but the only other audience recording to have surfaced is from the Lyceum show in October. Proper CD-R transfers of these two recordings, free of Tarantura's nightmare mastering and reputedly from the master tapes, are now beginning to circulate among traders and it's very interesting to compare them to the Tarantura Blighty versions. As previously noted, Newcastle has been treated with huge noise reduction on Blighty, so it was no surprise to discover that the non-remastered version is very hissy. The hiss is certainly obtrusive at first but, as is usually the case, I found that after a minute or so of listening it becomes easy to ignore it and listen to the music. There's not much more in the way of top-end detail on the non-remastered version - in loud and heavy sections the two versions do sound quite similar, one with hiss and one without. Listening to some of these parts, it's possible to understand why somebody might be tempted to knock off all that hiss. But on many other parts, wherever there are transients and dynamics, the Blighty version is totally ruined by ping-tinkle-whoosh artifacts caused by the noise reduction process. The non-remastered version has a much more natural sound. That's not to say it's a great recording - it certainly isn't - but it sounds far better in this form. The performance is superb and the curiosities such as the harmonica/drums/bass interlude before You Shook Me and some frenetically delivered lines from Donovan's There Is A Mountain during How Many More Times are priceless. I'm sure it would be possible to do a more sensible EQ job to remove some of the bathwater without losing too many bits of the baby, but I won't be bothering to try. I think it's best to leave recordings like this well alone. The Birmingham fragment is a different matter. The original recording is significantly better here and the Tarantura people obviously didn't feel the need to tamper with it so much. The bottom end has been boosted on Blighty but other than that the two versions sound quite similar. It will be a matter of personal taste which sounds better - I think I slightly prefer the Blighty version with the extra bass but maybe there's a touch more clarity on the other one. There's really not much in it. (Eddie Edwards, April 2003)

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27-Jun-69 BBC London

BBC Sessions (Last Stand Disc) 5CD 6/27/69 and 2 sources of 4/1/71

Sound Quality 9-10/10; Appeal 4/5

As everybody by now knows, this set features the Rock Hour show from 69 as well as two different versions of the Paris Theatre show from 71 (labeled new remix master and old original master). Mr Susumu Omi has posted in great detail previously about both the 69 and 71 show, so I'll concentrate here only on how this new LSD release compares to previous releases in terms of sound quality and completeness. The new remix master has previously only been out on Coblas Stairway To Heaven, and both releases definitely used the 96 Japan FM broadcast as their source (albeit with the running order modified correctly). In terms of completeness, the LSD release is virtually identical to the Cobla release with the same number of cuts, etc. but it is not simply a knock-off of that title. In terms of sound quality, the LSD version is superior and even sounds better than my DAT clone of the aforementioned broadcast! Whoever was responsible for mastering this release really did an excellent job. The bottom end is superb (the bass on Coblas release sound quite thin in comparison) without any compromise in the upper frequencies or overall sound quality Bonham's drums sound great (the high-hat and symbols are crystal clear as is Pages guitar). The mastering on the whole has an excellent ambient feel, clarity and warmth to it, possibly lending some credence to LSDs claim of 24-bit mastering. For most people this difference would probably be only minor, but if you have a decent ear I think you'll be surprised by the difference in sound quality between the LSD and Cobla release. The same can be said for a number of LSD releases where for a given title their releases sound punchier, smoother and more refined on the whole notable examples include the excellent 4CD set Live On Blueberry Hill, Cosmic Crazy, Live In Japan to name a few. Among previously released titles of the old original master source, BBC ZEPP from Antrabata is the best in terms of completeness and sound quality. The LSD release is similar in terms of completeness (ie. same cut) but again in terms of sound quality it is better with overall better clarity and definition as noted above. Of course the stereo spectrum of the old master can be a little harsh on the ears and most would prefer the new remix master version for this reason. Nonetheless, both sources earn definitive status and are probably as good as they will ever get sound quality wise. The only disappointment is the 69 show which does not seem to have benefited from LSDs unique mastering. Its not that it sounds any worse than previous releases, its just that it doesn't sound noticeably better than the best version which is Antrabata's Rock Hour. Strangely enough, the LSD version has a cut during White Summer and a minor tape problem during Dazed and Confused, as does Antrabata’s, which shouldn't be there! (damn it!). So the best way to pick up the 69 show complete with all the songs, interludes, sketches, etc. and excellent sound quality is the title BBC 1969 (label unknown but advertised as no cut in White Summer, this also sports nice packaging). If it had not been for this problem, the entire package would have earned definitive status. (Lord Byron July 1999)

BBC Sessions (Last Stand Disc, 5CD)

Disc 1 (70:30): BBC "Rock Hour" 27.6.1969

Introduction (0:38), Communication Breakdown (3:15), I Can't Quit You (6:27), Interview (4:34), Dazed and Confused (11:39), Interlude by The Liverpool Scene (2:52), White Summer / Black Mountain Side (8:24), You Shook Me (10:37), How Many More Times (13:29)

Bonus tracks: White Summer / Black Mountain Side (5:20, from Julie Felix show 26.4.1970), Sunshine Woman (3:15, from the "lost" 19.3.1969 BBC session)

For the famous pilot of the BBC "In Concert" series this release utilizes the recently discovered complete source tape that includes all chatting, interviews and even the weird interlude provided by the members of The Liverpool Scene. Sound quality is as excellent as one can expect. I compared this release to Swingin' Pig's "White Summer" and basically they were about the same sound qualitywise. White Summer / Black Mountain Side sequence from Julie Felix show comes also in excellent sound while the Sunshine Woman from the lost BBC session seems to be off Tomislaw's new source tape with the usual good sound. Too bad they didn't include rest of this material (more about this later).

Disks 2-5 - see April 71 BBC Show. (Risto 'Rise' Pohjonen)

BBC 1969 (CD, label unknown, SIAE 96-0669), 27/6/69, BBC Playhouse Theatre, SB

Introduction, CB, ICQY, Interview, DaC, Liverpool Sound Sketch, WS/BMS, YSM, HMMT

This one may be a straight knock-off of "Rock Hour" (CD, Antrabata, ARM 270669). At least the bootlegger seems to know which boot to be 'bootlegged', since "Rock Hour" is the best boots of this show. One and only weak point of "Rock Hour" is that there is a cut during White Summer, so I expected that this "BBC 1969" did not have this defect, but now I am so disappointed with this .(Susumu Omi, March 97)

Rock Hour (Antrabata) BBC Playhouse Theatre, London, 27.6.69.

This release sounds the same as the superb 'White Summer' on Swingin' Pig but includes all of Alan Black’s syrupy chat, the interview with Jimmy and Robert and the Liverpool Scene (very dated) comedy sketch. There are two faults that are unforgivable bearing in mind the asking price: there is a slight tape flaw between 1:15 and 1:22 of Dazed that shouldn't be there because the Swingin Pig version is perfect and, worse still, there is an edit in White Summer at 2:57 with about 10 seconds missing. Limited edition of 325 numbered copies and sometimes heralded as being from the stereo master but don’t be fooled - this is pure mono. (Isaac McHelicopter Dec 96)

The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Discs, EVSD 410-413)  4 CD

What we in the collectors' circle were mostly frustrated with the official "BBC Sessions" release in 1997 was its incompleteness.  To our joy, however, Empress Valley has released a 4 CD set covering chronologically all of the BBC radio sessions that the band had in its history.  The set starts with the band's first radio session for John Peel's "Top Gear" recorded on 1 March '69 and finishes with its last radio session for John Peel's "Sunday In Concert" recorded on 1 April '71.  It even covers Jimmy's appearance in "Julie Felix Show" recorded for TV on 23 April '70.  As the title says, the materials included in it are very complete, covering every tune played and every interview or chat, if any, recorded at the respective sessions.  In addition, the quality of the audios allegedly made from Pre-FM Master Reels is also of excellent quality, almost equal to that of the versions in the official release, except for the band's session for "Rhythm And Blues" recorded on 19 March '69 which is said to be rather made from an Aircheck Master.  Even the audio of the "Rhythm And Blues" session as featured in the new title is a slight upgrade over that of the past title "Sunshine Woman."  As especially noticeable from the deeper echoes of Robert's voice in "Immigrant Song," "Heartbreaker," et al. in "Sunday In Concert", the audio mix in the title is clearly different from the versions in the official release, which serves as an evidence that the title was not made by simply copying the official versions.  Given the completeness and excellent sound quality of this new title from EV (combined with Genuine Masters' excellent past release of the "Sunday In Concert" show with its title "BBC Zep"), I can now almost do away with the official "BBC Sessions" release!  The new title has been released with two different covers.  The "Maxell is Pleased to Present" version has black artwork from a famous promo only radio LP, while the "Floating Pig Blimp" version has famous William Stout white artwork which has been used on many of previous LP and CD releases.   I chose to get the version with the black "Maxell" cover, because it seemed more rare.  However, the one with the white cover also looked cute.  The title includes replicas of the "BBC Radio Transcription" jackets as inner sleeves to hold the disks.  A great collectors' item.  (Takemi Hiramatsu  Dec 06)

The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions ( Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSD 410-413)

Disc 1 (1:15:26): March 3, 1969, Playhouse Theatre, London, UK; March 19, 1969, Maida Vale Studio, Delaware Radio, London, UK; June 16, 1969, Aeolian Hall, Studio 2, Broad Street, London, UK; and June 24, 1969, Maida Vale, Studio 4, London UK.

Disc 2 (1:07:24) June 27, 1969, Playhouse Theatre, London, UK; and April 23, 1970 BBC TV Studios, Lime Grove, London, UK.

Disc 3 (56:57) April 1, 1971, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK.

Disc 4 (53:30) April 1, 1971, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK.

My first listen to the radio broadcast of Led Zeppelin’s April 1, 1971 BBC show, as a teenager a couple of decades ago, forever changed my life in how I heard live music, and how I heard Zeppelin.  The rendition of Communication Breakdown – which the American broadcast incorrectly used as the opening track – blew me away.  To this day, this concert’s performance of Heartbreaker remains the high water mark for this song’s performance on stage.  And then came their version of Dazed and Confused, which was, and is, so incredibly different, creative and, in all honesty, a bit scary to me at the time.  The broadcast also provided a fair amount of the between song comments by Robert, referring to (among many others) Mandrex, Bridgette the Midget, and about feeling “a little looser now” with “the barriers down and everybody very nice and warm.”  An incredible recording of an incredible concert that I replayed countless times.  I felt incredibly cheated when I purchased the official release of the “BBC Sessions,” which excluded (!!) the April 1st version of “Communication Breakdown”, most of Robert’s between song talk, and included only a butchered version of Whole Lotta Love.  Well, thankfully, Empress Valley have fully remedied this situation with this beautiful title.  Discs 3 and 4 contain what seems to be the entire concert, with simply stunning quality and breadth of sound.  I am once again able to fully enjoy this concert, as it was meant to be experienced.

Discs 1 and 2 of this title contain Zeppelin’s multiple 1969 appearances, which I first heard (in part) many years ago on the K&S album curiously entitled “Knebworth Fair Volume One”.  The sonic quality of the tracks presented on that album, which I also played to death, do not compare to the superior sound Empress Valley has presented in this title, with Bonzo’s ride cymbal sticking standing-out to me for some reason.  K&S’s release was also a grossly incomplete presentation of the band’s 1969 performances, as is the official BBC Sessions release.  To make Empress’s title that much sweeter, Jimmy’s stellar acoustic performance of “White Summer/Black Mountainside” on the Julie Felix show in 1970 (sans Bonham) closes out disc 2.

The 4 discs are in clear plastic sleeves placed into pumpkin colored “BBC Transcription Services” cases of heavy, paper stock.  They are all housed in a classy box, with the version I’ve purchased bearing the “Maxell is Pleased to Present” image of that guy sitting on the lounge chair (with the floor lamp and cocktail) being blown back by a loud speaker presumably cranking live Zeppelin.  Empress Valley’s “The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions” is quite simply the final statement for these important, historic shows.  It is complete, beautifully presented, and a thoroughly wonderful listen.  It is this reviewer’s opinion, which is shared by others, that the official “BBC Sessions” (aside from its excellent liner notes) is a redundant and (sadly) irrelevant release in light of Empress Valley’s title.  I highly recommend this title for all collectors of live Led Zeppelin.  (Symmetry101 Dec 06)

The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions ( Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSD 410-413)

Disc 1 (1:15:26): March 3, 1969, Playhouse Theatre, London, UK; March 19, 1969, Maida Vale Studio, Delaware Radio, London, UK; June 16, 1969, Aeolian Hall, Studio 2, Broad Street, London, UK; and June 24, 1969, Maida Vale, Studio 4, London UK.
Disc 2 (1:07:24) June 27, 1969, Playhouse Theatre, London, UK; and April 23, 1970 BBC TV Studios, Lime Grove, London, UK.
Disc 3 (56:57) April 1, 1971, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK.
Disc 4 (53:30) April 1, 1971, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK.

I remember being excited wen the official BBC Sessions were released back in 1997, and I still cherish my Vinyl box set of the sessions, however the release was always a little flawed as far as I was concerned. There were parts missing and John Peel's "Sunday In Concert" recorded on 1 April '71 had been chopped around by JP during the creation of the set, especially WLL and the missing Communication Breakdown. I have to say that I will probably never play the official release again now that I have this set. Plenty of thought has gone into preserving the running order and the original flow of the programs as well as superb quality sound throughout. My only gripe is that the supplier had run out of the inner sleeves for the box set, so mine arrived with TMOQ sleeves, the same as the extra discs supplied with Days Confused and Snow Jobs. But despite this disappointment, the box itself is wonderfully produced, and its the contents that really matter. Definitive for now. (Adrian Jones Feb 07)

BBC Rock Hour (Bumble Bee BB-0702011)
BBC Playhouse Theatre, London - June 27th, 1969

Intro, Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You, Interview, Dazed And Confused, Liverpool Scene sketch, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me, How Many More Times

Bonus disc:  Communication Breakdown, Dazed And Confused, Going To California, Stairway To Heaven, What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love

Bumble Bee's BBC Rock Hour, just like their Blue Flame, is another release of a Zeppelin tape that has been released many times before in the past.  The June 27th, 1969 In Concert appearance has had releases dating back to the Neolithic era.  On vinyl it was released well over a dozen times with the better titles being Complete BBC Performances on Toasted, Dazed And Confused on Royal Sound (RS009), Hot London (Kolne), and Four Symbols (Accord).  The version on Accord was reissued this twice.  Other vinyl titles include Flight Of The Zeppelin (Jolly Good Sound), In The Light 69-75 Zipp Zapp (LZL 4 A-D), and Idolescence (Volsung) and the poor sounding My Rider on Idi Amin.  White Summer (TSPCD019) on The Swingin' Pig, How Many More Times (QCP 69008) on the Korean Quality label, and Classics Off The Air Vol. 2 (NZCD 005) on Neutral Zone are among the earliest compact disc releases.  About the time Antrabata released Rock Hour, which was copied onto BBC 69 (BBC Transcription Series), the complete broadcast with interview and the Liverpool Scene sketch became the norm.  Several months ago Empress Valley released a great version on disc two of their four disc Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions.  This new release on Bumble Bee is in similar excellent quality.  It isn't as loud as the Empress Valley.  However, older releases have a fifteen second cut in "White Summer" at 2:53 into the track, but BBC Rock Hour does not have the cut making it the most complete and as close to definitive as possible.

Led Zeppelin had many appearances on the BBC during their first year of existence.  This one has always stood out from the others because it is the only one to be taped in front of a live audience.  They sound very raw and it captures the excitement of their early live show.  Up until June they were finding ways of expanding their sets to ninety minutes to two hours long, but the summer was filled with appearances at festivals beginning the following day at the Bath Festival on June 28th.  This gives a glimpse into their stripped down, hour long festival set.  Alan Black introduces the format which gives the band an opportunity to give a true statement about their music with "complete creative freedom and a chance to communicate".  Ironically the first song is "Communication Breakdown", the normal encore.  This version includes Page playing a funk riff over which Plant sings "I wanna do little mama babe yeah but I don't seem to mind / I can't stop the feelin', baby mama, I'm givin' you a ride" before quoting from the Isley Brothers "It's Your Thing".  The song segues perfectly into  "I Can't Quit You Babe".  The interview following this song is conducted by the host with Plant and Page, speaking about the popularity of underground groups like them and Jethro Tull.  At the end Black encourages the band to play one of their longer numbers.  John Paul Jones can be heard in the background replying "Oh really?" and Page, for some reason, says "Jim Morrison?" before Plant says, "when we finish that, we'll be well out of breath". 

What follows is an excellent eleven and a half minute version of the piece.  The late Adrian Henri, Andy Roberts and Mike Evans of the band The Liverpool Scene who released their first album Incredible New Liverpool Scene on CBS in 1967 and broke up in 1970 perform the following sketch.  They were a band that wove together music, poetry and satirical humor.  This faux commercial is done for the "next great war" in which they advertise PAD meat (Prolongs Active Death), BOMB (the international passport for smoking ruins), and FALLOUT.  The mc introduces Jimmy Page to play "White Summer/Black Mountain Side", one of the most perfect versions on tape.  "You Shook Me" is a rare version which has John Paul Jones playing the Hammond organ.  The opening notes are still much louder than the rest of the track, probably due to the engineer not expecting the loud volume.  The finale "How Many More Times" lasts for thirteen minutes and includes snippets of "Smokestack Lightening" before the first verse.  This recording is one of the best sounding and played of the early Led Zeppelin which accounts for all of the editions available.  The first one hundred copies come with a bonus cdr of the hour long edit of the April 1st, 1971 BBC session sourced directly from a noisy vinyl copy.  It is a nice extra although certainly not essential.  Overall BBC Rock Hour is a solid release of a very popular tape.  The artwork is a bit thin but has rare photographs on the cover and back.  Given the complete "White Summer" contained, this is a title worth seeking out. (Gerard Sparaco May 07)

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06-Jul-69 Rhode Island

Jazz (NPJF 1001)

Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 6, 1969

CD : (62:51) The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You (the recorder's microphone rustled around in the beginning and in the middle), Dazed & Confused, You Shook Me (the recorder's microphone rustled around near the beginning), How Many More Times (includes The Hunter, The Lemon Song) (the recorder's microphone slightly rustled at the beginning of the guitar solo, contains some digital static near the end), Communication Breakdown, Long Tall Sally

The recording used for this release is good, clear and close to the speakers. It is an outdoor recording, so the sound does "breathe" in places. There is also a fair amount of high end tape hiss emitted from the left channel. Plant's vocals are very prominent for most of the recording with Page's guitar pushed to the rear and the rhythm section somewhere in the middle. The beginning of The Train Kept A Rollin' includes shouts of "sit down" from the audience. Shouts of "louder" are also heard throughout, especially before You Shook Me. The PA is finally fixed in the middle of You Shook Me. The volume of the recording increases slightly at this point, but it's due to the better balance of the instruments. From this point through How Many More Times the recording is very good. The balance of the instruments change during Communication Breakdown and Long Tall Sally. The drums are up-front with the guitars in the middle and the vocals pushed to the rear. (Brian Ingham April 97)

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20-Jul-69 Cleveland

Ascending (1CD, Blue Hornet, no numbers on both sleeve and disc) July 20, 1969

Cleveland 1969 (1CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 0029)

Aud. Set List: Train, ICQY, D&C, WS-BMS, YSM, HMMT

These two boots were released at the almost same time (at least here in Japan). The source tape is identical to "The Destroyer 1969" (CD). I think "Ascending" is the straight knock-off of "The Destroyer 1969", since timing program is the same. Sound quality is almost the same, but there is a fatal defect in "Ascending" . There are 4 sec.-long mute between every track!! Even Train-ICQY or WS-BMS were divided into two with this mute.. I'm not sure why this happened, but again, horrible boot. In "Cleveland 1969" there is a drop out in WS, which is not in "The Destroyer 1969". And all cut/drop out on "The Destroyer 1969" are also on "Cleveland 1969". Sound quality is slightly but inferior to "The Destroyer 1969", since bass range is a little bit weaker. (Susumu Omi, Dec 96)

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21-Jul-69 New York

Twist (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin) Per ****1/2 SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

Single disc from the show at the Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York on July 21, 1969. Previous out as Superstars on TNT Studio, which missed the opening track this is the complete audience recording. All instruments are clear, with the vocals sometimes a little overpowering resulting in some distortion. A fast, no frills Train kept A Rollin' is a bit overloaded but the sound improves afterwards. I Can't Quit You features a fast and furious stellar guitar workout and the vocals on You Shock Me are outstanding. Dazed And Confused is a real blast! Recommended (Tony Gassett Apr 98).

Complete Central Park1969 (TMOS-96901 Sanctuary)

Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York, New York, July 21, 1969

CD: (66:27) The Train Kept A Rollin' (opening seconds cut, unbalanced and  bass heavy for most of the song), I Can't Quit You, Dazed &Confused, You  Shook Me, White Summer/ Black Mountain, How Many More Times (last couple of  seconds cut) (includes Woody Woodpecker Song, For What Its Worth, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, You Make Me Feel So Young), Communication Breakdown

The audience tape used for this release starts off a little rough, but settles after Plants harmonica solo in The Train Kept A Rollin'. Its a clear recording from very close to the stage with all the instruments discernable. Plants vocals come through especially clear. The sound quality is a notch down from being very good. It drops to good prior to How Many More Times when the  recording becomes noticeably muffled. Its still a clear recording, but without any sharpness to the sound. It gradually improves to its prior condition about  three minutes into the song. A prior release of this show, Superstars (TNT),  used the same tape source. But that release is missing The Train Kept A Rollin'   and everything between You Shook Me and Dazed & Confused. It also runs 2%  faster (it's hard to tell which is correct). Its sound quality is not as dynamic as the Sanctuary release, which sourced a very low generation tape. Both  releases contain very little noticeable tape hiss. (Brian Ingham Jan 2000)

Summer Of Love (Beelzebub Records BSD 77/78) 2 CDRs
Disc 1: Schaeffer Music Festival, Central Park, New York City, NY, 21 July 1969
Disc 2: Mid-West Rock Festival, State Fair Park, West Allis, Milwaukee, WI, 25 July 1969

Disc 1 (66.17): The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown
Disc 2 (52.31): The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

This release neatly brings together two electrifying concerts that came right after one another in July 1969. The band played many of the festivals in the USA that took place in 1969 (with the notable exception of a small gathering in Upstate New York in August 1969). The concert in New York's Central Park was a classic, with incredible paying by the band. However Robert Plant excelled himself with reaching some incredibly high notes at the end of You Shook Me, with Jimmy Page's guitar. The How Many More Times Medley was superb, with The Woody Woodpecker Song thrown in for good measure, and a rather sexually explicit Lemon Song. The sound on this release is very punchy, with good bass and is a very clear recording.
A few days later, the band are in the Midwest, at another music festival. A very similar set list, but the sound on this recording is even better than the one from New York. This is nice and clear, powerful and punchy, with very good bass. Whilst the performance is not quite as good as the one in New York a few days previously, any concert from 1969 is pretty amazing.
The packaging for this release is perhaps the best yet from this label. A gatefold card sleeved slipcase in colour. Inside the sleeves there are the posters for both concerts reproduced, and the picture discs are extremely attractive. All in all a very nice and desirable release. (Jamie Boswell May 06)

Summer Of Love (Beelzebub Records BSD 77/78) 2 CDRs
Disc 1: Schaeffer Music Festival, Central Park, New York City, NY, July 211969
Disc 2: Mid-West Rock Festival, State Fair Park, West Allis, Milwaukee, WI, July 251969

Disc 1 (66.17): The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown
Disc 2 (52.31): The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

Beelzebub does it again!! Here we have two of the best summer performances captured on tape. Hats off to the tapers. This release has clean crisp treble and thunderous clear bass. These are excellent performances and a must have for any zeppelin collector. Careful thought was put into the artwork and I agree this is one of the best jobs from this label. (LedMan July 06)

Live In Central Park (Empress Valley EVSD-456/457)
Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York, July 21st, 1969

Disc 1 : The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You, Dazed & Confused, You Shook Me, White Summer - Black Mountain Side, How Many More Times (includes Woody Woodpecker Song, For What It's Worth, The Hunter, The Lemon Song), Communication Breakdown

Bonus disc, Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA - August 8th, 1969:  Train Kept a Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You, I Gotta Move/improvisation, Dazed and Confused, White Summer, You Shook Me, How Many More Times

Live At Central Park is Empress Valley's version of the often-released Central Park show from the summer of 1969.  There have been many releases of this tape beginning with Super Stars (TNT-910117) on TNT followed by Schaefer Music Festival (Rock Calendar RC 2107), followed by Twist (no label), Complete Central Park (TMOS96901) on Sanctuary label and most recently on Woody Woodrocker Show (TCD-23) on Tarantura.  It is a very clear, detailed and up front audience recording and among the many that have surfaced from Led Zeppelin's summer of festivals.  The only drawback is the minor amount of tape hiss present.  Empress Valley sounds as good as the Sanctuary and Tarantura versions.  It isn't as loud as Sanctuary or as "fat" sounding as the Tarantura, and the closing remarks by the tapers at the end of the show are missing.  Central Park is a popular tape because it presents their shorter and more intense festival set debuted earlier in the summer.  It has both "You Shook Me" and "White Summer/ Black Mountain Side", two songs which would be alternated in other concerts pushing the duration to just over an hour played in front of a vocal and rowdy New York audience.  Zeppelin played two shows that day for the Schaefer Music Festival and this tape documents the early show at 7pm.  No tape has ever surfaced nor even hinted for the late show so this is all that exists from that day.  The show opens with the double attack of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" followed immediately by "I Can't Quit You Babe" before a very nervous sounding Plant says,  "we'd like to..it's getting a bit dark innit?"

What follows is a fourteen-minute version of "Dazed And Confused" sounding very similar to the June BBC recording.  Plant adds his orgasmic moans before his non-sequiter interjections during ("I want you to talk to me") and after ("bamma lamma ding dong").  Afterwards Plant becomes apologetic by saying, "Let me tell you, we're really pleased we weren't playing here last week despite the fact that we wanted to play because it was so hot.  So it seems we read the cards right because it said it's gonna be cool.  It's cool.  It's COOL.  We got a new album coming about the second week in August but at the moment there's been a bit of a delay on it.  And there's been a bit of a delay on us getting the numbers ready for stage because we're still doing the old ones.  We'd like to do something that was..."  A heckler interrupts Plant with "White Summer!"  "In a bit.  It was written by Willie Dixon.  It's a thing we in England heard on and EP called Muddy Waters Twist.  I don't know what that means really but this is called 'You Shook Me'".  What follows is a slow, heavy version of the blues piece with Plant struggling to reach the high notes by the end.  There is another heckler at the end to which the audience laughs, but what he says is inaudible.  There is some audience commotion at the end of the piece and Plant chides the audience to be quiet.  "White Summer", which was requested by the audience, sounds fantastic in this show with Page pushing the boundaries of the eastern scales.  "How Many More Times" contains the earliest reference to "For What It's Worth" and the only one for the Woody Woodpecker theme, imitating Page's staccato riffs.

A short, compact version of "Communication Breakdown" is the only encore before the band leave the stage for the second performance of the evening.  The mc comes on at the end to point to the exits but EV edits out the conversations between the tapers afterwards.  It is not a major loss but it does add to the atmosphere.  The first edition of Live At Central Park comes with a free bonus silver cd containing the Rubber Dubber master of the August 8th, 1969 San Bernardino tape.  (On the back EV encourages the buyer to look at their copy for this).  This tape first surfaced more than a decade ago and really hasn't been seen since its initial release.  Many collectors claim this is clearer than the Rubber Dubber tape although it is tough to tell listening to this.  The taper was close to Page's amplifier and he drowns out the rest of the band.  He is having a good night but it is distant, distorted and disturbing making this is a tough listen which will appeal to completists only.  This title is packaged in a double slimline jewel case holding the two discs.  Since there are several photos from this show it would have been nice to place one on the front cover but Empress Valley chose an older picture with Page playing the telecaster from the first two tours.  The back has a rare photo of Page in the studio playing acoustic guitar dating from the Led Zeppelin II sessions.  In line with other current releases, Empress Valley priced this moderately making it very appealing to those who missed out on the Sanctuary and Tarantura issues.  The New York tape is one of the best from Zeppelin's first year and is an essential show to own. (Gerard Sparaco May 07)

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25-Jul-69 West Allis

Stroll On! (CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 179701), West Allis, 25/7/69, Aud Train, ICQY, DaC, WS-BMS, HMMT, CB

Source tape is identical to that of "State Fair" and "Secret History of Led Zeppelin". ("Secret---" contains only Train---.) But I still can't believe that they are identical. Sound quality of this new stuff from The Diagrams of LZ is a major upgrade from that of both "State Fair" and "Secret---" !! In terms of completeness as well, there still is cut at the beginning of HMMT and in the middle of the Lemon Song during the HMMT medley, but the drop out at the ending of HMMT, which was in "State Fair" , is not on this one. I'm afraid I could not compare this one with "Never Healed" (LP) nor "The Big Dope Party '69" (LP), since I do not own them, but once I heard that they are inferior to "State Fair" in sound quality and completeness. If so, "Stroll On" is the best boot of this show. (Susumu Omi, March 97)

Stroll On (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Per **** SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

Single CD for the complete show at the State Fair, West Allis, Wisconsin on July 25 1969. A definite upgrade from the previous State Fair release for this audience source. The sound is now brighter with the guitar and vocals upfront and only a little background hiss present. How Many More Times has a small amount of tape disturbance and a slight cut. Also a plane flying overhead can be heard at the start of Dazed The band are in good form throughout the set, I Can't Quit You and How Many More Times in particular. An essential '69 document. (Tony Gassett July 97)

Stroll On (TDOLZ 017) (1CD - paper slip case) 55 minutes (Complete)

Now this is what's known as an upgraded release. When you take into consideration the fact that the previous CD release of this show ("State Fair" Digger Productions label) rated a M-Aud 5, you realize that this TDOLZ release truly is a significant improvement. It is difficult to believe that TDOLZ used the same source for "Stroll On". This is primarily a clear/vibrant recording, though some low end distortion and disturbance do exist (it is not detrimental to the enjoyment of the recording). The rhythm section is slightly in the background, with the vocals and Page's crystal clear guitar to the forefront (once again, this slight imbalance is not excessive, nor is it enough to hurt the overall quality of the recording like it is in the recent "Killing Floor"26/1/69 release). I would rate this release a fairly strong 8 throughout, with a few regressions into the 7 region. If you are an enthusiast of the outdoor venues or festivals of the 3rd US Tour (i.e. 7-21-69, 7-6-69, 7-16-69, 8-8-69, 8-31-69 are among your favorite shows) then this release is a must have. The sound quality is nearly the equal the best '69 audience tapes, and superior to most. The set is concise and brilliant. Plant's voice is extremely raw and powerful in one of the most devastating versions of "I Can't Quit You" ever performed. Page is out of his head (not unlike the marvelous 8-31-69 rendition). As Rey indicates, the version of "Dazed & Confused" featured is more complex than most from this and previous periods (foreshadowing elements of the future development of the song). Zerxes once mentioned that he found this to be one of the more inspired versions of "WS/BMS" he had heard, a sentiment with which I agree. As for "How Many More Times", it would have to make my "best of live list". As J.R. Rider would say, "The boys don't fake the funk..." on this one. Filled with vocal and funky instrumental improvs, this is one of '69's best of one of Zep's best live tunes. Robert casually throws in a few "Travelling Riverside Blues" lyrics prior to "The Hunter", "If you see my baby, tell her hurry home...". Following "The Lemon Song", the band does the onstage simulated vocal/instrumental climax.... which Robert concludes by singing the line "I've got you, under my skin" (a variation to his "You make me feel so young" used in other concerts on this tour). The nearly one hour set concludes with "Communication Breakdown" slightly more distorted/muffled than the rest of the set, before the band bids the fairgrounds farewell. The paper slip case packaging on this release is attractive, and actually features circa '69 photos (though not from this concert). If you are a fan of the '69 live material, this TDOLZ release is a must have. (Paul Holdren Apr 97)

Summer Of Love (Beelzebub Records BSD 77/78) 2 CDRs
Disc 1: Schaeffer Music Festival, Central Park, New York City, NY, 21 July 1969
Disc 2: Mid-West Rock Festival, State Fair Park, West Allis, Milwaukee, WI, 25 July 1969

Disc 1 (66.17): The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown
Disc 2 (52.31): The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

This release neatly brings together two electrifying concerts that came right after one another in July 1969. The band played many of the festivals in the USA that took place in 1969 (with the notable exception of a small gathering in Upstate New York in August 1969). The concert in New York's Central Park was a classic, with incredible paying by the band. However Robert Plant excelled himself with reaching some incredibly high notes at the end of You Shook Me, with Jimmy Page's guitar. The How Many More Times Medley was superb, with The Woody Woodpecker Song thrown in for good measure, and a rather sexually explicit Lemon Song. The sound on this release is very punchy, with good bass and is a very clear recording.

A few days later, the band are in the Midwest, at another music festival. A very similar set list, but the sound on this recording is even better than the one from New York. This is nice and clear, powerful and punchy, with very good bass. Whilst the performance is not quite as good as the one in New York a few days previously, any concert from 1969 is pretty amazing.

The packaging for this release is perhaps the best yet from this label. A gatefold card sleeved slipcase in colour. Inside the sleeves there are the posters for both concerts reproduced, and the picture discs are extremely attractive. All in all a very nice and desirable release. (Jamie Boswell May 06)

Summer Of Love (Beelzebub Records BSD 77/78) 2 CDRs
Disc 1: Schaeffer Music Festival, Central Park, New York City, NY, July 211969
Disc 2: Mid-West Rock Festival, State Fair Park, West Allis, Milwaukee, WI, July 251969

Disc 1 (66.17): The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown
Disc 2 (52.31): The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/How Many More Times Medley/Communication Breakdown

Beelzebub does it again!! Here we have two of the best summer performances captured on tape. Hats off to the tapers. This release has clean crisp treble and thunderous clear bass. These are excellent performances and a must have for any zeppelin collector. Careful thought was put into the artwork and I agree this is one of the best jobs from this label. (LedMan July 06)

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17-Aug-69 Wallingford

See Montreal 07-Jun-72

Anybody Got A Les Paul?  (Equinox EX 00 020-0)

Train Kept A Rollin'

This title by Equinox presents four documents from various sources through the first couple months of 1969.  This is the opening number from the August 17, 1969 show in Wallingford, Connecticut.  The sound is poor, albeit listenable.  This title is missing I Can't Quit You, which is present on previous releases of this fragment (Red Snapper Deluxe on Balboa and Tales of '69 on Tarantura).  However this is only for the curious and there is no big loss.  (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

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18-Aug-69 Toronto

Absolutely Gems (Sanctuary) 3CD 2/2/69 and 8/18/69 both sets Ltd edition and numbered

Sound Quality 5-7/10; Appeal 4/5

The three Rockpile shows from 69 are presented here by the Sanctuary boys. The first, 2/2/69 was previously out on the Totonka label but was missing Killing Floor (as was the tape that circulated at the time). Killing Floor is complete here and the Sanctuary release is slightly better in terms of sound quality as it is from a lower gen tape (as is the tape currently circulating). The second and third discs contain both sets, complete, from August in better quality than either Hideaway (Neinerwald) or The Complete Rockpile Show (The Symbols). In particular, the first set has only previously been out on The Symbols release but that used noise reduction to remove the hiss present on the tape which flattened the sound making it inferior to the Sanctuary version. The three discs are presented in their own paper sleeves (with photos and set lists) housed in a tri-gatefold sleeve adorned with relevant photos and other photo goodies like handbills/posters for the shows. Very nice in its own right, but as an added bonus you receive a perfect replica of the 1969 tour program with the hard cover just like the original! (note these programs were reissued a few years ago but with a soft cover). (Lord Byron Nov 99)

Complete Rockpile Show (The Symbols)

The Rockpile, Toronto, Canada (second show), August 18, 1969

CD 1: (76:03) introduction/ The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You, Dazed & Confused, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me (contains a cut in the middle), How Many More Times (includes Feel So Fine, The Hunter, Truckin' Little Mama, Needle Blues, The Lemon Song, Love Me)

CD 2: (63:09) Communication Breakdown (includes There Is A Mountain),

The Rockpile, Toronto, Canada (first show), August 18, 1969

The Train Kept A Rollin' (small cut in beginning), I Can't Quit You, Dazed & Confused (contains a cut during the bow solo), You Shook Me, How Many More Times (includes The Hunter, The Lemon Song)

The audience recording from the second show is good to very good and clear. The first 2 and last 2 tracks are very bass heavy to the point of overpowering the tape. This release contains less tape hiss than the release Hideaway (Nienerwald Muzica Corp.). Both have the same cut during You Shook Me. The first show fills out the second CD. It is fair and listenable at best, poor and disappointing at worst. The recording is muffled, distant and very hissy at its worst. It also contains numerous volume fluctuations. The only decent sections are Dazed & Confused (up to the cut), most of You Shook Me and How Many More Times (except the last 2 minutes which are heavily distorted by the bass). (Brian Ingham February 97)

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31-August- Dallas

Texas International Pop Festival (Last Stand Disc)

Train Kept a Rollin’-I Can’t Quit You-Dazed and Confused- You Shook Me- How Many More Times- Communication Breakdown

You really couldn’t ask for a better release. Excellent sound, excellent packaging, and excellent performance. It is packaged in a nice plain paper case with the band name and show rubber stamped in red ink on the front, just like the Pb (3/21/70)release from this same label. The sound quality is the best yet for this soundboard source.  Superior to the releases on both Whoopy Cat (Plays Pure Blues) and Oh Boy(Texas International Pop Festival & Don’t Mess with Texas), although probably only due to better mastering and EQ which make the sound both louder and more vibrant.  There are two cuts in the show, each removing about 10 seconds of music, one in Dazed just prior to the return from the guitar solo, and one in How Many More Times, just prior to the return from the medley.  Conveniently, the audience source for this show is complete and is best available on Tarantura’s "Plays Pure Bob".  The audience source is clear as a bell with no distortion or overloading whatsoever.  It would be considered excellent and probably the best audience source from 69, if not for the bass simply being louder than the rest of the band, not to mention there is also a good deal of tape hiss.  As for the soundboard, it is as good as you could ask for. Great atmosphere and plenty of warmth to the sound. No 1973 SBD sterility here.  Everything is perfectly balanced, with the stereo separation placing the guitar and drums on one side and the bass and vocals on the other.  Probably one of the few Zeppelin boot releases that could easily be released in commercial form.  For those of you who haven’t heard this show, you’re in luck because now you have one of the greatest 69 shows just waiting to be experienced.  This, being the last show of Zeppelin’s festival packed summer, shows the band playing a tight and extremely powerful set. The improves are longer, and the playing is fresh and raw. Each member of the band is at top form, and the playing reflects it.  Check out Page’s solos in every song!  Inventive and intense. Plant’s singing is sweet, bluesy, and raw. One of his most satisfying and consistent 69 performances.  The adlibs work and the HMMT medley is perfect.  Bonham throws in some cowbell play during his intro in HMMT and Jones plays nice and laid back throughout.  Although they are forced to keep their set short, they still manage to give an hour of pure energy, creating a wonderful rapport with the Dallas crowd. They love every minute of the show, and you will too.(Mike Magnon Jan 02)

The Only Way To Fly Empress Valley
Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas, TX, 31 August 1969
2CDs in card slipcase
Very good audience & excellent soundboard sources.
Set List:-
Disc 1 65.25 mins (audience & soundboard) : The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown
Disc 2 65.26 mins (soundboard & audience) : The Train Kept A Rollin' / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / You Shook Me / How Many More Times / Communication Breakdown

This is an excellent package from EVSD in their customary long-box with card slip cover containing the CDs in paper sleeves. The title appears to have come from an advert in the UK weekly music paper New Musical Express in March 1969. The CDs are gold discs and the package is finished with the now usual liner notes from Aquarius11! The audience source on disc 1 is taken from the same tape source as "Plays Pure Bob" on the Tarantura label and uses the original reel to reel tape as recorded from the photographer's pit. However, there is a damatic increase in the sound level and it is therefore much more powerful with JPJ's bass very prominent. The cuts in the prior release have been edited out using an alternative tape source. Disc 2, unlike previous releases, starts with the Audience source intro warm-up and tape warble from disc 1. However, there the similarity ends. This is complete stunning quality taken from the original mixing desk recording. I was rather dubious if some of the previous releases could be improved. I was wrong. There is absolutely no tape hiss and this show is undeniably super excellent SBD quality. The power and loudness is amazing and everything is perfectly balanced. The cuts in D & C and HMMT have been skillfully edited in from another source and I personally could not distinguish any difference in output. These details are all provided in the liner notes anyway so it's not as though EVSD are trying to hide anything. An interesting note is that it does mention the D&C cuts present on the tapes are not on the film, which is complete!!!!!! Anyone know where it is? Every track is outstanding with Communication Breakdown finished off "old style" which I thought was always better than later renditions which were too bland. My personal favourite Zep show of all time, short but a technically brilliant performance. (The VLH Dec 02)

The Only Way To Fly (Empress Valley) 2 CDs (audience & soundboard recordings)
Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas, TX 31 August 1969

The soundboard recording of this concert has long been available to fans in a number of superb presentations. The best, both in terms of sound and packaging, was by Oh Boy way back in 1991. Initially released as Don't Mess With texas, it was subsequently released as Texas International Pop Festival, the first of a series of soundboard recordings of many of the artists that appeared at this three day festival. The festival programme is reproduced in full as the jewel case front insert. I seem to remember seeing a large 12" x 12" box set with all the individual CDs inside it, and still kick myself to this day that I did not buy it. I have the Ten Years After CD from this series, another superb release. So along come Empress Valley and put this show out as a two CD release, one disc the audience recording and the second the soundboard. The discs are in card covers, housed in a long thick card sleeve, over which a card slipcase is fitted. This label has released a number of shows this way, and I personally find this packaging rather naff. The first disc is the audience recording, claimed to be from the original master reel to reel tape. Empress Valley have made a mess of this, the sound is dull and very bottom endy. This source was originally released by Tarantura as Plays Pure Bob, and whilst this release does not have a great deal of bottom end, the top end is there and it sounds much clearer and crisper. It remains the best version. Also Empress Valley have filled the small gaps in the audience recording from the soundboard, and vice versa with the soundboard disc. The second disc is the soundboard recording, and this sounds a bit louder than the original Oh Boy release from 1991, but this is merely achieved by cranking up the EQ, a great favourite of this and many other labels. The Oh Boy release (also available on the Whoopy Cat label) still stands the test of time and remains a superb and definitive release. Therefore this latest release achieves nothing, and is yet another pointless regurgitation of material that we already have in better quality. One to avoid. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 03)

TEXAS POP (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.1969-DVD-A-12) 1 DVDR-A
Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas, TX, 31 August 1969

Soundboard/Audience sources: 64 mins 40 secs.
Video soundtrack/Audience sources: 66 mins 30 secs.

Intro/The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown

This release brings together for the first time the soundboard tape source and the video soundtrack source, with the very good audience recording used to fill the gaps in both the sources. The sound quality for the stereo soundboard (with the audience tape to fill the cuts), is extremely good. It has not however been heavily EQ'd to bring up the bottom end, but has a very clear, natural sound. This source was originally released on Whoopy Cat as Plays Pure Blues and by Oh Boy as Texas International Pop Festival. The second source, the stereo video soundtrack (with audience tape to fill gaps) first came out on Empress Valley as The Only Way To Fly. The sound on that release was extremely good, albeit with a lot of EQ, but not detrimental to the overall sound. This new release from Genuine Masters is the longest ever for the video/audience combo (more than a minute more than the Empress Valley version), and again has a very sharp, natural sound. It has better instrumental separation than the soundboard source, noticeable in the drums of John Bonham. You can hear the gong more clearly at the start of Dazed on this source. Visually this release is also a gem, there is a tremendous late 1960s psychedelic feel to all the graphics and visuals. A wonderful array of colours, perhaps one should smoke a 'strong' cigarette before watching this DVD! The cover art is again of very high quality, a great photo of Plant, and the screen printed disc is also a treat for the eyes. This is an extremely worthwhile presentation of the two stereo soundboard/video sources. But oh to have the video footage from which the audio was sourced, now that would be magical! (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 05)

TEXAS POP (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.1969-DVD-A-12) 1 DVDR-A
Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas, TX, August 31,1969

Soundboard/Audience sources: 64 mins 40 secs.
Video soundtrack/Audience sources: 66 mins 30 secs.

Intro/The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown

With much excitement I have received Genuine Masters' latest release, "Texas Pop" the compilation of Zep's compact, and powerful, set on 8/31/69 at the Texas International Pop Festival.  Like all of GM's releases, for me the value is found in the audio.  This is no exception as the psychedelic slide show is rather an uninteresting cascade of all-too-familiar shots of the guys from the late 60's, early 70's, with few being new to my eyes.  There's also a fair quantity of repetition in the pictures that doesn't make for a very stimulating visual experience.  The audio, particularly that from the video soundtrack, is a major treat and sounded most spectacular on the home theater.  There's a punch and definition to Bonzo's drums, cymbals, and cowbell that I don't recall hearing before, and I have the Whoopy Cat and Oh Boy releases, but not Empress Valley's The Only Way to Fly.  Without a question, to me, the bass drum is deeper and bearing more of a "live" and exciting sound.  The snare drum's crisp, and toms very present.  After hearing this, I don't feel a need to obtain EV's release as I doubt it can get any sweeter than GM's mastering of this video soundtrack.  There's a perfect balance, clarity and, where there are patches filled with the audience source, the transitions are smooth as silk and very temporary in duration before returning to the main soundtrack.  The performance is well documented, and has dropped the jaw of many a peer of mine who never heard Zep like this, so thumbs up to Genuine Masters for doing this recording justice.  It's definitely nice to have both the mixing board and video soundtrack sources on one DVD, but the value of this purchased for me is decidedly found in the video source.  Add it to your collection if this show turns you on.  (Symmetry101, Feb., 2005)

TEXAS POP ( Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.1969-DVD-A-12)
Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas, Texas - August 31st, 1969 - 2 Sources
FORMAT: DVD-Audio/Picture Montage - DVDR
RUNNING TIME: 64:37 + 66:20
SOUND/SOURCE: Stereo Soundboard, Stereo Video Soundtrack

SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 10 / VIDEO 10

1st Source = Mixing Board, 2nd Source Video Soundtrack. Identical Track listing for both:

  1. Band Intro, 2. The Train Kept A-Rollin', 3. I Can't Quit You, 4. Dazed And Confused, 5. You Shook Me, 6. How Many More Times Medley, 7. Communication Breakdown (encore)

Such a familiar document for just about any degree of Zeppelin collector, novice or expert. Or is it? I took a different approach to this Genuine Masters release than what I have done typically in the past. As most collectors are aware of, GM offers audio discs along with their DVD-Audio/Video Montage DVDR shows. I decided to give the audios a run through first and I was simply floored. The only thing that was going through my mind was how fresh this soundboard sounded and, if this is what I am experiencing on these discs...what revelations will the DVDR unveil? Even the familiar soundtrack source packs a devastating punch. Actually, the soundtrack production or source here sounds like an official release - aside from the brief audience source filler at the beginning, etc. Pretty incredible for such a mass-circulated show over the years. I mean how excited should one be?We all have had several versions to this point. The answer: VERY excited. This isn't the same old standard fare.Those that have read my reviews of GM's other titles, get ready. I'm going to throw an abundance of praise and kudos to the label again for the superb presentation assimilated on the DVD-Audio/Picture Montage Picture Disc. Nay sayers relish the bashing of any label using a "DVD-Audio" description. These are people that haven't experienced what this product has to offer. You want to experience a new twist on an old tale?...I challenge and urge anybody to put these new sources, this new title up against your favourite "other" or previous version of the Texas Pop Festival show. Again, back to the Mixing Board version first. It has such depth, clarity and that trademark Genuine Masters' natural sound that is preserved - it's quite amazing. At times it's as if you are right onstage in the middle of the band playing. That IS a revelation in this case. I've never felt that way listening to this recording but I have always held the recording in high regard and it's one of my favourites from the band. This source has been previously available on Whoopy Cat's "Plays Pure Blues" and also on the original Oh Boy! release, "Texas International Pop Festival".The stereo Video Soundtrack provides its' own revelations as well. This source was originally unveiled on Empress Valley's nice "The Only Way To Fly", a couple years ago. As others have noted, EV applied some fairly heavy EQ to their versions. We now can grasp just how heavily theirs was equalized after hearing GM's presentation and lack of treatment. With the breathing quality the DVD-R medium provides these stellar recordings, this Video Soundtrack source really sounds like an official production on the DVD-Audio/Picture Montage version!It is essential to comment on the accompanying video or pictorial slide show that supplements the GM experience. This is the creative, niche production Genuine Masters continues to bring to the table for collectors. The cosmic use of imagery combined with the incredible resolution of the pictures themselves can be breathtaking - and blinding sometimes. The spectacular colors and some of the special effects incorporated really deserve some acclaim. I can't imagine how time-consuming it must be to come up with the new images to feature and come up with a variety that works for a given show. Again, we have some familiar pictures featured on "Texas Pop" but what is really nice is that GM seemingly makes a conscious effort to feature the individual members equally this time. It's not just 95% Jimmy & Robert as in some of the other titles. Sourcing of material is always key, but let's re-state it here again...it always starts with the audio. Then it's on to putting together an appropriate and stimulating pictorial to program along with it. GM has this process patented and continues to bring interesting twists to each release. This is a very cool title and will be very difficult for the label to beat on several levels. There, lies the challenge. Don't hesitate a second on picking this one up and get the audio discs too. I don't always think they are worthwhile but in this case, get them. As for the sound quality overall, the only subtractions taken off is because the sources are incomplete and the audience source is needed for filling in the gaps. Otherwise, it would be hard not to give this a perfect thumbs up. (SVENGI HotWacks On-Line Feb/05)

TEXAS POP (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.1969-DVD-A-12) 1 DVDR-A
Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas, TX, August 31,1969

Soundboard/Audience sources: 64 mins 40 secs.
Video soundtrack/Audience sources: 66 mins 30 secs.

Intro/The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown

This latest Genuine Masters release, Texas Pop is sure to be a must have for anyone who likes Led Zeppelin. Needless to say this performance is a classic, fortunately recorded from the soundboard. Both the included soundboard and video soundtrack sources sound completely satisfying, and sounds like an official release. Compared to my old version the new GM release has a much more three dimensional sound. Each instrument is separated with a fuller more defined sound. In my opinion the DVD visuals are also excellent. Obviously quite a lot of time and work goes into each new GM release. I can`t help wondering what future releases of other classic shows will sound like!   (Randy Johnson February 05)

TEXAS POP (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.1969-DVD-A-12) 1 DVDR-A
Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas, TX, August 31,1969

Soundboard/Audience sources: 64 mins 40 secs.
Video soundtrack/Audience sources: 66 mins 30 secs.

Intro/The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown

Being recently new to this bootleg bug of only 3 years, it was easy to work out what shows and titles to grab first with the help from web sites like U.U. and others. If you take your time to read the volume of information and do your research you won't get stuck with a lemon title. A few years back when I started collecting it seemed the label of choice was Empress Valley and a close second by the ''how deep are your pockets'' Tarantura label. This past year there appears to be only one label putting out consistent quality and that's the Genuine Master label. By all accounts every one of their titles are a massive improvement of what has come before them. I can vouch for that when I compared the GMs Mystic San Diego to EVs Conspiracy Theory. Vast difference if you have the right music system set-up. Besides the stand-out audio on the GM titles they also stand alone on how they present their titles with their eye-grabbing slide-shows to accompany the music. Their The Devils Blues title was I thought a hard one to top but with Texas Pop Mr BlackDog has pulled another proverbial rabbit out of the hat.  Texas Pop just has to be heard and seen!  The audio quality is on par with Devils and the slideshow format is not as perfectly matched to the music but is still a well thought out and constructed sequence that befits the period. What I notice on these GM titles that have mixing board sources is their ability to make the instruments much more clearer and defined in each speaker. Even the mono mixing board sources give a nice separation in each speaker. Wonderful to hear and by all accounts mastered by the talented Mr Dog. The tone of each instrument comes through as it should be without those annoying tweaked up, distorted and EQd titles form other labels. This label can do no wrong and Texas Pop is just another confirmation that they are a quality company putting out sensational titles. Just listening to 1 minute of "I Can't Quit You" from this title and you will be hooked. Double thumbs up. (Dwayne Jenkins Feb 05)

TEXAS POP (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.1969-DVD-A-12) 1 DVDR-A
Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas, TX, August 31,1969

Soundboard/Audience sources: 64 mins 40 secs.
Video soundtrack/Audience sources: 66 mins 30 secs.

Intro/The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown

Given GM's track record, it goes without saying that Texas Pop offers the best version to date of this Labor Day Weekend 1969 performance, in this case via two different sources: the original soundboard recording first released by Whoopy Cat and Oh Boy, and the newer "video soundtrack" source first released by Empress Valley. Which is superior? The distinction between the two isn't considerable; we give the nod to the video source as being slightly clearer (sure would love to hear it WITH picture). And kudos, as usual, to Black Dog for the seamless fill-ins of missing bits from the audience source. Having not played this material in many years, upon revisit the performance itself stands as interesting though certainly not an all-timer. The context of the appearance--a short set in the middle of a multi-band, multi-day bill--is hard to shake, and one gets the feeling that the band is sort of holding back as a result, with Robert Plant left to carry the load of connecting with the audience. As such, the versions are more textbook than exploratory, which isn't to say they are weak, they just feel bridled. Only with the encore, "Communication Breakdown," do the gloves come off, and we're treated to a short, sharp, shock of a reading. GM's video accompaniment embraces the period and motif of the festival itself, loaded with rich, psychedelic colors around familiar photos. This may not be Zep's greatest moment, but Texas Pop is an important set of recordings that deserved the GM benchmark treatment. (Butterking Feb 05, an expanded Review from Going Underground, ICE Magazine, April 05)

TEXAS POP (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.1969-DVD-A-12) 1 DVDR-A
Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas, TX, August 31,1969

Soundboard/Audience sources: 64 mins 40 secs.
Video soundtrack/Audience sources: 66 mins 30 secs.

Intro/The Train Kept A' Rollin'/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/You Shook Me/How Many More Times/Communication Breakdown

Titles available for comparison incuded the Whoopy Cat version and EV's The Only Way to Fly. Once again, Genuine Masters cracks it on a 1969 performance. While both of the aforementioned titles are well produced affairs and keepers in the ol' collection for me, it will probably always be Texas Pop I reach for when I want to hear this show. The visuals while nice and of the period with psychedelic fractal type backgrounds are not the reason to buy this title. I could not help thinking however that these visual stills would make an excellent PC screen saver! GM's skills no doubt lie in the ability to get as much extraneous noise out as possible whilst retaining all the dynamic range inherent in the recording. Instrument separation, bottom/top end presence and balance are as always, flawless and as good as they can be. The others sound great, this one, better. This ability is no doubt augmented by the DVD format's unquestioned superiority to the CD format (when played on the right system). So, in short, combine this Zep performance, GM's superior skills at the digital desk, a superior digital format, and an obvious fan's knowledge of the band and you get a winning combination. Get it. (Chris Serratella February 05)

Texas International Pop Festival (Empress Valley) DVD-Audio
August 31, 1969

Empress Valley’s most recent foray into the exciting media of DVD-Audio is another winner for this reviewer.  The superb quality of this performance is well documented and will not be detailed here as we’re all quite familiar with this great show.  The audio mixed, or remastered, into a surround format on EV’s disc is apparently from the video soundtrack source.  For those of us who purchased Genuine Masters’ excellent “Texas Pop” release and wanted to listen to that hybrid DVD-A while driving, disappointment was in store as its formatting is incompatible to play in such a system (if your vehicle’s equipped with a DVD-A player, that is!).  Empress Valley, therefore, provides a fuller opportunity to enjoy this show in surround sound in different settings.  There is an audio options portion to the menu in EV’s title, allowing you to select between 5.1 channel surround or 2 channel stereo, and there is also included the extant video of this show which I can only hope (dream) about someday being issued to the public in full glory.  The slide show accompanying Genuine Masters’ release is superb to the pictures displayed while EV’s DVD-A disc is playing (although there were some shots in EV’s show I’ve not seen before), but that is irrelevant when listening only to the audio.  Any difference in audio between the two titles is marginal, although I will say – once again – that the enveloping surround sound on EV’s release (as experienced in “You Shook Me”, for example) is thrilling.  The clarity of Bonzo’s cowbell, which must’ve been cracked after this show, is very pronounced, as are all other aspects of this recording as it blares clearly and without distortion from the speakers.  The title, in appropriately decorated packaging for a 1969 show, also comes with a CD of the soundboard recording and neat mini program, but for me the title is all about its superb DVD-A disc.  As an added and enticing extra, the title came with an EVSD “special sampler” DVD-A disc containing (among other tracks) a previously unreleased recording of “I Can’t Quit You Baby” from early January, 1969 in a superb audience recording.  All in all, Empress Valley has begun to produce DVD-A titles of select shows that are thoroughly enjoyable.  The price for this title, given its inclusion of a stereo CD, mini program, and “special sampler” disc, was also entirely reasonable.  The Texas Pop title is very worthy of our collections, and should be obtained if this show appeals to you.  (Symmetry101 Oct 2006)

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12-Oct-69 London

The Lyceum Ballroom U.K. 10/12/69 (zllb76 Totonka)

Lyceum Ballroom, London, U.K., October 12, 1969

CD (62:07) introduction/ Good Times Bad Times intro./ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You, Heartbreaker, You Shook Me (contains a tape speed up/cut near the end), What Is & What Should Never Be, Dazed & Confused, How Many More Times (includes The Hunter) (first 3 minutes slightly muffled and unbalanced, contains a tape speed up/cut near the end, last 3-4 minutes cut). The recording used for this release is taken from a good to very good, clear audience tape. The balance shifts slightly during the first 2 tracks, but centers itself during Heartbreaker. Comparing this release to Lyceum Preview (Immigrant), I am sure they are both from the same tape source. But there are a few differences that should be noted. A few seconds of guitar playing before Heartbreaker are found only on the Totonka release. Lyceum Preview contains more high end and is very distorted in places while the Totonka release contains more bass and is not distorted. Small amounts of audience noise during some songs are strangely missing from Lyceum Preview. There is a 6% speed difference between the two releases. I'm not sure which is correct. How Many More Times isn't muffled on Lyceum Preview and that release is better balanced. The major similarity between the 2 releases are the cuts during and between songs. They are in the same places. Lyceum Preview does a better job of editing the cuts together while the Totonka release contains some of the tape speed ups proceeding them. (Brian Ingham Feb 97)

Lyceum (Cobla Standard 016)

Sound 3.5 /5 (good for 69) Appeal General

CD (60:19): Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You, Heartbreaker, You Shook Me (cut), What Is and What Should Never Be, Dazed and Confused, How Many More Times (incomplete).

A cracking show in good quality. A little distortion, occasional hiss, and slightly weak bass do not prevent this from being a highly enjoyable document. The drums are (for once) clearly audible, and the band are in fine form. It is probable that this show includes the live debuts of both Heartbreaker and What Is And What Should Never Be. The former gets an intense but hurried performance -- Jimmy starts his unaccompanied solo almost before anyone else has stopped. These songs are by no means the only reasons to get this show: GTBT/CB explodes from the stage, and Dazed and Confused gets a long experimental workout, with a fantastic introduction and many Yardbirds references. The highlights are I Can't Quit You (Jimmy is all over the place), You Shook Me (despite the cut -- from before the guitar solos right to the finale) and How Many More Times (incomplete, although the medley appears intact -- there are some Whole Lotta Love references here c.f. Texas on August 31). I remain unconvinced that Dazed and Confused appears in the right place -- most other shows from this era (i.e the fourth U.S. tour) have D+C right after Heartbreaker. It is probable that the show was shuffled around to fit onto vinyl, and there are fades in/out during applause to support this. Although Luis Rey (Live) does not mention the cut in You Shook Me, he gives a run time of 60 minutes, and the cut also appears on a recent Totonka release of this show (62 minutes). I do not have the Totonka release to compare, but I guess that the difference is in the speed, and that Cobla is correct. The packaging is standard Cobla -- cardboard slip case with the cover art from "Led Zep Live At The Lyceum" vinyl boot -- a coloured copy of the crashing Zeppelin from the studio debut on the front and some amusing historical notes on the rear. Highly recommended for anyone who does not have this show. (Adrian Campbell-Smith Aug 97)

Triumphant UK Return- Empress Valley EVSD-229
The Lyceum, London 12 October 1969
1CD in a jewel case, very good audience recording.
Set List:-
Good Times Bad Times - Communication Breakdown / I Can't Quit You / Heartbreaker / You Shook Me / What Is And What Should Never Be / Dazed And Confused / How Many More Times

Previously released by the Immigrant and Cobla labels, we wait with interest to see if this is an improvement in sound quality. As always many thanks to the excellent Japanese website AirRaid for keeping the Zep Community up to date with the latest releases. (Jules McTrainspotter March 03)

Triumphant UK Return Empress Valley - EVSD229 - 1CD
October 12, 1969 Lyceum Ballroom - London, England. Audio: 7+ AUD

Track Listing: Good Times, Bad Times/Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You, Heartbreaker, You Shook Me, What Is And What Should Never Be, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times/Eyesight To The Blind/Let That Boy Boogie Woogie

Package is a rather stunning presentation in a single clear tray jewel case. The printing relies heavily on a metallic/foil-like process that really catches and reflects the light. The front and rear artwork is done in a metallic silver with the cover text and the flames of the Hindenburg explosion are done in metallic red. The only downside to this is that it wreaks havoc when trying to scan it on the flatbed scanner. Thus, all of the online photos of the cover art are dark and hard to make out. In person, this thing shimmers. The now standard liner notes in Japanese and poorly translated English go one step further on this release. One can no longer visit the corner pub, down a few pints of ale and magically comprehend the Aquarius 11 notes on this release. You'll also need to magnify them through the bottom of the beer bottle as they are printed at an incredibly small size. The source tape is a very clear audience tape that spans 59:59. The recording is heavily treble biased, but it's perfectly listenable and quite enjoyable although it suffers from tape hiss and several patches of distortion, muffles, tape cuts and sudden speed issues. The show starts off with the band introductions and the opening salvo to Good Times Bad Times. Just as the vocals should have started, the boys plow into Communication Breakdown instead. The recorder is close to Jimmy's amps as the guitar is much higher in the mix and tends to blow out the rest of the band. The members of the audience around the recorder are well mannered and are rarely heard from. There is a tape cut after I Can't Quit You that cuts some audience applause and some of Plant's commentary about Zeppelin II and the trip down from Birmingham. There are some slight channel fluctuations in the into to Heartbreaker. Incidentally, the finger work from Pagey on Heartbreaker is spot on! There is some tape disturbances after Heartbreaker and another splice in the tape during the Plantations before You Shook Me. You Shook Me features what I am going to call channel flutter in the right channel. You Shook Me has a tape cut in it at around the 6 minute mark. Yet another tape cut in the between song commentary makes one believe that the taper was trying to conserve tape but it's strange that so much of the commentary is intact. Intentional sabotage by the taper to mark the tape perhaps? Dazed And Confused is a mere 15 minutes tonight. The violin bowing reminds me of whale calls and are quite haunting on this tape. The live version song structure is really starting to take form and portions can still be heard in performances for years. Yet another tape cut during the break between songs before How Many More Times. When the tape cuts back in, the left channel volume drops out significantly. The pickups on the psychedelic Telecaster really start to chatter during the How Many More Times intro and the left channel volume returns shortly thereafter. How Many More Times sadly has a pair of tape cuts and abruptly ends a few seconds later. Other than the annoying tape cuts between songs, the only real issues are the tape cut in You Shook Me and the pair seconds before the end of the tape on How Many More Times (which, by the way, is still 15 minutes long). The package is very nicely done with the silver/red metallic printing. Not having any of the prior releases of this show, it's really hard to flat out say that this is the best that it gets. I can say, that I really enjoyed the show. The songs were played with care and creativity. The fall of '69 setlist is rather unique and only lasts for a short while before being altered. Recommended to those that can justify the cost of admission. (Steve Prendergast March 03)

Underground Uprising has received the following in defence of Aquarius 11 as follows:
Dear Sir
I am bound to again defend Aquarius notes honour. The Lyceum reviewer amply describes the metallic silver red combination of the packaging. He makes some rash assumptions concerning the way the supplied notes might be satisfactorily read. Further, the reviewer has clearly missed relevant and important clues hidden within its printing. When I received my copy, my heart quickened. I immediately recognised the significance of the colour combination, entirely similar and consistent to that of the Swiss Army Knife. One of the facilities of the upmarket models is the provision of a magnifying glass. Now, armed with this knowledge I had to test my other theory. I hurriedly trousered the following (in order of use);- Lyceum packaging, Swiss Army Knife (with magnifying glass facility), Aquarius notes and hurriedly repaired to the Lamb and Flag. After several bouts of medicinal refreshment I instructed a reliable potman to spin the Lyceum cover on the bar top, whilst I watched intently for any emerging secret message. I am pleased to report I jotted down a number of runic devices. The accommodating potman, who hailed from Peckham, was clearly not an expert in Elvish, but told me that he thought the jottings read, "... now use the Swiss Army magnifying glass on the Aquarius notes..." as opposed to anything like the expected "will you do what you will". The previously hushed tones from the other patrons erupted into a loud hurrah as the puzzle was solved. Happy now to comply with the wisdom of such a runic instruction, and fortified by immodest libations of Wilson's Northern Bitter, I began to read the now magnified notes which appeared to me, at that triumphant moment, Byronesque in their beauty and scope. A word of caution. Unless known, do not cavalierly flout any Swiss Army Knife you may own in the Lamb and Flag. The proprietor is likely to think you are one of those teddy boy types and have his formidable wife ill serve you by throwing you out into the gutter like a beggar from a bawdy house.
Yours, goldsmith1 (March 03)

Triumphant UK Return Empress Valley - EVSD229 - 1CD (60 mins.)
12 October 1969 Lyceum Ballroom , London

Good Times, Bad Times/Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You, Heartbreaker, You Shook Me, What Is And What Should Never Be, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times Medley

This release has been totally ruined by inappropriate and very heavy handed equalization. A comparison with the first, and easily the best release of this show, Lyceum Preview on Immigrant shows what a mess has been made of this tape. It is muddy and dull, no discernable top end or bottom end. The original recording is not very good anyway, but Immigrant (a greatly neglected label, nearly all their releases stand up extremely well over the years since they were released), did a much better job. This version is one to avoid like the plague. (Jules McTrainspotter May 03)

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02-Nov-69 Toronto

Listen To My Bluebird (Image Quality).1 CD,68'40".

Track list:Good Times,Bad Times-Communication Breakdown/I Can't Quit You /Heartbreaker/Dazed/White Summer- Black Mountain Side/Babe I'm Going To LeaveYou /Moby Dick.

Audience recording from the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto Canada, on November 2 1969.The recorder was fairly close to Jonesy's amplifiers, therefore the bass is upfront, but there is no distortion, at least not on this excellent release. Vocals,guitar and drums follow in the mix, Bonzo is a bit distant but very discernable, perhaps the event was recorded from one side of the stage, consequently the sound doesn't "hit" directly in the microphone, it seems to "bounce" back to it. Because of this, the vocals sound a little distorted and echoey .The recording is virtually free of hiss, sharp and very detailed, a very low generation source was probably used, audience noise is practically non-existent, every once in a while there are microphone-handling noises. The only complaints are the very low volume during the quieter moments, especially on White Summer-Black Mountain Side and Babe I'm Going To Leave You, as well as the incompleteness of the set, so the label made a superb job in presenting this show as none of these flaws are mastering faults but characteristics of the tape source. It's preferable to have the original volume than to have it artificially manipulated. The performance is excellent, the contrasts between the heavy and delicate passages and the control of the dynamics are perfectly executed, the band is incredibly tight. This release owes its title to the set of lyrics used by Plant during Communication, where the beat changes, this is as far as this number is related to the Buffalo Springfield's original. Everyone is in great shape and inspired, Dazed White Summer and Babe are awesome. The "ragah" section after the Black Mountain Side episode is particularly frenzied. Page plays a superb gig in spite of having some problems with fast scales on White Summer and on Heartbreaker's unaccompanied solo, undeterred, he goes back to the starting point and begins once or twice until he is satisfied with his playing. Page plays some improvised picking on Babe. The taper seems to be saving the tape so there are many cuts between songs and probably skipped What Is And What Should Never Be, the only noticeable cuts are on Moby Dick,one at around 4'30" and another at around 8'05".A better idea would have been to skip Moby Dick in favour of the finale or the encore. All praises to this release. (Rosina Diaz Scali May 1999)

Beast of Toronto (IM-043 Immigrant)

O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada, November 2, 1969

CD (68:16) Good Times Bad Times intro./ Communication Breakdown (includes an unfamiliar medley), I Can't Quit You, Heartbreaker (last note or two muffled), Dazed & Confused, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (includes Ramble On) (volume drops slightly towards the end), Moby Dick

A very good, clear audience recording of a fantastic show. A little bass heavy, but nothing that hurts the recording. Page really goes for it during Dazed & Confused with some sustained feedback at the end of the guitar solo. No information is given if this is the 5 or 8pm show. (Brian Ingham Aug 96)

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06-Nov-69 San Francisco

Room 2/3 (IQ-019/20/21 Image Quality)

Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California, November 6, 1969

CD 1: (64:36) Plant's introduction/ Good Times Bad Times/ Communication Breakdown,   I Can't Quit You (volume drops for 10 seconds near beginning, dropout in the middle), Heartbreaker, Dazed & Confused, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side (contains a tape speed up near the beginning and a cut near the end), What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (cut near beginning of drum solo)

CD 2: (63:33) How Many More Times (contains 3 separate dropouts near beginning),C'mon Everybody, Something Else

Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California, November 7, 1969

Good Times Bad Times/ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You, Heartbreaker, Dazed & Confused (contains 8 separate tape speed problems from middle to end)

CD 3: (56:07) White Summer/ Black Mountain Side (first few seconds cut, volume fluctuations in the beginning), Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (first few seconds cut, slightly distorted), What Is & What Should Never Be (tape speed up in middle and near end, slightly distorted), Moby Dick (muffled near beginning, tape speed up/cut just before drum solo, cut near end of drum solo, slightly distorted), How Many More Times (includes Suzie Q, The Hunter) (contains 7 speed ups in middle and 3 near end, cuts out as The Hunter starts, slightly distorted)

The audience tape used for the November 6th show is clear and very good. It does, however, contain tape hiss. The sound, and level of tape hiss, are very similar to the audience tape of the April 26th show at the Winterland Ballroom (same taper?). The same tape source was used for Blow Up (Immigrant), Punk (Tarantura) and its CD clone, The End of 69 (Whole Lotta Live). I passed on acquiring Blow Up after listening to it. It is from a higher generation tape and I doubt if it is any more complete. The tape used for Punk was electronically processed and the sound slightly enhanced. Normally, this would be a good thing if handled properly. But you can hear when the processor was turned on as the hiss suddenly vanishes at the beginning of Communication Breakdown. The processor also opens and closes around the music, making quiet passages more pronounced. For better or worse, the tape used for Room 2/3 was left alone. Punk does not have the cut near the end of White Summer (possibly edited out). Punk lacks Plant's introduction before How Many More Times. There is a 3% speed difference between the two releases. I'm not sure which is correct. (Brian Ingham Nov 97)

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07-Nov-69 San Francisco

Room 2/3 (IQ-019/20/21 Image Quality)

Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California, November 7, 1969

(See 6-Nov-69 for track listing)

The audience tape used for the November 7th show is from one source and is good at best. It too suffers from tape hiss. The instruments are also unbalanced in the mix. The guitar is mostly up-front while the vocals are in the background. Plant's vocals are barely audible during Communication Breakdown. There are also numerous speed problems throughout and the volume distorts the tape at the end of its run. Page plays Suzie Q as part of the instrumental warm up to How Many More Times. (Brian Ingham Nov 97)

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