1971

Concerts Covered In This Section:

05-March-71 Belfast

Black Velvet - (Empress Valley) Ulster Hall, Belfast 5-March-1971

The band played to approximately 1200 people at the Ulster Hall. Now, for the first time ever, we can hear the show in all it's unabated glory. And what a show! The recording is slightly distorted as per many of the audience recordings of the time. However, it is very listenable and hugely enjoyable. Make no mistake about it, what you are hearing is Led Zeppelin at the very top of their game. Their hiatus from the live arena isn't evident for one second; quite the opposite in fact. The rest period appears to have charged Zeppelin's batteries to maximum capacity! The show seems to get better and better with repeated listening too. The band take to the stage and John Bonham settles in behind his kit. He hits the snare drum twice. One perpetual memory of an audience member interviewed for these liner notes reflects the ear-bleeding volume of these notes, literally shocking those around him who quickly became aware of what was about to come. Tonight's set kicks off with a bombastic Immigrant Song, crushing the audience with it's immense volume. A superb Heartbreaker follows, complete with a compact guitar solo and a wave of rhythmic clapping by the crowd who are already very loose! For sure, this concert is a must for any Robert Plant fan. He gives the show 110% and the unbelievable power of his amazing high pitched vocals is evident right from the start. No wonder they had to postpone the BBC 'Live In Concert' Paris Theater recording later that month! Next, Robert introduces 'Since I've Been Loving You' which is greeted by an almighty roar and more clapping to the beat from the Irish fans. Again, there are some great vocals in the last section and the taper's companion comments "That was pretty good wasn't it....?". After some comments about the 'toilet roll' set list and the positive feedback from the crowd, the first premiere of the evening follows. A full-on version of Black Dog complete with a mistake in the first instrumental passage; Well, the number is a musical conundrum after all! A reasonably short but brilliant Dazed And Confused only serves to increase the hysteria with Plant telling the audience to "SWEAT!!!!" during the spaced out section. The crowd show their appreciation during Jimmy's bow solo. For a long time, we have all wondered what the first ever public performance of 'Stairway To Heaven' must have been like. Well, wonder no more for now it can be heard. The recording is slightly cut and the band turn in a fairly standard rendition of the number with no real surprises. It has often been said that a deathly silence hung over the audience after this number, followed by a standing ovation. Not so, applause is offered immediately after the finale of this great opus. The only acoustic number of the night is another world first from Led Zeppelin IV; Going To California'. What follows is possibly one of the best ever live versions of 'What Is And What Should Never Be'. The band perform this number as if it were their last ever show. John Bonham utilizes the gong to great effect, seemingly trying to put a few dents in the damn thing during Jimmy's 'power chord' chops. The band are definitely firing on all six by now! Bonzo has already 'set his stall out' during the first half of the show but the percussion 'army' on display during Moby Dick has to be heard to be believed! One audience member remembers seeing the rest of the band drinking beer at the side of stage during this number, heckling Bonham mercilessly. He beckoned to them, hoping that they would return to finish the song. Bonzo breaks his sticks during Moby Dick, perhaps he was venting some frustration at his colleagues! His violent mood was to remain with him until the band reached Dublin where he picks a fight with Richard Cole and an angry hotel chef! Now into the 'home run', Led Zeppelin finish the main set with a compact 'Whole Lotta Love' medley. Jimmy's soaring and dipping theramin solo is followed by fantastic versions of Boogie Woogie, Honey Bee, Needle Blues and The Lemon Song. The finale has the crowd singing "Way...!" with all their might! Returning to the stage, Robert apologizes to the audience "for not playing here two and a half years ago...." and the band launch into a mental rendition of 'Communication Breakdown' complete with mid-section jam. At the end of the number, someone in the audience exclaims "Jesus Christ.....", an apt reflection of Zeppelin's amazing performance. Plant does his bit for world peace, telling the crowd that "if everybody was like this to each other every day, there would be no problems.....". This sentiment is met with an overwhelming response from their Irish followers. The next encore number is another 'first time round off' performance. This time it's 'Rock & Roll', played at a frantic pace and complete with 'studio version' vocals. The fast tempo of the number is somewhat confused by enthusiastic hand clapping of the now riotous Belfast audience. 'Bring It On Home' is the very rare final encore. The number is preceded by a comment from Robert who jokingly chastises a member of the audience for knocking some of the PA over! To my knowledge, this is the only 1971 version of the song ever captured on tape and a very unusual version it is too. The middle section boasts and extended harmonica and guitar solo. There are no vocals or harp in the final section and a bombastic finale to the song closes this amazing show. (Keith Lambert Dec 2000)

Sadly this historic show has been completely messed up by Empress Valley. Instead of releasing the tape as it is, with some cuts and gaps, they chose to Ďimproveí it by pasting in the missing segments from the Ipswich 16 November 1971 show. WHY? This very important tape should have been left as it was. Even with the additions Empress Valley did not bother to get rid if the terrible squealing noise towards the end of the show, which spoils it. (Jules Mctrainspotter Oct 2001).

Black Velvet (Empress Valley EVSD61 -  EVSD64)

March 5, 1971 Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland

Disc 1: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven,  Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be
Disc 2:  Moby  Dick, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, Rock and Roll, Bring It On Home

March 6, 1971 National Boxing Stadium, Dublin

Disc 3: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Dazed & Confused
Disc 4:  Going to California, What Is  and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love,  Communication Breakdown, C'mon Everybody (fragment), Rock and Roll

Discs  one and two of this box set represent the first release of the Belfast  concert. Given the long review of this tape elsewhere, I wont repeat all of  the points made before.  However, this show is definitely one of the most intense Zeppelin shows I have ever heard.  It can be compared to the first show in Los Angeles in August 1971, but it is even wilder than that! The tape begins being very good, but by Dazed & Confused becomes a  bit fuzzy.  The version of Stairway to Heaven, clearly at the center of our  interest on this tape, is unfortunately cut (EV has edited another tape source to complete the song, but from which show?) {From Dublin the next night and Ipswich in November-Webmaster}  The edits are managed  well, but there are problems with tape speed between the two making the effect very jarring.  What is worse, during the hard rock finale to the piece, there is an annoying high-pitched wailing in the left channel. This wailing is also noticeable in Going to California (which is fragmentary and edited in the same manner as Stairway). Moby Dick is incredible, as well as the Whole Lotta Love medley (sounding very 1970!), and  great encores with the only known 1971 Bring It On Home.

March 6, 1971  Dublin. Discs three and four are the second release of the Dublin show  (after Crazed Attack ). The quality of this source is much better than  Belfast, being up close and very clear.  This show isn't as intense as the  first, but the results are overall much better. The medley in Whole Lotta Love is longer, and Dazed & Confused, Moby Dick, and Black Dog being real standouts. The second encore, Címon Everybody, is still only a little fragment.  Who knows if it is C'mon Everybody? Chris Welch  reported they played Summertime Blues.  There is really so little left that you cant really make out what they started to play. Black Velvet is an elaborate box set, which houses a quad gatefold paper sleeve (identical to Antrabata's Arabesque & Baroque The Final Night) using many pictures  from the time period.  It also includes a complete replica of the March 13th,  1971 issue of Melody Maker with a review of the shows.  Overall, if you  can find it and afford it, this is an amazing product from Empress Valley. (Gerald Sparaco Oct 2001).

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06-March-71 Dublin>

Crazed Attack (Crazy Dream) Dublin, Ireland March 6, 71 (2 CD) SQ: 5-7

Track List: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Dazed + Confused, Going to California (cut), What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (Let That Boy Boogie, Suzy Q, Hey Baby Don't Go That Way, Some Other Guy, Honey Bee, Needle Blues, Lemon Song, That's Alright) Communication Breakdown, Rock+Roll

This recording begins as an average, fairly distorted recording. However, the sound quality improves significantly by "Since I've Been Loving You". Unfortunately it soon reverts to the previous distortion. The equipment used by the bootleggers was seemingly overwhelmed by the Zep wall of sound. A certain amount of surface and crowd noise is evident throughout the tape. While the sound quality fluctuates constantly, some segments of this recording are above average and fairly clear. All of the instruments are discernable, though not as upfront as Plant's voice. Despite Plant's claim that the band needs some time "to get back on our feet" after a 6 month absence from touring, this performance is, as most know, quite devastating. "GTC" is cut very early, and the recording recommences with a distorted last few seconds of "WIAWSNB", which means "That's the Way" is likely missing as well. The WLL medley is one of the best ever performed. Unfortunately the sound quality has by this time regressed into distortion and an abundance of surface/crowd noise. As is the case with all of this source, at times the sound improves during this medley, and at times it slips back to below average. Robert explains the delay before "Black Dog" by saying the band had lost the "piece of toilet paper" they had written the set list on. An extremely violent version of "Black Dog" has Bonham trashing everything and Plant throwing in some new lyrics in an amazingly high pitch. The bootleggers are the Irish equivalent of the MSG '71 tapers, and at times ruin their own recording with obnoxious, unintelligible screams and ear piercing whistles; particularly early in the show. At one point in the show one of the bootleggers mentions "Johnny Kidd is down there". The packaging is a testament to cheapness. A plain white paper slip case contains the two discs. Creased in the middle and folded around the slip case (not even attached to it!) is a xeroxed photo of Page consisting of the set list and venue, which smells like someone spilled bong water on it. Likely an intricate part of the "Crazy Dream" label production process. Certain portions of this show are very enjoyable, but more often than not the sound quality is distorted and somewhat unclear. This is unfortunate, as this is an exceptional performance from a period of little to no live documentation. Interestingly (for those who do not have a copy of this show) prior to "SIBLY" Plant says "we'd like to do something off our third album", to which a member of the audience yells "Gallows Pole". Plant responds "Yeah, eventually". Prior to "Stairway" the same audience member is still requesting "Gallows Pole" to which Plant apparently responds, "Oh, we aren't going to forget that" to which there is a pocket of applause. Perhaps it was played in the missing acoustic section after GTC is cut? The controversy lives. (Paul Holdren March 97)

Crazed Attack - Dublin March 71. 2CD

Cheap looking production, a recent posting on DG (now posted above!) about this was spot on. The sound drifts in and out, is occasionally distorted and is punctuated with comments from the taper (and friends) along with rustling of the microphone etc. Worth more for its historical value than for its content. Sound quality best described as fair (TBL Webman Feb 97)

911117 1971 Ireland 2 Dayz (Tarantura TCD-19 & TCD-20) 4 CDs
Belfast March 5, 1971 & Dublin March 6, 1971

4 CD limted edition of 100 Container Cover and 100 Painting Cover. I recently received this new 4 CD set. I got the Container version. The packaging is very nice.  There is a slipcase in which there is a 4 CD digi pack style. It comes with picture CDs of Jimmy's double neck Gibson.  I was able to compare this set with my Black Velvet by Empress Valley Supreme Disc.  The first show in Belfast is of great historical significance as it was the first public performance of Stairway To Heaven (as well as Black Dog, Going To California, and Rock And Roll).  Unfortunately, the sound on this tape is not very good at all. To make up for this fact, the Zep put on a great show (this is a "rusty" Zep in 1971, as they had not toured since September 1970. Robert's voice is incredible and he hits all the high notes on Black dog just like on the album).  A direct comparison between the Tarantura and EVSD reveals that the sound quality is basically the same.  The editing is very different.  EVSD seem to have added some segments.  This could be heard right before Immigrant Song where applause has been added.  Tarantura has a small cut in the beginning of Heartbreaker which is not found in the EVSD release.  Tarantura did not add music from a different show like EVSD did.  The annoying squeal during Stairway has been nicely edited out by Tarantura.  The Dublin show was also compared directly.  In my humble opinion, the new Tarantura release is a significant upgrade when compared with the EVSD release.  Black velvet has a much flatter sound with plenty of tape hiss.  The Tarantura sounds far better.  To summarize, the Belfast show does not have a great upgrade in sound quality when compared to the EVSD release and there are some cuts.  However, no music was added from other shows and the annoying squeal in Stairway is now gone.  The Dublin show is a significant upgrade in sound quality.  The shows are worth having because of the history and the power of the performances.  I guess it depends on which artwork you like more and if you really care or not if a label inserts music from another show to fill in the missing gaps. (Ramon May 2005)

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01-April-71 London

BBC In Concert (Forever Standard Series FSS99-005)

Disc 1:  Intro, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused, Stairway To Heaven

Disc 2:  Going To California, That's The Way, What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love, Thank You, Communication Breakdown

When Boot Poisoning, the leading Japanese bootleg magazine, listed the top ten releases in 1999, this title was named number one.  This title on a budget label beat out such titles as Divinity, Bonzo's Birthday Present, and Final Cut.  And also, very curiously, it sold out quite quickly, making it difficult to obtain a copy. It has been said this is the definitive version of the April 1, 1971 In Concert appearance.  The previous definitive releases, like BBC Zep on Antrabata (and its European clone Return to Paris Theater) were very good.  The big drawback was, since they were from the pre-broadcast master, the stereo separation was very poor (the guitar in the right ear, the vocals in the left). This title on Forever Standard utilizes the tape used previously on Cobla's Stairway To Heaven, which has the stereo more centered.  They further used some of the chat between songs, the intro, and the out of tune beginning of What Is., from the previous source giving the most complete and best sounding version of this show.  Further, the "cut" in the Whole Lotta Love medley sounds much better.  I'm not so sure it is a cut, simply the case of an anxious engineer turning up the applause making the effect sound very jarring.  We can hear similar instances of anxious engineers in the beginning You Shook Me on the June 27, 1969 session and on the tape of Elvis Presley's debut on the Louisiana Hayride broadcast from October 16, 1954. The packaging is a double slimline jewel case using photos from the same 1969 BBC session used on the official release. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

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 (labelled 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 Coblaís 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 Coblaís 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 Antrabataís 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)
Disk 1 - see BBC Playhouse June 69.
Disc 2 (51:17) & 3 (50:44): BBC "In Concert" 1.4.1971 - New Remix Master
Introduction (0:40), Immigrant Song (3:12), Heartbreaker (5:29), Since I've Been Loving You (7:36), Black Dog (5:33), Dazed and Confused (19:15), Stairway to Heaven (9:32), Going to California (5:14), That's the Way (6:27), What Is and what Should Never Be (5:08), Whole Lotta Love medley (21:13), Thank You (6:43), Communication Breakdown (5:59)

This "new remix master" is obviously sourced from the recent, almost complete radio broadcasts. The mix and edits are the same as on the Finnish FM broadcast I recorded off the air back in 1994. The same source was used for the better known Japanese broadcast in 1995 or 1996 and it has been previously released by Cobla label on "Stairway to Heaven" 2CD. On the broadcast, the running order was messed by moving Thank You and Communication Breakdown within the main set. The correct running order is restored on this release. There is, however, an edit in Whole Lotta Love medley on this source: the second verse of Honey Bee is completely removed. Some chatting by John Peel and Robert Plant has also been omitted. The sound quality of this source is excellent of course and personally I prefer this mix over the old one (see below).

Disc 4 (52:50) & 5 (53:26): BBC "In Concert" 1.4.1971 - Old Original Master

Introduction (0:36), Immigrant Song (3:44), Heartbreaker (5:24), Since I've Been Loving You (7:41), Black Dog (5:29), Dazed and Confused (18:51), Stairway to Heaven (11:05), Going to California (5:39), That's the Way (7:19), What Is and what Should Never Be (5:23), Whole Lotta Love medley (21:29), Thank You (7:27), Communication Breakdown (6:09)

As it says, the source for the version on discs 4 and 5 is the well-known "old original master" that has been around for a while and has been previously released as "BBC Zep" by Antrabata label in 1994. So far this has been regarded as the most complete version of this show even though there is a small cut in Whole Lotta Love medley again. The cut, however, is very slight, just about two seconds of applauses between Mess o' Blues and Honey Bee. I compared "BBC Sessions" to "Return to Paris Theatre 1971" (which is straight copy of Antrabata's release) and they were identical what comes to the sound quality and the cut in Whole Lotta Love medley. The sound quality itself is excellent, but the some listeners probably find the mix a bit annoying as it places vocals completely on left channel and guitar on the right.

General Comments: The CD's are hosted by a double-size jewel case. The cover is a clever imitation of the official "BBC Sessions" album. The only complain about the package is that the cover reproduces the old error concerning the date of the '71 session and claims it being from March 25th. I ordered this set assuming this would be the ultimate release of BBC material and I was a bit disappointed when I discovered that it did not contain any '69 BBC session material except "Sunshine Woman". The inclusion of "White Summer / Black Mountain Side" from Julie Felix show is a nice touch, but if the damn thing is titled "BBC Sessions", the lack of proper session material is, in my opinion, inexcusable. Of course better part of those sessions are now officially available, but still they could have include one more disc to the set and make it the definitive BBC presentation. Now it can be considered only as a definitive version of the 1969 and 1971 "In Concert" material. This raises again the question when will the bootleggers do it right - more so as this is already the second try with this material by Last Stand (they have released previously a 4CD version that included also three BBC '69 sessions but only one version of the Paris Theatre 1971 show). (Risto 'Rise' Pohjonen

Stairway to Heaven (2CD, Cobra Standard Series 014), 1/4/71, BBC, SBD

Obviously, this one is from recent Japan FM broadcast. I could recognize it from the mix and the edit. Sound quality is quite excellent. I don't own all of the boots from this show, but I guess this one is one of the best in terms of the sound quality. As I have already introduced the details of the FM broadcast, I don't think I have to make comment on this newly released CD. But for those who missed it, I revised my previous review and would like to introduce as follows:
Antrabata released most complete version of this show with best sound quality on "BBC Zep"(2CD) in 1994. So I'd like to compare the Japan FM version in question with this bootleg.
1. "BBC Zep" is the most complete bootleg of the show, but unfortunately, there is a cut between Mess 'o Blues and Honey Bee during the Whole Lotta Love medley. On the FM broadcast, though this portion contains no cut/drop out, this time, the 2nd verse of Honey Bee is completely edited out and the 1st verse was bridged to Guitar solo.
2. On "BBC Zep", just like the early stereo LPs of the Beatles, vocal is settled on the left channel, while the guitar on the right. On the FM broadcast version, it's stereo of course but, both the vocal and the guitar are centered.
3. On "BBC Zep", rare portions of the show, such as Bach's Bouree during Jimmy's solo on Heartbreaker and the out-of-tune beginning of What Is And What Should Never Be is available, and these portions are also aired on the FM. 4. On "BBC Zep", before they start Immigrant Song, Robert apologize to the audience for the postponement of the recording, caused by the trouble of his voice. However, this portion was omitted on the FM. The portion just before Dazed, where Jimmy's tuning his guitar, is also omitted. (thanks for the info, Mr. Asaga!)
5. On the FM, I don't know why but, Thank You and Communication Breakdown were inserted between Black Dog and Dazed, while original order is maintained on "BBC Zep" . On this newly released CD "Stairway---", these 2 songs are re-ordered to the original.
6. Robert chatted with John Peel just before Stairway on "BBC Zep", while this portion is just before Whole Lotta Love on the FM. I wonder which is the original... (Susumu Omi, Nov 96)

Return to Paris Theatre 1971 (2CD, no numbers on discs nor cover), BBC, 1/4/71

Seems to be a straight knock off of "BBC ZEP" (ARM25371). Timing program is the same. Sound quality is also almost the same. "BBC ZEP" is told to be the most complete (but still contains one cut in WLL medley) and most excellent in sound quality, so this one is also recommendable. But I don't know why, but one surprising thing about this newly released one is that sound quality of Communication Breakdown is almost equal to the rest of the part, while on "BBC ZEP", is it slightly but inferior to the rest. So even though it is the knock- off, Scorpio made effort to EQ the inferior portion of the original, I guess. One interesting thing is the message from the bootlegger on the back cover of "BBC ZEP" is also printed on the inlay card of "Return to---". In that massage, bootlegger proudly said, "Now twenty three years later this release is the 'Final Statement'" ("BBC ZEP" was released in 1994). Scorpio should have rewrite this portion as "twenty FIVE"... (Susumu Omi, July 96)>

BBC ZEP  (Genuine Masters  GM-LZ-01.04.1971-DVD-A-17) Hybrid DVD-A BBC Sessions, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, 1 April 1971 Disc Time:  107:53   Stereo Soundboard. Pre-Broadcast.   Tracks:  1. John Peel Band Intro 2. Immigrant Song 3. Heartbreaker 4. Since I've Been Loving You 5. Black Dog 6. Dazed And Confused 7. Stairway To Heaven 8. Going To California 9. That's The Way 10. What Is And What Should Never Be 11. Whole Lotta Love medley: Boogie Woogie/Bottle Up And Go/Truckin' Little Mama/Fixin' To Die/That's Alright/For What It's Worth/Mess O'Blues/Honey Bee/TheLemon Song 12. Thank You 13. Comunication Breakdown

There have been probably more releases of the BBC 1969 and 1971 broadcasts than any other shows of Led Zeppelin. It is easy to see why, as the sound quality has always been excellent. The broadcast for the 1 April 1971 Paris Theatre concert has been put out numerous times with differing results regarding sound quality and completeness. And of course the official 2 CD BBC Sessions from Atlantic gave us virtually all the concert. However there were gaps and cuts, notably in the Whole Lotta Love Medley. What Genuine Masters has done is to assemble the complete concert and release it in really excellent sound quality. There is a really great sound range, from sharp and crisp high end notes, to the low end sounds, although this low end is not over-emphasized. And of course it was introduced by the late, great, John Peel. Pundits have over the years slightly dismissed the playing on this show, but there is nothing wrong at all with it, and to have a complete early 1971 concert in perfect soundboard quality is a great addition to the Live repertoire. This is therefore a very welcome addition and well worth seeking out. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 05)

BBC ZEP Hybrid DVD-Audio.Genuine Masters GM-LZ-01.04.1971-DVD-A-17
SOURCE: 
Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London - April 1, 1971
FORMAT:  NTSC, Region Free, Hybrid DVD-Audio
RUNNING TIME: 
107:53 SOUND/SOURCE:  Supreme Stereo Soundboard, PCM Audio
PACKAGING: 
Clear DVD Clamshell with High Resolution Color Insert Artwork
FEATURES: 
Multi-Media Menus, Scene Selection, High Resolution Slideshow VIDEO/SOURCE:  High Resolution Slideshow utilizing over 300 Images  
SOUND
10 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 9 / VIDEO 10  

TRACK LIST: 1. John Peel Band Intro, 2. Immigrant Song, 3. Heartbreaker, 4. Since I've Been Loving You, 5. Black Dog, 6. Dazed And Confused, 7. Stairway To Heaven, 8. Going To California, 9. That's The Way, 10. What Is And What Should Never Be, 11. Whole Lotta Love Medley:  Boogie Woogie/Bottle Up And Go/Truckin' Little Mama/Fixin' To Die/That's Alright/For What It's Worth/Mess O' The Blues/Honey Bee/The Lemon Song, 12. Thank You, 13. Communication Breakdown

REVIEW: Put your official copies of Led Zeppelin "BBC Sessions" away, file any previous versions you have of the ridiculously common Paris Theater 1971 recordings away - "BBC ZEP" from Genuine Masters has arrived and it warrants regurgitating the apt description "heavy as a led balloon".  Thank you Keith Moon.  Actually, that last phrase doesn't quite describe what is contained on this latest Hybrid DVD-Audio from GM.  Not even close. It was relayed to me that the source tape used here was obtained a few years ago, transferred directly from the BBC reels.  There is nothing presented on this new "BBC ZEP" title that could make anyone question the authenticity. 

To attempt to set up how incredibly blown away I was let's refer back to the Spring of '05 when there was a supreme recording of this same show shared via the internet.  It was complete, had depth and blew anything previously away.  I found a new affection for this very familiar tape and played it for weeks repeatedly.  Awesome stuff.  The kind of surprise that has you wandering around with a grin, making people wonder what exactly you knew that they didn't.  Jumping ahead 6 months or so...what we have been blessed with is a recording that literally feels like you have been inserted between John Peel and the band - or better yet, next to Jimmy, Robert, John Paul and Bonzo.  You can feel the heat, the presence and the thickness.  So thick a knife couldn't cut through it alone.  You hear every click, bump, breath and movement with such clarity it will leave you speechless.  If that tape earlier in the year gave the recording a 3D effect, GM's source is 5D.  absurd?  yes.  You get the idea. I'm not going to get into the material here, we know it front to back.  But I am going to state that the sequence of tracks from "Stairway To Heaven" through "That's The Way", as presented on this DVD-Audio disc, could be the best Led Zeppelin performances have ever sounded and will catapult this April 1st, 1971 tape to the top of the heap.  Could we really have said this last week?  I think not. And I'm not brushing off the rest of this show, good lord.  It has to be experienced, seriously.  If you haven't picked up a GM title before, I cannot urge you enough to snap up "BBC ZEP".  This will be the final word on this show. (Though it deserves to be wrapped up in a special package and displayed prominently!)  It contains every moment captured that evening and you will hear things going on that were completely lost along the way.  That is until now.  Even the subtle British News show or whatever it is, that seems to have been recorded on the same tape with this Zeppelin performance taped over it! 

Don't get too worked up, it is audible during the very quiet moments of the show and is extremely subtle.  Just a nod to real life and the way things were handled back in the day.  See if you can hear what I am talking about.  The visual slideshow continues to evolve in approach by Black Dog and Genuine Masters, finding new ways to handle both common and uncommon photos of the band.  They have incorporated several screenshots from the 1970 Royal Albert Hall footage on the official "DVD" also.  But these are scattered about and are used sparsely heading into the second half of the disc.  Nice job sourcing some new photos, again there are a few I haven't seen before and the results are an interesting accompaniment to the incredible audio experience.  Once again GM claims to have programmed over 300 high resolution images into the release and at the rate the images refresh, the claim is substantiated. One last pondering.  Can anyone explain Robert's ramblings during the set where he says "has anyone else here been taking Mandrax, ha ha...in the roooom"...."Fifty-two million"...  Every time I hear this I laugh and wonder what he is referencing?  It certainly seems to come under the "you had to be there" category but I'm wondering if there was a story in the press that prompted the reference or what.  Anyway, this is the best "secret" GM has pulled from the vaults yet.  You have been told.  The title is available on CDR through Genuine Masters as well. (“SVENGI” Webmaster HotWacks On-Line  Nov 05)

BBC ZEP  (Genuine Masters  GM-LZ-01.04.1971-DVD-A-17) Hybrid DVD-A
BBC Sessions, Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, 1 April 1971
Disc Time:  107:53   Stereo Soundboard. Pre-Broadcast.  

Tracks:  1. John Peel Band Intro 2. Immigrant Song 3. Heartbreaker 4. Since I've Been Loving You 5. Black Dog 6. Dazed And Confused 7. Stairway To Heaven 8. Going To California 9. That's The Way 10. What Is And What Should Never Be 11. Whole Lotta Love medley: Boogie Woogie/Bottle Up And Go/Truckin' Little Mama/Fixin' To Die/That's Alright/For What It's Worth/Mess O'Blues/Honey Bee/TheLemon Song 12. Thank You 13. Comunication Breakdown

What many of us were frustrated by with the official release "BBC Sessions" was its incompleteness.  This is a welcomed challenge of GM to relieve such frustration of ours.  Although there were some past titles which featured a complete tape of the band's BBC session on 1 April 1971, their sound quality was much inferior to the official release.  In this new title, GM has neatly filled the gaps which existed in the official release and, with their "magic hands," lifted the sound quality of such gaps up to almost par with the official release, fulfilling our dream to enjoy the complete show in such an excellent sound quality as achieved by the official release.  Since the sound mix of those portions which were missing in the official release is different from those portions which were included in the official release (e.g., Robert's voice exists only in the left channel in the mix of the former), by listening to this GM release, you will see which portions of the show were cut out in the official release, which itself is an interesting journey of exploration, especially in the medley part of "Whole Lotta Love."  (It's a bit of regret, though, that we are able to note the difference in the tape speeds in some portions of the joints between those portions which were in the official release and those which were not... However, it might have been inevitable.)  Moreover, the DVD medium used by GM gives more depth and range to the sounds than the official version which was released only in the CD format, providing a more lively atmosphere to the recording.  In addition, it seems that GM attempted to further improve the sound quality of the official release!  For instance, they seem to have attempted to reduce some strange noise which existed in "Stairway To Heaven" (in its portion just before Bonzo comes in) as featured in the official release.  The still slide show accompanying the sound, which this time features numerous photos from the band's early days, is a "bonus" joy for our eyes, as was the case with many other titles from GM.  A great item for those who are not completly satisfied with the official release, like myself!  (Takemi Hiramatsu Nov 05)

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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03-May-71 Copenhagen

K b (IQ-051/052)
K. B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 3, 1971

CD 1: (66:55) Immigrant Song (minor volume drop a minute into the song, very minor tape garble near the beginning, small tape bump during guitar solo), Heartbreaker (volume increases back to normal a minute into the song), Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed & Confused (small cut near the end of the guitar solo), Black Dog (last down beat cut), Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way
CD 2: (57:10) What Is & What Should Never Be, Four Sticks, Gallows Pole, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie, Trucking Little Mama, That's Alright, Mess O' Blues, Honey Bee, Lemon Song), Communication Breakdown (includes Celebration Day), Misty Mountain Hop, Rock & Roll

This release uses the very good plus audience tape source that has been used on several CD releases of this show. The recording is clear, but a little distant. This results in the rhythm section getting pushed slightly to the rear with Plant's vocals up-front and Page's guitar somewhere in the middle of the mix. There is almost no tape hiss on this release. The last two tracks drop a little in sound quality, but remain clear. Previous releases of this show include: Poles and Sticks (Black Cat), Loove (Tarantura), The Second European Tour (Whole Lotta Live) and Copenhagen 1971 (Cobla). Poles and Sticks does not have the cut in Dazed & Confused (its only advantage) but runs 5% too slow. Loove, and its CD clone The Second European Tour, are very similar in sound quality to K b. The cut in Dazed & Confused is handled better on Loove, but a couple more seconds of material are lost to accomplish the splice. Copenhagen 1971 does not have the cut in Dazed & Confused and runs at the correct speed. Unfortunately, Cobla destroyed that release by over indulging it with too much high end equalization. (Brian Ingham April 98)

Copenhagen 1971 (2CD, Cobla Standard Series 012), 5/3/71Copenhagen

Source tape is identical to "Live in Copenhagen July 21 1971 & Staines March 25 1969" (lp), "The Last Rehearsal" (CD), "Poles and Sticks" (2CD), and "Loove!" (2CD). Among these previously released stuff, "Loove!" is told to be best in terms of sound quality and numbers of cut/drop out. However, on "Loove!" , there is a drop out during Dazed, which does not exist on "Poles and Sticks". This was the only disadvantage of "Loove!". On this newly released CD, Dazed is complete and sound quality is almost equal to "Loove!". Strictly speaking, treble range is enhanced on "Copenhagen 1971", while bass range enhanced on "Loove!" . It's the matter of ones preference. (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)

Live in Copenhagen 1971 (Cobra Standard Series 012)

Disc 1 (72:28) Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed and Confused, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, What is and What Should Never Be.
Disc 2 (51:27) FOUR STICKS, GALLOWS POLE, Whole Lotta Love Medley (includes Let That Boy Boogie Woogie, Trucking Little Mama, That's Alright, Mess of Blues, Lemon Song) Communication Breakdown (includes JPJ Bass Solo and Celebration Day) Misty Mountain Hop, Rock and Roll, Dazed and Confused?? (Supershow March 25, 1969).

This is one of the most unique shows Zeppelin ever performed!!!! It is the only Zep show recorded that includes FOUR STICKS, AND GALLOWS POLE! A total of 6 of the 8 songs from the then yet to be released fourth album were performed! The album did not come out until November 8! The date of this concert is in question. Some say the concert was in May? Others say the concert was June 3 or 5? I'll leave that up too someone else to decide. As far as the performance goes it is an EXCELLENT one by all four members. It is a very experimental one with allot of improvisation. I'm not going to be too detailed because I don't want to spoil things for other Zep fans want to get this show. The recording quality is not too bad. It's not great but it's not terrible either. I'd give the sound a 6/10 overall. At times it pushes a 7 and towards the end particularly the last four songs it pushes a 5. The vocals, guitar, and Bass are right up front and clearly audible. The guitar is a bit low though and does not have much weight to it. The drums are buried in the mix, but listenable as well. There is also some echo and mild distortion that is typical of an early 70's audience recording. Plant's vocals at times are very echoey. The distortion isn't too bad and does NOT take away any listening enjoyment from the show. This is on the Cobla now Cobra label. The disks are Pink and say Rock Solid Records which may have been the label that originally released this show. The front cover is a good (humorous but GREAT) 77 picture. The back cover is a 69 picture of the group holding up gold and Platinum records for the first two Zep Albums. I personally would have liked some 71 pictures since this was a 71 show! Still they are EXCELLENT covers. Finally, if Dazed and Confused from the March 25, 1969 Staines show is on here it is NOT cued! It's either on disc 2 or not on here at all?? I have not been able to go past Rock and Roll on disc 2 so I don't know?? It is listed on the back cover! Overall this is a HISTORIC GEM OF AN AMAZING CONCERT! WELL WORTH GETTING!!!!!!!!!!!! (Jeremy Cagle Sep 96)

Previews And Novelties
May 3, 1971 K.B. Hallen - Copenhagen, Denmark
Equinox - EQ-00-016/017- 2CD
Audio: 7+ (very good plus) - AUDIENCE recording

Track Listing:
DISC ONE: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed And Confused, Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, What Is And What Should Never Be.
DISC TWO: Four Sticks, Gallows Pole, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, Misty Mountain Hop, Rock And Roll.

Excellent CD!  I've wanted a copy of this concert for probably the past 10 years and, for one reason or another, never got my hands on one. Years back, when bootlegs were semi-legal in Germany, I used to buy CD's mail order from a place called 'CD Connection' in Heidelberg, Germany.  They used to list an old boot of this show called "Poles And Sticks" in their catalogue.  I tried for the longest time to buy a copy of that CD but it seems that they were either always sold out of it or never really stocked it and I never did get a copy.  Fast forward about 7 years later and - boy!  What a show!  The title of the set comes from a comment Luis Rey makes in his review of this show in his book.  Tonight numerous tracks from the upcoming album are "previewed" and there's a couple of "novelties" that will rarely be heard from again on stage.  The CD's come in a nice TDOLZ-style gatefold paper sleeve with photos from the period on the front, rear and center.  The sound quality is very good throughout.  Plant's high notes are ear piercing at times though.  The instruments are fairly well balanced, with the drums slightly mudded in the mix - possibly due to an echo or acoustics problem in the hall or something I think.  At the end of Heartbreaker there's problems with the crowd and instead of Plant's usual "Plantations", we get him warning the audience that they'll leave the show if the crowd can't sit still.  Anyone familiar with the 1979 Copenhagen shows should know all about the Danish and their clapping "problem" - well, it's in attendance tonight as well.  There's a cut in the tape right after Black Dog, but all that's missing is a few seconds of Plant talking - a probable tape change.  Plant has to "Shush" the crowd during the quiet beginning of Stairway To Heaven. There's another tape cut before Going To California, but no music is lost.  What Is And What Should Never Be is spot on perfect!  I'm not going to spoil Four Sticks or Gallows Pole for those that have not heard them yet, but let's just say I looooove Gallows Pole live!!  I've been trying to imagine what that track sounded like live for the longest time and it came out really quite well.  Disc two does seem to have Plant's voice really high in the mix and it at times hurts the ears - especially with headphones on!  There's some speed up/slow down issues at the end of Whole Lotta Love that seems to remain through the remaining length of tape.  It's a bit distracting, but does not make itself irritating to the point that it ruins the show.  Communication Breakdown contains an airing of Celebration Day in the extended section, but it's not a complete version.  Luis Rey notes that this is the first ever hint of Celebration Day live ever, so it's noteworthy in that sense.  Misty Mountain Hop is all over the place - it's another piece that has never been performed live as is the final number.  Tonight it's called "It's Been A Long Time", but we know it now as Rock And Roll.  This is a one of a kind Zeppelin concert that's not to be missed. IMO, no collection is complete without a copy of Copenhagen 1971.  Unfortunately, I do not have ten other versions of this show on CDR to make any comparisons or recommendations of one title over another.  Even so, I fully recommend this set to anyone who does not already have a copy!  It's quite affordable (when compared to the Tarantura and Empress Valley sets) and since it's not limited to 250 copies, it's relatively easy to locate. (Steven Prendergast June 02)

In Concert In Copenhagen, Live at the KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 3 May 1971 - EVSD 113 - 114

Tracks: Disc 1 playing time 72 mins 06 secs: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed And Confused, Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, What Is And What Should Never Be  
Disc 2 playing time 50 mins 56 secs:  Four Sticks, Gallows Pole, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Communication Breakdown, Misty Mountain Hop, Rock And Roll

The CD's come in paper slipcases within a long box with deluxe slip cover.  The front and rear covers show photographs exclusively from the show.  Superb quality show from Empress Valley although I'm sure someone will tell me it has half a dozen sections added in from separate shows, runs too slow or fast and has been EQ'd out of existence!  Who cares.  Whack this in your player and pump up the volume of this historic show.  The then untitled Four Sticks makes the recent version by Plant and Strange Sensation pale into insignificance! (Philip Bushe March 02)

Swingin' On The Gallows Pole (Beelzebub BSD 98/99) 2 CDR
K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, 3 May 1971

Disc 1 (65.32): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Dazed And Confused/Black Dog/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way
Disc 2 (67.58): What Is And What Should Never Be/Four Sticks/Gallows Pole/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Misty Mountain Hop/Rock And Roll/Gallows Pole [Mono mix]/Gallows Pole [Stereo mix]

This release from Beelzebub takes a near excellent audience recording and gives this a good kick in the pants. This is a powerful and punchy sound, strong on the bass. The recording has difficulty in coping with Robert Plant's incredibly powerful and sometimes high notes (but who wouldn't), and occasionally sounds a little shrill. But nothing really to get too worked up about. There is good treble sound too, you can hear Bonzo's cymbals nice and clearly. This is a great concert, notwithstanding the rowdy and restless audience. Plant admonishes them early on, and the dozy Danes slow handclap a number of songs, including Dazed And Confused. Incredibly, this audience is rewarded with some amazing songs. Four Sticks is played for the very first time, then an amazing debut of Gallows Pole and they are followed by Misty Mountain Hop. Jimmy Page is in fine form, really flying at times. As a bonus at the end of disc two there are the recently surfaced Mono and Stereo studio versions of Gallows Pole. The song Gallows Pole really does get five star treatment on this release. A nice colour gatefold package, with colour picture discs, add up to make this a really recommended release. (Jamie Boswell July 06)

Swingin' On The Gallows Pole (Beelzebub BSD 98/99) 2 CDR
K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, May 3,1971

Disc 1 (65.32): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Dazed And Confused/Black Dog/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way
Disc 2 (67.58): What Is And What Should Never Be/Four Sticks/Gallows Pole/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Misty Mountain Hop/Rock And Roll/Gallows Pole [Mono mix]/Gallows Pole [Stereo mix]

I agree with Jamie that this is an upgrade compared to previous releases. The bass and treble has been enhanced but not overdone. This is one hot 1971 performance and the boys are in fine form. The rarities are a real treat. I would like to say thanks to the taper for such a great job and circulating this excellent recording. The Gallows Pole mono/stereo DJ promo versions are a nice bonus. The gatefold has some nice early pictures of Plant, Page, Bonham, and Jones from the early days. Seek out this release! (LedMan Aug 06)

Swingin' On The Gallows Pole (Beelzebub BSD 98/99) 2 CDR
K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, May 3,1971

Disc 1 (65.32): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Dazed And Confused/Black Dog/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way
Disc 2 (67.58): What Is And What Should Never Be/Four Sticks/Gallows Pole/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Misty Mountain Hop/Rock And Roll/Gallows Pole [Mono mix]/Gallows Pole [Stereo mix]

Beezlebub has done it again.  They have brought you a show which sounds better than all of the previous versions that came before it. Beezlebub are the kings of adding warmth and body to recordings.  Their packaging is consistantly great and not overboard, which tells you that more time was spent on making the recording as best as possible and not on the packaging.  Beezlebub knows where their priorities lay. This show includes the only live performances of both Gallow's Pole and Four Sticks.  The live versions of these two barnstormers definitly make you wish that the band would have played them more often.  Tagged onto the end of Disc two are the bonus tracks which are definitely the nuts and whipped cream thrown on top of an already delicious Sundae.  At this rate Beezlebub recs are well on their way to becoming a force to be reckoned with. (HarleyDog Aug 06)

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05-Jul-71 Milan

Short Cuts (Image Quality 1CD)
VIGORELLI STADIUM, Milan Italy, July 5 1971.17 mins. Approximately. Track listing: Since/Black Dog/Dazed.

Filler material, the recording used is very distant but quite clear, distortion occurs when Plant shrieks. Honoring the title of this release, fragments of the riot at Milan are presented in a way that the listener hardly notices anything other than excellent playing to a quiet, appreciative crowd. A cut in Dazed preceded by some protests is the only evidence. The recording resumes and cuts out after a while. The fragment of Dazed is some eight minutes shorter than the one described in Luis Rey's book, the sleeve's date is incorrect. (Rosina Diaz Scali Mar 99) CD also includes Gladsaxe, Denmark 69.

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7-Aug-71 Montreux

Montreux 7 August 1971

Peter's PA (Small Fish) 2 CDR
Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland, 7 August 1971

Disc 1 ('RAW' version part 1) (53.55): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven
Disc 2 ('RAW' version part 2) (48.14): Going To California/That's The Way/Celebration Day/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Weekend

Disc 3 ('Remastered' version part 1) (54.33): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven
Disc 4 (Remastered' version part 2) (47.12): Going To California/That's The Way/Celebration Day/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Weekend

Samples of several songs from this concert (a warm up show for the upcoming North American Tour later that month) have been doing the rounds for a little while. They merely heightened the anticipation for the complete show, as the sound quality was extremely good. The release of this concert complete is now a reality (virtually 34 years and 1 month to the day after it took place), with special thanks to few dedicated and generous fans (as is often the case), and what a joy it is to behold! This is a cracker, and the near excellent sound quality doubles the pleasure. It was at these concerts that manager Peter Grant agreed with the promoter Claude Nobs that the PA be piped outside the venue so those unfortunate enough not to get tickets could hear it. The speculation is that this recording was made from this source. Here is the information about this as kindly supplied by the generous person who made this available:

"I believe this to have been recorded mostly from outside the venue. Quote from Peter Grant:
"I remember when we did Montreux. It was so packed. I had the idea of feeding the sound outside onto the lawns where loads of fans who couldn't get in had congregated. Claude loved that."
Peter's PA allows us to hear this show, even if the taper couldn't get inside. There are a few places you can hear the sound get MUCH better as a door opens and closes. It seems to me the taper was standing outside a door, in front of one of Peter Grant's PA speakers. He moved quite a bit, so the sound quality varies. When the keyboard (melotron?) was on, there was a terrible hum produced - so bad that Stairway has a warble from all the harmonics bleedover. I've tried to restore this audio as best I can in the places it has loads of hum / warble / pops / start-stops, and massive volume swings, etc. This source was given to me by a person that wishes the world to be able to hear this show for free. Thanks to him. His condition was that I try to fix all the little issues. I like to hear people restore bad tape, but I also like to hear the low gen raw sources, too, so I've included BOTH - hence the 4CDRs.
The highlights of this show:
Robert Plant. Planty is ON for this show. It's a shame the recording isn't better... he was really belting it out - hitting notes he soon would never hit again.
The Plantation about "Making a bootleg record tonight..." and how those people can keep from calling themselves Capitalists. Classic.
The immigrant Song solo. Listen at 2:30 & 3:00 or so to the restored track. That little decending wail Page does is not something I've heard before from him. Very cool.
There are more.
There's a rumour theat EVSD will release this in the near future. I hope they found a better source, but I'm not sure this source can get much better. Maybe theirs will be from inside the venue.
This is a 3rd Gen CDR source. Master tape to CDR, to CDR, to CDR - probably using one of those consumer CDR recorders, I'd bet. So, it would be possible to do a bit better by eliminating some of the CDR transfers. Time will tell".

The sound does fluctuate a fair amount, but does not distract from the enjoyment. The only time when it is not so good is at the start of Stairway To Heaven, it sounds a bit "gurgly", perhaps our valiant taper had fallen into Lake Geneva with all the excitement! This is the first airing for the new song Celebration Day. The sound quality and volume level increases dramatically at the start of That's The Way. It varies during Whole Lotta Love as well. We are treated to a bit of Ramble On in this medley. The band finish with Weekend, which they would do again at the LA Forum a couple of weeks later. In addition to getting both the original and remastered versions, there is also very nice artwork for both of them, which is reminiscent of the Blue Note LP artwork many years ago. As mentioned by the donor, it is understood that Empress Valley may well release this, but that is like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. This is a very significant release, another new show that has remained hidden for many years. That it is now freely available is a tremendous credit to everyone concerned. Hopefully Messrs Lewis and Pallett will be able to add this to their upcoming second edition of "The Concert File", which is due in October 2005. As I just said to Dave Lewis, someone is trying to bugger up their second edition by releasing new shows that have not been in circulation! Very annoying for the authors, but great for the fans! (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 05)

Peter's PA (Small Fish) 2 CDR
Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland, 7 August 1971

Disc 1 ('RAW' version part 1) (53.55): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven
Disc 2 ('RAW' version part 2) (48.14): Going To California/That's The Way/Celebration Day/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Weekend

Disc 3 ('Remastered' version part 1) (54.33): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven
Disc 4 (Remastered' version part 2) (47.12): Going To California/That's The Way/Celebration Day/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Weekend

After many weeks of hints and rumour, we are presented with yet another fan-liberated uncirculated show, and what a show !! The sound is pretty damned good considering the 'outside PA' was probably the source, but any problems you may have with it fluctuating is totally blown away by the performance of the band. It is not often that Robert really puts the rest of the band into the shade, but on this show, with a few weeks of R&R behind him, he totally dominates with a stunning performance, His voice sounding as strong as you will ever hear him. Not that the band are not on form themselves - they are as powerful as you always believe they will be on a 1970 tape, with some new licks, possibly the first tryout of Celebration Day, a rare taster of Ramble On, plus Weekend as the encore. A stunning, fresh performance. But what makes this extra special is the care with which the whole package was put together. Donated to JamesKg with instructions to fix the bad parts of the tape, he not only offers the remastered version, but the raw tape>CD version he started with for comparison. Add to this some (as usual) classic artwork from Small Fish, and the complete 4CDR set sits beautifully on a shelf, eclipsing all the dubious offers from the Far East. Yet again, it is the fans that are doing the work, tracking down the tapes and getting them out for free, with far more care and attention than we are used to expect from the bootleggers. They are to be commended for their efforts, and for an astounding end product. (Captain McCrunge Sept 05)

Peter's PA (Small Fish) 2 CDR
Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland, 7 August 1971

Disc 1 ('RAW' version part 1) (53.55): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/BlackD og/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven
Disc 2 ('RAW' version part 2)( 48.14): Going To California/That's The Way/Celebration Day/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Weekend

Disc 3 ('Remastered' version part 1) (54.33): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven
Disc 4 (Remastered'v ersion part 2) (47.12): Going To California/That's The Way/Celebration Day/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Weekend

Well there are times in life when one gets excited, I am afraid now is that time. Treats like this don't come around too often and we can only thank the guys at Small Fish for this, in fact it's a big THANK YOU. We can also thank the late Peter Grant for allowing the concert to be broadcast outside of the venue, without this I doubt we would have this offering. The sound quality is represented in two formats the original tape c/w all the wobbles and the second format which has been re-engineered albeit there are still some warbles but nothing to detract the listening, in my opinion both are a delight to listen too andc ompliment each other in some way or another. The performance is staggering; the voice of Robert is truly magnificent and shines throughout this recording, In my opinion his voice peaked at this time and we never really witnessed vocals like this after this show. Jimmy is on top form with somewhat remarkable playing throughout, highlights would be Since I've Been Loving You and Dazed And Confused. The rhythm sections as always were delivering at 110%. My advice to anyone is to GET IT, that's all I will say. (Lee Henley Sept 05)

Outside The In Door (Beelzebub Records 50-52) 3 CDR
Discs 1 & 2: Montreux Casino, Montreux 7 August 1971
Disc 3: Led Zeppelin III and Led Zeppelin IV Outtakes

Disc 1(54.39): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven
Disc 2 (47.12): /Going To California/That's The Way/Celebration Day/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Weekend

Disc 3 (63.58): Hey Hey What Can I do/Celebration Day/Out On The Tiles/Four Sticks/When The Levee Breaks version 1/Going To California/When The Levee Breaks version 2

The recent surfacing of the opening night from 1971 Montreux concert caused quite a stir when it was freely available to all fans. Empress Valley are releasing this show as Casino Royale and Tarantura are hot on their heals with a release called Peter's PA. Beelzebub have also remastered this recording. Overall the sound has been cleaned up, the hiss removed and it has been given a better bottom end. One of the disadvantages of removing tape hiss is that you lose the top end sound, but on this version this is still pretty good. It is however a myth that this recording was made from outside the venue. I have been informed that it was in fact recorded from inside at the back. It is a very exciting concert and is a very welcome addition to the live catalogue. For those unable to access the original by way of download this is a nice release to have. It is also attractively packaged in a gatefold card slipcase. The bonus third disc consists of outtakes from LZ III & IV, and has an unreleased outtake of Going To California. The songs are presented in their original sound and again as remastered versions. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 05)

<>Outside The In Door ( Beelzebub Records 50/51/52) 3 CDR
Montreux Casino, Montreux, August 7th 1971

Discs One (54.39) and Two (47.12): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Celebration Day/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Weekend

Disc Three (63.58): Hey Hey What Can I do/Celebration Day/Out On The Tiles/Four Sticks/When The Levee Breaks #1/Going To California/When The Levee Breaks #2

Beelzebub Records are the first to issue this show as a remastered bootleg, and a very nice job they have done too. Packaged in a snazzy triple foldout card sleeve in silver and black, they offer a sharp remaster of the previously available raw recording, making it sound quite bright and lively. The third disc contains outtakes from III and IV, including a previously uncirculated version of Going To California. It is instantly apparent the amount of work that has gone into this release, and comparisons with the raw version are extremely favourable indeed. The show is a stunner, and this remaster really does it justice. The bonus outtakes feature both raw and remastered versions of each song, presumably for comparison's sake. It is certainly nice to be able to hear one against the other, and it makes you appreciate the amount of time it must have taken to compile. It definitely sets the standard for the other planned bootleg releases of this long-awaited show. (Captain McCrunge Oct 05)  

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21-Aug-71 L.A.

Wild Weekend (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
Per ***** SQ *** Appeal G

Double disc set from the show at The Forum, Inglewood, California on August 21, 1971. This audience source is almost the complete concert and is bright with some overloading and a little background hiss - the distortion increases at the end of the show. The drums are up front, followed by the vocals and then the guitar and bass are more buried in the mix. The beginning of That's The Way is cut and the Whole Lotta love medley has a couple of dropouts in it. Virtually every track is played in overdrive, Dazed And Confused, Rock And Roll and Communication Breakdown especially. Even the organ chords in the intro to Thank You are played as 'stabs' rather than sustained. Everybody is on top form here, Plant is pushing his vocals to the limit and seems to be singing an octave higher than in the years to come. This set comes in a nice double pack called Double Clutch with the next night at The Forum. (Tony Gassett - April 98)

Double Clutch - Wild Weekend (TDOLZ 389701/389702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
The Forum, Inglewood, California, August 21, 1971

CD 1: (66:03) introduction (cuts in)/ Immigrant Song (contains some feedback), Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, That's the Way (beginning cut), Going to California
CD 2: (58:40) What Is & What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie, I'm Movin' On, That's Alright, Mess O' Blues, Got a Lotta Livin' To Do (contains a minor dropout at the beginning), Honey Bee (contains a minor dropout at the beginning), Weekend, Rock & Roll, Communication Breakdown, organ solo/ Thank You

Wild Weekend uses a very good audience tape. It's clear and bright, but a little distorted during certain high volume exchanges. There is also some minor tape hiss. The instruments are discernible, but not well balanced. The drums are up front in the mix while the bass and guitar sit slightly to the rear. The vocals are somewhere in the middle. And what vocals! Plant has no problem with Stairway to Heaven's ending and screams most of Whole Lotta Love's medley. Walk Don't Run (Tarantura) and its CD clone, The 7th American Tour (Whole Lotta Live) used the same tape source. Wild Weekend is more complete. Walk Don't Run lacks the introduction and has a dropout during the last few seconds of Going to California. The dropouts during Whole Lotta Love are better edited on Wild Weekend. Both have the cut at the beginning of That's the Way. In terms of sound, Wild Weekend is brighter, but contains some tape hiss. Walk Don't Run contains less tape hiss, but sounds duller due to the use of noise reduction. The bass was also enhanced on Walk Don't Run. (Brian Ingham Oct 97)

Wild Weekend August 21, 1971 The Forum - Inglewood, CA The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol. 038
Audio: 7-7.5+ AUD Track Listing:
DISC 1: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, That's The Way, Going To California.
DISC 2: What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love, Weekend, Rock And Roll, Communication Breakdown, Organ Solo/Thank You.

Wild Weekend is part of a 4CD quasi-box set titled Double Clutch from the TDOLZ people. The second half of the set is from the following night and is titled Freak Out. The sets are available either separately or bundled together to become the Double Clutch set. The individual packaging is a 2CD slimline jewel case with a simple photo on the front of the boys on stage from the period. The tape fades in with the band introductions followed by Plant's typical "Good Evening!" whilst the band completes a last minute sound check. The source tape is very good with the drums high in the mix and the guitar a bit lower with Plant mixed somewhere in between. Immigrant Song suffers from some very high pitched squeals at the end that follow over briefly into the start of Heartbreaker. This is very much a Bonham concert, perhaps it's just that he's prominant in the mix. Bonzo's drums are very well picked up and he's a madman. The audience members around the taper are frequently picked up on tape, but luckily are not annoying. Plant is in very good voice here hitting some very high and sustained vocals. Led Zeppelin IV (ZOSO) has not been released yet, so it's fun to hear the tracks from the album without the fanfare. You can almost picture the fans looking at each other shruging. Black Dog features numerous sections of alternate lyrics tonight and gets a rousing applause from the audience. Dazed And Confused is evolving into the live epic that it will eventually become. It tips the scale at twenty minutes tonight. There's a tape splice after Dazed, but it does not appear that much tape was lost and certainly no music. As I had mentioned, it's fun to hear tracks played without the fanfare, Stairway To Heaven is introduced by Plant and you can almost hear a pin drop. The fans have never heard this song before and don't know what to expect. The keyboards at times overpower Page's guitar. This is especially noticeable during the solo. Our next tape slice occurs after Stairway but sadly this time we lose a good chunk of tape including a section of the beginning of That's The Way. Going To California starts out with some odd feedback but it clears up quickly and the remainder of the song is performed without incident. The nearby fans talking are most evident in the acoustic section, but still do not annoy. Disc two starts off with a bang! What Is And What Should Never Be is very well received by the LA crowd. Whole Lotta Love is a frenzied affair and the crowd goes nuts. Numerous sticks of dynamite (well, not really, but close enough!) can be heard and they must have literally scared the crap out of those in attendance. The Medley section contains the normal Elvis numbers and there sounds like either a minor tape flutter or perhaps a tape switch after Mess O' Blues. When the boys finally end Whole Lotta Love, Los Angeles had been conquered. The place goes bonkers! Wild Weekend is the first of the encores and it's a rarity in itself. Rock And Roll is introduced by Plant as a track with no title from the next album. Communication Breakdown has another blast of dynamite (someone must have been tunnelling under the Forum!). Communication Breakdown is extended into almost eight minutes. It's still not enough. The demand for "MORE!" is echoed throughout those in the seats. Surprisingly, Thank You quiets the audience down quite a bit and is a fitting finale. I think my only real complaint is that it is at times hard to hear Plant when he's talking between songs. Well, two complaints - the other is the guitar is just slightly too low in the mix. Grab this one if you like the early energetic Zeppelin in full flight. Even the casual collector should like this show. (Steve Prendergast Jan 03)

Firecrackers Explosions (Empress Valley EVSD 305/306) 2CD
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 21 August 1971

Disc 1 (73.24): Band Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed and Confused/Stairway to Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going to California
Disc 2 (62.07) What is and What Should Never Be/Whole Lot of Love (including Boogie Woogie, I'm Movin On, That's Alright, Mess O'Blues, Got a Lotta Livin to Do, Honeybee, etc)/Rock and Roll/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You

Titles available for comparison were Wild Weekend (TDOLZ) and Walk Don't Run (Tarantura). Both titles are excellently reviewed elsewhere on the site. In my opinion the sound quality of the two titles may be summarised as follows: the Diagrams title being clear and bright, Tarantura, due to equalisation, less clear with more bottom end. This new release from Empress Valley was described as "New Master". I had no idea what the phrase meant. My ears told me that it was the same tape source (this is confirmed by Brannon on his site). Presumably therefore the phrase simply means the same tape sources but re-mastered. Having determined that this release uses the same source tapes, is the mastering job such that the sound quality on this release is a significant improvement on the titles already available. Before dealing with the matter of sound quality I hardly need say, taking account of the venue, that the band put in a terrific performance. Matters kick off with the band introduction. After one or two notes they go straight into Immigrant Song. Plant is well down the mix, not terribly distinct. It is a rousing version of the song. The band then go into Heartbreaker. The sound quality starts to improve. The instruments become a bit more distinct. Vocal representation improves. By the time of Since I've Been Loving You, a personal favourite, Plant's vocals are well represented. Black Dog is excellent. The sound quality is now consistent and very enjoyable. What is it about American audiences? During the quieter parts of Dazed And Confused there are the usual whoops and hollers in the distance but annoyingly everyone around the taper seems to be chatting. Minor gripe. Plant comments prior to Stairway getting underway that they require a bit of silence. No chance. It is a good version. After Stairway To Heaven there is a change of tape. The sound quality on Celebration Day is not nearly as good as what had gone before. The sound quality is muffled and more distant. The sound quality subsequently improves after the start of That's the Way. Disc 2 starts off with What Is. A good version. A highlight for me is Whole Lot of Love. There is a good selection of titles in the medley section. Rock and Roll and Communication Breakdown follow. Both sound great. Page during Communication is just fantastic, it almost sounds as though he is off on a frolic of his wn. The final two tracks being the Organ Solo and Thank You. It is a fair enough release. I do not think, however, it adds to any significant extent to what was already available. I would suggest that anyone who has the Diagrams title need not bother with this new release from Empress Valley. I would say that the release is a bit better, because it is clearer, than the Tarantura release. (John Morrison Jan 05)

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22-Aug-71 L.A.

Freak Out (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
Per ****1/2 SQ ***1/2 Appeal G
Double disc set from the show at The Forum, Inglewood, California on August 22, 1971.

This audience source is the complete concert with only a small dropout at the end of What Is And What Should Never Be. The sound is clear, with a treble emphasis, some overloading and background hiss - the end of the show is more distorted when the audience is at it's most frenzied. The drums and vocals are upfront, and the guitar and bass are further back in the mix. Outstanding versions of Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed And Confused and Stairway To Heaven. Page does the business in Immigrant Song and Black Dog. The extended bass solo in Communication Breakdown is worth close attention. This set comes in a nice double pack called Double Clutch with the previous night at The Forum. (Tony Gassett - Apr 98)

Double Clutch - Freak Out (TDOLZ 399701/399702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
The Forum, Inglewood, California, August 22, 1971

CD 1: (73:36) introduction/ Rumba (Walk, Don't Run), Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, What Is & What Should Never Be (dropout at the last few seconds)
CD 2: (67:53) Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie, Think I'm Crazy, Take It Easy, My Baby Left Me, Mess O' Blues, You Shook Me), Communication Breakdown, organ solo/ Thank You (slight volume increase near the beginning of Thank You)

The recording is similar to that of the previous night's. It's very good, clear and bright, but a little distorted during certain high volume exchanges. There is more tape hiss than the previous night's recording, but the instruments are better balanced. Plant's voice isn't as strong as it was the night before (he announces prior to That's the Way that his voice is "a little f**ked"). He messes up the lyrics to Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven and Celebration Day and adds new lyrics during Communication Breakdown's guitar solo. Page throws in a few bars of Boogie Woogie prior to Since I've Been Loving You. Walk Don't Run (Mud Dogs), Walk Don't Run (Tarantura) and its CD clone, The Definitive Kingdom (Whole Lotta Live) use the same tape source. After hearing the Mud Dogs' release, I avoided purchasing it. So I can't compare its completeness. But it ranks at the bottom in terms of sound quality. Freak Out is more complete than the Tarantura release. Walk Don't Run has cuts at the introduction, near the end of Dazed & Confused, at the beginning of the Whole Lotta Love medley and at the end of Thank You which repeats the 15 seconds before the cut then runs to the end. Whereas What Is & What Should Never Be on Freak Out has a dropout at the last few seconds, it's completely cut on Walk Don't Run. In terms of sound, Freak Out is brighter, but contains noticeable tape hiss. Walk Don't Run contains less tape hiss, but sounds duller due to the use of noise reduction. Plus, Celebration Day and That's the Way on Walk Don't Run sound muffled and the volume increase during Thank You is more pronounced and distorted. The bass was also enhanced on Walk Don't Run . None of the releases have Going to California on them as listed in Luis Rey's book. Plus, he listed the Whole Lotta Live releases under the wrong dates. (Brian Ingham Oct 97)

Freak Out August 22, 1971
The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol. 039
Audio: 7.5+ AUD

Track Listing:
DISC 1: Rumba (Walk Don't Run), Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Celebration Day, That's The Way, What Is And What Should Never Be. DISC 2: Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, Organ Solo/Thank You.

The counterpart to Wild Weekend. Available as a separate sale set or as a part of the slipcover boxed set Double Clutch. Packaging is a 2CD slimline jewel case with a single photo on the front from the period. The second night in LA. This time the intoduction is complete. Sound is better tonight than it was last night. Everything is much better balanced here with the drums further back in the mix and Plant further up. The guitar is a slight tad higher tonight as well. The show starts out unique in that Rhumba (Walk Don't Run) starts off the show!! Whilist Immigrant Song is performed quite well, Heartbreaker blows it away. Jimmy is in fine form tonight and uses Heartbreaker to get the juices flowing and the fingers loose. Black Dog again contains numerous lyric alterations tonight. There's a tape cut after Black Dog during the between song banter - no music is lost and perhaps no Plantations either. Dazed And Confused's bowing in quite impressive tonight. The crowd is impressed as well - but one has to leave the visuals to the imagination. Plant turns into a pitchman promoting the new album and has to ask for quiet as the next number "starts out rather quietly". Stairway To Heaven begins without fanfare and the L.A. crowd for the most part, keeps it cool and listens patiently to the then unknown track. Stairway also features some alternate lyrics, so listen closely. Jones' organ does not handle the transfer to tape well, IMO. It's rather distorted and breaks up on the high end of the spectrum. There's a tape switch after Stairway just prior to Celebration Day's introduction. Plant can't seem to get the timing right on the line "There's a train that leaves the station" and starts it and has to stop because he's in the wrong part of the song. The introduction to That's The Way has Plant informing the audience that his voice is fucked, but that they are going to try and harmonize as best as possible. Whole Lotta Love starts out sluggish and never quite recovers. The medley section includes You Shook Me in addition to the normal songs. Communication Breakdown features some alternate lyrics tonight as well as a bass solo for good measure. (Steve Prendergast Jan 03

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23-Aug-71 Fort Worth

Hot August Night (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ ****1/2 Appeal G

A recent find, a previously uncirculated audience recording of Fort Worth, Texas on August 31 1971. This 2 CD set has the middle section of the show, starting at the Dazed And Confused violin bow solo, and ending a few seconds into Communication Breakdown. The end of Moby Dick is cut and there is a possible drop out in the Whole Lotta Love medley. The sound is superb, bright, mostly well balanced and only lacking in bass occasionally. The guitar/keyboard detail in Stairway is fully exposed; shame the guitar solo is a little cluttered with too many undeveloped ideas fighting for space. Celebration Day is fast with a manic solo and Page also lets rip in the Whole Lotta love medley section. Good Page/Jones interplay in That's The Way and What Is And What Should Never Be is a brilliant version. Definitely one to seek out.  (Tony Gassett Oct 97)

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Florida Sunshine - 4CDs edition - Empress Valley EVSD-225 - 228

4CD in book style cover with obi
Orlando Florida USA, 31 August 1971
Limited 200 copies only.

Set List
Disc 1(68.54): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Since I've Been Loving You / Dazed And Confused / Black Dog / Stairway To Heaven / Celebration Day
Disc 2 (64.07): That's The Way / Going To California / What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Organ Solo - Thank You
Disc 3 (69.38): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Since I've Been Loving You / Dazed And Confused / Black Dog / Stairway To Heaven / Celebration Day
Disc 4 (34.04): That's The Way / Going To California / What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick

Empress Valley have pulled off another new discovery, a large chunk of an excellent soundboard recording from Orlando on 31 August 1971. The audience tape has been used to fill the gaps in the SBD recording, and we have an almost complete concert. It has been released as two seperate packages: a 4CD set with the first two CDs being the SBD/AUD combination, and the last two CDs being the AUD recording. And also as a 2CD package, with the complete show from SBD/AUD. The packaging is a thick card folding case, with the CDs housed inside in card sleeves. The 4CD release has an Obi, where we learn that this set was released on 25 January 2003, and costs Yen 11,800 in Japan (that's £60 or US$100). The SBD is extremely sharp and clear, and is a pleasure to listen to. The gaps are sadly the acoustic section, from Celebration Day to half way through What Is And What Should Never Be, when the SBD tape returns. Jimmy Page is in top form, and even plays a few bars of the Kinks You Really Got Me before What Is. After Robert Plant has introduced Black Dog to the audience, John Bonham says to Page in a thick Glaswegian accent: "Are ye alright Jimmy?", to which Page replies in a similar accent: "yeah I'm alright!". Great moments in sport! It is a really good concert overall and one that fans should seek out to acquire. The 4 CD release sold out very quickly and a 4CD set sold recently on Yahoo! Japan's auction site for Yen 80,000 (US$680 or £430)! This must be a prime candidate for Empress Valley to re-release ad nauseam (like Burn Like A Candle) (Jules McTrainspotter Feb 03) Florida Sunshine 2CDs (Empress Valley)Set list:- Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed And Confused (includes White Summer ?)*,Black Dog,Stairway To Heaven, Celebration Day*,That's The Way**,Going To California**,What Is And What Should Never Be*,Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Chillun', My Baby Left Me, Mess Around With You (?),Mess O'Blues), Organ Solo/Thank You.Comments: * part SBD, part audience/ ** only audienceWe start with the audience tape for the announcer, a cut, more audience tape and than the SBD. There's a little jam as a kind of soundcheck, a count-in from Bonzo and off with the 'Immigrant Song'. The SBD has lots of bass and lowend, very much like the Hampton Roads SBD tape a few days later. Robert starts a bit lazy and low but loses up quickly. The guitar is not pushed away by all the bass and low frequencies. The drums are a bit buried in the sound, but Bonzo is there for sure. The crowd sounds very close by, not somewhere on Mars like some other SBDs. The solo spot in Heartbreaker is performed with all the usual attachments, not entirely smooth, but very nice. The keyboards warming up 'Since I've...' rumble even more than the bass in the first two songs. Robert' voice in not in top shape, he loses control a few times in this song. Great solo from Page here. Page is in a playful mood, he constantly plays bits and pieces between songs.

Then 'Dazed & Confused' instead of 'Black Dog', the usual song during this tour. Plant goes 'very high' in the second verse. The first switch to the audience tape happens after the '25 hours a day' bit, switching back to the SBD just before the bow solo. A very thin bit of 'Bouree' is played during the bowing part. From here to the return of the main theme is very enjoyable, one of the better versions from 1971. Page wah-wah part with Bonzo's syncopated drums during the end is great. I couldn't quite hear 'White Summer' as Rey describes, but...Even when Robert speaks there's echo on his voice. 'Black Dog' follows, with Plant making up words on the spot as it seems. They manage to perform this song, but just !! Page saves it in the end with an excellent solo. Before 'Stairway To Heaven' Bonzo says something about (not playing ?)'Moby Dick'. 'Stairway' is very impressive, with Robert getting the lyrics right. The solo is still under construction I believe, because the playing is a bit flat. The audience likes the 'new' song a lot. 'Celebration Day' is also played on the double neck, because it follows in seconds. 'Celebration Day' is almost complete from the audience source, which sounds good, with also lots of bass. The instrumental ending is quite a mess. Empress Valley make their usual fault with the end of disc I, with the introduction of the acoustic set, which starts on disc II. The acoustic set is totally from the audience source, with the tape recorder getting messed up with the minute with lots of clicks, bumps and cuts. Normal 1971 versions of the acoustic songs, nothing special. Rey mentions 'Tangerine' in his book, but this song wasn't played during the American tour of 1971. 'What Is...' is part audience and during the guitar solo it switches back to the SB. Robert is need of contact and manage hardly according to himself. 'Moby Dick' lasts about 16 minutes. 'Whole Lotta Love' begins with a jam while Robert still looks for contact. Page is singing his ass of during the choruses. The Theremin comes through loud and clearly.

Before returning to the chorus there's a complete stop, before Bonzo counts in again. Robert found contact last night according to the intro to 'Boogie Chillun'. Then someone is invading the stage I think, because Clive Coulson (a roadie) is called. 'Boogie Chillun' continues with a perfect solo from Page, greatly extended. 'My Baby Left Me' and 'Mess Around With You' (?) follow. 'Mess O'Blues' is next on the bill. And then there's a wonderful beginning and some lyrics that i can't match with a song and suddenly there's a cut and were into the organ solo. Shame ! The organ solo sounds like an introduction to a religious TV show. 'Thank You' is dominated by the organ. Jimmy's solo is just coming through, but it is a very good one. Bonzo is also hammering away quite nicely. The ending is very mysterious. As a separate track number we get a bonus, an announcement that William' (the stage invader ?) wallet is up here. Well, it's not 'Flying Circus', but it's a lot better than most of those sterile 1973 SB's. (Pieter Feb 03)

Florida Sunshine-Empress Valley

Where to begin? This was my first bootleg purchase in over 3 years. The soundboard, is a step below Flying Circus, but well above the dry, and sterile 73 board tapes. Some of the AUD splices I can tolerate, because they are so minute. But what really drove me nuts is that Celebration Day started out with this really nice intro, and then in comes the AUD tape. (Honestly the AUD portion is bass heavy, and does tend to overload sometimes.) I really love Celebration Day from 1971. I really love the band's sound from 1971 because they are SUPER tight, and Plant still has his voice. I mean there are a few mistakes here and there, but over all its a good performance, and how often do you get to hear the band circa 1971, in SB quality anyway? Not often enough! Future buyers should only get the 2 CD SB/AUD combo edition of this title. (James Sirigos Feb 03)

Florida Sunshine - Empress Valley)

I'm offering this as my first review submission. I bought the 4CD set that sold so quickly. Only 200 copies -- there's a marketing ploy I can't resist. I'm a 14-year collector of Zeppelin bootlegs (a true sickness), and I've been reinvigorated by the recent surge in Japanese luxury titles. I love a good package with quality photos, layout, and typesetting, and the Japanese can usually operate a printing press like nobody else. Orlando Magic is particularly nice in this respect, and I feel it was worth the price I paid ($110). As an aside, I don't understand why EV gives the deluxe treatment to some titles like the awful 7/29/73 source and then packages the 2/12/75 material in a relatively careless manner. 2/12/75 should have come packaged in a Steinway replica with blow-up dolls of the band members. Anyway, the book-style package is substantial, similar to, but smaller than, the 7/29/73 release. As mentioned, the SBD source here is similar to the Hampton 71 recording, presumably due to the use of the same PA and recording device. Isn't this why most SBDs from a given tour sound similar? However, this recording doesn't have the minor clipping problems that Hampton did. It's very very enjoyable recording, even if "bottom heavy." Sonically, the snare drum has that compressed sound typical of the era, a problem solved by Showco's system for the 75 shows. The 4 CD set contains the same editing described on the previous review of the 2CD set but with the audience portion as extra discs. The audience source misses the end of the show, cutting off perfectly at the end of "Moby Dick" -- highly suspect. Some people will be irritated that this wasn't presented as 2CDs of unedited SB and 2CDs of unedited audience. I have no comment about this. I love the sound of the band in 1971, and even a relatively off-night is preferable to me to most shows from the later years. I also love that this was before the audiences had any idea of the significance of the forthcoming (fourth) album. The material had so much baggage in later years, but in this context is doesn't ever sound cliche. The instrumental jam at the beginning of "Whole Lotta Love," while not as ferocious as the same from 9/29/71, is still the kind of moment that justifies Led Zeppelin live collecting. The same can be said for the "You Really Got Me" riffing before "What Is And What Should Never Be" and the intro to "Celebration Day." I'll leave evaluative details of the performance to others, but suffice it to say this is an important release. Finally, I sincerely hope someone does the LZ bootleg collecting community a favor and kicks the person who translates EV's liner notes into English. (Carter van Pelt Feb 03)

Orlando You Really Got Me (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.71-DVD-A-13) 1 DVDR-Audio
Civic Auditorium, Orlando, FL, 31 August 1971
Set list (132 mins): Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Dazed And Confused/Black Dog/Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Organ Solo/Thank You

The Empress Valley release Florida Sunshine (in both 2 and 4 CD guises) was an extremely important one when it came out two years ago at the start of 2003. It made available a newly surfaced soundboard recording (albeit incomplete) for much of the concert. Combined with the audience recording we got almost the entire show. Two years later Genuine Masters brings out their version of the SBD/AUD matrix, on a single DVDR-Audio (and on two CDRs if so desired). The sound on this release is more 'natural', ie the sources have not been EQ'd to the extent that Empress Valley like to do it. The screen printed disc is in full colour, as is the very attractive DVD case insert. The opening menu gives easy and quick access to all the songs. It is an excellent concert too, and on the soundboard part we are treated to several exchanges between the band members (the best being the exchange between John Bonham and Jimmy Page just before Black Dog (both spoken in a pronounced broad Glaswegian accent). Bonzo: "are ye alright Jimmy?", and Mr. Page's reply: " yeah I'm alright!". Priceless, what a terrible and irreplaceable loss John Bonham's passing is to the World. The images used come from 1971 and early 1972, having a psychedelic or solarized theme to many of them. The sound, as previously mentioned, has more natural feel to it, and the blend between the two sources is seamless. There is also excellent stereo seperation between both left and right speakers, quite distinct in What Is And What Should Never Be. If you like powerful "in your face" and punchy audio, then the Empress Valley version will suit you. However if you prefer a more balanced sound then this new offering from Genuine Masters will appeal to you. As is often the case it all depends on individual taste. (Jules McTrainspotter March 05)

Orlando You Really Got Me (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.71-DVD-A-13) 1 DVDR-Audio
Civic Auditorium, Orlando, FL, 31 August 1971
Track list: Band Intro (Audience/Soundboard)/ Immigrant Song (Soundboard)/Heartbreaker (Soundboard)/Since I've Been Loving You (Soundboard)/Dazed And Confused /(Soundboard/Audience/Soundboard)/Black Dog (Soundboard)/Stairway To Heaven (Soundboard)/ Celebration Day (Soundboard/Audience)/That's The Way (Audience)/Going To California (Audience)/ What Is And What Should Never Be (Audience/Soundboard)/Moby Dick (Soundboard)/Whole Lotta Love w/Medley (Soundboard)/Organ Solo (Soundboard)/Thank You (Soundboard)

Let me first highlight the fact that we are enjoying a Soundboard/Audience mix here and the sound quality rating for each breaks down to a solid "9" for the Soundboard and a "7 to 8" for the much more palatable version of the mono audience recording that Genuine Masters presents to us with "Orlando-You Really Got Me" - versus what Empress Valley and Eel Grass offered up initially with "Florida Sunshine". Genuine Masters has all along been about the "naturalness" of a given recording and I for one couldn't wait to hear what they present to us with this 1971 Led Zeppelin gem.  Folks, they didn't let us down. I should probably re-iterate for those looking into GM releases for the first time that this is not a DVD video. It is a unique DVD with audio accompanied by a deliciously blinding psychedelic photo slideshow. The quality of the photo treatments is always breathtaking.  Back to the recordings.  This show is a current favorite of mine and it's just an awesome experience to listen to the band so full of confidence. The soundboard recording is excellent, with monaural qualities to start but  is outstanding by "Since I've Been Loving You". In previous releases, the gradual improvement wasn't as dynamic as it is here on the GM version. The REAL improvement to this effort though is how Genuine Masters has cleaned up the transitions in-between the 2 sources.  Plus, it isn't such a harsh transition into the audience source because it sounds so much better!  This makes for an incredibly pleasant journey through a very solid and relaxed performance by the band. (You cannot help but wish that the precious acoustic section was available from the soundboard.  It's just one of those things). The slideshow aspect of "Orlando" is produced on par with previous GM releases and the label continues to keep a nice pace with the changing visuals.  Again, they have sourced some shots I haven't seen before -which always amazes me...but they also recycle some of the familiar images that we can term as common. One interesting and welcome nuance that GM has made a concious effort to program is that during tracks like "Dazed And Confused" and "Moby Dick", we get an array of images through the years of moments in those actual song performances - or at least represent what we think of while listening to those epics.  Such as Jimmy with the violin bow and Bonzo playing with his hands, etc.  Just a nice touch to go along with the whole experience. As usual, the standards of navigation through the menu and it's general presentation is tops. The cover art also solid GM high resolution design in a clear DVD clamshell case. This title can also be obtained on audio discs through GM and they also hold true to being an improvement over earlier titles of this 2 source show.  I know Zeppelin fans will be more than appreciative to have this excellent release in their collections and I'm ecstatic to have 1971 represented solidly in the GM format and glad they included  this Orlando show in their catalog of releases.  They have served collectors well with the production value this title brings. (SVENGI HotWacks On-Line March 05)

Orlando You Really Got Me (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.71-DVD-A-13) 1 DVDR-Audio
Civic Auditorium, Orlando, FL, 31 August 1971
Set list (132 mins): Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Dazed And Confused/Black Dog/Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Organ Solo/Thank You

It is truly nice to at last have a title from Genuine Masters featuring one of the concerts in '71, which I believe was throughout the golden year of the band!   As most of you know, Empress Valley first made the soundboard tape of the concert available to us in its title "Florida Sunshine".  I compared the sound of this title from GM with that of EV's title.  On my first hearing of GM's title, I thought EV's title might sound more gutsy and solid, probably being affected by the label's technical equalizing.  However, as I turned up the volume, I soon realized I was wrong!  Naturally, the range and depth of the sound featured in the DVD version of GM's title, especially in its lower end, are greater than EV's.  For instance, if we follow Johnsey's bass line backing up Jimmy's fast guitar solo in "Heartbreaker" that we can now clearly hear in GM's title, we cannot help but feel amazed to know what creative and incredible phrases he was playing!  Moreover, in EV's version, Bonzo's drum sounds very tight but... probably too tight. Although I unfortunately never had a chance to experience his drumming live, judging from the drum sounds as recorded in Led Zeppelin's official albums, et al., his drums must have sounded not so tight but rather sounded somewhat "fat" with lots of ambience.  GM's title more naturally and faithfully revives such "fat" sound of his drumming. Of course, we can also enjoy Jimmy's wonderful guitar sound and Robert's powerful voice of their most glorious days, in a good balance with the rhythm sections in this title from GM. The fillers from the audience tape used in both titles are apparently from the same source. However, as it is especially clear in the silent portions of the tape, GM has made efforts to neatly suppress the hiss noise which existed in EV's title.  Accordingly, the audience tape as we hear in GM's title is also of better sound quality than EV's. The slide shows accompanying the sound are, as usual with any of GM's titles, very artistic and of high quality, providing us with some extra joy. Another nice and highly enjoyable work presented by the masterful producer of the label! (Takemi Hiramatsu April 05)

OrlandoYou Really Got Me(Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.08.71-DVD-A-13) 1 DVDR-Audio
Civic Auditorium, Orlando, FL, 31 August 1971

Credit is given, and rightly so, for some of the new sources and/or spot-on remastering Blackdog brings to his Genuine Masters line, giving us the definitive versions to date (and arguably beyond) of established classics like Blueberry Hill or Watch and Listen to this Eddie. But as was the case with The Devil's Blues, GM may be at its very best when it takes recordings that were near misses and turns them into something special. "Near miss" might seem a tad harsh, but there was always *something* about the San Francisco 4/27/69 soundboard tape that frustrated, good as it was. Same for the Orlando '71 board tape when it first made the rounds a couple of years ago; very good to be sure, but somehow not wholly satisfying. Orlando You Really Got Me restores that source to the finest possible degree (a little light on airy highs, but strong down the middle and on the bottom end) and layers in the missing pieces of the show from a very credible (for the era) audience recording. The fill-ins are primarily from the acoustic portion of the show, which helps, as the diminished din was undoubtedly easier to capture for the primitive gear of the taper. The seamlessness of the source switching is, like Devil's, strikingly transparent (try matching audience levels to board levels yourself without introducing lots of noise; it ain't easy). The performance is a pleasure, too, from the cracking intro to "Celebration Day" to the stereo-sweeping guitar on "What Is and What Should Never Be" to the entrancing organ solo that precedes the lovely, show-closing "Thank You." Orlando, you really did get us this time. (Butterking April 05, an expanded Review from Going Underground, ICE Magazine, June 05)

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03-Sep-71 New York

How've Ya Been (TDOLZ 0020/21/28 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, September 3, 1971

CD 1: (58:35) introduction/ Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker (balance problem and a cut in the beginning), Since I've Been Loving You (contains a cut near the beginning), Black Dog, Dazed & Confused (muffled in the beginning and contains a cut in the middle), Stairway to Heaven
CD 2: (37:00) Celebration Day, That's the Way (contains a cut in the beginning), Going to California (tape warble at end, last few seconds cut),What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick
CD 3: (55:18) Whole Lotta Love (includes Just A Little Bit, Boogie Woogie (garbled in 3 places), My Baby Left Me, That's Alright, Mess O' Blues, You Shook Me), Communication Breakdown, Organ solo/ Thank You, Rock & Roll

The recording used for this release is very good and clear with very little noticeable tape hiss. Unfortunately every comment made near the recorder is picked up too. Including the New York City method of asking someone to sit down and get off the stage. The recording sounds slightly more distant part way through Celebration Day. It brightens up after the cut in That's The Way. It also sounds slightly more distant from What Is & What Should Never Be through Whole Lotta Love. It brightens up after that song. This release sounds better than Mad Screaming Gallery (Lemon Song). Both are from the same tape source, but Mad Screaming Gallery contains a lot of artificially induced tape hiss. Each have cuts in the same places, but Mad Screaming Gallery has a cut during Moby Dick. The tape used for Mad Screaming Gallery also drags at the end of Moby Dick and during most of Whole Lotta Love. Immigrant Song and Thank You are better balanced on How've Ya Been. In terms of value, Mad Screaming Gallery did provide bonus material from what may be the missing section to the September 11, 1971 show in Rochester, New York to fill out the third CD. How've Ya Been contains no bonus material and is unnecessarily spread over 3 CD's. (Brian Ingham Feb 97)

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04-Sep-71 Toronto

Live from the Midnight Sun (2CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 189701/02), Toronto, 4.9.71, aud Maple Leaf (2CD, baby face, 9601), Toronto, 9.4.71, aud
Set List: IS, HB, SIBLY, BD, DaC, StH, CD, TtW, GtC, WIAWSNB, MD, WLL, CB, TY

Both board tape and audience tape were used for previously released boots of this show, but "In A Daze" is the only boot which was from audience source. These two titles released almost at the same time used the same version of the audience source as that of "In a Daze". The source tape is notorious for it's irritating cuts between the songs, and on these newly released titles as well, beginning and ending of most of songs are missing. But ending few seconds of StH, which is on these stuff, were not on "In A Daze". On the other hand, Moby Dick is a bit shorter than "In A Daze" version. In terms of the sound quality, these CDs are better than that of "In A Daze" . Among The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin and Baby Face, there are no big difference, but the latter is a little bit better, since hiss noise is more carefully removed. (Susumu Omi, Apr 1997) Maple Leaf (baby face 9601)
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada, September 4, 1971
CD 1: (57:30) Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused (contains a cut near the end), Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day
CD 2: (64:17) That's the Way, Going to California, What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (ending instrumentation cut), Whole Lotta Love (volume drops slightly before the medleys) (includes Boogie Woogie, My Baby Left Me, Mess O' Blues, You Shook Me), Communication Breakdown, Thank You (organ solo cut)

This release uses a near excellent audience tape source for the entire show. The sound is a little flat, but is well balanced, near the stage and contains very little audience noise. Unfortunately all the between song chatter has been edited out. To make matters worse, due to the editing, all songs (except Heartbreaker) start at, near or right after their first note. This release also contains some tape hiss in the upper frequencies. But unlike previous releases from the same series (Cobra and Lemon Song), Maple Leaf's sound is not destroyed by heavy equalization. Part of this show is available from the soundboard (Celebration Day through Moby Dick). It would be a true day of celebration if the rest of that tape were made available. (Brian Ingham Nov 97)

Live from the Midnight Sun (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per *** SQ **1/2 Appeal:HC

2 CD audience recording from Toronto September 4th 1971. Previously issued as 'In a Daze', this set again contains numerous cuts to many song beginnings and some endings, but the sound has been upgraded. However, this recording is still a bit muddy, with an emphasis on the bass frequencies and some background hiss. Distortion is more noticeable on a few numbers - That's The Way and Whole Lotta Love. This is a good but undistinguished 71 show, with aggressive versions of Heartbreaker and Black Dog. Communication Breakdown features an extended ending and bass solo. (Tony Gassett July 97)

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07-Sep-71 Boston

Killing Floor '71 (No Label).

Audience recording from the Boston Garden on September 7 1971 on two CDs. The tape is a little distorted and hissy, but also very bright and clear. The balance favours the guitar and vocals, leaving bass and drums a little in the back but fairly discernable, improving in clarity as the show progresses. There are a few volume fluctuations but the balance and clarity are consistent throughout the set ,making this a very enjoyable recording. The source tape is fragmentary, with two brief cuts on Dazed and a large one at the start of Stairway's guitar solo, which is spliced into Killing Floor on the Whole Lotta Love medley; the splice is managed very well, not losing the pace at all. Distortion increases a bit for the encores. There's a tinkling sound at the beginning of Communication Breakdown; I don't know if it's due to a mastering fault or to a sound picked up by the recorder, it disappears after a few seconds. (Now identified as Plant's tambourine! TBL Webman) The tape captures a few seconds of Page and Bonzo trying their equipment, a very exciting moment indeed, until Immigrant Song blasts off. The performance is devastating, Plant's viking screams are unbelievable and he keeps his high register all the way through the encores. Every track is excellent, with Page playing extremely fast and furiously while Jonesy and Bonzo are in the mood for an onslaught. Plant has to ask the audience to calm down, there seems to be a side show of stage invaders, "the usherettes" as he calls them. This doesn't seem to affect anyone but Plant ,who is really lost on the surviving fragment of Stairway. Fortunately the cuts on Dazed don't touch the improvisational parts, for this is a killer version. It would've been interesting to hear the acoustic set, if the rioters allowed one, and Celebration Day for the way the four are performing. Killing Floor is the sole survivor of the medley, with it's 1969 arrangement played fast and hard until it develops in a fierce Page/Plant duel, finished with an ascending cascade of notes from the guitar similar to the ones on Heartbreaker. The encores: Communication Breakdown, Thank You, Rock 'n' Roll, are complete and at the same level of playing. Although this is probably a copy of an expensive release, this is an affordable version that should be a welcome and cherished addition to any collection. (Alajandro Diaz Scali Mar 99)

Listen To Me, Boston (Tarantura)

A 90 minute (approx) audience recording. Quality is OK ( 6 out of 10). However, it is a brilliant performance, with an outstanding 'Dazed'. The tape source is missing the accoustic section and ends during Whole Lotta Love. The title comes from a comment by Plant who is trying to calm down the riotious audience. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 96)

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09-Sep-71 Hampton

Hampton Kicks (House of Elrond) 2 CDs.
Hampton, Virginia, September 2 1971.Sounboard recording.

Regular track listing for the era, incomplete show. This is a nearly-excellent recording: the higher frequencies are a little indistinct; Immigrant Song cuts in; there's a small dropout in Since, another one in Dazed and a cut in the improvised section, joined to the finale of this piece, leaving the second vocal theme out. The recording ends with Moby Dick, the coda is cut. Occasionally, when there's a crescendo or a loud note is played or sung, distortion occurs as cracks. There's very little hiss and the balance is pretty good. The guitar and the drums sound a bit diluted for the type of recording -audience sources from other shows of this tour display the sonic brutality of the era. Perhaps it is brutality that is missing overall from this show, the pacing is not as frenzied and the playing not as overwhelming as in other performances, but it has a great deal of intensity, which adds richness to the already varied and exciting nature of this period. It has its moments of humor too, Plant is constantly yelling: "far out!", in a funny ! voice and accent ,and in the guitar and vocals exchanges during Dazed, Page plays a line of Over Under Sideways Down, to which Plant bursts in laughter. (Rosina Diaz Scali Apr 99)

Inspired (ARM 020971 Antrabata Reference Master)
Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia, September 2, 1971

CD 1: (49:28) Immigrant Song (first 30 seconds cut), Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused (cut during the guitar section, entire last vocal section cut)
CD 2: (46:50) Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (last 30-40 seconds cut)

The recording is taken from a near excellent soundboard source. The original recording was in stereo with the bass guitar entirely in one channel and the whole band properly mixed in the other. It had been previously released in that format on One More Daze (Dynamite Studio). For this release, Antrabata took the properly mixed channel and output it to both channels; thus eliminating the bass guitar channel entirely. Bass guitar enthusiasts aside, this mono release is much easier on the ears. This release is also longer than One More Daze. Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, What Is & What Should Never Be and Moby Dick weren't in circulation prior to this release. Plus, Immigrant Song is 40 seconds longer. Sound quality in the mixed channel is similar in both releases. But the Antrabata release is a little less distorted. The bass guitar is still a little heavy in places. But the rest of the band can be heard just as well. (Brian Ingham Nov 96)

Jim's Picks (2CD, Tarantura, HAMP-1,2), 9/9/71 Hampton
Source tape is identical to One More Daze (CD) and "Inspired" (2CD). On "One More Daze", vocal and guitar is settled on the right channel, while very strongly enhanced bass sound settled on the left. As the result, the audio is far from comfortable and so irritating that we could not concentrate on the music. But on "Inspired", the tape is not only more complete, but also remixed and the audio is very natural. This Tarantura stuff is very similar to Antrabata's "Inspired" and song list is exactly the same. But IMHO, sound quality is a little but more excellent and clearer than Antrabata. (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)

Dead Battery (Flagge, no matrix number)

Disc 1:  Immigrant Song (fades in), Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused

Disc 2:  Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's The Way, Going To California, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (fade out)

September 9, 1971 at Hampton, Virginia.  This concert was previously released as One More Daze (Dynamite Studio), Inspired (Antrabata), Hampton Kicks (Elrond), and Jim's Picks (Tarantura).  The last title is considered the best.  This release on Flagge is a straight knock off of the Tarantura title.  Jim's Picks is printed on the actual discs. The tape source is an excellent, almost complete mono soundboard recording (one of the few outside of 1973), let down only by some high-end distortion on Moby Dick. The performance itself is outstanding.  Every song is played excellently.  Dazed & Confused is a particular highlight, where Page gets into a great funky interlude with the first couple of notes from Over Under Sideways Down (with Plant laughing in reply).  Stairway To Heaven, Celebration Day, and the acoustic set are all very impressive. This title comes in a double slimline jewel case (with a very tasteful design) with a cardboard slipcover of the famous Hindenburg disaster on the cover.  Very recommended if you can find it. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

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13-Sep-71 Berkeley

Going to California II (T2CD-17-1,2 Tarantura)
Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California, September 13, 1971

CD 1: (74:02) introduction/ Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California
CD 2: (55:45) What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love medley, Communication Breakdown (includes Gallows Pole)

This is a very good to near excellent, slightly distant, clear audience recording. The snare drum does get lost in the mix because of the distance and the mastering is slightly bass heavy. But it's nothing that a good equalizer can't fix. There is also very little tape hiss. It's great to hear Plant hitting all the high notes including Stairway to Heaven's last section. (Brian Ingham Sep 96)

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14-Sep-71 Berkeley

Going To California (Shout To The Top).
September 14 1971,2 CDs audience. Vinyl-->CD.

After Brian Ingham's customary excellent review on this title I just have to add that the no-label version that appeared some time earlier (GTCA-7194CD 1/2) used a much better preserved vinyl source with hardly any evidence of a crack or pop throughout, whereas Shout To The Top's offering has its fair share of surface noise. Shout To The Top's version was EQ'd to avoid the original toppy sound quality of the recording causing a bit of dullness. The only advantage of Shout To The Top's version is that it contains the whole of the violin bow episode whereas on the no-label release this portion was sadly edited out of Dazed. W. Stout's colourful artwork is nicely reproduced on this Shout To The Top release. (Rosina Diaz Scali Feb 2000)

Going to California (043/044 Shout to the Top)
Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California, September 14, 1971

CD 1: (48:48) Immigrant Song (vinyl scratching at beginning, first couple of notes cut, minor volume drop a minute into the song, a couple of vinyl "pops" near ending), Heartbreaker (switches to stereo at "town"), Since I've Been Loving You (small cut at beginning), Black Dog (balance switches to one channel for a second at the beginning), Dazed & Confused (includes Livin' In The U.S.A.) (small cut during bass intro., minor tape garble at end of bow section, at call and response section and at two separate spots during fast guitar section; cut during ending section)
CD 2: (48:27) Stairway to Heaven (minor vinyl "pops" at beginning), That's the Way, Going to California, Whole Lotta Love (includes Just A Little Bit, Boogie Woogie, Hello Mary Lou, My Baby Left Me, Mess O' Blues, You Shook Me (3 noticeable vinyl "pops" in middle, balance switches to one channel in middle), Lemon Song) (vinyl scratching at beginning)

This release from Shout to the Top (a sister label to TDOLZ), like all other past CD releases of this show, is sourced from vinyl. The tape starts off in very good mono. Plant's vocals are slightly distorted on the tape until it switches to excellent stereo. Plant's vocals at the start of the show are terrible. They do improve, but cannot match his efforts from the previous night's show. This release contains all that was available on any of the vinyl sources. The story goes the taper turned the tapes directly over to the bootleggers and made no copies for himself. The entire show was recorded, but only 2LP's worth was pressed. Most likely the show included Celebration Day, What Is and What Should Never Be and Moby Dick. Others have indicated the encores were Thank You and Communication Breakdown. But Hey, Hey What Can I Do was not performed at this show. As for the tapes, in a fit of paranoia, the original plates, artwork and tapes were thrown away. A previous release of this show on CD, Going to California (Electric Junk), deleted Dazed & Confused in order to fit it on one disc. Its vinyl source is not as bright sounding as the Shout to the Top release. It also contains the same tape defects noted above. But Immigrant Song fades in and its vinyl source has a scratchy sound to it up through Black Dog. The Shout to the Top vinyl source, for the most part, sounds very clean. But the Electric Junk release doesn't have the balance problem on Black Dog or the vinyl problems at the beginnings of Stairway to Heaven or Whole Lotta Love. But it does fade in slightly to Stairway to Heaven and has a couple of noticeable vinyl "pops" at the beginning of That's the Way and a big one near the end of You Shook Me. (Brian Ingham Jan 2000)

Going to California Berkeley, CA 14/9/71 (2CD) 95 min.
SQ: 8.25

Set List: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You,Black Dog, Dazed and Confused (inc.), Stairway to Heaven, That's theWay, Going to California, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie ~Hello Mary Lou ~ My Baby Left Me ~ Mess O' Blues ~ You Shook Me ~ Lemon Song)

Still sourced from vinyl, but hardly a disappointment. Since a very good source of this historic show has been circulating for some time now, it is odd that the only prior CD release of this concert has been the vastly inferior Electric Junk title. Despite the fact that a tape source of this show was not used, and may never be, it is useful to have an upgraded copy of this great show on disc. The sound on this source is distorted at the outset, but as it makes the transition to stereo in the first verse of "Heartbreaker", it's clear that this is a very good (multidimensional) recording. Plant's voice, one of the true wonders of this entire tour, literally seems to float above the audience, as the instrumental machinery wreaks havoc in "Immigrant Song". The audience appreciates every moment of Page's crystal clear "Heartbreaker" solo. Page's performance in this song, and on the evening as a whole, transcends description. His play throughout is fluent, daring and extraordinarily fast. And despite taking so many risks, his play is impeccable (flawless). I would like to take this performance and shove it down the throat of the member of "that other list" who was always complaining of Page's 'sloppy guitar play in the Zep days'. This is the most enjoyable "Heartbreaker" imaginable. There is a slight cut in Page's intro to "SIBLY", and again Plant forces his voice to the limits. Page highlights every line with a different flourish, alternating between subtlety and bravado. It is astounding how much the solo in this piece varies from night to night. Prior to the last verse Plant passionately interjects, "Don't you remember when you *used* to cry?". This is also the ideal period for "Black Dog", still widely unknown to the audience. The studio mix has nothing on the live vocal treatment Plant gives this song. As usual for this era, Plant throws in a myriad of varied lyrics, including a verse from "Going to California". Page then reclaims the spotlight in an expanded instrumental section. His speed has never been better, as Plant prods him on with "Give it to me now! Give it to me now!". Following "Black Dog " Plant quips "There was a pollution alert today and I lost my voice." After the incomparable range that he's just demonstrated on the last track, you can only wonder what he is talking about. "Dazed" features some unusual ascending vocals from Plant prior to the bow solo, which unfortunately is cut in its entirety. Page sends notes cascading everywhere in the fast solo, and a lot of stop& go games ensue. Page even almost gets into boogie mode as Plant sprinkles in his "Feelin' Good" lyrics. In the coda Jimmy has still not had enough as he embellishes Plant's every word until another cut leads to the end. "Stairway", as is the case with most versions from this tour, is very good. In the instrumental section before the third verse Plant sings "You are the home of the children of the sun!" A new level of intimacy is achieved during the acoustic section, which is warmly received by the audience. The announcement of "Going to California" is cheered despite the fact that much of the audience has likely never heard the song before. However, it is Jones' mandolin work that steals the show during the acoustic set. The rest of the concert notwithstanding, the "Whole Lotta Love" medley is the highlight of the night, and likely one of the best ever. Immediately following the theramin section, Page almost gets into the boogie early with riffs from Bukka White's "Feel So Bad". After he has been instructed by his parents to b-b-b-b-boogie, Plant adds "And I made a pig of myself, because I do it all the time! Everyday!" A number of verses of Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou" follows, and begins the string of 50s rock&roll standards. "My Baby Left Me" includes lyrics from "That's Alright", and the Elmore James' riffs flow freely in "Mess O' Blues" (remember Rochester 3 days earlier?). Page's guitar wails and moans more than Plant in an ideal version of "You Shook Me" (what a great contrast to the nostalgic 50s' pieces), and the "Lemon Song" returns the band to the WLL main theme. A spectacular conclusion.

Summary: A classic show! If you want this show on disc, this is the best release to date. Cheap cover art from the original album, unattached to the paper slip case. Pick this one up. (Paul Holdren Oct 97)

Going To California 14-Sep-71
The track listing is true to all the other boots out there with a cut at the end of Dazed.

Was it worth the long wait? (And why was there such a long wait; Eric, do you know what the people at Cobla/Cobra were doing with this?). The answer? Well, it depends. I've only listened to it once so please forgive any inaccuracies. I've got to admit, in light of Cobla's previous high quality output I expected more. I guessed that they may have found the best vinyl copy on the planet (taking into account that the original tapes are now enjoying their retirement in a watery grave in the Gulf Of Mexico, or somewhere like that), used software to remove the 'Kelloggs Crispies' syndrome and tweaked to produce the best 'Going To California' ever available to mankind. Unfortunately, they didn't. They may well have used the software but I doubt it as there are some horrible noises during the stop in SIBLY and also (if my memory serves me well) at the beginning of DAC. There is also a 'hum' during the quiet spots in between numbers and DAC is faded out (!) as the vocals return. This could have been improved upon as even my simple console skills allowed me to splice in a lesser quality ending to this track on the mini-disc set I put together. It's not all bad though. This CD-R set is still highly enjoyable and probably the best 'production' title on offer (mind you, it's such a good gig that the enjoyment factor is a given). The acoustic numbers are the 'dogs' as we say in good old blighty (that means that they're rather good, chaps). The cover is a great glossy miniature of the original 12" job and the CD-R's don't look like CD-R's as they are printed properly and feature the TMQ pig on a black background. Also, the abrasive 'top-end' apparent on some of the recordings of this gig I've heard has been removed by Cobla to good effect. To summarize, if you haven't got a copy of GTC on CD already, this one is well worth the asking price. If you're happy to stick with your own MD or CD-R copy, find a good vinyl source and apply some 'DIY'. (Keith Lambert Jan 99)

Pollution Alert!! (Beelzebub Records 56/57) 2CD
Community Theater, Berkeley, CA 14 September 1971

Disc 1: Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2: Stairway To Heaven/That's The Way/Going To California/Whole Lotta Love

The TMOQ vinyl LP source has been used for this nicely packaged and presented release. The sound is very punchy indeed, perhaps a little too much for my liking, but it sounds very powerful. A pity about the glitch as the recording changes from mono to stereo during Heartbreaker. Worth checking out. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 05)

Pollution Alert!! (Beelzebub Records 56/57) 2CD
Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, Berkeley 14 September 1971

Disc 1: Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2: Stairway To Heaven/That's The Way/Going To California/Whole Lotta Love

The phrase "Berkeley Community Centre, 1971" usually brings knowing smiles from any collector. For many the second night was their first taste of illicit live Zeppelin. For many, it also ranks among the higher points of their entire live career. I happily admit, I fall into both groups. The story of the overboard masters is well know and mourned, but thankfully we have had some excellent vinyl sources which have been overlooked compared to some other over-issued shows. Now Beelzebub Records have taken the standard vinyl source and applied their techniques to bring a warmer, less harsh version, a real pleasure to the ears. Although in my top five favorites, the mix never really satisfied me but thankfully now we have a much 'softer' version that plays louder without distortion. Packaged as usual in a gatefold card sleeve, using the traditional flying pig cartoon motif, this really is a enjoyable release. The warm bass sounds are more apparent than previously, creating more atmosphere, and the vocals are so much more rounded than before, but not losing any of their original power. The band really were hitting a peak, but although having only vinyl to source from, most of the releases have been disappointing, never really doing justice to such a performance. This release is definitely one of the very best - it still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. (Captain McCrunge Dec 05)

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23-Sep-71 Tokyo

Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc) 27CD Box
entire Japan tour from 1971 and 1972 Limited edition and numbered 300
Sound Quality 5-10/10; Appeal 4.5/5

It seems as though LSD originally pressed more than 300 sets of their respective Japan 1971 and 1972 Tour, in fact 300 more, hence the release of this box set. Disc times are the same as are the sources presented (naturally) eg. 9/28/71 runs a little and is from one source therefore missing the encores available on the alternate poor quality source. As an added bonus there is another (!!) alt. source of the 2 Oct show presented (it seems as though there were more tapers taping this night than there were at the Forum on Sept 70 incredible). The package is in the form of a hinge open box which houses each of the 27 discs. The colourful illustration on the front (in my simple interpretation) is that of a pirate on a ship (sorry I couldnt be any more detailed but I am not sure what it really is or what it actually represents, maybe one of our Japanese friends can help us out?) Each of the 1971 discs are presented in their own individual card type sleeves with the original LP depiction (the foggy London scene) on the front and the track list on the back. Similarly, the 1972 discs are individually housed in card types sleeves with one of the HOTH promo posters on the front and the track list on the back. The exception is the two discs from the alt source of 10/2/72 which have the same depiction from the box on their front card type sleeve. As there have already been comments made previously Id like to briefly limit my comments here to how these discs compare to other releases in terms of sound quality. (See comments against each show) Bottom Line: Recommended for any serious collector out there. The minor grovels here and there (mostly with 9/28/71 missing the encores and running slightly fast) are vastly over shadowed by the excellent presentation and mastering quality of the sources presented in this box set. Just about all the shows presented are an improvement in terms of sound quality over previous releases with LSD taking full advantage of the 24-bit mastering technique (which they have used to great effect on prior releases, it also helps if your source tapes are low gen and this is certainly the case with many of their releases including this box set). Furthermore, this box set will probably become highly collectable in years to come, probably more so than either of the individual 71 or 72 boxes that were released by LSD simply because the two complete tours of Japan are presented in one convenient box, thereby saving collectors from having to chase around for either 71 or 72 boxes individually. (Lord Byron Nov 99)

I have referred to this set in each date as "Box Set 71-72" (TBL Webman)

Live In Japan 1971 (Last Stand 13CD box set).

This release from Last Stand, limited to 300, numbered, copies, was sold out prior to release in Japan. The 13 CDs are in card sleeves, housed in a thick brown coloured card box. The illustration on the front reproduces the original vinyl release of the same name, a black and white engraving of a Victorian policeman with a flashlight in foggy London. A recent issue of GOLDMINE in the USA offered this set for sale for US$1,200 ! It is therefore very scarce, but is it worth the fuss ? Here is a note of the five nights :
Discs 1-2 : Tokyo 23/9/71. Same source tape as used by Tarantura for "FRONT ROW", clocking in at 143 mins. Better sound on this new release, but still 10 mins. shorter than the other source tape used by Diagrams on "REFLECTION ON A DREAM". (Jules McTrainSpotter Mar 99)

71/72 Box Set: Same source as the Tarantura and Mud Dogs releases. Canít comment on the Tarantura release but the LSD release is superior with respect to the Mud Dogs offering. Very nice mastering on this one. (Lord Byron Nov 99) Reflection from A Dream (3CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 269701/02/03), Tokyo, 23.9.71, aud
Set List: IS, HB, SIBLY, BD, DaC, StH, CD, TtW, GtC, WIAWSNB, MD, WLL, CB

Unfortunately, I do not own very old and rare "In Concert" (2LP), so I could not compare this new stuff with that vinyl. On other previously released boots, two versions of audience sources were used. The first version is the one that was used in "Tales of Storms" (2CD) from Aphrodite studio". And the second version is used for "Front Row" (2CD) from Tarantura and "Storm of Fanatics". Among these boots, "Front Row" (2CD) and "Storm of Fanatics" are the best in terms of the sound quality. In terms of the completeness, "Front Row" is the best, but there is a cut in Communication Breakdown, while "Tales of Storms" contains uncut version of this song. This newly released stuff from The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin uses the third source, new source, entirely. The sound quality is better than abovementioned 3 boots. Regarding completeness, all songs are uncut except DaC, WIAWSNB and WLL, each of which contains one cut. Since Dac and WIAWSNB are uncut on "Front Row", "Reflection from A Dream" is not the best. WLL is incomplete in all "Front Row", "Tales of Storms", and "Reflection from A Dream" , but the location of the cut varies. Frustrating situation, indeed! (Susumu Omi, May 97)

Reflection From A Dream (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per ****1/2 SQ **** Appeal G

From the first date on the brilliant Japan 1971 tour, the almost complete show on 3CD's at the Tokyo Budokan on September 23. New audience source for this show has better sound to all previous releases, sounding bright, clear and balanced, but the bass is a little indistinct. There are cuts in Stairway (at the very end) and the Whole Lotta Love medley, while What Is has some slight tape disturbance. The audience is very noisy and claps along to a lot of numbers and also joins in the vocals on Whole Lotta Love. Heartbreaker is storming and Black Dog one of the heaviest ever played. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp is cut by the band and continues as That's The Way in a lower key and slower than usual. Whole Lotta Love features a superb medley and is nearly 40 minutes long. Communication Breakdown is stopped by Plant because of the audience getting out of hand and is quickly finished off by Page. Plant is in good voice throughout this excellent release. (Tony Gassett July 97)

Reflection From A Dream (Remastered) (TDOLZ) September 23, 1971
Budokan - Tokyo, Japan The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol.026R - 3CD
Audio: 8+ AUD

Track Listing:
DISC ONE: Introductions, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven. DISC TWO: Celebration Day, That's The Way, Going To California, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick. DISC THREE: Whole Lotta Love Medley, Communication Breakdown

Fatboy jewel case triple CD set. The trays are clear and have photos underneath that show through. Photos are from the period, maybe '71-'72. The announcements are over 4 minutes long! What could the guy possibly be saying that takes 4:22? The opening night in Japan. I don't have the normal release of this set, so I can't comment on how good or bad the "remastering" is. Very good sound throughout. The untitled fourth album is still about a month away from it's release, so it's interesting to hear Stairway To Heaven played and not hear the crowd go bonkers with the opening notes. Tonight there is dead silence. The Stomp is started and Plant gets into the lyrics but Jimmy does a U-Turn and goes off into That's The Way instead. The Japanese audience claps along through What Is And What Should Never Be. The Whole Lotta Love medley is where the jewels are tonight. How Many More Times and Good Times Bad Times are included and are complete or very near complete versions! The medley is very much made up on the spot at times - Plant will start into the lyrics of a song and it will take the boys a minute to get their bearings and play catch up. WLL clocks in at 39 minutes! I have the Empress Valley version of this show on CDR (First Attack Of The Rising Sun) and the sound quality overall is about the same, but the TDOLZ set is about a thrid of the cost of the EV set. Great opening show for the bands first tour of Japan. A copy of this title would be a good addition to any collection. (Steve Prendergast)

Timeless Rock ( 3CD Watchtower WT 2001010/11/12)
Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, 23.9.71 Per ***** SQ **** Appeal G

This 3CD set on the relatively new Watchtower label (An offshoot of TDOLZ Iím told) coveres the first show of the bands exceptional 71 japan tour. Ií ve been told the source tape used is  identical to that used on the first 3CD's of Empress Ealley's release FIRST  ATTACK OF THE RISING SUN Although iíve not heard this title so I canít confirm this (however the 3rd CD of this package is registered with the name "first attack of the rising sun" online so that leads me to believe that it is  copied from the EV title). The previous best source for this date was the  one used on FRONT ROW and RELFECTIONS FROM A DREAM , this new source is slightly closer to the stage than the old one. It is also better balanced than the old source that was always a little too bass shy for many people, also this extra bass does not come at the cost of bass distortion like the  next nights recording. The only major downside of  this new source is that the guitar its not quite as clear as the old one (although not by much) and the acoustic tracks suffer from some form of defect that puts the guitar  and organ out of tune in some places. The performance itself needs little  introduction being one of the most inspired in the history of the band.  Every member of the band is close to 100% on pretty much every track page in peticular showing some breathtaking fluency. The highlights of the set are Dazed and confused with contains some very funky playing in the middle, Stairway to heaven with includes an excellent solo and finally whole Lotta  love which at 36 mins long I believe is the longest ever version performed  by the band and mainly sticks to bluesy tracks to excellent effect. The  packaging also keeps up to the high standard of the music being a triple gatefold affair with a number of band pictures from the correct era that Iíve  not seen before . All in all an excellent release with the price of being the only thing that might be offputting. (greenman nov 2001)

Timeless Rock (Watch Tower WT2001010/11/12 bo1)

Disc 1:  MC, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused, Stairway To Heaven
Disc 2:  Celebration Day, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp/That's The Way, Going To California, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick
Disc 3:  Whole Lotta Love (Boogie Chillun', Mary Lou, Mess O' Blues, Evil Woman,  Tobacco Road, Good Times Bad Times, For What It's Worth, How Many More Times, The Hunter, You Shook Me), Communication Breakdown

The first three discs of this title represent the newly released excellent stereo audience recording from September 23, 1971 in Tokyo.  The first pressing of Timeless Rock was released almost simultaneously with Empress Valley's First Attack. The quality of this tape source is much better than the previous versions of this show.  The recorder is closer to the stage, and we can enjoy the music in great stereo.  At several places Watch Tower edits gaps from the first tape source, namely the very end of the first disc (Plant talking about Celebration Day), and in a cut in Tobacco Road in the Whole Lotta Love medley. This is the second edition of this title.  This comes in a standard jewel case housing four discs.  The case comes in a glossy hinged black box with silver lettering and a photo from the acoustic set on the cover. This concert is simply one of the best of their career.  It begins very heavy and tentative, and snowballs in the Whole Lotta Love medley.  They play a good part of the first album, seemingly to make up for their lack of touring in Japan the previous three years.  

Disc 4: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused

The bonus disc on Timeless Rock is the first hour of the September 24, 1971 show at the same venue.  The quality is similar to Light & Shade:  not too bad, but the bass is very distorted detracting from the recording.  Hopefully a tape source will surface for the second show that is as good as the first.  (Gerard Sparaco Dec 01)

Led Zeppelin's Rock Carnival 1 CD(Watch Tower)
Budokan Hall, Tokyo, September 23, 1971

Very nice sound quality (for 1971) of a great show.  The liner notes say the master tapes were lost in a 1995 fire as the result of an earthquake. Sort of weird that the incomplete 1st gen. would survive but the complete master burned to ashes.  The quality is excellent much like the recording of the 9/14/71-Berkeley Theater show, but better. The CD has cuts via a fade out between every song. The fades are done very cleanly, so it's hard to tell if the boot manufacturer tried to clean up any pauses done by the taper at the show, or if they cut the tape on purpose.  In the Zep live tape community anything is possible. The proper song order is screwed up by the placement of "Going to California" in the wrong spot, but if you download the show it's easy enough to put it back in order before you burn a copy. Nice artwork with newspaper clippings of the show with photos form the show. Black Dog and Going To California are both out of the correct song order, but if you download the show it is easy enough to correct it. Overall a very nice CD, but once again the Zeppelin curse strikes as we are left with an incomplete source of this show. So many recordings of Zeppelin are incomplete; it's a shame this new source will be placed into that category, since the quality is highly enjoyable. This show has to win the record for the "most tapers at one show" award. (Charles Cioffero April 04)

This is the downloadable version:

September 23,1971. Budokan, Tokyo

"Led Zeppelin's Rock Carnival" >Watch Tower (1CD)
AUD/Very Good to Excellent

Original silver cd > WAV > SHN

01-Immigrant Song
02-Heartbreaker
03-Since I've Been Loving You
04-Going To California
05-Dazed And Cofused
06-Black Dog
07-Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin's Rock Carnival >(Watch Tower WT 2004111) 1CD
Budokan Hall, Tokyo, 23 September, 1971

Track List:: (63.37) :- Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Since I've Been Loving You / Black Dog / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Going To California

This is a great but ultimately extremely frustrating find. Great because the sound quality is a near excellent audience recording. We learn from the instructive and clear liner notes (in both English and Japanese) that the complete concert was recorded, from the front row. Our intrepid recorder placed the microphone in his shoe, with the lead running up his trousers! No doubt it explained the smile on his face throughout the concert! But this is dampened by the fact that only the first part of the concert has survived. One big drawback is the song seperation and fading between songs on this release from Watch Tower. From the liner notes we again learn that the original master tapes were destroyed by fire following an earthquake in Kobe in January 1995. The only survival was what is contained on this CD, as it had been transferred to CDR some time beforehand. The packaging is a card slipcase, with a folded CD size insert which contains the liner notes. It is a limited and numbered edition. This release is marred by the incorrect song order on the back cover of the slipcase, how very silly to mess up the track listing like this. Regarding the performance, enough has been said about the Japan 1971 Tour, and each of the five concerts has unique and special qualities. (Jules McTrainspotter April 04)

Tokyo 23 September 1971 Definitive Edition (Budgie-005-006) 2 CDs
Budokan Hall, Tokyo, 23 September 1971

Disc One (68.54): intro, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker , Since I`ve been lovin`You, Black Dog, Dazed And Confused,Stairway To Heaven,Celebration Day
Disc Two (79.07): Bron-yr-Aur Stomp,That's The Way,Going To California,What is And What should Never Be,Moby Dick,Whole Lotta love Medly-Boogie Chillin-Hello marylou-Mess Of Blues-I`m a man/Your man-Good Times bad Times-How many More Times-The Hunter-You shook Me, Communication breakdown

The first release for the Budgie label, is it realy the definitive edition?Well it does sound very good. If you do not have this concert I would easily recommend this boot. It is the complete show reconstructed from the best sources for each section. For comparison I only currently own Wendy`s version and a few CDRs. I won`t try to indentify everything that was used but Budgie's sounds slightly warmer than those I had acess to hearing, especially the first excellent 65 minutes has a little bit more depth. Whole lotta Love sounds okay, there are several tape switches but the distracting guy isn`t yelling nor is the clapping overpowing. However I`m compelled to criticise this release as this concert is one of my absolute favorites. Much more improvment was possible with the sound. While Budgie did not EQ the thing to death there is a fair amount of background noise present, and even given the delicate limitations of the source tapes used I can easily imagine the overall sound being clearer. In summary I find Budgie`s title to be very good and enjoyable but far from the last word on this concert. Hopefully Genuine Masters will soon put together their own Tokyo compilation.In my opinion THAT would be worth naming Tokyo Definitive Edition no matter what sources (if any) are still yet to surface from this legendary performance. (Randy Johnson June 06)

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24-Sep-71 Tokyo

Live In Japan 1971 (Last Stand 13CD box set).
Discs 3-5 : Tokyo 24/9/71.

Same source tape as used by Diagrams for "LIGHT & SHADE", this is 171 mins. long. Better bottom end than the previous release, so this is an improvement. (Jules McTrainSpotter Mar 99)

71/72 Box Set: Same source as TDOLZs Light and Shade, but again LSD seem to have mastered their release for the better with much more of a punch. Very crisp sound, with better bottom end as well as upper frequencies compared to TDOLZs offering. (Lord Byron Nov 99)

Light & Shade (3CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 279701/02/03), Tokyo, 24.9.71, Aud Set List: IS, HB, SIBLY, BD, DaC, StH, CD, TtW, GtC, Tangerine, WIAWSNB, MD, WLL, TY, CB

Two versions of audience sources were used in the previously released boots. The first version is the one that was used in "Pretty Woman" from Tarantura and "Afternoon Daze" from Mud Dogs. And the second version is used for "Destroyer" (2CD, BGS099-2). Among these boots, "Destroyer" is the best in terms of the sound quality, but it contains only SIBLY. Between "Pretty Woman" and "Afternoon Daze", the former is better in terms of completeness. Sound quality of these 2 titles are almost the same. This newly released stuff from The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin uses the third source, new source, entirely. The sound quality is better than abovementioned 3 boots. Regarding completeness, all songs are uncut except Moby Dick, which contains one cut. Complete version of this song is available on "Pretty Woman" . (Susumu Omi, May 97)

Light & Shade (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per ****1/2 SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

3 CD set from the second show of the storming 1971 Japan tour at the Tokyo Budokan on September 24. New audience source for this show is superior to all previous releases, sounding bright and clear, only let down in places by some bass frequency overload distortion. There is one cut in Moby Dick. The audience clapping along is audible in a few numbers, and tends to make the frenzied Whole Lotta Love medley a bit difficult to hear. Plant is in good voice during Since I've Been Loving You, and Page really let rip in Immigrant Song, Since I've Been and Black Dog. Going to California features a long mandolin solo in the intro and Your Time Is Gonna Come makes its on stage debut in the Whole Lotta Love medley. The Plant photo on the rear of the double paper sleeve shows he means business! (Tony Gassett June 97)

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27-Sep-71 Hiroshima

Live In Japan 1971 (Last Stand 13CD box set).
Discs 6-7 : Hiroshima 27/9/71. Same source tape as Tarantura's "PEACE", and same length, 126 mins. Lemon Song's "MESSAGE OF LOVE" is 141 mins. long, but the new Last Stand version is in improved sound, but shorter of course. (Jules McTrainspotter Mar 99)

71-72 Box Set: Better quality than Tarantura's PEACE and Lemon Song's Message To Love (which is a different recording). (Lord Byron Nov 99)

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28-Sep-71 Osaka

Live In Japan 1971 (Last Stand 13CD box set).

Discs 8-10 : Osaka 28/9/71. This uses the only source tape available, and is the only disappointment in the box set. The tape and therefore the CD runs about 4% fast, and is missing the three encore songs, so clocks in at only 137 mins. "OSAKA WOMAN" is 161 mins. long, with the encores taken from an inferior source tape, and has been speed corrected. The Mud Dogs "CíMON EVERYBODY" also plays fast, but has the encores. It constantly amazes me that when you see the amount of work in mastering, producing and packaging these releases, that very few people pay any attention to ensuring that the source tape runs at the correct speed, and if not speed correcting it. (Jules McTrainspotter Mar 99)

71-72 Box Set:

Can't compare to other releases but it does run slightly fast and is missing the encores available from a poorer source. (Lord Byron Nov 99)

Osaka Woman (Cobla)
Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, September 28, 1971

CD 1: (57:11) Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused (includes Third Stone from the Sun) (last 2-3 minutes cut)
CD 2: (48:42) Stairway to Heaven (beginning of guitar solo cut, 2 places of minor tape garble after cut), Please Please Me, From Me to You, Celebration Day, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, That's the Way, Going to California, We Shall Overcome, Tangerine, Down by the Riverside, What Is & What Should Never Be (the vocals "travel" in the mix during the first minute)
CD 3: (54:35) Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie, Dear Love, Bachelor Boy, C'mon Baby, Maybelline, Hello Mary Lou) (ending cut as soon as Hello Mary Lou ends), C'mon Everybody (beginning fades in), High Heel Sneakers, Communication Breakdown (includes two unfamiliar melodies; one instrumental and one with vocals)

Two audience recordings comprise this release. The first tape sources the majority of the show running through Whole Lotta Love. The second tape source contains the last three tracks. The first tape source is clear, fairly well balanced and contains very little tape hiss. The instrumentation does get cluttered (not distorted) in places where sonic chaos ensues. Those places include the beginning of Immigrant Song, the return from the guitar solo in Heartbreaker and portions of Dazed & Confused. As a whole, the first tape can be considered very good. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the second tape source. Its sound is thin, hissy and wishy-washy. Fair at best. It is clear, but sounds like it's coming through a funnel. The sound improves slightly by Communication Breakdown. In an attempt to enliven a "dishonorably quiet" audience, the band plays a few cover tunes. Please Please Me and From Me to You consists of only 30 seconds of each song. Page quietly strums a few bars of an unfamiliar melody that Plant faintly starts its lyrics to before abandoning it as soon as he starts singing and doing We Shall Overcome instead. Two minutes of Down by the Riverside excites the audience the most. A cut after Down by the Riverside may have contained more cover tunes. Something different finishes right before What Is & What Should Never Be. Plant introduces Phil Carson on bass and Clive Coulson on vocals after C'mon Everybody. Certainly sounds like Plant singing C'mon Everybody. Perhaps Plant sang offstage while Clive Coulson impersonated him on stage as a joke. A small portion of the instrumental melody of Communication Breakdown does share some similarity to a small portion of the As Long As I Have You medley from April 27, 1969. (Brian Ingham Jan 98)

Osaka Woman (No Label) Per **** SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

This is a no label 3 CDR set from Japan of the Osaka show from September 28, 1971. For the most part the audience source is very upfront, bass heavy and sometimes overloaded. The encores are from a second source and the quality drops becoming very mushy. The end of Dazed and Confused fades out, the first part of the Stairway solo is missing, the Whole Lotta Love medley is truncated and the last encore, Communication Breakdown contains a very clumsy join. As is usual on this tour there is a great contrast between the aggressive, heavy numbers like Immigrant Song, Celebration Day and What Is And Should Never Be to a very laid back acoustic set featuring That's The Way and Going To California. Page plays good solo's in Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You and Hendrix like octave runs in Dazed. Plant gives Since I've been a good vocal work out and also throws in a number of covers, including two Beatles ones to liven up the sometimes too quiet audience. Another essential document of the 1971 Japanese tour. (Tony Gassett Jan 98)

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29-Sep-71 Osaka

Nine Two Nine (TDOLZ Vol. 82)

Disc 1: Introduction, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused (Pennies From Heaven).
Disc 2: Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's The Way, Going To California, Tangerine, Friends, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick.
Disc 3: Whole Lotta Love (Boogie Chillun, Tossin & Turnin', Twist and Shout, Fortune Teller, Good Times Bad Times, You Shook Me), Communication Breakdown, Organ solo/Thank You, Rock n Roll
Disc 4: Introduction, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused (fragment). Disc 5: That's The Way, Going to California, Tangerine, Friends, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (fragment).

This new release by TDOLZ is a limited edition (300) box set of the classic September 29th, 1971 show in Osaka, Japan. TDOLZ have also released a standard three disc set of the entire show. This release uses a new, incomplete source of the show. On the first three discs they edit it with the tape source that was released as 929 on H-Bomb, since that is the source which is closest sonically. The final two discs of the set present the new incomplete master tape. The new tape source is a bit distant but very clear with a fantastic atmosphere. The audience in Osaka, unlike the crowds in Tokyo, were very quite and respectful. Plant even complains about their quietness. This source is recommened over the popular "soundboard" release, which has lots of annoying cuts. All of the greatness of this show is here. The incredible version of Dazed, Friends, and nobody has mentioned the nine-minute Going to California. This release is highly recommended.  (Gerard Sparaco Nov 99)

Nine Two Nine (TDOLZ).

Five-CD box set that includes two audience recordings from the amazing show in Osaka on September 29 1971.One of these recordings is allegedly "new" while the other one is the "929" tape, released and reissued previously by H-Bomb. The five-CD format includes the whole of the performance culled from both tapes on discs I, II and III, while the "new" recording is found whole separately on discs IV and V.The "new" recording includes:
CD IV:(46:20) Audience anticipation/Brief Sound check (some four minutes)-Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed and Confused (twelve-plus minutes worth of this piece).
CD V:(46:23): That's The Way (cuts in at the very beginning)/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick (thirteen-plus minutes worth of this piece).
The sound quality of this tape varies from very good plus to near excellent, the label claims to have used masters, which is probably true because the sharpness and brightness are remarkable. The show was taped very close to the stage, this unfortunately causes bottom-end distortion throughout the recording, the end of That's The Way is wrecked because of this, perhaps the monitors were humming with feedback. The top end is very high too. The audience is quiet but present, particularly during the acoustic set. The taper makes noises like unwrapping something at the beginning of That's The Way, and perhaps taps on the recorder or the microphone. This noise could also be the result of an equipment malfunction producing a bumping sound. This occurs during the gentle acoustic set.
CD I: (64:18)(Same as CD IV up to the spoken introduction to Dazed, only the "929" source is used for a complete Dazed and Confused(includes Pennies From Heaven).
CD II:(69:52)Stairway/Celebration Day (both from "929") Acoustic set and What Is from the"new"source/Moby Dick (complete from the "929" tape.)
CDIII:(57:48)Whole Lotta Love (Boogie-Tossin' and turnin'-Twist and Shout-Fortune Teller-Good Times-You Shook Me)/ Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo-Thank You/Rock 'n' Roll (all from the "929" source).

The "929" tape is sharp and bright, from a low generation source too or from the master tape as the label claims. This recording's sound quality is rather variable, it ranges from good to near excellent. In Dazed the beginning sounds very good, the quality improves a little and then significantly from very good plus to near excellent in a great jam that leads to a magnificent melody which I assume is Pennies From Heaven, in between there's tape garble, then the quality returns to very good. Stairway is more stable in the very good region, the awesome Celebration is in very good plus/near excellent quality. Whole Lotta Love is also variable with audience noise, the boogie section is good, the jam prior to and You Shook Me are near excellent. The encores are in the very good/very good plus region. It seems that the microphone was blocked and occasionally cleared, hence the quality variations. The moments of near excellent quality in Dazed, Celebration and Whole Lotta Love can rival even the so-called soundboard tape, unfortunately they only last a few seconds. The top end is distorted and harsh sounding and some portions of Stairway, Dazed and Whole Lotta Love are worn out. The great revelation is to hear complete jams that are not present in the "sounboard' tape. This performace is awesome and deserves any attempt at being presented in a complete form, albeit in variable sound quality. The only gap on this release is between the end of Celebration and That's The Way. CDs I to III are presented in a cardboard fold-out sleeve entitled 929 with great pictures. Discs IV and V are presented in a single cardboard jacket entitled Nine Two Nine. Both sleeves are enclosed in a brown cardboard box with silver lettering reproducing a section of the original ticket. The ticket was reproduced in a large format and folded to fit inside the box. (Rosina Diaz Scali Nov 99)

Live In Japan (Cobla) Per ****1/2 SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

It was only a matter of time before the Cobla label brought out their version of this classic show from the Festival Hall, Osaka on September 29, 1971. Difficult to tell which, of at least, three available audience sources was used in this 3 CD set - the sound is generally clear and upfront, starting off with a few crackles and there are cuts/drop-outs in Black Dog, Dazed, What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love and Thank You. It's maybe unfair to pick out tasty morsels in such a feast - but check out the guitar work in Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Communication Breakdown and the acoustic playing in That's The Way and Going To California. Well worth getting.(Tony Gassett Nov 99)

Live In Japan 1971 (Last Stand 13CD box set).
Discs 11-13 : Osaka 29/9/71.

This concert was only very recently released by Last Stand, and is the so called soundboard tape, 175 mins. long, in extremely good stereo sound. (Jules McTrainspotter Mar 99)

71-72 Box Set: Identical to their Live In Japan 3CD set. IMHO, LSDs release is the best version of the so called board tape from a TAPE source and is probably as good as it will get unless the masters are actually discovered (don't hold your breath though). (Lord Byron Nov 99)
A Cellarful Of Noise (Noise Generator) 3CD 9/29/71 Sound Quality 8-9 (out of ten - discarding clicks/pops); Appeal 3 (out of 5)

Sourced from various boot LPs utilizing the excellent audience recording, this piece is still far from perfect or complete. In terms of sound quality, this is quite excellent and much better than any of the tape sources currently in circulation however the presence of vinyl clicks/pops (at times quite severe) does diminish its appeal. In addition, there has only been a modest attempt to make this piece as complete as possible a tape source is used sparingly to fill in the vinyl gaps (mostly during Whole Lotta Love), even though all the famous cuts are still present and there is some between song patter missing. Packaging is a rather cheap affair. The cds are housed in a (rather plain) paper sleeve with a sheet depicting the old vinyl artwork glued on the front. If you have one of the recent releases of this show (eg. Cobla or LSD Live In Japan), youll probably be happy with what youve got. If youve never heard the difference in sound quality between the old LPs and the tapes, and have the bucks to shell out you might consider picking this up. (Lord Byron Mar 99)

A Cellarful Of Noise (Noise Generator). 3 CDs, OSAKA 29 September 1971
Not another version of the so called soundboard recording from Osaka 1971 I hear you say. However this is an excellent version, and the sound quality is about 9 out of 10. If you do not have this on CD it is well worth getting. The packaging is very nice too, the CDs are in a card sleeve, which reproduces the original vinyl cover of the same name on the front. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)

Live In Japan (Cobla 3CDR) Performance: 7-8 SQ: 6-8

The famous "Soundboard" tape from the last '71 Japanese show. I will never quite understand the praise offered this recording. It is FAR too overloaded by the drums (except during the acoustic set) and lacks any atmosphere. The cuts are almost unbearable, and there are speed problems throughout. The sound is stereo, but the vocals are almost completely inaudible (again, except for the acoustic set) for most of the show. It's a good show, but certainly not exceptional. Good solo in "stairway" and a great "going to california". Essential? Not really, but its a good show to have. (Anton Chittaee Apr 99)

You Were There in Spirits (Empress Valley EVSD 270-272) 3 CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, 29 September 1971

Track list:
Disc 1 (67.57): Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (72.25): Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (60.37): Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You/Rock And Roll

This classic concert, the last of Led Zeppelin's ground breaking first Japan Tour in September 1971, has always been regarded in the highest esteem by fans. This is not surprising as it is a superb concert, and has been recorded very well from several different sources. There have been numerous previous releases of this show, by every label in the book. Empress Valley have now put this concert out with the most complete version that can be made, with a total running time of almost 200 minutes. Unfortunately they have adopted a fan's compilation that he made some years ago, Christened Common Complaint In Osaka - Rice In Hair! by the Underground Uprising Webmaster. The main source for this concert is the so called soundboard recording, which is around 174 minutes long. It has numerous cuts and gaps. In addition there is a pretty good sounding and near complete audience recording, and also an incomplete third audience recording. Empress Valley have simply used this compilation made a few years ago using all available sources, the foundation for which was the vinyl release. This compilation was made on a DAT recorder, prior to the smooth edits and ability to blend sources together using computer software. Empress Valley have simply largely copied this release and smoothed out the edits. The "soundboard" recording was the basis for this release, and all the cuts and gaps have been filled with the two audience recordings. We get a complete "Pennies From Heaven" during Dazed And Confused. The great attraction of the "soundboard" recording is that it captures remarks from the band members throughout the concert. These have been well documented before, but it is always nice to have John Bonham's view of the state of play. Whilst his playing was superb, he was suffering from stomach problems, no doubt having difficulty adapting to a Japanese culinary diet. The packaging is in a digipack, which mirrors the official How The West Was Won release, and comes with an obi. Empress Valley blow hot and cold with their releases, and they rarely release anything of major importance and hardly ever now source new recordings or new concerts to the Collectors Market. All their releases in the last few months have been for shows already saturated by previous labels. Far better to get the original by way of a trade for minimal cost. (Jules McTrainspotter May 04)

You Were There in Spirits (Empress Valley EVSD 270-272) 3 CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, September 29, 1971

Track list:
Disc 1 (67.57): Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (72.25): Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (60.37): Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You/Rock And Roll

My second favorite Zeppelin show of all time, I just had a listen to this release. Surprise, surprise: the "soundboard" portion of this show, which makes up the majority, is sourced from VINYL. Sure, there's been some great vinyl releases of this source, but there's incredible tape sources as well. The tape sources sound better, with more bottom end giving a fuller feel to the sound. On that alone, I give EV two thumbs down. Just when EV is on top of their game, they biff a release - it seems to happen over and over to them. Of all "complete compilations" I have heard over the years, I still side with Susumi Omi's as the best effort yet. (Jason Peterson, May 2004)

You Were There in Spirits (Empress Valley EVSD 270-272) 3 CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, September 29, 1971

I recently purchased an original copy of Empress Valley's new version of the famous 29 September 1971 show (my all-time favorite) and I have to comment on the reviews on your site that have been posted regarding this title. I must take the above reviewer to task for slagging this release by simply stating that the stereo "soundboard" portion, which comprises 90% of the music on this title, is sourced from vinyl. I strongly believe that this statement is incorrect. I have had in my collection several versions of this show and material extracted from LP sources is easily detectable. I can not state for a fact that NONE of the segments that EV used to stitch together this release are from vinyl, but as a whole, the the "SB" portion is not. If one listens to the quiet opening passages to STH, as an example, you do not hear any crackles or pops, tell tale signs of a vinyl source. I'm not an audiophile, and while there is some noise in the recording, I can pretty confidently state that it did not originate from an LP. If the above reviewer has access to tape sources that are so superior to this "vinyl"-sourced CD set from EV, then I'd love to hear them. I acquired from a known trader last November a CDR set sourced from an alleged 2nd gen tape source of the "SB" recording. This new EV release sounds EXACTLY like this 2nd gen version, including the reversal of the left and right channels, compared to other CD versions of the "SB" source. The only differences are the alternate sources stitched in to fill the gaps and the fact that EV amplified the source. The striking similarity between the EV version and the 2nd gen version also makes me question the statement that EV simply copied a fan's own compilation set and smoothed out the edits. I have a copy of one such compilation put together by a respected collector a few years ago and it is definitely different. Also, keep in mind, when listing the disc times in a review and stating that the release is 200 minutes in length, that EV cheats and ends discs 1 and 2 by repeating material at the beginning of the subsequent discs 2 and 3, a deceptive and annoying habit EV has been guilty of for some time. While I appreciate EV's effort to present to the fans the most complete version of this famous show, I still am largely disappointed in this release. From Empress Valley, I was expecting something more - maybe a substantial upgrade in sound quality on par with the fragmented material on the original "Live in Japan" LP's. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I am also deeply disappointed in EV's lackluster packaging and artwork attempt. This show deserves better - something on par with "Flying Circus" or "Chasing The Dragon". (gusto929 May 04)

You Were There in Spirits (Empress Valley EVSD 270-272) 3 CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, September 29, 1971

Another new release from Empress Valley of this legendary show from the Japan Tour in the year 1971. The so often called "Soundboard" tape sounds very good, the missing sections are carefully filled with an excellent audience tape. Empress Valley used again their EQ to push the sound in the best regions. This release is good, really very good but I don't have any other releases for a comparison. However, when you don't own a release from this classic Led Zep show, get this thing. It's awesome. (MollDrummer June 04)

Fatally Wanderer 929 (Wendy Records WECD - 30/31/32) 3 CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, September 29, 1971

Disc 1 (65.24): Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (72.25): Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Disc 3 (57.06): Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You/Rock And Roll

For years I've listened with amazement to this unique and incredible grand finale to Zep's conquest of Japan in late September, 1971.  My first version was LSD's Live in Japan 1971 from their great big box set.  I remember being so immediately pumped by hearing Bonzo's pounding on the toms while shouting "Led Zeppelin, LOUDER!" before counting into a storming Immigrant Song.  The performance of this song, this night, was Zep's greatest ever rendition of this great show opener.  Pagey's use of distortion and wah-wah in the solo wasn't present like this (to my knowledge) in any other performance they did of this song.  A killer way to start the show, and LSD's release presented it nicely, but I was never quite satisfied.  I always thought there had to be a nicer version of this recording.  Then I picked-up Nighthawk's release and was appalled at the rice crispy snap-crackle-pop sounds that weren't filtered from the obvious recording they made from vinyl.  I've never listened to that one since buying it.  Empress Valley came out not long ago with You Were There In Spirits, which was the first time I heard the whole show, with gaps filled by a better than mediocre audience recording (which I wouldn't mind hearing in its entirety, instead as a gap filler).  But EV's release botched-up the transitions between audience and the quasi-soundboard recording comprising this show, so I was again left a bit longing for just that right release of this show.  Well, for me, Wendy have finally gotten it right.  The transitions between sources are smooth and seamless, significantly distinguishing it from Empress Valley.  But the mastering of the 'soundboard' recording is the real gem here as there's an expansion to the sound that doesn't exist on any of the other releases I've heard of this show.  Not even close.  Bonzo's snare is sharp and cymbals not overloading everyone else.  Robert's voice also seems to be less suppressed than on prior releases I've heard.  And the performance, which is legend, has already been fully endorsed in the other excellent reviews posted about this show.  Like most groundbreaking Zep shows, this one is now available on many different labels.  I've got quite a few of them now, and rank Wendy's as my favorite.  From what I've seen, too, the price is relatively reasonable.  (Symmetry101 Oct 04)

Fatally Wanderer 929 (Wendy Records WECD - 30/31/32) 3 CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, September 29, 1971

Disc 1 (65.24): Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (72.25): Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Disc 3 (57.06): Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You/Rock And Roll

Yet another release of this classic concert was met with some cynical doubts. However as soon as the so called "soundboard" part of the recording starts my ears pricked up and I was very impressed. The sound obtained by Wendy from this recording is most impressive. In fact it may possibly be this tape that is illustrated on the inside cover atwork of the gatefold card package this release comes in. The edits are smoother and much better blended together on this release than they are on the Empress Valley title You Were There In Spirits. As to the performance, little needs or can be said to what has often been said many times before, this was a stunning and brilliant performance by every member of the band (Bonham's digestive system notwithstanding). What distinguishes the main source for this concert is that you can clearly hear messrs Plant, Page and Bonham talking to each other off mike, with often hilarious results. Bonzo was a bit under the weather and did not want to play Moby Dick, but he eventually does. The concert ends with a rousing Rock And Roll, made even more special with Bonham's call to his friend in the rhythm section of "you ready Jonesy?" as he launches into the song's distinctive opening drum beat. What a superb concert those lucky fans in Okaka were treated to so many years ago. The packaging is very nice, a glossy card gatefold, similar to three of the other four titles from Wendy Records covering the enitre Japan 1971 Tour. Rather than rip off the entry on this concert from Underground Uprising (in turn based on comments on the Bootledz website), Wendy should have given us more details of the precise tape sources they used on this release. Old habits die hard and no doubt Wendy have not got the gumption to come up with an original write-up (which Empress Valley at least do). This release is now the definitive version of this tremendous concert. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 04)

Fatally Wanderer - definitive version (Wendy Records WECD - 71/72/73) 3 CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, 29 September 1971

Disc 1 (67.01): Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (72.23): Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (59.35): Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You/Rock And Roll

Wendy re-issued a remastered "definitive version" of what probably still stands as THE best-ever title released by the label about two years ago.
The label boasts that the remastered audio is a "substantial upgrade" over that of the original release, being more natural sound, and that the tape speed has been corrected throughout the show as perfectly as possible in consultation with an expert having the absolute pitch. As I checked the title, however, whether the audio of the remastered version really is an upgrade over the original release is very questionable. It actually is cleaner with less hiss noises. The bottom ends may also be fatter, and the tape speed may be more consistent, than the original release. But the sound of the remastered version is less bright, less edgy and somewhat muffled, especially in its higher ends, as compared to that of the original release. It now sounds as if it had been originally recorded using the Dolby noise reduction system. Accordingly, I don't think this is THE "definitive version" of the show and personally rather prefer the original release. On a separate note, on the back cover of the remastered title, Wendy blatantly copied our webmaster's review as posted in UU of their original release of "Fatally Wanderer 929", in a form slightly edited at its end. In response to his demand for "more details of the precious tape sources" in his review, they added a note saying "No! It's a secret ... by Wendy". I am sure that our webmaster is not happy about their taking the liberty of reproducing his review with such a unkind response! This time, the title comes in a fatboy jewel case with artworks not particularly attractive. In sum, I think we can skip this title. (Takemi Hiramatsu Oct 06)

NB From UU Webmaster: A hearty "hear hear" to Hiramatsu san's comments, fully endorsed by me. Wendy are taking the piss, and Underground Uprising is not amused and is not very happy at their blatant plagiarism. Methinks THE CURSE OF UNDERGROUND UPRISING is heading their way. You have been warned!

Japan Wonderful Place XXXV Anniversary Edition (Beelzebub Records BSD 95/96/97) 3 CDR
Festival Hall, Osaka, 29 September 1971

Disc 1 (65.23): Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (71.59): Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (57.09): Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You/Rock And Roll

This release from Beelzebub is a remastering of Wendy's Fatally Wanderer - Definitive [sic] Edition. Wendy are well known for setting their EQ knob to 11, when about 8 would suffice. This means that the excellent parts of the sources used for the release sound very powerful and punchy (albeit a little overloaded), the poorer sections of lower audio quality jar on the ears somewhat. However, as every release of this show has always used, the main source, the superb stereo "soundboard" (which is just over 170 minutes but has numerous cuts), sounds very good here, and the comments from other band members is loud and clear. It is of course superfluous to discuss the incredible brilliance of the combined playing by the group at this concert, it quite rightly is on every fan's Top Ten. So if you do not have a very good version of this concert then this release is worthy of consideration. (Jamie Boswell Nov 03)

Japan Wonderful Place 35th Anniversary Edition Beezlebub Records (BSD 95,96,97)
Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, Sep. 29, 1971

Disc 1: Introduction (4:08), Immigrant Song (4:39), Heartbreaker (9:17), Since I've Been Loving You (8:29), Black Dog (7:27), Dazed And Confused (31:18)
Disc 2: Stairway To Heaven (10:39), Celebration Day (6:07), That's The Way (7:43), Going To California (10:35), Tangerine (5:16), Friends (4:27), Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (0:28), What Is And What Should Never Be (5:19), Moby Dick (21:17)
Disc 3: Whole Lotta Love (32:56), Communication Breakdown (7:53), Organ Solo/Thanks You (12:24), Rock And Roll (3:52)

After reading the various reviews for Wendy's release of Fatally Wanderer - definitive version I decided it would be a great time to break out this version of the show. Beezlebub Records has gone and remastered Fatally Wanderer and indeed they've done a good job (albeit too hot at times). They've improved on many of the things that Wendy Records fell short on but Wendy's version wasn't the best to work with.
This release has definitely been given the Beezlebub magic touch with everything sounding punchier, up front and more in your face.
This show has got to be one of Jimmy Page's best ever performances. Just listen to the workout he gives his Wah pedal during the solo in Immigrant Song. It turns out to be one of the more unique solos he ever plays in that song. Another plus of this recording is the fact that you can hear John Bonham's comments during the entire show. I'm a believer that the main source used for this release is the Soundboard recording. Just listen to the snare drum strands rattle during Robert Plant's vocal breakdowns in the verses of Black Dog.
The packaging of this release is cool and looks great. Beezlebub has designed a professional looking cover without going overboard. Whoever designed the artwork for this release definitely follows the "Less is More" train of thought. Overall, I give this release a thumbs up and I can't wait to hear what the future has in store for us from Beezlebub Records. I'm sure we'll all be pleasantly surprised. Don't pass this one by and seek it out before it's completely gone. (Harleydog Nov. 06)

Japan Wonderful Place Anniversary Edition Beezlebub Records (BSD 95-96-97)
Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan September 29, 1971

Disc 95: Introduction (4:08), Immigrant Song (4:39), Heartbreaker (9:17), Since I've Been Loving You (8:29), Black Dog (7:27), Dazed And Confused (31:18)
Disc 96: Stairway To Heaven (10:39), Celebration Day (6:07), That's The Way (7:43), Going To California (10:35), Tangerine (5:16), Friends (4:27), Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (0:28), What Is And What Should Never Be (5:19), Moby Dick (21:17)
Disc 97: Whole Lotta Love (32:56), Communication Breakdown (7:53), Organ Solo/Thanks You (12:24), Rock And Roll (3:52)

Welcome to the last night of Led Zeppelin's 1971 Tour of Japan. You can hear the anticipation in the crowd as they clap and stomp their feet in unison waiting for the mighty Zeppelin to hit the stage. At 2:42 into the 1st track (Introduction) you can hear the crowd go crazy as the band is finally taking the stage. Right around the 4:04 mark you can hear what seems to be a source change from an audience source to the rumored to be soundboard source. The story that floats around is that the soundboard source is from two microphones on or around the drumkit."Louder....Two, Three, Four" Ba-Boom!!!!! The drums come in and are right in your face. This recording is definitely a soundboard recording as far as the drums and guitar are concerned. Robert is barely in the mix but all of the other instruments are there. Jimmy's guitar solo in Immigrant Song has to go down as one of his all time best and his use of the Wah pedal is out of this world. Next up is Heartbreaker and again we get more musical gymnastics from Jimmy. This is Jimmy Page at his best. Raw and On Fire!!!!
Next up is "Since I've Been Loving You". At the 5:00 mark you can hear what seems to be a buzz from the strands on the bottom of Bonzo's snare drum. This leads me to believe that the so-called soundboard mics are definitely close to the drum kit. Black Dog gets quite a work out tonight as the band really tears it up. Jimmy falls a bit behind around the 0:48 mark but soon catches up with everyone else. At 1:22 there's a brief source change during Robert's vocal line. This only lasts for 2 seconds. Another source change occurs at 1:43. At 5:49 thru 5:52 there seems to be a drop of level in one channel but nothing too major. There's a spot of digi-noise at 6:30.
Dazed And Confused is up next in 0:56 into it there's a spot of digi-noise. Another pop at 1:35 into the track. These could very possibly be stage noise of some sort. At 3:33 there seems to be another pop. The band are really starting to cook at this point in the song and the pop isn't too distracting. Another cool thing about the overall mix of this recording is that you can hear Bonzo keep time with his hi-hat cymbals even when he's playing the ride cymbal. Jimmy and John Paul start into a cool ascending riff but end it right when the entire band breaks down for Jimmy's Bow Solo. Too bad this riff only lasts for a few bars as it could have been a great place to start some cool improvisational jamming. Jimmy’s Bow Solo on this recording is definitely one of the more dark and mysterious sounding solo’s he ever performed. If you want to get the full effects of it then I suggest you listen to it at about 10:30 PM while driving down a deserted road. At 22:23 there’s a source change from the Soundboard to the Audience source. It switches back to the Soundboard recording at 22:59. At 27:23 there’s a source change. The Audience source comes back into play at the 29.30 and it’s used until 30:03 to fill the gap in the Soundboard source.

Stairway To Heaven is up next and honestly it’s not the most exciting version of the song. The 4th album hasn’t been released yet and the Japanese audience sit patiently throughout the entire song. During the guitar solo you can definitely hear that a bit too much EQ and gain has been added to this recording resulting in the infamous high-end metallic sound. Since this recording seems to be a Soundboard source centered around the drum kit then the high-end of the Ride cymbal really brings out the high-end metallic sound. Could there be that much blame laid on any Boot Release of this show for that sound? The recording isn’t that great no matter how you slice it and if this is the soundboard source that was recorded for the band to eventually release then I can definitely see why they never released it.

Celebration Day is played with enthusiasm and Bonzo plays some very cool drum patters around 3:22. The band almost get into it a bit too much and almost find themselves lost with no way to end the song. Finally Jimmy rears the rest of the band in the song comes to a powerful end. It suffers from that high-end metallic sound during the parts of the song where Bonzo is crashing on his Ride cymbal. It is after this song that Bonzo disappears.

That’s The Way takes us into the acoustic set. This brings the band (minus Bonham) to the front of the stage and the overall mood of the show becomes relaxed and personal. Due to John Bonham’s absence Robert Plant is forced to become the time keeper in the band and he does a good job with his tambourine. Going to California gets treated to a longer arrangement. After the song is finished Robert goes on a hunt for Bonzo. He has the crowd chant for Bonzo all the wihile covering for Bonzo’s absence with tales of Bonham having a bath with a Geisha. Finally everyone gives up on having John Bonham join them and they go right into Tangerine. Mr. Bonham finally decides to rejoin his bandmates and they launch into a one time performance of Friends. Too bad they never played it again is they really do the song justice live.

A Playful feeling is in the air as Robert and Bonzo launch into Smoke Gets In Your Eyes right before the entire band Joins them for What Is And What Should Never Be. At 3:38 there’s a source change from the soundboard to the audience source. This lasts until 4:04 and the soundboard source fades back in. Next Up is Bonzo’s showcase “Moby Dick”. This recording brings the drums right into your living room. My suggestion is that you play this version as loud as you can stand it. John Bonham is pulling all the stops tonight with one of his most imaginative solos ever. At 5:49 the source changes to the Audience recording. This source is used up until 11:43 and then it switches back to the soundboard source. It seems that Bonzo is in the marching mood tonight as a lot of his solo patterns are based on marching band rhythms.

Whole Lotta Love begins with a cool groove and a bit of soloing from Jimmy before the main riff of the song. This version of Whole Lotta Love is guaranteed to get your foot tapping and if you happen to be listening to this in your car make sure to glance at your speedometer occasionally or next thing you know you’ll be doing double the speed limit. 6:22 into the song the audience is used to fill in one of the cuts the soundboard source is riddled with. This lasts until 6:56 when the soundboard source fades back in. This happens again from 13:26 through 13:35. Typically Whole Lotta Love contained a medley of 50’s and 60’s song and tonight is no different. Led Zeppelin guide the audience through Boogie Woogie, Twist And Shout and quite a few others. Good Times Bad Times is yet another rarity pulled out by the band tonight. Too bad the soundboard source for this song is cut from 19:21 through 21:57 but the audience source was used to fill in the gap. After a funky section of the medley the band go into You Shook Me. At 28:29 the Audience source is again used to fill a gap in the Soundboard source. Around the 30:38 mark there is a weird washy high end frequency happening which is a little rough on the ears, especially if you’re listening to this recording at a loud volume. It could very possibly force any pets to leave the room.

Communication Breakdown is up next and it also suffers from the crispy high-end frequency mentioned earlier. My belief is that this is only apparent during the times the audience source is used. This song is sourced entirely from the Audience source. John Paul Jones treats the Japanese audience to an organ solo leading into Thank You. Although not an inspired version of song it’s still really nice to hear it played live. There’s a source change at 9:17 into the song.

“Are You Ready Jonesy” screams Bonham as he launches into a great version of Rock And Roll. 1:45 into the song there’s a source change from the soundboard to the audience source. This source change lasts until 2:13. This show definitely ends on a high note as the band charges their way through Rock And Roll and so ends their first Japanese tour. This release is definitely worth it if you’re into having every release but I must warn you that it is a bit over EQ’d at times. (Estimated Prophet Dec 06)

Japan Wonderful Place XXXV Anniversary Edition (Beelzebub Records BSD 95/96/97) 3 CDR
Festival Hall, Osaka, 29 September 1971

Disc 1: Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2: Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 3: Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You/Rock And Roll

The legendary final show in Osaka is released by Beelzebub.  Wendy released the definitive version of this show bringing together all of the different sources in great sound quality.  Beelzebub basically took this release and increased the volume so high that it sounds horrible.  This is present on ALL of Beelzebub's releases but is so high on this one that it is completely unlistenable.  This is a complete waste of time and I would recommend the Wendy release over this. (Belzlegion Dec 06)

Geisha 9291971 (Tarantura TCD-71-1~3, RSR-209 A & B) 5CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, 29 September 1971

Disc 1 (78.39): Opening/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day
Disc 2 (59.24): Interval/That's The Way/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/ Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (59.30): Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank
You/Rock And Roll

Disc 4 (43.02): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/Tangerine
Disc 5 (41.37): Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You

As soon as I previewed the artwork for the title, I thought that I should immediately get it.  Actually, the first edition of the title, limited to 100 copies, became sold out almost instantly and its second edition also became sold out immediately after Tarantura started taking orders for it.  The artwork for the titles is basically a parody of Japanese paintings depicted in the 19th Century, based on the concept that Jimmy Page as the leader of the band was Matthew Calbraith Perry who, with his black ships called “kurofune” in Japanese, came to Japan to first demand that it open the country.  The artwork created based on such an amusing concept and with a nice touch is one of the most beautiful ones that Tarantura has ever produced and makes the title well worth having solely on account of its beauty.  The title consists of the two components: the 3CD set and the 2CD set.  Each of the two components comes in separate paper sleeves, on which Tarantura reprinted (mostly rare) photos of the band members on and off stage on their first Japanese tour.  The 2CD set is a remastered version of the excellent old vinyl release entitled “Live In Japan”.  Although it is incomplete as the vinyl release was, it has excellent sounds.  The 3CD set represents Tarantura’s attempt to present the show in a form as complete as possible using the so-called “soundboard” tape with audience fillers, like what Wendy did in its title “Fatally Wanderer 929”.  The 3CDs are picture discs showing Perry’s portrait among other things.  Unlike Wendy, Tarantura elected not to fill in the introduction (before Bonzo started shouting) with an audience tape.  On the other hand, “Whole Lotta Love” medley is a bit longer in the title than in the Wendy’s version, which is more important to me.  While the Wendy version is very “bottom heavy”, often resulting in distorted sounds, Tarantura tried to reduce the level of bottom ends in its efforts to avoid such distortion.  It succeeded in providing solid bottom ends without the sounds being distorted, making our listening experiences easier, especially for had-rocking’ tunes.  However, for more mellow tunes such as “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, “Stairway To Heaven” and “Tangerine”, such efforts at the same time made the sounds of the guitar so thinner that the versions in the 3CD set ended up sounding inferior to those included in the 2CD set.  I also note that “Rock And Roll” as presented in the title sounds very muffled and frustrating.  All in all, however, the title is, mainly due to its beautiful artwork, destined to be a legendary one and is certainly a gem for many collectors like us.  (TH  May 08)

Live in Japan 1971 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSD-547/548/549) 3 CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, 29 September 1971

Disc 1 (67:41): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (72.24): Stairway To Heaven/Celebration Day/That's The Way/Going To California/Tangerine/Friends/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (59:13): Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Organ Solo/Thank You/Rock And Roll

When it was announced that this new EV release would be a “huge upgrade” over past titles as produced “from the previously unreleased lowest generation source ever discovered,” many collectors could not help but have great expectations for it, since the 929 Osaka show remains one of the all-time great concerts that the band had ever performed throughout its live history.  Unfortunately, however, the new title has turned out to be a disappointment.  It actually sounds somewhat different from past titles such as Wendy’s “Fatally Wonderer 929” or Tarantura’s “9291971.”  However, it is quite doubtful that the difference resulted because EV used any lower generation tape that it claims to have found.  The main source EV uses is the same old "soundboard" source with some audience recordings spliced in, just like other labels did in those past titles.  It is highly likely that the new EV title is just another differently EQ'd version of a mix comprised mainly of the so-called SBD source filled with some audience recordings.  Moreover, the new title is not at all a “huge upgrade” over those past titles.  Rather, it sounds worse than them due to heavy equalizations.  Especially, since EV boosted the top and bottom ends too much, it sounds booming and muffled in its bottom ends, while only Bonzo’s hi-hats are conspicuous in its top ends, making Jimmy‘s guitar sound lacking its edge and almost buried in the background.  Even Bonzo’s snare drums do not sound properly tight in this title.  Another thing which makes EV more guilty is its note printed on the inner side of the slip case as reproduced from Dave Lewis’ and Simon Pallett’s “The Concert File,” misleading readers to think that the title features the original of the SBD tape which Jimmy Page rediscovered in the tape archive in 1997 but was eventually not considered good enough for official releases in 2003.  Apparently, that is not the case.  Prudent collectors should stay away from this expensive but almost valueless release.  (TH Dec. 2010)

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11-Nov-71 Newcastle

Teddy Bear's Picnic (No Label) Per **** SQ *** Appeal G

First time out on CD for the show from Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle on November 11, 1971. The single disk covers the first part of the show to almost the end of the acoustic set. The vocals are upfront in the recording, with the instruments more distant and a bit more muffled - hiss is present in quieter moments. This mix coupled with a lack of top end means the detail in the guitar solos is lost in places. In Heartbreaker the guitar solo section features fast and fluid playing, and the solos in Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway To Heaven are played with passion. Plant's vocals are good throughout the show and the three acoustic numbers are excellent. Just about worth investigation by the general collector. (Tony Gassett Jan 99)

Newcastle Brown Ale Newcastle City Hall 11-Nov-71 Empress Valley Supreme Disk (EVSD - 59/60).
A 2 CD set in an elongated slipcase. The CD sleeves are housed in a slip-out cardboard block. Sleeves are plain brown  parchment with the EV logo. The CDs are plain black painted with minimal  writing. The slipcase is really nice, but being from an elite label, one would  think the CDs & sleeves would be snazzier.

Disc 1: (58:43) Immigrant  Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock & Roll, Stairway To Heaven, That's The Way, Going To California, Tangerine.
Disc 2:  (62:02) Dazed & Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Celebration Day,  Whole Lotta Love Medley (incl. Boogie Chillin', High Flyin' Mama, Mess O' Blues, Honey Bee, Sugar Mama, The Lemon Song), Communication Breakdown (incl.  Celebration Day)

Apparently, the last two tracks from this show have  been lost. Empress does an excellent job of trying to complete the show by  adding the Whole Lotta Love Medley and Communication Breakdown from the K.B. Hallen show (5/3/71). The edit is seamless and the quality is unchanged. This  also serves as a savvy marketing tool by the label. The back cover let's us know  that these two tracks are a preview from an upcoming release of K.B. by EV. This set was released within weeks of Electric Magic's version of the same show entitled, "Transitional Magic." Empress wins the battle (but not the war, read  on). I do not own Transitional Magic, but the word is that EV's sound quality is  better, and the addition of the K.B. tracks pounds in the final nail. This set comes from an audience source. There are minor volume and hiss fluctuations throughout the show. Yet, the quality remains very good to excellent. The vocals are out front and clear. The guitar is just behind but always embattled with the drums for supremacy (especially during Stairway). The sheer musicality of the  concert is astounding. Plant is in excellent voice. Page belts out a very tight and precise performance. Bonham & Jones are both strong and fill every gap with intricate and rhythmic fills. Of particular note, I believe that Moby Dick  is also missing from this recording. "The Concert File" by Dave Lewis & Simon Pallett reports that it was not played that night, but there is evidence to the contrary. Just before the segue into Whole Lotta Love from K.B. Hallen,  you can hear audience members calling for Moby Dick. Then, Plant says, "This is our one and only, John He..," and he is interrupted by Page playing around on  his guitar. Also, this is the spot in the set list where Moby will be played nine days later at the Wembley Empire Pool, and where it has been played throughout the 1970 & 1971 tours from 8/15/70 (Yale Bowl) onward. Even though this is a wonderful release, if you only get one boot from the 5th UK tour, I would have to recommend Mystical Majesties Request (Electric Magic - 11/25/71) over Newcastle Brown Ale. Electric Magic's packaging is better and the sound is clearer. Also, the performance is longer and more complete. (Brian DuPont, 2001)

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13-Nov-71 Dundee

The Road And The Miles To Dundee (Led Note)
Disc 1: Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Rock And Roll/Since Iíve Been Loving You/stairway To Heaven/thatís The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Tangerine
Disc 2: Dazed And Confused/What Is And What Should Never Be/moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love

People may ask as to why it took so long for this show to be released, and the reason is to be heard on these CDs. The sound quality is distant and just about listenable, but disc 2 is plagued with tape speed problems, and it is virtually unlistenable. The best thing about this release is the packaging. the cover is an old Victorian photo of a steam locomotive, with workmen standing around it, and the band members have been superimposed into the photo. But unfortunately you cannot make a silk purse out of a sowís ear. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 01).

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16-Nov-71 Ipswich

Ipswich 1971 (TDOLZ 579701/579702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
St. Mathew's Baths, Ipswich, U.K., November 16, 1971

CD 1: (62:43) Plant's introduction/ Immigrant Song (minor dropout in beginning), Heartbreaker (minor dropout in beginning), Black Dog (minor balance shift in middle), Since I've Been Loving You, Rock & Roll (quality at the end drops to fair), Stairway to Heaven, Going to California (first few tune up notes cut), That's the Way (tape quality changes for the better near the beginning), Tangerine

CD 2: (60:54) Dazed & Confused (small cut after the bow section), What Is & What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Whole Lotta Love (small cut at the beginning, ending cut) (includes Boogie Woogie, Hello Mary Lou, Mess O' Blues, Honey Bee (small cut in middle)

This release unearths another new audience tape. It is very good and clear with very little audience noise. It also contains very little tape hiss. The quality of the tape drops significantly at the end of Rock & Roll (alternate tape source?). It does gradually improve toward very good, but is slightly muffled and never as bright. Tape hiss becomes more prevalent too. The quality returns back to very good and clear near the beginning of That's the Way and stays that way for the rest of the tape. Plant's voice is in very good shape. His voice does crack in places, but he handles the ending of Stairway to Heaven without problem. Page plays a few bars of Black Country Woman as he tunes up for Tangerine. The tape does "crackle" in a few spots during Whole Lotta Love as notes approaching canine-hearing-only are reached. The tape ends during the guitar portion of Honey Bee. This release may use the same tape source as the one used for Two Penny Upright (Antrabata). I do not own that release but am aware of its cuts. They coincide with the cuts on this release. That release was missing the sonically inferior section between the end of Rock & Roll and the beginning of That's the Way. Plus it ended in the same spot as the cut in Dazed & Confused. However, that release claimed to be from the Birmingham show the next day. (Brian Ingham Jan 98)

Ipswich 1971 (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

Another recently uncovered audience tape from the show at St. Mathew's Baths, Ipswich on November 16, 1971. This 2 CD set starts off as clear, bright, vocals to the fore and the bottom end a little lacking. There are small dropouts in Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker and two in Going to California. After initial volume fluctuations the instrumental balance improves but the sound suddenly becomes muddy with some hiss at the end of Rock And Roll - maybe caused by a change in recorder location. After a muffled Stairway, it becomes clearer at the start of That's The Way and the improved sound quality continues to the end. However, Dazed And Confused has a cut in the middle and Whole Lotta Love has a cut in the medley and fades out before the end. Good guitar work in the long Immigrant Song solo, Since I've been Loving You and the Whole Lotta Love medley. The band play a well constructed Dazed with Plant stretching out on the vocals and the following What Is And Should Never Be and Celebration Day are both excellent versions. This one is well worth seeking out. (Tony Gassett Feb 98)

Feelin' Groovy Definitive Edition (Empress Valley)

Disc One (67:13) IS, HB, BD, SIBLY, R&R, STH, GTC, TTW, Tangerine
Disc Two (41:16) D&C, WIAWSNB, Celebration Day
Disc Three (36:54) WLL medley, Weekend, Gallows Pole

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

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

DISC ONE: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine
DISC TWO: Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Celebration Day
DISC THREE: Whole Lotta Love Medley, Weekend, Gallows Pole

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

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24-Nov-71 Manchester

Rave On (TDOLZ 299701/299702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
Free Trade Hall, Manchester, U.K., November 24, 1971

CD 1: (61:05) Plant's introduction/ Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You (contains a very minor tape bump as the vocals start), Celebration Day, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way (first few seconds of intro. cut, part of the middle section cut?, ending muffled then cut), Tangerine (beginning muffled), Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
CD 2: (45:54) Dazed & Confused (includes the theme from Shaft) (part of the middle section cut after the bow section?), What Is & What Should Never Be (cuts in with Plant's opening vocals), Rock & Roll (drum intro. cut), Whole Lotta Love (includes Just A Little Bit, Boogie Woogie, Rave On, Hello Mary Lou (intro. only, cuts to the end of Whole Lotta Love)), Thank You (organ intro. cut) (includes only the first 2 minutes)

This release uses a good audience tape. It is clear and free of any close up audience noise. However, the sound is mono and positioned mostly in the middle frequencies with low end tape hiss. The instruments are not that well balanced. The vocals and drums are up front with the bass and keyboards in the middle and the guitar slightly in the background. The bass occasionally distorts the recording too. Plant's vocals are at their highest throughout this show. Page quickly plays the opening riff to Black Country Woman as he tunes up for Going to California. Though it is hard to tell, I believe there is a cut in the middle of That's the Way and Dazed & Confused. Page's acoustic guitar comes through very clear during Bron-Yr-Stomp as he demonstrates his control of the instrument. The sound drops to fair from What Is & What Should Never Be to the end. It is still clear, but the sound is very thin. (Brian Ingham Nov 97)

Rave On (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ *** Appeal General

New on CD for the incomplete audience source for the show at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester on November 20 1971. This 2 CD set starts off with the sound being distant, a little overloaded and distorted. Also hiss is present in the quieter numbers. This makes the guitar solo in the opener Immigrant Song difficult to make out. Things become clearer by the time Dazed is reached. However the vocals are recorded well throughout and Plant's voice is strong in the upper ranges, especially on Immigrant Song and Celebration Day. There is a cut ending That's The Way and starting Tangerine, a small one at the start of Rock And Roll, the middle of the Whole Lotta Love medley is missing and the end of Thank You is lost. Standout numbers are Heartbreaker with a good guitar solo, Since I've Been Loving You for Jones' organ work, Celebration Day being fast and furious, Going To California and an epic Dazed And Confused. Only in the Stairway solo does Page sound a bit lost. The quality of the performance rewards struggling through any deficiencies in sound quality. (Tony Gassett Jan 98)

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25-Nov-71 Leicester

Mystical Majesties Request (Electric Magic)
25-November-1971 Leicester University, U.K.

Disc I (58:54): Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine (stop), Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
Disc II (38:39): Dazed And Confused (incl. Theme From Shaft), Stairway To Heaven
Disc III (46.55): What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (include. Just A Little Bit, I'm Going Down, Boogie Woogie, Mary Lou, Rave On, Mess O' The Blues, Squeeze My Lemon), Rock And Roll, Communication Breakdown

Yet another recent liberation from the vaults, the new bootleg "Mystical Majesties Request" is simply stunning. Beyond the obvious Holy Grails, there could be few better choices for unearthing than this transitional November 25th show, and we Yanks (at least) should give thanks for our bounty. Coming hot on the heels of at least two other amazing performances, 11/20/71 and 11/24/71, and mere months after the unparalleled August and September shows, this document finds the band consolidating the successes of that incredible two-month period. The results are a confirmation of all that one wants to believe about the majesty of Led Zeppelin, a belief tarnished by the myriad of sub par and inconsistent performances that followed this date but preceded this release. When Immigrant Song was dropped from the leadoff spot some months later, and thence from the set list altogether, something more than a mere song disappeared forever: the band lost its way, somehow. Fortunately, this show captures the golden essence of the band prior to the fall. The packaging of this piece is a lavish trifold slipcase, with plenty of graphics and pictures over which to pore. The front cover has the band posed in a spoof of The Rolling Stones' album artwork for Their Satanic Majesties Request, itself a flaccid derivation of The Beatles' album artwork for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band. No more need be said of the technical aspects of this performance other than to observe that the band, including singer, is at the top of its form. Like other newly-emerged shows, the source tape is a very good audience source, with the excellent instrumental mix being well preserved. The drums occasionally suffer, but the overall effect is very successful. Plant's voice proves too much for the taper's microphone, a common problem in the pre-blowout era. Page's solos are enjoyably clear.

There is minor tape hiss, and that only when there are peaks in high frequencies unaccompanied by other sounds, such as during the more strident parts of the guitar solos or Plant's wailing. In any event, it detracts little from the recording. The beginning of this tape finds Plant complaining of the flu, just as he did the night before. No reaction from the crowd. The usual twiddling about ensues, with anticipatory giggles greeting Bonham's tuneup kick drum slams, and Immigrant Song erupts into the night. Plant nails the mood-setting berserker wails with nary a crack or quaver. Immigrant Song finishes emphatically, and, before the audience members can draw a breath to shriek, Heartbreaker bludgeons them back into gasping silence. When Heartbreaker wraps up, there is a noticeable pause before the audience recovers its wits (and breath) sufficiently to applaud. Black Dog follows, with the now-familiar Out On The Tiles introduction. Plant has already dropped the castrato notes he hit during the verses on the recorded version, most likely in an effort to preserve his voice. By this point in the recording, the discernability of the drums improves to a great extent; accordingly, Since I've Been Loving You is a percussive delight. One can always depend on this song to rescue an otherwise-lackluster show from any era, and in a show this excellent and from this particular time, Since I've Been Loving You is sublime, a masterpiece of English blues - perhaps the best of that amazing canon. Celebration Day is introduced in a fashion recalling Johnny Carson and dedicated to New York, "because it's a good place to go ... quite the opposite." This rendition is enough to make anyone's face crack from smiling. There are minor tape rubs/flutters during the instrumental middle, which features a unusual funk-scratch exchange between Page and Plant. Next, Plant excuses the band for a bizarre, momentum-killing interlude during which Bonham's bass drumskins are replaced following their utter destruction during the first five songs of the set - finished off for good during this song's funky break. Although the recording is ambiguous, this calamity must have proved a fortuitous time to commence the acoustic set instead of a reading of Stairway To Heaven, as was done the previous night. A crackling sound (analog? digital?) precedes Page's strumming and Plant's wistful, yet wry observations about the end of the hippy dream; but the dream lives, albeit only for a moment, in the form of an evocative and newly-sad Going To California, providing an interesting contrast with the subsequent That's The Way, Plant's gentle indictment of intolerance as experienced by his son Karac. After a brief pause, Page begins Tangerine, only to stop dead after 40 seconds.

This halt is labeled a mistake on the packaging, but, in Page's defense, it is immediately followed by a loud buzz, perhaps the sound of a guitar cord being replugged into an amplifier or guitar after being found to not be fully inserted. He restarts and Tangerine is performed without incident before Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp transforms the proceedings into a clap-along, rip-snorting hoedown. The crowd continues its stomping well after the end of the song. Disc II contains only two songs (as noted elsewhere, the track entitled "training old style" is merely a Plant sight gag). This fact could be taken as a portent of wretched excess in the not-too-distant future. Here, however, Dazed And Confused is 27 minutes of equal parts taut riffing and expressionistic fury, but always a pure joy to the ears. Demonstrating the enduring hold that Led Zeppelin's work will always have on popular music, any competent band could mine this song for at least one gold album's worth of derivative numbers. As the prior night, included in the immensity is an excerpt from Isaac Hayes' 1971 #1 hit Theme From Shaft, emerging from what would become The Crunge (inclusion of the Hayes quote was rare and short-lived, as the band, perhaps mindful of the Jake Holmes and Willie Dixon situations, soon relied entirely on the proprietary The Crunge as the number's funk showpiece). Although there was not yet any San Francisco or Woodstock interpolation, Dazed and Confused was obviously now conceived as the set's centerpiece, both literally and figuratively, and this intent is made apparent in this stormy reading. Imagine the experience of witnessing this performance and this arrangement of Dazed And Confused, before the novelty faded for the band! Plant's introduction of Stairway To Heaven is greeted with loud applause.

Plant, not as yet jaded, gives a compelling delivery, and the song ascends on the wings of Page's solo, quick, furious and precise. There is a tiny cut at the very end of the song, followed by rapturous cheers. What Is And What Should Never Be is given its standard treatment. Page shines best on structured solos (albeit with many notable exceptions), and, as expected, we hear him remaining largely faithful to the studio version this night, with great success. Page launches Whole Lotta Love without preamble, and it quickly disintegrates into the harrowing nightmare of the Theramin jam, with Page sounding like he's playing two guitars at once, before being cut briefly at 3:45. The Jam begins with the familiar moans of "One night!" from Just A Little Bit, then shuffles into a droning, wicked-sounding cover of I'm Going Down. This version owes a lot to the Jeff Beck Group version, but actually surpasses that former benchmark cut of this old standard. A sudden pause, and Boogie Woogie resumes, Page hitting every note he attempts during the fast part. Next, in sequence, are Mary Lou, Rave On and Mess O' The Blues. The final part of the medley is a lengthy, bedrock 12-bar blues number in the manner of You Shook Me, with Plant howling his favorite lemon-squeezing, juice-running, bed-exiting commands in counterpoint (and counterpoise) to Page's frantic, vibrato-laden stabs of notes. The return to Whole Lotta Love is somewhat a surprise at almost 27 minutes into the affair! The band leaves the stage to a resounding thunder of clapping, stomping, whistling and shouting - in short, an absolute frenzy. Our quartet is drawn back onstage after a few minutes, and the audience is not shy about making requests; one fellow even shouts for Black Dog before being reminded that it had been played earlier in the set! Rock And Roll explodes into being and the audience plays along, providing a giant staccato clap to track the bass drum. Plant gives it his all on this number, hitting almost every one of the preternatural notes he hit in the studio. This song is still close to its studio form in most other respects, as well. This show closes with Communication Breakdown, containing a soulful, Band Of Gypsies-style solo and a funky break before accelerating to a racing finish. The crowd shouts for more; we can only hope for more new shows like this one. (David Montgomery May 2000)

Mystical Majesties Request (Electric Magic)
Leicester University 25.11.1971
Time: 145 mins (almost complete, slight cut in WLL)
SQ: 7/10 Slight hiss but doesn't distract. In places SQ reaches 8, particularly during quieter numbers.
Packaging/Artwork: Superb foldout paper case (identical in design to Lemon Song label triple CD design).

Less common pics of each member from the correct era.
Content: Page makes a mistake at the beginning of Tangerine & they scrap it and play it again! 'Training Old Style' which is listed on the sleeve is nothing more than a visual joke that Plant has with the audience. The WLL medley contains unusual songs. Verdict: I can honestly say that although this set is very expensive, I was not disappointed. (Paul Apple May 2000)

Mystical Majesties Request (Electric Magic EMC-001A/B/C)

Disc 1: Introduction, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Going To California, Tangerine (mistake), Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
Disc 2: Dazed and Confused, Stairway To Heaven
Disc 3: What Is and What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (I'm Going Down/Boogie Chillun'/Hello Mary Lou/Rave On/Mess O' Blues/Me and the Devil Blues/Squeeze My Lemon), Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown

This is a very clear tape from November 25th, 1971 at Leicester University. By far the best from their UK winter tour, and this tape has come out of nowhere, thanks to the Celebration people. The sound of this tape is very similar to the Copenhagen 1971 tape, but without the echo. The highlight of this tape is the Whole Lotta Love medley. These are the best versions to date of Ricky Nelson's Hello Mary Lou and Buddy Holly's Rave On. Plant even imitates Holly's singing style. What is most interesting is this is the only reference to Robert Johnson's Me and the Devil Blues ("I'm gonna beat my woman, till I get satisfied"). This is the quote used by Davis in the introduction to his horrible book. This doesn't really mean anything, but is an interesting curiosity. This title is definitely recommended if you can find it and afford it. (Gerard Sparaco July 2000)

"Best For Best For Hard 'N' Heavy" Leicester University, 25 November 1971 (3CD Empress Valley Supreme Disc EVSD 121-123)

Disc 1 (61.38):- Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Celebration Day/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Disc 2 (39.41):- Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven
Disc 3 ( 49.54):- What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll/Communication Breakdown

Previously released several years ago by Electric Magic as "Mystical Majesties Request" (with excellent packaging taking off the Rolling Stones album), this latest release from Empress Valley is a considerable improvement in sound quality. The Electric Magic release, very good sounding as it is, sounds tinny in comparison to this new release. Empress Valley have given this version a much fuller and richer sound, with a marked improvement in the bottom end. Sadly because of the limited issue and high price it will be beyond the reach of many, but no doubt will soon be traded amongst fans. The packaging is excellent too. Each CD has a reproduction of a reel to reel tape on it, and is housed in a glossy card slipcover. The colour of this and the outer box is midnight blue, lined in gold. The three CDs are housed in a thick card glossy box, at the bottom of which is a lapel badge, a picture of Robert Plant in bell bottoms and the words: Leicester 1971. The photos used are all from this concert, which is a very nice detail, and on the back of the outer box is a reproduction of the concert revue from the local paper with the headline: LED ZEPPELIN - BEST FOR HARD 'N' HEAVY. (Jules McTrainspotter May 02

The Diploma (Tarantura TCD-21) 6 CDs
Leicester University, Leicester, November 25, 1971

Disc 1 (55.36) (master cassette to CDR): MC, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, MC, Black Dog, MC, SIBLY, MC, Celebration Day, MC, Going to California, MC, That's the Way, Tangerine, MC (cut-out)
Disc 2 (61.28) (speed-corrected and equalized): MC, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, MC, Black Dog, MC, SIBLY, MC, Celebration Day, MC, Going to California, MC, That's the Way, Tangerine, MC, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, MC
Disc 3 (55.55) (master cassette to CDR ): MC (cut in), Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, MC, Dazed and Confused, MC, Stairway to Heaven, WIAWSNB, Whole Lotta Love (cut out)
Disc 4 (40.03) (speed-corrected and equalized): MC, Dazed And Confused, MC, Stairway to Heaven
Disc 5 (42.13) (master cassette to CDR): Whole Lotta Love Medley (cuts in) - Whole Lotta Love, Going Down, Boogie Chillin, Hello Mary Lou, Rave On, A Mess of Blues, The Lemon Song, and Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown
Disc 6 (50.24) (speed-corrected and equalized): WIAWSNB, Whole Lotta Love Medley - Whole Lotta Love, Going Down, Boogie Chillin, Hello Mary Lou, Rave On, A Mess of Blues, The Lemon Song, and Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown

Some things are worth the wait for us Zeppelin collectors. Word's been out for some time that Tarantura's The Diploma would present the November 25, 1971 Leicester University show from the "master tapes" for the first time. Indeed, during the time passage for this release to hit the street its title even changed, suggesting the amount of effort and thought behind finalizing this release for public consumption. Having Empress Valley's Best For Hard 'N' Heavy to compare with The Diploma, I can comfortably say that - to my ears - this is a healthy and pleasing upgrade to Empress Valley's issue of this show. For example, at 2:34 of Immigrant Song, the previously buried John Bonham appears quite heavily, with bass drum, snare, ride cymbal, etc., much more clearly discernable in the mix. As a result, the listening experience is much fuller. Please note that this reference is made to the equalized disc, but is academic because if you're lucky enough to have this release, you'll decide which of the two discs of the beginning of this show you prefer - straight from the master or the speed-corrected/equalized disc. I have, admittedly, thus far listened primarily to the equalized version due simply to time constraints and excitement once this title was unwrapped. And that, quite frankly, was an enormous pleasure in its own respect. Tarantura have limited this release to 100 copies (although the packaging suggests 110 have been released), with 30 being the "hair line edition" and the remaining being the "hologram edition," which is what I have. One of the many intriguing aspects of collecting Zeppelin concerts is the extent of thought, effort, and manufacturing that goes into the packaging. The Diploma sets itself apart, as Tarantura have done with other past releases, by virtue of its unique and beautiful presentation. The "hologram" edition is, essentially, a sparkly and reflective finish to the box holding the separate sleeves - which are also hologram finished - that each contain the 2 discs for each portion of the show. The shuffle pack design opens to display the 3 sleeves in separate slots, with the discs distinguished by either a picture of the claimed master cassette for the straight transfer, or with a psychedelic, multi-color dotted finish for the speed-corrected, equalized version. Attention to important, historical detail is evidenced on the attractive disc sleeves, which display the concert coordinators, location, date, and even ticket price at that time. Very lovely to behold, and, more importantly, to hear. For example, Dazed on the equalized disc is more "in your face" than EV's version I have, and more engrossing as a result. Why Whole Lotta Love is divided between the unequalized discs 3 and 5 is beyond me, and that is a bit of shame when the rest of this production by Tarantura is so special and definitive for this great show. What's more, considering the relatively reasonable price for this show - which was in the mid-$200's - Tarantura made any wait for this excellent release well worth it. (Symmetry101, April, 2005)

The Diploma (Tarantura TCD-21) 6 CDs
Leicester University, Leicester, 25 November, 1971

Disc 1 (55.36) (master cassette to CDR): MC, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, MC, Black Dog, MC, SIBLY, MC, Celebration Day, MC, Going to California, MC, That's the Way, Tangerine, MC (cut-out)
Disc 2 (55.55) (master cassette to CDR ): MC (cuts in), Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, MC, Dazed and Confused, MC, Stairway to Heaven, WIAWSNB, Whole Lotta Love (cut out)
Disc 3 (42.13) (master cassette to CDR): Whole Lotta Love Medley (cuts in) - Whole Lotta Love, Going Down, Boogie Chillin, Hello Mary Lou, Rave On, A Mess of Blues, The Lemon Song, and Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown
Disc 4 (61.28) (speed-corrected and equalised): MC, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, MC, Black Dog, MC, Since I've Been Loving You, MC, Celebration Day, MC, Going to California, MC, That's the Way, Tangerine, MC, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, MC
Disc 5 (40.03) (speed-corrected and equalised): MC, Dazed And Confused, MC, Stairway To Heaven
Disc 6 (50.24) (speed-corrected and equalised): What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Rock And Roll, Communication Breakdown

This is now the third release of this concert, and it is easily the best. The presentation is lavish, in a shufflepack card case, similar to Get Back To L.A. Two CDs are each held in a card sleeve, the version from the master and the equalised version. The original version runs about three per cent slow. The remastered version sounds near excellent, has been speed corrected, and is much better than the Empress Valley Best For Hard 'N' Heavy, which although very nicely presented sounds like it was from a lower gen source rather than the master. This new version from Tarantura is lovely to behold and listen to. When speed corrected (every fan needs a variable speed CD player), the original master source is very clear and punchy in sound. Plant complained that he had the flu, but his voice was still able to hit some very high notes. The speed corrected and remastered version is tremendous, and very enjoyable to listen to. One annoying thing were the number of cue stops on both versions just for Robert Plant's intro to the song, which seeems rather superfluous. There are two versions of this release: the "hair line edition" (numbered 001 to 030) and the "hologram edition" (numbered 031 to 110). I have the hologram edition, which looks very nice, but the track listings on the back are a bit difficult to read due to the hologram effects on the cover. Quality and a numbered release do not come cheap, but I was more than happy to pay 200 Euros for this ($250). Altogether an essential release. (Charles Swann April 05)

The Diploma (Tarantura TCD-21) 6 CDs
Leicester University, Leicester, 25 November, 1971

Disc 1 (55.36) (master cassette to CDR): MC, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, MC, Black Dog, MC, SIBLY, MC, Celebration Day, MC, Going to California, MC, That's the Way, Tangerine, MC (cut-out)
Disc 2 (55.55) (master cassette to CDR ): MC (cuts in), Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, MC, Dazed and Confused, MC, Stairway to Heaven, WIAWSNB, Whole Lotta Love (cut out)
Disc 3 (42.13) (master cassette to CDR): Whole Lotta Love Medley (cuts in) - Whole Lotta Love, Going Down, Boogie Chillin, Hello Mary Lou, Rave On, A Mess of Blues, The Lemon Song, and Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown
Disc 4 (61.28) (speed-corrected and equalised): MC, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, MC, Black Dog, MC, Since I've Been Loving You, MC, Celebration Day, MC, Going to California, MC, That's the Way, Tangerine, MC, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, MC
Disc 5 (40.03) (speed-corrected and equalised): MC, Dazed And Confused, MC, Stairway To Heaven
Disc 6 (50.24) (speed-corrected and equalised): What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Rock And Roll, Communication Breakdown

First there was Electric Magic's Mystical Majesties Request (very nice packaging, not very good sound). Then along came Empress Valley's Best For Hard 'N' Heavy (lovely packaging and improved sound). Now Tarantura have, it appears, got hold of the master for this concert, and released a very nice package and a greatly improved sound, in a lavish 6CD shufflepack release. This is limited to 110 numbered copies. The original recording (which runs almost 3% slow) is released on 3 discs (with the Whole Lotta Love Medley spread over discs 2 and 3), and a remastered and speed corrected version makes up the other three discs. The Whole Lotta Love Medley has been neatly joined together on disc 3. The sound on both versions is sharp and clear, but of course better speed corrected version as you hear the music at the correct pitch. Plant announced that he had the flu, but seemed to be OK in his singing, and the rest of the band were playing very well indeed. What is annoying is the number of cue stops on each CD, creating a seperate track for each song introduction by Plant. Apart from that, this is a very nice release and well worth seeking out. (Jules McTrainspotter April 05)

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02-Dec-71 Bournemouth

Heartbeat (HB-9616 H-Bomb Music)
Royal Ballroom, Bournemouth, U.K., December 2, 1971

CD (58:58) Immigrant Song (beginning cut, garbled and unbalanced), Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed & Confused (cuts out during the violin bow section), What Is & What Should Never Be, Rock & Roll, Whole Lotta Love (beginning muffled, ending cut, includes Just a Little Bit, Hideaway, Trucking Little Mama, Boogie Woogie (cut), Heartbeat, Hello Mary Lou, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, I Can't Quit You)

The recording is a fair, slightly distant audience recording that has balance problems in places (not to mention tape hiss). Only Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, What Is & What Should Never Be and Rock & Roll lack any audio problems. Plant is in excellent voice. For some reason he's left singing acappella after the Rock & Roll's guitar solo for a couple of verses. (Brian Ingham Oct 96)

Rock And Roll Magic (Electric Magic EMC -014 A/B/C)

Disc 1:  Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
Disc 2:  Dazed & Confused (incl. Theme from Shaft), What Is And What Should Never Be, Rock & Roll
Disc 3:  Whole Lotta Love (incl. Just a Little Bit, Hideaway, Trucking Little Mama, Boogie Chillun', (small cut) Heartbeat, Hello Mary Lou, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, I Can't Quit You), Communication Breakdown (incl. Turn on Your Lovelight), Weekend, You Really Got Me, It'll Be Me

This new title by Electric Magic is a complete source for the December 2, 1972 show in Bournemouth.  An hour fragment was previous available on the H-Bomb label released many years ago. It is good to very good mono, rating a notch below the Leicester tape from November 25, 1971.  Unlike that one, this tape has more depth and echo to it.  There are two problems with the tape however.  The first is the current trend by Electric Magic/Celebration to over equalize the their tape sources.  This process produces the metallic tingling noises covering the music.  At some points it is worse than others, but the overall effect isn't as bad as their Two Nights In May release in December. The other problem is a fair amount of distortion during Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway to Heaven, rendering those tracks almost unlistenable. Pity because Since. sounds amazingly heavy in this show. Despite these limitations the source is very enjoyable and the show equals the other shows on this short tour of the UK.  Dazed & Confused is another winner, with another version of the theme from Shaft (we thus have three now), which served as a precursor to The Crunge in 1972 and the "funk" part of the piece in 1973 onwards. The Whole Lotta Love medley is also very inspired. Truckin' Little Mama was obviously thrown in by Robert (singing the first two lines a capella) and the rest of the band scramble to follow along. This title is definitely worth having, given the scarcity of complete shows from this important tour. (Gerard Sparaco March 02)

Rock And Roll Magic, Starkers Royal Ballroom, Bournemouth, 2 December 1971
(3CD Electric Magic, EMC - 014 A/B/C)

Disc 1 (61.32):- Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Disc 2 (37.57):- Dazed And Confused/What Is And What Should Never Be/Rock And Roll
Disc 3 (43.06):- Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Weekend/It'll Be Me

This show has finally come out in its entirety. Previously available as a fragment of around 60 minutes as Heartbeat on the H-Bomb label, we now get to hear the whole concert at last. The sound is very clear and very good, distorted in places on the first disc (? due to overzealous EQ), but cannot be described as excellent though. However the way that this recording has been equalised leaves a lot to be desired, a trait very often shown on Electric Magic releases. However it is most enjoyable to have another complete show from the Winter 1971 UK tour. There is some very good playing and Rock And Roll is performed at the request of the audience! Half way through Robert Plant is left without any musical backup and sings a few notes alone. According to Messrs Lewis & Pallett ("Led Zeppelin : The Concert File") this was due to equipment failure. The packaging is very nice, the discs are housed in a 3 way jewel case, which is inside a card slipcase. It is a limited and numbered edition. The card slipcase front illustration is a play on the Rolling Stones release "Rock And Roll Circus". Sadly the makers of this release have ripped off "Led Zeppelin : The Concert File" book (yet again), by lifting a large quote from page 72 of that book, with numerous typos, and used it on the inside front jewel case cover. Still it is a very desirable item, which will be much sought after by collectors and fans alike. (Jules McTrainspotter March 02)

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