1972

Concerts Covered In This Section:

19-Feb-72 Adelaide

Oooh My Ears, Man (TDOLZ 349701/349702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Memorial Drive, Adelaide, Australia, February 19, 1972

CD 1: (51:31) Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California (first couple of notes cut due to tape speed-up), That's the Way (first couple of notes cut due to tape speed-up), Tangerine (first couple of notes cut due to tape speed-up, contains only the first minute), Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (first couple of notes cut due to tape fade-up)

CD 2: (42:35) Dazed & Confused, Moby Dick (contains only the first 4 minutes), Whole Lotta Love (beginning slightly muffled) (includes Boogie Woogie, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have A Party (beginning cut due to tape speed-up), That's Alright (beginning slightly cut due to tape speed-up), Going Down Slow (beginning cut due to tape speed-up)

The tape used for this release is a near excellent audience recording from very close to the stage. Even though it's an outdoor concert, the recording does not "breathe" like other outdoor recordings. There is some tape hiss, but it's in a high frequency that can be easily reduced. The tape ends during Going Down Slow. A prior release of this show, Shivers 'N' Shakes (Red Hot), used the same tape source. It differs from Oooh My Ears, Man in the following ways: tape speed-ups were edited out, it has more noticeable tape hiss, a high-pitched ringing follows the guitar throughout; Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Stomp, Moby Dick & Whole Lotta Love were not included and there is a dropout before Heartbreaker's guitar solo. Shivers 'N' Shakes also runs 2% slower. (Brian Ingham Aug 97)

Oooh My Ears, Man (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ **** Appeal G

The first show from the 1972 Australian tour, at Memorial Drive, Adelaide. This 2 CD set is the best recorded of this tour being a bright, clear and balanced audience recording, obviously from close to the stage. Only the first parts of Tangerine and Moby Dick are present. The beginning of Bron-Y-Aur Stomp is missing and there are two cuts in the Whole Lotta Love medley which then end during Going Down Slow. Most tracks start with the classic tape speed up sound of the tape recorder being switched on/off. Some mains hum is detectable during the quieter numbers. The first 3 numbers up to Since I've been Loving You are very heavy, aggressively played which carries on into Since I've Been giving it a not very subtle feel. Page plays storming solos in Black Dog and Dazed, where Bonzo's drumming is superb. Despite complaining about 'Aussie Flu' Plant only has problems in hitting the upper end of his vocal range. Recommended for those who like the 'hammer of the gods' side of Zeppelin. (Tony Gassett Oct 97)

Thunder Downunder Australia Tour 1972 (EX 00-001/002  Equinox)

Memorial Drive, Adelaide, Australia, February 19, 1972

CD 1: (46:37) Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker (opening note and tape speed-up cut), Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California (opening notes and tape speed-up cut), That's the Way (opening notes  and tape speed-up cut), Tangerine (opening notes and tape speed-up cut, contains  only the first minute)

CD 2: (46:35) Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (first couple of notes cut), Dazed  &Confused (slightly muffled for a couple of seconds during the fast guitar portion after the bow section), Moby Dick (contains only the first 3 1/2  minutes), Whole Lotta Love (beginning slightly muffled, ending cut near end of  Going Down Slow) (includes Boogie Woogie, Hello Mary Lou (slightly muffled for a  couple of seconds in the middle), Let's Have A Party (beginning and tape  speed-up cut), That's Alright (beginning slightly cut along with tape speed-up), Going Down Slow (beginning and tape speed-up cut)

This release uses the same tape source as Oooh My Ears, Man (TDOLZ) and Shivers 'N' Shakes (Red Hot). It is a near excellent audience recording from  very close to the stage. The two tape speed-ups prior to Immigrant Song were edited out along with most of the others. The audience cheers from the previous  song were carefully cross faded into the beginnings of Going to California, That's the Way and Tangerine where the tape speed-ups were cut. This release  does have a better sound when compared to the TDOLZ release. Equinox  successfully reduced most of the tape hiss. Its upper and lower frequencies are  also more listenable. The bass on the TDOLZ release is fairly heavy while the  upper frequencies can be ear-piercing when played at a high volume. Both run at the same speed. (Brian Ingham  Dec 2000)

(EX 00-003/004 Equinox)

Kooyong Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Australia, February 20, 1972

CD 1: (47:07) Immigrant Song (tape source 2 used for first 15 seconds),  Heartbreaker (tape source 2 used for first 2 1/2 minutes of guitar solo, unbalanced for a second when rest of the band returns after the guitar solo),  Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California    (first few warm-up notes cut, some nearby audience noise in the beginning),  That's the Way

CD 2: (52:51) Tangerine (tape source 2, some nearby audience noise in the  middle), Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (tape source 2, feedback in the beginning, recorder rustled around as it is repositioned 35 seconds into the song), Dazed & Confused (tape source 2 with the last 20 seconds from tape source 3, nearby  audience noise for first 30 seconds of bow solo), Rock & Roll (tape source 2, first few seconds cut as it fades in), Whole Lotta Love (tape source 3 used  for first 20 seconds, switches to tape source 2 then back to tape source 3 prior  to the medleys, tape garbled in the beginning) (includes Boogie Woogie, Let's  Have A Party)

Three audience tape sources are used for this release. The first one is very good, clear and very dynamic. It was recorded very close to the stage with very little audience noise on it. The instruments are nicely balanced in its mix. It is used for most of disc one. Tape source 2 has the same sound qualities as tape  source 1, but is not as dynamic sounding and contains "vinyl" pop sounds during Immigrant Song and Heartbreaker. Tape source 2 is duller sounding during Tangerine and Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. But improves after the recorder is repositioned during Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. Tape source 2 is significantly brighter after a cut between Bron-Y-Aur Stomp and Dazed & Confused. Its quality is near excellent  during Dazed & Confused. It drops to very good during Rock & Rolls  guitar onslaught. Its quality remains that way for the rest of its use. Tape source 3 is clear, but very muffled when used for Dazed & Confused and the beginning of Whole Lotta Love. Its quality improves for Whole Lotta Loves  medleys. But is muffled for Whole Lotta Loves ending. Tape source 3 is never as bright as tape source 2 or as dynamic as tape source 1. Plus it has more nearby audience noise on it. A prior release of this show, Melbourne Masters  (Immigrant), utilized the same tape sources, but in different locations and  lengths. It is missing Plants opening comments and the first 15 seconds of  Immigrant Song because it did not use tape source 2 as filler. The first 15 seconds of Heartbreakers guitar solo are missing from tape source 1. Equinox  chose to change tape sources at the very beginning of the guitar solo and not switch back until the rest of the band rejoined Page. The Immigrant release, on  the other hand, didnt fill in the missing 15 seconds. But it doesn't have the  balance problem during Heartbreaker. The first few notes of Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway to Heaven are cut on the Immigrant release. It too is missing the first few warm-up notes to Going to California and the first few seconds to Rock & Roll. It used the inferior tape source 3 for Tangerine and  Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. The feedback during Bron-Y-Aur Stomp is less on tape source 3.  But that confirms its recorder was further back from the stage. The Immigrant release also did not fill in the missing last 20 seconds of Dazed & Confused or the opening seconds of Whole Lotta Love. But it did use the better tape source 2 up to the middle of Lets Have A Party. Perhaps Equinox decided it was  better to change tape sources at the beginning of the medleys instead of in the  middle of one of its songs. Besides, Plants Lets Have A Party vocals start just as Boogie Woogie is ending. No space to properly switch tape sources. The sound  quality of tape source 3 at the end of Whole Lotta Love on the Immigrant release is significantly worse than Equinoxs. It is fair, unbalanced and very  compressed. The sound quality of tape source 1 between the two releases is  similar. But Equinox has a cleaner sound and mix to it. Probably the result of a  lower tape generation. Immigrant's tape source 2 has more bass. But it sounds like it was electronically enhanced. Because of that, the snare drum has a  slight "ping" to it. The tape speeds between the two releases are similar except between tape sources 2 and 3 used for Tangerine and Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. Tape source 3 runs 2% faster. It is difficult to tell which is correct. The Immigrant  release also contains the Perth 3XY radio interview. But unlike the version  found on Equinox's Sydney release, Immigrant edited out the radio call letters and songs. The Equinox release contains almost no noticeable tape hiss. The  Immigrant release has a minor amount of tape hiss throughout. (Brian Ingham  Dec 2000)

(EX 00-005 Equinox)

The Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia, February 27, 1972

CD: (71:00) Black Dog (tape drag?), Rock & Roll (minor tape static near  beginning, minor tape garble near beginning, unbalanced for a couple of seconds during the guitar solo, minor tape static in two separate locations near end),  Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie, Hello Mary Lou (buzzing sound for 10 seconds in the middle), The Rover ("vinyl pop" sound near  end), Let's Have A Party, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Going Down Slow ("vinyl pop" sound  near middle), Shape Im In), Rock & Roll (first 30 seconds cut)/ Lets Have A Party (first 25 seconds cut), Germaine Greer interview (small splice in the middle that repeats itself slightly), Australian radio news broadcast/ Perth 3XY  radio interview

The first 4 tracks are from a good to near very good, clear audience recording. The recorder was pretty close to the stage; producing a fairly balanced mix. Plants excellent vocal range comes through at the top of the mix.  The guitar and drums are close behind. The bass, unfortunately, is nothing more than a low rumble in the recording; muddying it slightly. There is a little distortion during Plants "good afternoon" comment prior to Black Dog. Portions  of Black Dog sound like they have tape drags. Hard to tell though. But they are noticeable during the non-vocal portions. Rock & Rolls sound quality is  brighter than Black Dogs. Bron-Y-Aur Stomps sound quality, on the other hand,  drops below Black Dogs. Bron-Y-Aur Stomps sound is flat and slightly muffled.  The sound quality improves for Whole Lotta Love. Its sound quality is similar to  Rock & Rolls. The fifth track is from the GTK (Get To Know) TV broadcast.  Its sound quality is very good to near excellent. It is slightly muffled during Rock & Roll (very good portion). The sound is not from the soundboard. Most  likely it was recorded from the stage. It starts with Plants "woman" from Whole  Lotta Love then cuts into Rock & Roll. It then goes into Lets Have A Party which ends with Plants "good night Sydney"; making it appear as a standalone song. The 5 minute Germaine Greer interview contains Bonham talking about the  differences between their albums, Jones talking about the Concert For Bangladesh and why they haven't done a film or television show and Plant talking about the  police raid at their hotel and why they didn't go to Singapore. The Australian  radio news broadcast includes a quick statement that a rumored live radio broadcast of their Melbourne concert is fraudulent. The 3XY interview is 19  minutes long and covers multiple topics with all four band members. The radio  call letters and a couple seconds of a Led Zeppelin song follow each question and answer. There is very little noticeable tape hiss throughout this release.  (Brian Ingham Dec 2000)

February 27, 1972 The Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia, February 27, 1972

CD 1: (63:40) Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven (beginning cut, starts at  vocals), Going to California (first few opening tuning notes cut, nearby audience noise near middle), That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (slightly muffled for a couple of seconds near end, recorders microphone rustled around for a couple of seconds near end, last 48 seconds cut, fades out), Dazed  & Confused (first few bass notes cut, shouts of "sit down" in the beginning, minor dropout prior to bow section), What Is & What Should Never Be

CD 2: (65:53) Moby Dick (minor "vinyl pop" sound near beginning of drum  solo), Rock & Roll, Whole Lotta Love (unbalanced for a couple of seconds prior to the medleys) (includes Boogie Woogie, Hello Mary Lou, The Rover (first few warm up notes cut), Let's Have A Party, Lawdy Miss Clawdy (muffled for a  couple of seconds near beginning), Going Down Slow, Shape I'm In), Communication Breakdown (unbalanced for a second prior to guitar solo, first 30 seconds of improvised section after guitar solo muffled), organ solo (first few notes cut),  Thank You

This is from a recently discovered incomplete, alternate audience tape. It is  being circulated as direct from the master tape. Its sound is very good to near excellent with absolutely no tape hiss. It is clear and very close to the stage  (6 feet according to the Akashic release). The instruments are well balanced and  their sound is sharper than the two recordings found on the Equinox release. But  there are cuts between most of the songs and the occasional audience comment  during a song. All 3 tape sources run at the same speed. Plants final comment  from the show, "Goodbye. Its time for dinner."  (Brian Ingham Dec 2000)

(EX 00-006/007 Equinox)

Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia, February 29, 1972

CD 1: (69:25) Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker (dropout near end of guitar solo),  Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You (small cut in the middle during Plants emotional wail), Celebration Day, Stairway to Heaven (dropout near middle),  Going to California, That's the Way (contains numerous "vinyl pop" sounds, tape speed off slightly), That's the Way (contains numerous "vinyl pop" sounds, tape  speed off slightly, tape drags for last minute), Tangerine (contains numerous  "vinyl pop" sounds, tape drags for first 2 1/2 minutes), Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (contains numerous "vinyl pop" sounds)

CD 2: (72:31) Dazed & Confused (contains numerous "vinyl pop" sounds,  small cut before bow section), What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick  (severe tape drag for 40 seconds in middle of drum solo), Whole Lotta Love (contains numerous "vinyl pop" sounds, cut during the theremin section) (includes Boogie Woogie intro/Trucking Little Mama, The Wanderer, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have A Party, Going Down Slow (small cut at its beginning), Shape I'm  In)

The audience tape starts off good and slightly overloaded. The recorder was  not very close to the stage which reduces the clarity of the instruments. Only the vocals and guitar come through clearly. The rhythm section, while audible, gets lost in the mix. The sound quality drops at the end of Going to California.  It is very muffled. Worse, aside from the tape speed problems, there is a constant stream of "vinyl pops" throughout the recording. They are minor, but annoying. The sound quality improves dramatically for What Is & What Should Never Be and Moby Dick. It is brighter and clearer and slightly better than at  the start of the concert. But the recording is still slightly overloaded. The sound quality drops to the inferior quality found in the middle of the concert for Whole Lotta Love. A restless audience stops That's the Way a minute into the song. After Plant's seating instructions, they start the song again. A prior  release of this show, Stompin In Surfers Paradise (Cobra), used the same tape source. But its overall quality is abysmal. To list all of its defects would be  pointless. But its most severe defect is small cuts in lieu of the "vinyl pop" sounds found on the Equinox release. (Brian Ingham Dec 2000)

Memorial Adelaide (Genuine Masters GM-LZ 19.02.1972-DVD-A-14) DVDR-A
Memorial Drive, Adelaide, 19 February 1972

Track List (96.12 mins): Intro/The Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dazed And Confused/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love

The Adelaide concert was the best recorded of all the 1972 Australian & New Zealand Tour, although it is very sadly incomplete. The valiant taper (when not having his hearing impaired), was saving tape by pausing the recording between songs. Numerous releases of this recording have appeared over the years. However this new release from Genuine Masters is an improvement in audio quality, and is sourced directly from the original master tape. The sound on Memorial Adelaide is really excellent. Not only is there a very punchy bottom end, but there is a good and discernible top end sound too. This is very difficult to achieve, as usually you can have either one or the other, but not both. All the instruments are well balanced and each one is distinctive. You can clearly hear Jonesy's bass and Jimmy's lead guitar, backed by the superb precision and powerful drumming of Bonzo. Plant's voice is pretty well dealt with too, this was an outside venue and his voice occasionally got buried in the mix of the instruments. However on this version everything is well balanced and very clear indeed. When played through my Hi Fi rigged up to the DVD player, it sounded as if the band were playing in my living room just for me! Great playing overall, and Plant shows how to put down a member of the audience who was being a nuisance, just before Dazed And Confused, in no uncertain terms. There is a nice opening menu, with all the songs indexed and quickly accessible, and the visuals again use a lot of photos from the 1972 Australian Tour, and also from the 1972 US Tour. A high quality colour printed DVD case insert, and attractive 'tie dye' motif disc printed directly onto it, add up to make this possibly the best release from Genuine masters to date. Highly recommended. Now please ask the band to pack up their gear and clear out of my sitting room, and to leave my litre bottle of Teacher's whisky alone as well. (Jules McTrainspotter April 05)

Memorial Adelaide (Genuine Masters GM-LZ 19.02.1972-DVD-A-14) DVDR-A
Memorial Drive, Adelaide, 19 February 1972

Track List (96.12 mins): Intro/The Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dazed And Confused/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love

With Memorial Adelaide, Genuine Masters continues the quest to incorporate all the Australian/New Zealand '72 Tour recordings in circulation into its fine catalogue of DVD-Audio/Picture Montage releases. And they've managed another coup with this new release, sourced from the master tape. The February 19th, 1972 audience recording from Memorial Drive is probably the clearest and most powerful recordings of these Australian audio documents - albeit incomplete. Relive all of those quips that have provided many a good boot title such as our taper exclaiming "Ooh My Ears Man" after "Immigrant Song" and a few noteworthy Plantisms also. What is astonishing while you listen to "Memorial Adelaide" is that this whole scene sounds and feels like it's being performed right in your living room (or wherever you shall experience this release). The GM touch fully envelopes to the point where it's almost like being in a studio. Very strange, but wonderful. God bless our taper for establishing his position that day, and getting set up to immortalize yet another outstanding and unique Zeppelin performance. After all, it IS the recording itself that allows today.s technology to bring our heroes home for us to experience these performances...and nearly firsthand! When you hear this one, it will be much like other GM releases to the point where it feels like the first time. "Memorial Adelaide" puts you right there in the front row, with all the outdoor stadium ambience but little interference - to boot!

The visual slideshow is also another one to behold. Perhaps it is just because it is "new", but those Australian Tour black & white photos seemingly come to life with this digital treatment GM gives them. My god, there are many that look like they could just jump off the screen and accompany the performance right there in front of you. Amazing stuff. So, yes...the slideshow presentation has been beautifully executed to the wonderful audience recording again by Genuine Masters. The highest of quality in the most tasteful manner and presentation one could conjure up with this DVD-Audio/Picture Montage approach.

The set comes in the standard clear DVD clamshell with super high resolution artwork we have come to know with GM titles. You can also get the audio only on CDR's as part of the set, or pick them up separately. I have to recommend getting the whole package because the main event is something else but the audio discs also provide an upgraded quality to this nice show, in comparison to the many versions that have been in circulation. So, Genuine Masters has covered another '72 Australian Tour date on the Zeppelin board. That leaves Melbourne and Perth to be tackled down the line...and I hate to burst any bubbles but that rumoured Perth soundboard just doesn't exist. Unless, you know something I don't. And that would be OK with me! Seek out Memorial Adelaide, you won't be disappointed.(SVENGI Webmaster / HotWacks On-Line April 05)

Memorial Adelaide (Genuine Masters GM-LZ 19.02.1972-DVD-A-14) DVDR-A
Memorial Drive, Adelaide, 19 February 1972

Genuine Masters' 1972 Australian Tour restoration project continues with a very pleasant surprise in the form this outstanding-for-its-time audience recording undoubtedly aided by the taper's proximity to and sheer volume of the outdoor PA. There's no meaningful distortion to speak of, and while the drums aren't as up front as some would like, Jonesy's bass is, with Page and Plant sonically positioned somewhere in the middle. GM tapped the master tape for Adelaide, and handles it with appropriate care. Ditto the photos, all hailing from the Oz tour, which serve as a fine slideshow accompaniment to the audio. (Butterking April 05, an expanded Review from Going Underground, ICE Magazine, June 05)

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20-Feb-72 Melbourne

Acoustically (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin) Per ****SQ ***1/2 Appeal: General

This 2 CD set is a new version of the patch work audience sources that made up Melbourne Masters on Immigrant from the show at Kooyong Tennis Courts on February 20 1972. There is a subtle difference in eq from the previous release and the on/off switching of the recorder between songs is more noticeable on the new version which results in the beginning of most songs being slightly truncated. The sound is clear, trebly almost to the point of being 'brittle' and does lack bottom end. Heartbreaker has a dropout at the start of the solo and a sudden change in sound quality in Whole Lotta Love - muffled and very hissy, indicates the start of a rain storm. However, despite some hiss in quieter moments all instruments and vocals are readily discernible throughout. A high standard is achieved by the group as with all the 1972 Australian gigs. Aggressive Page soloing in Immigrant Song but showing an emotional side in Since I've Been Loving You with Plant in good voice. Dazed and Confused is outstanding and Rock And Roll takes off at supersonic speed! A good one to have from this tour. (Tony Gassett Jan 98)

The Wet Head Is Dead Downunder 1972- Empress Valley EVSD-230-231

Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, 20 February 1972.
2CDs in card board slip cover and a replica of  the Australian concert tour programme.
Set List:-
Disc1 (60.05) : 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 (43.10): Dazed And Confused / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love

This new release has been assembled from all the available tape sources, together with a newly surfaced and excellent sounding fragment of another audience recording. Empress Valley have done an excellent job in combining all the sources, and to fill any cuts, and this new release is a couple of minutes longer than previous ones. The sound is generally near excellent throughout, very close to the stage. Being an outdoor event this affects the acoustics, but not very detrimentally. The concert was truncated due to the onset of heavy rain. Dazed And Confused is shortened because the rain started, and Robert Plant ad libs this fact on the final verse. The band come back on stage for Whole Lotta Love, and then finish, thanking the audience and saying that it is too dangerous to play in the rain. For this release Empress Valley used their thick card CD holder, over which a glossy slipcase is fitted. This comes with a mini replica of the "Australian Concert Tour Feb '72" programme. The programme seems to have more adverts than photos and writing about the band. And it is from the Gillette advert at the beginning of the programme that the bizarre title for this release is taken: "The Wet Head Is Dead". I am sure something more intelligent could have been dreamt up for this release. Sadly Empress Valley ripped off the cover of the Lewis/Pallett book "Led Zeppelin : The Concert File" by reproducing that on the front and back of the outer sleeve. Finally, it appears that the redoubtable Aquarius 11 has been superseded by someone rather better versed in the English Language (Mr. Hamish Rock). The liner notes are a model of clarity and useful background information about this concert and the problems experienced because of the rain. On the back of this insert are details of three upcoming and very exciting releases from Empress Valley: Crashing Revelry (Tucson 28 June 1972 [completely new audience tape]), In The Windy City II (Chicago 7 July 1973 [completely new audience tape], and Chasing The Dragon (Dallas 4 March 1975 [complete soundboard tape]. So full marks to Empress Valley for doing this important concert from the Australia 1972 Tour proud. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 03)

The Wet Head Is Dead Empress Valley EVSD-230-231 2CD
Melbourne 20th Feb 1972

The band's short 1972 Australian tour is a hidden gem in their live history, free from the scrutiny of the press in the U.S. and the U.K. they were free to let their hair down and get looser than usual giving in the process a series of interesting performances, this being a prime example. A nice opening salvo of Immigrant Song & Heartbreaker, the latter containing a superb solo by Jimmy set's the scene. All the instruments are well defined and Plant's voice is in good shape considering he claims to have the flu! Robert throws in some ad-libs during Black Dog which seem to put Jimmy off as he completely misses his cue to come back in during the verse. There is a source change at the beginning of SIBLY which is a slight improvement in quality (I'd give it 8/10). A nice version of Stairway cuts straight into the beginning of Going To California. What's impressive about the acoustic set is how intimate the atmosphere is for such a big show, there is virtually no crowd noise. There is a source change during Going To California which appears to be a slightly inferior tape. A truncated Dazed & Confused follows and the band are unfortunately rained off but come back on for a short Whole Lotta Love, the crowd urges them to "Carry On" but Robert informs them that "he had a friend who used to play his guitar in the rain and, well he ain't a friend no more". Nice packaging too (as per usual EVSD standards) it comes in a nice slipcase with a reproduction of the Australian tour programme, a Gillette shaving advert inside the programme gives the set it's title. (Yage Oct 03)

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25-Feb-72 Auckland

Going To Auckland  (Tarantura, TCD-6) 4CD.
Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand,  25th February 1972.

Disc 1 (45.51 mins.): 1. Immigrant Song (end only),  2. Heartbreaker, 3. Black Dog, 4. Since I’ve Been Loving You, 5. Stairway To Heaven,  6. That’s The Way, 7. Tangerine, 8. Bron-yr-Aur Stomp.
Disc 2 (36.59 mins.): 1. Dazed And Confused (cut from the bow section onwards), 2. Whole Lotta Love, 3. Communication Breakdown.

The famous Auckland concert finally escapes from out of the horders vaults. The sound is very good, an outdoor concert and it shows. It plays fast, about 3%. The packaging is however lovely, up to the usual Tarantura extremely high standards. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 2001).

KIWI EXPRESS (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-25.02.1972-DVD-A-06) 1 DVD-A Picture Disc.
25 February 1972, Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand.

Close to 25,000 fans went to see Led Zeppelin in Auckland on 25 February 1972. For this groundbreaking event, Mr Grant implemented a truly remarkable strategy for a truly remarkable show. He hired a Zeppelin Express - an exclusive train to bring fans from Wellington up for the show (why this didn’t rate a mention in Welch’s biography is anyone’s guess)! For Kiwi Express, GM have applied their now well-established DVD montage to a first generation tape. In terms of sound quality it is a significant improvement over Tarantura’s Going To Auckland. The tape is slightly slower in speed and, whether it is due to the resulting pitch difference or whether it’s the generation difference, the instruments seem more discernable. Another bonus to the correct running speed is that we now have the pleasure of listening to that infamous fan’s hysterical screaming, at the start of CB, as it was intended to be heard. To round off, there are two superb Easter eggs - an alternate tape from Sydney, containing BD, R&R, BYAS, and WLL, and 19 minutes and 21 seconds worth of the Perth radio 3XY interview. With Kiwi Express, GM are impressively working their way towards complete coverage of Zeppelin’s tour of Australia and New Zealand in their unique and refreshing style. Now all they need is the Perth tapes! (Liam Stone, July 04)

KIWI EXPRESS (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-25.02.1972-DVD-A-06) 1 DVD-A picture disc.  
25 February 1972, Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand

Song list: Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Black Dog / Since I've Been Loving You / Stairway To Heaven / That's The Way / Tangerine / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Dazed And Confused / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

The third installment in the excellent Genuine Masters series of coverage of the 1972 Australia and New Zealand Tour. The source for this DVD audio is a first generation audience recording, which has been speed corrected and now sounds very pleasant indeed. Plant mentions the very clever idea (of their manager Peter Grant), of chartering special trains to bring fans to Auckland. This idea would be used again in May 1975 for the five Earls Court concerts. The sound quality reflects the fact that this was obviously an outdoor venue, but it is very acceptable and enjoyable. The photo montage is on similar lines to the first release in this series, from Sydney two days after this concert. Photos taken on the Australian Tour are used to very good effect once again. Each song is nicely introduced with its own title menu. As an added bonus there are two "Easter Eggs", an alternate but incomplete audience source recording from Sydney on 27 February 1972, and the Melbourne radio station 3XY interviews with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The artwork has an Old Masters painting theme, and the DVD is a full colour picture disc. It would have helped if the track listing had been given on the back cover, but that is a small gripe. Altogether another extremely worthy addition to the coverage of this groundbreaking tour, and hopefully Adelaide and Melbourne will follow on similar lines. (Jules McTrainspotter July 04)

Kiwi Express, Genuine Masters DVD

I purchased this tape and supplied a copy of it to Japan via a third party. The subsequent release, "Going To Auckland" was not truly representative of the cassette, as I had this show transferred to CD for the Japs. They consequently screwed it up, and even though that release sounded good, it was a testament more to the fact the source tape is so good despite the bootlegger's tinkerings. I therefore asked Genuine Masters to do this show right, and this DVD (and the accompanying CDs) captures this show as per the tape, even better. The provided photo montage from the down under tour is an excellent addition to this, maybe the best show of the tour. Now I only wish I had the entire show. (zep4U&me, October 2004)

Going To Auckland ver. aka (Akashic AKA - 30) 2 CD
Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, 25 February 1972

Disc 1 (48.00): Immigrant Song [fades in]/Heartbreaker/lack Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Disc 2 (38.44): Dazed And Confused/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

This concert was first released by Tarantura in a wonderful 4 CD package as "Going To Auckland", releasing both an unequalised and an equalised recording. The source was a second generation audience recording of this famous concert, one of the largest gatherings ever in New Zealand. Subsequently an improved, first generation source tape was tracked down by Genuine Masters, and was recently released as a DVD Audio entitled "Kiwi Express". Two CDRs of this recording accompanied the release, and it is those 2 CDRs that have been copied by Akashic Records for this release. The sound is clearly an outdoor venue, but is very clear and nice, and plays at the correct speed. The packaging is the same as the Tarantura Osaka 1972 releases, a card gatefold, and the two picture discs pop up when you open the covers. The artwork is similar to the original Tarantura release, a homage to William Stout's classic art, created by 'Mrs. Stout'. The release is limited to 100 numbered copies. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 04)

Going To Auckland ver. aka (Akashic AKA - 30) 2 CD
Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, February 25, 1972

Disc 1 (48.00): Immigrant Song [fades in]/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Disc 2 (38.44): Dazed And Confused/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

Zeppelin's Australian tour of 1972 is well represented with most of the shows being recorded by enterprising bootleggers. This is the latest version of the 25th February Auckland gig to be released.
First impressions are that there has been lot of equalization/noise reduction applied to the recording, giving it a slightly metallicsound, however, it's a really great recording everything is very clearand it has a lot of bottom end. The tape starts out with the tale end of Immigrant Song leading into Heartbreaker as per usual 1972 standards. A very unusual thing happens during Dazed And Confused just prior to Jimmy's bow solo, he starts playing a section of the then unreleased The Song Remains The Same! No two versions are ever the same and it's great to hear this surprising inclusion. Unfortunately Dazed And Confused is incomplete and starts to fade out just after the bow solo. The release comes in a cardboard digipack which when opened pops up revealing the two picture discs side by side. All in all a nice release of a good (if incomplete) concert. (Yage Oct 2004)

Going To Auckland ver. aka (Akashic AKA - 30) 2 CD
Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, 25 February 1972

Disc 1 (48.00): Immigrant Song [fades in]/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Disc 2 (38.44): Dazed And Confused/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

I got this version as I missed the earlier Tarantura 4CD release.  Again, another easy slice of the action for the Bootlegger.  However, I much prefer to spend my hard earned dollars on pressed CDs with excellent art and packaging rather than on a couple of 20 cent CDRs but, thanks to Genuine Masters we have a very nice 1st Gen speed corrected!!  It's just a shame that this isn't the complete concert as the advertising bills this event as 3 hours with Led Zeppelin.  At just a shade under 84 minutes this is woefully short of the mark.  As with so many other releases, there appears to be considerable sections left out, or not taped.  It's a great pity that to date there does not appear to be a complete show from the 1972 down Under tour.  However, it comes in a nice gatefold package with lovely picture discs, the lowest of which slides out in its card holder when the cover is opened. (Phil Bushe Nov 04)

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27-Feb-72 Sydney

Ayer's Rock (Tarantura TCD 2-1/TCD 2-2)

27-February-1972 The Showgrounds, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Performance: 9.75/10 Sound Quality: 7.75-8.25/10

Appeal: Near General

Disc 1 (63:40): Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed & Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be
Disc 2 (66:14): Moby Dick, Rock & Roll, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Boogie Woogie, Hello Mary Lou, The Rover, Let's Have A Party, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Going Down Slow), Communication Breakdown, Organ Solo, Thank You

In February 1972, Led Zeppelin rewarded its fans in Australia and New Zealand with a brief mini-tour. On the way, the band was denied entry to Singapore owing to the unseemly length of its members' hair, mandating travel via Bombay, India. No matter; the tour was well-received from the start. By now without compare as a touring unit, the group deployed its polished 1971 - 1972 set, Immigrant Song being the opener. Their performances were uniformly excellent, a few providentially captured in a handful of highly-enjoyable documents. A teeming Sydney crowd of 26,000, massive for the time and place, witnessed (and participated in) a thunderous performance that summer afternoon/evening at the Showgrounds; now fans can enjoy a well-reproduced, substantial portion of the historic performance, purportedly taped "almost dead center and about six feet back from the front of the stage." The much-ballyhooed, more-complete source of this outdoor show is finally circulating via two sources, one being the Tarantura version. Note that the Tarantura release fades in and out between tracks, while the other version does not, although it is reportedly difficult to find a copy of the other version that is not tragically marred by digital pops. By one accounting, disc two of the non-commercial version is 21 second shorter than the Tarantura version, although there is consensus that the two versions are otherwise identical. At almost 130 minutes, this recording eclipses the documents previously circulating for this date: a 40-minute audience recording containing only Rock & Roll, Black Dog, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp and the Whole Lotta Love medley, and black-&-white film footage from the audience of Rock & Roll and Whole Lotta Love/Let's Have A Party, as well as sidestage shots. Prior titles include Australian Tour 1972 part 1 (Black Cat) and Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Disc Exploitation). The Disc Exploitation release was poorly manufactured, and at least some copies suffer from diginoise and other amateurish flaws. In addition to being thrice the length of the previous source, this release represents a dramatic upgrade in sound quality in every respect (used for comparison: the Disc Exploitation release and a 3rd>CDR copy). Indeed, it sounds to these ears to be a completely different source altogether, not just a longer, lower-generation version of the same tape. Faintly-heard "fuzzy" artifacts are present, especially discernable during the introduction to Stairway To Heaven. The packaging continues the styling of the recent Absence release on Tarantura: glossy-white, oversized slipcase, encasing a multicolor inner trifold folio, holding striking picture discs. The liner notes are quite extensive, with a detailed recitation of the recording and mastering history. Of particular interest is the following:

"The first two opening songs 'Immigrant Song' & 'Heartbreaker' were not recorded by the Taper. The minor cuts at the end of 'Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp' [are] due to the cassette tape running out during recording of the concert. 'Since I've Been Loving You' and 'Celebration Day' that followed 'Black Dog' were recorded but accidentally dubbed over years [later] (the intro to 'Stairway To Heaven' was also dubbed over). It is conservatively estimated that had all the songs been documented the actual concert length would have been timed at approximately 170 minutes, thus making this performance one of their longest sets for this period." This recording commences with the third song of the set, after the familiar crowd admonitions from Plant, Immigrant Song and Heartbreaker no doubt having whipped the throng into maniacal glee. Black Dog is a series of hard rock salvos, Pages' guitar being especially well-recorded. Page stays close to the album version on this date; Plant, still capable, does as well. Stairway to Heaven follows, sans a portion of the finger-picked introduction. The soon-to-be classic is given a straight reading here; the guitar solo is remarkably composed and perfectly executed, leading to the majestic finale. The crowd's response reveals a newly-respectful temperament, providing the perfect introduction to the cooler acoustic set. Going To California, That's The Way (with keep-a-coolin' references), Tangerine and Bron-Yr-Stomp are given virtuoso treatment by the Page/Jones tandem, creating evocative soundscapes of lands half a world away from the Sydney Showgrounds. Despite its reputation for rowdiness, the Aussie audience is generally receptive, even helping out with percussion during Stomp. A cut, and suddenly Jones is vamping the sinister bassline of Dazed & Confused, the band's early showcase. The bowing solo, warmly received, is a delightful novelty to the provincial punters. Here we have most of the features employed to great success during the seminal 73 tour: the echo-slapping/Mars/call-and-response frenzy, the funky interlude, the thematic return and the crashing resolution of the coda. "Mildness is the very devil" in the estimation of Gustav Holst, whose philosophy (not to mention song) Page adapts in this, the guitarist's first masterpiece. Unlike later years, the San Francisco excerpt has yet to be inserted to smooth the now-choppy transition between the central theme and the violin section. For those keeping track, this slightly-truncated version crosses the finish line at just under 23 minutes. Page takes a moment to tune up, and the band eases into a faithfully-rendered What Is And What Should Never Be, concluding the first disc of this 2-disc set. Bonham is introduced as the band swings into Moby Dick, everyone else soon abandoning the stage and audience to the loving ministrations of Bonzo's furious attack. At almost 18 minutes, the performance is a chrysalis of 70s-rawk self-indulgence soon to hatch. Rock & Roll, not yet ascended to the opening spot, is delivered with swaggering fury, Page's raunchy, between-riff slurs adding new drama to the recorded version. Plant reaches the notes the ear expects, and the powerhouse rhythm section propels this number far beyond its Little Richard-penned progenitor. Next up is an exhilarating Whole Lotta Love and its rock medley, including a fully-realized, instrumental version of The Rover, heard years before its official release. This song is perhaps the most-overlooked work in the group's canon, and its jaw-dropping appearance during the medley is always an excuse to listen to this show. Although this portion of the show has circulated hitherto, it is found here in substantially-upgraded quality. Could one infer, from The Rover's inclusion in the Golden-Age rock medley, a kinship with songs from that period? Consider, for instance, its future pairing with the supercharged 5-6 rock of Sick Again. The Aussie crowd finds Plant's "Woman!" histrionics risible, but erupts in applause following the thunderous finish as the band leaves the stage.

An encore of Communication Breakdown is the reward, its first recorded appearance since September 29, 1971. As typical of early live performances, it is transformed by the interpolation of a James Brown-sourced funky middle section. Following a tasteful organ solo from Jones, the recording segues directly into Thank You, without the discontinuity of the aforementioned fades. Page's playing is amazingly fluid on this track, and, when he takes his solo, one can hear the effect he was going for during his Your Time Is Gonna Come solo on the recent Live At The Greek official release. Attendees left the Showgrounds that night having seen one of those rare, bravura performances the band reserved to the southern and eastern hemispheres. The group left the continent upon finishing the mini-tour two nights later at Brisbane's Festival Hall; Page and Plant, having had a taste of exotic Bombay en route to Australia, returned there for impromptu recording sessions with native musicians. The group's southern digression thus provided the inspiration for The Song Remains The Same and, some 22 years later, the musical impetus behind Page and Plant's No Quarter collaboration. (David Montgomery October 2000)

THE ROVER'S RETURN
27th February 1972 The Showgrounds, Sydney N.S.W., Australia.
1-DVD-Audio. Total running time: 131.19 mins.

Set list::-
Intro / Black Dog / Stairway To Heaven / Going To California / That's The Way / Tangerine / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp / Dazed And Confused / What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown / Organ Solo / Thank You

I have now seen the complete release, and the sound quality is excellent. This is coupled with some great photo images, which constantly change every few seconds. It certainly looks like a revolutionary and most interesting project, and makes a nice change that somebody has taken a lot of time and trouble to come up with something different. The compatibility issues with NTSC & PAL have been sorted out, by authoring two complete master DVD projects, one in NTSC and one in PAL format. This project is clearly one that has required a tremendous amount of time and effort, coupled with a very high degree of technical proficiency in this very complicated and one might say revolutionary production. There is also the option to have the complete audience recording from the master cassettes (120 mins Agfa and BASFs), on two CDRs, which is a very worthwhile. There are three very nice bonus DVD tracks: the 8mm cine footage of the band arriving at the venue (with audio sound overdubbed), the ABC GTK TV show, and the cocktail party. The cover artwork is extremely well presented and printed. Full marks to the person who thought of this and created something completely new and different. This is a really exciting and worthwhile addition to the Led Zeppelin Live catalogue and is highly recommended to all fans. (Jules McTrainspotter March 04)

THE ROVER'S RETURN
27th February 1972 The Showgrounds, Sydney N.S.W., Australia.
1-DVD-Audio. Total running time: 131.19 mins.

Set list::-
Intro / Black Dog / Stairway To Heaven / Going To California / That's The Way / Tangerine / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp / Dazed And Confused / What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown / Organ Solo / Thank You

I’m no audio expert, so the following review focuses on what I believe to be some of the benefits of this release for the technical layperson in the Zep collecting community. I have included a few technical points at the end. IMO the main attraction of collecting Zep has always been trying to recreate that feeling you had when you first heard them. That feeling where you were immediately transported to a fantasy world of rock ‘n’ roll excess, where you could almost picture yourself backstage with the band, maybe even accompanying them onstage. This DVD release from GM, the first of its kind (in the world of Zeppelin at least) to present a slide show synced with high quality audio, captures the atmosphere of the ‘72 Oz tour and allows its audience to use their imagination to fill in the gaps left by the absence of complete footage. In this way, THE ROVER’S RETURN has a major advantage over a conventional DVD- video release. The slide show presents some amazing unseen photos coupled with some older ones, as well as tour posters, adverts and ticket stubs. There are some fantastic photos of Bonzo’s green sparkle Ludwigs and Jimmy’s Orange amp - photos that don’t appear in The Photographer’s Led Zeppelin or The Concert File. It’s worth noting that there are some photos from Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne, but this simply provides the audience with more neurological fuel to stimulate that ever so vital imagination. This release finds a happy medium between the sensory under nourishment of pure audio and the sensory overload of video coupled with audio.

As I said, I’m no expert on technical matters, but the following points may prove useful for the technical lay person. It has already been noted that DVD- Rs were used instead of pressed DVDs. What I heard is that plenty of research was done into compatibility and playability issues and, in the end, Ritek unbranded DVD-R G04 was the disc of choice as apparently it offers the best compatibility available. I must admit I was a tad disappointed to discover that no labels were used on the DVD-Rs but, once again, this was an informed rather than a cost-based choice: I heard that DVD-R's, unlike music CDRs, are more sensitive to weight imbalances when in the DVD tray. A slight alteration to the weight distribution of the DVD-R in the drive will cause problems in playback, and music perfection and glitch free playback were the ultimate consideration in this project. Considering these explanations, coupled with the fact that the audio is presented in Linear PCM – the highest quality of the DVD audio codes – and the amount of work that has gone into sourcing and collecting the photos, posters, audio, and video footage from ABC, it appears that GM has pulled no punches with this release. THE ROVER’S RETURN will provide the yardstick with which all subsequent releases of this kind are compared. (Liam Stone March ’04)

THE ROVER'S RETURN
27th February 1972 The Showgrounds, Sydney N.S.W., Australia.
1-DVD-Audio. Total running time: 131.19 mins.

Rover's Return: 32 years since this historic tour, these shows seem to have a lot of photographic images that really capture the feel for that Zeppelin era.  Genuine Masters has found a way to combine the audio of one show with all of the known pictures and footage for a highly recommended "storage" for your photo collection with a musical background. First, I compared the audio CDs to the Genuine Masters CDs release a few years back. Disc 1 totals 65:02, disc 2 totals 66:17. The previous release (re-booted by Japan as "Ayers Rock") totals 63:40 and 65:53, respectively, so we get nearly 4 additional minutes of the Sydney concert. The sound is excellent, really loud concert but not harsh on the ears. If you only own "Ayers Rock", I highly recommend you replace it with this CD title. This is really a great Zeppelin concert. NO EQ treatment for us purists!

Now to the DVD: it looks like GM has rounded up every known scrap of information surrounding the Oz tour, with pictures (old & new), ticket stubs and newspaper/magazine flyers. This tour generated a lot of excitement down under, luckily we have plenty of photos to document it.  At times GM really put some effort into matching the still photos to the the song (like acoustic set photos during the acoustic set audio), nevertheless we have pictures displayed and changed every 10 seconds. The DVD menu is easy and quick to the point, all you have to do is put it in your DVD player & go. While I recognized many of the photos there are definitely some new ones that caught my eye. I especially enjoyed several pics of Plant being escorted by security (sound check?) and talking with them & 2 young boys. Also GM seemed to slip in 3 or 4 photos near then end of D&C that appear to be from 1970, looked like a gig from a small club. Oh yes, there is a good combination of color & Black & white photographs, the color are my favorites.

Bonus video: there's about 4 minutes of color 8 mm footage of the group entering the concert stadium plus part of the concert. This is enough to justify buying the DVD for me: raw footage, in great color, I was not aware of this footage though older collectors may already have this. The ABC TV concert footage is great also in it's entirety, like the color footage this really gives you a feel for a 1972 show via video. Get this package (DVD & CD) straight from Genuine Masters, no middleman to mark up the prices. Your Japanese friends can't improve this, why wait and get inferior bootlegs down the road? And for all of you collectors who never pay for stuff, 'trade" only: here's your chance to get this straight from the source, no static, no CD errors/skips. Get it while the gettin's good folks. (David Smith March 04)

THE ROVER'S RETURN
27th February 1972 The Showgrounds, Sydney N.S.W., Australia.
1-DVD-Audio. Total running time: 131.19 mins.

When I first read of this project, I went all out to find out about it and acquire it.  Needless to say I was very impressed when I viewed and listened to the finished product.  Empress Valley, Tarantura/Akashic, and others would be hard pressed to put out title of The Rovers Return's quality, and if they could, they would be charging twice, if not more, the price.  Kudos go out to Black Dog for the devotion required to put this together.  The other reviews hit all the details that make the 27th recording and visuals great BUT the bonus footage of the entire ABC GTK TV Show was alone worth the price of admission!!!  To see the boys rip off Rock and Roll was PRICELESS.   Forgot about the whiners and complainers, the price was reasonable considering what is being paid for other titles these days (see above), and so what if its on a DVDR so are all the Cosmic Energy titles and they are considered some of the best. This title is a MUST HAVE period.  Plus, don't forget to get the CDR copy that's being offered as well!!! (Smoking Pig March 04)

THE ROVER'S RETURN
27th February 1972 The Showgrounds, Sydney N.S.W., Australia.
1-DVD-Audio.

First, an opinion about the Rover's Return concept. Creating a DVD-R by combining the Sydney audience recording with over two hours of still images of photos, flyers, ticket stubs etc. from the 1972 Australian tour seemed like a nice idea but, for me, the novelty wore off very quickly. It's unlikely that I'll ever "watch" the main feature of this DVD-R again. The photos are wonderful and it was great to see them but long before they had begun repeating for the umpteenth time it had become clear that they would be better enjoyed on their own, away from the Sydney concert recording. A better way of presenting this material, in my opinion, would have been a 2CD set featuring the Sydney recording plus a bonus DVD containing the cine-film, Australian TV live footage, Sydney Cocktail Function etc. plus a stills library with all the photos.

Now some comments about the information on the Genuine Masters web site, starting with:
"Newly conceived DVD-Audio concept with Bonus Video's. Note: Though we use the term DVD-Audio this product is actually your normal DVD-Video disc that is played back through your standard DVD Player or computer DVD-Rom Drive."
This does, I suppose, make it clear to potential purchasers that this is not, in fact, a DVD-Audio product. Nonetheless, it's misleading to use the term DVD-Audio. That term has a clear and specific meaning and using it to describe a product that has nothing whatsoever to do with DVD-Audio is inappropriate and can only cause confusion.

"DVD features Audio direct from the Upgraded Analogue Sydney 1972 Master Cassette Tapes."
A conveniently vague statement. Clearly the master cassettes themselves cannot have been "upgraded" since the discovery/release of this Sydney recording three years ago, so in what way is this an upgrade from previously circulated versions? Were the previous versions not from the master cassettes? Or is this DVD version just a better transfer from the same masters, with less damage caused by over enthusiastic audio processing? I suspect the latter is closer to the truth but I don't really know. What I do know is that the DVD soundtrack is better than the versions released three years ago. Rover's Return has a little more top end and a marginally more natural sound. The difference is fairly small but it is a worthwhile upgrade.

"This newly upgraded Audio Source is 4 minutes longer than what was released on Tarantura's Ayer's Rock title and has never been in circulation. [Concert now clocks in at 131min 19sec]."
At the very beginning of Rover's Return, you can hear the last fraction of a second of Heartbreaker, really just the echoes of Robert's final "Heart." This is the only thing on there that wasn't on the previously released versions. Nowhere near 4 seconds, let alone 4 minutes! In a couple of other places, a few fragments of chat and audience noise that were included on the old versions are missing from the DVD soundtrack so, overall, there is actually slightly less material on Rover's Return, not more! The stated time of 131:19 is, however, correct. This is not 4 minutes longer than Ayers Rock - it's actually 1 minute 46 seconds longer. But how come it's longer if there's nothing new on there? Simple - the audio on Rover's Return plays too slow! Not horrendously, but noticeably so, whereas Ayers Rock played at near enough the correct speed. This is the ONLY REASON Rover's Return is longer.

"DVD features Digital 2.1 LPCM (Linear PCM) Digital Audio. Linear PCM is uncompressed (lossless) digital audio. It is the same format that is used on music CDs and Studio Masters. All other DVD audio encoding formats [eg: Dolby Digital (AC-3), MPEG & DTS] use a lossy, compression format. Put simply these audio formats degrade the Original Audio Source (to a varying degree depending on your settings) as they all apply a lossy and compression attribute."
This explanation of linear PCM and its advantages over other audio formats used in the world of DVD is more or less accurate but I was surprised to find that the audio on my PAL copy is in compressed MPEG format. The MPEG soundtrack takes up approximately 250 MB of space, whereas a linear PCM soundtrack of the same length would have taken up about 6 times that amount - about 1.5 GB. It's understandable if the makers found it impractical to squeeze a soundtrack of that size onto a 4.7GB single layer DVD-R but inaccurate information on the web site is less forgivable. I have since found out that the audio format on the NTSC version of Rover's Return is actually linear-PCM, as claimed. Despite its flaws and the misinformation on the web site, Rover's Return is a nice package and many Zep fans will, I'm sure, find it an attractive collectable. And it does offer the best version of the Sydney audio that's ever been available - although you have to make sure you get the NTSC version, then rip the audio and correct the running speed to get the full benefit! (Eddie Edwards May 04)

Robbers Return (Sharaku Products [Tarantura] SHARAKULED - 1-2) 2CD
The Showgrounds, Sydney, 27 February 1972

Disc 1 63.20): Black Dog / Stairway To Heaven / That's The Way / Tangerine / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Dazed And Confused / What Is And What Should Never Be
Disc 2 (64.39): Moby Dick / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown / Organ Solo / Thank You

It was on the cards that the audio CDs supplied with the DVD audios being released by Genuine Masters would fall in to the hands of commercial bootleggers in Japan. And so the 2 CDRs of the excellent sounding audience tape (although sadly incomplete), have been issued as Robbers Return by the Tarantura stable. Limited to 200 numbered copies, the CDs are in a card slipcase and are nothing particularily special. If you have the original CDRs that accompanied the DVD audio, be perfectly happy with them, although the sound on this release has been EQ'd. (Brian Damage August 2004)

Robbers Return (Sharaku Products [Tarantura] SHARAKULED - 1-2) 2CD
The Showgrounds, Sydney, 27 February 1972

Disc 1 63.20): Black Dog / Stairway To Heaven / That's The Way / Tangerine / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Dazed And Confused / What Is And What Should Never Be
Disc 2 (64.39): Moby Dick / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown / Organ Solo / Thank You

The Genuine Masters stable must be used now to their releases being re-produced by enterprising commercial Bootleggers!  However, this is some 3 minutes shorter than the GM version, "The Rovers Return".  That said, it has been nicely presented in a single glossy card slipcase and the sound is exceptionally bright and clear and to me personally is the best version so far.  The taper can be heard perfectly clear after Black Dog telling someone that he has 120 minutes of tape on each side!!  Shame the rest of this show isn't available.  You get the impression by listening that this is yet another knobbled tape with someone witholding the complete version - somewhere.  As previously mentioned, it's a personal choice what you have in your collection. (Phil Bushe Nov 04

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29-Feb-72 Brisbane

Stompin' In Surfer's Paradise (No Label)

Per ***1/2 SQ **1/2 Appeal HC

2 CDr set for the last ever Australian show at the Festival Hall, Brisbane on February 29, 1972. The audience source is a little distant, muddy with not much bass end - the drums are difficult to hear. What Is And What Should Never Be has a cut and at other points there are tape disturbances and what sound like clicks and even little jumps normally heard on damaged vinyl - Heartbreaker and Stairway are particularly affected. Immigrant Song provides a storming start, Since I've Been Loving You is very elegant, and That's The Way has to be restarted due to the unruly audience. Difficult to recommend over the Adelaide or even Melbourne shows from this tour. (Tony.Gassett Nov 1998)

Brisbane Boogie (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-29.02.1972-DVD-A-03) 1 DVD-Audio
Festival Hall, Brisbane, 29th February 1972

This new release from Genuine Masters, and on very similar lines to their The Rover's Return Sydney 25th February 1972, is important as it for the first time it uses the original master tapes from the concert. Previously only high generation tapes have circulated and been used in the various CD releases. This is a DVD audio, where the audience recording is accompanied by a constantly changing photo montage. The first few songs are accompanied by solarized images, but then change to colour or black & white photos.The sound quality, notwithstanding the fact that it is straight off the master (the cassettes of which appear on the DVD and the back cover of the insert), is not particularily good, but it is the best that we will get for this concert. And it is an excellent concert too. The artwork for the DVD case is very high quality, as is the printed colour image, directly onto the DVDR. To accompany this release you can also get the audio recording on two CDRs. This is another novel and very worthwhile concept, and well worth seeking out. (Jules McTrainspotter April 04)

Brisbane Boogie >(Genuine Masters GM-LZ-29.02.1972-DVD-A-03) 1 DVD-Audio
Festival Hall, Brisbane, 29th February 1972

The tapes used for Brisbane Boogie are a bit like those old bottles of red plonk. Ideally, once opened they should be allowed to breathe. IMHO, up until now 16-bit CD wav has failed to provide substantial breathing space. However, in contrast, the LPCM on this third installment in BlackDog’s DVD venture has really provided some much-needed breathing space for this old vintage. I’m not sure what the technical reasons are - maybe it’s the bit rate or the increase in Hz, but what was once an infrequent listen now becomes a regular quaffing vintage! As I said in my Austin City Limits review, I’ve been keen to follow the progress of GM in their DVD venture. Whilst Brisbane Boogie contains fewer new photos than The Rover’s Return, the overall presentation does not suffer. The upgrade to picture disc – albeit somewhat of a moot point considering the reissue of installment one and two as picture discs – does wonders for the general appeal of Brisbane Boogie. BlackDog certainly has not let himself or the collectors down. BTW, the visual intro is killer! (Liam Stone May 04)

Brisbane Boogie (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-29.02.1972-DVD-A-03) 1 DVD-Audio
Festival Hall, Brisbane, 29th February 1972

Genuine Masters' newest release is an excellent companion to the Sydney Rover's Return package. This reviewer wants to remind collectors that GM is based in Australia and the 1972 Oz tour was & is remembered as a major historical musical event down under. Therefore 2 of the first 3 GM releases are Australian shows. The DVD photo montage is very similar to Sydney, so Black Dog colourized many of the pictures for the first 3-4 songs and for the last song as well. This psychedelic look brought back many memories for this reviewer of art from the early '70's...many a school book/notebook covers were coloured in similar manners. While I found this flashback entertaining, some of you younger collectors may become dazed and confused. The audio is a definite improvement. This review was delayed to give myself time to do quick comparisons to the various boot releases of this show: Equinox, Black Cat, no label (Stompin' In Surfers Paradise), and a "master>CDR" available from some private collectors. While I did not perform detailed track-by-track analysis, my overall opinion is that Brisbane Boogie sounds far better than what's previously released. The sound for the primary source can be described as fair and the bootleg releases listed above sounded worse/flatter than the sound on my old low gen cassettes. I don't know the technical process that Black Dog uses, but this tape>CD transfer is excellent and I think this release raises the sound quality a notch...while still below the other shows of this tour, GM has made a definite improvement and serious collectors should obtain this show in either or both formats.(David Smith May 04)

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27-May-72 Amsterdam

Dancing Bear (2CD, Tarantura, Bear-001/2), Amsterdam, 5.27.72, aud

Set List: IS, HB, BD, SIBLY, C Day, StH, BYA Stomp, DaC, WIAWSNB, MD, WLL, R&R, CB

As far as I know, the only previous boot of this show is "Running Bear" (2CD) from Gold Standard. Source tape of this new Tarantura release is identical to that of "Running Bear". Sound quality of this Tarantura release is better than that of "Running Bear", since bass range is stronger. In terms of the completeness, there are no difference between them, i.e. the last part of StH and the first part of BYA Stomp are missing, and there is a cut on MD. (Susumu Omi, June 97)

Amsterdam 1972 (MMachine MM-00-03/04)

Disc 1:  Intro, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since Ive Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway to Heaven, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed & Confused.

Disc 2:  What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (Everybody Needs Somebody,  Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, Thats Alright, Running Bear, Going Down Slow), Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown.

This is the third release of this show.  This is certainly a wonderful show, and the tape is distant but clear. There are some mistakes, most noticeably in Celebration Day. This title is a good, inexpensive way to obtain this show. (Gerard Sparaco Oct 2001).  

Amsterdam Warmup - May 27, 1972 Oude Rai - Amsterdam, Holland Magnificent Disc - MD-7202A/B - 2CD
Audio: 7+ AUD

Disc 1 (68.51): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Black Dog / Since I've Been Loving You / Stairway To Heaven / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (50.44): What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll / Communication Breakdown

Magnificent Disc - The Master Works Of Led Zeppelin. This is what the rear sleeve of the slimline double disc jewel case declares. A somewhat new 'budget' (it's pretty sad when a $50 2CD set is considered budget, huh?) label out of Japan that seems to be releasing a fairly steady string of very respectable sets. Could they be filling the void that was left when The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin folks closed up shop? I sure hope so! As noted, the package is a simple slimline clear tray jewel case with simple, yet effective artwork. The guys behind this label have a sense of humor too. The "Magnificent" logo is a play on the official "Atlantic Records" logo. The credits list Jimmy Plant as producer, Glenn Johns as director of engineering, Peter Grand executive producer, and so on. The rear cover also states that they use 24 bit digital remastering sonic sound. The source tape used for this set is clear with the vocals and guitar prominent in the mix. The bass and drums at times mesh together and are lower in the mix. The tape lacks depth. While it is still very much listen able, it's got a rather dull tone to it. The tape starts out with the opening announcements and then cuts into the opening notes of Immigrant Song. Jimmy has a few seconds of guitar trouble during the beginning of the song and the band continues on without him. Plant's vocal range seems to be constantly on the verge of blowing out the recorder causing the top end to distort slightly. The source tape is plagued by erratic volume fluctuations. I enjoy the way Black Dog is played during this period. The lyrics alternate frequently and Plant does all of the "ah-ah"s without audience participation. Since I've Been Loving You features a nice solo from Jimmy - no stuck fingers or missed notes here. Celebration Day " has Jonesy's bass trying it's hardest to be heard as an individual instrument. Plant gets carried away and loses his place inserting the start of the line "There's a train that leaves the station" into where Page's solo starts. The tape fades out during the solo in Stairway To Heaven and then starts again during the middle of Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp. Either one side of a cassette is somehow missing or the taper didn't realize he ran out of tape and the bulk of the acoustic set is absent. It's probable that Going To California, That's The Way and Tangerine were played at this show but without the missing tape, it's anybody's guess. The Amsterdam audience is exceptionally polite and quiet throughout the show. This is painfully obvious during Stairway To Heaven and the violin section of Dazed And Confused. An excellent What Is And What Should Never Be follows Dazed. Moby Dick has a cut in the tape about mid way through the track. It's cleverly done. The crowd really comes alive during this track. It must have been one hell of a visual! (of course, they really go nuts when it looks like it's finally going to end) The Whole Lotta Love medley contains Mary Lou, Boogie Woogie and the normal fare as well as Running Bear. The rare Running Bear is an interesting listen. That's Alright contains some areas of garbled tape that lasts for roughly 15 seconds. Plant bids a farewell to the crowd at the end of WLL and the crowd really wakens with chats of "WE WANT MORE! WE WANT MORE!". They are not to be disappointed. Rock And Roll is offered to the masses, but they still demand more. The tape is has a cut, but where it starts again it has Plant reprimanding the crowd telling them to cool it. A rather uneventful Communication Breakdown wraps things up in Amsterdam. What can I say? If you don't already have a copy of this show, it's really one to consider. There's nothing essential on this tape, but the boys are in great form. Plant's voice is marvelous and Jimmy's creativity is still at it's peak and his fingers are doing what they are told to do. The audio is clear and listen able, especially for a 1972 show, but it isn't superb. It is fairly a straight through shot with very little in the way of tape edits, splices, fragments and the like. It's a pity about the missing section of the acoustic set. One can always hope that it is simply a missing tape and that it one day sees the light of day. A fine effort from the Magnificent Disc folks in my opinion. (Steve Prendergast Feb 03)

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28-May-72 Brussels

Burning Ticket (babyface 9605)

Voorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium, May 28, 1972

CD 1: (62:37) Immigrant Song (a second of volume drop at the beginning of the guitar solo), Heartbreaker (guitar solo slightly muffled by nearby clapping for 20 seconds), Black Dog (a couple seconds of tape garble near beginning), Since I've Been Loving You (muffled for a couple of seconds near beginning), Stairway to Heaven, Going to California (major tape garble for 10 seconds near the middle), That's the Way, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp,

CD 2: (55:24) Dazed & Confused (about a minute of the bow solo cut), What Is & What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love instrumental, Boogie Woogie (volume drops for a couple of seconds due to nearby clapping as the main melody starts), Hello Mary Lou (dropout in middle), Running Bear, Lawdy Miss Clawdy (volume drops for a couple of seconds in the middle), Heartbreak Hotel, Dont Be Cruel, Millionaire Blues, Going Down Slow, Shape Im In) (a bump to the recorder muffles a second of the final drum ending, recording cuts off right after the final drum triplet)

This newly discovered audience tape starts off good and clear, but a little distant and flat sounding. Additionally, because of the mono recording, the sound is not dynamic. The instruments are each discernible, except when nearby clapping muffles their sound slightly. This occurs during Immigrant Song, the beginning of Heartbreaker and where noted. Up to a tape change after Black Dog, there is noticeable tape hiss in an upper frequency. This tape hiss can be tempered quite easily. The tape hiss, for the most part, dissipates after the tape change. The tape change and the omission of clapping around the recorder improve the sound to very good. The clapping does return for the beginning of Whole Lotta Love. It muffles the sound slightly. Page plays a few bars of Knees Up Mother Brown before Since I've Been Loving You. Plant stops Going to California right as hes about to start its vocals. He complains about the noise and the audience not sitting down. They then restart the song.  A firecracker explodes during Dazed & Confuseds bow solo. Page stops soon after. This is followed by a cut in the recording during which he resumes his solo. When the rest of the instrumentation joins back in, Plant announces "Big Deal". (Brian Ingham Feb 99)

Burning Ticket (Babyface) Per **** SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

First time out for a double CDr set from the Voorst Nationaal, Brussels on May 28, 1972. This audience source starts off a little distant, lacking in treble, muddy, compressed and quite hissy. The sound does improve after a few numbers and becomes clearer. However, the effect of compression on the tape means the band volume drops on occasions when the audience is noisy. There are tape disturbances in Going To California, most of the Dazed violin bow solo is cut and Whole Lotta Love ends in tape garble. Plant seems to have a lot of trouble keeping the audience settled and Going To California has to be restarted. Page plays energetically on Immigrant Song, sensitively on Since I've Been Loving You and uses volume control flutters effectively on Heartbreaker. Plant has a good vocal work out on Dazed. A quick rendition of Knees Up Mother Brown follows a great Black Dog. A very welcome new find. (Tony Gassett Jan 99)

The Belgian Triple Empress Valley (EVSD-232 - 237)
6CDs in fat jewel case and slip cover.
Vorst Nationaal , Brussels Belgium 1972 / 1975 / 1980
First show 28 May 1972.


Set List:-
Disc1 (62.59): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Black Dog / Since I' ve Been Loving You / Stairway To Heaven / Going To California / That' s The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Disc 2 (54.00): Dazed And Confused / What Is And What Should Never Be / Whole Lotta Love

Second show 12 January 1975.

Set List:-
Disc 3 (72.08): Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / When The Levee Breaks / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / The Wanton Song / No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 4 (48.23): In My Time Of Dying / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Communication Breakdown / (the bonus track : ROBERT PLANT / BOB HARRIS BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW)

Third show 20 June 1980.

Set List:-
Disc 5 (63.09): The Train Kept A Rollin' / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Black Dog / In The Evening / The Rain Song / Hot Dog / All My Love / Trampled Underfoot / Since I've Been Loving You
Disc 6 (60.16): Achilles Last Stand / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love

Yet another box set from Empress Valley. Firstly the 1972 concert, which is yet again ruined by bad equalization, and is a big disappointment. I have heard the original recording and it sounds far better than this shoddy release. Why do the CD labels feel the need to ruin a perfectly good recording by cranking up the EQ to oblivion? These imbeciles will never learn, which is why it is always much better (and considerably cheaper) to track down the original recordings on CDR by way of a trade, rather than pay through the nose for equalized rubbish. Amazingly Empress Valley did not tamper too much with the 1975 show, and this sounds much the same as the original recording. They must have slipped up no doubt. Finally the 1980 soundboard is released yet again, the market is awash with Brussels 1980 soundboards. This does not sound too bad, but has too much top end and not enough bottom end. At least the gaps in the board tape have been neatly patched with the audience recording. This would have been quite a good release if only the 1972 and 1975 shows were released (and the sound left alone). If Empress Valley were so desperate to make up a six CD set they should have released the audience recording from the 1980 concert, so that we have three audience recordings all together. Empress Valley are rapidly losing the plot, virtually all their releases of late are reissues of the same old shows, atrociously EQ'd, tarted up and spewed out for suckers to waste their money on. (Jules McTrainspotter May 03).

Belgian Triple (Empress Valley)

This is my first review. I was compelled to submit it as I have seen that Underground Uprising is "losing its plot" lately. The main appeal of this wonderful website for most of us Zep addicts is the reviews of new titles that are released. The most important pieces of information that we seek are overall sound quality and comparison of the source to previous releases (if they exist). This way, we can make an "educated" decision as to which titles to purchase and which ones to avoid. This new title by Empress Valley Supreme Discs advertises using "new" tape sources for the shows performed on 5-28-72 and 1-12-75. I happen to own "Burning Ticket" by Baby Face (5-28-72). A direct comparison with Belgian Triple reveals that this is exactly the same tape source. Empress Valley has amplified the sound a bit via superior mastering. I also own "It's Time to Travel Again" by TDOLZ (1-12-75). A direct comparison again reveals that this is the same tape source. Empress again has amplified the sound via excellent mastering. I admit that I do not own a previous release of the 1980 Belgium show (of which there have been plenty of releases as per the above reviewer). I do not really actively collect 1980 shows as I am disappointed every time. I have a few on CDR that I barely get to. To summarize, Belgian Triple does not include any new tape sources (at least for the 72 and 75 shows). However, subjectively, the sound on the remastered '72 and '75 is superior to the previous releases mentioned above. The amplification is achieved without the unwanted "metallic" sounds heard in some expensive releases over the past two years. Finally, the insert notes are written in Japanese and English (as usual). However, this time, the English part is well understood. I think the guy who writes these things is actually well versed in the intricacies of the English language. Furthermore, I get the feeling that the ones we can't really understand are written in some kind of code. Empress Valley should award their entire catalogue to the English-only speaking person who can break that code!!!!! (Ramon April 03)

The Belgian Triple Empress Valley - EVSD 232-237 - 6CD BOX

May 28, 1972 Voorst Nationaal - Brussels, Belgium Audio: 7.5 AUD

DISC ONE: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp.

DISC TWO: Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love

January 12, 1975
Voorst Nationaal - Brussels, Belgium Audio: 6.5+/7- AUD

DISC THREE: Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, When The Levee Breaks, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot.

DISC FOUR: In My Time Of Dying, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown, Robert Plant/Bob Harris Backstage Interview on BBC2's Old Grey Whistle Test

June 20, 1980
Voorst Nationaal - Brussels, Belgium Audio: 8.5+ SBD

DISC FIVE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.

DISC SIX: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love

This release contains three complete shows from Brussels, Belgium in 1972, 1975 and 1980. Another in the recent line of Empress Valley "Lifetime Achievement Award" releases. This seems to be EV's way of chucking out somewhat budget titles without having to drop the EV name - almost as if the "Lifetime Achievement" sticker is an exemption from excellence stamp. These "Award" releases seem to be either bundled shows that probably wouldn't sell well if offered alone (think The Dirty Trick) or reissue sets with scaled back packages that help to keep costs down (think Burn Like A Candle 2nd issue). The package here follows suit and uses a card slipcover housing a fatboy six disc jewel case - rather hokey for a premium label release. Empress Valley have wisely chosen to bundle these shows together and release them as one package for a discounted price. The plain and crappy jewel case package and use of common source tapes allow for a lower asking price permitting more collectors to have an Empress Valley title in their collection. Offer the 6CD trio of shows for ~$120-135US instead of individual 2CD sets for ~$70-90US each and you instantly catch a wider, bargain minded audience. I will state right now that I am very disappointed in this release but I don't know that I have Empress Valley to fully blame for this. Let me explain this a bit so read on before scratching this release off of your shopping list just yet. I already have a copy of the 1972 show on CDR as well as several versions of the 1975 and 1980 shows on both original silver discs and as Master->DAT->CDR kind of releases. I was sceptical that any marked improvement would be found on this set when it's release was announced a few months back. Empress Valley has pulled gold out of lead in the past, so I placed my order for a copy and kept an eye open for the advance reviews to spring up online while I was calmly waiting for my set to arrive. The commentary posted on some of the online sites had raised my interest tenfold in the past few days stating that the 1972 and 1975 shows utilized "Very good to excellent new audience source" tapes. Oh boy, oh boy! I could hardly wait for the postman to arrive with my copy now! Empress must have found more gold! Unfortunately, this is not the case at all - at least for the 1975 show which is what I was most hopeful for. I don't have the previously released 1972 set Burning Ticket from Baby Face, so I can't fairly comment on it but the 1975 and 1980 shows I do have several copies of and there is no new source tape in use here. The 1972 tape is a very good overall audience tape - especially for 1972 - but it's not exactly stunning. Making only several fast comparisons of the EV 1972 tape to the Master->Remaster->CDR copy that I already had, any improvements found so far are minimal and more than likely due to digital manipulation and equalization. The 1975 show is a very good but sometimes disturbed and unbalanced audience tape that contains the extremely rare When The Levee Breaks and almost as rare The Wanton Song. The Supreme Disc folks have chosen to release the same tape that has already been issued commercially as Operation Moonbeam on Tarantura and It's Time To Travel Again on TDOLZ. There is an alternate source tape of this show available on the trading circuit that is an improvement over the tape that Empress Valley used. In my opinion, the alternate tape should have been used instead as it has never been commercially released and it is a better sounding tape. Again, any improvements are going to be from manipulation in one form or another by Empress Valley. The 1980 tape is the same common soundboard tape that's already been released countless times over the years. I could find no substantial improvements here other than that the end of The Rain Song that's missing from the master soundboard tape has been spliced in with the excellent audience tape from the same show completing it finally. The mixing board tape is plagued by tape hiss and the annoying buzzing described in the Tarantura Brussels 1980 review is also present here. The mistake made here is that Empress Valley should have released the available and excellent quality audience tape in its entirety as it is much more enjoyable than the soundboard tape and would have followed the lead of the previous two shows. Now, in light of all of my negative comments I do have a few positive things to add. First off, if you do not already have any of the previously issued sets, you should probably look into picking this set up. It really is a bargain for the price and the sound quality is fairly high throughout. The "all-in-one" format is convenient and it beats having to track down a pair of hard to find and expensive Tarantura sets. Second, it's nice to see Empress Valley releasing some budget minded titles and not constantly going for every dollar possible every time. This allows collectors that normally couldn't afford to own an Empress Valley set to do so. Oh and lastly, the liner notes are in excellent English for once! (Steve Prendergast April 03)

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07-Jun-72 Montreal

Red Snapper Deluxe - Balboa Productions BP-95010/11 - 2CD

Montreal June 7 1972, Oakdale Theater Wallingford CT Aug 17 1969, and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbus MD May 25 1969

The Montreal set includes Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, SIBLY, STH Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Dazed and Confused, WIAWSNB, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love. Mono audience ( a bit harsh sounding). The Connecticut set includes Train Kept a Rollin' and I Can't Quit You. The Maryland set includes Whole Lotta Love. (Tim Feldkamp June 96)

Montreal Gazette (Wendy Records, WECD-60, 61 & 62) 3CDs in a jewel case
The Montreal Forum, Montreal, 7 June 1972

Disc 1 (54:46): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Since > I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine
Disc 2 (52:46): Bron-Y-Aur Stomp/Dazed And Confused/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (39:29): Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll/Thank You

The newest title from Wendy features the band's '72 Montreal show which was rarely released in the past. Actually, in view of the reported incomplete nature of the tapes which captured the show, I avoided getting any past titles and this is my first collection of the show. Therefore, I have no past title with which to compare this one with. As I see the track listings of this release, I find no preview from the 5th album and frankly wonder if the tapes captured the show in its entirety. However, since this is one of the earliest shows in the band's '72 North American tour, it would be quite possible that no such preview was yet included in the set list. In this title, Wendy did a good job mainly using a very clean better sounding audience tape, while neatly filling the gaps existing in it with one or more other inferior audience sources, so that we can enjoy the show in a form presumably as complete as possible in a seamless manner. The level of the band's performance at this show as we can experience with this title is generally as excellent as that of many others of its shows in the same tour, although we can notice that Robert's voice is sometimes a bit rough at this show. The artworks used for this title, including those printed on the discs, are mostly black and white pictures of the band members of the era, which are simple but effective and nice. This title should now be welcomed by every collector as a nice addition to our catalogue of the band's '72 North American tour. It's also good to see that Wendy has finally given up the idea of printing English notes simply by reproducing reviews of the readers as posted in this UU! (Takemi Hiramatsu Feb 06)

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09-Jun-72 Charlotte

Charlotte 1972 (The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin Vol. 80 TDOLZ 809901/809902)

Disc 1: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Celebration Day, 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 and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown

Charlotte, North Carolina, June 9, 1972. This title uses the common tape that has been released several times before. Unlike the IQ title, the beginning of Immigrant Song is complete. It sounds like TDOLZ have used a very low generation tape, making this a very crisp and enjoyable mono audience recording. And this is a wonderful show. Very slow and deliberate. It isn't as wired as the shows later in the tour (Seattle and Los Angeles). Two peculiarities of this show are: this show has the only know Celebration Day from the 1972 U.S. tour, and there is no medley in Whole Lotta Love. During the theremin section, someone (Plant??) bangs out some notes on the piano which sounds very interesting. (Gerard Sparaco July 2000)

Knees Up Mother Brown (IQ-024/025 Image Quality)

Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 9, 1972

CD 1: (60:45) Immigrant Song (beginning cut, starts at a couple of measures before Plant's opening screams), Heartbreaker (volume decreases slightly prior to the guitar solo), Celebration Day, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California (first couple of opening notes cut), That's the Way (first couple of opening notes cut, very minor tape garble near end), Tangerine (very minor tape garble in middle), Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp

CD 2: (66:07) Dazed & Confused (cut at beginning of bow solo), What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (cut in middle of drum solo), Whole Lotta Love (first couple of opening notes cut as the recorder is turned back on, slightly garbled in the beginning because of this), Rock & Roll, Communication Breakdown

The audience tape used for this release is very good and clear. There is some tape hiss, but it is minor and for the most part, dissipates by disc two. The balance of the instruments does favor the bass and drums slightly more than Page's guitar, but it is nothing that distracts from or distorts the recording. Plant's still high vocals lie somewhere in the middle of the instrumentation. He has no problems with Stairway to Heaven's ending. The recorder was obviously positioned close to the stage and away from the general audience since the only comments or nearby cheers picked up are those made by the tapers. They make some observational comments between acoustical numbers and discuss which tapes to use prior to and during the beginning of Dazed & Confused. At least they understood their craft. The group plays a few bars of Knees Up Mother Brown prior to Stairway to Heaven. A prior release of this show, Don't Do It If You Don't Want To (Holy Grail), used the same tape source. Don't Do It If You Don't Want To does not contain the cut at the beginning of Immigrant Song, but does contain the other tape flaws. It also contains most of Dazed & Confused on disc one then repeats it in its entirety on disc two. Its sound quality pales next to the IQ release. Holy Grail remastered the sound for the worse. Tape hiss is very noticeable throughout that release and the bass overpowers the rest of the instruments making the sound very muddy. Knees Up Mother Brown may sound thinner next to Don't Do It If You Don't Want To , but it is a cleaner and clearer sound. (Brian Ingham Feb 98)

Knees Up Mother Brown (2CD, Image Quality, IQ-024/25), Charlotte, 9-6-72, aud

Source tape is identical to that of the previous released boots, such as 'Acoustic Tales in Charlotte' (CD) and 'Don't Do It If You Don't Want To' (2CD). Between these two titles, 'Don't Do It ---' is better in terms of completeness, since 'Acoustic ---' is 1CD and the first half of the show (from IS to GtC) and MD are not contained. In terms of sound quality, it's difficult to tell which one is better, since high frequency range is enhanced and clearer on 'Don't Do It ---', while bass range is slightly stronger on 'Acoustic ---'. The locations of cuts on this new released CD is almost the same as that of 'Don't Do It ---', but a couple of seconds of R&R intro is missing, while the song is complete on 'Don't Do It ---' . So in terms of the completeness, this one is inferior to 'Don't Do It ---'. In terms of the sound quality as well, this one is somewhat flat, and bass range is weaker than the previous 2 titles. However, since recording level of the first 4 or 5 songs are very low and contains much hiss on 'Don't Do It ---', 'Knees Up ---' may be more excellent, when compare the sound quality only on these part.(Susumu Omi, Aug 97)

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11-Jun-72 Baltimore

Baltimore Jack (TDOLZ VOL. 96 962001, 962002, 962003 The  Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, June 11, 1972

CD 1: (56:20) Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog (nearby audience noise near end), Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven (nearby audience noise near beginning in two separate locations), Going to California, That's the Way

CD 2: (67:40) Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed & Confused (small cut  near end, fades out right after the song ends), What Is & What Should Never  Be, Moby Dick (cut in middle of drum solo)

CD 3: (40:27) Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie, I Need Your Love Tonight, Hello Mary Lou, Heartbreak Hotel, Im Going Down, Going Down Slow), Rock  & Roll, Communication Breakdown

This release uses a recently circulated, low generation audience tape as its source. There are only a few intrusions of audience noise, but they are tolerable. The instruments are well balanced and clear despite the recording  sounding a bit distant. The distance may have been due to the position of the recorder. Most likely the recorder was on the floor. The recording suffers slightly during the encores where the audience was probably on their feet, blocking the audio. But it remains clear throughout. All in all, a very good  audience recording with very little tape hiss. Plant throws in a bar of Friends and a bar of an unknown medley before Going to California. A prior release of  this show, Baltimore 1972 (Immigrant) contains all the above tape problems, plus more. The balance is off for a second during Heartbreakers guitar solo. There is  another small cut after the first cut near the end of Dazed & Confused.  There is a cut after Hello Mary Lou that omits the opening bars of Heartbreak Hotel. A recently circulated copy of this show direct from the master tape  contains most of the tape defects found on the TDOLZ release, but it does not  have the cut at the end of Dazed & Confused nor does it fade out immediately after that song. In terms of sound, TDOLZ reduced the bass on its release. Because of this, its sound quality ranks below the unmodified, circulated copy.  The Immigrant release left the tape alone. But it used a higher generation tape. With the least amount of tape defects and superior sound quality, the copy circulating direct from the master tape is the best release of this show. (Brian Ingham Dec 2000)

The Axman Of Cometh Flagge (aka Empress Valley)

Discs 1 – 3 Baltimore, Maryland Civic Center, 11 June '72

Disc 4 Seattle Coliseum, Washington State, 18 June '72

Disc 1: Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway to Heaven/Going To California/That's the Way then Tangerine (opening few bars then fades out).

Disc 2: Tangerine/Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp/Dazed and Confused/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick.

Disc 3: Whole Lotta Love (inc medley)/Rock and Roll/Communication Breakdown.

Disc 4: Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway to Heaven/Going to California.

Supposed to be a lower generation source tape (audience) of the above show. In addition it includes a 'bonus' CD featuring part of the Seattle show held a week later. The recording is reasonably clear though marred by a noticeable hiss throughout. Whilst Plant's vocals pre-dominate, all the instruments are fairly distinct with the exception of the acoustic set, where they sound very distant. At times the audience is quite loud, especially during the acoustic set and a fair amount of general noise and chatter is picked up. Sometimes the taper seems a little exasperated! This is a great performance with a slightly unusual intro by Page to SIBLY and an overwhelming version of STH. The band is very tight and the audience loves every moment of it. Usually the LA Forum gig gets all the recommendations, but this is a worthwhile addition to any collector's catalogue and in my opinion every bit as enjoyable. (Donald Robertson Dec 2000)

Nutty And Cool. (Baby Face).June 11 1972,Civic Centre, Baltimore Maryland.U.S.A.3 CD's, Audience Recording.

CD1(65:11).Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Back Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway/Going To California/That's the Way/Tangerine/Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp.

CD2(57:56).Dazed(includes Walter's Walk)/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick.

CD3(39:24).Whole Lotta Love (Boogie Woogie,I Need Your Love Tonight, Mary Lou, Heartbreak Hotel, I'm Going Down, Goin' Down Slow)/Rock'n'Roll/Communication Breakdown.

Very good to very good plus sound quality, slightly distant but with a great amount of detail, full-bodied recording. There is a variable amount of hiss, sometimes high, throughout the show that lowers to non-existent between songs. The label mastered the tape in order to make the pieces sound louder, adding hiss in consequence.I find this a very worthwhile effort none the less. Only the acoustic set sounds slightly faint. A very sharp and bright source tape was used for this release. Very little, if any, audience noise is captured, which helps a lot to the clarity of the recording, still, this is an atmospheric document. It's just that the audience and the taper himself are so mesmerized by the performance that they don't want to miss a thing. The taper quietly gasps in disbelief at Page's incredible soloing and at the band's sheer power, everybody explodes at the end of each piece. When somebody asks for cigarettes near the microphone at the beginning of Stairway, the taper rapidly "shhs!" t! he loud mouth. Only when the piece is over, in the middle of a deafening ovation, does he allow any comments. What a contrast to the New York, June 15 recording. This show is devastating, in my view, every bit as enjoyable as the New York concert mentioned above, and even more for the lack of audience noise and cuts. The Baltimore recording sounds thinner but it's a lot clearer and the top end is better presented, albeit hissier. There's no let up in this concert. Probably due to the crowd's attentive and appreciative demeanour, and the band's awesome 1972 shape, the performance is so masterfully executed. Everyone is happy, particularly Plant and Bonzo, hence the title of this release. Unbelievable playing, unique medley, very enjoyable sound quality, who cares if  Baby Face's packaging is cheap? (Rosina Diaz Scali Oct 99)

Baltimore 1972 (Wardour-018) 3CDs
Civic Center, Baltimore, MD, JUne 11 1972

Disc 1(65:02): 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(57:48): Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick
Disc 3(41:09): Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll, Communication Breakdown

The tape of the concert as featured in this Wardour's new title was in the past released by several other labels. Among such past releases, I own Baby Face's "Nutty And Cool" and TDOLZ's "Baltimore Jack". The quality of the sound as featured in TDOLZ's title is very inferior. Therefore, I rather concentrated on the comparison of Wardour's title with Baby Face's. Since the recording levels of the two titles are different (Baby Face's being higher and Wardour's being lower), a precise comparison is technically not very easy. As I hear them on the same level of volume, I don't think there is any difference in the generation of the tape used in the two titles. Baby Face's title sounds very punchy and is not bad. However, the punch seems to come from the artificial boost of the sound both in its higher and lower ends. In comparison, Wardour's title has a good deep sound especially in its middle range and, thus, sounds more natural and cleaner. Therefore, if we turn up the volume, Wardour's title is more enjoyable and endurable to keep listening to than Baby Face's. In the meantime, I have heard that Flagg's title "The Axman of Cometh" featuring the same tape has an excellent sound, possibly better than Baby Face's. But since I don't own Flagge's title, I would have to defer to the opinion of other people who own it as to which of the sounds as featured in Flagg's title and Wardour's is better. Wardour's title comes in a fatboy jewel case. The pictures used for the title are not particularly attractive but the one (or ones?) used for the front cover seems a bit rare. (Takemi Hiramatsu July 05 )

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14-Jun-72 New York

Sometime In New York City (Image Quality) Per **** SQ **1/2 Appeal HC

First appearance on a triple CD set of the audience tape from the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York on June 14, 1972. Disappointingly the listener is faced with a hissy. distant, muddy, compressed and sometimes distorted sound source. This makes parts of the acoustic section hard going. Also the occasional tape disturbance is picked up. There is a cut in Dazed, the end of Moby Dick and also Bring It On Home is missing, However the detail that can be made out indicates good Page/Plant interplay in Since I've Been Loving You and an emotional guitar solo, a great solo in Stairway, an epic That's The Way with vocal ad lib's, and an intense Dazed And Confused with an early version of The Crunge. This was obviously a great show but the less than ideal sound quality makes it one for the hard core collector only. (Tony Gassett Feb 98)

15-Jun-72 New Yor

Welcome Back (Tarantura NCNY-001,2)

Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY.

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-Yr-Aur StompDisc 2: Dazed & Confused (includes Walter's Walk, The Crunge), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (middle cut), Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Chillun', You Don't Let Me Stop, Hand Jive, Hello Mary Lou, Money Honey, Heartbreak Hotel, Truckin' Little Mama, Millionaire Blues, Going Down Slow (guitar solo cut)The eighth Zeppelin tour of the United States in the summer of 1972 has been said to be one of their greatest. Unfortunately, given the fragmentary documents of the tour, we really have to rely upon the written press reports of the time to appreciate it. This is the situation since the audio documents we have are either fragmentary or poorly recorded. The most well known recording, the show at the LA Forum on June 25th, has been released many times. Opinion is divided on that show; some say it's a classic, and others are not impressed with that show. Welcome Back, released by Tarantura in 1997, records one of the "legendary" shows, not only of the tour. The legend of this show rests primarily upon the Roy Hollingworth article ("Led Zeppelin: The Forgotten Giants"). Another excellent review of the show is an eyewitness account by Hugh Jones in a 1998 issue of Proximity, where he says this is the last of the "innocent" Zeppelin, before their record-breaking ninth tour in 1973. The tape for this show can be described as good bordering on very good. It is very clear and perfectly captures the atmosphere in the newly opened Nassau Coliseum that evening. The tapers are the marijuana-smoking Long Islanders who also tape many Zeppelin shows in the Metropolitan area in the 70's (they also taped the 1971 MSG show (How've Ya Been?) and the first MSG show in 1975 (Heavy Metal Hullabaloo). They are not too noisy during this show except in the beginning of Stairway To Heaven, where they are sorting out seating arrangements. The legendary status of this show is definitely confirmed on the tape. The band attack the set list with unbridled confidence and authority. The first part of the show is amazing, with excellent versions of Black Dog and Since I've Been Loving You. The energy builds throughout the show, and both Dazed & Confused and the Whole Lotta Love medley are rightly praised as being one of the best ever. Unfortunately, the encores of Rock & Roll, Communication Breakdown, Thank You, and Bring It On Home are absent from the tape. Further, Tarantura have duplicated the beginning of Whole Lotta Love onto the end to provide continuity. This show, which can be found also on Tangerine (Mad Dogs) and Long Island Line (IQ) is an essential show for anyone's collection. (Gerard Sparaco Sept 02)Long Island Line (Image Quality) Per **** SQ ***1/2 Appeal GA double CD set to cover what was reputedly a staggering 4 hour show from the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York on June 15, 1972. The audience source starts off a little distant, muffled and slightly 'phased'. The sound starts to become clearer during the Heartbreaker solo and then becomes muddy in places towards the end of the recording. The audience is very noisy apart from during the final two acoustic numbers, the start of Stairway particularly suffering. The tapes themselves seem to be the main culprits. The vocals are a little in the background for the first three numbers. There is a cut in Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, most of the Moby Dick drum solo is missing and there is a cut in the Whole Lotta Love medley, followed a bit of the outro chorus before a final end cut. From a generally excellent performance, Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway have epic guitar solos and the whole band make Dazed And Confused absolutely overwhelming. A classic from the eighth US tour. (Tony Gassett April 98)Long Island Line (IQ-049/050 Image Quality)Nassau County Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, June 15, 1972CD 1: (60:39) Immigrant Song (beginning muffled), Heartbreaker (contains some nearby audience noise during the guitar solo), Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You (contains some audience noise at the beginning and in places), Stairway to Heaven (contains nearby audience noise pertaining to seating arrangements in the beginning and questions about what a piper is, some audience sing along picked up too, final vocal section muffled), Going to California (some minor audience noise picked up), That's the Way (some minor audience noise picked up along with some stupid stoned-out-of-your-mind laughter), Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (cut during acoustic guitar solo)CD 2: (59:14) Dazed & Confused (includes The Crunge) (some quick audience comments are made in places), What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (includes only 30 seconds of the actual drum solo, ending muffled), Whole Lotta Love (beginning muffled, muffled in places prior to the medleys, ending cut) (includes Boogie Woogie (slightly muffled), Slow Down, Hello Mary Lou, Money Honey, Heartbreak Hotel, Trucking Little Mama (slightly muffled), Going Down Slow (ending cut)

The tape source used for this release is from a very low generation audience recording with very little tape hiss. The quality of the recording ranges from good to very good. It is good in spots where an excited audience blocks the recorder, muffling the sound and giving it a phasing sound. This mostly occurs at the beginning of the show. It pretty much dissipates during Black Dog. Despite a very excited audience, the recording is still very clear. Even Jone's bass comes through quite well giving this release a very full-bodied sound. Fortunately most of the nearby audience comments are made between songs. Even the audience noise picked up during Since I've Been Loving You gets drowned out by the wall of sound produced by the band. Plant's vocal ending to Going to California is done in a more uplifting phrasing. His vocals are very powerful during the acoustic section. The cut during Going Down Slow connects to the "looove" portion of Whole Lotta Love which ends as the whole band restarts the final chorus. I do agree with one of the audience comments though... "the best!" (Brian Ingham Jan 98)

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18-Jun-72 Seattle

Also see Baltimore 11-Jun-72.

Sub Zep (No Label). 1 CD.

(The first part of the CD is Seattle 17-Jul-77 soundboard)

Track List: Announcements (cut)-Tape Drone-Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway to Heaven/Going to California.

Another excellent audience recording from Seattle but from June 18 1972.The balance is perfect but the level of hiss is high in some places. The sharpness is again an issue here but not an inhibiting factor from the enjoyment in general. The playing is great but begins a little cold. By Black Dog things get really powerful; Since I've Been Loving You is very passionate and so is Stairway. Plant gets nostalgic in Going to California and includes many comments on how the ideals had been lost in his spoken introduction. He also ad-libs lyrics in reference to that matter. Worth having two incomplete tapes on one disc, with very enjoyable quality and at an average price. (Rosina Diaz Scali May 1999)

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19-Jun-72 Seattle

The Evergreen (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per ****1/2 SQ **1/2 Appeal Hardcore

A better release than the poor Sizzles In Seattle on Lemon Song, this is the audience source of the classic show at the Seattle Centre Coliseum, Seattle on June 19, 1972. The sound on this 3 disc set is distant, muddy with some bass distortion. There is some sort of cut or drop out in about half the songs, the worst examples are in the Whole Lotta Love medley and the start of Over The Hills And Far Away. That said, this is classic stuff, featuring new songs from Houses Of The Holy. The standout numbers are Stairway and Dazed. Page plays excellent solos on Heartbreaker and Thank You and Plant nails the high notes in Going To California. The sonic imperfections and tape cuts would make this a rough ride for the general collector - pity! (Tony Gassett Aug 98)

The Evergreen (TDOLZ 319701/319702/319703 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, June 19, 1972

CD 1: (64:43) Immigrant Song (first minute cut, volume and clarity increase gradually), Heartbreaker, Black Dog (minor tape bump near beginning), The Ocean, Since I've Been Loving You (contains a minor amount of audience chatter, tape drag/cut near the end), Stairway to Heaven, Going to California (first 30 seconds cut, audience talkative during most of song), Black Country Woman (slightly muffled in the middle), That's the Way (audience talkative in places), Tangerine (contains a cut near the beginning, vocals distort the recording slightly), Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (cut and severely muffled a minute into the song)

CD 2: (56:22) Dazed & Confused (includes The Crunge) (mostly muffled, becomes clearer near the end of the guitar solo, last 3-4 minutes cut), What Is & What Should Never Be (starts muffled but clears up near the beginning), Dancing Days, Moby Dick (volume and clarity vary throughout, cut near end of drum solo)

CD 3: (62:18) Whole Lotta Love (beginning slightly muffled) (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie (slightly muffled), Let's Have A Party (contains a tape bump near the beginning), Hello Mary Lou, Only the Lonely, Heartbreak Hotel (tape disturbance at beginning), Going Down Slow (ending cut, finishes with last 30 seconds of Whole Lotta Love)), Rock & Roll (small cut at beginning of guitar solo and muffled during beginning of guitar solo), organ solo (contains a tape speed up at the beginning) (includes Everyday People, Louie Louie (slightly muffled in places), Let's Dance)/ Thank You, How Many More Times intro.?/ Money (volume and clarity increase in the beginning, last 2 minutes cut), Over the Hills and Far Away (beginning section before guitar solo cut), Dancing Days

The quality of the audience recording used for this release varies in places. For the most part, the recording up to Bron-Y-Aur Stomp is good to very good. The instruments are all clear, but the bass and keyboards distort the recording up to Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. Tape hiss is also present. The audience gets talkative around the recorder in places, but respectfully quiets down for Stairway to Heaven. Plant's vocals hold up quite well at the ending of Stairway to Heaven. Slightly better than they will at The Forum a few days later. In fact, his voice still retains its upper range. An interesting conversation precedes Tangerine. "Is that a tape recorder?", passerby. "Yeah", taper. "Out of site", passerby. My feelings exactly. The taper also asks his partner to light a match so he can see "how much there is". I'm assuming he was talking about tape length and not about other popular items available at concerts in the early 70's. This would explain the cut at the beginning of Tangerine. The tape was probably flipped at this point. After the cut during Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, the sound quality drops to fair. The recorder has obviously been poorly repositioned. The volume and clarity (i.e. brightness) drop and tape hiss become more noticeable as the sound becomes muffled. The repositioning of the recorder will continue throughout the rest of the concert. The recording picks up a fair amount of audience screams for most of Dazed & Confused. They dissipate, for the most part, during the bow solo. The sound quality improves to good after the recorder is repositioned during What Is & What Should Never Be. The taper comments during Moby Dick that he hates drum solos, he "hates 'em a lot". The recording improves slightly during the drum solo but will vary for the rest of the show and never get better than very good. Plant's vocals are barely audible during Everybody Needs Somebody to Love. Boogie Woogie starts at a slow, deliberate pace then changes to a faster tempo. After the tape disturbance at the beginning of Heartbreak Hotel, tape hiss becomes more noticeable as it "breathes" in and out. The tape was probably changed at this point. The tape hiss eventually stops "breathing". The instrumental introduction to Money sounds like an attempt at the beginning of How Many More Times. The organ solo medleys will be better arranged at The Forum, but they are very effective and great to hear at this show. The sound of the second Dancing Days is very heavy in the upper frequencies due to the repositioning of the recorder. (Brian Ingham Oct 97)

Light Bringer (Cashmere CSCD-001/002/003) 3 CD
Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA, June 19, 1972

Disc 1(67.49): Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, The Ocean, Since I've Been Loving You, Going To California, Black Country Woman, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp

Disc 2 (59.05): Dazed and Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick

Disc 3 (66.44): Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll, Organ Solo - Thank you, Money, Over The Hills And Far Away, Dancing Days

This concert was a famous "party" in Led Zeppelin's glorious days in 1972 and is probably one of the most enjoyable performances ever throughout their live history. Unfortunately, there seems to exist only one source of audience tape that recorded the concert, which was previously released in Lemon Song's title "Sizzles In Seattle" and TDOL's  "The Evergreen".  Although the sound featured in the latter title was said to be slightly better than that featured in the former, the sound quality of the tape as presented in either title was not at all par with the quality of the performance. Recently, almost at the same time, two titles both of which boast featuring a "lower generation" tape have been released: "Let's Do It Again" from the Badgeholders label and "Light Bringer" from the Cashmere label.  Having wondered for some time which title to buy, I chose to get "Light Bringer" relying on a review in a magazine saying that the main difference between the two titles lay in the length of "Moby Dick" which was longer in "Light Bringer". (Actually, it has been reported somewhere else that the sounds in the two titles are very similar). As a result of my listening, it has turned out to be true that the sound featured in "Light Bringer" is an improvement, clearer and closer to the master source than those featured in the two older titles.  However, as it is clear from the audience's chats and talks, we can hear in the recording, the source of the tape is still the same and the quality of the sound never gets better than the rating of "Good," with some distortion and lots of hiss all the way through. The reason why "Mody Dick" in "Light Bringer" is longer than "Let's Do It Again" is simply that the old higher generation audience tape was used to to fill the parts missing in the newly surfaced lower generation tape, rather than the newly surfaced tape is longer in "Light Bringer" than in "Let's Do It Again". Probably the length of the newly surfaced tape in both titles are the same.

Nevertheless, "Light Bringer" should be a welcomed addition to our collection, providing us with a means of enjoying the legendary concert in a better sound!  Especially, in my opinion, "Moby Dick" at this concert may well be the BEST performance by Bonzo of this tune, in terms of incredible speed and unsurpassed power of his playing.  It is very cynical to hear in the recording that the taper or his or her neighbour uttered, "I hate drum solos!  I hate them. Hate them a lot!" It's a pity that he didn't realize what he was actually experiencing then at all! I hope we will be able to hear a truly better and more complete version of the tape which may surface out of the blue!  Until then, "Light Bringer" is a title worth getting for you to be a part of the great party!! (Takemi Hiramatsu Jan 05)

Let's Do It Again (BadgeholdersBH002-01-02-03) 3 CD
Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA, June 19, 1972

Disc 1 (65:58): Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, The Ocean, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to heaven, Going To California, Black Country Woman, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp

Disc 2 (51.17): Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick

Disc 3 (65.11): Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll, Organ Solo (incl Amazing Grace, Everyday People, Louie Louie, Let's Dance) - Thank You, How Many More Times/Money, Over The Hills And Far Away, Dancing Days

Title available for comparison TDOLZ's "The Evergreen" . Hard pick between this and Light Bringer but apparently the only difference lie is a few extra mins of Moby Dick spliced in from the old source onto the Light Bringer title. To be honest, when pressed for time (which is always when trying to squeeze a Zep concert into the workday) I tend to skip the Moby's anyway. So, I saved 10 bucks and I went with the BH title. It had been a while since I last listened to this show, but we all know that any show where you find a pre '75 3+ hour performances in Seattle (a notorious Zep party place), with multiple cover songs and the enthusiasm to play Dancing Days twice ....and you know you are in for a treat. To these well trained bootleg ears, this show has never sounded so good and clear and to me it is VERY listenable. It has never sounded so good, and once your ears adjust to the recording's shortfalls you will find yourself listening with much delight. While obviously not up to our latest spoiled standards of a new SB every month or so, this my friends is the essence of the Hamer of the Gods. Give me prime 72 and earlier anyday. Badgeholders has done a super job with this and it will have me seeking out their orther titles as well. My suggestion is to grab one of the new upgraded titles of this show or you will find yourself missing out on the "Dusseldorf 70" of 2004. (Chris Serratella Feb 05)

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22-June-72 San Bernardino

Berdu (2CD Cobra Standard Series 010)

Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California

6/19 gets a lot of critical acclaim and 6/25 is the crowd favorite (myself included) but this unsung show has much to offer.  The very good/excellent audience recording is well balanced.  Phenomenal playing from Jimmy Page - he's on fire from the start and gets nastier as the show progresses.  A strong string of openers eventually leads to a very special Dazed (more satisfying than on 6/25 but unfortunately placed out of proper sequence here, on this Cobra release).  Robert Plant and John Bonham are in humorous moods.  San Bernardino is a kind of cow town approximately 45 minutes east of Los Angeles.  The crowd is rough around the edges, and Plant pokes a little fun at them in his American cowboy accent.  No Houses of The Holy previews, except for the Crunge reference in Dazed, and no opulent encores. This is the stripped down, basic US '72 set list performed by all four band members at a very high level.  Compact and definitive. (David DeSanctis Jan 02)

Born To Be Wild - Swing Auditorium, San Bernadino, CA 22 June 1972 - 2CD Magnificent

Disc 1 (61.13): Tape Intro, 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 (77.50): Dazed & Confused incl Route 66/The Crunge/Born To Be Wild, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love incl Everybody Needs Somebody/Boogie Chillun'/Let's Have A Party/Hello Mary Lou/Going Down Slow/The Shape I'm In, Rock And Roll

2CDs in a jewel case with simple artwork. Yet another surprising offering from the budget label Magnificent. This is an outstanding show and the band are absolutely on fire throughout. Although Plant's vocals are back in the mix at the start of the show, this soon improves and in general terms the sound is well balanced and ranges from very good to near excellent. It's hard to pick a best track from the either Disc. Dazed And Confused is a killer track here and my personal favourite. The whole show is a comprehensive 1972 US concert document of LZ performing on all cylinders. Highly recommended and immensely enjoyable given the recent outpourings from Japan. Magnificent's new release is from Amsterdam on May 27th 1972 and simply called Amsterdam Warm-Ups. If that's as good as this and Memphis Underground it will be worth seeking out. (The VLH Jan 03)

Born To Be Wild Magnificent Disc - MD-7201A/B - 2CD June 22, 1972 Swing Auditorium - San Bernardino, CA
Audio: 7.5 AUD

DISC ONE: 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 TWO: Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

Magnificent - The Master Works Of Led Zeppelin (shall we condense this into TMWOLZ or perhaps TDOLZ'03?) releases yet another nice and affordable double disc set. Package is a slimline clear tray jewel case with nice but basic artwork. The tray liner includes a listing of the '72 shows. I'm not much on jewel cases these days, but if that's what they have to use to keep costs down, more power to them. I do not have any of the previous releases of this show in my collection, so I can't offer any comparisons to the previously released sets. The recorder was located fairly close to the stage enabling the instruments to be clearly heard independent of one another. It was probably located slightly closer to the guitar and vocal side of the PA system burying the bass and drums just a hair below the vocals and guitar. There is no hint of distance echo on the tape meaning that the sound didn't have to bounce around the auditorium for very long before reaching the recorder. Also, the bass and drums are heard as bass and drums and not as a mashed together low-end rumble. The source tape used for this set is of very good quality, but it contains a slight metallic-like distortion throughout. Not being a sound engineer, I can't state with any certainty if this is due to the digital remastering, an over zealous producer at Magnificent or if it was a byproduct of the recorder/media of the era. It really doesn't matter because after a short time you get sucked into the show and your mind forgets about the trivial stuff. The 1972 tour is quickly becoming a favorite of mine thanks to the string of very good quality shows that have been making the rounds lately. Plant is initially absent from the mix for the opening of Immigrant Song, but this is quickly remedied. He is in great voice tonight hitting the highs with no sign of breakup. Page is on the money tonight. Very fluid playing overall with a minimal amount of mistakes although the solo in Stairway To Heaven deosn't do much for me. The first sign of a tape splice I detected happened during Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp - a probable tape swap. Plant gets into an American Southwestern accent (read: cowboy) at times during the acoustic set and off and on again thereafter. The Stomp gets the "Stryder!" treatment at the end tonight. There is a tape cut during the break after The Stomp and the start of Dazed And Confused. The first few notes of Dazed might have been lost in the cut. Dazed And Confused is excellent. Plant exclaims "Do The Crunge! Do The Crunge!" A firecracker explodes just prior to the start of What Is And What Should Never Be and generates some comments from Plant on the subject. The Whole Lotta Love medley has some slight tape issues and there's several incidents of "digital graffiti" scarring the tape just prior to the start of Let's Have A Party and again once or twice more later in the song. This is a nice, affordable, bare bones release from the Magnificent Disc folks and well worth the 5800Y ($49US/£35) that it retails for in Japan. (Steve Prendergast Feb 03)

Swinging In San Bernardino (Empress Valley EVSD 303/304) 2CD
Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA, 22 June 1972

Disc 1 (62.12): Tape Drone/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 (77.02): Dazed And Confused/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

This release from Empress Valley proudly proclaims on the front of the card slipcase cover that it is "direct sound from Scotch reel to reel". The sound is clear and very good, and has not been tampered with very much. So it is an improvement over the last release of this concert by Magnificent Born To Be Wild. That had been boosted by injudicious EQ. It is therefore a very nice release and well worth seeking out. Photos from the 1972 Australian Tour have been used on the front and back of this glossy thick card slipcase package. Empress Valley have done a good job, and any concert from the 1972 US Tour is always welcome. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 04)

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25-Jun-72 LA

LA Forum (Cobla Standard Series- Gold CDR/3 disks)

Performance (out of 10): 8 SQ: 6 - 8.5

This is from the famous LA concert from June 25, 1972. For some reason, this show has not been bootlegged very much. As far as I know the best version before this (and the only complete one) was "Burn Like A Candle". I think its safe to say that this new Gold CDR from Cobla is better (although it does not contain "Weekend" -which is just as well, because it probably wasn't from this concert anyway). The performance is good, but not my type of thing, really. Plant's vocals are too high and too clean (I prefer the 'rough' vocal years ['73-75]) and they almost sound rediculous during "Over the hills...". The whole band is in good form, though, but Page seems a little too 'plain' and refined. One of the best versions (that I've heard) of "Immigrant song". Good versions of "WIAWSNB", "Dancing days", "The ocean", and "Communication breakdown". The sound, on the other hand, is spectacular stereo (with good balance), but is a little muddy at times. Overall, a recommendation.  (A C, Mar 99)

Burn That Candle ( 3CD Equinox EX 00-010/11/12)

LA forum, LA, USA  25.6.75 Per ****1/2 SQ ***1/2 to **** Appeal G

This title from  Equinox is the first in a while to cover the famous LA 72 show. The sound is  upfront and very well balanced although sometimes a little unclear. This  release does not include the song Weekend that featured on Burn Like A Candle bit instead has an interview/phone in with Robert from the next day as  filler on the 3rd disk. I’ve not heard other version's of this show so I cant say if this is an improvement or not, some claim its slightly better than  the old Smoking Pig title of the same date and some that its slightly worse.  What's not in disputed though is the excellent performance, very tight on almost all the numbers bar dazed and confused where the band seem to lose  there way a few times. The show really takes off during the encores (all 6  of them) with amazing version of Thank You and Bring It In Home. If your looking for something from the 72 US tour then this has to be top of your list. (greenman Nov 2001)

Burn That Candle- Equinox Label

The Equinox label has seemed to stop releasing shows of late, which is a shame considering that they are (were?) one of the few new labels, post the extremely prolific The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin (TDOLZ), that was capable of producing very consistent, yet affordable, titles.   Like their other releases, this show also comes in a very nice, glossy gatefold paper case with a ‘72 picture of Page and Plant performing Tangerine on the front and a ‘72 picture of them in an elevator on the inside, with a full track listing on the back.  Unlike the prior (and way overpriced) release of this show on the Smoking Pig label, "Burn Like A Candle" this release is speed-corrected and obviously comes from a lower gen tape (I hear it is likely 2nd gen).  In addition, there is no tape hiss and the sound is very clear and dynamic with less distortion than Missing Link’s "A Night At The Heartbreak Hotel". The title for this Equinox release is a direct quote from Plant during the concert in reference to what the next album (Houses of the Holy) might be called.  As for the performance, this is as good as one is likely to hear from the summer 1972 US tour.  Whether or not one likes what one is hearing is another matter.  Zeppelin were always famous for being able to stretch a concert out for over 3 hours, sometimes even longer.  Here, the band end up playing 21 songs, not including the medley inclusions!  I hate to admit it, but I think that this concert is very overrated. I know it’s the forum, but this show is a bit of a letdown in comparison to shows at the same venue from other tours.  At this point in their career, Zeppelin were beginning to capitalize off of the success of the fourth album and the radio success of Stairway, and this tour seems to be more confident than it is loose and exciting.  Songs like Heartbreaker, Dazed, Stairway, and especially the Whole Lotta Love medley are not very convincing, and are much more straightforward, even though they are all played excellently.  The encores lack spark and the acoustic set is not very warm so much as it feels "formal."   Page and Plant have a lot to do with the concert’s  feel as they are both at a very interesting stage in their abilities.  For Page, he seems to have lost a lot of the edge that his playing usually has. Very fast, but not very inventive or spontaneous.  His solos in most songs sound like you’ve heard them all before.  It won’t be until the Japan concerts in October that he starts to get his "groove" back, and by March 73 he will be in his prime. As for Plant, his mood is fairly good, while his voice is on its way down.  One could argue that the late 71 tours were the last we ever saw of his "real" high voice, as he sings most of the high parts on this tour in a very lyrical falsetto. It has the range, and it is very clear and very strong, but almost completely lacking that gut "scream" that only he was able to do. Whereas Page will get better by March 73, Plant will have to do some serious adapting.  The only real benefits of this concert are the preview performances of Over the Hills, Dancing Days, and The Ocean, which are played more "experimentally" than effectively.  So, if you have to have something from the 72 US tour, this is your show.  It has the significance, rarities, and sound quality to satisfy even the most picky.  As for the performance... well, it is long!
(Mike Magnon Mar 02)

Burn Like A Candle, LA Forum 25 June 19'72 3CD (Empress Valley)

Set List: Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Over The Hills And Far Away/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine/ Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dazed And Confused/What Is And What Should Never Be/Dancing Days/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll/The Ocean/Louie Louie/Thank You/ Communication Breakdown/Bring It On Home

Excellent quality from an outstanding show.  It runs for 192 mins 09 secs.  The 3 gold CDs are individually housed within separate card wallets within a gatefold album cover.  CD covers are rare supposedly unpublished pictures from the show.  These card wallets are fastened individually with Velcro so they can be removed from the inside cover, again depicting a set of rare photos.  Front and inside cover is from the Smoking Pig release.  Outside rear is blank with separate full size card of the front cover.  Breathtaking appearance and quality.  Comes with a short sleeved black and white T-shirt with the album cover on the front and the Empress Valley Supreme Disc logo and words across the rear shoulder.  Outstanding!!  The liner notes in English/Japanese are on the reverse of the separate card front cover.  At the end it states "Well, all the liners in 2001 were completed with this. The next order came when thought a rest were taken so.  Indeed, whether such a thing is released.  What is that?  For a while, it is made secret." (Philip Bushe Jan 02

Burn Like A Candle June 25, 1972 The Forum - Los Angeles, CA Empress Valley - EVSD 138/139/140 - 3CD
Audio: 8+ AUD

DISC ONE: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp.

DISC TWO: Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick.

DISC THREE: Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll, The Ocean, Louie Louie, Thank You, Communication Breakdown, Bring It On Home

This set has been released by Empress Valley in three formats; the original edition came in a large LP-sized gatefold sleeve with individual disc sleeves what were affixed to the center. The second edition came in a normal CD gatefold paper sleeve shrinkwrapped with an OBI strip and the final release was issued in a fatboy jewel case with elegant silver metallic artwork. The original release was 3CDs and the second and third reissue sets both came with a 4th disc containing the fragment soundboard tape from Long Beach, CA. a few nights later. The 3 discs from the LA show are identical throughout each release. All discs are gold. The source tape used is borderline very good/excellent in quality. The tape is very clear and well balanced with slight top end distortion but is very treble biased lacking low-end punch. The tape begins with what is now referred to as the "L.A. drone". The 'drone' reminds me of the intro music Page and Plant used over their after-Zeppelin life to start out concerts. Immigrant Song starts out of nowhere and it's a very energetic performance and probably one of the better live versions. Heartbreaker features an extended solo from Jimmy and the boys jam a bit before getting back to the ending. Black Dog includes the Sweet Jellyroll lyrics tonight and he also answers the "Ah-Ah"s as well. Going To California finds tape splice number one. It's only a short short span before returning to the main source. Tangerine's intro from Plant includes "this is where Bonham runs across the stage with a broomstick". There's a cut in the tape after Dazed And Confused that more than likely cuts some of Plant's spiel prior to What Is And What Should Never Be. Plant states that the new album will not be titled "Led Zeppelin V" but "it has every possibility of being called Burn That Candle.. but ah, this is a track from it - it's about summertime and good things.. it's called Dancing Days". Moby Dick is 20 plus minutes of energetic Bonham bashing the hell out of everything in sight. Whole Lotta Love is a few ticks short of 28 minutes. The medley includes the normal favorites such as Let's Have A Party, Hello Marylou, Heartbreak Hotel and so on. The boys almost get into The Crunge as well, but it doesn't materialize. There's a tape switch during Going Down Slow that lasts about 3 and a half minutes before switching back to the main source. The LA audience has not idea how lucky they are on this fine summer evening, an unprecedented SIX(!) encores are performed tonight!! There's a tape cut during the audience cheer prior to the start of Rock And Roll and another afterwards. You can hear a guy consistently yelling "When The Levee Breaks! ", but unlike the "Heartbreaker" guy in '77, he doesn't get his wish. Louie Louie breaks out of the start of the Organ solo prior to Thank You and is fun to listen to the boys cover The Kingsmen. Communication breakdown and Bring It On Home end the show - Los Angeles has once again been conquered. It's going to be interesting to compare this release to the official "How The West Was Won" package...... (Steve Prendergast May 03)

Burn Like A Candle Empress Valley (second edition)
4CDs in Paper sleeve with obi.

The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 25 June 1972.
Excellent audience source.
This release is identical to Burn Like A Candle released in 2001 in an LP sized box by this label.

Disc 1 (69.38): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Over The Hills And Far Away / 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 (57.07): Dazed And Confused / What Is And What Should Never Be / Dancing Days / Moby Dick
Disc 3 (65.24): Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll / The Ocean / Louie Louie / Thank You / Communication Breakdown / Bring It On Home

There is a fourth, bonus, disc from Long Beach Arena, 27June 1972:
excellent soundboard source. The longest version of the soundboard fragment circulating for this concert:-
Disc 4 (26.20): What Is And What Should Never Be / Dancing Days / Moby Dick

All 4 CDs are presented in a glossy thick card gatefold slipcase with paper sleeves and Japanese obi strip. The artwork is almost identical to that presented on the first edition LP sized release and has great photos on the inside cover from the concert. I was hoping that EVSD would have tried to tweak the sound on this monster set. Having played both versions there is no apparent difference. However, that said this is still a killer show which everyone should have in their collection. Although I have the other label versions of this show I still prefer the EVSD release as a complete package. For those who wish to argue the point all I can say is thank goodness someone actually taped it at all! For collectors who don't own a copy of Burn Like A Candle, try to obtain this 4 disc set. This was exceptional value. In addition there is part of the Long Beach Arena show SBD, This is a super excellent soundboard source and the longest version of the soundboard fragment circulating for this concert. The CD is gold and inscribed with "Lifetime Achievement Award". The sound is totally clear with no discernable hiss, well balanced and with superb amplification. This sound seems better than Flying Circus. Put this in your CD player and rock. Where the hell is the rest of this concert? (The VLH Dec 02)

Burn Like A Candle Empress Valley EVSD 138/139/140/220 (third edition)

The folks at Empress Valley certainly know how to milk a release for every last penny. First released in a large 12" square thick LP type card package (similar to The Destroyer) in 2001, subsequently reissued at the end of 2002 in a much more attractive and practical card gatefold package (to which yours truly succumbed to), with the added bonus of the superb sounding Long Beach SBD fragment on a fourth disc, and they were on gold discs. Then in early 2003 it is put out again, this time in a fatboy jewel case, with the inserts printed on silver cards. Inside there are some very well reproduced B & W photos of the band on stage. The hardcore collectors will therefore have now bought this title three times. A fourth release is planned, this one will come with a pole axe, so that the lucky purchaser can hit himself over the head with it. (Jules McTrainspotter Feb 03)

Burn Like A Candle June 25, 1972 The Forum - Los Angeles, CA Empress Valley - EVSD 138/139/140 - 3CD
Audio: 8+ AUD

Track Listing:

DISC ONE: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp.

DISC TWO: Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick.

DISC THREE: Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll, The Ocean, Louie Louie, Thank You, Communication Breakdown, Bring It On Home

This set has been released by Empress Valley in three formats; the original edition came in a large LP-sized gatefold sleeve with individual disc sleeves what were affixed to the center. The second edition came in a normal CD gatefold paper sleeve shrinkwrapped with an OBI strip and the final release was issued in a fatboy jewel case with elegant silver metallic artwork. The original release was 3CDs and the second and third reissue sets both came with a 4th disc containing the fragment soundboard tape from Long Beach, CA. a few nights later. The 3 discs from the LA show are identical throughout each release. All discs are gold. The source tape used is borderline very good/excellent in quality. The tape is very clear and well balanced with slight top end distortion but is very treble biased lacking low-end punch. The tape begins with what is now referred to as the "L.A. drone". The 'drone' reminds me of the intro music Page and Plant used over their after-Zeppelin life to start out concerts. Immigrant Song starts out of nowhere and it's a very energetic performance and probably one of the better live versions. Heartbreaker features an extended solo from Jimmy and the boys jam a bit before getting back to the ending. Black Dog includes the Sweet Jellyroll lyrics tonight and he also answers the "Ah-Ah"s as well. Going To California finds tape splice number one. It's only a short short span before returning to the main source. Tangerine's intro from Plant includes "this is where Bonham runs across the stage with a broomstick". There's a cut in the tape after Dazed And Confused that more than likely cuts some of Plant's spiel prior to What Is And What Should Never Be. Plant states that the new album will not be titled "Led Zeppelin V" but "it has every possibility of being called Burn That Candle.. but ah, this is a track from it - it's about summertime and good things.. it's called Dancing Days". Moby Dick is 20 plus minutes of energetic Bonham bashing the hell out of everything in sight. Whole Lotta Love is a few ticks short of 28 minutes. The medley includes the normal favorites such as Let's Have A Party, Hello Marylou, Heartbreak Hotel and so on. The boys almost get into The Crunge as well, but it doesn't materialize. There's a tape switch during Going Down Slow that lasts about 3 and a half minutes before switching back to the main source. The LA audience has not idea how lucky they are on this fine summer evening, an unprecedented SIX(!) encores are performed tonight!! There's a tape cut during the audience cheer prior to the start of Rock And Roll and another afterwards. You can hear a guy consistently yelling "When The Levee Breaks! ", but unlike the "Heartbreaker" guy in '77, he doesn't get his wish. Louie Louie breaks out of the start of the Organ solo prior to Thank You and is fun to listen to the boys cover The Kingsmen. Communication breakdown and Bring It On Home end the show - Los Angeles has once again been conquered. It's going to be interesting to compare this release to the official "How The West Was Won" package...... (Steve Prendergast March 03)

Burn Like A Candle (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-25.06.1972-DVD-A-02) (Hybrid DVD-Audio)
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 25 June 1972

Total Disc Time: 190min 46sec.

Tracks: LA Drone/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Over The Hills And Far Away/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dazed And Confused/ What Is And What Should Never Be/Dancing Days/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love medley/Rock And Roll/The Ocean/Louie Louie/Organ Solo/Thank You/Communication Breakdown/Bring It On Home

This great concert from the LA Forum in 1972 has been released many times before by a number of labels. However, for one reason or another there have been some problems with all the releases. Fortunately Genuine Masters have got hold of an upgraded sound for this audience recording. Equally important, they have tracked down an alternate source audience recording of the concert too. This has been used to fill the few small cuts and gaps present in the main source. The sound now presented is excellent, although Plant's voice is still a little distorted, but that is on the original recording and little can be done regarding this. All the instruments sound really crisp and sharp. Genuine Masters have the ability to give good bottom end and also good top end too, which is very hard to achieve. Time after time listening to many releases that appear from the Land Of The Rising Sun, they give you one or the other, but never both. The drums in particular sound really clear, and for much of the time whilst watching and listening to this DVD I tried to concentrate on the genuis that was, is, and always will be, the incomparable John Henry Bonham. His stunning performance is a joy to hear, and very enjoyable. Often though I had to divert my listening attention to Jimmy Page, who was in fine form that night, with some superb playing. So many wonderful songs, to mention the Whole Lotta Love Medley for one. The 1972 US Tour is always a real treat to listen to, some incredible playing and performances from all four members of the band are virtually guaranteed. Towards the end of the tour the 'LA drone' was used at the start of the concert as the band came on stage. This music lulls you into a relaxed frame of mind, only to be abruptly halted with the crashing opening of The Immigrant Song. The title for this concert should of course be "Burn That Candle", as that is the proposed title referred to by Plant that night, for the upcoming fifth album. However "Burn Like A Candle" was the title used for the first release on CD many years ago on the Smoking Pig label, along with new and superb artwork especially commissioned, by William Stout. This is a classic concert and has now been presented in a really high quality sound and is complete. Incredibly the entire 191 minute concert has been fitted onto a single DVD, a remarkable technical achievement. The usual quality artwork on the cover, and the menu on the DVD allows easy and quick access to all the songs. This release is well worth seeking out, highly recommended. (Jules McTrainspotter June 05).

Burn Like A Candle (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-25.06.1972-DVD-A-02) (Hybrid DVD-Audio)
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, June 25, 1972

Total Disc Time: 190min 46sec.

Tracks: LA Drone/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Over The Hills And Far Away/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dazed And Confused/ What Is And What Should Never Be/Dancing Days/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love medley/Rock And Roll/The Ocean/Louie Louie/Organ Solo/Thank You/Communication Breakdown/Bring It On Home

As many of you probably know, this new GM title features one of those concerts which are most enjoyable throughout the live history of Led Zeppelin. This was due to the fact that the band then still retained its full power and fluency, while expanding the menu of its deliverables up to covering some of the materials from its 5th album, and that the concert was fortunately captured almost complete by one of the best audience recordings made in '72. It's simply amazing that GM has again put its version of the originally superb (but unfortunately a bit distorted) audience recording of over 3 hours long onto a single DVD! Recently, I have bought a portable DVD player, so that I can enjoy the DVD versions of GM's titles wherever I am and whenever it is. The portable DVD player has enabled me to duly and firmly realize the excellence of the sounds featured in those DVD versions. As I compare the sound featured in this GM's new title with that of Missing Link's "Heartbreak Hotel" it is clear that the former easily excels the latter in its range, depth and sharpness. Actually, I presume that no CD release by any label would ever be able to surpass such excellence of the sounds as featured in the DVD versions of GM's titles. In addition, as always, GM has made efforts with great care to further improve the quality of the sound, such as the correction of the fluctuation of the sound in the "LA Drone" as between the right and left speakers that the Missing Link's title suffered. Furthermore, as compared to some of its past titles, this time GM has included a larger number of beautiful still slides changing almost every minute, some of which feature rare shots from '72. Thus, it is especially enjoyable to watch the slides included in the title this time. It is truly a regret that none of the Japanese collectors (with a very few exceptions) has ever placed any order with GM for any of its titles. It's a great loss for them and they should experience the excellence of GM's titles with their own ears and eyes! (Takemi Hiramatsu July 05)

Burn Like A Candle (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-25.06.1972-DVD-A-02) (Hybrid DVD-Audio)
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, June 25, 1972

Total Disc Time: 190min 46sec.

Tracks: LA Drone/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Over The Hills And Far Away/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dazed And Confused/ What Is And What Should Never Be/Dancing Days/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love medley/Rock And Roll/The Ocean/Louie Louie/Organ Solo/Thank You/Communication Breakdown/Bring It On Home

This oft-praised performance is one that I took on faith, in that my previous experience with the recording, Smoking Pig's three-CD set of the same name, never quite translated for me, its sound being too brittle? Crushed? Unapproachable? The point is, I've never quite been able to put my finger on what made that set confounding to me despite what I knew to be an outstanding performance. The good news is that with Genuine Master's new audio DVD, I finally get it. BlackDog has taken a source tape that was just to the wrong side of listenable and pushed it over to appealing. It's not the sonic marvel of a Millard audie in terms of separation; every instrument is there, but it's almost as if they are all fighting to fit through the same narrow sonic space. That being said, GM finds clarity and definition here where others have failed, particularly in terms of putting the bass in its proper space and giving Jonesy's organ equal footing to Jimmy's guitar (check out "Since I've Been Loving You"). There are sweet nuances to be discovered, too, like the ringing harmony vocals on "Tangerine." Many great '72 photos adorn the slideshow and dare I say GM's menus are getting even sharper. As for the performance, upon revisitation I'm struck by how laid back and comfortable the band is, especially in the show's last hour. Wonderful stuff. (Butterking July 05, an expanded Review from Going Underground, ICE Magazine, August 05)

BURN LIKE A CANDLE ( Genuine Masters GM-LZ-25.02.1972-DVD-A-02) Hybrid DVD-Audio
Los Angeles Forum, June 25, 1972

RUNNING TIME: 3:10:46
SOUND/SOURCE: Audience Recordings - 1 primary source with a secondary source fill
PACKAGING: Clear DVD Clamshell with High Resolution Full Color Insert Artwork
FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Selection, PCM Audio
VIDEO/SOURCE: Psychadelic Picture Slideshow with Live still from "DVD"
SOUND 8 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 10 / VIDEO 10

TRACK LIST:

L.A. Drone, 2. Immigrant Song, 3. Heartbreaker, 4. Over The Hills And Far Away, 5. Black Dog, 6. Since I've Been Loving You, 7. Stairway To Heaven, 8. Going To California, 9. That's The Way, 10. Tangerine, 11. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, 12. Dazed And Confused, 13. What Is And What Should Never Be, 14. Dancing Days, 15. Moby Dick, 16. Whole Lotta Love Medley, 17. Rock And Roll, 18. The Ocean, 19. Louie Louie/Organ Solo, 20. Thank You, 21. Communication Breakdown, 22. Bring It On Home

At this point in time, the anticipation of what magic Genuine Masters can do for any recording or release just goes off the chart. Their product is proven. It's obvious that the audio is king with every new title and "Burn Like A Candle" will amaze all the long-time enthusiasts more than any collecting newbie - unless they've done their homework and understand where these precious gifts originate from or what condition they've been released in previously. As my copy of this title roamed the earth in search of the path where Page and Plant found the inspiration to write, I was able to soak up some of my counterparts' impressions and inciteful thoughts on this marathon of a show. Once I was able to experience it myself, I was able to confirm all that has been said is absolutely true. This was a rather primitive and one-dimensional audience recording at one time. A must have due to the sheer enthusiasm, the rarities, the professionalism, and of course - the length! Oh, those lucky folks that late-June evening in L.A. '72! Wow. We certainly get the full impact with the official 3CD "How The West Was Won" (which combined selections from this show and Long Beach 2 nights later) but, after hearing this in such a natural presentation and such depth brought out of the recording - you get a sense of what is actually like to be there.

As my cohorts across the net have pointed out, it is truly amazing that GM have the capability of providing over 3 hours of superbly transferred PCM Audio onto a single disc. This is the bed in which to re-live such a marathon!...because there is no interruption of changing discs, etc. it has that incredible feeling after awhile that these guys will never stop playing! What is also crucial to point out is the dimensional aspect I touched on above. Blackdog at GM has been able to fully pinpoint the wonderful highs in this recording, while fully blossoming the low end as well. This is the key, along with such seamless editing of sources that I couldn't even tell you where they weave together. It doesn't matter either. The effort is kick-ass and it's another banner release from Genuine Masters. Should I even knock them for the printing error on the catalog number??? Nah, consider it an easter egg if you can readily identify the mis-print. Kudos to our audioking downunder! If you hold Led Zeppelin circa 1972 in high regard, this is a superbly produced supplement to the official document. Oh yeah!...and my psychadelic slideshow is back too! Just a bonus for the long journey my copy made. GM also utilized crowd shots and MSG stills from the official DVD to balance out the beautifully crafted home made slides and it all works for 3 freakin' hours. Pick it up. You can get it with audio discs for the road as well. Primo Zeppelin from the quickly emerging number one, archivists' label. (HotWacks Webmaster July 05)

Burn Like A Candle (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-25.06.1972-DVD-A-02) (Hybrid DVD-Audio)
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, June 25, 1972

Total Disc Time: 190min 46sec.

Tracks: LA Drone/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Over The Hills And Far Away/Black Dog/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway To Heaven/Going To California/That's The Way/Tangerine/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dazed And Confused/ What Is And What Should Never Be/Dancing Days/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love medley/Rock And Roll/The Ocean/Louie Louie/Organ Solo/Thank You/Communication Breakdown/Bring It On Home

This is an outstanding companion piece to the officially-released How The West Was Won. Just listen to both of these shows back-to-back and you really understand and live through Led Zeppelin's musical power. It took me awhile to compare Genuien Masters' version to my other titles issued by Smoking Pig, Empress Valley & Equinox. And once again, as anybody who has read any of reviews of GM releases, GM's clean pure sound easily beats all other releases to date. And frankly, I'm not surprised. I'm an unabashed fan of this issuer and they have never proven me wrong nor disappointed in any of their releases. If the reader is skeptical, again, just place your CDs in the CD player & the this title in your DVD player and sit back and listen and compare Genuine Masters' sound to the other titles. As I've said in previous reviews, other titles do sound good, nearly great and we are often happy to keep them & not consider another release. Those collectors that venture out and try this release will not be disappointed...I think if you ever buy one Genuine masters release, you will seek each and every one. This is a stunning concert, obviously an old favorite among all collectors, and it now sounds even better than before. (David Smith Sept 05)

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27-Jun-72 Long Beach

Wild Beach Party (Led Note Label-Produced by Cobra).
June 27 1972, Long Beach California. Audience.

CD1(67:45).Immigrant Song (cuts in)/Heartbreaker/Black Dog (slight disturbance and dropout prior to the guitar solo)/ Over the Hills/Since I've Been Loving You/Stairway/Going to California/That's the Way/Tangerine/Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp.

CD2(60:52).Dazed(many successive dropouts prior to the bow solo/fades out as Plant joins Page during bow section)/ What Is and What Should Never Be (cuts in)/Dancing Days/Moby Dick (mid section cut)/Whole Lotta Love (Boogie, Lets Have a Party, Mary Lou, Blueberry Hill, Goin' Down Slow-small dropout in the middle and another one by the end.) Rock 'n' Roll.

This a composite of audience sources, the first disc's sound quality is clear, discernible but distant. Still, the instruments come through quite well, with very good balance. Some quiet passages are bearly audible, the acoustic set in particular, and yet Bonzo's castanets are clear during The Stomp. There's some audience restlessness during these moments but nothing that hurts the performance.CD2 has Dazed sounding muffled, only ten minutes worth of this piece, probably from another source. For What Is And What Should Never Be the sound quality returns to the first disc's standard, up to the end of the theremin section in the Whole Lotta Love Medley, where there's an abrupt change in brightness, balance, stereo separation and volume, all for the better. The sound travels occasionally. A poor quality source is used for Rock 'n Roll.The performance is awesome, Page plays outrageous solos throughout the concert and Plant ad-libs more than usual, as the title suggest this is a wild event. Page pl! ays The Tarantella (traditional Italian melody) prior to Since; superb Page/Plant exchanges in this piece. Plant is in excellent voice, he is particularly impressive in Blueberry Hill. The packaging is an upgrade for Cobra standards: a cardboard slipcase houses a slimline jewel; the front of the slipcase bears the drawing of a woman inside a bordello peeking from a curtain to the inside, as in a voyeur lounge. In perspective, there's a keyhole through which an observer can see the portrait of a woman on her knees, bent over. Her naked derriére bears tattoos of the four symbols. On the back of the slipcase, more drawings of naked women with phallic objects. Rather bizarre but better than Akashic Record's silly cartoons, well maybe. The CD's are decorated like old 45 EP's. (Rosina Diaz Scali Sept 99)

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28-Jun-72 Tucson

Crashing Revelry (Empress Valley)
Tucson, AZ 6/28/72

Set list: Disc 1 : Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Black Dog / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / Stairway To Heaven / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

Disc 2 : Dazed And Confused / What Is And What Should Never Be / Dancing Days / Moby Dick

Disc 3 : Whole Lotta Love / Rock And  Roll

Empress Valley has pulled another brand new and unreleased audience recording out of the hat with this one.  This first release of the last show of the American leg of the 1972 tour is a good one.  The sound quality is nice, however inferior to the recording in LA three days earlier.  The band is in high spirits throughout and very playful.  Great opening string of songs here, Immigrant Song and Heartbreaker both have extremely good soloing.  Over The Hills is proceeded with some explanation from Plant about what happened in Phoenix in 1970.  The end of Bron-yr-Aur Stomp is distorted a little bit during the "Stryder!"  Dazed And Confused again has Walter's Walk and a lot of The Crunge in it.  The medley contains Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Stuck On You, Hello Mary Lou,  Going Down Slow, and The Shape I'm In.  Only one encore of Rock and Roll tonight.  This should have been the show release for How The West Was Won.  The playing overall is outstanding, the sound is very listenable, and the atmosphere is wonderful, one of the finest '72 concerts to come to light.  Hats off to Empress Valley for finding this one.  Rumour has it that there is a better transfer out there, will it surface? (H. A. W. Nov 2003)

Crashing Revelry (Empress Valley EVSD 249/250/251)
Tucson, AZ, 28 June 1972

Disc 1 (53.30): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Black Dog / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / Stairway To Heaven / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

Disc 2 (57.51): Dazed And Confused / What Is And What Should Never Be / Dancing Days / Moby Dick

Disc 3 (35.59): Whole Lotta Love / Rock And  Roll

Another new show, pulled out of the hat, by Empress Valley yet again. This one is the last of the 1972 North American Tour, nearly all of which were of a consistently very high standard. This concert is of a very high standard too, and the sound quality is very good too. It is sourced from the master cassettes, and whilst it is rumoured that there is a better transfer available, this is not the case, and fans should be very wary of being duped. The sound quality is most enjoyable, with a little top end distortion. This distortion is  emphasised by the equalisation that Empress Valley invariably give every source tape that passes through their hands. There are also a few problems with the source tape, during the introductory "LA Drone", and also in the Whole Lotta Love Medley, with fluctuating tape speeds. Apart from these problems the concert is complete. An abbreviated acoustic section, consisting of Bron-yr-Aur Stomp only, was played this night. A great pity as these acoustic songs are some of the many highlights from this tour. Robert Plant is very talkative, and makes some amusing remarks about Bonzo and his underpants prior to Moby Dick (the latter asking for a short delay before he can start the song). Packaging is the standard Empress Valley thick card CD holder, over which a glossy slipcase is fitted. The liner notes (by Mr. Hamish Rock again) are informative, and are reproduced on the back of the slipcase, in minute text which is very hard to read. This makes the back cover very cramped and unattractive. Far better (as they did on the Melbourne release The Wet Head Is Dead) would have been to print them on a separate sheet of paper. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 03)

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02-Oct-72 Tok

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 couldn't 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 Each Show For Comments) 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)

Box Set 71-72 Previously, the Patriot release was best in terms of sound quality. No Use Greco (Tarantura) was fine but it was processed with noise reduction used to remove hiss. The LSD release is superior to either release and is a noticeable improvement. Really sounds like it was taken from a master clone as the others sound at least 2 analog generations away. Superior upper frequencies than either release with excellent bottom end warmth and hiss practically non-existent. Superb mastering all round on this one. Hands down the best ever version of this show from the stereo source tape. (Lord Byron Nov 99)

The Overture (Sanctuary) Per ***1/2 SQ *** Appeal G

Lavish presentation - large double digipak, replica program and ticket - of the show at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo on October 2, 1972. This audience source is a bit distant and muddy, with the balance and the sound clearing a bit in time. Plant's voice sound rough on occasions. Page plays well in Over The Hills and Since I've Been Loving You but over use of echo hampers the effect of the Stairway solo and where is he at the Dazed intro. Overall a solid 1972 Japanese show. (Tony Gassett Nov 99)

Live At The Big Hall Budokan Oct 2 1972 (TDOLZ 729801/729802 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

CD 1: (52:22) Rock & Roll (volume of vocals low in the mix), Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since Ive Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song

CD 2: (71:16) Dazed & Confused (includes The Crunge) (25 seconds cut during bow section), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You), Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown (volume of guitar solo low in the mix)

TDOLZ uses a third tape source for this release. It is very good and fairly close to the stage.The instruments are clear and well balanced except where PA problems reduce the volume in two locations. Plant makes several attempts for those high notes. For the most part, he is successful. He will have better success at the October 3rd performance. There have been a couple of prior releases of this show using the first tape source. Those include: Eastern Front (Great Dane Records) and Budokan Oct 2, 1972 (Patriot). The first tape source is slightly closer to the stage. It contains a minor shift in the balance for one second during Since Ive Been Loving You's guitar solo. But it does not contain the cut during Dazed & Confused. Eastern Front edited out all the between song chatter. The edit before Dazed & Confused does come close to clipping the opening bass note. The Patriot label release is the most complete with no edits. It is also brighter sounding than Eastern Front. But this is due to Great Dane Records use of noise reduction. It flattens the sound slightly, but is acceptable. Without any noise reduction, the Patriot release does contain noticeable tape hiss. But it is in a high frequency that can be tempered. The TDOLZ release also contains the same amount of tape hiss as the Patriot release. But it is in a lower frequency. Communication Breakdown, from a second tape source, has also been released on Wild West Side (Zosos Company). That tape source contains very little noticeable tape hiss and is very close to the stage with all the instruments well balanced. It is similar in sound quality to the Patriot label release. Its biggest advantage over the other two tape sources is the lack of anyone clapping over the recorder (at least for that song). (Brian Ingham Sep 1999)

The Overture (Sanctuary) 2CD 2-Oct-72 Limited Edition and numbered

Sound Quality 8/10; Appeal 4/5

Wow! The back cover states that this release utilises a previously unreleased master and this is indeed different to the source used by Tarantura/Patriot as well as the recently discovered source put out by TDOLZ. I havent been able to confirm independently whether it is different to the alt. source that Tarantura used on their 14CD set The Campaign, but I am told it is.

The recording itself is a very good and very clear mono audience recording and only the fact that it is not stereo keeps it from being excellent. It is recorded a lot closer to the stage than the TDOLZ source and as a result all the instruments are a lot clearer and better balanced. In addition, hiss is practically non existent. The stereo source is utilized for a few seconds during the intro by the DJ as well as a few seconds during Dazed and Confused (where the tape/reel was switched over). BTW, the complete show is presented from DJ Itoi's introduction to the outroduction.

The packaging once again is simply beautiful and is no doubt inspired by the late Tarantura. It is in the form of a book with I guess what can be described as a light and shade sunset with a small live on-stage shot of the band within a circle (depicting the earth?) and all the necessary info on the back. Once opened, the cds are housed vertically on the right, while to the left is a pocket that holds a miniature repro of the ticket for the show as well as a mini repro of the 72 Japan tour program! Ultra cool! Im glad that this label has experimented with their packaging format and only hope they will continue to do so. And guess what, there is no commentary from either Rey’s book or Lewis's and Pallett’s Concert File to be found anywhere.

Even though most people have the stereo recording in some form, I found this release on the whole highly enjoyable and recommendable to those who like Zep in Japan circa 72. Along with Akashic, Sanctuary appear to be the new line of premium labels coming out of Japan starting where Tarantura left off. (Lord Byron July 99)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76)

Following hard on the footsteps of this label's limited edition box set of the 1971 Japan Tour, the five 1972 Japan Tour shows have also been released as a limited and numbered edition of 300 copies. Packaging is similar to the previous box set, and one of the promo posters for "Houses Of The Holy" has been used, the one with a man with his head between two railway coach buffers, with the WWI soldier looking on. This person no doubt must have been the original Led Zeppelin headbanger!

Discs A & B : Tokyo 2/10/72, 126 mins. Same source tape as Tarantura and Patriot releases, this sounds a bit punchier, no doubt due to the 24 bit mastering used by Last Stand. (Jules McTrainspotter April 1999)

Bottom Line: If you can find one, GET IT. This was a suprise. This box set definitely PROVES that the Oct '72 tour is far too underrated, and some stuff here is available in FAR poorer sound quality elsewhere, making this set extremely valuable. The crappy quality of the two shows can be easily overlooked, as the other four are just too good. One of the best boots ever.

A-B (Tokyo 2nd) Performance: 5-6 (up to a 10 for STH) SQ: 7-8

Very good recording, average performance, except for STH, which like most of the Japan '72 shows, is one of the best ever IMHO.

Five star rating. (A C, May 1999)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76)

October 2, 1972 - Budokan Hall, Tokyo Japan - DISC A&B
Last Stand Disc - LSD-65/66 - Part of 12CD BOX
Audio: Disc A&B - 8.5+ EX AUD

Track Listing:
DISC A: Announcement, Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused.
DISC B: Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown

Very good recording, everything is perfectly captured and well balanced including the audience. Robert is lost in the mix at the start of Rock And Roll, but the guys at the desk figure it out and raise his levels nicely. Plant is also in good voice but he seems to be straining to hit the high notes and this voice cracks a number of times due to this. Black dog has "Sweet Jelly roll" lyrics thrown in tonight. After reviewing several 1969, 1970 and 1977 shows back-to-back, it's refreshing to hear something out of the ordinary and Dancing Days fills the request quite well. Plant introduces the Stomp as something about a dog and then proceeds to "woof-woof" in an attempt to get the Japanese audience to understand what he's talking about. The first tape change happens after the Stomp and nothing is lost except possibly Plant talking a bit. The Song Remains The Same has no title at this point in time and is simply called "Zep" tonight. This causes me some problems though, as Luis Rey states in his book that it's introduced as "The Campaign". Either LSD marked the discs wrong or Luis is. Cut number two is after The Rain Song. Dazed has a nice instrumental workout of The Crunge. The solo on Stairway has some kind of delay or something on it and it seems as if there's 2 guitars playing, one chasing the other! Whole Lotta Love includes Killing Floor and I Can't Quit You in the medley. The next cut comes after WLL during the wait for the encores. The crazed Japanese audience claps the whole way through Heartbreaker. Every note Jimmy plays gets an ovation! The crowd is relentless in demanding an additional ovation. They are rewarded with Immigrant Song and Communication Breakdown. The people around the taper howl along with plant during Immigrant Song. Not a bad show. The excellent sound makes up for the performance flaws. (Steve Prendergast)

Live At The Big Hall Budokan Oct 2 1972 2CD TDOLZ
Sound Quality 7.5/10; Appeal 3.5/5
A new, previously unreleased, alternate source tape is used by TDOLZ for this release. The recording for the most part is very good and the instruments are well balanced. Sound quality is similar to the 71 shows (same taper) released some time ago by this label. The source tape used here is definitely MONO and its NOT superior to the one used on No Use Greco (although that is not a fair comparison). In addition, the recorder sounds a little more distant from the stage and theres some minor hiss present.The audience around the recorder is quiet except for certain parts of the show (eg. Rock and Roll, and the encores) where they clap along. There appears to be a minor cut during the bow solo in Dazed and Confused and just before the encores.Packaging is a typical TDOLZ affair, a nice gatefold sleeve with a repro of the handbill for the show on the front. The band were definitely in a transitional period for the Japan shows and most collectors are divided on the bands performance during this period. Some feel that these shows are underrated and overlooked in favour of the European 73 shows, while others feel that they are a disappointment (maybe because Rey says so). If youre a fan of the Japan 72 shows you'll probably want this alternate version on your shelf (along with the following night from TDOLZ). (Lord Byron Apr 99)

Live At The Big Hall Budokan Oct 3 1972 (TDOLZ 739801/739802 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
CD 1: (55:12) Rock & Roll, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song   (26 seconds cut near end)
CD 2: (72:42) Dazed & Confused (includes The Crunge), Stairway to Heaven, Blue Suede Shoes, Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, Lets Have a Party, You Shook Me) ("keep a coolin baby" portion cut near end), Immigrant Song, The Ocean

This audience tape source starts off clear, but bass heavy. The bass muddies the sound for the first 40 seconds of Rock & Roll until the volume of Plant's vocals increase in the mix. The bass does not distort the tape, but it outweighs the guitar in the mix during Rock & Roll. The mix changes for the better prior to Black Dog. The recording can be considered very good from this point on. There is also very little noticeable tape hiss. Each instrument is discernable and a quiet audience around the recorder helps with the clarity. The "nearby-clappers" join in for the beginning of Misty Mountain Hop (up to the vocals), Whole Lotta Love (beginning only), Immigrant Song and The Ocean. But surprisingly, only a little bit during Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp. The bass enters a little heavy for Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, but lessens. Plant introduces Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp with, "features the rather shattered transvestite vocal chords of John Bonham." Plant throws in a few lines from Blue Suede Shoes prior to Whole Lotta Love. The sound quality flattens slightly after the cut in Whole Lotta Love. It does improve during Immigrant Song, but it is never as bright as it was prior to the cut. A prior release of this show, Live In Tokyo (Amsterdam), used a different tape source. Both tape sources are clear and very good. But Live In Tokyo emits a high pitched hiss from one channel. It also doesn't have the amount of bass found on the TDOLZ release. This gives it an edge in sound quality for Rock & Roll, but for the most part, the sound is too thin. Live In Tokyo doesn't have the cuts found on the TDOLZ release. Instead it has two small cuts during Dazed & Confused. Each tape source sounds about the same distance from the stage (fairly close) and the amount of clapping over the recorder is about the same. The difference between the two releases is the sound quality of the encores. The TDOLZ release's sound better. Live In Tokyo drops in sound quality for Immigrant Song. This may have been the result of a relocated recorder coupled with a tape change as evidenced by a cut after Whole Lotta Love. The Ocean may have come from another, third, tape source altogether. There is a cut between it and Immigrant Song, a major difference in sound quality (more bass than the TDOLZ release) and increased distance from the stage. But it is not the TDOLZ tape source. What little audience chatter there is around the recorder prior to The Ocean differs between the two. (Brian Ingham Mar 99)

Live At The Big Hall Budokan Oct 2 1972 (TDOLZ)

2 CDs each concert. These two new releases of the two nights in Tokyo, very nicely packaged reproducing the posters for the concerts, are definite improvements on the previous versions. The first night especially is in superb stereo sound, better than NO USE GRECO (Tarantura), and  BUDOKAN 1972 (Patriot). On the inside cover of the slipcases for both releases Diagrams make the following statement :-'Pressed on silver disc. Beware of imitations on cheap CD-R' (Jules McTrainSpotter Jan 99)

Led Zeppelin Is My Brother (Empress Valley, EVSD - 319/320) 2 CDs in card gatefold
Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 2nd October 1972

Set list:-
CD1 (75.11): Introduction by Goro Itoi, Rock and Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.
CD2 (52.22): Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Hole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You), Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown.

This is an absolutely terrific release. The 2 CD set is housed in a hard cardboard gatefold sleeve. On the front cover there is a shot of the band on the stage. It was a picture that I had not seen previously. It is a great picture. The picture was taken looking down on them slightly and from the rear. On the inside across both sleeves there is a picture of the band on stage. Again it is a very good picture. On the rear it is a picture of the Budokan Hall. Also on the rear there are pictures of two tapes - presumably designed to "prove" that this boot was sourced from original tapes. The cardboard gatefold is substantial. The artwork is high quality and glossy. It looks great. The track listing on the rear is attractive and easy to read. There is a replica of the ticket. Nice touch. Aquarius makes a return. I am not sure if I would describe it as a welcome return. As ever the text is disjointed. Mind you I cannot speak a word of Japanese so I suppose I had better be quiet. Aquarius states that this particular show was the first time that he saw the band live. The real test, for this release, is sound quality. I have two other releases from this concert, Live in Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc) and The Overture (Sanctuary). I will leave it to those who are more knowledgeable to determine the nature and generation of the source tape. What I am able to say, having played this concert now on a number of occasions since it arrived, it sounds absolutely fantastic. All the instruments, throughout, are well balanced. Plant's voice is well represented during the songs. He gives a great performance, in my opinion, during Since I've Been Loving You. You really get the impression of him giving it his all. Dancing Days is always a delight to hear. By disc 2 the band are on a roll. It really is a terrific workout. The first tour of Japan is referred to, almost reverentially. This recording confirms, in my opinion, that the band were not far off the mark during the second tour. This release easily eclipses, in terms of sound quality, the titles that I already have. This is a must have title. Although it is early in the year I have got no doubt that when top tens are being compiled at the end of the year, this is a title that will feature. (John Morrison May 05)

Led Zeppelin Is My Brother (Empress Valley, EVSD - 319/320) 2 CDs in card gatefold
Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 2nd October 1972

Set list:-
CD1 (75.11): Introduction by Goro Itoi, Rock and Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.
CD2 (52.22): Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Hole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You), Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown.

For those who love beautiful, detailed, and apropos packaging for a Zeppelin show, this release is a keeper. The clear, glossy photos from the era adorn the gatefold's front with another shot opening for you as the full package is examined. Both pictures are cool, clear, and add an element of finish to this title setting it apart from other labels that do not take the time to focus on this portion of their releases while demanding top dollars from us collectors. The rear of the gatefold has a picture that I assume is of the venue where the show took place, as well as what appear to be the master reel tapes from which this recording is claimed to derive. Amazingly, with all of that attention to detail, the track list on the back describes Dazed to be the first track on disc 2 - it isn't, it's the last track on disc 1. With that insignificant glitch considered, there is no question in my mind that this release eclipses what I have in my CD-R collection of this show. The recording's clear and instruments balanced well enough, but we all know about this recording's balance by now. For me, this release is definitive for this show. I love how the band was playing, and also find it intriguing that they begin the show with the last song they played on 9/29/71, and then virtually end the show with the song they played to open 9/29/71! A neat twist in the Zeppelin legend, and I personally enjoyed the liner notes by Aquarius. Communication Breakdown's played with power and, to this day, I'll never understand any remote criticism of Zep's 1972 gigs in Japan. They may not compare to the 1971 shows but, then again, probably shouldn't be compared to those shows. Houses Of The Holy was giving them new material to perform for the audiences, and those arrangements were more complex. As far as the audience was concerned, EV includes with this release a replica ticket from the show, giving me the bittersweet and yet pleasing feeling of what it may have been like to be lucky enough to witness this excellent show. This release by EV is first-rate, and has already been spun in my player multiple times. (Symmetry101 May 05)

Led Zeppelin Is My Brother (Empress Valley, EVSD - 319/320) 2 CDs in card gatefold
Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 2nd October 1972

Set list:-
CD1 (75.11): Introduction by Goro Itoi, Rock and Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.
CD2 (52.22): Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Hole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You), Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown.

The first release by Empress Valley for a Japan 1972 Tour concert. They have used the really excellent stereo audience recording, on reel to reel tapes, that was originally released by the Patriot label many years ago as the 2CD Budokan Oct 2, 1972. Subsequently released by Tarantura as No Use Greco, and also by other labels. Described by Patriot as: "Complete show from true open-reel master. No cut and final sound quality". The sound was excellent, and untampered with. Empress Valley have done a very good job remastering the original reel to reel tapes (illustrated on the back of the most attractive glossy colour slipcase), and have filled the very few gaps in the main source with another audience recording from this concert. If you want a sound closer to the master then the Patriot release will be to your liking, but if you like a more powerful and punchy sound then this release will be right up your street. There are useful liner notes from Aquarius 11, and a facsimile of the original concert ticket, both front and back, a nice touch. This release is very well packaged and presented, which adds up to a most desirable release for this concert. A pity they screwed up the track listings for each CD on the back cover, Dazed And Confused is on disc 1, not 2. The Japan 1972 Tour concerts are often regarded disparagingly by armchair critics and pundits, but yet again the lucky Japanese audiences were treated to a complete change of set list, and brand new songs being premiered. The playing was generally of a very high standard, and the concerts were not burdened with overindulgent solos. As previously mentioned, there are some interesting points raised by Aquarius 11 in the liner notes, particularly regarding Robert Plant's voice. There are a number of fans who think that he had an operation on his throat after the US Tour in the early Summer of 1972, prior to the Japan tour in early October that year. His voice was never quite the same after June 1972. So full marks to Empress Valley for a great sound and really nice packaging. (Jules McTrainspotter May 05)

Far East Side Story (Wendy WECD-45&46) 2CDs in a jewel case
The Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 2 October 1972

Disc 1 (75:00) : Introduction / Rock And Roll / Over The Hills And Far Away / Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / Dancing Days / Bron-Y-Aur Stomp / The Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song / Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (58:07) : Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker / Immigrant Song / Communication Breakdown/ Outroduction

Wendy's new release is mainly made up from an audience tape which is different from that famous one which was recently featured in a most decent manner in Empress Valley's "Led Zeppelin Is My Brother", but has also been featured numerous times in various other titles from many labels. It is said that in the past the audience tape was released only once in a vinyl title. The quality of the tape as featured in this Wendy's title is above average as an audience recording from '72 and should probably be graded "Very Good." However, as compared to the audience tape featured in "Led Zeppelin Is My Brother", it sounds like that it was recorded farther from the stage and, therefore, is less clear and sharp. For illustration purpose, if it is assumed that the famous tape was recorded in the Arena of the Budokan, the rare tape may have been recorded in an upper floor of that venue, since it has somewhat distant sounds similar to those of Scorpio's "Seattle Supersonic" which is said to have been recorded in the 2nd Floor of the Seattle Center Coliseum. The rare tape also has more hiss and audience noises than the famous tape. Especially, immediately after the opening tune Rock And Roll is finished, the taper himself or one of his neighbors very conspicuously utters that his ears have been hurt by the sound. It is a Japanese counterpart of "Oh, my ears, man!" from Adelaide, Australia in the same year, which is another proof of how loud Led Zeppelin was those days! Wendy seems to boast that for the first time the rare tape features the late Goro Itoi's reference to the then upcoming visit to Japan of Three Dog Night in his ending announcement, but it's not a big thing anyway.

Accordingly, if you like the band's Japanese tours and are eager to collect each and every tape featuring the concerts from them, you shouldn't miss this Wendy's release. However, if you want to have only one very best title to enjoy this famous concert which eventually turned out to be the band's turning point in its live history, then you don't need this Wendy's title but should rather get "Led Zeppelin Is My Brother".

In the meantime, I didn't know why EV's title was strangely named "Led Zeppelin Is My Brother" but, ironically, this Wendy release has revealed the reason. On its back cover, it shows the photo of a Greco poster for advertisement with that title, together with an advertising copy saying that "Jimmy Page will surely play the Greco Les Paul Custom before you tonight!" (For your curiosity, in the liner notes for "Led Zeppelin Is My Brother" Aquarius 11 introduces his friend's testimony that Jimmy actually played a Greco guitar for the encore on October 4, '72.) The artworks for this Wendy release, as hinted by its title, constitute parodies of the "West Side Story"movie but are not particularly attractive. As far as I know, the English notes printed on its back cover are not mere reproduction of some authority's works this time and Wendy seems to have finally come up with an idea to create its own notes, in response to the overwhelming criticism! (Takemi Hiramatsu July 05)

Far East Side Story (Wendy WECD-45&46) 2CDs in a jewel case
The Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 2 October 1972

Disc 1 (75:00) : Introduction / Rock And Roll / Over The Hills And Far Away / Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / Dancing Days / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / The Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song / Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (58:07) : Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker / Immigrant Song / Communication Breakdown

The 1972 Japan Tour, from the country that virtually invented the portable tape recorder, was bound to be well covered by enterprising fans and captured on magnetic tape. And so it came to pass that we have five different sources for the opening night at the famous Budokan Hall in Tokyo. Wendy have put out the complete "fifth" source, which was (if we are to believe the illustration on the back insert artwork) on two reel to reel TDK tapes. This source was released some years ago in an attractive 2 CD package by Sanctuary as The Overture. Wendy have used this source, and filled its gaps with the first and fourth sources. It is, like practically all the other sources, a very good to excellent stereo audience recording. However it is not as good as the first source, which was recently rereleased in an excellent package by Empress Valley as Led Zeppelin Is My Brother. I think this release by Empress Valley must still be considered the best version of this concert. The sound on this recording and release is, as stated, very good indeed, but lacks the depth and bottom end punch of the first source. It is however a well balanced recording. However in view of the recent Empress Valley release there is little merit in making another source for this over released concert available yet again. The packaging is (for this label) quite clever, being a parody of "West Side Story", and comes in a slimline double jewel case and obi. I have not been able to pinpoint the source for Wendy's liner notes, which for once have not been ripped off from this site or the Bootledz website, but in view of the language I am sure they have copied this from somewhere else. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 05)

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03-Oct-72 Tokyo

Box Set 71-72

Again, sounds like it was taken from a lower generation tape than either Second Night In Judo Arena or Live In Tokyo. The sound on the LSD is more natural with slightly better mastering, whereas Live In Tokyo especially was a bit piercing on the ears (they seemed to have eq'd their tape pretty high and then compressed it). Again, LSDs is an improvement. (Lord Byron Nov 99)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76)

Discs C & D : Tokyo 3/10/72, 130 mins. An improvement on previous releases, very up front sound. (Jules McTrainspotter)

Performance: 5-6 SQ: 5 Average, passable sound and performance (Anton)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76)

October 3, 1972 - Budokan Hall, Tokyo Japan - DISC C&D
Last Stand Disc - LSD-67/68 - Part of 12CD BOX
Audio: Disc C&D - 7 AUD

Track Listing:
DISC C: Announcement, Rock And Roll, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.

DISC D: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, The Ocean

A step down in quality from the previous night's recording. A bit distant and/or flat sounding - not as balanced and detailed as the tape from the 2nd - the drums and vocals are up front in this recording. Black Dog again has the "Sweet Jellyroll" lyrics. Dancing Days is introduced as "a song that should really have come out in England about 3 months ago to coincide with the vibe to it - it's about summertime and all of the good things that have happened". The Song Remains The Same is introduced as "The Overture". Plant even says that last night it was called "Zep", so Luis Rey's book was incorrect after all - see last night's review for an explanation. Dazed has a number of cuts in it. A short instrumental take of The Crunge is tucked inside of Dazed. There a cut at the end of Dazed and right before Stairway - no music is lost. There's yet another cut in the tape, this time it's after Stairway To Heaven. Plant is in good vocals tonight adding some incredibly long high notes at the end of Whole Lotta Love. The taper stops the tape after Plant issues his Goodnight and restarts it once the band come back onstage for the encores. The audio looses some of it's "punch" after Immigrant Song - my guess is our guy taping the show thought that they were done and started to head out of the arena only to be proven wrong - they are not done playing - so the loss of punch is the fact that the microphone has been moved to a section of the arena with worse acoustics. The Ocean suffers a tad due to the relocated taping position, but it's still very good sound. (Steve Prendergast)

Live At The Big Hall Budokan Oct 3 1972 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin).

2 CDs each concert. These two new releases of the two nights in Tokyo, very nicely packaged reproducing the posters for the concerts, are definite improvements on the previous versions. The first night especially is in superb stereo sound, better than NO USE GRECO (Tarantura), and BUDOKAN 1972 (Patriot). On the inside cover of the slipcases for both releases Diagrams make the following statement :-'Pressed on silver disc. Beware of imitations on cheap CD-R'.  (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)

Live in Tokyo (AMS 9609-3-1/2/3 Amsterdam)

Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, October 3, 1972

CD 1: (41:50) introduction/ Rock & Roll, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp

CD 2: (40:09) The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Dazed & Confused (includes The Crunge) (contains 2 small cuts before bow section)

CD 3: (48:48) Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, Let's Have a Party, You Shook Me), Immigrant Song, The Ocean

The recording is almost as good as the common recording from the night before; clearer, brighter but slightly more distant. Very good as a whole. There is some high pitched tape hiss in one channel. The real pleasure is Plant's singing. It holds up a thousand times better than the night before or the following night. Only a few cracks in his voice. This is the closest he comes to matching his studio vocal efforts on The Song Remains the Same. Immigrant Song is from a different tape source (?) that is not as clear and bright as the one used for the majority of this show. It's still a very good recording. The Ocean comes from another tape source not as clear and more distant. It could be from the night before. This release could have fit on 2 discs. (Brian Ingham Oct 96)

Live in Tokyo (Amsterdam) 3 CD

Perf  ***                     SQ  ***                  Appeal  G

3 CD set on the Amsterdam label (that could have fitted onto 2 discs) from Tokyo 3rd Oct 1972.  Could be a copy of the Tarantura ‘2nd Night in a Judo Arena’.  Certainly well recorded, though not as bright as the Tarantura equivalent.  Good show, but being on 3 discs makes it expensive for what it is. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

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04-Oct-72 Osaka

Box Set 71-72: Only a minor improvement over Amsterdam's Connexion, not as noticeable as some of the other improvements in the box set. (Lord Byron Nov 99)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76

Discs E & F : Osaka 4/10/72, 120 mins. The usual combination of the two source tapes, this is an improvement and is really excellent stereo. (Jules McTrainspotter)

Performance: 7-8 SQ: 9-10 (!) Good show, SUPERB stereo sound. Again, unbelievable STH solo. Recording just about pro-quality Flawless MMH, good DaC guitar work. (Anton)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76)

October 4, 1972 - Festival Hall, Osaka Japan - DISC E&F
Last Stand Disc - LSD-69/70 - Part of 12CD BOX
Audio: Disc E&F - 7.5 AUD

Track Listing:
DISC E: Rock And Roll, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.

DISC F: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song

Robert's voice is starting to show the strain of performing 3 days in a row - his voice is cracking up almost continuously. Bonzo appears to be in great forum tonight though, so perhaps that offset's Percy's bad vocals. Jimmy is also having a great night - no sticky fingers syndrome tonight. The tape is very good, but slightly distant. The audience is distant from the recorder as well, so one has to only guess where the taper was for this show. Great version of Dancing Days - even with Plant's damaged voice. Everytime I hear that song I think of the Stargroves photos with the band dancing around the truck during the playback of Dancing Days. There's a cut in the tape after Dancing Days that leads into "A song about a dog". There's a tape cut right after the Stomp that misses any Plantations that there might have been and the opening bars of The Song Remains The Same. For some unexplainable reason, there's what sounds like a heartbeat during a clip of The Rain Song. It does not sound real, as it's quite loud and if that was truly a heartbeat, the guy surely died as it sounded like it was ready to jump out of his chest. Dazed is in good forum tonight led by Bonzo's relentless drums. They sound really good - even from a distance. The Crunge includes some monkey business at the end and it's still lacking vocals. The next cut comes after Dazed and before Stairway - some Plantations are lost because of this. Whole Lotta Love is more "musical" and not so much "vocal" tonight, no doubt due to Roberts poor voice. The medley selections includes a lot of low sung Elvis tracks as well as You Shook Me. The tape cuts out right after Heartbreaker and comes back on in time for Immigrant Song. With Plant's voice so bad, I'm not sure I know why they didn't do something else besides this. (Steve Prendergast)

Wild West Side (Zoso's Company)

Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, October 4, 1972

CD 1:(67:54) Rock & Roll, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed & Confused (includes The Crunge),

Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, October 9, 1972: Stand By Me

CD 2: (63:31) Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, October 4, 1972

The Song Remains the Same (first couple of seconds cut), The Rain Song, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do, Let's Have a Party, You Shook Me), Immigrant Song, The Ocean, Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song (slightly muffled),

Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, October 2, 1972: Communication Breakdown

A near excellent audience recording. All the instruments are up front and well balanced with the audience in the background. Plant's vocals are definitely showing signs of wear from the previous night's performance. Dazed & Confused is taken out of sequence and should have followed The Rain Song. The version of Stand By Me is a few generations better than the one on Let Me Get Back To 1972 (H Bomb). Communication Breakdown is from another tape source than the one used on Eastern Front (Great Dane), No Use Greco (Tarantura) and others. It's closer to the stage and doesn't contain any of the clapping and screaming over the recorder found on those releases. It would be great if the tapes used for the bonus dates were released in their entirety since they sound better. (Brian Ingham Aug 96)

Osaka Tapes (6CD, AMS 9610/11/12), Osaka, 4/10/72

Disc 1 and 2 are labeled as "Raw Tapes I". Source tapes of this is identical to the one used on"Wild West Side" (2CD), "Dancing Geisha" (2CD) and "The Champaign" (14CD). Sound quality of these boots are almost identical. Disc 3 and 4, which is labelled as "Raw Tapes II", is once used for "Stand By Me", a little distant and inferior to "Raw Tapes I" in audio. However, complete TSRTS is only on "Raw Tapes II". Disc 5 and 6 seems to be "Combo of best stuff" from "Raw Tapes I" and  "Raw Tapes II", but I haven't checked this one yet. Both "Raw Tapes I" and "Raw Tapes II", especially the former is excellent in sound quality, but still inferior to very old vinyl boot called "Live" (LP), which contains "Bron-y-Aur Stomp". (Susumu Omi, July 96).

Connexion (Amsterdam) 2 CD

Perf  ****            SQ  ****                Appeal  G

2 CD set on the Amsterdam label of the first night at Osaka 4th Oct 1972.  This is an amalgam of the two sources used on Raw Tapes I + II, all three titles making up the ‘Osaka Tapes’ box set.  Good audience recording, same source as the Tarantura ‘Dancing Geisha’ but not as clear.  Still worth the trouble though. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

Osaka, 4 October 1972

Live At Festival Hall (Power Archives PA-0310006/7)

Disc 1: Rock and Roll, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.

Disc 2: Dazed and Confused (including The Crunge), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (including Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Chillun', Got A Lotta Living To Do, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me, Lemon Song), Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song.

This is the new release from the new Led Zeppelin label Power Archives (not to be confused with Power Chord from some years back). This is the October 4th, 1972 in Osaka, and it is a wonderful recording! Truly nice to listen to, enjoyable, and Power Archives did a great mastering job. This title is worth having. This show is an interesting contrast to their previous shows in Osaka in 1971. Then, confronted by a quite crowd, they did their best to get the Japanese excited. Not so this time. Zeppelin are still breaking in their new stage show and they are entirely concentrated on that. The first half of the show is very professional with the exception of some missed cues in The Song Remains The Same. It really warms up with a great version of Dazed and Confused, and a storming version of Immigrant Song. This title is definitely worth having. Let's hope this label can continue producing titles as nice as this one. (Gerard Sparaco Feb 03)

Dancing Jimmy (Tarantura TCD - 15) 2CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, 4 October 1972

Disc 1 (75.18): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Song Intro/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (46.35): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker/Immigrant Song

On the front cover of this 2CD gatefold package the title is "Dancing Jimmy", but on the lettering on the spine it is "Dancing Page". It is the complete excellent sounding stereo audience recording from the first Osaka 1972 Japan Tour concert. There is a second audience tape, but this is incomplete. Many years ago Amsterdam released a pioneering 6 CD box set called "Osaka Tapes", the first 2 CDs being a combined two tape source, and the second and third sets of 2 CDs the complete first and second source tapes. However this concert was first released by Zoso's Company as "Wild West Side" on 2 CDs. This new release from Tarantura uses the 'Zoso' source, and is in excellent sound. They do use the alternate source to fill the cuts. The 1972 Japan Tour has often been dismissed as a rather lacklustre one, but this is incorrect. The set list received a complete makeover, and new songs from Houses Of The Holy were previewed. It deserves greater recognition and consideration by fans. Fortunately all six concerts were very well recorded by enterprising fans, so we can enjoy them properly. The packaging on this release is extremely nice, Jimmy Page is depicted as a Samurai warrior on the front. When you open the covers the picture discs 'pop up'. It is limited to 100 numbered copies. Both this and the second Osaka concert are also available as a 4CD package "Rock Explosion '72" from the same label (see seperate review). (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 04)

Rock Explosion '72 (Tarantura TCD - 15 & 16) 4 CD set
Festival Hall, Osaka, 4 & 9 October 1972

Disc 1 (75.18): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Song Intro/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (46.35): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker/Immigrant Song

Disc 3 (74.34): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (68.38): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Stand By Me/Immigrant Song

This release is a combination of "Dancing Jimmy" and "My Brain Hurts" into a 4 CD package. Housed in a card slipcase, the same CDs are in a four way thick card gatefold package. The CDs are identical to the two seperate issues in both sound and look. The card slipcase pays tribute to an early Underground vinyl boot shop in Osaka called Hogg. This release is also limited to 100 numbered copies. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 04)

Rock Explosion '72 (Tarantura TCD - 15 & 16) 4 CD set
Festival Hall, Osaka, 4 & 9 October 1972

Disc 1 (75.18): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Song Intro/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (46.35): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker/Immigrant Song

Disc 3 (74.34): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (68.38): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Stand By Me/Immigrant Song

They are excellent audience sources. They are better than Last Stand released. 10/04 I also have Dancing Geisha, I am not sure that the new version are better, but If You don`t have Geisha, This released is very interesting. I think It is the best show of Japan tour 1972. 10/09, I don`t have Live (old Tarantura version), but I have Last Stand (box set), and the New Tarantura is better. The sound quality is slower & clearer. The package is similiar to Have You Ever Experienced? (Chris form Argentina Oct 04)

Rock Explosion '72 (Tarantura TCD - 15 & 16) 4 CD set
Festival Hall, Osaka, 4 & 9 October 1972

Disc 1 (75.18): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Song Intro/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (46.35): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker/Immigrant Song

Disc 3 (74.34): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (68.38): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Stand By Me/Immigrant Song

The Rock Explosion, Hogg Box, is the same packaging type used for "Have You Ever Experienced".  The picture disc pressed silvers are the same as those for the 2 single show releases of "Dancing Jimmy" and "My Brain Hurts".  I have not been a particular fan of the 1972 Japan tour so hearing these were probably the best versions so far, I invested accordingly.  The 4th is a wonderful sounding concert played loud with lots of great crowd atmosphere!  It also does not suffer from the numerous cuts as on the Last Stand Disc version.  In all a cracking concert with another full blown Dazed & Confused clocking over 23 minutes - Page is just awesome.  I read somewhere that Plant's voice was blown this night.  Considering the high pitch he usually sings at it is nothing near as dire as some of those '75 shows!.  Great WLL medley including: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Chillun', Got A Lotta Living To Do, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me, Lemon Song. The 9th is also excellent quality and a show played at a frenetic pace with a wild crowd in attendance.  Another blistering Dazed clocking 27 minutes.  There is no cut after Moby Dick, as on the Last Stand Disc version but there does appear to be a source change straight after the Plantations which then reverts back to the main tape source for WLL?  There is however still a small cut present on the very last sustain of the last chord played of Whole Lotta Love which is a real pity as it just takes the edge of what is a great show.  The medley section does feature the brilliant Page playing at breakneck speed - just a shame that Plant 's voice seems completely lost and overpowered in the mix.  Nice Rolling Stones tease of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" early on in the medley in which I couldn't hear any tape speed up as someone commented that appeared on the LSD version - unless it was just the speed of Page's fingers!  Best part of the medley to me is Heartbreak Hotel and Going Down Slow.  My only nag on this concert is that Heartbreaker is left out and Stand By Me is inserted.  I hate that song!  I also don't think that Immigrant Song goes well played as a show finale, imho, probably because I'm too used to hearing it as a concert starter!    Both shows are excellent quality recordings though and exceptionally well presented, as usual, by Tarantura. (Phil Bushe Nov 04)

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05-Oct-72 Nagoya

Sakura, Looking Up!  Great Discovery  (Jelly Roll JR10/11)

Disc 1:  Rock and Roll, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song

Disc 2:  Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (Everybody Needs Somebody, Boogie Chillin', Feel So Good, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me), Sakura Sakura, Thank You

This title on Jelly Roll utilizes a new tape source for the October 5, 1972 show in Nagoya.  The older source is used for the beginning of Dazed & Confused and the encore.  It sounds like it is taken from vinyl. The new tape source is distant but very good, being enjoyable.  The show itself is very good, even if they did drop Over The Hills.  The Japanese tour of 1972 is one of their most important and under appreciated tours.  Throughout these concerts the band are testing the new set list.  This is the transformation from the "Immigrant Song" era to the "Rock and Roll" era. Dazed & Confused is excellent, with Page and Plant getting into As Long As I Have You during the call and response episode.  The piece of interest is the encore.  Not only is Sakura very good, but also the arrangement of Thank You with mellotron instead of organ is very interesting and more effective.  This is a fascinating tape to hear Zeppelin experimenting with sounds and arrangements on stage. As with all Jelly Roll titles, this is excellent and very recommended. (Gerard Sparaco Dec 01)

Box Set 71-72: While it is true that D.R.A.G.O.N. has better top end, that release was clearly processed and the upper frequencies eq'd to gain some of the advantages. As a result, there is some noticeable tape hiss. Whilst not having that top end, the LSD version has slightly better bottom end and less hiss. I guess it's the matter of ones preference. A point of note is that, like the other releases that all of a sudden released this source tape a while ago, the first few bass notes of Dazed are cut where as DRAGON filled this is in with an alt source. So I guess some may some D.R.A.G.O.N. is better in this sense. Encores are present on this LSD release (from the alt source). (Lord Byron Nov 99)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76

Discs G & H : Nagoya 5/10/72, 125 mins. Uses the new source tape, with the organ solo and Thank You from the original tape. Good bottom end, but not so good top end, which is where the 2CD "D.R.A.G.O.N." really scores. The latter release remains the best version. (Jules McTrainspotter)

Performance: 5 SQ: 4 Crappy sound, average performance. (Anton)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76)

October 5, 1972 - Kokaido, Nagoya Japan - DISC G&H
Last Stand Disc - LSD-71/72 - Part of 12CD BOX
Audio: Disc G&H - 7.5 AUD

Track Listing:
DISC G: Announcement, Rock And Roll, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.

DISC H: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Mellotron Solo, Thank You

About on par with the previous night's sound quality. Plant is on his fourth night of singing in a row. He sounds a bit better tonight than he did last night. He's not breaking up as much tonight, but he's also not pushing it as hard as he did the previous night. Black Dog contains the "Sweet Jelly Roll" lyrics again tonight. Misty Mountain Hop has a section of tape that the audio quality suffers but it recovers rather well. Yet another great version of Dancing Days. The Song Remains The Same is introduced as a new song from the fifth LP and is called "The Overture". As seems to the the norm for the '72 Japan tour, the band is in great shape throughout. Pagey's sticky fingers are noticably loose. The Nagoya audience is a bit rowdy - lots of shouts, clapping, etc. Dazed And Confused has the instrumential version of The Crunge included. The crowd really starts to get loud at this point in the show. At the end of Stairway To Heaven (the "And..... She's..... Buy-eye-eye-ing..." section) a girl screams and Plant has to stop and catch his breath before continuing - my guess is he was about to laugh and had to fight it. Whole Lotta Love has the regular Elvis tracks inserted into the medley as well as You Shook Me. The special treat tonight is the mellotron solo and Thank You. Jonesy throws in the Japanese song "Sukura Sakura" into the solo. (Steve Prendergast)

D.R.A.G.O.N. (Flagge). 2 CDs, Nagoya 5 October 1972.
Taken from a different source tape, and clocking in at 125 minutes, this is the best version of an underrated show. It is limited to 500 numbered copies, nicely packaged, with a miniature reproduction of the Tokyo concerts poster. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)

Rock N Roll Springtime (Image Quality)
Disc One: Rock n Roll - Black Dog - Misty Mountain Hop - Since Ive Been Loving You Dancing Days - Bron y aur Stomp - The Song Remains the Same - Rain Song
Disc Two: Dazed and Confused (includes the Crunge)- Stairway to Heaven - Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody needs somebody, Boogie Chillen, Lets Have a Party, You Shook Me) - Mellotron solo (Sakura Sakura) - Thank You

IQ has done an admirable job with this release. The release of a new tape source is of most importance. This source is an improvement. Although somewhat bassy and distant, the clear and audible snare drum holds most of the recording together, keeping it out of muddy waters. At times, the bass does roll away the groove - but this is minor - the atmosphere of the concert (in what sounds like a smaller size hall) is preserved well.As for the performance itself, I guess I am somewhat biased. The 72 Japan tour is right up there with the European 73 tour as my favorite Zepp tour so despite a slightly drained Plant, the show delivers. Pages guitar tone is so clean and lovely. This is most prominent in the You Shook Me workout and the ever evolving and just plain incredible Dazed and Confused. As far as Zeppelin goes, the trio of Dazed, Stairway and Whole Lotta Love medley from the late 72, early 73 period go untouched in all regards. Improvisation, clarity, power, tranquillity - its all there. The segment will always remain my definitive view of the mighty Zepp. Other highlights from this concert would include a really heavy Rock n Roll, an inspired Black Dog solo, an emotionally lush Since I've Been Loving You and of course the famous Sakura Sakura. This is a well done segment provided by Jonesy. Of other mention, Jimmy's intro to Dazed and Confused is cryptic. He sets a really eerie mood for his feature piece. I would suggest this piece. I would not put it before other Japan 72 discs like "Stand by Me", "Osaka Tapes", "Wild West Side" or most sources of 10.9 Osaka. However, it does provide the Zepp fan with a great snapshot of a band hard at work and playing extremely tight. (Phil Jamieson Feb 99)

Rock 'N' Roll Springtime (IQ-053/054 Image Quality)
Nagoyashi Kokaido, Nagoya, Japan, October 5, 1972
CD 1: (49:54) introduction/ Rock & Roll, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop (muffled for a minute near the beginning), Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song
CD 2: (74:04) Dazed & Confused (includes The Crunge) (first couple of bass notes cut), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, Feel So Good, Let's Have a Party, You Shook Me), organ solo (includes Sakura Sakura), Thank You

Finally, the release of an alternate tape source for this show. This audience tape source is very good with the instruments clear in the mix. The bass is initially heavy and Plant's vocals in the background for the first 30 seconds of Rock & Roll as the PA is adjusted. But after the adjustments, the sound is very similar to other recordings from this tour. The audience is respectfully quiet during the songs. This helps the clarity since the recorder is a little distant from the stage. Tape hiss is almost non-existent on this release. Tape sources switch back to the original for the encore of Sakura Sakura and Thank You. It is thinner sounding than the alternate, but still clear and very good. There is a constant bump sound during the organ solo and the beginning of Thank You. Perhaps produced by the take up reel on the recorder. It is minor and goes away somewhere in the beginning of Thank You. A prior release of this show, Live in Nagoya (TOE), only used the original tape source. Its sound was fair at best and Thank You was incomplete. There is no evidence in terms of cuts or Plant's comments that indicate Over the Hills and Far Away was played at this show. (Brian Ingham Feb 98)

Live in Nagoya (TOE 001-1/2)
Nagoyashi Kokaido, Nagoya, Japan, October 5, 1972
CD 1: (45:06) Rock and Roll, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song
CD 2: (53:41) Dazed & Confused (3 minutes cut from middle), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, Feel So Good, Let's Have a Party, You Shook Me), organ solo (includes Sakura Sakura), Thank You (last 6 minutes cut)

The sound throughout this entire release washes in & out. Over the Hills & Far Away is listed, but not on this release. There is an annoying high end tape hiss that runs throughout this entire release (it is actually louder than some of the music in places). The so-called "great cover shots" are completely out of focus. Overall a piece of crap that should be avoided. (Brian Ingham June 96)

The Geisha Boys (Akashic)
October 5, 1972 Kokaido, Nagoya Japan
Akashic - AKA-9-1,2 - 2CD
Audio: 8 AUD
Track Listing:
DISC ONE: Introduction, Rock And Roll, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.
DISC TWO: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love

Package is a large (11.75"x 5.5") glossy paper envelope that opens up and has the 2 CD's in single flat plastic sleeve protectors with wrap around paper inserts for the artwork. The insert artwork comes on delecate paper that reminds me of old-style restaurant paper placemats. Limited to 200 numbered copies (mine is #169). This set features the same basic source tape as the one LSD used in their 12CD box set, however, this set has more of the original tape than the LSD set does even though the LSD set has two additional tracks (the encores). Dazed And Confused, for example, has the complete start, including tape before the start, whereas the LSD set clips in a few notes after it had started. Very good, clear sound - but the bass and drums are again muddled in the mix a bit. This set might be a notch better than the LSD set, although after listening to a weeks' worth of 1972 Japan shows, they all started to sound the same to be honest. Misty Mountain Hop has some audio fluxuations. It sounds like the taper had to move the recorder for a bit and then repositioned it again and got the good sound back. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp also has a spell where it sounds like the taper is moving the recorder, but this time there's no sound quality difference - it's more like he was looking at tape remaining or something and not moving the recorder (IE: hiding it). The tape ends after The Rain Song. Dazed And Confused has a second of distortion/digital pop or something during the quiet beginning. It occurs on one of Jimmy's "wah-wah"s. The encore organ solo/Thank You is not included in this set as it came from a second source tape whereas this set uses a single source tape in it's entirety. You really can't go wrong with either this or the LSD set. The only problem with both titles is that they are limited sets and demand top dollar when you do find a copy for sale. (Steve Prendergast)

High Noon (Wendy Records, WECD-56 & 57) 2CDs in a jewel case
Kokaido, Nagoya, 5 October 1972

Disc 1 (50:16): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Bron-Y-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 2 (74:02): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Sakura Sakura/Thank You

This is the only show the band ever performed in Nagoya in its history, which is famous for the inclusion of "Sakura Sakura," a Japanese traditional song, Johnsey played with Mellotron in an impromptus manner as an introduction to "Thank You." In my past collection, I only owned Jelly Roll's title "Sakura, Looking Up!" featuring the same show. There seem to be two sources of audience recordings available from the show. As I hear, both "Sakura, Looking Up!" and this new title from Wendy are made up of exactly the same combinations of the two sources, mainly using the better sounding source, with its missing portions (e.g. the beginning of "Dazed And Confused" and the encore starting from "Sakura, Sakura") filled by the other inferior source. As I compare the sounds of the two titles, I do not think that there is any difference in the generation of the tapes used as between the two titles. However, "Sakura, Looking Up!" sounds a bit flat, somewhat lacking the range. On the other hand, in "High Noon" the audio is amplified and sounds a bit fuller especially in the lower ends, which makes the listening more enjoyable. Since I do not own any of the other past titles featuring the same show (e.g., Flagge's "D.R.A.G.O.N." which was said to be the best sounding title), I cannot precisely assess if "High Noon" is any better or worse than them. However, given the information publicly available somewhere, I guess the sound of "High Noon" should be very similar to that of "D.R.A.G.O.N." Therefore, if you only own Jelly Roll's title in your collection, it is worthwhile getting this new title from Wendy for its better sound. However, if you already own Flagge's title, it would probably not be worthwhile doing so in terms of the sound quality. As you can guess from the name of the title, Wendy again uses a parody of the famous Western movie in the cover of the title, which is not particularly attractive for my taste. Rather, the Japanese "Utamaro" style artworks printed on the discs themselves, though in black and white only, are lovely. In addition, Wendy has blatantly eproduced a portion of Brian Ingham's review of "D.R.A.G.O.N." as posted in the past in this UU! (Incidentally, I have also found that the English notes printed on the back cover of Wendy's recent titles "Far East Side Story" and "Stand By Me" are mere reproductions of a portion of Steve Prendergast's reviews, also as posted in UU, of LSD's 12 CD box set "Live In Japan 1972" for its parts of the shows on 2 and 9 October '72, respectively.) It's a shame that Wendy still hasn't got any writer who is capable of creating some good notes of its own in English! (Takemi Hiramatsu Nov.05)

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09-Oct-72 Osaka

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76

Discs I & J : Osaka 9/10/72, 143 mins. Slightly clearer than Tarantura's release of this show, very good to excellent stereo. (Jules McTrainspotter)

Performance: 8-9 SQ: 7-10 Great sound again, excellent show, and once again, a definitive version of Stairway. Black Dog solo is also amazing. DaC is good. Probably the best available version of this concert. (Anton)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76)

October 9, 1972 - Festival Hall, Osaka Japan - DISC I&J
Last Stand Disc - LSD-73/74 - Part of 12CD BOX
Audio: Disc I&J - 8/8.5 AUD

Track Listing:
DISC I: Rock And Roll, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused.

DISC J: Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love, Stand By Me, Immigrant Song

The tape stats out distant with Plant buried in the mix and is heavily echoed probably due to arena acoustics. Plant addresses this issue with the crowd after Rock And Roll and it does clear up considerably for Black Dog. Black Dog includes the now standard "Sweet Jellyroll" lyrics. While the guitar is up front on the tape, the bass and drums at times blend together and become a bit muddy. It still sounds good, but it's just not as clear as would be preferred (What can you do? It is after all a 20 year old recording). This is probably a notch above the previous few days shows in sound and playing. Plant has had a few days rest and his voice has recovered a lot of what was lost. Jimmy is really on the ball tonight - his playing is simply stated awesome. Plant tells the crowd that they had just returned from Hong Kong and announces the still untitled The Song Remains The Same as "The Campaign". Excellent version of The Rain Song - lots of delicate notes and excellent fill from Bonzo. Dazed And Confused is spectacular. Instrumental version of The Crunge is included. Tonight's show, at times, takes on a party-like atmosphere. The drunken Japanese audience is game for just about anything. Mody Dick is played tonight, inserted into the set after Stairway To Heaven. Bonzo is introduced as "John, aahh, Samurai Bonham - MOBY DICK!". Bonzo's bent on making Moby Dick standout tonight and succeeds without a doubt. It's not quite as good of a performance as it was in '71 with the marching patterns and so on, but it is a very good, fast-paced version. The tape is cut right after Moby is finished and you miss some of the audience cheer and Plant's "John Bonham!" praises. Whole Lotta Love has a section in the medley that for some unknown reason speeds up making Plant sound like he's singing on Helium. It does slow back down to normal, but it's odd. The medley is also in a "one-off" arrangement. No Boogie Woogie tonight. Instead we get amini Elvis concert/rockabilly jam including: Every Needs Somebody To Love, We Say Yeah, Leave My Woman Alone, All Shook Up, Miss Clawdy, Heartbreak Hotel, Naturally, Going Down Slow. It's all great fun with Plant doing is Elvis voice and the Japanese crowd going nuts. Sadly, there's a cut at the end of WLL. The gem of the show is the encore Stand By Me. Probably the best show of the tour overall. Great, enthusiastic performance, a drunken Japanese crowd, a uncommon set of medley songs and encore and an overall great sounding recording. (Steve Prendergast)

Magical Dreams (3CD, Wyvern Legend, WLG-26561-3), Osaka, 9.10.72, audTwo audience source tapes were used for the previously released boots of this show. One is used in very famous LP called "Live"(LP), its reissued title called "My Brain Hurts" (LP), "Stand By Me" (2CD), "Tapes from the Darkside" (3CD), and its reissued title from the same bootlegger, called "Let Me Get Back To 1972" (3CD). And the other is the one once used for the most part of "Live" (2CD, Tarantura). Among these boots, "Live" (LP) is the best in terms of the sound quality, but contains only 7 tracks. "Live" (2CD) from Tarantura is the second best. But regarding encore tunes (i.e. Stand By Me and Immigrant Song), "Tapes from the Darkside" and its self-reissue are better than Tarantura. In terms of the completeness, both Tarantura and "Tapes from --" are the same and both are almost complete (All songs are complete and uncut except WLL, whose ending a few seconds were missing). Strictly speaking, WLL on "Tapes from --" is only one or two seconds longer, but contains some wavering of the pitch in the middle. This newly released boots from Wyvern, partially uses the third source tape. The following table indicates the comparison of the source tapes of the boots."Tapes---"(3CD) "Live"(2CD) "Magical--"(3CD) R&R A B CBD A B COtHaFA A B CMMH A B CSIBLY A B CDD A B CTSRTS A B CTRS A B CDaC A A CStH A A CMD A B AWLL A A ASbM A B AIS A B A Regarding the portion from R&R to StH, sound quality is excellent and almost equal to "Live"(2CD). As to the rest, it's almost equal to "Tapes---"(3CD). But "Magical---" also contains some wavering of the pitch. In terms of the completeness, this one is also almost complete and all songs except WLL are complete and uncut. Only one or two seconds but the ending of the WLL is still missing. As the conclusion, IMHO, Wyvern is fine, but the combination of "Live" (LP), "Live" (2CD), and "Tapes---" (3CD) is still most preferable to enjoy most complete version of this show in best sound quality. (Susumu Omi, Dec 96)

Let Me Get Back to 1972 (HB-95R01/02/03 H-Bomb Music)
Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, October 9, 1972

CD 1:(46:41) Rock & Roll (unbalanced in the beginning), Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song
CD 2: (55:10) Dazed & Confused (includes Be On My Side, The Crunge), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick
CD 3: (40:21) Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, We Say Yeah (contains a gradual tape speed up for 50 seconds before), Leave My Woman Alone, All Shook Up, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Heartbreak Hotel, Naturally, Won't You Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, Going Down Slow) (unbalanced in the beginning), Stand By Me, Immigrant Song

This is a very good, clear audience recording. Page's guitar is fairly prominent in this recording, but it doesn't overwhelm the other instruments. Plant's vocals sound very distant during Rock & Roll (possibly PA problems). They improve before Black Dog, but never match the volume of the guitar throughout this recording. If Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp was part of the original recording, it's not on this release. This could have fit on 2 discs. (Brian Ingham Aug 96)

My Brain Hurts (Tarantura TCD - 16) 2CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, 4 October 1972

Disc 1 (74.34): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (68.38): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Stand By Me/Immigrant Song

Released along with the first night in Osaka, this second concert from the Festival Hall is regarded as the best of the six of the 1972 Japan Tour. There were some changes to the set list on this second night, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp was dropped and Moby Dick was played for the only time. There is only one complete audience recording available for this concert, which has been released numerous times before. An alternate source has been used to fill a couple of cuts on the main source. The sound is near excellent, and easy to listen to. Played at high speed, this is a very good concert and most enjoyable. The packaging is the same as the 4th October release "Dancing Jimmy", on picture discs, and also limited to 100 numbered copies. Nice to see the use of the vinyl release for the title of this release. Both this and the second Osaka concert are also available as a 4CD package "Rock Explosion '72" from the same label (see seperate review). (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 04)

My Brain Hurts (Tarantura TCD - 16) 2CD
Festival Hall, Osaka, October 4, 1972

Disc 1 (74.34): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (68.38): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Stand By Me/Immigrant Song

This new release by Tarantura of the Osaka show from the 9th of October 1972 came as a bit of a revelation to me.  The concert is well played and the recording is much better sounding than I expected.  The title of Tarantura's release is My Brain Hurts.  The source tape is the same used for prior releases of this show.  However, Tarantura has done a nice job with the EQ on this release.  The tape starts out a bit distant and distorted during the opening song Rock and Roll.  The sound quality improves to very good by the start of Black Dog. The band is in good form and Plant's voice sounds much better than on previous nights from the 1972 Japanese tour. The playing is suberb with a unique set list different from any of the other five shows on this tour. Tarantura has done a great job with the packaging.  The front cover depicts a Japanese caricature of Plant with one hand on the side of his head (My Brain Hurts) and the other holding a microphone. The CD's are picture discs each with one half of the Plant caricature from the front cover on them. As you open the front cover the discs pop up to form a complete picture of Plant.  Overall, a nice production by Tarantura.  The release is limited to 100 numbered copies. (Scott Shallcross Oct 04)

Rock Explosion '72 (Tarantura TCD - 15 & 16) 4 CD set
Festival Hall, Osaka, 4 & 9 October 1972

Disc 1 (75.18): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Song Intro/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (46.35): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker/Immigrant Song

Disc 3 (74.34): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (68.38): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Stand By Me/Immigrant Song

This release is a combination of "Dancing Jimmy" and "My Brain Hurts" into a 4 CD package. Housed in a card slipcase, the same CDs are in a four way thick card gatefold package. The CDs are identical to the two seperate issues in both sound and look. The card slipcase pays tribute to an early Underground vinyl boot shop in Osaka called Hogg. This release is also limited to 100 numbered copies. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 04)

Rock Explosion '72 (Tarantura TCD - 15 & 16) 4 CD set
Festival Hall, Osaka, 4 & 9 October 1972

Disc 1 (75.18): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Song Intro/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (46.35): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker/Immigrant Song

Disc 3 (74.34): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (68.38): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Stand By Me/Immigrant Song

They are excellent audience sources. They are better than Last Stand released. 10/04 I also have Dancing Geisha, I am not sure that the new version are better, but If You don`t have Geisha, This released is very interesting. I think It is the best show of Japan tour 1972. 10/09, I don`t have Live (old Tarantura version), but I have Last Stand (box set), and the New Tarantura is better. The sound quality is slower & clearer. The package is similiar to Have You Ever Experienced? (Chris form Argentina Oct 04)

Rock Explosion '72 (Tarantura TCD - 15 & 16) 4 CD set
Festival Hall, Osaka, 4 & 9 October 1972

Disc 1 (75.18): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Song Intro/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (46.35): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker/Immigrant Song

Disc 3 (74.34): Rock And Roll/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (68.38): Song Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Stand By Me/Immigrant Song

The Rock Explosion, Hogg Box, is the same packaging type used for "Have You Ever Experienced".  The picture disc pressed silvers are the same as those for the 2 single show releases of "Dancing Jimmy" and "My Brain Hurts".  I have not been a particular fan of the 1972 Japan tour so hearing these were probably the best versions so far, I invested accordingly.  The 4th is a wonderful sounding concert played loud with lots of great crowd atmosphere!  It also does not suffer from the numerous cuts as on the Last Stand Disc version.  In all a cracking concert with another full blown Dazed & Confused clocking over 23 minutes - Page is just awesome.  I read somewhere that Plant's voice was blown this night.  Considering the high pitch he usually sings at it is nothing near as dire as some of those '75 shows!.Great WLL medley including: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Chillun', Got A Lotta Living To Do, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me, Lemon Song.  The 9th is also excellent quality and a show played at a frenetic pace with a wild crowd in attendance.  Another blistering Dazed clocking 27 minutes.  There is no cut after Moby Dick, as on the Last Stand Disc version but there does appear to be a source change straight after the Plantations which then reverts back to the main tape source for WLL?  There is however still a small cut present on the very last sustain of the last chord played of Whole Lotta Love which is a real pity as it just takes the edge of what is a great show.  The medley section does feature the brilliant Page playing at breakneck speed - just a shame that Plant 's voice seems completely lost and overpowered in the mix.  Nice Rolling Stones tease of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" early on in the medley in which I couldn't hear any tape speed up as someone commented that appeared on the LSD version - unless it was just the speed of Page's fingers!  Best part of the medley to me is Heartbreak Hotel and Going Down Slow.  My only nag on this concert is that Heartbreaker is left out and Stand By Me is inserted.  I hate that song!  I also don't think that Immigrant Song goes well played as a show finale, imho, probably because I'm too used to hearing it as a concert starter!    Both shows are excellent quality recordings though and exceptionally well presented, as usual, by Tarantura. (Phil Bushe Nov 04)  

Osaka 9 October 1972

Stand By Me (Wendy WECD-50/51) 2CDs in a jewel case
The Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, 9 October 1972

Disc 1 (77:53): Rock and Roll / Black Dog / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / Dancing Days / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (67:32): Stairway To Heaven / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Stand By Me / Immigrant Song

This new title from Wendy features what has long been recognized as the best show of the band's Japanese tour in '72. In my collection, I had H-BOMB's "Let Me Get Back To 1972" which featured the same show, using the most famous audience source recording (so-called the "Source 2"). As many of you know, the Source 2 is clear but is unfortunately a bit "thin." This time, Wendy elected to mainly use another audience source (so-called the "Source 3") from the beginning of the show up to "Stairway To Heaven," while supplementing the rest of the show with the Source 2. The Source 3 is said to be featured only in one title in the past (at an incorrect speed) but be the best sounding one among the 3 audience recordings of the show known to exist. As I can tell from the audience noises close to the microphone, the new title in fact uses a source different from the Source 2. The overall nature of the sound of the Source 3 as I hear in the new title is similar to that of the Source 2 and is not drastically different from it However, it actually is a bit clearer, deeper and better sounding especially in its lower ends than the tape used in "Let Me Get Back To 1972." For instance, it's a real joy to listen to "Stairway To Heaven" of this show in such a clean fuller sound quality. Even the Source 2 used as the filler in the new title sounds somewhat better than as we hear in "Let Me Get Back To 1972" probably due to the better mastering (or amplification?). Therefore, the new release may be entitled to claim itself as the best ever title featuring the show! For your further information, Wendy printed an English note on the back cover of the title, which may again be a mere reproduction of some authority's work (especially judging from the abrupt use of the term "this" in the starting phrase "Plant addresses this issue" without any explanation what the issue was!), but I haven't been able to pin-point which work it is. Can anyone find the source? (Takemi Hiramatsu Sept. 05)

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10-Oct-72 Kyoto

Box Set 71-72: I think TDOLZs recent Last Night In Japan was an improvement over all previous releases and this LSD release is an improvement over TDOLZs version. It is mastered slightly better with a clearer more full bodied sound.

And finally, LSD also present an alt source of the October 2 show. Not sure if this source has ever been released before and it is possible that it is the same alt source Tarantura used on the Campaign box, but I really can't comment on this. (Lord Byron Nov 99)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76

Discs K & L : Kyoto 10/10/72, 101 mins. Uses the newly surfaced mono tape, previously issued by TDOLZ on "The Last Night In Japan 1972". This is a very good sounding tape, with the cut in The Rain Song, but a near complete Stairway To Heaven. (Jules McTrainspotter)

Performance: 8-9.5 SQ: 7-9 A little muddy, overloaded, priceless atmosphere, great stereo (NOT mono). My favourite (and I didn't expect it to be) hands down. Outrageous versions of Whole Lotta Love and Immigrant Song. OTHAFA is perfect. (Anton)

Live In Japan 1972 (12CD box set, Last Stand, LSD - 65-76)

October 10, 1972 - Festival Hall, Kyoto Japan - DISC K&L
Last Stand Disc - LSD-75/76 - Part of 12CD BOX
Audio: Disc K&L -

Track Listing:
DISC K: Rock And Roll, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused.

DISC L: Stairway To Heaven, Over The Hills And Far Away, Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song

A somewhat muddled recording with the drums and bass mixing together underneath the vocals and guitar. It is still somehow a very good clear recording. Black Dog does not disappoint and includes the "Sweet Jellyroll" lyrics. Misty Mountain is introduced as a song "about Japanese Flowers". Jonesy's keyboards at times almost distort the tape during MMH and SIBLY. Luis Rey lists Dancing Days on his copy of the tape from October 10th, but it's just not here and I didn't detect any cuts in the tape...??? The Song Remains The Same is again introduced as "The Campaign". There's a cut in The Rain Song and the recording seems to improve a tad after the tape swap. Dazed And Confused is rather short tonight and has no reference to The Crunge for some odd reason. Stairway has tome tape crinkle and there's a miss in the audio. The boys can be heard (barely) discussing what track to play next - Moby Dick can be heard - but Over The Hills And Far Away must have won out. Plant sends the security detail out after a "bloke taking pictures". Whole Lotta Love has some tape problems and a cut or two. Overall, a rather rushed set. Plant seems concerned with the time, so it's possible there was a curfew or they had somewhere more important to be. (Steve Prendergast)

The Last Night In Japan (TDOLZ 789801/789802 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin) Festival Hall, Kyoto, Japan, October 10, 1972CD 1: (55:42) Rock & Roll (includes false drum start) (beginning slightly bass heavy, slightly muffled near end), Black Dog (slightly muffled for first 30 seconds), Misty Mountain Hop (slightly muffled for first 40 seconds, ending slightly muffled), Since I've Been Loving You, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (10-15 seconds cut near beginning), Dazed & ConfusedCD 2: (40:56) Stairway to Heaven (cut near middle, two separate cuts during guitar solo), Over the Hills and Far Away (small digital buzz after the song), Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, That's Alright, Lights Out, Millionaire Blues, Going Down Slow, Shape I'm In), Immigrant SongThe overall sound to this audience tape source lies somewhere between good and very good. A quiet audience and a recorder positioned fairly close to the stage help with the clarity. But the sound is slightly compressed, a bit flat and definitely mono. The compression may have caused the muffled sound where noted (as oppose to someone blocking the recorder). The muffled portions produce a phasing sound to the instrumentation. For the most part, the instruments are clear and fairly well balanced. The vocals compete with the instrumentation in this recording. But they still come through clear. There is also very little noticeable tape hiss. Rock & Roll's beginning sounds rushed. Perhaps it was due to Bonham's false start. Plant is in good, high voice for this show. No cracks in his voice during Rock & Roll and Over the Hills and Far Away. A few during The Song Remains the Same. He does play it safe with the ending to Stairway to Heaven and receives a little electronic help during Immigrant Song. He also misses a few words at the beginning of Immigrant Song. (Brian Ingham Feb 99)The Last Night In Japan (TDOLZ). 2 CDs, Kyoto 10 October 1972.A new source tape for the last concert of the 1972 Japan tour, a small improvement in sound quality, but it has the advantage of having a complete 'Stairway To Heaven', and the total time is 97 minutes, as opposed to 90 minutes on the Tarantura release LIVE. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)Miyabi - Live In Kyoto 1972 (No Label)Per *** SQ *** Appeal HC

This is the usual audience source from the last date of the 1972 Japanese tour at the Koseinenkin Kaikan, Kyoto on October 10. This time the 2 disc set is in no label CDr format and available far more cheaply than previous titles. The sound starts off a little distant, muddy, with bass distortion and some hiss. By the time The Song Remains The Same is reached the quality has improved and is clearer. The only cut is in Stairway up to the solo, where the sound becomes muddy again. A short gig, the highlights are Misty Mountain Hop and Since I've been Loving You, excellent versions of Song Remains and Dazed and also a heavy finisher Immigrant Song. However the rather cheap packaging and hurried nature of the performances pushes this release into the more dedicated collector's area. (Tony Gassett Aug 98)

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30-Nov-72 Newcastle

Newcastle Symphony (2CD, Image Quality, IQ-022/23), Newcastle, 30.11.72, aud

Set List: R&R, OTHaFA, BD, MMH, SIBLY, D Days, BYA Stomp, TSRTS, TRS, DaC, StH, WLL, IS, HB, TY

Source tape is identical to that of the previous released boots, such as 'Stepmothers' (2CD, ZLA-9314/15), 'Stepmothers' (2CD, Mad Dogs-027/8), and 'Nice Starter!' (2CD). Among these previous stuff, 'Nice Starter!' is most complete, but worst in terms of sound quality. Other two items are almost equivalent in sound quality and better than 'Nice Starter!', but the first half of the show (from R&R to The Rain Song) is missing on these two boots. This new release contains all songs, like 'Nice Starter!', but the cut in WLL is only on this new boot. Other cuts that were appeared on abovementioned 3 titles, such as R&R intro, D Days intro, DaC intro, Thank You intro, and the ending of The Rain Song are also on this new release. So, in terms of completeness, this one is slightly but inferior to 'Nice Starter!' I terms of sound quality, this one is much better than 'Nice Starter!', but slightly inferior to both 'Stepmothers' (ZLA-9314/15) and 'Stepmothers' (Mad Dogs-027/8), since treble range is a little bit weaker. (Susumu Omi, Aug 97)

Newcastle Symphony (Image Quality) Per *** SQ **1/2 Appeal HC

Two disc set from the opening date of the UK 1972/73 tour, City Hall, Newcastle on November 30 1972. The first two tracks of this audience source are distant, muddy and flat sounding, then the sound improves a bit in clarity to become more muddy on the last three tracks. The intro's of Dazed and Mellotron Solo/Thank You are slightly cut, as is a part of Going Down Slow in the Whole Lotta Love medley. Page shines on Black Dog, Bron-Y-Aur, and Going Down Slow. However, the Crunge inside Dazed has Page rushing the riffs and messing up the timing and then almost false starting Immigrant Song. Since I've Been Loving You is sensitive, Rain Song restrained and Song Remains is certainly a storming version. Not Zeppelin's best gig from this era by any means, but this is the best release so far for this date in terms of sound quality/completeness. (Tony Gassett Oct 97)

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04-Dec-72 Glasgow

Stuck On You (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Per **** SQ **1/2 Appeal HC

First time on disc for the audience source from Green's Playhouse, Glasgow on December 4, 1972. The sound on this two CD set starts off distant, muffled, and well overloaded. The distortion does decrease after a while and there are occasional tape disturbances and volume fluctuations. There is a cut in the Whole Lotta Love medley. This is a hot show well receive by an enthusiastic audience. This is a Page's showcase , from the solo's in I Can't Quit You in the medley, Stairway To Heaven, Since I've Been Loving You to some very different lines in Over The Hills. The versions of Dazed and Black Dog are excellent. Shame the sound quality on this set limits it's overall appeal. (Tony Gassett Aug 98)

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08-Dec-72 Manchester

The Rovers Return (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSD 124/125/126)

Disc 1(56.19 mins.): Rock And Roll/Over The Hills And Far Away/Black Dog/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Dancing Days/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song

Disc 2 (39.55 mins.): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven

Disc 3 (40.19 mins.): Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker/Immigrant Song/Communication Breakdown

Three CDs (it could have fitted onto 2 ) presentation, in a gatefold card slipcase, of a newly surfaced source tape for Manchester on the 8th December 1972. A very good sounding audience tape, rather bass heavy, with some distortion, possibly due to an over enthusiastic EQ'ing of the master. Having said that it is a very nice addition to the Winter 1972 UK Tour selection of releases. It is unfortunate that the show has been spread over three CDs, a habit that Empress Valley have of milking the punters, their re-release of Ipswich 1971 should have been on two CDs not three, and their forthcoming release of Seattle 1977 is on four CDs rather than three. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 01)

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12-Dec-72 Cardiff

See Detroit Rock City (July 73)

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16 December 1972 Birmingham

Sweet Brummy Roll- Empress Valley EVSD-243 ~ 245
3CDs in a double jewel case.
Birmingham Odeon, Birmingham 16 December 1972, with Brighton Dome , Brighton, 20 December 1972

Set List:-
Disc 1 (54.32) : Rock And Roll / Over The Hills And Far Away / Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / Dancing Days / Bron -yr-Aur Stomp / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song
Disc 2 (74.34): Dazed and Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love
Disc 3 (52.06): Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / Whole Lotta Love

Two completely new shows that have recently surfaced, pulled out of the hat by Empress Valley once again, how do they manage to release so many exciting new shows I wonder. The sound quality for Birmingham is almost very good, with Plant's voice talking in between songs sounding slightly distant. This source is from the master tape. Empress Valley have done a very good job in beefing up this tape, and the CDs sound louder and punchier than the master tape. There is a lot of tape wobble during Stairway To Heaven and the beginning of the Whole Lotta Love Medley. One point of great interest is that early on in The Rain Song John Paul Jones has big problems with the Mellotron, which goes out of tune, and he had to scurry across to the organ and play that instrument for the rest of the song. The first and only time I think in a Led Zeppelin concert, most surprising considering what a precocious instrument the Mellotron is.  Brighton is a real gem, sadly only a fragment, taken from a first generation copy. It was recorded by a teenager who had little money for cassettes, and he recorded over much of this concert later at a Rory Gallagher concert. What a terrible shame as it was an amazing concert by all accounts. The sound on this is very good indeed. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 03)

Sweet Brummy Roll 3CD Empress Valley Supreme Discs EVSD 243-245
Birmingham Odeon 16th December 1972/Brighton Dome 20th December 1972

The latest offering from the premiere Japanese label is 2 shows from the late '72/early '73 UK tour, I was looking forward to hearing this release as it's the first appearance of these two shows which were played only 4 days apart. The tape starts off with a few words from the venue MC telling every one that the show is about to start. The band take the stage to a comment of "Strike a light!" from one of the tapers. The tape overloads for a few seconds as Rock & Roll starts but soon settles down to a reasonable audience recording with Bonzo's drums a little down in the mix. Plant's voice is in relatively good shape for this show as he hits those high notes during the verse to Over The Hills And Far Away.

Unfortunately, none of Plant's between song comments the his home crowd can be made out due to the taper being up in the stalls, this lack of volume also affects the bow solo in Dazed And Confused and the beginning of Stairway To Heaven. The Rain Song contains a garbled section of tape which also affects the other side of the C120 cassette during Dazed And Confused. Dazed And Confused interestingly contains a snippet of the descending riff from 'In The Light' during the final section. The Brighton tape is clearer than that from Birmingham and all instruments are well defined, unfortunately we only have 50 minutes of this show containing Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You (only 3 minute's worth), Whole Lotta Love and an encore of Heartbreaker. Some sources state that the band played a medley of Christmas songs during the encore, well if they did, it's not here folks. Top marks to EVSD for finding these two new shows, it's just a pity that the shows weren't swopped around, eg the full Brighton show and 50 minutes of Birmingham because the Brighton show is a corker! (Yage 2003 September 03)

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17-Dec-72 Birmingham

Four Cards (Tarantura TCD-100) Per **** SQ ***&frac1/2; Appeal: General

Birmingham Odeon, Birmingham, England, December 17, 1972

(49:08) Misty Mountain Hop (fades in; claps more audible for 11 sec beginning 1:30 as if mic/recorder lowered), Since Ive Been Loving You (crowd chatter, loud [non-digital] clicks), Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (cut and mic rubs prior to beginning), The Song Remains The Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (includes Rolling and Tumbling and San Francisco) (fades out at 11:36)

First appearance of this very good, clear and well-balanced audience source fragment, with some tape hiss. The playing is impeccable, foreshadowing the upcoming technically-excellent European tour of early 1973. Plant doesnt push his luck with his newly-lowered range, and obtains good results, although he (and, less frequently, the instrumental jackhammer) still overloads the tapers mic, strangely enhancing the impact. Page is totally in the pocket for this performance, accomplishing fully-realized vibrato, bends, slides and hammering, all with great sustain, just like on the records. The transition from MMH to SIBLY is both abrupt and seamless, and absolutely perfect. Minor audience chatter is audible during the more quiet parts, detracting from our enjoyment of a brilliant rendition of this favorite. It is also marred by strange sounds at various points - not digital errors, but perhaps the clicking sound of an articulated mic stand? After a classic ending, a heckler starts in, but Plant feigns misunderstanding, choosing to shill the new album that "has been finished for a long time... these silly record companies". As Page tunes down, Plant introduces a "very spirited little song and were lurching happily along into Dancing Days. Plant screams "high school!" right before the ending modulation, to great effect. A cut, and Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp is offered as an acoustic mini-interlude, at the end of which Plant plaintively calls Strider!. Plant introduces TSRTS, a song for whistling John Bonham, to no applause whatsoever - tough crowd! A flawless reading, but without the amazing introductory syncopation of drums, guitar and bass that will commence in 1973 and later be recorded most notably on the Listen to this Eddie boot. After the frenzy of TSRTS, the tranquil opening of RS is dramatic and welcome, but still no reaction from the frozen audience other than polite applause at the end. More shouting from disgruntled members of the audience, and in response Plant solemnly announces a police message: John Paul Jones. D&C, their evolving masterpiece, shows the band at their best, incorporating a super-fast interpretation of Rollin and Tumblin before drifting into the San Francisco segment. Our heckler destroys the quiet part of the bow section, shouting boring!. The tape fades out at 11:36 into D&C, just after the bow-slapping section. It will be nice to hear the rest of this show in 5 years or thereabouts. This release, a limited edition of 200 which might be subtitled No. 72 Live Special, is housed in an attractive, full-color bifold digipack; the theme for the artwork (by "Mrs. Stout") depicting the band as face cards of the suit of spades, with Plant the King, Jones as Queen (New Orleans?), Bonham as the Jack and Page, of course, the Joker Beelzebuth, astride a giant bee and wielding star-tipped wand. (David Montgomery February 2000)

Strange Affinity, 2CD Electric Magic Label Birmingham  17-Dec-72 and Aberystwth 16-Jan-73

CD1 MMH 4:12, SIBLY 9:14, DD 3:46, STOMP 5:58, TSRTS 5:33, RS 9:03, DaC 11:30

The Birmingham source is about 50  minutes long. It begins during the first verse of Misty Mountain Hop and runs through the first 11 minutes of DaC. The recording is very good, one of the  better audience tapes from the tour. MMH contains some strange noise in the middle, as if the taper was using his mic to clap along. A lazily brilliant  SIBLY also has some pops and flutters which sound specific to the tape. These  minor problems continue to a lesser degree. The five middle songs are complete,  and every piece is very well performed. It is a great shame that Dazed is so  truncated, as it's a goodie. San Francisco is complete. Plant's voice is decent for the period. A quiet and cool atmosphere yields minimal audience noise. I  have not heard Tarantura's "Four Cards" of last year, so I can't compare  versions.

CD2 StH 7:07, WLL (incl. The Hunter, Everybody needs somebody, Boogie Woogie,  Baby I don't care, Let's have a party, ICQY/Shape I'm in) 27:04

The  Aberystwyth  fragment is also from a very good audience source, a bit flatter and hissier than Birmingham but without its aforementioned problems. There are  some washy fluctuations at times, but they are minor. Stairway cuts in just  before "And it's whispered that soon." WLL cuts in on the first notes and is the highlight; it sounds as though the final few seconds are cut. The opening bars to The Hunter precede the theremin section. There is some audience chatter and  applause following Let's Have a Party. The blues section is great and lasts nearly ten minutes. Plant does not mention Aberstwyth. The recording is new to  my ears, though. The Skinny: The two sources are disappointingly fragmentary but  of decent quality. It was a good idea to stick them together in one package. A slipcase houses a triple gatefold sleeve with nice period pix and text ripped  from Lewis/Pallett. The packaging is not as cool as the label's "Mystical  Majesties' Request," but it's a good boot nonetheless.  (Matthew Donnelly Feb 2001)

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22-Dec-72 London

Flawless Performance (IQ-013/14/15 Image Quality)

Alexandra Palace, London, U.K., December 22, 1972

CD 1: (53:37) introduction, Rock & Roll (vocals start at a lower volume, but pick up after a few verses), Over the Hills and Far Away (small digital noise at beginning (could be a pressing flaw)), Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song

CD 2: (40:37) Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven

CD 3: (48:37) Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Woogie, Let's Have A Party (cut near end), Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You), Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, organ solo/ Thank You

This release from IQ uses a very good, clear audience recording. It is slightly distant, which dulls the sound a little, but the volume of the show and a settled audience make up for it in clarity. After the cut in the Whole Lotta Love medley, the sound brightens a little. There is the expectant tape hiss, but it is minor. Tape sources change for Thank You. The second tape source is from a very good recording taken closer to the stage. Thank You sounds thinner and contains very noticeable tape hiss. There are two prior releases of this show. Riot House (CHAD) and Riot Show (Cobla). The Cobla release is identical to Flawless Performance in terms of cuts and tape sources used. However, Cobla's release contains a very high pitched hiss during every song. It disappears between songs and during quiet passages. Obviously a poor mastering job on the part of Cobla. They also economized their release by switching Stairway to Heaven with Dazed & Confused in order to fit it on two discs. The CHAD release uses the second tape source. It only contains Stairway to Heaven to the end of the show. That entire release contains very little tape hiss and is more dynamic sounding than the first tape source. Thank You sounds better on the CHAD release. However, the more dynamic sound comes at a price. The tape is slightly overloaded from being closer to the stage. This occurs primarily during Stairway to Heaven and at the beginning of Whole Lotta Love. It lessens during the Whole Lotta Love medley. There is also some minor tape garble during Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, but no cut during Let's Have A Party or anywhere else. The audience around the second tape source is also more vocal. But most of their comments are reserved for between songs. The CHAD release also contains Bring It On Home from April 7, 1970 as a bonus track. Its sound quality rivals that of Groove (Tarantura). (Brian Ingham Jan 98)

Riot House (Wendy WECD47-49) 3CD in a fatboy jewel case
Alexandra Palace, London, 22 December 1972

Disc 1 (53:13) : Introduction / Rock And Roll / Over The Hills And Far Away / Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / Dancing Days / Bron Y Aur Stomp / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song

Disc 2 (76:50) : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker

Disc 3 (58:16) : Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Organ Solo / Thank You

There are two known audience tape sources which captured this concert. This new title from Wendy features both the audience source 1 (which is longer but sounds poorer) on its Discs 1 & 2, and the audience source 2 (which covers only from "Stairway To Heaven" through the end of the show but sounds much better) on its Disc 3. Therefore, it seems that this title represents a most complete set of record of this concert. The quality of the source 2 as featured in this Wendy's title, though a bit distorted in some places, should be rated as "Very Good" to near "Excellent" and it is a real joy to listen to! "Organ Solo / Thank You" from the source 2 was used in Image Quality's "Flawless Performance" but in a quality much poorer than we can now hear in this Wendy's title. On a separate musical note, this Organ Solo (more accurately Mellotron Solo) of Johnsey interestingly sounds very oriental and somewhat sounds like a reminiscence of what Page & Plant did many years later. The sound of the source 1 as featured in this Wendy's title is a bit clearer but does not sound very different than that of "Flawless Performance". Especially, it is a regret that Wendy failed to correct the balance problems in the source 1 between the right and left speakers and that the problems are a bit even more cognizable in this title than "Flawless Performance". The sound in the right speaker is substantially louder than that in the left speaker and, therefore, it's hard to keep listening to it, especially when we hear it with a headphone. Since I don't own any other past titles featuring the source 2 , I cannot assess whether the sound quality of the source 2 we can hear in this title is any better than those other titles. However, given my limited collection, I will certainly cherish Disc 3 of this new title featuring the source 2 in an excellent condition! The cover artwork of the title is a replica of the famous old vinyl title, which looks very traditional and appropriate for this release. (Takemi Hiramatsu Aug 05)

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23-Dec-72 London

The Titanic (Image Quality) Per ***1/2 SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

Previously released as a double set on Lemon Song, the IQ release restores the correct running order of the show onto 3 discs. This is the complete show from Alexander Palace, London on December 23, 1972. The audience source has no cuts and only a slight dropout at the start of Heartbreaker. It sounds distant, dull and lacking top end, with Heartbreaker being more muffled. The vocals are echoey and Plant himself sounding slightly strained. Taken as a whole, not an outstanding performance by the band, they sound a little plodding on occasions. The solos in Over The Hills and Black Dog are good and the I Can't You section of the Whole Lotta Love medley is the highlight. Worth getting as a complete, listenable document of the late 1972 UK tour. (Tony Gassett May 98)

The Titanic (3CD, Image Quality, IQ-016/17/18), London, 12.23.72, aud

Set List: R&R, OTHaFA, BD, MMH, SIBLY, D Days, BYA Stomp, TSRTS, TRS, DaC, StH, WLL, HB

Source tape is identical to that of the previous released 'Merry Christmas Mr. Jimmy' (2CD). This newly released CD from Image Quality is almost equivalent in terms of both sound quality and completeness, (i.e. all songs are complete and uncut!!). Strictly speaking, 'The Titanic' is a little bit better in sound quality, since it contains less hiss. And since 'The Titanic' is 3CD set, while 'Merry Christmas ---' is 2CD, only the former keeps the original song order of the show. (Susumu Omi, Aug 97)

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