1973

Concerts Covered In This Section:

07-Jan-73 Oxford

Oxford 73(Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ **** Appeal G

This is the longer soundboard recording on two disks for the show at the New Theatre, Oxford on January 7, 1973. As with a lot of recordings of this type, the guitar tends to be buried in the mix and the drums are up front. The sound is clear but a bit bass heavy. There is a cut in the Rain Song and Whole Lotta Love is terminated as it starts. Overall a good show, with only Plant's weak vocals letting the side down on occasions. Excellent versions of Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've been Loving You, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp and Dazed. The drum work in Song Remains The Same is amazing. (Tony Gassett Feb 99)

Oxford 1973 (TDOLZ 759801, 759802 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

New Theatre, Oxford, U.K., January 7, 1973

CD 1: (50:16) Rock & Roll (first drum beat cut and the beginning slightly garbled as the tape starts), 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 mix shifts to one channel for one second near the beginning), The Rain Song (middle 2 minutes cut including vocal/tympani section)

CD 2: (43:45) Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven (very minor scratch sound in beginning), Whole Lotta Love (ending cut just as the medleys start with Everybody Needs Somebody To Love)

The soundboard tape used for this release is excellent and contains very little noticeable tape hiss. The balance of the instruments does favor the vocals and percussion. But the guitars are not completely lost in the mix. There are 2 cue stops for Rock & Roll. Plant's vocals are in the process of healing. This prevents him from hitting those high notes at every attempt. He skips a few lines at the beginning of Whole Lotta Love (possible PA problems) and barely makes through the ending of Stairway to Heaven. (Brian Ingham)

Oxford 1973 (TDOLZ)

Diagrams have released the definitive version of this soundboard tape, it sounds much clearer and sharper than Tarantura's MADE IN ENGLAND and so is a very valuable addition to any collection. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)

Made in England (2CD, OX73-1/2), Oxford, 7/1/73.

This one is also from Tarantura. Tarantura once released part of this show (from TSRTS to WLL) on "Nasty Music” (3CD) in much better sound quality than "Oxford Blues" . "Made In England" also uses the same SB source tape, but generation is obviously higher than the one used for "Nasty--" (only a little bit more excellent than "Oxford Blues" ). WLL is still incomplete and only 4 min long. (Susumu Omi, July 96)

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14-January-73 Liverpool

Days of Heaven (2CD, Tatytura, no number), Liverpool, 14/1/73, Soundboard

Set List: OtHaFA, BD, MMH, SIBLY, DD, BYA Stomp, TSRTS,DaC, StH, WLL, HB, The Ocean

This year, many boots were released from the newly surfaced long version of source tape of this show. IMHO, they fall into two groups."Live in Liverpool '73" (2CD) and "One for the M6" are listed in group 1, while "The Fabulous Four" (2CD) is listed in group 2. Boots in group 1 use "Elvis Presley has just left the Building" (CD) as the source for the last part of Baby I don't Care and after, while group 2 uses "Trouble at the Front" (2LP, comes with Death Wish II outtakes) for this portion. They are almost the same in sound quality, but the last few seconds of Baby I don't care and the beginning of Let's Have a Party is only on boots which belong to group 1. This newly released CD belongs to group 2, and contains some clicks in Baby I don't Care and after. And I guess this one is the reissue of Tarantura's "The Fabulous Four". Tarantura frequently uses fade-out just before cut, and fade-in just after the cut, and this type of edit is also on "The Fabulous Four". And exactly the same edit is on "Days of Heaven" as well. That's the evidence. But as the bootlegger claimed on the cover, pitch is corrected and more accurate, while Tarantura's original runs too fast. (Susumu Omi, Dec 96)

Live in Liverpool '73 (TDOLZ 0008/9 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

The Empire, Liverpool, U.K., January 14, 1973

CD 1: (74:27) Over the Hills and Far Away (beginning cut with volume adjustment in the mix), 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 (last 4 minutes cut)/ The Rain Song (last 5 minutes cut), Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (first 5 minutes cut)

CD 2: (50:16) Stairway to Heaven (very low volume in beginning), Whole Lotta Love (includes: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love/ Boogie Woogie/ Baby I Don't Care (cut near end)/ Let's Have a Party/ I Can't Quit You/ Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker, The Ocean

This is a very good stereo soundboard recording. The mix is bass heavy in places with the guitar pushed to the rear most of the time. The tape does run a tad slow and hiss is present throughout. The cue for The Rain Song is at the end of The Song Remains the Same. The Rain Song is repeated twice in differing lengths. The ending of Baby I Don't Care, after the cut, is garbled. It clears up at the beginning of Let's Have a Party. This is where a tape splice was made. A prior release of part of this show, Elvis Presley Has Just Left the Building (no label), has less tape hiss and bass in the mix and does sound a little brighter. Perhaps a better mastering job. (Brian Ingham Sep 96)

Fabulous Four (2CD, FF-1/2), Liverpool, 14.1.73

Disc 1: Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, TSRTS, The Rain Song (fade out), Dazed and Confused (fade in)

Disc 2: Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love -Everybody Needs Somebody to Love -Boogie Mama -Baby I Don't Care (fade out) -Let's Have A Party (fade in) -I Can't Quit You -The Shape I'm In, Heartbreaker, The Ocean

Plant's voice is damaged a bit, San Francisco and Whole Lotta Love is the fake version, which is similar to Oxford takes. But Bonzo is very powerful (especially on Dazed)!! Part of the show (from 'Let's Have A Party' to 'The Ocean') was previously released on "Trouble at the Front" (LP), and "Elvis Presley Has Just Left The Building" (CD). IMHO, the former is more excellent in sound quality (bass range is slightly weak, but very clear sound). But "Elvis--" contains the ending part of Baby I Don't Care (only a few seconds). Tarantura also released only 'The Ocean' from this show on "Nasty Music" (3CD) before, but the quality is much inferior to these 2 titles. On this newly released CD, two source is used. One is the newly surfaced soundboard tape which is used from 'Over the Hills and Far Away' to 'Baby I Don't Care'. Sound quality of this portion is more excellent than "Elvis--", but slightly inferior to "Trouble--", I think. And from 'Let's Have A Party' to 'The Ocean', Tarantura uses "Trouble--" as the source!! It's obvious because there are some clicks (especially just before the beginning of 'The Ocean'), and the edit between 'The Shape I'm In' and 'Heartbreaker', which used to be peculiar to this analog boot, is also on "Fabulous---". Sound quality is almost the same as the original. I think Tarantura dares to use "Trouble--", because sound quality is more excellent than recently circulated tapes. However, IMHO, they should have not done so, if there are some fade-in and fade-out at all between 'Baby I Don't Care' and 'Let's Have A Party'. But anyway, it can't be helped, if the recent tapes also uses "Trouble--". (Susumu Omi Aug 96)

Live in Liverpool ’73 (Diagrams of Led Zep) 2 CD

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

2 disc set from those prolific Diagrams of Led Zeppelin people of Liverpool 14 Jan 1973 that is probably a copy of the Tarantura release.  Good news is that this version is longer by some eleven minutes.  Bad news is that the sound quality is inferior to the Tarantura version.  However, if you haven’t got the show this is a more affordable way of getting it.(Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

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15-Jan-73 Stoke on Trent

Broken Fingers (2CD, Image Quality, IQ-001/2), Stoke, 1.15.73, SB

Set List: R&R, OTHaFA, BD, MMH, SIBLY, D Days, BYAS, TSRTS, TRS, DaC. StH, WLL

From the board tape, "Live in Stoke, England, volume one/two" (2CD, LZ 07/8), its re-issues, and "Nasty Music" (3CD) and "The Stoker" (2CD) from Tarantura were previously released. Among them, "The Stoker" was the best in both sound quality and completeness. About one month ago, I reviewed "The Stoker" and said that "Best Boot Award" of this show would move to other forthcoming boot from other labels very soon, since a much more excellent source tape was largely circulated. And this one is from THE source I referred to. Although containing much hiss, the sound is much clearer than that of "The Stoker". Strictly speaking, in silent part of the show, such as intro of Dac or StH, hiss noise is so heavy that the play is sometimes hard to catch. So, as for these portions, someone may claim that "The Stoker" is better. In terms of completeness, "The Stoker" wins, since intro of TSRTS, is only a few seconds but missing on "Broken Fingers". Other cuts, such as ending of StH, or intro of WLL, were also on "The Stoker" . "Best Boot Award" did not move, but must be shared with these two titles from now :-) (Susumu Omi, June 97)

The Stoker (2CD, Tarantura, Stoke-1,2), Stoke, 1.15.73, SB

Set List: R&R, OTHAFA, BD, MMH, SIBLY, DDays, BYA Stomp, TARTS, TRS, DaC, StH, WLL

From the board tape, "Live in Stoke, England, volume one/two" (2CD, LZ 07/8), its re-issues, and Nasty Music (3CD) from Tarantura were previously released. "Nasty Music" was the better in sound quality, but from BYA Stomp to WLL were only on "Live in Stoke, England, volume one/two". Finally Tarantura decided to release full length version of this show from their own master, which was used for "Nasty Music". So, of source, sound quality is equivalent to that of "Nasty Music" and the best. In terms of the completeness as well, though a few songs such as TSRTS, TRS, and StH are still incomplete, missing portions are shorter than that of any other previously released stuffs. BUT I think "Best Boot Award" of this show will move to other forthcoming boot from other labels very soon, since much more excellent source tape is largely circulated now. (Susumu Omi, May 97)

Broken Fingers (Image Quality) Per **** SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

A further version of a soundboard recording from the 1973 British tour - 2 CD set from Trentham Gardens, Stoke on January 15. This version is probably clearer than previous releases but the level of hiss is quite high, and in the quieter sections a bit overpowering. The usual cuts are the end of Song Remains The Same, beginning of the Rain Song and the very end of Stairway and the start of Whole Lotta Love - the encores have never appeared on any release. The bass and drums are most prominent throughout, with the vocals being very clear and the guitar mostly in the background, which means sometimes detail is lost. Also there are slight tape disturbances in very short sections in about half the songs - especially the Whole Lotta Love medley. Strangely, the Rain Song ends then a gap before the end section is repeated! These faults aside this is an enjoyable show, and Bonzo's drumming is superb most notably in Rock And Roll , The Song Remains and Dancing Days. Plant sings very well and Page impresses in Black Dog, Song Remains and on the acoustic guitar on Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. Well worth investigating for fans of this era. (Tony Gassett Oct 97)

Dedicated To Rizzlers (Equinox EX-00-008/9)

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

Disc 2:  The Rain Song, Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love

This is the umpteenth reissue of the Stoke-on-Trent soundboard from January 15th, 1973.  This is a very popular soundboard show, and deserves its reputation as one of the greatest recordings. What separates this board tape from others is the depth it brings without overwhelming Page. It is still cut at the end of The Song Remains the Same and the beginning of The Rain Song. I would say that the entire show is a real highlight! With the exception of  Glasgow (12/4/72), their playing was quite restrained on the 72/73 UK Winter tour.  This show starts the ball rolling, as it were, which culminates in Germany in March. This is a show that everyone should own and should be listening to!  The packaging is like the previous Equinox releases: gatefold sleeve with many pictures from the tour. (Gerard Sparaco Oct 2001)

Hot Sticks In Stoke (Beelzebub BSD 74/75/76) 3 CDRs
Discs 1 & 2: Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent, 15 January 1973
Disc 3: St. Geoge's Hall, Bradford, 18 January 1973; & Old Refectory, Southampton University, Southampton, 22 January 1973 (Soundcheck)

Disc 1 (52.32): 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 (56.17): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love Medley
Disc 3 (54.44): Dazed And Confused/Whole Lotta Love/Immigrant Song Drums And Mellotron Tuning/Love Me Tender/Frankfurt Special/King Kreole/Love Me Tender (reprise)

It is very unfortunate that both Stoke-on-Trent and Bradford 1973 soundboard recordings are incomplete. There is a fair amount for Stoke, but Bradford is annoyingly very incomplete. The first two discs of this three CD release are what we have from a great concert in Stoke. Luis Rey in his excellent book "LED ZEPPELIN LIVE THE FINAL EDITION" rightly said that this concert is one of the best sounding soundboard recordings for a Led Zeppelin concert and "are the finest recordings for enjoying Bonzo's drumming at its most careful and precise". The sound on this version from Beelzebub is really excellent too. They have managed to capture both the high notes and the low notes for this recording, and it is a powerful and strong sound. You really notice this when listening to Dazed And Confused, which is very impressive. During the Whole Lotta Love Medley Jimmy Page gets into Jimi Hendrix's very distinctive guitar riff for Voodoo Chile. So we have here an excellent concert and overall performance by the group, and great sound quality. It is a great way to fully understand and appreciate the stunning artistry of John Bonham's drumming. The third disc brings together the Bradford soundboard from three nights later in Bradford. Very frustratingly this is only a fragment, but again the sound on this new release is excellent and powerful. Finally we have the soundcheck from Southampton on the 22 January. This is great fun and a joy to listen to. All the more frustrating as the complete concert is available in perfect soundboard quality, but only a few hoarders are able to enjoy it. The package is another quality colour printed gatefold, and the CDs are picture discs, the third disc reproducing the pulled Nazi black and white poster for this concert. Essential listening for all fans of the early 1973 concerts (and I saw them soon afterwards in Aberdeen, Dundee (my home town) and Edinburgh. Bonnie times! (Jamie Boswell April 06)

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18-Jan-73 Bradford

Bradford 73 (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Aud.

Per **** SQ ** Appeal HC (HardCore)

First time on CD for the audience source of the early UK 73 tour date in Bradford on January 18. Without the evidence of the soundboard recording it would be difficult to tell from this 2 CD set that this is a standout 73 gig. The sound is dull, distant and distorted with only the guitar being vaguely clear in places. Nice to have the complete audience source on CD, but one for completists only.

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25-Jan-73 Aberdeen

A15 (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

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

NB From Webmaster: recent research has shown that this recording is from Aberdeen on 25 January 1973, not Rotterdam, with the exception of the final song on Disc 3, which is incorrect (Dec 01).

First time out as a 3 CD set for the audience source from an uncertain date/place. Diagrams have gone for March 11, 1973 at the Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam - but this date is still under investigation. [NB from Webmaster - this release is from Aberdeen, not Rotterdam, with the exception of the last song on disc 3].The sound quality is distant, very muddy and distorted with signs of compression and a little background hum. The middle portion is a little clearer but during the Whole Lotta Love medley, right to the end there are severe sound problems with dropouts and long muffled sections. Good versions of Dazed and Confused and Heartbreaker, with some great guitar work on Black Dog, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Song Remains and Stairway. Also Plant's vocals are solid throughout. There are better sounding and played shows from this period on disc. (Tony Gassett Aug 98)

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Plant's Influenza, (Empress Valley EVSD 238/239) 2CD
30 January 1973, the Guildhall, Preston

Set list:
Disc 1 (57.19): 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 (67.53): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love

Empress Valley have done it once again, this is a very nice way to end 2003, with the release of a completely new show to CD. This is the almost complete audience recording, for the postponed concert at the Guildhall in Preston, rescheduled on 30 January 1973. This was therefore the last concert of the Winter 72/73 UK Tour. It is a very clear recording, and the sound is very good indeed. Before the start one wag near the recorder says "nice one Cyril" and shortly after another fan announces "my brain hurts" (and that was before Rock And Roll started!). It is another very good performance from the group, in fact it is hard to find any poor concert for early 1973. The band were at the height of their playing powers. Highlight once again is Dazed And Confused. This would reach perfection two months later in Germany, at some of the best concerts ever given by Led Zeppelin. The recording ends as the Whole Lotta Love Medley comes to a close, the encore (Heartbreaker) is missing. The complete show is extant, as it was detailed in "Led Zeppelin: The Concert Files" (London 1997) on page 88. Therefore this release has been deliberately sabotaged, to deny fans the complete concert. This release comes in a slimline double jewel case, with black and white photos. It is still a great way to end 2003, and full marks go to Empress Valley for once again releasing a new show to CD into the collecting market. No doubt the complete concert will appear in due course, sod the collectors, who cares about them? (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Plant's Influenza (Empress Valley EVSD 238/239) 2CD
30 January 1973, the Guildhall, Preston

Set list:
Disc 1: 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: Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love

Very good sounding show, a bit distant, the sound travels a bit during 'Rock And Roll'. Every instrument and Plant's voice come through clearly. Bonzo is very much awake already and is providing a steady beat. During the solo in 'Over The Hills And Far Away' the volume improves. Page extends the solo with a few unusual riffs. The audience is extremely polite and quiet, only when the song really ends there is some noise coming from them. 'Black Dog' sounds fine, nothing special. Plant's voice, the usual let down in versions from this year on, holds fine. He doesn't really push it, though. Bonzo takes the lead on the end. I think some new drum heads were in order. Jonesy switches to the keyboards for 'Misty Mountain Hop', but is totally pushed away when Page and Bonham enter. Half way the sound clears up even more. We're suddenly close to the stage. Even Jones is audible now. There's that magical stop again and they flow without hesitation into 'Since I've Been Loving You'. A very delicate and light version for this period. Wonderful! 'Dancing Days' continues this very fine concert so far. You can almost sense something of the power they gained on the mainland a few weeks later. Tape switch and right into one of my favourites. Bonzo delivers a fine backing vocal. Robert's voice is very good now, reaching almost all of the difficult passages in 'Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp'. 'That's The Way' nod included we head for the end of again a very inspired performance. Bonzo is again very impressive in 'The Song Remains The Same'. I think the best versions of the song were played around this period and this is one of them. 'The Rain Song' is also sounding good, only Jonesy's mellotron is a bit too loud. 'Dazed & Confused' starts totally Bonzo controlled. Hear his fills ! There's an unusual passage just after the fast instrumental and Oriental riffs part, just before 'San Francisco'. Somebody shouts 'boring!' when the bow solo starts. When the rhythm section returns all hell breaks loose with the fast parts. The sound is a tad lesser in quality now, but maybe this is because there's a lot of music 'happening'. The machine keeps on going with endless improvisations. After the return to the main theme Bonham keeps the train going with his incredible drumming. There's a cut just before the beginning of 'Stairway To Heaven'. Good version with Page giving a very fine compact solo. Robert sounds again more than average on the last part. 'Whole Lotta Love' is sadly the last song on the tape, however 'Heartbreaker' was played as an encore, but didn't make it on this version. Just before the Theremin part they play some kind of 'The Hunter' riff. The medley has no big surprises, but is so well played. Just listen to Bonzo at the end of 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love'. There's a reference to a song I don't know just before 'Boogie Chillun'. (Pieter Kleij Jan 04)

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06-Mar-73 Stockholm

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (TDOLZ 369701/369702/369703 TDOLZ)

Tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden, March 6, 1973

CD 1: (59:35) Rock & Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away (contains a brief feedback hum in the beginning), Black Dog (contains a half second dropout near the beginning), Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction intro./ The Song Remains the Same (contains a cut near the beginning), The Rain Song

CD 2: (41:30) Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven (contains a cut near the beginning)

CD 3: (40:03) Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Woogie, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You (contains a small cut in the middle)), Heartbreaker, The Ocean (contains a cut in the middle)

This release uses a good to very good, clear audience recording. It is distant, but not terrible. There is some reverberation in the recording due to the distance. Dancing Days sounds cluttered because of it. Page plays hints of That's The Way during Bron-Yr-Stomp. There are also feedback problems during Bron-Yr-Stomp. The Satisfaction introduction is only the beginning riff. The audience starts foot-stomping during the bowed section of Dazed & Confused. It becomes obvious that the recorder was on the floor during the concert. Page starts Whole Lotta Love with a familiar, light-hearted guitar introduction and starts Heartbreaker with a more "rocking" introduction. The Heartbreaker introduction almost sounds like a primitive version of Over Now from the Coverdale/ Page union. The Ocean sounds "thinner" than the rest of the recording. (Brian Ingham Aug 97)

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per *** SQ **1/2 Appeal HC

First time on CD for the complete audience source for this show on March 6 1973 from Tennishallen, Stockholm. Spread onto 3 discs to avoid splitting Dazed And Confused, the sound is distant, muddy, with some echo and distortion. Stairway has a cut, and both Song Remains The Same and I Can't Quit You in the Whole Lotta Love medley have sound drop outs in them. The audience is noisy in the quieter sections of the Rain Song, Dazed and Stairway. The distortion does lose some detail on the Over The Hills solo, Rain Song at the end, the Stairway solo and the whole of the rare Ocean encore. However, there are good versions of Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You, The Song Remain The Same and especially Dazed is real horror film sountrack stuff with Page really flying in the fast passages. Not that essential a release from the 1973 European tour, there are better ones to find. (Tony Gassett Oct 97)

Stockholm Syndrome (EVSD 326/327/328) 3CD
Tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden, March 6th 1973

Disc 1 (59.41): Rock 'n' Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Lovin' You, Dancing Days, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song
Disc 2 (41.30): Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven
Disc 3 (39.06): Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, The Ocean

A soul attended this concert (more than I managed to do) armed with a tape recorder (courageous) and then made the tape available to the Zep community (generous). I presume this tape was available in trading circles. Who am I, in such circumstances, to be critical of the quality of the recording. I doff my cap to that soul. However when the tape becomes available on a commercial basis it is appropriate that the sound quality be assessed. Prior to this release by Empress Valley I had available the release by Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. This release by Empress Valley is by no stretch of the imagination an improvement over the Diagrams release. In fact it is no improvement at all. The sound quality is much poorer. It was so bad that I could not bring myself to listen to the release from start to finish. The sound grated. The sound quality started off a bit distant, muffled and boomy. It sounds as though the band were playing in a cavern. The drums dominate. There is an unusual effect with the vocals - it almost sounds as though Plant is signing against an echo. By Misty Mountain Hop I was beginning to tire. Basically it was just a wall of noise. It was impossible to discern individual instruments. I must confess that I skipped through the remainder of the release. It did not improve. I switched back to the earlier Diagrams release. The Diagrams release sounded much better. The audience recording is not very good. However Diagrams treated the source more sympathetically with the result, by comparison to Empress Valley, they got a better result. The Empress Valley release made the Diagrams release sound much better. I got the distinct impression that Empress Valley had simply taken the same tape source and cranked up the volume. The result, in my opinion, is a complete mess. Empress Valley have achieved absolutely nothing with this release. That is not quite right - they have shot themselves in the foot. The packaging is uninspired - fat jewel case with mediocre inserts. To be avoided. (John Morrison May 05)

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14-Mar-73 Nuremberg

Nuremburg 1973 - Nuremburg Messehalle 14.03.1973 TDOLZ 2CD, 126 mins.

Average-good audience recording, same as the complete tape in circulation but I wouldn't necessarily give it the 'poor' rating that Luis gives in his book. The CDs are from the same source as the tape I've had for years which runs slow. The CD recording runs very slightly fast and seems slightly compressed. As it's the first CD release of this show to my knowledge completists will probably find it worthwhile but general collectors may want to give this one a miss in favour of the better SQ & performance of the Vienna or Munich CDs recently released. (Paul Apple June 2000)

Nuremburg 1973 (TDOLZ)

March 14, 1973
Messehalle - Nuremberg, Germany.
The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol. 99 - 2CD
Audio: 6+ AUD

Track Listing:
DISC ONE: 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 TWO: Dazed And Confused, Ramble On, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker

This is the last set TDOLZ released. Double CD slimline case with clear tray and artwork under the tray. The tape cuts in during the start of Rock And Roll. The recording is a bit distant and muddy but it's far from being a poor recording. While the audience is present on the tape, they are not overpowering. Misty Mountain Hop is dedicated to the Police in Manchester, England. The Ramble On reference is nothing more than Jimmy strumming the intro section of the song and Robert adding the line "Leaves are falling all around, time I was on my way". Overall, it's not a bad set. It is the complete show. The beginner collector should probably look for a different set to grab whereas the general collector might want to think about this set. I personally don't feel that this is a hardcore collector/1973 tour completist only set. The sound isn't "Mike Millard" quality, but it's a far cry from being Denver 1970. (Steve Prendergast)

Time I was On My Way (Beelzebub Records) 2 CDR
Messe-Zentrum Halle, Nuremburg, 14 March 1973

Disc 1 (56.41): 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 (71.27): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love Medley/Heartbreaker

The Spring 1973 European Tour is rightly held in very high esteem by fans. Every concert was impeccably played by all members of the band, and they were just the right length in time. Most of the shows were well recorded by members of the audience, and there are are incomplete soundboard recordings available for some of the German concerts too. The 4th March 1973 concert in Gothenburg is being hoarded by a selfish bastard. However this concert from Nuremburg was yet another very good one. This recording is near excellent, the acoustics of the venue are the only drawback, there is a definite echo to the sound as the music bounced about the hall. Never mind, we have another impeccable performance from Led Zeppelin, with Jimmy Page being spot on yet again. Another great Dazed And Confused. The only very minor criticism of this release is the jarr during Stairway To Heaven where the recording has a cut. This concert has not seen the light of day much before, the only previous good version was TDOLZ 2 CD release Nuremburg 1973. This release comes in a quality card colour slipcase, and the discs are also colour picture discs. Great photo of Peter Grant! (Jamie Boswell May 06)

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16-Mar-73 Vienna

Led Poisoning  (Flying Disc) Soundboard

Dazed and Confused  (cuts in at guitar work prior to bow solo), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love medley (cuts in prior to Let’s Have a Party), Heartbreaker

The now defunct German Flying Disc label (Bootlegger’s rule #1: Never put your address on the back cover of your releases) presents this amazing soundboard excerpt from this famous show.  The sound quality is excellent, with Bonham‘s drum sound unbelievably presented.  Tight snare and fat bass drum. There is minor high end frequency distortion, but it is mainly in the background with the cymbals (likely the cause of it) and hurts the recording very little. The overall balance is excellent as well, making this soundboard portion all the more satisfying.  The tape cuts in right as Page and Bonham start battling it out before the bow solo in Dazed, and the show only gets better.  Page is playing the best he ever will during this period, and Bonham is right behind him.  Plant is in typical voice, post his mysterious vocal "operation," with little of the "Hammer of the Gods" sound left in him, but with these Euro shows he establishes the range and technique he will use from then on.  Regardless of this, he is outstanding in Stairway, the Whole Lotta Love medley and in the adlibs in Dazed as well.  The audience source is great for the rest of the show, but do not do yourself the mistake of thinking that that is all you need.  This is a source you can blast in your car with awe.(Mike Magnon Jan 02)

Who's Birthday (Tarantura T2CD-15-1,2)

Disc 1:  Bring it on Home (fragment), White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ Solo, Thank You, What Is And What Should Never Be (fragment), Moby Dick 

Disc 2:  How Many More Times (Bolero, The Hunter, Boogie Chillun', Truckin' Little Mama, Mess O' Blues, My Baby, Lemon Song), Whole Lotta Love

This title is a 1994 release by Tarantura of Zeppelin's April 9, 1970 show in Tampa Florida on their fifth U.S. tour.  The source for this show is a very good to excellent audience recording that is completely three dimensional, letting you experience the power and the charm of this fantastic show.  And, it is funny hearing Plant making announcements from the stage ("Well, that was anti-climatic!" he says before White Summer). It begins with the very end of the middle section to Bring It On Home.  A great pity since it sounds fun. White Summer is fantastic, with the Bron-Y-Aur section included. How Many More Times is also great with an interesting medley.  This is the first instance of Zeppelin playing Elvis' Mess O' Blues, which is a signature of their 1971 Whole Lotta Love medleys.  The encore of Whole Lotta Love is also very good with lots of chaos in the middle. The only drawback to the tape is several dropouts during How Many More Times.  It sounds like the tape gets crinkled in the recorder several times. (Gerard Sparaco Dec 01)

Vienna 1973 (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ *** Appeal G

This is a further attempt at presenting the complete show from the Stadthalle, Vienna on March 16, 1973. The two disc set uses two audience sources which start alternating at the end of the first disc. The first source starts off overloaded and bass heavy with some balance problems. This does clear after a while leaving the bass and drums prominent. The second source is more muffled and quite hissy in places and has a few minor cuts, with tape wobbles towards the end of the show. This is another classic concert from the 1973 European tour. Dazed and Confused is incredible with breathtaking guitar and drums interplay. Stairway To Heaven is another epic, and the vocals in Whole Lotta Love are very strong. This release is slightly better than Cobla's Led Poisoning and well worth investigating.(Tony Gassett Aug 98)

Vienna 1973 (TDOLZ 489701/489702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria, March 16, 1973

CD 1: (56:57) Rock & Roll (overloaded and unbalanced throughout), 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 (switches to second tape source near the beginning), The Rain Song

CD 2: (70:13) Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (small cut in the beginning, switches back to first tape source during the fast guitar portion prior to San Francisco, minor volume drop near the ending, dropout near the ending), Stairway to Heaven (contains a quick high-pitched squeal during the guitar solo), Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party (switches to second tape source at the beginning, contains minor speed problems), I Can't Quit You, Lemon Song) (small cut at end, speed problems worsen), Heartbreaker (switches back to first tape source at beginning of guitar solo, but is very muffled)

The first audience tape source used for the majority of this release is very good and very close to the stage with little audience noise or tape hiss. All the instruments are very clear. Only a couple of factors keep this recording from being excellent. The first is proximity of the recorder to the stage. The instruments, particularly the bass, overload the tape. It lessens after Rock & Roll and is acceptable. The sound also washes in and out in places. The recorder was probably blocked by either members of the audience or the taper. The recorder was also positioned on one side of the stage. During portions of the show where the sound was switched from one side of the stage to the other for effect (i.e. Dazed & Confused bow slapping solo), the sound level drops in the recording as the sound transfers to the other side of the stage. This also occurs on the second tape source, but not as pronounced. No cue stop is provided for Black Dog. Page plays hints of That's The Way during Bron-Yr-Stomp. A between song cut starts The Song Remains the Same on its first note. The second tape source used is a little shy of very good. It is not as dynamic as the first tape source or as close to the stage. But because of its location, the tape is not overloaded by the instrumentation. It does contain a noticeable amount of tape hiss. After the tape switch during Whole Lotta Love's medley, speed problems can be detected on the second tape source, but they are not as noticeable as they will be after the cut at the end of Whole Lotta Love. The same show has previously been released on Led Poisoning (Cobla). It primarily used the second tape source. It switched to the first tape source in the same location during Heartbreaker. Rock & Roll is cleaner sounding on the second tape source. It starts with only a few seconds of tape garble. It contains the same cut at the beginning of Dazed & Confused but none at the end of Whole Lotta Love. The high-pitched squeal during Stairway to Heaven is only present on the first tape source. Speed problems with the second tape source start after a cut between Dazed & Confused and Stairway to Heaven. Where the two releases share the same second tape source, the TDOLZ release sounds better. The Cobla release sounds very shrill and not as dynamic. It does, however, lack the tape hiss found on the TDOLZ release. The first tape source shared at the end of Heartbreaker sounds similar for both releases. Another release of this show, Led Poisoning (Flying Disc Music), uses an excellent sounding soundboard portion of the show. It cuts in during the fast guitar portion prior to San Francisco and runs to the end of Stairway to Heaven. It then picks up during the Boogie Woogie part of Whole Lotta Love and runs through the rest of the show. It too does not have the high-pitched squeal found on the first tape source during Stairway to Heaven. Unfortunately that is all that is available from the soundboard. (Brian Ingham Jan 98)

Lead Poisoning (Cobla (Cobra?) Standard, 122 minutes) Vienna 73 2CD

The long time favourite audience tape finally makes it onto CD but, sad to say, it's a bit of a disappointment Disc one is very good, despite a mid-heavy EQ and a hint of compression but disk two is less clear and suffers from wow that worsens towards the end of the show. If you have the Flying Disc soundboard issue, this is a good way to complete the show. If not, be aware that disc two probably won't see the inside of the player too often. Although the sound is below the standard we have come to expect from this label, the minimalist cover design is some compensation. It's just how a bootleg sleeve should be - black text, white background and nothing else. (Isaac McHelicopter Jun 96)

Wrench In The Works (Cobra Standard Series 034) (Matrix: CSS-034-A/B)

CD 1 (58:05) 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 / Rain Song

CD 2 (71:22) Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love (medley) / Heartbreaker

This release by Cobra presents a new, fourth tape source overall for this concert and the third from an audience recording. The opening crowd noises, “Rock and Roll” and some filler cheering before the encore come from the audience tape used for Cobla’s earlier release, Lead Poisoning.  The first splice is virtually seamless.  The splice at the encore is a tad rougher, cutting the last second of Plant’s “Good night!” and the first half-second of the “rocker” intro to Heartbreaker (this intro is missing on the other two audience sources according to Rey).  The new tape has a very clear, full sound, recorded with mics that were much closer to the stage.  The frequencies are better balanced, though the highs may seem a bit shrill at times, and the tape is quieter.  The instruments are well balanced though vocals are a bit buried in the mix but not to the overall detriment of this enjoyable release.  Audience noise is not a factor.  Other minor tape problems include a one-second tape speed-up thirty seconds into the song.  The two-disc set is packaged in a slim cardboard sleeve using the original artwork from Screaming Oiseau’s double-LP release of the same name (7502 A-D). There’s a nod to the vinyl pressing on the back of the CD sleeve in the form of SO’s logo.  Track titles are correct on the front cover but quite incorrect on the back listing the only known performance yet of “Dancing Maid”! A great concert with strong performances of “The Song Remains The Same”, “Dazed And Confused” (“one of the best versions of all time” according to Rey) and “Stairway To Heaven”.  Recommended for those who only have the soundboard version and want to hear it all!   (Solomon Kane, Nov. 2001)

A Night At The Opera
Wiener Stadthalle - Vienna, Austria. Electric Magic - EMC-015A/B - 2CD. Audio: 8 AUD

Track Listing:
DISC ONE: 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 TWO: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker

Double slimline clear jewel case in paper sleeve slipcase. Artwork features photos from the era and the try art includes some liner notes that are a nice addition. The liner notes give an overview of the show as well as sniplet from Melody Maker that was written about this show. Very good audience recording, but more than likely it's been digitally cleaned up and amped. The tape itself is clear and fairly well balanced however Jimmy is a little high in the mix and Jones a little low. The start of Rock And Roll sounds like it's from a different source (and possibly from a different show entirely). They are tricky in the switch to the main tape and kind of mask the switch by making sound like a tape flutter. The band is in excellent shape. Plant is in good voice. Jimmy's fingers are very loose. Bonzo is Bonzo and holds up his end. Jonesy is ill tonight though, although it does not show. The fireworks are in presence in this show. Black Dog is introduced as "about a rather over-sexed member of the canine family.... this is Black Dog". Black Dog has Robert's vocals heavily echoed. Plant leaves the "Ahh-ahh"s to the Austrain audience to reply and it sounds like a bunch of zombies answering the calls - kinda funny. Since I've Been Loving You is awesome. Very hard, yet soft and bluesy. Page adds very fast, delicate and intricately woven guitar work throughout the song. During the guitar re-tune to the Dancing Days tuning, Plant greets the Vienna audience and comments that they even have some good groupies. He then plugs the upcoming album. Dancing Days is introduced as a song "about little school girls - not too little mind you". During the re-tune after Dancing Days, Plant goes into a spiel about the Welsh countryside and how he likes to perform the Stomp in foreign lands "because it reminds me of the good times I have with my dog". Page hints at That's The Way during the Stomp, but it does not materialize. Plant's next introduction is "This song, is ah, for a club called the Moulin Rouge and Mister Bonham's delight at the Moulin Rouge tonight - far out - this is called The Song Remians The Same". TSRTS and The Rain Song get little response from the audience as they have never heard either song at this point because the album is not out yet. Dazed And Confused from this show has been crowned "best version" by Luis Rey. It has Plant using heavy echo on the vocals. Jimmy is in top forum. Some slight missed notes here and there, but overall very loose and powerful. The San Francisco section has an extended mini-solo before the violin bow. Just as you think the song is going to end, we get another four minute mini-jam. Plant throws in a line from the Beatles "Happiness Is Warn Gun" at the end of Dazed. It takes Stairway To Heaven to finally waken the Austrians up a bit. There's a hint of either a tape switch or edit during the very slow and quiet start of Stairway. I can't decide which it is and don't have any other versions of this show to compare it with to figure it out. It's well done and you'll have to be paying attention to catch it. Excellent Stairway and I'm not a big Stairway fan. Page issues a very playful yet potent solo. There's the hint of tape flutter or some kind of distortion during the marathon Whole Lotta Love. I listen to the CD's in headphones for my reviews, so I might just be hearing things that normally wouldn't be picked up on a normal home stereo. Heartbreaker starts out in a manner I can't say I can recall hearing before. A slight extension is added to the "Bouree" section of the guitar solo. Very good show dispite Jonsey being ill. Overall a good set although the sound has been tampered with (some people can live with it, others can't) - if you're on the wall, pick up a copy on CD-R before making the commitment to buy. Recommended to even the casual collector provided the boosted sound can be tolerated. (Steve Prendergast August 02)

Remains Of The Holy (CSCD-007/008) 2CD
Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria, 16th March 1973

Disc 1 (57.06): 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 (72.22): Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Heartbreaker

Packaging is a slim line jewel case. The artwork is a take off of the official album, Houses Of The Holy. The insert card on the front is a bit thin - it slips about. The artwork is reasonable. This release is all about sound quality. Zeppelin at this point were in the depths of their European tour - arguably their most inspired sequence of concerts. Others more knowledgeable than I, when reviewing earlier titles, have made reference to renditions of Dazed and Confused, and indeed other tracks, during this leg of their touring. Page's playing, during Dazed and Confused, at this concert, is unbelievable. This boot provides an excellent representation of that track. It is worth acquiring this title for that track alone. That is not to say, however, that it is the only highlight.

Another feature of this release is the effort that appears to have been undertaken to provide as full a version of the concert as possible by reference to available sources. The joins between sound sources are well done. Although where the joins occur there is an audible difference in sound quality I must stress that this in no way detracts from one's enjoyment of the performance. This title works really well in terms of both the sound quality and completeness. Now a word of caution. If this truly is a release by Cashmere then it is to be highly recommended. If, however, Cashmere have simply copied a release by Winston Remasters then proceed as your conscience dictates. (John Morrison May 05)

The Matrix Leded (Tarantura TCD-29-1/2) 2 CD
Stadthalle, Vienna, 16 March 1973

Disc 1 (57.08): Rock And Roll/Over The Hills And Far way/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 (73.23): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker

The 1973 European Tour is regarded by many fans as possibly the highlight of Led Zeppelin Live. It is certainly my favourite period, as I saw them a couple of months earlier in January of 1973. Their playing was consistently superb and Jimmy Page was at the very height of his considerable powers. Therefore any release from this tour is bound to go down well with fans. This release is superb, and so it should be, as it is a straight copy of the Winston Remasters recent release, called "Danke! Vienna". The running times for those CDs are:- disc 1: 57.06; disc 2: 72.22. This has been freely disseminated amongst fans and has therefore reached a very wide audience. The attractive and clever artwork for that release tells us exactly what source was used where, always a joy to read for us trainspotters. Previously another fan created, a few years back, a superb release called "A Very Nice Night". That release also used two different audience recordings, and the soundboard that exists for this wonderful concert. Carefully blended together by a true fan who really knows his stuff, that release was also tremendous. The running times for those CDs are: disc 1: 58.04; disc 2: 73.44.

Words are superfluous to describe the playing of the band in Vienna (only spoilt by several fireworks being set off by 'fans'). The audience recordings are both very clear and have practically no crowd interference, and the soundboard is as good as it gets. It is impossible to single out every highlight, but Jimmy's playing on the final song Heartbreaker is one of my all time great moments in sport, captured perfectly by the soundboard recording. So also was the powerful drum finale from the mighty John Bonham as he brings Dazed And Confused to a conclusion. But as there are two wonderful fan compilations, this release from Tarantura unfortunately does not achieve much. If you have either or both those releases you do not need this. The packaging is in a double card slipcase, which when it opens up has both discs on pop up trays, similar to some of this label's earlier releases from Auckland and Osaka 1972. The artwork is a pun on "The Matrix" movie, quite nice. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 05)

Viennese Waltz (Beezlebub Records)
Stadhalle, Vienna, 16 March 1973

Disc 1: 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: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker

What can I say? This release sounds great. The atmosphere of this recording captures the band in top form. From the opening Drum Flurry of Rock And Roll to the last Bombastic Strike of Heartbreaker this is one show not to be missed. Just when you thought this recording couldn't get any better Beezlebub has come along and added more low end presence and depth to an already great sounding recording.
If you haven't had a chance to listen to this release, get with the program and get this show a.s.a.p. You won't be disappointed. (HarleyDog Aug 06)

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17-Mar-73 Munich

Sturm Und Drang. (Led Note Label) 132' 51".Audience recording.

Two-CD set from Cobra's Led Note label containing almost the complete show at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany, on March 17 1973.This recording is almost excellent, taped fairly close to the stage with very little audience noise and virtually no hiss,t he only negative points are:a couple of minor drop outs at the end of Rock 'n' Roll as well as an unfortunate cut during a frenzied guitar solo after the bow episode in Dazed; overall the balance is very good but a little chaotic at times and has Jonesy low in the mix; this is a mono recording, consequently the sound is not very dynamic. On the other hand the proximity to the stage and the high quality of the recording make for a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience, as the band really plays out of this world with Bonzo and Page on killer form. Page's whimsical genius is at his best and plays unexpected interludes during Dazed and spontaneously adds Going Down Slow to the blues medley. Jonesy and Bonzo follow him without sweating, the latter gives his customary devastating performance. Plant is just an spectator. This is my kind of bootleg: unpretentious with great quality of both sound and performance no extra charge. (Rosina Díaz Scali Mar 2000)

Sturm Und Drang - Munich Olympiahalle 17.03.1973, Led Note label.

Time: 130 mins (complete). SQ: 9 Very good audience.

Packaging: Paper case with unusual Nazi designs.

Comments: A different source tape to the one in Luis' book and a vast upgrade on the Immigrant title, nearer the stage with no tape noise. Great show, very good sound & a worthwhile purchase. (Paul Apple May 2000)

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19-Mar-73 Berlin

Happy People (Beezlebub Records BSD 104-105) 2CDR
Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany March 19, 1973

(Disc 104):- Rock And Roll (4:39), Over The Hills And Far Away (6:41), Black Dog (6:45), Misty Mountain Hop (4:47), Since I've Been Loving You (9:33), Dancing Days (5:22), Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (6:07), The Song Remains The Same (5:32), The Rain Song (8:02)
(Disc 105):- Dazed And Confused (29:33), Stairway To Heaven (11:26), Whole Lotta Love (25:43)

Beezlebub Records has often been accused of taking releases from other labels and boosting the levels, but this is definitely not the case this time.  Beezlebub has taken this recording and worked some magic on it without ruining it by adding too much magic.  This recording has become a pleasure to listen to and we have Beezlebub Records to thank for that. Overall the 1st half of the show is a bit sluggish but Jimmy Page is on fire.  If you've ever doubted Jimmy's abilities just listen to the beginning of Since I've Been Loving You and you'll never doubt him again. This is definitely one of Jimmy's best performances ever. On the previous release of this show entitled "Let's Have A Party" (ARMS Label) the end of Dazed And Confused was missing.  Beezlebub Records has finally tracked down a "COMPLETE and UNCUT" version of Dazed and released it.  The ending of Dazed is definitely a reason for considering the purchase of this release.  If you're into having the definitive releases for every show then Beezlebub has given you something you just can't pass up. At 2:51 into Whole Lotta Love this recording fades from the Audience Source into a rather well balanced Soundboard recording.  There's quite a bit of high frequencies contained in the soundbaord portion of WWL but after listening to Let's Have A Party it seems that they're present on that release as well. In Closing I'd like to say that Beezlebub Records definitely outdid themselves with this release and I hope to hear more obscure shows on their label.  If they can keep this up and remember to not overdue things then they'll be around for a long long time. (HarleyDog March 07)

Happy People (Beezlebub Records BSD 104-105) 2CDR
Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, 19 March 1973

Disc 1(57.34): 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 (66.45): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love

In the past Beelzebub have received a lot of (mostly justified) flack for taking an original "silver" release and then remastering it, for better or worse often depending on the ear and taste of the beholder. But with this release the label has turned over a new leaf, and has used original audience and soundboard sources to creat the best sounding and most complete version of this great concert. But then all of the Europe 1973 Tour concerts were great. Berlin (like Hamburg) has a really excellent sounding soundboard recording, sadly only available for the Whole Lotta Love Medley. What is special about this release is the the audience master tape was tracked down and used. So we now, for the first time, a complete and uncut Dazed And Confused, and the crowd talking before the start of Stairway To Heaven. And this being Europe 1973 we hear the precision drumming of John Bonham in all its glory. As well as Jimmy Page, who was really playing better and better each night of the tour. This type of original source release is to be highly commended, and this release is a tremendous addition to the Europe 1973 Tour catalogue. Let us have some more original sourced releases from this tour please! (Jamie Boswell March 07)

Happy People (Beezlebub Records BSD 104-105) 2CDR
Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, 19 March 1973

Disc 1: 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: Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love

In Beelzebub's previous releases, it seems his work has been to take previous releases and to equilize the hell out of them.  This accusation (mostly by me) applies to many of his boots I've bought.  I received a copy of Happy People today, and I admit when I saw it sitting on top of the mail it brought a shudder of fear in me.  I buy Beelzebub Records stuff because I share the desire of most people, the desire to have hope.  Hope that things can turn out right, that things can change for the better, and hope that past hurts and betrayals can be reversed.  My hands trembled as I opened the package and beads of sweat grew on my brow as I braced myself for what has been perpetual disappointment.  When I popped the cdr into my cd player I sat back in my chair, told my wife to leave the room, and focused my concentration on the speakers. As "Rock And Roll" lead into "Over The Hills", I have to admit I smiled.  I smiled out of relief that the levels on the tape were not boosted to the heavens.  I smiled because this is a very good sounding tape and this is an awesome release.  And it is complete!  Listening to this it seems that a weight has been lifted from my shoulders, the sun is shining and the birds are singing more loudly than before.  I am glad that I have heard actual evidence that miracles can happen and Happy People has restored my faith in the goodness of Mankind.  Thank you, Beelzebub, for receiving my constructive criticism!  Thank you, Beelzebub, for releasing an amazing show!  Thank you, Beelzebub, for blessing all of us with the final word, the definitive version, of Led Zeppelin's Berlin concert in 1973.  (Belzlegion March 07)

Happy People (Beelzebub Records BSD 104/105) 2 CDR’s
Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany March 19th, 1973

 Disc 1: (57:32) Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountian Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron –Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song
Disc 2: (66:43) Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love

This is the first time this collector has heard this concert and according to my research, the first boot release from the master with the exception of “Whole Lotta Love”. The Europe 73 shows are some of my favorites from this tour and now this can be included.
Plant has a slow start however by “Since I’ve Been Loving” you, it’s easy to determine this concert won’t disappoint and unfortunately there’s a slight cut (6:23) and also at (6:25) during “The Rain Song” however you have to be listening carefully to catch it and this is a minor gripe. I’ve been told this is also on the master. The title comes from Percy’s comments during “Dancing Days” through “The Song Remains The Same”. This recording is a slightly distant although clear source which captures all four members. It’s a AUD/SB with only part of Whole Lotta Love being sourced from the soundboard with a smooth transition and a amazing version including “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”, “Baby, I Don’t Care”,” Lets Have A Party”, This release comes packaged in a gatefold like previous releases with printed art on discs and a live shot of Page, Plant, & Jones on the front cover, 3 live shots of Page on the inside, and a nice picture of Plant and one of Page on the back. This is an excellent release from the label and a must for any Zeppelin fan of the Europe 73 tour. (LedMan March 07)

A Soundboard Platter (Scorpio LZ-07005-01~04)
Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland, UK – January 27th, 1973
Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – March 16th, 1973
Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany – March 19th, 1973
Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany – March 21st. 1973
Grugahalle, Essen, Germany – March 22nd, 1973

Disc 1, Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – March 16th, 1973:  Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker

Disc 2, Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany – March 19th, 1973:  Whole Lotta Love.  Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland, UK – January 27th, 1973:  Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Communication Breakdown

Disc 3, Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany – March 21st. 1973:  Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love

Disc 4, Grugahalle, Essen, Germany – March 22nd, 1973:  Dazed And Confused, Whole Lotta Love

At first glance A Soundboard Platter is nothing more than “new wine in old wineskins” which will be overlooked because of the concern that the skins will burst.  This collection of soundboard fragments is actually quite relevant and an interesting release.  Zeppelin’s tour of the United Kingdom and continental Europe in 1973 is one of the most fertile for soundboard fragments and Scorpio gather five of the six shorter tapes.  Not present, and could have easily fit on this release, is the fifty-minute January 18th Bradford tape.  Scorpio also chose not to include any material from the three longer tapes from Oxford on January 7th, Liverpool on January 14th, and Stoke the following night.  The sound quality of the tapes on this release is as good if not an improvement over previous releases of the same material.  After the initial release of these soundboard fragments, it has been the trend of boot labels to complete the shows by grafting these with the appropriate audience recordings.  Listening to these productions is difficult since the first hour of the show would come from an audience source.  While the ear adjusts to the fidelity of that tape, the excellent soundboard would kick in producing a jarring effect, and once one gets used to that tape the audience recording would return again and would be a let down.  It is an interesting tactic but one that is unconvincing in the end.  With this new Scorpio release it is possible to enjoy these fantastic sounding documents, and only these, in one collection. 

The complete first disc is devoted to the Vienna soundboard.  Among the cache of soundboards surfacing in the late eighties and early nineties, this is the longest of the five with five unique songs including generous portions of the two epics, “Dazed & Confused” and the “Whole Lotta Love” medley.  Its first release is on Led Poisoning (Flying Disc CD 6-822) in 1991.  Three years later it was included on “Stairway To Heaven” (Vol. 4) (BAN-050-D) on the Australian Banana label.  Releases since graft the soundboard recording onto various permutations of the three audience recordings that circulate for this date including Zig Zag Zep (Tarantura T3CD-13-1~3), Wrench In the Works (Cobra 034) which was the final release by that label, Vienna 1973 (TDOLZ Vol. 48), Remains of the Holy (CSCD-007/8) on the short-lived Cashmere label, and most recently on Happiness is a Warm Gun (Empress Valley EVSD 448/9).  The tape cuts in, as do they all, during the fast guitar solo after the second verse of “Dazed & Confused.”  The versions of this classic are among the very best from the European tour of 1973 and Plant acknowledges this by quoting John Lennon “happiness is a warm gun.”  “Stairway To Heaven” is complete but the mix becomes questionable during the guitar solo with the keyboards raised quiet high.  “Whole Lotta Love” cuts in during “Boogie Chillun’.

Berlin is the shortest of the fragments with one only on song, twenty-minutes of “Whole Lotta Love.”  This is also the most rare of the group with only three silver releases in the past.  The first release was on the one-disc Let’s Have A Party (ARMS 15 PR).  The early Tarantura label released it under the Tecumseh label in 1992 on Air Raids Over Germany (TRC-005).  Limited to three hundred copies, it also included a half hour of the July 12th, 1970 Berlin tape and the complete seventeen minute recording from the June 27th, 1980 Nuremberg concert.  Finally Antrabata included it on Two Penny Upright (Antrabata ARM 171171/ARM 180773/ARM 190373) along with the November 16th, 1971 Ipswich and July 18th, 1973 Vancouver fragments.  Berlin cuts in during the theremin solo in “Whole Lotta Love”, much earlier than the Vienna tape.  Plant is very enthusiastic during  “Boogie Chillun’” repeating, “I’ve been boogieing in Müchen, I’ve been boogieing in Müchen, I’ve been boogieing in Müchen,” Why he mentions Munich instead of Berlin is not explained.  His microphone cuts out during “Let’s Have A Party” and the lines “I’ve never kissed a bear / I’ve never kissed a goon / But I can shake a chicken in the middle of a room” are low in the mix. 

The bulk of the second disc is devoted to the Dundee, Scotland soundboard.  This is the only one of the five that began life on vinyl, with “Heartbreaker” and “Communication Breakdown” appearing on Trouble At The Front (Tropo 411) along with a fragment of the Liverpool soundboard.  The first compact disc incarnation was on the famous From Boleskine To The Alamo (Flying Disc CD 6-818) with the songs out of proper sequence.  Tarantura include “Heartbreaker” and “Communication Breakdown” on the third disc of Nasty Music (T3CD-011-1), a compilation with several documents from the British tour.  Most recently Wendy included this on the excellent British Story (Wendy WECD - 82/83).  A popular CDR release titled Dundee-ism received heavy circulation several years ago and includes the soundboard on the second disc coupled with the audience recording on disc one. Plant throws in a line from “Rambling On” during the final reiteration of the main theme.  Two encores, “Heartbreaker” and “Communication Breakdown,” are present on the tape.

The third disc documents only the popular Hamburg tape from March 21st.  The earliest releases attributed this tape to the first Paris show on April 1st.  These include 1st April (A Paris Affair) (Oh Boy 1-9011), April Fools Day (LZ 05), and Baby I Don’t Care (Turtle TR-52), all of which also include “Immigrant Song” from the January 18th Bradford soundboard fragment.  The latest release of the Hamburg soundboard, with the correct attribution, is on Fallin' In Love With the Fallin' Angel (Led Note LCD-1507A/B) where it is coupled with the complete Bradford tape.  Just like the Berlin soundboard, there has never been an edition mixing both audience and soundboard tapes for a complete show and the underrated Image Quality label has the only commercial release of the audience recording on Suspended Animation (IQ075/76).  Hamburg includes twenty-three minutes of “Dazed & Confused,” cutting in during the fast solo after the second verse and Plant quoting from James Brown’s “Cold Sweat.”  Bonham includes interesting jazzy rhythms during “San Francisco” before Page’s violin bow solo.  It sounds like both Page and Bonham want to get into “The Crunge” but keep missing one another until Page plays the “Whole Lotta Love” boogie riff right before the call-and-response part.  The tape continues until the peak of the guitar solo in “Stairway To Heaven.”  “Whole Lotta Love” cuts in right at the beginning of the theremin solo.  The improvisation in the middle contains moments of unbearable tension including Bonham shouting out which serve as a contrast to the lighthearted Elvis numbers.

The final disc features the two songs from the Essen oundboard on March 22nd, one of the best performances of the five contained in this collection.  Early releases include Essential Led (Flying Disc CD 6-807), Essen 1973 (Savege Beast Music SBM-73-1/2), and “Stairway To Heaven” (Vol. 2) (Banana BAN-050-B).  “Whole Lotta Love” is included on the fifth disc of the Cabala box set, where it is attributed to Mobile, Alabama in ’73.  Two recent releases include Essentially Led Complete (Live Remains LR-04011/2/3), and Gracias! (Empress Valley EVSD-300/301/302) which is a title editing this with the audience source.  Like with the others, both “Dazed & Confused” and “Whole Lotta Love” cut in early and run to the end of each song.  “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love,” which is played before “Boogie Chillun’,” contains very strange lyrics from an unknown song that contrast with the rest of the number (“You are the one / You took my heart / You took it darling / And you tore it apart / You left me sitting / Down and crying / Because my love / For you is dying / So c’mon babe / So c’mon babe.”)  Since the cuts in each of the songs are very similar, it raises the question about the purpose of these recordings.  In the fifteen years since they first surfaced no other fragments from the other parts of these concerts has emerged.  It could be they were recording the improvisations to see what sounded best for the upcoming U.S. tour, or it could have been for some projected live album.  Nevertheless these dates are among the very best in Led Zeppelin’s live history and A Soundboard Platter, even though it is a repackaging of material that has seen many releases, is worth seeking out. (Gerard Sparaco May 07)

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21-Mar-73 Hamburg

Suspended Animation (IQ-075/076 Image Quality)

Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany, March 21, 1973

CD 1: (48:14) Black Dog (tape drag near beginning), Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same (volume drops for a second near the beginning), The Rain Song (50 seconds cut near ending with 23 seconds left for the ending, the tape ends then repeats the same last 2 minutes of this last track)

CD 2: (59:33) Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (small cut before the coda), Whole Lotta Love (includes Everybody Needs Somebody To Love/ D'yer Mak'er, Boogie Woogie, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party (first 20 seconds cut due to tape switch, small dropout at ending), I Can't Quit You/ The Lemon Song) (volume drops for a few seconds near beginning), The Ocean

This release uses the available audience tape source. The recording is good and there is very little noticeable tape hiss at its start. The sound would have been better but the recorder was a bit distant from the stage. The distance creates a slight echo that clutters the sound. The instruments come through loud and clear, but lack definition. A settled audience around the recorder does help with the clarity of the recording. The beginning of Black Dog and Whole Lotta Love are particularly effected by the cluttered sound, but they do clear up slightly. Plant's vocals are also effected by the cluttered sound. His phrasings get lost in the instrumentation. The mix also favors the instruments over the vocals. The mix changes for the better prior to The Song Remains the Same. The sound is also a little flat, but improves slightly after a tape change prior to Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp. Some noticeable tape hiss accompanies the tape change. As he had been doing for most of the European tour, Page plays a few bars of That's The Way during Bron-Yr-Stomp. It almost sounds like Page played a few bars of Layla as he tuned up for The Song Remains the Same. Plant throws in a few shouts of Cold Sweat prior to San Francisco (and later before the Whole Lotta Love melodies). Bonham tries shifting into The Crunge during Dazed & Confused, but no one else follows his lead. Not to be denied his efforts, he then launches into a battle with Page. It progresses into an exchange not heard since Bring It On Home. Furthermore, at the end of the battle, Page plays the chords that would have lead back to Bring It On Home's main theme. A classic in a classic! The theramin gets switched on (accidentally?) during the beginning of Whole Lotta Love. It's minor and lasts for the second half of the beginning section. But it does add an interesting effect. The D'yer Mak'er part of Everybody Needs Somebody To Love amounts to nothing but a few "Oh"s from Plant. Rock & Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away and Stairway to Heaven are absent from this recording. The inclusion of the partial Stairway to Heaven from the soundboard tape would have bettered this release. (Brian Ingham Mar 99)

Suspended Animation (I. Q. Label)

Audience recording of the show from Hamburg on March 21st1973 on a two-CD set. This tape starts off distant, muffled,a little distorted and very hissy. This recording misses the opening tracks. Beginning with Black Dog, there are some speed problems with the tape that vanish before the guitar solo, the balance is good throughout the recording but improves dramatically on some tracks, as well as the clarity and volume that fluctuate almost constantly; Dazed and the first half of Whole Lotta Love are the best captured, although microphone-handling noises can be heard in the quieter moments. Stairway is also missing. Dazed is cut during the instrumental part that leads back to the main theme, it's a minor cut but very annoying. The Rain Song is also cut in the last verse and connected to the coda. The performance is dazzling from start to finish, Page and Bonzo are duelling at every opportunity.  Bonzo even challenges Page during the I Can't Quit You/The Lemon Song blues section of the medley, where Page answers with breathtaking fluency and volume control. The same can be said of Since I've Been Loving You. Let That Boy Boogie features some serious rockabilly chops. Jonesy is inspired on The Rain Song. Dazed and Confused is simply stunning. Worth having despite the faulty recording. (Alajandro Diaz Scali Mar 99)

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22-Mar-73 Essen

Essen 1973 (SBM-73-1/2 Savege Beast Music)

Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, March 22, 1973

CD 1: (42:17) Rock & Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp

CD 2: (46:49) The Song Remains the Same (contains a dropout and cut), The Rain Song, Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven (only the first 2 minutes)

This is a good, mono audience recording of a really good show. The sound is very compressed and requires some tweaking of the surround sound to make it sound "fatter". Tape hiss is also present. (Brian Ingham Aug 96)

>Essential Led (Flying Disc)

Dazed and Confused (cuts in at guitar work prior to bow solo), Whole Lotta Love medley(cuts in at theremin jam)

Similar to this label’s Led Poisoning release in cut locations, sound, and songs presented, apart from the presence of Stairway to Heaven which is not found on this one.  The sound is excellent soundboard, again with slight high end distortion accompanying the cymbals, as well as minor tape hiss.  Bonham’s drum sound is again a beautiful thing to listen to, as his snare, toms, and bass drum are nicely mic’d and his playing very powerful.  The recording has a little bit of hall ambience to it, and the balance of the instruments is excellent, although Jones is a little quiet but still very full.  It is likely that the rest of this show, as well as 3/16 and probably all of the Euro and US 73 shows, are available in complete soundboard form.  It is conspicuously odd how the 3/16,19,21,22/73 soundboard releases are all relatively similar cut fragments of the extended guitar portions.  If you have heard the audience recording of this show on Savage Beast’s "Essen 73" you would probably know that the first half of this show is as incredible as these portions from the second.  Many favor 3/16, and moreover 3/24, as being the best of the Euro 73 shows.  The fact is, every show Zeppelin performed in Austria and Germany in March of 73 is a gem and they each have a characteristic to them that makes them wonderful in their own rights.  3/16 is high energy and satisfying, 3/17 is smooth and more stretched out on the improves, 3/19 is tight but also very heavy and charged, 3/21 is technical and frantic, and 3/24 is the tightest and most confident overall. But 3/22 is perhaps the technical and inspirational peak, especially for Page and Bonham. It has all the playing and energy of the other shows, but with so much more charisma. Page’s guitar work and Bonham’s drumming in Dazed are both unbelievable.  They pull out phrases and rhythms the like of which they hadn’t done before and will not achieve again on this tour.  Every improvised note is played with an authority and power that is superiorly different from the other shows.  Old riffs and passages have a new color to them and the solos just flow endlessly.  It is as if they each kept going further and further out on a limb, pushing the envelope of their abilities.  By 3/24 they will still be great, although just a little less frantic and more refined, never to really play with this amount of spirit on this song this way again. Too bad. Where was this playing during 75-80 for Page? As for Bonham, it is a shame that he didn’t make it a permanent habit of playing as loose and crazy as he did during this tour. Maybe it was the German beer. A really technically and inspired amazing show, and one of the best shows period. (Mike Magnon Jan 02)

It's Been Very Nice(Winston Remasters 2004)
3/22/1973 Grugahalle, Essen

First time ever complete version (uncut Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love and complete Heartbreaker)

Set list:-

Disc 1 (59.02): 1) Rock And Roll 2) Over The Hills And Far Away 3) Black Dog 4) Misty Mountain Hop 5) Since I've Been Loving You 6) Dancing Days 7) Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp 8) The Song Remains The Same 9) The Rain Song
Disc 2 (43.47): 1) Dazed And Confused 2) Stairway To Heaven
Disc 3 (42.00): 1) Whole Lotta Love (medley) - Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - Turn On Your Lovelight - Boogie Chillun' - Baby I Don't Care - Let's Have A Party - I can't Quit You - The Lemon Song 2) Heartbreaker

Thanks to Jim Sirigos for this information:-
This is Led Zeppelin's complete performance at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany, March 22nd 1973. combined from low gen. audience sources by Winston Remasters. The version previously treed in 1999 was a combination of CDs "Essen 73" (Savege Beast) and "Essential Led" (Flying Disc), had several cuts and was missing Heartbreaker. The new version was built using a recent transfer off a TDK SA C90 first generation cassette, dubbed from the actual master in the late 70s, supplemented by a new alternate recording which has been given to the 'German Friends Of Zep' club by the taper himself, who had stored it on his own first generation Uher 1/4-track reel for 30+ years. I transferred this reel to digital using the taper's original Uher Royal Deluxe reel machine.

For your information below I included a pair of stories and anecdotes I received (and translated from German) from fellow countrymen who attended the concert. I think these 'reports' nicely reflect the atmosphere of that night - enjoy! A great 'thank you' to the fellows in the German Led Zeppelin Club, "German Friends Of Zep", for making the new audience source available, after more than 30 years! Special thanks to club admin Wolfgang "LedWolf" Muller and of course to Enno Janssen, the actual taper of the newly surfaced recording. And not to forget, thank you Winston Remasters for putting this set properly together!

Enno Janssen, who taped the concert onto two BASF C120 cassettes on his SABA tape recorder, looks back:

The year is 1973, springtime in Germany, it's Thursday March 22nd, only a couple of minutes past 8 pm, at the Grugahalle, Essen: Almost suddenly the house lights go down, the audience cheers, full of anticipation. Flashlights all over, and in the twinkling of an eye, barely visible on the stage border, a tall shape with long blonde curled long hair, standing in the shadow. Seconds later Bonzo's opening Rock And Roll drum solo and when Jimmy Page kicks in, the lights go up and there's no more doubt, here they are in person right in front of us: Led Zeppelin! I was 16 and had just left school. For me and my schoolmate, Zeppelin was the second-ever Top-band we saw. Previously, in 1972, we already  attended Deep Purple's concert on December 2nd. Well I was young and careless so I brought to the venue my portable SABA tape recorder and an external mono mic, although I was well aware of Peter Grant and his 'love' for tapers. Honestly, I was quite envious of the fellows who had an UHER Reporter Stereo recorder (top-notch back then), but of course I couldn't afford such equipment at the time. Unfortunately, when I was about to flip the tape after 60 minutes, I found out the recorder had eaten the BASF C120 cassette! Can you imagine how I felt? I continued recording onto a new tape but of course I had lost approx. 30 mins. of the middle part of the concert. Shortly after, still in spring 1973, I got myself an UHER Royal Deluxe reel recorder and made that 1st generation backup reel that still exists today. 

"German Friends Of Zep" club admin Wolfgang Muller attended the concert when he was 15, read what he experienced:

More than 30 years gone it's quite hard to remember every single detail but I'll do my best to recall what it was like at the Grugahalle in 1973. I was 15 and attended quite a lot of concerts at the time so it's difficult to distinguish from one event to another, notably there was involved quite a lot of beer back then. The Led Zeppelin concert took place at the Essen Grugahalle. I saw a couple of gigs there before and lucky me, after all and thanks to a good connection, I managed to get a job as a security guard for the T.Rex gig (Feb 16, 1973). I even had the opportunity to speak to Marc Bolan, helping him in his quest to locate the bathroom LOL. Anyway, as a guard I was able to listen to the entire T.Rex concert directly from onstage and I was of course looking forward to the Zeppelin gig on March 22, in good faith thinking I would be watching from onstage again! But unfortunately, Zeppelin brought their own security so I not only had to buy a ticket but also had to watch the concert from the floor. If I remember correctly the Grugahalle was allowed for a 8,000  capacity but at least 10,000 came to see Led Zeppelin that night. Other than at previous concerts I saw in Essen, the Zeppelin audience had sort of a rowdyish, menacing spirit. There was really an aggressive prevailing mood inside the venue and before Zeppelin hit the stage I watched several brawls here and there. Also, this was the first ever concert at the Gruga-Halle where the audience was zoned away from the stage by a metal fence, leaving a path between the actual audience and the stage, guarded by Zeppelin's security men. My position in the crowd was right in front of the fence but exactly below one of their giant PA towers. Different to other concerts.. it was indescribably loud. Just so extremely loud. I remember an Essen newspaper reporting the next day, Zep was the loudest band ever to play the Gruga-Halle. 128 DB measured. As a consequence I felt numb for an entire week but to be honest, I didn't worry. It was just so great, so unbelievable! I remember the audience continuously moved towards the stage and I was squeezed against the metal fence, I was really afraid of them breaking my ribs! Plus some had a funny habit of throwing beer cans, bottles and still glowing cigarettes and in the end I was quite happy I was able to leave without being seriously injured. Unfortunately I can't recall any details about particular songs they played that night, there's just the overall impression left you know. It was damn good and they played damn long! There was -of course- no support band. Actually, there wasn't anything spectacular going on on the stage as they played, just the sheer power of their music. With the help of a friend who belonged to the Gruha-Halle staff I was able to get Bonzo's drumsticks! And what did I do? I passed them on to some girl. Oh dumb me, I shouldn't think about it! That's it from what I recall.. of course, as you can imagine, everything is kinda stamped by my early age of course. But this is how I felt back then.
ZEP FOREVER. Wolfgang Muller (LedWolf).

It's Been Very Nice (Winston Remasters 2004)
22nd March 1973 Grugahalle, Essen

Set list:-
Disc 1 (59.02): 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 (43.47): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven
Disc 3 (42.00): Whole Lotta Love (medley) - Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - Turn On Your Lovelight - Boogie Chillun' - Baby I Don't Care - Let's Have A Party - I can't Quit You - The Lemon Song / Heartbreaker

I have said it before, I am saying it again now, and no doubt will say it again in the future: some of the best ever Led Zeppelin concert releases are those made by fans, for fans. This new and complete (saving a small cut in The Song Remains The Same) 3CD release of the concert in the Grugahalle in Essen on Thursday 22nd March 1973 must now be regarded as the definitive version of this great show. Using the recently surfaced (but incomplete) 1st generation audience recording, but which crucially has a complete Stairway To Heaven and the Heartbreaker encore, and combining it with the more well known 1st generation audience recording that ends during Stairway To Heaven, we get the whole glorious concert. There are 15 seconds from the soundboard recording inserted into the Whole Lotta Love Medley, from 17.24 to 17.39, to fill a cut in the audience recording. And what a concert too! The band were at the very height of their considerable musical powers, and every concert played in March and April 1973 is a joy to listen to. This show clocks in at just under 145 minutes, and has many highlights. Jimmy Page shines on every song, Robert Plant reaches some incredibly high notes (and confesses his love of underage schoolgirls), Jonesy is his usual consistently excellent self, and John Bonham shows the World why he was the very best drummer in the business. All in all this release wipes the floor with the stale old shows regurgitated by the likes of Empress Valley, and other labels, who are totally devoid of imagination and intelligence. This is destined to be a classic! (With many thanks to Andrew Winter and Roland Rimml). (Jules McTrainspotter April 04)

It's Been Very Nice
(Winston Remasters 2004)
3/22/1973 Grugahalle, Essen

Disc 1 (59.02): 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 (43.47): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven
Disc 3 (42.00): Whole Lotta Love (medley) - Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - Turn On Your Lovelight - Boogie Chillun' - Baby I Don't Care - Let's Have A Party - I can't Quit You - The Lemon Song / Heartbreaker

This release by Winston Remasters brings my collecting journey full circle. In 1999 I went online. This show was the FIRST show I ever got (via FBO tree) and I had played the disks until I knew the show by heart. I am not going to remark on the band's performance, because we all know what mindset Led Zeppelin were in when they went to Europe, they gave some of their most amazing performances during this tour and Essen is just one of them. I am listening to Stairway right at this moment and the alternate recording source makes for good listening (some times the tape dims a bit but its only for a few seconds-ravages of time indeed) The bottom line remains is that it's nice to have this legendary concert complete. I advise you all to get your hands on this one even if you have the FBO tree or the SBD bootleg. Note the "Big Spender" tease right before "Whole Lotta Love", the band has not lost its sense of humor, since earlier in the concert Robert had quipped that they are touring because they have "no money". Also it must be noted that after Whole Lotta Love the audience is stomping and clapping like mad! (Wasn't it Luis Rey who chastized the German audiences for being 'indifferent' to Led Zeppelin?) What a way to break into Heartbreaker, which of course receives the classic Euro 73 treatment! Now something needs to be said about the efforts of people like the Winston Remasters crew and ultimately every soul who discovers tapes and shares them with the rest of us! Keep up the good work! The time of hoarding and bootleg price gouging is over. The more tapes that come out this way, the more you and I get to enjoy them. (Jim Sirigos May 04)

Gracias! (Empress Valley EVSD 300/301/302) 3 CD in fatboy jewel case
Grugahalle, Essen, 22 March 1973

Disc 1 (33.55): Rock And Roll/Over The Hills And Far Away/Black Dog/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You
Disc 2 (58.19): Dancing Days/Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 3 (53.40): Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker

Empress Valley were fairly quick off the blocks to get this concert out, now that the alternate source tape came into circulation. Fortunately they have not simply copied the excellent Winston Remasters It's Been Very Nice, but they have taken the trouble to compile their own version. The new source tape comes in as Robert Plant introduces Dancing Days. It is better sounding than the original audience source tape (which still sounds pretty reasonable), and this label have decided to use all the soundboard recording, rather than only the two audience sources. This means that we have a nice chunk of the superb soundboard recording. Unfortunately there is a problem with the tape source on disc 2, track 3 (The Song Remains The Same). After the fade at 1 mins 30 secs, the tape is distorted and disturbed, which is not on the Winston Remasters version. The soundboard source comes in 5 mins 7 secs into Dazed And Confused. Prior to Stairway To Heaven Plant is grateful that they are performing live, or else he would be at the Dudley Labour Exchange. The soundboard returns at 2 mins 41 secs into Whole Lotta Love. I wish Empress Valley would take more care with these edits, rather than abrubtly cutting from the audience source to the soundboard. The trick is to blend both sources together for a few seconds, which makes for a smoother and gentler transition. Of course the highlights to this show are that it is now virtually complete, with the advent of the new source tape. The concert ends with a very spirited Heartbreaker. All the 1973 European shows are of usually extremely high standards of playing, and each one is a joy to listen to. For a change Empress Valley have done a fairly good job on this release. It comes in a fatboy clear opaque plastic jewel case, which looks much nicer than the standard black case, and the packaging is attractive too. (Jules McTrainspotter June 04)

Cold Sweat (Live Remains LR-04031/32) 2 CD in slimline jewel case
Orthenauhalle, Offenburg, 24 March 1973

Disc 1 (48.42): Rock And Roll/Over The Hills And Far Away/Black Dog/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 2 (71.54): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker

Any release of a 1973 European Tour is good news in my book, they are some of the finest the band ever played, and Jimmy Page in particular excelled every night. Unfortunately Live Remains could have done a lot better with this release, excellent though it is. They only used the "Custard Pie" excellent stereo audience source, and this is only 121 minutes long. The TDOLZ release Not Warm It's Hot is 132 minutes long. If Live Remains had used all three audience sources to make up the complete and best sounding version (as they did with their Essen Essentially Led Complete) then they would have had a real winner. Both sound and packaging are however excellent, this is easily the best version of the original stereo audience recording. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 04)

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24-Mar-73 Offenburg

Custard Pie (Cobla Standard Series 001)

Disc 1: Rock and Roll/Over The Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same/The Rain Song, Dazed & Confused.

Disc 2: Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Chillun', You're So Square, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You, Lemon Song), Heartbreaker, Kashmir* (Earl's Court, London, May 17th, 1975).

This release contains the entire show in amazing stereo. There are minor channel problems in Dazed & Confused, but that is minor. This is the last show in Germany on their European tour, and is considered by many to be their best. This is an amazing, slick, performance. The only negative is that Dancing Days wasn't perfomed at this show. All in all, this is the best edition of this show (so far). (Gerard Sparaco Feb 2000)

Sweet At Night (TDOLZ) 2CD (24/3/73) Offenburg.

A rare disappointment from this great label. The tape used sounds as though it was eq'd to the shit and then compressed to hell. There are also cuts present on this release that weren't on a previous Cobla version...a real shame because the slip case is a killer!! Hopefully another label will do this show justice by re-issuing it as Cobla's version is out of print. (Lord Byron Feb 99)

Sweet At Night (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per ***** SQ **** Appeal G

This is the complete show from the Orthenauhalle, Offenburg on March 24, 1973. The audience source on a 2 CD set is excellent. Although starting a bit distant, the sound clears and is a little bass shy, with some distortion in The Rain Song. The recorder appears to have been positioned very close to the stage from the detail that can be heard. There are no weak performances in the whole set. Special mention should go to the solos in Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed and Stairway To Heaven. The Song Remains The Same is stunning. played very fast and the I Can't Quit You section of the Whole Lotta Love medley is outstanding. Plant's voice holds up well. Highly recommended. (Tony Gassett Nov 98)

Sweet At Night (2CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 409701/2)

Set List: R&R, OtHaFA, BD, MMH, SIBLY, BYA Stomp, TSRTS, , DaC, StH, WLL, HB

Source tape is identical to that of 'Custard Pie' (3LP), it's reissues, and 'Custard Pie' (2CD). Among these boots, 'Custard Pie' (2CD) was the best in completeness. In terms of sound quality, it's difficult to tell which one is better. Treble range is more clearer on 3LP, while bass range is a bit stronger on the CD edition. The sound quality of this new CD is not so excellent. Treble range is weaker than that of 3LP, and bass range is also weaker than that of 2CD! In terms of completeness as well, this one is inferior to these previously released items. Especially, the cut between TSRTS and The Rain Song, and the one in the middle of WLL, are only on 'Sweet At Night'. Moreover, some of the MCs between the songs are rejected only on this one. (Susumu Omi Aug 97)

Not Warm, Its Hot   (TDOLZ vol. 97)

Disc 1:  Intro, Rock and Roll, Over  The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've  Been Loving You, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song
Disc 2: Dazed AndConfused, Stairway to Heaven

Disc 3: Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker

This is Diagrams second release of the March 24th, 1973 concert in Offenbach, Germany. The previous effort,  Sweet At Night , utilized the well-known, excellent tape that was used on Custard Pie. However, according to the previous reviews it was inferior  to the Cobra release. This title uses the well know tape and supplements  it with a second, inferior source. The second source is used for the  beginning announcements and the start of Rock and Roll, for most of Dazed and  all of Stairway to Heaven. The rationale behind this was to account for the obvious channel problems on Custard Pie. Further, Diagrams have not  equalized the excellent tape as much as Cobla did theirs, making it sound much more dynamic and alive.  For this reason, Not Warm, Its Hot is the  best version of this show. (Gerard Sparaco, Oct 2001).

Not Warm, Its Hot ( 3CD TDOLZ 972001/2/3)

Offenburg, Germany 24.3.73 Per ***** SQ **** Appeal G

This new release covering the  last night of the band’s visit to Germany uses a new source to that used on the previous best recording available, that being Cobra's Custard Pie . I’ve not heard the Cobra source but I believe that it is used during the 2nd  guitar theme after the bow solo in dazed and confused. Using that as a judge I'd say this new tdolz source is an improvement (althought not a massive one) being a bit closer to the stage and having a lot less echo and no hiss at all. The performance its self is excellent Page is playing at warp speed on  every number as is Bonham. The standout as with most of these euro shows is Dazed and Confused with Page playing with unbelievable speed at some points  without resorting to a tonal playing as in some other versions I’ve heard. All in all an excellent release the only downside being that it was put onto 3 CD's when it would have easily fitted onto 2 with the removal of the 4 mins of crowd noise (from a different source) at the end of Whole Lotta Love. (greenman Nov 2001)

LED ZEPPELINS TRIUNPH-ZUG (Beelzebub BSD 66/67) 2 CDRs
Orthenauhalle, Offenburg, March 24, 1973.

Disc 1 (48.34): Rock and Roll / Over The Hills And Far Away / Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song
Disc 2 (71.52): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

For many the European tour of 1973 is a highlight of their live career, and Offenburg is up there as one of the highest of the high. The audience recordings for this date have been previously released a few times, so it was with no little excitement that I awaited this latest Beelzebub remaster, and I was not disappointed. With this release we get the inventive power and the dynamism of the band in all their glory, full-force, full-blast and full of energy. From the first note it is obvious the amount of hard work that has gone into putting this together. With more bass and ambience in evidence than on either of the TDOLZ or Live Remains releases, which come across as a little piercing when played loud, this one strikes a much better balance and is a much more enjoyable ride. The power that comes through during one of the very best versions of Dazed And Confused is like take-off in the Space Shuttle! Throughout this legendary performance the band really thunders along, every member on fire, everything working perfectly, and this release makes the very most of it. An absolute pleasure to listen to, highly recommended. (Captain McCrunge February 06)

LED ZEPPELINS TRIUNPH-ZUG (Beelzebub BSD 66/67) 2 CDRs
Orthenauhalle, Offenburg, March 24, 1973.

Disc 1 (48.34): Rock and Roll / Over The Hills And Far Away / Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song
Disc 2 (71.52): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

I have said it before, but it is worth repeating again and again, the Spring 1973 European Tour was possibly the peak of Led Zeppelin's collective musical genius. It is certainly one of my all time favourite tours, and I am an avid collector and listener to any of the shows. This release is from a single source stereo audience tape recording that has become available via download from the Internet. This source is a very good one, and Beelzebub have remastered it to create a very powerful and punchy sounding recording. As is often the case, it comes down to personal preference as to whether you like the original sound, or you want a remastered sound. If the latter is your choice then this release will fit the bill rather well indeed. It is a very clear, sharp, and powerful sound, and is a real joy to listen to. The presentation is good too, a quality colour printed card gatefold slipcase, with colour printed discs. This release is highly recommended to all fans of the 1973 European Tour. (Jules McTrainspotter Feb 06)

LED ZEPPELIN’S TRIUNPH-ZUG (BEELZEBUB RECORDS BSD 66/67) 2 CDRs
03/24/73 Ortenauhalle Offenburg, Germany

DISC 1: (48:32) Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Bron-Yr-Aur-Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song
DISC 2: (71:50) Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker

This was the last concert in Germany of the 73 tour and what a performance the audience witnessed!!! The entire band was in excellent form. Page and Bonzo shine on this remaster from Beelzebub of a pristine 1st gen source. This release has crystal clear treble and once again thunderous bass that fills the room. Some of the highlights are Plant’s vocals during “Since I’ve Been Loving You” in which he hits the high notes with almost perfection, Page’s solo during “Stairway To Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love” has to be one of the best versions from the “73” tour. This release comes in a gatefold with excellent pictures including a reproduction of the concert ticket on the back. The discs contain a printed picture of Plant. This is now my favorite release of this show and worth picking up. (LedMan Sept 06)

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Nancy 27 March 1973

4 CD in a jewel case. Discs 1 & 2 Heavy Machinery, Nancy 27 March 1973:

Disc 1 : Rock And Rol l/ Over The Hills And Far Away / Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song

Disc 2 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love medley

The discovery of an almost complete new audience recording (by a dedicated fan) for the troubled end of the Spring 1973 European Tour is a matter for a great deal of celebration. The night after the concert at Lyon, this one starts late, due to the promotor (in Robert Plant's words as he introduces Black Dog) being 'un grand cochon' (a big pig). The opening song cuts in, but the sound is very good indeed, but surprisingly deteriorates from The Song Remains The Same onwards to the end of the concert. There are a few cuts, and one or two tape problems, but apart from that it is a gem. The Spring 1973 tour is rightly regarded as one of the peaks of Led Zeppelin live performance, with consistently great shows being played every night. Another addition to the tour is therefore very welcome indeed. As for the performance, it is excellent, especially by John Bonham, who seems to be waging all out war against his drum kit. This will be an excellent and highly recommended release by Empress Valley. Special thanks to Keith Lambert, the Sherlock Holmes of Led Zeppelin tape detection. (Jules Mctrainspotter Dec 02)

Heavy Machinery (Empress Valley EVSD 221/222)

Disc 1: Rock and Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You, The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused

Disc 2: Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Boogie Chillun', (Your So Square) I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You)

The latest release from Empress Valley contains two shows about two months apart. The first two discs document the March 27th, 1973 at Exposition Park in Nancy, France in a recently discovered audience recording that is good to very good and almost complete. The Rain Song contains some small cuts. This tour has rightly been singled out as one of the greatest by Zeppelin, and this show doesn't betray that reputation. It is energetic, dynamic, and imaginative, especially Bonzo. The liner notes were written by Hamish Rock (not Aquarius 11), and is very informative, giving us Plant's observation of the French tour, the previews and a review in L'Est Republican newspaper of the show (calling the show a "real low"). The only negatives are that Dancing Days and Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp were dropped that night, and the encores are missing. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 03)

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01-Apr-73 Paris

Viva La France (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin) Per ***1/2 SQ ** Appeal HC

First time on CD for the April 1, 1973 show at the Palais Des Sports, Paris. This 2 CD set requires careful listening as it is distant, muddy, echoey and detail is often difficult to hear. There are occasions when the sound clears and the source sound closer. The starts of Over The Hills And Far Away, Stairway To Heaven are cut, as is the majority of the Moby Dick drum solo and a section in the Whole Lotta Love medley. This latter track suffers from a lot of overloading and volume fluctuations. However, the guitar work in the Song Remains The Same, Stairway To Heaven and I Can't Quit You (medley) is great as is the vocals on Since I've Been Loving You. The whole band make The Rain Song and Dazed into excellent renditions but overall one for the committed collector only. (Tony Gassett Apr 98)

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02-Apr-73 Paris

Vive Le Zeppelin (Empress Valley EVSD 75/76)

Disc 1:  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 (fade out)

Disc 2:  Dazed & Confused (fade in, includes San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (fades out after thirteen minutes)

This new title by Empress Valley uses a brand new uncirculated tape of the April 2nd, 1973 show at the Palais de Sportes in Paris France. Previously circulated was an almost complete but horrible sounding source.  This tape is in excellent stereo. It begins very overloaded and distorted (the recorder's levels weren't set correctly!), but then settles down to a very enjoyable sound.  It sounds very similar to the excellent source for the Offenbach show. Unfortunately it isn't complete.  The final verse of Rain Song is cut, and Dazed begins with the second verse, and the whole medley isn't complete. We can't have everything.  But otherwise, this is an excellent show worthy to be the closing night of their amazing European Tour. The discs come in a thick cardboard booklet with interesting liner notes written by 11 Aquarius. (Gerard Sparaco Nov 2001)

Vive Le Zeppelin (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSD-75/76)

Disc 1: Rock And Roll (cuts in)/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 (53.21)

Disc 2: Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love (second half cut) (49.34)

Packaging is a hardback gatefold booklet cover and limited to 300 copies only.  Both CDs are held with 2 black card wallets and between them are detailed liner notes in English and Japanese.  Front and rear covers have images of the band at the show. Inside the front cover is a small picture of the tour poster and a photo of the show ticket.  The packaging could have been so much better. The recently surfaced, better sounding but incomplete, different source tape of the second Paris concert on 2nd April 1973, in very good sound. A good fairly well balanced tape. A longer tape is reviewed in the Lewis Pallett book Led Zeppelin : The Concert File which has a more complete Whole Lotta Love Medley and Heartbreaker. It is a pity that this was not used to make this release as complete as possible. (Brian Damage Dec 01)

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05-May-73 Tampa

Tampa Stadium (2CD, Tarantura, TAMP-1,2), 5/5/73 Tampa

Two source tapes are surfaced from this show. One is used for "The Beat Goes on: Inedits vol.4" (LP), "Quantient" (3LP), "First Choice" (2CD), "56,700 Fans Gathered Together and Boogie" (2CD), and "First Day" (2CD). The other is the one used for "56,800 in the Ocean" (2CD). Among these stuff, I think "First Day" is the best in terms of sound quality and numbers of cut/drop out. This newly released Tarantura stuff uses the source tape which was used for "56,800 in the Ocean". Sound quality is much better than "56,800 in the Ocean" and almost equal to "First Day". As the pitch is too high on "First Day", in a sense this Tarantura stuff surpasses "First Day" . However, this source tape contains lots of cuts (obviously the taper stopped the recorder frequently between the songs, in order to save tapes or battery), so "First Day" is still more complete than this one. (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)

First Day (03/04PR ARMS)

Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida, May 5, 1973

CD 1: (55:52) introduction/ Rock & Roll (slightly muffled), Celebration Day (slightly muffled), Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song

CD 2: (73:48) Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean, Communication Breakdown

Taken from a very low generation tape, this is a near excellent audience recording from very close to the monitors with very little audience noise and tape hiss. The sound is a bit "tinny", but all the instruments are clear and well balanced. No que stop is provided for Communication Breakdown and it's not listed on the back cover. A prior release of this show from the same tape source, First Choice (Sugarcane Records), contained Rock & Roll through Since I've Been Loving You as bonus material for its April 9, 1970 release. Its sound quality is very good, but not as bright as First Day.  (Brian Ingham Aug 96)

May 5, 1973 Tampa, Florida

Pigeon Blood (Flagge [No matrix number])

Disc 1: Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You

Disc 2: No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway To Heaven

Disc 3: Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean, Communication Breakdown

The tape used is a good to very good audience recording close to the stage. This title seems to be a two-source mix. The first source, the majority of the show, is very good yet also very thin with high-end distortion, especially Bonzo's crash cymbal. The quality of the first source is very reminiscent of the Pittsburgh show later on in the tour. The second source is also good but more distant from the stage. The edits are seamless, however. There is also a drop in the recording levels during Since I've Been Loving You, as the taper seems to be involved in some serious pushing from the crowd (and which Plant admonished from the stage several times). The show itself is not bad for the second show of the tour. Plant is very cognizant of the significance of the event (breaking the Beatles' Shea Stadium attendance record), and the band as a whole seems overwhelmed at point. Their nervousness shows, especially on the newer numbers. No Quarter, being played for only the second time live, is short even by 1973 standards. The highlights are the numbers that they carried over from the European tour: Since I've Been Loving You, a devastating Dazed And Confused, and excellent Whole Lotta Love. Pigeon Blood was released in 1999 on the Flagge label. The prohibitive price discouraged many people from exploring this release. However, it's been said this is the definitive release of this important show, and is worth seeking out. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 03)

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13-May-73 Mobile

Goin' Mobile (2CD, Midas Touch 61921/2), 13/5/73, Mobile, SBD

Source tape is identical to "Upwardly Mobile"/"Mobile Dick". Song List of the "Goin' Mobile" is exactly the same as these previously released items. However, "Goin' Mobile" has the following advantages.

1. Pitch is more accurate. ("Upwardly Mobile"/"Mobile Dick" runs too fast)

2. Contains more chat (e.g. Bonzo's off-mike comment: "You ready, Jonsey?", just before R&R) In terms of the sound quality, I can hardly tell which one is better. "Upwardly Mobile"/"Mobile Dick" sound a little bit distant, which add "live concert" atmosphere effectively. On the contrary, audio of "Goin' Mobile" is very "raw" and the guitar and the vocal is clearer. When compared the violin bow section of Dazed, "Goin' Mobile" is more excellent in terms of channel separation. But it sound just like recorded in the studio. Both high and low frequency is more enhanced on "Upwardly Mobile"/"Mobile Dick". Since both of the CDs contains cut in the exactly same portion of The Rain Song, source tape is without doubt identical, but they may be differently mixed. (Susumu Omi, Nov 96)

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14-May-73 New Orleans

New Orleans '73 (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ **** Appeal G<

Reissue of the soundboard recording on a triple set from the show at the Auditorium, New Orleans on May 14, 1973. The sound is very good, with the bass and drums upfront and some signs of tape compression. The start of Rock And Roll is missing, there is a cut in the Rain Song and a dropout in Whole Lotta Love. The playing in this show is a bit variable - Page plays a weird solo in Over The Hills, messes up the Moby Dick intro but does the business in Since I've Loving You - Dazed contains the riff from the Cream version of Crossroads. The solos section of No Quarter is a little too laid back but overall the show gets better towards the end and finishes on a high note in Communication Breakdown. (Tony Gassett June 99)

New Orleans 1973 (TDOLZ). 3 CDs, New Orleans 14 May 1973.

Is there no stopping this label from the spate of really good upgrades to previous releases of concerts ? Whilst this does not have the punchy bottom end of Tarantura's "THE DRAG QUEEN , it is a superb and virtually complete version of the stereo soundboard tape with no tape hiss at all. Another must have for all 1973 Tour fanatics. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)

Johnny Piston & the Dogs (TM 005/006)

New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 14, 1973

CD 1: (73:01) Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, Rock & Roll (first 2 minutes cut), Celebration Day, Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter,

CD 2: (76:11) The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (small cut near the end), Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick (contains a small cut near the end of the solo)

This release is taken from a very good plus to excellent stereo soundboard source. As noted on the back cover, the manufacturer moved the finale to the beginning of disc one so this release could fit on 2 CD's. The remainder of the show is in the correct running order. There is a minor amount of tape hiss on this release too. (Brian Ingham Nov 96)

Johnny Piston & The Dogs - according to the trained ears of Isaac McHelicopter, this is a lower generation (but slightly slow) version of Whole Lotta Rock New Orleans 14/5/73. (TBL Crew Sep 96)

Do The James Brown (Beelzebub Records BSD 89/90/91) 3 CDR
Municipal Orditorium, New Oleans, LA, 14 May 1973

Disc 1 (45.18): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Bring It On Home Intro - Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (44.43): The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 3 (55.56): Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/Communication breakdown

The complete soundboard recording from this concert has previously been released (many years ago) by Tarantura as The Drag Queen, and then subsequently by TDOLZ as New Orleans 1973. Both these releases were three disc versions, and were very good indeed. However this latest release by Beelzebub Records is a major leap in sound quality. This is a really powerful and excellent soundboard sound, Plant's voice is much better (less tinny) and the instruments are deeper and fuller. There are some great moments in this concert, which whilst not being a classic, was an extremely good one. Moments of brilliance from Jimmy Page, who almost loses it in the solo of Black Dog, and then he really soars in Over The Hills And Far Away. Plant comes in too early in a verse in Misty Mountain Hop and has to repeat the line. Jones and Bonham (as always) supply the superb framework for Plant and Page to fly on. Plant is in good form tonight, it is clear the band really like being in New Orleans. Whilst he is introducing Misty Mountain Hop Robert Plant puts his hand in his jeans to discover that he has the hotel room keys with him! He summons a roadie to keep them for him. For some reason the sound quality slightly deteriorates during The Song Remains The Same, but is fine again for The Rain Song and the rest of the concert. The title comes in a full colour gatefold, and the CDs are colourful picture discs. This release is highly recommended and for the time being must be considered the definite release for this concert. (Jamie Boswell June 06)

Bourbon Street Renegades (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSD-180,181, 182) 6CDs
New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, 14 May 1973

Discs 1 & 4: Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Bring It On Home introduction - Black Dog/Over the Hills and Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter,
Discs 2 & 5: The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed & Confused
Discs 3 & 6: Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/ Communication Breakdown

This title from EV is a 6CD set, the first three of which largely feature the now familiar soundboard recording, and the remaining three of which entirely feature the newly surfaced audience recording.  There is nothing wrong with this title itself.  The soundboard as featured in the title is actually an upgrade over that featured in the past titles, since it especially has nice fatter bottom ends.  On the other hand, the audience recording is truly a wonderful newly find!  It is very dynamic and atmospheric and is thus generally more enjoyable than the soundboard which, as upgraded, is still somewhat thin and dry.  The audience tape should, and I’m sure will, be an essential item for any serious collector.  On the front of the package of the title, a rare color picture of all the four members of the band standing in casual styles on the Bourbon Street is printed, which adds some value for our collection (, although it looks like a shot in ’77 rather than in ’73).  On the inner sides of the package, there printed are two black & white pictures of Jimmy on stage, both of which look standard in terms of his postures and attires on the '73 U.S. tour but may be rare.

However, when I compare this EV title with Winston Remasters' recent matrix title called “New Orleans May 14th 1973”, it has become difficult to assess its real value.  On Disc 1, EV filled the beginning of the show (up to the start of Jimmy's guitar solo in "Rock And Roll") with the audience tape, just like WR did, because it is missing in the soundboard.  The quality of the soundboard is not very different as between the two titles.  Actually, WR title has less hiss noises than EV's.  As the color pictures of what seem to be the master cassette tapes are shown on the back cover of the EV title, I suppose that it is true that EV used the master tapes in producing its audience tape version.  However, the quality of the audience tape is again not very different as between the two titles.  Rather, EV's version has more noticeable hiss noises than WR's, especially because EV amplified the audio. (In addition, WR seems to have made some noise reduction efforts artificially, without muffling the sound very much.)  Unlike WR, however, EV did not dare to fill the apparent gap which exists in the audience tape close to the end of "The Rain Song" (probably due to the tape change).  Overall, therefore, some people, like myself, may feel more comfortable and enjoyable when they listen to cleaner WR's title rather than EV's.  However, it would not be bad to have the pressed CD versions of the upgraded soundboard and the newly surfaced wonderful audience recording, with this title from EV marketed with the nice package. (Takemi Hiramatsu  Sept. 06)

The Witch Queen (Tarantura TCD - 60, 61)
New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana - May 14,1973

Disc 1, audience + soundboard filler:  Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No
Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song
Disc 2:  Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick
Disc 3:  Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown

Disc 4, soundboard + audience filler:  Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song
Disc 5:  Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick
Disc 6:  Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown

Last year, when the audience tape for Led Zeppelin's New Orleans show first circulated, Empress Valley were the first to issue a six cd set on Bourbon Street Renegades last September featuring both the new tape and the old soundboard source that has been circulating for about twenty years.  The Witch Queen is the latest release on the Tarantura label and like the previous issue presents the audience and soundboard recordings spread over six discs.  It isn't, however, a simple copy and remaster of the Empress Valley.  This presents another first generation transfer from the master tapes with Tarantura doing their own work and presents a completely different listening experience.  The Empress Valley was clear enough, but did contain noticeable amounts of hiss and sounded dull.  The Witch Queen, by contrast, is a dramatic improvement.  There is not a trace of hiss in the audience recording and is significantly more clear, powerful and punchy.  Speaking personally, I didn't realize how poor the audience tape Empress Valley used until I heard this and was able to compare the two.  Further, Empress Valley treats the audience recording as an appendix to the soundboard recording by placing it on the second three discs and presenting it "as is", without filling the cuts with the soundboard source.  Tarantura emphasizes the audience by placing it on the first three discs and using the soundboard to fix two holes. The first occurs during "The Rain Song" where the soundboard recordingfades in at 6:59 and runs until about 7:36 with a small cut at 7:21.  The second is in "Moby Dick" between 17:59 and 18:59.  The fades are very smooth and gentle.  The second three cd set contains the soundboard recording and like the Empress Valley release uses the audience recording to fill some of the holes.  Both begin with the tuning and approximately the first two minutes of "Rock And Roll" before the soundboard recording fades in.  On Bourbon Street Renegades the right channel of the soundboard tape becomes unstable for several seconds, but Tarantura use more of the audience recording to eliminate that flaw.  On The Witch Queen, the soundboard is cut at 7:18 in "The Rain Song" and at 18:00 in "Moby Dick" with no filler.  The audience recording is used again between for twenty seconds in "Moby Dick" between 19:38 and 19:58 and in "Whole Lotta Love" between 7:28 to 8:03.  Empress Valley make the same splices in their version of the soundboard recording but are much more abrupt whereas Tarantura use very smooth fades between the two tape sources.  There are more detailed comments about the concert in the review of the Empress Valley release, but generally speaking the upgrade in sound quality with the audience recording vastly improves one's appreciation for the actual performance.  For all the years with only the soundboard recording, which makes the mistakes painfully obvious, this was considered a good but not great show in the early part of Zeppelin's biggest tour to date.The first release of the audience recording raised the appreciation higher, but hearing the tape on this release raises it even higher. New Orleans is one of the highlights in the first leg of the ninth tour and this tape is one of only a handful that is truly able to capture Zeppelin's "power, mystery, and the hammer of the gods" aesthetic.  The Witch Queen, so named for a comment Plant makes before "Moby Dick", is beautifully packaged.  Each of the two three-cd sets come in their unique four fold glossy cardboard gatefold sleeves.  Each is adorned with a collage of photographs of the band and medieval woodcuts of witches and covens to fit the theme of the title. The two fit into the box and the cover art is different depending upon the number.  LTD#001~050 is the St. Michael cover which is a variation of the famous painting by Raphael.  St. Michael's shield, which in the original has the Cross Of St. George, is replaced by the four symbols.  LTD#051~100 is the Pan & Nymph cover and finally LTD#101~120 is the Jimmy Page for promo sampler.  One the back is an old painting of a baphomet celebrating the black mass to a coven of witches.  The people behind Tarantura have an excellent artistic sense and this box set is simply beautiful.  Overall, in comparing the Empress Valley with the Tarantura, the latter is a worthy upgrade on all counts:  editing, sound quality, and presentation and is worth picking up even if one already owns the earlier release. (Gerard Sparaco May 07)

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16-May-73 Houston

Snafu (Disc Exploitation) Per **** SQ ** Appeal: Completist

16-May-73 Houston, Texas

CD1 (58:57): Rock & Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home Intro/BlackDog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since Ive Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

CD2 (39:59): Dazed & Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway To Heaven

CD3 (42:44): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Im Going Down and Boogie Woogie), Communication Breakdown

First CD release of this show. Appears to be pressed onto CDRs. The CD label artwork incorporates the vintage TMOQ pig logo. Page is brilliant, and Jones/Bonham are loaded for bear. Plants voice retains many of the pre-73 qualities that made him such a great singer - certainly better than his delivery captured on the official release TSRTS. Unfortunately, while listenable, the recording is distant, murky and the instruments bleed together; many details are obliterated. Also evident are occasional but unmistakable digital errors - very disappointing.

Little tape hiss, however. Dazed & Confused (28:53) stands out here, partly because great portions of the song exhibit stark instrumental separation or individual soloing by Page, unlike, for instance, The Song Remains The Same, which is rendered mushy on this tape by virtue of its complex sonic tapestry. I've always wanted to hear what Rey refers to as the audience squeals during the transition between San Francisco and the violent bow solo [sounding] like they're begging for mercy under a rain of drums. Squeals abound but the dominant reactions are enthusiastic, guttural shouts for more of the mind-bending bowed necromancy. The crowd is rewarded with the trademark bow solo and an endless series of sledgehammer riffs, capped off by an insanely extended coda. The sound quality takes a turn for the worse during the Heartbreaker solo. Whole Lotta Love incorporates into the medley a rare, crushing version of the much- covered I'm Going Down, featuring an outrageous Page solo that, because of the crudity and distortion of the tape by this point, conjures the fractured, Frippian guitar tones of Bowies Fashion. Overall: an essential addition to the complete collection, but there are a multitude of better-sounding 1973 shows for the generalist. (David Montgomery April 2000)

TWO NIGHTS IN MAY (CELEBRATION label)

CD1: Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love
Medley, Communication Breakdown (Houston, May 16 1973)

CD2: Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Communication
Breakdown (Denver, May 25 1973)
Excellent soundboard of two previously unreleased shows. I've been told by someone who's heard both releases that TWO DAYS is better than the Watch Tower release 'Going Down'. (Bob Walker Dec 01

Two Nights In May (Celebration)

Well it seems like the new release for Christmas are staring to come out. I've listened to the celebration label release of "Two Nights In May" which contain: "Stairway To Heaven", "Moby Dick","Heartbreaker","Whole Lotta Love" and "Communication Breakdown" from Houston May 16, 1973 and"Heartbreaker", "Whole Lotta Love" and "Communication Breakdown" from Denver May 25, 1973. It's nice to know that the endings of the shows are popping up. Years ago when the 1973 soundboards from the US where popping up, it was mainly from the first 2/3 of the show. Both of the shows are of good quality and it sounds like the soundboards were "properly recorded" and not some roadie jacking in a tape deck into the board. The quality is quite impressive but there is one problem. The sound seems to be put through some digital processing effect. You will hear the sound of the digital squeals on the CD and it may sound a little unpleasant to some people. The doctoring of the tapes is not as bad as the lost knebworth tape that was a one CD release from a while ago. Again the doctoring of tapes by the bootleggers should be debated here. The performances were good to listen to by the way. The Houston audience tape is not a good clear recording , so a soundboard tape is nice to have of this show. It was also nice to have a version of I'm going down from a soundboard recording as well. Denver was also a show we have never heard before. If you remember Robert on 12/22/72 going "I've been to America nine times" he sings "I've Been to America ten times" here. After "Whole Lotta Love" he does say goodnight to Denver, Colorado. (Grant Burgess Dec 01)

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18-May-73 Dallas

Four For Texas (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per *** SQ **** Appeal G

Reissue of one of a group of 1973 soundboards, this is the show up to Moby Dick on a 2CD set from the Memorial Auditorium, Dallas on May 18. The usual excellent but compressed and clinical sound of a board recording has the bass and drums more prominent than the guitar for the most part. Celebration Day has slight tape disturbance, there is a small cut in The Rain Song and a long drop out in Dazed And Confused. By 1973 standards this is not a classic show, with rather mechanical playing and short versions of a lot of the usual epics. Since I've Been Loving You, Over The Hills and Stairway have some good guitar work., Celebration Day does not! As it's soundboard quality, just about worth getting. (Tony.Gassett Nov 1998)

Four for Texas (TDOLZ 60-9802-1,2)

Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas May 18, 1973

CD 1: (46:09) Rock & Roll, Celebration Day (very minor tape garble near middle), Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since Ive Been Loving You (very minor dropout near middle), No Quarter,

CD 2: (53:22) The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (small cut near end and during Plants comments), Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (the guitar balance switches to the left channel for 10 seconds during the fast guitar portion after call and response section), Stairway to Heaven

An excellent soundboard recording sources this release. Plant starts the show off by tapping on his microphone; thereby getting the audience clapping in unison prior to Bonham's Rock & Roll introduction. Like most soundboard recordings, this mix doesn't favor the guitar. The vocals and percussion are slightly up front. The guitar, for the most part, balances equally with the rest of the instrumentation. Only during No Quarter (except during the guitar solo) and The Song Remains the Same does the guitar get pushed to the rear of the mix. (Brian Ingham Oct 1998)

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19-May-73 Fort Worth

Tympani for the butter queen (2CD, Midas Touch 62021/2) 19/5/73, Fort Worth, SBD

Source tape is identical to "A worthwhile Experience"/"From Boleskine to the Alamo". Song List of the "Tympani---" is exactly the same as these previously released items. ("Tympani---" does not contains Dundee materials, which is on "From---". However, "Tympani---" has the following advantages.

1. Pitch is more accurate. ("A worthwhile ---"/"From ---" runs too fast)

2. Contains more chat (e.g. RP's "Good Evening!", just before Stairway)

In terms of the sound quality, I can hardly tell which one is better. "A worthwhile ---"/"From ---" sound a little bit distant, which add "live concert" atmosphere effectively. On the contrary, audio of "Tympani---" is very "raw" and the guitar and the vocal is clearer. When compared the violin bow section of Dazed, "Goin' Mobile" is more excellent in terms of channel separation. But it sound just like recorded in the studio. Both high and low frequency is more enhanced on "A worthwhile ---"/"From ---". Since both of the CDs contains cut in the exactly same portion of Dazed, source tape is without doubt identical, but they may be differently mixed. (Susumu Omi, Nov 96).

Tympani for the Butter Queen (Midas Touch) 2 CD

Perf  ****            SQ  ****1/2            Appeal  G

Sterile soundboard from Fort Worth 19th May 1973 on 2 CDs from the Midas Touch label.  Complete up to and including ‘Stairway’ and probably the best version so far.  Comes in card cover case. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01)

Mr Soundman (Winston Remasters) 2 CDR in a single jewel case
Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX, 19 May 1973

CDR 1 (61.27): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Bring It On Home Intro - Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
CDR 2 (42.37): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven

Any release on Winston Remasters is virtually guaranteed to be of very high audio quality and completeness. The source for this release is a first generation cassette of the original soundboard master, transferred to VHS tape and then remastered. The soundboard recording from Fort Worth is one of the very best quality of all the soundboards of Led Zeppelin in circulation. It has been released several times on commercial labels, but fortunately Winston Remasters have now applied their expertise and we have got a tremendous record of a very good concert from the 1973 North American Tour. The interaction between Jimmy Page and John Bonham is evident during Celebration Day. His playing on the tympani and Plant's dedication of Dazed And Confused to the Butter Queen gave rise to the title adopted by Midas Touch in their 2CD release Tympani For The Butter Queen. A great version of Dazed too. This title is well worth seeking out, and hopefully does not fall into the hands of the Cashmere label, who have ripped off two of Andrew's productions (Vienna and Seattle 1973) lately. (Jules McTrainspotter May 05)

Mr. Soundman (Winston Remasters) 2 CDR in a single jewel case
Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX, 19 May 1973

CDR 1 (61.27): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Bring It On Home Intro - Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
CDR 2 (42.37): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven

I have Tympani For The Butter Queen, but have now retired that release forever. Winston Remasters have presented this show in absolutely beautiful quality, without the frustrating flatness of Midas Touch's release. The recording now has depth, and separation of the instruments and their balance is unmatched anywhere on Tympani. Of particular beauty in this recording is the prominence of Bonzo's bass drum in tracks such as NQ and TSRTS. Dazed is also a total treat, once again with the type of depth and dynamic of a finely mastered soundboard recording that only Winston Remasters issues. At the end of the day, the audio of Zeppelin bootleg recordings is really what makes the difference. Winston Remasters has, once again, presented the audio of a concert that far outclasses all prior releases of this show. All junkies of the 1973 tour will absolutely love this release. (Symmetry101 May 05).

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26-May-73 Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City 1973/Control Monitor Mixes

May 26, 1973, Salt Palace - Salt Lake City, UT Watch Tower - WT2002087/88 - 2CD (plus 1 bonus disc)
Audio: 9+ SBD

Track Listing:

DISC ONE: Rock And Roll (cuts in), Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Georgia On My Mind, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.

DISC TWO: Dazed and Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love.

BONUS DISC: Four Sticks, Black Dog, Wonton Song, Trampled Underfoot, When The Levee Breaks.

Packaged in a deluxe harder than normal paper sleeve. Discs are tough to get out of the sleeve! Limited edition of 250 (mine is #65). CD sleeves are grey with the Watchtower logo on the front. This is perhaps the best soundboard so far from the '73 tour. It's not perfect, but it's very, very good quality. The show itself is pretty good as well. The recording for some reason seems to really puch the sound effects out more than normal and draws the listener to notice that, for example, Bonzo's drums have effects on them during The Rain Song. I am by far no expert, but this sounds like a fairly well mixed line recording. I really doubt that this is a monitor mix - it almost had to be a front of house mix. Again, the echoes, reverbs, and other electronic gadgets shine in this mix. Sadly, the tape cuts in during Rock And Roll and only 1 minute 15 seconds are present. There sounds like a mastering flaw of sorts in the crossover from Rock And Roll into Celebration Day - listen close and you'll hear what I mean. Pagey is kinda in "sticky finger" mode tonight, but it's not that bad and overall he puts in a great show. He breaks a string during Over The Hills and Plant seizes the idle time to chat up the crowd. The inside liner notes are the bulk of his comments during this period. Jonsey starts in on keyboards to waste some time and Georgia On My Mind (Georgia on the track listing) blossoms from the tinkering. This only lasts a few verses before Plant stops it "The night club is now closed down and we can get on with the concert..." - Jimmy's guitar has been fixed. The crowd really comes alive at the start of No Quarter - even on the line recording they really make a presence. Plant makes a lot of references to albums with titles and albums without titles tonight during his Plantations. There seems to be a slight cut in The Song Remains The Same, but only a very, very short amount of tape is lost I think. Jimmy is clearly audible singing the Whole Lotta Love choruses!! The Theremin during The Crunge section of WLL has A LOT of crackling/feedback. The tape runs out shortly after The Bridge section wraps up. As is so often asked: "Where's the bloody hell is the rest of the tape?". One can only hope that Empress Valley's version of this show that's due out any day now has the complete tape and hasn't had the audio tampered with. Watchtower really released one hell of a tape on this set. The "Free bonus disc" is a reissue of the Empress Valley "Lost Monitor Mixes" CD - or that's what it appears to be. Levee is about 14 seconds longer on this set than on the EV set and has additional tape at the beginning. Watchtower could have added this to jack us around, who knows? I've not had time to compare the EV and the WT tracks side by side, but it does appear that there are some slight differences - I'm sure Brannon will be the one that tells us what differences, if any, there are. This set sold out almost immediately in Japan, so good luck locating a copy. If you do locate a copy, I can highly recommend this title to anyone who collects Led Zeppelin. The 1973 tour junkies ought to be going bonkers over this set. (Steve Prendergast July 02)

The Dirty Trick (Empress Valley EVSD 223/224)

Salt lake City 26 May 1973 (audience recording)

Disc 3: Introduction, Rock and Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog, Over The Hills and Far Away, Georgia On My Mind, Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song

Disc 4: Dazed AndConfused (severely cut), Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

The May 26th, 1973 show at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah has been previously released on an excellent soundboard recording. The Dirty Trick uses a previously unreleased audience recording. The quality of the tape is a notch below the Nancy tape, and can be considered good. It contains high end distortion. The taper was also concerned about getting the whole show on two tapes, making numerous minor cuts between songs. Much of the between song commentary from Plant is still present. The biggest cuts, unfortunately, eliminate the bulk of Dazed And Confused. The San Francisco part is missing, as is the solo after the violin bow portion of the song. The show itself is very good and enjoyable until Stairway To Heaven, where the band seem to loose some steam and enthusiasm. The real value in the tape, as pointed out by the Empress Valley commentator Aquarius 11 (whose notes this time around are more understandable) is to hear the parts of the show that are missing from the soundboard tape released last year; namely, the beginning of Rock and Roll, the later half of Whole Lotta Love, and the encore. Whole Lotta Love contains no surprises like the San Diego show would. The band even dropped Boogie Chillun' from the medley, playing Whole Lotta Love in early 1970 fashion. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 03)

Denver, Salt Lake City & San Diego 25-26-28 May 1973

Led Zeppelin Is Genius (Beelzebub Records BSD 34/35/36/37/38) 5 CDR set
Disc 1: Colorado Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, 25th May 1973; Discs 2 & 3: The Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26th May 1973; Discs 4 & 5: The Sports Arena, San Diego, California, 28th May 1973

Disc 1 (26.31): Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Communication Breakdown

Disc 2 (61.40): Rock 'n' Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Georgia on My Mind, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song
Disc 3 (57.27): Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love

Disc 4 (59.10): Rock 'n' Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (Incomplete)
Disc 5 (64.30): Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean

Notwithstanding the relatively short period of time that Beelzebub have been producing Zeppelin boots, they have been prolific.  This release is their sixth title.  It is certainly their most ambitious project, in respect that it is a mini box set covering three concerts, to date. It is pleasing to note that this budget label has not resorted to jewel cases for the purposes of packaging.  This release comes in the form of a lightweight cardboard envelope.  Each of the discs is housed in its own separate envelope.  The style of envelope is the same as they have used on earlier releases.  One minor gripe with regard to the packaging, it would have been of assistance if the disc numbers appeared on the envelopes (I had to find something to grumble about).  The title of the release is a reference to the late, great Ray Charles.  The front picture is split into two - the top part being a picture of an empty stage.  Below there is a sequence of graphics of the face/head of Ray Charles.  On the reverse side there are details of the concerts and track listings.  Beelzebub Records claim that their titles, sourced from soundboards, sound better than all prior releases.  There were a number of titles available for the purposes of comparison.  The first disc deals with the fragment of soundboard available from the Denver show on 25th May.  I had available Two Nights on the Celebration label.  There is no doubt in my mind that Beelzebub's effort sounds much better than that by Celebration.  The Celebration title sounds thin and tinny.  Beelzebub's release has more body to it.  It just sounds better.  It is a pity that the whole soundboard for this concert is not available.  The second and third discs of this set deal with the soundboard from the concert at Salt Lake City.  It seems like an age ago when Empress Valley and Watchtower were slugging it out with their releases.  I had available both releases, Salt Lake City 1973/Watchtower and Georgia On My Mind/Empress Valley.  I remain of the view that both these releases sound, by and large, very similar.  If I had to choose my preference I would probably be the Empress Valley title however there is very little in it.  Beelzebub's discs certainly made for a pleasant surprise.  I do think the sound quality is better than both the Watchtower and the Empress Valley.  Firstly I would say that Beelzebub's discs are a bit louder.  This was probably just the result of remastering however they managed to have avoided the usual side effects.  There is more bass.  The sound is richer.  This is immediately obvious, for example, at the start of Dazed And Confused and indeed throughout the track.  These two discs provided a most enjoyable listen.  The final two discs of this title relate to the concert at San Diego.  Once again, for the purposes of comparison, I had the Watchtower/San Diego 1973 and Empress Valley/Three Days Before releases.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, Beelzebub were not able to keep their run of successes going.  I think the sound quality on the final two discs is certainly inferior to what is available on the titles available for comparison.  This title is much louder.  But unlike the previous two discs there is present a deterioration in sound quality.  The sound quality is more in your face.  It is not a relaxing listen.  The Empress Valley/Watchtower releases do not have a harshness about them.  I suppose in a way it is a matter of personal taste - I entirely accept that the sound quality evident on these two final discs may suit the ears of other collectors.  In summary I would recommend the release.  The sound quality on the first three discs is very good and arguably better than the titles to which I have referred.  Unfortunately the sound quality drops for the last two discs.  The San Diego concert was a very good performance by the band and an improvement in sound quality over existing titles would have been most welcome.  The packaging for a budget title is very good.  The price is also very reasonable.  A good effort by Beelzebub Records. (John Morrison June 05)

Led Zeppelin Is Genius (Beelzebub Records BSD 34/35/36/37/38) 5 CDR set
Disc 1: Colorado Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, 25th May 1973; Discs 2 & 3: The Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26th May 1973; Discs 4 & 5: The Sports Arena, San Diego, California, 28th May 1973

Disc 1 (26.31): Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Communication Breakdown

Disc 2 (61.40): Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over Tthe Hills And Far Away, Georgia On My Mind, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song
Disc 3 (57.27): Dazed And Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love

Disc 4 (59.10): Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (Incomplete)
Disc 5 (64.30): Moby Dick, Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean

A couple of years ago we were treated to a small flurry of brand new 1973 North American Tour soundboard recordings. A number of labels fell over themselves (and other labels) in the scramble to get them out to the buying public. Now that the dust has cleared another label has conveniently gathered three of the shows together in one package. The sound is generally improved over each of the original releases. This is especially so on the first disc, from Denver on 25th May 1973. This recording has now got better dynamics and fuller and fatter sound, and is a considerable improvement. Empress Valley and Watch Tower slugged it out with duplicate releases for Salt Lake City and San Diego, which was rather pointless. Watch Tower tend to be slightly better sounding than Empress Valley, but on these releases the Empress Valley easily won on both occasions. Beelzebub have remastered both Salt Lake City and San Diego, and have again given them both more punch and loudness. As is often the case, it is a matter of taste whether you like a quieter sound, or an amplified sound. If the latter then these discs will appeal to your hearing tastes more. All the CDRs have the artwork printed directly onto the discs and are contained in a simple but effective and attractive black card slipcase. This release is worth seeking out, and especially if you do not have the original shows when they first came out. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 05)

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28-May-73 San Diego

San Diego 1973, Watch Tower (WT 2001045/46)

San Diego Sports Arena, May 28, 1973

Disc One: R&R, CD, BD, OTHAFA, MMH, SIBLY, NQ (cut), TSRTS, RS

Disc Two: MD, STH, HB, WLL, Going Down/WLL (end), Ocean

When I saw the announcement of the release of a new soundboard recording from the 1973 US Tour, I jumped at the chance to purchase this title.  I figured…. #1 This will be my Christmas present to myself; #2 I have always had a sweet tooth for the 1973 US Tour; #3 This show is from the first leg of the tour, before Jimmy damages his hand and Plant’s voice goes south; #4 The boys return to sunny California, and should be in a good mood. Well, I wasn’t disappointed about this new title from Watch Tower, seemingly the heir to the Midas Touch and Diagrams of Led Zeppelin labels, except for a few quibbles, which I’ll get into later….  The recording is, indeed, a soundboard, and a very nice one at that.  The sound quality compares favorably with the Fort Worth soundboard recording from May 19, as Bonzo’s bass drum is very prominent in the mix.  However, this San Diego recording is a little brighter but does have a bit more tape hiss.  The source doesn’t seem to be “tweeked” much at all, which is very welcome (note to the propagators of the Celebration label). As I hoped, the band is in fine form, although a little loose.  Page flubs twice during the last part of “Black Dog”, repeating the bum note to make it seem intentional after the first mistake, then bursting with another flurry of notes, as he attempts the end the song a second time.  Plant welcomes the crowd and but asks for those at the front to “be cool”.  He introduces “Over the Hills” as a track “about every man and every woman.  And it’s not called an orgy.”  There is a large cut in “No Quarter” after 20 seconds, which wipes out all of the lyrics before the middle instrumental section.  Jonsey adds a little up-tempo organ, which sounds a bit like “Everyday People” before returning to the main theme.  “Rain Song” is marred by little cuts throughout the track. A big downer is that all of “Dazed and Confused” is missing from this recording.  Curiously, “Moby Dick” is next as Plant praises Hollywood and mentions a substitution in the set.  He introduces Bonzo as something the people in China and Korea are never gonna see; something the people in Russia will never get a chance to look at; a gentleman “full of sh*t and speed”.  Unfortunately, Jimmy’s guitar goes mute, leaving Jonsey and Bonzo alone.  Bonham then goes on for a 20 minute solo.  A terrific “Stairway to Heaven” is next as the boys “attempt to do the number we should have done.”  Plant’s voice is rough and strong during the ending vocals and Page’s double-neck just shimmers. After some fun during “Heartbreaker”, as the boys chase each other around, perhaps the highlight of this set follows.  After the theremin madness, Jones launches into a bit of “The Crunge”, but it’s ignored by Page.  Plant then sings a bit of “Honey Bee”, answered by a flurry of buzzing notes from Page, circa 1970!  After that brief interlude, and a tease of “one night….” from Plant, Page answers with notes from “Going Down”.  Plant and company pick up on this and the band launches into a full version of the song, complete with solo and clocking in at 2:15, a real rarity during the more static shows of the 1973 US Tour.  A rousing version of “The Ocean” closes out the show.  Beforehand, Plant comments on someone who threw a firecracker, remarking that he “deserves to be jerked off by an elephant.” (!)   Deluxe packaging is included with this set by Watch Tower as the discs are housed in a glossy bi-fold paper case, ala the old Midas Touch and TDOLZ releases, which is then contained in a small box with a circa 1973 picture of Page on the cover. Now my complaint to the people at Watch Tower….  There are static “tics” at the index marks of a couple of tracks on this set, as well as on their Seattle ’77 “Kingdom Come” set.   I barely have a tolerance for this type of digital flaw on CDR copies of recordings received by way of trade, but to have these digital flaws on pressed sliver CD’s in which a premium price is charged is INEXCUSABLE and will make me think twice before purchasing another title from this promising new label. (Chris Gust Dec 2001)

San Diego 1973 (Watch Tower WT 2001045/46)

Disc 1:  Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter (first verse cut), The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

Disc 2:  Moby Dick, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (incl.  The Crunge, Honey Bee, Boogie Chillun', Going Down), The Ocean

Recently release soundboard from the San Diego Sports Arena from May 28, 1973.  The soundboard is excellent stereo being let down at the beginning by volume and balance fluctuations between the guitar and vocals. By Celebration Day, it settles down to begin very well balanced and enjoyable, except for the opening of Moby Dick, where either the guitar cuts out altogether or is just so low in the mix to be inaudible (we hear Jones' bass the melody).  The only other let downs on this release is the absence of Dazed & Confused, a cut in No Quarter, several little cuts in Moby Dick, and lots of little cuts in The Rain Song which make it a complete mess. The performance is outstanding.  Moby Dick is played out of sequence for whatever reason with a hilarious introduction from Plant:  "Something people in China will never see.  Something people in Russia and Korea will never see. A man who joined us two weeks after we started, and takes twice our money." This show also contains the longest Whole Lotta Love on the tour.  Jones and Bonham get into The Crunge during the theramin solo.  Plant gets into Honey Bee before Boogie Chillun', and they all get into a great version of Going Down.  The show closes with The Ocean. This title comes in a gatefold sleeve in a hinged box.  The title on the actual disc says Three Nights Before, which is the Empress Valley title for the same show which will be released.  Is Watch Tower related to TDOLZ or Empress Valley?  (Gerard Sparaco Dec 01)

Three Days Before, San Diego 28 May 1973 2CD SBD (Empress Valley)

Set List: Rock And Roll (cuts in)/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/ Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song (cut)/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven

Awesome SB recording!  It runs for 123 mins 35 secs.  The 2 gold CDs are housed inside a card box with a very nice slipcover with group shots front and rear from the show.  Liner notes in English/Japanese.  It says at the end "Where is the next time?  It truly stopped understanding it, and came.  It is probably to be LA in 72 told before." (Philip Bushe Jan 02)

Three Days Before Empress Valley - EVSD 153/154 - 2CD
May 28, 1973 Sports Arena - San Diego, CA

DISC ONE: Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

DISC TWO: Moby Dick, Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean<

Another release from the folks at Empress Valley that utilizes the long box packaging which consists of an open-ended cardboard slipcover and a heavy cardboard tray that slides out exposing the discs. The discs are individually housed in cream colored paper sleeves with the Empress Valley logo printed in the lower right corner in gold. The discs are pressed in gold. The insert card contains the "Aquarius 11" liner notes in Japanese on one side and the standard poorly translated English version on the other. The source tape is from the desk and is excellent. There are some initial volume and balance issues but they soon clear up leaving a nicely balanced, although hissy, show. There appears to be a momentary tape switch during the intro to Since I've Been Loving You that lasts a few seconds before switching back to the first tape. SIBLY also has a spot of tape unevenness in it where the sound levels fluctuate. No Quarter is missing a nice chunk of tape starting several seconds into the organ intro to the point just before Jones, Page and Bonham have their mini jam. The total time on the disc is a tad over nine minutes. The mini jam section contains snippets of what remind me of Your Time Is Gonna Come from Jonsey. The Rain Song is not cut on this release. The track listing on the rear of the package shows 9 tracks for disc 1 but there are really 10. The unlisted track is 2 minutes 47 seconds and contains the end of Dazed And Confused. Plant asks the audience to be patient as they literally "lost" part of Jimmy's guitar. He asks "Are we going to be alright without it Jim? - Are you going to be ok without it?". Disc one is cut off not long afterwards. Disc two cuts in with Plant's commentary. You can hear someone (Bonzo?) say "We'll do Moby Dick then". Plant then states that "Yes, we're going to have to substitute a number here". Moby Dick is played out of sequence buying time for Jimmy's guitar to get fixed. The splice of tape containing the fragment of Dazed solves a mystery. The reviews that I have read for this show all centered around the Watchtower release of this set. The reviewers couldn't figure out why Moby Dick and Stairway were played out of sequence in this show, nor could they figure out why Jimmy's guitar was missing from the intro to Moby Dick. We now know - Jimmy broke something on the Les Paul causing the set list alteration. Fascinating what a fragment of tape can do, huh? The Whole Lotta Love medley contains only a brief reference to The Crunge but it does include a rather effective version of Going Down as well as the normal Boogie Woogie. There's about 4 minutes of crowd cheering before the band takes the stage for the encore. Other than the missing tape in No Quarter and the absence of Dazed, this is an excellent set. From what i've read online of the Watch Tower set, this is also a marked improvement to that release. Recommended to anyone who can justify the cost. (Steve Prendergast March 03)

Denver, Salt Lake City & San Diego 25-26-28 May 1973

Led Zeppelin Is Genius (Beelzebub Records BSD 34/35/36/37/38) 5 CDR set
Disc 1: Colorado Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, 25th May 1973; Discs 2 & 3: The Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26th May 1973; Discs 4 & 5: The Sports Arena, San Diego, California, 28th May 1973

Disc 1 (26.31): Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Communication Breakdown

Disc 2 (61.40): Rock 'n' Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Georgia on My Mind, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song
Disc 3 (57.27): Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love

Disc 4 (59.10): Rock 'n' Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (Incomplete)
Disc 5 (64.30): Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean

Notwithstanding the relatively short period of time that Beelzebub have been producing Zeppelin boots, they have been prolific.  This release is their sixth title.  It is certainly their most ambitious project, in respect that it is a mini box set covering three concerts, to date. It is pleasing to note that this budget label has not resorted to jewel cases for the purposes of packaging.  This release comes in the form of a lightweight cardboard envelope.  Each of the discs is housed in its own separate envelope.  The style of envelope is the same as they have used on earlier releases.  One minor gripe with regard to the packaging, it would have been of assistance if the disc numbers appeared on the envelopes (I had to find something to grumble about).  The title of the release is a reference to the late, great Ray Charles.  The front picture is split into two - the top part being a picture of an empty stage.  Below there is a sequence of graphics of the face/head of Ray Charles.  On the reverse side there are details of the concerts and track listings.  Beelzebub Records claim that their titles, sourced from soundboards, sound better than all prior releases.  There were a number of titles available for the purposes of comparison.  The first disc deals with the fragment of soundboard available from the Denver show on 25th May.  I had available Two Nights on the Celebration label.  There is no doubt in my mind that Beelzebub's effort sounds much better than that by Celebration.  The Celebration title sounds thin and tinny.  Beelzebub's release has more body to it.  It just sounds better.  It is a pity that the whole soundboard for this concert is not available.  The second and third discs of this set deal with the soundboard from the concert at Salt Lake City.  It seems like an age ago when Empress Valley and Watchtower were slugging it out with their releases.  I had available both releases, Salt Lake City 1973/Watchtower and Georgia On My Mind/Empress Valley.  I remain of the view that both these releases sound, by and large, very similar.  If I had to choose my preference I would probably be the Empress Valley title however there is very little in it.  Beelzebub's discs certainly made for a pleasant surprise.  I do think the sound quality is better than both the Watchtower and the Empress Valley.  Firstly I would say that Beelzebub's discs are a bit louder.  This was probably just the result of remastering however they managed to have avoided the usual side effects.  There is more bass.  The sound is richer.  This is immediately obvious, for example, at the start of Dazed And Confused and indeed throughout the track.  These two discs provided a most enjoyable listen.  The final two discs of this title relate to the concert at San Diego.  Once again, for the purposes of comparison, I had the Watchtower/San Diego 1973 and Empress Valley/Three Days Before releases.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, Beelzebub were not able to keep their run of successes going.  I think the sound quality on the final two discs is certainly inferior to what is available on the titles available for comparison.  This title is much louder.  But unlike the previous two discs there is present a deterioration in sound quality.  The sound quality is more in your face.  It is not a relaxing listen.  The Empress Valley/Watchtower releases do not have a harshness about them.  I suppose in a way it is a matter of personal taste - I entirely accept that the sound quality evident on these two final discs may suit the ears of other collectors.  In summary I would recommend the release.  The sound quality on the first three discs is very good and arguably better than the titles to which I have referred.  Unfortunately the sound quality drops for the last two discs.  The San Diego concert was a very good performance by the band and an improvement in sound quality over existing titles would have been most welcome.  The packaging for a budget title is very good.  The price is also very reasonable.  A good effort by Beelzebub Records. (John Morrison June 05)

Led Zeppelin Is Genius (Beelzebub Records BSD 34/35/36/37/38) 5 CDR set
Disc 1: Colorado Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, 25th May 1973; Discs 2 & 3: The Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26th May 1973; Discs 4 & 5: The Sports Arena, San Diego, California, 28th May 1973

Disc 1 (26.31): Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Communication Breakdown

Disc 2 (61.40): Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over Tthe Hills And Far Away, Georgia On My Mind, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song
Disc 3 (57.27): Dazed And Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love

Disc 4 (59.10): Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (Incomplete)
Disc 5 (64.30): Moby Dick, Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean

A couple of years ago we were treated to a small flurry of brand new 1973 North American Tour soundboard recordings. A number of labels fell over themselves (and other labels) in the scramble to get them out to the buying public. Now that the dust has cleared another label has conveniently gathered three of the shows together in one package. The sound is generally improved over each of the original releases. This is especially so on the first disc, from Denver on 25th May 1973. This recording has now got better dynamics and fuller and fatter sound, and is a considerable improvement. Empress Valley and Watch Tower slugged it out with duplicate releases for Salt Lake City and San Diego, which was rather pointless. Watch Tower tend to be slightly better sounding than Empress Valley, but on these releases the Empress Valley easily won on both occasions. Beelzebub have remastered both Salt Lake City and San Diego, and have again given them both more punch and loudness. As is often the case, it is a matter of taste whether you like a quieter sound, or an amplified sound. If the latter then these discs will appeal to your hearing tastes more. All the CDRs have the artwork printed directly onto the discs and are contained in a simple but effective and attractive black card slipcase. This release is worth seeking out, and especially if you do not have the original shows when they first came out. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 05)

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31-May-73 LA

Bonzo's Birthday Presents

Celebration Day (Cuts In)/Bring It On Home (intro)/Black Dog/Over The Hills.../Misty Mt. Hop/Since I've Been....(has one drop out)/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song (cuts out)

In what is surely a must have release, this 54 (almost) minute soundboard tape, is a great one. The artwork is a take-off on the original, altering the original title into "Bonzo's B-day Presents". On the CD (not CD-R) the image remains the same. The only gripe I have is that the disc is short, and there is a small drop out in SIBLY. This comes from a label that I have never heard before: Celebration Definitive Masters. All I can say is that if you've never heard a Zep boot, than this is a good initiation. If you're a jaded veteran, you will not be disappointed. Sound is very very nice. Where's The Rest?? (Jim Sirigos Sept 99)

Bonzo's Birthday Presents (Celebration Definitive Masters) Per ****1/2 SQ ****1/2 Appeal G

An oasis in a desert of re-issues. A new single disk soundboard source from the Forum, Inglewood show on May 31, 1973 - which was of course, Bonham's 25th birthday. The fifty or so minutes cuts in during Celebration Day and out towards the end of The Rain Song. What is left is very clear and sharp sounding, with initial right channel bias and a single drop-out during Since I've Been Loving You. All the available numbers are well played, especially Song Remains The Same. This is worth getting now as it will be the next Century before anymore of this source in the hoarders vaults is released.  (Tony Gassett Sept 99)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (Cobla Standard Series 002)

The Forum, Los Angeles, California, May 31, 1973

CD 1: (47:15) Rock And Roll (balance shifts to one channel for a couple of seconds near beginning and middle, nearby audience screams during guitar solo), Celebration Day, Bring It On Home intro/Black Dog (couple seconds of nearby chatter near middle), Over the Hills & Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter (a second of digital static during guitar solo, last 30 seconds of ending vocal section cut, balance shifts to one channel for 10 seconds near end)

CD 2: (55:07) The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Dazed & Confused (tape drag near beginning, very minor shift in the balance for a second after the bow section, 20 seconds cut from the call and response section, sound flattens and the volume drops with the balance shifting to one channel for a minute after the cut, balance shifts to one channel for a couple of seconds prior to the coda), Stairway to Heaven (tape drag near beginning)

CD 3: (47:41) Moby Dick/Happy Birthday (balance shifts to one channel for 20 seconds at the start of the drum solo, 2 1/2 minutes cut from middle of drum solo, first 5 seconds cut from Happy Birthday, balance shifts to one channel for last half of Happy Birthday), Heartbreaker (balance shifts to one channel for 40 seconds during guitar solo), Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie (balance shifts to one channel for 3 seconds during guitar solo), Communication Breakdown, The Ocean

The Cobla release uses a good, complete audience tape source different from the one found on Bonzo's 25th Birthday (ARMS) or Bonzo's Birthday Party from the box set TMQ Masters Vol. 1 (Flying Disc Music). The Flying Disc Music release uses the same tape source as the original TMQ vinyl release. The other releases do not contain Communication Breakdown. The Flying Disc Music release is also missing the first three songs and the beginning of Over the Hills & Far Away. For some strange reason, the Cobla release altered the playing order of Communication Breakdown and The Ocean. Cobla also wrecked this release by overindulging it with too much high-end equalization. This in turn increased the tape hiss. This only occurs during the songs. It is turned off between songs and during quiet passages. Except during the volume drop in Dazed & Confused where the tape hiss is louder than the music. If the tape had been left alone, the sound of this release would have been very good.(Brian Ingham Sep 1999)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (TDOLZ) 3CD 5/31/73

Sound Quality 7-8.5/10; Appeal 4/5

Another release of this legendary concert. This is a similar affair to the Sanctuary release where TDOLZ has used three different source tapes to make the concert complete. However, the TDOLZ version is not simply a knock-off of the Sanctuary release and TDOLZ did the combining of sources themselves. In terms of completeness this is similar and with the use of alt. sources all of Roberts plantations are present as is most of the show. The only difference is that the start of the Sanctuary release begins with 15 seconds or so of the Cobla source before switching to the ARMS source, whereas the TDOLZ version begins with the ARMS source. Other than that, everything else is there. In terms of sound quality, again they are similar but if anything the TDOLZ version is slightly superior, especially where the original TMQ tape is used. Im not sure whether Diagrams used a lower gen tape or eq'd it slightly if they did they were very careful not to over do it (ala Cobla). Packaging is in the form of the original TMQ boot which this label used previously for their lovely Sessions release. This one is recommended to those who missed out on the Sanctuary release (it is now sold out) or those who could not afford it. (Lord Byron Nov 99)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (TDOLZ 909901/909902/909903 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

The Forum, Los Angeles, California, May 31, 1973

CD 1: (47:10) Rock And Roll (1), Celebration Day (1), Bring It On Home intro/Black Dog (1), Over the Hills & Far Away (switches from tape source (1) to tape source (2) after first 2 minutes, tape source (2) slightly muffled for the first 20 seconds), Misty Mountain Hop (2), Since I've Been Loving You (2), No Quarter (2)

CD 2: (54:17) The Song Remains the Same (2), The Rain Song (2), Dazed & Confused (first 20 seconds from tape source (1)), Stairway to Heaven (2)

CD 3: (46:00) Moby Dick/Happy Birthday (first minute and half from tape source (1), cut during tympani portion), Heartbreaker (2), Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie) (2), The Ocean (2), Communication Breakdown (3)

TDOLZ uses all three audience tapes sources for this release. The splices between the tape sources are the cleanest ever produced by a bootleg. The first three songs and other noted sections are from the same tape source as Bonzo's 25th Birthday (ARMS). Noted above as (1). Most likely it is a direct copy of that release. They have identical tape problems (i.e. muffles and bumps). However, TDOLZ speed corrected the ARMS source for this release. The ARMS release ran 5% too fast. The tape source utilized for the majority of this release is the same one used for Bonzo's Birthday Party from the box set TMQ Masters Vol. 1 (Flying Disc Music). Noted above as (2). The condition of the two releases is the same. Both are missing the first three songs and Communication Breakdown plus the beginning of Over the Hills & Far Away. Both are muffled at the start of Over the Hills & Far Away, have cuts at the beginnings of Dazed & Confused and Moby Dick and have the same cut during Moby Dick. The third tape source, (3), is the same as the one used for Bonzo's Birthday Party (Cobla). That may also be a direct copy. In terms of sound quality for tape source (1), TDOLZ and ARMS are identical. That tape source contains very little tape hiss and is positioned very close to the stage. It is the brightest sounding of all three tape sources. But that brightness can be a little harsh. TDOLZ's speed corrected version does help reduce this harshness by placing the instrumentation into the correct, lower frequencies. Tape source (2) is not a direct copy of the Flying Disc Music release. Instead it is from a very low generation tape source that is significantly brighter than the Flying Disc Music release. This tape source contains very little tape hiss and is very clear. It is excellent and slightly better than the one used on the ARMS release primarily because its frequencies are better balanced. The third tape source, (3), is cleaner sounding than Cobla's. Cobla's heavy-handed equalization wrecked that release by increasing the tape hiss. But TDOLZ's attempt at cleaning that source comes with a few drawbacks. It lacks the lower frequencies and sounds very thin and compressed. It is listenable, but noticeably different from the other two tape sources. At least Communication Breakdown was placed in the correct playing order. (Brian Ingham Sep 1999)

Bonzos Birthday Party (Sanctuary) 3CD 5/31/73 Limited Edition and numbered

Sound Quality 7-8/10; Appeal 4.5/5

This is a worthy addition to any collection. The entire and original TMQ tape is used for the majority of this release. The equally excellent sounding audience tape used on the ARMS release, which has been speed corrected on the Sanctuary release, is used to fill in the gaps. Not only that, even between song patter missing from the TMQ tape is spliced in from the ARMS source. The encore Communication Breakdown, missing on both tapes is present here courtesy of Coblas alternate source. The effort to make this show as complete as possible is quite impressive (this is even more apparent on the BBHill release). Packaging is what you'd expect for the price tag attached to this piece. A tri-fold digi-pack adorned with the appropriate U.S. 73 tour pics. Each CD is housed on individual perspex inserts which reveal even more individual photos. All this is housed in a slip case depicting the typical pig/cake on the front and a nice shot of Bonham behind his kit on the back. Its true that this piece borrows heavily on quotes from both Rey's and Lewis/Pallet’s publications but its a bootleg after all! If you are a true CD collector at heart you need this (and the Blueberry Hill issue) in your collection as this is exactly the kind of piece that will fetch big dollars once it sells out. (Lord Byron Apr 99)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (Sanctuary). 3 CDs, LA Forum 31 May 1973.

Yet another release of this great concert. However for the first time (so it is stated by the label), the original TMOQ tape has been used as much as possible. It is a very good sounding and lovely packaged release, totalling154 minutes. The classic TMOQ pig leaping out of a birthday cake is on the front card slipcase, and the CDs are in a fold out digi-pack. It is a pity that they have ripped of the article on this concert from Lewis & Pallett's LED ZEPPELIN THE CONCERT FILE, which is reproduced on one of the inside covers. A release of BLUEBERRY HILL from the original mono tape is due out soon from the same people. Let us hope that they do not plagiarise the same book for the article for that concert. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)

Bonzo's 25th Birthday (31/32/33 PR ARMS)

The Forum, Los Angeles, California, May 31, 1973

CD 1: (57:23) Rock And Roll (sound muffled for 6 seconds prior to the guitar solo), Celebration Day, Bring It On Home intro/Black Dog (sound slightly muffled for 20 seconds near the beginning), Over the Hills & Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop (tape speed up cuts first note), Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song

CD 2: (37:13) Dazed & Confused (sound muffled for 17 seconds during drum solo ending), Stairway to Heaven

CD 3: (38:29) Moby Dick (couple of bumps in the tape in the beginning & ending), Happy Birthday (sound muffled for 8 seconds in the middle), Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie (tape wobble in beginning) (contains a tape speed up during the theremin and slight muffle prior to the medley), The Ocean (Bonham's intro cut)

Don't let the tape flaws fool you. They are minor when compared to the near excellent sound of this recording. It is obviously sourced from a very low generation tape and contains very little hiss. The tape does run 5% too fast though. When speed corrected, this third tape source shines. It is much closer to the stage than the other two tape sources for this show. This release doesn't contain Communication Breakdown and after some songs there are slight tape speed ups. (Brian Ingham June 96)

BONZO'S BIRTHDAY PARTY, LA Forum 31 May 1973 2CD SBD (Watch Tower WT 2001041/042)

Disc 1 (62.12):-Rock And Roll (cuts in)/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song (small cut 2/3rds into song)

Disc 2 (41.19):- Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven

A longer chunk of the soundboard tape from the classic 31 May 1973 LA Forum show, celebrating John Bonham's 25th birthday. Previously less complete (no doubt the hoarder sitting on this received a bigger bung) and released in 1999 by Celebration as Bonzo's Birthday Party. Packaging is very nice, a gatefold glossy card slipcase, inside a card box. Some nice photos of the Birthday Boy are used. The CDs are in green paper sleeves, the front of both having the famous TMOQ artwork of the pig bursting out of a birthday cake. A typo on the lettering of disc one calls it Birthdat Party, it is correctly spelt Birthday Party on disc two. The sound is excellent stereo, but as often the case does not have the full richness of a really great audience tape. There is a tiny glitch early on in Stairway To Heaven, it is not clear whether this is a very small cut on the original tape or a mastering error. It is a great pity that Watch Tower did not fill the cuts in the SBD tape with one of the three audience tapes that are in existence for this great show. one day someone will do it properly. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 02)

BONZO'S BIRTHDAY PARTY DEFINITIVE EDITION, 2CD Empress Valley Supreme Disc (EVSD 171-2) LA Forum, 31 May 1973

Disc 1 (48.30):- Rock And Roll (cuts in)/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/ Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (56.44):- The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven

The Led Zeppelin bootleg buses are running as per schedule, wait for ages and then two come along almost at the same time. A pattern is now developing, with Watch Tower being the first to release a show, closely followed by Empress Valley. Both labels are limited and very expensive, with lavish packaging. What are the differences? Unfortunately very little indeed. The Watch Tower release has slightly sharper sounding instruments and vocals, whilst the Empress Valley release is a little better in the bottom end sound. The length and cuts are the same, so there is not really any gain in this latest release. The CDs are gold discs, and the packaging is a lot better than many of this label's releases, this one is a thick matt card gatefold release. The front cover is the same classic William Stout illustration as used in their 9CD box set and also the separate 3CD release. The liner notes however, in Japanese and English (I could not tell the difference, both were incomprehensible and total crap) are a waste of time. It is a great pity that more care is not taken in writing something intelligent and worthy of this classic concert. An example : "This Sound source that it thought of the matter that there is no part of the live latter half is a little disappointed". Please rearrange this into a well known phrase or saying. What a load of twaddle. Still, at least they didn't rip off Luis Rey or Dave Lewis & Simon Pallett for their text. (Jules McTrainspotter March 02)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (Wendy Records WECD 44/45/46) 3 CDs in a fatboy jewel case
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, May 31, 1973

Set list:-
CD1 (48.24): Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
CD2 (56.10: The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven
CD3 (54.05): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean, Communication Breakdown

I have the following previous versions of this show:- the 2 CDs included in TMQ’s 5CD set “Led Zeppelin” featuring one of the audience sources, Celebration’s “Bonzo’s Birthday Presents” featuring the incomplete soundboard source for the first time, and Empress Valley ’s “Bonzo’s Birthday Party” featuring the more complete soundboard source. In addition, a long time ago, I borrowed the vinyl version of the title from a friend but I didn’t make a copy at that time, to my regret. Unfortunately, I don’t have the Empress Valley 9 CD box set, either. The new title comes in a “fat boy” jewel case and its cover features a full color version of the famous William Stout drawing of the pig on the birthday cake, although the printing is less clear than that of EV’s and William Stout’s copyright notice is blurred this time (maybe, intentionally). On the back cover, there are interesting English descriptions of the three audience sources and the single soundboard source, which seem to have been copied from somewhere else. The title is composed by the combination of the soundboard source as the main body, and the fillers from the three audience sources. The very begining of the show getting into “Rock And Roll” that is missing in the soundboard source was filled by one of the audience sources (which should be either of the two sources other than that featured in TMQ’s title). The change from the audience filler to the soundboard at this point is smooth. The quality of the soundboard tape featured in the new title does not seem to be a particular improvement on that featured in EV’s title. (In comparison, the soundboard from the Seattle 17, ’73 show as featured in Cashmere’s “Afterburner” is a substantial improvement on that featured in Midas Touch’s “V1/2”!) The soundboard source for the show was truly an amazing find, but its sound is originally somewhat muffled and its quality is not so good. Especially on CD1, Jimmy’s guitar does not sound like his but rather sounds like Michael Schenker’s! The dropout from the soundboard in “Rain Song” on CD2 is filled by one of the audience sources but in a manner less seamless than that in EV’s title.

CD3 starting from “Moby Dick” seems to be composed of all the three audience sources. At the beginning of “Moby Dick,” one of the audience sources other than that featured in TMQ’s title is used. Thereafter, the same audience source as that featured in TMQ’s title is used up to “The Ocean.” The latter audience source so used sounds a bit better than on TMQ’s title, but I’m not sure whether it is because a lower generation of the tape is used or the tape of the same generation is used but is better mastered in the new title. The final encore “Communication Breakdown” is from the only one audience source among the three that recorded it. As you see from the above, for those who have collected most of the previously available titles, the value of the new title would be limited to the fact that you can now enjoy the entire show, without the need of changing to CDs of different titles, with the best available recordings for each part of the show. But it is a very good and valuable production for those who want to pick up only one title to enjoy the show in its entirety. (Takemi Hiramatsu April 05)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (Wendy Records WECD 44/45/46) 3 CDs in a fatboy jewel case
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 31 May, 1973

CD1 (48.24): Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
CD2 (56.10: The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven
CD3 (54.05): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean, Communication Breakdown

For some reason the releases of this famous concert have been rather thin of late. It is usually a hardy perennial that is churned out by some label or other. This time Wendy Records have got their grubby hands on it. Using the longer soundboard recording that surfaced a couple of years ago and was released by Watch Tower and Empress Valley in one of their many rival duplicate releases, which has fortunately ceased now. There are, in addition to the incomplete soundboard recording, three audience recordings available for the classic occasion of John Bonham's 25th birthday party. Two of these audience recordings have been used to fill the gaps in the board recording. They are the TMOQ recording which was originally used for their wonderful vinyl release all those years ago, and the 'third' audience recording which is the only one to have Communication Breakdown. Whilst it is highly commendable to make up the complete concert, Wendy have seen fit to crank up the EQ on the soundboard portion, therby resulting in a 'tinny' sound often to be found on this label's (and Electric Magic's) releases. This has spoilt what could have been an excellent release. Hopefully a dedicated fan will sit down and do this job properly once and for all. The packaging is a fatboy jewel case, and Wendy have used (and have over garishly coloured the famous drawing by William Stout of a pig bursting out of a cake. On the back cover Wendy have, yet again, ripped off the description of this concert from Underground Uprising and Bootledz. They clearly have no ability to come up with anything new to say or do, so they just rip off whatever they like. In addition, contained in a green window, is some of the biggest drivel ever written in any language, and that proports to be a song. Wendy really are scrapping the barrel. There are numerous other versions of this concert that are perfectly acceptable, so nothing much is achieved by this release. (Jules McTrainspotter May 05)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (GM-LZ-31.05.1973-DVD-A-22)  Hybrid 2 DVD-Audio
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 31 May 1973  

DVD-A-1      2:27:37   Soundboard with Audience filler - complete concert
DVD-A-2     
2:26:57   Audience - Complete concert

Tracks:
1. Intro 2. Rock And Roll 3. Celebration Day 4. Bring It On Home 5. Black Dog  6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Misty Mountain Hop 8. Since I've Been Loving You  9. No Quarter  10. The Song Remains The Same 11. The Rain Song  12. Dazed And Confused  13. Stairway To Heaven 14. Moby Dick  15. Happy Birthday Bonzo  16. Heartbreaker 17. Whole Lotta Love 18. The Ocean 19. Communication Breakdown

This 2 DVD has two versions of the classic Bonzo's Birthday Party concert, one using the soundboard and an audience recording combined, and the other using three different audience recordings. The first DVD starts off using an excellent audience recording, which abruptly changes to the soundboard recording. The basis of this disc is to use all the available soundboard, and fill the gaps in that with one audience recording. The second DVD uses a combination in the main of two audience sources, a third source is only used very briefly. This was a great show, as it was John Bonham's 25th birthday, something that Plant alludes to all evening. Numerous references to the birthday boy are made. There are some outstanding song performances in this concert, Since I've Been Loving You to name but one. Jimmy Page had injured a finger prior to the concert, but he manages to overcome this and puts in some superb playing, Dazed And Confused in particular, and also in Stairway To Heaven. Usual high quality packaging and artwork, the famous William Stout birthday cake obviously being adopted. It depends if you prefer a soundboard recording over an audience recording as to whether DVD 1 or DVD 2 are your favourite. The second audience sourced disc is probably mine. (Jules McTrainspotter July 06)

BONZO'S BIRTHDAY PARTY (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-31.05.1973-DVD-A-22) Hybrid DVD-Audio
Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California - May 31, 1973
FORMAT:  2DVD-R, NTSC, Region Free, PCM Stereo
RUNNING TIME:  DVD-A #1= 2:27:37, DVD-A #2 = 2:26:57
SOUND/SOURCE:  DVD-A #1= Soundboard/Aud mix, DVD-A #2 = Audience Source (#2)
PACKAGING:  Clear DVD Clamshell with High Resolution Color Insert Art
FEATURES:  Multi-Media interactive Menus, Scene Selection
VIDEO/SOURCE:  High Definition Screen Captures from "DVD"

SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 8.5 / PERFORMANCE 9.5 / VIDEO 10

TRACK LIST:
Tracklistings are identical for both DVD-A #1 & #2: 
1.Rock and Roll, 2. Celebration Day, 3. Black Dog, 4. Over The Hills And Far Away, 5. Misty Mountain Hop, 6. Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, 7. The Song Remains The Same, 8. The Rain Song, 9. Dazed And Confused, 10. Stairway To Heaven, 11. Moby Dick, 12. Heartbreaker, 13. Whole Lotta Love, 14. The Ocean, 15. Communication Breakdown.

Genuine Masters needed to give attention to LED ZEPPELIN circa 1973 and in another nod to the classic titles of yore we now have "Bonzo's Birthday Party" on the Hybrid DVD-Audio format.  This concert is legendary due to all the releases it has graced over the last 33 years, from Vinyl to this new format called DVD-Audio.  It is also legendary because of the sourcing and treatment the TMOQ folks gave it at birth with the William Stout cover art and the "branding" of this Robert Plant attributed moniker.  (Robert Plant actually dubs the event "Bonzo's Birthday Party" in one of the early Plantations of the show as it is John Bonham's 25th Birthday - though Plant jokingly says he's "21" forever.)

So, how does this GM stack up to the "sourcing and treatment" of its' predecessors?  Pretty well actually.  To set the stage appropriately, I should state that what we have on Disc #1 is a mix of the very good soundboard recording with one of the better audience sources of this concert - we shall refer to this as audie source the TMOQ or source #2, to keep consistent with how our counterparts reference elsewhere.  This source was released in entirety by TDOLZ and Empress Valley on their 9CD box set.  Sanctuary relied heavily on this source for their two-source audie mix version.  What GM has decided to do is provide a complete set for collectors.  There will be some criticism of their decision to execute a soundboard/audience mix because the transitions don't always work very well on this format that seems to heighten everything.  Watch out on that first transition in "Celebration Day", it's pretty dramatic.  After that, things proceed ok as the soundboard takes us through to the end of "The Rain Song", when we jump back into the audience tape.  While both sources sound great, I'm not fond of the mix in this case.  As I've been told, "the 2 sources are vastly different and the mix/dynamics of the sources are not suitable for a perfect transition".  So it is acknowledged by Black Dog that this dynamic exists between the two-source mixing effort, but the direction was to keep the integrity of both recordings intact and "natural", and avoid any severe editing or tweaking to artificially smooth them out.  No problem and there will still be much enjoyment out of having the soundboard source featured in this set as it sounds great!  From a pure listening and vibe standpoint, I prefer and favour the complete audience source on Disc 2, absolutely fabulous.

Both the recordings on each disc feature the exact same visual accompaniment, utilizing some pretty great screen shots from the official "DVD" segments of "The Ocean" and "Since I've Been Loving You".  I'm not fond of this approach usually, as I prefer the GM trademarked slide show presentations.  But I have to tell you, some attention to detail and great thought went into the screen captures presented here.  Very nicely done, both with the timing and the suitable expressiveness of the images to give us appropriate visuals with what we are listening to.  As usual, the multimedia menus on both picture discs are smooth and responsive.  This is a great show all the way around and GM frames it up nicely for us again.  Let me leave it this way:  If you enjoy this format and what it has to offer - you will thoroughly enjoy this 1973 instalment of "Bonzo's Birthday Party" from Genuine Masters.  That being said, what's not to like by revisiting this classic show?(Svengi. Webmaster HotWacks On-Line July/06)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (GM-LZ-31.05.1973-DVD-A-22)  Hybrid 2 DVD-Audio
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, May 311973  

DVD-A-1      2:27:37   Soundboard with Audience filler - complete concert
DVD-A-2     
2:26:57   Audience - Complete concert

Tracks:
1. Intro 2. Rock And Roll 3. Celebration Day 4. Bring It On Home 5. Black Dog  6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Misty Mountain Hop 8. Since I've Been Loving You  9. No Quarter  10. The Song Remains The Same 11. The Rain Song  12. Dazed And Confused  13. Stairway To Heaven 14. Moby Dick  15. Happy Birthday Bonzo  16. Heartbreaker 17. Whole Lotta Love 18. The Ocean 19. Communication Breakdown

As far as I am concerned any output from Genuine Masters should not go unnoticed. The label has been remarkably consistent in providing amazing upgrades in sound quality for classic zeppelin concerts. GM`s latest effort Bonzo`s Birthday Party is further proof of their winning formula. To my ears this sounds light years ahead of any other take of this concert I have. Immediatly I heard a great natural sounding depth, balance and separation with no background noise. For me these elements just plain add up to a more focused and enjoyable sound from these familiar recordings. DVDA 1 contains the entire concert from the soundboard with the gaps filled with the excellent audience, which is still rightfully regarded as an essential Zeppelin recording, so GM gives us the entire audience version of the show on DVDA 2 making this quite a complete and stellar package. There are plenty of nice 1973 visuals in 16.9 widescreen, and a convienient menu on the DVDs. The printed artwork on the dics and the packaging work very effective. This is overall a superb presentation of an outstanding performance wich I would recommend without hesitation. GM`s Bonzo`s Birthday Party will certainly be one of my tops for 2006 and I wish this was around years ago! (Randy Johnson July 06)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (GM-LZ-31.05.1973-DVD-A-22)  Hybrid 2 DVD-Audio
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, May 311973  

DVD-A-1      2:27:37   Soundboard with Audience filler - complete concert
DVD-A-2     
2:26:57   Audience - Complete concert

Tracks:
1. Intro 2. Rock And Roll 3. Celebration Day 4. Bring It On Home 5. Black Dog  6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Misty Mountain Hop 8. Since I've Been Loving You  9. No Quarter  10. The Song Remains The Same 11. The Rain Song  12. Dazed And Confused  13. Stairway To Heaven 14. Moby Dick  15. Happy Birthday Bonzo  16. Heartbreaker 17. Whole Lotta Love 18. The Ocean 19. Communication Breakdown

"Bonzo's Birthday Party" "Bonzo's Birthday Party" show featured in this new title from GM is a really good one from the '73 Tour.  Bonzo was celebrating his own birthday with powerful playing, Robert sang well celebrating his best friend's birthday and Jimmy's playing was also incredibly good especially in view of the fact that he had injured his fingers just a few days before. The bass and drum sounds as captured by the incomplete soundboard recording of the show are originally not bad.  What was most frustrating about the soundboard as available in the past titles was the fact that the tones of Jimmy's guitar were so compressed that they sound very flat, lacking the original edges.  (See my review of Wendy's release with the same title as posted in this UU.)  As expected, however, Black Dog has succeeded in improving the quality of the soundboard into the best ever one, duly resolving my past frustration.  In this GM's release, Jimmy's guitar finally sounds brighter and more "edgy" as they should have been! I know that there are some listeners who criticize the less seamless nature of the joints of the soundboard with the audience fillers as compared to those in GM's past titles, I personally do not care very much about it as it might have been truly inevitable.  I have rather surrendered myself to the beauty of the soundboard as so improved. Although some people may prefer Disc 2 of this title featuring the audience tapes only, I enjoy more  listening to Disc 1 due to the improved beautiful quality of the soundboard and its cleanness. I also love the slide shows featuring the color pictures of the band members intact this time, in which GM seems to have paid even more careful attention to match the visuals to the sounds being played than for its past titles.

As for the audience tape portions, I understand that there are more than one audience sources from the show.  It is interesting to note that GM used different combinations of the audience sources as between Disc 1 and Disc 2. For instance, in the intro of "The Ocean" on Disc 1, they used the audience tape different from that used for the rest of the song.  On the other hand, they did not do so on Disc 2.  (You will notice it if you concentrate on listening to the audience noise and some bursting noise as captured by the tape.) As I compare this GM's title with Wendy's, the audience tape Wendy used in large part from a while after the beginning of "Moby Dick " through "The Ocean" seems to be different from that used in GM's.  The one used by GM generally sounds more powerful but a bit hissy. On the other hand, the one used in Wendy's title may sound somewhat remote but is cleaner.  I wonder if the cleaner tape should have been a better choice for GM as well...

The cover and disc artworks focusing on the title theme are carefully and beautifully produced, as usual.  All in all, this is another wonderful production by the masterful producer at GM and highly recommended for every collector. (Takemi Hiramatsu  July 06)

Bonzo's Birthday Party (GM-LZ-31.05.1973-DVD-A-22)  Hybrid 2 DVD-Audio
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, May 311973  

DVD-A-1      2:27:37   Soundboard with Audience filler - complete concert
DVD-A-2     
2:26:57   Audience - Complete concert

Tracks:
1. Intro 2. Rock And Roll 3. Celebration Day 4. Bring It On Home 5. Black Dog  6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Misty Mountain Hop 8. Since I've Been Loving You  9. No Quarter  10. The Song Remains The Same 11. The Rain Song  12. Dazed And Confused  13. Stairway To Heaven 14. Moby Dick  15. Happy Birthday Bonzo  16. Heartbreaker 17. Whole Lotta Love 18. The Ocean 19. Communication Breakdown

I've been waiting for this puppy to get the Black Dog treatment and I'm not dissapointed. It's the GM's first 1973 period DVD-Audio production and they couldn't have picked a better show to lead with for that period. I like how we get the full concert in two formats. The first one being combination Soundboard with the Audience packing out the missing sections. Stella sound on the board tape. It has more range and air about it than all the other titles that came before . Super. If that isn't enough we also get a second disc that has a re-construction of the three best sounding audience tapes available. Another stella sound and not bettered anywhere. The work that goes into the eye candy widescreen image slideshow is breathtaking to say the least. All images from the 1973 tours and the flow of pictrures is time perfect. You need to sit and view the show as the music blasts away then come back another day and just listen to the music on it's own. Brilliant way to experience your music and light years ahead of what other labels are pushing out. A resounding 10 for this Bonzo's title and I'm guessing it would the last dollar I need to spend on this. That is unless there is a complete board tape sitting out there somewhere. (Dwayne Jenkins July 06)

"Bonzo's Birthday Matrix" (A Slumpy Matrix-Production) 3 CDR
LA Forum, Los Angeles, May 31st 1973

Disc 1: Rock And Roll/ Celebration Day/ Black Dog/ Over The Hills And Far Away/ Misty Mountain Hop/ Since I've Been Loving You/ No Quarter
Disc 2: The Song Remains The Same/ Rain Song/ Dazed And Confused
Disc 3: Stairway To Heaven/ Moby Dick/ Happy Birthday To You/ Heartbreaker/ Whole Lotta Love/ The Ocean/ Communication Breakdown

Slumpy has been a popular bootleg collector and submitter on various torrent and trading websites over the last few years, so it was no surprise to me that he has started to make his own version(s) of Zeppelin shows to spread around to everyone else. It was more surprising to see Slumpy take on one of the most legendary and prized of all the Zeppelin shows in 1973: The May 31st, 1973 show in the beloved LA Forum, with the show often titled "Bonzo's Birthday Party", due to the fact the show was held on our beloved Bonham's birthday! Slumpy manages to give a fine version of this show, and the most complete version, too. Zeppelin really gets shown off here in fine version, which they obviously deserve!     Page was on fire all night, getting plenty of time to show off his smiles and laughs he had through his awesome guitar playing. John Paul Jones does awesome all night, playing great bass through most of the show, and playing a surprisingly groovy version of No Quarter. Plant sings better than most of the 73 US Tour, for he seems to show his connective feel with the LA Forum crowds, as he did many times before it's closure in 1998. Now Bonzo really must have been in a great mood on his birthday, for he showed it all night in his best show in the US 73 tour. His playing on OTHAFA is explosive, and he brings in an awesome and energetic version of Moby Dick. However, the moment that this show hits its peak is right after Plant and the crowd sang Happy Birthday to Bonham; Bonham begins hitting the drums in a hard yet clap inducing way, and the band fires right into Heartbreaker, causing the crowd to erupt in surprise, for they (and most fans) are used to the Page intro before the whole band joins in! The resulting performance of Heartbreaker is both loose and joyous, and allows the show to finish with a great The Ocean and a hard rocking Communication Breakdown. Slumpy, as I mentioned before, has done a fine job with his version, with excellent fades, and nowhere near as much EQ as one would expect for the first bootleg release by anybody! The only problem I have is this: Slumpy could have used more of the fine Audience Recording that the show had, and less of the occasionally thin soundboard. Otherwise, this show is a must-have, and with the consideration that May 31st is Bonham's birthday, I hope you will all pull out this show for a listen on this day he felt so happy 33 years ago. (Superstatguy May 06)

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02-Jun-73 San Francisco

Who's Next (TDOLZ 329701/329702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California, June 2, 1973

CD 1: (61:36) Plant's initial greetings/ Rock & Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song

CD 2: (75:51) Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (contains a small cut during the call and response section), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick (contains only a minute of the drum solo), Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie), Communication Breakdown, The Ocean

This release uses the now common audience recording that has been sourced for numerous new releases. The recording is very good to near excellent and from very close to the stage with very little audience noise near the recorder. It is an outdoor concert, so the sound does "breathe" a little. Tape hiss is also present on this release, but it's manageable. The show doesn't start right away. Equipment problems cause an initial delay. The equipment problems destroy the ending of The Rain Song with distortion (Plant apologizes for it). The beginning of Stairway to Heaven contains a "hum" from the PA system that eventually goes away. Comparing this release to The Vibes Are Real (Continental Sounds), Who's Next sounds better and has fewer cuts. The Vibes Are Real contains the same cuts as noted above plus the opening notes to Misty Mountain Hop are cut. The beginning of Heartbreaker fades up with the drums because Moby Dick was taken out of sequence. Stairway to Heaven also fades up. The Vibes Are Real used fairly high generation tapes that ran 3% too slow. I also compared Who's Next to first generation copies from the master tape. The two are virtually identical. Both contain tape hiss and have cuts in the same locations. The tapes do run 2% faster though. They're too close to tell which is correct. (Brian Ingham Aug 97)

Takka Takka (2CD, Tarantura, KEZAR-1/2), San Francisco, 2/6/73, Aud

RnR, CD, BD, OTHAWA, MMH, SIBLY, NQ, TSRTS, TRS, DaC, StH, MD(fragment), HB-WLL, CB, The Ocean

The source tape is identical to "Persistence" (2LP) ,"Vibes are Real" (2CD) and its reissue (i.e."Two Days After" (3CD), and "Persistence Kezar" (3CD). This newly released CD is much better in sound quality when compared with these previously released boots. In terms of completeness as well, complete and uncut NQ and WLL are only on this Tarantura, and without doubt, surpass other boots. BTW, the quality of the source tape I got from the tree which was run last year on DG, is almost equal to this Tarantura. (Susumu Omi, March 97)

Persistence Kezar (3CD, Holy, SH 004-A), San Francisco, 2/6/73, aud

Set-List R&R, CD, BD, OTHAFA, MMH, SIBLY, NQ, TSRTS, RS, D&C, StH, MD, HB-WLL, CB, Ocean, HB-WLL

One word for this one: HORRIBLE! I do not want to waste my time in reviewing this, but ...... The source tape is identical to "Persistence" (2LP) ,"Vibes are Real" (2CD) and its reissue (i.e."Two Days After"). Between "Persistence" and "Vibes are Real", the latter is better in terms of completeness. However, strictly speaking, complete WLL intro is only on "Persistence". IMHO, sound quality is almost the same. In this newly released CD from Holy, intro of MMH and Stairway, both of which were missing on "Vibes are Real", are included. But sound quality is much more inferior to both "Persistence" and "Vibes are Real". Especially, from the beginning to the middle of R&R is really awful (too much hiss overwhelms the music). Moreover, a cut which is not in "Vibes are Real" is included in MD. HB-WLL contains many more drop out. The bootlegger who released this one seems to be aware of this defect. They took the trouble of putting HB-WLL one more time at the end of disc 3 from "Persistence", not from "Vibes are Real". I guess they dared to choose "Persistence" as the source, taking complete-WLL intro into consideration. So we could make much of their ability of research into previous boots, but obviously, they do not have good access to low-gen source tapes. (Susumu Omi, Dec 96)

Persistence (Cobla Standard Series) Per ***** SQ ****1/2 Appeal G

One of about a half-dozen new releases of the Kezar Stadium, San Francisco show on June 2 1973. Excellent version of this audience recording spread onto 3 CDs from the original 2 CD version - The Vibes Are Real. With the usual Cobla emphasis on high end Eq, some unwanted detail is picked up. This is equipment buzz (mains hum), noticeable in No Quarter and particularly in The Rain Song. Bonham fans will be disappointed that the 20 minute plus chunk in the middle of Moby Dick is still missing on this release. A generally superb show with Page on top form in Dazed and Stairway. Recommended. (Tony Gassett June 97)

Two Days After (Immigrant) 3 CD June 2, 1973 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco

Well, it's been said before, but they should have filmed the end of the first leg on the US '73 tour! This concert, together with Bonzo's Birthday and Three Days After , is one of the best from this period and is more enjoyable than any of the Madison Square Garden shows. Plant is really fired up and in good, rough voice. There are no surprises in the set list, but everything is played with extreme confidence, especially Dazed, with the rhythm section playing guessing games with Page. Killer versions of Stairway, No Quarter and The Ocean. This set is from a complete, very good, balanced audience tape that rates about a 7 out of 10. After hearing many '73 soundboards, this is a nice change. Standard double jewel case packaging. If you're not sick of '73, get it! (David Anderson June 96)

Imperial Kezar (Electric Magic EMC-008A/B/C)

Disc 1:  Introduction, Rock and Roll, Celebration Day,Black Dog, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since Ive Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song

Remains the Same, The Rain Song

Disc 2:  Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven

Disc 3:  Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, The Ocean

The June 2, 1973 San Francisco show is another perennial in Zeppelin boots.  This show is reissued each year, followed by the Stoke soundboard and Bonzos Birthday Party concert. One can only guess that our friends in Japan love these shows and cant get enough. Electric Magic is great for releasing previously unheard of tape sources, and Imperial Kezar distinguishes itself from all of the other re-issues of this show by having a substantial portion of the soundboard.  For the first time, we have an (almost) complete Moby Dick. For those of us who love drumsolos, this is a great day indeed.  The first two discs are the well known and loved, excellent audience recording.  Disc three begins with the same andswitches to the board tape several minutes into the drum solo.  It sounds like there is a five to ten minute gap still missing (the track runs 16:56), but what we get is antastic.  Bonzo on the tympani! The board goes through Heartbreaker and about five minutes into Whole Lotta Love.  Until the rest of Moby Dick is released, this title can be considered the definitive version of this show. The packaging is consistent with other Electric Magic titles: tri-fold gatefold sleeve with a paper slip cover, using many photos from the actual show. This title is limited, but very recommended if you can find a copy.

Imperial Kezar Electric Magic

Rock n Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, The Ocean. 

This release uses the same excellent audience source that has been released numerous times to great results (Who’s Next-TDOLZ, Best Vibes in Frisco- Jelly Roll), bad results (Vibes are Real, Two Days After), and overprocessed/equalized results (Grateful Led- Tarantura 2000).  Uniquely, it includes a very nice splice job with a previously unreleased soundboard source to complete most of Moby Dick, which continues throughout Heartbreaker and most of Whole Lotta Love, where it switches back to the audience source for the final encores.  On the good releases of this show, using only the audience source tape but from higher gen, the drawbacks were the expected amount of hiss and the notorious cut in Moby Dick.  The Tarantura 2000 release contains virtually no hiss, obviously being sourced from the master or very low gen with improved and fuller sound (especially in the drums and cymbals), but also has an occasionally noticeable amount of unnecessary high end distortion (listen closely to the guitar intro to Over the Hills) not present on past releases from higher gens.  This is likely due to the habit the Tarantura 2000 label has for overprocessing where they really don’t need to (ala Ayers Rock 2/27/72, or Absence 6/21/77).

Concerning this new release by Electric Magic, the audience source lies somewhere in between the low gen used on Tarantura, and the higher gen used on the TDOLZ and Jelly Roll releases.  It has a little bit of hiss and the sound is not as full as the Tarantura release, but fuller than previous releases.   The soundboard portion is a little better than the typical 73 fare. It is similar, but slightly flatter sounding than the Bonzo’s Birthday Presents release from this label’s twin, Celebration Definitive Masters.  It is excellent, but is compressed and dull, especially on the drums and bass.  On the whole, this release is well-done, but Electric Magic was careless in its inclusion of numerous digital tics and pops throughout the three discs. They are very infrequent and quiet, but they are there.  Additionally, they made the unforgivable error of using a  tape which has an unnecessary cut in the No Quarter guitar solo, even though the editing job conceals it well.  As this cut is not on the master, one wonders why it is on this one.  The packaging is really nice, and uses various pictures from the show on the slip cover and tri-fold paper case.  The performance itself is very good and much better than most from this first half of the tour, with the main benefit being Plant’s very strong voice and energy, especially in the encores.  However, Page’s hand is not well, and although he pulls most of his solos off, he isn’t as fluid or expressive as he will be the next night back in LA. The show is a great outdoor event right in Golden Gate Park, right off the Haight Ashbury district in San Francisco, and the "vibe" is excellent. Check out the closing bit by the late promoter Bill Graham.  All that is needed to make a release for this show definitive would be to use the same gen tape Tarantura 2000 used, leave it alone EQ wise, combine it with a better quality soundboard tape for Moby Dick, and master it cleanly.  This release is great, but it could have been much better. (Mike Magnon Jan 02)

Led Five, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco 2 June 1973 1CD SBD (Empress Valley)

Set List: Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/ Communication Breakdown/The Ocean

Sounds superb - crystal clear quality.  It runs for 61 mins 49 secs and is the complete last third of the show from Moby Dick onwards.  The "Five" refers to Plant saying those were the best vibes since the Fillmore 5 years earlier.  The gold CD comes in a very nice single deluxe thick card and paper slip-case.  Front is a photo from the show showing Page at the Theremin, waist up.   Liner notes in English/Japanese referring to the "Lifetime Guarantee" show from Spokane in '68 but which for some reason has not yet been released.  It says at the end "Then, let's meet at the San Diego performance in 73 next time!" (Philip Bushe Jan 02)

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03-Jun-73 LA

Three Days After (Cobra Standard Series 013)

The Forum, Inglewood, California, June 3, 1973

CD 1: (52:16) Rock & Roll (volume drops near beginning), Celebration Day (contains 3 tape bumps during ending guitar section), Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog (contains 2 tape bumps in middle, volume also fluctuates in middle, last 2-3 minutes cut), Over the Hills and Far Away (first 3-4 minutes cut, contains 3 small dropouts near the end), Misty Mountain Hop (contains 3 tape bumps near middle), Since I've Been Loving You (cut near the beginning), No Quarter (speed problems after the first 2 minutes), The Song Remains the Same (speed problems throughout), The Rain Song (speed problems throughout)

CD 2: (65:16) Dazed & Confused (cut prior to violin bow section followed by speed problems for 2 minutes, contains a tape bump near the end), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick (cut in the middle)

CD 3: (65:12) Heartbreaker (contains a very small cut/edit during the guitar solo), Whole Lotta Love (includes Going Down (tape garbled near beginning and middle), I'm A Man, The Hunter, Boogie Woogie) (left channel off for a minute prior to medleys, speed problems after the song), The Ocean, Communication Breakdown, organ solo (very minor dropout near the end), Thank You

The Forum, Inglewood, California, September 4, 1970

That's the Way, Bron-Yr-Aur

The 1973 material is from a mostly excellent audience recording from very close to the stage. Some annoying audience comments are picked up, but they are minor. Most of the tape problems are bearable when compared to the portions that have speed problems which are unlistenable. Curiously, the speed problem nearly vanishes between No Quarter and The Song Remains the Same making Plant's comments the only listenable portion for the last 20 minutes of disc one. The same tape source (from Stairway to Heaven through Thank You) is also available on the Three Days After release from the TMQ Masters Vol 1 box. That release was mastered from a very clean copy of the original vinyl. Aside from some minor clicks, that release still contains the cut during Moby Dick and the dropout during the organ solo. But not the cut during Heartbreaker or any of the other tape problems (it fades after Whole Lotta Love so no speed problem can be detected there). It also runs 3% slower. Due to the limited audio range of vinyl and the speed difference, the Cobra release sounds brighter. Plus, for a change, Cobra did not destroy the audio by over equalizing and inducing large amounts of tape hiss to it. In fact, there is very little noticeable tape hiss. The 1970 material is from an excellent, stereo audience recording. That show can be found complete on Cobra's prior release, Blueberry Hill. Its sound quality is very similar to Antrabata's release of that show from their Final Statements set. (Brian Ingham Mar 97)

Three Days After (3 CD, Cobra Standard Series 013), June 3rd, 73, Inglewood

The source tape is identical to "3 Days After" (2LP), "Led Zeppelin (aka "The Can ") (10LP), and "Three Days After" (2CD). (I know "The Trade Mark of Quality Masters" (5CD), also contains this material, but this one is just a knock off of vinyl version of "3 Days After"). Among these two items, "Three Days After" (2CD) was the best in terms of both sound quality and completeness. On this newly released boot from Cobra, the latter part of Black Dog and the first half of Over The Hills And Far Away, which was not available on "Three Days After" (2CD) are still missing. But, for the first time, this boot contains TSRTS, The Rain Song, and the latter half of No Quarter. Moreover, this one contains more audience response between the songs, such as encore request just before The Ocean, than "Three Days After" (2CD). HOWEVER, above mentioned portion (TSRTS, The Rain Song, and the latter half of No Quarter) on this CD has a serious problem. The tape-speed fluctuation is almost unbearable! I guess Silver Rarities, who released "Three Days After" (2CD) , dared to reject this portion, because its quality is really awful, while Cobra dared to put this as well. I think it's the matter of the policy of the bootleggers. But anyway, regarding the rest, sound quality of this boot is a little bit better than "Three Days After" (2CD), because treble range is a bit clearer. So, IMHO, this newly released Cobra is the better than any other boots ever released from this show. But strictly speaking, even the original analog "3 Days After" still has an advantage. On "Three Days After" (2CD), there is approx. 1 second-long drop out in the middle of guitar solo of Heartbreaker. On Cobra version of "Three Days After" (3CD), this drop out is edited out. (Yes, Cobra took the trouble of editing out even only 1 second's drop out! I was really impressed with their effort to make their material better!!) But their is no such drop out on "3 Days After" (2LP). And as is often the case with Cobra release, in honor of the concept of the original vinyl bootlegs, their "Three Days After" also contains That's the way and Bron-y-Aur from LA (Sep. 4, 70) as the bonus tracks. (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)

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06-Jul-73 Chicago

Second City Showdown (Midas Touch 61831/2/3)

Disc 1: Rock and Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same/The Rain Song.

Disc 2: Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven.

Disc 3: Moby Dick, Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

This is an excellent, three dimensional stereo soundboard recording. This is one of the best soundboards available. The show itself is very rusty. As Robert says, "This is the first show of the second leg of our tour...we're a bit nervous." What makes it worse, the band are distracted by the rowdy audience, with many fights breaking out in front of them. Things get so bad that police (or security) begin to stand in the aisles before Moby Dick. Worse yet, Robert's voice is shot from the beginning of the show. In only a couple places does he try to stretch his voice. This is definitely a mediocre gig. It is worth getting for the historical value, and to hear the excellent soundboard recording. (Gerard Sparaco Feb 2000)

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07-Jul-73 Chicago

In The Windy City II3CD (Empress Valley EVSD 246-248)
Chicago Auditorium, Chicago, IL, 7 July 1973

Set list:
Disc 1 (54.35): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The rain Song
Disc 2 (72.19): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (30.17): Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

Empress Valley have once again stolen the limelight with their release of a completely new show, the second night in Chicago on 7th July 1973. The previous night has long been available as a complete soundboard recording. Unfortunately Plant's voice was in terrible shape, and it is not much better for this second night. Also the first night was marred by constant fighting in the crowd. They must have had the wrong tickets, and rather than see Led Zeppelin were perhaps expecting to see a boxing match. This release is sourced from a newly surfaced excellent sounding mono audience recording master tape. The recorder was close to the front of the stage, and near the centre, an ideal position to capture this show. The only drawback was that at 2 minutes 20 seconds into Celebration Day the recorder accidentally hit the stop button on his Sony cassette recorder (there is a photo of the actual recording equipment on the inside front cover of this release). He therefore missed the end of this song, and the whole of Black Dog. Fortunately just before Over The Hills And Far Away he realised his mistake and turned the recorder on again. There are some occasional problems with the original tape dragging/sticking (Memorex cassettes have always had this problem). Apart from that it is an excellent mono audience recording, with virtually no audience chatter and yelling/talking, etc. The main time we hear people around the recorder is during the applause before the encores, when they (? taper's friends) get very excited about the concert, but this merely adds to our enjoyment of this show, as their comments are quite amusing. If Plant's voice had been in better shape it would have been another great 73 concert. Jimmy Page really flies in Dazed And Confused. Be that as it may, this release is well worth seeking out for your collection. The Electric Magic label are also planning to release this concert, but as this label invariably messes up the sound by heavy handed EQ, that release will be one to avoid. Empress Valley have come up with another classic. The liner notes (by this label's new ace cub reporter Hamish Rock) are most enlightening, and are printed on the inside of the glossy card slipcase that the three CDs are housed in. As this is a 'budget' release, packaging is very plain, but do not judge a book by its cover. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 03)

In The Windy City II 3CD (Empress Valley EVSD 246-248)
Detroit 07/07/1973

Set list:
Disc 1 (54.35): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The rain Song
Disc 2 (72.19): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (30.17): Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

Very good sounding tape, with Jimmy up front. The drums are a bit in the background. Plant's voice has recovered a bit from the night before (as it is said). I don't have the SB from the 6th as the combination of a bad voiced Plant and a 1973 SB doesn't sound too tempting. But maybe in the future ?? The sound travels a bit here and there, also with tiny dropouts but nothing too serious. 'Celebration Day' has the band already fired up, shame it is cut. We go straight into the introduction for 'Over The Hills And Far Away'. Jonesy is excused for a minute due to a problem with his braincell(s). Plant's voice starts to crack during the first verse. While 'Celebration Day' sounded on fire, this sounds extremely sluggish. Jimmy saves it all with a lengthy solo and a suddenly improved guitar volume. 'Misty Mountain Hop' has the audience clapping along fine. Robert sounds suddenly fine singing about a subject close to the heart. The overall sound has improved a lot during this part of the tape. Page doesn't get in the break leading to 'Since I've Been Loving You' as Bonham and Jones expected but extends a bit before doing so. Great version with Robert's raw, raspy voice to it's full effect and Jimmy also in great form. Even the keyboards are perfectly audible now. Jonesy's showpiece 'No Quarter' follows. Perfect version 1973 style without the enhancements of 1975/1977. Bonzo adds a bit of tympani here and there during the keyboard solo. Page joins very quickly for the jam. Suddenly it becomes very nice to hear a 1973 concert from an audience recording after all the SBD releases of the past years. Wonderful version of 'No Quarter'. Plant hammers the press who wrote in a review about last night's concert that Bonzo plays the organ. 'The Song Remains The Same' continues in fine form. Some minor tape problems are starting up, maybe due to the volume of this song, because at the start of 'The Rain Song' they're gone. Again, no complaints here, or am I just happy to hear a 1973 U.S.A. audience tape??

'Dazed And Confused' is greeted with an enormous cheer. Plant is recovered now and adlibs and screams at will. Together with 1972 these are the best versions of this song. The first fast part is overwhelming, Page is the shining star with lots of fluency and imagination. The intro to 'San Francisco' is beautiful. No hurry as Jimmy is improvising a bit before softly gliding into the bow solo where the audience really screams the roof off. The duel with Plant is extremely good. 'Mars' ends the bow solo and the bubble burst quickly with Bonzo and Jones entering with all power. What follows is an endless improvisation with all kind of rhythm changes till the call and response with Robert starts. This is rather short and the pace is picked up quickly with Bonzo really getting into it. The return to the main theme is a bit shaky, but quickly forgiven. Great, all 29 minutes !! Everybody goes really nuts as 'Stairway To Heaven' starts. The sound is a bit muddier now which suffers the keyboards. There's a small cut just before the fanfare. This is a good version of their most famous song. Jimmy again performs a masterful solo. Robert doesn't sound too bad in the closing end. 'Moby Dick' takes about 29 staggering minutes. At the end there seems a bit of concern that the drum intro to 'Heartbreaker' is the signal to 'Moby Dick' part 2. Jimmy's solo spot is full on with the 'Bouree' included. Via a drum intro this is linked to 'Whole Lotta Love'. Some weird noise is preceding the guitar sound now. Lyrics from 'The Crunge' begin the Theramin solo. The 'Boogie Chillun' section is great but not extended with extra songs. The taper and friends give all kind of comments praising the event, while a girl's whole body is numb, as she says. A real firecracker fest is starting now. 'Communication Breakdown' is the solo encore for this very good show, sound and performance wise. (Pieter Kleij Nov 03)

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09-Jul-73 Minnesota

Complete Performance In Minnesota (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per ***1/2 SQ *** Appeal G

This audience tape from the St. Paul Centre, St. Paul, Minnesota show on July 9, 1973 is a relatively new 'find'. The sound on this 3 CD set starts off as muffled, distorted and distant - then clears a bit but still gets overloaded in places. There is a cut in Stairway To Heaven and the start of both Heartbreaker and Communication Breakdown are missing. Plants voice starts off very rough and the playing in the No Quarter and Whole Lotta Love instrumental sections might be a bit manic for some tastes. Good solos in Black Dog and Over The Hills, and the Jones basswork in Song Remain is worth a listen. Firecrackers stop Page in the Since I've Been Loving You intro. Worth getting for an unusual 1973 show. (Tony Gassett Mar 99)

Complete Performance In Minnesota (TDOLZ 439701/439702/439703 TDOLZ)

St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, July 9, 1973

CD 1: (50:24) introduction/ Rock & Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter

CD 2: (47:16) The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (contains a very minor dropout at the beginning of the bow solo)

CD 3: (60:45) Stairway to Heaven (contains a cut near the beginning), Moby Dick, Heartbreaker (first minute cut), Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie), Communication Breakdown (cuts in during the intro.)

This audience recording falls somewhere between good and very good. It is a little distant, but all the instruments are discernible. It is not as bright as other audience recordings from the '73 American tour. Some minor distortion occurs at louder passages, but it is acceptable. There is also a minor amount of tape hiss, but that too is acceptable (and expected). Plant's vocals start out weak, but warm up toward the end of Rock & Roll. He is careful not to push them too far. Page plays the opening riff to Dancing Days before Misty Mountain Hop. The instrumentation during The Song Remains the Same sounds cluttered and overloaded in this recording. Page plays the Laurel and Hardy theme and Plant announces that "John Bonham comes to you courtesy of the makers of Quaaludes" before Dazed & Confused. I don't own the "real dragon" release of this show, so I can't make any sound comparisons. However, the title of this release refers only to the proper cue settings and not the lengths of the songs. The cuts are still the same. (Brian Ingham Oct 97)

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12-Jul-73 Detroit

Detroit Rock City (Lemon Song) Per *****/ ? SQ **** / ** Appeal G / HC

Three disc set featuring the Cobo Hall, Detroit show of July 12, 1973 and adding a small part of the Capital Club, Cardiff gig of December 12 1972 as a filler for the third disc, both from audience sources. Detroit is clear, very upfront and with a slight bass emphasis. Most of Rock And Roll and the drum solo in the middle of Moby Dick are missing. There is slight overloading in The Song Remains The Same and elsewhere in the louder parts and also occasional mike handling noise. This show is one of Zep's greatest ever, the playing and singing excellent. Page especially shines in Black Dog, Over The Hills, Since I've been Loving You, Dazed, Stairway and Heartbreaker. Jones features in The Rain Song and Whole Lotta Love. While Bonham is impressive in Since I've Been, Dazed and forcing a funky beat in Communication Breakdown. Plant has obviously recovered from vocal problems at Chicago a few days before. The Cardiff fragment is distant, muffled, distorted and bassy. The sound improves slightly for the Immigrant Song, but only Jones' Mellotron solo before Thank You has any clarity. However, this release is all about Detroit and on that score an essential purchase.

Detroit Rock City (3CD, Lemon Song, LS-7218/19/20), Detroit, 7.12.73, aud

Set List: R&R, C Day, BD, OTHAFA, MMH, SIBLY, NQ, TARTS, TRS, DaC, StH, MD, HB-WLL, CB, The Ocean

"Detroit Cobo Hall Michigan July 12, 73" (2LP), "Going Down to Detroit" (2CD), "Motor City Daze" (3CD) were previously released from this show. Among them, "Detroit Cobo Hall---" and "Motor City Daze" were the best in sound quality (Clearer high frequency range on "Detroit Cobo Hall---", while stronger bass range on "Motor City Daze"). In terms of completeness, "Motor City Daze" was the best. This newly released stuff from Lemon Song uses the same source as the one which has been used on these previous releases. In terms of the sound quality, without doubt, Lemon Song is the best, and even better than the source tape I got recently from the DAT branch of the tree on DG. In terms of the completeness, this one is almost equivalent to "Motor City Daze", but MD on Lemon Song contains 3 cuts, while 2 on "Motor City Daze". And DaC on Lemon Song contains only one cut on MD, while 2 on "Motor City Daze". Anyway, it's a pity that I could not introduce this one as THE best and the definitive boot of this show, in spite that the sound quality is really excellent. BTW, this Lemon Song release contains approx. 34 minutes of Cardiff (12.12.72) as the bonus. As far as I know, this is the very first release of this show. Songs are WLL Medley (fragment), IS, HB, and TY. (Susumu Omi, June 97)

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13-Jul-73 Detroit

Song of Detroit. SQ ***** Appeal: General

Detroit July 13th. The SQ's less flat than the old Babe I'm Gonna Leave You release on Dynamite Studios, but new source is longer at 96' compared to 53' for Babe... Dazed has the first minute or so missing, (this and STH are the only new tracks from this show). Dancing Days is just as incomplete as One More Daze, although Plant's intro spiel does confirm it as being from this show. Packaging in standard double jewel case with (unremarkable) foldout pic sleeve. Worth upgrading. (Paul Apple Nov 2000)

Underground Uprising has received the following observation regarding this release, so fans should be careful:-
"A friend of mine thought that the 7/13/1973 "Song of Detroit" sounded a bit too much like 5/26/1973 Salt Lake City 1973 (on Watch Tower) and I confirmed the fact. The songs of issue is Dazed And Confused and Stairway To Heaven. This was the extra material that made this a more complete release than say the V 1/2 material. Plant's comments between these two tracks match. It appears that Celebration got away with this as I see that bootledz lists it as a more complete show, and your site lists it as a worthy upgrade. When you get a chance take a listen to both shows and if you agree with my friend and I please note the issue on your website so that people are aware." (Ben Bowen March 03)

See 17-Jul-73 (V1/2+)

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15-Jul-73 Buffalo

In Concert & Beyond (2CD, TDOLZ-0001/2), Buffalo

Disc 1: Rock & Roll Celebration Day Black Dog Over The Hills And Far Away Misty Mountain Hop Since I've Been Loving You No Quarter TSRTS The Rain Song

Disc 2: Dazed and Confused Stairway to Heaven

Both soundboard tape and audience tape are available from this show, but this boot uses soundboard version. Sound quality is almost the same as "Misty Mountain Crop" (CD), but slightly superior, or clearer to "Outrageous Live!" (2CD). This one is recommendable because as far as I know, this is the first release of Dazed and Stairway from this show. But I wonder where the rest of the sound board tape is?? (Susumu Omi, Aug 96)

Where The Zeppelin Roam (Midas Touch MD62121/62122)

Disc 1:  Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song 
Disc 2:  Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven

Excellent soundboard of the July 15, 1973 show in Buffalo, New York.  This title is very similar to In Concert & Beyond on TDOLZ.  However, Where the Zeppelin Roam runs at the correct speed, whereas the Diagrams title runs way too fast. This show is clearly not the best of the tour.  Page makes many mistakes in Dazed & Confused, and Stairway to Heaven sounds by rote.  Moreover, several huge explosions distract the group (especially during the violin bow solo).  This title is recommended for fans of the tour.  The first edition of this title was released in a gatefold sleeve.  Subsequent releases were released in standard double jewel case. (Gerard Sparaco Dec 01)

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17-Jul-73 Seattle

V1/2+ (Last Stand 3CDS) Performance: 5-7 SQ: 7

This is a very good to near excellent SBD source which is from Seattle 7/17/73 and 7/13/73. The performance is OK, except for "Dazed" which is GREAT (not the best, but still a killer). The Detroit fragment doesn't contain the one min. of Dancing days which is on the complete SBD tape. WLL is really cool, and is probably the best thing on this 3CD set. As for sound, its not the worst board tape that I've heard, but it doesn't come close to a good audience recording, in my opinion. Overall, a good item, but not essential. (A C, Mar 99)

Complete Seattle (The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin TDOLZ Vol. 98 982001/982002/982003)

Disc 1:  Introduction, Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2:  The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed & Confused, Stairway To Heaven
Disc 3:  Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean

One of the last TDOLZ titles, this is an excellent, almost complete, very good to excellent stereo audience recording of Zeppelin's July 17, 1973 concert in Seattle.  A gap lasting several seconds at the end of No Quarter is filled with a good source that sounds like it is from vinyl, and the guitar drops during the solo in Stairway To Heaven making it difficult to hear (a real pity). The concert is one of the highlights of the tour. The epics, Dazed and Moby Dick, are extremely long, even for this tour.  No Quarter is very mysterious, The Ocean is fantastic, and Whole Lotta Love has a unique rhythm during the theremin solo that is heard only in this show.  The show is let down only by the exploding mellotron during The Rain Song, where Jones switches to electric piano giving the song a different atmosphere.  Plant's comments between songs are very charming as well. This title comes in a fat boy jewel case utilizing many of Laurence Ratner's photos from the 1973 US tour.  The case comes in a cardboard slipcover with the Hindenburg disaster on the cover. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

After Burner (Cashmere CSCD004/005/006) 3 CD
Seattle Centre Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, 17th July 1973

Disc 1 (67.37): Opening Announcements, Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song.

Disc 2 (49.28): Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven.

Disc 3 (63.03): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean.

The packaging comprises a fat jewel case. The artwork is acceptable. On the front cover a standard picture of Page and Plant on the front of the stage. On the rear a picture of the band standing in front of the plane. On the inside there are some individual photos of the band members. I have various releases of this concert. I bought this title more out of curiosity than anything else. I was interested to hear what sort of job this label would make of well known sound sources. Principally it is a sound board with the gaps filled in from a low generation audience tape. The sound board source is reasonably good. The sound quality is a bit compressed. When I started to play this title I was pleasantly surprised. The audience portions of the tape sound good. The joins between audience and sound board are done very well. When you play this title through you are left thinking that time and effort have been taken to present as full a picture of the concert as is possible and in the best sound possible. As I say a very good effort. Then I noted a comment by Mr McTrainspotter in a review of a recent release by Winston Remasters. He commented that Cashmere had ripped off one or two Winston Remasters titles. I am not fortunate enough to possess a Winston Remasters title - I have read Mr McTrainspotter's glowing reviews often enough. I now wonder whether I have come by a Winston Remasters title via Cashmere. If this release is an effort by Cashmere then, as I have said, it is a very worthwhile effort. It scores over earlier releases on account of the fact that as much of the concert as is available has been presented. On the other hand if it is an knocked off copy from Winston Remasters then potential purchasers should consider whether they wish to endorse the conduct of Cashmere. (John Morrison May 05)

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18-Jul-73 Vancouver

Cut In The Seventies (TDOLZ).July 18 1973,Vancouver ,Canada. Single CD,50 minutes. Audience recording.

Track list:Rock'n'Roll/Celebration Day/Bring It On Home introduction (fades out)-Black Dog (beginning cut)/Over the Hills and Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop-Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Dazed(bass notes only).

This is a very good recording, clear,with all the instruments defined and well mixed. There are a few volume fluctuations at the beginning of the tape but overall it is stable. This recording is also a little muffled. Apparently this new release is slightly more complete than other offerings, when compared to Brian Ingham's excellent review on Tarantura's "Canada Dry", for instance. The level of hiss on this release is not too high but is always present throughout. The performance is not as terrible as the reprinted article on "The Concert File" suggests. The concert is a little slow, Plant is tired but performs well and the rest of the band is in very good form, especially Page who plays great solos in Over the Hills, Since I've Been Loving You and No Quarter. (Rosina Diaz Scali Oct 99)

Canada Dry (CD-001 Tarantura)

PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, July 18, 1973

CD: (48:37) Rock and Roll, Celebration Day (ending cut), Black Dog (beginning cut), Over the Hills & Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've been Loving You, No Quarter, Dazed & Confused (only 8 seconds of the bass intro. included)

This is a good sounding recording with a performance on par with most of the '73 shows. The sound is somewhat wrecked by the overabundance of tape hiss. A 14 minute version of No Quarter is the only highlight on this piece. Plant's voice holds up fairly well in this show. (Brian Ingham June 96)

No Firecrackers (Electric Magic EMC-009A/B)

Disc 1:  Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog (cut), Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since Ive Been Loving You, No Quarter.

Disc 2:  Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, outroduction.

No Firecrackers utilizes a new, more complete tape source for the July 18th, 1973 show in Vancouver. The old source was previously released as Canada Dry on Tarantura, and Cut in the Seventies on TDOLZ. The new  tape source is much closer to the stage, making the songs louder, clearer, and more enjoyable. Dazed and  Confused is great, as well as Stairway and No Quarter.  The show comes to an abrupt end when the announcer  says that Plant is being taking to the hospital, and the audience is indeed upset (What is this bull! somebody near the taper says).  The packaging is consistent with other Electric Magic releases: tri-fold paper gatefold with paper slip cover using many photos from the 1973 tour, with the Concert File blurb printed right in the middle. This is definitely recommended, specially to those who like to hear the Zeppelin disasters as well as their triumphs. (Gerard Sparaco Oct 2001)

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20-Jul-73 Boston

Thank You and Goodnight, Led Zeppelin are Gone (Beelzebub Supreme Disc 39, 40) 2CDR
Boston Garden, Boston, MA, Friday, 20th July 1973

Disc 1 (48.10): Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home - Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song.
Disc 2 (65.39): Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love.

It is mind boggling that more than 30 years after the event a new audience source surfaces. This is what being a collector of Zep boots is all about. It just makes you wonder what is still out there waiting to be unearthed. Beelzebub's title was one of the first to street. The packaging is very nice. Cardboard gatefold. On the front cover a picture of the band on stage. On the inside the picture from the front cover has been enlarged - Jonesy now features. On the reverse the track listing. I had available the title previously released by IQ, Zep vs. Boston. The good news is that the sound quality for this source is much better than that available for the earlier release. I would rate the sound quality on this release at say 6.5/7. The taper, it sounds, was some way back from the stage. The band sound a bit distant. It is difficult to make out individual instruments. Plant's voice is way down in the mix. As the concert progresses sound quality does improve. There is more separation between the instruments. Plant's voice becomes stronger. This evening's version of No Quarter is excellent. By the end of disc 1 the band are moving into top gear performance wise. The second disc starts with an absolutely fantastic version of Dazed and Confused. The band really do motor through the second half of the show. It can be seen from the track listing that the band plays a curtailed programme. This concert is infamous from the audience point of view. Boisterous, I suppose, would be an understatement. Plant throughout the show was attempting to settle the crowd down. Presumably Plant and the band decided that they could not control the crowd and decided to call a halt to the proceedings. This is somewhat unfortunate as the band were putting on a good show, there was an excellent taper on hand, the full programme would have been a delight. An important release, therefore, as it provides much improved sound quality of an infamous show. Lets hope the taper attended the earlier shows in Boston and that his efforts become available. (John Morrison Aug 05)

Boston Cream Pie (EVSD, 353/354/355/356) 4CD
Boston Garden, Boston, MA, July 20th 1973

Disc 1 (79.49): Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home Introduction/Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (includes San Francisco).
Disc 2 (33.17): Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie).

When it was announced that a new audience source for this concert had surfaced it was inevitable that all the current labels would rush to release a boot. Empress Valley being one of the heavyweight labels for Zep titles. I had available the Beelzebub release prior to receipt of the Empress Valley title. Beelzebub had impressed with the quality of their recent releases. I expected the Beelzebub title to sound better than the Empress Valley. There is not a lot in it but I do think that the Empress Valley sounds just a bit better. I have been disappointed with certain of Empress Valley's recent releases, my main criticism being that they tinker too much with the sound source. The result is that their releases, on occasion, can sound flat. Not so here. The sound quality, at the outset, is not great. It is a bit like a wall of noise. However as the concert progresses the sound quality improves. Plant's voice comes more to the fore. There is more separation of the instruments. A few songs into the concert the band are really strong. This release by Empress Valley, in my opinion, captures this essence of the band a bit better than the Beelzebub release. I must stress that there is not a lot in it. It is mentioned in a review on another site that the Badgeholders release, Wild And Relatively Mellow, sounds better than this release by Empress Valley. I suppose as I'm an individual beyond help I am now going to have to track down that title. The packaging is nothing spectacular, slimline jewel case. Picture of the band and a concert ticket on the front. Track listing on the rear. I acquired Empress Valley's 4CD version. The 2 remaining discs incorporate the earlier available inferior sound source. I am not terribly sure why Empress Valley bothered. It is not as though these 2 discs are ever going to be played. Having said that the packaging for the 2 discs is pretty good. Single cardboard sleeve with William Stout artwork. (John Morrison Aug 05)

Thank You And Good Night, Led Zeppelin Are Gone (Beelzebub Records BSD 39/40) 2CDR
Boston Garden, Boston, MA, 20 July 1973

CD 1 (48.10): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Bring It On Home Intro - Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/No Quarter/The Song Remains he Same
CD 2 (65.39): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love

A second, very high quality audience recording has surfaced from the often fraught and crowd troubled Boston 1973 concert. It is this new source that has been released and remastered on this release. The sound starts of only at a reasonable quality, but then suddenly in Over The Hills And Far Away it improves quite dramatically, and is very good indeed. This has been remastered very well by Beelzebub, and it has quite a load and punchy effect, but with a hint of "boom" due to the venue's acoustics. Throughout the show Plant has to admonish the crowd, who were causing problems and constantly needed to be told to stop pushing. A number of songs are missing from this recording, assuming they were played. It may be that Moby Dick was dropped because of the crowd troubles. This is however still a very good concert, up to the usual 1973 high standards. Packaging is in an attractive full colour card gatefold, with colour printed picture discs. (Jamie Boswell April 06)

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21-Jul-73 Providence

ON THE RHODE AGAIN

(IQ 071/072)

Disc 1:  Rock and Roll,  Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter, The  Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song

Disc 2:  Dazed & Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love

Right on the heels of the abbreviated show in Vancouver on July 18th comes this concert.  This show is well known for some of the worst crowd trouble Zeppelin encountered on their U.S.tour in 1973.  The band drops  Misty Mountain Hop and Since I've Been Loving You from the set list and go right into No Quarter to calm the audience, but to no avail.  The tape source used on this title is a fair to good audience recording, perfectly listenable. It is distant, contains echo and noticeable hiss, but is clear and the performance itself is very enjoyable. No Quarter is very  mysterious, Dazed & Confused is one of the best versions on the entire tour and Stairway to Heaven has an incredible solo. There is one cut on  the tape between Stairway and Heartbreaker, leading one to suspect that Moby  Dick is cut out. However, it sounds more like a tape change. Moby Dick  was probably dropped from the set list as well. Given the incredible  performance, it is a shame the Boston crowd was too rowdy.  The end of the show is the worst with what sounds like M 80s and Cherry Bombs being  thrown onto the stage!  This is especially sad since this is the final  performance for Zeppelin in Boston. This title is definitely recommended. (Gerald Sparaco Oct 2001).

On The Rhode Again

Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, July 21, 1973

CD1 : (59.32) Rock & Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog (minor amount of left channel dropout in the middle), Over the Hills and Far Away (minor bump to the recorder during the guitar solo), Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You (minor amount of left channel dropout near the end), No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same (last minute only), The Rain Song (40 seconds cut in the middle)

CD 2: (73:00) Dazed & Confused (call & response section cut), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick (2-4 minutes cut near end of solo), Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (most of the theremin section and Boogie Woogie cut) (another cut near the end), The Ocean

This is the third release of this show sourced from the same very good audience tape. The first two releases were LZ Rider (Tarantura) and its CD clone LZ Rhoder (no label). All releases have the same cuts and defects. However, this new release does not have the digital distortion during Stairway to Heaven's guitar solo. On the Rhode Again sounds flat next to LZ Rider . This is because LZ Rider's tape had been mastered to give it a brighter sound. Unfortunately, the mastering process accentuated the defects during Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away and Since I've Been Loving You which are barely noticeable on On the Rhode Again. LZ Rider's mastering process also produced an audio that "shook" in places. Both releases have tape hiss. But the tape hiss on LZ Rider is more noticeable over more frequencies due to its mastering. The tape hiss on On the Rhode Again is only in the upper most frequencies that can be easily reduced. Both releases handle the cuts properly (i.e. no fade outs/ins). Except LZ Rider fades out then into The Song Remains the Same. The cuts during Moby Dick and at the end of Whole Lotta Love on both releases are barely noticeable. The other cuts are noticeable, but they are tight and maintain the beat. Heartbreaker is not listed on the back cover, but is present and cued separately. Again, the performance ranks right up there with the LA shows. Plant's voice is in very good shape and the rest of the band delivers right behind him. The recording is clear and balanced with only a small amount of audience chatter picked up in places. (Brian Ingham Aug 98)

LZ Rhoder (TM 007/ LZ 008)

Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, July 21, 1973

CD 1: (59:32) Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog (minor amount of left channel dropout in the middle), Over the Hills and Far Away (minor bump to the recorder during the guitar solo), Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You (minor amount of left channel dropout near the end), No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same (last minute only), The Rain Song (40 seconds cut in the middle)

CD 2: (72:03) Dazed And Confused (call & response section cut), Stairway to Heaven (contains a small amount of digital distortion during the guitar solo), Moby Dick (2-4 minutes cut near end of solo), Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (most of the theremin section and Boogie Woogie cut)(another cut near the end), The Ocean

This release uses a very good to very good plus audience tape. Supposedly a direct copy of LZ Rider (Tarantura), it sounds like the tape had been digitally processed with too much reverberation (the audio "shakes" in places). At least the cuts in the tape are so well pieced together you don't lose the beat. A minor amount of high end tape hiss is also present. As for the performance, it ranks right up there with the LA shows. Plant's voice is in very good shape and the rest of the band delivers right behind him. The recording is clear enough (only a small amount of audience chatter is picked up) that each instrument can be heard. (Brian Ingham Dec 96)

There's So Much More Sound To Hear (Empress Valley, EVSD 321/322) 2 CD
Civic Centre, Providence, Rhode Island, 21st July 1973

Disc 1 (66.03): Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home/Black Dog, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song.

Disc 2 (73.05): Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean.

Another must buy from Empress Valley. I have a theory. Genuine Masters titles arrive on the scene. The sound quality, in my opinion, of GM titles easily eclipses that of other labels. Overnight Black Dog has raised the level of sound quality that collectors expect from a boot. Do other labels rise to the occasion? The signs are promising. This title comes in a slimline jewel case. On the front there is an insert card with pictures on the front and rear. The front picture is in black and white showing the upper torso of Jimmy Page. On the reverse there is a picture of Plant and Page on stage. On the inside of the rear insert card is a standard colour picture of the group at an airport. The rear picture again black and white has the band on stage. The artwork is pretty good. The track listing on the rear cover is readable. The title I had available for comparison was the Tarantura release LZ Rider. The sound quality on this new release is considerably better than the Tarantura release. For measurement purposes I would give the Tarantura a sound quality mark of say 5. This new release would be say 8 perhaps 9. Whereas the earlier release was a bit thin sounding, a bit tinny. This new release has a warm rounded sound. In fact this new release is what the official live album should have sounded like. The crowd are lively. The band put on a good show. They are playing well. It sounds great. It is 1973. What more could you ask for. (John Morrison May 05)

There's So Much More Sound To Hear (Empress Valley, EVSD 321/322) 2 CD
Civic Centre, Providence, Rhode Island, 21st July 1973

Disc 1 (66.03): Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home/Black Dog, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song.

Disc 2 (73.05): Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean.

In my mind, July, 1973 ranks right up there with September, 1970 and September, 1971 as one of the greatest months in Zep's history.  The spectacular shows performed in that summer month of 1973 included the 7th in Chicago (captured on Empress Valley's excellent Windy City II), the supershow in Detroit on the 12th, and the three-night grande finale in Madison Square Garden.  Songs were performed during this stretch of shows that would never again be performed the same.  A perfect example of that is Stairway To Heaven, which I must candidly admit is not a favorite track of mine from 1975 concerts forward.  No Quarter also stands out in my mind not only because of Robert's vocal gymnastics, but because of its more compact and powerful arrangement.  Thankfully, Empress Valley have issued another fantastic show from July, 1973, the boys' concert in Rhode Island.  I have LZ Rhoder with which to compare this most recent release, and I am happy with the sound quality of the EV release as compared to what I've had until now.  For one thing, EV's release has very little tape hiss, an annoying distraction in some recordings.  Disc one of the show is powerful, aside from Robert's impatience with the raucous crowd and the inferior source material used for the first 4:33 of TSRTS, but disc two is where the value of this release becomes the most apparent.  Dazed is a prime example of why Jimmy Page was, and is, Jimmy Page.  Unbelievable, remarkable human performance by him of this live track's many chapters.  Another classic aspect of this recording is the peak it offers into the trip Zep took with its fans during a show.  Toward the beginning of the bow portion of Dazed, an audience member close to the taper asks, "Is this still Dazed And Confused?"  Great question, with a great answer.  And the performance doesn't disappoint.  Stairway's excellent, as is the remainder of the show through The Ocean.  The packaging is a slimline jewel case with a creative glossy insert card in the front of th case, and rather familiar shots from the era in the liner and backside.  Empress Valley are on a hot streak right now, and this is part of that streak.  (Symmetry101, May, 2005)

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23-Jul-73 Baltimore

Baltimore Jack (TDOLZ VOL. 96 962004, 962005, 962006 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, July 23, 1973

CD 4: (63:46) Rock & Roll, Celebration Day, Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog (digital static after the song ends), Over the Hills and Far Away  (muffled throughout), Misty Mountain Hop (muffled throughout), Since Ive Been  Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (2-3 minutes  cut from middle)

CD 5: (45:01) Dazed & Confused (small cut during end of bow section, cut during final vocal section, dropout near end), Stairway to Heaven (volume  increases during the guitar solo, but returns to prior level near end of solo,  recording is slightly distorted during the volume increase)

CD 6: (57:03) Moby Dick (cut in middle of drum solo, two separate dropouts near end of drum solo), Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie), The Ocean

A fair audience recording is used for this release. The recording is distant,  giving everything a slight echo. This lessens the clarity of instruments. But it  is still listenable, but probably no more than once. There is very little tape  hiss on this source. Plant has to calm the audience down during Over the Hills  and Far Away's guitar introduction. Plant and Bonham do a quick medley before the start of The Ocean. Even with the less than spectacular audio, you can tell  Plant is in very good voice. His efforts at the end of Stairway to Heaven are  probably the best of tour. He doesn't lower his voice during its end and even raises it to the point of cracking it during "for all is ONE, and one is all". (Brian Ingham Dec 2000)

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24-Jul-73 Pittsburgh

The Crunge (Real Dragon) Per ***1/2 SQ **1/2 Appeal HC

Previously only out as a single CD as part of the Early Days - Latter Days collection this 2CD set is on recordable CDr's and is from the 'new' Real Dragon label, not to be confused with the original one which produced a complete Page and Plant Japan tour set. This release from Pittsburgh July 24 1973 uses at least two audience sources which change throughout the show. The first starts off distorted, muddy and distant but does improve during Celebration Day with the drums now quite faint. The second source kicks in for Since I've Been and is clearer, better balanced and less bass heavy. Later the first source apparently returns with more tape disturbances and changes in volume levels. Dazed is faded out at the end. However, even with the CDr type track separation giving the listener a bit of a rough ride this is a good '73 show. The features are powerful versions of Since I've Been and Black Dog. Page's bow work in Dazed is outstanding as is Bonham's drumming in Song Remains The Same. The hidden song is that rarity Sunshine Woman. The slightly dodgy cover art - pseudo William Blake drawings of Plant/Page surrounded by flames, incorrect concert date and difficult listening in places makes this one for the more serious '73 collector only. (Tony Gassett July 97)

The Resurrection  (Electric Magic EMC-013 A/B)

Disc 1:  Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

Disc 2:  Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Boogie Chillun'), The Ocean

This new two disc set from Electric Magic documents the July 24, 1973 show at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This is a two source mix. The first source begins with Rock and Roll and continues into the second verse of Celebration Day. The first source is very good although distorted and runs noticeably slow (or, the band were just extremely sluggish for the first song, but I doubt it). The second source picks up in Celebration Day and continues to the end and can be considered to be very good to excellent with a minimum amount of distortion and audience noise.  It's surprising considering the distance of the recorder.  Stairway To Heaven and Moby Dick are absent form this recording, and there is a slight cut in the final drum solo in Dazed and Confused. This could be the main source released before as Hello Pittsburgh on Image Quality, but I don't have it so I can't tell. The performance itself is excellent.  This is the show they played right before the Madison Square Garden shows and sounds very similar to the movie soundtrack.  No Quarter sounds very mysterious and heavy in this recording.  Dazed and Confused is breathtaking with a completely new improvised section by the end (sounds like the versions played in Europe in March), and the finale of Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love and The Ocean deliver the final statement of one of the best shows on their 1973 tour. (Gerard Sparaco Feb 2002)

Whatever Happened To The Stars? (Beelzebub Records BSD 68/69/70/71) 4CDR
Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, 24 July 1973

CD 1 [RAW version 1] (68.35): Intro/Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
CD 2 [RAW version 2] (54.10): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick (cut)

CD 3 [Remastered version1] (68.35): Intro/Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
CD 4 [Remastered version 2] (59.32): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick (cut)

There were at least three fans at the Three Rivers Stadium at this concert with tape recorders. Two different sources have been available for some time, but more recently a third source has appeared, and freely available to download off the Internet. It is this new third audience recording that has been released. Sadly it runs out before the end of Moby Dick, so the final part of the concert is missing. This is a great pity as this recording is a very good one. There is an echo and slight boom to the sound by nature of the outdoor venue. There are numerous announcements before the concert starts to sort out problems with the large crowd and people standing in unsafe areas. Eventually things are sorted out and the concert begins. There would be only two days before the start of the three great Madison Square Garden concerts in New York from the 27th to the 29th July. So this show can be regarded as a warmup and rehearsal for those three marathons. The "RAW" version is merely the downloaded concert. The third and fourth discs on this release are the remastered ones. And the sound has been improved and enhanced. There is a little bit of distortion on the recoding, but it is clear and bright and has pretty good bass. Typical of the high standard of playing the group had reached at this final stage of the tour, this is a nice concert to have. Plant asks the audience after Black Dog if they are well, and says that the band are not well. As Robert introduces No Quarter a massive firework goes off, but amazingly he does not castigate the perpetrators. Again, just before The Song Remains The Same, a string of fireworks are let off (what sort of complete dickhead does this sort of thing I wonder) and Plant say "somebody got indigestion up there?" The packaging is attractive and the four colour picture discs fit into a colour card sleeve. The remastered discs are also available on their own, which is probably the best one to go for. Hopefully some enterprising fan will combine all three recordings and make up a complete show. (Jamie Boswell March 06)

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27-Jul-73 NYC

The Safecracker's Show (Midas Touch 62211)
27/7/73, MSG, NY, SBD

Source tape is identical to "Best of Tour vol.2" (CD), "Discover America" (3CD), and "Grandiloquence" (9CD). "Best of Tour vol.2" and "Discover America" contain only The Ocean from this show, but this song is complete and uncut, while "Grandiloquence" contains Stairway, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker-WLL, and The Ocean, but The Ocean is fade out. In terms of the sound quality, "Best of Tour vol.2" (CD) and "Grandiloquence" (9CD) are the best. Among these two, "Best of Tour vol.2" seems to use younger gen tape, but for some reason or other, right channel is almost "off". "Grandiloguence" has no such problem, but high frequency is not so clear as "Best of Tour vol.2". This newly released CD from Midas Touch, contains Dazed (outro only, approx. 1 min), Stairway, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker-WLL, and The Ocean. Comparing the completeness of this one and "Grandiloquence", Midas Touch is better, because....

1. Needless to say, only outro but Dazed is included.

2. The Ocean is complete.

3. there are 2 cuts in WLL on Midas Touch, while 3 on "Grandiloquence".

Regarding the sound quality, this one has the same problem as "Best of Tour vol.2" does. But this time, left channel is almost "off", but the generation itself seems to be younger than "Grandiloquence". (Susumu Omi, Nov 96)

The Out of Song Remains (2CD, Holy SH 002-A), 27/7/73, MSG, NY, Aud

Audience version is also released recently. Song list is as follows: The Rain Song (fade in), Dazed, Stairway, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker-WLL, and The Ocean. Somehow distorted, just like the Houston tape of the same year, but obviously recorded from very near the stage. Comparing this one with "The Safecracker's Show" in terms of the completeness, WLL is complete and uncut on "The Out of Song Remains" . But Moby Dick contains a cut, while it's uncut on "The Safecracker's Show". (Susumu Omi, Nov 96)

A Rock 'N' Roll Institution (Beelzebub Records BSD 25-33) 9 CDR box set
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 27, 28 & 29 July 1973

CDRs 1 & 2 (27 July 1973):
Disc 1 (55.38): Rock And Roll/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (65.08): Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/The Ocean

CDRs 3, 4 & 5 (28 July 1973):
Disc 3 (64.43): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 4 (72.29): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Heartbreaker
Disc 5 (28.03): Whole Lotta Love/The Ocean

CDRs 6, 7 & 8 (29 July 1973):
Disc 6 (64.30): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 7 (73.34): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick
Disc 8 (48.05): Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/The Ocean/Thank You

Disc 9 (45.40) Cameron Crowe TSRTS promo and Jimmy Page Interview

Over the last few years renowned fellow trainspotter Eddie Edwards has used and freely made available all his vast knowledge on the composition of the official releases for the three night end to the 1973 North American Tour, at Madison Square Garden. His research has uncovered what was used for The Song Remains The Same and the DVD projects. He has also assembled, using both audience and soundboard sources, releases of all three nights. The first night is sadly incomplete, as both sources do not have the whole show. However the 28th and 29th July concerts have near complete soundboard recordings available. His releases have been doing the rounds as follows: 27th July Something Completely Different; 28th July It Doesn't Get Any Cooler; and 29th July A Long, Long, Long Way From Home. The latter release was copied by Tarantura as Missing Doll. These three releases have now been remastered and equalised by Beelzebub Records and released in a most attractive card box set. The ninth disc has a promo from journalist Cameron Crowe and an interview with Jimmy Page. Included with this release is a colour booklet with track listings and reproduction of an article about The Song Remains The Same film. The discs are nicely screen printed and overall this is a very well put together release. The sound was of course extremely good on the original releases, but once again, if you prefer a louder and punchier sound, then this new version will be up your street. This is a very convenient gathering of the end of the 1973 Tour and well worth seeking out, especially if you do not have the original releases. (Jules McTrainspotter June 05)

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28-Jul-73

A Rock 'N' Roll Institution (Beelzebub Records BSD 25-33) 9 CDR box set
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 27, 28 & 29 July 1973

CDRs 1 & 2 (27 July 1973):
Disc 1 (55.38): Rock And Roll/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (65.08): Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/The Ocean

CDRs 3, 4 & 5 (28 July 1973):
Disc 3 (64.43): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 4 (72.29): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Heartbreaker
Disc 5 (28.03): Whole Lotta Love/The Ocean

CDRs 6, 7 & 8 (29 July 1973):
Disc 6 (64.30): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 7 (73.34): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick
Disc 8 (48.05): Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/The Ocean/Thank You

Disc 9 (45.40) Cameron Crowe TSRTS promo and Jimmy Page Interview

Over the last few years renowned fellow trainspotter Eddie Edwards has used and freely made available all his vast knowledge on the composition of the official releases for the three night end to the 1973 North American Tour, at Madison Square Garden. His research has uncovered what was used for The Song Remains The Same and the DVD projects. He has also assembled, using both audience and soundboard sources, releases of all three nights. The first night is sadly incomplete, as both sources do not have the whole show. However the 28th and 29th July concerts have near complete soundboard recordings available. His releases have been doing the rounds as follows: 27th July Something Completely Different; 28th July It Doesn't Get Any Cooler; and 29th July A Long, Long, Long Way From Home. The latter release was copied by Tarantura as Missing Doll. These three releases have now been remastered and equalised by Beelzebub Records and released in a most attractive card box set. The ninth disc has a promo from journalist Cameron Crowe and an interview with Jimmy Page. Included with this release is a colour booklet with track listings and reproduction of an article about The Song Remains The Same film. The discs are nicely screen printed and overall this is a very well put together release. The sound was of course extremely good on the original releases, but once again, if you prefer a louder and punchier sound, then this new version will be up your street. This is a very convenient gathering of the end of the 1973 Tour and well worth seeking out, especially if you do not have the original releases. (Jules McTrainspotter June 05)

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29-Jul-73 NYC

The Garden Tapes (Disc Exploitation) Per **** SQ *** Appeal HC

First appearance on a 4 CDR set for the audience recording from Madison Square Garden, New York on 29 July, 1973. The show is complete apart from a slight cut in Dazed. The sound quality is muddy and distant at the beginning but improves after No Quarter, where even the bass becomes more distinct. Overall a good end to the 1973 US tour, Plant's voice is strong throughout the show, Jones' Thank You intro is impressive and Bonzo throws in an extra drum solo at the end of Whole Lotta Love. Page's solos in Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway are outstanding. Presentation of this set is tacky to say the least - an unfunny take on the TMOQ label! Also, the last disc only contains the encores which would have fitted on the third disc if an 80 minute CDR or pressed CD disc had been used. Gaps between some tracks expose the CDR format. (Tony Gassett June 99)

Madison Square Garden 1973 (FP-032)

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York July 29, 1973

CD 1: (51:10) Rock & Roll (slightly bass heavy in the mix in the beginning), Celebration Day, Bring It On Home intro./ Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away (slightly bass heavy in the mix), Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter (sound quality drops near end of guitar solo)

CD 2: (42:30) The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (Plant's? microphone rustled around near beginning), Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (ending cut prior to return to main theme)

This release utilizes the excellent soundboard tape. The mix is bass heavy in places, but it is acceptable. The drop in sound quality during No Quarter is more of a flattening of the sound. It returns to normal prior to The Song Remains the Same. This show has previously been available on Tattle Tales from the TMQ Masters Vol. 1 (Flying Disc Music) box set. That release is only a single disc and does not contain Dazed & Confused. It does, however, contain all the same defects noted above. Plus it contains a small cut during Rock & Roll's guitar solo. The sound quality is the same between the two releases and tape hiss only noticeable at high volumes. (Brian Ingham Aug 98)

Madison Square Garden 1973 (Fire Power) Per **** SQ ****1/2 Appeal G

The complete soundboard source from the final night of the 1973 US tour in New York on July 29. The 2 CD set covers the show up to Dazed which is truncated towards the end of the number. The sound is clear and upfront, with good guitar detail and the bass being particularly prominent. A little hiss is present in the quieter moments. On a few tracks the effect of tape compression causes the solo guitar volume to drop dramatically when the bass enters. Plant's vocals start off a bit shaky but improve. Page's solos on Black Dog, Over The Hills and Since I've Been Loving You are inventive with a slight raw edge. The bass work on Over The Hills, Misty Mountain Hop and the Song Remains The Same by Mr Jones is excellent. Dazed and Confused features skilful interlocking bass and drums and there are variations within in the usual sections. An illuminating document.

Grand Finale

Madison Square Garden, New York City, 29 July 1973 (Empress Valley, 4CD) Disc 1 (49 Mins 54 Secs): Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter Disc 2 (60 Mins 20 Secs): The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven *(from MSG 28 July 73) Disc 3 (76 Mins 25 Secs): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Encore: The Ocean, Organ Solo/Thank You 

Disc 4 (46 Mins 30 Secs), New AUD source 29 July 73: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven

This shows comes in a fantastic thick glossy hard back book.  Inside, the first half contains concert memorabilia from the concert with a superb set of colour photographs of the band rehearsing on stage.  The latter part contains 2 thick card pages each with a cut out section either side in which the CDs and paper slipcases are housed.  A very classy piece of work.  The recording is excellent although there a couple of very minor sound fluctuations.  Plant's voice sounds worn out at the start of Rock And Roll but picks up remarkably well.  The show rattles along at a good pace with Dazed And Confused clocking in almost 32 minutes.  The most contentious part is the splicing in of Stairway To Heaven from the 28 July show.  However, if you were unaware of that fact you would hardly be able to discern exactly where it does cut in.  An excellent piece of work.  A new source is used from the second part of Moby Dick onwards.  Whole Lotta Love is lengthy at 23 minutes without a full medley!  However, there is a version of Let That Boy Boogie Woogie and Boogie Chillun followed by another drum solo.  Great encore of The Ocean and Thank You.  The fourth CD contains a new audience source for Dazed And Confused and Stairway To Heaven from 29 July.  ( Philip Bushe June 02 )

Grand Finale (Empress Valley 4CD set) Madison Square Garden, New York City, 29 July 1973

The appearance of a mostly complete soundboard recording for the last of the three nights at the MSG in July 1973 should be a cause for rejoicing. The previous night has long been available in excellent sound (eg One More Magic on Immigrant), but we now have a  greater part available for the 29th. The missing section for the soundboard recording is from the last part of Dazed And Confused, all of Stairway To Heaven, and the beginning of The Ocean. Most intelligent people would have used the audience recording from the same night to fill the gaps. Unfortunately Empress Valley are not from this school of thought. Instead the cretins filled the gaps by using the soundboard recording from the previous night. The previous night's soundboard source kicks in at 25 mins. 04 secs. into Dazed And Confused. At least on this release they own up to their stupidity, as for the first time on one of their releases they actually state where the missing section comes from. This is in stark contrast to many previous releases where they fill the gaps from different shows, tours, planets, etc. This has totally spoilt what should have been a very important addition to the Live Underground repertoire. I am informed by a very reliable source that the reasoning behind Empress Valley using the previous night's SBD, rather than the same night's AUD recording, was so that there was not noticeable transition from SBD to AUD. Be that as it may, it still remains an incredibly stupid thing to do. Also Empress Valley can't resist cranking up the EQ and therefore increased the distortion in places. This release is a total waste of space. ( Brian Damage Bolowski June 02 )

Missing Doll Tarantura 2000 (TCD-12-1~3). Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 29 July 1973.
Excellent soundboard, with audience recording to fill the gaps.
Limited 200 copies only, unnumbered.
Set list:
Disc 1 : Rock And Roll (aud in part) / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter (aud in part)
Disc 2 : The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Dazed And Confused (last 5min aud) / Stairway To Heaven (audience source)
Disc 3 : Moby Dick / Heartbreaker / Whole Lotta Love / The Ocean (aud in part) / Organ Solo - Thank You

Dickhead does not fully express how I feel about myself this morning. I was one of those people with more money than sense who bought You'll Never Walk Alone - a truly appalling recording. I still vividly remember the anger I felt when I first played it. Did I learn from this? Obviously not. I bought Missing Doll . It is awful. Grand Finale EVSD which was the subject of some harsh reviews sounds wonderous compared to Missing Doll . I do not see the point of giving a blow by blow account. The purpose of my note is to warn off anyone who is thinking of acquiring the title but has not yet done so. My final assessment therefore is extreme disappointment, giving way to anger. (John Morrison Dec 02)

Missing Doll Tarantura 2000 TCD-12-1~3.
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 29 July 1973.

I also purchased Missing Doll and listened to the ENTIRE show. I don't agree with the previous review and (un)fortunately I don't own the EV title so I can't make comment on its quality. After the first song the title clears up nicely, nothing close to horrible as the other review would make you think and at least they filled in the gaps in the SB with the AUD of the same show, unlike EV. I spoke with the Bootledz webmaster and he agreed that this is one of the few Tara2000 titles worth owning. So, if you are interested in this show, I would disregard the previous review and buy it and have a listen for yourself. ( Sean Wylie Jan 03 )

A Rock 'N' Roll Institution (Beelzebub Records BSD 25-33) 9 CDR box set
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 27, 28 & 29 July 1973

CDRs 1 & 2 (27 July 1973):
Disc 1 (55.38): Rock And Roll/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Rain Song/Dazed And Confused
Disc 2 (65.08): Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/The Ocean

CDRs 3, 4 & 5 (28 July 1973):
Disc 3 (64.43): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 4 (72.29): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick/Heartbreaker
Disc 5 (28.03): Whole Lotta Love/The Ocean

CDRs 6, 7 & 8 (29 July 1973):
Disc 6 (64.30): Rock And Roll/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 7 (73.34): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Moby Dick
Disc 8 (48.05): Heartbreaker/Whole Lotta Love/The Ocean/Thank You

Disc 9 (45.40) Cameron Crowe TSRTS promo and Jimmy Page Interview

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