1975

Concerts Covered In This Section:

12-Jan-75 Brussels

It's Time To Travel Again (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

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

Double CD set from the Voorst National, Brussels on January 12 1975, one of two European dates as a warm-up for the big American tour of that year. This audience source starts off very muddy and distorted with only the vocals and guitar solos being discernible, but does improve after a few numbers. However, there are disturbing changes of volume at unexpected times and Rock and Roll, Kashmir and Whole Lotta Love have drop outs. More distortion occurs on Trampled Underfoot and renders the Stairway solo too difficult to hear clearly. The performance sounds very rusty after the long layoff with more than a few mistakes occurring. Plant is not going for any high notes and Page struggles on the Black Dog solo but does play some nice wah wah flutters on No Quarter and a good solo on Communication Breakdown. Kashmir is very messy. Part of the blame may lie with the cold sounding and echoey venue. Bonham starts off When The Levee Breaks before Over The Hills incorrectly, but delivers the goods afterwards with Page apparently playing Steel Guitar. The short show with Moby Dick and Dazed not played is only really worth having as a curiosity. (Tony Gassett)

It's Time to Travel Again (TDOLZ 419701/419702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Voorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium, January 12, 1975

CD 1: (47:45) Rock & Roll (contains 2 small dropouts near beginning, first minute cluttered and distant sounding), Sick Again, When the Levee Breaks false intro./ Over the Hills and Far Away (volume increases then decreases for 30 seconds near the beginning, the bass overloads the recording at this point), When the Levee Breaks (recording overloaded by opening harmonica playing, volume decreases a couple minutes in), The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (minor dropout in middle, minor volume changes after dropout), Kashmir (volume increases in beginning, dropout in beginning, tape ends abruptly at end of song)

CD 2: (60:14) The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, In My Time of Dying, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (quick fade down/ fade up in the beginning), Black Dog, Communication Breakdown

This release uses an alternate audience tape than the one reviewed in Luis Rey's book. After the initial sonic clutter, it clears up and can be considered very good with very little tape hiss. With the exception of Over the Hills and Far Away, the volume changes are minor. They were probably due to the repositioning of the recorder. The recording is clear enough to hear that Plant's voice was in good shape. The Wanton Song and Communication Breakdown are witness to this. The newer songs from Physical Graffiti are handled quite well considering their infancy on the road. The band does make a couple of errors during Kashmir though. Whole Lotta Love is played as an instrumental introduction to Black Dog. Page slips up a few times during Black Dog. (Brian Ingham Nov 97)

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

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

Second show 12 January 1975.

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

Third show 20 June 1980.

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

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

Belgian Triple (Empress Valley)

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

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

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

DISC ONE: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp.
DISC TWO: Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love

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

DISC THREE: Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, When The Levee Breaks, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot.
DISC FOUR: In My Time Of Dying, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown, Robert Plant/Bob Harris Backstage Interview on BBC2's Old Grey Whistle Test

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

DISC FIVE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.
DISC SIX: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love

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

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20-Jan-75 Chicago

See 21-Jan-75 Live at the Chicago Stadium

21-Jan-75 Chicago

Live at the Chicago Stadium (Cobra Standard 027) January 20/21, 1975

Disc 1: Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills and Far Away, When The Levee Breaks, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter

Disc 2: In My Time of Dying, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog, Communication Breakdown, How Many More Times*, Stairway to Heaven*

Cobra have copied the old vinyl title on the old Digger Label. This tape has been previously released as "Luftschiffe" (Tarantura) and "Live on the Levee" (Silver Rarities). The tape source used for the majority of the release, from January 21st is very good. The very beginning of "Rock and Roll" is heavily distorted, but clear during the guitar solo. The material from January 20th is fair to good. This is the best recording of the first weeks of the 1975 American tour. We hear the band trying very hard to put on an effective show. They were fighting many ailments: Page's strained finger (for which he developed the "three-finger technique") and Plant's flu, which he mentions several times in the recording. Also working against them is the cold reception made by the crowd, who were served a generous, but under rehearsed, from the soon to be released Physical Graffiti. After "The Wanton Song" Plant asks the crowd "Is there anybody there?" All that aside, I recommend this title for the rarities in the show. This is the final show in which they played "When The Levee Breaks", and it is a shame because the track was very effective live. My only criticism of this release is the placing of the tracks from the 20th at the end as bonus tracks. Couldn't they preserve the integrity of the sequence by placing them after "Moby Dick"? (Gerry Sparaco May 1999)

Sweet Home Chicago (Wendy, WECD 38/39) 2 CD
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, 20th & 21st January 1975

Disc 1 (62.07): Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, When the Levee Breaks, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same/The Rain Song, Cashmere, The Wanton Song.

Disc 2 (63.26): No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.

Boots of this concert have been available for many years. The question one has to ask, therefore, with this latest release is whether the label are simply cashing in or have something to offer. For me the test is whether or not there is an improvement in sound quality. I have Tarantura's release, Luftshiffe. Taking all factors into account, I would have to say that the release does sound pretty good. I am not sure whether I can go so far as to say that it provides a worthwhile improvement in sound quality over the Tarantura title. This release is reviewed by Mr Sparaco on the Hotwacks site. He comments that this title sounds much better than an earlier Cobra release. The title documents a show during the early part of the 1975 North American tour. The band, notwithstanding European warm ups were rusty. Further the band members were plagued with a variety of health problems. That said, in my opinion, they still put in a fairly good performance. This concert is of interest in respect of one or two of the tracks played namely When the Levee Breaks and The Wanton Song. Personally speaking I never tire of hearing How Many More Times. The packaging is non-descript - a fat jewel case. The artwork is okay based (?) upon an earlier vinyl release. If you don't already have a boot of this concert then I would recommdend this title. Otherwise a bit of care is needed. (John Morrison May 05)

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24-Jan-75 Cleveland

Ultraviolence (Holy Label)

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

Premier release on a 3 CD set for the show at Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, Ohio on January 24, 1975. This audience source is the complete show apart from a cut at the end of How Many More Times and the very end of Black Dog.. However the sound is distant, muffled, and distorted in the louder sections. There are tape disturbances in Trampled Underfoot and How Many More Times. The crowd noise is a bit overpowering on occasions. On the plus side this is a very good show, with excellent versions of The Rain Song, the rarely played Wanton Song and How Many More Times. Among the good guitar spots are the solos on Sick Again, Over The Hills, Stairway To Heaven and Communication Breakdown. Also the wah wah playing in the meandering guitar solo in No Quarter is outstanding. Unfortunately, the poor to average sound quality places this set in the hard core collector category. (Tony Gassett)

Ultraviolence Cleveland, Ohio 24/1/75 155 min. (3CD) SQ: 5-6

Set List: Rock+Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills+Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (The Hunter) cut Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown (Lemon Song)

A distant and at times distorted audience recording. The source used for this CD release is the same well-circulated, below average but listenable source reviewed by Luis Rey. The vastness of Richfield Coliseum can be felt in this recording, as the audience gives the band a very warm welcome. The audience noise is at times overwhelming. However, the audience noise is not very noticeable during most tracks, and everything is clearly discernible though somewhat distant. As in most of the early shows of this tour, Plant's voice is very rough and constantly breaking under the strain. The contrast of mood between "OTHAFA" and "In My Time of Dying" are striking as always, and Page is extraordinarily fluent in the former despite his injury. The slide work-out on the latter illustrates that Page is holding nothing back in this show. Unlike some of the '75 shows, there is very little that can be considered sluggish or monotonous about this performance. The entire event is conducted at a very fast pace. After "The Rain Song" three of the next four tracks are from "Physical Grafitti". As Rey indicates, "Kashmir" is not as heavy as usual and is played up-tempo. The "Wanton Song" is a revelation. Despite his condition, Plant's vocals are very effective here, and the instrumental machinery is devastating. It is hard to imagine the band would choose to drop this from the set list within the week; unless Plant felt it was too demanding on his damaged vocal chords. Having never heard "Trampled Underfoot" before, the audience response to Plant's introduction of it is very reserved. However, by the end of the song the crowd is hysterical. "Perhaps you'll remember this" is Plant's intro to "How Many More Times" and once again the audience is overjoyed. "HMMT" has to be the all-time audience favorite from the Zep repertoire. This is probably the most effective of the '75 versions of this song. As usual the bow solo from "Dazed" is featured within, followed by "The Hunter" before a return to the coda of "HMMT". "WLL" is little more than an intro to "Black Dog", and a powerful version of "Communication Breakdown" brings an end to probably the best pre-NY '75 show; one in which the band seems to really enjoy themselves before a very receptive audience. Unfortunately, enjoyment of this performance is limited by the rather poor sound quality.(Paul Holdren Mar 97)

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25-Jan-75 Indianapolis

Condition Breakdown (Holy Label)

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

2 CD set from fragmentary audience source of the Market Square Arena, Indianapolis gig on January 25, 1975. The sound for the most part is top heavy, with some treble distortion but reasonable well balanced. A fair number of cuts/fades are present - end of Song Remain The Same, start of the Rain Song, beginning of No Quarter and also fading out both Page's and Jones' solos in that number, the middle of Moby Dick, Page's main solo in How Many More Times and the very start of Stairway. Plant's vocals are pretty poor and the guitar work on the start of Over The Hills and the start of the Stairway solo is pretty shaky. On the plus side there are good versions of Kashmir - despite volume fluctuations, and Rock and Roll. The guitar solos on No Quarter, Trampled, and Black Dog are worth catching and the Wanton Song could be said to be interesting! Unfortunately this release is unlikely to encourage others to explore this under-represented early part 1975 with it's reputation for 'performance difficulties'. (Tony Gassett Nov 97)

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29-Jan-75 Greensboro

A Quick Get Away (The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin Vol. 68 TDOLZ 689801/689802)

Disc 1: Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter

Disc 2: Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown

January 29th, 1975 show in Greensboro, North Carolina. Is this the worst ever?? Listening to this show, one is reminded John Paul Jones' quote in the introduction to The Concert File: "At our worst we were still better than most. At our best we could just wipe the floor with the lot of them. It was just a very good live band." One can be charitable when listening to this show, and understand the state of the band in the opening weeks of the 1975 U.S. tour. The beginning of the show is very sluggish, and Plant's voice is very poor. But the show does liven up with an excellent Trampled Underfoot. How Many More Times is not that bad at all. It is a very literal 1969 reading except for the Dazed And Confused call and response section played BEFORE the violin bow. But Page impresses the crowed with his very fast riffs. Stairway To Heaven is very good (as with all of the 1975 shows), and the encores are also very strong. This title is definitely recommended. The tape is a bit distant, but very clear and powerful. (Gerard Sparaco July 2000)

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03-Feb-75 Madison Square Garden

Heavy Metal Hullabaloo (TDOLZ 6398051/6398052/6398053)

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, February 3, 1975

CD 1: (43:11) introduction/ Rock & Roll (first 45 seconds muffled, audience disturbances throughout, a few nearby audience sing alongs), Sick Again (audience disturbances throughout), Over the Hills and Far Away (balance shift in two separate locations near the middle, audience disturbances throughout), In My Time of Dying (audience disturbance near beginning and end), The Song Remains the Same (slightly muffled near end, audience disturbance near beginning, two near middle and one near end), The Rain Song (two audience disturbances near beginning, three in the middle and one near end)

CD 2: (51:19) Kashmir (four audience disturbances near beginning, three in the middle and one near end), No Quarter (four audience disturbances near beginning, five in the middle and three near end), Trampled Underfoot (unbalanced for 10 seconds near the beginning, two audience disturbances near end), Moby Dick (quick dropout or cut at beginning of solo, balance off for a couple of seconds in two separate locations, cut near end of solo, three audience disturbances during the solo and one near end of song)

CD 3: (57:33) Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (audience disturbance near beginning, three in the middle and one near end), Stairway to Heaven (audience noise drowns out opening notes, two audience disturbances near beginning), Whole Lotta Love (audience disturbance near beginning), Black Dog, funky intro./ Communication Breakdown (includes The Lemon Song) (sound wishy-washy for the first 20 seconds)

The audience tape utilized for this release was recorded by the same team that taped the Madison Square Garden show on September 3, 1971 (How've Ya Been? Riot At The Garden 1971 (TDOLZ)) and the Nassau County Coliseum show on June 15, 1972 (Long Island Line (IQ)). This time around, their taping techniques have improved. The recorder is closer to the stage, the sound is steady and clear and there is sufficient amount of tape for the entire show. However, they constantly talk, yell, scream, laugh and produce strange noises directly over the recorder during most of the songs (noted as audience disturbances above). Rock & Roll is muffled and fair sounding. The muffled sound may have been due to low output from the PA system (someone yells out "louder" during Rock & Roll). The volume and clarity improve to very good by the middle of Sick Again. There is only a minor amount of noticeable tape hiss and the sound is very dynamic (similar to the June 15, 1972 recording). There is plenty of bass in this recording. But not enough to distort the tape. Plant's vocals are fair at best for most of the show. He does handle Communication Breakdown, the toughest song of the evening, with noticeable improvement. But he doesn't push his efforts. (Brian Ingham Mar 99)

Heavy Metal Hullabaloo (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per *** SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

Debut on a 3 disk set for the show from Madison Square Gardens on February 3, 1975. This audience source is slightly distant but clear - the main problem being the traditional comments from the tapers who 'enhanced' earlier MSG shows. The good points are the long solo in Over The Hills And Far Away, the sensitive guitar/wah wah work in No Quarter, the off the wall solo in Trampled Underfoot and the whole band on Black Dog. The not so good points are Plant's voice sounding very rough and the boring keyboard solo in No Quarter. Dazed And Confused is cut down in length but sill interesting. Worth getting as the first full-blown attempt at the 1975 blockbuster set. (Tony Gassett Sep 98)

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6-Feb-75 Montreal

The 1975 World Tour (Cobra). Audience recording.

Three-CDs containing the whole of the show at the Montreal Forum on 6th Feb.' 75.The recording is nigh on excellent, occasionally there's a weird panning effect, some bass distortion at the beginning, variable stereo separation that makes some portions sound flat (particularly on disc two), mild hiss on occasion and audience noise. The show was taped very close to the stage so there's a great amount of detail to be heard. Fortunately, there are no apparent cuts in the pieces, only some between numbers. The tapers are noisy but restrain themselves while the band is playing; still some of their comments are annoying especially prior to Stairway, where they salute the piece with profanity and a "classy" round of burps. The performance is great with Page almost at his peak, Jonesy and Bonzo are awesome and although Plant is in poor shape he delivers cleverly with what's left of his vocal cords. Heartbreaker is played as an encore. Very enjoyable and worth getting. (Rosina Diaz Scali Feb 2000)

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07-Feb-75 Madison Square Garden

Trampled Under Foot (Cobla Standard) Per *** SQ *** Appeal G

First appearance on a triple CD set for the audience recording from Madison Square Garden, New York on February 7, 1975. The sound is bright and clear for the most part, but is a little distant and lacks bottom end. Although there are no obvious cuts there seems to be another source inserted into Dazed which has more bass and hiss with some tape disturbances, dropouts and speed variations. The first source comes back in Stairway then disappears again in Whole Lotta Love. On the plus side there are excellent solos in Over The Hills, Trampled Under Foot, Dazed and Stairway. On the minus side is Plant's rough voice and then Jones sounding uninspired in the No Quarter solo and Page running out of steam during his section in the same number. Overall a better than average show by early 1975 standards. (Tony Gassett Mar 99)

Strangely Enough- Electric Magic EMC-020 A/B
Madison Square Garden, New York 7 February 1975
2CD in a slimline jewel case
Set List:-
Disc 1: Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / No Quarter
Disc 2 : Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused (incomplete) / Stairway To Heaven (incomplete)

This is one of the well known (infamous) New York audience recordings with the taper and his friends in high (in more ways than one) spirits. Hopefully we will receive some reviews for this release. However on the face of it a poor job has been done by Electric Magic (as usual with this shoddy label), as by combining the very scarce vinyl Trampled Underfoot, and the tape source you get a complete concert of 152 minutes length, which only fits onto three CDs. Clearly this label has not bothered to do it properly so extreme caution should be taken with this release (as one should with all this label's releases). (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 03)

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08-Feb-75 Philadelphia

Philadelphia Special (LZ 001/002)

The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 8, 1975

CD 1: (75:45) Rock & Roll (several cuts in the beginning, muffled and unbalanced throughout), Sick Again (muffled in the beginning), Over the Hills and Far Away (small cut in the beginning), In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same (slightly muffled in middle), The Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter (garbled during guitar solo, small cut soon after), Trampled Underfoot (1 second dropout near beginning, goes mono for a couple of seconds near end)

CD 2: (75:37) Moby Dick (slightly muffled in beginning, 2 small cuts in the middle), Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven (cut before guitar solo), Whole Lotta Love, Out On the Tiles intro./ Black Dog, Heartbreaker

This is a good to very good plus, clear audience recording of a surprisingly good '75 show. Rock & Roll, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog and Heartbreaker sound more distant than the rest of the recording (most likely due to the recorder being blocked by an ecstatic audience jumping to their feet). The recorder is also knocked around in spots (i.e. garbled). The sound does clear up during Sick Again as the recorder is better positioned. There is a minor amount of tape hiss in this release too. All in all, this is an upgrade to the tape Luis Rey reviewed in his book. There are a few spots with annoying amounts of nearby audience "discussions". What could anyone possibly talk about during a Zep show that couldn't wait until afterwards? As for the performance, Plant's voice has pretty much healed while Page's finger has definitely healed! The performance doesn't crawl like other '75 shows, it runs! Trampled Underfoot is proof of this. Plant adds a few new lyrics to The Song Remains the Same and at the start of The Rain Song. He sings "Take it easy" as something happening in the audience grabs his attention. Page enters late for the bow section in Dazed & Confused but ends the song with a new riff. Whole Lotta Love is an abbreviated version without the middle section. It goes straight into Black Dog with Plant singing most of its original lyrics. (Brian Ingham Sep 96)

Philadelphia Special (LZ 001/002)  The Spectrum, Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, February 8, 1975

CD 1: (75:45) Rock & Roll (several cuts in the beginning, muffled and  unbalanced throughout), Sick Again (muffled in the beginning), Over the Hills and Far Away (small cut in the beginning), In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same (slightly muffled in middle), The Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter  (garbled during guitar solo, small cut soon after), Trampled Underfoot (1 second  dropout near beginning, goes mono for a couple of seconds near end)

CD 2:  (75:37) Moby Dick (slightly muffled in beginning, 2 small cuts in the middle),  Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven (cut before guitar solo), Whole Lotta Love, Out On the Tiles intro./ Black Dog, Heartbreaker

Though overlooked by many collectors, this is one of the best titles from the  '75 tour, in terms of both performance and sound quality. Jimmy Page is in  absolute top form, with his fingers speedier than in any other concert from this  period, except perhaps the 2nd show in Seattle. But the real surprise is Robert,  who has made nearly a full recovery from his flu earlier in the tour; his voice is raw and powerful throughout. Jones and Bonham are ever the effect rhythm duo,  their playing a perfect complement to Page's complex sonic tapestry. Standout  numbers on this CD set include The Song Remains The Same, Kashmir, Dazed and Confused and Stairway to Heaven. TSRTS is the one of the most powerful versions of the song ever, so powerful, in fact, that it stirs the audience into a  frenzy, one which Plant wisely attempts to cool through repeated shouts of "Take it Easy!". Kashmir easily rivals the studio version. Plant's vocals soar into  the upper ranges, while Page weaves his arabesque wizardry. Again, one of the  strongest versions ever. During Dazed and Confused, after an impressive jam  prior to the San Francisco section, the taper cries out in awe, "Jimmy Page is  the greatest guitarist ever!." Of course, I can only agree. Stairway tops off a superb night for the band with a gutsy and slick version. The syncronicity  between Bonham and Page near the end of the solo is breathtaking. As the title  implies, the Philadelphia concert is really something special, and because of its good sound quality (6.5, Stereo), it has great universal appeal. (Greg  Cox, August 2001)

Philadelphia Special (unknown) 2 CD

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

Slighty unbalanced recording of Philadelphia 8th Feb 1975.  Some cuts and edits but a fairly solid performance punctuated by numerous crowd problems and unwanted commentaries from the tapers involved.  Not bad for a ‘75 show then but there are better ones out there. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

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12-Feb-75 Madison Square Garden

Can't Take Your Evil Ways (TDOLZ) 3CD Box Set Limited to 350 numbered copies (Feb12 75)

An excellent release from this noteworthy label. This is actually the second time TDOLZ has released this show! A bit of history first: Among previously released boots, the previous TDOLZ release and the LSD release (MSG 1975) are the best. In terms of sound quality TDOLZ version had strongly enhanced high frequencies while LSD version had better low frequencies. In terms of completeness CTYEW had a cut in MD not present on MSG 1975, but had the band intro which was not present on MSG 1975. To make things worse, MSG 1975 had a small drop-out during R&R not present on CTYEW. How frustrating!

Now, this new box set from TDOLZ utilizes the complete tape (there is still a small cut in MD but this is on the master and was also present on the LSD release), therefore it's the best in terms of completeness. With regards to sound quality, the box set release is very similar to MSG 1975 (ie. high end is not eq'd very high) and if anything is more excellent than MSG 1975. So I think this box set is definitive version of this show. As for the packaging, it's icing on the cake. It comes in a CD sized card box with an onstage pic from 1975, housing the cds in the same gatefold case as the previous TDOLZ release and a poster. The poster features a different onstage shot from 1975 and has your number of 350 printed on it. Very Cool. (Lord Byron Feb 99)

Can't Take Your Evil Ways TDOLZ Boxed

I just received a copy of the new "Can't Take Your Evil Ways" on the TDOLZ label. I think the packaging is nice. It comes in a CD sized box with a color photo of the band on the top of the box. The box is like the box design for their Boxed 2 release. The CDs are housed in the usual mini album gatefold, which then sits inside the box. The set also comes with a color poster of the band. It also claims to be one of only 350 numbered pressings. The number I got was 159. The quality of the recording is excellent. However, this is the first time I have heard this show. So, I can't comment on how it stacks up to past releases. It does claim to be the complete uncut version. It does include the introduction by the announcer before Rock 'n' Roll.

Disc 1-1.Introduction 2.Rock n Roll 3.Over the Hills and Far Away 4.In My Time of Dying 5.The Song Remains the Same 6.The Rain Song 7.Kashmir (55:23)

Disc 2-1.No Quarter 2.Trampled Underfoot 3.Moby Dick (50:39)

Disc 3-1.Dazed and Confused 2.Stairway to Heaven 3.Whole lotta Love/Black Dog 4.Heartbreaker(w/That's Alright) (69:28)

I think this was a really good show. The only thing I don't get is that Plant keeps saying "This is the last of the New York concerts." Does he mean series of concerts? Any ways, I think this release is definitely worth picking up, but I don't know if it is an upgrade of previous releases of the same show. Five star package (Nick Havemann)

Can't Take Your Evil Ways (3CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 199701/02/03), New York, 2.12.75, aud

Set List: RnR, SA, OTHAFA, IMTOD, TSRTS, TRS, Kashmir, NQ, TuF, MD, DaC, StH, WLL-BD, HB

Source tape is identical to that of "In Person" + "In concert" (2LP+2LP, RSR-205/206), "Heartbreakers Back in Town" (2CD) from TNT Studio, "Jumpleg" (3CD) from Tarantura, and "MSG 1975" (3CD) from Last Stand Disk. Among these, "MSG 1975" was best in sound quality. In terms of the completeness as well, "MSG 1795" was most complete and contained complete Moby Dick for the first time. But strictly speaking, there was a slight dropout in RnR, which is not on other previous releases. Sound quality of this newly released CD is very similar to that of "MSG 1975". Strictly speaking, bass range is a little bit weaker, while high frequency range is stronger than "MSG 1975" . In terms of the completeness, this CD contains, for the first time, the opening band introduction; "Ladies & Gentleman, The American Return of Led Zeppelin!". Moreover, RnR is complete and contains no such dropout. But unfortunately, there is a cut in Moby Dick. (Susumu Omi, May 97)

Can't Take Your Evil Ways (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ ****1/2 Appeal G (General)

New version of audience source tape from the classic Madison Square Gardens gig on February 12 1975. This 3CD set has a bright, clear sound with the instruments being well balanced - the sympathetic stings ringing on Page's double neck during Song Remains are perfectly audible as is every drum stroke in Moby Dick. The only drawback with this release is a little top end distortion on occasion and a cut in Moby Dick. The band play very well throughout the concert, with the overall pace being faster than a lot of the early 75 gigs - a feature being the impromptu version of That's Alright during Page's Heartbreaker solo spot. However, the sound of the bottom string on Page's guitar not quite tuned to D in the Moby Dick intro shouldn't put anyone off from seeking out this superb set!(Tony Gassett June 97)

MSG 1975 (3CD, Last Stand Disk, LSD-12/13/14), New York, 2.12.75, aud

Songs: RnR, SA, OTHAFA, IMTOD, TSRTS, TRS, Kashmir, NQ, TuF, MD, DaC, StH, WLL-BD, HB

Source tape is identical to that of "In Person" + "In concert" (2LP+2LP, RSR-205/206), "Heartbreakers Back in Town" (2CD, TNT Studio, TNT-920120/21), and Jumpleg (3CD, Tarantura, T3CD-7). But sound quality of "MSG 1975" is best and overwhelming all of the abovementioned boots. In terms of the completeness as well, "MSG 1795" is most complete and contains complete Moby Dick for the first time. But strictly speaking, it's a pity that there is slight dropout in RnR, which is not in other previous releases. (Susumu Omi, Apr 97)

Ladies & Gents (Tarantura)

Madison Square Garden, New York, 12 February 1975

Disc 1 (55.31 mins.) 1. Intro, 2. Rock and Roll, 3. Sick Again, 4. Over The Hills And Far Away, 5. In my Time Of Dying, 6. The Song Remains The Same, 7. The Rain Song, 8. Kashmir

Disc 2 (49.43 mins.)1. No Quarter, 2. Trampled Underfoot, 3. Moby Dick

Disc 3 (71.17 mins.)1. Dazed And Confused, 2. Stairway To Heaven, 3. Whole Lotta Love,  4. Black Dog, 5. Heartbreaker 

The previous best release of this classic show was by TDOLZ in their remastered Can’t Take Your Evil Ways Un-Cut Complete Version which was a classic (limited to 350 numbered copies, in a box). Tarantura’s previous release of this show, The Jumpleg was a very poor one, using a high generation source which had numerous tape speed problems. They have made amends with this superb release, in a hard covered gatefold slipcase, numbered, with a different colour packaging for odd and for even numbers. The sound is fuller than the remastered TDOLZ release, with a richer bottom end. All in all this release is set to be a much sought after classic of a superb concert, one of the best 1975. (Jules McTrainspotter, Nov 2001).

I offer up this review for anyone that would like to make a few comparisons to the first TDOLZ release of the February 12, 1975 show. The exact locations of the unbalanced and cut portions are:
No Quarter; 11:45 - 11:47
Moby Dick; 9:45, 11:09
Dazed And Confused; 8:29, 17:44, 18:33, 19:18.
I bring this to everyone's attention because most reviews only mention one cut in Moby Dick and nothing of the unbalanced portions found elsewhere. 

Can't Take Your Evil Ways (TDOLZ 199701/199702/199703)
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, February 12, 1975

CD 1: (55:08) Introduction/ Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills And Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (cut immediately after the song), Kashmir
CD 2: (48:43) No Quarter (unbalanced for a couple of seconds during the guitar solo), Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick (small cut at the start of the hands-only drum solo and another, more noticeable cut after the switch back to sticks) 
CD 3: (69:25) Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (unbalanced for a couple of seconds just before the bow section and in 3 separate portions during the fast guitar section prior to the call and response interlude), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Out On The Tiles intro./ Black Dog, Heartbreaker (includes That's Alright) 

The tape used for this release is an excellent audience recording. There is very little audience noise over the recorder. The unbalanced portions of the recording sound more like tape problems than a shift in the recorders microphone or change in balance from the PA. This release is a little heavy in the upper frequencies, which is slightly irritating. A circulating copy of this show (master>DAT) contains the same tape defects listed above. But its upper frequencies are not as prominent thus making it more enjoyable.(Brian Ingham Jan 02)              

That's Alright (Electric Magic)
MSG, New York, 12 FEbruary 1975 (alternate source tape)

CD1: Rock And Roll/ Sick Again/ Over The Hills And Far Away/ In My Time
Of Dying/ The Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song/ Kashmir

CD2: No Quarter/ Trampled Underfoot/ Moby Dick

CD3: Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/ Whole Lotta Love/ Black Dog/Heartbreaker/ That's Alright

Just being checked out now is the Electric Magic issue of That's Alright New York. I've heard the first disc so far. This is not the same tape that most of us are familiar with of the 2/12/75 show. The tape starts out  with 3 minutes of some stage announcements. Also what would be considered a horror to Luis Rey is that you hear the same voices all over the 1971 and 1972 New York tapes. And they still think Zep is "The best". The tape has also been put through the same digitized sound effects on the 1973 soundboards as there are some high pitched squeals. Seems like there's been a lot of tape doctoring going on! (Grant Burgess Dec 01)

Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus Empress Valley
Madison Square Garden, New York City, 12 February 1975.
3CDs in a digipack inside a card slipcase.

Set List
Disc1 : Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus 3CDs, soundboard recording (Empress Valley)

The quality of the packaging in no way prepares you for the sound of this set. I am biased - this is a favourite show of mine BUT this listener has not heard anything better, any time, any place. To me this is THE most important, fantastic sounding CD I have ever heard. This makes virtually ALL other titles redundant with regards to performance and clarity. I can't think of anything to better it and that includes May 24/25 1975 Earls Courts. I am no technical wizard - there are far more qualified people out there, but to these untrained ears this is Zeppelin in your living room and no let up!. Soundboard though with audience mixed in the background. This EXPLODES from the speakers and is quite simply breathtaking in every way and its complete!!! Am stopping writing now - I have to go and listen to it again! MUST HAVE! Confirmation, which of course isn't needed, that they were the best there will ever be - play it to the doubters and watch their mouths drop!! (Mark Harrison Sept 02)

Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus - Madison Square Garden, New York, 12 February 1975 (Empress Valley, EVSD 185/186/187)

Disc1 (56.08): Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (49.33): No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 (66.40): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

This is an incredible discovery, a virtually complete soundboard tape of this classic show, in perfect sound. Empress Valley have pulled off yet another incredible find with this one. The sound is totally unbelievable in stunning soundboard quality! This sounds very much like a professionally mixed tape, all the instruments and vocals are perfectly balanced, and audience noise is mixed into the background. You can hear all the sound effects in perfect quality. Also between some songs you hear comments from Page and Bonham. The performance is superb as well, although Plant does sound a little rough occasionally, the tail end of his bout of flu. One criticism however, the board tape is missing the announcement: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the American return of Led Zeppelin", present on the excellent audience recording. What a pity Empress Valley did not splice this onto the beginning of the soundboard recording to make it more complete. There are some gaps in Plant's talking in between songs, missing on the SBD tape but present on the AUD recording. It is not rocket science to splice these into the SBD tape and make it complete. There are a few comments by Plant before Dazed And Confused that are only present on the SBD tape, which is very nice. Having said that, this has got to be one of the most important releases of a Led Zeppelin concert for a very long time indeed, and confirms Empress Valley's total supremacy as THE live label of the present time (although they can still make a complete hash of things on some of their releases). (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 02)

Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus 3CDs Empress Valley

Recent titles released by Empress Valley, Tarantura and Watchtower appear to have divided collectors over their worth if some of the recent reviews published here are to be believed. Whilst it's undoubtedly true some releases are just a cynical excuse to make money, others really do seem to offer an entirely different perspective on what we all thought we knew and liked (or disliked for that matter). The concert at MSG on the 12 Feb 1975 has long been a perennial favourite amongst collectors and has seen various releases through the years from titles as diverse as Tarantura, Last Stand and TDOLZ to Whole Lotta Live, TNT and, well, just about any other label you can think of. So is this release just another exercise in cynicism and money grabbing, or does it genuinely offer something entirely new. The answer so far as I'm concerned is it really is something entirely new and on a scale never seen (or should that be heard) before. Quite simply this is, in my opinion, the greatest LZ release ever. It's a stunning soundboard recording that knocks everything else into the shade. There may have been better performances on other tours, but until they receive this treatment they pale in comparison. If it's true Mr Page is preparing a long overdue official release of live material, then it's a question of, "Listen to this Jimmy" otherwise your efforts are going to be in vain. There's really not much point in doing a track by track analysis, if you haven't got the message by now you never will. Simply get it, put it on and listen to a show that has to be heard to be believed. It really is that good. (Donald Robertson Sept 02)

Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus (Empress Valley)

I don't know how they did it, but the wizards behind this release managed to concoct a damn-near impeccable soundboard version of this first-rate '75 show, complete, as far as I can tell, except for the absence of the brief "the American return of Led Zeppelin" intro. But that's a tiny price to pay for what you DO get here: The most well-balanced soundboard I've ever heard, its sonic delights limited only by the caliber of your speakers. I've listened to it so far through my B&W DM305's, and Dunlavy SC-II's, as well as a cheap pair of headphones. It kicks ever-lovin'ass, brothers and sisters. I'll keep this short, because I admit I'm not enough of a tech-head to explain WHY it¹s so good, and I can't wait to have that explained to me. (By the same token, I await the intelligent criticisms, as I'm sure there will be some.) I'll simply add that the "in-concert" live effects on songs like "Dazed," "Whole Lotta," "Kashmir," etc., so often rendered inert by the typically limited, "dry" soundboard recordings, are here in all their glory. There is so much great ambient stuff captured in this recording. Plant¹s inhaling during his breathy "Oh my Jesus" in IMTOD is frankly worth the price of admission, in my book. Great show. Insanely good recording. A MUST HAVE if ever there was one. I'll wait to see what Pagey gives us officially, later this year, or the next year, or the next . . . In the meantime, I am a happy man. (Josh Mooney Oct 02)

Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus (3CD, Empress Valley EVSD 185/186/187)

This one is really special. Hands down the best Zep boot ever released. Unlike most collectors, this show has never been one of my favorites. I have never been able to fully enjoy the performance due to the CD releases that were generally considered the best available. The TDOLZ releases were too shrill, Tarantura 2000 was "32 bit mastered" (what else needs be said). This amazing recording released by Empress Valley has completely changed my mind. What a show. Every detail is captured. The often commented upon intimacy of this show is made even more evident here in this sensational soundboard. Robert's between song commentary sounds as if he is speaking the words live the moment you're listening to them and Bonzo's hammering will break down even the most reluctant of air drummers. But the ultimate treat is reserved for all the Jimmy Page fans out there. Every sound he produced that night is captured in complete clarity. If you play guitar, you can almost see the position of his hands as each note and chord is played. This is all the more enjoyable as Jimmy is really playing. Gush, gush - it's hard to stop. The benefits of this unsurpassed recording are in complete contrast to the Seattle '77 soundboard where the clarity of the recording makes for a rough go. Here, Zeppelin are in such good form that the recording only heightens one's respect for their peerless musicianship. The packaging is very well done. A matte finished slip case houses a glossy three CDdigipak. The photos are all from the first leg of the '75 tour, including the Rolling Stone cover shot that was used for Cameron Crowe's 1975 feature article. Used here on the front of the slip case, I believe it was taken at MSG. Spot varnished onto the front and back of the slip case are a hemp leaf and the four symbols. After collecting live Zep since 1978, I'm astounded to see a recording like this unearthed and given such a quality presentation. Performance, recording, packaging - five stars all around. Two enthusiastic thumbs-up to Empress Valley. (David DeSanctis Sept 02)

Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus 3CDs Empress Valley

The concert at Madison Square Gardens on the Feb 12 1975 has long been a perennial favourite, and has made it onto more than one Top 10 list (mine included). Like most other collectors I was greatly looking forward to hearing a superb stereo recording of this date. And the recording lives up to the hype: it's full, clear and has a great warmth. The bass is very strong, and the vocals are crystal clear. Based on sound quality alone, this date could be easily be released officially (Although if I were to rate this as an official multi-track release, I'd say that the mix could use a little more midrange or less bass and treble. There's also a weird metallic sound around the vocals) But these are quibbles. This is easily the best sounding Zeppelin bootleg bar none. My problem with this release is the performance itself. The previous audience tapes had a house mix that placed the guitar up front, and the vocals a little buried. Thus, we all assumed that everyone was having a great night. But this new release tells a different story: while Page, Jones & Bonham were all on their game, Plant was in very bad form as he was suffering from the flu. The new mix places Plant front and centre, so that we can hear every crack and every wheeze (most of which was too quiet to make it over the house p.a.) Admittedly, he does a lot with what's left of his voice - but he's not very pleasant to listen to (some more casual Zep fans confirmed this for me). So, as much as I hate to admit it, I'd recommend the audience tape over this release. (Andrew Josovan Oct 02)

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12th February 1975 New York

NEW YORK, NY 2/12/75 (Fan Only release)

Disc 1 (75.25):- Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter
Disc 2 (63.08):- Intro/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused
Disc 3 (37.38):- Intro/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog/Applause/Heartbreaker/That's Alright Mama [sic]

The folks at the Led Zeppelin mailing list For Badgeholders Only (FBO) have in recent years made available quite a number of rare or carefully put together Led Zeppelin concerts for fans at minimal cost, coupled with nice artwork. [In fact I am listening to their Essentially All Essen 22 March 1973 production whilst writing this review]. This is a skilful combination of the audience and soundboard recordings to make up an almost complete show]. With the release of this classic 1975 audience recording from Madison Square Garden they have produced a masterpiece. The packaging and artwork are excellent too, nice black & white photos for the CD tray inserts, and a folding booklet. What a nice change from the atrocious and puerile Tarantura 2000 rubbish for this show Ladies And Gents.  On the back of the folding booklet we are given all the details of the recording, and the fact that the CDRs are off the master cassettes, via DAT tape. And what a lovely recording it is too! We are now spoilt by not only having a superb professionally mixed soundboard recording from Empress Valley (Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus) but this wonderful audience recording off the master tapes. There is a complete introduction before the opening song, and the usual cuts after Kashmir and in Moby Dick. One criticism is the way in which the final encore Heartbreaker has been split into two tracks, the song itself and the final part has been credited as That's Alright Mama. On the booklet and the back insert of the jewel case is the exhortation: "This recording is free, and should remain that way....Please support Led Zeppelin by buying their official output, and encourage them to release more archival material in the future". Worthy sentiments indeed, and full marks for making this classic recording available to fans in such a nice production. (Jules McTrainspotter Aug 03)

Following on from this review, the Underground Uprising Webmaster was contacted by the person who actually tracked down the masters for this show. Here is his story:
"It was sheer luck that I found this show! I was looking for Jerry Garcia shows, I stumbled across a trading site that offered Jerry Garcia concerts. I had nothing to offer, these guys were SERIOUS traders. All I offered was the Empress Valley bootleg [Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus]. So this guy (who shall remain nameless because that was part of the agreement) says in jest 'you should hear the audience recording of the same concert'. I'm sitting going 'oh s$*t' So I politely ask him, if this was for real and if this was the same recording that was booted back in the vinyl era. He said to me 'it's direct from the master tapes', he did the transfer. So in essence this was the 'middle-man' if you will. The person who originally taped this show taped the Grateful Dead as well. The middle-man then asked me to list him some good Zep shows. I gave him a list, he said 'you really are a fan-tell you what I will run you a copy on CD-but please don't sell it to booters, share the music'. So that's how I came across this tape. No ego trips, no deals with the devil, just a willingness to share with others. I dubbed the guy both Knebworth shows in return He also told me another story of how another Grateful Dead taper got 'popped' by Peter Grant at MSG in 1977. Grant apparently took the taper backstage, and lucky for him that there was a cop there, all Grant kept muttering under his breath was 'bloody bootlegger'. So that's how I came across this tape. Les Sutton deserves a hand because of his willingness to tree this concert in SHN as well.
James Sirigos, USA"

Heartbreakers Back In Town (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-15.02.1975-DVD-A-07) 1 DVDR Audio
Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, 12 February 1975

Track list: Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta love/Black Dog/Heartbreaker

Another installment in the ongoing series of remastered DVDs, presented by Genuine Masters. This latest production consists entirely of the superb sounding stereo soundboard recording that was originally released by Empress Valley as Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus, and took the Led Zeppelin fan community by storm. I criticized that release as they did not fill up the small gaps in the soundboard recording with the excellent sounding audience recording available for this concert. Unfortunately I must also criticize this release as the gaps have again not been filled. But at the end of the day that is a minor point, as what we have here is a really superb sounding release, cleaned up and remastered, and it sounds better than the Empress Valley version. The entire concert has been fitted onto one DVDR, which is a full colour picture disc. The packaging is again excellent and of high quality. The soundboard is also available on 3 CDRs, and they also sound superb. This is a new and novel way to present a concert and is highly recommended. (Jules McTrainspotter September 04)

Heartbreakers Back In Town (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-15.02.1975-DVD-A-07) 1 DVDR Audio
Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, 12 February 1975

Track list: Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta love/Black Dog/Heartbreaker

The latest from Genuine Masters brings us yet again, an upgraded audio source to a now common...and highly revered soundboard tape.  Sonically, "Heartbreakers Are Back In Town"
sets the standard for this MSG tape and this is where the GM efforts are solid.
The folks at Genuine Masters made a conscious decision not to fill in the missing portions of the soundboard with the excellent audience source that Empress Valley...and subsequently, Eel Grass...utilized with "Flying Circus".  The decision was an excellent one.  The stark differences
in quality at this level would have really disrupted the experience.  What GM has done with this soundboard tape is cleaned it up so that the fairly frequent static bursts that are present on the soundboard tape...are no longer there!  It is now not only in your face...but kicking you in the chops with clean boots! What is also nice about this new GM release is that it is the first to feature their newly developed technology that allows them to fit more than 150 minutes of PCM Audio with the photo images on to a single 4.7GB disc.  So, we get a single disc release vs. what previously has been 2 discs.  The menus and photos utilized in association with this project are all, very tastefully done.  However, the sequence of photos used within the actual slide-show aren't as thoughtfully assimilated as in previous GM releases.  The theme should, and could, have been kept to 1975 tour images but there are photos from '73 and '77 sprinkled throughout.  Plus!...Bonzo and John Paul Jones are barely represented within this nearly 3-hour show.  So, it could have been better balanced and higher quality photos sought out.  This release loses a tiny bit of effect here, though the focus of their titles is ALWAYS the audio!...and they nailed that down securely again.
If you have cherished your "Flying Circus" discs these past couple of years...you owe it to yourself to check this version out!  As usual with GM releases, both the DVD-Audio and CDR discs are available. (SVENGI HotWacks On-Line Oct 04)
NB from Underground Uprising Webmaster: Our thanks to our friends at HotWacks On-Line for this review. Please visit their excellent website: http://www.hotwacks.com/

Heartbreakers Back In Town (Genuine Masters)

Genuine Masters live up to their name. This is the future of sonically superior live performances. An entire (well 99%) 1975 concert on a single DVD-A disc. This soundboard treatment by GM is superior to EV's "Flying Circus" title. I agree with the HotWacks that this sound is so good that to fill in missing pieces with the audience would jar your senses. BTW I also have the anorak version that adds the audience tape to make the show complete, and I like it as well. Being a completist, I like having an audience source, a SB, and a combo of the two. As for the video, I believe GM just wanted to have band pictures instead of a blank TV screen. As you know, there's little available zep video to feature, so I think future Genuine Master releases will focus solely on the improved audio sound rather than pictorials. Since pictures take up alot of MB on a disc, this bare bones approach allows GM to put this entire show on a single disc. Most collectors own "Flying Circus" which I'm sure remains in most peoples' top 10 titles. I highly recommend you get this title & see for yourself how much better this show can sound! I guarantee you will happy and will be asking Black Dog to upgrade everything else you have. Unless CD sound technology vastly improves, DVD-A is the future, and the future is now at Genuine Masters (David Smith Oct 04)

Heartbreakers Back In Town (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-15.02.1975-DVD-A-07) 1 DVDR Audio
Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, 12 February 1975

Track list: Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta love/Black Dog/Heartbreaker

Had this title now for a couple weeks and I must say I'm knocked over by the whole production by the people at GM. It easily eclipses the quality of Empress Valley's Flying Circus and though not a Japanese artwork production I've kind of grown to like how the GM present their titles. Personally I add to my collection with the quality of music in mind and I'm not swung over by fancy artwork. Full marks go to GM for a wonderful upgrade (definitive?) to what I guess we all thought was the best when EV got theirs out. Only negative comment to make is that the slide show didn't have as many photos like what we got in some of the previous titles. That said I'd still give the people at GM a big 10/10 for this title though. Easily the best dollars I've spent on any boot in a very long time. (Gary Bell Nov 04)

Four Blocks In The Snow (Bluecongo Production) 3 CDRs
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, 12 February 1975

Disc 1 (55.04): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (48.14): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (58.29): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker

This is a fan created production, and is what should have been done by Empress Valley when they released the superb sounding Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus several years ago, to fill the gaps in the board recording with the excellent audience recording. Unfortunately Bluecongo have used two inferior and incomplete CD sources for this release, Heartbreakers Back In Town (SBD) and Can't Take Your Evil Ways (AUD). If they had used the EV release, combined with the freely available recent complete upgraded sound audience recording, then they would have had a winner. This ompilation clocks in at 162 minutes, yet the full show should be 176 minutes. It misses the opening stage announcement "The American return of Led Zeppelin", and there are numerous cuts that have not been filled. What a pity, as this could have been a very useful addition for the fan collection. (Jules McTrainspotter April 05)

Four Blocks In The Snow (Bluecongo Production) 3 CDRs
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, 12 February 1975

Disc 1 (55.04): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (48.14): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (58.29): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Heartbreaker

In my previous review of "Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus" I wrote that the soundboard, while of incredible quality, exposed Robert Plant's flu-ridden voice mercilessly. The result was so difficult to listen to that I recommended the audience tape over the soundboard. Why was this? The original house mix wisely buried Plant, while placing Jimmy's guitar up front. And Jimmy was having a very hot night....I originally approached this release with a fair bit of skepticism, but was quickly impressed with the great improvement. Now that I've lived with the recording for a while I wholeheartedly endorse this as the definitive release of this show. The quality of a matrix recording depends on the sources used; and on this release, the frequencies of the audience and soundboard recording complement each other very well. From "Heartbreakers Back In Town" we get the rich, full frequency response and clarity of the soundboard. From "Can't Take Your Evil Ways" we get the excitement and vibe of the audience recording. So far, par for the course. But what really makes this release outstanding is the way that the matrix seems to bury the lower frequencies of Plant's voice (where all the flu-created roughness lies) while maintaining clarity. Furthermore the audience recording really adds "balls" to Pagey's guitar sound - something that was sadly lacking from the soundboard mix. Without a doubt, "Four Blocks…" could be an official release – it's that good. Finally, while the release may be criticized for missing time, it's important to note that these are cuts to clapping and audience noise; not music. While I agree that shows should be as complete as possible, in my opinion the cuts in no way lessen the listening pleasure for either the casual listener or the serious Zeppelin fan alike. Given the outstanding sound quality, the amazing performance, and the incredible "vibe" of this recording, not only do I consider "Four Blocks…" to be the definitive release of this performance, but also one of the best Zeppelin bootlegs ever.
(Andrew Josovan August 05)

Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus (Empress Valley) DVD A

I got this title in order to assess whether EV's attempt to remake its previous CD release into a DVD format was successful.  As a result of my comparison, I found the audio of the DVD version of GM's "Heartbreakers Back In Town" is a bit brighter with more ambience and thus superior to that of this release from EV.
However, it is enjoyable to watch the still slides added to the release from EV, featuring a number of nice pictures of the band members of the era intact.  They add some value to this release.  I also found that regretfully the bonus footage included in the title is actually from the show at MSG on 7 February '75 rather than the show in Nassau '75 as incorrectly attributed by the label.  However, it is slightly longer than the one featured in Celebration's "Latter Visions."  Only if they had been able to erase the time indicator being always shown in the middle of the screen...  It actually is an interesting experimental title, though.  I would like to see if EV will be able to make any further progress in its technique to record the sound onto a DVD medium in a further improved sound quality. (Takemi Hiramatsu July 06)

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13-Feb-75 Uniondale

Trampled Underwood (IQ-046/047/048 Image Quality)

Nassau County Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, February 13, 1975

CD 1: (66:52) introduction/ Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying (last second or two cut), The Song Remains the Same (muffled in beginning with speed problems throughout, cut near the beginning), The Rain Song (beginning cut, close up audience noise picked up in beginning, speed problems), Kashmir (ending cut, possible speed problems), No Quarter (beginning cut, cut near end, last second or two cut)

CD 2: (75:54) Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick (cut at beginning of drum solo), Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco) (cut at beginning of bow solo)

CD 3: (34:57) Stairway to Heaven (speed problems in various locations), Whole Lotta Love (ending cut), Black Dog (beginning cut) (includes vocal rehearsal for Roll Over Beethoven), Communication Breakdown

The audience tapes used for this release are clear and push very good for overall sound quality. The sound for the first tape source is a little flat though. This becomes evident when tape sources change for the encore. All the instruments are discernable. Jone's bass does comes through a little heavy in places. But not enough to distort the tape. There is some noticeable high frequency tape hiss. It pretty much dissipates at the start of The Song Remains the Same where tapes are changed. Unfortunately the new tape drags and is not as bright. The speed problem runs through The Rain Song. It is hard to tell because of the instrumentation, but Kashmir may also have speed problems. The tape returns back to the same quality it was prior to The Song Remains the Same at the start of No Quarter. The high frequency tape hiss also returns. Tape speed problems are also evident during Stairway to Heaven. They go away after a cut between Stairway to Heaven and Whole Lotta Love. Communication Breakdown (announced as an old Led Faces number) comes from a brighter tape source. It too contains some high frequency tape hiss. Communication Breakdown is also available on Gems and Jams (no label). It comes from a higher generation tape and consequently is not as bright. (Brian Ingham Jan 98)

The New Faces (Jelly Roll) Per **** SQ *** Appeal G

First time on CD for this triple set from a fairly new label. This is the almost complete audience source for the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale show on February 13 1975. The sound starts off a little bass heavy, but brightens up after a few minutes. Although all instruments are clear there is a very slight fuzziness always present. The intro of No Quarter is cut, and background hiss becomes more prevalent with some changes in channel levels suggesting different tape sources. Both Dazed and Stairway have the hiss 'oscillating' in the right channel, which can be irritating. While Plant sounds a bit rough and low, Page's playing is very controlled being both measured and fluid in Sick Again, Over The Hills and Trampled Underfoot especially. Not a classic version of No Quarter for Jones, who sounds very bored and the song is barely rescued by the entry of Page and Bonham. The presence of Ron Wood duelling with Page on Communication Breakdown swings this release to the general collector. (Tony Gassett June 97)

Fighting Back At The Coliseum (Empress Valley)
Nassau Coliseum Uniondale New York USA February 13 1975.
3CDs in fat double jewel case and slipcase.


Set List:-
Disc1 : Rock AndRoll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / No Quarter [This part uses an inferior source source tape:- The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir]
Disc 2 : Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused
Disc 3 : Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Communication Breakdown (with Ronnie Wood)

The previous night's concert at Madison Square Garden was an excellent one, so the band was virtually recovered from their problems of a few weeks previously. The audience recording source tape is clear and very good sounding, but unfortunately incomplete. The section of the show from The Song Remains The Same to Kashmir is sourced from an inferior sounding audience tape. Regrettably the tape has speed problems during The Rain Song, the worst possible song for this problem, so there is a wibbly-wobbly sound throughout. It can also be heard during Kashmir, but not as bad though. Fortunately the main source tape kicks back in at 6 mins 19 secs into the song. Having said that, this is an excellent performance overall, and the final encore Communication Breakdown is a gem, with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones duetting with Jimmy Page. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 02)

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14-Feb-75 Uniondale

Nassau 1975 (TDOLZ) 3 CD's.

CD1(58:01):Rock'n'Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying (small cut prior to the first vocal a cappella)/Since I've Been Loving You/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song.

CD2:(53:56):Kashmir(small cut in the beginning)/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick (mid section cut).

CD3:(73:05):Dazed(cut at the end of San Francisco/beginning of bow solo) Stairway (beginning of guitar solo cut)/ Whole Lotta Love-The Crunge-Black Dog/Jam-Heartbreaker (includes Mess Of Blues) (beginning of guitar solo cut).

Audience recording from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on February 14 1975.There is bass distortion throughout the set and is notably intense in the pieces where Jonesy plays bass pedals, except Rain Song and Trampled. The first two tracks are overloaded by the bass guitar but quite clear, bass heaviness then lessens but varies, particularly in Since, Kashmir, No Quarter, Stairway and Heartbreaker. This tape was released by Image Quality as "St.Tangerine's Day", minimizing the distortion by compressing the sound and eliminating the rather small amount of hiss present. This made the sound become somewhat muffled and pushed the drums to the back, losing detail. Each label used a different copy of the same tape source, both are from very low generations, but TDOLZ probably got a better one. It sounds more upfront, brighter, sharper and the drums and cymbals are much clearer, and was mastered to avoid dullness, leaving the negligible amount of hiss present. Bass distortion was lessened ! with equalization; IQ's tape sounds cleaner but dull, in contrast to TDOLZ's raw but detailed, bright and definitely more upfront sound. TDOLZ's tape has less dropouts, No Quarter is 100% complete whereas IQ's offering has two small cuts at the end; Dazed has only a cut at the end of San Francisco, unlike IQ's version which has an additional cut in the instrumental prior to the return to the main theme. TDOLZ's tape has what appears to be a splice in the riff section that leads to the finale; IQ's version runs without such minor disturbance. All the other cuts are identical in both versions. The sound quality deteriorates at the end of Heartbreaker in both releases, overall it ranges from very good to near excellent with very good balance. TDOLZ's version is longer because there are four minutes of cheers after Stairway. The performance is awesome, outstanding playing, with Jonesy at his jazziest and funkiest, Page extending the solos with almost impeccable fluency and accuracy, truely inspired. He gets carried away and starts soloing early in Song Remains by either sheer genius or a "happy" accident. There are no highlights as the set is stunningly performed, even Since is dynamic and passionate. The encore is played very loosely. The jam before Heartbreaker is very exciting. One can pick between two relevant versions of an exceptional performance, we must be thankful. (Rosina Diaz Scali June 1999)

Nassau 1975 (TDOLZ) 3CD Sound Quality 6/10; Appeal 3.5/5

I know that this has already been reviewed a couple of times, but TDOLZ have really made an admirable job with this release. This release uses the alternate audience source first utilised by IQ, which was different to the horrible and very incomplete source put out by Off Beat a long time ago. When comparing the IQ and TDOLZ releases, IQ seem to have mastered their release for the worse. In an attempt to lessen the bottom end prominence IQ produced a recording that was very shrill, lacked any top end, and on the whole was quite dull and flat. On the other hand, TDOLZ found a better and lower gen tape of this show, and for the better pretty much left the tape as is. This has resulted in the bass frequencies being a lot more prevalent and at times distorting the tape, but at the same time the mid and high frequencies have been retained. As a result, the drums and guitar are a lot clearer and discernible than the IQ offering, and the recording more enjoyable on the whole. In terms of completeness, the IQ and TDOLZ releases are very similar and both share cuts in the same places, although the small dropout at the end of Dazed and Confused on the TDOLZ release is NOT present on the IQ release. Then again, the IQ release has a few cuts that arent present on the TDOLZ release as pointed out in a previous review. Packaging is a very nice gatefold sleeve as has already been described. If you are going to buy this show I would recommend you seek out the TDOLZ version. (Lord Byron July 1999)

Nassau 1975 (TDOLZ Vol. 065) February 14, 1975 - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

CD1: Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

CD2: Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

CD3: Dazed And Confused, Tangerine (~30 seconds), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love - Crunge, Black Dog, Heartbreaker

Previously available on such titles as "St. Tangerine's Day" (IQ) and "St.Valentine's Day Massacre" (Off Beat) - with "St. Tangerine's Day" being the superior of the two - this 3CD release by TDOLZ is even better. Right from the start it's obvious that "Nassau 1975" is audibly cleaner with a more refined sound than the IQ version. This TDOLZ title is still cursed with the same slightly distorted and somewhat distant recording that's even more evident on the IQ title, but at least both play at the proper speed. The recording isn't flawless, but it does come from a near complete and very good audience tape with only the occasional cut here and there as a distraction. Packaging is classic TDOLZ - efficient and good-looking - even if the front cover seems a little generic at first sight (but still better than any IQ title). The double slipcase design includes a plain yet effective black and white descriptive cover with a nice photo of Page and Jones in the center. The back and inside flaps have the same great color stage shot which fits the time period quite well. This show ends up being a very memorable event that easily stands out among their greatest of the 1975 performances. Luis Rey himself makes it clear that this date is one of the three best of 1975 - it's certainly a worthy collection piece and an indispensable 1975 show. (Scott Davis June 1999)

St. Tangerine's Day (IQ-040/041/042 Image Quality)

CD 1: (67:23) introduction/ Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying (cut in middle), Since I've Been Loving You (keyboards distort tape significantly when certain notes are hit), The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir (cut near beginning)

CD 2: (43:36) No Quarter (distortion from P.A. at one point in the beginning, minor dropout near the end, last few seconds cut), Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick (middle section of drum solo cut)

CD 3: (69:51) Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco (ending cut, links to middle of bow solo)) (cut during fast guitar portion after call and response section), Tangerine (vocal rehearsal), Stairway to Heaven (beginning of the guitar solo cut), Whole Lotta Love (includes The Crunge)/ Black Dog, instrumental introduction/ Heartbreaker (includes Mess O' Blues during the guitar solo) (small cut before guitar solo, beginning of guitar solo cut)

This release uses a second audience tape source for this show. It contains the complete show and includes more than what is listed in Luis Rey's book. It is slightly better than very good. The recording is clear and fairly close to the stage with very little audience disturbance. There is also very little noticeable tape hiss. The biggest drawback to this tape source is the recorder's proximity to Jone's amplifiers. The bass distorts the first two tracks. It lessen by Over the Hills and Far Away, but is still noticeable. The keyboards also distort the tape when certain notes are hit. The distortion increases slightly during the last two tracks. Tangerine consists of Plant singing a few of its lyrics. He admits he can't remember them. The first audience tape source is good to very good, but slightly distant. It contains only Rock & Roll through the beginning of Moby Dick (minus Kashmir). It was released on St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Off Beat Records). St. Valentine's Day Massacre deleted Since I've Been Loving You and the available Moby Dick fragment to fit it on one disc. It contains some noticeable tape hiss and a small cut during Trampled Underfoot's guitar solo. But does not have any bass distortion and all the instruments are clear. And so is the person between songs demanding Gallows Pole, Tangerine and When the Levee Breaks. (Brian Ingham Jan 98)

St. Tangerine's Day (Image Quality) Per **** SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

After a less than inspiring release as a single disk, the complete audience tape from the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York on February 14, 1975 is now out as a 3 CD set. The sound starts off as a little distant, slightly overloaded/compressed with low end distortion and lacking in the higher frequencies. However, as the listening becomes clearer the low end of the bass, keyboards and drums does causes some very pronounced distortion, especially on Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot and Moby Dick. There are minor cuts/drop outs in In My Time, Kashmir, No Quarter, Stairway To Heaven and Heartbreaker. Dazed suffers from two large cuts in guitar solo sections and the middle of Moby Dick is missing. The show doesn't drag and the whole band is in good shape, especially Mr. Page in Sick Again, Over The Hills, Trampled Underfoot, Dazed and Stairway. Plants' best moments are on Since I've Been Loving You and The Rain Song. The highlight is No Quarter where the Page/Jones solos are outstanding. Now this show can really be appreciated as one of the best from 1975. (Tony Gassett Jan 98)

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16-Feb-75 St. Louis

Oh Dear, I've Known Him Since He Was A Child (Led Note LCD 1502)

Disc 1:  Kashmir, No Quarter (small cut), Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick (substantial cut in drum solo)

Disc 2:  Dazed & Confused (two small cuts), Stairway To Heaven (small cut at beginning of guitar solo, ending cut), Whole Lotta Love/The Crunge/Black Dog, Heartbreaker (first half only)

This tape for the February 16, 1975 concert in St. Louis had been rumored to exist for many years.  Led Note finally found and released the final two thirds of the show (which is all that exists, from what I'm told) in the winter of 1999. The quality of this tape is mediocre.  It is distant, fuzzy, and with lots of echo.  Only the overwhelming Showco PA is able to rescue the tape from being very poor. The show itself is an excellent closing night for the first half of the tour.  The band carries the momentum of their great closing show in Nassau.  No Quarter is very strong, sounding very dark and foreboding.  Dazed & Confused and Stairway to Heaven are both outstanding.  The encores are the only let down in this performance. This title comes in a double slimline jewel case with many grainy photos from the tour.  The whole production is quite shoddy.  This title is recommended for serious collectors if found inexpensively. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

St. Louis Blues ( Empress Valley EVSD 316/317/318)
St. Louis, MO, 2-16-75. Excellent Soundboard.

Set List
Disc1 (55.04): Rock And Roll/ Sick Again/ Over The Hills And Far Away/ In My Time Of Dying/ The Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song/ Kashmir
Disc 2 (51.59): No Quarter/ Trampled Underfoot/ Moby Dick/
Disc 3 (67.47): Dazed And Confused/ Stairway To Heaven/ Whole Lotta Love/ Black Dog/ Heartbreaker (Inc, Shame, Shame, Shame)

The latest in a string of exceptional quality Zeppelin soundboards was unleashed upon the world by Empress Valley this week to help usher in the New Year. St. Louis Blues is a virtually complete board with only minor cuts. "John Bonham the heavy metal kid" is the star of the mix here; followed by Jones. The recording is a very well balanced professional mix. Plant's vocal performance is very strong. The audience is present and you can also hear other band members(from Bonham's drum mics?) and even stage crew chatter between songs and even during some. Overall it is a clear, bright, crisp, full sounding recording. It has an atmosphere to it that may be enhanced in the recording by the openess and sensitivity of Bonhams drum mics that pick up both stage and audience noice.(I don't want to say Matrix but thats kinda the feel it has.) Some mic buzzing throughout the recording. Worst in STH. R&R - Vocals rough. Overall rough.; SA - Still a little rough. Jonesie's a little off.; OTHAFA - Awesome! A notch below Dallas. Some clumsy fingerwork by Page being the major blemish.; IMTOD - Strong. The band is heating up!; TSRTS - Excellent. One of the best from '75; RS - Excellent as well and also w/TSRTS one of the best of '75.; Kashmir - Oh, Bonham!! " . . . 2!, 3!, 4! . . ." Plantation is cut before NQ NQ - Bonham - "It's a f*cking horrible song!" Enjoyable NQ. Great keyboard sound. Jimmy improvises a bit but, I like this NQ alot.; TU - Bonham's power rolling full tilt. Did I mention he was the star of the mix?; MD - Yeah, Moby Dick. Did I mention the mix? D&C - Good power. Driving rythym. Train teaser. The monster is starting to grow.; STH - Excellent. Not as good as 5/25 but close. Buzzing mic stains it. WLL - Great "Joe Crowley needs love!" Fun WLL. Great bass playing, funky. Nice theramin duel. BD - Nice. "The flu's nearly gone." Heartbreaker - "Shame, Shame, Shame" is cool but playing is very sloppy. Performance wise this is one of the better early '75 shows and the best sounding. Taken with 2/12 and 2/14 this is 2nd best with the Nassau show taking the prize. Stands up nicely against Dalls, Seattle and EC. (gungywump Jan 05)

St. Louis Blues ( Empress Valley EVSD 316/317/318)
St. Louis, MO, 2-16-75. Excellent Soundboard.

Set List
Disc1 (55.04): Rock And Roll/ Sick Again/ Over The Hills And Far Away/ In My Time Of Dying/ The Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song/ Kashmir
Disc 2 (51.59): No Quarter/ Trampled Underfoot/ Moby Dick/
Disc 3 (67.47): Dazed And Confused/ Stairway To Heaven/ Whole Lotta Love/ Black Dog/ Heartbreaker (Inc, Shame, Shame, Shame)

A real nice SBD of this concert from the folks at EV. The audience recording pales in comparison. Rock and Roll/Sick Again each have a few rough spots (performance) but after that the performance meter goes up. I have to agree with the previous review about TSRTS/TRS-probably one of THE BEST renditions of each piece. I had to replay them both because I could not get enough. I like the fact that more SBD's are coming out, hopefully this isn't the last one and more SBD's from all the tours will surface. Thanks to the person or person(s) that made this release a reality. (Unklejimbo Jan 05)

St. Louis Blues ( Empress Valley EVSD 316/317/318) 3 CDs
Missouri Arena, St. Louis, MO, 16 February 1975

Set List::-
Disc1 (55.04): Rock And Roll/ Sick Again/ Over The Hills And Far Away/ In My Time Of Dying/ The Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song/ Kashmir
Disc 2 (51.59): No Quarter/ Trampled Underfoot/ Moby Dick/
Disc 3 (67.47): Dazed And Confused/ Stairway To Heaven/ Whole Lotta Love/ Black Dog/ Heartbreaker (Inc, Shame, Shame, Shame)

Empress Valley have a habit of pulling something special out of the hat, just at the time when you think they have nothing really exciting to offer. They have come up trumps again with this release, a virtually complete excellent soundboard recording from St. Louis, the last concert of the first leg of their 1975 US Tour. Plant's voice is still not fully recovered, but he gives as much as he can, and he is in good form with numerous witty comments throughout the concert. During his intro for The Song Remains The Same, Plant refers to Kansas City and that John Bonham was arrested there once! Before No Quarter John Paul Jones is finishing a gin and tonic before he can start playing. There is a good panned stereo during Moby Dick (which again has an amusing introduction by Robert Plant, and drum encouragement from Mr. Bonham). The previous three concerts (New York and the two at Uniondale) were all of a very high standard, and this concert continues the trend, no doubt that they were looking forward to a 2 week break immediately afterwards. The packaging is similar to Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus, a card gatefold with clear CD trays, inside a slipcase, some very nice photos have been used. However such is the power and speed of the Internet these days, I first heard this release by way of a free download off the Internet, and then subsequently got my 'hard copy' original. This is highly recommended and full marks to Empress Valley for releasing yet another completely new recording. It will be regarded as a winge, but it was a pity that they did not use the several audience recordings to fill the gaps in the soundboard, and thereby produce the complete show. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 05)

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28-Feb-75 Baton Rouge

Hang on to Your Heads (TDOLZ 959901/959902/959903 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 28, 1975

CD 1: (51:26) introduction (minor shift to one channel for 30 seconds), Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same (muffled for a couple of seconds near beginning), The Rain Song, Kashmir

CD 2: (53:58) No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

CD 3: (60:44) Dazed & Confused (includes Woodstock) (minor dropout during fast guitar section before vocal battle), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes The Crunge), Black Dog

This release uses a near excellent audience tape source with very little noticeable tape hiss. The recorder is very close to the stage and all the instruments are well balanced. There is a fair amount of bass in the mix that produces a low rumbling sound at certain points. But it does not distort the tape and can be easily reduced. Someone nearby blows a whistle at the beginning and end of the show. Its only interference during the show occurs once at the beginning of Stairway to Heaven. For the most part, the audience is quiet around the recorder. Some muffled conversations can be heard during Moby Dick. Plant's vocals are at their worst for the first two tracks. He does improve during the show, but does not push himself. There have been four previous releases of this show. The first was Freeze (Tarantura). It was cloned on the release Led Astray (Silver Rarities). The others were Bon Soir, Baton Rouge! (Capricorn Records) and Blaze (Immigrant). All of the Blaze releases I heard had a defect in them that resulted in skips during Dazed & Confused. So I avoided that release and cannot comment on its sound quality or completeness. Freeze, Led Astray and Hang on to Your Heads are complete. Bon Soir, Baton Rouge! omitted Dazed & Confused to fit the show on 2 CD's. It has the same tape problems as Hang on to Your Heads. But it also has a minute cut from the introduction, shifts to one channel for 4 seconds at the end of No Quarter's piano solo and runs 3% too slow. Freeze runs at the same speed as Hang on to Your Heads and has the same tape problems. But the channel shift in the introduction on Freeze is very noticeable. Tarantura also "enhanced" its tape by reducing the bass slightly (good) and raising the upper frequencies (bad). Their latter effort resulted in an increase in tape hiss. Both Freeze and Hang on to Your Heads use very low generation tapes. Temper the tape hiss on Freeze, and it compares well with Hang on to Your Heads. (Brian Ingham Dec 1999)

The Battle Of Baton Rouge (Empress Valley EVSD 336-338) 3 CDs
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 28 February 1975

Disc 1 (52.25): Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (55.37): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (62.12): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

An unknown generation tape transferred to CDR is available for this concert, and an excellent audience recording it is too. However it suffers from a rather 'boomy' bottom end, no doubt due to the venue's acoustics. Empress Valley have used this source, but they have been able to remove quite a lot of the boom and this has resulted in an extremely enjoyable release to listen to. What we now have is an extremely well balanced and very punchy audience recording, of a very good concert. There is virtually no audience noise, the taper clearly knew his job and found an excellent location to capture the concert. Once again it is the drumming of John Bonham that shines through on this recording, providing the perfect foundation and backing for the three other band members. Page's guitar playing was in fine form, as was Jonesy on bass and keyboards. Plant's voice however had still not fully recovered from his illness a month ago, and you can hear some raspy notes in his singing, especially when he was going for the higher notes. Apart from that this is an really nice concert overall, and we are fortunate that the excellent audience recording has been carefully remastered by Empress Valley. This is the longest release of the concert, at 169 minutes. My previous versions of this show are Freeze! on Tarantura (166 minutes) and Blaze! on Immigrant (incomplete at 157 minutes). The unknown gen. tape source is 169.37 minutes exactly. The first encore Whole Lotta Love has The Crunge played, the first time they played this (although they may well have done so the night before in Houston, but no record of this concert survives). This then leads straight into Black Dog. Empress Valley have resurrected one of their first styles of packaging for this release, the three discs (which are labelled 'Led Astray') are in a very thick black card drawer, which slides into a glossy card sleeve. Highly recommended release. (Jules McTrainspotter Aug 05)

The Battle Of Baton Rouge (Empress Valley EVSD 336-338) 3 CDs
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 28 February 1975

Disc 1 (52.25): Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (55.37): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (62.12): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

I wasn't a great fan of this show, largely due to the mediocre qualities of the tapes as presented in the titles released in the past featuring the show. However, in terms of the quality of the audio, the sound as we hear in this new release from EV is almost comparable to the Millard tape which captured the show on 11 March '75 and is arguably the best known audience recording from the '75 shows. What is especially good with this new release is that while it very much amplifies the audio, it still retains the clarity of Robert's voice and the sounds of each instrument in the best ever manner without distorting or destroying them, (although Jonsey's bass is a bit off). The sounds as featured in this release may even be better than the Millard tape in that it more captures the spacey "live" atmosphere created by the echoes of the hall and the moderate level of remote audience noises. Therefore, it now sounds somewhat similar to the famous good audience recording of the band's concert on 17 July '73 in Seattle. The band's performances at the show which we can now enjoy in such a better sound quality, are overall not bad for the time of the tour. Accordingly, the new release has finally made me a fan of this concert! Highly recommended for all fans. The title comes in a case in the size regularly for a DVD that is similar to those used for EV's "Crashing Revelry" and "When We Were Kings". (Takemi Hiramatsu Sep 05)

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04-Mar-75 Dallas

Dallas 1975 (Last Stand Disk 2CD) Performance: 6 SQ: 9

This is the latest issue of the Dallas soundboard. I must point out that this is the best sounding unmixed board tape that I've heard (although still nothing spectacular). The performance, as I always thought (well, what remains of it anyway) is not too bad. The opening three tracks are delivered well as is TSRTS (great bass from JPJ here). The only real problem is Plant's voice which still seems to be recovering. This release is noticeably better than the old TSP version. Recommended if you like '75. (A C, May 99)

Solid Guitar (2CD, Tarantura, ORCD-1/2), Dallas 5/3/75, Soundboard

Set List: R&R, SA, OtHaFA, IMToD, TSRTS, TRS, Kashmir, NQ, TuF, MD,

The SB version of the show has already been released on "Dallas 75 volume one/two" (2CD, LZCD 101/102) and its numberless reissue. Strictly speaking, LP version of "Live in Dallas" from Toasted was released just before the original CD release. (LP version was suddenly released, while the release of the CD was postponed many times, owing to the illness of the bootlegger.) But anyway, the CD is not a knock-off of this LP. And now, this SB source was released as the 2CD set again, however, this one is NOT the knock-off of the original release. In terms of the sound quality, this one is almost equal to "Live in Dallas volume one/two". Strictly speaking, High frequency range is more enhanced on "Live in Dallas volume one/two", while bass range is enhanced on "Solid Guitar". As for the completeness, these two boots contains same cut in NQ, and Moby Dick fades out on both of them too. But Moby Dick on "Solid Guitar" is about 30sec. longer. (Susumu Omi, Dec 96)

Chasing The Dragon (Empress Valley, EVSD 188-193)
Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX, & 5 March 1975

Disc 1 (57.59):- Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (35.08):- No Quarter (cut) / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick (cut)
Disc 3 (69.27):- Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

Disc 4 (57.59):- Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 5 (64.48):- No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 6 (59.13):- Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

The first night in Dallas has been available for many years, running from the opening song to half way through Moby Dick, as a soundboard recording. Empress Valley have managed to locate the second half of the concert, also from the soundboard. It is a great pity that there is not also an audience recording from this night, to fill the large gaps in No Quarter and Moby Dick. The sound as presented by Empress Valley is excellent, a well balanced soundboard recording, that captures numerous comments from John Bonham, starting with his instructions to the mixing desk for increased volume in his snare drum monitor. The concert is punctuated by numerous humourous comments from Bonzo. Unfortunately on disc 2 Empress Valley have not done a good job in smoothing out the cuts in the two songs. In No Quarter the cut in the tape at 04.40 is very audibly evident, and this could have very easily been smoothed out. Again in Moby Dick, the performance ends abruptly at 12.05 minutes, with no fade out. Apart from these criticisms, the sound quality is superb. It is a pity that the performance (partly due to the apathy of the crowd) is not fantastic (Plant's voice is rather the worse for wear), but there are some nice moments.
The second night comes from an excellent audience recording, and is matched by a very good performance too from the band. This version clocks in at 182 minutes, but I have a first generation audience recording which totals 186 minutes. I have not yet been able to work out where the missing four minutes are. This release appeared in two forms. The first was a limited (150 copies, reportedly sold out in the first few hours on the day of release), 6 CD release, for both nights. Housed in a thick card slipcase (with the dates March 5 & 6 1975 on the front), each disc is contained in a card sleeve, with a colour photograph on the front. The second release was for the first night's soundboard recording only. All in all Empress Valley have pulled off another triumph, and this release is well worth seeking out. (Jules McTrainspotter November 03)

This has been received from Underground Uprising's Texas correspondent Jim Watson: "I've got some interesting information in regards to the 1975 Dallas shows.  I had someone, at the library, pull the microfilm for the 3/5, 3/6, 3/7, 3/8, & 3/9/75 Dallas Morning News papers.  I told him I was looking for articles or concert reviews confirming the actual dates they played at the Memorial Auditorium.  He stated that an article confirms that the concerts did in fact take place on the 4th (Tuesday) and 5th (Wednesday) of March.  This article or concert review (I'm not sure which it is) was in the 3/8/75 (Saturday) Dallas Morning News".
The review appeared in the Dallas Morning News of Saturday March 8, 1975 (with many thanks again to Jim Watson for tracking down and transcribing same):

Concert in Review:

Led Zeppelin Flies High, Heavy, Loud

By CHARLIE BATES

So now, the history-making Led Zeppelin concert series has thundered through Dallas-Ft. Worth, breaking gate records here as has been the case of previous stops of the English group's current and chaotic U.S. tour, which surely will bring more attendance marks before the March 27 conclusion in Los Angeles. At three straight sold-out performances in Fort Worth (Monday night) and in Dallas (Tuesday and Wednesday nights) the world renowned 4-man rock band attracted 34,000 fans, which according to show promoters Concerts West, is an all-time gate record for an indoor rock show in this area. But still, even as some of that history continues to ring in the ears, the critic's task remains the same, despite the record shattering crowds, or the extended applause for contrived encores of even the overwhelming satisfaction among throngs of loyal Zeppelin fans.

ANYONE assuming such apparent signs of success would sway the critic need only refer to an interview with Zeppelin's fames guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant published in the March 13 issue of Rolling Stone. The text points out that although the group five albums have each sold in excess of one million units and their current U.S. tour  (the first in 18 months) is expected to be the largest grossing undertaking in rock history, “the band has been continually kicked, shoved, pummelled and kneed in the groin by critics of all stripes.” With that in mind and with at least some recognition that Zeppelin might have been judged with prejudice this critic took his turn.  Alas, I can only (hopefully) avoid the low blows in evaluation. To be sure, audience excitement and anticipation was greater than usual just before the groups' concert debut in Dallas on Tuesday night.

Zeppelin opened strong and immediately ???????? (this word was extremely blurry whatever it was) the well-expected pattern of Page sharing the fronting role with Plant's shrill, penetrating vocals. On “Lady”, Plant joined Page's non-stop guitar runs in a crisp duo that was well executed, although the group's musical emphasis often seems to lack a relationship to the legitimate, impulsive expression of feeling. Page's style appears uncontrolled, very aggressive and almost always at a high level of unvarying intensity.  His guitar and Plant's scorching vocal tones embody the Zeppelin sound. When back grounded by John Paul Jones' bottom-heavy bass and drummer John (Bonzo) Bonham's booming licks, that group sound is thunderous, jagged, overbearing,   And, of course, the crowd loved it. With a continually superb light show and stage presentation, Zeppelin raged hours through the evening only rarely straying from the high-stress attack, whether on older tunes (“Black Dog”, “No Quarter”, “Dazed and Confused”) or on cuts from their latest album, “Physical Graffiti”, “Kashmir”, and “In My time of Dying". Finally, their finest work of all, “Stairway To Heaven”, brought out the very best from Zeppelin and proved to some extent the group can exert musical expression with subtle finesse, rather than the usual total assault approach. Still, while Zeppelin's individual musicianship skilfully enables them a separate, perhaps even elevated position among many rock groups, the uncoordinated and chaotic nature fundamental to the group's spirit and popularity seems to be their very deepest pitfall to reaching interesting favorable critical acclaim.

Chasing The Dragon (Empress Valley, EVSD 188-193)
Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX, & 5 March 1975

A superbly packaged item - Empress Valley really have it cracked now (though they will have to go some to beat "Deep Throat"), this "old" soundboard from the first night has definitely been "tweaked" a bit. I have concentrated my listening on the newer soundboard discovery of the last part of the show and the band does seem flat - the crowd evidently were not the best! However it IS crystal clear quality and sounds superb. The audience recording from the 2nd night is definitely listenable, maybe a bit "toppy" in places but worth having. As you can see am not a reviewer who goes into detailing nuances of every track - am too old and too long in the tooth for that! Suffice to say that if you can afford it, its definitely worth hunting down. (Mark Harrison Nov 03)

Chasing The Dragon (Empress Valley, EVSD 188-190)
Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX, 4 March 1975

Disc 1 (57.59):- Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (35.08):- No Quarter (cut) / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick (cut)
Disc 3 (69.27):- Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

The soundboard recording for the first night in Dallas was subsequently released by Empress Valley in an extremely nice three CD package. This is identical to their Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus, in a gatefold digipack, inside a sepia card slipcase. This is an altogether an extremely fine production from Empress Valley, and well worth seeing out. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 03)

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05-Mar-75 Dallas

Live in Dallas (3CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 0033-35) Dallas 6/3/75 Aud

Set List: R&R, SA, OtHaFA, IMToD, TSRTS, TRS, Kashmir, NQ, TuF, MD, DaC, WLL (incl. The Crunge), BD

Source tape for this newly released boot is identical to that of "Dallas Second Night" (2CD). In terms of sound quality, these are almost the same, but IMHO, "Live in Dallas" is slightly better and clearer, and moreover, pitch is more accurate. In terms of the completeness, "Live in Dallas" contains all songs, since it's the 3CD set, while "Dallas Second Night" is the 2CD set and does not contain Stairway, WLL, and BD. There are some cut in such as, The Rain Song, No Quarter, and Moby Dick on both of them. But the dropout during No Quarter is only on "Live in Dallas". (Susumu Omi, Dec 96)

Chasing The Dragon (Empress Valley, EVSD 188-193)
Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX, 4 & 5 March 1975

Disc 1 (57.59):- Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (35.08):- No Quarter (cut) / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick (cut)
Disc 3 (69.27):- Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker
Disc 4 (57.59):- Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 5 (64.48):- No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 6 (59.13):- Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

The first night in Dallas has been available for many years, running from the opening song to half way through Moby Dick, as a soundboard recording. Empress Valley have managed to locate the second half of the concert, also from the soundboard. It is a great pity that there is not also an audience recording from this night, to fill the large gaps in No Quarter and Moby Dick. The sound as presented by Empress Valley is excellent, a well balanced soundboard recording, that captures numerous comments from John Bonham, starting with his instructions to the mixing desk for increased volume in his snare drum monitor. The concert is punctuated by numerous humorous comments from Bonzo. Unfortunately on disc 2 Empress Valley have not done a good job in smoothing out the cuts in the two songs. In No Quarter the cut in the tape at 04.40 is very audibly evident, and this could have very easily been smoothed out. Again in Moby Dick, the performance ends abruptly at 12.05 minutes, with no fade out. Apart from these criticisms, the sound quality is superb. It is a pity that the performance (partly due to the apathy of the crowd) is not fantastic (Plant's voice is rather the worse for wear), but there are some nice moments.

The second night comes from an excellent audience recording, and is matched by a very good performance too from the band. This version clocks in at 182 minutes, but I have a first generation audience recording which totals 186 minutes. I have not yet been able to work out where the missing four minutes are.

Very interestingly, the liner notes (from the redoubtable Aquarius 11, this time very comprehensible) throw up an interesting point for debate. 'Aquarius 11' states that he accompanied his father, who was on a business trip from Japan to Dallas, in early March 1975. They were given tickets for the concert dated 5th March, on the evening of that night. They thought that they had missed the concert, but were informed by their benefactor that both concerts had been put back a day, due to the concert at Fort Worth on the 3rd of March. Whilst introducing Trampled Underfoot on the first night in Dallas, Robert Plant asked whether anyone went to the Fort Worth concert "last night".  This has been received from Underground Uprising's Texas correspondent Jim Watson: "I've got some interesting information in regards to the 1975 Dallas shows.  I had someone, at the library, pull the microfilm for the 3/5, 3/6, 3/7, 3/8, & 3/9/75 Dallas Morning News papers.  I told him I was looking for articles or concert reviews confirming the actual dates they played at the Memorial Auditorium.  He stated that an article confirms that the concerts did in fact take place on the 4th (Tuesday) and 5th (Wednesday) of March.  This article or concert review (I'm not sure which it is) was in the 3/8/75 (Saturday) Dallas Morning News".
The review appeared in the Dallas Morning News of Saturday March 8, 1975 (with many thanks again to Jim Watson for tracking down and transcribing same):

Concert in Review:

Led Zeppelin Flies High, Heavy, Loud

By CHARLIE BATES

So now, the history-making Led Zeppelin concert series has thundered through Dallas-Ft. Worth, breaking gate records here as has been the case of previous stops of the English group's current and chaotic U.S. tour, which surely will bring more attendance marks before the March 27 conclusion in Los Angeles. At three straight sold-out performances in Fort Worth (Monday night) and in Dallas (Tuesday and Wednesday nights) the world renowned 4-man rock band attracted 34,000 fans, which according to show promoters Concerts West, is an all-time gate record for an indoor rock show in this area. But still, even as some of that history continues to ring in the ears, the critic's task remains the same, despite the record shattering crowds, or the extended applause for contrived encores of even the overwhelming satisfaction among throngs of loyal Zeppelin fans.

ANYONE assuming such apparent signs of success would sway the critic need only refer to an interview with Zeppelin's fames guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant published in the March 13 issue of Rolling Stone. The text points out that although the group five albums have each sold in excess of one million units and their current U.S. tour  (the first in 18 months) is expected to be the largest grossing undertaking in rock history, “the band has been continually kicked, shoved, pummelled and kneed in the groin by critics of all stripes.” With that in mind and with at least some recognition that Zeppelin might have been judged with prejudice this critic took his turn.  Alas, I can only (hopefully) avoid the low blows in evaluation. To be sure, audience excitement and anticipation was greater than usual just before the groups' concert debut in Dallas on Tuesday night.

Zeppelin opened strong and immediately ???????? (this word was extremely blurry whatever it was) the well-expected pattern of Page sharing the fronting role with Plant's shrill, penetrating vocals. On “Lady”, Plant joined Page's non-stop guitar runs in a crisp duo that was well executed, although the group's musical emphasis often seems to lack a relationship to the legitimate, impulsive expression of feeling. Page's style appears uncontrolled, very aggressive and almost always at a high level of unvarying intensity.  His guitar and Plant's scorching vocal tones embody the Zeppelin sound. When back grounded by John Paul Jones' bottom-heavy bass and drummer John (Bonzo) Bonham's booming licks, that group sound is thunderous, jagged, overbearing,   And, of course, the crowd loved it. With a continually superb light show and stage presentation, Zeppelin raged hours through the evening only rarely straying from the high-stress attack, whether on older tunes (“Black Dog”, “No Quarter”, “Dazed and Confused”) or on cuts from their latest album, “Physical Graffiti”, “Kashmir”, and “In My time of Dying". Finally, their finest work of all, “Stairway To Heaven”, brought out the very best from Zeppelin and proved to some extent the group can exert musical expression with subtle finesse, rather than the usual total assault approach. Still, while Zeppelin's individual musicianship skilfully enables them a separate, perhaps even elevated position among many rock groups, the uncoordinated and chaotic nature fundamental to the group's spirit and popularity seems to be their very deepest pitfall to reaching interesting favorable critical acclaim. This release appeared in two forms. The first was a limited (150 copies, reportedly sold out in the first few hours on the day of release), 6 CD release, for both nights. Housed in a thick card slipcase (with the dates March 5 & 6 1975 on the front), each disc is contained in a card sleeve, with a colour photograph on the front. The second release was for the first night's soundboard recording only. All in all Empress Valley have pulled off another triumph, and this release is well worth seeking out. (Jules McTrainspotter November 03)

Chasing The Dragon (Empress Valley, EVSD 188-193)
Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX, & 5 March 1975

A superbly packaged item - Empress Valley really have it cracked now (though they will have to go some to beat "Deep Throat"), this "old" soundboard from the first night has definitely been "tweaked" a bit. I have concentrated my listening on the newer soundboard discovery of the last part of the show and the band does seem flat - the crowd evidently were not the best! However it IS crystal clear quality and sounds superb. The audience recording from the 2nd night is definitely listenable, maybe a bit "toppy" in places but worth having. As you can see am not a reviewer who goes into detailing nuances of every track - am too old and too long in the tooth for that! Suffice to say that if you can afford it, its definitely worth hunting down. (Mark Harrison Nov 03)

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10-Mar-75 San Diego

Symphony In a Thousand Parts (TDOLZ 6498061/6498062/6498063)

CD 1: (52:54) Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying (small dropout near middle), The Song Remains then Same (balance and/or volume change slightly for 16 seconds during "California sunlight" section), The Rain Song, Kashmir (small cut near beginning)

CD 2: (50:48) No Quarter (3 second dropout near beginning of piano solo, minor dropout at "The devil mocks" section which is followed by a slight volume increase for a minute, the volume returns to normal after), Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick (cut between snare and triplet section of the solo, muffled for a few seconds after the cut, volume fluctuations throughout the solo)

CD 3: (59:59) Dazed & Confused (includes Woodstock) (balance problems for 10 seconds after the first vocal section, bump to the recorder during the bow slapping section, beginning of the call and response section cut, quick volume drop before the return to the main theme, unbalanced for the last 20 seconds, ending cut), Stairway to Heaven (slight tape speed problems during the opening notes, small dropout near beginning, unbalanced during vocal section after guitar solo), Whole Lotta Love (includes The Crunge (quick volume increase near beginning), Feel So Good?)/ Black Dog (dropout near ending)

The audience tape used for this release starts off fair and distant. Not until Rock & Roll's guitar solo does it clear up. From this point on the recording is good and clear, but still distant. The bass produces a constant low-end rumble to the recording. It can be easily reduced with any equalizer. This helps the clarity of the instruments; which are only discernable with the bass reduced. There is some noticeable tape hiss up through The Rain Song. It lessens with a tape change after that song. The audience is rowdy at this show. But those around the recorder are mostly quiet. This helps with the clarity of many of the songs. Plant is in good voice for this show. He still can't reach those high registers, but he makes up for it with his effort. The start of The Crunge is forced by Bonham and is not as smooth as it will be at later shows. Plant throws in a couple phrases from an unknown song after the theremin section of Whole Lotta Love (referred to as Feel So Good). (Brian Ingham Mar 99)

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11-March-75 Long Beach

Long Beach Arena Complete (Confusion Records 1/2/3)

Long Beach Civic Arena, Long Beach, California, March 11, 1975

CD 1: (54:00) Introduction, Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying (tape garble in the beginning), The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir

CD 2: (52:21) No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

CD 3: (53:18) Dazed & Confused (includes Woodstock) (tape garbled during the fast guitar portion after bow solo, cut during the section before the return to the main theme, garbled during the ending), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes The Crunge), Black Dog

This release uses an excellent audience recording. All instruments are clear and well balanced with absolutely no close up audience noise. There is, however, very noticeable tape hiss. The bass guitar does become a bit prominent in places. Most notably during The Crunge and Black Dog. But it's not enough to distort the recording. (Brian Ingham Mar 97)

Long Beach Arena Complete (Confusion Records) 3 CD

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

3 CD set of the first night at Long Beach Mar 11th 1975 on Confusion Records.  If you haven’t got the show and want the best recording (so far) then get this one.  Chances are though, that most collectors will already have this show in one form or another. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

Long Beach Complete Confusion Records

Intro, Rock n Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog

This show, being the first known Zeppelin show taped by the late great Mike Millard, is probably the best one he did.  All the instruments are rich, full and dynamic, without any overloading or disturbing audience noise.  Great atmosphere, proximity to the stage, and balance, all captured on a portable cassette deck (Nakamichi 550?)in 1975!  Not bad for his first time out, it sounds better than most soundboards I’ve ever heard! So far the master tape has not surfaced for this show, and neither has any gen that doesn’t have a great deal of high-end hiss.  Unlike the releases of this show from Tarantura (Pussy and Cock), LSD (Long Beach 75), and Akashic (Zeppelin L), this release is in mono, whereas those are in false stereo.  The benefit is that the mono tape does not isolate Plant’s voice like the stereo versions do.  Kind of like he has just a little too much space in the stereo spectrum.  Additionally, this release is the only one to run at the correct speed, whereas the LSD and Tarantura run too fast, and the Akashic runs too slow.  Those labels also all EQ’d their tapes in ways that  produced even more hiss over more frequencies than this Confusion release, although only slightly more.  It is argued that the intro ("The American Return of Led Zeppelin") present on this release is not really from this show, but I doubt that very much, as the sound quality of this show is far beyond any other recording from this tour and would only give credence to the existence of  a similar-sounding unreleased source from some other show.  The obvious, seconds long, cut in Dazed is shared between all releases except Akashic, where they sneakily cut and pasted to "fix" it.  The performance itself is excellent.  If Physical Graffiti and this tour were all about the "wasted land...the likes of which we left back in California", as Plant said in NY on 2/12, it’s obvious the band are happy to be back.   Unlike the three LA shows later on in the month, where Plant is in horrible voice, Bonham's playing is tired, and Page is drunkenly sloppy throughout, this is a complete contrast.  Some say that the best 75 shows only occurred in NY, LA, and Seattle. Not true.  Although those shows all have great energy, the band didn’t always back it up with ability and focus.  In this show, and even more so the next night, the playing is tight, precise, and consistent.  Plant is in a great rock-star mood and is also in great strong voice.  He barely cracks at all and his vocal-phrasing is excellent. The overall playing is  long enough, without being aimlessly over-indulgent or tired as many efforts of this tour are. Page, although not as fluid as on 2/14 or 3/21, actually plays his solos in time and is fantastic throughout. His playing in Sick Again is energetic and raunchy, his No Quarter solo is very tight and fast with great Jones/Bonham assistance, and In My Time of Dying is one of the best and heaviest of the tour.  Kashmir is practically flawless.  Thankfully, Bonham’s drum sound is incredibly captured, unlike most recordings from this tour, and the listener gets to hear him in all his glory particularly on a fantastic Moby Dick. This is an excellent show, with no let downs that is essential for the sound quality alone. The out of tune 12 string on TSRTS makes it all the more interesting and inspires a humorous comment from Plant: "For anybody who is making a bootleg then, the 12-string was out of tune on The Song Remains the Same!"  Lucky for us that Millard was. (Mike Magnon Jan 02)

Long Beach, 11 March 1975

Long Beach 3-11-75 (Winston Remasters Mike The Mike Tribute Series, 2004) 3 CDR
Long Beach Arena, CA, 11 March 1975

Disc 1 (55.51): Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (53.43): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (55.49): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/the Crunge/Black Dog

We are most fortunate that Mike Millard was present for this concert, and that he managed to capture in in really excellent stereo sound (one of his very best efforts). Most releases of this show have been plagued by incorrect tape running speed, but this new release, carried out by a dedicated fan, plays at the correct speed. The source used was a first generation cassette copy, and the software used was Samplitude and Soundforge. However the great bonus of this release is the fact that an alternate recording has been tracked down to fill the small cuts and gaps in Millard's original. We are therefore treated to not only excellent audience stereo sound, but also the most complete version of this show ever released. this release comes with attractive home made artwork, and full marks must be given to the fan who clearly spent a lot of time and trouble putting this together. (Jules McTrainspotter Feb 04)

California Graffiti (Masterport 233) 3 CD in a fatboy double jewel case
Long Beach Civic Arena, Long Beach, CA, 11 March 1975

Disc 1 (44.44): Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time of Dying/The Song emains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 2 (63.51): Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (54.17): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love - The Crunge/Black Dog

Whilst this concert was not one of Led Zeppelin's finest performances, it was a perfectly acceptable one. It was also indeed fortunate that legendary taper Mike Millard was on hand to capture the entire concert in stunning full stereo sound. The sound quality is superb, and Masterport have clearly taken a lot of trouble to not only speed correct the source (to the correct running speed), but also apply judicious EQ that clarifies and enhances the original recording. We are therefore blessed with this release from Masterport (who are usually Eric Clapton specialists), which must be regarded as the best 'commercial' release of this concert. They have not copied the splendid Winston Remasters version of this show (and reviewed above), as this release only uses the Millard source. Winston Remasters spent a lot of time and effort tracking down an alternate (albeit incomplete) audience source tape to help fill the small gaps in Millard's effort. Therefore this release from Masterport is highly recommended. The cover artwork is rather bland, but at the end of the day it is the sound quality that is the most important consideration. This is a limited, numbered release, but Masterport did not see fit to advise us of the total number pressed. (Jules Mctrainspotter June 03)

In The Shadow Of Moonlight (Empress Valley EVSD 294-296) 3 CDs in a thick card folding case
Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA, 11th March 1975

Disc 1 (56.20): Intro/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (53.19): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (54.01): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love - The Crunge/Black Dog

Led Zeppelin shows are very similar to London buses, you wait for ages for one, then three show up all at the same time. The first (and still the best) release was the Winston Remasters Long Beach 3-11-75, which used an alternate source to fill the small cuts in Mike Millard's superb stereo recording. Close on the heels came the commercial release from Masterport, California Graffiti (which only used the Millard source). Now a third release has appeared from Empress Valley, In The Shadow Of Moonlight. This version, like the Winston Remasters, uses an alternate source tape to fill the small cuts in the Millard original. Fortunately Empress Valley tracked down this alternate source themselves, rather than a straight rip off of the Winston Remasters production. The sound is excellent, with Plant's voice being very clear and sharp. However whilst this release has very good top end, the bottom end is wanting, and is not as good as Masterport's California Graffiti. This concentration on top end seems to be a growing trend by Empress Valley, it is certainly noticeable on their Seattle 21st March 1975 part of their The Dinosaur In Motion. That show certainly needs more bass, and Empress Valley did not supply it. Therefore if you have the Masterport version, stick with that, or get the Winston Remasters by way of trade at minimal cost. This is an excellent release, but we do not need this concert yet again. This label either regurgitate stale old concerts ad infinitem, or surprise everyone with a completely new show. Speaking of the latter, Empress Valley are getting ready to unleash their newly discovered and hitherto unknown second concert at the Sports Arena in San Diego three days after this show. The back of this Long Beach release proclaims "countdown towards the lost weekend". The packaging is three CDs, housed inside a thick card gatefold, similar to Bringing The House Down. (Jules McTrainspotter June 04)

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12-March-75 Long Beach

Standing In The Shadow (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

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

A 3 CD set from the show at the Civic Arena, Long Beach on March 12, 1975. A basically reasonable recording which does have prominent bass distortion at various points i.e. Rock And Roll, Kashmir, No Quarter, Stairway and Whole Lotta Love. The Song Remains The Same after a restart has cuts at the beginning, middle and end, The Rain Song has a slight cut at the start, No Quarter has a cut after the last solo piano section then the end is cut and Moby Dick has a cut in the middle. The Song Remains is a storming version, Kashmir a triumph, Black Dog is intense and Trampled Underfoot a headbanging treat. In No Quarter a good Jones solo inspires Page in his solo and the guitar work in Stairway and Over The Hills is excellent. An exceptional 1975 show even if the audience source has a few faults. (Tony Gassett Apr 98)

Standing in the Shadow (TDOLZ 379701/379702/379703 Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Long Beach Civic Arena, Long Beach, California, March 12, 1975

CD 1: (74:33) Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same false start, The Song Remains the Same (small cut at beginning and in middle, last few seconds cut), The Rain Song (first few seconds cut), Kashmir, No Quarter (small cut after solos, ending cut)

CD 2: (56:24) Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed & Confused (includes Woodstock)

CD 3: (39:39) Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, The Crunge (includes Rhythm Stick), Black Dog, Heartbreaker (includes I'm A Man)

This release uses an audience recording that lies somewhere between good and very good. The recording is very close to the stage and all the instruments are clear, but not well balanced. The bass distorts the tape in places. The tape "shakes" because of this. It is at its worse during Dazed & Confused and Stairway to Heaven. The recording picks up very little closeup audience noise except in a few places. The same source tape was used on Trampled Under Jimmy's Foot (Silver Rarities). That release used a higher generation tape that ran 4% too slow. Both have the same number of cuts. A better, alternate tape was used for Long Beach Arena Fragment (Holy). Unfortunately, as the title implies, it is only a fragment (from most of Stairway to Heaven to the end of the show). I was informed the taper was unaware there was a problem with the recorder until the end of the show. Too bad, this performance is better than the previous night's. (Brian Ingham Nov 97)

Standing In The Shadow  TDOLZ

Rock N Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker

The more one listens to this show, the better it will start to sound.  And one should listen to this show as much as possible, as it is easily the best, if not the second-best, show of the tour.  The energy from the night before is still there and the band sound looser and in even greater mood.  There is something very significant about these initial California shows which the band seem unable to match by the time they play the forum after they return from Canada and Seattle.  The San Diego and Long Beach shows are Zeppelin in more heavy-party mood than the usual dark-mysterious.  The recording is the same source tape as was previously available on Silver Rarities' "Trampled Under Jimmy’s Foot" but speed-corrected, as that release ran too slow.  The main problem with this recording is that it is frequently distorted both by Jones’ Bass and Bonham’s bass drum and low toms.  Unlike most bass-overloaded recordings (like Nassau 75) the treble and mid frequencies rarely get drowned out by this and remain independent, but they are often occasionally piercing instead.  It is nice to hear Bonham’s snare with attack to it, and Page’s guitar with so much midrange, but Plant is occasionally a little hard on the ears.  The bass distortion sounds like Jones is playing with a thick amount of fuzz.  The balance is even otherwise, and it appears that the recorder simply couldn’t handle the volume and lower frequencies.  The overall effect is a close-up recording, but with a mild blanket of distortion on the high and low end during certain parts.  However, it is not as bad as it sounds.  This is not nearly as poor as Bath 70 or Boston 1/26/69.  On a scale of one to ten, this is a strong eight.  The sound is not at all cluttered, and given the recording, the atmosphere is wonderful.  Throughout the show, the pleasantly audible audience noise during the playing is ecstatic, and makes you feel the energy of the show all that much more.  As for the performance, it is magnificent and has an exceptional quality to it.  Better than 2/12, 2/14, 3/10, 3/11, 3/17, 3/19, 3/20 and all of the LA shows.   Plant is in great voice and still has all of the charisma he had the night before, but with more of the goods.  Page is in great form as well and his guitar playing is very hyper and intense.  Jones’ adds a unique Mellotron solo prior to No Quarter, and the band performance on the song is both mystical and aggressive.  Bonham is full of nice fast drum fills tonight, also playing very heavy.  Heartbreaker is the best of the tour with an amazing rendition of I’m A Man inserted.  The excellent paper case packaging is great as well, with the perfect 75 pose from Page/Plant to accompany this show.  Get Seattle 3/21 for the expert playing and long jams and get this show for the definitive "tight but loose" Physical Graffiti/California feeling.  (Mike Magnon Jan 02)            

Long Beach Arena Fragment (CD, Holy, SH 002-A), 12/3/75, Long Beach, aud

Source tape is NOT identical to "Trampled under Jimmy's Foot" (3CD). As the title indicates, this newly released CD contains only Stairway (fragment), WLL-Black Dog, Heartbreaker. The reason why the bootlegger released this stuff is obvious. Sound quality is better. Seems to be recorded from very close to the stage, not distorted, like "Trampled ---". Of course, regarding Stairway and after, everything which is available on "Trampled ---" such as happy birthday to Stephen Was, is also included. (Susumu Omi, Nov 96)

Taking No Prisoners Tonight (Badgeholders BH-004-1/2/3)

Disc 1 (55.23):- Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir
Disc 2 (47.07):- No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick
Disc 3 (72.41):- Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker

The concert featured in this latest release from the Badgholders label is the famous show which has been regarded as of one of the very best performances of the band in 1975. The title was advertised as presenting a "lower generation" copy of the audience tape of the concert that was previously available in the titles "Trampled Under Jimmy's Foot" from Silver Rarities and "Standing In The Shadow" from TDOLZ, combined with the "master" edition of the Mike Millard's tape from the middle of "Stairway To Heaven" that was previously available in the title "Long Beach Arena Fragment" from Holy label. As a result of my trial listening of the new title, comparing with the sound in "Standing In The Shadow", the new one really sounded better than the older one. Therefore, I decided to get it! In this new title, the notorious heavily-distorted bass sound which we heard in "Trampled Under Jimmy's Foot" or "Standing In The Shadow" still persists but has now been more suppressed, resulting in a better balance in high and low ends and greater depth in the sound. The sound is still not perfect with some level of distortion and hiss remaining, however, it is now much easier for us to keep listening to it. On the other hand, the Millard tape featured in this new title is actually a substantial improvement from that featured in "Long Beach Arena Fragment", much clearer and almost with no hiss. It's now close to his famous excellent tape recording the concert of one day before. It's a real joy to listen to this! I can assure you that the new title is so far the best available record of the legendary concert and that you can now enjoy one of the very best performances of the boys in 1975 in full length with reasonably good and, partially, excellent sound quality. (Takemi Hiramatsu February 05)

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14-March-75 San Diego

Conspiracy Theory (Empress Valley EVSD 263/264/265) 3 CD SBD
Sports Arena, San Diego 14 March 1975

Disc 1 (54.24): Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (65.35): No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 (54.58): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Heartbreaker

I still can't believe that as I write this review I am listening to not only a completely new and unknown concert (from 1975 for goodness sake), but in addition it is a near complete and excellent sounding mono soundboard recording. Empress Valley's releases this year have been lacklustre regurgitations of already over released shows, but they then buck that trend and pull this amazing concert out of the hat. As Robert Plant introduces Over The Hills And Far Away, he says "Good evening. San Diego, good evening!". At the end of this song he apologises for the band being a bit late, blaming snow in Austria! Then he says: "which has a lot to do with San Diego, right?". Finally at the end of Stairway To Heaven he thanks San Diego. Many thanks for that Mr. Plant, you have convinced an old sceptic! The liner notes by the redoubtable Aquarius 11 are now much improved in translation from Japanese to English, and they make rather more sense than previous efforts. We are obliged to him for comparing this soundboard recording with the (very poor sounding) audience recording from this venue on the 10th March. He concludes that there are no similarities, and therefore this is a genuine new recording that has surfaced. Unfortunately Plant's voice is not in good shape, on Rock And Roll he sounds decidedly rough. After blaming the snow for the delay (same excuse as at Long Beach on 12th March), he clears his throat (which sounds rather claggy). The invariably solid and dependable John Paul Jones is also not at his best, and he has problems with the Mellotron this evening (especially during The Rain Song, particularily near the end when it has a mind of its own). Talking of The Rain Song, Mr. Page takes a few seconds to realise that he should start playing this song immediately after The Song Remains The Same ends! Plant introduces John Bonham's Moby Dick drum solo by saying that Bonham is one of the finest trombone players that America's ever heard! This soundboard recording is punctuated throughout by various remarks by Bonham, especially during Moby Dick. There still remains a big question as to whether Whole Lotta Love/The Crunge was played at this concert. It would be very strange if it was not, as they played it at all the other 1975 USA concerts. There is an edit in the audience applause on disc 3, track 2 (the end of Stairway), at 12.21, and then shortly afterwards the band are back on stage and Plant very forcefully says "Good evening! I said good evening!". Listening to the recording from the Long Beach show on the 12th, he says exactly the same for the second encore. Jimmy Page then goes into Heartbreaker. I strongly suspect that this was the second encore. Therefore either Whole Lotta Love/The Crunge was not played (most unlikely), or that song is missing from the soundboard recording. Looking at the previous three concerts, we find that at San Diego on the 10th March, and again in Long Beach on 11th March, the encores consisted of Whole Lotta Love/The Crunge, followed by Black Dog. At the second Long Beach concert on 12th March (two nights prior to this show), they also played Heartbreaker as a second encore. Bearing in mind that apart from this song the soundboard recording is complete with no cuts, this is very odd. One hopes that Empress Valley have not been stitched up (as they were with Requiem, Preston 30 January 1973).

So we have here an incredible find, and, for a change, full marks must go to Empress Valley for making this concert available. The packaging is identical to this label's Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus, a gatefold card with clear CD trays, inside a thin card slipcase. However this packaging is rather 'cheap and nasty', and is unworthy of such an important release. The typeface used for the track listing is hard to read, and the front cover of the gatefold is pretty naff, with the exploding Zeppelin in black and white as a backdrop. One saving grace is that when you open up the three way gatefold, under the three trays holding the CDs is a full length black and white photo of Jimmy. When one considers the historical importance and significance of this new concert, it is a great pity that Empress Valley did not go to town on the packaging. However the bonus is that the cost is quite reasonable (depending on where you can get it), which is a nice change. (Jules McTrainspotter June 04)

Conspiracy Theory (Empress Valley EVSD 263/264/265) 3 CD SBD
Sports Arena, San Diego March 14, 1975

Disc 1 (54.24): Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (65.35): No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 (54.58): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Heartbreaker

I have three main thoughts to offer about this excellent new release from Empress Valley:
1) for those of us (like me) who love imaginative and involved packaging, this release is a bit of a bummer.
2) for those of us (like me) who love an excellent soundboard recording of Zep, this is a thoroughly enjoyable and powerful concert and
3) for those of us (like me) who get a thrill listening to a smoking Zep 1975 performance, this ranks among the other keepers from that tour. About the packaging, it's a bit boring, using commonly seen pictures from this point in Zep's career with rather banal backgrounds, which on the rear of the digipack makes deciphering the tracks (for anyone who doesn't already have this set list and order memorized!) not so easy. That said, I do like the Chasing The Dragon-type of heavy stock sleeve encasing the digipack, so it's redeemed somewhat by that finishing touch. The recording, to me, is maybe the highlight of this release. I did not expect such clarity, and power, when this newly surfaced show was first announced. It's a very pleasant surprise to hear just how perfectly balanced everything is on stage with the audience. This is, then, a live recording that is not outdone in quality by Flying Circus, When We Were Kings, or any other 1975 board release. It's that good. As for the performance, it's spotty, but not in a bad way. John Bonahm is providing a standard 1975 performance, with many fills mimicking those that he performed throughout the tour. Snare to tom types of bits that do not reflect the type of ingenuity that so incredibly set him apart on other nights. That said, he's still tearing it up in songs like Sick Again, OTHAFA, IMTOD, Trampled, and, in a very funky and entertaining section of Heartbreaker where he and JPJ are going it at unaccompanied, giving the audience a little extra. Robert's rough at the start, but really does improve as the show progresses, with a strong Stairway for a change. All in all, the songs are played as they were throughout the 1975 tour without any real surprises. Still, this is Zep, and the show's outstanding and entertaining from start to finish. I can only hope that concerts like this continue to make their way out of the clutches of whoever selfishly holds them for all of these years. (Symmetry101, June 2004)

Conspiracy Theory (Empress Valley EVSD 263/264/265) 3 CD SBD
Sports Arena, San Diego March 14, 1975

Disc 1 (54.24): Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (65.35): No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 (54.58): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Heartbreaker

First up, when I heard of the new release being an unreleased 1975 show, I was a little disappointed. I wanted Bath soundboard or a 1972 soundboard The date wasn't heard of and not confirmed yet! Then it was proven that it was indeed San Diego 3/14/75. So many times in the past Empress Valley has droped the ball with some of their shows. Not this time. I have to say that the packaging isn't great, it is just like Chasing The Dragon, one difference is that you can't read the font on the front because of the picture. The front slip has a canvas painting look to it. The text on Chasing The Dragon is clearer. Well in anticipation I put disc one in and hit play...and it was(is) awesome. It has the feel of Flying Circus and Chasing The Dragon. The band is really tight they nail Rock And Roll. Bonzo is on fire. He is really consistent night after night. Robert's voice was my main concern, how was it going to sound. Was it going to be really raspy...I think he sounds fine. Robert brings it. This is a great sounding show.I really love The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song.The intro to The Rain Song is one of my favorite parts.Fans of No Quarter are going to love this one. No Quarter has some parts that are just unique to this show. What I mean by that is, there are some parts that I haven't heard used in any other No Quarter. It is an amazing No Quarter. Dazed And Confused is eerie and pulles you in. What is amazing about this band is that they know each other so well, they can improve so well. Dazed And Confused is a highlight because of this fact alone. Will they pull off the improv? what songs or riffs with they throw in? and who is going to take lead? This is one of those songs I wish I could see as well. Page's playing is solid. Now I know some people are going to say..."he was out of tune on this song or that song" the only thing I know is he sounds great. What I love about his playing is the emotion, he plays in the moment.And this show is no exception. Stairway To Heaven is great.This could be one of my favorite versions of it.You just have to love soundboards. The whole band sounds great. All in all Empress Valley has given the Led Zeppelin community another great show. Now they had better not go and re-release this show in 6 months with the rest of it. That is the only part that makes me wonder, where is the rest of the show? This is a great addition to anyone's collection. And the price wasn't that bad.Thumbs up Empress Valley. (Cleet68 June 04)

Mystic San Diego (Genuine Masters GM.LZ.14.03.1975.DVD.A.11) 1 DVDR-A
San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, 14 March 1975

Set list (174 mins 14 secs):
Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Heartbreaker

This new release from Genuine Masters is the same soundboard source (still without the encores) that was released last year by Empress Valley. However the source for this new release is stated to be an upgraded sound quality tape to the one that Empress Valley used. A comparison between the two titles leads me to think that there is no audible difference in sound quality/generation between these two releases. The diference lies in the way in which the source tape has been treated by these respective outfits. The Empress Valley version is very loud and punchy, whilst the Genuine Masters version has a more natural sound that is closer to the original. Having said that, Empress Valley's Conspiracy Theory remains an extremely important and significant release, a new soundboard for a completely unknown concert date in 1975, full marks to them for that release. The audio on this Genuine Masters release is neatly contained on a single DVDR, nicely screen printed, and the DVD case artwork is of a very high standard and print quality as well. Emphasis in the visuals on the DVD are on the 'mystic' with swirling colour artwork, and each song is easily accessible by way of a very good menu. The same songs are on both releases. I would guess that between Stairway To Heaven and Heartbreaker they would also have played Whole Lotta Love, and also possibly Black Dog. At the end of the day it is a question of one's taste regarding the loudness of a recording. For those who like a loud and punchy sound, then the Empress Valley original version will appeal. For those who like a 'quieter' and smoother balanced sound, then this Genuine Masters release will appeal to their tastes. There is also an option to have the audio on CDRs. As always, to quote the old saying, "you pays your money and you takes your choice". (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 05)

Mystic San Diego (Genuine Masters GM.LZ.14.03.1975.DVD.A.11) 1 DVDR-A
San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, 14 March 1975

Set list (174 mins 14 secs):
Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Heartbreaker

A great start to 2005 with GM's 1st title of the New Year. The cover art is a real eye catcher and of the highest quality. Though the best part is when you start to play this baby. The boys at GM have made a visual feast with the full screen psychedelic background with band members in the forground. Must have taken them a long time to create each image and surely this is a label that doesn't squint on going the extra mile. The menu access follows the same line of all recent GM titles and if your like me you wonder if the awesome sound quality of the menu soundbites is going to be as good throughout the concert. Based on their track record we can now say they are not letting us down as the audio quality on Mystic is super! Perfectly balanced and spaced instruments that make you shake your head in wonder. I've played this GM DVD and my EV Conspiracy Theory silvers in the same dvd player and the playback is like night and day. Mystic just kills Conspiracy. Conspiracy I'd previously have given a 9.5 but with Mystic now in our hands I'd rate Conspiracy as a 9.0 and Mystic almost a firm 9.8 or 10. Yeah, Its THAT good! You can easily hear the difference in quality and range. If you previously raved about Conspiracy then you are going to be blown away by Mystic. This is the sort of upgrade that demands attention. (Gary Zinno Jan 05)

Mystic San Diego (Genuine Masters GM.LZ.14.03.1975.DVD.A.11) 1 DVDR-A
San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, 14 March 1975

Set list (174 mins 14 secs):
Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Heartbreaker

Genuine Masters raises their own bar with creativity on this, their latest DVD-Audio/Picture Montage format. A very interesting and beautiful slide-show presentation to accompany the stellar stereo soundboard from this "new" concert date & tape that came to light in 2004. When you talk about GM, it is still primarily about the audio. Their releases have consistently provided collectors upgrades, some more prolific than others and this one looks like it may be more subjective than previous titles. What this reviewer hears on this superbly mastered disc is a much more natural sounding recording than what comes to life from Empress Valley's, or even Eelgrass', "Conspiracy Theory". Upon comparing the GM disc to the Empress Valley recording, there is a difference albeit both sound terrific. What it is, is a more snappy snare drum and a more defined bottom end that could simply be the result of the perceived separation of the individual musical components. There is again, spacial qualities that seem to be consistent with other GM titles. Is it really in the care of the source tape transfer?....whatever the GM process is, it works. It should be noted that, at about the 2:00 minute mark of "No Quarter", there is an audible "beep". This is present on the source tape and also present on EV's version as well but, because of additional clarity of this GM source - it is more noticeable here. The source for "Mystic San Diego" is pretty obvious the same source Empress Valley have obtained. However, I've been assured that this is not a remastering of "Conspiracy Theory" Discs, it was a careful transfer from this common source tape. This is a really pristine and powerful sounding disc...with an incredibly cosmic and colorful slideshow to provide that backdrop as you listen. The photos utilized on this project were nicely assembled, again some common shots but many rarely circulated images and some I haven't seen before. The photos are nicely paced with this show, changing about every 2 minutes and start to repeat themselves about halfway through "Moby Dick". Nicely programmed for the experience. GM has kicked off 2005 with a very thoughtful & unique picture presentation or concept for "Mystic San Diego". Again, really high quality product and value for the collector, on a format they still stand alone with out there on the Led Zeppelin Bootleg landscape. (SVENGI Webmaster HotWacks On-Line Jan 05)

Mystic San Diego (Genuine Masters GM.LZ.14.03.1975.DVD.A.11) 1 DVDR-A
San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, March 14, 1975

Set list (174 mins 14 secs):
Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Heartbreaker

Hard to believe that 25 years after Led Zeppelin's premature demise, Zep bootleg collecting is in its renaissance. Is there any other way to characterize the bounty of new tapes and seismic upgrades that have hit the streets the last few years--Physical Graffiti outtakes; complete and finally excellent quality Knebworth video; the evening of 9/19/70; and board recordings galore. So much so the latter, that perhaps we're occasionally guilty of taking them for granted. While we welcomed Conspiracy Theory as much as the next fan, something about that particular release of the March 14, 1975 San Diego show just didn't resonate with us as much as it did with others (conversely, St. Louis Blues hit us like a hammer from the get-go). Perhaps spoiled by the quality of further new discoveries, Conspiracy Theory sounded a little off, a little out of focus and considerably out of balance. But beggars can't be choosers, right? Any new Zep board should be cause for celebration. And somehow, through whatever alchemic black box Black Dog uses for his remastering (or just good sourcing), the Genuine Masters version of the show--the high-res audio DVD Mystic San Diego--has restored what Conspiracy Theory was lacking. Sound quality comparisons are, of course, utterly subjective, but Mystic puts the sonic house in order, and to our minds, more faithfully represents the natural sound of the band than did Conspiracy. There's now space in the sonic horizon, a little breathing room that had been previously wrenched out and it makes a difference in instrument separation, especially the attack of Page's guitar (compare "In My Time of Dying") and the positioning, so to speak, of Plant's voice in the mix ("Kashmir" provides a good example of the clarifying). Add to that GM's smashingly appropriate cover art, and you have the definitive edition of what is now NOT just another board tape. (Butterking Feb 05, an expanded Review from Going Underground, ICE Magazine, Feb 05)

Mystic San Diego (Genuine Masters GM.LZ.14.03.1975.DVD.A.11) 1 DVDR-A
San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, 14 March 1975

Set list (174 mins 14 secs):
Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Heartbreaker

I can't really add more than what has been previously mentioned, but I highly recommend this title, especially to everyone who has EV's Conspiracy Theory. Get GM's title, put your EV CDs in the player, and just listen, song by song; leave the TV off first, don't tinker with the stereo, just compare these 2 shows back-to-back. Listen to these two releases at a higher than normal volume, it helps you hear the differences in sound quality. Genuine Masters' Mystic San Diego is two notches better; as one other reviewer put it, you can really hear the separation of instruments and vocals. You'll think Conspiracy Theory is a good MP3-sourced show afterwards. This GM title just goes to show how much better a soundboard can sound when done right. This should not be taken as a direct criticism of EV, but doing extra work can make a big difference in sound. It's obvious Black Dog has access to state-of-the-art studio equipment. (David Smith Feb 05)

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17-March-75 Seattle

Seattle Won't You Listen (TDOLZ 0022/23/24 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, March 17, 1975

CD 1: (57:57) Rock & Roll (beginning fades in), Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir

CD 2: (60:17) No Quarter (small dropout near ending of piano/guitar solo), Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

CD 3: (67:49) Dazed & Confused (includes Woodstock) (small dropout before the start of Woodstock, fades out then in for 10 seconds as Plant returns for the final vocals), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes The Crunge and Rhythm Stick), Black Dog

Seattle Won't You Listen uses two different audience tape sources to complete this show. The first tape source runs from the beginning through In My Time of Dying. The recording is very clear, but contains a minor amount of audience noise and a fair amount of tape hiss. It is a little bass heavy for the first two songs. But it is nothing that distorts or distracts from the recording. Overall a very good plus recording. Plant doesn't mention Seattle by name after Sick Again. But he does make several references that can only verify Seattle as the location for the first tape source. The second tape source is a "professionally" done, excellent recording. Due to the recorder's location, the audience gets pushed to the rear of the mix while the band is clear and balanced. There is a minor amount of tape hiss to the second tape source. Plant throws in a few lyrics to Louie Louie prior to Whole Lotta Love. This show has previously been released on The Hammer of the Gods (Tarantura) and its CD clone Two Days In Seattle (Whole Lotta Live). Those releases only contain The Song Remains the Same to the end. The first four songs are from the March 21 show in Seattle. The defects noted for Seattle Won't You Listen are not found on those previous releases. However, those releases do contain a minor tape garble near the beginning of The Song Remains the Same and the balance travels between channels during the fast guitar portion of Dazed & Confused for a couple of seconds. Plus, Tarantura eliminated the tape hiss by electronically processing the tape. This effort, for the most part, destroys the recording by making the volume fluctuate as the processor opens and closes around the music. Furthermore, in an effort to eliminate any tape hiss, the upper frequencies were improvidently removed. An undoctored Seattle Won't you Listen sounds brighter.

Gallery Of Soldiers (Power Chord PC-0002-1/2/3) 3CD set in a gatefold sleeve. 3/17/75 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA

Individual CD  sleeves are emblazoned with the PC logo. CDs have deluxe labels and coloring. This is the second offering from a brand new label. Nice gatefold mini-LP style  packaging with live shots. Nothing fancy but well put together. This release  shares the same disk times (within seconds), song sequence, and tape sources, as Seattle Won't You Listen, by TDOLZ. The R&R fade-in is there, and I guess  the drop-outs on NQ and D&C are there, but they are barely perceptible. Other than that, there are no problems except for a few tiny cuts during some in  between track applause (no lost Plant chatter). This is the entire show in proper sequence

Disc 1: (57:37) Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills  And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, Song Remains The Same, Rain Song, Kashmir.

 Disc 2: (59:48) No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick.

Disc 3: (68:32)  The Toothbrush Song (Plant singing what appears to be a commercial jingle - 10  sec.), Dazed & Confused (incl. an incredible Woodstock), Stairway To Heaven,  Whole Lotta Love (long Theramin solo, horrible Crunge with lyrics, Lickin'  Stick), Black Dog.

Two distinctly different audience recordings. Both of them are above par. The  first audience source includes R&R through In My Time of Dying. This is a  loud show! For these first few songs, the sound is great and the mix is fine. It is a bit bass & drum heavy and the audience is definitely participating, but  you can easily hear everything, and it is loud!! Any Seattle show makes for a fun listen, especially when you can experience the party atmosphere in the  crowd. The second source is a little distant in comparison, but it is so clean & clear that it has been mistaken for a soundboard source by some. The audience is still present, but way in the background. It is interesting to compare the "party-on" atmosphere of the first source to the "squeaky-clean"  quality of the second, nice to have them both on the same release. Get this or  the TDOLZ. They are the most complete (Brian DuPont, 2001)

The Dinosaur In Motion ( Empress Valley) 7 CD box set
Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA, March 17 and 21, 1975

Another in the limited release series from Empress Valley (although I don't know how many limited is). The production is a hard shell open ended box with a picture of P&P on the front and small colored circles containing pictures of the interior sleeve front covers with disc one through 7 listed by each circle on the back of the box. Each cd is housed in its own single pocket sleeve with a black and white picture on the front and the track listing and a colored circle containing a small reproduction of the front cover picture on the back of the sleeve. Same production type as the Dallas 75 release but he box is not embossed and no insert is included. Not bad production wise. On to the shows. I have not compared the shows all the way through with previous releases but have done a comparison with the beginning of each show and a random sample in each show. The show from the 17th was compared to Gallery Of Soldiers on Power Chord. The Gallery show sounds cleaner and better to me and may still be generationally better, the EV has some background noise and surface noise that is not present on the Gallery release. The show from the 21st was compared to Seattle Supersonic on Scorpio. The EV sounds better with more bottom end and a punchier drum sound but probably not a generational upgrade. The tape switches right before the guitar solo in Stairway and continues to the end of the show. The bass is way overloaded at the beginning of WLL but thankfully it doesn't remain for the entire end of the concert, the sound washes around a little here and there and the booming bass returns at times but the sound is still very clear and listenable. I can't compare the end of the show to previous releases that contain this portion such as the Cobla Standard or Last Stand labels because I only own the Seattle Supersonic version from this night. Overall a good release although I really don't know if it is essential if you already own the shows, depends on the extent of your illness, personally I'm on life support. (Stephen J. Christensen May 04)

Blow-Jobs (Tarantura TCD-41,42) 7CD boxed set
Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA, 17 [discs 1-3] & 21 [discs 4-7] March 1975

Disc 1 [TCD-41-1] (58:58): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 [TCD-41-2] (60:39): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick
Disc 3 [TCD-41-3] (67:09): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

Disc 4 [TCD-42-1] (49:32): Introduction/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 5 [TCD-42-2] (56:33): Kashmir/No Quarter/Since I've Been Loving You/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 6 [TCD-42-3] (71:12): Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused
Disc 7 [TCD-42-4] (42:45): Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog/Communication Breakdown/Heartbreaker

Another luxury boxed set from Tarantura. Despite its expensiveness, I wasn't able to resist getting it because I have been a great fan of these two excellent Seattle shows in '75. Especially, the show on 21 March is arguably THE best one among all of the band's shows in that year. Tarantura advertises that its version of the audience tapes featured in this set is from "Mike Millard Master". However, it is probably a mistake or misunderstanding. As I hear, the tapes used in the set are the same old familiar audience tapes which are generally thought to be recorded by someone other than Mike Millard. Nevertheless, I think that Tarantura did a good job in skillfully mastering the tapes and presenting them in best ever qualities and in most complete forms. As I compare the sound of this set with those of Scorpio's "Seattle Supersonic" and Last Stand Disc's "The Hammer Of The Gods", the tapes from the show on 21 March as featured in this new set is an apparent upgrade over what were previously available. Scorpio's version was, whilst of very good quality, not only incomplete but ran a bit too fast, and the splendid version of "No Quarter" at the show was regretfully and inconveniently spread over two discs. Last Stand Disc's version was more complete and the tape speed was corrected in it but "Stairway To Heaven" was taken entirely from the inferior source tape. On the other hand, the tapes as featured in this new set form Tarantura are most complete and run at the correct speed. In addition, the better sounding tape source is used as much as possible in "Stairway To Heaven" until it is switched to the inferior tape from the guitar solo part. Moreover, it has very good "fat" bottom and cleaner sound, which makes our listening most enjoyable! As for the tape from the show on 17 March, as I compare with Power Chord's "Gallery Of Soldiers", on Disc 1, the sound of the new set is not such an apparent upgrade over that of Power Chord's but is still a bit cleaner than that. On Discs 2 and 3, Power Chord's version annoyingly suffers from some balance problems between the right and left channels. However, Tarantura has neatly resolved that problem in it version and presents the sound in a more stable manner. Accordingly, the new set can be said to be the definitive version of these two excellent shows! Apart from the sound, the most amazing material in this set is a color picture used for the back of the door of the box, sensationally showing Robert holding on his lap a young lady with bare breasts! This picture seems to visually show what were meant by the term "blow jobs" which Peter Grant made available to the band members back stage those days, as Robert mentions at the Vancouver show on 19 March! (Takemi Hiramatsu May 06)

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19-March-75 Vancouver

20-March-75 Vancouver

Prisoners Of Rock 'n' Roll (TDOLZ). Audience recordings.

Five -CD box set, limited edition, pressed on gold discs, with poster ,blah, blah, containing much of the two concerts in Vancouver on March 19 and 20 1975.The first two discs cover the opening night in very good plus, clear and bright, sound quality taped fairly close to the stage. There are periodic arguments captured by the mic, probably between the tapers, who also "help" Page with the wah effects on the violin bow segment in Dazed. There are small cuts in Rain Song and Dazed and only a fragment of Moby Dick. Great versions of In My Time, No Quarter and an unusual Dazed, with which the recording ends.

The other three discs contain the second night from what seems to be three different sources, the majority of the show comes from a similar recording to the previous night's, probably taped by the same people, noisier this time.  Very good plus and clear also, but becomes muffled at times; patched with at least two other sources, notably for Trampled' s ending (inferior quality), instrumental portions of Dazed( superior quality) and dialogue. For Disc Five a superior source was used, taped virtually by the stage, much better balanced but the splices in Dazed are awkward, it's a pity that there is no more from this recording, which includes: Dazed( instrumental portions)/Stairway/Whole Lotta Love- Licking Stick-Ozone Baby (instrumental)- Theremin Battle/Heartbreaker. The playing is really outstanding even if Plant struggles throughout, he improves remarkably at the end. Excellent companion to the Seattle affairs. (Rosina Diaz Scali Feb 2000)

Ladies and Gentlemen: Pacific Command Performance 1975 (Sanctuary TMOS-97501-6)

Disc 1: Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song (small cut), Kashmir

Disc 2: No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick (middle cut)

Disc 3: Dazed And Confused (incl. Woodstock)

The Sanctuary label issued many different titles from late 1998 through 1999. At the time they were considered the "new Tarantura" with their imaginative packaging, remastering of source tapes, and limited and expensive titles. Pacific Command Performance was one of the last titles issued by Sanctuary before disappearing. Whether they were a one-year project or an offshoot of another bootleg label isn't known. All of their titles are worth owning. Sanctuary tried to present complete concerts, splicing together very well various tape sources, without the heavy handed mastering done by contemporary labels. Pacific Command Performance is one of the three massive box sets documenting the two Vancouver shows on Zeppelin's 1975 tour. The first set released was the Tarantura set, which saw for the first time the release of the March 19th show. The Sanctuary set was released simultaneously with the TDOLZ set Prisoners of Rock and Roll in the winter of 1999 and prompted a lot of questions about which were the better of the two sets. The differences between the three can be found on Brannon's website [Bootledz]. There are problems with all three regarding the mixing up of tapes between the two shows. Sanctuary (as well as Tarantura) have mixed up the middle discs of each show (which is simple enough to correct). The first three discs contain the entire March 19th source tape, which isn't the whole show. It is missing a majority of Moby Dick, (only the beginning of the song is on the tape), Stairway to Heaven and the encores. Apparently the taper ran out of tape. It is rumored that a complete tape of this show exists and it is hoped will see the light of day. The quality of the tape is almost typical of the 1975 American tour. It's a bit distant but clear audience recording with the bass very prominent in the mix. The good news is the bass isn't distorted like some of the other tape sources (notably the second Dallas show and the second Long Beach show). However, there is a lot of wow and flutter somewhat distracting from the overall enjoyment of the show. Zeppelin in the last weeks of this tour is the "heaviest of the heavy." The earlier shows on the tour like the New York shows were long, but the marathons were generally played at 1973 length (No Quarter never exceeding twenty minutes, Dazed and Confused never exceeding thirty). In the west coast shows Zeppelin expands the numbers to where a thirty minute No Quarter and a forty-minute Dazed And Confused are routine. The show begins with the band sounding a bit sluggish, with Plant in particular in low voice. By In My Time of Dying the band picks up the pace and deliver a very good show. Before Kashmir Plant mentions the last show they did in Vancouver in 1973 which was stopped early due to his acid trip ("And there's a man climbing up the mic stand. No, that was last time!").

No Quarter, clocking in at 24:40, contains an expressionistic piano solo. An audience member by the tape remarks it's like watching Elton John. There is a tape change for about a minute during Trampled Underfoot, after the guitar solo. He throws in, as usual, lines from Gallows Pole at the end of the song ("That rings a bell.") Dazed and Confused in this show is 39:01 long. A characteristic of these versions of the songs is Jimmy Page's attempt to expand the improvisation of the pervious tours (which he abandons, for the most part, for the Earl's Court shows later). At about the thirty-minute mark before the Mars theme he engages Bonzo in a Bring It On Home style battle between the guitar and drums; soft one moment, then loud the next. The tape is unfortunately cut right at the end. Although this show isn't essential it is definitely worth owning. (Gerard Sparaco Feb 03)

SNOW JOBS (Empress Valley) 3CDs (EVSD 403 through 405) plus 2 Bonus CDs  
Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 19 March 1975  

Disc 1 (56:29): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (57:07): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick  
Disc 3 (69:07): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog    

Another amazing find by Empress Valley!  This title features a newly surfaced soundboard recording of the complete show in Vancouver on 19 March '75, released for the first time more than 31 years after the show took place.  The quality of the soundboard recording is excellent, almost comparable to the now famous excellent soundboard recording of the show in New York on 12 February '75, which was also first released by EV in its title "Flying Circus". Unlike many of the soundboard recordings from the shows in '73, the newly surfaced soundboard recording is not dry or thin but is warm and deep with a great range, backed up by a moderate level of remote audience noise.  It is also very clean with almost no hiss noise.  I note that as a rather rare occurrence, Jonsey's bass is very conspicuous in the mix of this recording and a bit overshadowing the other instruments, while Jimmy's guitar is a bit off, especially on Disc 1.  It is a bit of regret, because otherwise the balance of the recording is perfect.  On the other hand, due to that slight unbalance, we are able to vividly enjoy Jonsey's unique and creative playing.  It was unfortunate that the two shows in Vancouver were sandwiched by the two more famous great shows in Seattle.  However, as we can now clearly experience with this great soundboard recording, the band's performance in Vancouver was also superb.  Apparently, the band was then reaching its peak and sounds most tight in its '75 tour.  As I hear, the brightest star of the night is Jimmy "Jack Daniel" Page (as so called by Robert before the band started the encore)!  Jimmy seems to have been very inspired and shines by often pulling out rather unusual but creative improvisations with very loose fingering.  Listen to his impeccable guitar solos in "No Quarter" and beautiful solo in "Stairway To Heaven"!  They are simply breathtaking.  Robert's voice was a bit harsh but he still kept singing with guts.  As noted by Aquarius II in his liner notes, it's also a joy to listen to a live version of "The Crunge" with lyrics as incorporated in the middle section of "Whole Lotta Love", in a soundboard recording for the first time.  Great show.  The packages for the main set are beautifully produced, while the "TMOQ" artworks for the bonus discs are amusing.  A new "must" have for all serious collectors!  The set comes with two bonus discs featuring a very clean audience recording of the show covering up to "Dazed And Confused", which themselves are also enjoyable. (Takemi Hiramatsu April 06)

SNOW JOBS (Empress Valley EVSD 403/404/405/406/407) Discs 1 to 3: SBD; Discs 4 & 5: AUD 
Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 19 March 1975  

Disc 1 (56:29): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (57:07): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick  
Disc 3 (69:07): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

Disc 4 (79.59): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/KashmirNo Quarter
Disc 5 (66.54) Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused

The last Empress Valley release that I heard was their Seattle 19 June 1972, and it was dire. So I was very surprised to hear about the surfacing and release of a completely new soundboard recording for the first Vancouver 1975 concert. And what a superb recording it is too! The difference between this release and the Seattle 72 is like chalk and cheese. This soundboard recording from Vancouver is a professionally mixed one, and must have come from a leaked source close to the band. It is not a raw unbalanced sound, but a perfectly balanced and mixed sound. So another feather in the cap for this label. Overall this was a very good concert, coming as it did in between the two Seattle concerts. And there is a marathon 40 minute Dazed And Confused at this concert, similar to Seattle two days later. During his introduction to Dazed Plant makes references to a certain sexual act, and that they were provided by their manager Peter Grant! Hence the title for this release one presumes. Like a number of important CD releases in the last couple of years, this release has been made available to any fan in the World with a fast Internet connection, to download and enjoy at minimal cost. Thanks must go to the very generous persons who initially bought the release and then immediately uploaded it to give it to fans. This was and is an extremely generous jesture and they have the heartfelt thanks of Underground Uprising (and I am sure all fans) for this. From the artwork scans this comes in a colour digipack gatefold release, that fits into a coloured card slipcase. The two 'bonus' CDs are the incomplete audience recording from this concert. They are housed in a single card sleeve which has similar artwork (TMOQ vinyl) to previous bonus discs. As these two discs do not seem to be reflected in the cost of this release, then they are a worthwhile bonus. A first class effort from all concerned. (Jules McTrainspotter April 06

SNOW JOBS (Empress Valley EVSD 403/404/405/406/407) Discs 1 to 3: SBD; Discs 4 & 5: AUD 
Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 19 1975  

Disc 1 (56:29): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (57:07): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick  
Disc 3 (69:07): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

Disc 4 (79.59): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/KashmirNo Quarter
Disc 5 (66.54) Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused

I have listened to 40+ boots in the last 3 years, and have grown a massive obsession with the Hammer Of The Gods, so I felt it was time to finally give some input on UU! Now "Snow Jobs" is the newest release by Empress Valley, the makers that seem to be finding new sources from the most random places at the most random of times; this time around we have a soundboard from Zeppelin's performance in Vancouver on March 19th, 1975, and it is a awesome find! Now EV often has had troubles with over-remastering some bootlegs they release, but that is not the case on this one; the show comes in amazing quality, and could actually pass as a release from Pagey himself! The bass is nicely upfront and center, allowing a clean yet clear way of hearing how great Jones was in those days... The concert obviously came in between the first of two runs in both Seattle and the LA Forum, which gives us a nice taste of what came in the middle of those often-purchased and downloaded shows. Page is in decent form tonight, with especially fine playing on Sick Again, IMTOD and TSRTS; Plant is not in fine form, though, with his best vocals coming from the songs that demanded the least from him, such as NQ and WLL; Bonham does bring the bang, with awesome drumming on OTHAFA, Kashmir and Trampled Underfoot; ironically, it is Jones that makes this show awesome, with amazing bass playing and great keyboards from start to finish, with Kashmir and Trampled Underfoot being the most obvious showings of his gifts and talent. Now this show is not a masterpiece, and there are shows on the 75 tour that do stand out as being better (see the Millard recordings and Earls Court) However, this show is a nice addition to a tour were bootlegs can be a little harder to come by, and also gives us hope that there is more Soundboards out there for us all). (Superstatguy, April 2006)

Canadian Crunge (Beelzebub BSD 82/83/84/85) 4 CDR
Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, 19 March 1975 (discs 1 to 3)
Backstage Interview with Robert Plant (disc 4)

Disc 1 (56:27): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (57:06): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick  
Disc 3 (69:09): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog
Disc 4 (15.47): Backstage Interview with Robert Plant by The Army Reserve Radio Station)

Hot on the heels of the Empress Valley release of a near complete and uncirculated soundboard of the first Vancouver 75 concert, comes this remastered version from Beelzebub. It is of course the same music and disc layout as the EV original, but the sound has been treated differently. There is now a much more powerful bass sound to this version, so if that is your scene then this release will appeal to you. It is an excellent concert and there is a very high standard of playing by the band. As a bonus the fourth disc is an unreleased backstage interview with Robert Plant, by a DJ from the Army Reserve Radio station. Quite how the Army reserve got the OK to interview Robert might be an interesting story in itself, but this is a very nice bonus. The sound is not great, but is perfectly acceptable. Robert talks about Bonzo, and his home life on a farm in Wales, living in a rural community. It is a nice thing to have. The packaging for this is very nicely done, a colour card slipbox and the discs are in gold background coloured sleeves. The discs are colour printed and it is quite hard to see that they are CDRs and not pressed CDs. (Jamie Boswell May 06)

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21-March-75 Seattle

Long Drive To Seattle (Megadisc)

CD1:(46:33) Rock'n'Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills and Far Away/In My Time of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/ The Rain Song.

CD2:(56:21) Kashmir/No Quarter/Since I've Been Loving You/Trampled Underfoot.

CD3:(67:21) Moby Dick/Dazed and Confused.

CD4:(42:36) Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love-The Crunge-Black Dog/Communication Breakdown/Heartbreaker.

Four-CDR release of the second night in Seattle on March 21 1975.Unlike some CDR releases, like those of Real Dragon label, there are no gaps between songs, pieces are not grouped together in the same index number and there are no mastering noises. The mastering itself can be considered excellent, the only negative point is that Kashmir's spoken introduction is at the end of CD1 and CD2 begins with Bonzo's count in to this piece; similarly at the end of Trampled on CD2 the spoken introduction to Dazed is misplaced but correctly cued on CD3(aditionally there's a hum at the very end of Trampled on CD2 that doesn't appear on CD3 where the same portion of dialogue is used). The label claims to have used master tapes for this release, since I have no reference I assume this is true up to a certain extent as the sound quality of some portions is truly superb, the band is up front with great balance and no audience noise. According to some reviews I've read on Cobra's version of this show, the sound quality borders on excellent but there are high levels of hiss throughout that release. Megadisc's Long Drive To Seattle sounds sharp, bright and clean, up to Kashmir (in this piece there's a strange noise in the middle like the Theremin or a delay effect accidentally being turned on, similar to the effects in No Quarter but very brief), only Over The Hills sounds slightly hissy in the quieter moments. The instruments are perfectly discernible and the sound is dynamic, overall excellent. For No Quarter another tape is used, this one is quite hissy and somewhat less bright and not as well-defined, very good plus I should say. For Since I've Been Loving You and Trampled the quality returns to excellent. Moby Dick's quality drops slightly as No Quarter's but not as hissy. Dazed is nearly as perfect as Since and Trampled but slightly less bright. Probably a different tape was used for CD4.Stairway To Heaven sounds very good overall, the guitar is slightly buried in the mix and the top end! is lacking, generally bass heavy but all the instruments are perfectly discernible. There are several clicks, four or five, throughout this piece as though the recorder was threatening to dropout, but fortunately it didn't. The encores begin with bass distortion, fair/good quality, but improves to very good a few bars before The Crunge, again the same clicks as in Stairway until the threats turn into facts: three dropouts in Black Dog destroy the solo. Communication cuts in at the very beginning, the quality drops to fair/good and halfway through Heartbreaker the quality improves to almost very good, but the clicks remain sporadic. According to the reviews I've read on Cobra's version of this show, there are some advantages on this Megadisc release like a cleaner mastering, a complete Stairway, no excessive equalization but those reviews don't mention the clicks and drop outs present on CD4, which may be a drawback. As for the performance, this is truly a spectacular show where the lads real! y display their talents way beyond the call of duty, as Plant ad-libs during the superb Stairway: "..everybody remembers laughter!...". (Rosina Diaz Scali Nov 99)

214 & 207.19

I have the Seattle show. It is a four disc set which includes material from a gig in Boston in September of 1970. I agree with Brian Ingham. Cobra used too much EQ on this release. This is especially annoying when listening to Bonham's drum sound. However, You can remove some of this EQ if you have a good system. The show itself is a great one and probably is the best show from the 1975 tour with great versions of Dazed and NQ. There is a big dropout during Stairway and the encores sound very poor. The Boston material sounds very much like Blueberry Hill but not as clear. Overall this is a good title by Cobra which would have been great if they hadn't tweaked it and had a better source for the encores. A 7 in my book. (Jeremy Cagle Feb 97 )

No Quarter (H-Bomb Music) 4 CD

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

Re-issue of the now impossible to find numbered H-Bomb release from Seattle 21 Mar ‘75.  This is exactly the same in content, perhaps slightly better quality on the 4th disc than the previous release.  At a much cheaper price than its older brother this has to be regarded as essential even for the average collector.  Cover is primarily black this time with title and artist details reversed. Great piccy of Jimmy on the back doing his bowing bit. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

3-21-75
Seattle, Washington
Seattle Center Coliseum
Hammer of the Gods -Last Stand Disc

-Rock And Roll-Sick Again-Over The Hills And Far Away-In My time Of Dying-The Song Remains The Same-The Rain Song-Kashmir-No Quarter-Since I’ve Been Loving You-Trampled Underfoot-Moby Dick-Dazed And Confused-Stairway To Heaven-Whole Lotta Love-Black Dog-Communication Breakdown-Heartbreaker


The same gentleman who blessed us with the incomplete recording from the 17th at this venue was also on hand to capture the band on this night.  The taper was actually interviewed a couple of years back by the excellent (but now sadly out of print) fanzine Proximity.  He is mentioned as having used a portable, Norwegian-made, Tandberg mono reel-to-reel recorder and an external mike, which he simply situated on top of a  nearby stack of unused folding chairs and left recording while he returned to his seat.  What is most fascinating is that he was located on the second concourse of the venue, at a considerable distance from the stage.   Normally, being at such a distance would kill any hopes for a successful recording, but our friend had a bit of luck on his side.   Because he didn’t have to hold the mike, there is none of the typical handling noise or sound phasing present.  Additionally, as the mike was located away from any nearby audience members, the only audience noise picked up is the distant, between-song roar from the massive audience on the floor below.  Just as the source tape for 3/17 is incomplete and cuts in at The Song Remains the Same, this 3/21 tape is also incomplete, but instead misses the closing songs instead of the opening ones, fading out during Stairway to Heaven.  However, like the Cobla and H-bomb releases of this show, LSD does not use the Stairway fragment from the first tape source, instead switching to an alternate source for the rest of the show, making the concert complete. This release is very similar to H-Bomb’s No Quarter, in that it too lacks the complete introduction which is found on Cobla’s release.  I prefer this LSD release to Cobla, because it does not contain the annoying high-frequency tape hiss typical of that label, and because the LSD sounds slightly fuller.  However, it does have a bit of noise-reduction, making the hiss it does have increase with the music and decrease between songs.  The packaging is a fatboy jewel case with a rainbow-colored, ‘75 rehearsal shot (Minneapolis) superimposed onto an odd art-deco painting that looks like stucco.  On the back is the typical LSD format, with the usual "No Equalizing" and "24 bit Mastering" signs, along with their false claim that they "remastered directly from the original master tapes."  Strangely enough, this release actually reads "23 bit mastering," which is an obvious typo.      

As for the quality of the sound, there is some need for clarification.  Many feel that this recording is excellent, while others feel it is merely very good, and still others I know feel that it is only just good.   For me, the main factors that determine an audience recording’s quality are: sound clarity/sharpness, overall recording atmosphere, instrument balance, and instrument definition/richness.  With so many possible combinations, "excellent" tends to be an overall rating.  For example, I think that the Millard 75 and 77 tapes are perfect examples of all-around excellent recordings.  Similarly,  Montreux 3/70, LA 9/4/70 (stereo), Berkeley 9/14/71, the new Tokyo 9/23/71, San Francisco 6/2/73, and NY 2/12/75 are also very nice, excellent recordings.  Just below those I would put the Rockpile 8/18/69 (2nd show), Honolulu 9/6/70, Osaka 9/29/71("SBD"), Adelaide 2/19/72, LA 6/25/72, Detroit 7/12/73, and Cleveland 4/28/77 at "Very Good+," as those recordings are almost excellent but slightly lacking in one or more areas.   As for "Very Good," I would put  Oakland 9/2/70, Berkeley 9/13/71, Osaka 9/29/71(TDOLZ alt source), and the 5/23 and 5/25 Earl’s Court 75 shows.  While being remarkably clear, they suffer from less than excellent balance and instrument definition, and have weaker atmosphere.   In the Very Good-/Good range, I would put Boston 1/26/69, Nassau 2/14/75 and Long Beach 3/12/75.  Poor balance and clarity, okay atmosphere, etc.  In any case, you get the picture. 

As for this show, I certainly wouldn’t put it in the excellent range.  It is a solid Very Good+.  The alt source goes from Very Good to Good by the end of the show.  The main problem with this recording is how the recorder and mike actually captured it.   It is very clear and very sharp, and all the instruments are in excellent balance. However, the atmosphere and instrument "richness" are awful, and the recording completely lacks warmth.  It sounds like the band are playing in a room with metal walls.  The mike was obviously off the direction of the sound source, producing a very minor delay before the sound actually "hits" it. Consequently, the sound captured is a sterile "reflection" rather than an accurate and full reproduction of how the band‘s instruments really sounded.  The guitar is thin and lacks sustain, the bass lacks low frequency and sounds very wimpy, and the drums are dull "thuds" instead of round "thumps."  Plant’s voice sounds metallic and boomy.  Not to mention that the sound is slightly distant.  For me, this recording is rather hard to get into, because it really doesn’t do the band’s sound any justice.

As for the show itself, it has the longest set list of the tour.  Plant’s voice is in great shape, and he gives his "cleanest" performance of the tour.  After this show, when the band reach LA, it’ll go back down to it’s normal, cracking "rawness."  Page is also in good shape, although his guitar playing by this point in the tour is merely another routine go at the same riffs and licks he had been developing since January.    Likewise for Jones, as both No Quarter and Dazed and Confused seem to be intentionally stretched out for very long amounts of time, sounding much more contrived and deliberate rather than spontaneous.  The opening numbers of Rock n Roll/Sick Again/Over the Hills are strong, but by In My Time of Dying the band energy becomes a bit stale.  Kashmir is really fantastic, with Plant hitting a great note after the "Where I’ve beeeeeen..."line.  And although they lose there way a couple of times, Trampled Underfoot is great as well, with very heavy Page and Bonham interaction during the guitar solo.  The band play Since I’ve Been Loving You for the 2nd of only 3 times on this tour at this show, to unfortunately poor effect. Unlike the beautiful rendition on 2/14, but just like the mess on 3/27, Page is very sloppy, and the band lack any of the soul the piece used to convey.   For some reason, Plant sings lines from For What it’s Worth during the usual San Francisco/Woodstock portion in Dazed, and it sounds awkward as he struggles to fit all the words in.  To his credit, Jimmy does pull out some great runs during his Dazed soloing, but he doesn’t seem to go anywhere with it and probably could‘ve cut out 15 minutes worth and still have been just as effective.  Funny how Page could do so much more with Dazed in 20 minutes back in 1970, or even 26 minutes in 1973, than he could ever do with 40 minutes in 1975.  The real highlight of this show is the Hendrix-dedicated Stairway to Heaven, where the band is in complete unison and delivers powerfully.  Plant’s voice actually gets stronger as the song progresses and builds up to a near roar by the end.  Unfortunately the second source tape really destroys the guitar solo in Black Dog and then lowers in sound quality for the rare Communication Breakdown/Heartbreaker closer.  On the plus side, these songs aren‘t really anything special to hear, so I guess it’s just as well.  

So, is this the best show of 1975?  Well, song by song, there isn’t a number in this show that isn’t better performed on other dates, except maybe Stairway, and the overall mood isn’t anything exceptional. As for individual performance, Plant is really great at this concert, but Page and Jones are much better on 2/14, and Bonham is much, much more energetic at the Long Beach shows.  As well, the mood is much more intimate on 2/12 in NY and much more raucous on 3/12 in Long Beach.  But what this concert lacks, it really makes up for in length and sheer power, and the band really try to put on a great show.  I think they succeed. Now if only the guy up in Washington who filmed it would let the rest of us see it! (Mike Magnon May 02

Good Evening Seattle- Magnificent MD-7501 A/B/C/D 4CD Fat jewel case.
Seattle Coliseum, Seattle WA, 21 March 1975
Excellent audience source.

Set List:-
Disc 1 : Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song
Disc 2 : Kashmir / No Quarter / Since I've Been Loving You / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 : Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 : Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Communication Breakdown / Heartbreaker

This release makes this show available once again to those who missed the previous releases. By and large this is a very good effort, and worth getting if you do not have this classic concert. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 03)

The Dinosaur In Motion ( Empress Valley) 7 CD box set
Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA, March 17 and 21, 1975

Another in the limited release series from Empress Valley (although I don't know how many limited is). The production is a hard shell open ended box with a picture of P&P on the front and small colored circles containing pictures of the interior sleeve front covers with disc one through 7 listed by each circle on the back of the box. Each cd is housed in its own single pocket sleeve with a black and white picture on the front and the track listing and a colored circle containing a small reproduction of the front cover picture on the back of the sleeve. Same production type as the Dallas 75 release but he box is not embossed and no insert is included. Not bad production wise. On to the shows. I have not compared the shows all the way through with previous releases but have done a comparison with the beginning of each show and a random sample in each show. The show from the 17th was compared to Gallery Of Soldiers on Power Chord. The Gallery show sounds cleaner and better to me and may still be generationally better, the EV has some background noise and surface noise that is not present on the Gallery release. The show from the 21st was compared to Seattle Supersonic on Scorpio. The EV sounds better with more bottom end and a punchier drum sound but probably not a generational upgrade. The tape switches right before the guitar solo in Stairway and continues to the end of the show. The bass is way overloaded at the beginning of WLL but thankfully it doesn't remain for the entire end of the concert, the sound washes around a little here and there and the booming bass returns at times but the sound is still very clear and listenable. I can't compare the end of the show to previous releases that contain this portion such as the Cobla Standard or Last Stand labels because I only own the Seattle Supersonic version from this night. Overall a good release although I really don't know if it is essential if you already own the shows, depends on the extent of your illness, personally I'm on life support. (Stephen J. Christensen May 04)

Blow-Jobs (Tarantura TCD-41,42) 7CD boxed set
Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA, 17 [discs 1-3] & 21 [discs 4-7] March 1975

Disc 1 [TCD-41-1] (58:58): Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 [TCD-41-2] (60:39): No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick
Disc 3 [TCD-41-3] (67:09): Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

Disc 4 [TCD-42-1] (49:32): Introduction/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 5 [TCD-42-2] (56:33): Kashmir/No Quarter/Since I've Been Loving You/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 6 [TCD-42-3] (71:12): Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused
Disc 7 [TCD-42-4] (42:45): Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog/Communication Breakdown/Heartbreaker

Another luxury boxed set from Tarantura. Despite its expensiveness, I wasn't able to resist getting it because I have been a great fan of these two excellent Seattle shows in '75. Especially, the show on 21 March is arguably THE best one among all of the band's shows in that year. Tarantura advertises that its version of the audience tapes featured in this set is from "Mike Millard Master". However, it is probably a mistake or misunderstanding. As I hear, the tapes used in the set are the same old familiar audience tapes which are generally thought to be recorded by someone other than Mike Millard. Nevertheless, I think that Tarantura did a good job in skillfully mastering the tapes and presenting them in best ever qualities and in most complete forms. As I compare the sound of this set with those of Scorpio's "Seattle Supersonic" and Last Stand Disc's "The Hammer Of The Gods", the tapes from the show on 21 March as featured in this new set is an apparent upgrade over what were previously available. Scorpio's version was, whilst of very good quality, not only incomplete but ran a bit too fast, and the splendid version of "No Quarter" at the show was regretfully and inconveniently spread over two discs. Last Stand Disc's version was more complete and the tape speed was corrected in it but "Stairway To Heaven" was taken entirely from the inferior source tape. On the other hand, the tapes as featured in this new set form Tarantura are most complete and run at the correct speed. In addition, the better sounding tape source is used as much as possible in "Stairway To Heaven" until it is switched to the inferior tape from the guitar solo part. Moreover, it has very good "fat" bottom and cleaner sound, which makes our listening most enjoyable! As for the tape from the show on 17 March, as I compare with Power Chord's "Gallery Of Soldiers", on Disc 1, the sound of the new set is not such an apparent upgrade over that of Power Chord's but is still a bit cleaner than that. On Discs 2 and 3, Power Chord's version annoyingly suffers from some balance problems between the right and left channels. However, Tarantura has neatly resolved that problem in it version and presents the sound in a more stable manner. Accordingly, the new set can be said to be the definitive version of these two excellent shows! Apart from the sound, the most amazing material in this set is a color picture used for the back of the door of the box, sensationally showing Robert holding on his lap a young lady with bare breasts! This picture seems to visually show what were meant by the term "blow jobs" which Peter Grant made available to the band members back stage those days, as Robert mentions at the Vancouver show on 19 March! (Takemi Hiramatsu May 06)

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24-Mar-75 LA

Fire Crackers' Show (3CD, TDOLZ 003/4/5), LA, 24/3/75

Two versions of tapes are used for this bootleg. One is a little bit poor quality audience tape, which is used on only first 2 or 3 minutes (from the band introduction to the middle of Rock & Roll). This portion of the show is released for the first time on this boot. The other source tape is also audience but much more excellent in sound quality and used for the rest of the show. The latter source is identical to the one used on "Get Back to LA" (9CD) from Tarantura. Regarding to the portion where the latter source is used, bass range is strongly enhanced and very powerful, but high-range is slightly muffled on "Get Back to LA". On the contrary, the "Fire --" is not so powerful in audio, but slightly clearer.  (Susumu Omi, July 96)

Fire Crackers' Show (Label) The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ 0003/4/5

Total Time: 185'10" L.A. Forum - March 24,1975

Rock And Roll (5:15) Dazed And Confused (35:03) Sick Again (6:24) Stairway To Heaven (13:20) Over The Hills And Far Away (7:28) Whole Lotta Love (8:45) In My Time Of Dying (12:23) Black Dog (6:33) The Song Remains The Same (5:13) Heartbreaker (8:37) The Rain Song (8:31) Kashmir (8:34) No Quarter (27:11) Trampled Underfoot (9:20) Moby Dick (22:33)

I don't often do this sort of thing as opinions vary so much but I just listened to a new Zep CD and highly recommend it for anyone that can get their hands on a copy. I'd rate the sound quality on this one a solid 8/10 and the performance is a great one as well. Plant is in (relatively) strong voice and the band is hot. WLL contains probably the best version of The Crunge (with lyrics) that I've heard. (Jim Rice, July 96)

24, 24 & 27 March 1975, The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD 001
CDs in book style cover , one of 3CDs + 1DVD in book style cover , poster and 1975 US tour programme replica in a boxed and limited to 500 (unnumbered) copies.
Deep Throat I
The Forum, Inglewood, CA 24 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 : Introduction by J.J. Jackson / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

Deep Throat II
he Forum, Inglewood, CA  25 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 : Introduction / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

Deep Throat III
The Forum, Inglewood, CA 27 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 : Introduction by Linda Lovelace / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD-001

Originally announced in 1999, delayed until 2000, available finally in 2003, this set has been a long time coming and there is a vague reference to this in the liner notes.  Perhaps one of Empress Valley's most unique offerings to date.  The package is very much a high class affair.  A large 8.5"x11.5"x2.75" hinged hard shell box, covered in a snazzy silver metallic decor, opens to reveal a large 1975 replica tour book, an even larger folded poster (printed on a very nice textured paper) and the traditional Aquarius 11 liner notes in Japanese/English.  Moving these out of the way, the 3 hardcover book sleeves appear.  They are nicely arranged in the box and  held position via a trio of slots in the cardboard liner on the bottom of the box creating quite a handsome presentation.  The hardcover book sleeves are identical to the style used in several of EVSD's late offerings including both versions of Florida Sunshine and Bringing The House Down. The first 2 sleeves, holding the discs from the 24th and 25th, both contain 3CDs each. The last sleeve also holds 3CDs but also houses the premier EVSD Led Zeppelin DVD as well. The elaborate packaging used here no doubt contributed to the high cost of the set - but it's worth it - everything is done splendidly. Since all of these shows have been available in several formats and on a number of labels over the years, probably most everyone has  at least one of these shows in their collection - at least on CDR.  I am not going to give a play by play of the concerts but instead focus on the source tapes, the splices, cuts, defects, etc.  These are going to be what the majority of the collectors are going to want to focus on.  They already have several copies of these shows from a variety of labels and will only be concerned with whether or not this release one ups the others or not.  Besides, this review is going to be plenty long enough as it is!

March 24th - Discs 1-3 (EVSD 156-158):

Audio 8/8.5+ AUD

DISC ONE: Introduction by J.J. Jackson, Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir

DISC TWO: No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

DISC THREE: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker

The source tape for March 24th begins with an introduction by J.J. Jackson followed by a barrage of firecrackers.  The source tape used for this section is not from the famous Mike Millard recording however the audio is still near excellent but slightly inferior to Mike's tape as it lacks the same depth and tone.  The Millard tape kicks in at the 59 second mark into Rock And Roll - the fade over is seamless.  The Millard tape is excellent - especially for a 1975 audience source - but it does contain noticeable tape hiss.  The tape isn't quite as bright and deep as his "Eddie" tape from '77, but it is still an outstanding document in its own right.  The alternate source is credited to "Barry" on the jacket and the box.  Millard is referred to "Mike The Mike" in the credits because, if I remember correctly, this is how he used to mark the tape jackets of his source tapes when trading.  The end of The Rain Song is spliced in with the alternate source and there are some fragmentary clips that last a second or two immediately after The Rain Song's last note.  Why this was done is beyond me.  I have a 1st Generation Copy>DAT>CDR version of the Mike Millard source and there is no need for the splice as that section of tape is intact on my copy of his tape.  Trampled Underfoot runs into some volume and slight balance issues at 5 minutes 44 seconds into the track.  At 6 minutes, 48 seconds the alternate source tape cuts in just prior to Plant's addition of the Gallows Pole lyrics.  The alternate tape cuts out briefly and swaps back until around the 8 minute 09 second mark - essentially the end of the track - adding quite a bit of tape to this track that would otherwise be missing. The Plantations right after Moby Dick are spliced in with the alternate source momentarily filling in some missing Millard tape.  The alternate "Barry" tape is used for about 35 seconds at the very end of Dazed And Confused and into the Plantations that follow to fill in missing tape from the Millard master source.  There are some take cuts during the audience cheer after Stairway To Heaven.  I doubt anything was missed as the band was off the stage.  It was probably done to conserve tape by Millard and the cuts are also present on my 1st gen copy.  The 24th is an overall success with only the one patch of tape at the end of The Rain Song being questionable. 

Disc 10 (EVSDVD 001):

Video 5-/7.5+ AUD

The footage used on the DVD is obviously amateur and fragmented at best.  The quality ranges from B&W footage in poor quality to full color tape in near excellent condition.  There are spells that the cameraman captures almost complete songs and there are other times when it's a few seconds of tape here and a few more seconds there.  Usually the tape reflects a snippet of film from each song as the concert progresses.  The footage from the 24th is the best quality of the bunch.  The 25th contains a good section of the film that's out of focus.  The 24th and 25th were filmed on the floor and pretty close to the stage in full color.  As a bonus I suppose, there is a second source included as a separate track from the 25th that is in black and white and of fairly poor quality.  The 24th and 25th (both sources) are dubbed with audio.  The 27th runs silent.  The footage from the 27th is a bit distant and again out of focus but it is in color and it also includes footage of the outside of the forum prior to the show.  I ran the DVD against a VCD copy of Cosmic Energy's Visual Graffiti side-by-side in real time to compare the two sets.  The Empress Valley footage is nearly identical to the footage used by Cosmic Energy.  The main difference is in the footage for the 25th.  The Cosmic Energy footage is missing any sign of Whole Lotta Love whereas the Empress Valley DVD includes a minute or two of WLL. (Steve Prendergast June 03)

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD 001
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 24, 25 & 27 March 1975

Deep Throat I (EVSD 156/157/158)
The Forum, Inglewood, CA 24 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 (56.08): Introduction by J.J. Jackson / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (59.27): No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 (72.21): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

The opening night at the LA Forum on 24th March 1975, the first of three concerts all captured for posterity by the late, great, Mike Millard. First generation copies of all three shows are in circulation. Just when I thought that Empress Valley were losing their way, they bounce back in tremendous style and impact. This set is simply incredible. The three sets of shows are housed in shiny silver coloured hardback slipcases which in turn slot inside a shiny silver folding box, which measures 11 1/2 inches long, 8 1/4 inches wide and 2 3/4 inches deep. It comes with a reproduction of the 1975 US Tour programme, and a full colour folding poster. This packaging is quite simply stunning and incredible, Empress Valley have created one of the loveliest packages ever. The liner notes, written as usual by Aquarius 11 are dated 10 May 2003. They are fairly comprehensible this time. A second, inferior tape source has been used to fill the small gaps in Millard's recording, and overall the sound quality is a marked improvement over the previous best version from this concert, the aptly named Fire Crackers' Show on TDOLZ. There is a glitch at the end of The Rain Song on disc 1 (track 7 at 7 mins 43 secs in, for about 3 seconds). This is a very worthy addition in the collectors market. (Jules McTrainspotter July 03)

DVD (EVSDVD 001)

Track 1 (LA 24 March 1975) runs from 00.28 to 19.00:
Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / Kashmir / No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

Track 2: (LA 24 March 1975) runs from 19.01 to 46.56:
Sick Again / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Over The Hills And Far Away [out of sequence] / Whole Lotta Love

Track 3 (LA 27 March 1975) runs from 46.58 to 59.09:
Sick Again / Dazed And Confused / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / Stairway To Heaven

Track 4 (LA 27 March 1975) runs from 59.06 to 67.15

Also included in Deep Throat III is a DVD, which has 67 minutes of colour amateur cine footage from all three nights with dubbed sound (apart from the last track). The best quality is from the first night, the picture quality is very good indeed, sharp and steady, nice full colours, taken near the stage to the left hand side of Plant. What a pity this footage is so fragmentary, but it is the most enjoyable section. Track 2 is from the second night, not quite such good quality as the previous night, often blurry images, but shot close to the stage once more, further to the left of Plant. There are longer sections of each song. Tracks 3 & 4 are from the last night. Track 3 is blurry, washed out black & white footage, taken higher up to the left of the stage, looking down onto the band members. The last track is in colour, but silent, a great pity as it is taken from further back and looking down onto the stage so you can see all the band on stage. In addition there is a catalogue of every Empress Valley CD released up to the Spring of 2003, the cover art appears as a slide show with some nifty special effects. The catalogue is arranged as follows: Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck. Finally there is a complete Empress Valley slide show, arranged by the catalogue numbers for each release. (Jules McTrainspotter July 03)

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25-Mar-75 LA

A Gram Is A Gram Is A Gram (Image Quality). 3 CDs, LA Forum 24 March 1975.

This was released a couple of years ago by Diagrams as THE FIRE CRACKERS' SHOW, with the tape fluctuations edited out. IQ have released the complete tape, in really superb sound, and with some nice photos, from Earls Court. The title comes from something Robert Plant said at the end of 'Over The Hills And Far Away', no doubt referring to illegal substances of some form. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)

Cosmic Crazy (Last Stand). 3 CDs, LA Forum 25 March 1975.

A very limited release, it is a bit better sounding than Lemon Song's THE SEX MACHINE. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)

Cosmic Crazy (09/10/11PR ARMS)

The Forum, Inglewood, California, March 25, 1975

CD 1: (52:16) Rock & Roll (beginning cut and unbalanced), Sick Again (slightly unbalanced), Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir

CD 2: (60:47) No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

CD 3: (68:22) Dazed & Confused (includes Spanish Eyes and Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes Sex Machine and The Crunge), Black Dog

An excellent audience recording of a pretty good concert. Plant's voice is still a bit lazy, but does improve slightly towards the end of the show. Taken from a very low generation tape, the sound is much cleaner than a prior release; The Revenge of the Butterqueen and The Sex Machine and the Butterqueen (Ghost Records). (Brian Ingham Aug 96)

24, 24 & 27 March 1975, The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD 001
CDs in book style cover , one of 3CDs + 1DVD in book style cover , poster and 1975 US tour programme replica in a boxed and limited to 500 (unnumbered) copies.
Deep Throat I
The Forum, Inglewood, CA 24 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 : Introduction by J.J. Jackson / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

Deep Throat II
he Forum, Inglewood, CA  25 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 : Introduction / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

Deep Throat III
The Forum, Inglewood, CA 27 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 : Introduction by Linda Lovelace / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

Bonus DVD is audience footage of LA 1975 show [? date not specified]. The image is high-definition photography (AirRaid Webmaster June 2003)

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD-001

Originally announced in 1999, delayed until 2000, available finally in 2003, this set has been a long time coming and there is a vague reference to this in the liner notes.  Perhaps one of Empress Valley's most unique offerings to date.  The package is very much a high class affair.  A large 8.5"x11.5"x2.75" hinged hard shell box, covered in a snazzy silver metallic decor, opens to reveal a large 1975 replica tour book, an even larger folded poster (printed on a very nice textured paper) and the traditional Aquarius 11 liner notes in Japanese/English.  Moving these out of the way, the 3 hardcover book sleeves appear.  They are nicely arranged in the box and  held position via a trio of slots in the cardboard liner on the bottom of the box creating quite a handsome presentation.  The hardcover book sleeves are identical to the style used in several of EVSD's late offerings including both versions of Florida Sunshine and Bringing The House Down. The first 2 sleeves, holding the discs from the 24th and 25th, both contain 3CDs each. The last sleeve also holds 3CDs but also houses the premier EVSD Led Zeppelin DVD as well. The elaborate packaging used here no doubt contributed to the high cost of the set - but it's worth it - everything is done splendidly. Since all of these shows have been available in several formats and on a number of labels over the years, probably most everyone has  at least one of these shows in their collection - at least on CDR.  I am not going to give a play by play of the concerts but instead focus on the source tapes, the splices, cuts, defects, etc.  These are going to be what the majority of the collectors are going to want to focus on.  They already have several copies of these shows from a variety of labels and will only be concerned with whether or not this release one ups the others or not.  Besides, this review is going to be plenty long enough as it is!

March 25th - Discs 4-6 (EVSD 159-161):

Audio 8/8.5+ AUD 

DISC FOUR: Introduction, Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir

DISC FIVE: No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

DISC SIX: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes Sex Machine), Black Dog

The source tape for the 25th cuts in during the band introductions.  Again, this section of tape is from an alternate source tape and not from the famous Millard master.  The alternate tape used tonight is courtesy of "Bob" and is very good in quality but lacks the brightness, depth and atmosphere that Millard's source tapes display.  Mike's tape is excellent quality, almost putting the band right in your living room.  The clarity and "closeness" of the tape is awesome but it suffers from balance issues that might not have been preventable - more on this soon.  The fade over to the Mike The Mike tape is done at the 58 second marker in Rock And Roll.  The source tape contains some distortion/cracking on the guitar in spots that is also present on my 1st Generation Copy>DAT>CDR of this set, but it's not so obvious on the CDR set.  The EVSD version is more than likely been equalized making it slightly more noticeable.  This seems to be isolated on the guitar channel and it's sporadic throughout the opening couple of tracks and also at the end of Moby Dick.  The instruments - most obvious and annoying is the guitar - also seem to "float" around in the mix bouncing between left/right channels and becoming muddied at times - this is especially noticeable during In My Time Of Dying - a possible PA issue?  I doubt our celebrated taper nor Empress Valley could have done much to eliminate this issue. It's a minor irritant more than anything else but it is worth mentioning here. The end of The Rain Song is momentarily plugged in seamlessly with the alternate tape filling in a void on the main source tape. The end of No Quarter also features a switch to the alternate tape filling in the missing audience cheer and Plantations prior to Trampled Underfoot.  We return to the main tape just before Trampled gets underway.  Trampled contains some Gallows Pole lyrics. The end of Moby Dick is also patched briefly with alternate tape.  As appears to be the pattern, the alternate tape is used to fill a gap in the master source right after Dazed And Confused.  Millard must have mapped out the show from the previous night and decided to perform tape swaps right after tracks to avoid having cuts within songs. There's a cut in the tape after Stairway To Heaven (during the cheering while awaiting the encores).  Night number 2 is plagued by either a faulty PA system or tape recorder issue (I'm leaning towards the PA). The equalized and boosted audio enhances this fault but it's on Millard's master tapes as well, so it wasn't introduced during production of this set. The missing sections of tape are neatly filled presenting as complete show as possible.

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD 001
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 24, 25 & 27 March 1975

Deep Throat II (EVSD 159/160/161)
he Forum, Inglewood, CA  25 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 55.46): Introduction / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (62.37): No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 (67.50): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

The second night, and again another (inferior) source tape has been utilised to fill the gaps in the Millard source tape. This recording has been given quite a lot of EQ, which has beefed it up and increased the bottom end. It is more complete than the previous best version The Sex Machine, released on Lemon Song a long time ago. This only used the Millard recording so there are gaps, but it has a very good untweaked sound to it. The Millard tape on this new release sounds very full and rich, so another very nice production by Empress Valley (Jules McTrainspotter July 03)

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27-Mar-75 LA

The Final Show In The Forum 1975 Jelly Roll 12/13/14

Disc 1: Introduction, Rock n Roll/Sick Again, Over The Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, Since I've Been Loving You.

Disc 2: No Quarter, Trampled Under Foot, Moby Dick (incl. Yankee Doodle Dandy).

Disc 3: Dazed and Confused (small cut), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

This show has previously been released as "Electric Orgasm", "Tour De Force" and "Remainz". The tape used for this release is an excellent, up front recording like many from the LA Forum. The tape source is a bit bass heavy, which tends to distort the bottom range, but Jelly Roll has done an excellent job in mastering. This release has an advantage over "Electric Orgasm" in that the channel drop out in the guitar solo in Stairway To Heaven has been fixed. About the show, opinions are mixed. Some consider it to be one of their best, others think it is not. This is Led Zeppelin at their heaviest. No Quarter and Moby Dick both push thirty minutes, and Dazed And Confused pushes forty. Plus, this was the final time Dazed was performed in America. Over all an amazing release by Jelly Roll, and I highly recommend it. (Gerard Sparaco Nov 99)

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

This is a limited edition release on a new label - regarded by some as the successor to the now defunct Tarantura label. Certainly the price tag and packaging would help justify this assumption. The show is from the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles on March 27, 1975. The bulk of the show is on 3 standard CD's with the encores on a smaller, single sized disk - presented in a box with the titles in Stonehenge type big lettering. The quality of this audience recording is stunning, clear, detailed with only two noticeable cuts in the Rain Song and Dazed And Confused. Plant starts out sounding rough and tired but improves, Jones' bass work in Sick Again and Whole Lotta Love is great and Page is brilliant in No Quarter and the Stairway solo. The Page/Jones interaction on Trampled is magic, although Page's solo work here might be a bit atonal for some ears. Get this one id you can find/afford it!  (Tony Gassett Feb 99)

Remainz (Akashic Records). 4 CDs, LA Forum, 27 March 1975.

Previously available, in excellent sound, as TOUR DE FORCE L.A. 1975 on Rabbit Records, this latest version is simply awesome. Limited to 300 numbered copies, it comes in a long box with the CDs in plastic slipcases inside. The final CD with the encores is an 8 cm disc. This release is reportedly taken from the master tape and is 219 minutes long (7 minutes longer than Tarantura's GET BACK TO L.A. and 10 minutes longer than the Rabbit release). (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 99)

Tour De Force L.A. 1975 (RR 005/6/7 Rabbit Records)

The Forum, Inglewood, California, March 27, 1975

CD 1: (68:04) Linda Lovelace introduction/ Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (40 seconds cut from middle), Kashmir, Since I've Been Loving You

CD 2: (66:31) No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

CD 3: (74:13) Dazed & Confused (includes Feel Like I've Been Loving You) (small cut near end of middle instrumentation), Stairway to Heaven (balance shifts to the right channel prior to and including the beginning of the guitar solo), Whole Lotta Love (includes Lick It), Black Dog (small cut near end)

This release uses an excellent audience tape. It is very similar in sound quality to the recording from the previous night's show on Cosmic Crazy (ARMS) (purportedly by the same taper), except with a little more audience and tape hiss in the mix (although very minor). The same source tape was also used for three prior releases (I don't have Get Back to L.A. (Tarantura). Physical Graffiti (Flying Disc Music) contains only a third of the show and runs 4% too fast. Electric Orgasm (Jolly Roger Records) contains most of the show (No Quarter and Moby Dick are from March 25th), but is very flat sounding with no dynamic range. Both Psychical Graffiti and Electric Orgasm contain a fair amount of tape hiss. Both Tour De Force L.A. 1975 and Electric Orgasm contain the same cuts with the exception of the one during Black Dog. Electric Orgasm's is complete. Tour De Force L.A. 1975 fills in the missing ending with material from the 25th. Also, on Electric Orgasm, the balance shift during Stairway to Heaven occurs in opposite channels. (Brian Ingham June 97)

Tour De Force L.A. 1975 (Rabbit Records) Per ***1/2 SQ **** Appeal G (General)

Easily the best audience recording so far of the final night of the LA trio of 1975 dates on March 27. Although sounding tired on Dazed, Page excels on his rather off-the-wall solos on Over The Hills and Trampled Underfoot. Both the versions of No Quarter and Stairway are well worth hearing. The packaging from this obscure label is excellent, stark black and white photography with descriptive text borrowing very heavily from Luis Rey' s book. There are a few minor edits and tape disturbances in this triple CD set, but overall an essential item for 75 fans. (Tony Gassett June 97)

24, 24 & 27 March 1975, The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD 001
CDs in book style cover , one of 3CDs + 1DVD in book style cover , poster and 1975 US tour programme replica in a boxed and limited to 500 (unnumbered) copies.
Deep Throat I
The Forum, Inglewood, CA 24 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 : Introduction by J.J. Jackson / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker

Deep Throat II
he Forum, Inglewood, CA  25 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 : Introduction / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

Deep Throat III
The Forum, Inglewood, CA 27 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 : Introduction by Linda Lovelace / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 : Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD-001

Originally announced in 1999, delayed until 2000, available finally in 2003, this set has been a long time coming and there is a vague reference to this in the liner notes.  Perhaps one of Empress Valley's most unique offerings to date.  The package is very much a high class affair.  A large 8.5"x11.5"x2.75" hinged hard shell box, covered in a snazzy silver metallic decor, opens to reveal a large 1975 replica tour book, an even larger folded poster (printed on a very nice textured paper) and the traditional Aquarius 11 liner notes in Japanese/English.  Moving these out of the way, the 3 hardcover book sleeves appear.  They are nicely arranged in the box and  held position via a trio of slots in the cardboard liner on the bottom of the box creating quite a handsome presentation.  The hardcover book sleeves are identical to the style used in several of EVSD's late offerings including both versions of Florida Sunshine and Bringing The House Down. The first 2 sleeves, holding the discs from the 24th and 25th, both contain 3CDs each. The last sleeve also holds 3CDs but also houses the premier EVSD Led Zeppelin DVD as well. The elaborate packaging used here no doubt contributed to the high cost of the set - but it's worth it - everything is done splendidly. Since all of these shows have been available in several formats and on a number of labels over the years, probably most everyone has  at least one of these shows in their collection - at least on CDR.  I am not going to give a play by play of the concerts but instead focus on the source tapes, the splices, cuts, defects, etc.  These are going to be what the majority of the collectors are going to want to focus on.  They already have several copies of these shows from a variety of labels and will only be concerned with whether or not this release one ups the others or not.  Besides, this review is going to be plenty long enough as it is!

March 27th - Discs 7-9 (EVSD 162-164):

Audio 8/8.5+ AUD

DISC SEVEN: Introduction By Linda Lovelace, Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, Since I've Been Loving You

DISC EIGHT: No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

DISC NINE: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog

The tape used here is solely from the Millard archive.  Just after the Linda Lovelace (Deep Throat herself) introduction, there is a slight cut in the tape.  This source contains more of the introduction than my 1st Generation Copy>DAT>CDR copy of the Millard tape does.  The 1st gen tape only has Linda Lovelace speaking whereas the EVSD set has some minor comments by the guy (probably JJ Jackson) who introduced her - both sets have the tape cut.  The audio quality for this show is probably the best of the LA shows yet.  Very nice depth, tone and atmosphere.  The PA issues from the 25th have been rectified and the sound is awesome.  The Rain Song has a chunk of audio missing at the 4 minute 08 second mark cutting several seconds of tape just as the "Talk Talk - I've felt the coldness of my winter" verse is about to begin leaving us with "of my winter".  This is no doubt a tape "marker" and not a cut made by a tape swap or anything like that.  Mike Millard was known to mark his source tapes when trading by adding cuts to different sections of the show so he could track his copies among traders and bootleggers.   At 4 minutes 42 seconds there is a suspect section of tape just as the "These are seasons of emotion..." verse that contains some slight balance issues.  Interestingly enough, these balance issues are not on the 1st gen CDR set.  In one hand you get more of the introduction and in the other you get some balance issues in The Rain Song.  In some of the quieter piano sections of No Quarter there are faint tick-like sounds reminding me of how new vinyl albums sometimes sounded.  This could possibly be a recorder flaw as it's consistent and almost in a pattern ruling out the Watchtower-like pops and ticks.  At 23 minutes 33 seconds the tone changes slightly and at 23 minutes 40 seconds there is a cut in the tape.  Since there are no alternate source tapes for the 27th, there's nothing to fill in the gaps and, thankfully, Empress Valley chose to not use another show to plug the holes thus avoiding an outcry from the collector community.  Moby Dick is cut at 16 minutes 03 seconds and suffers ever so slightly from some balance/volume fluctuations just prior to the electronically enhanced section of the solo.  There's a series of tape cuts in Dazed And Confused around the 36 minute mark but I'll leave the intricacies of what's been done in this section to Brannon.  There is also a second or two of unbalanced tape in the 7 minute 50 area of Stairway To Heaven.  The audience cheer post Stairway has a cut in the tape.     

Deep Throat - Empress Valley EVSD-156 ~ 164 / EVSDVD 001
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 24, 25 & 27 March 1975

Deep Throat III (EVSD 162/163/164) and a DVD (EVSDVD 001)
The Forum, Inglewood, CA 27 March 1975.
Set List:-
Disc1 (69.38 [original pressing], 70.54 [remastered second pressing]): Introduction by Linda Lovelace / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (70.51): No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick
Disc 3 (76.12): Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

The third and final night at the Forum, and a marathon performance by the group. Their last performance in the United States for 2 years. In his liner notes Aquarius 11 says: "The alternate sound source has not appeared concerning this show yet. In other words , we can't hear the entire show. 'The Rain Song', 'No Quarter', 'Moby Dick', and 'Dazed and Confused' have cut part". Unfortunately this is not correct, there is an alternate source tape for this concert, but it has only been used once, and to very good effect. A few years ago a highly knowledgeable and dedicated fan put together the definitive version of this show, and he was also the first person to use the title Deep Throat. This release was on Cyanine records and is well worth seeking out. The alternate tape was used to fill the cuts in the four songs mentioned by Aquarius 11, and so this title remains the definitive version. The artwork is very clever too, using photos from the "Deep Throat" DVD film, of Linda Lovelace, and some photos of Robert Plant (concentrating on a certain part of his anatomy). The first disc (disc 7 of the complete set) had an editing mistake in the first track (Rock And Roll), and Empress Valley released a corrected disc 7 (slightly longer at 70.54 mins). (Jules McTrainspotter July 03)

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17-May-75 Earls Court

Join The Blimp (Tarantura) Per ***1/2 SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

The opening night at Earl's Court Arena, London on May 17, 1975 is represented on this 4 disc set. The sound quality is distant, muddy with lots of room echo. The whole show has that 'opening night' feel with Page's guitar cutting out in the opener, Rock And Roll and the PA giving other problems at various times. However, this is generally a solid performance, with the Rain Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot and Black Dog being worthy of note. Typically impressive Tarantura packaging and price. (Tony Gassett Aug 99)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (The Complete Earl's Court Arena Tapes) Empress Valley Supreme Disc (EVSD 91-112) 22CD box set, limited to 250 copies.

Earls Court Arena, London, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th & 25th May 1975.

When I first heard about this set being released I groaned, wondering whether Empress Valley could do any better than the vast number of releases that have come out previously. However, and mark my words, there is an improvement over every other release of these historic five nights at the Earls Court Arena in London in May 1975. The packaging is simply stunning too. The set comes in a box, limited to 250 copies, which is a copy of the official Atlantic 10CD box set The Complete Studio Recordings. This box is decorated in red and cream colours, using the Earls Court posters, the Zeppelin Express steam loco, etc. The lid opens up to reveal 6 gatefold card slipcases printed on thick matt card with photos from the various concerts, which are inserted vertically into the box. There is also a reproduction in miniature of the official Earls Court programme, and facsimiles of tickets for each of the five nights. There is also a CD sized booklet, written by "Aquarius 11" dated June 15, 2002. The first half of the booklet is in Japanese, and the second part is an English translation (sic). As per previous inserts, the English translation is dire, and is very difficult to understand. One would have thought that with the amount of care, trouble and cost of producing this box set that a proper and understandable text could be produced in English. But this is a minor gripe. (Jules McTrainspotter July 02)

17th May 1975 (audience source)

Disc 1 (EVSD 91) [56.52]: Intro by Bob Harris / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir

Disc 2 (EVSD 92) [52.36]: No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

Disc 3 (EVSD 93) [29.27]: Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick

Disc 4 (EVSD 94) [60.04]: Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta love / Black Dog

Introduced by 'Whispering' Bob Harris, this has always been the poorest sounding of the five nights. Previously there has only been one source tape in circulation (used by Antrabata on their 3CD Arabesque & Baroque) but a second, almost complete source tape surfaced a some years ago. This initially appeared on the incredibly scarce and limited For Trainspotters Only (3CD, Anorak Records). The person who recorded this actually introduces it! This was copied by Power Chord for their 4CD (the original release was on 3CDs) release Devil's Banquet. Empress Valley have also used this second source tape (from CD, as the master tape is not accessible) as their mainstay, and neatly filled the gaps with the first source tape. They have increased the EQ (as they have for all the other nights on this set), which gives the sound a very punchy feel, with more bottom end, compared to the original master tape sound. Whilst this evening's performance was not the greatest, first night nerves and so on, Empress Valley have now produced the definitive version. (Jules McTrainspotter July 02)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock MusicEmpress Valley Supreme Disc - EVSD 91-112 - 22CD Deluxe Box Set Lavish 22CD deluxe boxed set. Limited to 250 sets. The hard-shell case is a direct replica of the box that the official 10CD set from Atlantic came in, only this one is covered in the red and cream Earls Court artwork and not the drab grey and black inner structure of a Zeppelin. Each of the 6 sets comes packaged in deluxe paper gatefold sleeves that slide neatly into the box. The individual CD's are held in cream paper sleeves with a gold Empress Valley logo in the bottom right side corner. Also included is a booklet in Japanese and very poor English as well as a mini replica of the official Earl's Court tour book and a set of tickets for the shows. So far, I think my only real gripes with this set are the poorly translated English portion of the booklet and the lack of a printed set number - IE: #131/250. Both of these are minor issues. It was quite refreshing to see this set offered in complete form using the best available sound. It is getting frustrating seeing only countless re-issues of Cleveland '77 and Knebworth '79 being offered by the Japanese labels. Extremely expensive set, but figuring that there are FIVE 4CD sets and one 2CD set not to mention the little "bonus" items, it's probably cheaper in the long run to buy the box and call it a day as opposed to trying to locate the individual sets, some of which are not (yet) available as separate sale items. Granted that due to the high cost of this set, the casual collector should look for this on CDR (It's already being tree'd on the mailing lists). The hardcore collector and especially the Empress Valley guys should think about shelling out the bucks as it could very well be the release of the year, so get it while you can find it or ante up even more later as this is sure to become a highly sought after set down the road. If you can handle the price of admission, this set is a must have. Somehow though, I can't help but have this feeling that someone will try and issue a "definitive" or "remastered" set down the road to squeeze every last dollar out of the collectors (just think Tarantura and Destroyer and I rest my case).

May 17, 1975
EVSD 91-94
Audio: 7-7.5 AUD Track Listing:
DISC 1: Announcement, Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir. DISC 2: No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp. DISC 3: Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick. DISC 4: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

The tape starts out with the British taper announcing his own recording followed by the "official" Bob Harris intro. The tape is a little distant, audience noise can be well heard, but it seems to add to the whole spectacle. The acoustics of the venue no doubt play a part in the slightly muddied sound. The only gripe I really have is that the bass and drums at times melt together due to the echoing acoustics of the hall and the location of the recorder making it hard to hear Jones clearly. I think I would rather have it this way though as opposed to having a heavily distorted tape. Rock And Roll suffers from being the initial song in the set and there's problems with Jimmy's guitar and it growls for a bit and finally drops out completely leaving the band to play without him for a few seconds. Plant comments that the cause of the guitar problems was a jack plug. In My Time Of Dying is well received by the British audience. The boys are in good forum tonight with no major mistakes, sticky fingers, etc. They are probably a little reserved not wanting to error or fail in an attempt to impress the home crowd. The songs seem to be slower and more mellow than normal perhaps in attempt to retain control. There is a source swap after The Rain Song, it's quite well done and only lasts a few minutes before another very well done switch back to the main source previous to the start of Kashmir. In fact, all of the tape swaps are seamlessly done. Excellent job by Empress Valley in this aspect. Kashmir is heavy on the high end, losing some of the brute force low end sound but it still sounds great. The guitar is higher in the mix than the Mellotron and I prefer the sound this way over the Mellotron being too prominent in the mix. There is the tiniest of goofs in the track, but they boys make a very good on the fly recovery (nothing like some of the disasters that would come in the years ahead). One of the audience members comments "thank you, good night - that's what I've been waiting for" at the end of Kashmir. The Plantations are longer and warmer than normal throughout the show and lack his usual "wit". Plant is undoubtedly happy to be back in England performing before friends and family. No Quarter stretches 24 minutes. It would be interesting to talk to someone who saw Zeppelin live back in the 70's and ask what their thoughts at the time were of a classical piano solo in the middle of a hard rock concert. The boys work well with one another in this track and the time just flies past. The intro to the acoustic set has Plant saying "This is one small step for your ears, but a giant step for our confidence cause we've not played it in years and years." Tangerine suffers at the hand of the acoustics in the hall and Plant gets plenty of help with the vocals - Robert comments that "today it's Zeppelin, tomorrow the Hollies". The acoustic set is very well received. Plant is almost constantly trying to quiet the audience in-between songs, but they keep quiet during the songs. Plant traces the the origins of Trampled Underfoot to Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues". Gallows Pole lyrics are included at the end of Trampled Underfoot tonight. There is a slight stumble in the Stairway To Heaven solo that is probably caused by a source switch. After Stairway ends, there's over eight minutes of audience cheer waiting for the encores. Plant explains that they had to have a cup of tea. The shortened medley section within Whole Lotta Love would appear to have been made up on the spot. It includes a Theramin workout before Black Dog kicks in. An interesting opening night. The band is definitely taking their time and making an effort to keep mistakes to a minimum. I must comment on Empress Valley's damn near seamless source switches - they could be the best I've heard. Someone spent some time carefully getting the source swap seams this good and whoever it was deserves a nod of recognition for his or her effort. (Steve Prendergast August 02)

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18-May-75 Earls Court

Red Devil (TDLOZ 4CD box set w/color slides) Performance: 4-6 SQ: 4-8

The show is 5/18/75. The second night at Earls Court. Well, to begin with the packaging is excellent. the discs are the usual small paper cases which sit inside a glossy red box. There is also a card which says "limited edition" (my number's 255) and has the track listings. The color slides are nice, but the pictures are a little too common. The performance is sometimes OK, but it is generally crappy. This was definitely not one of zep's better concerts I'll tell you that. "dazed" however, has an eerie, ghostly quality to it, (as with all the earls court versions) and is pretty decent. Everything else, is a little below average, and the show as a whole is quite low-key. The sound for the first tape source is rather average and cacophonous, but its listenable. The second source begins at "trampled" and runs to the end of the show. It is Very Good stereo, and is at its best during "dazed". (does anyone ot there know if a complete version of this stereo tape exists?). Overall, a nice item, but the rather boring performance pushes this one into the "Not-Exactly-Recommendable" category. (A N Onymous May 99)

Argenteum Astrum (4CD, NQ-1,2,3,4), Earl's Court, 18.5.75

I think this one is the best boot from this show. "Complete Earl's Court Arena '75" was also fine, but contains cut in TSRTS, while it's complete on this newly released CD from Tarantura. Source tapes for these two are not identical, and I can't tell which one is more excellent in sound quality. It's the matter of one's taste. (Susumu Omi, July 96)

Arabesque & Baroque The 2nd Night - A different source tape but inferior to the Tarantura edition. (TBL Crew Sep 96)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (Empress Valley)

18th May 1975 (audience source)

Disc 1 (EVSD 95) [57.09]: Intro by Johnnie Walker / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir

Disc 2 (EVSD 96) [51.00]: No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

Disc 3 (EVSD 97) [32.47]: Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick

Disc 4 (EVSD 98) [58.14]: Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta love / Black Dog

Things improve both in sound and performance for the second appearance in the arena. DJ Johnnie Walker introduces the band. The previous best sounding source tape was released by Immigrant many years ago on the 3CD Complete Earl's Court Arena. This source, in stereo, has also been used by Empress Valley, and again the EQ has boosted the sound level higher than previous releases. It must be said that this fashion of cranking up the EQ is something you either love or hate. Whether to leave the original tape as it is or to play around with it and possibly (although this is not always the case) improve the overall sound quality. Come what may this second night is in excellent sound and by and large a excellent job has been done. Both this and the previous night could have fitted onto three CDs. (Jules McTrainspotter July 02)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (Empress Valley)

May 18, 1975
EVSD 95-98
Audio: 8- AUD

Track Listing:
DISC 1: Announcement, Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir.

DISC 2: No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp.

DISC 3: Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick.

DISC 4: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

The second night at the Court finds Plant in a slightly rougher voice. The recording is a bit better tonight though. The recorder is closer to the stage tonight allowing the drums and bass to retain somewhat of a separate sound. It also keeps them from becoming muddled together from the less-than-desirable acoustics of the venue. Closer also translates to punchier and more low end. No doubt Empress Valley booted the tape to help. My only issue with this is that the tape starts to distort on the high notes. In fairness, I do listen to the CD's through headphones at a fairly loud volume, but this should not be an issue. The audience tonight is very polite and quiet. Plant goes into a spell after Over The Hills about how it took three weeks to get the equipment through British customs. In My Time Of Dying could very well be the show point throughout the series of shows. The bottlenecked guitar and the skull crushing drums are at times out of control yet somehow perfectly precise. Once again, the numerous tape switches are seamless. Someone did one hell of a job editing the tapes together. Kashmir suffers from the high end distortion as well as a spot or two of tape flutter. It's an overall good version as the guitar and drums are high in the mix and the Mellotron is lower. Not everyone like it this way I am sure, but I do. The quieter sections of No Quarter reveal a ton of what I will call static, but the hard core guys would probably call it digital pops and clicks (again, I use headphones, it might not be present otherwise I can't say). No Quarter could be my favorite version to date. The low key, mellow bluesy almost jazz like at times jam section is splendid. Jimmy's loose fingers go a long way to expand the piece around Jonesy's piano structure. Tangerine is introduced as utilizing a four part harmony, a first for Zeppelin. The acoustic set is slow and delicate, Plant talking about fairy tales the the like during his audience chat-up. That's The Way gets a deafening applause. Bonzo really applies the lyrics during the Stomp almost overshadowing Plant at times. This is the show that has Plant making a scene over Peter Grant, "the fifth member" of Led Zeppelin. "Spotlight on Mr. Peter Grant on the left side of the stage". Trampled Underfoot has Page hitting all of the high notes, his fingers keeping from getting tangled up. Trampled again contains the Gallows Pole lyrics at the end. Bonzo is introduced by Plant as "A man with no taste, no manners, no friends.... sigh.... my very best friend, the man who always kicks me when I'm down.... ladies and gentlemen.... John Bonham - MOBY DICK!". Dazed And Confused pushes past the half hour mark. The playing is a bit more inspired tonight over last. Whole Lotta Love is reduced to a shell of what it once was. My guess is that since Dazed And Confused more or less follows a structure, it won out over WLL as being the "experimental jam/marathon" of the setlist. WLL usually contained a good deal of chaos and they seem to be avoiding chaos to avoid mistakes in front of the home audience. Tonight it includes the funky section, Theramin blasts as well as The Crunge lyrics before linking non-stop into Black Dog. A very decent listen despite the boosted tape. Empress Valley has done a great job on this set (I can't stress the seamless tape swaps enough). (Steve Prendergast August 02)

18th May 1975 (acetate source)

Disc 1 (EVSD 99) [57.02]: Intro by Johnnie Walker / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir

Disc 2 (EVSD 100) [44.12]: No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

In addition to the complete audience recording for this show, Empress Valley released the classic vinyl LP No Quarter. It was rumoured that the original master cassette was destroyed when a lockup where it and the vinyl were being stored. This was not the case however, and the cassette master contains far more than was released on the vinyl by Red Devil all those years ago. The CDs are housed in a matt card gatefold slipcase, and the original Red Devil label vinyl cover is used on the front. The sound quality is an excellent stereo audience recording. In the booklet it is revealed that Empress Valley had originally planned to release this night only as a 6CD set, the four audience CDs plus the 'acetate' on 2CDs. (Jules McTrainspotter July 02)

No Quarter (Empress Valley) (from the box set Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music)

May 18, 1975
EVSD 99-100
Audio: 7.5+ AUD

Track Listing:
DISC 1: Announcement, Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir.

DISC 2: No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

Liner notes state that the original master tapes for this set were destroyed by a warehouse fire that took all of the inventory as well. The original acetate survived and this was made from the acetate. Recorded (according to the liner notes) using a Sony 152 SD tape recorder and two Sony microphones. It's cool to see a lost set come back from the dead and discarded I suppose and it is kinda nice to have the old artwork. The sound is a little flat, but more natural than the boosted tape - that said, this is an excellent find and nice to have included in the set. It was interesting to listen to this set right after the previous set and hear the differences in the tapes. It's the same show, but at times it can be completely different due to recorder location, master tape quality, acoustics, etc. Kashmir is a good example of this - there's no high end distortion, the drums are earth shattering and the Mellotron is a little higher in the mix on this tape. I can see Empress Valley releasing this set in a limited edition special package 3CD set (the added disc being 12 minutes long and completely unjustified) just to squeeze a few more bucks out of the collectors. (Steve Prendergast August 02).

Zep-Triumphant! vol. 2 (Beelzebub Records BSD 79/80/81) 3 CDRs
Earls Court Arena, London, 18 May 1975

Disc 1 (57.08): Intro by Johnnie Walker/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (60.18): No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (79.35): Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

The second Earls Court concert has been blessed with an almost complete excellent stereo audience recording. It is this that forms the mainframe for this release from Beelzebub. And it is a real treat to hear yet again. Beelzebub have put together a complete concert using this and other audience sources (but sadly not the vinyl). The remastering has boosted the lower frequencies, but the higher frequencies are clear and distinct too, which is most enjoyable. It is on this recording that some wag near the taper has a football whistle, to the annoyance of another member of the audience near the taper. Fortunately he does not blow it much. Jimmy Page flies away in his solo in Over The Hills And Far Away. The audience are respectably silent in The Rain Song, which makes it a joy to hear. No Quarter is an improvement from the first night, and would get better and better every night of the five night run. And again total respect from the audience. What a difference it would be today, with idiots talking all through and on their mobile phones like imbeciles with new toys. As is Dazed And Confused. These are just some of the highlights. Any Earls Court show is a real pleasure, so this release is a very useful addition to the massive catalogue from that hallowed hall. I shall be thinking of Led Zeppelin during the Great British Beer Festival being held there next month! The packaging is a nicely colour printed card gatefold, and attractive colour picture discs. (Jamie Boswell July 06)

Zep-Triumphant! vol. 2 (Beelzebub Records BSD 79/80/81) 3 CDRs
Earls Court Arena, London, 18 May 1975

Disc 1 (57.08): Intro by Johnnie Walker/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (60.18): No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (79.35): Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

One of my favorite Earls Court performances and what a job Beelzebub has done.  We have clear highs and clean bass. The packaging is a very well put together gatefold with printed discs. I would recommend this release and find it an upgrade!!!!
(LedMan July 06)

Zep-Triumphant! vol. 2 (Beelzebub Records BSD 79/80/81) 3 CDRs
Earls Court Arena, London, 18 May 1975

Disc 1 (57.08): Intro by Johnnie Walker/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (60.18): No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (79.35): Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

Since Watchower and the others following in their wake managed to unearth the last two nights as soundboard audio and improving-all-the-time video, the first three nights of the five at Earls Court have been largely ignored, which is a bit of a shame, as they each have their moments. This night, the 18th, is a favourite of many, and with justification. This latest Beelzebub release combines more than one source to make the best available complete show, and it shines in comparison to previous releases, with No Quarter being the highlight for me, with Dazed and Confused a close second. Punchy and balanced, this release will hopefully put this show up there with the last two as one to take notice of, because the performance is possibly the best of the whole five nights overall. Thankfully at last someone has taken the trouble to work on the tapes rather than just slap them onto disc, and until the soundboard/video is unearthed, this will probably be as good as it will get. (Captain McCrunge July 06)

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23-May-75 Earls Court

Physical Express (Jelly Roll)

Four CD's from the third night at Earl's Court on May 23 1975.This audience recording is excellent, taped so close to the stage that comments between the band members are clearly audible and hardly any audience noise comes through. No hiss or noticeable cuts either, virtually complete to the last detail. Some equipment problems, unbalanced sections on some pieces and the unfavourable acoustics of the Court are the only negative points of this otherwise great performance, where No Quarter, the acoustic set, and the encore are clear high points. Page is a little erratic in the opening numbers but improves as the show progresses. There are hilarious comments by Plant and Bonzo, the latter even says hello to his Dad prior to the encore. Essential for the sound quality alone. (Rosina Diaz Scali Feb 2000)

Welcome To The Show (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per ****1/2 SQ ***1/2 Appeal G

Diagrams move more upmarket with this release of the complete audience tape from Earl's Court Arena, London on May 23, 1975. The sound in this 4 CD set starts off a little distant and muddy, with the drums and vocal upfront in the mix and then improves after a while. This is a peak of the 75 version of Zep - In My Time and Dazed are very aggressive, Page plays good solos in Over The Hills and Far Away and Black Dog, and Jones shines in No Quarter despite initial PA problems. Nice presentation in a CD sized box with some quality slides of the group as a bonus. (Tony Gassett Aug 99)

Arabesque & Baroque, The Third Night (4CD, Antrabata, ARM230575), 5/23/75 London

Source tape is identical to "The Awesome Foursome" (3CD) and "Thunderstorm" (4CD). (I know LP version of "The Awesome Foursome" was also released, but I'm afraid I do not own this one...). Between "The Awesome Foursome" (3CD) and "Thunderstorm" (4CD), the latter is more excellent in terms of both sound quality and number of the cut/drop out. This newly released Antrabata stuff is slightly inferior to "Thunderstorm" in terms of sound quality. But on "Thunderstorm", Trampled Underfoot is fade out, while on this newly released Antrabata stuff, the alternate version of the source tape is used for the missing portion of this song (i.e. Gallows Pole section). Unfortunately, sound quality of this alternate tape is poorer that the rest, but at least Antrabata seems to made their effort to provide as complete material as possible. (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)

Arabesque & Baroque The 3rd Night - Better than my "Awesome Foursome" but similar to Tarantura's Thunderstorm. (TBL Webman)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (Empress Valley)

23rd May 1975 (audience source)

Disc 1 (EVSD 101) [60.34]: Intro by David 'Kid' Jensen / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir

Disc 2 (EVSD 102) [55.17]: No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

Disc 3 (EVSD 103) [36.22]: Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick

Disc 4 (EVSD 104) [59.39]: Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta love / Black Dog

The audience source tape for this night has always been one of the best sounding of all the five nights. The previous best release was the Tarantura 4CD Thunderstorm, although Jelly Roll's 4CD Physical Express is close behind it. Once again Empress Valley have done a excellent job in producing a great sounding release (and a great performance by the group as well). (Jules McTrainspotter July 02)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (Empress Valley) May 23, 1975
EVSD 101-104
Audio: 8.5 AUD
Track Listing:
DISC 1: Announcement, Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir. DISC 2: No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp. DISC 3: Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick. DISC 4: Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog

The third night at The Court. This is probably the best of the audience tapes from this string of dates. The recorder is near the stage. The sound is clear, the instruments are well represented and the mix is well balanced with the only real flaw being that the guitar is a tad low in the mix. A few days off have helped Plant recoup his voice. In My Time Of Dying loses some of it's weight tonight since the guitar is low in the mix. Plant throws in some You Shook Me lyrics at the end of the track. The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song always seem to be overlooked in reviews of these shows and both are excellent versions, sticking close to their studio structures. Kashmir has the Mellotron buried nicely in the mix, but since the guitar is there as well, it's all for nothing. Bonzo keeps the slow, thunderous pace allowing Plant to weave the tale of the adventures across the barren wasteland. The boys almost muck it up and go off of the beaten path, but it's caught early and they offer a nice save. No Quarter suffers as the piano is lost in the mix during the intro. The mixing desk technicians must have been trying to recover because when the rest of the band starts in, the PA is overwhelmed. Jonesy's electric piano throws fits throughout the song until he switches to the standard one for the classical solo. Plant hints at When The Levee Breaks by singing a line during the Plantations before Tangerine. This is the only live reference to Levee outside of the January '75 shows that I can recall. Trampled Underfoot is again Trampled Under Gallows with Plant inserting the Gallows Pole lyrics at the end of the song. He seems to be keen to do this number live as the lyrics appear fairly often throughout the 1975 and 1977 tours. It has been documented as being performed on stage back in 1971, and it came off quite well, so one must wonder why they didn't play it more. Dazed has some serious PA feedback before the San Francisco section. The boys are still in good shape musically. Not many mistakes, fingers are loose, Plant's voice is in good (1975) condition. Bonzo get's in a "HI DAD!" before the encores start. Whole Lotta Love is played in much the same fashion that it was the previous night. It includes the compressed funky section, The Crunge lyrics, and the Theremin assault. Short of someone showing up and issuing a Listen To This Eddie quality source tape, this is probably the definitive release of this show. (Steve Prendergast August 02)

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24-May-75 Earls Court

Odysseus Earl's Court 75 4CD (Celebration Records)

The latest and probably not the last of a long line of releases of the famous soundboard recording from the fourth night at Earls Court, on 24th May 1975. And still it is not complete!

The CDs are housed in a double jewel case, inside a card slipcase which reproduces the Earls Court Express steam train. Limited to 500 numbered copies.

Disc 1 (57.57 mins):- 1. Nicky Horne's Intro (1.16); 2. Rock And Roll (4.05); 3. Sick Again (6.50); 4. Over The Hills And Far Away (8.12); 5. In My Time Of Dying (12.35); 6. The Song remains The Same (5.28); 7. The Rain Song (9.27); 8. Kashmir (9.57).

Disc 2 (44.59 mins):- 1. No Quarter (23.49); 2. Tangerine (3.40); 3. Going To California (2.16); 4. That's The Way (8.21); 5. Bron-yr-Aur Stomp (6.51).

Disc 3 (74.11 mins):- 1. Trampled Underfoot (11.50); 2. Moby Dick (29.48); 3. Dazed And Confused (32.31).

Disc 4 (27.11 mins):- 1. Stairway To Heaven (13.24); 2. Whole Lotta Love/The Crunge (6.36); 3. Black Dog (7.15).

The first disc uses the video soundtrack, with the usual tape fluctuations as on the original video (for those lucky enough to have seen it). Previously the best version of this section was on "BRON-Y-AUR STOMP" on BGS/Great Dane Records from 1993. This latest version is far better, with a lot more bottom end to the sound. The proper soundboard tape cuts in after Plant's story about Kashmir being on the A449 just past Droitwich. Disc two uses the well known board tape, with a lot of EQ making it quite harsh sounding. On the track listing on the jewel case and the slipcase songs 3 and 4 have been reversed from their correct order. There is only the first 22 seconds of Going To California, and the real tragedy of this release is why on earth did not Celebration fill in the missing section, and the beginning of That's The Way, from the audience tape. They filled the gaps very well in their Knebworth soundboard release from the audience tape, so why ruin what could have been the definitive version of this release for the want of a few minutes from another tape? Why can't people do something properly for a change? The third disc is the only major excitement on this release, a newly uncovered 'new' soundboard tape that has Trampled Underfoot and Moby Dick, but sadly end 5 mins 30 secs into Dazed And Confused, where an excellent bit of editing seamlessly splices in the original well known board tape. The last disc uses the original tape too, so the total for this new release is 204 mins, compared to 180 mins of all previous releases.

To conclude, a very good release, but seriously flawed by the fact that Going To California and the start of That's The Way have not being incorporated from the very good sounding audience tape. Celebration made the effort for "FINAL CUT KNEBWORTH 1979", so why not on one of Led Zeppelin's most historic and important concerts?

A PS to the Celebration label: please go back and sort out disc 2, press it up with the gaps filled from the audience tape and send it out to all those who paid a small fortune for "ODYSSEUS". Then we can say that you have produced the classic release that we have all been waiting for. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 2000)

Odysseus. SQ***** Appeal: Everyone on the planet

Earls Court May 24th. Same source as Mud Dogs release, again, sound's less flat & is nearer master but slightly harsh sound. Total length is 204' compared to 163' for Mud Dogs release (not heard SIRA version). Going to California is listed but is still cut just as in previous releases. Moby Dick is complete in all its tedium, but the SQs so much better than the prev track that i'm not sure it hasn't been spliced in from another show. Can't make up my mind whether it's worth getting this as well as any previous versions as the packaging is nothing like as good as previous Celebration titles. (Paul Apple Nov 2000)

Your Mother Wouldn't Like It! (TDOLZ) 3CD 5/24/75

Sound Quality 8.5/10; Appeal 3.5/5

TDOLZ comes through with the much-bootlegged Earls Court show (although to be fair it has been hard to come by lately!). The entire video soundtrack tape in circulation is presented in much better quality (and from a lower gen source) than the versions previously offered by SIRA and BGS. This release also sounds slightly sharper than Tarantura's Graf Zeppelin, thereby giving it an edge. The only criticism that can be made is that the audience tape was not used to fill the gaps missing on the video soundtrack. If you don't own this show on cd yet pick this one up. Its probably as good as it will get in the absence of a commercial release. It even has a picture from Earls Court for the fanatics! (Lord Byron Apr 99)

Your Mother Wouldn't Like It (TDOLZ)3CDs.

Soundboard stereo recording, also thought to be a video soundtrack, of the Earl's Court Show of May 24 1975.The stereo separation is questionable, but the sleeve advertises it as so. This tape has been released by other companies such as Great Dane in the single CD "Earl's Court '75",cramping in a selection of tracks and editing most of Plant's introductions as well as the bowed-guitar episode in Dazed. Big Music's five-CD compilation boxed sets "Through the Years" and "Another Trip", used the very same source spreading the same tracks (Dazed, No Quarter, Tangerine, That's the Way, The Stomp and Trampled) over both sets. The sound quality was very similar in both companies' offerings, clear and and upfront but not well balanced. A feeling of being listening to a radio broadcast is given by background hiss and crackles, and a rather weak presentation of the instruments and overpowering volume for the vocals. This new set features the whole tape in slightly better quality, fatter sound, the instruments are clearer, and without crackles; the balance is still dreadful though, the vocals buries the instrumentation, and in the passages without vocals the bass is to the fore. The effect of the drums is lessened and Plant is not in the best situation to come up with such volume in the mix as his vocals are still quite rough. The first disc presents sudden speed variations, the second half of both Sick Again and Rock 'n' Roll and the beginning of The Rain Song in particular. Going To California and Moby Dick are missing. I wouldn't go as far as to say this is Led-Zeppelin's prime. The show has a gloomy feeling to it that gives some tracks a special character, like The Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Tangerine, the acoustic set and Stairway. "Heavier" tracks do not convince; this is not to say that the performance is better or worse than others, only that it's different. TDOLZ has changed its image with a colorful decoration for the discs including a caricature of a dirigible travelling through space, used also for the sleeve. This release is for those of us who didn't have the whole tape, the excellent versions of In My Time, Kashmir and Stairway make up for it. (Rosina Diaz Scali, Mar 99)

Fourthcoming (IQ-065/066/067/068)

Earls Court Arena, London, England May 24, 1975

CD 1: (58:47) introduction, Rock & Roll (percussion in rear of mix for first 30 seconds), Sick Again (few minor audience comments are picked up near beginning), Over the Hills and Far Away (some background audience noise is picked up near beginning and close-up audience cheers near ending), In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (small dropout near ending), Kashmir

CD 2: (61:43) No Quarter, Tangerine, Going to California, That's the Way, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot (keyboard introduction inaudible)

CD 3: (61:01) Moby Dick (cut during the ending tympani solo links to the ending instrumentation), Dazed & Confused (includes Woodstock) (balance shifts to the left channel for 1 second during Woodstock, minor dropout at end of bow section, balance shifts to the left channel for 1 second during fast guitar solo section)

CD 4: (27:44) Stairway to Heaven (balance shifts to right channel for a couple of seconds during the guitar solo), Whole Lotta Love (includes Sex Machine (digital distortion throughout) and Love Light?), Black Dog (minor 1 second balance shift to the right channel near the beginning, middle and ending, noticeable balance shift to the left channel near ending)

This release uses the audience tape source in its entirety. At high volumes there is noticeable tape hiss in the upper frequencies. For the most part, the recording is clear and balanced. Though not as close to the stage as one would hope for, the recording is not distant. With the exception of the beginning of Rock & Roll and Trampled Underfoot, all the instruments are distinguishable. Unfortunately the acoustics of the arena hinder the sharpness of this recording. There is a slight echo to everything that makes the instrumentation sound louder. The recording up through Sick Again is good primarily because the instrumentation gets cluttered (not muffled). Perhaps an unsettled audience blocked the recorder. Once the audience settles down during Over the Hills and Far Away, the sound brightens. It does come close to being considered very good at points where the audience sonically vanishes. The sound does flatten during No Quarter. A tape change prior to Tangerine brightens up the sound to its previous level. Perhaps the recorder was better positioned. It will remain in this better quality until the beginning of Whole Lotta Love. There the sound quality drops slightly as the audience rises to cheer the encore. The recording clears up after Sex Machine. The digital distortion only occurs during Sex Machine and the start of the Theremin section. There is a noticeable point at which it goes away. Plant sings a little bit of Rip It Up prior to Moby Dick and introduces John Bonham to his 8-year-old son, Jason, who must have been present at this show. A prior release of this show, Arabesque & Baroque The Fourth Night (Antrabata), used portions of the same audience recording to fill in gaps found in the video and soundboard sources. Those gaps included most of Going to California, the beginning of Thats the Way and all of Moby Dick. Both releases have the same cut during Moby Dick and run at the same speed. The soundboard and video portions run a tad faster compared to the audience tape source. Its next to impossible to tell which runs at the correct speed. Arabesque & Baroque The Fourth Night used a slender amount of noise reduction. This gives Fourthcoming a slight edge in terms of brightness. Arabesque & Baroque The Fourth Night does have 2 separate locations of half-second digital distortion during Plants comments prior to Moby Dick. The soundboard and video sources are unquestionably clearer and better than the audience tape source. Trampled Underfoot's keyboard introduction and the lyrics to a James Brown sounding melody, Love Light (made up title), can only be heard on the non-audience tape sources. (Brian Ingham Oct 1998)

Arabesque & Baroque, The Fourth Night (4CD, Antrabata, ARM240575), 5/24/75

Three version of source tape was used for the boots from this show. Source 1 seems to be video sound track and contains some tracking noise, which was used for disc one (i.e. from R&R to Kashmir) of "Earl's Court" (SIRA60/61/62, 3CD), "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" (3CD), and "Marsch" (3CD). Source 2 is SB source tape, which is used on these three boots for the almost all of the rest, and was also used for "Rock & Roll" (CD), "Prime Cuts" (2CD), "Earl's Court 1975" (TRC 004, 2CD) and "Silver Coated Rails" (CD). Source 3 is the audience version and was used for Going to California and Moby Dick on "Earl's Court" (SIRA60/61/62, 3CD) and many analogue bootlegs. Regarding source 1, "Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp" is without doubt the best in terms of the sound quality. And all of the 3 titles I mentioned are the same in terms of the number of the cuts/drop out. Regarding source 2, both "Earl's Court" (SIRA60/61/62, 3CD) and "Marsch" is the best in terms of the sound quality. And "Marsch" is the best in terms of the number of the cuts/drop out. As to source 3, I'm afraid I can't tell which one is best because I do not own any of the analogue stuff. The contents of this newly released Antrabata stuff is very similar to "Earl's Court" (SIRA60/61/62, 3CD). Regarding source 1 section, this one is inferior to "Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp". Regarding source 2 section, this one is inferior to "Marsch". And as to source 3 section this one is almost equal to "Earl's Court" (SIRA60/61/62, 3CD). But even this Antrabata stuff has two advantage over these previously released stuff. On "Earl's Court" (SIRA60/61/62, 3CD), Moby Dick was cut into two and the former part is put on the end of disc 2, while the latter part was put on the top of disc 3. On this Antrabata stuff, as this song is entirely put on disc 3 of 4 discs, we don't have to change discs in the middle of the song. And on "Earl's Court" (SIRA60/61/62, 3CD), audience version of Going to California is fade in, and on "Marsch", SB version of this song is fade out. On this Antrabata, they put audience and SB version together to make the most complete version of this song!! Again, Antrabata must have been working on researching how they could (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)

Arabesque & Baroque The 4th Night - Same source tape as used by SIRA, one TBL crew member described the sound as "thinner and duller sound quality than the Tarantura Graf Zeppelin version." (TBL Crew Sep 96)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (Empress Valley)

24th May 1975 (soundboard & audience sources)

Disc 1 (EVSD 105) [59.55]: Intro by Nicky Horne / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir

Disc 2 (EVSD 106) [52.26]: No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

Disc 3 (EVSD 107) [74.03]: Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused

Disc 4 (EVSD 108) [28.19]: Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta love / Black Dog

The most famous of the five nights at Earls Court, largely because it has long been available in a near complete soundboard recording. The many releases used a combination of the video soundtrack and a proper soundboard source tape. However this was incomplete, running for only 180 minutes. Several years ago Celebration released the 4CD Odysseus, which should and could have been much better. More soundboard tape was used (in Dazed and Confused and for Moby Dick), but there were still gaps in the acoustic section which should have been filled by the audience source. Recently however even more of the soundboard source tape appeared, and this was used by Watch Tower for their 4CD release To Be A Rock And Not To Roll. The gaps were carefully filled with an excellent audience tape. Unfortunately, like so many of Watch Tower's releases, this was again spoilt by numerous digital 'clicks' and 'ticks'. Empress Valley rush released the 4CD He Must Be Dazed And Confused to counteract this (sad or what). The sound quality is similar to Watch Tower, perhaps a very small improvement, but the big gain is in the strength of Robert Plant's voice, which is much louder and clearer in this new version. Again the gaps have been filled with an excellent audience tape. (Jules McTrainspotter July 02)

He Must Be Dazed And Confused - Empress Valley
Earls Court 24th May 1975.
Excellent soundboard and audience sources, 4CDs. The package is a 4-way jewel case inside a card slipcase.
Set List:-
Disc 1 : Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And  Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Disc 3 : Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 : Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

Earl’s Court Arena, London,  24 May 1975 

To Be A Rock And Not To Roll (Watch Tower WT 2002072/73/74/75)

Disc 1 (48:04):-Opening, Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song

Disc 2 (61:46):- Kashmir, No Quarter, Tangerine, Going to California, That’s The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp

Disc 3 (39:55):- Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick

Disc 4 (68:18):- Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love/The Crunge, Black Dog

When the Celebration label released their version of Zep’s famous fourth night at Earls Court, called “Odysseus”, most of the set was sourced from the common old video soundtrack.  However, 2+ tracks, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, and the first 5 minutes of Dazed and Confused were presented for the first time from a stellar new soundboard source. I remember thinking to myself, “Damn….if only the whole show was in this kind of excellent sound quality, you would have the bootleg release of the year.”  Well, wait no longer.  Watch Tower has just issued what may be the boot of the year; the definitive version of the May 24, 1975 show from a new soundboard source and the sound quality is, simply put, absolutely stunning, easily blowing away all previous CD versions of this show.  Imagine having this show in the same (or better) sound quality as the old March 4, 1975 Dallas soundboard recording.  This is what we have here, nearly complete (with no cuts) from Nicky Horne’s introduction, through the vast crowd cheering for more at the end of Black Dog. The only missing material from this  pristine new source is Going to California and the first 30 seconds of That’s The Way, just as on the video. For this gap, a near excellent audience tape was carefully spliced in. The fact that Going to California is again missing in soundboard form indicates that this new recording is sourced from a professional video soundtrack, rather than a brand-new true soundboard source.  But make no mistake, it is not the old video source used by previous CD releases.  It is truly excellent in quality with brilliant high-end, full bottom-end, and virtually no hiss.  There are no detectable tracking noises in this new source that are sometimes apparent in video sourced recordings. There’s no need to comment on the band’s performance during this show, as most are already familiar with and many consider this show to be one of the best (if not THE best) of 1975.  Still, after all this time, many tracks still send shivers through my spine, including Tangerine, Trampled Underfoot, the Woodstock portion of Dazed and what has to be one of the best-ever versions of Stairway. Watch Tower continues the box set packaging of their releases, housing the discs in a quad-fold glossy paper case (with a nice photo of each band member from the Earls Court shows, except Bonzo’s picture, which is from 1973 –shame, shame) within the hinged cardboard box.  A nice photo of Jones, Plant, and Page seated at the front of the stage during the acoustic set is on the cover of the box. Judging by recent trends, I’m sure that the Empress Valley label will shortly follow suit by releasing their own version of this new source, but I can’t imagine how it could be any better.  If you are a fan of this show, lay out the coin and pick up this new version!!  Now if only an improved complete video would surface with a picture quality that matches the level of excellence of this audio source….. (Christopher Gust May 02)

This new release from Watch Tower "To Be A Rock And Not To Roll" looks set to become the definitive version of this classic show. There have been so many releases of this concert, but at last it has now been done with a great deal of care. A new soundboard source for the first part of the show, rather than the video source (with the wobbly bits of soundtrack on Rock And Roll), has been used, and this is much clearer and sharper than previous versions. The gaps in the soundboard recording (Going To California and the start of That's The Way) have been filled from the audience tape. This was a glaring omission on Celebration's "Odysseus" and that version is now redundant. Empress Valley have also released this show, soon after this release from Watch Tower (now there is a surprise), called He Must Be Dazed And Confused. (Jules McTrainspotter June 02)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (Empress Valley) May 24, 1975
EVSD 105-108
Audio: 9+ SBD
Track Listing:
DISC 1: Announcement, Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir.

DISC 2: No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp. DISC 3: Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed And Confused. DISC 4: Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog

Welcome to night number four in London and the first of the soundboard source tapes. The tape starts out with the excellent audience source and perfectly switches into the board just prior to the start of Rock And Roll. The board tape is of excellent quality and features an overall good balance of the instruments, with Jimmy being slightly high in the mix. While I would be surprised to hear that Empress Valley didn't enhance the tape in one way or another, it doesn't suffer at all and is not overloaded or unbalanced, IMO. The tape also has a nice depth to it and is worlds apart from some of the dull, rather flat sounding '73 board recordings. My only concerns with board tapes are that the mistakes as well as the genius shine through as if a hundred thousand watt light has been shined onto them. You also loose part of the experience of the "live" show since the audience is generally very low to nonexistent in the mix. One last concern is that board tapes also lose some of the brute force that the audience tape captures having been fed through the massive PA system. The set list and performances for this string of concerts remains about the same. In My Time Of Dying is again the highlight of the opening section of the set. Kashmir has the guitar high and the Mellotron low in the mix, but Bonzo's drums lack the skull crushing brute force that an audience tape could provide. The guys hint at losing control and again make a quick correction saving face. I would love to know what it is about this song that makes it so hard to keep track of where they are at within the song while playing it. It would seem to be the exception and not the rule that this song makes it from start to end without error in one form or another. Practice, practice, practice! After Tangerine, there's several tape switches as we go into Going To California and we finally rest on the audience source until just after That's The Way begins. The acoustic section is pulled off very well at all of the shows. The English audience really appreciate the numbers, especially after Plant gives them his Welsh/Celtic stories of inspiration for each song. That's The Way is the highlight of the acoustic set for me all week but the audience probably shows more enthusiasm for Bron-yr-Aur-Stomp. Another number that shines all week has been Trampled Underfoot. I especially enjoy the Gallows Pole lyrics being tacked onto the end. Tonight the track is frantic with Bonzo and Jimmy almost launching into the stratosphere. Moby Dick is sent out to Jason Bonham who is seven years old and is at the show. Tonight's version clocks in at around 27 minutes after you deduct the time spent by Plant talking. Dazed And Confused is well over 30 minutes tonight. Plant starts it out talking about the New Yardbirds and tells the story of Bonham making 40 quid a week for Tim Rose and not wanting to leave that to join Zeppelin. As the band returns to the stage, Bonzo finds an open mike and announces that he thinks "football is a load of bullocks". Whole Lotta Love has a very vocal Jimmy Page helping with the chorus. Sex Machine lyrics are added to the funky section of WLL. The Theremin section features a great call and answer from Plant and the Theramin. Plant throws in several lines of lyrics prior to Black Dog but I have no idea what they are from. Night four is another success. The boys are in strong forum. Plant is in good voice. Jimmy's fingers stay out of the strings and Jones and Bonzo shine as always. Empress Valley has done a excellent job making the show as complete as possible using as many tape sources needed to do so. Once again, I can go on and on about the near perfect tape transfers. (Steve Prendergast August 02)

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London, 24 May 1975

Earl's Court Arena 2405 Evoluzione (Empress Valley EVSD 252-255, 4CD set)

Track list:
Disc 1 (59.17): Intro by Nicky Horne/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song
Disc 2 (51.47): No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's the way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Disc 3: (74.23): Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (33.43): Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog

Just when you thought that nothing more could be added to the Earls Court CD catalogue, Empress Valley bring out the first of two releases (the second is for the last night and is called When We Were Kings), this present one being the well known 24 May 1975 concert. This is claimed to be from a new source tape, but a comparison with the Watch Tower release To Be A Rock And Not To Roll shows that they are very similar. It is a careful blending of the soundboard tape with the audience tape used to fill the gaps. These additions are made seamlessly and are very well done. However the way in which each label has EQ'd the source tape shows up on this new release from Empress Valley. They have cranked up the EQ, although fortunately not too much, and hence this new release sounds louder and more powerful than the Watch Tower release. Detailed comparison will follow when time permits. It is the level of EQ that will be the determining factor as to who prefers either release. Those who favour less EQ will be happy with Watch Tower's To Be A Rock And Not To Roll, and those who prefer a lot of EQ and a more punchy sound will prefer Earl's Court Arena 2405 Evoluzione. You pays your money and you takes your choice. The packaging follows the trend of several recent releases by this label, a matt thick layered card tray holding the four CDs, with a glossy card sleeve slipcase. The front cover has a lovely reproduction of the Earls Court poster, and on the back is a colour photo of Bonzo's drum kit, with the Earls Court stage setup of Led Zeppelin light up in lights, taken before they came back on stage for the encores. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Court Jesters (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-24.05.1975-DVD-A-16) 1 DVD-A
Earls Court Arena, London, 24 May 1975

Set list:
Nicky Horne Introduction/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love - Black Dog

This concert has been released numerous times before, because of the large portion of it being available from the video soundtrack. Two years ago, during their ongoing "battle", both Watch Tower (To Be A Rock And Not To Roll) and Empress Valley (Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music) released a greatly upgraded and far more complete version of this concert. This was subsequently re-released by Empress Valley in even better sound as Earls Court Arena 2405 Evoluzione. Following on from these releases a greatly improved picture quality video has come out on DVD, again released by Empress Valley (Heavy Metal Kids). This latest release, incredibly having the complete (all 217 minutes and 42 seconds) concert on a single DVDR, is an audio DVD with still images. These images have been taking from the various Earls Court DVDs using screen captures. But it is in the sound quality that this release excels. It is razor sharp and crisp, you can hear every note crystal clear. Listen to Bonzo's drum kit and you can clearly hear every beat extremely distinctly. The small gaps in the soundboard recording have been filled from the audience recording. Plant's voice was showing the strain, after the three previous marathon concerts, on this night. Incredibly it was better for the next night, a lot of lemon tea must have greatly helped him. The playing however for this concert was impeccable, No Quarter and Stairway To Heaven being outstanding, to name but two songs. For the official DVD release only In My Time Of Dying was taken from this concert, the last night was adopted for everything else. With the low price of DVD players it seems sensible to get another one connected to your Hi Fi system, and if you don't have the time to watch the DVD through your TV, you can play it back in tremendous sound whilst doing something else. The still images from the video are very nice, but this would have been an incredible release if the upgraded video source now available could have been used with this superb sounding soundtrack. High quality colour inserts and label, with a very good menu and quick access to each song, all add up to make this a worthy thirtieth anniversary release. (Jules McTrainspotter May 05)

Court Jesters (Genuine Masters GM-LZ - 24.05.1975 - DVD-A-16) 1 DVD-A
Earls Court Arena, London, 24th May 1975

Set list:
Introduction / Rock And' Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Cashmir / No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

I need to nail my colours to the mast. I cannot see past GM releases. GM produce the best Zep (and incidentally other artists) boots in terms of sound quality. When I place an order for a GM title I do not wonder whether it is going to sound good or not; the question I pose is how much better the release will be over existing titles. This is testament to the efforts on the part of Black Dog. Prior to receiving Court Jesters I dug out a few of my existing titles of this concert. It is not that long ago that Celebration released Odyssus. This title, at the time, was highly regarded. And rightly so. Not long thereafter Empress Valley released their monster set, The Complete Earls Court Arena Tapes. Empress Valley's show of the 24th represented a massive improvement in sound quality over the Celebration release. Watch Tower released To Be A Rock And Not To Roll. Personally this was my favourite release. Empress Valley then produced a further title, Earls Court Arena 2405 Evoluzione. These three releases, in their own way, were all extremely good. The second Empress Valley release was probably a bit better in terms of sound quality than the first release in the box set.

It was questionable whether Empress Valley's second effort was an improvement over the Watch Tower release. The point being that there is not much between these titles in terms of sound quality. There can be little argument that latterly this concert was very well represented in terms of available boots. It is against this background that the GM title, Court Jesters, is to be judged. Does the new title represent an improvement in terms of sound quality over existing titles? The answer, for me, without a shadow of a doubt is yes. There is an audible improvement in sound quality between Court Jesters and prior releases. For the purposes of this review I will refer to one track off Court Jesters. My comments, however apply in kind to all tracks on this release. No Quarter. The sound quality, frankly, is terrific. When the bass kicks in, shortly after the start of the track it is unbelievably rich and full. There is great depth. It really hits you. Then Jonesy starts on the piano. The notes really are crystal clear. He could be in your room playing in front of you. I do not think it is possible to make it sound any better. Bonzo chips in. It is just the most terrific passage of music. The drum sound is natural. This can now be enjoyed in perfect sound quality. Then when Page joins in it just explodes. This release really is the next best thing to being at the concert. Now if this sound quality could be married up to the video then in my opinion you would have one of the greatest boots, of any band, of all time. My advice to a Zep fan - just buy it. (John Morrison May 05)

Court Jesters (Genuine Masters GM-LZ - 24.05.1975 - DVD-A-16) 1 DVD-A
Earls Court Arena, London, May 24, 1975

Set list:
Introduction / Rock And' Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Cashmir / No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

The May 24 1975 Earl`s Court performance has long been a favorite of many. When  the long awaited multitrack did not come to be all hope was lost. Now at last Genuine Masters releases a definitive version of the excellent soundboard source. Creatively titled Court Jesters this excellent concert is brought to a new light. Packaged in a standard  DVD clamshell with very imaginative artwork, the audio is as striking as the outer graphics and much more. This is a highly clear and full sounding release. Every instrument is full and seperated. Once more we are reminded the impact John Bonham had not only on drums but on music. The way his unique personal expression is still  unmatched and continues to inspire many. The DVD visuals are excellent also, they remind me of record jacket art and photos before the microscopic CD and cassettes came into being. If that's not your thing the DVD plays fine without even a TV. I had the chance to compare several GM DVDs and CDRs on inexpensive systems with similar mind blowing results. Back to the audio quality, I cannot put it any more simpler for new and old collectors: do not waste your time and money with other disappointing versions of this show, this is AWESOME!!! Did I mention it is on 1 DVD with a fully accessable menu? A few computer literate friends recently told me, well anything is possible with computers these days. I will still argue it takes a level of intelligence to apply the technology correctly. I am confident Court Jesters will remain an important and relevent title into the future! As with all other GM titles this one is the only version of this show you will need, even if it is surely not the last. (Mattangerry May 05)

COURT JESTERS (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-24.05.1975-DVD-A-16)

SOURCE:  Earl's Court Arena, London - May 24, 1975

FORMAT:  Hybrid DVD-Audio

RUNNING TIME:  2:17:33

SOUND/SOURCE:  Superb Stereo Soundboard Audio (w/very good audience fill)

PACKAGING:  Clear DVD Clamshell with High Resolution Insert Art

FEATURES:  PCM Audio, Interactive Menu, Song Selection, 300 Image Slideshow

VIDEO/SOURCE:  Pro-shot Video Stills

SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 8 / VIDEO 10

Track List:

1.Nicky Horne Band Intro, 2. Rock And Roll, 3. Sick Again, 4. Over The Hills And Far Away, 5. In My Time Of Dying, 6. The Song Remains The Same, 7. The Rain Song, 8. Kashmir, 9. No Quarter, 10. Tangerine, 11. Going To California, 12. That's The Way, 13. Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, 14. Trampled Underfoot, 15. Moby Dick, 16. Dazed And Confused, 17. Stairway To Heaven, 18. Whole Lotta Love, 19. Black Dog

With all the audio and video releases of this one performance, there seems like nothing more can be said.  Except, if you enjoy any portion of this most familiar of Led Zeppelin's Earl's Court shows - this is a must-have. I have to agree with my fellow webmasters who have chimed in on this one...THIS should be the audio track to the upgraded video in circulation.  GM has again meticulously handled the stereo soundboard audio and made it rise above the pack, while seamlessly filling in the missing soundboard portions with a very good audience source.  In fact, the upgraded quality of the audience source used was one of the bigger surprises here.  That, and Blackdogs' supreme editing between the 2 sources just makes this one helluva Zeppelin marathon to listen to - never mind that I've heard this recording a million times!

This was a natural event for GM to tackle this particular show in this 30th Anniversary year of the Earl's Court concerts and I'm glad this project was taken on.  With EV releasing their special DVD package of the show, I just wasn't sure how either of these releases would affect me.  I am pleased to say that each one, though different products entirely, are simply outstanding.  High fives to GM for the additional depth they have brought about in Court Jesters, as well as the crystal clear highs they have been able to accentuate.  Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.  Let it be noted that this is the best that these recordings of "No Quarter", "Tangerine" and "Dazed & Confused" have EVER sounded!  These versions will both knock your socks off and nearly bring a tear to your eyes.  (OK, that is getting a bit dramatic, but you get my point.)  And the beauty of it all is that you can turn up your stereo to "11" and the recording retains the clarity.  Awesome stuff.  The portion of audience audio source is minimal and in the usual spots, with the bulk of it present for the missing soundboard of "Going To California" and a minute or so of "Dazed".  This information is for those who may be new to Zep collecting as this type of source blending has been incorporated on numerous other releases - but not this clean.

The video slideshow really looks spectacular and provides all the majesty and color we associate with these Earl's Court shows.  The source(s) used appear to be taken from the official "DVD" release though it should be stressed here that these are ALL still shots - NO MOVING VIDEO.  This approach really works well and the imagery selected is usually spot on.  My preference, still, is GM's earlier patented psychedelic slideshow though.  It was an established signature, if you will, but I understand the difficulty in curating that many new images for this type of project to keep it interesting.  Hopefully we will see that program come back around. Genuine Masters multi-media menus are getting smoother and more sophisticated with every release.  Court Jesters features a beautiful and slick program for hopping around - it's all there.  Collectors can also pick up the 4CDR audio discs with the package and they too sound great, but after hearing the Hybrid DVD-Audio there is no comparison.

Seek it out and crank it up. After all the versions we have a clear winner. (Svengi, Webmaster HotWacks On-Line May 05)

Court Jesters (Genuine Masters GM-LZ - 24.05.1975 - DVD-A-16) 1 DVD-A
Earls Court Arena, London, May 24, 1975

Set list:
Introduction / Rock And' Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Cashmir / No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Trampled Underfoot / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

Once again the boys at Genuine Masters have taken a fairly common show, that had been substantially improved over the years by various bootleg labels, and just totally re-worked the sound back to the perfect pure concert level of the original show. I think perfect is the only adjective to describe the sound, depth, balance, clarity, of this dvd-a. I compared this to the Empress Valley, Celebration and Watchtower releases, and this dvd-a just stands shoulders above in sound ambience. Like another reviewer has admitted, I can't see past GM releases. Everything I have bought from them has been an improvement in audio quality, easily detectable on my home stereo as I compare GM to other labels. And now GM has figured out how to eliminate multiple dvdr discs and presents the entire show on a single disc. Well this is all beyond me technically, I just know what sounds good. Better than Kevin Shirley's mixes. The video still images are all Earls Court, many spot on with the music. I let a co-worker watch & listen to this show, he was floored by the sound (he already had a copy of EV's 2405 Evoluzione I made for him last year). This is now the one version that all zeppelin collectors should own. (David Smith, June 05)

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25-May-75 Earls Court

Arabesque & Baroque - the final night

The packaging is excellent in the style of EDLD boot and includes the 'curtain call' shots taken by Mr Dixon.

In case you hadn't already heard this, the source tape is identical to the Mud Dogs & IQ offerings. The sound quality IS clearer and is from a lower generation tape, though there is a small amount of background (mains?) hum but not enough to distract.

Total length is 210 mins - I haven't had the time or inclination to check out what's missing on this yet (the IQ release is 7' longer) but from what I've heard it runs at the correct speed and all tracks are listed. (Paul Apple Apr 98)

Great Taste Last Night (IQ-031/032/033/034 Image Quality)

Earl's Court Arena, London, U.K., May 25, 1975

CD 1: (56:10) introduction, Rock & Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song (ending cut), Kashmir

CD 2: (63:37) No Quarter, Tangerine, Going to California, That's the Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot

CD 3: (53:50) Moby Dick (cut in the middle), Dazed & Confused (includes San Francisco)

CD 4: (43:22) Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes The Crunge), Black Dog, Heartbreaker, Communication Breakdown (includes D'yer Maker)

The audience tape used for this release is very good and clear, albeit slightly distant. There is also noticeable tape hiss. The tape hiss is very noticeable from Heartbreaker to the end. The audience is extremely settled during the show, making the recording all that more clear. The D'yer Maker portion of Communication Breakdown consists of Plant throwing in what could be considered a few of its lyrics. Otherwise, it is barely noticeable. The same show had previously been released on Earl's Court 1975 (Mud Dogs). It used the same tape source, but from a higher generation. It does, though, contain less tape hiss because of it. Earl's Court 1975 contained the same cuts plus: its introduction was shorter, there is a cut during No Quarter's piano solo and near the end of Dazed & Confused and a minor tape drag at the beginning of Bron-yr-Aur Stomp. Mud Dogs also economized its release by switching Kashmir with No Quarter in order to fit it on 3 CD's. A portion of this show, Kashmir through most of Tangerine, has also been sourced from the video tape and released on Shake For Me Baby (Missing Link). It is very good but has wow in some locations. Hopefully the complete video will find its way into circulation. (Brian Ingham Jan 98)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (Empress Valley)

25th May 1975 (soundboard & audience sources)

Disc 1 (EVSD 109) [59.25]: Intro by Alan 'Fluff' Freeman / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir

Disc 2 (EVSD 110) [64.10]: No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Trampled Underfoot

Disc 3 (EVSD 111) [68.23]: Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven

Disc 4 (EVSD 112) [31.05]: Whole Lotta love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker / Communication Breakdown

This release is undoubtedly the most important and exciting release of an Earls Court concert for a very long time. A virtually complete soundboard source tape has been discovered, and used to dramatic effect. In fact the sound quality rivals the previous night, it is simply superb. Again the gaps have been filled with the audience tape (the end of No Quarter and parts of the acoustic section are missing from the soundboard and have been filled with the audience recording). Thank goodness Empress Valley did not repeat their complete howler as they did for the New York 29th July 1973 soundboard release (Grand Finale), by using the previous night's soundboard to fill the gaps. Therefore this last night, all 222 minutes of it, is destined to become a classic, much sought after by fans. Wishing to capitalize on this Empress Valley subsequently released the last night as a separate 4CD set called The Zeppelin Express Physical Rocket. (Jules McTrainspotter July 02)

Well that is it, an incredible release from Empress Valley, easily their most ambitious production so far. A very scarce and beautiful artefact, this soon sold out and is becoming extremely hard to find and very collectible indeed. Already copies are being offered (and bought!) for four times the original price! It would have been a true classic release if Empress Valley had put the first two nights onto 3 CDs, and left the acetate (sic) release out altogether. An 18 CD box set would have been the finest tribute to these five historic nights in Earls Court that could have been made. Considering the size and number of CDs, the cost compares very favourably with other Empress Valley releases, being the equivalent to three of their 4CD sets. Hardly what can be called a bargain, but in these days when only luxury labels produce anything, very reasonable. (Jules McTrainspotter July 02)

Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music (Empress Valley)

May 25, 1975
EVSD 109-112
Audio: 9+ SBD
Track Listing:
DISC 1: Announcement, Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir.

DISC 2: No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot.

DISC 3: Moby Dick, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven.

DISC 4: Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker, Communication Breakdown

It's Sunday night and it's the final night in Blighty. The introduction by Alan Freeman works the audience into mass hysteria. I can't recall hearing such a roar before on a board tape. Another fantastic soundboard tape. Empress Valley has probably boosted the sound, but it still sounds great in my headphones. Jimmy has remained in good shape for all five shows, in fact, they have all remained in good shape all week. The only real exception being Robert's voice, but what can you do. Plant's voice is a little rough (after all, he is singing for the third night in a row). In My Time Of Dying is again the highlight within opening salvo of the setlist. Tonight it includes some You Shook Me lyrics at the end. After listening to a week's worth of concerts in about two days, the shows are really becoming routine with not much variation between them. Kasmir is again sans the brute force pounding of the drums, mind you they still sound great, but they lack the bottom end 'oomph' that 100,000 watts of PA power can supply. The Mellotron is higher in the mix than it has been all week and it overpowers the guitar at times. Dispite his slipping voice, Plant gives a valiant wail for the "where I'll beeeeeeeeeeeee" lyric. Bonzo keeps the slow pace of the song and the boys successfully navigate the journey to the barren wasteland without incident. No Quarter is not as creative here as it has been or could have been. Empress had to switch to an alternate source (video?) to complete the end of the song. Jimmy can be heard lightly strumming what would evolve into Tea For One in the background whilst Plant goes into his spiel before Tangerine. The alternate tape continues into Tangerine before a switchover to an audience source is done as Tangerine nears the end. Empress stumbles a bit with the tape switches here before getting back to the main soundboard source, but all is forgiven. We've had a tremendous number of seamless switches in this set, so one blip is acceptable in my book. The condition of Robert's voice is apparent in the acoustic set. He's frequently clearing his throat and his voice cracks on some of the higher notes. There sound like what might be a slight cut in That's The Way. Listen closely after the audience roar cuts in to the next ten or fifteen seconds afterwards. Plant gets in a reference to Friends and carries on about Bonzo having the runs during the previous American tour during his audience chat just before The Stomp. Trampled Underfoot has Jimmy getting stuck a bit in the strings. He also comes off as a bit uninspired in his playing in this song. Robert makes my day and adds the now standard Gallows Pole lyrics again. Probably the worst version of Dazed And Confused all week. Jimmy has gotten into a slump and can't seem to get the magic working again. Stairway is sent out to Plant's daughter, Carmen who is in the crowd watching Dad sing. Whole Lotta Love is hurried along. It contains the compressed funky section, a few lines of The Crunge and it's straight into the Theramin. Creativity is missing throughout. It's almost amazing that they bothered to stray from the week long untouched setlist to add Heartbreaker and Communication Breakdown to the encores. Communication Breakdown has Plant getting in some D'yer Maker references. It's a rushed run through and then it's Good Night. England will have to wait 4 year to again see the Zeppelin fly. (Steve Prendergast August 02)

The Zeppelin Express Physical Rocket - Empress Valley
Earl's Court 5th night 25th May 1975
Excellent soundboard and very good audience sources, 4CDs. The package is 4-way jewel case inside a card slipcase.
The discs are same as The Complete Earl's Court Arena Tapes
Set List:-
Disc 1 : Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 : No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 : / Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused / Stairway To Heaven
Disc 4 : Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker / Communication Breakdown

This set, from the big box set reviewed below, has been given an individual release by Empress Valley (after everyone bought the box set to get this show on soundboard!), to cater for the big demand for the final night being available in a near complete soundboard source. (Jules McTrainspotter July 02)

Conquistador- Watch Tower (WT 2002097/98/99/100)
Earl's Court Arena, London 25th May 1975.
4CDs in gatefold paper slipcase.

Disc 1 (62.44): Crowd / Intro / Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / In My Time Of Dying / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir
Disc 2 (63.06): No Quarter / Tangerine / Going To California / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (54.41): Moby Dick / Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (52.53): Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Heartbreaker / Communication Breakdown

Earls Court soundboard CDs are similar to London buses. You wait for ages for one and then two turn up at the same time. Empress Valley blew away the opposition with their massive 22 CD box set Demand Unprecedented In The History Of Rock Music and Watch Tower are struggling to compete. This is their second Earls Court release, they have previously put out the more well known 24th May as To Be A Rock And Not To Roll. This release for the last night has more board tape than the Empress Valley version. There is about 4 minutes before Alan Freeman comes on stage to announce the band, and about 8 minutes after Stairway To Heaven. Unfortunately they missed a little of Plant's chat during the change from the audience tape to the soundboard prior to Going To California. That said, it must be compared to the Empress Valley version (also available a separate release The Zeppelin Express Physical Rocket) in both length and sound quality. Lengthwise it wins, but regarding the sound it depends on which camp you are in. Empress Valley have used a lot of equalisation in all their Earls Court releases, rightly or wrongly, and their version of this show has a much more powerful bottom end. This Watch Tower release appears to have less severe EQ, and a more even balance from top to bottom end is present. One is left with the old saying "you pays your money and you takes your choice". One thing is certain however, with both this and the Empress Valley release of this show in near perfect sound quality, this concert has been enjoyed and will continue to be enjoyed and analysed in the Great Scheme of Life and live Led Zeppelin concerts as we know it. It is an excellent show, one of their very longest ever performed. Throughout the five concerts Plant makes reference to the high taxation in force by the then Labour government, and that all the band were practically exiles from their own country. They would not appear on stage in England for another four years. This was the final concert of their triumphal homecoming, and with these two releases will rightly take its place as one of their really great concerts. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 02)

Conquistador Watch Tower

After the release from the EVSD Version, it was just a question of time when the Watch Tower Version would be released. Here it is now, and it sounds better than the Empress Valley version! It is much clearer and the instruments and the voice of the group are much better balanced. It is also a great performance of the group and of a very long (4 Hours) show.. Great!!! (Volker Flash Nov 02)

When We Were Kings (Empress Valley EVSD 256-259, 4CD set)

Track list:
Disc 1 (63.45): Intro by Alan Freeman/Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir
Disc 2 (63.40): No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (75.26): Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused/Stairway To Heaven
Disc 4 (31.35): Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog/Heartbreaker/Communication Breakdown

Following hard on the heels of the same label's latest release from the previous night Earl's Court Arena 2405 Evoluzione, this latest episode in the Earls Court saga appears. Again touted as being from a new source, it is the same one used by Watch Tower in the excellent 4CD set Conquistador. In fact a head to head comparison between this new version from Empress Valley and the Watch Tower release reveals a near identical sound, there is virtually nothing between them. The appearance of a near complete soundboard recording for this final concert at Earls Court led to a reappraisal of the performance, and this classic concert can now be listened to in perfect soundboard quality. The gaps in the board recording have been filled with the audience recording. Therefore nothing much has been achieved by Empress Valley with this release (in contrast to their re-release of the 24 May 1975 concert, which was an improvement in sound quality). If you have the Watch Tower release there is no point in getting this, but if you don't then it is a worthwhile acquisition, and somewhat cheaper than the Watch Tower title too. Packaging is very nice, the same as the previous night, a matt thick layered card tray holding the four CDs, with a glossy card sleeve slipcase (again bereft of any liner notes). The front cover is a black and white photo of Page and Plant in full cry, and the back a colour one of Jimmy during the encore at Earls Court. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Final Court (Genuine Masters (GM-LZ-25.05.1975-DVD-A-19) 1DVD-A 3:38:16
Earls Court, London, 25th May 1975 3 hrs 38 mins.

1. Alan "Fluff" Freeman Intro/ 2. Rock And Roll / 3. Sick Again 4. Over The Hills And Far Away 5. In My Time Of Dying 6. The Song Remains The Same / 7. The Rain Song 8. Kashmir 9. No Quarter 10. Tangerine 11. Going To California 12. That's The Way 13. Bron-yr-Aur Stomp 14. Trampled Underfoot 15. Moby Dick 16. Dazed And Confused 17. Stairway To Heaven 18. Whole Lotta Love / 19. Black Dog 20. Heartbreaker. 21. Communication Breakdown

Two years ago Empress Valley (closely followed by Watch Tower) released the final night at Earls Court using a near complete and uncirculated soundboard recording. The Empress Vallley version was very good indeed, but the Watch Tower Release (Conquistador) was better sounding. This is the second Earls Court marathon released by Genuine Masters. Incredibly the three hour thiry eight minute concert is fitted onto 1 DVD, which is an amazing feat of technology. The sound is extremely good too. All the instruments are clear and punchy, with great depth from the bottom end right through to the top. Plant's vocals are better than on previous releases, they are very prominent in this mix. There are numerous highlights in this concert. For so long we had the struggle through a poor sounding audience recording, but with the soundboard we have been treated to an exceptional concert. Plant is in very good form tonight (although his voice at times shows the strain of the four previous very long concerts), and because it is the last night the band really pull out all the stops to ensure this is a very memorable show. A great line up of encores brings to an end possibly the finest series of concerts the band ever played. They were on home ground and the taxman was after them, so they could not remain in their own country without being taken to the cleaners with taxation. They wanted to show their country (and the World) that they were the very best band around, and they succeeded. The illustrations used are taken from the video/DVD releases of both the 24th and 25th May, and each track has a full screen caption announcing the song's title. Highly recommended for all fans who love the Earls Court concerts. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 05)

Final Court (Genuine Masters (GM-LZ-25.05.1975-DVD-A-19) 1DVD-A 3:38:16
Earls Court, London, 25th May 1975 3 hrs 38 mins.

1. Alan "Fluff" Freeman Intro/ 2. Rock And Roll / 3. Sick Again 4. Over The Hills And Far Away 5. In My Time Of Dying 6. The Song Remains The Same / 7. The Rain Song 8. Kashmir 9. No Quarter 10. Tangerine 11. Going To California 12. That's The Way 13. Bron-yr-Aur Stomp 14. Trampled Underfoot 15. Moby Dick 16. Dazed And Confused 17. Stairway To Heaven 18. Whole Lotta Love / 19. Black Dog 20. Heartbreaker. 21. Communication Breakdown

GM's new title features the last show at Earls Court in 1975.  I recall that I was amazed by the cleanness of the soundboard recording of the show when I first played  Watch Tower's Conquistador, as well as the lengthy nature of "A Quiet Before The Storm" preceding Alan Freeman's exciting introduction.  The sound of Watch Tower's title is generally evaluated as slightly better than that of Empress Valley's When We Were Kings which features basically the same soundboard recording with some fillers from the audience recording, inter alia in "Tangerine."  (I am afraid that the soundboard recording of that song is originally missing.)  Now, the sound of GM's new title easily excels even that of Watch Tower's in its range and depth, as many of us expected.  GM elected to cut out the lengthy silence before the show started, which is not at all a problem for me.  As I hear, its real rival is Disc 3 of EV's DVD release Heavy Metal Kids.  Since it is a release from EV, the tape used to create that disc may be the same as the one used for When We Were Kings.  However, probably due to the nature of the DVD medium used for it and the LPCM format of the sound, the sound of Disc 3 of Heavy Metal Kids is actually even better than that of Conquistador and it especially has good bass and drum sounds.  For my ears, however, the audio of GM's title still excels said disc 3 especially in the brightness of Jimmy's guitar sounds and the sharpness of the overall sound separation.  In addition, the latter title is very incomplete, covering only up to "Kashmir."  Therefore, I would conclude that GM's new release represents what is the best ever version of the recording so far!  The show on 25 May is actually better than the one on 24 May, in that Robert generally sang in better voice, and that the remaining members of the band were also more inspired.  It's a pity that Jimmy broke a guitar string while he was playing an excellent solo in "Stairway To Heaven"!  On a final note, the artworks printed on the DVD disc itself of GM's title are very intricate this time and look quite beautiful.  (Takemi Hiramatsu Sept 05)

FINAL COURT ( Genuine Masters GM-LZ-25.05.1975-DVD-A-19)
Earl's Court Arena, London - May 25, 1975
FORMAT:  DVD Audio, PCM Stereo RUNNING TIME:  3:38:16
SOUND/SOURCE:  Stereo Soundboard w/Audience Source Filler
PACKAGING:  Clear DVD Clamshell w/High Resolution Colour Insert Art
FEATURES:  Fully Animated Interactive Menu, Scene Selection
VIDEO/SOURCE:  Live Video Screenshots from DVD; High Resolution Psychedelic Photo Slides

SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 9 / VIDEO 10

TRACK LIST:

1. Alan "Fluff" Freeman Intro, 2. Rock And Roll, 3. Sick Again, 4. Over The Hills And Far Away, 5. In My Time Of Dying, 6. The Song Remains The Same, 7. The Rain Song, 8. Kashmir, 9. No Quarter, 10. Tangerine, 11. Going To California, 12. That's The Way, 13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, 14. Trampled Underfoot, 15. Moby Dick, 16. Dazed And Confused, 17. Stairway To Heaven, 18. Whole Lotta Love/ 19. Black Dog, 20. Heartbreaker, 21. Communication Breakdown

Genuine Masters' Final Court is available with a set of CDR audio discs to supplement their primary Hybrid DVD-Audio.  When this one arrived at my doorstep, I was headed out and grabbed those audio discs to sample while on the road.  So this is where I will start. I hadn't listened to this show since the partial upgraded video was released on DVD by Empress Valley.  What is noticeable right out of the chute is the degree of clarity on the high end with this GM version in regards to the audio recording.  Up to this point, my favorite version was Watch Tower's Conquistador and I couldn't wait to do some quick, random comparisons.  Upon being able to compare the sources side-by-side, Final Court is a clear upgrade.  You will also notice that the audience sourced fill on "Tangerine", etc. is a good degree better matched and levelled where it is utilized also.

Where GM continues to shine with the whole DVD-Audio approach is the warmth Blackdog is able to bring out of these recordings.  The medium lends itself to his process and this final Earl's Court performance reaps all the benefits of being given the attention it deserves.  What is striking to me is that every nuance of the recorded event is accentuated to the fullest - this is where we really a get a feel for the limitations of the current state of the source tape.  This recording starts out mixed much better than the previous and more popular recording from May 24th.  Our sound man has his settings pretty well in place but by the end of "Kashmir" the mix is starting to swell.  If you listen intently to the other versions, you may notice a slight blossoming of sound.  But here, you can't help but notice as it's in your face and all around you.  What I'm really referencing is the state of what is obviously a near master source.  There must clearly be an age factor to what is there to work with.  Where the tape seems to be at it's conditional peak is during the acoustic numbers (aside from the audience-sourced "Tangerine", which the Zep gods haven't magically provided in soundboard quality at this juncture!)...and "Dazed And Confused".  On the Hybrid DVD disc, you will be overcome by Led Zeppelin overtaking the room.  It's so natural and has such presence it nearly feels like you could reach out and touch one of the guys.  This is pretty amazing stuff when you start dissecting it up.

The performance is without a doubt much looser than the previous nights during the Earl's Court stand.  Robert's voice struggles in spots but the rest of the band is in superb form - at least until the encores and it's just balls-out raggedness and good fun.  It's an incredibly long show too, clocking in at nearly 3 hours, 40 minutes.  Another benefit of the GM approach to this Hybrid DVD-Audio - you really experience the event and it's grandness when you aren't changing discs!  This whole concert is on a single DVD which is still amazing to me.

Genuine Masters utilizes video screen shots taken from Earl's Court DVD footage for the majority of this release.  To me, they seem randomly selected but there are spots where there was seemingly a conscious effort to provide the "right" image for the appropriate moment.  Or maybe they were just lucky!  Anyway, also incorporated into the slide show portion of Final Court are GM's patented psychedelic pictures but are used sparingly in the second half of the "show".  What GM has focused on providing, visually, is a constant changing visual which has resulted in what they share is over 300 slides.  Very challenging to come up with evolving images, new images, for shows that are nearly 4 hours long.  The approach utilized certainly works but again I prefer their stunning psychedelia effects versus the common video images.  The fully animated menus are GM superb and provide easy navigating around the title. Another Earl's Court event documented to Genuine Masters standards for the archive.  Experience this one again, it's Highly recommended. (SVENGI Webmaster HotWacks On-Line. Oct/05)

Zep Triumphant! Vol. 1 (Beelzebub Supreme Disc Nos. 20, 21, 22 & 23) 4CDR
Earls Court Arena, Earls Court, London, 25th May 1975

Disc 1 (62.44): Crowd - Intro. - Roll And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song - Kashmir
Disc 2 (63.06): No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (54.40): Moby Dick, Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (52.50): Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker, Communication Breakdown

The band's performance on the final evening of the Earls Court stint (certainly for those of us not lucky enough to be there) was, arguably, not fully appreciated until the release of the first soundboard source. The performance from the previous evening being regarded the peak of their playing at this time. Empress Valley released their massive set covering all 5 nights. This was certainly a revelation at the time. Watch Tower weighed in with their title, Conquistador. For me the Watch Tower release edged it in terms of sound quality. The Watch Tower arguably being a Top 10 Zep boot, great performance, great sound quality and fantastic packaging. The band's performance and the titles referred to have been reviewed in detail and appear elsewhere on the site. Does this release represent an improvement in sound quality? There is no doubt that the sound quality is extremely good. To my ear it supersedes the corresponding title in the Empress Valley set. The difference between this and the Watch Tower title is more difficult. The sound quality on the Watch Tower title, for me, is just about as good as it gets. The differences in sound quality, such as they are, are so minor as to be irrelevant. Beelzebub Records seem, for reasons I cannot try to explain/understand to be able to breathe a bit of life into their releases. Their releases are louder, as I have mentioned in other reviews. Sound quality just seems to be somehow a bit more crisp. I certainly find the sound quality most enjoyable. I would be hard pushed to say that it sounds better than the Watch Tower release. It would be, in my opinion, a matter of splitting hairs. On the plus side for the Beelzebub title, however, is that it is considerably cheaper and more readily available. The packaging is extremely good. They have returned to the envelope style with each of the discs in the now standard paper envelope. Each envelope now being numbered. There is a small booklet in the style of a programme with the release. On the front cover is the same picture of Page as appears on the front of the packaging. Inside is a print of Melody Maker's review of the concert. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I would certainly give this title the thumbs up. I look forward to listening to Vol. 2. (John Morrison Aug 05)

Zep Triumphant! Vol. 1 (Beelzebub Supreme Disc Nos. 20, 21, 22 & 23) 4CDR
Earls Court Arena, Earls Court, London, 25th May 1975

Disc 1 (62.44): Crowd - Intro. - Roll And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song - Kashmir
Disc 2 (63.06): No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (54.40): Moby Dick, Dazed And Confused
Disc 4 (52.50): Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker, Communication Breakdown

The surfacing a few years ago of an excellent and practically complete soundboard recording for the last of the five Earls Court marathons was a very exciting event indeed. Everyone had to reappraise this concert, and we found that it was another true classic and epic marathon. Empress Valley were the first to release it, but Watch Tower followed with a slightly better version, and then Genuine Masters worked their magic on it. And so Beelzebub have done another very good job on the recording. Very bright and punchy, plenty of lower frequencies, if you like that sort of thing. This is a recommended release and is nicely packaged as usual. (Jamie Boswell July 06)

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