1979

Concerts Covered In This Section:

23-Jul-79 Copenhagen

Copenhagen Warm-Ups (CWU 2301-4)

Disc 1: Introduction, The Song Remains The Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, The Rain Song

Disc 2: White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Achilles Last Stand, Guitar Solo/Drum Solo, In The Evening, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll

Disc 3: The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Hot Dog

Disc 4: The Rain Song, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again, Achilles Last Stand, Guitar Solo/Drum Solo, In The Evening, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love.

The first two discs are the July 23, 1979 show, and the second two discs are the July 24, 1979 show at the Falkoner Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark. This title comes in a standard jewel case with a green cover and no identifiable label. The quality of this title is amazing, and is all that is really needed for these shows. The band definitely sound very rust and under rehersed. This is especially true of the first show, where there are several mistakes. The second show is much better. The recording is a bit fuzzier than the first, but very enjoyable. This show is probably the best of the four shows they did in 1979. They make brave attempts at Ten Years Gone and Sick Again (which were absent in the first show), and they introduce their new arrangement of Whole Lotta Love. (Gerard Sparaco July 2000)

79 (ARM 23779, 23779, 24779, 24779, 4879, 4879, 4879, 11779, 11779 Antrabata Reference Master)

CD 1: (62:24) The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop (volume of keyboard introduction low), Since Ive Been Loving You, No Quarter (audience clapping during last 15 seconds of keyboard solo prior to guitar and drums accompaniment), Hot Dog

CD 2: (68:54) The Rain Song, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir (ending complete, but the recording cuts off quickly), Trampled Underfoot, Achilles Last Stand, guitar solo/ tympani solo, In the Evening, Stairway to Heaven (electronic buzz near middle), Rock & Roll

The audience tape used for this release is excellent. The instruments are clear, the sound is dynamic and there is very little noticeable tape hiss. The audience clapping noted above is minor and only consisted of a few people in the audience. The end of the tape has a very strange announcement much like that of a radio station's call letters. (Brian Ingham Apr 99)

Copenhagen Warm-Ups 1979 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol. 94 - 4CD Boxed Set)

July 23, 1979
Falkoner Theater - Copenhagen, Denmark
Audio: 9.5 AUD EXCELLENT!

Notes: Limited Edition run of 300 sets pressed on Gold CD's. Disc one and two are the 23rd and disc three and four are the 24th. Box is hinged. CD's come in white paper sleeves with black and white pics and text on each and the TDOLZ blimp logo on the rear. No jewel case or trademark TDOLZ glossy gatefolds, just plain paper sleeves.
The 23rd starts off with Plant apologizing for delays caused by problems with the lights. I would love to know what kind of recording device and microphone were used to make this tape. I would also like to know where the taper sat in the venue. These are absolutely fantastic recordings and border on being as good and perhaps slightly better than the famous Mike Millard "Eddie" tape. The "Eddie" tape differs in that there is a more lively audience in attendance in Los Angeles than in Copenhagen. The L.A. audience cheers, whistles, howls, screams, and so on. The audience in Copenhagen are, for the most part, quieter than the American audiences. However, the Danes have this annoying habit of clapping during any break or quiet section. I'm not sure I know why they do this, but it's very annoying. I can imagine Jimmy having problems concentrating on the quiet guitar passages in Tern Years Gone, The Rain Song, White Summer, etc.. The Danes are not saints as they do get a tad rowdy at times, but the Americans are much louder, but somehow less annoying (if that makes any sense at all). Anyhow, back to the show: After a racing through of The Song Remains The Same and Celebration Day, Plant greets the crowd and makes another apology for the delay. It's nice to hear some of the tracks like Celebration Day and Misty Mountain Hop that have been absent from the setlist for a number of years. The Danish answer the Ah-Ah's in Black Dog. Nobody's Fault But Mine is attributed to Blind Willie Johnson. No Quarter is too much for either the PA or the recorder and there's a touch of distortion. The boys successfully navigate their way through Kashmir although there are sections that are too much for the recorder and are slightly distorted. Stairway has a couple of jolts of line feedback that's a tad annoying, but does not destroy the track or anything. The thing that really stands out on this recording is the lack of tape cuts, flaws, drops, speed-ups, etc.. This tape (and the following night's) are in the top 5 Led Zeppelin audience recordings in terms of sound quality and completeness ever made. The performance has it's faults, but overall, this title is a HIGHLY recommended set from The Diagrams folks and any collection is worthy of it. (Steve Prendergast June 02)

Melancholy Danish Pageboys Get It On (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSDVD-A 002) 2DVDs
Falkoner Theatreat, Copenhagen, Denmark, 23 July 1979

DVD-1: The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Hot Dog/The Rain Song
DVD-2: White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll

Copenhagen Warm-Ups (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSDVD-A 003) 2DVDs
Falkoner Theatreat, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 July 1979

DVD-1: The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Ten Years Gone/Hot Dog/The Rain Song
DVD-2: White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love

EV's two separate new DVD releases revisit the two famous shows performed in Copenhagen as warm-ups for the then upcoming giant Knebworth shows.  In my past collection, I only had Silver Rarities' "Melancholy Danish Pageboys" for the first show on 23 July but I had no title for the second show on 24 July.
As for the first show, the sound of EV's new DVD title is cleaner than that of Silver Rarities which sounds like a direct copy of the old vinyl release, judging from the needle scratch noises I can hear.  I know that there are some other past titles featuring the same tape in better qualities than Silver Rarities' and I am not able to comment as to whether the audio of this title from EV is any better than that of any of such other titles.  However, probably due to the DVD medium used, EV's version apparently has more range and depth in the sound than Silver Rarities'.
As for the second show, unfortunately, I have nothing to compare EV's title with.  However, I am very impressed by both the quality of the sound as featured in EV's title and the band's performance as I can experience with the title.  The tape seems to have been recorded from somewhere a bit more remote than the tape from the first show but, largely due to the moderate level of audience noises captured by the tape, it actually is more lively and exciting than the latter one and sounds overall better for my taste.  It also has less hiss noises than the tape from the first show.  Moreover, the density of the band's performance at the second show is overwhelming and, purely in terms of performance quality, it should probably (and, due to the small number of shows performed, easily!) be THE best of all of the band's performances in '79! (Although it, as a warm-up gig, lacks a special atmosphere such as that which existed for the Knebworth shows in the following month...)  Accordingly, I am personally very pleased to have the new title.
A downside of the two new titles is that the number of still slides added for our visual entertainment mostly featuring the shots from the Knebworth shows is much smaller than that of the slides added for EV's preceding DVD release of "Flying Circus."  Basically, there is only one slide per tune.  Therefore, if you own any past CD title featuring the shows in a quality substantially better than Silver Rarities', you should carefully consider as to whether it would be worthwhile investing more money in these new releases.  However, if you, like myself, have not got such past title and now desire to have something which should be close to the best ever sounding versions of the tapes, these titles are here for you, until some other label issues any better ones!  (Takemi Hiramatsu, Aug 06)

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24-Jul-79 Copenhagen

Copenhagen Warm-Ups (CWU 2301-4)

Disc 1: Introduction, The Song Remains The Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, The Rain Song

Disc 2: White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Achilles Last Stand, Guitar Solo/Drum Solo, In The Evening, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll

Disc 3: The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Hot Dog

Disc 4: The Rain Song, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again, Achilles Last Stand, Guitar Solo/Drum Solo, In The Evening, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love.

The first two discs are the July 23, 1979 show, and the second two discs are the July 24, 1979 show at the Falkoner Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark. This title comes in a standard jewel case with a green cover and no identifiable label. The quality of this title is amazing, and is all that is really needed for these shows. The band definitely sound very rust and under rehearsed. This is especially true of the first show, where there are several mistakes. The second show is much better. The recording is a bit fuzzier than the first, but very enjoyable. This show is probably the best of the four shows they did in 1979. They make brave attempts at Ten Years Gone and Sick Again (which were absent in the first show), and they introduce their new arrangement of Whole Lotta Love. (Gerard Sparaco July 2000)

79 (Antrabata Reference Master)

CD 3: (68:03) The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day (the volume drops for 5 seconds near the beginning), Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away (minor volume drop of a couple of seconds near end), Misty Mountain Hop, Since Ive Been Loving You (balance wanders for a second near the end), No Quarter (audience clapping for 30 seconds starting at end of piano solo and into the guitar and drum accompaniment), Ten Years Gone, Hot Dog

CD 4: (75:40) The Rain Song, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again, Achilles Last Stand (volume drops for 4 seconds near end), guitar solo/ tympani solo (first few seconds cut, audience clapping for 10 seconds near beginning), In the Evening, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (includes You Need Love)

The audience tape from this show is from the same people that recorded the previous night's show. The sound quality is the same as the previous night's. The audience is livelier at this show. The audience clapping noted above no longer consists of a few members of the audience. Tonight it's the entire theater, including those around the recorder. The new Whole Lotta Love arrangement is the same that will be used for the 1995 Page/Plant tour. This arrangement will also be used for the Knebworth shows. (Brian Ingham Apr 99)

This version is fractionally better than the original Copenhagen Warm Ups LP - but only on sides 5 &6 where the running length (25mins) caused a loss of dynamics. (Ronco, K-Tel record syndrome!) - TBL Webman

Copenhagen Warm-Ups 1979 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol. 94 -4CD Boxed Set)

July 24, 1979 Falkoner Theater - Copenhagen, Denmark

Limited Edition run of 300 sets pressed on Gold CD's.  Disc one and two are the 23rd and disc three and four are the 24th.  Box is hinged. CD's come in white paper sleeves with black and white pics and text on each and the TDOLZ blimp logo on the rear.  No jewel case or trademark TDOLZ glossy gatefolds, just plain paper sleeves.
The 24th starts off with more of that damn clapping - a hint of what's to come throughout the rest of the night.  The sound is just as good as the previous night.  Someone should have bought the guy who taped these shows tickets to all of the European shows and allowed him to just tape away!!  Stunning sound throughout. Basically it's a repeat of the previous night with the addition of Ten Years Gone and Sick Again to the set.  Both are welcomed additions. The lights are working tonight and the show starts on time.  This show contains, in my opinion, the best live version ever of Ten Years Gone.  It's a majestic masterpiece that's sadly overlooked by many people.  Tonight's version is slow, carefully constructed and with a minimum of mistakes.  There are problems with the equipment and it takes them a tad over 3 minutes to get underway. The Danish audience gets extremely impatient waiting and the clapping gets LOUD with foot stomping thrown in for good measure. Amazingly, the audience keeps quiet during The Rain Song.  No foot stomping, no pattern-clapping, no yelling.  They are not as patient with White Summer/Black Mountain Side and clap periodically throughout the piece, possibly being part of the reason it only clocks in at around 5 minutes in length.  Kashmir is damn near perfect - no one gets lost along the way - which is rare for this song.  Trampled Underfoot is played fast and exceptionally well.  Achilles Last Stand is introduced as the best track from Presence (and I agree fully).  Jimmy Page somehow manages to play a wall of guitars all at once in this song.  The studio version, with it's thousand layers of guitar overdubs, is almost eclipsed with tonight's version - yes, it's that good IMO.  I like how the Copenhagen shows featured a mini guitar solo followed by a mini drum solo (that featured Bonzo's then new electronic drums) and then the whole affair turned into In The Evening.  An excellent show, an excellent recording, fantastic versions of Ten Years Gone, Kashmir and Achilles Last Stand. This show is a MUST HAVE. (Steve Prendergast June 02)

Melancholy Danish Pageboys Get It On (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSDVD-A 002) 2DVDs
Falkoner Theatreat, Copenhagen, Denmark, 23 July 1979

DVD-1: The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Hot Dog/The Rain Song
DVD-2: White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll

Copenhagen Warm-Ups (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSDVD-A 003) 2DVDs
Falkoner Theatreat, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 July 1979

DVD-1: The Song Remains The Same/Celebration Day/Black Dog/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Misty Mountain Hop/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Ten Years Gone/Hot Dog/The Rain Song
DVD-2: White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot/Sick Again/Achilles Last Stand/Guitar Solo/In The Evening/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love

EV's two separate new DVD releases revisit the two famous shows performed in Copenhagen as warm-ups for the then upcoming giant Knebworth shows.  In my past collection, I only had Silver Rarities' "Melancholy Danish Pageboys" for the first show on 23 July but I had no title for the second show on 24 July.
As for the first show, the sound of EV's new DVD title is cleaner than that of Silver Rarities which sounds like a direct copy of the old vinyl release, judging from the needle scratch noises I can hear.  I know that there are some other past titles featuring the same tape in better qualities than Silver Rarities' and I am not able to comment as to whether the audio of this title from EV is any better than that of any of such other titles.  However, probably due to the DVD medium used, EV's version apparently has more range and depth in the sound than Silver Rarities'.
As for the second show, unfortunately, I have nothing to compare EV's title with.  However, I am very impressed by both the quality of the sound as featured in EV's title and the band's performance as I can experience with the title.  The tape seems to have been recorded from somewhere a bit more remote than the tape from the first show but, largely due to the moderate level of audience noises captured by the tape, it actually is more lively and exciting than the latter one and sounds overall better for my taste.  It also has less hiss noises than the tape from the first show.  Moreover, the density of the band's performance at the second show is overwhelming and, purely in terms of performance quality, it should probably (and, due to the small number of shows performed, easily!) be THE best of all of the band's performances in '79! (Although it, as a warm-up gig, lacks a special atmosphere such as that which existed for the Knebworth shows in the following month...)  Accordingly, I am personally very pleased to have the new title.
A downside of the two new titles is that the number of still slides added for our visual entertainment mostly featuring the shots from the Knebworth shows is much smaller than that of the slides added for EV's preceding DVD release of "Flying Circus."  Basically, there is only one slide per tune.  Therefore, if you own any past CD title featuring the shows in a quality substantially better than Silver Rarities', you should carefully consider as to whether it would be worthwhile investing more money in these new releases.  However, if you, like myself, have not got such past title and now desire to have something which should be close to the best ever sounding versions of the tapes, these titles are here for you, until some other label issues any better ones!  (Takemi Hiramatsu, Aug 06)

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04-Aug-79 Knebworth

79 (Antrabata Reference Master)

CD 5: (60:43) The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day (muffled for a couple of seconds during ending guitar solo), Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine (muffled for a second near the middle), Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since Ive Been Loving You, No Quarter

CD 6: (54:27) Ten Years Gone, Hot Dog (a second of tape garble near middle), The Rain Song, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir (volume drops for 12 seconds near the beginning), Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again

CD 7: (58:27) Achilles Last Stand, guitar solo/ tympani solo, In the Evening, Stairway to Heaven (recorder rustled around a little at the beginning), Rock & Roll (slightly muffled for a couple of seconds near middle), Whole Lotta Love (includes You Need Love), Heartbreaker (opening guitar notes muffled slightly, end of guitar solo slightly muffled)

The audience tape for this release is very good with very little tape hiss. It is very close to the monitors on one side of the stage (noticeable during the bow-slapping portion of the guitar solo). The instruments are clear. But because the event is outdoors, the sound is not dynamic. The acoustic guitar is lost in the mix at the beginning of Ten Years Gone. Both guitars are then lost in the mix when the drums enter. The mix can be heard being adjusted during the guitar solo. It is finally corrected during the second half of the song. Plant leads the audience in a rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone prior to Whole Lotta Love. (Brian Ingham Apr 99)

IWelcome To The 1979 Knebworth Festival Watch Tower (7CD box set)
Knebworth Festival, 4 & 11 August 1979
A bonus of the final day of Earl's Court 1975 (1CD) in excellent soundboard quality.

Knebworth 4th August 1979
Excellent soundboard recording.

Disc 1 (63.30): The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 (65.07): Ten Years Gone / Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand
Disc 3 (69.08): Guitar Solo - In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

Knebworth 11th August 1979
The complete excellent soundboard recording.
Disc 1 (56.07): The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 (49.29): Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand
Disc 3 (55.10): Guitar Solo - In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

The bonus disc.
Earl's Court 25th May 1975.
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

This 7 CD marathon from Watch Tower was the first release of a far superior sounding version of the 4th August 1979 first Knebworth Festival soundboard. Subsequently released by Empress Valley (at a very competitive price, much cheaper than this set), the two must now be compared. I have checked this Watch Tower release with the Empress Valley release, and would advise that the Watch Tower wins on both nights. Regarding the 4th August the improvement in sound is small, but it does sound a bit sharper and brighter than Blind Date. It also has the advantage of not having the long carryovers at the end of one disc being duplicated on the next one that is a hallmark of Empress Valley. There are however a few digital clicks and pops which are often present on Watch Tower releases, a great pity as this label when it wants to can sweep the floor over Empress Valley. The second Knebworth concert on 11th August is a fair amount better sounding over Blind Date. It is a pity that the performance on this concert is somewhat erratic. The bonus disc from the newly surfaced and near complete soundboard recording from Earls Court last night (25th May 1975) is a most interesting and welcome addition to this box set. It is clearly from a fully and properly mixed soundboard recording, a different and better sounding source than the previously mentioned version. This comes in a colour thick card gatefold slipcase. The two knowbworth concerts are beautifully packaged in card gatefolds, with extremely nice colour photos from the concerts. These are housed in a silver card box. Altogether, this version of the two Knebworth Festivals (Led Zeppelin's last performances on home soil) will become the new standard, and hopefully the last. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 02)

04-Aug-79 Knebworth

"Welcome to the 1979 Knebworth Festival" Watch Tower 3 CDs.

This release uses an Ex- to Ex soundboard source. The tape captures much of the onstage ambience and sounds more complex that many of the 1973 and 1980 soundboards. It was probably mixed from a multi-track recording as the various instrument levels are very dynamic. There are a few minor faults: the sound is generally trebbly - particularly for the first two numbers. On the other hand, having heard the audience tape, this may have been what actually came off the stage. Also, there is a strong metallic hum throughout most of the songs (Though I only heard it with headphones). Again, this may have come from the stage. The audience tape is used to fill in the intro to White Summer and Whole Lotta Love (From "Way Down Inside..." to the end) The tape lacks bass frequencies, but is acceptable. Overall, it's a very nice sounding boot. As far as the actual gig is concerned, this was one of Zeppelin's better days. Unlike the concert on the 11th, this gig is chock full of exciting playing and powerful moments. There are some downsides: the cheezy synth sounds take the grandeur out of Kashmir (at least until the sound engineer remixes it halfway through), and there are moments where the boys are momentarily lost or tired (Trampled Underfoot, Whole Lotta Love) but overall the concert moves like a runaway freight train. Standout tracks include: Nobody's Fault, Over the Hills, Misty Mountain Hop, Sick Again, In the Evening and Whole Lotta Love. I should mention that to my ears, songs frequently start out politely but get more intense as they progress. And how many times do you get to hear 180,000 people singing "You'll Never Walk Alone?" In my humble opinion, this show is at least equal to, if not better than most of the '77 L.A shows! (Andrew Josovan Nov 02)

Blind Date- Empress Valley
Complete soundboard recordings for both Knebworth Festival concerts, 4 & 11 August 1979.
6CDs in a jewel case inside a slipcase.

Knebworth 4th August 1979 :

Disc 1 (64.32): Intro / The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 (65.24): Ten Years Gone / Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand
Disc 3 (67.39): Guitar Solo / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love / Heartbreaker

Knebworth 11th August 1979:

Disc 1 (57.05): Intro / The Song Remains The Same / Celebration Day / Black Dog / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Misty Mountain Hop / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 (49.58): Hot Dog / The Rain Song / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Sick Again / Achilles Last Stand
Disc 3 (54.49): Guitar Solo / In The Evening / Stairway To Heaven / Rock AndRoll / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

Once again the two heavyweight Led Zeppelin labels Empress Valley and Watch Tower slug it out with identical releases. This duplication is pathetic, and it is the fans who lose out, as it is quite ridiculous to have to purchase both releases, and there is the dilemma as to which label has the best and most complete release. Whilst there have been some superb releases of late, this duplication by these labels of shows that have been released ad nauseam before is ruining the CD collectors market and can only alienate the wealthy and hardcore fans who constantly buy their overpriced products. The best way to stop it is not to buy these inflated releases. There is virtually no difference in sound quality between the Watch Tower and Empress Valley versions. The 4th August show is a tremendous improvement over the dire You'll Never Walk Alone from Tarantura, which is a really atrocious release. The sound on that is many generations down from the master, thin and weedy and poorly mastered. Avoid it like the plague. The Empress Valley release Blind Date is excellent however and is well worth seeking out by way of CDR trade. The 4th August sound is vastly improved over all previous releases, and the 11th August release is a better than Celebration's Final Cut (which when it came out was an excellent all round effort). On this new release the sound is crisper and sharper, with less bottom end (unusual for this label) than the Celebration release, which is extremely good but has a bit too much bottom end and is probably from a lower generation source tape. However Empress Valley have been slipshod in their track listings of songs on each disc, for both nights. On disc one for both shows they fail to mention The Song Remains The Same as the opening song, and on disc two for the 4th August, Sick Again is omitted before Achilles last Stand. With a bit more care this could have been simply rectified. No doubt they were in great haste to try and take some of the glory away from Watch Tower, which is very silly. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 02)

Blind Date - Knebworth 1979 Empress Valley

I won't get into the set list as everyone who is reading this already knows what it is. this is a very important release. The first knebworth how from the 4th is an incredible sound board recording that rates almost as high as the MSG 2-12-75 Flying Circus show. The only small drawback is the bass is not very prominent but it is there for sure. This show has been unfairly criticized and lumped in with the next Knebworth show on a performance level. There is nothing wrong with this performance when you consider that Zep did not perform very much at the time and given the enormity of the event they held up pretty good. The sound quality on the 4th is stunning and unlike the majority of the 73 sound boards it isnt flat and lifeless and has tons of ambience with the audience loud and clear roaring their approval after every song. Plant's voice is in great shape for this show and the band plays consistently throughout. Page has some minor problems here and there but they are minimal and bonham and jones playing is fine. Every detail can be discerned on this recording such as Bonham's little shuffle beat during Heartbreaker. The audience recording is used during a small part of Rain Song and the end of Whole Lotta Love and that is the only problem with the recording. The 11th is from the video source and obviously not as good as the 4th but it still sounds good despite the video hum that occasionally mars the recording. Page has his problems during this show as is well documented probably due to nerves from reviews of the previous week or perhaps from a few too many pints with Keef preshow. John Paul Jones' bass playing can be enjoyed more in this recording than on the 4th and is a joy to listen to, by this era (77 included). Page's solo had taken on a bluesy diabolical style as opposed to the more fluid soloing of his youth and over all the show isn't a total disaster. For any true zep fan that hasn't been jaded by years of live releases and can still appreciate a glorious new sound board recording warts and all this is a definite must have and for all of the Lester Bangs wannabes that just don't seem to get it good luck with your next crisis. (Stephen Christensen Nov 02)

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11-Aug-79 Knebworth

Final Cut (SOBO 002, 003, 004 Celebration Definitive Masters CDM-002)

Knebworth Festival, Stevenage, England, August 11, 1979

CD 1: (67:38) The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away (PA problem produces loud crackling sounds in two separate sections at the beginning), Misty Mountain Hop (volume of first few notes low), Since Ive Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, The Rain Song

CD 2: (50:45) White Summer (switches to audience source a minute in), Black Mountain Side, Kashmir (switches back to soundboard just before start of song), Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again, Achilles Last Stand, guitar solo/ tympani solo, In the Evening

CD 3: (39:16) Stairway to Heaven, Rock & Roll, Whole Lotta Love (includes You Need Love, Boogie Woogie), Communication Breakdown

This release uses a newly discovered, excellent soundboard tape. The instruments are better balanced than most soundboard recordings. Even the audience is mixed in properly. The tape may have come from a mix intended for the video. Either way, it's an excellent recording. There may have also been some audio enhancements on the part of Celebration Definitive Masters. If true, it was for the better. There is almost no tape hiss on this release. There are some popping sounds at various points during Misty Mountain Hop, Since Ive Been Loving You, Hot Dog and The Rain Song. They sound like vinyl clicks. Perhaps they were a result of tape distortion. In any event, they are minor. The audience source used during White Summer comes from an old vinyl bootleg release of this show, Knebworth II (ZAP). It is very good, clear and well balanced. There is very little surface noise and it is spliced in well with the soundboard recording. There is only a minor amount of nearby audience noise in a few spots during White Summer's audience source. The same vinyl audience source is used immediately after Communication Breakdown ends for Plant's ending comments. Comparing this audience source to a prior audience source used for 79 (Antrabata Reference Master), both sources are very good in their own ways. The source used for 79 came from tape as oppose to vinyl. The Knebworth II source has more bass. But neither compare to the soundboard source (naturally). If the 10 minutes worth of audience cheering after Stairway to Heaven and Rock & Roll had been cut, this release could have fit on 2 CD's. (Brian Ingham February 2000)

79 (Antrabata Reference Master)

CD 8: (67:28) The Song Remains the Same (balance shifts to one channel for a couple of seconds near the beginning), Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop (volume of first few notes low), Since Ive Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, The Rain Song

CD 9: (77:32) White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir (first second cut, balance wanders for 13 seconds near the beginning, volume increases a minute into the song), Trampled Underfoot (balance wanders for last 30 seconds), Sick Again (balance wanders throughout, slightly muffled for 12 seconds of ending guitar solo), Achilles Last Stand (balance wanders slightly in the beginning), guitar solo/ tympani solo, In the Evening (slightly muffled for 5 seconds near beginning), Stairway to Heaven (balance wanders for a couple of seconds in near middle of guitar solo, muffled for 10 seconds near middle of guitar solo), Rock & Roll, Whole Lotta Love (includes You Need Love, Boogie Woogie), Communication Breakdown

The audience recording from this show is slightly better than the one from the August 4th show. The recorder is near to the stage and the instruments are clear. Its sound is more dynamic than the recording from the 4th and there is very little tape hiss. But there are problems with the balance wandering in places (noted above). This may have been due to the PA system. But the clapping at the end of Trampled Underfoot and Sick Again also wanders. The balance also wanders during the guitar solo/ tympani solo. But that was probably done as part of the mix because it occurs at certain locations and is more controlled. The same occurs during Stairway to Heaven's "and it makes me wonder" section. The balance problem is only noticeable with headphones or if seated between two speakers. The PA system nearly destroys two separate sections at the beginning of Over the Hills and Far Away (loud crackling sound). Page also messes up the song's ending. The PA continues its problems after the song ends. Page is less than coherent during Whole Lotta Love's guitar solo. But he improves for Boogie Woogie. (Brian Ingham Apr 99)

Knebworth- Final Cuts (11/8/79 professionally shot video and soundboard recording) 2 DVD, Celebration Label.

DISC.1-1.The Song Remains The Same 2.Celebration Day 3.Black Dog 4.Nobody's Fault But Mine 5.Over The Hills And Far Away 6.Misty Mountain Hop 7.Since I've Been Lovin' You 8.No Quarter 9.Hot Dog 10.The Rain Song 11.White Summer/Black Mountain Side 12.Kashmir 13.Trampled Underfoot
DISC.2-1.Sick Again 2.Achilles Last Stand 3.Guitar Improvisation 4.In The Evening 5.Stairway To Heaven 6.Rock And Roll 7.Whole Lotta Love 8.Communication Breakdown (Knebworth, 11 August 1979)

BONUS TRACKS-1.Kashmir 2.Trampled Underfoot 3.Sick Again 4.Heartbreaker (Knebworth, 4 August 1979)

Knebworth - Final Cuts (Celebration) 2DVD

WOW !!! "DEFINITIVE" is an understatement ! Celebration have really outdone themselves with this one! Not only is the video better, but it's from a different video mix than what I've seen. Sound wise this board tape sounds even better than the board recording they released a couple years back. They even went as far as reducing the rudeness of the PA problems found early in the show. Synchronizing this board tape with the video must have been something of a nightmare, as it is obviously from two sources, some places are more noticeable than others. Complaining about something like that, I'll leave for the anally retentive. I don't think it could get any better unless one had the original multitrack recording, if that even exists. (Sandy Sweezey Sept 02)

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