1970

Concerts Covered In This Section:

08-Jan-70 Bristol

Bristol Stomp (No Label) Per **** SQ **1/2 Appeal HC

New show to appear in this double CD set from the Colston Hall, Bristol on January 8, 1970. This audience recording starts off in We're Gonna Grove as very muffled, distorted and distant but does afterward become clearer even if tape wobble is heard in places. Moby Dick is severely cut and there are drop outs in Dazed. Most songs are played in short but intense arrangements, especially I Can't Quit You and Communication Breakdown. Good guitar work on Heartbreaker, White Summer and How Many More Times. There are other 1970 shows which are easier on the ear. (Tony Gassett Feb 99)

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09-Jan-70 London

Historical Birthday. (Shout To The Top)

Track List (51:38).Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/C'mon Everybody/Something Else/Bring It On Home /How Many More Times (The Hunter/Boogie Woogie/High Flyin' Momma/Leave My Woman Alone/Lemon Song / That's Alright).

Single-CD from the Royal Albert Hall on January 9 1970.Allegedly sourced from a new AM master, this is the soundboard recording previously available. The sound quality is indeed sharper and brighter only slightly compressed when compared to a no-label release I own, with absolutely no hiss at all. The only minor flaw is that this release has some faint pops throughout, only noticeable while listening up close. The quality improvement is not great but certainly very enjoyable, and with the added bonus that this is not a reissue expensively packaged. Nice pictures from the event on the outside of a standard CD case, out of place pictures from the Lyceum '69 gig on the inside. My copy doesn't have a transparent CD holder so a photograph is covered underneath. For the slightly-below-average asking price and the excellent sound quality of a legendary performance, this is worth having for collectors old and new (Rosina Diaz Scali Nov 99)

ROYAL ALBERT HALL 1970 - MASTER EDITION CELEBRATION

Royal Albert Hall, London, 9 Jan 1970  video and CD.

The CD comes in a  cardboard sleeve with a picture from the show.  The tape case is white  plastic and it too has a picture from the show.  These are shrinkwrapped together and have a sticker.  The first issue was 500 hundred numbered copies  and this sold out quickly. The picture is sharper and the colour much  better than previous versions. The CD is from two upgraded sources - please see below.

The Video Song list

We're Gonna Groove/ I Can't Quit You/  White Summer, Black Mountain Side/Whole Lotta Love/ Communication Breakdown/ C'Mon Everybody/ Long Tall Sally (includes Move On Down The Line, Whole Lotta  Shakin Going On) I've seen a  couple of versions of this show and this is the best. Better colour.  Better definition.  It's 42:00 long.

The CD Songlist

Intro (00.17)*/ We're Gonna Groove (3.12)*/ I Can't Quit You (5.00)*/White Summer, Black Mountain Side (12.17)*/ How Many More Times (24.09)**/ Whole Lotta Love (6.24)**/ Communication Breakdown  (4.57)**/C'Mon Everybody  (3.26)**/ Something Else (2.24)** Bring It On Home (7.51)**/ Long Tall Sally (includes Move On Down The Line,  Whole Lotta Shakin Going On) (8.08)* Time 78.28

*These songs appear to be from the accompanying video and I believe it's better quality than other releases of  the video source.  This is because this video itself is an upgrade from anything else released to date. **The other source is from the master of the tape used for previous releases of the radio broadcast.  One collector more familiar with the various releases tells me this is better quality than  previously released. (Bob Walker Nov 2001).

Royal Albert Hall 1970 (Celebration SOBO-015)

Introduction, We're Gonna Groove, I Can't Quit You, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, How Many More Times (incl.  The Hunter, Boogie Chillun', Truckin Little Mama, Leave My Woman Alone, Lemon Song, That's Alright), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown,
C'mon Everybody, Something Else, Bring It On Home, Long Tall Sally (incl. Move On Down The Line, Whole Lotta Shaking Going On)

This title by Celebration represents the best version of the January 9, 1970 show at the Royal Albert Hall. It was released with a forty-two minute, upgraded version of the film shot that night for the planned Led Zeppelin documentary film that was never realized. The CD that comes with the VHS videotape is the most complete and best sounding version of this often
booted show.  Celebration combines both the video soundtrack and the soundboard (released many years ago) into the set list order.  Where the soundtrack and soundboard overlap, Celebration uses the soundboard recording. The chief virtues of this release, beyond the sterling sound quality, is for the first time we have all of the material from this show on one disc in the approximate set list order.  (Which means only the beginning and the end of the show exist on tape). Second, the tape speed on the soundboard recording has been corrected, as it ran very slow on previous releases.  Until the middle section of this show surfaces, this will be the definitive title for this show. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

Royal Albert Hall 9.1.1970 video

Set list:
We're Gonna Groove, I Can't Quit You Baby (cut), White Summer / Black
Mountain Side, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, C'mon Everybody,
Long Tall Sally medley

The new version of Royal Albert Hall video was released in 2001 by Celebration label. Before the release of this upgraded version, I heard rumours about the official release of this show on DVD. But obviously they were just rumours. Compared to the previous versions I have seen, the quality is million times better on this new version. The image is more colorful and brighter, and the sound is clearer. The performance in itself is very good. Especially Plant is in top form - at some points it feels like he is screaming his lungs up. I wonder if the whole concert was filmed. I sure hope that it was and it will be released someday in some form. (Petri Kaasalainen June 02)

Mystical Spirit Remastered (Royal Record Productions, 2003) 2CDR
Royal Albert Hall, London, 9 January 1970

Disc 1 (58.40): We're Gonna Groove/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 2 (60.27): How Many More Times/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/C'mon Everybody/Something Else/Bring It On Home/Long Tall Sally/Heartbreaker

The release of the almost complete concert from the Albert Hall on the official "DVD" in 2003 was one of the most important ever. The remastered sound and best possible picture quality remain one of the many highlights of this tremendous 2 DVD package. I remember sitting in the Empire cinema in Leicester Square, London, on the 15th May 2003 at the premiere, and almost falling off my seat when We're Gonna Groove started in glorious Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. However, as a number of fans observed, there were some edits on the official release that were available on unofficial sources. To that end several enterprising fans have put this splendid release together, using the soundtrack off the "DVD", and filling the cuts and gaps from other sources. Of considerable importance however on this release is the addition of the last two encores, Long Tall Sally, and the final song performed that night, Heartbreaker. Sadly the latter is incomplete, we only have the first 2 minutes and 19 seconds, the song ending right at the moment Jimmy Page's solo begins. The sound quality overall is excellent soundboard, and this release once again shows that it is often the dedicated fans who painstakingly assemble all possible audio sources to make up a complete show. Let us hope that the rest of Heartbreaker appears at some stage. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 04)

Jimmy’s Birthday Party (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 2006) 4 CD
Royal Albert Hall, London, 9 January 1970

Disc 1 (1:10:03): Introduction/We're Gonna Groove/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Heartbreaker/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 2 (58:19): How Many More Times/Bring It On Home/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/C'mon Everybody/Something Else/Long Tall Sally
Disc 3 (1:03:04): We're Gonna Groove/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/ Heartbreaker/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 4 (52:33): How Many More Times/Bring It On Home/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/C'mon Everybody/Something Else/Long Tall Sally/Communication Breakdown

This beautiful, 4-CD release by Empress Valley purports to be from the “working tapes” underlying the landmark 2003 DVD release by Led Zeppelin.  Whether or not this is true, what Empress Valley have presented in Jimmy’s Birthday Party is, by far, the most complete and enjoyable version of this great show.  The discs are presented in a digipak that unfolds to display them sitting above different clear, glossy black and white photos from the show.  The digipak is housed in a similarly attractive glossy, black and white slip case that references the “working tapes” and the mixing by Kevin Shirley and production by Jimmy Page.  Of course, with any of these releases, the proof is in the pudding and Empress Valley have done a wonderful job in combining the existing mono source with the continuously emerging soundboard recording and pristine DVD soundtrack.  Disc 1 starts with the introduction of Robert “Percy” Plant, then Jimmy, which continues seamlessly to Bonzo’s unmistakable slamming into his kit from the DVD soundtrack before launching into We’re Gonna Groove.  Disc 1 debuts the fantastic Heartbreaker soundboard recording.  For peculiar reasons unknown to me, Empress Valley cuts it off this recording before it ends, which they did not do for the version of this same track found on Disc 3 of this title – go figure!  Some other oddities are that the version of How Many More Times used to open Disc 2 differs from the perfect version Empress Valley released in The Lost Mixes EP, volume 7.  I personally do not understand why this was done but, in the final analysis, it does not detract from the overall listening experience on Disc 2, which is wonderful and engrossing.  Disc 4, predictably, opens with a How Many More Times that’s a straight copy of the DVD soundtrack, and different (and less) than what’s on Disc 2, so I guess you get to make a choice of which version of this song you want to hear.  Also interesting is Empress Valley’s use of the entire Long Tall Sally recording from the mono source to close disc 2, but then uses on Disc 4 the sweet soundboard recording of this song’s excerpt found on The Lost Mixes EP, volume 7.  Disc 4 closes with Communication Breakdown, the same song found elsewhere in this show, but preceded by more tape of the tuning and tinkering before starting.  There is also plenty of “new” banter between songs, the “Zeppelin” chant by Gino, and so forth.  This certainly presents a more complete show than what has been released to date, which includes the DVD.  All in all, a beautiful production by Empress Valley that I would recommend to even the casual collector.  (symmetry101, June, 2006)

Jimmy’s Birthday Party (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 2006) 4 CD
Royal Albert Hall, London, 9 January 1970

Disc 1 (1:10:03): Introduction/We're Gonna Groove/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Heartbreaker/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 2 (58:19): How Many More Times/Bring It On Home/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/C'mon Everybody/Something Else/Long Tall Sally
Disc 3 (1:03:04): We're Gonna Groove/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/ Heartbreaker/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 4 (52:33): How Many More Times/Bring It On Home/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/C'mon Everybody/Something Else/Long Tall Sally/Communication Breakdown

It is certainly good to have with this title a (or, I should say two?!) more complete version of the famous show on 9 January '70 which, together with the video, was included in the official DVD release in an edited form.  As I hear, however, the audio of this title is somewhat muffled and a bit inferior to that of the official DVD, in terms of clarity and dynamism, especially in its CDs 1 and 2.
Accordingly, I wonder if people of EV did not need to add CDs 1 and 2 but only needed to present CDs 3 and 4 which sound generally better and more complete than CDs 1 and 2, except that "How Many More Times" medley on CD 4 seems to be shorter than that on CD 2.  They should have been able to put a most complete set on only two CDs.  However, the CDs in this title enable me to concentrate on listening to the audio rather than watching the visuals, reminding me of what an excellent show it is, even better than the "Blueberry Hill" show later that year.  I now well understand the reason why Jimmy elected to include two songs from the show in "CODA" album.  The packaging work for the title is beautifully and carefully made and has a classical feel to it.  All in all, I think that the title is very worth collecting. (Takemi Hiramatsu July 06)

Havin' Me Some Fun Tonight (Beelzebub BSD 106/107/108) 2 CDR and 1 DVDR
Royal Albert Hall, London 9 January 1970

Disc 1 (63.03): We're Gonna Groove/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Heartbreaker/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 2 (72.21): How Many More Times/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/C'mon Everybody/Something Else/Bring It On Home/Long Tall Sally
Disc 3 (DVD): Alternate footage/shots of the video

The complete airing of this concert as the first DVD of the official "DVD" release in 2003 was one of the many incredible highlights of that epic release. Since that time the original "working tapes" that were used by the sound engineer Kevin Shirley have surfaced. The recording was originally made available as a free download on a very well known Led Zeppelin website. This release preempted the Empress Valley release on 4 CDs that came out shortly after it was made free to anyone to download. It is this downloaded version that has been remastered in this release from Beelzebub. At the end of the day it is down to personal preference whether you like the original or the remaster, it can be debated until the cows come home. Both have their good points. This version sounds very good, nice and sharp. The bonus on this version is an extra DVD which contains extra video footage from the official version, that is reckoned to be unreleased and not previously available. Comes in a card colour gatefold package. (Jamie Boswell Jan 07)

Havin' Me Some Fun Tonight (Beelzebub BSD 106/107/108) 2 CDR and 1 DVDR
Royal Albert Hall, London, January 9 1970

Disc 1: We're Gonna Groove/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Heartbreaker/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 2: How Many More Times/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/C'mon Everybody/Something Else/Bring It On Home/Long Tall Sally
Disc 3: Alternate footage/shots of the video

Empress Valley were the first to release these tapes that were posted on the Royal Orleans website.  Beelzebub's is the second attempt at all these and it is apparent at first listen that Beelzebub really cranked up the volume over Empress Valley.  The sound quality is of course very good but again there is nothing new.  The best bet is to download the music for free.  If not, then get the Empress Valley release because it is really nice sounding. I wouldn't waste time with this one... (Belzlegion Jan 07)

Havin' Me Some Fun Tonight (Beelzebub BSD 106/107/108) 2 CDR and 1 DVDR
Royal Albert Hall, London 9 January 1970
Disc 1 (63.03): We're Gonna Groove/I Can't Quit You/Dazed And Confused/Heartbreaker/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick
Disc 2 (72.21): How Many More Times/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/C'mon Everybody/Something Else/Bring It On Home/Long Tall Sally
Disc 3 (DVD): Alternate footage/shots of the video
Beezlebub Records have taken an already stellar sounding recording, boosted the levels slightly and released a great product.  Robert Plant’s voice seems to have a bit more presence on this release and the recording sounds a bit warmer.The big surprise in this set is the bonus DVD which contains alternate footage of this concert.  This should definitely appeal to all of the John Bonham fans out there since it’s mostly footage of  the drummer. There’s one shot where we get to see John Bonham standing on his throne and bass drum hitting the front of the bass drum and the ride cymbal.  That shot right there is worth the price of this set alone. The packaging of this set is similar to other releases by Beezlebub Records in the fact that it’s well designed and very clean.  The pictures contained in the artwork are great shots of the entire band and the best part is that John Bonham is on the cover. It doesn’t get much better than that. Whether you choose to love or hate Beezlebub Records, you can’t look past the fact that this is a good release and the DVD is icing on the cake. I’m sure Beezlebub Records will gain a new legion of fans with this release. (HarleyDog  Feb 07)

Havin’ Me Some Fun Tonight (Beelzebub Records BSD - 106/107/108) 2 CDR and 1 DVDR
Royal Albert Hall London, January 9, 1970

Disc 1: (63:01) We’re Gonna Groove, I Can’t Quit You, Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker(cut), White Summer, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick,
Disc 2: (72:20) How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, C’mon Everybody, Something Else, Bring It On Home, Long Tall Sally,
How Many More Times (BBC Session Era Mix 1997)

Beelzebub has taken the source that was torrented and remastered it resulting in crystal clear highs and clean bass. This concert is a personal favorite of mine thanks to the excellent performance and sound quality. The entire band was in top form on this Friday evening. The bonus DVDR contains some amazing alternate shots of John Bonham and I hope the full concert circulates in the future.
(LedMan Feb 07)

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28-Feb-70 Copenhagen

Dancing with Snow Queen (2CD, Babyface, Babyface 9602) Copenhagen, 2.28.70, aud

Set List: DaC, HB, WS-BMS, SIBLY, TY, MD, HMMT, WLL, CB, C'mon Everybody, Something Else, BIOH, Long Tall Sally

Source tape is identical to that of 'The Nobs!' (2CD), and 'A Riot Goes on' (2CD). Both sound quality and completeness of these 3 titles, including Babyface release, is almost equivalent. Strictly speaking, 'The Nobs!' is a bit inferior to the rest since it contains a slight dropout in HMMT.  (Susumu Omi, Aug 97)

Dancing with Snow Queen BabyFace Single Paper Slip Case SQ: 6

Set List: Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer ~ Black Mt. Side, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ Solo~Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, C'mon Everybody, Something Else, Bring It on Home, Long Tall Sally.

Not a great deal needs to be said about this release. It is basically a re-issue of previous releases of this show (Riot Going On, The Nobs). The Nobs is slightly inferior. The performance is devastating as most will attest. The recording is perhaps *slightly* above average, though at times (with the incessant clapping etc it is almost unlistenable). I have never understood the praise afforded this recording (i.e. Luis Rey and Mark McFall among others). The source used for these CD releases, as well as the tapes I have of this show, are definitely not in the "very good" range. Distance, distortion and some audience disturbance deter from the enjoyment of this recording. These notwithstanding, it is definitely a quite listenable show. That said, the performance is perhaps the best of the 1970 Euro - Tour recordings. "Dazed" is performed at a fevered pitch. Bonham is in a thrashing mood throughout "Dazed" as well as a frantic "Heartbreaker". "White Summer" is a drastic change of pace. Another early live version of "Since I've Been Loving You" emotes raw energy, but lacks the refined dramatic quality of later live versions. Early version of the Organ Solo intro to "Thank You" is extremely brief; Jones has yet to transform it into a piece worthy of scrutiny. The distance of Page's guitar deters from the enjoyment of a concise, beautiful solo in "Thank You". Plant has not yet developed his "Bum, Ba, Bum, Ba, Bum, Ba, Bum" for the conclusion, but he hints at it. Few Page fanfares as well. "How Many More Times", as usual, is the showstopper. The band is hounded by the incessant clapping at the outset. Same dramatic intro riffs as the Royal Albert Hall show from just over a month earlier. This is the real "riot going on" portion of the show... with Robert exhorting the crowd, and some '69 style call and response. The rare encores "C'mon Everybody", "Something Else", "Bring It on Home" and "Long Tall Sally" make this show a classic.

Summary: It is a good idea to get a copy of this show, due to the great performance, the rarities, and the historical value (this is "The Nobs" show afterall). No need to purchase this release if you already have a copy of the show, as this is not an upgrade. (Paul Holdren Oct 97)

Dancing With Snow Queen (Baby Face) Per **** SQ *** Appeal General

This is the show at the KB Hallen, Copenhagen on February 28 1970 where the band were billed as  The Nobs . This 2 CD set is the previously issued audience recording of most of the performance and is generally good sound quality. All the instruments are discernible with a bias towards the bass frequencies and some low end distortion. The audience is noisy and clap along in the quite passages and become more excited on each number and then go wild on Whole Lotta Love. The group play well throughout, especially Bonham and only Page's solo in Since I've Been Loving You is a bit too cool. Worth getting as this is the best show from the early 1970 European tour. (Tony Gassett Oct 97)

Heavy Vibe (Beezlebub Records BSD 102/103)
K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, 02-28-70

Disc 1 ): Dazed And Confused (17:13), Heartbreaker (6:18), White Summer/Black Mountain Side (14:39), Since I've Been Loving You (7:01), Organ Solo/Thank You (8:19), Moby Dick (16:58)
Disc 2 : How Many More Times (21:54), Whole Lotta Love (6:54), Communication Breakdown (6:40), C'mon Everybody (3:22), Something Else (2:36), Bring It On Home (9:38), Long Tall Sally(6:31)

Beezlebub Records presents an audience recording of Led Zeppelin in all of their glory. This recording truly captures the sound of Zeppelin firing on all cylinders. Although it's not the best audience source to begin with, it's still enjoyable and easy to listen to. It seems like a rather distant recording in a boomy concert hall with a loud audience. You can hear the taper or someone close to the microphone say a few words during White Summer. Beezlebub Records has gone to great lengths to ensure that anyone who hears this release will find it among their top picks for the 1970 tour releases. The artwork is printed on a typical gatefold package with a great picture of Jimmy Page in action right on the front. The inside artwork is of 4 black & white stage shot pictures of the entire band taken during a performance. The picture on the backside of the packaging is one of Peter Grant, John Bonham and some unknown girl in the background. This picture looks like it may have been taken backstage or some unknown location. This artwork is simple and not too flashy but sit still looks every bit as professional as any other release.

In closing I'd like to take this moment to applaud the release of this often overlooked show. My hopes are that Beezlebub Records continues to release the rare shows that are so often forgotten about. May they continue to introduce these shows for the new generation of Zeppelin fans and collectors to enjoy. (HarleyDog February 2007)

Heavy Vibe (Beezlebub Records BSD 102/103)
K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, 28 February 1970

Disc 1 : Dazed And Confused / Heartbreaker / White Summer/Black Mountain Side / Since I've Been Loving You / Organ Solo/Thank You / Moby Dick
Disc 2 : How Many More Times / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown / C'mon Everybody / Something Else / Bring It On Home / Long Tall Sally

Although it is missing We're Gonna Groove, this show has been quite well represented by a fairly good audience recording. The sound on this release has been boosted and is quite an improvement over previous releases of this show. It was a very good concert too, just a pity some dozy Dane had to talk through White Summer/Black Mountain Side, ruining the song, stupid twat. That apart, this is nicely presented with photos from the concert, and can be recommended and worth seeking out. (Jamie Boswell Feb 07)

Heavy Vibe (Beelzebub Records BSD 102/103) 2 CDR’s
K.B. Hallen Copenhagen, Denmark, February 28, 1970

Disc 1: (70:41)  Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Organ Solo/Thank You, Moby Dick.
Disc 2: (57:38)  How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, C’mon Everybody, Something Else, Bring It On Home, Long Tall Sally

Beelzebub has once again added some “punch” to another release. This was an excellent performance and all the listener has to do is take the time to listen to “Dazed And Confused” and they will be busy for the next few hours. I can describe this performance in one word, heavy!!! During “White Summer/Black Mountain Side” Page plays what would later become “Midnight Moonlight”. Just listen to Plant during “Since I’ve Been Loving You”. The recording is clear, considering it was 1970 although you can hear several conversations near the taper however this is a minor complaint and thanks for risking the wrath of Peter Grant on this Saturday night wherever you are, Mr. Taper!!!. “How Many More Times” is another highlight with Plant reaching for the high notes.  If you don’t have this show in your collection then this is a great version to seek out. Another great release from this controversial label. (LedMan Mar 07)

Heavy Vibe (Beezlebub Records BSD 102/103)
K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, 28 February 1970

Disc 1 : Dazed And Confused / Heartbreaker / White Summer/Black Mountain Side / Since I've Been Loving You / Organ Solo/Thank You / Moby Dick
Disc 2 : How Many More Times / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown / C'mon Everybody / Something Else / Bring It On Home / Long Tall Sally

Tarantura released this ages ago on The Nobs, which is a fantastic release. It hasn't been released in ages until now, thanks to Beelzebub.  It sounds like Beelzebub took a copy of the Tarantura release and boosted the volume to just under the crispy threshhold.  The problem though is the heavy handed mastering which ruins pretty much all of Beelzebub's releases.  This is a lo-fi tape to begin with and treating it like this just makes it more painful to sit through.  Hopefully Empress Valley will do this show right by releasing the definitive version.  Honestly Heavy Vibe is another faceless cdr adrift in a sea of them, that can be safely ignored along with the other billion cdrs polluting the market. (Frank Dipauli March 07)

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07-Mar-70 Montreux

Divinity (Atlantic Ocean 208)

Disc 1: We're Gonna Groove/I Can't Quit You, Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer/Black Mountain Side.

Disc 2: Since I've Been Loving You, organ solo/Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (cut...)

March 7th, 1970 at the Grand Casino in Montreux. This comes from the excellent audience recording of this show. All of the other titles used the vinyl source. But here, the master tape has been used which is a significant upgrade. Also, for the first time, the original running order has been restored (previous releases have put White Summer after I Can't Quit You). This recording has all of the virtues of both soundboard and audience. There is very little audience noise, and all of the instruments are perfectly balanced. The performance itself is excellent, including Robert's funny attempts to speak French! This title is a wonderful production, and might be considered to be the greatest Led Zeppelin bootleg of all time! It's that good. The only negatives are that there minor levels of tape hiss in the quieter moments, and How Many More Times is still not complete. But the packaging and the quality and the performance are simple wonderful. Definitely recommended. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 2000)

All That Jazz (TDOLZ 339701/339702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Montreaux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland, March 14, 1970 (Date is 7th March)

CD 1: (44:04) introduction/ We're Gonna Groove (contains a tape speed up), I Can't Quit You, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side (contains a small cut near the end), Dazed & Confused, Rice Pudding intro./ Heartbreaker

CD 2: (45:16) Since I've Been Loving You, organ solo/ Thank You, What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Suzie Q intro./ How Many More Times (ending cut)

This release is sourced from a very good to near excellent audience recording. There is some tape hiss, but it's in a high frequency that can be easily reduced. Page comes in late after Moby Dick's drum solo. The tape ends during How Many More Times just as Page starts his guitar work before the medleys. Since I've Been Loving You, labeled on disc one, is on disc two. There are three prior releases of this show: We're Gonna Groove (Scorpio), Feel All Right (Cobla) and Dark Tower (Tarantura). We're Gonna Groove did not include Moby Dick and was sourced from vinyl. Feel All Right was also sourced from vinyl, but contained Moby Dick. Its mastering included all the pops and clicks plus Cobla's overabundance of high-pitched tape hiss from over equalization. It also runs 4% slower than All That Jazz. On the other hand, Tarantura used tape sources (as did TDOLZ). However, they were either high generation tapes or Tarantura used too much noise reduction because they sound flat. They also run 6% slower than All That Jazz. All releases contain the same cuts (Feel All Right has a minor dropout near the beginning of Dazed & Confused) and tape speed up (edited out on Feel All Right). How Many More Times on Dark Tower is two minutes shorter than the other releases. It would have been nice if TDOLZ had included the broadcast portions of the show as bonus material. (Brian Ingham Aug 97)

All That Jazz (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ **** Appeal G

This is the audience source from the Montreux Jazz Festival on March 14, 1970. The 2 CD set contains the whole show up to the How Many More Times medley. All instruments are clear, with slight hiss and a little distortion. There is a minor bit of tape speed-up in the opening track. Dazed And Confused is the standout number and White Summer/Black Mountain Side is also excellent. There is a good vocal workout on Since I've been Loving You, nice bass work on I Can't Quit You and within the inventive organ intro to Thank You, variations of Tim Harding's Hang On To A Dream can be heard. Although coming too late after the Moby Dick solo, Page produces good guitar work on Heartbreaker. Previous versions of this show ran at varying speeds. A nice release to finish off the first full European tour. (Tony Gassett Apr 98)

Intimidator (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Discs 1 &  2 (audience/soundboard recordings combined)

Disc 1: We're Gonna Groove / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / Heartbreaker / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Since I've Been Loving YouDisc 2: Organ Solo/ Thank You / What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / How Many More Times / Whole Lotta Love (incomplete)Disc 3 (soundboard recording)We're Gonna Groove / I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / White Summer- Black Mountain Side / How Many More Times / Whole Lotta LoveEmpress Valley have come up trumps with this release. The sound quality is simply stunning and it is hard to tell the difference between the audience and the soundboard tapes. In fact the audience tape is so good that it seems better than the SBD! As much of the show as exists has been assembled, and the editing between the two recordings is seamless. It was however a bit of an overindulgence to release the soundboard tape by itself as the third disc, this really should have been a two disc composite. Having said that it is still the best version ever of this great show. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 01).

Intimidator Empress Valley - EVSD 72/73/74 - 3CD
March 7, 1970 Le Grand Casino De Montreux - Montreux, Switzerland
DISC ONE: We're Gonna Groove, I Can't Quit You, Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Since I've Been Loving You
DISC TWO: Organ Solo, Thank You, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love
DISC THREE: We're Gonna Groove, I Can't Quit You, Dazed And Confused, White Summer, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love

This set comes packaged in Empress Valley's unique "long box" design case. The outer sleeve is open-ended on both sides and a heavy cardboard "tray" slides in/out. The tray has an opening carved out of the middle that the 3 discs rest in. Each disc is housed in a cream-colored paper sleeve with the Empress Valley logo printed in gold in the lower right corner. The first two discs of this three CD set contains the complete show taken from an excellent audience source. The last disc contains fragments from the soundboard. Disc one starts out at the end of the band introductions. A quick sound check follows and the boys plow right into We're Gonna Groove. The audience tape perfectly captures the atmosphere of the event and displays a stunning feeling of depth. The instruments and vocals are very well balanced with Bonzo perhaps a teenie bit low in the overall. There's a 4 second gap in the tape during We're Gonna Groove that Empress Valley plugged in with an inferior quality tape. The next tape swap is during the final minutes of White Summer. About 80 seconds of the alternate tape is used to plug the hole. When the tape swaps to the alternate source, the depth and atmosphere of the main source becomes painfully obvious. Empress Valley's way of moving from one disc to the other is as follows - Disc one fades out during the intro to the organ solo. Disc two starts off replaying several seconds of the end of disc one. I know some guys don't care for this, but I don't mind. If someone wanted to transfer the set to, say, DAT, a seamless link from disc one to disc two could be achieved. The twenty five minute version of How Many More Times is fabulous. At around the 9 minute mark as see the first appearance of the soundboard tape. It's damn near seamlessly spliced into the audience tape. The board tape is excellent quality, but pales in comparison to the audience tape as it lacks the atmosphere and feeling of depth that the audience tape has. I'm not complaining though as it fills in the remainder of the otherwise incomplete How Many More Times. This is crucial as the medley section of HMMT is fantastic! Whole Lotta Love is just a three minute fragment from the soundboard. The last disc is from the soundboard and, as previously noted, pales in comparison to the stunning audience tape. It is overpowered at times, has dropouts, muddied audio and so on. A rather pitiful soundboard tape. Either Empress Valley wanted to milk every last dime out of their customers or they simply wanted to present all available material in one package. It's not my call. This is an essential addition to any collection and I can't recommend it enough! (Steve Prendergast February 03)

Intimidator Empress Valley - EVSD 72/73/74 - 3CD
March 7, 1970 Le Grand Casino De Montreux - Montreux, Switzerland
DISC 1: We're Gonna Groove, I Can't Quit You, Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Since I've Been Loving You
DISC 2: Organ Solo, Thank You, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love
DISC 3: We're Gonna Groove, I Can't Quit You, Dazed And Confused, White Summer, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love

I finally got a hold of the Intimidator set.  Fantastic set, and it is wonderful to finally have a 'close to' complete boot of this amazing show.  Reinforces the fact that this audience tape is one of the best I have heard, literally makes you feel you are in the tiny arena, as has been noted several times before the atmosphere is fantastic.  Although I am surprised no reviewers haven't mentioned 2 pieces to the show.  The first is Robert's use of the 'n' word in HMMT-  definitely shocked me a bit on the first listen, maybe things were different back then, but definitely shocking.  And secondly (and more enjoyably) it seems the theramin goes kaput on Whole Lotta Love, and Jonsey hops on the Hammond organ for some pretty psychedelic effects.  Worth getting almost for that fact alone. (Tim Behrens July 03)

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09-Mar-70 Vienna

Vienna 1970 (MMachine MM-00-01/02)

Disc 1:  Were Gonna Groove, I Cant Quit You, Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer/Black Mountainside.

Disc 2:  Since I've Been Loving You, Organ Solo, Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times.

MMachine is a budget label that has released the most complete tape source for the March 9, 1970 show in  Vienna. All that is missing is the encore. Although the tape is distant and muddy, it is enjoyable. This show occurred two days after the Montreux show, and there are similarities.  This show cant match the excitement of that one, however. Jimmy Page has problems with his equipment in Dazed, and blames the road manager for it. Also, How Many More Times lacks spark. This title is recommended for completists only. (Gerard Sparaco).

High Flyin' Zep Electric Magic
Vienna, Austria, 9 March 1970.
2CDs in jewel case.
Very good audience source.
Set List:-
Disc 1 (46.11): I Can't Quit You / Dazed And Confused / Heartbreaker / White Summer - Black Mountain Side
Disc 2 (43.54): Since I've Been Loving You / Moby Dick / How Many More Times

2CD show presented in a jewel case with fairly lacklustre artwork. This is missing We're Gonna Groove, Organ Solo and Thank You and the encore!! The Metal Machine version of Vienna 1970 whilst the most complete is distant and muddy. Electric Magic have tried to produce a shortened version. Whilst better in overall sound quality, suffers from their lack of expertise in EQing. It has the now familiar tin sound with jangling bells in the background - albeit not all the way through. It just lacks the depth to make it better than average. However, the performance is excellent and as usual with all the eartly shows, exhibits great playing ability and improvisation. Not one for the general collector. (The VLH Dec 02)

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10-Mar-70 Hamburg

Mystery European Gig (The Symbols BS 38-39)

Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany March 10th, 1970

Disc 1: Were gonna groove, I cant quit you baby, Dazed and confused, Heartbreaker, White summer/Black mountain side, Since Ive been loving you, Organ solo/Thank you (fades out)

Disc 2: What is and what should never be, Moby dick (slightly cut), How many more times (inc. The hunter, Boogie chillun, Truckin little mama, Rollin and tumblin, Down by the riverside, Traveling Riverside blues, Long distance call blues, The lemon song), Whole lotta love.

There has been lot of speculation about the place where this gig is recorded. Some people say its Hamburg, some people (and back cover of the CD) say its Frankfurt. Personally, I place this show to Hamburg, as Plant clearly mentions Hamburg in the beginning of How many more times. Anyway, now to the show itself. Were Gonna Groove kicks off the show. At this point, sound quality is still little murky but in I cant quit you baby it has get better. Dazed and confused has grown itself almost a 20-minute long epic and Heartbeaker has a very quiet intro. And if you listen carefully, you can hear Plant starting to sing first lines from Living loving maid (She's a woman) after the song is finished. White summer/Black mountain side is on turn next and before the song starts, somebody from the audience shouts something in German (something funny, I guess, `cause the audience starts to laugh). Next the preview from LED ZEPPELIN III (released in October 1970), the slow blues Since Ive been loving you. As this piece is finished, Jones starts his organ solo (he is doing marvelous job again), which is followed by Thank you (personally, I think this version is one of the strongest they ever played live). Unfortunately this brilliant piece fades out just before the final verse is about to begin. Disc 2 starts with What is and what should never be from the second album. Then its time for John Bonham and Moby dick. Bonham plays this piece like he has always played and very polite audience applauses for him after he has finished his playing. The long (one of the longest ever played) How many more times medley follows and Plant introduces the band members. Then its the final track Whole Lotta love and another marvelous night is over. (Petri Kaasalainen July 99)

“Lili Marleen / Led Zeppelin” – Tarantura, TCD 49 and 50
March 10-11, 1970

CD 1 (48:04): We’re Gonna Groove; I Can’t Quit You; Dazed and Confused; Heartbreaker; and White Summer/Black Mountain Side
CD 2 (1:07:18): Since I’ve Been Loving You; Organ Solo/Thank You; What is and What Should Never Be; Moby Dick; How Many More Times; and Whole Lotta Love
CD 3 (52:36): Opening; We’re Gonna Groove; I Can’t Quit You; Dazed and Confused; Heartbreaker; and White Summer/Black Mountain Side
CD 4 (1:05:12): Since I’ve Been Loving You; Organ Solo/Thank You; Moby Dick; How Many More Times; and Whole Lotta Love (end cut)

I don’t believe it can be reasonably disputed that Tarantura is head of the class when it comes to attractive, creative, and suitable packaging for its Zeppelin concert titles.  “Lili Marleen” continues this desirable pattern, presenting the March 10 and 11, 1970 shows in Germany on 4 attractive discs.  Each disc rests in a paper sleeve that slides into separate portions of a quad-fold case finished in a nice satin, coffee color.  A number of German postage stamps are reproduced on the case’s front, which opens to display a battered sign reading “these premises were totally destroyed by a Led Zeppelin raid during the world tour on March 10, 11, 1970, rebuilt 2006.”  After listening to these shows on Lili Marleen, I don’t doubt this statement one bit.  This first-class production perfectly complements the very good, to very good plus audio, with discs 1 and 2 entitled “Down by the River”, and discs 3 and 4 entitled “Shake `Em on Down.”  It also bears mentioning that I have had these shows in my collection for years but, until now, I have not been able to fully enjoy them due to the sound quality.
It has been elsewhere observed that the tapes used by Tarantura on this release are generationally superior to those which have been released in prior titles.  I firmly agree with this, with my comparison for the March 10th show being to Mystery European Gig issued by The Symbols label.  I have given little attention to The Symbols’ release over time, due simply to its grating audio and exceedingly distant, undefined feel.  Lili Marleen simply blows Mystery European Gig clear out of the water, and now sits alone in my collection for this concert.  I Can’t Quit You, for example, is absolutely beautiful on Lili Marleen, with even balance of the instruments, including all of Bonzo’s ensemble, and a nice, fat bottom end.  This same song on The Symbols’ release, however, lacks definition and runs slow, needlessly tiring the listen.  Robert’s introduction of the freshly minted Since I’ve Been Loving You is distant on The Symbols’ release, but much more prominent and clear on Lili Marleen.  This audio upgrade continues to the end of this recording, which is an abbreviated version of Whole Lotta Love following a classic How Many More Times stretching beyond the 26 minute mark.  Disc 3 from the following night opens a bit distorted in We’re Gonna Groove, but smoothes out quickly by I Can’t Quit You.  There is more sharpness in the recording than the prior night, evidenced by the crack in Bonzo’s snare.  Jimmy does not tinker before Heartbreaker this night as he did the night before, although a bit of distortion exists in Jonesy’s bass from either the loudspeakers or recording mic’s inability to fully capture the sound.  The prior release of this show in my collection is Zeppelin Digital, Volume 5, which was a dandy when it came out through a now unheard of tree, and it compares favorably to the Tarantura audio.  However, there’s a finish to the Tarantura audio that appeals more to me, with more jagged edges existing in the ZD version.  Once again, the band does not disappoint on this night, with particularly emotional versions of Since I’ve Been Loving You and Thank You, with the latter song including a raucous guitar solo exceeding 2 minutes in length.  The same applies to the nearly 25-minute version of How Many More Times, which is clear and mind-boggling, with Pagey employing great fuzz effects.  A killer version of this song.  Strangely, with all of the attention and care Tarantura put into this tile, it inaccurately lists the tracks on Disc 4 to contain a version of WIAWSNB, which is nowhere in the recording.  This is a minor quibble, if any, when the mix-up results, instead, in hearing Moby Dick and then this wonderful, long How Many More Times!  Another great set of 1970 shows by Zep, expertly presented by Tarantura.  You should snag a copy of this most excellent title if the chance arrives.  (Symmetry101 Dec 06)

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11-Mar-70 Hamburg

Everybody, Everybody (IQ-053/054)

Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany March 11, 1970

CD 1: (69:09) introduction/ We're Gonna Groove, I Can’t Quit You, Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker (dropout during guitar solo), White Summer/ Black Mountain Side (contains a cut in the middle), Since I've Been Loving You (minor dropout near end), organ solo/ Thank You

CD 2: (47:40) Moby Dick (muffled in the beginning), How Many More Times (includes The Hunter (digital distortion in one spot), Ravel’s Bolero, Needle Blues, Boogie Woogie, Truckin' Little Mama, Long Distance Call Blues, Shake ím On Down, Lemon Song)/ Whole Lotta Love (contains 2 small separate bumps during the spaced out guitar section)

The sound quality of the audience tape used for this release starts off good. The recording is overloaded by the bass which distorts the tape a little. We’re Gonna Groove sounds cluttered and the instruments lack definition. There is also tape hiss in the upper frequencies. A good equalizer will temper the tape hiss. The tapers talk around the recorder in places, but it’s minor. The recording clears up a bit by I Can’t Quit You, but the bass still overloads the tape in places. The quality of the recording ranks somewhere between good and very good from this point on. The recording does drop back a notch from How Many More Times to the end of the tape as the bass gets a little heavy and the instruments lose clarity. Whole Lotta Love is not cued separately. The tape ends shortly after the *looove* portion of Whole Lotta Love.  (Brian Ingham Apr 98)

Everybody, Everybody (Image Quality) Per *** SQ *** Appeal G

After much confusion over dates and places in the German section of the first European tour this is a 2 CD set from the Musikhalle, Hamburg on March 11, 1970. The audience recording starts off a little distant, muddy with some bass overload. The sound starts to become clearer after the first number and then becomes muddy again at the end of the recording. Two songs, Thank You and Since I've been Loving You sound a bit closer and more distorted - maybe from a second source. A low level of hiss is heard during the quieter moments. There are cuts in Heartbreaker, White Summer and the end of Whole Lotta Love is missing. Standout performance is Dazed And Confused and Jones' jazzy organ intro to Thank You is worth noting. Plant almost raps with the audience during the How Many More Times medley. This is a good but not outstanding show from this early period. (Tony Gassett Feb 98)

“Lili Marleen / Led Zeppelin” – Tarantura, TCD 49 and 50
March 10-11, 1970

CD 1 (48:04): We’re Gonna Groove; I Can’t Quit You; Dazed and Confused; Heartbreaker; and White Summer/Black Mountain Side
CD 2 (1:07:18): Since I’ve Been Loving You; Organ Solo/Thank You; What is and What Should Never Be; Moby Dick; How Many More Times; and Whole Lotta Love
CD 3 (52:36): Opening; We’re Gonna Groove; I Can’t Quit You; Dazed and Confused; Heartbreaker; and White Summer/Black Mountain Side
CD 4 (1:05:12): Since I’ve Been Loving You; Organ Solo/Thank You; Moby Dick; How Many More Times; and Whole Lotta Love (end cut)

I don’t believe it can be reasonably disputed that Tarantura is head of the class when it comes to attractive, creative, and suitable packaging for its Zeppelin concert titles.  “Lili Marleen” continues this desirable pattern, presenting the March 10 and 11, 1970 shows in Germany on 4 attractive discs.  Each disc rests in a paper sleeve that slides into separate portions of a quad-fold case finished in a nice satin, coffee color.  A number of German postage stamps are reproduced on the case’s front, which opens to display a battered sign reading “these premises were totally destroyed by a Led Zeppelin raid during the world tour on March 10, 11, 1970, rebuilt 2006.”  After listening to these shows on Lili Marleen, I don’t doubt this statement one bit.  This first-class production perfectly complements the very good, to very good plus audio, with discs 1 and 2 entitled “Down by the River”, and discs 3 and 4 entitled “Shake `Em on Down.”  It also bears mentioning that I have had these shows in my collection for years but, until now, I have not been able to fully enjoy them due to the sound quality.

It has been elsewhere observed that the tapes used by Tarantura on this release are generationally superior to those which have been released in prior titles.  I firmly agree with this, with my comparison for the March 10th show being to Mystery European Gig issued by The Symbols label.  I have given little attention to The Symbols’ release over time, due simply to its grating audio and exceedingly distant, undefined feel.  Lili Marleen simply blows Mystery European Gig clear out of the water, and now sits alone in my collection for this concert.  I Can’t Quit You, for example, is absolutely beautiful on Lili Marleen, with even balance of the instruments, including all of Bonzo’s ensemble, and a nice, fat bottom end.  This same song on The Symbols’ release, however, lacks definition and runs slow, needlessly tiring the listen.  Robert’s introduction of the freshly minted Since I’ve Been Loving You is distant on The Symbols’ release, but much more prominent and clear on Lili Marleen.  This audio upgrade continues to the end of this recording, which is an abbreviated version of Whole Lotta Love following a classic How Many More Times stretching beyond the 26 minute mark.  Disc 3 from the following night opens a bit distorted in We’re Gonna Groove, but smoothes out quickly by I Can’t Quit You.  There is more sharpness in the recording than the prior night, evidenced by the crack in Bonzo’s snare.  Jimmy does not tinker before Heartbreaker this night as he did the night before, although a bit of distortion exists in Jonesy’s bass from either the loudspeakers or recording mic’s inability to fully capture the sound.  The prior release of this show in my collection is Zeppelin Digital, Volume 5, which was a dandy when it came out through a now unheard of tree, and it compares favorably to the Tarantura audio.  However, there’s a finish to the Tarantura audio that appeals more to me, with more jagged edges existing in the ZD version.  Once again, the band does not disappoint on this night, with particularly emotional versions of Since I’ve Been Loving You and Thank You, with the latter song including a raucous guitar solo exceeding 2 minutes in length.  The same applies to the nearly 25-minute version of How Many More Times, which is clear and mind-boggling, with Pagey employing great fuzz effects.  A killer version of this song.  Strangely, with all of the attention and care Tarantura put into this tile, it inaccurately lists the tracks on Disc 4 to contain a version of WIAWSNB, which is nowhere in the recording.  This is a minor quibble, if any, when the mix-up results, instead, in hearing Moby Dick and then this wonderful, long How Many More Times!  Another great set of 1970 shows by Zep, expertly presented by Tarantura.  You should snag a copy of this most excellent title if the chance arrives.  (Symmetry101 Dec 06)

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Dusseldorf 1970(Reel Masters 001) 2 CD
Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf, 12 March 1970

Disc 1 (56.08): 1. Communication Breakdown 2. I Can't Quit You Baby 3. Dazed And Confused 4. Heartbreaker 5. White Summer / Black Mountain Side
Disc 2 (63.42): 1. Since I've Been Loving You 2. Thank You 3. Moby Dick 4. How Many More Times 5. Whole Lotta Love

This is the first release by a new label with the title Reel Masters. Any 1970 show is always welcome however, and we have a near complete and new source tape, of a very high quality sounding audience recording. On the inside of the back insert the actual Scotch magnetic tape reel to reel tape is depicted. This release was limited to 300 copies only and is already extremely scarce. The cover artwork is rather nondescript, and it comes in a slimline double jewel case. The recording is very clear, with just a tiny bit of distortion, and with little extraneous noise from those surrounding the recorder. The concert opens, very unusually, with Communication Breakdown. Being the last concert of the Spring 1970 Tour Plant is in good form. During the band introductions prior to the How Many more Times Medley, Bonzo is introduced as "Johnny, John Bonham", and Page is "our friendly lead guitarist Jimmy Page". The only encore played that night appeared to be Whole Lotta Love. The crowd chants for more, but the recording ends. (Jules McTrainspotter May 04)

<Dusseldorf 1970 (Reel Masters 001) 2 CD

Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf, March 12, 1970

Disc 1 (56.08): 1. Communication Breakdown 2. I Can't Quit You Baby 3. Dazed And Confused 4. Heartbreaker 5. White Summer / Black Mountain Side
Disc 2 (63.42): 1. Since I've Been Loving You 2. Thank You 3. Moby Dick 4. How Many More Times 5. Whole Lotta Love

Dusseldorf 1970 is sourced from a newly surfaced audience tape that somehow slipped through the fingers of the usual suspects, Empress Valley and Tarantura. It is the first Led Zeppelin release (to my knowledge) by the Reel Masters Label.  What an excellent debut it is for this label!  This performance was the last of the Spring 1970 European tour before the band headed back to North America.  The recording is very good for an audience source from that time period.  The sound quality compares favorably to the famous March 7, 1970 show at the Casino in Switzerland.  We have had partial audience releases of the latter part of the Dusseldorf 1970show available in mariginal sound quality in the past.  However, the Reel Masters release is much better sounding and nearly complete.  It also confirms the unique setlist that has the band opening the show with Communication Breakdown, a song typically reserved as a encore.  The tape has a handful of small cuts that do not detract from the listening experience.  The concert overall is above average with a good audience atmosphere.  One highlight of the recording is the version of White Summer/Black Mountain Side with Page in excellent form (with some assistance from Bonzo). This title is a welcome addition to the live catalogue and will appeal to the general collector. (Scott Shallcross May 04

Dusseldorf 1970 Raw Master (Wardour - 013) 2 CD
Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany, 12th March 1970

Disc 1 (63.32): Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer/Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You.
Disc 2 (56.18): Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love.

This title comes in a slimline jewel case. The artwork is simple but highly effective. On the front cover there is a black and white picture of the band on stage. It does look good. On the inside of the front insert card there is a picture of the band from their Bath period. On the inside of the rear insert there is a colour picture of the band from the Japan tour. Finally, on the rear there is a black and white picture, continuing the style from the front, of a close up of Page holding his guitar. This is my first title of this concert. I cannot, therefore, make any comment about earlier releases. What I can say about this release is that it is most enjoyable. This is early Zeppelin at the end of their first European tour.

The band are playing well. They are full of confidence. They can mix it up. Somewhat unusually they start with Communication Breakdown. Page is on fire during White Summer/Black Mountainside. Since I've Been Loving You sounds terrific. I will never tire of hearing How Many More Times live. The sound quality is more than acceptable. I would recommend this title without hesitation. (John Morrison May 05)

Dusseldorf 1970 Raw Master (Wardour - 013) 2 CD
Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany, 12th March 1970

Disc 1 (63.32): Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer/Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You
Disc 2 (56.18): Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love

This is an excllent concert performed a little more than 2 months after Jimmy's birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall that's spellbound so many people on disc 1 of the commercially relased DVD.  Considering that time context provides great insights to the way the band looked when they were playing this show, and an ability to compare the details and song modifications between the two shows.  I have Reel Masters' release of this show, and have read elsewhere that Reel Masters and Wardour are releated somehow.  I have also read that Wardour's release is from the master and, supposedly, superior to Reel Masters' release.  Well, I fully disagree with that assessment, at least as far as my CD-R copy of the Reel Masters' release is concerned.  There is no comparison in the clarity of the two titles, with Reel Masters' being much sharper and more enjoyable as a result.  Wardour's release is muddier, which automatically makes me question the value of a straight transfer from master reels if this is the end result.  What's the problem with helping a recording by equlization if the listening experience is improved?  You can take the masters any day if they sound worse than the reasonably equalized version.  My Reel Masters' version also is not plagued with the metallic squeeling many have mentioned about this release.  The punch and depth of Bonzo's snare, alone, is worth the price of admission.  Then, of course, there are his wooden shell tom-toms, which really do sound beautiful in the Reel Masters' recording.  Jimmy's unique beginning to Heartbreaker, and even Robert's introduction of the song, are much more clear on Reel Masters' version than Wardour's.  This distinction carries through the entire recording, rendering Wardour's release redundant and irrelevant as compared to the Reel Masters' title.  This is an excellent concert, performed at that extremely high level provided by Zep in 1970 and is a very worthy addition to anyone's collection if obtainable.  When given the choice, I'd suggest Reel Masters' version over the duller, less vibrant release by Wardour.  (Symmetry101, May, 2005)

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21-Mar-70 Vancouver

Mudslide (TDOLZ Vol. 44)

Heartbreaker, organ solo/Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Communication Breakdown (include. Ramble On), We're Gonna Groove, Since I've Been Loving You, Whole Lotta Love (middle cut).

March 21, 1970 show in Vancouver. Opinions are split on this tape. Some call it a "night to forget," were others call this a "demonic display." This release uses the soundboard tape source (not from vinyl). This is a title that is required for any collection. TDOLZ have packaged it using the TMQ cover, making this a celebration of the original vinyl release. The tape is poorly edited, but it definitely worth having. Communication Breakdown, with the Ramble On interlude, We're Gonna Groove, and Heartbreaker are definite stand outs. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 2000)

Pb  (Genuine Masters  GM-LZ-21.03.1970-DVD-A-23) Hybrid DVD-Audio PNE Coliseum, Vancouver
Total time: 77 min 23 sec.
Pre-broadcast 1st gen. raw tape & virgin "Pb" Vinyl source. Source 1: (38:38)  Pre-broadcast Tape. 1. Heartbreaker 2. Organ Solo/Thank You 3. What Is And What Should Never Be 4. Communication Breakdown / Ramble On 5. We're Gonna Groove 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. Whole Lotta Love (edit).
Source 2: (38:45)  virgin vinyl source.
1. Heartbreaker 2. Organ Solo/Thank You 3. What Is And What Should Never Be 4. Communication Breakdown / Ramble On 5. We're Gonna Groove 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. Whole Lotta Love (edit).

This in a widescreen 16.9 image format. Both a tape source and a vinyl source have been used. The tape source is first, and is a 1st gen. tape source. The sound is extremely good, with a hint of distortion (on the original I am sure). The second source is off a mint vinyl copy of the classic LP release Pb. The sound on this is even better than the tape source and is a real joy to hear. Over the years I have rarely gone back to my original vinyl, instead trusting (and assuming) that a tape source would be an improvement. However I am proved wrong on this release as the vinyl source is better than the tape, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Any early 1970 concert in excellent quality is a pleasure, and this one is no exception. Once again, highly recommended. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 06)

Pb  (Genuine Masters  GM-LZ-21.03.1970-DVD-A-23) Hybrid DVD-Audio
PNE Coliseum, Vancouver
Total time: 77 min 23 sec.
Pre-broadcast 1st gen. raw tape & virgin "Pb" Vinyl source. Source 1: (38:38)  Pre-broadcast Tape.

1. Heartbreaker 2. Organ Solo/Thank You 3. What Is And What Should Never Be 4. Communication Breakdown / Ramble On 5. We're Gonna Groove 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. Whole Lotta Love (edit).
Source 2: (38:45)  virgin vinyl source.
1. Heartbreaker 2. Organ Solo/Thank You 3. What Is And What Should Never Be 4. Communication Breakdown / Ramble On 5. We're Gonna Groove 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. Whole Lotta Love (edit)

This first 2006 release from GM is another of their attempts to nail down the definitive version of the classic concert. I know there are some critics who say that the level of the band's performance at this show was subpar. However, I respectfully disagree. For a long period of time in the past, the tape taken from the radio broadcast of this show had been one of the few materials which enabled us to enjoy the sheer power and fluency of the band's performance of its earlier days in a soundboard quality. I vividly recall how amazed I was when I first listened not only to the live version of "We're Gonna Groove" but also to Robert's dramatic vocal workout for "Since I've Been Loving You" sung with the voice in an incredible range and dynamism. While it surely is a primitive version with some minor mistakes, I still think that it stands as one of the best renditions by the band of the tune throughout its live history. In addition, I have the experience of having copied Jimmy's fast guitar solo in the middle section of "Heartbreaker" at this show. As a result, I found what a beautifully constructed solo it was, despite its high speed! Assuming that the solo was an improvisation (and, probably, it really was!), I could not help but admire and become jealous of Jimmy's ability to create such a beautiful guitar solo in an impromptu manner.

In this new release, GM used both the rare "tape before broadcast" and the more famous vinyl source. In both of the two versions, GM elected to put the songs in the order of the original broadcast, rather than reconstructing them, as Elrond label did, in the right order in which they were actually played at the show. We may take it as something indicating GM's respect for the original sources. Even with the magic hands of GM, the tape before broadcast is still somewhat muffled, not well balanced and generally does not sound as good as we might naturally expect it should, assuming that it's the first generation tape recorded for broadcasting. Actually, it's very strange... However, a good thing about this tape is its cleanness not suffering from needle scratch noises which inevitably exist in the vinyl source version. On the other hand, the sound of the vinyl source as featured in this release is brighter, more lively and better balanced than the tape source version. Thus, it's truly a joy to listen to this vinyl version and enjoy the band's excellent performances in its earlier days in a soundboard quality as further refined and enhanced by GM! In addition, GM used the wide 16.9 image format for the first time for this title. With this format, I no more need to contract the size of the screen of my portable DVD player to its smaller "normal" size. The new format now perfectly fits the size of its wide screen, enabling me to enjoy the slide shows in a more spectacular manner! It's a bonus joy presented by GM with this release, and probably with any of their subsequent releases. Highly recommended! (Takemi Hiramatsu Jan 06)

“Pb” Hybrid DVD-Audio
LABEL:  Genuine Masters (GM-LZ-21.03.1970-DVD-A-23)
SOURCE: 
PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. - March 21, 1970 FM Broadcast
FORMAT:  NTSC, All Region
RUNNING TIME:  38:38/38:45
SOUND/SOURCE: 
Source #1 = Pre-broadcast 1st gen. raw tape / Source #2 = Virgin "Pb" Vinyl source
PACKAGING: 
Clear DVD Clamshell w/ High Resolution Color Insert Art
FEATURES:  Interactive Menu, Scene Selection, High Resolution Slideshow
VIDEO/SOURCE: 
High Resolution Slideshow 16:9 Widescreen  
SOUND
9 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 9 / VIDEO 9.5  

TRACK LIST: Source #1: Pre-broadcast Tape(38:38) 1. Heartbreaker 2. Organ Solo/Thank You 3. What Is And What Should Never Be 4. Communication Breakdown / Ramble On 5. We're Gonna Groove 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. Whole Lotta Love (edit).
Source #2:  Virgin TMOQ "Pb" Vinyl Source (38:45)
1. Heartbreaker 2. Organ Solo/Thank You 3. What Is And What Should Never Be 4. Communication Breakdown / Ramble On 5. We're Gonna Groove 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. Whole Lotta Love (edit).  

REVIEW: Genuine Masters first release for 2006 brings us another classic Led Zeppelin bootleg, from title to performance.  This has been a staple in live Zeppelin collections for everyone and now we get the niche presentation on Hybrid DVD-Audio, and the results are nice but again - you are pressed against the limitations of the sources utilized.  And on this DVD-Audio, you understand fully that this is the best we can expect.  This Vancouver FM Broadcast has been available on many different LP and CD titles (many under the "Pb" & "Mudslide" titles), but most notably the Tarantura "Pb" is where GM's was compared as both labels utilize comparible sources.  In fact, the 2 are so similar it simply comes down to a preference.  For the tape source, I prefer GM's version because the DVD-Audio format gives this tape a little boost (but unfortunately no more life!).  For the much livelier Vinyl Source I prefer Tarantura's because of the questionable anti-skating setting on the turntable utilized gives us that friction, thus distortion.  Both titles have it and it is just accentuated on the more robust DVD format.  I should insert a comment that the tape source would seemingly be preferable but this is a clear example of what warmth vinyl brings to the table.  There is such stark differences it's quite amazing and when doing so you find that the tape source just doesn't match up. In my humble opinion, of course.  We must remember all of this discussion is so subjective.  This release features the great menus and navigation but be careful on the DVD-Audio when you want to skip the tape source and select the Vinyl.  The programming lands you on the "back" button of the Vinyl Source landing panel and kind of puts you in that hot box of going backward and then forward to find that "Play" button.  Or, perhaps it's just me in middle-age. The slideshow for this GM "Pb" was formatted nicely in a 16:9 Widescreen ratio and it is nice to have the visuals tailored appropriately.  The "show" adds another dimension to this very common performance and again simply provides the collector with something else of value for your entertainment.  The images are beautifully constructed with framed photography on the patented psychedelic backdrops and the colors are rich and vivid.  The only point of contention is that the images used aren't the most interesting and even some of the crops left me a little puzzled.  But like I and others have said, it's really the audio recordings, given Blackdog's touch, that are the primary feature here.  The visuals are just that added bonus. All things considered this title is a comparible release, audio-wise.  "Pb" from GM is another option adding to an already classic GM lineup and a show that every Zep collector should have.  Genuine Masters, like all the other labels, chose to keep the broadcast track running order in tact but as we all know they are not in the actual performance running order.  This is one of those things that throws us purists off all the time even though we've heard this thing a million times!  It is sequenced for a well paced listen, not for complete performance sake - if that makes any sense at all.  Genuine Masters also gives collectors the option of obtaining the show on CDR as well.  What I noticed right away on the vinyl source was that the surface noise was much more audible on the CDR's vs. the DVD-Audio.  I found that somewhat odd. Other than that, Jimmy and Bonzo are standouts though Robert is really showing the range.  Jimmy though is on top of his game for this showcase performance broadcast and we're lucky to just have the recordings around to critique.  Thanks to Blackdog and Genuine Masters for keeping the music alive by giving us a fresh take of "Pb". (Having stated all of the above, a collector cannot completely rule out the out of print version of this broadcast on Flying Disc's "Mudslide".  For some inexplicable reason, I parted with my copy upon the release of Tarantura's title and I kick myself in the ass everytime this show is referenced!  Flying Discs' CD release is probably the best of the bunch in sheer brightness and it too was supposedly from a vinyl source, and from what I recall, an even cleaner version but the bottom end was somewhat lacking.  Still, it is a title to keep an eye out for.) (SVENGI HotWacks On-Line Webmaster Feb 06)

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25-Mar-70 Denver

Denver 1970 (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Per **** SQ *** Appeal: General

Two disc audience sourced set out for the first time from the Denver Coliseum on March 25 1970. Starting off distant, muddy and hissy the sound brightens up after a while allowing more detail to be discernible, but there are volume fluctuations later on. Also, in Thank You some tape print-through can be heard in the left channel, which does clear towards the end of the show. A very upbeat performance all-round, Dazed has good Page/Plant interaction, Thank You is very dramatic featuring an intense guitar solo and Robert Plant really goes for the high notes. Worth putting up with average sound quality for the musical delights! (Tony Gassett Jan 98)

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27-Mar-70 L.A.

LA Jive & Rambling Mind (Holy Grail)

Per **** SQ *** Appeal G

Upgraded version from the original Mud Dogs release D'Ya Feel Alright?, this is the audience source from The Forum, Inglewood show on March 27, 1970. The sound starts off muffled and a little distant, the drums overpowering the guitar. A few numbers in, it's gets clearer but more hissy. There are cuts in Dazed and the beginning of Moby Dick. Also there are occasional dropouts and the odd bit of tape wobble. This is a great gig; How Many More Times is epic, good guitar work in Heartbreaker, White Summer, Since I've Been Loving You and an impressive Jones' Organ intro to Thank You. Plants vocals are convincing throughout. Included as a bonus at the end of the second CD is Communication Breakdown from the Boston Gardens show on September 9, 1970. The performance overcomes the occasional sonic deficiency, giving this release general appeal. (Tony Gassett Aug 98)

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28-Mar-70 Texas

Texas, Two Steps (TDOLZ 359701/359702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, March 28, 1970

CD 1: (64:23) We're Gonna Groove, Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side (contains a small cut near the end and the last minute is cut), Since I've Been Loving You, organ solo/ Thank You (contains some tape distortion in one spot)

CD 2: (58:27) What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (ending cut),

Hofheinz Pavilion, University of Houston, Houston, Texas March 29, 1970

White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, For What It's Worth intro./ How Many More Times (includes Down by the River, Ravel's Bolero, The Hunter (small cut prior to), Needle Blues (contains a cut, then garbled, then another cut after), For What It's Worth, Tobacco Road (beginning only) (tape garbled in beginning)

The recording from the 28th is from a good to very good, clear, slightly distant audience tape. The sound is slightly flat and tape hiss is very noticeable. Equalizing the tape hiss out only dulls the sound more. The balance shifts to one channel for a few seconds during Heartbreaker's guitar solo which contains only Bouree. Heartbreaker goes directly into Bring It On Home. The audience does get a little talkative during White Summer. It's minor, but annoying. The cut at the end of White Summer occurs after Page finishes his soloing. Dead silence follows the cut with audience clapping fading in. Even though its ending is cut, Moby Dick is still 19 minutes long! (Brian Ingham Aug 97)

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29-Mar-70 Texas

Texas, Two Steps (TDOLZ 359701/359702 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

(see March 28th for track listing)

The recording from the 29th is very good, clear and significantly brighter than the recording from the 28th (probably a result of being closer to the stage). It also has less tape hiss. There is some initial distortion during White Summer when the drums enter. Page has an obsession with playing For What It's Worth during How Many More Times. Not only does he use it as an introduction, but reintroduces it after the first verse and includes it during the medley. Curiously, Plant doesn't sing any of its lyrics. The tape ends as they are getting into Tobacco Road.  (Brian Ingham Aug 97)

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07-Apr-70 Raleigh

American Accents (Baby Face) Per ****1/2 SQ **** Appeal General

This 2 CD set is no longer than previous versions of this audience source from the Dorten Auditorium, Raleigh, North Carolina on April 7, 1970. All instruments are clear, with a slight bias to the bass frequencies and a bit of hiss audible in the quieter moments. The taper missed the very start of We're Gonna Groove and as Moby Dick starts to fade towards the end, the track is cut. Virtually every track is excellent, always lively and technically proficient. Page is fast and fluent on Dazed and Confused, inspired on White Summer. Jones gives a good intro. to Thank You on the organ and check out Plant's harmonica work on Bring It On Home. Although not the complete gig, this set is worth seeking out. (Tony Gassett Jan 98 )

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09-Apr-70 Tampa

Makundju (Cobla) Per ***1/2 SQ *** Appeal G

Well represented on disc before this 2 CD set is from the Curtis Hickson Hall, Tampa on April 1970. The audience recording starts with the end section only of Bring It On Home and misses the first part of What Is And What Should Never Be. Generally good quality listening with the instruments being clear and in reasonable balance. There is some slight hiss with occasional channel level changes and mike handling noise. How Many More Times has 1 cut, and tape disturbances in two places as does Whole Lotta Love. White Summer is well paced and inventive. Jones plays a good intro for Thank You and Page lets rip with a burning solo. How Many More Times features excellent Plant vocals with the audience pushing the band along in the medley. Worth adding to any collection of the fifth American tour (Tony Gassett Oct 97)

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14-Apr-70 Ottawa

Ottawa Sunshine (House of Elrond) 1 CD,74 minutes approximately.

This CD also includes some of the "lost" March 19 1969, BBC session.

Ottawa, Canada April 14 1970.Sixty minutes approximately.

Track Listing: Heartbreaker/Bring It On Home/White Summer/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo-Thank You/ Dazed Confused/Whole Lotta Love.

A disturbing recording, stunningly detailed. The first striking factor of this document is the proximity of the recorder to the instruments, the audience sounds very far away as in a soundboard tape, but this is not the case. The taper is probably behind the stage, seemingly walking about, carelessly handling the microphone, so there are constant changes in balance and unpleasant noises. The volume also fluctuates almost constantly and so does the brightness, perhaps a digital processing system was used to eliminate the hiss. There are cuts and edits beyond the bounds of comprehension: large portions of White Summer and Dazed are cut, on the latter track the bow episode goes in and out every few seconds (the taper chooses the quiet moments to discuss, probably the optimum location of the equipment, and even coughs), Whole Lotta Love is captured seconds before the theramin portion and cuts out. The other tracks are fairly complete, only they cut in and out ,the taper could not wait for the final notes to be played before stopping the recorder. On the positive side,the true value of this document is the details it offers and the excellence of the performance. Heartbreaker is furious, Jonesy's bass guitar chords are very clear and so are the echo and theremin effects; every drum head and cymbal can be heard during the Bring It On Home battle of Page and Bonzo; the fragments of White Summer are illuminating; the passionate delivery of Since I've Been Loving You is awesome, Dazed is frantic, it's a pity that the excellent bow solo is so shamelessly edited. Intriguingly, the CD bears the title "The Zippers , is that a nickname for Zeppelin?; it is really convenient to have this two recordings in a single package and at an average price form a label that probably clones the rare and expensive. (Rosina Diaz Scali Apr 99)

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17-Apr-70 Memphis

"Memphis 1970"- Zoso Label. April 17, 1970  Memphis, Tennessee MidSouth Coliseum

Disc 1:Taper’s Intro- We’re Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring it On Home, White Summer- Black Mountain Side, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Organ Solo- Thank You, What is and What Should Never Be

Disc 2: Moby Dick, How Many More Times( incl. Going Down, Ravel’s Bolero, The Hunter, Boogie Woogie, Trucking Little Mama, Memphis Tennessee, My Baby don’t Law, Ramble On, Tobacco Road, Mess’O Blues, That’s Alright), Whole Lotta Love-Taper’s Outro

A real rarity, the source tape for this show begins, and ends, with a message from the taper himself: "This is...um.. April the 17th.  And, uh... this is the uh... 1970... and this is the day of the Led Zeppelin...uh... concert.  And so uh... in preparation for that, I am starting this tape. And the next sounds you will hear will come... uh... live at 8pm tonight from the Midsouth Coliseum, presenting two hours of the Led Zeppelin......."

Oh, what a show that taper captured. If there are only three shows from 1970 which you could have, this should be one of them (along with 6/28 and 9/4).  Forget 1/9, 2/28, 3/7,3/25, 8/21, 9/2, 9/6 or anything else from their April run. Those are all great shows, but this one is truly exceptional. 1970 was probably the most important, and cathartic, year for the band.  They started out playing significant, but small, gigs like Royal Albert Hall and Montreux, went back to America for the fifth time and gave riot-inspiring arena concerts, retreated to that now-famous cottage in Wales to rethink the direction of the band and grow beards, went back to the UK to headline the Bath festival and premiere new music, and then came back to America and even bigger audiences and arenas.  The band had begun the year with a set that opened with We’re Gonna Groove, a BB King inspired jam, and closed with an extended How Many More Times medley that included John Lee hooker‘s Boogie Chillin.  Individual virtuoso showcases were made out of songs like Heartbreaker, Thank You, and Moby Dick.  In addition, they began debuting a very raw Since I’ve Been Loving You and closing with a concise Whole Lotta Love.  By the time they played Bath, they replaced We’re Gonna Groove with the freshly written Immigrant Song.  They also replaced Jimmy’s solo guitar piece, White Summer, with an acoustic set.  By the Fall, How Many More Times was dropped, and the medley was inserted into an extended Whole Lotta Love. Nothing could prepare the listener better than what Plant has to say as the band take the stage in Elvis’ town:  "Everybody feel alright? We’ve waited for a long time to come to Memphis... in fact, ever since we were born I think!" And the band prove it, by giving one of the most incredible concerts of their entire career.  From start to finish, this show is an absolute monster.  A masterful execution of the set they had been working on since the start of the year.  The shows preceding this one (most notably 4/5, 4/7, 4/9, and 4/14) saw the band trying to perfect different gimmicks in their set, many of which were only used on this tour: Jimmy’s unique theramin intro/outro to Heartbreaker, the dramatic Jones’ organ solo before Thank You, Bonham and Page’s improvisation before How Many More Times,  Jimmy and Robert doing Ravel’s Bolero, and the development of the Boogie Chillin medley.  With this show, everything goes off without a hitch. Every song is played powerfully and intense.  Plant is in perfect voice, and shines at every opportunity. We’re Gonna Groove, Dazed, Heartbreaker...he’s wonderful during the whole show!  The ever-evolving Since I’ve Been Loving You has him singing a variation on the melody, which is sweet and soulful. He hits all the high notes in the chorus to What is and What Should Never Be, and his spontaneous medley inclusions of Memphis Tennessee and That’s Alright drive the crowd wild.  He even gets the band into the longest known rendition of Ramble On, a real rarity!  Page’s Heartbreaker guitar work is brilliant, and he is phenomenal in Dazed, and a very beautiful and passionate Since. He and Bonham get into a real groove prior to HMMT, and in the excellent medley he plays some of his slickest rockabilly solos ever...up there with 9/29/71 and the 73 medleys. His White Summer and Jones’ Organ Solo are both absolutely masterful.

As for the sound quality, the tape source is on the higher end of good.  All instruments are easily discernable and in good balance, and the audience noise is very minimal.  The sound is slightly muffled, but has good clarity and definition.   The gen tape used for this show is mono, so it does not fill the stereo spectrum very well.  However, this release is still extremely enjoyable and all songs are complete, except that the taper pushed pause in between every song. Fortunately, Only Bring It on Home and What is and What should Never Be cut in a couple of seconds late, and all other songs are edited together nicely, so that the listener barely notices.

While in Memphis, the band are made honorary citizens and given the keys to the city. This supposedly comes in handy later as it is also at this show that Peter Grant is held at gunpoint backstage by the promoter during the How Many More Times medley, who demands that he pull the band offstage to avoid an audience frenzy.  Grant reportedly responds "You can't shoot me, ya c*nt. They've just given us the f*cking keys to the city," and the band play on!  Plant is later interrupted onstage by the announcer twice during the medley, to which he makes an appeal to the audience to get off the chairs and rails.  He jokes about the chairs being for the hockey games held at the venue and carries on.  Before a fantastic Whole Lotta Love he again begs the audience to not get on the chairs and jokes: "For Godsakes!" And the show ends and we hear once again from the taper: " So ends the greatest concert that I’ve ever heard...April 17th, 1970." Incidentally, this show ends up being the tour closer, as Plant would collapse of exhaustion onstage in Phoenix the next night, thus canceling the rest of the tour.  After a show like this, I can’t say I blame him. (Mike Magnon Mar 02)

Memphis Underground Magnificent
Memphis, TN, 17 April 1970.
2CDs in jewel case.
Very good audience source.
Set List:-
Disc 1 (69.48): We're Gonna Groove / Dazed And Confused / Heartbreaker / Bring It On Home / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Since I've Been Loving You / Thank You
Disc 2 (64.06): What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / How Many More Times / Whole Lotta Love

2CD presented in a jewel case with fairly basic artwork. I haven't heard Memphis 1970 on the ZOSO label so am unable to compare. This could be the same tape source as it is cut between songs but very well spliced together, which doesn't spoil the overall listening pleasure and misses out the tapers comments before and after. The sound quality is very good and better than Desert Storm from the following night. There is no doubt that this is a powerhouse performance by the band and if the sound quality was anything better would have been a great release. Fantastic performances of D & C, Heartbreaker and a killer How Many More Times and medley lasting some 33 1/2 minutes with Ramble On vocals sung to the chords of For What It's Worth - great classic stuff. I read somewhere that magnificent this was not. Well personally, I was pleasantly surprised for a budget release and this sits very nicely in my collection. I'm not so interested in the technicalities of how things are done or if a dozen tape sources are used as most of the time the average punter would be unable to tell without specialist software programmes anyway - I don't usually buy for buying sake but because I want the performance and for my personal collection. If I listened to all the critics all the time, I'd probably hang up my CD player and sell my entire collection. (The VLH Dec 02)

Memphis Underground (Magnificent MD-7001 A/B)
Memphis, TN, 17 April 1970.

The two previous releases of this concert were dire (Memphis 1970 from Zoso, and Memphis from Neptune), and I recently got a second gen. tape source transferred to CDR in a trade, which was an improvement (not difficult). However Magnificent (The magnificent works of Led Zeppelin as the label modestly says), have done well with this release. A leap forward in sound quality, to the 'very good' category. I was very surprised and pleased indeed, as this was an important concert, marred by crowd problems, and also that the band had wanted to play in Elvis's home town for a long time. It was at this concert that the authorities attempted to arrest Peter Grant, and even pointed a gun at him. His retort has gone down in folklore: "ya can't arrest us ya c**ts! They just given us the f**kin' keys to the city!" Packaging is nice too, a play on the cover of LZII, with a photo of the band from the Bath Festival 2 months later, in a slimline double jewel case. It is really nice to see a non elitist 'standard' label release a concert that is really worthwhile and a big step up in sound quality. Bearing mind the poor quality of the original recording a lot of EQ has been used to boost the sound, which may not be to everyone's liking. Also the intro and outro by the chap who recorded the concert have been omitted, a great pity. It makes a nice change from overblown and overpriced elitist label spewing out shows with no sound improvement and that have already been flogged to death. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 02)

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18-Apr-70 Phoenix

Desert Storm (Empress Valley)

Sound Quality. While I'm still listening to the discs that arrived, I can say this about the new tape: It is highly distorted (reminds me of the SILBY in 12/02/71 but less top end), more so then distant but its hard to tell which is worse. There is very little top end (for the most part) to be heard, and it sounds as though about 4khz was where heavy filtering was started to boost and (in their minds) refine the sound. Percy's harmonica and portions of Page's solos are distorted (not by the tape, but by the mastering/EQ). Jonsey holds the front along with Percy close behind and Bonzo and Page are burried for all practical purposes.

Packaging. The discs arrive in a forest green folded plastic/paper case with the traditional Empress Valley papers inside to house the discs (which are mustard yellow...) The picture on the outside appears heavily aged and yellowed as do all inside pictures. There is a picture of the Reel which is presumed to be used in the transfer and the cover with writing on it from the taper. Once again, those who know Japanese (or those who work with Japanese enough to understand broken English enough) will enjoy the notes included, but others will most likely loose them due to lack of interest in keeping them.

Notes. While the linear notes are broken English as usual, there is an interesting fact that is pointed out. Plant doesn't appear to fall *on* stage. You can listen to the tail end of the show, and Jimmy does come out and say that as everyone was leaving the stage, Percy collapsed and a doctor as been called and that the show is over. Another interesting bit to ponder is that How Many More Times isn't performed before Whole Lotta Love (probably because Percy knew he was dead on his feet), *but* (and while I'm very fond of HMMT, this makes up for it) Bring it Back Home IS performed during the first few numbers and weighs in around 10min long. The entire show is approximately 95min long so I wonder if there was more or if the taper just ran out. Also, for those who care, Empress Valley has moved their printing to the US from Britain (well, at least the packaging was done here) although anyone who believes bootleggers is in question to begin with. (J. Page Aug 02)

Desert Storm (Empress Valley)

Disc 1 EVSD 169 (56 Mins 19 Secs): Introduction, We're Gonna Groove, Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer/Black Mountain Side.

Disc 2 EVSD 170 (41 Mins 26 Secs): Organ Solo. Thank You, Moby Dick. Whole Lotta Love including the crowd howling for an encore and Jimmy Page coming back on stage with an announcement!

Before I start this review, let me say that Robert Plant does not collapse on stage as widely speculated. This 2CD set by Empress Valley Supreme Disc comes in a luxury glossy gatefold thick card slipcase with paper sleeves. It is accompanied by the now standard sheet of documentary in Japanese and English. Coloured in what is usually described as British Racing Green, the front and back covers depict a black and white picture from the show but with a brownish tinge giving it an aged feel. Inside left is a photo of the reel to reel master tape and its cover, "Lafayette" Magnetic Recording Tape with inscription of Led Zeppelin live, Cactus - Quicksilver Concert as well as Jethro Tull!! The right inside cover is a picture of Plant from the waist up smoking a cigarette with a collage of Led Zeppelin albums in the background, including in the lower right corner a "Bootleg" album with what looks like the top of the heads of Plant and Page and below the heading "LED ZEPPELIN", transcribed "Pacific Coliseum Friday March 21 at 8.00 pm".

The sound is very similar to the Bath Shepton Mallett release. It is overloaded in places and distorted but the energy is there. The crowd is wild. It starts with the introduction, "Now, Dayline proudly presents an evening with Led Zeppelin". This is the last time "We're Gonna Groove" is played as the intro song. D & C is fantastic followed by excellent renditions of Heartbreaker, BIOH, where he tells the crowd "Let me get me breath back", and White Summer/Black Mountain Side - the last time it is palyed until the '77 tour? The second disc continues with overall sound improvement. The boys are in great shape and are playing a superb concert with the crowd lapping up the outstanding performance. If the sound quality was anything better than average this would have been a spectacular release. Unlike the pre-release rhetoric, Plant does not lose his voice either. It's evident that he seems to have a heavy cold or flu but starts and ends the show hitting all the notes. His voice does not break down at all. Towards the end of WLL, which seems to be the standard format without the medley, Plant sings out ....."Baby, baby, baby - sometimes I don't feel so good". This may be the point where he decides to call it a day. At the end the crowd go frantic for more. They go even wilder when Jimmy Page returns alone on stage and announces, "Hey, can I just say something. You've really been a fantastic audience tonight but there's been something happening tonight which I don't know whether you know but Robert's been very ill tonight and as he came off he's just collapsed...and we've just called for a doctor and everything. We'd really like to do more. Bob is.....(muffled).... it''s impossible. But thanks for being a great audience". This appears on first reflection to be the complete tape but with a slight cut-in at the start of "We're Gonna Groove" and "White Summer". This may also be a shortened show due to Plant's deteriorating condition. The last US show of the Spring 1970 tour. It's a great find and puts Empress Valley in my books at the top of the Bootleggers hall of fame. Is any other producer providing their quality and range? OK they are sometimes overpriced and lay down more discs than are needed but this is another historical document and one that should be in everyone's collection. If someone holds a better version - let him or her come forward. As an aside, the footnote on the accompanying documentary sheet usually informs of the next release - here, there is an indication of the coming autumn and concentrating on ..."Flying Circus". (Phil Bushe, August '02)

Desert Storm (Empress Valley)
Phoenix, AZ, 18 April 1970.

Empress Valley have come up trumps with this release. A completely new show to collectors, taken from the master tape. And what a show!! The last night of the US Spring 1970 Tour, a really excellent performance from the group, even more remarkable as Robert Plant was in very poor health throughout the concert. In fact at the end of the last song, Whole Lotta Love, he ad libs "Sometimes I don't feel so good". The band leave the stage after this and Jimmy Page returns to tell the audience that Robert collapsed as they came off stage and a doctor has been called. The sound quality starts off a little rough, but improves to very good mono, and is clear and perfectly listenable. The tracking down and release of this concert is a real feather in Empress Valley's cap. Well worth seeing out for your collection! (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 02)

The Nebula (Tarantura 2000, TCD-14 - 1/2) 2CD
Arizona Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ, 18 April 1970

Disc 1 (39.27):- We're Gonna Groove / Dazed And Confused / Heartbreaker / Bring It On Home
Disc 2 (42.08):- White Summer - Black Mountain Side [missing: Organ Solo - Thank You] / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love

This is unfortunately an incomplete release of the recently surfaced new and far better sounding audience recording source tape. This has already appeared at minimal cost (and with very nice artwork) as Razing Arizona. Total running time on that release is 93 minutes. The source for this was the new master tape transferred to CDR. It was a very good recording (much better than the original source tape used by Empress Valley in their 2CD Desert Storm release). However the original tape source ran to 107 minutes, so is the most complete version. The main problem with this new Tarantura release is that it is missing the Organ Solo and Thank You, after White Summer/Black Mountain Side. I have learnt that Tarantura 2000 were given an incomplete master to work with, hence the missing songs. However it is not that difficult to check whether the source is complete, by comparing it to the Empress Valley release. The sensible thing to have done would have been to use this new source tape as the main foundation, and fill the gaps with the inferior original source. This incompleteness is a great pity as it otherwise would have been an extremely nice package. The sound is very good, however the tape hiss on the original source has been EQ'd out. The packaging is extremely nice, it comes in a gatefold thick card foldout, which fits inside a thick card slipcase. The packaging is adorned with images of Tarantula spiders, and also the Tarantula Nebula in Outer Space. The two discs have different colour photos of the Arizona Desert on them, disc one has one spider on it, and disc two has two of them. It is limited to 200 numbered copies. If both sources had been used then this would have been the definitive release for this concert. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Live At Phoenix 1970 (Power Archives PA-0310004/5) 2CD
Arizona Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ, 18 April 1970

Disc 1 (51.11):- We're Gonna Groove/Dazed And Confused/Heartbreaker/Bring It On Home/White Summer-Black Mountain Side
Disc 2 (41.43):- Organ Solo/Thank You/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love

There was a stampede to release the new source for Phoenix 1970, this offering from Power Chord has the complete recording. They did not use the first source to make up a complete recording, unlike Electric Magic. Having said that, this is a very good sounding release of the new source tape, which is far better sounding than the original as used by Empress Valley on Desert Storm. It comes in a slimline double jewel case with some nice colour and black and white photos. This release, from the new label Power Archives, can be recommended. (Jules McTrainspotter Feb 04 )

Phoenix (Electric Magic) 2CD
Arizona Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ, 18 April 1970

DISC 1:- 1. Introduction (part 1) 2. Introduction (part 2) 3. We're Gonna Groove 4. Dazed And Confused 5. Heartbreaker 6. Bring It On Home 7. White Summer - Black Mountain Side
DISC:- 1. Organ Solo 2. Thank You 3. Moby Dick 4. Whole Lotta Love

Electric Magic are the only label to have combined both audience sources to make up the complete concert. Whilst this release has not been heard by me, I see no reason to doubt the observations of my learned friend from the Bootledz Website:- http://www.bootledz.com/6871.htm that this release is, like all those from this label, spoilt by their trademark "metallic" sound. Also the way in which both sources have been used appears clumsy and incorrect. Therefore this closing show from the Spring 1970 US Tour awaits a proper job done on it. No doubt some enterprising fan, who will I am sure, take a lot of care and trouble (unlike most CD labels), do this show justice. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

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28-June-70 Bath

Missing Links (TDOLZ Vol. 81) Stockholm 1969 / June 28, 1970
Bath Festival 1970 / Clearwell Castle 1978

CD: (51:08) I Can't Quit You, I Gotta Move, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times (beginning only), Heartbreaker, That's The Way, Fire, Carouselambra, Carouselambra, Carouselambra

An interesting compilation of material presented in amazing quality from TDOLZ - the best available versions thus far.

Two tracks from the groundbreaking show at the Bath Festival on June 28, 1970 are presented in what TDOLZ says is "Taken From The Legendary Analogue LP On KRISHNA Label". This entire show is available on many different titles, but the sound quality has always been regarded as very poor to fair, at best. These two tracks do provide a significantly cleaner but still slightly distorted sound from the SAME source tape used, for example, on the 2CD title "Bath 1970" from Le-Mon Recordings. Some claim this is recorded off the soundboard.

"Missing Links" on TDOLZ is presented in very nice packaging - typical of TDOLZ. The unique cover has also been seen as the Turkish LP cover for Led Zeppelin II. Definitely a very good release by any standard, and highly recommended to the collector who already has almost everything.(Scott Davis Feb 99)

Bath Festival 1970 (Empress Valley EVSD68/69) - 2CD
June 28, 1970 Shepton Mallet - England

DISC ONE: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, Bring It On Home, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ Solo, Thank You, The Boy Next Door (That's The Way) What Is And What Should Never Be

DISC TWO: Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love Communication Breakdown, Rock And Roll Medley

This set was issued twice by Empress Valley. The original set, Immigrant Song/Out On The Tiles, is packaged in a single pocket hard cardboard sleeve that lifts the artwork from an official Atlantic Records Japanese 45 single right down to the Atlantic logo. The original set also includes a 50+ page mini replica program from the festival. The reissue, Bath Festival 1970, utilizes the "Empress Valley"-stlye long box format. The insert included in the reissued set is a two sided reprint of the first sets' artwork on a glossy card. The initial shipment of the reissued set also included festival programs leftover from the first release. Both releases contain the same discs and both sets are limited editions of 200 un-numbered sets. The source tape presented here is clear, but distorted, at times unbalanced and lacks the low end frequencies. It is possible that the acoustics of the open air venue might have been a contributing factor to the state of the recording. The mediocre sound is offset by a frenzied and inspired performance. It's rather a pity that the audio couldn't have been just a little bit better for this show. The acoustic track "The Boy Next Door" (That's The Way) is slightly easier on the ear. It's very close to what would be released on Led Zeppelin III. This is also it's debut performance. There's several quick tape swaps just prior to the start of How Many More Times and another one with about 3 minutes left in the track. HMMT features a medley section that includes snippets of Down By The River, The Hunter, Boogie Woogie, Honey Bee, That's Alright, Long Distance Blues, The Lemon Song and more. The audience is not satisfied and are demanding more. Whole Lotta Love is the first encore and Communication Breakdown is the second. Even that is not enough, the crowds are still calling out for more. What follows is a medley of classics, some of which were just played in the HMMT medley! This is perhaps the worst part of the tape with speed issues, even more distortion, volume fluctuations, and more. Recommended even with the lackluster audio and tape issues as this is a brilliant performance and probably ranks in the top 5 Zeppelin shows ever. (Steve Prendergast March 03)

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19-Jul-70 West Berlin

Intimate (Almost Mysterious)  (Equinox EX-00-018/019)

Disc 1:  Immigrant Song (ending), Heartbreaker, Dazed & Confused, Bring It On Home, Since I've Been Loving You, Thank You, That's The Way (fragment), What Is And What Should Never Be

Disc 2:  Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (Boogie Chillun',I've Got A Girl, Down in Virginia, Hoochie Coochie Man, Honey Bee, Long Distance Call Blues, The Lemon Song),   Communication Breakdown (fragment), We're Gonna Groove*, I Can't Quite You*, Dazed & Confused*, White Summer*

The majority of this title comes from the July 19, 1970 show in Berlin.  The final four titles are the radio broadcast from the March 7, 1970 Montreux show. There seems to be some confusion about the date for the Berlin show.  Rey lists it as June 12, whereas Lewis/Pallet lists it a week later (July 19).  This show was previously released as Checkpoint Charlie (Immigrant), and two songs were on Air Raids Over Germany (Tecumsah).  This title is much more complete than those titles, and are in the proper sequence.  It comes in a gatefold cardboard sleeve with photos from the 1970 New York press conference.  The photo on the back has Page playing the double-neck guitar, something he didn't have for this tour. The tape is a very rare glimpse into the short tour Zeppelin did of Germany between the Bath festival and the fall US tour.  It is the first show we have with the Whole Lotta Love medley which is very interesting.  The whole show is full of scat singing, heavy rhythms, and unique improvisational passages that catch one's attention and makes for repeated listening. The tape itself is listenable with many cuts.  That's The Way (introduced as such) cuts out by the end, Communication Breakdown cuts out during the second verse. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

Intimate (Almost Mysterious)  (Equinox EX-00-018/019)

Disc 1:  Immigrant Song (ending), Heartbreaker, Dazed & Confused, Bring It On Home, Since I've Been Loving You, Thank You, That's The Way (fragment), What Is And What Should Never Be

Disc 2:  Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (Boogie Chillun',I've Got A Girl, Down in Virginia, Hoochie Coochie Man, Honey Bee, Long Distance Call Blues, The Lemon Song),   Communication Breakdown (fragment), We're Gonna Groove*, I Can't Quite You*, Dazed & Confused*, White Summer*

The first track, Immigrant Song, starts from the end. You only get 1:23 of it. The sound is rough but once your ears adjust it is OK. Heartbreaker rocks, Pages sounds like he is in fine form tonight. I don't know why I can't get the image of the black and white footage from the DVD in Iceland out of my head, for some reason I envision them playing in that sort of venue. The introduction for Dazed And Confused is cut, it goes right into it. I personally love the interaction between Plant and the crowd. Plant approaches the vocals for this one a little bit different. Can't say it enough, this band is, as JPJ would say "...the band of nods". Someone would nod their head and off they would go in some improve, taking the song to another level. Page's violin solo is always eerie. At this point Plant add libs some lyrics and throws in his "Judy, Judy, Judy"again. I need to find out the origin of this. The crowd is nice and quiet, got to love the hippy days. At a little past the 11 minute mark Page and Bonzo trade off, not sure who is leading. The great thing about getting new Zeppelin shows is, are they going to pull off the improvisations. Every Dazed And Confused has its own unique parts. Sounds like all the song introductions are going to be missing. Bring It On Home has some great chunky riffs, and Robert sounds like his is having a lot of fun with this one. Robert does some scat and Bonzo and Page do a little call and response.I was never a huge fan of the studio version of this song but love the live versions. They just bring another shade to the song, another element that wasn't on the record. And up next is one of the best songs ever written, Since I've Been Loving You. And again Jimmy loves to play the intro a tad different. This song just oozes passion in their playing. The whole band just seem to get into this song. This is the bench mark folks, Jonsey on keys, Robert add libbing, Bonzo with that solid back beat, and Jimmy Page belting out the blues. And this is a great version, it has an awesome build up to the guitar solo. I wish the vocals were clearer, because it sounds like Plant has changed them considerably at the end. Thank You is cut in the beginning, I have become over the years a big fan of this song. That's The Way actually gets an intro, "This is a thing from Led Zeppelin III and this is called That's The Way". There is some distortion on the vocals which is odd because it is an acoustic number. You listening along and thinking cool this sounds great then bamb it is cut. Bootlegs!!!!!!!!! What Is And What Should Never Be is cut in the beginning, not that bad but still. What I find odd about this song is how much bass drum work Bonzo does on this song live, but it is so absent on the record. Disc two starts out a few seconds before the drum solo for Moby Dick, what can I say it's Moby Dick. Actually I do like the way he starts this solo out. I sometimes think they go on way too long. I am a bigger fan of Pat's Delight. Now for what should be a highlight, Whole Lotta Love. Bonzo has some rapid fire roles off of the snare. Very tight.This is where you get a glimpse of what the band listens to. Great medley, Hoochie Coochie Man is so cool sounding. Listen to the triplets that Bonzo throws in on Long Distance Call Blues, man that man was an amazing drummer, he knew when to add what the song needed and when to hang in the pocket. The night ends with the encore of Communication Breakdown all 50 seconds of it. All in all this is a great show performance wise, the sound isn't that bad your ears adjust (bootleg ears). The CDs come in a nice glossy gatefold card sleeve. I recommend it. (Cleet68 Nov 04)

Led Zeppelin In Germany (Beelzebub Records BSD 58/59/60) 2 CDRs and 1 DVDR
Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, 19 July 1970

Disc 1 (58.33): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/Since I've Been Loving You/Thank You/That's The Way/What Is And What Should Never Be
Disc 2 (35.02): Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

DVD: Iceland 1970 footage.

Claimed to be sourced from a low generation source tape, this recording starts off a bit rough, but by the second song is considerably improved. It certainly is an improvement to what has been released previously, and so is a useful addition to the collection. A very good performance from a not particularly well documented or recorded tour. The added bonus is a DVDR which has the Iceland 1970 video footage, in black and white. It starts off with the previously available shots at the airport, and then has a short interview with Robert Plant in an hotel. Plant is extolling the fans to really get into the music and enjoy themselves during the concert the next evening! Then we have the crowds outside the venue. There are two choices for this, with the Icelandic TV commentary, or without but with dubbed music instead. There is also a photo gallery. This is a very nice bonus. Packaging is very good again, a colour gatefold sleeve. The CDRs/DVDR are colour picture discs. (Jules McTrainspotter Feb 06 )

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15-Aug-70 New Have

Rare Short Party Image Quality Label Yale Bowl: New Haven, Connecticut 2CD SQ: 6.5-7

Set List: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed&Confused, Bring It On Home, Since I've Been Loving You (cut), What Is&What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, WLL Medley (incomplete) ~ Boogie Woogie, Bottle Up and Go, Truckin' Little Mama, Move On Down the Line, I'm Movin' On, Honey Bee, Lemon Song, Needle Blues, WLL coda, Communication Breakdown~Good Times, Bad Times.

I recollect wondering aloud a few months back why, despite the fragmentary nature of this source, there had not been a CD release of this show. Well, here it is. As the first show of the 6th U.S. Tour, this is very much a transitional show. Outside of the legendary Bath show and a handful of July shows in Germany, the band is coming off its longest layoff without touring since its inception. None of the enthusiasm has been lost in the intermission: no rust here! Elements of earlier tours as well as the new direction Zep was taking are evident in this show. 50 days after Bath and 20 days before Blueberry Hill, this is Zep at their best. The opener "Immigrant Song" is distorted and drifts in and out as the tapers discuss where to position their equipment. By Page's solo they have decided, and the recording improves accordingly. Although the band has settled on the traditional arrangement of "Immigrant Song" this track still has an *experimental* feel to it, reminiscent of the Bath festival (in fact the whole show has a great outdoor atmosphere feel to it). "Heartbreaker", the already familiar set standard, receives a warm reception from the crowd. The whole band, led by Page, is particularly frantic after the quiet section. The first few seconds of "Dazed" is cut, a recurring phenomenon of this well-known source is the edits between tracks. The bow solo transcends description (one of the tapers compares it to being in the "twilight zone"). Great interplay between Page and Bonham during the fast solo section (some low end rumble distorts this portion of the tape, but after this section the recording quickly recovers). Some fun call and response between Page and Plant here (above and beyond the usual). "Bring It On Home", worth the price of admission alone, has Plant doing some great harmonica work in the intro and in an extended improv section working the crowd into a frenzy (one of the best "BIOH" in its short set life). Page rains cascades of fast-paced notes down on the audience, even snatches of "Poor Tom" can be heard in this section. "Since I've Been Loving You" has come a long way from early '70 versions, and its evolution into a much more dramatic piece is apparent here. Slow and drawn out is the method (the antithesis of the '73 versions). Plant's vocal range is dynamic: his "Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!" at the start of the second verse send chills down the spine. Some new lyrics for the last verse as well, include: "You're the worst woman that I ever saw, I don't want to boogie with you no more!" Unfortunately, what was shaping up as a great finale is cut short. "WIAWSNB" is marred by cuts. The centerpiece of the concert is one of the best ever WLL medleys (despite the fact that the recording does not pick it up until near the start of the boogie section). After the Bath Festival, "How Many More Times" had been dropped, and now "Whole Lotta Love" contains the medley. Played with guts and unparalleled enthusiasm, this medley features some great rarities. Plant works the audience into a frenzy until all of the tension is released by the explicit lyrics of the "Lemon Song" and "Needle Blues", voraciously received by the crowd. The hysteric chants of "more!" are answered by a "Communication Breakdown" encore. Summary: A great and historic performance. The recording is good, but certainly not exceptional. Some distortion and hiss are evident throughout, as well as occasional low end rumble. The IQ 2CD release is roughly the equivalent of the tape I have of this show. As this is only an 85 minute tape, it is rather paltry for a 2 CD set. The edits detract from the show as well. Nonetheless, I still recommend it. (Paul Holdren Oct 97)

Rare Short Party (Image Quality) Per **** SQ **1/2 Appeal G

First appearance for this show from Yale Bowl, New Haven on August 15 1970. This 2 CD set is a fragmentary audience source, being a bit distorted, distant, lacking in top end and hissy when the volume level drops. The first section of Whole Lotta Love is missing and there are much smaller cuts to the beginning and end of Since I've Been Loving You, and in What Is And What Should Never be. There are also occasional dropouts in a few numbers. Page plays a nice aggressive solo in Heartbreaker, Plant is impressive on Since I've Been, Bonzo in Moby Dick and finally Jones serves up a good bass solo in Communication Breakdown. Bring it On Back Home features good interplay between guitar, bass and drums. The quality of the performance rather than the sound just about swings this one in favour of the general collector. (Tony Gassett Oct 97)

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17-Aug-70 Hampton

Live In Hampton 1970 (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

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

Debut on a 2 CD set for the complete audience source from the Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton show on August 17, 1970. It's uncut, but not a particularly good recording. It starts out distant, overloaded with only the voice clear in the general mush. The instruments do clear on occasions but there are some dropouts, volume/channel changes and recorder handling noise in various places. Tape disturbance affects Dazed And Confused and Thank You. Not a outstanding show by any means, the best spots are the Heartbreaker guitar solo, and the epic organ intro to Thank You. (Tony Gassett May 98)

Live in Hampton 1970 (The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin TDOLZ 469701/469702)

Disc 1:  Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed & Confused, Bring It On Home, That's The Way, Bron-Y-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You

Disc 2:  Organ Solo/Thank You, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Feel So Good Tonight, Boogie Chillun', I'm Moving On), Communication Breakdown (incl. Good Times Bad Times)

This is the first and undoubtedly will be the only release of the August 17, 1970 show in Hampton, Virginia. The quality of this tape is fair at best, but much better than I expected.  It is perfectly listenable and enjoyable, except for the encore which sounds horrible.  There are tape defects in many of the songs (especially Since I've Been Loving You and Thank You). The concert itself is definitely mediocre.  Many of the songs are played by rote.  Bron-Y-Aur is the worst, sounding like Page tuning his guitar for two minutes.   However, they do achieve some unique dramatic effects in the early part of Dazed & Confused, and the guitar solo in Since I've Been Loving You is very dramatic. This show was taped by Mark and his loud-mouthed buddy, the same people who taped the Charlotte, North Carolina show on June 9, 1972.  It comes in a single pocket cardboard sleeve with a picture from the Fillmore East from the first tour on the cover. This title, despite its limitations, is well worth seeking out. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

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21-Aug-70 Tulsa

The Lights Go Down (TDOLZ 869901/869902 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 21, 1970

CD 1: (66:01) introduction (muffled in the beginning, recorder's microphone rustled throughout), Immigrant Song (tape speed up near beginning, recorder's microphone rustled for 6 seconds near beginning, nearby audience chatter for last 50 seconds, minor tape bump near end), Heartbreaker (nearby audience chatter for first 10 seconds, muffled for 30 seconds before guitar solo, recorder bumped a few times during guitar solo), Dazed & Confused (includes White Summer) (minor dropout near beginning), Bring It On Home, Thats the Way (slightly muffled as vocals start, recorder's microphone rustled for a couple of seconds and for 15 seconds in two separate sections near beginning), Bron-Yr-Aur, Since Ive Been Loving You (nearby audience chatter for 9 seconds near beginning, small cut in middle, a couple of seconds of feedback in middle)

CD 2: (60:26) organ solo, Thank You, What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick (strange buzzing sound for a couple of seconds in two separate sections near the middle of solo, 1:45 cut during hands only portion, strange buzzing sound for a couple of seconds near end of solo and after return of instrumentation), Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie (feedback before its start, muffled for couple of seconds in middle), Truckin' Little Mama, Matchbox, Let me Be Your Little Dog Til' Your Big Dog Comes, That's Alright, Heartbeat, Lemon Song, My Baby Left Me, That's Alright) (strange buzzing sound for a couple of seconds during opening vocals), Communication Breakdown

The quality of this audience recording starts off somewhere between good and very good. The main drawback is the balance of the instrumentation. The vocals and guitar come through very clear. But the rhythm section is at the bottom of the mix, giving it a slightly distant sound. This is due to a recorder, and audience, still looking for their seats. The sound becomes brighter and louder after the recorder gets better positioned a minute into Immigrant Song. But the rhythm section is still at the bottom of the mix. The muffled sound during Heartbreaker "phases" the guitar sound and drops the sound quality down to good. Page and Plant's protests about the lights being turned on during Heartbreaker results in the audience settling down around the recorder. This in turn helps with the clarity of the recording and the rhythm section comes through better (the snare drum is distinguishable). The vocals and guitar are still at the top of the mix. But the recording from this point on is close to very good. There is barely any noticeable tape hiss on this release. Most likely due to the use of a very low generation tape. The inclusion of White Summer at the ending section of Dazed & Confused is unexpected, but very welcomed and fits surprisingly well. If only Plant had not vocalized over it, maybe Page would have extended further. Luis Rey asserts Tulsa Hillbilly was played before Thats the Way. But this is not true. Page does play a couple bars of something while he tunes up for Bron-Yr-Aur. He and Plant also play a couple bars of something before Since Ive Been Loving You. I'm not sure which is Tulsa Hillbilly. Plant makes an attempt at Whole Lotta Love's finale after Lemon Song. But changes his mind when feedback interrupts him.

Plant, "woman". Audience, "woman" <feedback>.

Plant, "PA. Everybody say PA". Audience, "PA".

Plant, "is crap". Audience, "is crap".

Page's guitar is absent for 10 seconds at the beginning of Communication Breakdown. The volume of the guitar is also significantly lower during Communication Breakdown, especially during the solo. But Page makes up for it by reintroducing the theremin during the bass solo and at the end of the song. There have been three previous releases of this show from the same tape source: Tulsa Hillbilly (Tarantura), You Gotta Be Cool (Whole Lotta Live) and Bottle Up and Go (Scorpio). You Gotta Be Cool is a clone of Tulsa Hillbilly. Tulsa Hillbilly and Bottle Up and Go have the same tape defects as The Lights Go Down plus the following. Bottle Up and Go edited out the introduction. The minor tape bump near the end of Immigrant Song on The Lights Go Down is a dropout on the other releases. But there is a slight echo around the tape bump on The Lights Go Down which sounds like a tape splice. There are two separate spots of digital distortion on Bottle Up and Go at the beginning of Heartbreaker. The last 24 seconds of Bring It On Home (final vocal section) on Tulsa Hillbilly is extremely muffled. For some strange reason Tarantura has the organ solo and the first minute of Thank You at the end of disc one. Then repeats them in their entirety on disc two. Bottle Up and Go and Tulsa Hillbilly do not have the cut in the middle of Moby Dick (the recorder's microphone is rustled around in 3 separate sections during this missing 1:45). But Bottle Up and Go does have a dropout near the middle of the drum solo. Tulsa Hillbilly has a cut a couple minutes into the drum solo where it switches to a better and brighter tape. But its balance is off for a second in 5 separate sections during the drum solo and once near the beginning of Whole Lotta Love. Plus its tape drags for a second near the end of the drum solo. In terms of overall sound quality, The Lights Go Down is the best. The Lights Go Down and Bottle Up and Go run at the same speed. Tulsa Hillbilly runs slightly slower, but by only a percent. Tarantura used a whole lotta noise reduction on Tulsa Hillbilly. This may have eliminated tape hiss, but it dulled the sound significantly. Bottle Up and Go has minor distortion to it throughout which makes it sound "dirty". Neither Tulsa Hillbilly and Bottle Up and Go match the upgraded sound quality of The Lights Go Down. (Brian Ingham Jan 2000)

Visceral Attack (Beelzebub BSD 100/101) 2 CDR
Tulsa, OK, 21 August 1970

CD 1 (66.36): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It on Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You
CD 2 (59.00): Organ Solo/Thank You/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

The Autumn 1970 US Tour has got to be one of the best ever in Live Led Zeppelin. Things were pretty excellent in August, but they moved up a few gears in September, that's for sure. The title for this release from Beelzebub comes from Luis Rey's book "Led Zeppelin Live". Luis rightly observes that Mr James Patrick Page is flying fast and furious in this concert. His guitar playing takes your breathe away, as you marvel at his genuis. But this is the USA in 1970, and "the kids" are revolting. Jimmy stops his guitar solo in Heartbreaker and Plant has to try and calm the crowd and get them to behave themselves. The authorities had also reacted to the crowd troubles and Planty does his best to calm everyone down and tell them to enjoy the show. And it was a great show. This was an excellent concert, with all of the group firing on all cylinders. The sound is powerful and punchy in this version. The packaging is really lovely too, Beelzebub are getting it right and so this is a highly recommended release that fans should seek out. (Jamie Boswell Oct 06)

Visceral Attack (Beezlebub Records BSD 100/101)
Tulsa, OK 08-21-70

Disc 1: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, Bring It On Home, That’s The Way, Bron-Yr-Aur, Since I’ve Been Loving You
Disc 2: Organ Solo, Thank You, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown

Visceral: Referring to the viscera, the internal organs of the body, specifically those within the chest (as the heart or lungs) or abdomen (as the liver, pancreas or intestines). In a figurative sense, something "visceral" is felt "deep down." It is a "gut feeling."

Although not the greatest recording to begin with, Beezlebub has improved the overall sound of this recording by taking some of the abrasiveness off of the high-end and making it much more easier to listen to. You can definitely tell that there was a lot of tension in the atmosphere of this show just by the way Plant has to keep telling the audience to calm down and the fact that the band themselves are playing with a lot of intensity. Overall this combination makes for a good performance. The quality of this recording lends itself more towards someone who is more into completing their collection than someone who is just getting into collecting but Beezlebub has helped to remedy this somewhat. The packaging of this release is the standard gatefold style but the artwork really looks great and works well for setting the mood before even listening to the show. It’s simple yet is still visually appealing. If you’re the type of person who is really picky about which titles to get and which titles to pass up then you might be pleasantly surprised with this release. Take a chance, it might pay off. (Harleydog Dec 06)

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31-Aug-70 Milwaukee

Scat (TDOLZ 569701 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 31, 1970

CD: (55:47) Immigrant Song (opening notes cut, tape disturbance near beginning), Heartbreaker, Dazed & Confused, Bring It On Home, That's the Way, Bron-Yr-Aur (small cut near beginning), Since I've Been Loving You

This release uses a newly discovered audience tape. It is a near excellent source; clear and up close with very little audience disturbance or tape hiss. All the instruments are well balanced. As would be expected for an early date, the band is in top form. The good natured audience allows both Page and Plant to be more adventurous with their performances. After Page plays a quick ditty prior to Since I've Been Loving You, Plant tells the audience maybe they could get on that "Saturday morning children's television". Plant freely changes the lyrics to Dazed & Confused. During the tune up for Bron-Yr-Aur, Plant asks the audience if they remembered the festival (July 25, 1969). Judging by the response, they do. During Bron-Yr-Aur, prior to the cut, the recording picks up a "heartbeat" sound. This was probably produced by the tape reaching its end. It goes away after the cut. Unfortunately this appears to be all that is available from this show. (Brian Ingham Aug 98)

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

One of a handful of recent finds, this single disc is an audience recording from the Milwaukee Arena on August 31, 1970. Starting off a bit distorted and mushy the sound soon becomes clearer allowing more detail to be heard. The beginning of Immigrant Song and Bron-yr-Aur are both cut, That's The Way has a small cut and there is a little tape disturbance before the Immigrant Song solo. Yet another aggressive 1970 US show, the Heartbreaker solo guitar section is superb, the violin bow part of Dazed outstanding and the harmonica/guitar exchanges at the end of Bring It On Home a revelation. Plant's vocals are top notch ad well featured in this recording. The whole band give a passionate reading of Since I've Been Loving You.  A welcome addition to any collection - but where's the rest of the show?

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02-Sep-70 Oakland

Live on Blueberry Hill II (2CD, OAK-1/2), Oakland, 2/9/70

Two versions of source tapes are surfaced from this show. One is once used on "Get Loose" (2CD), and the other is used on "Two Days Before". The latter is better in sound quality. This newly released boot from Tarantura uses the latter. Sound quality is almost the same as "Two Days Before", but hiss noise is reduced a bit. Still contains some cuts, but maybe more complete than "Two Days Before". (Susumu Omi, July 96)

Another Night on Blueberry Hill (Electric Magic EMC 019 A/B)

Disc 1: Introduction, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, That’s The Way, Bron-y-Aur, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Organ Solo, Thank You.

Disc 2: What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown/Good Times Bad Times, The Train Kept A Rollin’, Blueberry Hill, Long Tall Sally.

There is nothing wrong with reissues as long as they are done well. It’s been almost a decade since Tarantura released this tape as Blueberry Hill II. To those of us who either didn’t have the access or the means to acquire that title, this new release is very much welcomed. This new release by Electric Magic is definitely worth having despite how inconsistent their releases are. They pretty much left this tape alone, with no excessive mastering and no metallic whine that is common to many releases coming out of Japan. The tape is distant but very clear, perhaps a notch above the Tulsa, OK tape in the same tour. The quality is very similar to the tape made of The Jimi Hendrix Experience on April 27, 1969 at the same venue. I wonder if this is the same taper (Ken Koga)? The band were on a high point during this tour. Plant’s voice is very powerful, and Page is pulling riff after riff whenever he chooses. The Whole Lotta Love medley and the encores contain many rarities as well, with the band playing Blueberry Hill closer to pitch than the LA version we are more familiar with. Definitely recommended. (Gerard Sparaco September 03)

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04-Sep-70 L.A.

Live On Blueberry Hill (Sanctuary) Per **** SQ ****1/2 Appeal G

Another re-issue of the famous show from The Forum, Inglewood, California on September 4, 1970? But possibly the best version yet! A competent assembly of the best of the various audience sources results in a bright, very clean 2 disc set - lacking in bottom end on occasions and with a slight drop out in the right channel during Dazed. Page's guitar is always prominent in the mix. The playing is of a high standard throughout, check out the guitar/harmonica duet in Bring It On Home. The surprises come at the end of the show, the extended Communication Breakdown medley containing Good Times, Bad Times and a rare version of Out On The Tiles, followed by Blueberry Hill itself. The Japanese label is another of the expensive post-Tarantura efforts which means excellent packaging and more quotes from Luis Rey and Dave Lewis/Simon Pallett's Zeppelin reference books. (Tony Gassett Aug 99)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Sanctuary) 2CD 9/4/70 Limited edition and numbered

Sound Quality 7-9/10; Appeal 4.5/5

Well, what can you say? This label appears to have set itself a goal to make their releases as complete as possible irrespective on the number of source tapes required to achieve this. This is all great news for the collector! Again, this release utilizes the original mono TMQ tape (or Blimp if you prefer) as much as possible with help from the alternate mono source used recently by Tarantura and what sounds like at least two stereo sources. This means that we get the complete band intro courtesy of the alt. mono tape and where possible in between song patter filled out with one of the two stereo tapes or the alt. mono tape. Pure trainspotting stuff! As with Bonzos-73, the splicing is quite good without a compromise in sound quality. Packaging is in the same format as for Bonzos, again using appropriate pics from the era and commentary from Rey and Lewis/Pallet. Ditto the concluding comments for Bonzo's above. This as complete as you are ever likely to hear this show and this release probably deserves definitive status. (Lord Byron Apr 99)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Sanctuary)

2 CDs, The Forum, Inglewood, 4 September 1970. Total time 133 mins. Collectors may be forgiven for thinking that there is no need for yet another release of this classic title, however they are wrong. Whoever compiled the master for this release went to a great deal of care, trouble and hard work. Using both the mono sources, and the stereo source, a definitive version of the concert has been put together, ensuring that every available minute of the concert is present. Full marks to Sanctuary for this valiant effort. It is however most unfortunate that on the covers they have again ripped off the entry in Lewis & Pallett's CONCERT FILE, and also Luis Rey's CONCERT TAPES, word for uncredited word. This has been released as an expensive limited and individually numbered edition, with the classic TMOQ cover (in full colour)on the card slipcase (Jules McTrainspotter Mar 99)

Live on Blueberry Hill (2CD, EVCD666/664) from Tarantura.

For them, this is the second release of the famous LA Forum show in 1970, but it's not a reissue of their previous release, i.e. "Live on Blueberry Hill" (2CD, T2CD-4). This new release uses the new source, entirely. Three source tapes were used for the previous release. One was used on "Live on Blueberry Hill"(2LP, EV-666/664) from TMQ, "Live at the Los Angeles Forum" (2LP, Rubber Dubber), "Live on Blueberry Hill Part 1 & 2"(2CD, NZCD-89019/20) from Neutral Zone, and their numberless reissues. The second source was used on "3 Days After" (2LP), "Live on Blueberry Hill" (2CD, Mud Dogs-004/5), "Live on Blueberry Hill" (2CD, T2CD-4) from Tarantura, "The Final Statement" (8CD) from Antrabata, "Live on Blueberry Hill" (2CD, Cobra Standard Series-005). The third source was used partially on Cobra. But Strictly speaking, It's not that simple. More than 2 sources were mixed on Tarantura and Antrabata as well.

The following table indicates the comparison of the abovementioned boots CDs. Caps (A, B, C, D) indicate the version of the source tape, while the following number indicates the number of the cut/dropout.(e.g. 'B2' means that source tape B is used and the song contains 2 cuts/dropouts). Asterisked (*) dropouts are so slight that most people would not mind at all. ++++ means most excellent in sound quality, while + means worst among these.

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N.Zone M.Dogs Tara Antra Cobra Tara (new)

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S.Q. ++++ ++ +++ ++++ ++++ +

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Band Intro --- B B D B D

IS A1 B0 B0 B0 B0 D1

HB A0 B0 B0 B0 B0 D1

DaC A1 B1 B1 B1 C+B1* D0

BioH A0 B0 B0 B0 B0 D0

TtW A0 B0 B0 B0 B0 D0

BYAur A0 B0 B0 B0 B0 D0

SIBLY A0 B1 B1 B1 B+C1* D0

TY A1* B1* A1* B1* B1* D0

WIAWSNB A0 B1 B1 B1 C0 D0

Mdick A1 B1 A1 A1 C0 D1

WLL A0 B1 B2 B2 B1* D2*

CB A0 B0 B0 B0 C0 D0

OotT A0 B0 B0 B0 B0 D0

Bhill A0 B0 B0 B0 B0 D0

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A few notes:

1. Source D, 4th source, which is used on new Tarantura, is a bit distant recording, and not so vivid, when compared with other sources. So I rated '+', but still good, just my humble opinion, though.

2. Strictly speaking, as you could see on the table, band introduction of the source D had already been used on Antrabata.

3. Sometimes, recording level is not so stable on source D, especially on WIAWSNB and CB.

4. Regarding the sound quality, I have to admit that it's very difficult to rate it, especially when I have to rate the sound quality of plural versions of source tapes. My preference is, without doubt, source A, since Jimmy's guitar is so clear and vivid. But many people says source B and C, stereo sources, on Cobra is better. It's the matter of one's taste.

5. I'm afraid I could not check vinyls from TMQ or Rubber Dubber.

So, new Tarantura is not so good when compared with Cobra in terms of both sound quality and completeness. (Dropouts in DaC and TY on Cobra may be disadvantage, but these dropouts are very slight.) But as the result of using only one source, there are no edit. between the songs. So regarding MCs, new Tarantura wins. (Susumu Omi, June 97)

Return to Blueberry Hill (2CD, no numbers on discs nor cover), LA, 9.4.70

This one is not identical to the previously released one from Immigrant. This newly released 2CD from Scorpio seems to be a straight knock off of disc 1 and 2 of "Final Statement" (ARM040970). Timing program is the same. Sound quality is also almost the same. IMHO, Scorpio should have knock-off Cobla version of "Live on Blueberry Hill" , since Cobla is most complete and best in sound quality. (Cobla is the only boot which contains complete Moby Dick. approx. 5 min longer than others). Regarding the sound quality, I like monaural but vivid version from NZ CD, either. Again it's the matter of one's taste. (Susumu Omi, July 96)

4- Sep- 70 -The Forum (NOT GREAT WESTERN BACK THEN!) Inglewood

Live on Blueberry Hill (Cobla Standard)

Disc 1- Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It on Home, That’s the Way, Bron-y-Aur, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Organ solo-Thank You

Disc 2-What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love Medley, Communication Breakdown Medley, Out On the Tiles, Blueberry Hill

With all of the praises for the Sanctuary release, which primarily used the mono-sourced audience tape, it is well past due to mention that other source tape for this show which is in stereo and presented wonderfully on this Cobla release.  Many collectors find the mono tape inferior to the stereo tape for the following reasons:
1. It lacks frequency, especially in the bottom end, sounding flat at times.
2. The vocals are a bit too loud during certain parts, which can be piercing to listen to.
3. The "atmosphere" of the recording is not very good, although the tape is excellent, crystal clear, and very close to the stage.
4.The Sanctuary editing job is very messy in places, switching sources in the middle of some songs where it doesn’t have to. Not to mention the very noticeable repeat of the first guitar note in Since. Overall, not as "clean" as it should be. Besides, all that source switching can get in the way of enjoying the overall sound of the show.

As for the stereo tape, which by the way is actually "false stereo", has what the mono tape lacks in bottom end, balance, and atmosphere. In particular, the acoustic set is much more "vibey" on the Cobla release. However, it also has its own share of problems:

1.As is typical of the Cobla label, the high end EQ has been maxed out, producing a very familiar type of tape hiss (see their 3/21/75 release). Although completely bearable, it is worth mentioning.
2.The Cobla release is missing the complete introduction, and also a couple of bits of chat in between songs.  These missing pieces really aren’t to be missed, as the seconds missing take nothing away from the show as a whole, although the complete intro would be nice.
3. The tape used is obviously not from the master. It is probably low gen, which leaves the possibility for it to be upgraded should the master go to press, hopefully with the missing pieces.
4.It is a little bit further from the stage, which is good for atmosphere, but usually bad for clarity and volume. However, it is by no means distant, and does not suffer for it.  It is just that Sanctuary is closer.

Personally, I like the stereo tape much better than the mono tape.  I have always found atmosphere more desirable than clarity.  As for Cobla’s job with this release, I think it is excellently done, even despite their obsession with high end EQ.  The thick glossy paper case with the famous LP image is nice and classic. All this aside, this show is a fantastic night for the band.  The rarities and individual performances are really top notch.  The Oakland show two days before, and the Honolulu show two days after, do find Plant in much higher and clearer voice, as well as Page in much speedier form.  However, the two have plenty of great moments with what they do have that far outmatch either of those shows. This show is much better received by the audience and is much more enjoyable for it as well. Page’s bow solo, Dazed outro solo, Heartbreaker solo, slide playing during the Communication Breakdown medley, and Whole Lotta Love medley soloing are really outstanding.  The Page /Plant duo is in really good unison, playing much more off of each other than usual.  Jones’ Bass solo in the Communication medley is great as well, not to mention his very playful organ solo prior to Thank You.  This show is a real party and the band and audience have that quintessential LA/Zeppelin interaction.  Regardless of which source tape you choose for this show, you really can’t lose. Absolutely essential. (Mike Magnon Jan 02)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-04.09.1970-DVD-A-04) 1DVD-R Picture Disc. DVD/Image montage concept. NTSC All Regions. Linear PCM Audio
4th September 1970, The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA

This concert is quite rightly regarded as one of the very best in Led Zeppelin's Live career. There have been countless releases on CD by numerous labels, and it is unlikely this release will be the last. what one can say about this release however is first and foremost it is in really excellent mono sound (with a little bit of the stereo audience recording to make it more complete). The main source is a first generation mono audience recording (the source of the classic Blimp/Trade Mark of Quality original vinyl release Live On Blueberry Hill, the same source as used by Neutral Zone in their pioneering 2 CD release way back in 1989, also called Live On Blueberry Hill. The sound is wonderful, and no EQ was applied to the tape, so an incredible achievement by the intrepid taper on that early September evening in 1970 at the Forum in Inglewood, a suburb of Los Angeles. The mono sound on this new release is very well balanced and mixed between vocals and instruments, it really is a joy to hear this concert in the very best possible sound. Each song is indexed at the beginning of the DVD Audio, and every song is nicely introduced with its title superimposed on the very famous William Stout original TMOQ vinyl cover. This is of course the famous painting entitled "Gabrielle d' Estrées And One Of Her Sisters", which is in the Louvre in Paris. However, what is particularily striking on this DVD is the use of many art images (which took some months to gather together) from the 14th to16th Centuries, from English, Flemish, Italian and Dutch Masters. Who says that listening to and watching a Led Zeppelin boot DVD is not both instructive and educational! It really makes a very nice change, and is in keeping with the William Stout artwork (surely the finest boot artwork ever created, by a superb and very highly talented artist). This release is a credit to Genuine Masters, who have pioneered a most innovative and unusual way of marrying sound and image. I thoroughly enjoyed their Sydney and Brisbane releases, and this superb release of the historic Blueberry Hill concert deserves a wide circulation with all fans. Highly recommended. The DVD is a beautifully printed full colour disc, and the DVD case art is also of a very high quality. (Jules McTrainspotter May 04).

Live On Blueberry Hill (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-04.09.1970-DVD-A-04) 1DVD-R Picture Disc
September 4, 1970, The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA

Many, if not all, of us are familiar with the landmark and unforgettable performance Led Zeppelin gave to that lucky audience in Inglewood on September 4, 1970.  We are fortunate that enterprising souls were there to record it for posterity - very fortunate indeed.  I submit that we are now that much more fortunate for what Genuine Masters has produced with this DVD, and it’s a definite keeper.  Unlike Rovers Return, there is not a single picture of Zeppelin, or even something Zeppelin related, anywhere in the performance portion of this disc (there are shots from the concert in the menus, though, for those who also like to see that).  What makes this disc so special is how images from the High Renaissance and Baroque periods are juxtaposed to the power and emotion of this great concert.  Exaggerated, naked images from centuries ago are shuffled along while listening to a 1970 Zeppelin show in excellent quality.  As a result, when watching this I don't want to be transported back to Australia in 1972, but, instead, find myself getting pulled deeper and deeper into the performance as these seemingly out-of-place pictures offer a surprising complement to the music.  This is a brilliant contrast and idea.  And the audio, to my ears, is by far the finest sounding release ever of this show (I do not have all possible releases if this show, though).  Bonzo's snare sounds like a snare and not like it's under water, a nagging presence on the other Blueberry Hill recordings I've heard.  Dazed, BIOH, OOTT, etc., are all powerful and clear.  The artwork for the case is beautiful, and the disc is adorned consistent with the artwork shuffled during the performance.  All in all, an extremely enjoyable item that could've only been created after many, many hours of dedicated and thoughtful work.  While I have no idea if this product is a truly "limited edition," I am happy to have obtained one for myself.  If you're able, get a copy of this while they're still available.  (Symmetry101, May, 2004)

Live On Blueberry Hill - Genuine Masters DVD A

This is probably my favourite show . I already had titles by Sanctuary , Cobla Premium and Last Stand. When I placed my order for this title, whilst I would be interested with the DVD presentation, I was primarily loooking forward to hearing the CDR package. The sound quality of the CDRs for Rovers Return was, in my opinion, miles better that what I had ( including Ayers Rock ). I was not disappointed. The sound quality is wonderful. So clear. Extremely well balanced. The accoustic set being particularily enjoyable. I have no understanding whatsoever what goes into producing the sound on a title , but to achieve such an upgrade on such a famous title, where others have tried, well I can only take my hat off . This is not just another rehash of what has gone before . Buy this title and you can put your other copy(ies) off to the back of the shelf . You will not bother to play them again . I wholeheartedly endorse Mr McTrainspotter's comments . The DVD is excellent . I really enjoyed the introductory piece - a crashing Zeppelin. The artwork is first class. I understand Genuine Masters are due to release yet another 21st June 197. If their title in terms of sound quality improves on what is currently available ,then I will be one happy chap. (John Morrison May 04)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-04.09.1970-DVD-A-04) 1DVD-R Picture Disc
4 September 1970, The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA

In the past thirty-something years of Zeppelin bootlegging there have emerged perhaps two or three titles that have the luxury of repeating themselves without causing the usual grief associated with multiple re-releases. This is a wonderful thing indeed because more than anything else it pays homage to the pioneering tapers and artists who made it all happen. Whenever the names of Mike Millard or William Stout are recalled it is always with the utmost respect, admiration and amazement at the level of passion and foresight demonstrated by their forging of what has now become a new art-form in itself. Like any new art-form bootlegging requires emulation in order that the skills are preserved for posterity. The more the art-form is repeated, improved and improvised by new practitioners, the more chance it has of surviving. BlackDog’s Live On Blueberry Hill is a tribute to William Stout’s original concept – Stout’s concept was to provide a parallel between sexual liberation in the sixteenth century and Zeppelin’s hedonistic music and lifestyle. Building on Stout’s brilliant idea, BlackDog provides an ingenious montage of an un-eq’d version of the famous September show with a series of paintings and sculptures associated with personal liberation and disdain for traditional forms of authority. The result is sheer magnificence! All the mental images and sense of historical importance conjured by Stout’s original work are developed and taken to a new level as the show unfolds. What we get then is a great idea of not only this period of art, but also of the importance of both Zeppelin’s early career and the resulting genesis of a new art-form, which we have subsequently come to love so dearly. To top this off there is a definite upgrade in the quality of the mono source, as mentioned by the previous reviewers, and the missing segments are filled with the excellent stereo source used on the Cobla standard. Genuine Masters are doing more than any other to keep this art-form alive and healthy. (Liam Stone May 04)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-04.09.1970-DVD-A-04)

Well I was excited to hear the release of this offering from the team at Genuine Masters, following on the concept from Sydney 1972. The sound offering on this is near excellent and the best to date given the limited capabilities of the DVD player. The music like other releases has a photo slide show in the background, however in my opinion rather pointless. The photographs are from an old fashioned porno show in memory to William Stout and are quite off putting. I would imagine that the time to put this together must have took a considerable amount of time. Full marks to the sound quality, this really does sound excellent, but as for the pictures, not too my taste. It would have been nice to have seen photographs and memorabilia from the 1970 US Tour era similar to the Sydney 1972 offering which was quite enjoyable. However you pays your money and you takes your chance. (Lee Henley - Sept 04)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Genuine Masters DVD and CDR)

Like other reviewers, I have this show from multiple issuers: 4 different bootleg CD labels and 7 bootleg LP releases. One of my fav shows, one of my first bootleg purchases back in 1990. Why Zeppelin hasn't officially released this show will forever be mystery to me. Genuine Masters has released a superb-sounding audio backed by fantastic old European renaissance art in honor of William Stout's original TMOQ LP cover art. You will never look at a coffee-table artbook or visit a museum exhibition of 14th century paintings without humming music from this concert! I don't know what Black Dog's plan are for future GM releases, but I think this title is the perfect blend of art & music, sound & image, that will be hard to top. Naked female (primarily) bodies and the music of Led Zeppelin are a perfect combination, IMHO. I highly recommend this DVD to all zep fans, share it with your local museum/art gallery owner, show them the proper way to present fine art! As an aside, I would love to know the opinions of Mr.'s Page/Plant/Jones of this release's interpretation. (David Smith, Jr May 04)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-04.09.1970-DVD-A-04) 1DVD-R Picture Disc. DVD/Image montage concept. NTSC All Regions. Linear PCM Audio
September 4,1970, The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA

I recently started collecting Genuine Master’s titles, because, despite my searching around for some time, I was unable to find any of its titles at any shops in Tokyo or from the lists of any Japanese Internet dealers. But I finally found the way to get them, thanks to the information from the community! As everyone who has ever purchased any of GM’s titles would probably agree, I have by now been fascinated by both the sound quality and the artistic presentation of each and every of its productions. In my opinion, this title “Live On Blueberry Hill” is so far one of the best examples evidencing the specialness of GM’s titles. The “mono” audience recording of this famous concert featured in this title is probably as good as it can be and is almost of official quality, very clean and well-balanced, but still sounds powerful. Moreover, what is amazing is the manner in which GM presented this title. GM has assembled and presented, as visual images accompanying the sound, a countless number of beautiful slides of medieval arts. This is definitely something very special that we would not be able to get from anywhere else than a dedicated producer such as Mr. Black Dog at GM who has the great energy and passion to nail it! It is a very thoughtful tribute to William Stout who painted the famous cover art for the original analog boot of the same title, as well as to the master painters of older times. A real gem and “must have” for any serious collector! (Takemi Hiramatsu Feb 05)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Wendy Records WECD - 21/22) 2 CD in slimline double jewel case, with an obi
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 4 September 1970

DISC 1 (71.25): 1. Introduction 2. Immigrant Song 3. Heartbreaker 4. Dazed And Confused 5. Bring It On Home 6. That's The Way 7. Bron-Yr-Aur 8. Since I've Been Loving You 9. Organ Solo 10. Thank You
DISC 2 (59.51): 1. What Is And What Should Never Be 2. Moby Dick 3. Whole Lotta Love 4. Communication Breakdown 5. Out On The Tiles 6. Blueberry Hill

Yet another release of the famous "Blueberry Hill" concert, this time from Wendy Records. It follows the same use of source tapes (both mono and stereo), pioneered by Sanctuary a few years ago, and is no real improvement on that release. The change between source tapes should have been smoother, instead of the sharp cut between mono and stereo sources. Yet again Wendy have ripped off the comments on this concert from those published on Underground Uprising and Bootledz. When will these buggers ever come up with something original for a change. In addition the thieving bastards have pinched my photo of the Forum taken straight off Underground Uprising. Stop ripping me off you bastards. The packaging is very nice, as is often the case with this label however, in a slimline double jewel case, and an obi. The two discs are extremely nicely presented as picture discs (using William Stout's very famous cover design). Wendy have seen fit to colour them in what I would describe as maroon (as a trainspotter this is almost London Midland And Scottish Railway livery!). If you do not have this release in its complete form then this is a good way of acquiring this show. (Jules McTrainspotter June 03)

Good Times In L.A. (Beelzebub Records BSD 008-009) 2 CDRs
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 4 September 1970

Disc 1 (68.13): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 2 ( 61.01): What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Out On The Tiles/Blueberry Hill

This release, on two screen printed CDRs, makes available the so called "fifth" stereo source for the classic Blueberry Hill concert. The discs come in a black and white gatefold card package. The sound on these discs is really excellent, and is probably the best sounding source for this tremendous concert. This source is practically complete as well, (but is missing the J.J. Jackson intro). Unfortunately there are some problems on the discs with digital interference, starting a couple of minutes into Heartbreaker and going off and on for some time (annoying in Dazed And Confused). This is most unfortunate, as it is otherwise an excellent release. (Jules McTrainspotter March 05)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Tarantura TCD-30/31/32/33/34) 9 CD boxed set
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 4 September 1970   

Disc 1 [TCD-30, stereo Rubber Dubber vinyl source] (68.45): Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

Disc 2 [TCD-31-1, mono TMOQ tape source, part 1] (69.07): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 3 [TCD-31-2mono TMOQ tape source, part 2] (59.18): What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Out On The Tiles/Blueberry Hill

Disc 4 [TCD-32-1, stereo Cobla/Mud Dogs tape source, part 1] (65.07): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 5 [TCD-32-2, stereo Cobbla/Mud Dogs tape source, part 2] (46.19): What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Out On The Tiles/Blueberry Hill

Disc 6 [TCD-33-1, unreleased new stereo tape source, part 1] (68.08): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 7 [TCD-33-2, unreleased new stereo tape source, part 2] (61.09): What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Out On The Tiles/Blueberry Hill

Disc 8 [TCD-34-1, reissue of 1997 Tarantura alternate mono source tape, part 1] (70.40): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 9 [TCD-34-2, reissue of 1997 Tarantura alternate mono source tape, part 2] (59.00): What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Out On The Tiles/Blueberry Hill

Released on Boxing Day 2005, this amazing package contains the five main sources for this classic and historic concert. The list price for this was US$375.00. I received mine on New Year's Eve 2005, and spent New Year's Day 2006 looking, listening and totally enjoying this unbelievably beautiful release. An incredible production, limited to just 150 numbered copies. The discs are housed in a strong card folding case. Each CD is a picture disc. My only criticism is the clear folding plastic trays that hold each disc. The central lug is extremely tight fitting and great care must be used in carefully removing each disc without causing any damage to it. In addition there is a booklet which gives the track listings and timings, and black and white photos, some taken at this show. Let's examine each of the five sources:
The first CD is a transfer from a clean vinyl copy of the famous 2 LP release "LIVE AT THE LOS ANGELES FORUM 9-4-70" on Rubber Dubber Records (70-007A-D). This was sourced from an excellent stereo audience recording. Unfortunately it is incomplete, and only runs from Bring It On Home to Communication Breakdown. The original tape source for this recording has never surfaced, and the 2 LP set on Rubber Dubber is all we have. This is an first class transfer, with the clicks and pops removed, and sounds excellent. It is the first time that this recording has ever appeared on a "pressed" boot CD. The CD reproduces the original vinyl label.
CDs 2 and 3 are the very famous Blimp Records/TMOQ mono recording which was used for their classic 2 LP release "LIVE ON BLUEBERRY HILL" (EV 664-666A-D). The cover for that release remains a brilliant work of art, and features strongly throughout in the the packaging of this Tarantura box set. [For fellow trainspotters out there, the main illustration is a painting from about the year 1594 now in the Louvre in Paris, of Gabrielle d'Estrees and her sister, Henriette d'Entragues. It is Henriette who is tweaking her sister Gabrielle's right nipple (it seemed a fun thing to do at the time)]. The first time the tape source appeared on CD was way back in 1989 on the lovely 2 CD release by Neutral Zone Live On Blueberry Hill, with the song order rearranged, as on the vinyl original. This release was knocked off many times. The complete recording is now made available for the first time, and once again it is an excellent mono audience. It is virtually complete, but only has part of the JJ Jackson intro.
CDs 4 and 5 are the stereo audience recording originally released on the Mud Dogs label, and also used by Cobla for their release. Once again this is an excellent sounding source, but incomplete and quite a lot shorter overall than the other three complete releases.
CDs 6 and 7 are perhaps the most important of all in this set. They feature a recently surfaced and really excellent stereo audience recording. It was also made available for download on the Internet. It is practically the complete concert, but unfortunately is missing the end of Bron-yr-Aur. It does however contain the complete spoken introduction to this song by Robert Plant. It has a full, rich and well balanced sound, a really wonderful addition to the Blueberry Hill catalogue. This is another "first time" on CD release.
CDs 8 and 9 are a straight reissue of Tarantura's 1997 2 CD release Live On Blueberry Hill (in a blue coloured gatefold package). That release featured a (at the time) newly surfaced and complete mono audience recording. The sound on this is very good indeed, almost on a par with the other sources. However this source is particularly important as it is the only one to feature the complete JJ Jackson introduction of each member of the group.
So there we have it. Billed as a '35th Anniversary Edition', this incredible boxed set draws together the five main sources for one of Led Zeppelin's most famous and all time great concerts. It makes available for the first time on CD two sources, one vinyl and one tape. The sound quality is consistently excellent, and this release is destined to be a highly sought after classic and possible definitive edition of Blueberry Hill. Very highly recommended. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 06)

Live On Blueberry Hill (Tarantura TCD-30/31/32/33/34) 9 CD boxed set
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 4 September 1970   

Disc 1 [TCD-30, stereo Rubber Dubber vinyl source] (68.45): Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You/What Is And What Should Never Be/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

Disc 2 [TCD-31-1, mono TMOQ tape source, part 1] (69.07): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 3 [TCD-31-2mono TMOQ tape source, part 2] (59.18): What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Out On The Tiles/Blueberry Hill

Disc 4 [TCD-32-1, stereo Cobla/Mud Dogs tape source, part 1] (65.07): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 5 [TCD-32-2, stereo Cobbla/Mud Dogs tape source, part 2] (46.19): What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Out On The Tiles/Blueberry Hill

Disc 6 [TCD-33-1, unreleased new stereo tape source, part 1] (68.08): Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 7 [TCD-33-2, unreleased new stereo tape source, part 2] (61.09): What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Out On The Tiles/Blueberry Hill

Disc 8 [TCD-34-1, reissue of 1997 Tarantura alternate mono source tape, part 1] (70.40): Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 9 [TCD-34-2, reissue of 1997 Tarantura alternate mono source tape, part 2] (59.00): What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Out On The Tiles/Blueberry Hill

Frankly, I was at first hesitant to get this luxury box set only featuring the very common show, especially after I had spent a comparable amount of big money for Empress Valley's "Great Chicago Fire" box set. However, I surrendered to my friend's persisting recommendation of this set and finally got it. In conclusion, I think that my investment was dulyrewarded. This is actually a very beautiful and wonderful set covering all of the audience sources known to exist in excellent conditions. What is also pleasing collectors like us is that every detail contained in or conceived for this set is carefully and thoughtfully made relevant to the historical show and the past releases featuring it. Something like this should be called a "production of the collector, by the collector, for the collector"!

As for the sound, the Rubber Dubber vinyl source version has been revived with warmth and sounds pretty good. The TMOQ mono source version sounds as powerful as ever (although a bit distorted in its lower ends probablydue to the amplification). It's also nice to hear the complete opening introduction by JJ Jackson with the '97 Tarantura Blue Card Cover release version. However, the most amazing material is the "2005 first time release" stereo source version. While it is not without faults (e.g., unbalance between the right and left channels during "Immigrant Song", short cut of "Bron-Yr-Aur"), the sound is generally better than the more common "Cobla Standard and Mud Dog" stereo source. Probably it must have been recorded closer to the stage. In most parts, it is very clean and lively, being almost of soundboard quality. As an audience recording, it should be ranked at the top level, equal to or even better than the legendary Mike Millard's recordings! Thumbs up to Tarantura for this incredible creation for our circle! (Takemi Hiramatsu Feb 06)

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06-Sep-70 Honolulu

Holiday in Waikiki (CD, The Gold Standard), 9/6/70 Honolulu

The source tape is identical to "The Box of Tricks". But IMHO, the sound quality of this one is more excellent than that of TBoT. On TBoT, sound is somewhat distorted. On the contrary, it's is very clear on this newly released CD, though some people may prefer distorted sound for its very aggressive atmosphere. (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)The Box of Tricks (RH-023 Red Hot)International Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 6, 1970CD (74:52) introduction/ Immigrant Song, Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, What Is & What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie, I'm Movin' On, Some Other Guy), Communication BreakdownA very good audience recording of a newly "discovered" show. The vocals are very up front in this recording while the drums are pushed to the rear. Distortion is also present throughout the recording (I don't think the recorder was ready for the volume of this performance) but it does lessen significantly after Heartbreaker. There is a cut between Heartbreaker and Since I've Been Loving You. Possibly more exists of this show between those two numbers. (Brian Ingham Aug 96)

The Box of Tricks (Red Hot) 1 CDPerf  *****            SQ  ****                Appeal  G

Single disc extract (some 75 minutes) on the Red Hot label of one of the Honolulu shows two days after Blueberry Hill.  The group are relaxed and playing well and the four stars for sound quality reflect the clarity and the minimal distortion compared to other releases of this era.  Weird packaging, the disc being encased in a card cover inside what can only be described as a type of ‘Crunchie wrapper’ outer sleeve.  Highly recommended for devotees of the period. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

Almost Son Of Blueberry Hill (Shout To The Top STTP 123)

Immigrant Song, Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (Boogie Chillun', Messin' Around, Moving On, Roadhouse, Some Other Guy, Be A Man), Communication Breakdown (incl. American Woman)

This title is a single disc, complete source tape for the September 6, 1970 show in Hawaii.  The title comes (yet again) from a quote from Rey's book concerning the similarities between this concert and the Los Angeles show two nights before.  This is an excellent, compact, intense show that illustrates what Zeppelin thought was essential for their set list in the fall of 1970. Page doesn't play the Heartbreaker riff immediately after Immigrant Song, and Jones fills the space with the beginning of Dazed & Confused.  The classics in the Whole Lotta Love medley are typical for the tour and are a highlight. This title is a very good and inexpensive way to obtain this show.  It comes in a single jewel case with many pictures of the band hanging out in Hawaii (including Page on the beach with some driftwood). (Gerard Sparaco Jan 02)

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09-Sep-70 Boston

Come Back to Boston (CD, Holy, SH 001-A), 9/9/70 Boston

Two source tapes are surfaced from this show. One is used for "207.19" (2LP). The other is the one used for "No Licence, No Festival" (2CD) and "214/207.19" (4CD). Among these stuff, "No Licence, No Festival" is most complete and (maybe) contains all songs which was performed on that day. But strictly speaking, WLL on NLNF and "214/207.19" (4CD) contains as many as 6 drop outs, while this song is complete and uncut on "207.19" (2LP). In terms of sound quality, IMHO, both "No Licence, No Festival" (2CD) and "214/207.19" are almost the same and better than "207.19" (2LP).Obviously the bootlegger who released this one had researched into these previously released stuff. This newly released stuff uses both 2 source tapes!! The complete version which was used for NLNF and "214/207.19" (4CD) is mainly used, but the alternate version is used for WLL and CB. So needless to say, this one contains all songs and WLL is uncut. Sound quality is almost the same as NLNF. Strictly speaking, treble range is enhanced on "Come Back to Boston", while bass range enhanced on NLNF . It's the matter of one's preference. (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)

ABSOLUTE HYSTERIA (Beelzebub Records BSD 41/42) 2CDR
Boston Garden, Boston, MA, 9 September 1970

Disc 1 (40.02): Intro/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It on Home
Disc 2 (77.43): That's The Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You/What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

This was a well known concert in view of theproblems that the promoters had with the local authorities in getting a licence for the concert to take place. The opening announcement gave the audience the details, and then JJ Jackson (who accompanied them from the recent West Coast concert to the East Coast) introduced the band. This is a very good concert, and was a hard act to follow from the classic Blueberry Hill show a few days previously in Los Angeles. However the band pulled it off, although not without a few slipups. Robert Plant came in a bit early for the final verse of Heartbreaker, but the rest of the band helped him out. Apart from the band, the police were looking for trouble too, and Plant warns them before Since I've Been Loving You, to the approbation of the audience. Plant introduces Jonesy again for the organ solo, and JPJ has now radically reworked this, introducing numerous new elements from how he played only a few days earlier. This is followed by an excellent Thank You, Jimmy Page again in fine form. This is an excellent stereo audience recording, very powerful and clear, with little crowd disturbance. This recording has been remastered to give a very up front and powerful sound, but no distortion. If you appreciate that sort of sound then you will really enjoy this release. The package is a gatefold card foldout, printed in black and white, as are the picture discs. (Jamie Boswell March 06)

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19-Sep-70 New York

American Woman (TDOLZ 0018/19 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, September 19, 1970

CD 1: (69:44) Immigrant Song (last minute only), Heartbreaker (cut before guitar solo), Dazed & Confused (first 20 seconds cut), Bring It On Home (small dropout in the beginning)(2 cuts near the end), That's the Way (contains a few bumps to the recorder at the beginning and middle), Bron-Yr-Aur (first few notes cut, contains a bump to the recorder in the middle), Since I've Been Loving You (contains a small dropout in the beginning), Organ solo/ Thank You (20 seconds cut near the end), What Is & What Should Never Be

CD 2: (39:26) Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie, Truckin' Little Mama, For What It's Worth, Honey Bee, Lemon Song), Communication Breakdown

This release uses a good, clear, slightly distant audience recording. Because of the distance, the rhythm section's sound does get lost in places. Something happens before Heartbreaker's guitar solo that forces the relocation of the recorder. Fortunately the new location improves the sound to very good. The sound does drop to fair after the first cut near the end of Bring It On Home but returns to very good before That's the Way. The source tape used for this release is the same as the one previously used on Maui Wowie (Missing Link). However, this new release does have a few advantages over Maui Wowie. It doesn't have the speed up during Immigrant Song. The small dropout during Since I've Been Loving You is more pronounced on Maui Wowie with a second of non-concert chatter over it. Both have songs cut in the same spots, but the songs on American Woman are a few seconds longer with more between song chatter. American Woman includes Whole Lotta Love and Communication Breakdown. Unfortunately their sound drops to good with more noticeable tape hiss. In terms of overall sound, Maui Wowie runs a tad faster and its high ends were brought up along with a fair amount of tape hiss. (Brian Ingham Dec 96)

American Woman (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) 2 CD

Perf  ****            SQ  ***                  Appeal  G

2 CD set from the Diagrams of Led Zeppelin label in average quality from New York 19th Sep 1970.  The recording is littered with cuts and edits and a mastering fault just before ‘WLL’ which coincides with what sounds like a switch in tape source.  These comments aside, this is a respectable and affordable addition to the average collection though hardly essential. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

One More For The Road (Darthdisc)
New York, 19 September 1970 (evening concert)
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Disc 1 (69.26):- 1. Introduction / 2. The Immigrant Song / 3. Heartbreaker / 4. Dazed And Confused / 5. Bring It On Home / 6. That's The Way / 7. Bron-y-Aur / 8. Since I've Been Loving You / 9 Organ Solo / 10 Thank You

Disc 2 (73.25):- 1. What Is And What Should Never Be / 2. Moby Dick / 3. Whole Lotta Love / 4. Out On The Tiles / 5. Communication Breakdown / 6. Rock Medley / 7. How Many More Times

From out of the blue this completely new show, the evening concert, has appeared on several Internet music sharing websites. This is a very exciting release, that has been made available to fans, rather than somebody profiting from it and selling it to a boot label to release. And what a great concert too! This, coupled with the excellent stereo sound, will make this show a classic. Robert Plant introduces Dazed And Confused by saying that it was the second song they performed at the Fillmore in 1969 (31st January to be exact). Not quite correct Robert, it was the third song! He improvises during this song to calm the excited crowd down, and to get them to sit down. A strange organ solo from Mr. Jones leads into Thank You. There are so many highlights, every song performed is a treat to hear. However it is in the medleys that we treated with some amazing and unusual covers, great rock and roll numbers all. In the Whole Lotta Love medley, Plant insists on the audience "buzzing" with him to introduce Honey Bee. During Communication Breakdown the band give a partial and very first public outing of Gallows Pole, many months before we previously thought that it was first performed on stage (Copenhagen 3 May 1971). The concert finishes with How Many More Times, which only goes to prove what an incredible and different performance this concert was. A thousand 'eye thank you's' to the original taper for making this available. Not surprisingly, and very quick off the mark, Electric Magic have released this free download on 2 CDs, called Shout That Loud. Empress Valley have followed this up with a release entitled Requiem. A third, anonymous label have also released this show with the most unimaginative title Final Daze. (Jules McTrainspotter March 04)

One More For The Road (Darthdisc)
New York, 19 September 1970 (evening concert)
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Disc 1 (69.26):- 1. Introduction / 2. The Immigrant Song / 3. Heartbreaker / 4. Dazed And Confused / 5. Bring It On Home / 6. That's The Way / 7. Bron-y-Aur / 8. Since I've Been Loving You / 9 Organ Solo / 10 Thank You

Disc 2 (73.25):- 1. What Is And What Should Never Be / 2. Moby Dick / 3. Whole Lotta Love / 4. Out On The Tiles / 5. Communication Breakdown / 6. Rock Medley / 7. How Many More Times

We live in a cynical and greedy World, which is often reflected in our leisure pursuits, and the great hobby of music and collecting live music recordings. It is especially prominent in the Led Zeppelin community, where there is a small hard core of really sad bastards who are either hoarders, or are one of those people who deliberately and selfishly sabotage a recording before giving it to a CD label to release. Hanging, drawing and quartering is far too good a punishment for these people. But then, once in a blue moon, along comes a completely new show and recording, which is made freely available to anyone who cares to download it. This is what has happened with the evening concert that Led Zeppelin played at the Madison Square Garden on 19 September 1970. The afternoon show has been available for some time as American Woman on TDOLZ label. This newly surfaced recording is in near excellent stereo, with great channel separation. And what a concert too! We always thought that Gallows Pole was first played in Copenhagen on 3 May 1971, but we now know it was played in New York nearly 8 months earlier! There is superb playing throughout the evening from all the band, and this concert is destined to be high on fans favourite CDs in the months to come. (Brian Damage Jan 04)

Thanks to Fawlky for passing on the details as provided and posted by the original taper of this concert:

"I hadn't realised it was a separate show either, until yesterday. I forgot entirely that there had been an afternoon show (mine is from the evening), but as I listened to the American Woman version, things began to seem a bit strange: I didn't remember Plant asking whether their last New York show was at Carnegie or Central Park, and I thought perhaps there had been a tape-side change at that point (It WAS a long time ago). But then, when I got to the dedication to Jimi Hendrix, something clearly was wrong, or different: what Plant said was different, and it was in a different place in the set, yet it HAD to be from an New York show because he said Hendrix died "yesterday." The previous show, Philadelphia , was from before Hendrix's death, and the MSG show was the last on the tour. And finally, John Paul Jones's organ solo was entirely different -- as were aspects of Whole Lotta Love. So I began searching Zep-related websites for tour itineraries, all of which (that I found, at least) listed only one MSG show. So I emailed Ian, who provided me with a review of the afternoon show. Apparently the surprise was that there was an evening performance. All this time, I knew that American Woman was out there but hadn't heard it - I never realised it was a different show. So now I'm even happier to get it out there.

A couple of other notes: as I mentioned the other day, my friends and I started in the 86th row (i.e., where our tickets were) and ran down to about the third or fourth row during Immigrant Song. Can't do that at the Garden now: the sections are sort of walled off. Ended up standing on a chair through Heartbreaker next to a fabulously gorgeous blonde: you can hear her at the end of Heartbreaker saying "Was I stepping on your foot?" The one thing I regret is that when I got home, I transferred the cassette to open reel, and in the process, I tried to approximate the stereo placements of the guitar and voice during some of the call and response stuff. Hey, I was 16 - I wouldn't do it that way now. But then, the job I did was about as credible as the one on The Song Remains The Same. Over the years I tried restoring it to mono by summing the sides and using EQ to compensate for the slight dulling that occurred when I did that, but it never worked to my satisfaction. When I transferred the tape to my computer, I used Sound Forge to minimise some of the dial-twiddling a bit, but the effect, such as it is, is still there. Sorry about that. The other thing: at some point someone at a party erased a few seconds of the guitar solo in Heartbreaker; when I transferred the tape, I repaired the break, but strictly speaking, there are a few seconds missing (should another tape emerge.... ). Also, the tape side break occurred during the drum solo in Moby Dick. I also repaired that break when transferring it to CD.
For those who care, the signal path on this would be: Bell and Howell mono cassette > Sony 252 (I think) open reel > Sound Forge > CD > SHN"

Madison Square Garden, New York, 19 September 1970 (evening concert)

Disc 1:

1. Introduction
2. The Immigrant Song
3. Heartbreaker
4. Dazed And Confused
5. Bring It On Home
6. Tribute To Jimmy Hendrix
7. That's The Way
8. Bron-y-Aur
9. Since I've Been Loving You
10 Organ Solo
11 Thank You

Disc 2:

1. What Is And What Should Never Be
2. Moby Dick
3. Whole Lotta Love
4. Out On The Tiles
5. Communication Breakdown
6. Gallows Pole
7. The Girl Can't Help It
8. How Many More Times

False Stereo Audience. Very Good Quality. Vocals are not very distant.
Jimmy's Guitar clearly pans back and forth during Heartbreaker & Dazed And Confused, apparently due to some channel panning during transfer of the original cassette to reel to reel. Plant sings about asking the audience to sit in beginning of Dazed And Confused, then stops the song 5:30 in to ask people to sit down. Whole Lotta Love includes (Boogie Woogie, Dust My Broom, Bottle Up and Go, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Cinnamon Girl, Honey Bee (Plant gets crowd to 'buzzzzz'), Baby Don't You Want Me To Go, Train Kept 'a Rollin, and Lemon Song). Plant says good night after Whole Lotta Love and then says he's 'changing his approach' and intros 'Out on the Tiles' as being a new track on their third album written by John Bonham. Song is complete (not just a drum intro) and go's directly into 'Communication Breakdown' (tape fluctuations at 1:30-1:35) 2:25 - 4:00 'It's Your Thing' - Jam?? John Paul Jones Bass Solo 3:00-4:00. Gallows Pole is part of Communication Breakdown, then back into Communication Breakdown after 1:00 until song ends at 1:35 Crowd Screams more!! more!! until the encore:- The Girl Can't Help It!! With backing vocals by JPJ and JP?? and 20 Flight Rock (Rory Cochran) (tape fluctuations at 3:30-3:35) Then How Many More Times is introduced as what they would have normally played before they played the other stuff so stick around. In reference to the Out On The Tiles > Communication Breakdown > Gallows Pole > Communication Breakdown intro'd by Plant, saying that he is 'changing his approach'? HMMT also includes Cadillac and Blueberry Hill. One of the best shows ever?!?!?! (Gungywump Jan 04)

Madison Square Garden, New York, 19 September 1970 (evening concert)
Performance A+
Sound A- 

I am in HEAVEN after hearing this concert. Whole Lotta Love was worth the download alone. There are so many songs thrown within the medley that I cannot keep track of them. Dust My Broom, King Bee, and Train Kept A Rollin to name but three. IMO best WLL medley EVER!  They also throw in 'Twenty Flight Rock' within 'The Girl Can't Help It' I had to check an old Rolling Stones album to verify it but they do throw that one in. I cannot get over Plant's voice. It is the star of the show. The rest of the band is not dozing off either, but its PURE PERCY! Do yourselves a favor and track down this show. Note to the bootleggers; when you release this for the general public don't gouge the buyer, and don't EQ the tape to death. This show should be called 'How The EAST Was Won'. Thanks to Badloser for getting this one out to the fans. (Jim Sirigos Jan 04)

One More For The Road (Darthdisc) 2CDR
Madison Square Garden 19/09/1970, evening show

Disc 1 (69.37): Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, Bring It On Home, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ Solo, Thank You
Disc 2 (73.19): What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Chillun', Dust My Broom, Bottle Up And Go, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Cinnamon Girl, Some Other Guy, The Train Kept A Rollin', King Bee, CC Rider, Baby What Do You Want Me To Do, Honey Bee, The Lemon Song), Out On The Tiles, Communication Breakdown, Gallows Pole, The Girl Can't Help It, How Many More Times (includes No Money Down, Blueberry Hill).

What an incredible find !! So it can be done without getting it to Japan first. Hats off to the taper for getting it to Steve who most graciously decided to share it. A very good audience recording from the last show of the second American tour of 1970. After the introduction, 'Immigrant Song' blasts away, you can hear the sound getting clearer during the song's progress. Some minor microphone handling noises come through. Hear Plant extend the 'Looting' part, he's again the shining star of this show. 'Heartbreaker' follows and the sound is most enjoyable. This is so great, a completely new concert with fabulous sound. Jimmy gets in his usual country picking style during his solo spot, then the fast parts, and to end with the 'Bouree'. Even in the more choatic passages everything remains perfectly clear. The Garden is warmed up now and Robert asks them to be a bit quiet. 'Dazed And Confused' is next on the list. Robert hits the high notes straight from the beginning on. He improvises masterfully on the 'sit down' lyrics. Jimmy is not so inspired in the exchange with Bonham before the bow solo. Robert even speaks to the audience during the bow solo ! Must have been quite a madhouse. The solo itself is great and quite long for this period. Bonzo gets the train going and the fast parts are again very clear. Robert uses his voice as an extra instrument during the improvisation. The return to the main theme is extremely smooth. 'Bring It On Home' follows this spectacular show.

Many of my favourite performances of this song are from this period and this one ranks high. There always that incredible interaction between Robert's harmonica and Bonzo and then between Jimmy and Bonzo. There's a slight conversation between the taper and the girl who ended up on his foot during 'Heartbreaker'. Was the Garden prepared for an acoustic interlude ? With the warnings in mind during 'Dazed And Confused' I expected the worst. First there's moving tribute from Robert to Jimi Hendrix. Then 'That's The Way' starts the acoustic set and the audience is extremely well behaved.

The sound is remarkable now, full and rich. Again Robert goes to great length to explain the origins of 'Bron-yr-Aur'. The cottage and it's surroundings sure did make a big impression on Page and Plant. The organ during 'Since I've Been Loving You' causes minor distortion. Wonderful rendition with a great solo, followed by that unhuman 'crying' shriek from Robert, who lets a few more loose as the song slowly builds to a beautiful end. Being honest, the 'Organ Solo' in 1970 isn't my favourite part, it's sounds a bit too much like a joke. This one is acceptable. Suddenly the crowd gets very excited at the beginning of 'Thank You'. Not much to comment on 'Thank You' and 'What Is And What Should Never Be', good versions in the spirit of this show. 'Moby Dick' follows to great pleasure of the audience.

And then the madness begins. 'Whole Lotta Love' begins with Robert again taking the lead. The build up after the Theremin concerto is incredibly heavy. The medley starts with 'Boogie Chillun' and what follows pushes the medley from 04/09/1970 to the second place. Again I wonder if they rehearsed musical orgies like this. 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' is called for by Robert, so it must all be an improvisation. Almost the complete version is performed. 'Cinnamon Girl' is performed in 'For What It's Worth' style. A long instrumental introduction to 'Some Other Guy'. The musical history lesson continues with 'The Train Kept A Rollin', never performed in medley form. Everybody is invited to go buzzing prior to 'Honey Bee'. With 'The Lemon Song' the best ever medley is over. Robert destroys the microphone with the 'woman' calls in both forceful low and high voice. The audience is completely crazy now. 'Out On The Tiles' continues this almost surreal experience now, the second time ever. No mercy, and straight into 'Communication Breakdown'. There have been some unusual songs squeezed in this song, but 'Gallows Pole' must be the rarest so far. It's not the actual music from 'Gallows Pole', only little hints from Bonzo, but it's so great to hear this. Who could ever dream to hear it in a recording from 1970? The 'Girl Can't Help It' must be the blueprint for 'Rock And Roll'. Who's singing backing vocals?? Incredible playing again, the perfect cover band. 'How Many More Times' as a last encore ? Well, at this show anything could have happened. Not a short version to finally satisfy the audience, but even with a medley with an almost complete 'Blueberry Hill'. A most sincere thanks to everybody who was involved in getting this out. (Pieter Kleij Jan 04)

One More For The Road (Darthdisc) 2CDR
Madison Square Garden 19/09/1970, evening show

Disc 1 (69.37): Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, Bring It On Home, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ Solo, Thank You
Disc 2 (73.19): What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Chillun', Dust My Broom, Bottle Up And Go, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Cinnamon Girl, Some Other Guy, The Train Kept A Rollin', King Bee, CC Rider, Baby What Do You Want Me To Do, Honey Bee, The Lemon Song), Out On The Tiles, Communication Breakdown, Gallows Pole, The Girl Can't Help It, How Many More Times (includes No Money Down, Blueberry Hill).

New York, Evening Show - It's difficult to add to all the positive reviews of this newly discovered show. My impression, I really like how Robert Plant's voice dominates the room, the reverberation off the walls of the hall is amazing. From the introduction and the crowd response (Plant spends time doing crowd control) it really struck me, that at this point in the band's career or history it was very important to the band how the music was presented. Great passion and pride. Immigrant Song starts things off, solid version with a little fluctuation in sound, again Plants vocals are crushing, he stretches out the words with all this power - the word losing at the end of the song has so much sustain. Heartbreaker follows and so does the crowd- the sound clears a little and another solid version-Page is right on top of this one - starting the middle solo section immediately and adding to the momentum. Dazed and Confused is next and there's crowd control in the violin section, what could you expect after that opening. Sound gets continually clearer and so are the intentions of the band, Bring It On Home has great inter-play between Plant and Bonham then Page, Bonham. The old train is a comin' harp is a crowd favorite. A Hendrix acknowledgement and on to That's The Way. Very nice - I really admire John Paul Jones, truly a versatile player. Page's Bron-y-Aur is next and so is a lot of tape rustling - the crowd is impatient - it's short and appreciated. Back to the Les Paul and a fast Since I've Been Loving You, the beginning solo is very close to the original. This song transforms so much over the years (until it almost becomes a parody of itself). Again, Plant's dynamics are powerful. You can hear Page touching on passages that will become a mainstay on latter version. His playing has development so much in such a short time. Mr Jones follows with something that would fit in a Deep Purple show. the intro to Thank You. Different? Yes!-Standard WIASNB-meaning good. Then Moby Dick, Then comes the storm, a great opening riff and right into Whole Lotta Love-the excitement comes right at you-Plant & Page sing Wanna Whole Lotta Love and the crowd flips out - a very fast paced medley, it's a real head spinner. Out On The Tiles is a great song live, the rhythm moves along is a understatement. What a great version. Right into Communication Breakdown - Gallows Pole?, Wow-this is where I backed it up a little-There's is no constant in this ever changing Zeppelin universe. Couldn't believe it, really cool! How Many More Times follows and it's a hard hitting version. The performance, as you can tell by all the reviews is simply awesome A+ all the way. The sound, I've seen it rated high, but I'm sorry, I don't agree, there are tape problems throughout the whole show and them is just the facts ma'am. (Meimnoone 2004)

Shout That Loud  (Electric Magic EMC-024 A/B)
Madison Square Garden New York September 19, 1970

Track Listing:-
Time Disc One 69:24:- Introduction  1:02 Immigrant Song 3:09 Heartbreaker  6:39 Dazed and Confused 16:12 Bring it on Home 9:27 Tribute to Jimi Hendrix 2:09 That's the Way 6:37 Bron-Y-Aur 2:43 Since I've Been Loving You 7:21 Organ Solo 6:47 Thank You 7:12
Disc Two 72:19:- What Is And What Should Never Be 4:53 Moby Dick 11:37 Whole Lotta Love 23:15 (includes Boogie Chillin'/ Dust My Broom/ Bottle Up and Go/ Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ Cinnamon Girl/ Some Other Guy/ Train Kept A Rollin'/ I'm a King Bee/ Baby Don't You Want Me to Go/ CC Rider) Out on the Tiles 3:07 Communication Breakdown 8:07 (includes Gallows Pole) The Girl Can't Help It/Twenty Flight Rock 5:26 How Many More Times 15:51 (includes Cadillac/Blueberry Hill)

How long did we really think it would take for the boot labels to get their hands on this recording and release it on silver discs?  Especially, since the recording was generously made available to download for free by everyone, including the boot labels, off of the net by the taper of the show.  (A huge thank you must go out to the taper of the show for sharing this gem of a concert for free). Electric Magic won the race to be the first boot label to release this incredible concert as Shout That Loud.  I understand that Empress Valley has just released this show as Requiem and another boot label released it under the title Final Daze. I have not heard either of these newer releases yet.  Electric Magic's Shout That Loud comes in a slimline double CD jewel case with live pictures circa 1970.  It is packaged in an identical fashion to most of Electric Magic's recent releases like Another Night On Blueberry Hill.  There have already been some excellent and detailed reviews of this concert from the folks who have downloaded it from the internet and shared their thoughts about it on Underground Uprising.  So, I won't go into detail about every song.  I want to add to and/or reiterate some things about what has been said about this show.  It is simply one of Led Zeppelin's best performances in terms of their playing and set list.  The band is absolutely on fire.  We are treated to a unique medley in Whole Lotta Love.  The concert set list that includes Out On The Tiles, possibly the first live version of Gallows Pole ever played by the band (as part of Communication Breakdown), and How Many More Times as the final encore including Blueberry Hill are just a few of the treasures found here.  The audience recording for the performance is very good for the time period.  It comes in excellent stereo sound.  It appears that Electric Magic downloaded this release from the internet (which I am told runs slightly fast - which means Electric Magic did not speed correct it).  The length of the discs and each song are very close to the internet version (One More For The Road).  The songs have been indexed slightly differently between the two versions.  Communication Breakdown and Gallows Pole are not indexed separately on the Electric Magic version.  So, what is the difference between what you can download for free from the internet and this Electric Magic release?  Electric Magic have "applied" their own brand of Equalization to the recording.  Fortunately, The EQ job does not include the strange metallic sound found on some of Electric Magic's earlier releases.  Electric Magic's version emphasizes the lower frequencies which are quite pronounced during Moby Dick.  One More For The Road has some balance and channel problems most notably during Heartbreaker and Dazed And Confused.  Electric Magic was able to smooth those areas out to make for a more enjoyable listening experience.  Shout That Loud has less tape garble and distortion than One More For The Road.  However, by equalizing the tape in this fashion Electric Magic have dulled the sound on their release.  Put simply, the sound is not as dynamic as One More For The Road.  Which version is better really depends on your preference.  Electric Magic's Shout That Loud will appeal to listeners that like a smoother recording that emphasizes the lower frequencies.  One More For The Road is more raw with a more dynamic sound quality, albeit, with the distortions intact from the original recording.  I found both recordings to be enjoyable in their own ways.  But, one of them costs nothing to download except a couple of blank CD's.  You do the math.  (Scott Shallcross March 04)

Have You Ever Experienced? (Tarantura TCD -17 1-4) 4 CD box set
Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, 19 September 1970 (Afternoon & Evening Sets)
Discs 1 & 2: Afternoon Set; Discs 3 & 4: Evening Set

Disc 1 (68.41): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Dazed And Confused / Bring It On Home / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur / Since I've Been Loving You / Organ Solo - Thank You
Disc 2 (43.31): What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

Disc 3 (70.42): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Dazed And Confused / Bring It On Home / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur / Since I've Been Loving You / Organ Solo - Thank You
Disc 4 (74.36): What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Out On The Tiles / Communication Breakdown - Gallows Pole / The Girl Can't Help It / Talking Bout You / Twenty Flight Rock / How Many More Times

It is nice to have both the afternoon and evening concerts from Led Zeppelin's first performances at Madison Square Garden on the 19th September 1970, in one package. The afternoon show was previously available on the TDOLZ release "American Woman". However this new release is a combination of two source tapes. It is in fact a straight copy of a fan produced 2CD compilation called "A Bit Frightening". This used a first generation tape, combined with an unknown generation tape, cleverly and carefully combined, and speed corrected. A very good sounding and well played concert, it was but a preview of the evening's concert, which is a classic. Incredibly the source for the evening's show was made freely available to fans to download off the Internet. It was released by a number of labels, but unfortunately none of them realised that the tape ran at an incorrect speed. Fortunately a very talented and knowledgeable fan recognised this, and in addition to a little bit of 'digital cleaning up', he speed corrected the recording, and this was made freely available as "Born To Please". This release from Tarantura uses this, the best version, on this 4CD release. What a classic concert the evening show has turned out to be, a feast of rare songs and previews. The packaging is made up of two different releases, the first edition in a grey covered slipcase, limited to 75 numbered copies. The second issue has a red coloured slipcase, and uses Coca Cola style lettering. This is also of 75 numbered copies. The inside for each is a thick card four way gatefold. It is a pity this release is of such limited numbers, as it is a very nice package. With the speed corrected release of both shows, it is an important addition to the Live catalogue. However if you have "A Bit Frightening" and "Born To Please" then there is little point in having this too. Both the original CDR issues have been EQ'd on this new release. Also those releases are free to download, so the person who put them together and generously made them available to fans deserves the very highest praise. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 04)

Have You Ever Experienced? (Tarantura TCD -17 1-4) 4 CD box set
Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, 19 September 1970 (Afternoon & Evening Sets)
Discs 1 & 2: Afternoon Set; Discs 3 & 4: Evening Set

Disc 1 (68.41): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Dazed And Confused / Bring It On Home / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur / Since I've Been Loving You / Organ Solo - Thank You
Disc 2 (43.31): What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

Disc 3 (70.42): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Dazed And Confused / Bring It On Home / That's The Way / Bron-yr-Aur / Since I've Been Loving You / Organ Solo - Thank You
Disc 4 (74.36): What Is And What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Out On The Tiles / Communication Breakdown - Gallows Pole / The Girl Can't Help It / Talking Bout You / Twenty Flight Rock / How Many More Times

I must have obtained every version of the evening show in particular.  What a release.  Thanks to the fan who thought he was updating the source of the afternoon show and instead gave us a truly remarkable Zeppelin listening experience.  Whilst I applaud all those who deviate away from the commercial Bootleggers in Japan and push shows out for free on various well known servers, for those hardcore Bootleg collectors there is nothing finer than getting these shows on pressed silver CDs with complimentary outstanding artwork.  Ok, so this has all been done for free, but what a spectacular package this is.  I have the Red "Export" version.  It is a beautiful slip case containing a thick glossy hard back quad fold digi pack with the 4 picture CDs each containing a pic of Page against the New York skyline.  Sound is as described by McTrainspotter.  What else can you say?  CD or CDR version, this has to be in everyones's Top 20.  Easy pickings for the Bootlegger, although this has been EQ'd nicely and was a complete sellout on reserve. (Phil Bushe Nov 04)

Final Daze no label (ZEP MSG 01/2)
Madison Square Garden, New York, 19 September 1970, Evening Show

Disc 1 (69.37):- 1.Introduction 2.The Immigrant Song 3.Heartbreaker 4.Dazed And Confused 5.Bring It On Home 6.Tribute To Jimmy Hendrix 7.That's The Way 8.Bron-Y-Aur 9.Since I've Been Loving You 10.Organ Solo 11.Thank You

Disc 2 (73.19):- 1.What Is And What Should Never Be 2.Moby Dick 3.Whole Lotta Love (inc. Boogie Chillin' - Dust My Broom - Bottle Up And Go - Lawdy Miss Claudy - Cinnamon Girl - Some Other Guy - Train Kept A Rollin' - I'm A King Bee - Baby Don't You Want Me To Go - CC Rider) 4.Out On The Tiles 5.Communication Breakdown 6.Gallows Pole 7.The Girl Can't Help It -Twenty Flight Rock 8.How Many More Times (inc. Cadillac-Blueberry Hill)

The third release of the free download show, this one has been put out by an anonymous label. The sound has been EQ'd, but quite sensibly, so there is not too much distortion. Plant's voice has been slightly boosted in the mix, which is a benefit. The concert itself is of course a classic, so this budget priced release is a good substitute for those people who were not able to download the concert, or acquire it in a trade. It is however a trifle fast running, as the original tape has not been speed corrected. The packaging is nice too, in a slimline double jewel case, with a reproduction of an original ticket on the front inside of the insert. (Jules McTrainspotter April 04)

Requiem Empress Valley (EVSD 288/189) 2 CD in slimline double jewel case
Madison Square Garden, New York, 19 September 1970, Evening Show

Disc 1 (70.10):- Intro / Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Dazed And Confused / Bring It On Home / Tribute To Jimi Hendrix / That's The Way / Bron-Y-Aur Stomp [sic] / Since I've Been Loving You / Organ Solo / Thank You

Disc 2 (74.20):- What Is and What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Out On The Tiles / Communication Breakdown / Gallows Pole / The Girl Can't Help It - Twenty Flight Rock / How Many More Times / Blueberry Hill

Following hard on the heels of the Electric Magic release, Empress Valley thought that if you can't beat them, join them, with this one. They too downloaded this freely available show off the Net, and have released it at a budget price, quite a lot cheaper than the rather expensive Electric Magic title. The packaging is fairly basic, and on the front cover they have used the identical black and white photograph that Electric Magic used, and this is housed in a slimline double jewel case. In their treatment of the sound, Empress Valley have boosted the vocals of Robert Plant, and this is now more prominent than on the downloaded version. Unfortunately they did not realise that the original tape plays a little fast (just under 2% to be exact), and so this runs at the same incorrect speed as the freely available downloaded version. The performance has already been examined in the reviews of the Internet version One More For The Road, so it only needs to be said that this new discovery is a find of the utmost importance, as the performance is an incredible one, with rare or new songs being aired for the first time. Unfortunately Empress Valley were not able to tell the difference between the song Bron-yr-Aur, and Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, and they have wrongly titled this in their track listing on the back cover. The track listing is also near impossible to read, with white printed letters on a grey background (the left shirtsleeve of Mr. Page). For those unable to download this show, or obtain it by trade for a few cheap CDR blanks and postage, this release is an adequate substitute. (Jules McTrainspotter March 04)

Requiem Empress Valley (EVSD 288/189) 2 CD in slimline double jewel case
Madison Square Garden, New York, 19 September 1970, Evening Show

Disc 1 (70.10):- Intro / Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Dazed And Confused / Bring It On Home / Tribute To Jimi Hendrix / That's The Way / Bron-Y-Aur Stomp [sic] / Since I've Been Loving You / Organ Solo / Thank You

Disc 2 (74.20):- What Is and What Should Never Be / Moby Dick / Whole Lotta Love / Out On The Tiles / Communication Breakdown / Gallows Pole / The Girl Can't Help It - Twenty Flight Rock / How Many More Times / Blueberry Hill

Empress Valley has now released their version of this incredible final show from 1970. Their version, entitled, Requiem, is nothing more than the internet downloaded version pressed onto silver discs. Empress Valley has not done much to alter or equalize the version that can be downloaded for free off of the Net. The sound on Requiem more closely approximates the net version, One More For The Road, than it does the Electric Magic release Shout That Loud. Requiem sounds very good. However, after repeatedly listening to Requiem and Shout That Loud, I found the Electric Magic release to be more enjoyable entirely due to the equalization job on their release. Electric Magic's version successfully favors the lower end frequencies making for a richer and smoother listening experience than Requiem. As I stated in my review of Shout That Loud, it is a matter of personal taste which version you prefer. Also, the Electric Magic version is more expensive than Requiem. (Scott Shallcross April 04)

Live On Tour With Led Zeppelin volume 1 (Beelzebub Records 53/54/55) 3 CDRs
Discs 1 & 2: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 19th September 1970 (Late Show)
Disc 3: Vigorelli Velodrome, Milan, 5th July 1971

Disc 1 (70.37):- Introduction/Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker/Dazed And Confused/Bring It On Home/That's he Way/Bron-yr-Aur/Since I've Been Loving You/Organ Solo/Thank You
Disc 2 (74.13):- What Is And What Should Never Be/Moby Dick/Whol;e Lotta Love/Out On The Tiles/Communication Breakdown/Rock Medley/How Many More Times
Disc 3 (73.32):- [RAW remaster] Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused/[Remaster] Since I've Been Loving You/Black Dog/Dazed And Confused. Led Zeppelin III Outtakes: [RAW remaster] That's The Way/Since I've Been Loving You [Remaster] That's The Way/Since I've Been Loving You

The late show from Madison Square Garden has rightly claimed its place as a really great concert, and has been released numerous times before. Beelzebub have remastered this recording and it forms the first two discs on this release. The sound on the original downloaded version was very good indeed, and the remastering on this release slightly heightens and increases the sound quality. It is very enjoyable to listen to and is worth seeking out. Everything that can be said about this superb concert has already been said, so see the reviews of the orginal releases if you have any doubts about this show. Right at the other end of the scale the Milan fiasco on 5July 1971 was a low point for the band. The Italian police tear gassed the audience and caused a complete riot. The band had to hide from the rioters in a room back stage, and all their stage equipment was trashed. Beelzebub have obtained the master for the concert before it was brought to a premature end, and both this recording, and a remastered version are on one disc. On listening to both versions I preferred the "RAW" version more. Finally the last 2 tracks on the third disc are LZIII outtakes. This release comes in a nicely printed gatefold card slipcase, the CDRs are well printed directly on the faces of the discs. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 05)

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