1977

Concerts Covered In This Section:

03-Apr-77 Oklahoma City

Fucking T.Y. (TAK 001/2/3 Tattytura 1995)

The Myriad, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 3, 1977

CD 1: (75:21) introduction, The Song Remains the Same (muffled throughout), The Rover intro./ Sick Again (muffled throughout, does clear up in the middle), Nobody's Fault But Mine (muffled from middle to end), In My Time of Dying (starts muffled, clears up, then muffled on and off for rest of song), Since I've Been Loving You (muffled in a few locations), No Quarter (muffled near beginning, slightly muffled during piano boogie section, slightly muffled during guitar section, muffled in places near end), Ten Years Gone

CD 2: (61:24) The Battle of Evermore, Going to California (recorder rustled around during the intro., the audience gets a little talkative in the middle), Black Country Woman (either muffled or PA problems in the middle), Bron-Yr-Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Out on the Tiles intro./ Moby Dick (slightly muffled throughout the drum solo)

CD 3: (63:07) guitar solo/ Achilles Last Stand (sound brightens near the beginning (PA fixed?)), Stairway to Heaven (some paper rustling near the recorder at the beginning), Rock & Roll, Trampled Underfoot

Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida, June 3, 1977

The Song Remains the Same, The Rover intro./ Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine (severely muffled and rustled from middle to the end, small cut in the middle)

The sound quality of the audience tape from the Oklahoma show starts off mostly muffled and distant. Good at best. It is hard to determine if the muffled sound is the result of a faulty PA system or a poorly positioned recorder. The sound also brightens and dulls throughout the entire show. This may be attributed to adjustments made to the PA system. When the recording does clear up, the sound is very good. And for the most part, brighter. The instruments are well defined during these portions even though the recording is a little distant. A quieted audience lessens the distance by allowing better definition of the instrumentation. There is no noticeable tape hiss in either condition. The sound quality of tracks without notation after them fall into the very good category. The guitar solo preceding Achilles Last Stand does not include any anthems and is much shorter than later versions from this tour. Plant recalls before Stairway to Heaven the last time they were in Oklahoma (1970). The "experts" will disagree with Plant's recollection (1971 is their assertion). The Tampa material is from an excellent audience recording. There is very little noticeable tape hiss until the muffled portion of Nobody's Fault But Mine. Higher octaves reached by the band distort the recording slightly. During Nobody's Fault But Mine, the tape becomes muffled as the taper packs up his equipment. Unfortunately this tape source does not contain the announcements cancelling the show.  (Brian Ingham May 96)

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Chicago April 1977

Great Chicago Fire (Empress Valley, EVSD-367 through 375, EVSDVD-008) 9CDs and 1DVD
Chicago 6, 7, 9 and 10 April 1977, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL

CD 1 (63:03): The Song Remains The Same / The Rover Introduction~Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / In My Time Of Dying / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter (6 April)
CD 2 (54:23): Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Surrender / Black Country Woman / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer / Black Mountain Side / Kashmir (6 April)
CD 3 (58:28): Out On The Tiles~Moby Dick / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Rock and Roll / Trampled Underfoot (6 April)
CD 4 (50:56): The Song Remains The Same / The Rover Introduction~Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / No Quarter (7 April) CD 5 (44:33): The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / White Summer / Black Mountain Side / Kashmir /Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Rock and Roll (7 April)
CD 6 (62:04): The Song Remains The Same / The Rover Introduction~Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / Announcements (9 April)
CD 7 (62:56): The Song Remains The Same / The Rover Introduction~Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / In My Time Of Dying / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter (10 April)
CD 8 (52:43): Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp / Trampled Underfoot / White Summer / Black Mountain Side / Kashmir (10 April)
CD 9 (35:30): Moby Dick / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Rock and Roll (10 April)

DVD: (1) 8 mm films of (i) the concert on 9 April and (ii) the concert on 10 April
(2) slide shows (i) from the concert on 10 April and (ii) various concerts (and back stages) in '77

This lavish 9 CD set from EV features audience tapes from all of the 4 concerts held at Chicago Stadium in '77, including the unfortunate one on 9 April which was, as a rare occurrence, cut very short due to Jimmy's sickness. The CDs seem to cover all available audience tapes but are still incomplete, especially for 7 and 10 April, providing nothing more than the ones previously available somewhere. I see all the track listings are the same as those described in Luis Rey's "Led Zeppelin Live." In addition, the sound qualities of the tapes are not good. Clearly, in terms of the band's performance, the last concert on 10 April is the best among the 4 shows but, to our regret, the quality of the audience tape as featured on CDs 8 and 9 is generally the worst among all of the tapes featured in this title! It sounds remote but very distorted and with lots of hiss and other noises. In comparison, the tape from the concert on 6 April seems to have been recorded from a position closer to the stage and sounds powerful but, in some places (e.g., some portions of "In My Time Of Dying", from "Going To California" through "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp" and Bonzo's drum solos), is deteriorated to such an extent as will make our listening almost unbearable. In such places, it sounds somewhat similar to the infamous deteriorated parts of the audience tape from the "Three Days After" concert on 3 June '73. The tape from the concert on 7 April is remote but clean and probably the easiest one for us to continue listening to amongst all those tapes. However, it is frustratingly fragmentary. The tape from 9 April is as good as, or may be even slightly better than, the one from 6 April but is too short for the reason described above. Despite such problems, these tapes are rare and precious records of the band in the early part of its '77 U.S. tour. They especially make us realize that Robert was in fine form from the start of the tour, unlike in the case of the '75 tour.

The "bonus" DVD included in the set contains different types of materials as noted above. Both of the 8 mm films (i) and (ii) are probably amateur shots and are very fragmentary. The quality of the pictures is not very sharp. However, they must have been shot from positions close to the stage, as they include many close-ups especially of Robert and Jimmy. They look more or less alike the more famous shots at the same venue in January '75. I have seen some of the footage from 10 April '77 in some VHS title featuring compilation of rare materials, as noticeable by Jimmy wearing the famous but rare "Storm Trooper" costume. But I don't think I personally had seen those from 9 April '77 before, although Aquarius 11 in his liner notes says that both of the films (i) and (ii) were previously available in the circle. It is painful to see Jimmy playing the guitar for "Ten Years Gone" with his knees bending probably due to heavy sickness. For your curiosity, Aquarius 11 poses a question as to whether the last portion of the film which is supposed to be from 10 April showing Jimmy in the White Dragon suite rather than the Storm Trooper costume is really from that show. (For the information for those who do not read Japanese, the English version of his liner notes is not a complete and precise translation but is merely a summary translation of the Japanese original text.) On the other hand, the slide shows cover numerous beautiful still pictures of the band, some of which are familiar to me but many others of which I had not seen before. Actually, they constitute a wonderful collection of the still pictures from the band's days on its '77 tour! The set comes in a glossy hard case, on the front and back covers of which the color pictures featuring especially Jimmy and Robert in their typical '77 attire are beautifully printed. Inside the case included are 10 hard paper sleeves including each of the CD and DVD discs. A color picture of one or two members of the band is printed on the front of each of those paper sleeves and, on their back cover, the track listing for each disc is printed together with a smaller picture or pictures of the band on stage.

Although I don't own the past EV set "Deep Throat" featuring the shows at the L.A. Forum in '75, Aquarius 11 anticipated, when he wrote the liner notes, that the form of the "Great Chicago Fire" set should become similar to that of the former set. Given the incompleteness of the tapes featured and the bad quality of their sounds, I am not sure whether it is truly worth getting this title for such an expensive price as charged for it. Probably it is not a title recommendable to all fans. However, since I did not own any past title featuring any of the shows in Chicago '77 in my collection, and on account of its beautiful packaging and the "bonus" provided by the DVD, I am personally fine with this purchase which has conveniently filled a gap in my collection in an elegant manner. (Takemi Hiramatsu Dec 05)

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Cincinnati 20 April 1977

Riverfront Coliseum

Disc 1 (51.49): The Song Remains The Same / The Rover Intro - Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / In My Time Of Dying / Since I've Been Loving You (start only) / The Battle Of Evermore / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
Disc 2 (47.33): Moby Dick (cut) / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Trampled Underfoot

This new source to the Led Zeppelin Live catalogue is a very welcome addition. Available only by downloading from the Internet, this is sourced from a third generation cassette copy off the master. Unfortunately this is not complete (we only have just under 100 minutes), it is missing a number of songs, and only the opening notes from Since I've Been Loving You remain. However the sound is very good indeed, a bit boomy, due to the venue, but plenty of bottom end. Not a classic performance, but overall a good standard 1977 show.  (Jules McTrainspotter March 2004)

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27-Apr-77 Cleveland

The Destroyers (Tarantura TCD 10 1-3) 3 CDs, part of a 6 CD set (with 28 April 1977)

Disc 1 (69.11):-The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My time of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Ten years Gone
Disc 2 (50.41):- The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (44.28):- Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Limited to 150 copies, this was also released as The Destroyer on the Flesh label, limited to 100 copies,  but the sound quality on that is no different. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 02)

The Destroyers - Tarantura and The Destroyers - Flesh

Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH, 27 (SBD) & 28 (AUD) April 1977.

This is on two extremely limited (and very expensive) releases. The Destroyers 6 CD set is a 32 bit remastered, limited edition of 150 unnumbered copies in a very special package. The 27th is from a 1st generation SBD tape on gold CDs, and the 28th (master tape AUD recording) is on silver CDs. Both sets are picture discs. Destroyer 6 CD set was released on the Flesh label. This is a limited edition of 100 unnumbered copies on multicoloured CDs. This release will be in a special box set too. Empress Valley have already released the best version of the first night in Cleveland as The Destroyer on 3CDs. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 02)

27 & 28 April 1977
Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH

The Ultimate Destroyers (Empress Valley EVSD 276/277/278/279/280/281/282/283/284) 9CD box set
Richfield Auditorium, Cleveland, OH, 27 & 28n April 1977 [discs 1-6], & Capitol Centre, Landover, MD, 30 May 1977 [discs 7-9]

Disc 1 (60.33): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro-Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (46.03): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc 3 (62.20): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Disc 4 (61.10): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro-Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Surrender/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 5 (43.01): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc (47.47): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Disc 7 (69.40): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro-Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 8 (49.39): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Surrender/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc 9 (62.38): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

Released in September 2004, Empress Valley have upped the stakes in packaging and limited editions against their rival Tarantura, with the release of two big box sets of the famous Destroyer soundboard recording at Cleveland on 27 April 1977, and the excellent (but not without technical problems) second night there on 28 April 1977. In addition they have included the audience recording from Landover on 30 May 1977. There are two different box sets (similar in size to Deep Throat) limited to 150 copies each, one with the red vinyl "Destroyer" cover, and the other with the white vinyl "Destroyer" cover. Both come with a mini replica 1977 Tour programme. The CDs are all gold discs, and are housed in hard cover gatefold slipcases, which is the preferred method of packaging by this label. The soundboard recording for the 27 April 1977 concert has been released more times than people have had hot dinners. Empress Valley set a benchmark in both sound quality and presentation with their 1999 release Destroyer, packaged in a 12" vinyl replica cover. The sound on that was really excellent. This new version is just about the same as that one in length and quality. Things now get worse with the audience recording of the second, and far better performance, night. We know that our heroic taper was having technical problems from the number of four letter expletives emitted by him. However he managed to capture the vast majority of this concert in really excellent sound. Now this Empress Valley release sounds excellent, nearly identical to the Internet downloaded The Destroyer reviewed elsewhere. But, and it is a very big but, 12 minutes of Moby Dick is missing on this release! How on earth can EV have messed this up, what a great pity. Let us hope that they kindly remaster this disc 6 with the complete Moby Dick, easily available, and this will restore this version to the top of the table. Fortunately this box set is saved by the third part of the package, the excellent audience recording from Landover on 30 May 1977. Empress Valley have done a very good job on this, speed corrected the tape as well. This is the best version of this concert. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 2004)

The Supreme Destroyers (Empress Valley EVSD 276/277/278/279/280/281/282/283/284)
27th & 28th April 1977 Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, & 30th May 1977 Capital Centre, Landover

Empress Valley's newest release and their second attempt at the Destroyer show is released as part of a 9 CD boxed set very similar in design to their previous Deep Throat release. There are two versions of the box (limited to 150 copies each) one white and the other red, both of which feature artwork from previous vinyl Destroyer releases. After much pondering I chose the White version as the artwork on the red version is very dark. Inside there are three 3CD sets (All gold CDs) all with different artwork and a mini replica 1977 tour programme. Having not heard their first version of Destroyer I cannot say if it is different this time around, I only have the 2CD Swinging Pig version. The sound is very powerful with lots of bottom end, Bonham's bass drum sounds awesome. All the instruments are clear and separated perfectly, it reminds me very much of Conspiracy Theory in terms of sound quality. The 28th show is an improvement in quality compared with my old copy of Destroyer II on Silver Rarities. It's a lot more clearer and with more bottom end. The 30th May Landover show has for a long time been one of my favourite '77 shows and in my opinion is very underrated in terms of both performance and sound quality, I have the TDOLZ version Running On Pure Heart & Soul The tape starts out quite overloaded for The Song Remains The Same but all of a sudden during the beginning of Sick Again improves drastically, it sounds like the taper turns off the Dolby switch on the recorder. Previous versions had speed problems but Empress Valley have corrected this and now it can be considered the definitive version of this show. (Yage September 2004)

Destroyer (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1977-DVD-A-18) Hybrid DVD-Audio

Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH, 27 April 1977
1DVD-A  Disc Time: 2:40:47 Stereo Soundboard

Tracks: 1. The Song Remains The Same [edit] / 2. The Rover / 3. Sick Again 4. Nobody's Fault But Mine 5. In My Time Of Fying 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. No Quarter [edit] / 8. Ten Years Gone 9. The Battle Of Evermore 10. Going To California 11. Black Country Woman / 12. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 13. White Summer / Black Mountain Side / 14. Kashmir 15. Over The Top / Out On The Tiles / 16. Moby Dick 17. Page Guitar Solo / Star Spangled Banner / 18. Achilles Last Stand 19. Stairway To Heaven 20. Rock And Roll [edit] 21. Trampled Underfoot

The soundboard recording from the first night at Cleveland on 27 April 1977 has been released so many times that I have lost track of all the releases. It was one of the first concerts that I got at the start of the 1990s, when boot CDs were in their infancy. This was the excellent (albeit incomplete) Archive Productions 2 CD Destroyer. Since that time I have obtained this show numerous times, as gradually each new release was a bit better sounding and more complete. This culminated in 2000 when Empress Valley released their superb three CD The Destroyer. Packaged in a beautiful LP sized gatefold package. The sound on this relase was superb, plenty of bottom end and very powerful. The early Empress Valley releases like this and also their Deep Striker have never been surpassed. More recently via the wonders of the Internet the complete reel to reel tapes source has also been available. The source for this new release from Genuine Masters is the original reel to reel (as was the Empress Valley release for that matter). However a different approach has been taken in this new release on a DVD Audio with regard to the way the source has been treated. On this release we get a more evenly balanced sound, with not so much bottom end, but with a very clear and sharp top end. Once again it goes down to each person's taste with regard to how they enjoy listening to the recorded sound. If you like a powerful and punchy sound with strong bottom end, the Empress Valley release will be to your liking. However if you prefer a more "even" sound then this Genuine Masters release will appeal.

This concert has often been compared (unfavourably) with the second night's show, which is partly true. However the first night has some very nice moments, and can be enjoyed in perfect soundboard quality. Several fan originated releases have added another version of the reel to reel source, mainly the in between talk by Robert Plant, to make up a near complete concert. This GM release however only uses the one main reel to reel source. As always there is a very good menu and song navigation. Each song has its own opening title. The DVD is housed in a DVD clasp case, and the high quality printed artwork is up to the usual standards of this label. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 05)

Destroyer (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1977-DVD-A-18) Hybrid DVD-Audio

Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH, 27 April 1977
1DVD-A  Disc Time: 2:40:47 Stereo Soundboard

Tracks: 1. The Song Remains The Same [edit] / 2. The Rover / 3. Sick Again 4. Nobody's Fault But Mine 5. In My Time Of Fying 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. No Quarter [edit] / 8. Ten Years Gone 9. The Battle Of Evermore 10. Going To California 11. Black Country Woman / 12. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 13. White Summer / Black Mountain Side / 14. Kashmir 15. Over The Top / Out On The Tiles / 16. Moby Dick 17. Page Guitar Solo / Star Spangled Banner / 18. Achilles Last Stand 19. Stairway To Heaven 20. Rock And Roll [edit] 21. Trampled Underfoot

This is one of the most famous shows from the band's '77 US tour, because the soundboard recording of the show has long been available since the vinyl era, and it had virtually been the only soundboard recording available to the public from that tour for a long time.  I originally did not like the band's performance of the show as much as that of the same venue on the day immediately following, a good audience recording of which has also long been available from the vinyl era, and I was simply dreaming that some day we would be able to listen to the soundboard recording from the show of the second night.  For instance, I honestly wondered why the same tune "Since I've Been Loving You" played so differently as between the two nights.  The version of the second night sounded really exciting and marvelous, while that of the first night sounded somewhat too slow and dull.  Therefore, after we got into the CD era, although I obtained the Archive Productions' title "Destroyer," I did not dare to get any additional CD releases including many luxurious titles from Japanese labels.  Actually, I had not listened to even Archive Productions' title in a very serious manner due to lack of my enthusiasm in the band's performance at the show.  However, as I started to listen to Archive Productions' title after a long interval in order to compare its sounds with those of the new release from GM, I instantly noticed that there was an annoying balance problem as between the right and left speakers in the audio of Archive Productions' title (at least in its copy of mine).  In comparison, the audio of this new GM's title has no such balance problem, which makes our listening to the tape much more comfortable and enjoyable, especially when we continue to listen to it for a long time.  In addition to that, as many of us expected, the quality of the sounds of (especially the DVD version of) the GM's new title surpasses that of Archive Productions' in their depth, range, dynamism and brightness.  Now the sounds of the tape are very lively and "breath" as they should have done!   When I was listening to the tape in such an excellent quality achieved by GM, I came to realize that Robert was actually singing in a very good strong voice at the show and that, although the band did make some minor mistakes (especially those regarding time signatures) and have equipment problems at the show maybe more often than at some other excellent shows of the same tour, the overall level of its performance at the show was not as bad as I had thought in the past.  Especially, Bonzo was constantly delivering a very satisfying level of performance.  Accordingly, there actually are many exciting and enjoyable moments.  As I listen to the tape which was carefully improved by the "magic hands" of GM, even the band's performance of "Since I've Been Loving You" of that night sounds much more impressive and persuasive than it did before!   I would like to thank GM for having changed and straightened my evaluation of this famous show, with their excellent release of this new title!  On a final note, many of the still slides used for the title this time are artistically arranged.  Highly recommended.  (Takemi Hiramatsu Oct 05)

Destroyer (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-27.04.1977-DVD-A-18) Hybrid DVD-Audio

Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH, 27 April 1977
1DVD-A  Disc Time: 2:40:47 Stereo Soundboard

Tracks: 1. The Song Remains The Same [edit] / 2. The Rover / 3. Sick Again 4. Nobody's Fault But Mine 5. In My Time Of Fying 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. No Quarter [edit] / 8. Ten Years Gone 9. The Battle Of Evermore 10. Going To California 11. Black Country Woman / 12. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 13. White Summer / Black Mountain Side / 14. Kashmir 15. Over The Top / Out On The Tiles / 16. Moby Dick 17. Page Guitar Solo / Star Spangled Banner / 18. Achilles Last Stand 19. Stairway To Heaven 20. Rock And Roll [edit] 21. Trampled Underfoot

Genuine Masters follows up Final Court--the label's massive, over-three-and-a-half-hour, book-closer take on Earl's Court 5/25/75--with another all-time classic soundboard packed onto a single disc. Destroyer (Cleveland 4/27/77) might be the most bootlegged Zep performance ever, and while fans have long considered the performance to be somewhat sub par, the quality of the familiar stereo soundboard recording is excellent and it has never sounded sweeter than it does here. Rather than the revelatory upgrades unleashed in earlier GM efforts, both Final Court and Destroyer are more akin to definitive editions, taking already excellent recordings and applying an insightful, detailed polish to fix many minor problems--let's call them BlackDogged. One might quibble these shows have been bootlegged to death already, so is this sort of incremental upgrade really necessary, but it is their very familiarity that makes hearing them in the best possible quality a kind of never-ending quest. After all, if someone said there was a superior, remastered version of Houses of the Holy, you'd want it no matter how many versions you owned before. I know I would. My first version of Cleveland '77 was a cassette tape I recorded from KISW in Seattle, Washington circa 1981. The station had a regular Live! segement most nights and the occasional bootleg snuck on. That cassette and a vinyl Badgeholders were what I was weened on. I've probably owned 10+ versions of each to date, but with the arrival of Genuine Masters' releases, I do believe my quest has reached a happy ending. (Butterking November '05, an expanded Review from Going Underground, ICE Magazine, December '05)

DESTROYER Hybrid DVD-Audio
LABEL: 
Genuine Masters GM-27.04.1977-DVD-A-18
SOURCE:  Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, Ohio - April 27, 1977
FORMAT: 
Hybrid DVD-Audio, NTSC
RUNNING TIME: 
160:47
SOUND/SOURCE: 
Stereo Soundboard; PCM Audio
PACKAGING: 
Clear DVD Clamshell with High Resolution Insert Artwork
FEATURES:  Multi-Media Interactive Menu, Scene Selection
VIDEO/SOURCE: 
High Resolution Image Slideshow  
SOUND
9 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 8 / VIDEO 10

TRACK LIST: 1. cut/The Song Remains The Same, 2. The Rover Intro, 3. Sick Again, 4. Nobody's Fault But Mine, 5. In My Time Of Dying, 6. Since I've Been Loving You, 7. No Quarter(edit), 8. Ten Years Gone, 9. The Battle Of Evermore, 10. Going To California, 11. Black Country Woman, 12. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, 13. White Summer/Black Mountain Side, 14. Kashmir, 15. Over The Top/Out On The Tiles Intro, 16. Moby Dick, 17. Page Solo/Star Spangled Banner, 18. Achilles Last Stand, 19. Stairway To Heaven, 20. Rock And Roll, 21. Trampled Underfoot

REVIEW: Well, this recording has quite a history for most Zeppelin collectors.  For many, it was our first introduction to an "underground" soundboard recording - and it came to us on vinyl.  For me, it was the DGRM 4LP box set and I quickly transferred it to cassette, attempting to smooth out some of the choppiness of the LPs (whatever that meant at the time!).  To date, through all of the layers of releases of this show (all issued as "Destroyer", the audience-sourced recording from the following night at the same venue has always been "The Destroyer") , the best and quintessential version is Empress Valley's first issue with the LP size packaging.  Genuine Masters have utilized the same source tape for this new "Destroyer", but there is a noticable difference between the two.  Genuine Masters' has an incredible emphasis on the high-end, EV's has more bottom end.  And really, that's where the comparison begins and ends.  In the end it is just a matter of preference and the novelty of this superbly produced Hybrid-DVD Audio with it's slideshow versus what I consider one of Empress Valley's cornerstone releases and its' collectability value.  So, bottom line is the audio presented by GM here is nothing short of spectacular, though I did need to boost the bass on the stereo to accommodate my taste.  Once I notched that up we were off to the races and thoroughly enjoying another stunning visual presentation to accompany the whole experience.  The slideshow again keeps a steady and interesting pace with the imagery refreshing about every 15-20 seconds.  The release info again boasts over 300 high resolution images and it almost seems like there is more than that with the rate of change-over.  Black Dog utilizes a wide array of 1977 images as the core of the "show", varying the treatments from psychedelic to simply classic and rich - framed and otherwise.  Some photos do repeat along the way but are given a different treatment if that is the case.  The theme changes occasionally with a couple of '73 images here and there but we benefit from the maturity of this slideshow approach from GM and the images are usually timed with some recognition for what part of the show we are at.  We get a series of classic John Bonham photos throughout "Moby Dick" and a nod to the '77 acoustic set pictorally for "Battle Of Evermore", etc.  The performance is well-known but what hit me listening to it again this time is how good the show actually is.  This concert on April 27th is always overshadowed by the much heralded second night at The Richfield Coliseum on the 28th. (Unfortunately we only have a mediocre audience tape of that night, which is severely chopped up, to make the comparison.)  As I think back on my first feelings on hearing this tape on that old vinyl, it's all still there and the performance much better than I've recognized before - especially Robert Plant's voice.  And it still blows me away at the superb mixing board performance for this recording as well!  It really sounds like an official live album at times.  Highlights include a perfect "In My Time Of Dying" and probably one of the best versions of "Kashmir" - something I wouldn't have said previously.  Again, seemingly new life breathed into an old story with the release of GM's "Destroyer".  The high end just offers this crispness that is rather amazing - I thought it was too much at the start but as the source tape is allowed to "warm up", it's fantastic.  Just be reminded that this tape is not complete, all the cuts are still there with the intro to "The Song Remains The Same" cut and fades in, "No Quarter" has the center section edited out , as does "Moby Dick".  No surprises there, it's the same issue we've dealt with since day one. Genuine Masters continues to offer their Hybrid DVD-Audio releases with optional CDR audio sets as well.  Actually, I've been enjoying listening to this set repeatedly in the car and at work!  That high end which is so ever-present on the DVD-Audio is tamed a bit on the CDR media providing perhaps a more balanced presentation which again, sounds like an official recording given the low gen source utilized.  It's really wonderful. If you haven't listened to this show for awhile, throw it in.  All I can say though is that you should certainly have either the Empress Valley first version, or here is an excellent recommendation for you with Genuine Masters' "Destroyer".  GM standards in audio presentation are of the highest out there and it's all brought home again with this latest release in a stellar catalog.  "Destroyer" has found home again. SVENGI – HotWacks On-Line Nov/05

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28-Apr-77 Cleveland

Destroyer II (Last Stand Disk) 3 CDs, Roughly 165 mins.

Audience recording from the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland Ohio, on April 29 1977.Twenty-four bit remastered, limited edition of a tape close to being excellent, virtually free of hiss, trebly and overloaded at times. The tape shows wear occasionally and presents cuts and edits almost in its entirety. The band is upfront and the clarity of the instruments is very detailed, the bass is a little indistinct at the end. The cuts and edits eliminate most of Plant's comments, miss the first few seconds of many songs, cause tape disturbances when the recording resumes and interrupt two tracks in progress. Before Nobody's Fault the taper curses as he informs he is having problems, a squeal precedes the first cut, when the recording resumes the first few guitar notes are missing. In My Time is cut briefly in the final vocal a cappella and joined to the last phrase of You Shook Me. No Quaaludes, as introduced by Plant, is cut during the second vocal theme and joined to a couple of seconds of the wha-ed guitar episode, and finally cuts out. Audience noise is minimal, a wise guy is introducing the songs to his mate! s before Plant, an irreverent yell of "this sucks!" in Over the Top ,and the taper cursing again in Stairway; there's some mumbling in the quiet moments, but nothing really annoying. This is a superb gig, the pacing and playing, together with the very enjoyable recording, make for a listening treat. Page is precise, concise and powerful; Jonesy is all over the place; Plant's vocal gymnastics are strong from the beginning to the end and seems genuinely touched by the audience's response; Bonzo is frightening, he seems to destroy the drum kit in every track, the recording captures particularly well his crushing presence. Collectively is the same story, the enthusiasm does not let up a minute, every piece receives special attention and there are no lazy moments. In My Time features great introductory licks to the guitar leads; No Quarter features amazing interplay and Jonesy's most inspired piano playing. Ten Years is overloaded by the loud twelve-string and cymbals, Achilles by the drums, even distorting the tape, but both are very clear. Tape wear is evident in Over the Top, Kashmir and Stairway; there's a little distortion in the encores: Rock and Roll, Trampled. Despite these deficiencies, the performance is not affected at all and allows its enjoyment. This show should restore the faith to detractors of this era. (Rosina Diaz Scali Mar 99)

The Destroyer Storongest Edition (3CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 0015/16/17), 4/28/77 Cleveland, aud

The source tape is identical to "The Destroyer" (4LP, SE-77300), "The Destroyers" (6CD, T6CD-1/2), and "Destroyers II" (3CD, SIRA-197/98/99). Among these previously released items, "The Destroyer" (4LP, SE-77300) is the best in terms of sound quality. But this old analogue bootleg has two problems. One is, needless to say, STH is absent. And the other is, as is often the case with analogue boots, some chat between the songs are edited out. On the contrary, both "The Destroyers" (6CD, T6CD-1/2), and "Destroyers II" (3CD, SIRA-197/98/99) contain STH, but they are straight knock-off of this original analogue "The Destroyer", except STH. IMHO, "The Destroyers" (6CD, T6CD-1/2) maintains the sound quality of the original analog, but Stairway, for which the tape source is used, is inferior to the rest. "Destroyers II" (3CD, SIRA-197/98/99) is not only inferior to the original in audio content, but also contains more cut in No Quarter, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, and Achilles, etc, etc... This newly released item from The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin uses, for the first time as the CD release of this show, their original tape source. As the result, more chat between songs are included. (I suppose that's why the bootlegger named this the "Storongest Edition"). But difference is only in Mcs. Regarding songs, there are exactly the same cut/drop out as the analogue contains. Strictly speaking, first 2 or 3 seconds of Going to California is missing on The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, while it's complete on the original analogue. What makes it worse is that, in terms of sound quality, it's obviously inferior to the analogue. But regarding ST., it's more excellent than "The Destroyers" (BCD, T6CD-1/2). I think this one should be renamed "a bit stronger edition", or something:-) I'm afraid I could not comment on "The Destroyer" (2CD, SECD-77301/02), because I don't own this one, but maybe it is inferior knock-off of analogue Destroyer. (Susumu Omi, Oct 96)

 The Destroyer (Storongest Edition) (Diagrams of Led Zep) 3 CD

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

Probably the best recording of the second night at Cleveland ‘77 (28th April) with an amusing spelling error in the title.  Same source as used for the Tarantura and Silver Rarities releases but this is better quality and more complete than either of those.  Nice card cover too from the increasingly prolific Diagrams of Led Zeppelin people. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01)

The Destroyers (Tarantura TCD 11 1-3) 3 CDs, part of a 6 CD set (with 27 April 1977)

Disc 1(59.56):-Intro/The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My time of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (60.12):- Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Moby Dick
Disc 3 (42.15):- Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

The second night, and an excellent performance. Our heroic taper was having problems throughout the concert (hence the numerous expletives) but he managed to get an excellent audience recording, with a few cuts unfortunately. The sound on this new release is an improvement over the previous two excellent releases by Last Stand (Destroyer II) and TDOLZ (The Destroyer [remastered version]. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 02)

27 & 28 April 1977
Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH

The Ultimate Destroyers (Empress Valley EVSD 276/277/278/279/280/281/282/283/284) 9CD box set
Richfield Auditorium, Cleveland, OH, 27 & 28n April 1977 [discs 1-6], & Capitol Centre, Landover, MD, 30 May 1977 [discs 7-9]

Disc 1 (60.33): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro-Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (46.03): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc 3 (62.20): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Disc 4 (61.10): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro-Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Surrender/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 5 (43.01): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc (47.47): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Disc 7 (69.40): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro-Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 8 (49.39): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Surrender/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc 9 (62.38): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

Released in September 2004, Empress Valley have upped the stakes in packaging and limited editions against their rival Tarantura, with the release of two big box sets of the famous Destroyer soundboard recording at Cleveland on 27 April 1977, and the excellent (but not without technical problems) second night there on 28 April 1977. In addition they have included the audience recording from Landover on 30 May 1977. There are two different box sets (similar in size to Deep Throat) limited to 150 copies each, one with the red vinyl "Destroyer" cover, and the other with the white vinyl "Destroyer" cover. Both come with a mini replica 1977 Tour programme. The CDs are all gold discs, and are housed in hard cover gatefold slipcases, which is the preferred method of packaging by this label. The soundboard recording for the 27 April 1977 concert has been released more times than people have had hot dinners. Empress Valley set a benchmark in both sound quality and presentation with their 1999 release Destroyer, packaged in a 12" vinyl replica cover. The sound on that was really excellent. This new version is just about the same as that one in length and quality. Things now get worse with the audience recording of the second, and far better performance, night. We know that our heroic taper was having technical problems from the number of four letter expletives emitted by him. However he managed to capture the vast majority of this concert in really excellent sound. Now this Empress Valley release sounds excellent, nearly identical to the Internet downloaded The Destroyer reviewed elsewhere. But, and it is a very big but, 12 minutes of Moby Dick is missing on this release! How on earth can EV have messed this up, what a great pity. Let us hope that they kindly remaster this disc 6 with the complete Moby Dick, easily available, and this will restore this version to the top of the table. Fortunately this box set is saved by the third part of the package, the excellent audience recording from Landover on 30 May 1977. Empress Valley have done a very good job on this, speed corrected the tape as well. This is the best version of this concert. (Jules McTrainspotter Oct 2004)

The Supreme Destroyers (Empress Valley EVSD 276/277/278/279/280/281/282/283/284)
27th & 28th April 1977 Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, & 30th May 1977 Capital Centre, Landover

Empress Valley's newest release and their second attempt at the Destroyer show is released as part of a 9 CD boxed set very similar in design to their previous Deep Throat release. There are two versions of the box (limited to 150 copies each) one white and the other red, both of which feature artwork from previous vinyl Destroyer releases. After much pondering I chose the White version as the artwork on the red version is very dark. Inside there are three 3CD sets (All gold CDs) all with different artwork and a mini replica 1977 tour programme. Having not heard their first version of Destroyer I cannot say if it is different this time around, I only have the 2CD Swinging Pig version. The sound is very powerful with lots of bottom end, Bonham's bass drum sounds awesome. All the instruments are clear and separated perfectly, it reminds me very much of Conspiracy Theory in terms of sound quality. The 28th show is an improvement in quality compared with my old copy of Destroyer II on Silver Rarities. It's a lot more clearer and with more bottom end. The 30th May Landover show has for a long time been one of my favourite '77 shows and in my opinion is very underrated in terms of both performance and sound quality, I have the TDOLZ version Running On Pure Heart & Soul The tape starts out quite overloaded for The Song Remains The Same but all of a sudden during the beginning of Sick Again improves drastically, it sounds like the taper turns off the Dolby switch on the recorder. Previous versions had speed problems but Empress Valley have corrected this and now it can be considered the definitive version of this show.  (Yage September 2004)

The Return Of Destroyer (Live Remains LR-04021/022/023) 3 CD in fatboy jewel case
Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, OH, 28 April 1977

The availability of the complete, albeit flawed, audience recording from a second generation source tape for everyone to freely download over the Internet, was a great discovery and a very important release. Live Remains have clearly obtained this downloaded version and have released it in another very attractively packaged triple CD jewel case. The sound on this release has been remastered, but unfortunately has been overblown. An analysis of the sound in a software program such as CoolEditPro or Audition shows that the volume often exceeds 0, which in digital terms means oblivion. This is a flaw with the 'mastering' by this label and is most unfortunate. The performance by the band was extremely good too. Live Remains have slightly fiddled about with the recording here and there, and there is a clumsy edit/repeat right at the start of Nobody's Fault But Mine. This could have been remastered with a lot more effort and care, and would then have been very worthwhile. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 04)

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30-Apr-77 Pontiac

Hot Rods In Pontiac (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

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

The show from the Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan on 30 April, 1977 makes it's debut on this 3 disc set. The complete audience source is very distant, with the treble end being clear and the bass a little muddy. The acoustic set does sound a little closer and there is a tape disturbance in the epic Stairway To Heaven solo. The massive audience is noisy and firecrackers are often let off during the show. Overall classic 1977 stuff, Plant lets rip during the You Shock Me interlude in My Time Of Dying, good Page solos in Nobody's Fault and Since I've Been Loving You, great Jones solo piano on No Quarter and Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp features excellent extended acoustic work by Page and Jones. Despite the sonic limitations one for the general collector.

Hot Rods in Pontiac (The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin) 3 CD

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

3 disc set from the Diagrams of Led Zeppelin label covering the massive open air show at the Pontiac Silverdome on 30th April 1977.  Recording is a little distant and the audience is noisy (lots of firecrackers) but this is not surprising considering the venue and 76,000 people are there.  Plays a little slow too, which is disappointing considering the tape doing the rounds which does not have any speed problems.  Recommended to die-hard ‘77 fans only. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

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18-May-77 Birmingham

Out of the Way (3CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin, TDOLZ 0036-38) Birmingham, 18-May-77, aud

Set List: TSRTS, SA, NFBM, IMTOD, SIBLY, NQ, TYG, BoE, GtC, BCW, BYA Stomp, WS-BMS-Kashmir, MD, Guitar Solo, ALS, StH, R&R

This show has already been released from Antrabata as "Dixie" (3CD). The boxed set of 10 cassette tapes including this show were also released, but I don't own that title. This newly released title is also from audience source tape, but the source is NOT identical to that of "Dixie". In terms of the sound quality, it's still a little bit distant, but much better than "Dixie". However, unfortunately, regarding completeness, this one is inferior. On "Dixie", there is a cut only in the middle of the guitar solo before ALS. On the contrary, on "Out Of The Way", the following songs contain some cut: IMTOD, NQ, BYA Stomp, MD, guitar solo. ALS. ( Susumu Omi, Dec 96)

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21-May-77 Houston

The Dragon Snake (Empress Valley EVSD 341-343) 3 CDs in thick card gatefold
The Summit, Houston, TX, 21 May 1977

Disc 1 (68.15): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro - Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (48.44): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc 3 (67.38: Out On The Tiles Intro - Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Another amazing find by Empress Valley! This title features an excellent soundboard tape of a concert of the band held at The Summit in Houston, Texas from the 2nd leg of its '77 USA tour. As many of you should recall, our collectors circle was wowed when EV released its title "Bringing The House Down" in 2003 featuring an excellent soundboard tape from the band's concert in Maryland on May 26, '77. In the case of that concert, there had been an audience source tape available to experience it before the release of the soundboard. This time, however, there has not been any release of even an audience recording of the concert before the release of this soundboard, which makes this release more surprising to us! The quality of the soundboard tape as I hear in this title is as good as (or even more dynamic and thus better than!) that in "Bringing The House Down". In this tape, each of the instruments and Robert's voice is clearly separated and discernible in a good balance. It especially has good punchy drum and bass sounds. The tape has little hiss, while moderately picking up the audience noise, providing a "live" feeling to the soundboard tape which tends to be too dry. The tape is almost complete but for a very noticeable cut in "Bron-yr-Aur Stomp."

The performance of the band at this concert is not so bad as reported somewhere.
Aside from some minor flaws, the overall level of its performance is very satisfying. The brightest star of this concert is John Bonham who continued to deliver a high level of performance throughout the concert. I almost shed tears when I first heard Bonzo's exciting and wonderful drumming, accompanied by Johnsey's incredible bass playing, in the opening tune "The Song Remains The Same" as captured by the tape. At this concert, Bonzo also shines especially in his drum solos with marvelous stereo effects, as well as in the very powerful "Achilles Last Stand." The recording so vividly and lively revives his amazing technique, power and "feel" that no other drummer in the world would probably ever be able to attain or surpass for good... There also are some funny moments captured in this recording. For instance, Bonzo was often cynically called "Joan Baez of Led Zeppelin" by Robert. Robert also jokingly called Jonesy's three neck instrument "three neck turkey"! The menu of this concert, especially in its encore, is also very interesting. Here, "Rock And Roll" was still played independently rather than as a sequence from a short version of "Whole Lotta Love." It is also quite rare to have "Trampled Underfoot," which sounds very heavy this time, as the ending tune of any of the band's concerts in any year. In addition, there is even some snippet of "Custard Pie" sung by Robert before the band started "Black Country Woman"! The title comes in a thick card gatehold similar to that used for "Bringing The House Down". The artworks used for the title are not particularly attractive but the picture of the band in motion on stage in typical '77 costumes is beautifully printed on its front cover. This is arguably so far the best soundboard recording from the band's '77 tour and should definitely be a new "must have" for all collectors in our circle! (Takemi Hiramatsu July 05)

The Dragon Snake (Empress Valley EVSD 341-343) 3 CDs in thick card gatefold
The Summit, Houston, TX, May 211977

Disc 1 (68.15): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro - Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (48.44): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc 3 (67.38: Out On The Tiles Intro - Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Houston we have a problem". I waited with great anticipation to hear Empress Valley's new soundboard recording of the Houston 1977 show entitled The Dragon Snake. Zep soundboards from 1977 are few and far between. The few that are available are of marginal and erratic performances. The Dragon Snake unfortunately continues this trend. The recording itself has a very "thin" sound to it. Page is having an off night and his guitar does not sound quite right in the mix. The recording reminds me of the Watchtower version of Seattle 1977 called Kingdom Come. That release was also dry and sounded very "thin" and "stale". On a positive note, Bonham sounds excellent and is up front in the mix. Plant is in good voice and seems to be having a good time. It is great to have another previously unreleased show come to light for the fans despite the recording and performance problems. The set list is typical of the early part of the 1977 tour (similar to the Cleveland shows) with the last encore being Trampled Underfoot. The recording is almost complete as noted by the previous reviewer. I can't help but wonder if the recording did not come from the the video feed at the Summit. Hence, the similarity in sound quality to the Seattle 1977 video soundboard source. Is the video soon to follow? Who knows? I don't think Dragon Snake is a must have unless you like the 1977 tour, are a completist, or like the drumming clinic put on by Bonzo. It is always a matter of preference. (Scott Shallcross July 05)

The Dragon Snake (Empress Valley EVSD 341-343) 3 CDs in thick card gatefold
The Summit, Houston, TX, May 211977

Disc 1 (68.15): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro - Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (48.44): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc 3 (67.38: Out On The Tiles Intro - Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Ironic that on the 28th anniversary of Seattle 1977, I am listening to another SBD recording from Led Zeppelin's residency at the Summit in Houston, TX. Brought to you by the folks at Empress Valley. The sound is acceptable as is the performance, but its nothing EARTH SHATTERING. .The first two numbers are a bit off but listen to Bonham's fills! Bob is in good voice as well. Its nice to have a SBD recording of the Zeps in action. Note to the folks at Eelgrass, if and when you knock this title off please call it THE TROUSER SNAKE and on the front cover have a picture of Robert's lower half ala Sticky Fingers.....it would be priceless. (Unklejimbo July 05)

The Dragon Snake (Empress Valley EVSD 341-343) 3 CDs in thick card gatefold
The Summit, Houston, TX, 21 May 1977

Disc 1 (68.15): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro - Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (48.44): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc 3 (67.38: Out On The Tiles Intro - Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Just when you think that Empress Valley have nothing new to offer, after a spate of bland and indifferent releases of old shows, they come up with this! A completely new concert from the 1977 Tour. Houston has not been available even for an audience recording, so an excellent soundboard out of the blue is not only a surprise but a treat. Some years ago the perspicacious Hugh Jones from Proximity published (in issue number 32) the 10 "holy grails of Zeppelin collecting". At number 9 was the Houston 1977 video. From the evenly balanced sound of this release from Empress Valley, I would venture a reasonably educated guess that the source for The Dragon Snake is the audio soundtrack from this video. Whoever has the video has maximised their profits by initially selling the soundtrack to Empress Valley, and no doubt in a few months time their will be a 2 DVD release of the video, which will have been sold for a similar astronomical price to another enterprising label. This is the nature of the beast in the cold commercial World we live in. It is very rare indeed that a new show appears for nothing. Having said that, this release from Empress Valley is a very important and nice one. The sound is very good, just about excellent, although it is a little thin. It pales in comparison to a Millard audience recording, but then virtually everything else does too. However all the instruments and vocals are properly mixed and evenly balanced. This makes the recording pleasant to listen to. Empress Valley have fortunately resisted the temptation to EQ this recording into oblivion, so a gold star is awarded to them for this by Underground Uprising. This concert got a hammering from the local Houston newspapers, but it is a very good concert, notwithstanding the critics. Critics are like eunuchs, they have a reasonably good idea about certain things, but they can't do it themselves. Jimmy Page early on in the concert misses a few cues, but fortunately John Bonham was on hand to help out. In fact Bonzo is the star of this concert, his drumming is a reall joy to hear, and the mix allows us to fully appreciate his genius. Plant introduces him as "the Joan Baez of Led Zeppelin" prior toThe Battle Of Evermore. Plant greets the audience at the end of Sick Again and refers to Houston, and does so again on several occasions. Very useful confirmation that we have the genuine article. As Plant introduces Bonham and Moby Dick, he coughs, and says "Arsenal!". This reference to the North London soccer team was copied from the late, great Eric Morecombe (Morecombe and Wise comedy duo), who often did this in his TV series. Therefore full marks to Empress Valley for tracking this recording down and getting it out to the World. The packaging is in the now virtually standard EV 3 CD release, a thick card gatefold with the discs housed in black card sleeves inside. A tremendous addition to the Live catalogue. (Jules McTrainspotter July 05)

The Dragon Snake (Empress Valley EVSD 341-343) 3 CDs in thick card gatefold
The Summit, Houston, TX, May 21 1977

Disc 1 (68.15): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro - Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (48.44): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc 3 (67.38: Out On The Tiles Intro - Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Trampled Underfoot

Nice liner notes from Aquarius on a double sided small insert with one side in English and one side in Japanese, his English is getting better as well. What else can you say, Empress Valley have done it again. The long rumored Houston soundboard has finally been released. Unfortunately it isn't the same amazing quality as the 1975 soundboards released recently. This appears to be the video source and the sound is very good. Maybe this show will soon surface on dvd. Jimmy's guitar is lower in the mix than the rest of the band, this is especially noticeable during rhythm passages but he is there for sure and the overall sound quality is better than any of the other 1977 soundboard/video recordings. Any and all new soundboards are a welcome addition to my collection.

Jimmy, JP and Bonzo take the stage first then you can here the crowd erupt when Robert takes the stage (clarifying Aquarius liner notes speculating that it was for Jimmy). They then launch into a blistering version of TSRTS. Sick Again has Jimmy spacing out for about ten seconds (maybe flashing back to Cairo) and then he doesn't play the end of the song properly. After that his level of playing rises dramatically. An incredible solo in Nobody's Fault and Bonzo adds a radical fill at the end of In My Time of Dying. After a classic version of SIBLY you can hear Bonzo ask for Over The Hills twice but he doesn't get any response. Nice version of No Quarter, a really different version for sure, Jimmy doesn't take the bait for the second rave up during the hard rock section but delivers some nice solos during the instrumental improv while Bonzo and JPJ play some really interesting games with each other. After the song you can hear Bonzo yell "Jimmy, it's only rock and roll", you may just be able to here Jimmy say "what" and then Bonzo again says "it's only rock and roll", Bonzo is obviously feeling great during this show and his playing shows it. Ten Years Gone is a more delicate version than later in the tour and Jimmy sounds like two guitarists during some of the solos, JPJ's work out on the triple neck turkey and bass pedals can be clearly heard and again you can here Bonzo say "very nice" at the conclusion. The Acoustic set is great, Roberts voice during Battle of Evermore is thrown around the P.A. to great effect, although it sounds dry on the recording without the house ambience. Jimmy gets in some extra fills on the mandolin during GTC. While they are waiting for JPJ to switch to stand up bass Robert sings a few lines from Custard Pie and Jimmy strums the beginning but they don't take it further. Jimmy's acoustic playing during BCW and Bron Yr Aur Stomp is striking, his acoustic picking is crystal clear and precise showing what a great idea it was to bring back the acoustic set. The cut in Bron Yr Aur Stomp is luckily towards the beginning and doesn't interfere with the solo portion of the song. White Summer/Black Mountain Side is not over indulgent and Kashmir is a rocking version that sounds different from other versions because for once the keyboards aren't overpowering the guitar, Robert comes in late on a verse, but that's ok, Robert is singing great tonight and not holding anything back. After Kashmir the PA system starts a weird droning sound and Plant blames it on one of Jonesy's secret weapons. The Drum Solo is 20 minutes long with incredible stereo effects during the tympani section. The guitar solo isn't over indulgent either and the theremin solo sounds great on this recording, again with nice stereo effects. Achilles is one of the best versions ever, it is played more deliberately than later in the tour and Jimmy's main solo is great with Plant letting loose some screams not heard on other versions and Bonzo adding extra fills everywhere. After Achilles the PA starts humming and droning again creating a heavy atmosphere. Robert then sings an old blues reference "I was hungry and you fed me I was thirsty..." which sounds absolutely strange after the bombastic ending to Achilles. The Stairway solo is erratic and Jimmy breaks a string (I guess) during the solo. Before the first encore Robert comments "It's been a great night" and talks about the new Summit and all the smiling faces. Jimmy misses the bombastic entry to Rock and Roll (he fell doing a spin move) but recovers quickly and nails the solo. Trampled Underfoot closes the show with Bonzo hammering everything into submission and Jimmy soloing to infinity. Bonzo probably beat Robert up after the show because he was constantly ribbing him and calling him Joan and John Baez the whole night, hilarious really.

Also, after a visit to Molly's Pub we figured out why Jimmy's sound is so thin on this recording. It is directly related to the fact that on the 1977 USA tour Jimmy was extremely SKINNY. (Stephen J. Christensen July 05)

[NB from Underground Uprising Webmaster: Stephen actually attended this concert (see his recollections in Concert Memories), so this review carries considerable weight and relevance]

The Drum N Bass Show! (Beelzebub Supreme Disc Nos. 47, 48 & 49) 3CDR
The Summit, Houston, Texas, 21st May 1977

Disc 1 (68.13): The Song Remains The Same, The Rover Intro. - Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2 (48.08): Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
Disc 3 (70.28): Out On The Tiles Intro. - Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Trampled Underfoot Bonus Track - interview with Plant and Bonham on Earth Radio in 1976 to promote Presence

Releases by Beelzebub continue to impress. The packaging is excellent. Lightweight cardboard, triple gate foldout. The background colour to the entire package is red. On the front there are separate colour pictures of various of the band members. On the inside there are portraits of Jones and Page, taken during the acoustic section and a general picture of the band. On the rear is the track listing. Full marks to Beelzebub. The discs are housed in the standard Beelzebub envelopes, black background with the symbols in white. I have received and listened to Empress Valley title, The Dragon Snake. The important matter is sound quality. I listened to the Empress Valley release and was a little disappointed. In places it sounded somewhat muffled. A good example for me was Trampled Underfoot. It sounds subdued. I then put on the Beelzebub title. The difference in sound quality was huge. I know assessing sound quality is a very subjective matter. There are many titles that I have listened to where it has been extremely difficult to choose between two titles. Not so here. The difference is palpable. It is in your face. From start to finish the Beelzebub title has more life. There is more bass. There is depth to the instruments. The sound attacks you as you listen to it in the way that you would experience the concert. The Beelzebub title is louder. The difference, however, is not just down to volume. It is far more subtle than that. The sounds are crisper. There is an excitement to the sound. This really is a first class title. At the end of disc 3 there is what is referred to as a bonus track. It is an interview involving Plant and Bonham promoting Presence. This adds, I suppose, a little something to the release. My interest is the concert. I recommend this title without reservation. (John Morrison Aug 05)

The Drum N Bass Show! (Beelzebub Records - 47/48/49)
21st May 1977 - The Summit, Houston, Texas
Digitally Remastered Soundboard Recording (plus bonus track)

The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Ten Years Gone/The Battle of Evermore/Going to California/Black Country Women/Bron-Y-Aur Stomp/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Out On The Tiles-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway to Heaven/Rock and Roll/Trampled Under Foot/Bonus Track - interview with Plant and Bonham on Earth Radio in 1976 to promote Presence

A second release of this show, hot on the heels of Empress Valley, and a much brighter and more pleasant offering to listen to. The 1977 tour is pretty well documented and the highs and lows are well known too. This show falls somewhere in the middle. Quite what possesses Bonzo to overfill at every opportunity is a mystery - maybe Jimmy's inability to get through more than a few minutes without losing track of what he's doing has something to do with it. Performance-wise, another 7.5/10 I'm afraid, but soundwise, well that's something else. Whether remastered from Empress Valley's almost-untouched release or a tape from another source, Beelzebub have managed to make this show a lot more listenable. The Dragon Snake was just too harsh for me, even after the first ten minutes when the sound settles into a more regular groove. This release, however, manages to raise the levels of the more subtle pieces, and reduce the overloud vocals at the same time, making overall a more wholesome sound. The bonus track is a short interview with Messrs Plant and Bonham, not one I've come across before. Clearly a lot more work went into the end product of this release than it's older sister, and the reality is in the hearing. The 1977 soundboard revolution may continue in the same vein, and if they sound as good as this, bring it on!!! (Captain McCrunge Aug 05)

The Drum N Bass Show! (Beelzebub Supreme Disc Nos. 47, 48 & 49) 3CDR
The Summit, Houston, Texas, 21st May 1977

Disc 1 (68.13): The Song Remains The Same, The Rover Intro. - Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2 (48.08): Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
Disc 3 (70.28): Out On The Tiles Intro. - Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Trampled Underfoot Bonus Track - interview with Plant and Bonham on Earth Radio in 1976 to promote Presence

Full marks to Empress Valley for tracking down and releasing this brand new concert, and a soundboard recording too! However the sound on their release The Dragon Snake was a little thin and flat. One must assume that they did very little with the EQ of the original source prior to releasing it on CD. Beelzebub have taken this release and applied an excellent EQ remastering to it. The sound is brighter, sharper, has more depth and punch, and so sounds close to an official release. This new version is tremendous and higly recommended. The added bonus was that it did not cost me a penny, I downloaded it for free. (Brian Damage Sept 05)

The Drum N Bass Show! (Beelzebub Supreme Disc Nos. 47, 48 & 49) 3CDR
The Summit, Houston, Texas, 21st May 1977

Disc 1 (68.13): The Song Remains The Same, The Rover Intro. - Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2 (48.08): Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
Disc 3 (70.28): Out On The Tiles Intro. - Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Trampled Underfoot Bonus Track - interview with Plant and Bonham on Earth Radio in 1976 to promote Presence

Empress Valley have a habit of pulling a very interesting rabbit from out of their hat every so often. So it was when they released a practically complete soundboard recording from The Summit in Houston on 21 May 1977. The fact that this was a totally uncirculated show made it even more interesting. Their release The Dragon Snake is therefore an important one. Empress Valley seemed to have left the sound very much unaltered on this release. They deserve credit for this as the temptation these days is to EQ a recording to the max. When this is done by the likes of Wendy and Badgeholders the effect is often most unattractive and harsh. However Beelzebub seem to have acquired the knack of remastering a source and usually having a really excellent sounding end product. This is certainly the case with this release, the sound is very sharp and powerful and we have now got a really great sounding soundboard that could almost pass as a proper "official" release. The packaging is very attractive too, in a very high quality colour printed gatefold slipcase, and nicely colour printed labels directly onto the discs. All in all this is an extremely good release and well worth seeking out. (Jules McTrainspotter Sept 05)

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22-May-77 Fort Worth

Song Of The South  May 22, 1977 Convention Center - Fort Worth, TX.
Capricorn Records CR-2036 - 1CD
Audio: 8 AUD (Excellent minus)

 This set comes in a standard single jewel case with a photo on the front from the very concert contained within.  How can we tell for sure?  The photo features Mick Ralphs from Bad Company on stage with Jimmy.  Mick joins our superheroes during the encores for the Jerry Lee Lewis track "It'll Be Me".  This is a limited edition of 1000 copies (not very limited, huh?).  This is three to four times the issue run of today's "limited" sets coming out of Japan.  Things sure have changed, eh kids?  The insert has a picture of the Maxell cassette master tape "J" card with the handwritten track listing, venue and date.  It also notes that the show was taped in pure stereo from the seventh row dead center.  This is the last sixty minutes of one SCORCHING show!  The tape cuts into the onstage chaos during Moby Dick.  There is no cue stop separating the guitar solo and Achilles Last Stand.  The guitar solo features "Dixie" and the National Anthem tonight.  Achilles is fast and furious, but suffers a tad from Jimmy's ongoing sticky finger syndrome.  It's 11:20PM at the end of Achilles (You can hear the taper asking his buddy the time), so if the show started on time at 8PM, we probably approach a four hour show by the end of the encores.  The tapers correctly state that Stairway is the next song in the line-up and it's an excellent version.  There's a tape cut in the slower portion of the Stairway solo that's been spliced so cleverly it's hardly noticeable!  There are some balance problems shortly thereafter though and they will come and go for the rest of the tape.  The encores are pretty routine until Plant introduces Mick Ralphs for "what's called a jam".  With Mick and Jimmy on guitars and Jonsey on Piano, they pulled off a very decent (albeit spontaneous - especially for Mick Ralphs) version of the song. Sadly, there are a number of tape issues during this rarity.  One just must wonder though: where in the hell is the opening 3 hours of this show?????  Perhaps the CD should have been titled "Where's the rest of the Tape?".  This show is also available on a set called "Polished Performance 1977" on the POT label in equal (perhaps very slightly improved) sound, but it omits Moby Dick.  Even though the sound is for the most part excellent throughout, this set is probably more of a novelty than a "must have".  Grab it if you can find it, but don't kill yourself looking for it. (Steven Prendergast June 02)

Fort Worth, TX, 22 May 1977

Complete Tarrant Concert (Wendy Records WECD 015/016/017) 3 CDs in a jewel case, inside a card slipcase, with an obi

22 May 1977, Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX

Disc 1: The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / In My Time Of Dying / Since I've Been Loving You
Disc 2: No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur-Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
Disc 3: Moby Dick / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / It'll Be Me

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25-May-77 Landover

Your Teenage Dream (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per ***? SQ *1/2 Appeal HC

Triple disk set from the first night of four at the Capitol Centre, Landover, Maryland on May 25, 1977. Difficult show to review on the strength of this recording as the sound is very distant and muffled. Almost no detail can be heard clearly. The long No Quarter piano solo and Ten Years Gone are a little better than the poor average. For completion of collections only. (Tony Gassett Jan 99)

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26-May-77 Landover

Thunderous Break (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin) Per *** SQ **1/2 Appeal HC

This is another triple CD set from the quartet of 1977 shows at the Capitol Centre, Landover. This audience source recorded on May 26 is very distant, muddy with only the drums having any sort of clarity. There is an improvement during the acoustic set where the band sound closer to the recorder. The audience seems to be noisy and cheering throughout the show. The end of Song Remains The Same and start of Rover/Sick Again is cut, No Quarter has a cut before the last verse, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp has a little tape disturbance at the end as does Moby Dick which also has a small drop-out. Since I've Been Loving You is very powerful, No Quarter an epic and Ten Years Gone is also excellent. Moby Dick for drum solo fans is over 35 minutes long here! Difficult to recommend this release over the May 30 show at the same venue also on Diagrams which is a better performance overall and has a much better sound. (Tony Gassett Apr 98)

Bringing The House Down - Empress Valley, 3CD SBD (EVSD 240-242), 26 May 1977, Landover, MD

DISC 1 (67.21): The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
DISC 2 (49.59): Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Dancing Days, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
DISC 3 (78.30): Out On The Tiles / Moby Dick, Page Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

A nearly complete soundboard from 1977 appears, pulled out of the hat by Empress Valley once again. This time they have done an excellent job, and neatly filled the gaps with the audience recording. This was the second of five nights in Landover, and a better performance than the opening night. There are some real highlights in playing tonight, so this release is an extremely welcome addition to the Live Concert repertoire. The first disc is a completely new SBD recording However a cut in the SBD tape on track 6 (No Quarter), from 3.35 to 4.20 minutes has been neatly filled from the audience recording. The second disc is virtually all SBD, except on track 6 (Bron-yr-Aur Stomp), where the gap has been again neatly filled from the audience recording from 0.42 to 2.45 minutes into the song. The third disc has a fair chunk of Moby Dick missing (track 1), from 25.40 to 35.17 minutes into the number, which has again been plugged with the audience tape. Finally the very end of the concert after the group have left the stage, on track 6, starting at 4.39 minutes, until the end at 6.22, has been filled from the audience recording (with good comments from the taper and his friends, hats off to them!). This is a raw soundboard, although all instruments/vocals are fairly well balanced. So it is different from the Madison Square Garden soundboard from 12 February 1975, which Empress Valley released as Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus. That was a professionally mixed recording (by the legendary Eddie Kramer). However the good thing about this Landover soundboard is the prominence of the bass guitar and the drums of John Bonham. In fact you can hear numerous comments from the great man throughout the concert, which is nice. He rather enthusiastically enters Achilles Last Stand before all the guitar sound effects that end Jimmy Page's solo have finished, and the maestro launches into the opening guitar riff. We tend to focus on Jimmy Page and his wonderful guitar playing, and Robert Plant's amazing vocals, but the real power and driving force of Led Zeppelin was of course John Paul Jones and the incredible drums from John Bonham. There is nobody on Earth that could ever replace John Bonham, he was a totally unique and quite incredibly astounding drummer. This release therefore is a most welcome addition, one that all fans should seek out. The packaging is nice, similar to the same label's Florida Sunshine, a hard backed gatefold, the CDs being housed in card sleeves inside. For a change, full marks go to Empress Valley on their treatment of this show. (Jules McTrainspotter May 03)

Bringing The House Down May 26, 1977 Capitol Center - Landover, MD Empress Valley - EVSD 240-242 - 3CD
Audio: 8.5+/9- SBD
DISC ONE: The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
DISC TWO: Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Dancing Days, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
DISC THREE: Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Page Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

Just as Empress Valley seemed to be (and I'm quoting the Underground Uprising webmaster here) "losing the plot", they pull a rabbit out of a hat and shove it in your face. With very little advance notice, Empress Valley again does the impossible and released an almost complete (we'll get more into this later on) and previously unknown soundboard tape. The tape is from one of a string of Maryland '77 shows that have been overlooked by many over the years because of the rather poor sound quality of the available audience tapes. The exception to this has been the tape from May 30th where the audio quality is quite good. The remaining tapes from Landover are distant and hard to listen to. This is about to change - at least for one of the shows in question. The package Empress Valley used on this set is the same gatefold style book that was employed for their Orlando '71 release Florida Sunshine. The inside of the sleeve has a black and white picture of Jimmy in his white dragon suit with the Les Paul on one side and Plant on the other side with microphone in one hand and a cigarette in the other. The disc sleeves are bound to the center of the gatefold. It's a welcome addition over a jewel case any day in my book. The Aquarius 11 liner notes dated 04.22.03 are in Japanese only this time around with no attempt at an English translation offered. The tape feed fades in with the audience cheering just prior to the start of the show. There's a hint of hiss on the tape and it's lacking the dynamics and depth of the Flying Circus release. The overall tone of the sound reminds me of the Seattle '77 video soundtrack tape. I expect to see some debate about this subject in the coming days. Hopefully someone with a professional set of ears will be able to say for certain. A last minute sound check plows straight into The Song Remains The Same. The first thing that you notice is how prominent in the mix Jones' bass is. There are some faint cracking/static on the tape in spots, but I think it's probably from something on the stage or possibly on the master tape. The first example of this is at the 52 second mark of Sick Again. "Maryland! Good Evening!" Exclaims Plant just prior to apologizing for the delay in starting the show. The opening salvo of songs are pretty standard '77 fare. In My Time Of Dying contains the You Shook Me lyrics just prior to end of the song. During the quite time between songs, Bonzo can be heard shouting. Plant is in good voice tonight as evidenced by the opening line of Since I've Been Loving You. No Quarter is a half of a tick over 24 minutes long tonight. At the 3 minute 45 second mark in the track the audio changes tone slightly signifying a possible source tape switch or even the splicing of a completely different show in to complete missing sections of tape. Thinking the worst, I pulled out my TDOLZ Maryland Deluxe box set and put in the audience tape from the 26th and made several comparisons between the two shows during the section of tape in question and it sounds to me that EV kept on course and we are indeed still listening to Landover. Ten Years Gone is as majestic as ever and is a treat to hear in such clarity. Jonsey's three necked mandolin/guitar is absent at the onset of the track until the sound guys raise the audio levels and the track balances out nicely. After Going To California you can hear someone (Jimmy?) say "Dancing Days" just prior to the start of the guitar intro. It's only lasts a minute before breaking into Black Country Woman though. The soundboard source tape is not complete. During Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, the tape seamlessly flows into the audience tape plugging any gaps. The audience tape lasts near two full minutes before being switched back to the soundboard tape. Kashmir finds the boys losing their place (it seems to be rare that they don't get lost in Kashmir!). They make a nice recovery but it's a preview of what lies ahead. Bonzo's solo lasts 36 minutes on this tape. At 25:57 the audience tape is again employed to plug the gap in the soundboard tape. The soundboard tape comes back at 35:17 making for one large hole that was plugged! Plant describes it as "45 minutes of John Bonham!". The guitar solo contains the Star Spangled Banner. Achilles Last Stand starts out a mess. Bonzo starts in on drums long before Jimmy's into is supposed to be over. After a few seconds, they meet up and proceed on the normal course. A very respectable run through of Stairway follows. Whole Lotta Love is used as an intro to Rock And Roll. Empress spliced on about 2 minutes of the audience cheer to the end of the tape closing out the show. The crowd BOOs loudly when the house lights come on and the tapers can be heard talking and discussing buying T-Shirts (as well as The Eagles on the house PA). This is an excellent release and well worth seeking out for the Tour Over America '77 junkies as well as the casual collector. New source tapes are rare and special indeed but a soundboard tape from '77 is a very rare occurrence. The clear audio on this tape fills in much speculation about this show as the audience tape is a difficult listen and it's hard to hear what's actually happening on stage at times. There will probably be those that roast EV for filling the tape gaps with audience tape but had they not, they would have been roasted for that, so it's a no win situation for them these days. No one ever seems happy with anything, so I suppose you simply try and do what seems right at the time. I would have to really look hard and close to find something to complain about on this set. Grab it while you can get it if your budget allows. (Steve Prendergast May 03)

Bringing The House Down May 26, 1977 Capitol Center - Landover, MD Empress Valley - EVSD 240-242 - 3CD

I can't find anything about this release that I don't like, except the title. It should have been, "If You've Ever Had An Affair with a Member of the Opposite Sex, or Even a Member of the Same Sex . . ." Thank you, Robert Plant, for the comedy. Maybe the audio came from a video soundtrack as suggested in the note of Cynical McTrainspotter, but a cassette master could also explain it. Either way, the tape hiss is barely noticeable and not at all distracting. The obvious point of comparison is the 4/27/77 board, which is technically better without question. This recording is only inferior for lacking the atmosphere and resolution in the upper frequencies, but I feel it is none-the-less excellent. The rich low end frequencies stand in contrast, for example, to the sources used for EV's Earls Court boards -- 5/24/75 and 5/25/75. When I pay obscene, almost embarrassing amounts of money for these things, I want them to look pretty ­ no amateur typesetting or graphic design. In the past, EV has been guilty of both -- nobody noticed that Flying Circus was a hack job on the packaging? This release is really beautiful (see the description above), and I am thoroughly pleased with it as a collector¹s item as well as a sonic document. I won't go into performance details, since that's been done well by Mr. Prendergast. The vibe does seem pretty loose at times, but it sounds like they were having fun, which wasn't always the case in 77. Overall, I'd call this release essential. And thank you, EV, for dropping the English liner notes! (Carter Van Pelt May 03)

Bringing The House Down May 26, 1977 Capitol Center - Landover, MD Empress Valley - EVSD 240-242 - 3CD

This three disc set from Empress Valley is a welcome surprise. Having seen Zeppelin around this time frame in Houston on May 21, 1977 I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this set. Page is lower in the mix than the rest of the band but it doesn't detract from the listening experience. This is likely from the video feed as has already been speculated upon. They used in house video at some of the newer state of the art (at the time) arenas around the country on this tour (they were used in Houston) so it is likely from video or at least it sounds like it. This is a good show, not great mind you but the only thing keeping it from being great is the fact that Jimmy insists on being consistently inconsistent. However, he still manages to pull off his solos and keep up but he seems to be struggling. During IMTOD there is a longer than usual pause before they start the fast boogie section, you can almost see them waiting on Jimmy to start the da da dun da da dun so they can start rocking. Jimmy never really takes off during this song but it could be that the recording level makes it sound like this. SIBLY sounds good, Plant is having a good show. Jimmy has fun with the theramin during No Q then Bonzo gets impatient for the first time during No Quarter when he starts the fast rock section way before JPJ was ready to stop his solo, in fact you get the feeling that they were barely able to use the lasers because of it. No Q is good tonight and there is a small gap filled by the audience source for a couple minutes at the beginning of the song. Page plays his five solos during Ten Years Gone and it's a great opportunity to here JP's triple neck and bass pedal manipulation. The acoustic section is one of the best ever, the vocals are upfront but Jones and Page are evenly balanced. JPJ's vocals even sound good during Battle. A great, short, impromptu version of Dancing Days leads into BCW and there is another couple minute audience fill during the Stomp. White Summer/Black Mountain Side is good and Kashmir is a storming version, Plant gets lost in the vocals towards the end but Bonzo is smashing the drums to smithereens all along. The drum solo has to be one of the longest if not the longest of all time. During this portion of the tour Bonzo was playing very long solos (Houston was a half an hour) but this one takes the cake, unfortunately the recording changes to the audience source right when the synthesized tympani section starts and continues right until the song is almost over when a very untidy edit returns us to the soundboard/video tape. Bonzo's solo was a big presentation during this tour with the drum riser rolling to the front of the stage and various pyrotechnics and lighting utilized to the fullest throughout. The Guitar Solo is about eleven minutes long and then Bonzo's impatience strikes Page this time when he enters Achilles before Page finishes the intro. Too funny, Page just keeps playing the intro until the song really starts and then he and Jones catch up with Bonzo. Achilles is a decent version. They are all over the place when they play this song but somehow keep it together. Stairway is good and Jonesy shines on the keys. WLL/Rock and Roll closes with Page being as erratic as ever during the solo. Overall a great new release and well worth picking up, the sound is a bit dry and sterile but still manages to capture some decent atmosphere. It's great to have something from the 77 era released in this quality while we wait for the legitimate releases to come out in a couple of weeks. The packaging is the very nice hard cover book type that Empress Valley employed on Florida Sunshine. Unfortunately our good friend Aquarius 11 did not have an English translation with the liner notes this time. Now if we can get together and have a petition drawn up requesting Empress Valley to re-release Deep Striker and Eddie in this packaging format, all will be well for a couple of weeks. (Stephen Christensen May 03)

Bringing The House Down - 5/26/77 Empress Valley Supreme Disc

Holy no-notice Batman! Where did this come from!? Whenever I dare to think about all the treasures that have been systematically denied us, I have this vision of where all of these tapes are hidden, I see a James Bond- like mountain lair where the entrance is covered with shrubs and bushes and bootlegs are "set free" to us by revolting townfolk in raid-like spurts. Anyway, on to the show. Unlike a lot of Zep collectors, the '77 tour was always a favorite of mine. Those first 7 songs were just a perfect flow. If I had to pick 2 tours that I would bring to a desert isle with me, it would be the '71 US tour and the '77 US tour. So when I got the heads-up that this SB was coming, I was all a flitter! Of all the Landover shows, this was my favorite night, even while only having listened to it a million times as "Thunderous Break" from TDOLZ in a fair but complete audience recording from the Maryland Deluxe box set. As for SB quality goes, this is pretty decent. The splices from SB to audience are seamless. And as for performance, this show has it's ups and downs now that we can hear it clearly. Bonham seems to really wake up during "Dying" and add some crazy fills that are much more appreciated in this SB recording. On the other hand, I find "NQ" to be a bit boring in the middle section. Overall, this is a welcome addition to any collection. While the quality of most shows cannot be compared to "Flying Circus", this release is a bit better than "Year of The Dragon" in terms of SB depth. So get it while you can! (if you can afford it) They're not gettin' any cheaper, folks! (Brian Daoust May '03)

Bringing The House Down - 26/5/77 Empress Valley Supreme Disc

Upon receiving a copy of the Maryland show I felt a need to redress a misconception mentioned by at least one of your reviewers. There is a presumption that the notes were authored by Aquarius 11. I too am guilty of initially assuming this was the position. I can report to readers - especially those unable to obtain this set and unaware of the true facts - that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the notes have been scribed by another. Upon delivery I examined the package and quickly noted the details describes by the others. The notes however, were packaged on a glossy square of thin card, similar to those found as guarantee slips in chocolate box selections. I at once advanced to The Lamb & Flag. I took the notes and rest of the package with me, the discs work perfectly as a dual purpose item as beer mats. After downing four quarts of "Old Bush's Blairlite" I examined the notes further. My gaze was not steady at first but I perceived such words as Cleveland and New York City but I struggled to make any more sense of it all. I then noticed the typeface- was it more Elvish?, " no, you silly old bugger" said the landlady "its Japanese, they make nice washing machines". "Washing machines" I roared at her twice and then again, "Washing Machines, never heard of a Led Zeppelin brand, ever". I quickly retreated homewards and at once contacted Empress Valley, who have invited me to write the introduction to the Anthology of Aquarius 11 writing, to include the notes for the forthcoming 6 CD Oakland 1977 soundboard set. I've warned them that this task may become impossible unless they reinstate their original scribe, yours with a headache. (Goldsmith 1 May 03)

Matrixing Maryland 2005 (aka Somewhere In The 20th Row)
May 26th 1977 Landover, Maryland
Soundboard/Audience Matrix
SBD - Bringing Down The House [EVSD] & AUD - One Nation Dancing Groove [Electric Magic]

Matrixed using Cool Edit Pro, tracks split using CDWave, converted to flac level 7.

Intro ~ The Song Remains the Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter/Ten Years Gone/The Battle of Evermore/Going to California/Dancing Days/Black Country Woman/ Bron-Y-Aur Stomp White Summer ~ Black Mountain Side>Kashmir/Over the Top ~ Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway to Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock and Roll ~ Outro

The latest effort by slumpy!! Beware if you can't handle the POWER, best to sit as far away from your stereo as possible. This work has made me realize how much "juice" Zeppelin were able to generate at any given night. The 1977 tour may be a hit and miss affair (for some) but here's two recordings of the same show combined for maximum effect.. By themselves the separate recordings leave ALLOT to be desired. The SBD is too dry, the audience has cuts/trembles at points and is way too loud. But by carefully blending them together they provide the right amount "aumbience" and "clarity". Gotta go back to the 20th row and get lost in the music. Thanks for the hard work mate! You're "matrixing your balls out"! In closing it is the fans that continue to set the standard. (Unklejimbo Aug 05)

Refreshing Mistakes (Beelzebub Records) 3 CDR
Capitol Center, Landover, MD, May 26 1977

Disc 1 (66.29): The Song Remains The Same, The Rover/Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2 (49.25): The Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Dancing Days, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
Disc 3 (76.39): Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

Beezlebub Records has stepped up to the plate and hit yet another “Grand Slam” with their release of Led Zeppelin’s 05-26-77 performance in Landover, MD. A new life has been breathed into this Soundboard recording. Beezlebub has added depth and low end, making this release sound much more sonically full and rounded out. All of the previously released versions of this show have lacked the depth that Beezlebub has given to this version.
No Quarter and Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp are complete and uncut for the first time ever, making “Refreshing Mistakes” a must have for your collection. In previous releases of this show an audience source was spliced in where the cuts are, but not on this release. Beezlebub Records is definitely going for the win in the Live Led Zeppelin Pennant Race. Gone is the familiar gatefold packaging of previous releases and in it’s place is a fabulous case with an (insert Tab A into Slot B) style. No expense has been spared on the packaging and Beezlebub Records is definitely here to stay, so do yourself a favor and pick up your own copy of “Refreshing Mistakes” because I’m not giving mine up………..(HarleyDog Oct 06)

Refreshing Mistakes (Beelzebub Records) 3 CDR
Capitol Center, Landover, MD, 26 May 1977

Disc 1 (66.29): The Song Remains The Same, The Rover/Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2 (49.25): The Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Dancing Days, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
Disc 3 (76.39): Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

The release of an almost complete 1977 US Tour soundboard recording by Empress Valley a while ago was another feather in that label's cap. Unfortunately No Quarter and Bron-yr-Aur Stomp were incomplete on that release. The label filled the gaps from the audience recording. It appears that Beelzebub have managed to get hold of a more complete soundboard recording, and this is now presented here in really excellent sound quality. This was the second of four concerts at Landover, and was certainly better than the first night. And we are very fortunate that No Quarter is complete, as it was a really good version, Jimmy Page was in fine form. Plant introduces John Bonham as "Lou Reed's dad" before the start of The Battle Of Evermore. The sound (especially Plant's vocals) are different in the patched part of Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, but this is alleged to be genuine and from this show. Whether this is true or not is open to debate, caveat emptor as always. Luis Rey notes in his "LED ZEPPELIN LIVE" book that on this night that the band's mistakes were refreshing, and hence the title for this release. Luis would be a wealthy man if he got royalties for all the CD releases that have plagiarised his comments. The sound is strong and punchy. The packaging is nice too, with full colour picture discs. (Jamie Boswell Nov 06)

Refreshing Mistakes (Beelzebub Records) 3 CDR
Capitol Center, Landover, MD, May 26 1977

Disc 1 (66.29): The Song Remains The Same, The Rover/Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2 (49.25): The Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Dancing Days, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
Disc 3 (76.39): Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

Empress Valley were the first to release the soundboard source for this above average 77 show as Bringing The House Down (EVSD-240/241/242) and used AUD filler for sections of “No Quarter” and “Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp”. Not only has Beelzebub located a more complete soundboard source of this same SHOW but they have improved by creating a much fuller sound by increasing the bass and treble without creating the metallic sound that other labels have been criticized for . Personally I think Bringing The House Down sounds thin and lacks presence where Refreshing Mistakes creates a much more enjoyable experience. I give credit to Empress Valley for locating the source in the first place however if I had a choice on which release to listen to most, I would choose Beelzebub’s. Just because this is a CDR release, don’t let that stop you from considering seeking out. The discs have professionally printed labels with pictures from the 77 tour and are housed in a well thought out pocket sleeve with locking tabs. (LedMan Nov 06)

Refreshing Mistakes (Beelzebub Records) 3 CDR
Capitol Center, Landover, MD, May 26 1977

Disc 1 (66.29): The Song Remains The Same, The Rover/Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2 (49.25): The Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Dancing Days, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
Disc 3 (76.39): Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

Beezlebub has advertised this show on their website as having complete soundboard recordings of No Quarter and Bron -yr- Aur Stomp. Empress Valley (EV) originally released this title and there were cuts (probably from tape flips) in No Quarter, Bron -yr-Aur Stomp and about 10 minutes of Moby Dick was filled in from the audience recording.
The other reviews of this show have given favourable reviews as the sound quality may be better than the EV review. My concern is a misleading statement where Beezlebub claims their source is more complete. I recently compared their source of Bron-yr-Aur Stomp to the Electric Magic audience recording of the show. EM's audience source appears to be consistent in sound quality throughout the track. From approximately 1:30 to 2:30 on this track there is material on this track that leads one to believe that Bron -yr-Aur Stomp has been completed by using samples from other performances. I have heard opinions that suggest that part of these samples include the vocals being altered from the LZ III and a couple of lines from HTWWW.
I didn't bother to compare NO Quarter and Moby Dick, but I did compare Bron -yr-Aur Stomp to the EM release. Around 2:05 Robert sings the phrase "call your name". What I seemed to notice was that Robert pronounced "name" slightly different on the audience recording. In my opinion if he pronounces "name" slightly differently on the SBD source as he does on the same corresponding point on the audience recording something is fishy. I did not try to find out where the samples came from. All I was trying to do was rule out whether or not Bron -yr- Aur Stomp was a complete SBD performance from this show. In my opinion, this track is not the complete performance of the song on the SBD recording.
If Beezlbub wish to refute the claim, their best defence would be to release their complete raw source tape of wehre this snippet of Bron -yr-Aur Stomp came from. I somehow doubt that will happen. This is not the first time gaps in songs have been filled in with other performances as the first issue of Belfast 71 comes to my mind.
The other issues that I wonder about are: Is No Quarter the same as on the audience recording? Was Moby Dick just a copy of the track from the EV release? Did Beezlebub really find their own source tape of this show, or did they take the EV CD, insert a few samples and then EQ and enhance the recording? ( Bobby Plant Nov 06)

Refreshing Mistakes (Beelzebub Records) 3 CDR Capitol Center, Landover, MD, 26 May 1977

Disc 1: The Song Remains The Same, The Rover/Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2: The Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Dancing Days, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
Disc 3: Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

Review:  I recently bought this title after hearing all of the praises about the sound quality and have to say this is a major disappointment.  Empress Valley released this soundboard recording first and that is a superior release over this one.  Empress Valley sounds more natural and organic but Beelzebub sounds very tinny and terrible. The cut in the tape with Bron-Y-Aur Stomp is an obvious fake.  Comparing the audience recording with the new soundboard is interesting because they are completely different.  It sounds like Beelzebub stole a piece from another soundboard recording and inserted it thus duping us into believing they found the complete master.  This is the biggest and most dishonest thing to come out in a long time and this should be avoided at all cost. 
(Belzlegion Dec 06)

Refreshing Mistakes (Beelzebub Records) 3 CDR
Capitol Center, Landover, MD, 26 May 1977

Disc 1: The Song Remains The Same, The Rover/Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2: The Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Dancing Days, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
Disc 3: Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

Well, it certainly seems that Beelzebub have pulled a fast one here, and this title has certainly put me off purchasing anything else from them. Having had this release for some time now and listened to the show several times I can say clearly that the Empress Valley title Bringing The House Down is a better release. Beelzebub have EQ'd the hell out of this and while the bass tones sound warmer Jimmy's guitar sounds very unnatural in places. This fact coupled with the dishonest inclusion of the supposed soundboard version of NQ etc leaves me very dissatisfied with the whole release. On top of that I think that the packaging and artwork are probably amongst the worst I have seen, but that's just my opinion. On the whole I would say avoid this title and get Bringing The House Down and just turn up the bass tones on your amp. (Adrian Jones Feb 07)

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30-May-77 Landover

Destroyer III (T3CD-8-1/2/3 Tarantura)

CD 1: (69:31) The Song Remains the Same (unbalanced, muffled, and overloaded), The Rover intro./ Sick Again (the beginning unbalanced, muffled, and overloaded), Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter (small cut in the beginning vocal section)

CD 2 (46:46) Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir

CD 3 (56:09) Out on the Tiles intro./ Moby Dick (last half cut), guitar solo (includes Star Spangled Banner), Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock & Roll

After the initial tape problems, the remainder of the show is a very good clear audience recording. The tape, however, does suffer from too much bass reverberation and balance problems throughout. Plant sings a little bit of Surrender before Black Country Woman. If Trampled Underfoot was done as the final encore, it's not on this release. (Brian Ingham August 96)

Running on Pure Heart and Soul (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) 30/5/77 Aud.

Per **** SQ *** Appeal G

Previously out only on the ultra-expensive Tarantura label, this is the best night and recording of the 4 Landover dates in the middle of the 1977 tour. The audience source for this last Landover show on May 30 is mostly good. The opener The Song Remains The Same is overloaded, but the sound improves afterwards only marred by distortion in places, especially in the acoustic set and by a cut in No Quarter. Superb version of No Quarter, during the instrumental Page plays some subtle and restrained lines. Stairway and Ten Years gone are well worth investigating. Diagrams have released the other 3 nights either in a complete 4 gig package or as separate triple CD sets. (Tony Gassett May 97)

Running On Pure Heart and Soul (TDOLZ 025)

SQ: 7-7.5

This recording is initially excessively distorted (throughout The Song Remains the Same). However, prior to the first verse of "Nobody's Fault But Mine" it clears up significantly, though some distortion persists for the duration of the show. The clarity and vibrancy of the recording continue to improve as the recording progresses. In addition, the source does not suffer from distance or from excessive crowd noise. However, the recorder seems to be overwhelmed by the dynamic range of some of the "heavier" tracks. Page and Plant are a bit more upfront than the rhythm section in this recording. With the exception of the LA gigs (6-21,23,25,27-77) and the Cleveland soundboard, this is perhaps the best of the remaining full- length audience recordings from the '77 tour available on disc. My copy runs a few fractions slow.Due to the poor nature of some of these recordings, the Landover series of concerts is often overlooked in the discussions of the '77 tour. However, these are among the very best shows of the '77 tour, and the atmosphere of the Cap Center is second to none. After a few late entrances and a good harmonica piece in "Nobody's Fault But Mine", Plant holds nothing back in one of the best '77 versions of "In My Time of Dying" (not quite on the level of 6-25-77). Plant's voice is rough and powerful throughout this show as evidenced by his strong vocals in "In My Time of Dying" as well as "Since I've Been Loving You". "No Quarter" is epic to say the least and features a great/fun instrumental interlude (with Jones doing his best Jerry Lee Lewis), until Page takes over with some extremely heavy playing more befitting the mood of "No Quarter". This is without question among the best versions of this song I have ever heard. Plant makes much ado regarding Jones' slow transition from "grand piano" to bass prior to "Ten Years Gone", and describes the transition to the acoustic set as a "change of colors". The audience enjoys every moment of the great acoustic set, and the band seems to feed off the great vibes/positive atmosphere. "Surrender" is nothing more than a brief unaccompanied Plant reference prior to "Black Country Woman". "White Summer/BMS" serve as a very dramatic intro to the powerful "Kashmir". A powerful "Achilles" is followed by perhaps the best '77 version of "STH" (featuring an exceptional solo by Page... who has been inspired and consistent the entire evening), and the recording finishes with "WLL/ Rock and Roll". A good recording of a great performance; well worth having and a welcome addition to CD. TDOLZ's multitude of quality new releases over the past year, has made them the premiere new Zep label. (Paul Holdren April 97)

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03-Jun-77 Tampa

See 03-April-77

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07-Jun-77 Madison Square Garden

Back to the Garden (Diagrams of Led Zep) 3 CD

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

3 Cd set of the first night at the M.S.G. ‘77 (7th June) on the Diagrams of Led Zeppelin label, this time in a jewel case.  Reasonable audience recording of a good show. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

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08-Jun-77 Madison Square Garden

Second Night In The Garden (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per *** SQ ** Appeal HC

First time out for this show on June 8 from the string of six Madison Square Gardens, New York dates in 1977. This audience source is on 3 discs and is complete save for 2 cuts in Achilles. For the most part the sound is distant and muffled making it difficult to discern much detail. Both Song Remains The Same and Stairway have problems with channel dropouts/volume changes. Only the acoustic set and the Page guitar solo are a little clearer and brighter. It is just about possible to say Kashmir is a good version and Plant is in good voice on Battle Of Evermore. The audience are loud and let off firecrackers periodically and are not very impressed by an uninspired Moby Dick. One for '77 completists only.

Second Night In The Garden (TDOLZ)

June 8, 1977
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY.
The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol. 21 - 3CD
Audio: 6+ AUD

Track Listing:
DISC ONE: The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter.

DISC TWO: Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman/Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir.

DISC THREE: Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Page Solo, Achillies Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

This 3CD set comes sandwiched in a single pocket paper sleeve jacket - typical of early TDOLZ offerings. A fairly distant recording. Nobody's Fault But Mine has the crowd going bonkers, especially during the breaks. In My Time Of Dying includes a touch of You Shook Me at the end. The distant recording makes it hard to hear what Plant is saying at times. There's a cut in the tape right after Since I've Been Loving You (the taper probably knew No Quarter was next and that he'd need fresh tape). Ten Years Gone just drags on forever - either the tape runs slow (weak batteries perhaps?), or the band was really relaxed and taking their time. There's a cut in the tape right after TYG, so my guess is that the tape drags due to weakening batteries. The speed seems to pick up after the cut telling me that the taper refreshed his tape and power source during the cut. There's more teasing of Gallows Pole in the break right before Going To California, but it' s just that, a tease. Bonzo has some very nice drumming in Kashmir. (Steve Prendergast)

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10-Jun-77 Madison Square Garden

Rock 'n' Roll Circus

June 10, 1977 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin TDOLZ 0012/13/14

Disc 1: The Song Remains the Same, The Rover/Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter

Disc 2: Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick

Disc 3: Heartbreaker, Guitar Solo (Including Star Spangled Banner and Dazed And Confused), Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll

The first release of this show on the Diagrams label. The recording is a bit distant, but very clear with almost no tape hiss. The show is complete except for a small cut in No Quarter, Moby Dick, and the tape end about a minute and a half into Rock and Roll. Led Zepppelin's six night residency at the Garden on their 1977 tour has not received the respect of their stay in Los Angeles, making these shows a bit obscure. This night, which was the third, is one of the best from the tour. They playing is tight, and they are showing more latitude in their set list. This is the first night where they played "Over the Hills..." instead of "In My Time...", and also the first where they play "Heartbreaker" (to the delight of the crowd). This recording is also an accurate representation of what it was like going to a show at the Garden during the 1970's. Lots of firecrackers (many timed well, especially during the guitar solo), and air horns gives this concert the feeling of a midsummer's night "event". The highlights of this tape are the impeccable "Since I've Been Loving You," "Ten Years Gone" (which is a highlight of all of the 1977 shows), and "Achillies Last Stand" which drives the crowd bonkers! Very good job by this wonderful label. And the packaging, three discs in a gatefold sleeve, contain really good photos from the time period. (G. Sparaco Apr 99)

Rock’n’Roll Circus (Diagrams of Led Zep) 3 CD

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

3 Cd set of the third night at the M.S.G. ‘77 (10th June) on the Diagrams of Led Zeppelin label.  Good audience recording spoilt only by a few edits and three mastering faults (just before ‘No Quarter’, ‘Going to California’ and ‘Moby Dick’) where the spoken intros of the next song are repeated.  Performance ranges from brilliant to erratic. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

Rock 'n' Roll Circus (TDOLZ)

June 10, 1977
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY.
The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol. 6 - 3CD
Audio: 7.5+ AUD
Track Listing:
DISC ONE: The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter.

DISC TWO: Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick.

DISC THREE: Heartbreaker, Page Solo, Achillies Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

Package is the standard TDOLZ gatefold paper sleeve with photos from the era. Absolutely crazy audience; Air horns, whistles, firecrackers and the band has not even taken the stage yet! Sound is a bit distant with the sound echoing around the Garden but this is still a very listenable (and enjoyable) recording. Plant greets the audience after Sick Again and adds a "special good evening to our friends from Wales" and also reminds the crowd that "you all might have come from Wales at sometime...". Tonight it's airhorns, bird-chirp whistles, firecrackers, yelling, screaming and howling - it's a really rowdy audience, must have been one hell of a big party. Over The Hills And Far Away has the crowd going nuts. This is the first airing of this track in awhile and they proceed to effortlessly plow right through it. The boys are in good forum tonight - Jimmy's fingers are loose, Plant is in good voice and Jonesy and Bonzo keep their end of the airship airborne. Since I've Been Loving You has Jimmy's fingers really loose. There's a mastering flaw on disc one after SIBLY, Plant's intro to No Quarter is repeated. No Quarter tonight tips the clock at 27 minutes. There's a cut in No Quarter and I can't decide on how much of the song was lost because of this. It's still 27 minutes, so it must not have been that much. There's tape disturbance/excessive distortion at the end of No Quarter and again during Ten Years Gone. A very smooth, carefully constructed Ten Years Gone is played tonight only hampered by the disturbances previously noted (as will additional songs throughout the night) . It's a shame that the taper wasn't just a little closer to the stage. The Battle Of Evermore's intro from Plant is "This is a song, that umm... let's just say it had a young lady assisting us on vocals when we first did it and we've managed to convince the young lady in the group with us to do the singing tonight as well - it features John Paul Jones on vocals........ JOHN PAUL JONES ON VOCALS!?!?" Yet another mastering issue at the end of BoE - the same Plant audience chatter is repeated. Going To California gets one hell of an ovation and the crowd really comes to life. Black Country Woman and Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp has the audience in complete chaos. The Garden was definitely rockin' on this hot summer night. The tape gets crushed under the weight of the audience's hysterical response to the start of Kashmir. Heartbreaker is played tonight for the first time on the tour. Achillies Last Stand features a hopelessly out of tune guitar but is otherwise excellent. Rock And Roll cuts out about 2 minutes into the song. This set can be considered by the general collector, but don't expect "Listen To This Eddie" sound. It's very good, but not the same calibur as LTTE. (Steve Prendergast)

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11-Jun-77 Madison Square Garden

Eat The Biggest Apple (No Label)

Per **** SQ *** Appeal: HardCore Only

First time out as the almost complete show from Madison Square Gardens, New York on June 11, 1977. For the most part this 3 CDR set is the poor audience source, with the very good soundboard source used from Jones' first solo in No Quarter to the end of Battle Of Evermore. The sound starts off as distorted and distant, with the drums prominent and the guitar/bass detail difficult to hear. This improves after a while and becomes dramatically better when the soundboard source cuts in. The last number, Heartbreaker is cut during the solo. Standout track is No Quarter, the Jones/Page/Bonham interplay is breathtaking. Good guitar solos also on Nobody's Fault, Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway. Generally difficult listening puts this in the hard core collectors camp. The cover artwork, swastika, scene from The Night Porter etc. is in pretty poor taste. (Tony Gassett Sept 98)

Coast to Coast Label: Celebration Dates: (tracks 1-3) Madison Square Garden NY 11/6/77 + (tracks 3-7) Kingdome, Seatle Washington 17/7/77  Sound Quality: Excellent SBD.

Tracks: No Quarter (begins few minutes into  the end of 1st verse) 20:31,Ten years gone 10:13, Battle of Evermore 5:56, Achilles last stand 10:33, Stairway to heaven 15:56, Whole lotta love 1:46, Rock & Roll 4:18 (total:78:05!)

Comments: Nice new soundboard recording  from the Celebration label. Comes in regular plastic case with descriptions of the full track list of both shows with reports of what the Zeps did after the NY show & descriptions of the many problems that plagued the Seattle show. Begins with a rocking No quarter (misses first few seconds). JPJ is really having fun on the piano & JP joins him for a 30 minutes jam. Afterwards, Plant,  before presenting the next song, is joking on the too many Heinekens they have  on the stage. Nice n easy TYG follows, with Plant pushes his voice higher. Acoustic BOE follows, with Plant & JPJ seem to be having a lot of fun. The  sound of this show is clear crystal SBD with no defects at all. After this comes the 2nd show, with inferior sbd recording with constant balance problems between  the channels.. As the booklet says, Zep didn't seem to have benefited from the 3 week break. Plant voice is weak & ALS, with Page completely botching it, is  not persuading. Sloppiness is evident on this song. In Stairway the the band improves (The sound too). When Bonham joins, the sound becomes much more  stronger & breaths. Excellent accompanying of Page & Jones. Heavy &  short WLL follows, which conjunct with Rock n Roll. The sound quality remains  superior all the time. In short: Very Recommended in general to all, even if you have aud versions. Also , I got it cheap. (K.R August 2001)

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13-Jun-77 Madison Square Garden

Over The Garden (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per **** SQ *** Appeal G

Yet another '77 gig from Diagrams, but first time out for this audience source from the June 13 show at Madison Square Gardens. This 3 CD set starts off muddy and distant, with the drums and bass being particularly faint then clears up during Sick Again - with the guitar coming into prominence. The sound then is good for the rest of the show, apart from a slight deterioration in Achilles Last Stand. There are a few minor cuts during Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Ten Years Gone, Heartbreaker and Black Dog. The audience is very lively during this gig and this is picked up by the recording on occasions, including what sounds like a firecracker during Ten Years Gone. The standout performances in this generally good 77 show are Over The Hills, Heartbreaker and Stairway. Page gives some excellent lessons in vibrato and string bending during No Quarter! (Tony Gassett June 97)

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19-Jun-77 San Diego

California Mystery Train (Blimp 002/003/004)

San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California, June 19, 1977

CD 1: (65:13) The Song Remains the Same, The Rover intro./ Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying (includes You Shook Me) (muffled in two separate spots in the middle, also contains a muffle/dropout in the middle), Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter (tape change prior to cuts first half second from keyboard intro.)

CD 2 (50:45) Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Mystery Train, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (includes hints of Dancing Days), White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir

CD 3 (42:43) guitar solo (includes Star Spangled Banner and Dixie), Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock & Roll

California Mystery Train uses a very good to near excellent audience tape source. The Song Remains the Same through most of Sick Again is very good because the volume of the guitar is low in the mix and the sound is slightly flat. The sound also travels a little in the mix. There is a noticeable point near the end of Sick Again at which this changes for the better. There is also very little tape hiss. Taped by the same person that recorded the LA shows, it is very close to the stage. The recording picks up some nearby audience noise. But it is to the rear of the mix. Only The Battle of Evermore contains some intrusive nearby yelling by the audience. Originally I believed that Bonzo did not play this show. However here's proof that he did! (Brian Ingham Oct 98)

Mystery Train (Badgeholders) 3 CD
Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, June 19, 1977

CD 1: The Song Remains the Same, The Rover intro./ Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
CD 2 : Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Mystery Train, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
CD 3 : Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

The title 'Mystery Train' recently issued by a label called Badgeholders features an upgraded much better version, than the old one which has long been available to the public, of the audience tape, recording Zep's performance in San Diego on June 19, 1977. The same upgraded tape has also been released in the title called "San Diego Mystery Train" by the Wendy label. However, as a result of my trial listening of both titles at the store, I chose the Badgeholders' title, because it sounded more natural, probably due to the equalizing used in the Wendy's title. As you know, their performance, especially Bonzo's, was not as good as those of the six nights at L.A Forum immediately following, the sound featured in the newly surfaced tape is now much clearer and almost as good as (or may, especially from near the ending of "Sick Again," be even better than) some of the tapes recording the L.A. nights! Listen to the very lively "sexy" sound of Jimmy's guitar in the intro of "Since I've Been Loving You"! Therefore, it has become one of my most favorite collections from '77. (Takemi Hiramatsu Jan 05)

Mystery Train (Badgeholders BH003 -01-02-03) 3 CD
Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, June 19, 1977

CD 1 (65.39): The Song Remains the Same, The Rover intro./ Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
CD 2 (52.18): Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Mystery Train, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
CD 3 (43.52): Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

No doubt the late Mike Millard regarded this concert as a warm-up to the six upcoming concerts at the LA Forum a few days later. He fortunately managed to capture the entire concert in excellent stereo sound once again, and numerous labels have released this recording before, with varying degrees of success. A new label, Badgeholders, has now put this concert out in excellent sound, and have done a very good job with it too. The performance by the group was a little erratic, John Bonham was under the weather and they dropped Moby Dick from the set this night. But the recording is extremely clear and sharp and most enjoyable. From reports that I have seen it looks like the Wendy Records version of this concert (San Diego Mystery Train) is one to avoid at all costs, as they appear to have made a complete hash of the recording by excessive EQ. Therefore this title is well worth seeking out. The packaging is slightly different, the three discs are housed in a slimline double jewel case, and rather than having a back insert the third disc is held there. The jewel case comes inside a glossy colour card slipcase. (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 05)

San Diego Mystery Train (Wendy, WECD 35/36/37) 3 CD
The San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, 19 June 1977

Disc 1 (67.42): The Song Remains the Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (51.32): Ten Years Gone/The Battle of Evermore/Going to California/Mystery Train/Black Country Woman/Bron-y-aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountainside/Kashmir
Disc 3 (42.56): Guitar Solo (including Star Spangled Banner & Dixie)/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway to Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock and Roll

The packaging. This 3CD set comes in a fat jewel case. There is an Obi strip. The artwork is what you would expect from a Simpsons Halloween Special. The writing adopts a dripping style. The artwork is obviously inspired by reference to the title of the release. There is a card insert for the front cover. Across the top part in blue writing are the words "Do You Dare Listen to This?" At the bottom right corner there is a small picture on Hitchcock. In the middle there is a picture of Page and Plant with jokey bubble captions. To the rear there is a standard period picture of the band. The pictures of the band used for this release are exactly the same for the recent Badgeholder's release of this concert. A bit odd that two independent titles should use exactly the same pictures. At the bottom of the rear card we are told that the tape source is a first generation master of a Mike Millard recording. In very small print at the bottom we are told that the source tape was digitally re-mastered during December 2003. Not that long ago Empress Valley and Watch Tower battled it out with their releases. At the time collectors were left with a dilemma, which title to buy. It was usually the case that one of the releases would have better sound quality than the other. A reviewer at the time commented that if he had the funds he would simply have bought both Empress Valley's and Watch Tower's titles. I acquired Wendy's release and also Badgeholder's release titled Mystery Train. I have all the releases by Wendy to date and have most of the Badgeholder's. The Wendy releases, by in large, have been most enjoyable. The same could not be said for the releases to date on the Badgeholder's label. This label's titles, in my opinion, tended to be marred by excessive equalisation - metallic sounding. I expected the Wendy release to be the superior title. How wrong could I be? The Badgeholder's title is not just a little better. It is not a matter of splitting hairs. It is significantly better. As regards performance those more knowledgeable than I have commented that the band had not yet reached the peak that was evident during the Los Angeles series of concerts. Bonzo was out of sorts, Plant tells us on numerous occasions during this concert that Jonesy had a bad back and Page had a sore hand. However listening to the Badgeholder's title suggested to me that the band really were on form. The performance ranks along with the Los Angeles concerts. Although I am supposed to be reviewing the Wendy release my comments concerning sound quality refer to the release by Badgeholder's. The sound quality is astonishingly good. I know that we are dealing with a Mike Millard source tape. The man was a genius. Notwithstanding it is a truly wonderful sound. Just play the acoustic section. The refrain at the beginning of Ten Years Gone has never sounded sweeter. The sound quality is clear and sharp but with feeling. Plant's vocal is superb. Battle of Evermore, with the band harmonising, is a joy to hear. I don't think I have heard the acoustic section from an audience recording in 1977 sound so good. At the beginning of White Summer when Page is strumming Bonzo is accompanying him - the drum sound is superb. Then you have the gradual build up to the introduction to Kashmir. When this song starts the music just hits you. It is a glorious wall of sound. There is a lot of Plant chat between songs. It could not be more clear. Now I don't want to go making a fool of myself as I am but a mere novice in these matters however, in my opinion, the sound quality on Badgeholder's title is up there with LTTE/Empress Valley Christmas Edition. Had the Wendy title been released on its own then it would have received a reasonable review. The Wendy release suffers by comparison with Badgeholder's release. The Badgeholder title is in a poor quality slimline jewel case. When mine arrived it was broken - it was part of a larger package that had no other casualties. I know Badgeholder are a budget label but for a few pennies more they could have provided a good quality jewel case. What chance the good people at Badgeholder's will send me a replacement case? Badgeholder's Mystery Train is a must have. (John Morrison Jan 05)

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Listen To This Eddie (3CDs, Silver Rarities Master Series, SIRA 161/162/163)

Disc 1 (68.47): Opening Crowd Cheering / The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 (70.41 ): Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Moby Dick
Disc 3 (55.58 ): Heartbreaker / Jimmy Page Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love - Rock And Roll

The Silver Rarities label had previously released this concert as three seperate single discs, from a higher generation tape. This release, taken from a genuine first generation Mike Millard source tape, is much clearer. The temptation to use digital sound processing, which today is beloved of all boot CD labels, was avoided when this release came out, and it shows. This wonderful recording, surely Mike Millard's finest, is a tribute and a fitting reminder to his memory, of his sometimes troubled life, ending with his tragic suicide. Millard destroyed all his Led Zeppelin master tapes before he died. This release only uses the famous "Eddie" source tape, so there is an incomplete Ten Years Gone on disc 2. The source for this releases was a first generation cassette copy, speed corrected and transferred to DAT. There are a few other fades and cuts, but the important thing is that the original sound shines through, without it being cranked up by the overzealous use of EQ. This title is now very scarce and difficult to find, but it is well worth seeking out, so you can hear Millard's original recording in all its untampered glory. The packaging makes a very nice change, and reminds one of the original TMOQ minimalist vinyl artwork. On a white background the front cover insert has a maroon stencil type with the words LED ZEPPELIN and LISTEN TO THIS EDDIE on it. The back insert is a blank white cover. There is a loose insert with the track listings (disc 1 is incorrect, there should be 7 tracks, not 6). What a nice change to the often totally over the top exotic packaging, as today's labels desperately try and tempt fans to buy their releases, not so much for the concert and sound quality, but how it looks. This is the way it should be done. (Jules McTrainspotter May 03)

Power & Glory (20CD, The Diagram of Led Zeppelin)

Disc 1(TDOLZ-509701): 68:15 TSRTS, SA, NFBM, OtHaF, SIBLY, NQ

Disc 2(TDOLZ-509702): 71:31 TYG, TBoE, GtC, BCW, BYA-Stomp, WS-BMS Kashmir, OotT-MD

Disc 3(TDOLZ-509703): 55:41 HB, Guitar Solo, ALS, StH, WLL-R&R

Source tape is identical to that of all boots previously released, such as "Listen to This, Eddie" (2LP, RSR-202), "Listen to This Eddie (Part 1, 2, 3)" (3CD, SIRA-14/15/16), "On the Whispering Wind" (2CD, TNT-910114/5), "A Week for Badgeholders" (19CD, T19CD-1~19), "Listen to This Eddie-Master" (3CD, SIRA-161/62/63), and "Remaster Version-Listen to This Eddie" (3CD, JR-06/07/08). Among these previously released boots, "Listen to This Eddie-Master" (3CD, SIRA-161/62/63) and "Remaster Version-Listen to This Eddie" (3CD, JR-06/07/08) are the best in both sound quality and completeness. (For those who likes strongly bass enhanced version, "A Week for Badgeholders" is also fine. It's the matter of one's preference.) But "Power & Glory" has the following advantage in completeness over these previously released items.

1. TYG is still incomplete, but missing portion is approx. 1 minute shorter than abovementioned boots.

2. All other boots contains cut between Guitar solo and ALS, but P&G doesn't.

So P&G is the definitive boot of this show? Unfortunately, the answer is negative. Sound quality of some portions, especially, the beginning of OotT is a bit flat, and obviously inferior to abovementioned 2 titles I listed, though I don't know why this thing happened. And for me, it's quite strange that no bootleg contains complete TYG, in spite that this show was released for many times. There is an alt source tape of this show and it does contain the complete version. So the bootlegger should have put this complete version as well as the bonus track. (Susumu Omi Jan 98)

Listen To This Eddie-Definitive Version (Jelly Roll 24/25/26)

Disc 1: The Song Remains the Same/Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter.

Disc 2: Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman/Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir.

Disc 3: Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love/Rock and Roll.

June 21st, 1977 in Los Angeles. This is the second time Jelly Roll has released this classic show. They have used an what sounds like two alternate sources to fix the gap in Ten Years Gone. Also, they have fixed the gap between guitar solo and Achilles Last Stand (which was present on the Silver Rarities release). Same superb sound, same superb show. (Gerard Sparaco Feb 2000)

Listen to this Eddie- Definitive Complete Version  Jelly Roll

The Song Remains the Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love/Rock and Roll.

1977 was not the greatest year for the band, but one wouldn’t really know it after listening to this legendary recording.  Like most excellent Zeppelin audience recordings from the Los Angeles area, this show was expertly taped by the same late Mike Millard.  The title of this show, like Live on Blueberry Hill (9/4/70), For Badgeholders Only (6/23/77), Going to California(9/14/71)and Bonzo’s Birthday Party (5/31/73), seems to be as popular as the recording itself.  Each time someone re-releases it, they usually keep the name.  The first notable CD release of this show was on the European Silver Rarities label, in excellent sound, on their title "Listen to this Eddie: Parts 1,2,3".  That label also re-released the show in a remastered format on "Listen to this Eddie Master Series", which contained a great deal of bass frequency enhancement, and set a precedent for the way the tape would commonly be treated by others on future releases.  The original Tarantura label put out it’s "Week for Badgeholders" box set, containing all 6 shows from Zeppelin’s 77 stint at the Inglewood Forum, with great results, but their "Out on the Tiles" was not quite as good as the second Silver Rarities offering.  The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin (TDOLZ) also put out their own "Power and Glory" box set, similar to Tarantura’s but with better sound on some discs, and poorer sound on others.  Their "Listen to this Eddie" contained great sound on the first two discs, but inferior sound on the last one.  The Jelly Roll label first took a crack at the "Eddie" show with "Listen to this Eddie: Remastered Version", and the sound was on par with the Silver Rarities Master Series release.  They then re-released their tape with this release, "Listen to this Eddie: Definitive Complete Version".

It has long been frustrating for Zeppelin collectors that one of the most famous shows has not been available in uncut form.  As most know, all previous releases have come from the same Millard tape that has been circulating for years.  Superb sound, dynamic and balanced instrumentation, amazing atmosphere, and a bootleggers dream of a performance (for 77 that is).  However, on this tape there have always been two very noticeable cuts: one in the Guitar solo in Ten Years Gone, and one between the Page guitar solo and Achilles Last Stand.  Whether or not Millard himself intentionally made these cuts prior to distributing or they somehow got put there by someone else in the chain is not known.  It is possible that the TYG cut is actually Millard switching or turning his tape over during the song, but the cut before Achilles is too small to likely be on the master. 

The reason why this second Jelly Roll release is "complete" is because it  has used alternate sources to fill both the gap in Ten Years Gone and the one before Achilles.  The insertion of the sources is seamlessly done and the sound quality is excellent as well. What makes this release "definitive" is that it not only is the first and only release to have the gaps filled, but has sound equal to, but slightly tighter, than the Silver Rarities Master release.  The bass frequencies on the Silver Rarities Master release were excellent, but occasionally too much when played at higher volumes.  The "definitive" Jelly Roll release has kept the bass just as powerful, without blowing your speakers.   Bonham’s drums  are nice and defined, the cymbals are less tinny but still pronounced, and the guitar isn’t as overly mushy with the rest of the sound like it tends to be EQ’d on most other release of this show.  The overall sound is more punchy and the tape is processed cleanly without adding any hiss.   Keep in mind that the Millard tape is practically perfect as it is, so it really shouldn’t be that difficult to make a good release if one masters correctly. 

It is worth noting the most recent release of this show on the Tarantura 2000 label, "Absence: Listen to this Eddie". A very expensive, limited edition, and unfortunately inferior effort.  Unlike other labels, Tarantura 2000 opted not to use the same bass frequency emphasis on their release.  Their release sounds louder with more instrument definition, but only due to an excessive amount of equalizing, which left the tape with a lot of extra tape hiss and much duller on the drums.  However, the cut in Ten Years Gone was a few seconds shorter than normal, which was probably the only real benefit of that release overall.  But the Tarantura 2000 release came out after the Jelly Roll "Definitive", so the ability to offer a complete show had already been made.  Simply a giant step backwards.  

As for the performance, it is a high-energy Zeppelin return to the forum.  Plant is in the best voice he will be for the tour, and Bonham is unstoppable.  The Song Remains the Same is an amazing rendition, with absolutely phenomenal drumming. At the 6/19 San Diego show two days earlier, Bonham wasn’t quite so well, and he obviously is making up for it at this show.  As for Page, although in standard 1977 inconsistent shape, he is great as well.  His playing is much better than most shows on this tour, but by no means exceptional.  His solo in Stairway to Heaven, however, is probably his best of the tour and he does great in Bron-yr-Aur stomp, TSRTS, Sick Again (minus the guitar cut out), and Achilles.  But really this show is all about Plant and Bonham.  The essential highlights are the first three tracks, a very emotional Stairway, a truly devastating Kashmir, Heartbreaker (although a pale comparison with past tour performances), and an amazing Achilles Last Stand,  which is easily the band’s best performance of the song.  It is a triumphant night for the band, and the sincere connection with the audience makes it all the more great.  This show is  mandatory for sound quality, significance, and for being the best overall Zeppelin show of their entire 1977 tour. As for this Jelly Roll release, it is truly the definitive issue. That is, unless the Millard tape is ever released in complete form. Now that would really be definitive! (Mike Magnon Jan 02)

LISTEN TO THIS EDDIE - EMPRESS VALLEY SUPREME DISC EVSD 146/7/8 - 3CD box set. 

DISC ONE (71:06): The Song Remains The Same (6:37), Sick Again (8:11), Nobody's Fault But Mine (7:35), Over The Hills And Far Away (7:10), Since I've Been Loving You (10:24), No Quarter (31:09).

DISC TWO (56:18): Ten Years Gone (12:14), Battle Of Evermore (7:26), Going To California (5:37), Black Country Woman (1:47), Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (7:41), White Summer/Black Mountain Side (8:37), Kashmir (12:56).

DISC THREE (71:47): Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick (15:51), Heartbreaker (9:11), Page Solo (16:25), Achilles Last Stand (10:41), Stairway To Heaven (13:25), Whole Lotta Love (1:34), Rock And Roll (4:40).

If the Silver Rarities version was good, this set is GREAT! The only regret that I have is that I do not have any of the other sets (especially the Jelly Roll definitive version that everyone raves about) to compare it to - only the Silver Rarities original version. The set comes in a slip box and a triple jewel case - just like the TDOLZ Destroyer boxed set - except that this set has a clear jewel case and pictures lining the trays. There is also a semi-history of the recording included in the jewel case written in very choppy English on one side and (probably spot on) Japanese on the other side. I'm not sure I know what the idea is with these "wannabe" boxed sets, other than an excuse to squeeze even more money out of the collector for a jewel case protector with pictures. Quite pointless. Anyhow, the back to the music. There seems to be a cut in the tape right after Over The Hills And Far Away, right after Robert says "I'm starting to cook!". There's also some kind of channel flutter or something during No Quarter that lasts a few minutes and disappears. It does not distract from the song, but it's noticeable in my headphones. I'm not going to get into a track by track analysis of this show as it's all been covered before - I'm going to try and concentrate on the recording. The big deal with this set in the past has always been sound quality and the famous cut in Ten Years Gone. The sound is fantastic with only a few exceptions. The cut in Ten Years Gone is plugged with an alternate version of the show. The splice to and from the alternate tape are very well done, but the alternate tape sounds like it was recorded in a metal garbage can or something. Thank God it only lasts 18 seconds before switching back to the original Millard tape. The first time you hear the switchover to the alternate tape - be prepared! I had headphones on (cranked up quite loud I might add) and almost fell out of the chair! I'm going to guess that Empress Valley used the Ten Years Gone tape that was included on TDOLZ's Time Traveller set from June 22nd. The TYG found on that set was really from the 21st, but of a lesser quality recording  than the familiar Millard "Eddie" tape. If this is the case, Empress Valley cranked it up and EQ'd it out in an attempt to match the sound of the Millard tape destroying it in the process, IMO. I might be excessively knit-picking at the TYG alternate as I was hoping for much better, so you'll have to be your own judge on this point. There's a slight hum or flutter that can be heard during the quiet periods around The Battle Of Evermore but I can't tell if it's the tape of something picked up from the PA. The sound level drops a tad right before Black Country Woman - just as Robert teases the audience (and especially the guy yelling "PLAY GALLOWS POLE!") with Gallows Pole lyrics, but it recovers quite well. The tape appears to drop out and back right after Bonzo's solo. There's about a minute forty worth of clapping and "fuck yeah"'s that are possibly looped to extend the track time at the end of Stairway To Heaven. If you have the cash to spare and need an excellent show from the '77 tour for your collection, you can do no wrong picking this set up. It's quite possibly the best audience recording I've ever heard, although it would be nice to have the Jelly Roll version to compare it to....(Steven Prendergast May 02)

Listen To This, Eddie - Empress Valley
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 21st June 1977

The packaging is a 4-way jewel case inside a card slipcase.
Ten Years Gone is edited with another source to fill the cut in the original.

Disc 1 : The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 : Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir
Disc 3 : Out On The Tiles - Moby Dick / Heartbreaker / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog

The sound quality is excellent, as it should be, the maestro recorder Mike Millard surpassed himself for the recording of the opening night at the hallowed LA Forum in June 1977. The missing 18 seconds from Ten Years Gone has been filled in neatly by another audience tape from this night. However the bottom end is not as good as Jelly Roll's 3CD masterpiece Listen To This, Eddie - Definitive Complete Edition, which remains the best sounding (although not quite as complete as the Empress Valley title) version of this classic concert. (Jules McTrainspotter June 02)

Listen To This, Eddie Tarantura 2000 TCD-YUZUKI-1-1~3
LA Forum Los Angeles CA, 21 June 1977
Limited 200 copies only, numbered. "The Song Remains The Same" version is 100 copies & "Guitar Solo" version is 100 copies.

Set List:-
Disc 1 (70.27): The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 (72.12): Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Out On The Tiles Intro- Moby Dick
Disc 3 (55.35): Heartbreaker / Guitar Solo - Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

The source for this new release is not from the master. The master is freely available to anyone by way of trade. In this new release, there is a fade at the end of Since I've Been Loving You, which does not happen on the master, and it is missing Plant's remark "I've started to cook", which is on the master, just before Plant mentions Bonham's ailment two nights before in San Diego. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 02)

Listen To This, Eddie (Tarantura 2000 TCD-YUZUKI-1-1/2/3)
LA Forum Los Angeles California 21 June 1977
Limited to 200 numbered copies. 100 copies of "The Song Remains The Same" version and 100 copies of "Guitar Solo" version. The difference is only at the top of the jacket.

Set List:-
Disc 1 (70.21) : Intro, The Song Remains The Same, The Rover, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter.

Disc 2 (72.07): Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Moby Dick.

Disc 3 (55.32): Heartbreaker, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll.

Total running time is 198.00. (Jelly Roll Definitive Version 197.59, SIRA 190.11 and Empress Valley 199.11).

I did say that when I received this release if it was half close to bad I'd crucify it in a review!! This latest 3CD release by Tarantura "Yuzuki" comes in another fantastic package. Similar to the Ladies & Gents set there is a triple deluxe fold-out booklet containing the 3 picture CDs housed within a glossy hard book outer cover. A very impressive piece of artwork. Discs are all picture style too. The reverse of the main jacket is black with a huge 6 pointed star in the middle with a photo of Jimmy and cigarette in the frame. Above the star is the "Dedicated To the Memory Of Mike Millard". The reverse has the art as shown above. The inner triple foldout booklet has a picture CD on each inner surface - a 3 way split picture of Jimmy from head to guitar. The outer cover folded out is as follows: Cover 1 is a cartoon full size of Jimmy with Eddie Van Halen lying across the bottom, the 2nd is the same picture of Jimmy with guitar, as the split picture discs and within the Star on reverse of main cover but full size and the 3rd is a full size colour photo of Plant with Jimmy's twin neck visible to the right of him. On each of these pictures is the complete concert breakdown by Disc with running order and all Plantations in English and Japanese. Quite clever really. Hard to describe fully as you just have to see it. The set is finished with an individually numbered card and liner notes in Japanese and English - declaring this an "Authentic and Complete Audience Master"!! Not sure about that declaration but prove otherwise. The spine of the triple booklet reads "Listen To This Eddie Van Halen". (It appears that Tarantura are going to do or may do the complete 6 nights as this is depicted as "Bonus Series #1"). Not having an original LTTE, I am delighted to add this to my collection even though others have spit-roasted this already. I have included the running times of the other serious contenders, except for Absence and have run all versions one after the other to try and compare like for like. As in a blind tasting for spotting the difference between margarine and butter, if all the discs were blanked I'd like someone to tell me which one they preferred or to try and spot which label was which without the aid of any technos and not having listened to it for a few months!!! Firstly, it's still a great show and having tuned my ears to Zep in '69 for the last couple of months I was surprised at and had forgotten at how enjoyable and powerful a performance this was. Of all the 4 versions, EVSD appears the loudest - just but not the clearest in my humble opinion. I took STH as a singular comparison and all but EVSD have the same warble in sound just after it starts. I couldn't tell you if 3 or 20 seconds are missing or half a chord for that matter. I put this in my player on almost stadium volume level and it rocks!! Purists and studio recording technicians aside, I have a list of traders begging for this release and ultimately you can all make your own minds up without reading half the claptrap written even before the first batches appear to have only just left the Boot shop in downtown Tokyo. Some of you might eventually agree with the critics. However, better to be your own judge than have someone make your own mind up for you. (The VLH Jan 03)

Listen To This, Eddie (Wendy Records WECD-06/07/08) 3 CDs in a jewel case, inside a card slipcase

Disc One (70.11):- The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been loving You/No Quarter
Disc Two 53.58):- Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/ Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc Three (76.22):- Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/ Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

The justly famous opening night at the Forum in Inglewood on the 21st June 1977 has long been one of my all time favourite concerts. To that end I have already got six previously released versions in my collection! I thought that I had got the definitive version and when this latest offering, from Wendy Records, initially came out I did not pay too much attention to it. However I eventually succumbed (on the basis that you can't have enough of a good thing), and bought it. Having listened to it I am extremely glad of my purchase, and can with some authority say that this release can have considerable claim to being the definitive version. It clocks in at 200 minutes, making it the longest and most complete version extant. The sound quality is superb too, it is a really powerful and punchy stereo sound. Wendy records have received mixed reviews for their releases, but I think that these are often unjustified. I also understand that this label is not well thought of in their native Japan, which is very strange and rather surprising. The packaging is very nice too. It comes inside a three way clear plastic jewel case, which fits inside a glossy card slipcase. There is a booklet which contains an extremely accurate graphical chart of the composition of the Mike Millard original recording, showing where the cuts are in that source, and where the second source tape has been utilised to fill those cuts. On the back of this Wendy Records have lifted, word for word, my review of the Silver Rarities release Listen To This Eddie (Master Series), from Underground Uprising! They obviously had the intelligence and good taste to copy the best review of this legendary concert and all its CD releases!! Limited to 300 unnumbered copies. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Listen To This, Eddie Definitive Edition (Wendy Records WECD-06/07/08)
L.A. Forum 21st June 1977

Disc One (70.11):- The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been loving You/No Quarter
Disc Two 53.58):- Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/ Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc Three (76.22):- Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/ Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

What else can be said about this legendary concert, one that has been released a myriad of times more labels than I can remember. This is a release that has been remixed and remastered more than any other CD ever released (legit or otherwise) so I was a little sceptical when I heard that this was called the Definitive Edition. Having compared it with the classic Silver Rarities version I would say it's an improvement in sound quality, there is more bottom end and depth in this one. The only criticism I can find would be that the cymbals have a slightly metallic sound to them (this being a greater and more noticeable problem on Wendy's two previous releases) although this is hardly noticeable. The cut in Ten Years Gone has been filled with an inferior source and is therefore complete. The most impressive part of this release is the artwork, it comes in a really nice slipcase showing a medieval castle which opens at the top and bottom. The clear fat jewel case holds the 3 discs and an interesting glossy insert showing a chart of which of the tape sources are used for each song. Considering this is a new budget label (If you can call £50 for 3CD's a budget price!) this is a welcome addition to the previous versions of this show and for now stands as the Definitive (budget) Edition knocking Silver Rarities into second place. (Yage November 2003)

Listen To This, Eddie (Empress Valley EVCD 260/261/262) 3CDs in a card gatefold sleeve

Disc One (71.04):- The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been loving You/No Quarter
Disc Two (56.13):- Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/ Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc Three (71.26):- Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/ Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

Just when you thought that you had heard the definitive, most complete and best sounding version of this legendary concert (the recent Wendy Records Listen To This, Eddie), Empress Valley pull it off yet again. Released on 24 December 2003, I received it on New Year's Eve. The discs have the greeting: 'Merry X'mas & A Happy New Year' on them. The sound on this new release is quite simply mind blowingly stunning full stereo audience recording. This might not appeal to everyone as clearly Empress Valley have applied a lot of EQ on Mike Millard's already stunning sounding original recording. For this latest release Empress Valley used the same first generation, speed corrected cassette to DAT transfer that was originally used for Silver Rarities excellent Listen To This Eddie Master Series release. The Silver Rarities was a straight transfer to CD, without any EQ. Technology has of course advanced incredibly in recent years and it is amazing what can be done with an audio tape recording these days. However one man's EQ is another man's poison. It is all a matter of taste. That said this is a really lovely production. The well known cut in Ten Years Gone has been neatly filled using an alternate source tape, on Disc 2 track 1, from 06.34 to 06.48. There is no cut between the end of the Guitar Solo and Achilles Last Stand. The packaging is extremely nice too. Empress Valley have adopted the original Rock Solid Records vinyl release Listen To This, Eddie for their front cover of the gatefold card sleeve. At the top of this is the logo: 'NEW IMPROVED FULL DIMENSIONAL STEREO'. Disc one is housed in the left sleeve, and discs two and three are inside the right sleeve. There is also an obi, black Japanese characters on a white background. The price is also most reasonable. In addition to the regular release there were 50 Promo copies released. On the front cover of the gatefold card slipcase is a photo of Jimmy from Chicago 6 April 1977 in the German Army uniform. The rest of the packaging is nearly identical, but this rarity will be much sought after by collectors. All in all a really lovely production from Empress Valley, and hopefully the last version to be released by anyone. As this is now my eighth version of this legendary concert, I certainly hope so! (Jules McTrainspotter Jan 04)

Listen To This, Eddie (Empress Valley EVSD 260/261/262)

Disc One (71.04):- The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been loving You/No Quarter
Disc Two (56.13):- Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/ Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir
Disc Three (71.26):- Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Heartbreaker/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/ Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

Listen To This, Eddie-Full Dimensional Stereo Sound. This release really offers a metallic KO, many have tried and made claims about the complete and definitive version, but this one really hits you right in the chest. Don't be fooled by fools! is what I've been told, when asking about different versions of this show. They all from the same tape, and don't pay to have someone EQ it for you. Well, that might be-BUT, I don't have this technology at home-this one is that different. The most complete, best sounding and hopefully the last version of this great audience recording. (meimnoone,2004)

Listen To This, Eddie (Empress Valley EVCD 260/261/262)

Well well well, this now my third version of this legendary show. I also own the Definitive Complete Version from Jelly Roll and the first Version from Empress Valley. But this version here, called the Christmas Edition pips them all away. It's simply awesome!!! The sound is crystal clear and it is a full dimensional stereo sound. Like other EV Releases the EQ of this release is very high, but the high EQ is the reason for the crystal clear sound. And he's not so high like in the first version from EV! This release is a MUST HAVE for any serious collector who wants a very good sounding show and a really great concert from Led Zeppelin.... Get it, if you have the chance! (Moll Drummer Feb 04)

Los Angeles 21 June 1977
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA

Watch And Listen To This Eddie (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-21.06.1977-DVD-A-05) 2 DVDR Audio & 3 CDR The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 21 June 1977

DVD 1 (104.01): The Song Remains The Same / The Rover Intro - Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter /Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp

DVD 2 (93.00): White Summer/Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Out On The Tiles into - Moby Dick / Heartbreaker / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

At the last count I had seven different original CD releases of this incredible and famous concert. I had thought that Empress Valley had won the garland for the best sounding and most complete release when they put out their second version at Christmas 2003 Listen To This, Eddie. The actually did an excellent job in remastering the first generation source for that release. However recently a new source for a number of the Mike Millard Led Zeppelin recordings has surfaced, in even better sound quality and more complete than previous versions (which invariably were sourced from an audio to VHS video cassette transfer). So this is where this latest offering to fans from Genuine Masters has come from. However we are treated in addition to superb sound (even better than the Empress Valley version), to a visual accompaniment of the Seattle 17 July 1977 pro shot video. The sound of "Eddie" is linked to the video whenever possible. The most important thing however is the superior audio quality that can be obtained from the soundtrack of a DVDR, rather than a CDR. Having this on a DVD increases the audio quality by a fair margin over a CD release.

Having listened and watched this release on my TV connected to my Hi Fi system, I can honestly say that this is a really great production of a show that I have listened to more times than many people have had hot dinners. I particularily like the sound of the drums, they are razor sharp and crisp, enabling you to appreciate the awesome power that was and remains John Bonham. This is also the complete concert, and we are now treated to every available second of the concert. The 2 DVDRs are attractive picture discs (and are a numbered edition), and the DVD case insert is of extremely high quality reproduction and colours. My only gripe is that there is no track listing of the songs on each DVD, on the back of this insert. The DVDs are however fully indexed and every track is quickly accessible via the remote control. This recording is also available seperately on three CDRs, which sound great but are not quite as good a sound as the soundtrack of the DVD. Therefore, all in all, this must now be considered as the definitive version of this concert and a must for all fans of the 1977 Led Zeppelin North American Tour. (Jules McTrainspotter August 04)

Watch And Listen To This Eddie (Genuine Masters) 2 DVDR Audio & 3 CDR
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 21 June 1977

DVD 1 (104.01): The Song Remains The Same / The Rover Intro - Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter /Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp

DVD 2 (93.00): White Summer/Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Out On The Tiles into - Moby Dick / Heartbreaker / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

Led Zeppelin played in my front room last night - 2nd August 2004. I received my copy of this title yesterday . I opted for the DVD / CDR package. Price wise GM releases are unbeatable value. Packaging very good quality clam shell with colour graphics. I had a foretaste of this release. GM sent samples for comparison against Empress Valley's recent Christmas Edition. For completeness I have every noteable release of this title except for Silver Rarities. I knew this new release was going to sound good. It is stunningly good. The sound quality is a quantum leap better. I cannot do justice in words to descibe the quality of the sound. I must have played this title hundreds of times before last night. Listening to WaLTTE was like listening to a new concert. There is just no comparison between this release and all the others. Before this release I would have graded the sound quality of EV s release at 8.5 out of 10. Now that I have heard WaLTTE I would give it a 10 mark and revalue EVs title at say 6 out of 10. The difference in sound quality is just so pronounced. I do not understand how Blackdog presumably using the same source materials as the others makers can issue a title that sounds so much better. Plant's voice has a clarity that makes you think he is in the room. Bottom end is excellent. There is real depth to the sound. The guitar sounds wonderful. For me, however, the revelation is the drum sound. It is visceral. Just listen to The Song Remains The Same. I can,t really pick out any single track, they are all wonderful. This is without doubt the best, greatest, most enjoyable sounding boot of perhaps the best audience recording of one of Zeps greatest concerts. It really does not get any better than this. Get this title and and don't bother with any other version. GM must be considered, in my opinion, one of the best producers operating. Each title they have produced can reasonably lay claim to being the definitive best sounding version available. (John Morrison August 04)

Watch And Listen To This Eddie (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-21.06.1977-DVD-A-05) 2 DVDR Audio & 3 CDR
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 21 June 1977

DVD 1(104.01): The Song Remains The Same / The Rover Intro - Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter /Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp

DVD 2 (93.00): White Summer/Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Out On The Tiles into - Moby Dick / Heartbreaker / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

Imagine yourself as the late Mike Millard, sitting in your wheelchair in the front row for that first of 6 nights at the L.A. Forum on the 21st of June, 1977.  You're ready to roll and capture this dragon on tape for posterity.  Previous releases have certainly given us a sense of what it must to have been like that evening, as Mike “The Mike” really caught a helluva Zeppelin concert on tape in all it’s splendor. Certainly, one of the best audience recordings ever produced. Mike Millard couldn’t have expected this show to have aged this well!  Empress Valley provided us a superb upgrade in December of ’03, which was delivered to collector’s as a wonderful Christmas Gift…no question about it.  With that being one of the labels’ crown jewel releases…I’m happy to say they have been one-upped! The beauty of it is that it has come from a real, labor of love, fan effort.  How Genuine Masters secured what is unquestionably, an upgraded Millard tape, will be cause for speculation for a long time.  There hasn't been any tweaking of the tape here either.  You can't retain the natural brightness of the recording once you introduce equalisation.  You would notice that. The bottom line here is that this new title from GM has lived up to and perhaps surpassed the pre-release “hype”! This is the real deal here fellow collectors.  Genuine Masters has pulled us out of Millard’s wheelchair and has suspended us  up over the crowd about 20 feet with a nice perch between Robert Plant and Jimmy Page on the front line.  Close your eyes and crank it up because you are right there.  Absolutely amazing. So often was I overwhelmed by the spatial qualities that reside on this tape, I had to pop in the Empress Valley version just to remind me of how special this really is. If you aren’t stunned and smiling by the time John Paul Jones starts plinking away on his piano interlude during “No Quarter”…you may come to tears of sheer joy as the band launch into “Ten Years Gone” (and, yes the cuts are still intact on this, near master tape).  But the real revelation here is the Acoustic Set.  If there will ever be an orgasm in unison, it will be Led Zeppelin fans the moment they reach this point of the show on “Watch And Listen To This Eddie”.  This really does have to be experienced to believe and I am not going to fight back the urge to say that this….is a must-have.   We are reminded of the power of the band as Jimmy Page concludes his “White Summer/Black Mountain Side” performance and the might is resumed as they plunge into “Kashmir”.  It only gets better from here too.  You know the show well but you will listen to it as if it’s the first time, I guarantee it.  Robert’s vocals are certainly brought up a bit but it is really the dimension and separation of the instrumentation that puts us inside the bands performance, instead of listening to it. Going back to “No Quarter”, you REALLY hear the funky chord progressions from John Paul Jones on the left while Jimmy is riffing away on the right and Bonzo pounding away right in front of you…with you in the middle.  What other adjective can be inserted here for further praise? This is an A+ project that we are all fortunate to have released for us to possess.  The audio is the king with this release. 

As for the rest of the presentation, it is certainly stellar.  The cover art we all have had the chance to view at the GM website is gloriously produced but, it again would have been nice to have a track listing included somewhere.  Well, it is featured on the superbly assembled interactive menu so…it is covered!  While the menu’s are really wonderful, utilizing video from the Seattle ’77 pro-shot footage…the effect of using this video for the show loses it’s effect.  Now, keep in mind that this is just visual stimuli and…a bonus if you will…because what is the important part, the audio, is what this release is about.  It has been stated up front that GM wasn’t attempting to synch the Seattle video with this upgraded L.A. Forum audio tape.  Even though this reviewer understood this well and had plenty of time to digest this fact…the video is relied upon too much.  Perhaps the tendency to have to watch this when played will go away, but I found it to be distracting during this first “listen”.  With the benefit of hindsight I’m sure the producer(s) would have loved to incorporate some nifty edits using still photography, intermixed with video…or keep the video intact for the interactive menus and go back to their trademark slideshow for the core presentation.  That would have been more effective, in my opinion.  Just constructive criticism from my twisted little vantage point. All this aside, you have over 3 hours of pure Zeppelin ecstasy awaiting you as you insert these picture discs into your player.  You have now been told, seek it out!  You can obtain "Watch And Listen To This Eddie" in the usual formats through Genuine Masters:  The DVD-Audio 2 Disc set, 3 CDR Audio, or both.  You will want both, though the CDR audio isn't quite on the same level as the DVD-Audio quality due to the medium..it's still an upgrade and well worth getting the whole set. (Svengi, August 2004)

Watch And Listen To This Eddie (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-21.06.1977-DVD-A-05) 2 DVDR Audio & 3 CDR
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 21 June 1977

The recording technology at Mike Millard’s disposal during the late-1970s was not all that impressive. For this reason, his use of the portable studio come wheelchair on 21 June 1977 produced one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of audience recordings. WaLTTE follows this tradition by embracing the new technology of DVD and taking advantage of its sound capabilities, which offer the only widely accessible improvement over those of CD. Historically, GM are the first to take this step beyond CD into the new generation of digital sound, and the results are simply astounding. Until now, many labels have released DVDs of Led Zeppelin shows, but they have emphasised the visual capabilities of this medium and not the sound capabilities. Through a simple, but apparently perceptive reversing of this trend, the instruments have been afforded a clarity never before heard and there is a new depth that situates the listener within the recording. This is perhaps the biggest improvement presented by WaLTTE. Instead of feeling like you are on the outside listening in, you feel like you are actually there! Is this the result of tomfoolery?

GM have NOT applied any EQ whatsoever and no cheap effects but, rather, a new engineering technique developed for the professional restoration of sound recordings. Developed by BlackDog, the technique is said to enhance all the natural attributes of the original recording, bringing depth and clarity, and revealing obscured sounds without sacrificing any data from the source. This technique is not the result of some weekend hack working with Soundforge. The merits of the technique are such that its results will soon be published in sound engineering literature. Considering WaLTTE’s improvement in sound, you could hazard a guess that there has also been an upgrade over the first generation ‘Eddie’ source, as no engineering technique alone could result in such an improvement. Is such an upgrade really possible? The sound of this release may lead you to believe so. Perhaps it is the same generation but a newly discovered, higher quality transfer? Speculation aside, the WaLTTE package is rounded off with excellent presentation throughout. There are stunning, interactive, animated menus with accompanying sound-bites, which required some serious work on BlackDog’s behalf. The audio is synced, for want of a better term, to the footage from Seattle 17 July 1977. Yes they could have done this better but, first and foremost, this is a venture into audio excellence and the Seattle footage can be considered as an added bonus to the superior audio. We would be paying a whole lot more for this bargain release if GM had taken the time needed to produce a perfect sync. Given the nature of the band, would this even be possible? Finally, for all us collectors out there, WaLTTE is available in limited edition numbered sets! This is the icing of authenticity on the new definitive edition cake. To top it off, I believe GM have two more upgraded Forum shows - 23 and 25 June 1977 - on the way. Put me down for a number one please BlackDog?! (Liam Stone August 2004)

Watch And Listen To This Eddie (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-21.06.1977-DVD-A-05) 2 DVDR Audio & 3 CDR
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 21 June 1977

I have purchased every Genuine Masters release to date...this I rate number one. The sound on the DVD discs is literally 2 notches above every other release I have of this show (and I've got every release of this show). You can view GM's website for the technical jargon, plus other reviewers of this show: the bottom line is that Black Dog at Genuine Masters has delivered this oft-booted show in glorious sound. Do we need to replace every zep cd with DVDs? Frankly, I think Genuine Masters can release as many shows as they want on DVD & the sound will beat the pants off the nearest rival. GM can do no wrong in my opinion; anything they touch turns into gold.
The Seattle 77 video is presented as eye candy while we're entranced at the zeppelin show from 6/21/77. Being out-of-sync was a slight irritation at first, but the second go-round I just mainly concentrated on the music & pretended the video was just extra. Of course these could never be synced, the pace of each show is incompatible.

You can read some of Black Dog's technical comments about the Seattle video in UU DVD section...this video is very nice, better than my old VHS when this first came out, so this must be the definitive version as reviewed elsewhere. I urge all led zeppelin collectors to acquire this show direct from genuine masters from down under. Play this show loud! (David Smith August 2004)

Watch And Listen To This Eddie (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-21.06.1977-DVD-A-05) 2 DVDR Audio & 3 CDR
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 21 June 1977

ES its good, but what they are working with is without doubt the best audience recording of Zeppelin bar NONE. I have to say that, in my honest opinion, its NOT an OUT OF THIS WORLD improvement on the many versions now available. I am not saying its NOT an improvement but all these glowing, no holds barred reviews give me an uneasy feeling to be honest. Give me a new "Flying Circus" or "Conspiracy Theory" soundboard any day of the week rather than yet another LTTE. What's the odds of some label somewhere releasing another version of this fantastic show next year saying that THIS is now the best? Short of JP coming up with a soundboard of it I WON'T be buying it.  So to this OLD duffer who has (quite literally) seen it all - Yes its good, but not THAT good! - EYE THANK YEW................(Mark Harrison August 2004)

Watch And Listen To This Eddie (Genuine Masters 2 DVD-R)
21st June 1977

Yet another interesting release from this company offering the highest quality sound yet again. The audio is the best I have heard to date, bearing in mind the audio reproduction of DVD players is still limited unless you want to spend a considerable amount of money. I was quite put off by the Seattle 77 video running in the back ground and found this deterred from my viewing and had to turn the television off whilst listening to this through the Hi-Fi system. The idea of putting bootleg tapes onto DVD is an interesting concept and does offer the end listener a better sound offering, however until we see DVD players as standard in the motor car, which is where I tend to play a lot of shows, then we are back to square one and listening to what we have listened to before. I enjoyed the original offering of Sydney 72 where some stunning photographs were used as backdrops to the music being played along with the best sound to date. Overall, I would recommend in getting a copy of this just for the sound quality, connect up the DVD player to the Hi-Fi and turn the TV off. (Lee Henley - Sep 04)

"Listen To This Eddie" - Collector's Edition   (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-21.06.1977-DVD-A-21-CE) 1 DVD-A
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 21 June 1977

Disc length: 194:59
Tracks: 1. Intro / 2. The Song Remains The Same / 3. The Rover / 4. Sick Again 5. Nobody's Fault But Mine 6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Since I've Been Loving You 8. No Quarter 9. Ten Years Gone 10. The Battle Of Evermore 11. Going To California 12. Black Country Woman / 13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 14. White Summer / Black Mountain Side 15. Kashmir 16. Moby Dick 17. Heartbreaker 18. Page Guitar Solo 19. Achilles Last Stand 20. Stairway To Heaven 21. Whole Lotta Love / 22. Rock And Roll

This is a reissue of the label's original release a while ago, but this time the slide show is being presented in 16.9 Wide Screen. The sound quality is, if this was possible, even better than the original GM version. It is an incredible show, and an incredible recording (by the late, great, Mike Millard). The stunning stereo audience recording is now presented in its full depth and magnificence. The top end is sharp and crisp, the bottom end is deep and full. This DVD is a joy to watch and listen to. Now is the time to get a HD Widescreen TV and hook it up to a good receiver and speakers. You will not be dissapointed, that's for sure. This is a wonderful release and once again proper justice has been done to the recording. Yet again, incredibly this nearly 200 minute show has been fitted onto one disc. (Jules McTrainspotter May 06)

LISTEN TO THIS EDDIE - COLLECTOR'S EDITION ( Genuine Masters GM-LZ-21.06.1977-DVD-A-21-CE)
Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California - June 21, 1977
FORMAT: Hybrid DVD-Audio Disc
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 195 minutes
SOUND/SOURCE: Mike Millard Low Generation Superb Stereo Audience Tape
PACKAGING: DVD Clamshell with High Resolution Color Insert Artwork
FEATURES: Multi-Media Interactive Menu, Scene Selection
VIDEO/SOURCE: Unique 16:9 WideScreen Image Montage Slideshow
SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 9 / VIDEO 10

Track listing: 1. Intro / 2. The Song Remains The Same / 3. The Rover / 4. Sick Again 5. Nobody's Fault But Mine 6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Since I've Been Loving You 8. No Quarter 9. Ten Years Gone 10. The Battle Of Evermore 11. Going To California 12. Black Country Woman / 13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 14. White Summer / Black Mountain Side 15. Kashmir 16. Moby Dick 17. Heartbreaker 18. Page Guitar Solo 19. Achilles Last Stand 20. Stairway To Heaven 21. Whole Lotta Love / 22. Rock And Roll

To clear up any potential confusion, "Listen To This Eddie - Collector's Edition" from Genuine Masters utilizes the very same audio source utilized on their 2004 double-disc, "Watch And Listen To This Eddie". The differences between the releases are: Technological advances allowing the entire 3.25 hours of unadulterated PCM audio on 1 disc (vs. the 2-disc WaLTTE) Utilizes their slideshow format with high resolution psychedelic imagery (vs. the Seattle '77 video clips on WaLTTE) 16:9 Widescreen So why re-visit this show? Upon the release of the 2004 edition, GM became aware through feedback from the community that while the audio was king, that Seattle video usage really undermined the experience the label tries to achieve with each title. Those who acquired the title had a tough time watching at all. This, combined with an important technological discovery by Blackdog at GM on how to program over 3 hours of PCM audio - along with all the accompanying imagery - on to a single DVD. These were the key points for the label to immediately entertain the most appropriate manner to "re-issue" some of their classic titles. "Listen To This Eddie -Collector's Edition" is the first of the efforts and it's approach will be the standard and direction for all GM titles going forward, according to what I've been told. The new release has all the ingredients that have made this DVD-Audio direction successful for Genuine Masters. First and foremost we get the most pristine and incredible presentation of a Mike Millard tape to be shared. There is also the wonderful multi-media menus, which by the way is the ONLY place on Collector's Edition you will see any video use and GM has used that Seattle '77 footage appropriately and cleverly in this manner. Then, we are treated to yet again the most vivid and exciting splash of Zep psychedelia imagery the label has produced, which really accentuates and supplements the Millard-tape to the most complementary level. A true balance of sight and sound achieved. The new Joshua Light Show for the 21st Century! It's fun and still quite fresh. The preparation and programming of imagery has got to be where all the production time is spent. Not sure how it's done but it's really great and the trick is to mix up the treatments of the photography without feeling redundancy on those that have been recycled through. GM has achieved the balance in this regards here. Let's face it though, you aren't going to sit and watch this stuff every time you play the disc. Perhaps the first time only and it becomes a complimentary background after that. The added benefit being that you need not change discs and as I stated on a couple of GM's Earl's Court releases, you REALLY experience the length of these shows without any breaks in the program. So after feeling like they have achieved the right balance and have delivered one of the most legendary Zep recordings to market on the format GM has pioneered, what should the focus be for Genuine Masters going forward? In my opinion and to offer some constructive criticism, they should really shore up the perception of the label with the marketplace. Now that we are a few years down the road with this format and the packaging elsewhere has gotten more sophisticated, the GM titles would benefit in an overhaul to their Hybrid DVD-Audio packaging presentation. I think a wider acceptance would be adopted if the packaging was given a classier treatment to promote the exciting offerings inside, which are some of the best out there. (SVENGI HotWacks On-Line May/21/06)

"Listen To This Eddie" - Collector's Edition   (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-21.06.1977-DVD-A-21-CE) 1 DVD-A
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, 21 June 1977

Disc length: 194:59
Tracks: 1. Intro / 2. The Song Remains The Same / 3. The Rover / 4. Sick Again 5. Nobody's Fault But Mine 6. Over The Hills And Far Away 7. Since I've Been Loving You 8. No Quarter 9. Ten Years Gone 10. The Battle Of Evermore 11. Going To California 12. Black Country Woman / 13. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 14. White Summer / Black Mountain Side 15. Kashmir 16. Moby Dick 17. Heartbreaker 18. Page Guitar Solo 19. Achilles Last Stand 20. Stairway To Heaven 21. Whole Lotta Love / 22. Rock And Roll

The newest release from GM is a revisit to the famous Mike Millard tape and a rework by the label of one of its greatest sounding productions.  Just as in its original title "Watch And Listen To This Eddie", the audio of the new release is simply terrific in its range, depth, sharpness and dynamics.  I believe it still stands the best-ever version of the tape which would not easily be surpassed by anyone else.  What differs in the new release from the original are the visuals added to it.  Instead of attempting to synchronize the audience tape to the video of the Seattle '77 show, GM this time elected to create slide shows in the 16:9 wide-screen format.

Actually, due to the change, it has now become easier for us to concentrate on listening to the excellent audio. The slide shows themselves are very intricate and enjoyable.  Especially, GM seems to have made a progress in its technique of creating beautiful backdrops for the slides.  What is a bit of a problem for me is that some of the pictures used for the slides were deformed to such an extent that it has become difficult to identify what were originally shown in the pictures.  Such deformed pictures may look artistic but, frankly, I sometimes rather wish if I would be able to see the pictures intact, because the images of the band members of the era are themselves beautiful and something close to arts!  There should be many fans who would agree that in terms of the performance of the band, the show featured in the title is THE best among all of the shows in its '77 U.S.
tour.  It's a sheer joy that we are able to experience the show in such a great sound quality as featured in this title.  A truly wonderful edition for us collectors!  (Takemi Hiramatsu  June 06)

Mike The Mike (Winston Remasters)
The LA Forum; Inglewood CA June 21st, 1977

Disc 1: The Song Remains The Same, The Rover-Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter.
Disc 2: Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Moby Dick.
Disc 3: Heartbreaker, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll.  

Now many of you who read UU often download shows on the internet, but often have the problem of choosing which version to download, for the shows take up a lot of room on your hard-drive. On top of that, you also have to debate which label is the best for the quality and length of the shows. In the end, there is only one label that ever stands above the rest, and that label is Winston Remasters. The fact Winston is doing this for free only makes it more worthy of your choice. The case in point? June 21st, 1977 in the LA Forum. This show is the tour-de-force that is both mind blowing in both the audio quality and the pure greatness Zeppelin gives as they play this show. Now most versions of this show are EQd to death, and have many dropouts throughout the show. Winston, on the other hand, went and found a 1st Generation recording of the show, and the only cuts existing on the bootleg are the points when Mike Millard, the recorder of the show, switched from one tape to another. On top of that, he made sure not to do the full on EQing at all, allowing the excellent sound to be near-perfection. The fact this particular version of the show has been out for at least one year and that no one has reviewed it yet surprises me, but I will correct that. The show itself is one of the finest Zeppelin put on: It has quite possibly the best live performance of TSRTS; SIBLY is once again beyond normal description, for it was the best of all songs in Zeppelin's live catalogue; NQ's jam session is both loose and intense, and is nearly flawless; The entire acoustic set is once again excellent, for it always seemed like the Forum was the venue those sets worked the best, both with the fans and the venue's own acoustics. Both Kashmir and ALS are hell bent and driven all the way to another realm, while Moby Dick and Heartbreaker give a sort of flow that no one could even dream of replicating. The best version of Stairway to Heaven in 1977 only makes the show feel like something that was not performed by Led Zeppelin, but performed by a group of gods who came down to Earth for 3 hours. Only the earlier guitar solo and the encore of WLL-RNR have real flaws in this show, and for opposite reasons: The guitar solo before ALS goes way too long, while WLL and RNR feel a little rushed, and make me wish the band had played a second encore on that night. In fact, its amazing there was not another song played on that night. Trampled Underfoot would have been an excellent icing on top, but since I can't go back in time, I will just have to settle with one of the best shows Zeppelin ever played, which is fine with me.... Bottom line: Get this version of this show, and never buy another LTTE. This version outdoes them all, and even a copy of this show by another bootleg label couldn't match it. (Superstatguy Nov 2006)

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22-Jun-77 L.A.

Power & Glory (20CD, The Diagram of Led Zeppelin)

Disc 4(TDOLZ-519701): 45:30 TSRTS, SA, NFBM, IMToD, SIBLY

Disc 5(TDOLZ-519702): 46:11 NQ, TYG

Disc 6(TDOLZ-519703): 61:39 TBoE, GtC, BCW, BYA-Stomp, WS-BMS-Kashmir, OotT-MD

Disc 7(TDOLZ-519704): 54:16 OtHaF, Guitar Solo, ALS, StH, WLL-R&R

Source tape is identical to that of previously released boots, i.e. "A Week for Badgeholders" (19CD,T19CD-1~19) and "One Day After Eddie" (3CD, IM-054/55/56). Between the two, the former is better in sound quality (Strictly speaking, the portion from TSRTS to NQ on ODaE is better than the rest and this portion is almost equivalent to AWfB in sound quality), while the latter wins in completeness. (AWfB does not contain the first 85min of the show.) P&G listed TYG which was not on AWfB nor ODaE, but this TYG is really from the previous night, which I mentioned above. So as the result, this is the first boot release of the complete TYG of 6/21, though the bootlegger wouldn't intend to do so. Among the tape traders, this 'TYG-inserted' version of the source tape is widely circulated, so the bootlegger might make this boot directly from that version of source tape. But one thing I have to point out is that the sound quality of the source tape among the traders is MUCH better than that of P&G. When compared with AWfB, P&G is almost equivalent. But regarding the portion from TSRTS to NQ, ODaE is a little bit better and clearer. In terms of completeness, P&G is almost equivalent to ODaE and contains cut in Guitar solo, but other songs are complete and uncut. As far as I know, there are 3 versions of source tapes of this show, and one of them has the 'real' TYG from this show, though sound quality is not so good, so maybe someday other bootleggers will release upgraded version of this show, I suppose. (Susumu Omi, Jan 98)

One Day After Eddie (IM-054/55/56 Immigrant)

The Forum, Inglewood, California, June 22, 1977

CD 1: (77:20) The Song Remains the Same, The Rover intro./ Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying (includes You Shook Me & The Lemon Song) (slight tape garble in the middle), Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter

CD 2 (51:01) Ten Years Gone (from June 25), The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir

CD 3 (70:15) Out on the Tiles intro./ Moby Dick (sound washes in & out in the beginning), Over the Hills and Far Away, guitar solo (includes Star Spangled Banner) (contains a very small cut near the end), Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock & Roll

The first 5 tracks are from a very good audience tape source. Unfortunately they contain a high pitch squeal that makes it painful to listen to in places. It wrecks the first 2 tracks, but does lessen during the next 3. The remainder of the show comes from another very good, albeit dull sounding, tape source that contains a minor amount of hiss but no high pitch squeal. Ten Years Gone is from another night and is from an excellent tape source (it sounds like it was lifted from the Battle of Evermore (Black Cat) release). It still runs a little fast like it did on that release. Curiously the sound brightens considerably about a minute into Achilles Last Stand and stays that way to the end of Stairway to Heaven. The sound slips to good plus for the encores which are overloaded with too much bass.  (Brian Ingham Sep 96)

One Day after Eddie (3CD, IM-054/55/56), LA, 22/6/77

Source tape is identical to the one used on Tarantura's "A Week for Badgeholders" (19CD). Only the latter half of the show (from 'The Battle of Evermore' to the end) was available on "A Week----", but this newly released 3CD is ALMOST complete. However, for some reason or other, 'Ten Years Gone' is from Badgeholders show (6.23.77). Sound quality is inferior to "A Week----". (Susumu Omi, July 96)

One Day After Eddie (Immigrant) 3 CD

Perf  ****   SQ  ***1/2 Appeal  G

The second of the legendary nights at the L.A. Forum in June ‘77 on a 3 disc set on the Immigrant label.  The show is complete except for ‘Ten Years Gone’ which comes from the 25th.  Reasonable audience recording which is more complete than any other version so far. (Paul Sheppard Dec 01).

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23-Jun-77 L.A.

Power & Glory (20CD, The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

Disc 8 (TDOLZ-529701): 69:16 TSRTS, SA, NFBM, OtHaF, SIBLY, NQ

Disc 9 (TDOLZ-529702): 62:03 TYG, TBoE, GtC, BCW, BYA-Stomp, WS-BMS-Kashmir, TuF

Disc 10 (TDOLZ-529703): 63:11 OotT-MD, Guitar Solo, ALS, StH, WLL-R&R

Three types of source tapes are used on the previously released boots, such as "For Badge Holders Only" (2LP, LZ-1234) + "For Badge Holders Only (Part 2)" (2LP, LZ-7), "For Badge Holders Only" (3CD, RW-3301/2/3), "A Week for Badgeholders" (19CD, T19CD-1~19) from Taranutra, "For Badge Holders Only" (3CD, ARMS-28/29/30) from ARMS, "For Badgeholders Only" (3CD, BP-95007/8/9) from Balboa Productions, and "For Budge Holders Only" (3CD, CSS-017A/B/C) from Cobra. P&G is very similar to Cobra release in terms of type of source tape, sound quality, and location of cuts. Regarding the detailed comparison between these boots in sound quality, cut, types of the source tapes, please see the table below. Caps, A, B, and C indicates the type of source tapes and the following numbers, 0, 1 and 2 indicates the number of the cut in the song. As you could see in the table, P&G uses source C entirely, which means there are so many cuts in songs. This boot seems to be made from the source tape which at least one time copied onto video tapes, since in the silent portion between the songs or during the acoustic set, constant low noise is heard. (That's why I rated its sound quality as 'A-'.) (Susumu Omi, Jan 98)

For Budge Holders Only (3CD, Cobra Standard Series 017), Inglewood, 6.23.77, aud

Yes, "Budge Holders". When I got my copy of this new release from Cobra and found this error, I can't help feeling uneasy about the quality. And the result of my listening is...

Three versions of audience sources were used in the previously released boots. The first version is the one that was used in "For Badge Holders Only" (2LP, LZ-1234) + "For Badge Holders Only (part 2)" (2LP, LZ-7). This I call version A here. Second version is the one that was used, for the first time in "For Badge Holders Only" (3CD, Rockwrok, RW 3301/2/3), and also used partially in "Good Night, Moon Light" (3CD, Tarantura, T19CD-7/8/9), and "For Badge Holders Only" (3CD, ARMS, ARMS-28/29/30). "For Badge Holders Only" (3CD, Balboa, BP-95007/08/09) also used this second version. This I call version B. The third version was used partially in Tarantura and ARMS. In terms of the sound quality, I think original LP and Balboa was the best, while Tarantura is the second best among the abovementioned boots. ARMS is almost equal to Tarantura, but slightly but more muffled. In terms of the completeness, Tarantura and ARMS is the best.

This newly released CD from Cobra is very similar to Balboa both in sound quality and completeness. But Cobra wins, judging from the following points.

1. TSRTS, SA, NFBM, and OTHAFA are only in Cobra.

2. Pitch is partially too low in Balboa (from Over the Top to RnR)

Furthermore, on Cobra, many drop outs, especially in SIBLY, was edited carefully to minimize the unnaturalness. But in terms of the completeness, Cobra is far from best, especially when compare with Tarantura and ARMS.

The following table indicates the comparison of the boots. Caps (A, B, C) 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). +++ means most excellent in sound quality, while + means worst of these.

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Analog Tara ARMS Balboa Cobra P&G

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SOUND A C C A A B(~OtHaF)

Quality A-(SIBLY~)

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TSRTS C0 C0 C0 C0

SA A0 C0 C0 C0 C0

NFBM AO C0 C0 C0 CO

OtHaF A0 C0 C0 C0 C0

SIBLY A0 C0 C0 C2 C2 C2

NQ A1 B0 B0 C2 C2 C2

TYG A0 B0 B0 C1 C1 C1

TboE A1 B0 B0 C0 C0 C0

GtC A0 B0 B0 C0 C0 C0

BCW A0 B0 B0 C0 C0 C0

BYA-Stomp A0 B0 B0 C0 C0 C0

WS-BMS A1 B1 B1 C0 C1 C0

Kashmir A0 B0 B0 C0 C0 C0

TuF A0 B0 B0 C1 C1 C1

OotT-MD A0 B0 B0 C1 C1 C1

G. Solo A0 C0 C0 CO C0 C0

ALS A1 C0 C0 CO C0 C0

StH A0 C0 C0 CO C0 C0

WLL-R&R A0 C0 C0 CO C0 C0

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NOTE: Sound Quality: (better) A > A- > B > C (worse)

As you could see in the table, TSRTS in the best sound quality is on Cobra, while most complete and best sounding SIBLY is on LP. Moreover, though I could not show in the above table, some of the MCs are only in Tarantura and ARMS. So if you really like this 3rd night in LA and would love to enjoy the most complete version of the show in best sound quality, you have to get LP, Tarantura, and Cobra, and make your own tape! How irritating the situation is!! As the conclusion, Cobra is one of the best of the show, but not the definitive one, just my humble opinion, though. (Susumu Omi, Mar

For Badgeholders Only LA 23/6/77 Cobra Standard Series 017

CD1 (69:43) TSRTS, Sick Again-with Rover intro, NBFBM, OTHAFA, SIBLY,NQ.

The first four songs are indeed from this famous show! They are muffled and somewhat bass heavy. The balence floats around quite a bit along with a some dropouts in sound. However even with all that the music is still clear and listenable. An emphasis on treble was clearly made during these songs as Jimmy's guitar seems to fade in and out! These first four songs rate a 7! Some proper EQ will lessen these problems! It's not at all a downing factor!

The rest of the show starting with SIBLY is clearly from a different tape source! This tape is MUCH clearer and brighter. There are cuts in SIBLY at 2:18, 2:38, and 5:00 but they are minor. NQ is the best version I've ever heard! There is a change in balance at 5:14 during the theramin intro going into JPJ's GREAT piano solo. There is also a slight cut towards the end of the song during Plant's Dog's of Doom howls. Again, these cuts and balance changes are very small! They take nothing away from the first 69+ minutes of this set! SIBLY an NQ rate a 9 in sound quality with emphasis clearly made on treble enhancement!

CD2 (61:23) TYG, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur-Stomp, WS-BMS, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot.

There is a cut in TYG during Jimmy's guitar solo. It's small and not as telling as the cut in the same song during the Eddie show! There are some cuts and balance problems during the first minute of Bron-yr-Aur Stomp. A small cut is also noticed at the start of Jimmy's guitar solo in Trampled Underfoot. Again these cuts are minor and don't let them fool you! Highlights here are the great version of TYG and JPJ's losing control of the mellotron during Kashmir. Jimmy's guitar cuts out on him during the first few minutes of Trampled Underfoot. The sound quality continues to be enjoyable. Still a 9 in my book!

CD 3 (63:05) Moby Dick-Out on the tiles intro, Guitar Solo, ALS, Stairway, WLL, R&R (Keith Moon on WLL and R&R)

Moby Dick is the highlight of this last part of the show. Keith Moon and John Bonham on the same stage!! It doesn't get any better than that. Unfortunately, there is a cut at 16:14 during this famous solo. This is the only blemish about this latest Cobra release. However, most of the solo is here and Keith Moon prominently features himself! This solo is a wonderful moment in the annals of Rock History! Sound during this last disc is still a 9! Dropouts and balance problems are very few and NOT even noticed! The cover is a replica of the old Dragonfly LP's. This title comes in two miniature album sleeves. The first one has a cool shot of JP on the cover with dark and light blue colors. Led Zeppelin is written at the top in large grey! Disc one and two were in this sleeve! Disc one is yellow and disc two is hot pink. They say Dragonfly records presents the sounds of the 60's, a musical documentary. The second album sleeve has a picture of Robert extending the microphone in a similar background as Jimmy's sleeve. This cover has a black background as well. The slipcases are NOT plastic like other Cobra releases! They are of a white cloth like material and add even more beauty to the colorful discs! Bottom Line: The Packaging is beautiful. The sound quality is Excellent! The first four songs are here and although not as good in sound as the rest of the show, are quite listeneable! A GEM! (Jeremy Cagle Mar 97)

For Badge Holders Only (28/29/30PR ARMS)

The Forum, Inglewood, California, June 23, 1977

CD 1: (69:18) The Song Remains the Same (muffled throughout) (B), The Rover intro./ Sick Again (muffled throughout) (B), Nobody's Fault But Mine (muffled in places) (B), Over the Hills and Far Away (B), Since I've Been Loving You (B), No Quarter (slightly muffled during the guitar section)

CD 2 (52:08) Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir

CD 3 (71:31) Trampled Underfoot, Out on the Tiles intro./ Moby Dick, guitar solo (includes Star Spangled Banner) (B), Achilles Last Stand (B), Stairway to Heaven (B), Whole Lotta Love (B), Rock & Roll (B)

This is a very good to near excellent audience recording of "3 hours of lunacy". It's sourced from 2 different sets of master tapes. The songs listed with a 'B' after them are from the same master tape used for Balboa's release of the same name. The give away was someone going "whew" during most of the songs on Balboa's release. The first four songs on the ARMS release (not found on Balboa's release) contain this audience "signature" too. The other songs not denoted with a 'B' are from a different tape source. It is just as good as the other tape used, but with a more talkative audience around the recorder. During the songs where they share the same tape source, the Balboa release does sound brighter (probably due to some digital tweaking), but contains numerous dropouts. The ARMS release doesn't have any dropouts. To make things more confusing, neither the ARMS nor Balboa release use the same tape source found on the original vinyl release (later copied directly to CD by Continental Sounds). That release uses a tape source with far less audience noise. Unfortunately Continental Sounds sourced the vinyl (including its surface noise) and not the original tapes. It would be great to have those master tapes released too. (Brian Ingham Aug 96)

For Badgeholders Only- Tarantura TCD-YUZUKI-3-1~3
The Forum, Inglewood,  Los Angeles 23 June 1977.
Limited 200 copies only, numbered. Yellow background nos. 1-100 and white background nos. 101-200.

Set List:-
Disc 1 : The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 : Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 : Out On The Tiles - Moby Dick / Guitar Solo Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

Superb audience source. The sound quality is clearer than the Cobra Version. It is the best Version of this date. It is better than For Badgeholders Only (ARMS, Balboa, Cobla, Continental Sounds, RockWrok & TDOLZ) & Good Night Moon Light (Tarantura). A terrific show, although there seems to be a slight problem at the beginning—'Sick Again' is played isolated instead of immediately following ‘The Song Remains the Same.' ‘Nobody's Fault But Mine' has to be one of the best ever (outstanding harmonica and guitar solos) and ‘Over the Hills And Far Away' features more excellent guitar during the solo. 'No Quarter' is again very interesting and includes an electric piano solo before the standard acoustic piano interlude, which is full of Jones' beautiful classical wanderings; the long jam starts with some nice guitar chords. ‘White Summer' is better than usual and leads into a problematic ‘Kashmir'—Jones gets lost before the middle part and it takes a little while before they find their way again; later the guitar cuts out during ‘Trampled Under Foot.' But the band is in great spirits and Keith Moon makes an appearance at the beginning of the drum solo, seizing a microphone and telling the crowd that Bonham is the greatest living rock drummer before evidently joining in himself for a while. Another silly speech from Moon precedes the encore, at which time he joins Bonham on the drum kit again at the end of ‘Rock And Roll.' Definitely one of the best shows of the year out of those I've heard. A shuffle pack case similar in style to releases such as Get Back To L.A., Thunderstorm & Monsters Of Rock from the first series of Tarantura releases. (Chris From Argentina Aug 03).

For Badgeholders Only- Tarantura TCD-YUZUKI-3-1~3
The Forum, Inglewood,  Los Angeles 23 June 1977.

Disc 1 (70.16) : Intro / The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 (61.40) : Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer / Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (63.32) : Out On The Tiles - Moby Dick / Guitar Solo Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

At long last the people at Tarantura 2000 have listened to the criticism on this website, and to our very good friend at Bootledz, regarding the excessive EQ which spoils the sound on many of their previous releases. It makes a change with this latest instalment of the six nights at the LA Forum in June 1977 (what rare shows to release, this is about the twentieth version), that the sound quality is excellent. Tarantura 2000 have used the vinyl and the two tape sources to make up the complete show, the transitions between them being very smooth and well done. They have mainly used the vinyl source for this latest version of Badge Holders, which although incomplete is by far the best sounding source for this legendary concert. The original source for this concert, available only on vinyl, from Dragonfly Records is For Badge Holders Only [Stereo LZ 1234] and For Badge Holders Only (Part 2) [Stereo LZ 7].  This release is probably the finest sounding (better even than Eddie) audience recording of a Led Zeppelin concert extant, and the original Dragonfly vinyl is a much sought after and valuable title. The only criticism is that the song order has been shuffled about, and that the opening song, The Song Remains The Same, is missing. That said this vinyl source, carefully transferred and declicked, would make a stunning foundation of any definitive release of this classic concert. The presence of Keith Moon with John Bonham on drums is a wonderful memory and tribute to these two giants of men. The vinyl has been transferred to CDR by fans, with the correct song order, entitled For Badgeholders Only LP Version.  Out of interest here is the running order of the two vinyl releases:
For Badge Holders Only:-
Side 1: Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Black Country Woman
Side 2: Since I've Been Loving You/Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore
Side 3: Going To California/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot
Side 4: Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll
For Badge Holders Only (Part 2):-
Side 1: No Quarter
Side 2: No Quarter (continued)/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Side 3: Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick
Side 4: Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand
This latest offering from Tarantura 2000 is however once again marred by their blatant methods to extort money from collectors, releasing the title in three different packages. The packaging is also weird, a parody of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and why on earth do they give a transcription of everything Robert Plant says during the concert? Is this to save oneself the bother of listening to the CDs?  If they followed Empress Valley's example and released the title as a single package then this label might begin to be taken seriously by Underground Uprising and their releases given  better treatment. We live in hope. We also understand that there is now no connection whatsoever with CoolMixMan and/or Black Dog Studio with the Tarantura 2000 label. (Jules McTrainspotter August 03).

SGT. Page's Badgeholders Club Band Tarantura 2000 - TCD-YUZUKI-3 - 3CD
June 23, 1977 The Forum - Los Angeles, CA. Audio: 9+/9.5 EXCELLENT

DISC ONE: Introduction, The Song Remains The Same, The Rover Intro, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter
DISC TWO: Ten Years Gone, Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot
DISC THREE: Out On The Tiles Intro/Moby Dick, Page Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

This show has been released numerous times over the years and instead of giving a play by play of what's happening on-stage, I am going to instead only offer my comments on the source tape mix and Tarantura's handling of the mastering.  If you want the detailed overview of this concert, please reference my comments on the TDOLZ version, For Badgeholders Only,  and then come back here.  The overall audio is excellent.  The main chunk of source tape used here is outstanding - much cleaner, crisper and fuller than the TDOLZ version with little tape hiss and more bottom end.  It could very well give the Eddie tape a run for it's money.  This is the same source tape used on the TDOLZ For Badgeholders Only set.  The flip side of the tweaking of the sound is that some of the higher range portions of the tape begin to distort and break under the equalization.  It's not as bad as it sounds but it is worth mentioning.  I really noticed this during the guitar solo in Over The Hills And Far Away.  There is a tape swap after Over The Hills And Far Away that is executed perfectly with only the slightest change in tape depth and a two second section of tape that has an echo effect on the audience cheer that is the result of the two source tapes being faded in/out at the same time but a fraction off on the timing (it's an old club DJ trick).  The tape cut in TDOLZ's Since I've Been Loving You has been fixed in this release and is patched with the alternate source.  The mysterious "heartbeat" found on the TDOLZ set during No Quarter is thankfully absent here.  It's really hard to comprehend that this is the same source tape issued by TDOLZ as the differences in sound and completeness are night and day.  Ten Years Gone features the splice in the solo just prior to the "Do the eyes not sparkle" lyric.  The Stomp also features the familiar tape gaps nicely filled.  Trampled Underfoot features a 4 second patch of tape at 03:50 that has an odd metallic sounding echo that disappears almost as fast at it started.  There is a glitch in the tape at 06:09 in Achilles Last Stand.  A split second of tape overlap is what it sounds like.  There seems to be another one of these at the 08:39 stamp as well.  The Millard tape recorder ripple becomes noticeable on the 3rd disc - especially during Stairway To Heaven - it's like a low pulsing flutter.  This is also very noticeable on Millard's tape used by Empress Valley for Deep Striker.  I do not know what causes it but it must be due to something with his recorder.  The artwork and packaging I have a mixed opinion of.  I bought the promotional prototype edition that is limited to 50 copies and I really like the shuffle pack format that this set came in.  I am undecided on the whole The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's parody sleeve design, but I am absolutely aghast at the piss poor psychedelic rainbow backgrounds and the (at times) goofy graphics and designs.  Empress Valley is much more refined and mature on their graphics design and they ooze class.  This almost borders on tacky but it's tolerable due to the cool shuffle pack format  I'm going to take the stance that if all I can bitch about is the goofy artwork, it's a winner - especially when one takes into consideration this label's reputation for molesting their source tapes.  The only real complaint I have is that the tracks were split up a bit too much for my liking (ie we don't need to split The Rover Intro into Sick Again and make it 2 separate tracks.  Thankfully CoolMixMan and Black Dog Studios are no longer a part of this label.  Perhaps we can now expect quality product from this label.  One can only hope. In my opinion, this set is highly recommended and is the definitive commercial version of this show.  WOW!  I can't believe I actually said that about a Tarantura 2000 release! (Steve Prendergast Aug 03)

For Badgeholders Only- Tarantura TCD-YUZUKI-3-1~3
The Forum, Inglewood,  Los Angeles 23 June 1977.
Disc 1 : Intro / The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 : Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 : Out On The Tiles - Moby Dick / Guitar Solo Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

Tarantura 2000 has finally done something right with their release of For Badgeholders Only.  They went lightly on the equalization this time around. It does favor the bottom end.  The release is a two source mix (with a possible third source per the Bootledz webmaster).  The two (or three) sources have been carefully spliced together to make for a smooth and enjoyable listening experience.  We have already had several versions of this concert available prior to this release by Tarantura 2000.  So, has anything been achieved by the regurgitation of this show by Tarantura 2000? I would have to say yes!  The TDOLZ version was very good but not as complete or as smooth sounding as Tarantura's new release.  I am not going to discuss every single label to have released the FBO show nor review every song and compare them. I will leave that to others.  I will say that I think this is the best version available of this famous show that included some great moments from Keith Moon of the Who (who played along with Bonzo for a couple songs) and the numerous references to badge holders and Bonzo by Mr. Plant. It is a fun concert with the band in good form and seemingly having a great time of it.  That having been said, I would be remiss to not comment on the packaging and special editions ad infinitum produced by the Tarantura 2000 label.  There is absolutely no reason to release three different packages of this show by this label (2 Regular Editions with of 100 copies a piece and a "special" promotional version of 50 copies in a shuffle pack). I cannot believe the motivation for the different editions is propelled by an interest in the fans or for collectible purposes.  The only motivation that is obvious to me is that Tarantura 2000 is milking the collector for every penny out of greed. You be the judge.  I only hope that in the future the people involved with Tarantura 2000 will see the light, stop with the silly multiple packaging versions of each release, skip the cartoons and spoofs on the covers, and just release one version of each show.  Let's keep the plot in mind: It is about the music not the packaging.  I guess we can at least be happy with the sound quality of the music on this release.  Let us hope Tarantura continues to go light handed on the equalization and amplification of their future releases. (Scott Shallcross July 03)

For Badgeholders Only (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-23.06.1977-DVD-A-08) 1 DVDR Audio

The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Out On The Tiles - Moby Dick / Guitar Solo Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

This follows on from the other release by Genuine Masters for the opening night of the legendary six nights that Led Zeppelin played at the LA Forum. This is the third night, most usually referred to as For Badgeholders Only. We are again fortunate that the late Mike Millard attended this concert, although unfortunately his recording was not complete (he accidentally left the pause button on and missed the opening songs). However there are other recordings avaiable, and Genuine Masters have assembled the complete concert, and more importantly (and incredibly), fitted 195 minutes onto a single DVDR. The sound achieved from the Millard recording is outstaning, and I can safely say that this is easily the best version of this concert from the tape/s source. There is a real clarity and sharpness to the sound on this release. However, and this is only a personal observation, I still prefer the legendary vinyl release For Badge Holders Only. The sound on those wonderful LPs is truly outstanding. That said, this release from Genuine Masters is the best tape source version that I have heard. The packaging is once again very attractive, full cover DVD case insert, and a colour printed disc. Have a look to see whom the Virgin Mary is holding in her arms, very clever! The DVD is well indexed and songs are easily and quickly accessed. Care has been taken in the use of photographs on this release, to accompany the songs. Often the appropriate guiar appears on the colour or black & white photo that appears as the song plays (eg Jimmy has the Danelectro for White Summer/Black Mountain Side and Kashmir, and Bonzo is shown with his drum kit for Moby Dick. A nice touch of detail. As and added bonus, this release comes with an AC/DC DVD (a transfer from the video Let There Be Rock) filmed in concert in Paris in December 1979, when the incomparable Bon Scott was still the singer (tragically he died two months later). Highly recommended. (Jules McTrainspotter Nov 04)

FOR BADGEHOLDERS ONLY (Genuine Masters GM -LZ-23.06.23.1977-DVD-A-08)
Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, California - June 23, 1977 DVD-Audio/Picture Montage
RUNNING TIME:
194:52
SOUND/SOURCE:
Low Generation Mike Millard Audience Recording
PACKAGING:
DVD Clamshell with High Resolution insert artwork

FEATURES: Interactive Menus, Scene Selection, PCM Audio

TRACK LIST:

1. Intro, 2. The Song Remains The Same, 3. The Rover intro/4. Sick Again, 5. Nobody's Fault But Mine, 6. Over The Hills And Far Away, 7. Since I've Been Loving You, 8. No Quarter, 9. Ten Years Gone, 10. The Battle Of Evermore, 11. Going To California, 12. Black Country Woman, 13. Bron-Y- Aur Stomp, 14. White Summer/Black Mountain Side, 15. Kashmir, 16. Trampled Underfoot, 17. Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, 18. Guitar Solo, 19. Achilles Last Stand, 20. Stairway To Heaven, 21. Whole Lotta Love/22. Rock And Roll

This will be the most desired version of this notorious concert. The show has been booted to death but Genuine Masters had the only reason to issue it again....a superior tape. For Badgeholders Only from GM utilizes an extremely low-generation Mike Millard recording and providing it in the DVD-Audio medium is the only way to hear it. Led Zeppelin collectors all hold this show in high regard, whether it was simply the impromptu appearance of Keith Moon towards the last third of the concert, the superior versions of Sick Again and No Quarter, etc...or just the magnificent recording. This is my 4th copy of this show and I was expecting GM to provide the definitive version when FBO was announced...and they, once again, have lived up to expectations! The recording isn't quite as striking as GM's "Watch And Listen To This Eddie", at first. However, it does expand as the tape/disc moves along. As with the Tarantura release last year, "Sgt. Page's Badgeholder's", it's the robust bottom end that is noticable...as well as the atmosphere around the taper. With this version of FBO, you REALLY feel right in the middle of the proceedings! While this recording doesn't quite have the spatial qualities as WaLTTE, this title really can be categorized as definitive. I cannot commend the label enough for it's selection and use of pictures for this project. Again GM has included some scarcely utilized or rarely circulated shots, along with a few of the common ones. The only deduction on the scorecard here is that there are no photos utilized from this concert! There are numerous pics of Keith Moon and John Bonham drumming in tandem and that would have made the package absolutely complete. A shame really. The rest holds up as you would hope.Another benchmark of the labels' expertise progressing, is the incredibly wonderful interactive menus. GM utilizes the Seattle '77 video in the background, while featuring various '77 images for the scene selection tabs. Everything looks so rich and colorful. A really stellar production throughout.

While the audio CDR's that are offered with every release are recommended, you will not reap the auditory rewards with these FBO audio discs like you will with the DVD-Audio. ("SVENGI" Webmaster HotWacks On-Line Nov 04)

[NB From Underground Uprising Webmaster: as always, our thanks to our friends at HotWacks On Line for their permission to reproduce their review here]

For Badgeholders Only (Genuine Masters GM-LZ-23.06.1977-DVD-A-08) 1 DVDR Audio

The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Over The Hills And Far Away / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter / Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot / Out On The Tiles - Moby Dick / Guitar Solo Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Rock And Roll

The Genuine Masters' release of 6/23/77 on DVD-A is the best sound available for this show. I compared this to all of my other releases from: Balboa, TDOLZ, Tarantura, plus the LPs (Dragonfly/TMQ, Amazing Stork). Like Jules McT, I covet my LPs and their rich sound. In my opinion, Genuine Masters has exceeded the overall sound quality of all of the various official and unofficial releases of this show. Readers may note that I've liked all of GM's releases. I generally have every release of each show that has been released by GM for comparison and review. I'm no recording expert, but my ears find the recordings on DVD-A superior to CDs and CDRs. If you're happy with your various 6/23/77 titles, Genuine Masters will make you happier. And it's on a single DVDR.
Oh, and let us not forget the bonus AC/DC DVD. Damn, Bon Scott was something else! The comparison and contrast of Led Zeppelin to AC/DC could lead to a long discussion/argument, maybe another day... (David Smith Nov 04)

Three Hours Of Lunacy (Beelzebub Records BSD 86/87/88) 3 CDRs
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 23 June 1977

CD 1 (69.04): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro - Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
CD 2 (61.51): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman - Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot
CD 3 (62.58): Out On The Tiles Intro - Moby Dick/Guitar Solo - Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

The third night of the historic six at the hallowed LA Forum has always been a very popular one to release by CD labels. In the last couple of years enterprising fans have combined all the best sources (especially the vinyl source) together to create a complete and excellent sounding show. This new release from Beelzebub remasters a composite tape only version, but not one that uses the vinyl source. The sound on this has plenty of full bass, but you can still hear the high treble. And it is a great concert too. There are many highlights, but the best must be when the Who's drummer Keith Moon joins his friend John Bonham for Moby Dick, and also for the final song, Rock And Roll, which sounds fantastic with the combined drumming skills of two of Rock's Greatest drummers. This comes in a quality printed colour card gatefold package, and the discs are nicely colour printed too. This is a nice addition to the large pile of releases for this concert. (Jamie Boswell May 06)

Three Hours Of Lunacy (Beelzebub Records BSD 86/87/88) 3 CDRs
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, June 23,1977

CD 1 (69.04): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro - Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
CD 2 (61.51): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman - Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot
CD 3 (62.58): Out On The Tiles Intro - Moby Dick/Guitar Solo - Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

This is one of my favorite performances of the 77 tour. Plant’s vocals were amazing on this 3rd night of the Los Angeles shows. This release from Beelzebub captures the moment with crisp treble and thunderous bass. The discs come in a gatefold with pictures from the show including Keith Moon’s surprise visit. The disc themselves contain printed artwork. This one is worth picking up. (LedMan Sept 06)

Three Hours Of Lunacy (Beelzebub Records BSD 86/87/88) 3 CDRs
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, June 23,1977

CD 1 (69.04): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro - Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
CD 2 (61.51): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman - Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot
CD 3 (62.58): Out On The Tiles Intro - Moby Dick/Guitar Solo - Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

Three Hours Of Lunacy is the perfect title for this show. Los Angeles always pulled extra special performances out of Led Zeppelin and this night was no exception. From the first note of this recording you can tell that Led Zeppelin were definitely not pulling any punches and they were planning on blowing the roof right off of the Forum. Although the show isn't without it's mistakes (Kashmir), it does have it's shining moments. Keith Moon joins John Bonham for a dueling Drum version of Moby Dick and later on during Rock And Roll. Robert Plant dedicates the night to the many Badgeholders in the audience. Beezlebub Records have taken an already great sounding recording and made it sound better by adding their magic touch to it. This recording has been rounded out and made to sound as if you are actually in the audience and are experiencing the show as it happened. Unlike so many other labels who rely on over EQ'ing and noise reducing techniques which cause their releases to sound brittle and full of high end bubbles, Beezlebub Records have added just the right amount of enhancement and punch to this recording. Hopefully the other labels will learn a thing or two from what Beezlebub Records has accomplished with this recording. My suggestion is that you go ahead and check this release out. You'll be pleasantly surprised. (Harley Dog Oct 06)

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Battle Of Evermore Part 1 & Part 2 Black Cat Records (Australia, 1992) BC-28 A-D
25-Jun-77 The Forum, Inglewood, California

Two  hard cover, book-style, triple foldout, CD packages. Disc #3 mislabels Out On The Tiles/ Moby Dick as Black Dog (which is not played). No Quarter is out of  sequence in this set.

Disc 1: (49:10) The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying Medley (incl. Rip It Up, You Shook Me), Since I've Been Loving You, Ten Years Gone.

Disc 2: (47:37) Battle Of  Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman, Bron-y-Aur Stomp, White  Summer, Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot.

Disc 3: (51:01) Out  On The Tiles/ Moby Dick, Guitar Solo (incl. Star Spangled Banner, Dixie), Achilles Last Stand. Disc 4: (45:28) No Quarter, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta  Love (incl. Communication Breakdown by audience request earlier in the show)

A fantastic release by Black Cat. Can I call this one a vintage  masterpiece, yet? Even if not, it has packaging on par with the big boys,  showcasing an incredible audience source of a stellar performance. The bit of  tape hiss is easy to deal with and of little consequence. There are minor hiss  fluctuations just before TYG when Plant asks for the monitors to be tweaked. And again during the acoustic set, just as Jones starts singing during BOE. It  flattens out a little just before GTC. White Summer is almost soundboard quality  and really well played. Kashmir & Trampled are the tiniest bit muddy. And there is a slight buzz during WLL. If you are not listening for them, you never  notice. Excellent tapers! The audience is a constant background presence, but  their fanatical praise does nothing but make this recording even more enjoyable  (check out the Guitar Solo). The instruments are well balanced, everyone gets their say. I wish Plant's vocals were a little more out front, and the sound could be a little fatter, but these are just nit-picks. Get this one. It is sure to further increase in value if they can ever pry it from your cold, dead hands  to sell it. (Brian DuPont, 2001)

Battle Of Evermore parts 1 & 2 (4 CDs, Black Cat records BC-28 A/B/C/D)
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 25 June 1977

A recent re-evaluation of this release has been undertaken, and I have listened to it again for the first time since I got it when it first came out. The sound quality is superb, as is the playing, this night is probably the best overall by the band of the six night stand at the LA Forum. It would be on the Concert Dates list as the best version, if it was not for the fact that the song order has been messed around, and that it is on four CDs rather than 3. Some of the audience applause and a few Plantations have been lost by this. Very annoying as I said before, the sound quality is superb stereo. The packaging is excellent too, issued in two long upright gatefold folders, with excellent colour photos. Another tape recording of the late Mike Millard, I was advised that this is from a first generation source tape. (Jules McTrainspotter April 03)

Power & Glory (20CD, The Diagram of Led Zeppelin)

Disc 11(TDOLZ-539701): 73:11 TSRTS, SA, NFBM, IMToD, SIBLY, NQ

Disc 12(TDOLZ-539702): 62:52 TYG, TBoE, GtC, BCW, BYA-Stomp, WS-BMS-Kashmir, TuF

Disc 13(TDOLZ-539703): 73:47 OotT-MD, Guitar Solo, ALS, StH, WLL-R&R

Source tape is identical to that of previously released boots, i.e. "The Last LA Forum 6/25/77" (2CD, LA-1992-1) + "The Last LA Forum 6/25,27/77" (2CD, LA-1992-2), "Battle of Evermore Part 1/2" (2CD+2CD, BC-28-A/B/C/D", (and it's reissue called "Rip It Up"), and "A Week for Badgeholders" (19CD, T19CD-1~19). They are almost equivalent in sound quality and completeness. Strictly speaking, high frequency range is enhanced on "The Last LA Forum 6/25/77" (2CD, LA-1992-1) + "The Last LA Forum 6/25,27/77" (2CD, LA-1992-2), while middle range enhanced on "Battle of Evermore Part 1/2" (2CD+2CD, BC-28-A/B/C/D", and bass range enhanced on "A Week for Badgeholders" (19CD, T19CD-1~19). Sound quality of P&G is very similar to that of "The Last LA Forum 6/25/77" (2CD, LA-1992-1) + "The Last LA Forum 6/25,27/77" (2CD, LA-1992-2), and high frequency range is very clear, but bass is a bit weak. But P&G wins since it contains less hiss. However, again this boot contains constant low video noise. To make things worse, some tracking noise occurred in the middle of No Quarter. If it had not been for this problem, I would have listed P&G as the best boot in sound quality..... In terms of completeness, P&G is equivalent to all of the abovementioned boots of this show, and all songs are complete and uncut. (Susumu Omi, Jan 98)

Bursting Night (TDOLZ)

June 25, 1977
The Forum - Los Angeles, CA.
The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol. 053 - 3CD
Audio: 8.5+ AUD EX

Track Listing:
DISC ONE: The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter

DISC TWO: Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman/Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot.

DISC THREE: Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Page Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown

Packaging is the normal TDOLZ fare - gatefold paper sleeve with pictures from the era. Another excellent recording! The missing LA show. I now have the complete week of Badgeholders (not all TDOLZ but in one form or another anyhow). It's Saturday night in the Forum and Plant is still celebrating the LA Badgeholders "meeting". In My Time Of Dying has some Rip It Up and You Shook Me references in it. There's a cut in the tape after Since I've Been Loving You ends. It's during the audience chatter, so nothing much is missed. No Quarter is dedicated to Jonsey's offstage Badgeholder. The audience in general is loud, but there's one guy who is real annoying. He seems to be yelling almost continuously. Another guy keeps yelling "you have my Elvis T-shirt!". Thankfully, they can only be heard during the between-song breaks. A very well paced Ten Years Gone is offered tonight. Not quite "perfect", but nicely done all the same. Right after TYG there's a tape swap, again, nicely done and not missing any music (and I don't think much audience chatter is cut either). Kashmir is potent tonight. Bonham is very forceful on drums, but Pagey is out of tune. I prefer the '75 versions of Kashmir - it was played alone without the White Summer/BMS lead in and had more guitar and less keyboards. Even out of tune, tonight's version is very heavy on drums and guitar and less on the keyboards. There is a tape swap after Kashmir and again not much is missing. After a 28 minute Moby Dick, it's time again to turn over the tape. Achilles Last Stand has the normal controlled chaos followed by yet another tape change. There's one hell of a loud firecracker during the intro to Stairway. Lori Maddox is a perpetual Badgeholder tonight or Robert put it: "Led Zeppelin salutes a permanent Badgeholder". Whole Lotta Love has a rather erratic intro. Communication Breakdown is the encore tonight and I can't find any other reference to it in '77, so this is a rare treat! Overall, a great show. Mike Millard's quality recordings take it to a higher level indeed. (Steve Prendergast)

Saturday Night Special- Led Note Label

The infamous fourth night.  The superb Millard tape for this release is complete, very close to the stage, very well balanced, and speed corrected.  This release by the Led Note label (Cobla) is the best of this show to date.  A couple of years back, a "supposed" low-gen copy of this show was circulated among traders.  Besides sounding a tad flat on the drums, it had an unbelievable amount of vinyl-like pops present throughout the 3 discs.  With the advent of audio editing software, some traders took it upon themselves to "correct" the pops, which produced a cleaner (although obviously doctored) set.  The great tragedy of this Led Note release is that it too has its own fair share of noise.  Various digital pops, buzzes, and clicks can be quietly heard throughout all three discs.  Unlike the tree set, these different noises appear to be completely from negligent mastering.  On the plus side, the noises are relatively infrequent, and if one is not listening for them they’re not really that noticeable as the tape itself has enough background audience and band noise to mask them well.  This release also has a good deal of tape hiss.   It seems as though the Cobla people have passed on their EQ skills to the people at Led Note.  The reason why this release sounds better than any other is probably only due to EQ and not tape generation.  The drums are fatter, the bass frequencies are clearer, and the recording is much more dynamic and punchy.   But, the trade off for this improved sound is the tape-hiss.  Noise reduction was also used, making the hiss increase slightly when the band is playing and decrease when they’re not.  The packaging for this show is a glossy paper case with a black and white photo of Page smoking a cigarette on the front and another black and white photo of him playing his acoustic Martin guitar on the back.  It would be nice if this Led Note release came in the same thickness cardboard as their 3/17/73 release "Sturm Und Drang."  Each time I take the discs out of the thin case I feel like I might bend or rip it. I hate having to treat these releases like they’re delicate little paper dolls each time I want to listen to them. 
Now for the performance.  I simply can’t agree with the acclaim this particular show gets.  6/25, like 6/27, is no where near as good as 6/21, 6/23, or even 6/26 (which is extremely underrated due to its inferior sound quality). However, I keep seeing it on collectors lists as being "the best of the six LA forum shows."  I agree that 6/21 and 6/23 do get a lot of hype for their sound quality and relative significances, but to say that 6/25  is a better show compared to those two is completely ridiculous for one reason alone: Bonham.  This show is, without a doubt, one of John Bonham’s most lacklustre performances from any tour.  There isn’t a song in this show that isn’t deliberately slowed down by his extremely plain and lethargic playing.  The Song Remains the Same and Sick Again are neither energetic nor heavy.  The impromptu Rip it Up after a very lazy and "swingy" In My Time Of Dying, is a mess. Ten Years Gone starts off good, but Bonham ruins it with his lack of drive.  Achilles Last Stand can’t get off the ground and is much too loose. The Communication Breakdown encore sounds comic, and one realizes why the band didn’t ever play it this tour.  As for the other members of the band,  Plant is in a fantastic mood and also in great voice, as good as 6/21 and 6/23.  Page is tired and very sloppy for the first couple of songs, but by Since I’ve Been Loving You he picks himself up and becomes a little more fluid and energetic.  Jones delivers fantastic piano work in No Quarter and is good throughout the night.  But regardless of how good the others are, this show simply doesn’t recover from the effect Bonham’s playing has on it.  Plant’s energy makes the mood fantastic and the show very entertaining BETWEEN songs, but the playing simply sounds too tired and way too slow during them.  Listen for Plant noticing Lori Maddox (Page’s notoriously underage groupie) in the side stage wings after Stairway: "Led Zeppelin salutes a Perpetual Badgeholder!" (Mike Magnon Mar 02)

Saturday Night's Alright (Wendy Records) 3 CD jewel case inside a card slipcase
Los Angeles 25 June 1977
The Forum, Inglewood

Disc 1 (72.03): The Song Remains The Same / Sick Again / Nobody's Fault But Mine /In My Time Of Dying / Since I've Been Loving You / No Quarter
Disc 2 (61.57): Ten Years Gone / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California /Black Country Woman / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer - Black Mountain Side/ Kashmir / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (72.21): Moby Dick / Guitar Solo / Achilles Last Stand / Stairway To Heaven/ Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

The fourth night of the historic six night stand at the LA Forum in June 1977 has usually been thought of as the best performance overall. We are again blessed with a truly excellent audience recording by the master himself, Mike Millard. There is no alternate source tape for this concert to fill the small gaps in the Millard recording. The sound quality on this new release is really excellent, and must now be regarded as the definitive release. Unfortunately there is one blemish on this release, on disc 2, track 6 (White Summer/Black Mountain Side), there is a digital dropout at 5.19 into the track. Apart from that it is a great release. The sound quality matches the previous benchmark sounding release, Black Cat's 4CD Battle Of Evermore. The packaging is very nice too, similar to the same label's Listen To This, Eddie release, it comes inside a three way plastic jewel case, which fits inside a glossy card slipcase. There is a booklet which contains an extremely accurate graphical chart of the composition of the Mike Millard original recording. On the back of this insert Wendy have once again lifted my analysis of the releases for this concert straight off Underground Uprising. However they have substituted their own release for my recommendation as the best title (which was at the time of writing Led Note's Saturday Night Special). Limited to 300 unnumbered copies. (Jules McTrainspotter Dec 03)

Delirium Treatment (Tarantura TCD-YUZUKI - 4JP [JB] 1~3) 3CD
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 25 June 1977

Disc 1 (73.46): Opening / The Song Remains The Same/ The Rover Intro-Sick Again / Plant Intro / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Plant Intro / In My Time Of Dying / Since I've Been loving You / Plant Intro / No Quarter / Plant Intro
Disc 2 (63.03): Plant Intro / Ten Years Gone / Plant Intro / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Plant Intro / Black Mountain Side / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer-Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Plant Intro / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (73.54): Plant Intro / Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick / Achilles Last Stand / Plant Intro / Stairway To Heaven / Plant Intro / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

The third installment in Tarantura's series of releasing all six nights from the LA Forum in June 1977. This release is sourced from the master tape from Mike Millard, and the sound is, not surprisingly, excellent. It does not have as much bottom end as Led Note's Saturday Night Special. However it is clearer and sharper, and has a very crisp top end sound. At the end of the day it is all down to one's preference in sound, and whether you like the highs or the lows in the sound quality. Whilst the 21st and the 23rd June shows tend to receive all the praise, overall this concert on the 25th June is probably the best consistently excellent performance by the band, of the six night stand. There are many highlights in this concert, and we are again most fortunate that the late Mike Millard was on hand to capture the concert in its entirity. There are two versions of the regular release of this concert by Tarantura (neither numbered). The first 150 have Jimmy Page on the front slipcase cover, in a Japanese police helmet! The remaining 50 copies have a similarly attired John Bonham on the front. The slipcase houses a three way gatefold insert, which matches in shape and size the other releases in this series. The discs are adorned with photos of each band member in a helmet, and disc 3 has Peter Grant similarly adorned, a nice touch to add the fifth member of Led Zeppelin. Finally there is a very nice promo version of 60 numbered copies, the CDs being housed in a single sleeve. Altogether this is an excellent release. (Jules McTrainspotter July 04)

Delirium Treatment (Tarantura TCD-YUZUKI - 4JP [JB] 1~3) 3CD
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, June 25, 1977

Disc 1 (73.46): Opening / The Song Remains The Same/ The Rover Intro-Sick Again / Plant Intro / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Plant Intro / In My Time Of Dying / Since I've Been loving You / Plant Intro / No Quarter / Plant Intro
Disc 2 (63.03): Plant Intro / Ten Years Gone / Plant Intro / The Battle Of Evermore / Going To California / Plant Intro / Black Mountain Side / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp / White Summer-Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Plant Intro / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (73.54): Plant Intro / Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick / Achilles Last Stand / Plant Intro / Stairway To Heaven / Plant Intro / Whole Lotta Love / Communication Breakdown

I was "deliriously" happy after popping this new CD release from Tarantura into the CD player.  Prior to Tarantura's new version, we had very good releases of this concert previously available on Wendy Records as Saturday Night's Alright and Led Note's Saturday Night Special.  However, this new title by Tarantura called Delirium Treatment trumps all other previous releases of this concert in both sound quality and packaging.  I am quite honestly blown away by the great sound quality of this release.  Just like Tarantura's recent release of the FBO show on 6/23/77, they have pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat again with Delirium Treatment.  The performance is arguably the best of the entire 1977 tour for Zeppelin.  The band is hitting on all cylinders on this Saturday night at the LA Forum.  Tarantura has done this show great justice with this release.  Delirium Treatment is the now the definitive version of this concert.  With the sound cranked way up on this new Tarantura gem, I felt like I was actually at the show on that Saturday night in the Forum.  It is about as close as we are going to get in terms of the sound quality and atmosphere to actually being there at the concert.  There has been some debate about whether Delirium Treatment is sourced from a first generation Mike Millard master tape.  It is not clear if it is a first generation Millard tape (and we will probably never know) or an exceptional EQ job or maybe both by Tarantura.  For me, after hearing Delirium Treatment, I don't really care.  I am simply happy to listen to such an incredibly electrifying concert in such excellent sound quality.  Also of note, is the typical great Tarantura packaging with three different covers/versions to choose from for the collectors who collect them all. Delirium Treatment is a must have that will appeal to both the general and hardcore collectors alike. (Scott Shallcross July 04)

Badgeholders Weekend (Badgeholders BH008-01-02-03) 3 CDs in slimline jewel case
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 25 June 1977

Disc 1 (74.03): The Song Remains The Same/The Rover Intro-Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/In My Time Of Dying/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (63.25): Ten Years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (74.31): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown

The Badgeholders label had to wait until their eighth release before they could get the word Badgeholders into the title of a CD. Here they have got hold of the master or first gen. recording of the late Mike Millard (freely available in trading circles) and ruthlessly equalised this source. The sound is very loud, with great emphasis on the top end. Played on a really good stereo system this sound is brittle and jarring to the ears. There is also a lot of tape hiss, a byproduct of heavy handed EQ and increasing the loudness of the original source. At least they have not then EQ'd the tape hiss out, which would have left them with a very dull sounding recording. This release sounds best on a low budget system played through mediocre quality speakers. This takes the brittle sound out and makes listening to this recording more bearable. I have dug out all my previous versions of this great concert, which if taken overall, was probably the best performance of the six night marathon Led Zeppelin played at the Forum in Inglewood in June of 1977. Just one example is the impromptu Rip It Up in the middle of In My Time Of Dying, a real treat. I started with a sampling of the first gen. Millard recording, with the original sound untouched, and then moved on to the Led Note Saturday Night Special and the more recent Tarantura Delirium Treatment. I had not listened to the Led Note title for some time, and this has an excellent bottom end sound, as does the Tarantura release. I do not have the Wendy release, but from the comments on the Bootledz website it seems to be very similar to the Led Note version. Therefore if you have any of these three releases there seems little point in getting this new one. As always it is a matter of taste, if you like a strong top end sound (the drums are very distinct in this new Badgeholders version) then seek this out, but for a rounder and fuller sound the other titles are better. (Jules McTrainspotter June 05)

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26-Jun-77 L.A.

Power & Glory (20CD, The Diagram of Led Zeppelin)

Disc 14 (TDOLZ-549701): 73:08 TSRTS, SA, NFBM, OtHaF, SIBLY, NQ

Disc 15 (TDOLZ-549702): 65:23 TYG, TBoE, GtC, That's All Right, BCW, BYA-Stomp, WS-BMS-Kashmir, OotT-MD

Disc 16 (TDOLZ-549703): 52:13 Guitar Solo, ALS, StH, It'll Be Me

Only one type of source tape is used on the previously released boots , i.e. "A Week for Badgeholders" (19CD, T19CD-1~19) and "Sundazed" (3CD, SIRA-203/4/5). Between the two, the latter is better in sound quality, while they are almost equivalent in completeness. 2 sources are used on P&G. The source which is used on the most part of the show is identical to that of the previous releases, but an alt. source is used for the first 4 minutes of TSRTS, which is missing on the other source tape. (But I'm not sure if this first half of TSRTS is really from this show, since I have no reference.) Regarding cuts, there are cuts in NQ, WS, MD and Guitar solo, but all of the other boots of this show contained these cuts as well. So as the conclusion, P&G wins for it's complete TSRTS. In terms of sound quality, however, P&G is a bit inferior to "Sundazed" and high frequency range is weak and not so clear. Moreover, big digi -noise is in the middle of Guitar solo. (Susumu Omi, Jan 98)

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27-Jun-77 L.A.

Sunset (TDOLZ, 4CD) Performance: 3-8 SQ: 7-9

The final concert at the Inglewood forum (June 27, 1977) by the entire band. The whole band turn in a rather erratic show. The opening four numbers are really great (probably one of the best OTHAFA solos ever) as is Kashmir and NQ (very unusual rendition). TYG has many mistakes (as is typical of this point in the tour) on JP's part, TU and STH also have a *tired* feel to them. The main highlight here is a surprise: The infamous Guitar/Electronics solo. It's got to be the longest, most improvised, and well, just plain "best" version of '77. Running close to half an hour, it has Page creating sounds and riffs (even from WLL and Heartbreaker) that haven't even been hinted at the beginning of the tour. Pure experimental genius. It's interesting how this piece evolved over the tour, each time Page adding new parts. In contrast, the following track, ALS (which I consider to be the general highlight of '77) is one of the worst ever. Plant forgets verses, Bonzo's playing is awful, and JP's in a completely different world. The sound of this 4CD set is basically excellent, and at times better balanced than (although it doesn't have the *punch* of) the "Eddie" recording. This TDOLZ version is noticeably better than the Silver Rarities release. Not really a "Must-Have" but definitely one to pick up eventually, even for the most casual collector. (A N Onymous May 99)

Sunset (TDOLZ)

June 27, 1977
The Forum - Los Angeles, CA.
The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin TDOLZ Vol.055 - 4CD
Audio: 8+ Ex AUD
Track Listing:
DISC ONE: The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You.

DISC TWO: No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California.

DISC THREE: Going Down South, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dancing Days, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick.

DISC FOUR: Page Solo, Achillies Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

The final night at the Inglewood Forum for Led Zeppelin ever. The sound is very good - perhaps a notch or two below "Eddie" and "Badgeholders". Make no mistake though, the sound is very good. It sounds as if the beginning of the tape (audience cheer) is looped several times to extend the hysteria as the lights dim and the band takes the stage. Pagey's fingers are a bit sticky in The Song Remains The Same and seem to remain that way all night. Some joker has a bird chirp whistle that gets old real fast - Plant asks "who's got that funny whistle?" after The Battle Of Evermore.. I suppose it's better than firecrackers though. The start of disc two has what seems to be a different tape source used briefly during Roberts' lead-in to No Quarter. By the time the music starts, we are already back to the better sounding source. No Quarter clocks in at 35 minutes tonight and the Southern California fans are quite patient. During the guitar sections you can pickup some tape flutter - at least with headphones on and the volume up. Plant pulls Jonsey's chains quite a bit about a "strawberry tart" that Jones had the previous night. The tape flutter becomes more apparent during the acoustic set. Disc three starts off with a track called Going Down South that's only a snipplet at 1:34 in length. The real gem tonight is the acoustic Dancing Days. Tonight it gets drums, bass and vocals. Whilst it's only two minutes in length, it's a real pleasure to hear! There's a slight cut after the Stomp. Plant tells the crowd that they "haven't played Dancing Days in five years and I don't think that we will again either". There's a mastering flaw at the end of track 4. The Plant dialog about not playing Dancing Days again partially repeats. Shame-shame TDOLZ. Kashmir has some distortion in it. I think that the recorder is just over powered and can't handle it. Not a big deal as Kashmir suffers significantly from Pagey's sticky fingers. No one gets lost in the trek to Kashmir, so at least that's good. There's a drop after Trampled Underfoot - probably caused by a tape or battery swap. The sound on disc four seems to improve a bit. Achilles Last Stand contains a cut in the middle throwing you completely off balance. Bonzo also has some quite violent thrashing added at times to this piece. I have to wonder if this was intentional or just him being playful. Was he was trying to get someone's attention or perhaps attempting to voice his protest of something...??? Overall, it's a very decent set. TDOLZ's titles are fairly cheap and not that hard to locate (for the most part). (Steve Prendergast)

Power & Glory (20CD, The Diagram of Led Zeppelin)

Disc 17 (TDOLZ-559701): 40:26 TSRTS, SA, NFBM, OtHaF, SIBLY

Disc 18 (TDOLZ-559702): 60:07 NQ, TYG, TBoE, GtC

Disc 19 (TDOLZ-559703): 63:47 Going Down South, BCW, BYA-Stomp, Dancing Days, WS-BMS-Kashmir, TuF, OotT-MD

Disc 20(TDOLZ-559704): 57:33 Guitar Solo, ALS, StH, WLL-R&R

Only one type of source tape is used on the previously released boots , i.e. "The Last LA Forum 6/25,27/77" (2CD, LA-1992-2), "A Week for Badgeholders" (19CD, T19CD-1~19), (and its reissue called "The Legendary End" (3CD, SIRA-206/7/8)), and "Farewell to L.A." (3CD, RR-01/2/3). Among these, "Farewell to L.A." (3CD, RR-01/2/3) is the best in completeness, while they are almost equivalent in sound quality. 2 sources are used on P&G. The source which is used on the most part of the show is identical to that of the previous releases, but an alt. source is used for the chat of Robert between SIBLY and NQ, which is missing on that source tapes. Regarding cuts, there is a cut in ALS, which is also on FtLA, but all other songs are complete and uncut. So as for the completeness, P&G is the best. In terms of sound quality, P&G is almost equivalent to FtLA, but again contains constant video noise, which is not on FtLA. So I think FtLA wins. (Susumu Omi, Jan 98)

Farewell To L.A. (Rabbit Records) June 27th '77 -- Very good audience, but not quite as good as 'Listen to this, Eddie' or the original 'Badgeholders'. Good performance with spirited acoustic set and very nice No Quarter, Over The Hills and Far Away and Stairway. This concert has Page all over everything, all at once, and sometimes out of control! Classy package with small photo booklet. On this same subject, Silver Rarities has released the last three nights in L.A. '77. I don't know for sure, but these could be a straight reissue of part of Tarantura's encyclopaedic 77 box set. (David Anderson May 96)

The Legendary End (Silver Rarities)

Disc 1:  The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills and  Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter

 Disc 2: Ten Years  Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going To California, Just Can't Be Satisfied, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dancing Days, White Summer/Black  Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot

Disc 3:  Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

The title probably refers both to the show and the label Silver  Rarities. This was the final title issued by the legendary European label. The sound quality is consistent with other shows in the LA series. It is right there with Eddie, Badge Holders, and Bursting Night. What hits you  about this show is the sheer length. It pushes four hours! They really wanted to give LA something to talk about for their final show there. With a concert this long, you can expect many improvisations. No  Quarter is thirty-five minutes long and is just as good as in the other LA  shows. The acoustic set is expanded with Just Can’t Be Satisfied and several verses of Dancing Days which is absolutely brilliant. The guitar  solo reaches almost a half hour with Page repeating the America theme from  West Side Story. Overall this is a great title and a great concert. (Gerard Sparaco Oct 2001)

Deep Striker Empress Valley - EVSD 26-29 - 4CD

June 27, 1977 The Forum - Los Angeles, CA.Audio: 9+ AUD

DISC ONE: The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You
DISC TWO: No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California
DISC THREE: Going Down South, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, Dancing Days, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick
DISC FOUR:  Page Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

One of the most expensive bootlegs I have ever had the pleasure of owning and an incredibly hard set to locate on the collector market as well.  Caution must be given when buying this set as there are bad copies of disc number 3 in circulation.  The "bad" disc 3 has a mastering fault and has a 1 second gap in between tracks.  The matrix number of the bad disc 3 is TG5093.  The matrix number of the corrected disc 3 is TI5060.  Be warned when shopping around for this expensive set.  I got lucky in that my copy came with both the "good" and "bad" copy of disc 3, so my set contains 5CDs in all and not the standard 4CDs.  The package is the "Empress Valley" long box - a hard cardboard block trimmed out in the center to hold the discs.  The tray is housed in a glossy cardstock open-ended slipcover.  The individual discs are housed in cream paper sleeves with the Empress Valley logo printed in gold on the lower right corner.  The last night in the LA Forum in excellent quality courtesy of the late great Mike Millard's fantastic audience source tapes.  The tape starts out with the cheering masses anxiously awaiting the start of the show. There are initial tape balance issues, but these seem to be resolved during the soundcheck just prior to the opening of The Song Remains The Same.  The source tape is excellent quality - typical of Mike Millard source tapes - it's taped near the stage, is very clear, well balanced and displays an incredible sense of depth.  The tape is slightly hissy, but it in no way detracts the recording. There is also a detectable ripple effect audible in some of the quieter parts of the tape - probably an accidental by product of the tape recorder.  The opening audience cheer sound as if it has been looped (TDOLZ's Sunset also has this issue) for several seconds extending the hysteria prior to the start of the show.   Nobody's Fault But Mine has a seamless tape splice for several seconds at about the 1 minute 42 second mark on the disc.  The audio quality remains consistent, but there is a definite variance in tone there - superb splice though.  The start of No Quarter contains some quick tape swaps, again seamlessly done.  The section of tape after Ten Years Gone is sliced in and lasts until just prior to the start of The Battle Of Evermore.  The tape flutter becomes increasingly apparent during the acoustic set but not to the point that it ruins it.  At around 4 minutes 5 seconds into Kashmir we switch over to an alternate tape for 9 seconds before seamlessly switching back to the main tape.  There also appears to be a several second tape swap in the empty space after Trampled underfoot and another after Bonzo's Over The Top drum solo.  Achilles Last Stand contains a cut in the tape that causes audio to be lost.  I am fairly certain that there are no available bootlegs that have this section intact.  Stairway To Heaven had a number of seamless tape swaps.  The last night in L.A. didn't quite have the party atmosphere that was present on the Eddie or Badgeholders nights, but it was a solid show and a worthy addition to any collection.  Due to the staggering cost that this set trades for on the collector market though, I have to recommend the TDOLZ title Sunset over this one on the cost factor alone.  Unless you have deep pockets or are actively collecting EVSD, I can't see any merit in spending the admission price.  Deep Striker is an improvement over Sunset, but given the cost differences between the two sets, it's not that big of an improvement.  Track it down on CDR if you just absolutely have to have a copy.  If you are in the market to buy, don't forget to verify the matrix number of disc 3 prior to buying.  Highlights for me from this show include Sick Again, Ten Years Gone, the acoustic Dancing Days snippet and Achilles Last Stand (tape cut or not!). (Steve Prendergast July 03)

Coherence (Watch Tower WT 2005137/138/139) 3 CDs in a fatboy jewel case
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 27 June 1977

Disc 1 (75.19): Intro/The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (73.29): Ten Tears Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Going Down South/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dancing Days/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (72.46): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

This is a new title Watch Tower issued after some time since their last Led Zeppelin release.  When I was offered this title, I was a bit hesitant to buy it, because its package did not look particularly attractive and I knew that "Farewell To L.A." in my collection featuring the same concert already sounded pretty good.  However, since I was told that it was produced from a direct copy of Mike Millard's master tape and it sounded really good on my trial listening, I changed my mind and decided to get it. After I returned home, I compared the sound in "Coherence" with that in
"Farewell To L.A." as well as the sample files of the first two songs from "Deep Striker" that were sent me by a friend of mine. (Unfortunately, I don't own the expensive title myself...).  I am not sure if I compared them on the same equal and fair basis.  They may sound differently if the conditions of listening are different from what I did.  However, at least I listened to them using the same PC and with the same ear phones. The sound of the samplers from "Deep Striker" is actually better than
that of "Farewell To L.A." There may be a "generation" difference between the two. The sound of  "Deep Striker" as I hear in the samplers is very lively and is not bad.  However, as it is clear from the silent portion after "Sick Again," it is still somewhat "hissy."  Moreover, the sound is too loud in its higher end and is somewhat noisy.  More specifically, Jimmy's guitar sound is overshadowing all others and, especially, it sounds like that Jonsey's bass is almost absent. On the other hand, "Coherence" sounds more natural and better-balanced. Especially, it has more ambient sound in its lower end.  It has less hiss, too. This is especially noticeable in the accoustic set featured in CD2. Therefore, it's easier to keep listening to for a long time. At frequent times, it now sounds like being almost of soundbourd quality! (Please note, however, that there is some balance problem until "The

Song Remains The Same" starts and that there still is a cut in "Achilles Last Stand" to our regret). As a result, I would conclude that it would be worthwhile having "Coherence" even if you already own "Deep Striker"or "Farewell To L.A." in terms of the sound! As many of you probably know, performance-wise, the band was somewhat erratic at this concert if we compare to their legendary performances in the preceding 5 nights at the same L.A. Forum.  However, the preformance and the overall atmosphere are better than any of the band's concerts following it in '77.  In enjoying the wonderful recording featured of this title, I could not help but simply thank God for the presence of the genius there!! (Takemi Hiramatsu March 05)

Coherence (Watch Tower WT 2005137/138/139) 3 CDs in a fatboy jewel case
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, 27 June 1977

Disc 1 (75.19): Intro/The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (73.29): Ten Tears Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Going Down South/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dancing Days/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (72.46): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

Ever since it was released six years ago, Empress Valley's Deep Striker has been the benchmark audio release for the final marathon concert at the Forum in June 1977. Unfortunately it was spread over four CDs, when it easily fits on three. Notwithstanding that, it has remained the best version and is an important and significant release. Now Watch Tower have put out their own version of this concert, neatly fitted onto three discs. A comparison of the audio quality was quite difficult between this new release and Deep Striker. On the first listening I thought that Deep Striker was still superior. However a subsequent playing of Coherence lead me to the opinion that it narrowly pips the Empress Valley release in sound, in particular the bottom end sound. Deep Striker has a strong top end sound and it will depend on personal preference which audio range an individual fan enjoys most. Watch Tower reportedly used the Mike Millard master that has been available for quite a while in collecting circles. The exact lineage is: Mike Millard master tape-VHS-DAT-CDR. I have this version and the times for the three discs are as follows:- disc 1: 73.52; disc 2: 72.51; disc 3: 72.34. The song order is identical on this version to the Watch Tower running order over the three discs. The performance of the band on this marathon last night is rather erratic, and listening to White Summer/Black Mountasin Side reminded me of similar meandering by Jimmy at Berlin on 7 July 1980 on this number. The packaging on this release is rather bland, the three discs being housed in a fatboy jewel case. There is a nice photo of John Bonham on the back cover however. If you are lucky enough to have Deep Striker then it is debatable whether you need this new release, but for anyone who does not then the Watch Tower release is a most worthy addition to the scene. (Jules McTrainspotter March 05)

Coherence (Watch Tower WT 2005137/138/139) 3 CDs in a fatboy jewel case
The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, June 27,1977

Disc 1 (75.19): Intro/The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been Loving You/No Quarter
Disc 2 (73.29): Ten Tears Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California/Going Down South/Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/Dancing Days/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Trampled Underfoot
Disc 3 (72.46): Out On The Tiles Intro-Moby Dick/Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

This June 27, 1977 show at the Inglewood Forum represents one of the few performances that was not yet part of my Zeppelin library. I am very thankful that it is now a solid part of the collection, but, as a result, do not have other releases with which to compare its quality. At the end of the day, I don't think that would matter much as this recording is truly great. There is excellent balance in the instruments for much of the performance, with solid bottom end coexisting with the highs, and it is not as bad of a performance as some of the other reviewers of this show have written. Bonzo's playing is not landmark, but it's also far from awful. He's in great shape in songs such as OTHAFA, Kashmir, and Trampled. The star of the performance, for my ears, was Robert. Considering the fact that he had put his vocal chords through such rigors over the prior week, to hear him pull of songs such as Going to California, Battle of Evermore, and Rock and Roll, to name but a few, is a testament to how special he was in his day. There's even an extended harmonica solo by him in NFBM, which is not something that I recall Zep doing on any other occassion. A wonderful acoustic version of Dancing Days is dropped into the set, apparently even to Bonzo's surprise as he falls into the beat of the tune after Jimmy and Robert had begun its performance. This is classic stuff, for sure. The show is, though, a 1977 performance, so there are very few other surprises and no exciting medlies like in years past. Jimmy's two extended guitar solos seemed to be a bit redundant and a bit over-indulgent for my tastes. All in all, though, this is a great concert to hear and it's captured perfectly from the audience in this tape. Seeing as the price of this release is apparently a fraction of what EV's Deep Striker costs, Coherence is a worthy and rather inexpensive addition to your Zep catalogue if shows from this period appeal to you. (Symmetry101, March, 2005)

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17-Jul-77 Seattle

Sub Zep (No Label). 1 CD.

Track List: Stairway (Cuts in)/Whole Lotta Love-Rock'n'Roll.

Excellent soundboard recording from Seattle on July 17 1977.The mix is almost perfect, only the drums get drowned during Stairway's guitar solo. There's a little hiss and the sound is not as sharp as could be desired, but very enjoyable. The playing is excellent, a very fluent and dramatic Stairway includes Plant singing new lyrics:..."easy now...take it easy baby!..." and Page with a powerful and soulful solo with Jonesy and Bonzo in perfect accompaniment. Bonzo even growls on one of the start/stops of the solo.

(The rest of the CD is Seattle 18-June-72 audience) (Rosina Diaz Scali May 1999)

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

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

In A Delirious Daze (Equinox EX-00-013/014/015)

Disc 1:  Introduction, The Song Remains the Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills and Far  Away, No Quarter

Disc 2:  Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir

Disc 3:  Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll

This title by Equinox uses a new audience source for the July 17, 1977 show at the Kingdome in Seattle.  It is distant but clear and very enjoyable.  I would say it is a notch below the Cleveland April 28th tape. However, there is a giant chasm between the band and the audience. You can sense that the band is in isolation. Indeed, the star of this show is the Kingdome itself!  Despite that, the show has its moments, like the base solo in Bron-Y-Aur Stomp with Plant doing some great jazzy scat. Moby Dick also sounds very heavy in this show. The well-known soundboard tape supplements the audience tape for Stairway to Heaven and the encores. I wish they had kept to the audience tape, however, since that is quite a distraction. Otherwise, I recommend this title, especially to those who enjoy the 1977 tour. (Gerard Sparaco Oct 2001).

Kingdom Come (Watch Tower WT 2001036/7/8)

Disc One: TSRTS, SA, NFBM, OTHAFA, SIBLY, NQ (incomplete)

Disc Two: TYG, TBOE, GTC, BCW, Stomp, WS/BMS, Kashmir

Disc Three: MD, ALS, STH, WLL, R&R

"Kingdom Come" is the first near-complete CD release of the famous Seattle Kingdome show of 17 July 1977 from soundboard sources. Most significant is the use of a new audio source that includes the first of the show. You can definitely tell that this new audio source is from the soundtrack of the pro-shot video that is now beginning to spread among trading circles because you can hear some light video "flutter" and tracking noise at various times throughout the recording. The recording, though, has almost no hiss, yet no tell-tale signs of noise reduction by the bootleggers, which is most welcome. The first minute or so of TSRTS has several volume fluctuations (which was a shock during my first listening as I had the volume "cranked up" and ready to go) before settling down. The SQ is well balanced but "dry", very similar in tone to the Cleveland '77 SB. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the brightness of the recording, for an old video soundtrack. It's not hi-fi like the new Earl's Court source or as bright as the Cleveland '77 SB, but definitely better than the original EC and Knebworth video soundtrack releases. The sound is somewhat thin, as I had to boost the bass levels quite a bit to give the recording some depth. The bass becomes more prominent during TYG, though. “No Quarter” clocks in at 15 minutes, but is incomplete, as the full-band improvisation during the middle section has been edited out, for whatever reason. Other than this glaring cut and a small one in “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” (still, 12 minutes long!), the new source seems complete through the end of "Moby Dick". Jimmy's guitar solo is absent on this CD as the opening notes of ALS ushers in the next track. A different soundboard source is used for ALS through the rest of the show, again, most likely from a video source. It seems to be the same source used for the "Coast To Coast" CD from a few months ago (but with less bass) and the sound is disappointingly muddier when compared to the new source. If anyone really thinks that this performance is worthy of commercial release (on video), they're nuts. As this is the Zep’s first show of the 3rd leg of their U.S. tour and the first show in three weeks, Jimmy is rather inconsistent and without the rock god images of the video to distract for the ragged spots, the audio alone is a bit painful at times to listen to. Plant's voice is also very low in tone and weak and breaks constantly. He can’t even introduce “Ten Years Gone” to the vast crowd without cracking!

Each CD comes in a green envelope with the Watch Tower logo and the whole thing is enclosed in a nice tri-fold paper case, similar to the old TDOLZ paper case releases of years ago. The picture on the back cover of Page bathed in red light with both arms in the air, holding high his trusty Les Paul is worth the price of this set alone (just kidding; but still, a nice photo!). (Chris Gust Nov 01).

Seattle 17-Jul-77

Year Of The Dragon 4CD (Empress Valley) Soundboard

Disc 1 (39.51):- The Song Remains The Same/Sick Again/Nobody's Fault But Mine/ Over The Hills And Far Away/Since I've Been Loving You

Disc 2 (57.45):- No Quarter/Ten years Gone/The Battle Of Evermore/Going To California

Disc 3 (62.35):- Black Country Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp/White Summer - Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Moby Dick

Disc 4 (52.30):- Guitar Solo/Achilles Last Stand/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll

Led Zeppelin Live CDs are rather like buses: you wait for ages for one and then two come along at the same time. Watch Tower's Kingdom Come was the first to arrive, but not nearly as complete as this Empress Valley version. Unfortunately greed, or rather excessive greed, has got the better of this label, the show could have easily been fitted onto three discs. The sound starts off a little thin, but improves and is better from the second disc onwards. You can hear the sound of the videotape from where this recording was sourced. Fortunately Empress Valley did not fall in to their own trap of cranking up the EQ to crazy levels on this release. If it had been on three discs then it would have been a worthwhile effort, notwithstanding the lacklustre performance and Robert Plant's weak voice. (Brian Damage Jan 02)

RETURN OF THE DRAGON 
July 17, 1977 Kingdome - Seattle, WA. Apple Music 200106 - 3CD

Track Listing: 

DISC ONE: The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter.

DISC TWO: Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country
Woman/Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir.

DISC THREE:  Out On The Tiles/Moby Dick, Page Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll.

 One of the strangest soundboards I've heard - but I can't pinpoint why. Perhaps it was lifted from the video soundtrack?  I don't know and I haven't had the time to check online to see if anyone else had reviewed this set to verify. Very good stereo though!!  Paper sleeve packaging on par with the TDOLZ offerings.  Pics are from the '77 tour, but the majority of them are from the Oakland, CA show the following week.  Can't really complain though as they are correct for the tour and not from '71.  The boys are fresh from a 3 week break in the tour and their playing is suffering.  Plants' voice is not the best.  He is however, "Mister Chatty" tonight taking time to talk to the crowd whenever possible.  No Quarter rings in at 28:09.  Very good version of Ten Years Gone (maybe it only appears that way since I'm just happy that there's not a 70 second cut in the song).  There's a slight tape flutter in The Battle Of Evermore.  Plant scolds the crowd for throwing firecrackers on a Sunday night during the acoustic set.  Tonight we were asked to remember forests and not laughter.  I am not a big Stairway To Heaven fan, but this show has a very, very, good version of that song.  If you are a huge Stairway fan, the price of admission might be worth it just to have that one track. For the rest of us, if you can locate this set for pretty cheap, and don't already have this show on another label, I'd recommend getting it. It is a very decent recording, but the performance just isn't that hot, IMO.  I've been told that this set was absolute crap from the person I got it from, so one can only assume that Empress Valley's version of this show somehow makes the performance better as the sound (to me anyhow) wasn't the problem in Seattle back in 1977. (Steve Prendergast June 02)

Sleeping Sickness In Seattle
Seattle Kingdome, 17th July 1977

SBD Source - Year Of The Dragon [EVSD]
AUD Source - Master > CDR
Synched and speed/pitch corrected using Cool Edit Pro.
Tracks split using CDWave.

Intro ~ The Song Remains The Same-Sick Again-Nobody's Fault But Mine-Over The Hills And Far Away-Since I've Been Loving You-No Quarter-Ten Years Gone-The Battle Of Evermore-Going To California-Black Country Woman-Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp-White Summer-Kashmir-Over The Top Guitar Solo-Achilles Last Stand-Stairway To Heaven-Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock And Roll

Just when you thought it was safe to kick back and relax.....SLUMPY STRIKES AGAIN!! Mate do you ever get out and see the light of day? He deserves a medal of honour for putting himself through the daunting task of taking two sources of probably one of the WORST performances Led Zeppelin ever gave, and making this concert listenable.....yes listenable! Seattle finally has a pulse. Do yourselves a favour and seek this out. The artwork is stunning too. Let's just say that the pic fits the title. (Unklejimbo Sept 05)

Dragon Slayers  (Genuine Masters  GM-LZ-17.07.1977-DVD-A-20) Hybrid DVD-Audio  Kingdome, Seattle, WA, 17 July 1977   209-min 18-sec   Soundboard source (not video soundtrack).  

Tracks:   1. The Song Remains The Same / 2. The Rover / 3. Sick Again 4. Nobody's Fault But Mine 5. Over The Hills And Far Away 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. No Quarter 8. Ten Years Gone 9. The Battle Of Evermore 10. Going To California 11. Black Country Woman / 12. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 13. White Summer / Black Mountain Side 14. Kashmir 15. Out On The Tiles / 16. Moby Dick 17. Page Guitar Solo / 18. Achilles Last Stand 19. Stairway To Heaven 20. Whole Lotta Love / 21. Rock And Roll

This show has been available before as a soundboard recording, but those releases were taken from the video soundtrack. This new release from Genuine Masters uses a proper soundboard recording rather than the video audio track. There is a fair amount of difference as well. This new soundboard source has a really clear and sharp top end, which is an improvement over the video source. There is not quite so much bottom end on this new source however. Previously Empress Valley released the video soundtrack as Year Of The Dragon on 4 (rather than 3) CDs. This new release clocks in at 210 minutes, and incredibly has been fitted onto one 4.7 Gig DVDR. One problem with the soundboard source is that Plant's vocals are a bit harsh or shrill. That has been corrected on this release and we now have a far nicer sound to the vocals. Robert Plant talks about the band's legendary concerts in the Seattle Center Coliseum in previous years, especially the one on 19 June 1972 when they gave so many encores. Just before The Battle Of Evermore Plant coughs and says "Arsenal", which was a catchphrase of comedian Eric Morecambe at the time on British TV. The concert at this new venue was rather erratic, and there are some mistakes in a few songs. It is however one of the few soundboards available for the 1977 Tour and overall it is an excellent sounding release and highly recommended to all fans of this tout. Stunning full colour cover art and a nice colour picture disc combine with the excellent sound, to make this a tremendous release. (Jules McTrainspotter March 06)

Dragon Slayers  (Genuine Masters  GM-LZ-17.07.1977-DVD-A-20) Hybrid DVD-Audio  Kingdome, Seattle, WA, 17 July 1977   209-min 18-sec   Soundboard source (not video soundtrack).  

Tracks:   1. The Song Remains The Same / 2. The Rover / 3. Sick Again 4. Nobody's Fault But Mine 5. Over The Hills And Far Away 6. Since I've Been Loving You 7. No Quarter 8. Ten Years Gone 9. The Battle Of Evermore 10. Going To California 11. Black Country Woman / 12. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp 13. White Summer / Black Mountain Side 14. Kashmir 15. Out On The Tiles / 16. Moby Dick 17. Page Guitar Solo / 18. Achilles Last Stand 19. Stairway To Heaven 20. Whole Lotta Love / 21. Rock And Roll

It took some time for me to accurately assess the quality of the "soundboard" recording featured in this new release from GM, comparing with the audio of the same GM's "Supersonic Seattle" which still stands as the best ever title featuring the video soundtrack. (Scorpio has recently issued a title called "Over The Top" which conveniently contains onto a single multi-layer DVD the same video in a quality almost equal to that of GM's "Supersonic Seattle", but I found that the audio of GM's title is still superior especially in its higher ends, more vividly reviving the atmosphere of an almost "nastily" loud Zeppelin concert of those days.) Unfortunately, the condition of the soundboard recording is, probably originally, not perfect. Apparently, it lacks the range, especially in its lower ends, which makes the overall sound a bit tiny and thin. Just like the video soundtrack, the sound volume of some portions of the opening tune "The Song Remains The Same" fluctuates even in this soundboard recording, for some unknown reason. However, the soundboard has much less digital or hiss noises and, thus, is much cleaner than the video soundtrack. I am sure you will best understand what I am saying., if you listen to the audio of the relatively quiet parts of the show (e.g., the acoustic set or "White Summer/Black Mountain Side"), which is now really enjoyable with its very cleanness. Unlike in the video soundtrack, there is no balance fluctuation during "White Summer/Black Mountain Side". All in all, the soundboard recording of this show is a welcomed new find, which is now made public for the first time in a most decent quality by the masterful hands of Mr. Black Dog. The artwork for the cover of this title is sensationally outstanding. Especially, I love the very attractive looking Dragon Slayer depicted in it! The slide shows for the title, which include some rare shots from the band's '77 U.S. Tour, are also very intricate, artistic and highly enjoyable. A very nice addition to our collection! (Takemi Hiramatsu March 06)

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23-Jul-77 Oakland

It's Been Great (IQ-010/11/12 Image Quality)

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California, July 23, 1977

CD 1: (61:57) The Song Remains the Same, The Rover intro./ Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter (small cut during the piano solo)

CD 2: (61:25) Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side (contains some minor rustling of the recorder's microphone during Black Mountain Side), Kashmir

CD 3: (45:55) guitar solo, Achilles Last Stand (volume drops slightly near the beginning, but rises back to normal soon after), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock & Roll, Black Dog

The audience recording used for this release is good to very good minus. It is good when audience members block the recorder, muffling the recording causing the sound to wash in and out. This primarily occurs during the first 3 songs. It lessens during Over the Hills and Far Away. The recording can be considered very good minus from this point on with the instruments clear and well defined. There are still minor amounts of blockage to the recorder during Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Achilles Last Stand and the encores. The location of the recorder is fairly close to the stage. Although not as close as it will be the next day. There is tape hiss, but it is minor. From what sounds like equipment problems, Page is unable to join Jones during the boogie woogie portion of No Quarter's piano solo. Plant's voice is not that strong and Page lacks cohesion with the rest of the band. Perhaps they should have awaken sooner. "If we seem to be a little bit sluggish now...we've only been awake about 45 minutes.", Plant before Over The Hills And Far Away. (Brian Ingham Feb 98)

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24-Jul-77 Oakland

Push! Push! (IQ-026/27 Image Quality)

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California, July 24, 1977

CD 1: (72:14) The Song Remains the Same (first minute a little wishy-washy sounding, small cut near beginning), The Rover intro./ Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine (first few notes cut), Over the Hills and Far Away (first few notes cut), Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter (first few notes cut, small cut in middle of piano solo), Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore (first few notes cut)

CD 2: (73:18) Going to California, Mystery Train (beginning cut), Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side (first few notes cut), Kashmir, guitar solo (includes Star Spangled Banner) (first few notes cut), Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven (first few notes cut), Whole Lotta Love (first few notes cut), Rock & Roll

The audience tape used for this release is very good to near excellent. The recorder was very close to the monitors and the instruments are clear with very little audience noise or tape hiss in the recording. The sound does not "breathe" like other outdoor recordings. The taper turned the recorder off between songs, cutting the tips off most songs. In most cases, it is minor. No sign of Moby Dick on this recording. (Brian Ingham Nov 97)

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