Concerts Covered In This Section:
- 18-Jun-80 Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany
- 20-Jun-80 Voorst Nationale, Brussels, Belgium
- 21-Jun-80 Ahoyhallen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- 23-Jun-80 Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany
- 24-Jun-80 Messehalle, Hannover, Germany
- 26-Jun-80 Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
- 27-Jun-80 Messezentrum Halle, Nuremberg, Germany
- 29-Jun-80 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
- 30-Jun-80 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
- 02-Jul-80 Eisstadion, Mannheim, Germany
- 03-Jul-80 Eisstadion, Mannheim, Germany
- 05-Jul-80 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
- 07-Jul-80 Eissporthalle, Berlin, Germany
It's Good to be Seen (TDOLZ 61-9803-1,2)
Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany June 18, 1980
CD 1: (55:15) Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In the Evening, The Rain Song (switches to audience recording for last 40 seconds), Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You
CD 2: (47:50) Achilles Last Stand (balance shifts to the right channel for a couple of seconds near the middle, switches to audience recording a couple seconds thereafter, audience recording comprises the middle 2 minutes before switching back to soundboard recording), White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven (switches to audience recording for last 50 seconds during middle of final vocal section), Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown
Its Good to be Seen builds a complete show by employing both the almost complete, excellent soundboard recording with a very good plus audience recording. Both recordings contain almost no tape hiss. The audience recording is close to the stage and has a expansive sound to it. This makes it sound louder next to the dry, confining sound of the soundboard tape. The vocals push the audience tape to the edge of distortion, but the tape holds. Without having a complete audience recording of any part of this show, speed comparisons cannot be made. But, it sounds like the soundboard tape runs a little fast. This is made evident after the switch back to the soundboard recording during Achilles Last Stand. The splices are handled fairly well. A prior release, A Close Shave part 1 & 2 (Flying Disc Music), used the same soundboard source, but it ran 2% faster and contained noticeable tape hiss. It contains the same defects as noted above. But made one imbecilic attempt at filling one of the soundboard tape gaps. It finished Stairway to Heaven with soundboard material from the Chicago, July 6, 1973 show and sped it up 6% to match the pace of the soundboard tape. (Brian Ingham Sep 98)
Good To Be Seen (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)
Per ***1/2 SQ **** Appeal General
An improvement over previous versions, this is the 2 CD soundboard source from the Sporthalle, Cologne on June 18, 1980. For the most part the sound is rather dry and flat but does liven up during a few spots towards the end of the show. This is a fast and aggressive performance - Page solos well on Nobody's Fault But Mine, In The Evening and Stairway To Heaven but is hopelessly out of tune on Since I've Been Loving You and gets lost during Achilles Last Stand. Trampled Underfoot features some good Jones' keyboard work. Typical back to basics 1980's show. (Tony Gassett Sep 98)
Cologne 1980 (Flagge - 1980-3,4 - 2CD)
June 18, 1980 Sporthalle - Cologne, Germany
Audio: 9+ SBD
DISC ONE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.
DISC TWO: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Communication Breakdown
Packaging is a paper sleeve gatefold with photos from the 1980 European tour. The individual paper sleeves are printed with the Tarantura "Abracadabra" logo and the discs carry over the previous Tarantura 1980 set format. This set is interesting in that you get to hear three or so minutes of tape before the band start playing. The source tape is an excellent sound board with everyone well balanced in the mix and almost no tape hiss. Plant has the audience answering the "Ahh-Ahh"s during Black Dog, and surprisingly, they are well heard on the board tape. Jimmy is in fine shape tonight - the solo in In The Evening is superb. There's the slightest amount of distortion during the "heavy" section of The Rain Song. The tape fades out at the end of The Rain Song and cut into Robert's commentary afterwards. For the Hot Dog fans, this set includes a very good version - not that I can immediately recall a "bad" version. The thing that strikes me is how fast paced tonight's show is. Jonesy's keyboards are slightly high in the mix and at times drown out Jimmy. Another thing I notice as I sit and listen to this show is how much Jimmy is using distortion, wah-wah, and electronic camouflage in the '80 shows. Jimmy is well out of tune for Since I've Been Loving You. Afterwards, the Germans can be heard yelling "ROCK AND ROLL, ROCK AND ROLL" with Plant hushing them with 'SOON! SOON!". This is a big change from a decade ago in Germany - the audiences there used to be quiet throughout the show - times have definitely changed in Deutschland. Achilles Last Stand is total chaos - even more so than normal. There sounds like a small gap in the tape at the start. Jimmy takes the trip to sandy lands and forgets about other days and gets lost. There's some balance issues and a more noticeable cut in Achilles during the solo before the "The mighty arms of Atlas" section. White Summer should have been put out to pasture long ago. Jimmy struggles quite a bit here. Kashmir has Jonesy taking over control of the song with the synthesizers and less input from Jimmy's guitar. The boys get lost slightly in Kashmir (surprised?), but the music is seamless, and it's Robert that stumbles. I'm not sure who's at fault this time. There is a slight tad of static/distortion at the end of Rock And Roll. A very rushed Communication Breakdown wraps ip the show. Fans of the '80 tour will want to grab this set. The casual collector might want to consider it as well, as it does have excellent audio and a (in 1980 terms) great performance with only a few mishaps and some good (early on) guitar work. (Steve Prendergast Sept 2002)
Cologne (Live Omega Tour No. 2) (Winston Remasters) 2 CDRs in a single jewel case
Sporthalle, Cologne, 18 June 1980
CDR 1 (57.17): The Train Kept A' Rollin'/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Black Dog/In The Evening/The Rain Song/Hot Dog/All My Love/Trampled Underfoot/Since I've Been Loving You
CDR 2 (48.10): Achilles Last Stand/White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Communication Breakdown
The first in a planned series of the entire 1980 Tour Over Europe concerts, all from tape sources, from Winston Remasters. This release uses for the soundboard source a first generation cassette to DAT transfer, and the gaps in that recording are very neatly filled by a master audience recording cassette, to DAT and thence CDR source. This was the second concert of the tour, and has a overall freshness and urgency to it. There was little wrong with the playing on this night, and Winston Remasters has done a first class job in carefully mastering the two sources in the best possible quality. This is a great start to a very ambitious project, and we wish Andrew the very best with the huge task ahead of him. The train will hopefully be kept a' rollin' for some time! (Jules McTrainspotter May 05)
Brussels (2CD, Tarantura, 1980-5,6), 20/6/80, Brussels, Soundboard.
Set List: TTKAR, NFBM, BD, In the Evening, TRS, H Dog, All My Love, TuF, SIBLY, ALS, WS-BMS, kashmir, StH, R&R, WLL
SB source of the show has already been released on "Platinum" + "Moonlight" (both LP and CD version), and "Chien Noir" (4CD). Among these boots, "Chien Noir" was the best in terms of both sound quality and completeness. This newly released boot from Tarantura is very similar to "Chien Noir" . In terms of the sound quality, they are almost the same. As for the completeness, Tarantura is slightly better, since The Rain Song is still fade-out, but a few seconds longer than the song on "Chien Noir". (Susumu Omi, Dec 96)
Brussels (Tarantura - 1980-5,6 - 2CD)
June 20, 1980 Voorst Nationaal - Brussels, Belgium
Audio: 8.5+ SBD
DISC ONE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot.
DISC TWO: Since I've Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love (inc. Theramin and Boogie Woogie)
Yet another of the now standard Tour Over Europe sets in terms of packaging and the source tape being from the mixing desk. Gatefold paper sleeve package with photos from the 1980 tour and the air warden tour poster on the rear. The cardboard sleeve is a little heavier stock on this set over the others that I have. The individual CD sleeves are white paper with the Tarantura "Abracadabra" logo in black on each side. Another excellent sounding sound board tape. Everything is well balanced. The tape lacks depth over the Zurich and Cologne shows, but it is still excellent quality. Jimmy's audience banter tonight amounts to nothing more than a foreign language tutorial. Plant asks the audience to stop pushing prior to In The Evening. The tape is plagued by an anyone buzzing sound. This was an equipment issue at the venue and not the tape as Plant makes a comment about it to the sound man at one point. The end of The Rain Song is missing on this tape. It picks up with Plant's after song commentary. The boys are in good shape tonight. Jimmy puts in a very respectable performance even getting his portion of All My Love right. The annoying hum is replaced by sporadic feedback during Trampled Underfoot. Jimmy really shines during Trampled tonight - he's really messing around with the electronics and pulls it off quite well this evening. Plant's introduction of Achilles Last Stand explains that it was written while they travelled across the Sahara desert. Musically, it's controlled chaos as always, but tonight Plant gets lost in the song and mixes up the verses giving the track a new structure (for the curious, the verse "At last the birds have flown, shackles of commitment fell, in pieces on the ground" is changed to "At last the birds have flown, with guidance from the curving path, churns up into stone"). Jimmy makes a very rare request to the crowd to be quiet during the start of White Summer as he can't hear himself play. Kashmir, for once, goes off without a hitch. The annoying hum/buzz from the PA continues to plague the show, thankfully it's only short blasts here and there. Stairway To Heaven features a pitiful solo from Page. The crowd could care less and go bonkers. The tape cuts out shortly afterwards and cuts back into Plant giving instructions on how to do the tour catch phrase "Eye Thank Yew". Whole Lotta Love wraps up the show. The Theramin section is very interesting and is pulled off surprisingly well. Jimmy is quite present on backup vocals throughout the song. The boys get into Boogie Woogie and Plant sings "it feels so good - I haven't boogied in years!". Not a bad set, but there are any number of more affordable copies of this show available elsewhere, so unless you absolutely must have the Tarantura set, I'd shop around. (Steve Prendergast Sept 02)
Chien Noir (ARM 20680, 20680, 230680, 230680 Antrabata Reference Master)
Voorst Nationale, Brussels, Belgium, June 20, 1980
CD 1: (60:27) Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In the Evening, The Rain Song (last minute cut), Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You
CD 2: (58:46) Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love
Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany, June 23, 1980
CD 3: (55:56) Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In the Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot (last 3 minutes cut), Since I've Been Loving You
CD 4: (44:06) Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven (section after the guitar solo missing), Rock and Roll (first 2 drum beats missing), Communication Breakdown
Excellent stereo soundboard recordings are used for both shows. The portion of this release from Brussels does not have the distortion found on Brussels Affair (Swingin' Pig). (Brian Ingham June 96)
Raid Over Brussels (Electric Magic EMC-010A/B/C)
Disc 1: The Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.
Disc 2: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Boogie Chillun)
Disc 3: The Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.
Disc 4: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Boogie Chillun)
This new release by Electric Magic is of the June 20, 1980 show at the Forest Nationaal in Brussels, Belgium. The first two discs are the excellent but incomplete soundboard recording, and the second two discs are of a newly discovered excellent but incomplete audience recording. The new audience recording is missing the first minute of All My Love. EM have edited the beginning from the older, lesser quality tape that has been circulating. This show is one of the better shows from their final tour. I find the audience recording much easier to listen to, dispite the people talking and singing by the recording (I think they are speaking in Flemish?) The title comes in a standard double jewel case with a cardboard slipcover with the ubiquitous air raid warden poster on the cover. (Gerard Sparaco Nov 2001)
The Belgian Triple Empress Valley (EVSD-232 - 237)
6CDs in fat jewel case and slip cover.
Vorst Nationaal , Brussels Belgium 1972 / 1975 / 1980
First show 28 May 1972.
Disc1 (62.59): Immigrant Song / Heartbreaker / Black Dog / Since I' ve Been Loving You / Stairway To Heaven / Going To California / That' s The Way / Bron-yr-Aur Stomp
Disc 2 (54.00): Dazed And Confused / What Is And What Should Never Be / Whole Lotta Love
Second show 12 January 1975.
Disc 3 (72.08): Rock And Roll / Sick Again / Over The Hills And Far Away / When The Levee Breaks / The Song Remains The Same / The Rain Song / Kashmir / The Wanton Song / No Quarter / Trampled Underfoot
Disc 4 (48.23): In My Time Of Dying / Stairway To Heaven / Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog / Communication Breakdown / (the bonus track : ROBERT PLANT / BOB HARRIS BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW)
Third show 20 June 1980.
Disc 5 (63.09): The Train Kept A Rollin' / Nobody's Fault But Mine / Black Dog / In The Evening / The Rain Song / Hot Dog / All My Love / Trampled Underfoot / Since I've Been Loving You
Disc 6 (60.16): Achilles Last Stand / White Summer - Black Mountain Side / Kashmir / Stairway To Heaven / Rock And Roll / Whole Lotta Love
Yet another box set from Empress Valley. Firstly the 1972 concert, which is yet again ruined by bad equalization, and is a big disappointment. I have heard the original recording and it sounds far better than this shoddy release. Why do the CD labels feel the need to ruin a perfectly good recording by cranking up the EQ to oblivion? These imbeciles will never learn, which is why it is always much better (and considerably cheaper) to track down the original recordings on CDR by way of a trade, rather than pay through the nose for equalized rubbish. Amazingly Empress Valley did not tamper too much with the 1975 show, and this sounds much the same as the original recording. They must have slipped up no doubt. Finally the 1980 soundboard is released yet again, the market is awash with Brussels 1980 soundboards. This does not sound too bad, but has too much top end and not enough bottom end. At least the gaps in the board tape have been neatly patched with the audience recording. This would have been quite a good release if only the 1972 and 1975 shows were released (and the sound left alone). If Empress Valley were so desperate to make up a six CD set they should have released the audience recording from the 1980 concert, so that we have three audience recordings all together. Empress Valley are rapidly losing the plot, virtually all their releases of late are reissues of the same old shows, atrociously EQ'd, tarted up and spewed out for suckers to waste their money on. (Jules McTrainspotter May 03).
Belgian Triple (Empress Valley)
This is my first review. I was compelled to submit it as I have seen that Underground Uprising is "losing its plot" lately. The main appeal of this wonderful website for most of us Zep addicts is the reviews of new titles that are released. The most important pieces of information that we seek are overall sound quality and comparison of the source to previous releases (if they exist). This way, we can make an "educated" decision as to which titles to purchase and which ones to avoid. This new title by Empress Valley Supreme Discs advertises using "new" tape sources for the shows performed on 5-28-72 and 1-12-75. I happen to own "Burning Ticket" by Baby Face (5-28-72). A direct comparison with Belgian Triple reveals that this is exactly the same tape source. Empress Valley has amplified the sound a bit via superior mastering. I also own "It's Time to Travel Again" by TDOLZ (1-12-75). A direct comparison again reveals that this is the same tape source. Empress again has amplified the sound via excellent mastering. I admit that I do not own a previous release of the 1980 Belgium show (of which there have been plenty of releases as per the above reviewer). I do not really actively collect 1980 shows as I am disappointed every time. I have a few on CDR that I barely get to. To summarize, Belgian Triple does not include any new tape sources (at least for the 72 and 75 shows). However, subjectively, the sound on the remastered '72 and '75 is superior to the previous releases mentioned above. The amplification is achieved without the unwanted "metallic" sounds heard in some expensive releases over the past two years. Finally, the insert notes are written in Japanese and English (as usual). However, this time, the English part is well understood. I think the guy who writes these things is actually well versed in the intricacies of the English language. Furthermore, I get the feeling that the ones we can't really understand are written in some kind of code. Empress Valley should award their entire catalogue to the English-only speaking person who can break that code!!!!! (Ramon April 03)
The Belgian Triple Empress Valley - EVSD 232-237 - 6CD BOX
May 28, 1972 Voorst Nationaal - Brussels, Belgium Audio: 7.5 AUD
DISC ONE: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp.
DISC TWO: Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love
January 12, 1975
Voorst Nationaal - Brussels, Belgium Audio: 6.5+/7- AUD
DISC THREE: Rock And Roll, Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, When The Levee Breaks, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot.
DISC FOUR: In My Time Of Dying, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown, Robert Plant/Bob Harris Backstage Interview on BBC2's Old Grey Whistle Test
June 20, 1980
Voorst Nationaal - Brussels, Belgium Audio: 8.5+ SBD
DISC FIVE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.
DISC SIX: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love
This release contains three complete shows from Brussels, Belgium in 1972, 1975 and 1980. Another in the recent line of Empress Valley "Lifetime Achievement Award" releases. This seems to be EV's way of chucking out somewhat budget titles without having to drop the EV name - almost as if the "Lifetime Achievement" sticker is an exemption from excellence stamp. These "Award" releases seem to be either bundled shows that probably wouldn't sell well if offered alone (think The Dirty Trick) or reissue sets with scaled back packages that help to keep costs down (think Burn Like A Candle 2nd issue). The package here follows suit and uses a card slipcover housing a fatboy six disc jewel case - rather hokey for a premium label release. Empress Valley have wisely chosen to bundle these shows together and release them as one package for a discounted price. The plain and crappy jewel case package and use of common source tapes allow for a lower asking price permitting more collectors to have an Empress Valley title in their collection. Offer the 6CD trio of shows for ~$120-135US instead of individual 2CD sets for ~$70-90US each and you instantly catch a wider, bargain minded audience. I will state right now that I am very disappointed in this release but I don't know that I have Empress Valley to fully blame for this. Let me explain this a bit so read on before scratching this release off of your shopping list just yet. I already have a copy of the 1972 show on CDR as well as several versions of the 1975 and 1980 shows on both original silver discs and as Master->DAT->CDR kind of releases. I was sceptical that any marked improvement would be found on this set when it's release was announced a few months back. Empress Valley has pulled gold out of lead in the past, so I placed my order for a copy and kept an eye open for the advance reviews to spring up online while I was calmly waiting for my set to arrive. The commentary posted on some of the online sites had raised my interest tenfold in the past few days stating that the 1972 and 1975 shows utilized "Very good to excellent new audience source" tapes. Oh boy, oh boy! I could hardly wait for the postman to arrive with my copy now! Empress must have found more gold! Unfortunately, this is not the case at all - at least for the 1975 show which is what I was most hopeful for. I don't have the previously released 1972 set Burning Ticket from Baby Face, so I can't fairly comment on it but the 1975 and 1980 shows I do have several copies of and there is no new source tape in use here. The 1972 tape is a very good overall audience tape - especially for 1972 - but it's not exactly stunning. Making only several fast comparisons of the EV 1972 tape to the Master->Remaster->CDR copy that I already had, any improvements found so far are minimal and more than likely due to digital manipulation and equalization. The 1975 show is a very good but sometimes disturbed and unbalanced audience tape that contains the extremely rare When The Levee Breaks and almost as rare The Wanton Song. The Supreme Disc folks have chosen to release the same tape that has already been issued commercially as Operation Moonbeam on Tarantura and It's Time To Travel Again on TDOLZ. There is an alternate source tape of this show available on the trading circuit that is an improvement over the tape that Empress Valley used. In my opinion, the alternate tape should have been used instead as it has never been commercially released and it is a better sounding tape. Again, any improvements are going to be from manipulation in one form or another by Empress Valley. The 1980 tape is the same common soundboard tape that's already been released countless times over the years. I could find no substantial improvements here other than that the end of The Rain Song that's missing from the master soundboard tape has been spliced in with the excellent audience tape from the same show completing it finally. The mixing board tape is plagued by tape hiss and the annoying buzzing described in the Tarantura Brussels 1980 review is also present here. The mistake made here is that Empress Valley should have released the available and excellent quality audience tape in its entirety as it is much more enjoyable than the soundboard tape and would have followed the lead of the previous two shows. Now, in light of all of my negative comments I do have a few positive things to add. First off, if you do not already have any of the previously issued sets, you should probably look into picking this set up. It really is a bargain for the price and the sound quality is fairly high throughout. The "all-in-one" format is convenient and it beats having to track down a pair of hard to find and expensive Tarantura sets. Second, it's nice to see Empress Valley releasing some budget minded titles and not constantly going for every dollar possible every time. This allows collectors that normally couldn't afford to own an Empress Valley set to do so. Oh and lastly, the liner notes are in excellent English for once! (Steve Prendergast April 03)
Not Guaranteed to Wake You (TDOLZ 0010/11 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
Ahoyhallen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 21, 1980
CD 1: (65:01) The Train Kept A Rollin' (contains a slight tape garble in the middle), Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot (first 4 minutes cut), Since I've Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand (contains some electronic/digital distortion after the song)
CD 2:(42:16) White Summer/ Black Mountain Side (middle 3 minutes cut), Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Rock & Roll (minor recorder bump during the guitar solo), Heartbreaker
This release is taken from a very good, clear audience recording. The recording is pretty close to the stage with very little audience noise near the recorder (until the end of the show when the audience wakes up!). It's not as clean sounding as the soundboard portions of this show (naturally), but the instruments are clear in the mix. Very little tape hiss is noticeable until Since I've Been Loving You. But even that's minor. The tape hiss pretty much dissipates after Achilles Last Stand. The audience can be heard singing along during Stairway to Heaven and "participating" during Rock & Roll. Definitely more atmospheric than the soundboard tape. But hopefully the soundboard tape will appear in its entirety. (Brian Ingham Nov 96)
Not Guaranteed To Wake You (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin - TDOLZ Vol. 5 - 2CD)
June 21, 1980 Ahoyhallen - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Audio: 7 AUD
DISC ONE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand.
DISC TWO: White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Heartbreaker
Package is standard TDOLZ issue paper sleeve gatefold. Sound is a little faint, but overall, good. The lack of Tour Over Europe 1980 audience tapes makes the few that I have stand out over the sound boards. The sound boards all start to sound alike after awhile. Plant is in fair voice. I've had the sound board copy of this show for about 10 years, so listening to it from the audience is kind of odd. There is little sign of an audience until the break between In The Evening and The Rain Song. Things start to liven up a bit from this point onward. There's a tape swap that cuts off a chunk of Trampled Underfoot. Jimmy is spot on during Achilles Last Stand. Although the recording loses some of the bottom end devastation, Page for his part, shines. Every time I listen to ALS, I can't help but wonder how they pulled it off so well live. The flawless ALS makes up for them getting lost along the way in Kashmir. The intro to Stairway to Heaven wakens the place up considerably. The crowd can be heard singing the lyrics at times and almost overpower Percy on the final verse. There's a slight one or two second speed-up in Rock And Roll, almost like the taper might have partially bumped the pause button on the recorder. A rather fine rendition of Heatbreaker (by 1980 standards) wraps the show. (Steve Prendergast Sept 02)
See "Chien Noir" 20-Jun-80
See "1980" 24-Jun-80
Gracias (ARM 240680 Antrabata Reference Master)
Messehalle, Hannover, Germany, June 24, 1980
CD 1: (49:13) The Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot (contains 2 small cuts during the guitar section)
CD 2: (56:13) Since I've Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Rock & Roll, Communication Breakdown
Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland, June 29, 1980
CD 3: (52:53) The Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot
CD 4: (65:30) Since I've Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir (ending cut), Stairway to Heaven, Rock & Roll, Heartbreaker
Excellent stereo soundboard recordings. The Zurich tape does sound brighter than the Hannover tape. Both are cleaner sounding and slightly longer than prior releases of these shows. Trampled Underfoot from Hannover contains more of the guitar section than appeared on Messehalle Echoes Parts 1 & 2 (Flying Disc Music) which contained one long cut. Kashmir from Zurich is slightly longer than what appeared on Tour Over Europe (all labels). Antrabata used very low generation tapes running at correct speeds and chose not to artificially enhance the sound. The resulting sound is one notch better than any prior release. (Brian Ingham Nov 96)
1980 (6CD, 1980-9/10/11/12/17/18),
Bremen, 23/6/80 + Hannover, 24/6/80 + Zurich, 29/6/80.
Again from Tarantura. Regarding Bremen, sound quality is almost the same as "Chien Noir" (4CD). Trampled Underfoot and StH is only a few seconds but longer than "Chien Noir", but still incomplete. As to Hannover, sound quality is almost the same as "Messehalle Echoes Part 1&2" (2CD). Runs a bit too slow. Regarding Zurich, seems to be knock off of Twin Eagle's "Tour over Europe" (CD) and "Silver Coated Rails" (CD). Sound quality is almost the same but hiss noise is reduced a bit. Kashmir? Still incomplete! (Susumu Omi, July 96)
Hannover (Tarantura - 1980-11,12 - 2CD)
June 24, 1980 Messehalle - Hannover, Germany
Audio: 9+ SBD
DISC ONE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot.
DISC TWO: Since I've Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Communication Breakdown
The packaging is the standard Tarantura/Flagge paper sleeve gatefold with photos from the 1980 tour and the air warden tour poster on the rear. Individual CD sleeves are paper with the Tarantura "Abracadabra" logo on each side. Another excellent sounding tape from the mixing desk. The audio is better than the old Flying Disc "Messehalle Echoes" set, and for the cost difference, it had better be! Not quite on par with the Cologne or Zurich tapes, it is still a very good board recording. It does not seem to "breathe" as well as the previously stated sets. The tape starts out with Plant's exclamations of "GOOD EVENING!" and then checking audio levels with the road crew. Jimmy's audience banter includes another remark about "I thought I'd take me glasses off a minute - might be able to see the fretboard better". Apparently Jimmy was wearing his glasses quite often during the '80 tour.. He's also got a case of the sniffles. His playing does improve after he looses the sunglasses. Black Dog features Plant heavily echoed and Jimmy less distorted (he's heavy on the electronic treatments for Train and Nobody's Fault). Plant comments about the horrid acoustics of the hall during his chat with the crowd prior to a powerful In The Evening. The guitar at time hits the limit of the tape and there is minor distortion. Bonzo teases by beating out the intro drum sequence to Moby Dick several times (and laughing) during the between song emptiness after The Rain Song. Plant can he heard unsuccessfully trying to talk him into playing it "no way, mate - no way". In fact, Bonzo can be picked up on the tape often - usually telling the audience to "Fuck Off!" when they scream requests - he's in a playful mood and it's quite funny to listen to. Trampled Underfoot is a mess. The guitar is lost in the mix for a good deal of the first solo. Bonzo seems hell bent on ending it, but Jimmy keeps on soloing as if trying to redeem it. They never quite recover. In fact, the band stops playing completely and Jimmy just keeps on playing like there's some other band he's listening to and oblivious to the fact that his band members have stopped. Achilles Last Stand contains the usual chaos, but tonight the whole number seems somehow "off". Page is heavily disguised under electronics and Bonzo seems like he's off on the timing or something. Bonzo's playfulness almost destroys Kashmir early on. Stairway To Heaven is, by 1980 standards, very well done. A rather hurried Rock And Roll and Communication Breakdown are the encores. Overall, this is a good show but there are concerns. Jimmy is highly distorted throughout the show. Bonzo is in a playful mood and while that is cause for some fun, he almost destroys several numbers by messing around with the beat. Jonsey is erratic at times, jumping in and out of the mix, but it is probably due to a fault at the mixing console. Robert is in good vocals and tries to get the boys to come together and perform a good show. The general collector might want to locate the Messhalle Echoes set from Flying Disc as it's a heck of alot cheaper. The 1980/completist/Tarantura or wealthy collector should, on the other hand, check this set out as it's sound is better than the FD set but the price difference is considerable. (Steve Prendergast Sept 02)
Last Tour: Live in Hanover June 24, 1980 (Forever Standard Series (FSS 98-001)
Disc 1: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot
Disc 2: Since I've Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown
Forever Standard Series is a budget label from Japan who manages to release some excellent titles. This is from the well-known soundboard of this show. The quality of the tape is very good to excellent. It does however sound quite compressed and the volume is a bit low. There is also a slight cut during Trampled Underfoot. The concert is quite low key and relaxed. Plant mocks the audience for their passivity (even saying, off-mike, "Hanover, ****ing horrible place!" before In The Evening). He even tries to get Bonham to play Moby Dick to liven the audience ("No way, mate. No way" Bonzo says to Plant). Highlights include All My Love with Jones playing the keyboard solo in at the correct tempo (he often plays it too fast on this tour). They rhythm section leaves Page unaccompanied at one point during the Trampled Underfoot solo sounding very interesting. Since I've Been Loving You is one of the best versions from this tour. Otherwise, the rest of the show is low-key and is, in general, a mediocre show from an uneven tour. This title is recommended for fans of the 1980 tour and for complitists. (Gerard Sparaco Dec 01)
Hannover ver. 2004 (Tarantura, 1980 - 11, 12) 2 CD
Messehalle , Hannover, Germany , 24 June 1980
Disc 1 (50.00): The Train Kept a Rollin/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Black Dog/In the Evening/The Rain Song/Hot Dog/All My Love/Trampled Under Foot
Disc 2 (57.17): Since I've Been Loving You/Achilles Last Stand/White Summer Suite/Kashmir/Stairway to Heaven/Rock and Roll/Communication Breakdown
The packaging consists of a cardboard gatefold. The front cover, on the left hand side, has the track listing. On the right hand side there is a picture of the 1980 tour poster - the air raid warden against a pink background. Across the top there is the wording advising that we are dealing with an original master recording. It is soundboard. On the bottom right hand corner there are the following words (P) + (C) 2004 Tarantura. The earlier Tarantura release that I have has the same legend but a different date namely 1996. On the inside, on the left hand side there is a black and white photo of John Paul Jones and on the right a black and white photo of Page. On the outside rear of the package there is a colour photo of Jimmy on stage standing in front of the drum kit. The packing is very smart. It is simple but effective. It looks good and it feels good. The CDs have a white background and small pictures of the tour poster. For comparison purposes I had Tarantura's earlier release of this title. The question for consideration is whether this new title provides a sufficiently improved sound quality to justify its release. This new title does offer an improvement in sound quality. Having listened to both titles for comparison purposes, on a number of occasions, I would suggest that Tarantura's earlier title would be marked say seven out of ten and the newer title say eight and a half out of ten. The new title has a better feel about it. The earlier title, by comparison, sounds flat and compressed. It does not have a lot of life about it. It would perhaps be somewhat harsh to describe the earlier title as a sterile soundboard. It is not as bad as that. This new title has more life about it. When Plant speaks between titles you can hear a bit of resonance in his voice. The instruments sound more lively/real. When I acquired Tarantura's first release it received a couple of plays and thereafter took its position on the shelf. As a result of receiving this new release I can make two statements: firstly that I will now never play Tarantura's earlier release again and secondly this new release will receive more playtime and will not take up a permanent position on the shelf. I suppose that means I give this title the thumbs up. (John Morrison Jan 05)
Deutschland Uber Alles (TDOLZ 749801, 749802 The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)
Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria, June 26, 1980
CD 1: (67:02) The Train Kept A Rollin' (volume decreases then increases back to normal for 10 seconds during the middle guitar solo), Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog (balance shifts to one channel for 5 seconds near middle), In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You
CD 2: (55:15) White Summer, announcement (contains a couple seconds of distortion), Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Deutschland Uber Alles intro./ Rock & Roll, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie)
This release uses the only available tape source, an audience recording. Fortunately it is a very good to near excellent recording. Only at the beginning of Rock & Roll does the sound quality drop to very good. This is due to the audiences' enthusiasm around the recorder. For the most part, there is very little nearby audience noise. The band comes through clear and balanced and there is very little tape hiss. Achilles Last Stand is not present on this release and appears not to have been performed at this show. There is no detectable cut between Since I've Been Loving You and White Summer that indicates the presence of another song. Moreover, a portion of Plant's speech from the end of disc one is repeated at the start of disc two. Plant is in very good voice at this show. Plant's vocal adornments during Kashmir and Stairway to Heaven resemble those from the '77 tour. The firecracker incident during White Summer cuts that song down to two and half minutes. Page did take a wrong turn during White Summer and was attempting to find his way back when the firecracker struck. The announcer (listed as Claude Knobs on the back cover) asks the audience to bring to the stage the perpetrator so they can have a word with him. I'm sure the road crew wanted to sit him down over tea and discuss proper audience etiquette. Someone should check the obituaries in the Vienna newspaper archives to see if any bodies were found outside the hall (listed as Wiener Stadthalle on the back cover). After the announcement, the band returns with a vengeance. Page does lose his grip during Rock & Roll's guitar solo, but he delivers an inspired and lengthy (6 minutes) solo during Stairway to Heaven. After a light-hearted guitar introduction, the band launches into the most inextricable version of Whole Lotta Love ever. Boogie Woogie holds the line. Too bad. Those punk-heads at the time could have learned a thing or two about sonic anarchy from the true masters. (Brian Ingham)
Fly Over Nuremberg (TDOLZ 719801)
Messezentrum Halle, Nuremberg, Germany June 27, 1980
CD: (70:59) The Train Kept A Rollin' (first 50 seconds missing), Nobody's
Fault But Mine, Black Dog,
Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan July 13, 1973
Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, Dancing Days (first 1:30 only)
Excellent soundboard recordings are used for each show. There is no indication of illness on stage for the Nuremberg show except Page's comment prior to and his sloppy solo during Black Dog. Bonham's playing is unhindered. You can feel a different type of illness (self-inflicted) on stage at the Detroit show. The playing is sluggish and Plant's vocal's are damaged. The Detroit show has previously been available on Best of Tour '73 Vol. 1 & 2 (Dynamite Studio) and One More Daze (Dynamite Studio). Best of Tour '73 Vol. 2 contained Heartbreaker and Whole Lotta Love. Even though it is noted on its back cover, Dancing Days is not included on Best of Tour '73 Vol. 2. One More Daze contains Dancing Days. The sound quality, lengths and speeds of all the Detroit releases are the same.
Fly Over Nuremberg (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) Per ***/***1/2 SQ ****/***** Appeal G
This single disk features two soundboard recordings. The first is from the Messezentrum Halle, Nuremberg on June 27, 1980 and the second from the Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan on July 13, 1973. The Nuremberg recording starts in the middle of Train kept A rollin' and finishes after Black Dog when Bonzo was taken ill. The sound is good, if a little on the trebly side and from the lively Page solo's on Train and Nobody's Fault this was probably going to be a great 1980 show. The Detroit recording is one of the best soundboards ever, clear and detailed - it comes from the end of the show. Sadly, nearly 30 minutes is taken up by Moby Dick and Bonzo's playing during the last few numbers is erratic and seems to be teasing the rest of the band. Heartbreaker has a boogie section after Page's solo, while Whole Lotta Love is rearranged in an interesting but bizarre way. Dancing Days has some great Bass work but is cut very early in the song. This release is well worth acquiring. (Tony Gassett Jan 99)
See "1980" 24-Jun-80
Zurich (Tarantura - 1980-17,18 - 2CD)
June 29, 1980 Hallenstadion - Zurich, Switzerland
Audio: 9+ SBD
DISC ONE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.
DISC TWO: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Heartbreaker
Packaging is the now standard Tarantura/Flagge format gatefold paper sleeve with photo's from the 1980 tour and the air warden tour poster on the rear. Individual CD sleeve's have the Tarantura "Abracadabra" logo. An excellent sound board source tape is used. The source is well balanced, has very little tape hiss and does not suffer the normal "flat" sound of a board tape. Jimmy's introduction to Black Dog has him mentioning that he "took his glasses off so he can see the guitar better" - this might explain the improvement of his performance during Black Dog. The dirigible commanders were apparently late showing up for the show and Plant apologizes for the delay before the introduction of In The Evening. Bonzo can be heard in the background barking orders as Plant instructs the crowd how to say "Eye Thank Yew" - "Ready? One... Two... Three... EYE THANK YEW!". It reminded me of the incident in Japan "One... Two... Three... Mister Bonham!" back in '71. There's some popping or digital static the starts during the slow intro to The Rain Song and reappears erratically afterwards. All My Love starts without any verbal introduction and the crowd roar is instant - a fan favorite even back in '80. Excellent (by 1980 standards) versions of Trampled Underfoot and Since I've Been Loving You follow. Jimmy comes through and delivers with an outstanding Achilles Last Stand. White Summer should have been laid to rest long ago. The blimp pilots get hopelessly lost in Kashmir and stumble several times trying to recover. Once they finally do find their way, Plant comments "that's better!". Digital static can be heard once again shortly afterwards. The end of Kashmir is missing and Tarantura fades it out. The tape starts back up again with Plant's commentary "If anybody's bootlegging that, you'll have to scratch that number cause wasn't completely correct - somehow we got through it". A fast paced Rock And Roll is the warm up for a ten minute Heartbreaker. This is one of the better 1980 shows and the nicely balanced sound board tape sounds great. Recommended due to cost to the hard core, 1980 completist or Tarantura collector. The general collector should probably seek out the much more affordable TDOLZ set instead. (Steve Prendergast Sept 02)
Swiss Made (TDOLZ vol. 70)
Disc 1: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In the Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.
Disc 2: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side/Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Heartbreaker.
June 29th, 1980 in Zurich, this title was released in the Tour 1980 box set with the soundboard recording (A Good Hot One ), and each title was released independently. So far this is the only release on cd of the very good to excellent audience recording. Swiss Made is good also because it has the complete Kashmir, along with Robert's comment "If there's anybody bootlegging that you'll have to scratch the last number, as it wasn't completely correct." This is a very good performance to a lively audience, and this title is recommended to those who prefer audience recordings to soundboards. (Gerard Sparaco Feb 2000)
The European Championship (Bluecongo Production) 2 CDRs
Hallenstadion, Zurich, 29 June 1980
Disc 1 (63.37): the Train Kept A' Rollin'/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Black Dog/In The Evening/The Rain Song/Hot Dog/All My Love/Trampled Underfoot/Since I've Been Loving You
Disc 2 (59.18): Achilles Last Stand/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir/Stairway To Heaven/Rock And Roll/Heartbreaker
This is another fan created "matrix" combining a soundboard recording and an audience recording to fill the gaps. The main source for this is the Empress Valley Conquer Europe release, which unfortunately is in mono (although the original SBD source is stereo). Using an audience recording, the cuts in the SBD have been very neatly filled from the AUD, and this has produced a very useful and complete version of this excellent concert. Nice to hear Claude Nobs' introduction just before the encores (from the AUD source). (Jules McTrainspotter April 05)
Hotter than The Hindenburg (Cobra Standard 029)
CD 1: (62:45) The Train Kept A Rollin (minor balance shift to right channel for 10 seconds in the middle), Nobodys Fault But Mine, Black Dog (minor balance shift to right channel for 10 seconds near the end), In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since Ive Been Loving You (minor tape garble near the end)
CD 2: (66:59) Achilles Last Stand (the first few bass notes come in too loud at the beginning before they are mixed down), White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir (minor balance shift to right channel for 1 second in the middle, last 2 seconds cut), Stairway to Heaven, Rock & Roll, Money, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Woogie (minor balance shift to left channel for 1 second in the middle) and Frankfurt Special)
Hotter than The Hindenburg uses an excellent soundboard tape source for this release. Its sound, unlike previous Cobra (or Cobla) releases, has not been wrecked by overequalization. There have been several prior releases of this show (all using the soundboard tape source). Moonlight (Toasted Condor) contains the first half of the show up through Since I've Been Loving You. Dinosaur (Toasted Condor) contains the second half of the show (both releases were cloned on the release Lost Horizon (Lobster Records)). Moonlight and Dinosaur contain the same tape problems as the Cobra release. But Moonlight and Dinosaur also contain the following tape problems: there is a minor 3 second volume drop after the minor balance shift on The Train Kept A Rollin, Nobodys Fault But Mine and Black Dog suffer from the balance constantly shifting from one channel to the other, Plant's introduction to Trampled Underfoot is cut, the last minute of Kashmir is cut, Plant's "not to roll" ending to Stairway to Heaven is distorted and That's the Way is played backwards during Whole Lotta Love starting in the middle of the theramin battle and ending before the start of Frankfurt Special. Hotter Than The Hindenburg (Golden Stars) is a single disc release of the first half of the show up through Achilles Last Stand. It contains all the same tape problems found on the Cobra release. But the Golden Stars' release also contains a tape drag near the beginning of The Train Kept A Rollin and the balance of the first minute and a half of Trampled Underfoot travels from one channel to the other. Another release, Lost Flight (Tye-Dye Tapes) cloned Tour Over Europe (Last Stand Disk) for its release of this show. It too contains the same tape problems found on the Cobra release. But it also has the tape drag near the beginning of The Train Kept A Rollin, the balance of the first minute and a half of Trampled Underfoot travels from one channel to the other and the last minute of Kashmir is cut. Tye-Dye Tapes is also a computer made CD-R with a 1/2 second gap between every track (the non-CD-R Last Stand Disk release does not contain any gaps). The tape speeds of all the above releases differ. The Golden Stars' release sounds like it is running at the correct speed. The differences in speed compared to the Golden Stars' release are: Cobra -2%, Tye-Dye Tapes -3% and Toaster Condor -4%. At a 2% speed difference, the Cobra and Golden Stars releases are too close to determine which is running at the correct speed. At 3%, the pitch changes noticeably. Regarding tape hiss, Tye-Dye Tapes is the cleanest sounding. This is due to the mastering of the tape on the Last Stand Disk release. The sound, however, is a little flat compared to the other releases. But it is acceptable and the noise reduction is handled quite well (much better than other labels). The other releases have similar amounts of tape hiss. But it is only noticeable at high volumes. Collectively, the Cobra version is the best release of this show because it uses a the most complete tape with the fewest problems and runs at the correct speed. (Brian Ingham Aug 1999)
Hotter Than The Hindenburg (Cobra Standard Series 029) 2CD's.
CD1(62'45"):The Train Kept a Rolling/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Black Dog/In The Evening/The Rain Song/Hot Dog/ All My Love/Trampled Under Foot/Since I've Been Loving You.
CD2(66'59"):Achilles Last Stand/White Summer-Black Mountain Side/Kashmir (cuts out during the last note)/Stairway to Heaven/Rock 'n' Roll/Money/Whole Lotta Love (Includes Boogie Woogie, Frankfurt Special).
Soundboard recording from the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany on June 30 1980.The sound quality is excellent, sharp and very well balanced, but there are times in which some instruments are more prominent in the mix: keyboards overshadow the guitar and the bass is a bit drowned in Rock 'n' Roll, but overall is pretty effective. There are some cuts between songs, the first occurs after All My Love; the only song cut is Kashmir at the very last note, Page has to interrupt White Summer, asking the audience to be quiet because he can't hear himself play: ..."give us a chance!", he complains. The performance is good in general, some flashes of interesting musicianship: a very powerful Train with good guitar work, more of the same in Black Dog, Trampled and Achilles; Page also plays some interesting trickery in Hot Dog and in In the Evening. Bonzo's best moments are in Train, Black Dog and in the end of Kashmir, where he plays superb fills. Jonesy's bass work in Achilles and Whole Lotta Love is fine. So! me tracks are very uninspired, only saved by Plant's efforts, particularly Since I've Been Loving You. Personally I think that the tape from Brussels and the incomplete one from Rotterdam are better in both sound quality and performance, although none of these documents have helped me learn to appreciate the Tour Over Europe. (Rosina Diaz Scali July 1999)
Hotter Than The Hindenburg (Last Stand Disc LSD-90/91)
Disc 1: Train Kept A Rollin, Nobodys Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since Ive Been Loving You
Disc 2: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer, Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll, Money, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Frankfurt Special)
This is LSD's second edition of the June 30, 1980 show in Frankfurt. This show rivals the Zurich show from the previous night for the best of their final tour. They attack each number with special urgency giving an amazing glimpse into what they were trying to accomplish for their revamped sound for the 1980s. What is immediately striking about this show is their special determination to lay down new conquests! There are many highlights in this show: In The> Evening (very bombastic), All My Love (very tender), White Summer (with Page trying to do crowd control), and Trampled Underfoot (pure genius). Moreover, we are treated to the special encore Money (with Atlantic Record Exec Phil Carson on bass), although Plant’s voice sounds very raw. Plant even extends Whole Lotta Love into a short medley, just like the old days. The recording is an excellent, three-dimensional soundboard, and LSD did a great job in mastering. (Gerard Sparaco Oct 2001).
Sudden Attack! (Flagge - 1980-18,19 - 2CD)
June 30, 1980 Festhalle - Frankfurt, Germany
Audio: 9+ SBD
DISC ONE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand.
DISC TWO: White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Money, Whole Lotta Love
Gatefold paper sleeve package. Individual CD sleeves are plain yellow paper. Another excellent sound board tape. It's well balanced, with little to no tape hiss. This tape breathes slightly more than, say the (Tarantura) Brussels tape and has some depth normally not found on board tapes. Train Kept A Rollin has a few tape flutters. The airship captains are in great shape tonight. Probably the highlight of the '80 shows is hearing Page's introductions to Black Dog each night. It's usually the same greeting and a little joke or two, but it's still great fun to listen to. In The Evening is excellent - Jimmy seems to be making a real effort tonight. Perhaps he's been listening to the sound board tapes from the previous shows from the tour and realizes that his playing isn't what it once was. The Rain Song is slow and delicate as always. Jimmy's electronics push Trampled Underfoot to new levels - another great performance. Plant is almost continuously asking the crowd to keep still. Achilles Last Stand is the crown jewel of the show - the brute force of this track is devastating. Jonesy's pulsating bass is slightly higher in the mix than normal and adds some weight to the track. Bonham's drums are represented equally as well on this tape and the depth in the sound is amazing. He's definitely on the ball tonight and means business. Page is in total control of the chaos here - the old wizard makes a brief appearance and casts his spell one last time. This is one of the best versions of this song ever in both performance and recording. White Summer is possibly the finest of the tour and was going actually quite well until Jimmy stopped it about six minutes into the song to protest the audience noise level. Seems he couldn't hear himself playing! Kashmir is very well done and is extended at the end with Bonzo throwing in some powerful fills. The last few notes are missing as the tape fades out. The tape cuts back in with Plant commenting that "sometimes we surprise each other" - obviously he thought it was an excellent run through as well. Jimmy can he heard on tape asking the audience "Think you might be able to keep quiet for this one?" just before Stairway To Heaven starts. I wasn't overly impressed with Stairway tonight. Jimmy seems to have inserted the notes that would have normally been used for the uninspired and boring White Summer into the solo here tonight (As Luis Rey says "an onstage rehearsal"). The tape is cut after STH, but nothing is lost but the crowd cheering. The rare encore "Money" features Phil Carson on bass and Jonsey on Piano. Whole Lotta Love features the Theremin battle and Boogie Woogie. Plant starts into "Frankfurt Special" leaving the boys to try and catch up. Disc two contains the short tape from Nuremberg, Germany June 27, 1980 in which Bonzo falls ill and the show has to be cancelled. (Steve Prendergast Sept 02)
Frankfurt Special ( Empress Valley, EVSD - 314/315) 2 CD
Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 30 June 1980
Disc 1 (63.34): The Train Kept a Rollin/Nobody's Fault But Mine/Black Dog/In the Evening/The Rain Song/Hot Dog/All My Love/Trampled Under Foot/Since I've Been Loving You
Disc 2 (66.20): Achilles Last Stand/White Summer/Black Mountainside/Kashmir/Stairway to Heaven/Rock and Roll/Money/Whole Lotta Love
This is a two CD set. Notwithstanding Empress Valley has seen fit to serve it up in a fat jewel case. It is one of Empress Valley's more uninspired efforts from the point of view of packaging. To my mind fat jewel cases are ugly and, from a storage point of view, take up too much space. The front cover involves a straightforward picture of the band on stage. Plant to the centre striking a pose, flanked by Jones and Page. They are in front of a drum kit. Bonzo is out of sight. On the rear there is a typical Page guitar pose (wearing the glasses that he requires to remove in order to see the fret board). On the inside of the first tray there is a reasonable colour picture of the band on stage. The same style of picture appears on the inside of the rear disc tray. Titles available for comparison are LSD - Tour Over Europe 1980 and Flagge - Sudden Attack. The Flagge title was particularly enjoyable. It is a clear natural sounding sound board recording. Does this new release from Empress Valley improve on sound quality available? It does sound good. However, in my opinion, it does not provide a worthwhile improvement in sound quality over what was previously available. I chopped and changed between Empress Valley and Flagge's title on numerous occasions at favourite passages in order to ascertain whether or not there was an appreciable difference. To my ear there was little if anything between the two titles. For those who do not have a copy of the Flagge release or indeed LSD's later release, Hotter Than The Hindenburg, then this title might represent a worthwhile purchase. Otherwise it is nothing more than the folks at Empress Valley regurgitating a readily available title at not an inconsiderable expense. (John Morrison Jan 05)
Strangers In the Night (TDOLZ 66-9808-1, 2, 3, 4)
Eisstadion, Mannheim, Germany July 2, 1980
CD 1: (63:01) The Train Kept A Rollin' (volume decreases slightly near the end), Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening (small dropout during tympani intro.), The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You
CD 2: (62:04) Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir (switches to audience source tape for 1 minute near end), Stairway to Heaven (a second of stage instrument distortion at the beginning), Rock & Roll, Whole Lotta Love
Eisstadion, Mannheim, Germany July 3, 1980
CD 3: (62:25) The Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine (beginning slightly garbled), Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You
CD 4: (47:23) Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir (about 10 seconds cut near end), Stairway to Heaven (volume increases slightly then decreases back to normal for 2:20 in the middle), Communication Breakdown, Rock & Roll
Excellent stereo soundboard recordings are used for both shows. The July 2nd show utilizes an audience source tape to fill in a gap during Kashmir. The audience source tape is very good and clear, but a little distant. It runs at the same speed as the soundboard tape and is spliced in fairly well. The distortion during Stairway to Heaven's beginning sounds like Page hit his fret board with something. It's minor. A tape change prior to Trampled Underfoot at the July 3rd show flattens the sound a little. A change in the mix could have also been to blame. A previous release of the July 3rd show, Motivated Dinosaurs In Mannheim part 1 & 2 (Flying Disc Music), utilized the same soundboard tape. It too contains the same defects as noted above plus the following. The volume increases about 30 seconds into Hot Dog, but settles to normal soon after. The tape change prior to Trampled Underfoot is more pronounced with a significant drop in sound quality (flatter) and the addition of tape hiss. The sound brightens a couple of minutes into Trampled Underfoot and the tape hiss vanishes about a minute and a half into Since I've Been Loving You. The sound flattens for about 10 seconds a couple of minutes into Kashmir and its cut is more significant than Strangers In the Night's. From beginning to end, Kashmir is 9:09 on Strangers In the Night. It's 6:39 on Motivated Dinosaurs In Mannheim. Stairway to Heaven on Motivated Dinosaurs In Mannheim does not have the volume change. The speed of the tapes used for both releases is about the same. Strangers In the Night runs about 1% faster. Tape hiss is noticeable on Strangers In the Night, but it's in the upper frequencies that can be easily tempered. The second night's mix sounds better. Regarding the performances, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side should have been dropped from both shows. It's a skeleton of what it once was at these two shows.
Strangers In The Night (TDOLZ Vol. 66) (66-9808-1, 66-9808-2)
Disc 1: Train Kept A Rollin'/ Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You
Disc 2: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Chillun', His Latest Flame)
This title is a four-disc set documenting Zeppelin's two shows in Mannheim on their final tour. The four discs are contained in a glossy gatefold cardboard sleeve with the Dave Lewis Copenhagen warm-up photo on the outside and several pictures from the Cologne show on the inside. The tape for both shows is an excellent soundboard recording. The presence of hiss on the tape indicates a higher generation tape used. There is a cut in Kashmir in this show that is filled with an excellent audience recording, giving us the complete song. It is accurate to say that this show is a let down after a strong segment of the 1980 tour (Zurich, Frankfurt). The overall performance is best described as pedestrian and mechanical. This title appeals only to die-hard Over Europe tour fanatics and completists. The only thing note worth about this show is Plant singing a verse of the 1961 Elvis hit "His Latest Flame" which has not been mentioned in any source. (Gerard Sparaco Jan 03)
See 2nd July 1980
5 July 1980 Olympiahalle, Munich [AUD recording, gen unknown]
CD1 (47.21) Train Kept A Rollin’, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot.
CD2 (70.10) Since I’ve Been Loving You, Achilles last Stand, White Summer – Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love-Boogie Chillin’.
The tape. An audience source. Clear, with not too much audience noise beyond noticeable whistles at the end of The Rain Song and some clapping is audible occasionally. But in time with the music, not like all that inappropriate Danish clapping. Two tape faults. One, a barely noticeable speed up prior to the quiet section of In The Evening, about 4.53 into the song. The other is probably the taper not noticing the recorder has been switched off for most of Hot Dog so that track clocks in a 2.10. Some tape hiss noticeable between songs but not really disturbing. Overall rating of the tape I would class as good to very good mono. Closer to very good and similar to the Vienna audience tape. The audience. The excellent audience have been positive the whole way. Not at all like Vienna. Throwing a firecracker at Jimmy Page! Nothing like that here. Oddly the Vienna performance is brilliant and very inspired as Zeppelin battle the elements (the crowd), yet here the audience is enthusiastic and only needing the occasional reminder to move back a bit. So this concert is merely excellent. Leaves me smiling. The band. Tight, powerful, everyone en song and not too many of the bloopers of some preceding shows. All My love has a very nice guitar lead as well, unlike Brussels. The concert. When the Eye Thank game is played I cannot help but think of Basil Fawlty when Plant requests his German audience to raise their right hands in the air and do this. (Finger over eye bit). Cannot see so one can only imagine. Anyway, it’s an excellent 1980 show, very tight and powerful yet modest during the delicate moments of the introduction of SIBLY, STH and WS – BMS, the latter being restrained yet tense, a perfect prelude to Kashmir unfolding it’s majesty on a very fortunate audience. Unlike the Vienna concert, we get Achilles Last Stand performed, the bad news being that yet again this song is too short. It’s still performed well but it’s made for a near 11 minute heavy rock spectacular not a 7 minute edit. Then again the sudden appearance of a quick version of the 2nd guitar solo rudely interrupting Plant goes a long way to cutting 3 minutes from this piece. The first solo only moments before even had some new ideas from JP over the 2nd time through the 5/4 section. JPJ continues to provide his rhythm change, from the linear drive of the original to a more R and B approach. Interesting and I’ve always wondered why this change came about. The audience singing on Stairway (RP leading of course) foreshadows that incredible Birmingham Hummingbird version from the Outrider tour. The solo includes some nice jazzy chords preceding a repeat of the intro solo theme followed by a quick version of the tango section, itself a prelude to enjoyable and authoritative playing as Mr Page adds some more improvisation. The melodic piano and the underlining tight drumming ensures interesting music with the vocals again backed by the Olympiahalle Choir. Encore time and Rock and Roll has the band hitting the stage running and very fast. Headbanging to rock at this speed is just plain dangerous. Just let the blast from the amps (okay, stereo) blow back your hair! Introducing Simon Kirke on drums Plant asks if anyone remembers Bad Company to enthusiastic affirmation. So the encore with two drummers is upon us and as ever the middle section is brimming with energy and power. Plant not really needing a theremin harmony, he seems to do most of all that by himself. Overall a very enjoyable and powerful version with a few hesitations at the staccato rhythm guitar break. Boogie Chillin' and end. A great show, well played. Very good tape too. Definitely worth a trade people. Eye Thank You. (Lawrence Moseley Jan 03)
Jamming With Simon Kirke! Empress Valley Supreme Disc - EVSD 183/184 - 2CD
July 5, 1980 Olympiahalle - Munich, Germany
Audio: 7.5+/8.5+ AUD
DISC ONE: Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.
DISC TWO: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Does Anybody Remember Bad Company?, Whole Lotta Love
Package consists of a fatboy 4CD clear tray jewel case and a folded mini poster sized double sided insert. The insert contains the liner notes in Japanese and horrible English. The cover photos are from the 1980 Tour Over Europe. Surprisingly, Munich 1980 has been quite ignored over the years by the bootleggers. The rare (and costly!) 2CD set from Tarantura, MUNICH 1980, is the only commercial release of this show that I am aware of. The main source tape used for this set is of excellent overall quality but does contain a fair amount of tape hiss (it's especially noticeable with headphones on). The tape has a nice depth to it. This is the same main source tape making the rounds in the trading circles as Back In Munich but Empress Valley's copy of the tape has some different cuts and splices in it that don't quite match up with the CDR copy in circulation. The locations in the songs match up, but the splice duration differs between the two sets, so it's not an obvious copy of the circulating set. The alternate audience source tape is of very good (minus) quality, but it lacks the dynamics and clarity of the main source tape. Disc one starts out with about a minute of audience cheer prior to the start of the show. The band are fairly well represented in the mix, with Plant being a little low during Train Kept A' Rollin'. The vocal level seems to improve slightly during Nobody's Fault But Mine, but the probable cause of the low vocal mix is probably the recorder location. The German fans in the vicinity of the taper can be heard quite well chatting away at times, but it seems to add to the live "experience" (this is nothing like the infamous New York tapers). Jimmy announces Black Dog as a number "from the annals of Rock history". Plant is tonight in good vocal and Jimmy seems to be putting in a real effort. In The Evening features a 14 second splice of the alternate source tape and it's a damn near seamless transition. The Rain Song is as tender and delicate as ever. We swap over the the alternate source tape during the start of Plant's spiel before Hot Dog and it carries on for roughly 2 minutes 5 seconds before the switch back to the main source (the tape switches are again handled very nicely). For those out there that have listened to some of the outer 1980 shows, Plant is again giving the European audiences how-to's on the gimmick "Eye Thank Yew". All My Love is one of the few album tracks to be carried over live in an almost note-by-note arrangement and the crowd loves it. Trampled Underfoot is dominated by Page. He seems to simply get lost in his playing during the solo paying no attention to his surroundings. The band finally cut him off and force him back into the structure of the song! While Since I've Been Loving You is performed well tonight, I would have rather that the boys gave Tea For One an outing on this tour and shelved SIBLY. Plant states that "This is the first tour that we've done in 3 years, and, ah, it's been quite an interesting sketch actually. But it's getting a little towards the end now. We've got one more show after this, and then who knows - you know? Perhaps we'll have to do another one after that one. But this is about where this leaves us, Achilles Last Stand". Disc one fades off during the guitar intro of Achilles. Disc two starts us out with extra tape already issued on disc one so that there is no missing sound in the disc swap as is the common Empress Valley tradition. This is the apex for Achilles Last Stand. It's the final performance of this song by the band and it's argumentative that this could be the best version ever. It's certainly unique to this show. Pagey is devastating on guitar here adding aggressive twists to the familiar structure. Sadly, the track is missing a chunk of the main source tape. The splice to the alternate is during the "Oh the sweet refrain" verse and continues through until the near end of the solo just prior to the "With the mighty arms of Atlas" line. Total cut time is about 2 minutes 59 seconds. Of all places to be missing tape! I have a lot of different versions of Achilles live, but this one is the crown jewel in the live catalog as far as I am concerned. White Summer is kept at a manageable 7 minutes here - long enough for Jimmy to around about lead us into Kashmir and short enough to keep the attention of the audience. Kashmir is kept on course and nobody gets lost along the way. Jimmy does lose momentary control early along in the song - it sounds like he might have been distracted by something causing him to miss a few notes. He quickly recovers and the airship commanders continue the journey into the desert wasteland. Kashmir's sound here features the now familiar keyboards over guitar mix (it should be the other way around, in my opinion). Plant announces "John Bonham was on drums, John Bonham..... John Henry Bonham.... Moby Dick, Dick, Dick?" It would seem Plant is still hell bent on getting Bonzo to play Moby Dick during this tour. Stairway To Heaven starts with no introduction. The German audience clap along during the quiet opening section but stops and instead sing along with Plant. Stairway features some sections that the tape just barely starts to distort - it's nothing horrid but it is worth mentioning. The absolute tail end of the song swaps over to the alternate source for 32 seconds before blending back to the main tape. The next four minutes consist of audience cheer and chants. The added delay probably due to roadie setup of the stage for the encore guest. A rather rushed Rock And Roll starts the encores. Plant comments afterwards "Before the clubs shut, we'd like to do one more". The Munich audience is in for a real treat tonight. "Does Anybody Remember Bad Company?" noted in the track listing is nothing more than 27 seconds of Plant's introduction of Simon Kirke from Bad Company on a second drum kit. Remember that 4 minute delay? It was due to the stage crew setting up a second drum kit. Jimmy starts out Whole Lotta Love with the opening riff from Moby Dick. The Whole Lotta Love mini jam with Kirke contains theramin and Boogie Woogie. The end result is chaos and pure fun. It must have been a blast for Kirke to sit in with Zeppelin. The WLL medley does contain a 7 second tape switch that is again nicely done. This is an excellent release from Empress Valley. The only 2 issues that I have with it is that the quad jewel case is kind of tacky, especially since this is a 2CD release (it should have received the large EV format sleeve with cardboard block tray ala Intimidator/Lifetime Guarantee/etc. - anything over the fatboy jewel case! The other complaint deals with the Aquarius 11 liner notes. Can Empress Valley find no other soul in all of Japan to translate the liner notes into English? Granted, my knowledge of Japanese is nonexistent, but geez, spend some of that money you take from the collectors on those "expanded" shows that are needlessly spread onto extra discs and hire someone to translate the liner notes into something legible - PLEASE! This is still a recommended buy to just about anyone. The sound is great, the performance is inspired (by 1980 standards), Simon Kirke plays on the encores and if for no other reason, it contains a killer Achilles Last Stand! (Steve Prendergast Feb 03)
Underground Uprising has received the following comment regarding the above reviewer's remarks about 'Aquarius 11':-
with reference to the comments regarding the liner notes supplied by Empress Valley for their Munich 1980 release, I have to beg to differ.
After all, are there not already a vast smorgasbord of books offering an embarrassment of riches, comprising oft-regurgitated, and inaccurate stories to keep Empress Valley purchasers happy reading about this, and other shows. One can easily slip the aforesaid notes in one's pocket before making the perilous journey to attend the local Lamb and Flag to imbibe the medicine required in old age and hazarding an overdose of same. If one is unfortunate enough to suffer such medicinal effect one can then then reach into one's anorak pocket and have the pleasure of leisurely rereading them. indeed I have found they then make perfect sense in comparison with the often embarrassing hero-worshipping nonsense that is so ubiquitous in these overpriced Led Zeppelin pamphlets and journals. Let's salute instead then, the efforts made by our Japanese friends. My own efforts in writing Japanese would no doubt be a far worse enterprise and make as much sense as this letter.
Goldsmith1, Feb 03
Jamming With Simon Kirke! Empress Valley Supreme Disc, EVSD 183/184
Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany, 5th July 1980.
Disc 1 (59.39): Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You.
Disc 2 (62.520: Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Does Anybody Remember Bad Company?, Whole Lotta Love
Empress Valley's third release from the 1980 "Tour Over Europe", previous shows being Zurich and Berlin. No soundboard tape exists for this concert, but there are two audience tapes, one better than the other. The best tape has been used, and it has been given a very good bottom end sound by way of EQ, which makes it fuller than the fan produced (with excellent artwork, far better than anything the commercial bootleggers can put out) Back In Munich, which is a mixed second and third generation two tape source. The slightly inferior sounding tape has been used to fill the gaps in In The Evening, Hot Dog, Trampled Underfoot, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, and Whole Lotta Love. This concert is not one of the best from this tour, but overall it is a good one. There is some distracting clapping along on a number of songs (especially at the beginning of Stairway To Heaven), but that is only a minor problem. Nice colour photos from the tour are used on the front and back of the packaging. (Jules Mctrainspotter March 03)
When someone introduced Berlin: The Complete Last Show (Babyface), I claimed that "Complete Berlin" from Silver Rarities is better and wrote: IMHO, "Complete Berlin" is the best boot of this show. Definitive advantage of this boot is Train Kept A Rollin. On any other boots, Train is fade-in, while it's complete on "Complete Berlin" . The one and only disadvantage of "Complete Berlin", when compared with other boots of this show, is that there is a cut in Kashmir. Only "Bonzo's Last Ever Gig in Berlin" (3LP, Z-8077) contains complete and uncut Kashmir, but it's from audience source tape.
But someone replied:
Actually.... The Babyface release contains Kashmir in its completeness. It also has Train Kept A' Rollin in its completeness (ie, it's not a fade in or fade out) and thus is obviously not a copy of any other bootleg (unless it's from the S.R. release...). And the Kashmir on the BabyFace set is soundboard like the rest of the set...
Well, I have to admit I wrote above things without getting and checking the Babyface release. BUT after this, I got the CD and checked if Train and kashmir is really complete and uncut. Unfortunately, Train and Kashmir on this Babyface release is also incomplete. Do not get this one in expectation of its completeness!! (Brian Ingham)
Eissporthalle, Berlin, 7 July 1980 (4 CD plus 1 Mini CD Empress Valley Supreme Disc EVSD 127 -131)
Disc 1 SB (67.39):- The Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You
Disc 2 SB (67.41):- White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love
Disc 3 Aud (68.39):- The Train Kept A Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You Disc 4 Aud (73.38):- White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kasmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love
Mini Disc 5 The Radio Report
Berlin has been previously released by Tarantura, Last Stand Disc, Silver Rarities, Babyface. This latest version from Empress Valley is dedicated to John Bonham. Although the SB version is of outstanding quality, my personal opinion is that the Aud version has more atmosphere and a fuller sound. The Aud recording is also some 7 minutes longer and is the complete show. The SB is cut before White Summer and after Stairway but the loss is only of the audience chatter and is hardly noticeable. Again, this is a strictly limited release. The packaging, like Leicester, is a thick card glossy box which contains replica mini posters of "Tour Over Europe 1980" and "In Through The Out Door" Berlin 7 July 1980. The CD's come in the usual thick paper slipcases and are housed in a quadruple foldout slipcase. Also included is a Mini Disc within a thick paper slipcase. The front box photo is of Bonzo's headstone and whilst some may find this distasteful, it is not the first release to use this photo as a cover for the Berlin show - "Bonzo At Last Berlin" is an example. EV have issued this as a tribute and dedicated it to "the greatest drummer John Bonham". Below a photo of John Bonham on the mini disc cover it states "Bonzo, we miss you! Led Zeppelin Final Live" The foldout slipcase is simply but effectively imaged, the main cover being a very poignant photo of Jimmy and Robert, shot from behind, walking off stage with their arms around each other and the words "Led Zeppelin Eternal Magic" printed across the middle! Need I say any more. (Phil Bushe April 02)