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  1. favorite band (besides zeppelin)?

    The Beatles, The Who, The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cheap Trick, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Allman Brothers Band, The Doors, to name a few.
  2. Seattle 73 Question

    Xolo, your post actually inspired me to create my own version of this show. I used the Departee recording as the main source and patched it with the Winston matrix, the Dadgad remaster of the soundboard, and EVSD's release of the 2nd audience recording ("V1/2"). I used what was available on Black Beauty, which is why I patched it with two different releases of the soundboard. I did the best I could in Audacity at getting things patched together, but I'm an amateur so bear with me! Regardless, hope you enjoy it! Stairway and The Ocean unfortunately got blocked for copyright. It's funny, for the longest time I didn't even realize that there were two different audience recordings for this show. I always thought that it was one tape and that the Winston matrix simply combined that tape with the soundboard. So, I swore by that version. Now that I've found this other source, I can say without question that this is my favorite recording of the show, and really puts it in the best light possible.
  3. Trentham Gardens '73 was Multi Tracked

    Even if it wasn't multi tracked, the Winston Remaster of this show is so good that Page could honestly release it officially without any complaints (minus Plant's voice of course). The drums have a very thunderous bottom end which makes Bonham sound absolutely massive. If Page is planning an archival chronological live release, I wouldn't complain at all if a few tracks from this show were used. Dancing Days, as you mentioned, is amazing and should definitely be one of them.
  4. New 10/9/72 upgrade

    Anyone heard this yet? LED ZEPPELIN LIVE Vinyl (2017 upgrade) - Net Source Lineage: Bootleg Vinyl Record (No Label Credit) > 96.0KHz/24bit WAV > Sonic Stage Mastering Studio SBM 44.1KHz/16Bit (Super Bit Mapping) WAV > EAC > FLAC Bron-Y-Aur Stomp is from 10/4, but the rest of the release is a portion of the 10/9 tape, apparently sourced from vinyl and cleaned up. It came out on Dime a couple of months ago but just got uploaded to Black Beauty. I just did a listen of Stand By Me and it sounds much warmer and brighter to my ears. Any thoughts?
  5. New 10/9/72 upgrade

    1. IMHO, the best sounding boot from 1972 is 10/2 Tokyo. It's crystal clear and balanced really well and it's very atmospheric. The band is a tad rusty at the start, and Plant's voice is rough for the first few songs, but it's overall a very good performance. Seek out EVSD's "Led Zeppelin Is My Brother" if you can. It's been a while since I listened to them, but I recall the Australasian shows having really good quality (with the exception of Brisbane). In addition to the shows Porgie mentioned above, I'd add the second night in Uniondale (6/15). The tapers are pretty talkative and a bit annoying, but it's pretty clear and the performance is out of this world. Outstanding Immigrant Song and my personal favorite version of Dazed from '72. 2. There is no evidence of any of the 1972 Japan shows being multitracked, although we know that the last two nights of the 1971 Japanese tour were. Btw, does anyone know if the 9/23/71 Tokyo show was multitracked? For some reason, I recall there being speculation about that. Regardless, hopefully they'll see release someday soon!
  6. New 10/9/72 upgrade

    I uploaded the rest of this upgrade to Youtube (minus Bron-Y-Aur Stomp from the 10/4 show):
  7. Does anyone else think this is one of the best Plant vocal performances captured on tape? I'm listening to this track again and I'm really moved by the emotion and feeling in his singing. All at once, his voice is heartbreaking, joyful, and longing. I'd put it right up there with The Rain Song and Since I've Been Loving You (among others) as one of his finest moments in the studio with Zeppelin.
  8. What show or live song are you listening to now?

    One of my favorite "ethereal interludes" in Dazed:
  9. Thanks for the feedback! I may try matrixing other songs from this show, but of course it can be very time consuming and frustrating. It's all about finding enough time. Only issue is I tried matrixing Whole Lotta Love the other night and the Gary B source gets a bit noisy/overloaded on the high end during the last few songs. It actually seemed to do more harm than good.
  10. Back when the Gary B source for 6/21/77 was remastered and speed-corrected, I inquired into the possibility of doing a matrix combining it with the Millard source. Since the Millard source is great in terms of the music, and the Gary B source is great in terms of the atmosphere/crowd, I figured it would only make sense. I decided to experiment a little and try it myself. I did Black Country Woman since, at less than two minutes, I figured it wouldn't be that difficult and I could only fuck it up so much! So, here it is. Please note that I am a complete and total amateur at this and this is my first time ever trying something like this. I'd appreciate any constructive feedback from you all and any suggestions/tips for improvement. For the record, I used the Winston remaster of the Millard source and the JEMS remaster of the Gary B source and combined them using Audacity.
  11. Interesting. So I'm assuming Stan Gutowski is the "Mr. Supersonic" that duckman referenced above? Or did he tape the other AUD source for 3/21? If not, why did he decide to leave his equipment behind? I mean, I get wanting to just enjoy the show, but it seems odd given his prior habits. That's also interesting how the taper for 6/18/72 was just testing his equipment. A shame he didn't record the show the following night. Now THAT would have been incredible! It would make sense for Stan to have taped that show though, since it fits with the other recordings (starting off with an announcement, etc.) Any particular reason why he always recorded the announcements prior to the actual show? And how did his recordings surface? This is fascinating stuff. Holy crap. That's awesome if true! Can anyone confirm this?
  12. So I had a thought recently about the tapes of three of the Seattle shows (6/18/72, 7/17/73, and 3/21/75). All three start off with a stage announcement, usually telling the crowd not to set off any firecrackers or such. This is highly unusual since most audience tapes either start right when the band takes the stage, or cut in the middle of the set. All three are great sounding tapes too. Given these similar unique characteristics, it seems a distinct possibility that all three were taped by the same person. Do we know any information about these tapes (ie. the equipment used, how they first popped up, etc.)? I read on Argenteum Astrum that the main audience source for 3/21/75 was taped from the back of the arena on top of a stack of folding chairs, but I haven't found any additional info. What about the taper(s)? We know of Millard, Artie, and Freezer among others, but do we know anything about who taped these shows?
  13. Unpopular opinions re live shows

    Totally agree with both of you, especially about it being the worst of all the LA runs. All the other runs contained the best shows of the tour, or at least strong contenders, like 8/21/71, 6/25/72, 6/3/73, 6/21/77, etc. But these LA shows seem to have a distinct lack of spark to them. I do enjoy the 3/27 show, since it seems like the band is more laid back and just wants to jam out. The other two shows...eh. Some cool moments scattered throughout, but I wouldn't rate any of them as a must hear. I pick 3/12 and 3/21 as the best shows of the 1975 tour. Another one for me: while I do enjoy the rest of the show, I don't get the hype behind the 9/14/71 Whole Lotta Love. Don't get me wrong, not a bad version by any means and we are blessed to have it in such good sound quality, but I've never understood why people go so nuts for it. To me, it's a very solid medley, but it lacks that "X factor" that pushes it into an all-time great version for me.
  14. +1. The entire LA 77 run is fantastic, and I personally think the Badgeholders version is a strong contender for the best version of Stairway ever. Page's solo there is very lyrical. It's like he's telling a story or taking us on an epic journey. I'd throw in the version from Landover 5/30 in there as well:
  15. I'd add Communication Breakdown to that list as well. They really seemed to go all out for that encore.
  16. Ten "desert island" Zeppelin shows

    Bumping this topic since it's a pretty cool idea. Narrowing it down to 10 is difficult, not to mention my favorites change all the time. As of right now, though, here's my picks: 1/26/69 - IMO the first truly great Zeppelin show. Whether it lasted 4 hours or just 90 minutes doesn't matter. This is a devastating assault from beginning to end. Even Bonham's drum solo is spectacular. No wasted moments here! This is as good as it gets for 69, as far as I'm concerned. 4/27/69 - a no-brainer of course due to As Long As I Have You and HMMT. Superb sound quality is just the icing on the cake. 3/7/70 - RAH on steroids. Enough said. 9/19/70 (evening) - I've come to the conclusion that this is probably their single greatest concert as a whole unit. Sure, you can find individual performances from the band members that are better elsewhere, but the band as a collective whole was probably never in better shape health-wise than they were here. The last hour from Whole Lotta Love onwards is essential to any fan of live rock music. 9/23/71 - Sure the 9/29 Osaka show may be slightly better, but I hate the sound of the tape for that show. This recording is much more atmospheric and the performance is tight as ever. Maybe, just maybe, the greatest Whole Lotta Love medley of all time. No wonder the crowd went nuts! 6/25/72 - another no-brainer. Don't really need to explain this one. 3/24/73 - the instrumental peak of the band, especially Page. Really any show from the European run would be great, but this one has that "X factor" that pushes it over the top for me. 3/21/75 - never been a huge 75 fan, but with the new SBD/AUD matrix, this has quickly become one of my favorite shows. Epic show which doesn't really drag at any point. Page and Plant are probably in the best shape they would be for 75. 6/21/77 - the show that made me fall in love with live Zeppelin. Outstanding sound quality mixed with an outstanding performance. What more can you say? 7/24/79 - their last perfect concert IMO. The setlist covers pretty much their entire discography, and with Page playing his ass off in particular, this is an excellent summary of Zeppelin's career.
  17. Live better than Studio

    I have to agree with Strider. For me, Plant's vocals are the star of the song, and for the most part, he always held back a bit. Notice how he'll sing the first half of a line (Hey, hey mama said the way you move) in a high register while singing the second half of the line (gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove) in a lower register. The only time I've ever heard him sing all the high notes the same way as on the album is the very first live performance of the song: Belfast 1971. This is the only live version that I think can compete with the studio version. It is absolutely ferocious:
  18. Beautiful Women

    If this keeps up someone should do an "expanding brain" meme for it.
  19. How The West Was Won II

    I just used Movie Maker. I'm on W8. Is it not available on Windows 10?
  20. How The West Was Won II

    Not to toot my own horn here too much, but this thread inspired me to create a "Best of LA 77" Youtube playlist. I went and downloaded the different shows off of Black Beauty and mixed the different recordings together to make it sound like one complete concert. I did the best I could at making the songs and Plantations complete and unedited, although a few tweaks had to be done here and there. I actually made two separate playlists: one using only the Millard tapes and one compiling all six shows. I realize some of my picks may be controversial (I chose Kashmir from the 21st rather than the 25th for example), but we all have our differing opinions and views. If you don't like my picks, feel free to make a playlist yourself. Here's the Millard only playlist. I included Communication Breakdown in the encores and moved OTHAFA to its position in the June 22nd setlist (after the drum solo) to make the concert flow better and prevent it from losing momentum: And here's the playlist of all six shows. For this playlist, I added It'll Be Me to the encores, and inserted That's Alright Mama from the 26th into the acoustic set: Please note that I am a complete amateur at all of this. I used Audacity for editing and assembling each of the songs. No Quarter, and the drum and noise solos had to be split into parts as well. I didn't want to risk doing one complete video in case one of the songs triggered a copyright claim. Anyways, my goal was to try to make it sound like one glorious concert with switches to different tape sources depending on which night I chose to use for which song. Hopefully everything will stay up! Enjoy it while you can!
  21. Beautiful Women

    Well...they're nothing if not consistent I guess! Or maybe they have a thing for letters. Who am I to judge?
  22. Live better than Studio

    To be honest a better question would be which songs you don't prefer live. For me, the vast majority of Zeppelin's songs are superior live. The improvisation, the energy, the unpredictability. I find myself rarely listening to the studio versions anymore. The live versions of The Song Remains the Same or Trampled Underfoot for example are on a whole other level compared to the original versions. Celebration Day, which you mentioned, is another great example. To be perfectly honest, I find the studio version to be a bit dull. But live...HOLY SHIT! Just insane energy from start to finish. And if you thought TSRTS was incredible, you should definitely check out the versions from 1971. The word explosive was invented for stuff like those.
  23. Beautiful Women

    If you're trying to post an image, you must be doing something wrong. The above quoted text is all that appears.
  24. John Davis is "Mastering" Led Zeppelin

    If it really is a new live release and Southampton is the only thing being released, then that'd be pretty disappointing tbh.