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  1. New 10/9/72 upgrade

    The source tape is bright and clear. The H-Bomb silvers (there are two incarnations) are probably sourced from a 2nd or 3rd gen. Levels are very low and if you crank up the volume, there's a significant increase of hiss. The current vinyl rip sounds fresher and more dynamic.
  2. '75 soundboards vs '77

    Don't think the Revox was used for MSG. I think the band's roadies took care of the MSG recording(s)
  3. '75 soundboards vs '77

    I know it's apples and pears. But a professional and expensive deck like the Nakamichi should yield excellent audio fidelity any time. I heard demo's from bands recorded on a prosumer cassette deck and the results sounded vastly superior compared to the majority of the 77 Zep SBs. Until a few years ago I was convinced all the 77 boards were line feeds from the video camera's. Obviously my assumption was wrong.
  4. '75 soundboards vs '77

    1975 is probably the last tour the Revox reel to reel deck was used. Dave Lewis (in The Concert Files) after 75 a Nakamichi deck (haha... the same brand Mike Millard was using!) Is this why 75 boards sound better? definitely . The 1975 state of the art Showco PA/mixing desk is also a key ingredient. But the Revox deck was also used on the 71 (Orlando, Hampton, Toronto, Osaka 928) and 73 boards (Mobile Ft.Worth, Dallas, Buffalo, Seattle, ...) And those tapes are certainly not an audiophile's wet dream. Bad azimuth Why do Zep's Nakamichi soundboards sounds so lame (compared to the 75 and 77 AUD recordings by Mike the Mic)? Bad noise reduction, lousy dubbing, or a mixture of different issues.
  5. Never say Never...remember those tapes already were deemed unworthy in November 71 ("as bad as a bootleg"), supposedly wiped....and then given a spin in 2003. But they are there and even Jimmy has to admit that Tokyo/Osaka 71 are landmarks in the Zep live legacy, equal to Albert Hall, L.A 72, MSG 73 and Earl's Court
  6. He DID review the Japan 71 multi's in 2003 (during the preparation of DVD and HTWWW). Even with the aid of pro tools, he couldn't solve the issues on the tapes. Otherwise we would have had a companion 3CD 'How The East Was Won'. Imagine what the selection of tracks would have been (Tokyo 23 & 24 vs Osaka 28 & 29)
  7. Dallas 3-5-75

    I love both shows. They kinda grown on me during all those years, as did everything from 1975. The first night in it's 90 minutes incarnation was the fifth silver boot I acquired in 1990 (Berlin, Zürich 1980 , BBC 71, Fillmore 4/27 came first). Now we have both nights, I still prefer the first night for everything up to Kashmir. But the the next 2/3 from 3/5 is undoubtedly superior. The superb fidelity (probably the best from 75) OTHAFA and all the plantations -not to mention the reactions from Bonzo and Jonesy - make the first night a really no nonsense gathering with friends.
  8. 9/28/71 sound board ??

    They DO exist, no question about that. Warner Pioneer Japan hired a six (???) track transistorized mobile recording unit to capture the Zeppelin shows. At the time Page and Plant vetoed a 'Live in Japan' release 'because the balance was just as bad as bootleg'. And contrary to all assumptions, the multi's were not erased soon after the band returned to England. In fact Jimmy did review the tapes back in 2003 and ultimately decided not to release a 'How the East was Won' companion release to HTWWW. New technology could help him fix some of the technical issues (just like Townshend did with 'Live at Hull') at the dawn f the 21h century , but IMHO Jimmy was not so keen to pay royalties for all those Beatles covers in the WLL medley.
  9. Best Led Zeppelin concert recording

    Every single version of the best AUD source I heard, suffers from wow and flutter. Particularly noticeable in quiet numbers like the Rain Song.
  10. 9/28/71 sound board ??

    Undoubtedly there will be more. I'd wager at least one, maybe two or three reels of 1/4" tape. Why? because they had a Revox reel-to-reel patched to the mixing desk during a lot of the 1971 shows. And recording only one track makes little sense. Does Empress Valley have acces to the complete SB recording? that remains the billion dollar question. In the recent past they announced their treasures with big fanfare months earlier. Now the Seattle buzz is stil hot, I think the next lucrative period would be X-mas or NewYear. Time will tell if it will be the elusive Long Beach 75 SB next, or Blueberry Hill part VII...or 928. I wouldn't count on a low cost first edition. They have to squeeze most out of it during the premiere. Eelgrass will take care of a cheaper alternative after a few weeks...
  11. Denmark 1969

    it's on the official DVD (disc 1, bonus). How Many More Times cuts out early however. But still the best way to get this early footage. I think BBC (or was it MTV?) aired a more complete version, in 1990. Maybe someone has it on VHS.
  12. New Bath '70 Video?

    In plain English, the Bath footage was severely underexposed; Cameramen used the wrong filmstock. ASA stands for American Standard Association -the American counterpart of the German/European DIN/ISO scale. If you look closely at a roll or canister of analog photographic/cinematographic film (Eastman KODAK or FUJIFilm, for instance) you will notice a set of numbers. One is typically preceded by ASO (or ISO) and that one indicates the sensitivity or speed of the filmstock. 25, 50, 64, 100, 125, 200 and 400 being the more common ones used. ASA 25, 50, 64 up to 200 you need plenty to normal levels of daylight or tungsten( artificial) light. ASA 400 (often cranked up to 800 or 1600) would be the type of filmspeed you need for concerts or festivals. The Albert Hall footage suffered from the same problem, inapt choice of film sensibility. That's why it was deemed useless for three decades. Only in the digital age, this underexposed footage -within reasonable margins- could be processed/enhanced so we can enjoy this material. Off the record, even today's consumer or pro digital SLR or point and shoot camera still uses this ASA (100, 200 or 400 framework) to help you in lower light situations, although camera's uses a digital sensor and no analog film. The box shown here includes 100FT/30m of negative color emulsion with a film speed of 50, daylight... something you would use on a sunny day outside, but not to capture Zep's evening show at Bath
  13. Explosive Live Tracks

    I'm pretty sure Xolo is refering to the Orlando show from August 31, 1971

    For every mood there's a suitable No Quarter. But since I grew up with the May 24 version on the 1975 Earl's Court boot lp on LZ Europe followed by TSRTS a few months later, both these versions will stay my desert isle versions. And if Jimmy gets a go from Percy and Jonesy to produce the live anthology, I will be a very, very lucky bugger. . For the time being I enjoy plenty of live No Quarters from 73, 75, 77 and 79.
  15. Me too! I've downloaded the whole SB file, listened to it and by the end of the day I ordered my copy from Japan. At 350 bucks my friends and family call me nuts, but hey ...during my teens I could only afford one LP in two months, let alone a double bootleg LP. you only live once.