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zepster1979

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  1. zepster1979

    Japan 1972

    Ask your local post office intermediately. If it was sent out from country of destination and if this can be tracked, the problem lays almost always on the side of recipient's postal service. I was experiencing similar problem last year when shipped from Japan. I couldn't find any further annotation for about 2 weeks and then the parcel has been delivered. Reason? Fuckin' customs stopped it and even did not inform postal service about that! Sometimes they also could mess it up and treated as economy...or send it back to the sender. No worries. I feel everything will be ok.
  2. zepster1979

    Tit for Tat / Empress Valley

    It's weird but I feel that EV is now doing this in two ways: there's a line of reissues, often assembled in deluxe boxes, like this new/old Tit for Tat 77 set and the series of much upgraded and/or previously released sources, just like the newest Japan 72 set. Why I think it's true? There are some serious differences in mastering/editing their titles. The first line, aka reissues is nothing but a new package with an old stuff tweaked heavily and without any significant improvement of audio. The new Japan 72 set is incredibly edited, I would say they did not use any of modern mastering and left all these tapes as they are, maybe adding some minor EQ but generally they did work a lot with other things like channel balances, bad edits, source transitions etc. Believe me or not but this is the most important thing in creating any audio. You cannot polish the turd many says and EV probably learnt that if they won't work on original audios, then they cannot master it after in the way it would sound better. A good home work was made here. I hope they will continue this way as there are still many shows that aren't released or upgraded.
  3. zepster1979

    Empress Valley Warning

    Very true. Back these days most of the kids who were playing in the bands didn't even think to get a serious contracts and earning a serious money. I remember a movie, was probably a TV serial, much focused on the US music scene of 50s and 60s, and at some point musicians from the Grateful Dead were asked by the film crew if their first album was cut due to demand of audience etc. They've said that it wasn't like that, in fact the Warner Brothers came out and push their balls to the walls and eventually lead to record and release it in 1967. They've also said it was too early for them to record and release as they have been really into an underground scene and nobody wanted to be a big star back then. They've been too naive and WB persuaded them much because they knew already that they can do a big biz from it (signing contracts with lots of underground bands due to large popularity throughout the audiences). The moral is that most of these people weren't set up to get money from it until big companies came in and propose contracts. It was the start of killing the music. The biz and music aren't in the same league, at least for some of us. Few years later the hippie/underground scene was completely dead and people such the Grateful Dead were famous and traveled by private jets etc. I am not gonna blame them though, they got a luck to be famous and still played a good music at all. But it was the end of non-commercial aka no-money-oriented music.
  4. zepster1979

    Empress Valley Warning

    Torrents killed the music. People who are downloading, mostly just even did not listen to it again. It may explain why the music industry is dead these days. Add the fact today's kids aren't really interested in music at all, and we got the fall and decline of Music Empire LOL
  5. zepster1979

    Japan 1972

    My copy arrived (I've chosen The Campaign version because of its strict association with legendary Tarantura set from 1995) two days ago and here are my impressions: October 2nd: This is probably the only show that couldn't be significantly upgraded due to its great quality. However, I do feel that all source transitions are done in a really professional way, sometimes you cannot determine if the source is changing when you're listening through out the show. To me, the most cool thing are the encore breaks, where a different audience sources are used. It gives a nice and natural perspective of being inside the Budokan waiting for the next song LOL. One note: the basic source known from numerous past titles sounds a bit warmer here so I guess EV could use a true master and did not master it digitally (what's great as I always preferred analog vs digital but this is only my personal opinion). October 3rd: A big surprise here! The basic tape used is the old Tarantura source, where you can feel the Hammer of the Gods by the great late John Henry Bonham. What's more interesting and worth attention, this tape has been treated by some fatal faked stereophonic channel separation in the past and with this new version, for the very first time we have true monaural and much cleaner copy of this great sounding tape. There are some cuts in this tape filled with couple of other sources and again, transitions are very smooth, not distracting the listener. I wish to hear a truly complete version of this show in stunning quality some day sourced from a single tape but as for now, this is the winner IMO. October 4th: As basic source, EV used longer and bit distant but very clean sounding audience tape known from some past titles and completed it another very good sounding tape. (Both have been used on Dancing Geisha by T2K etc.). The start of the show is taken from another source, adding some audience cheer and tune ups. Overall, this is the only disappointment to me but saying that I am not gonna blame EV for such mix - they did an excellent job, using longer source to avoid numerous source transitions when it is possible. October 5th: Another great version and upgrade. Two source mix, with longer and very good sounding tape as the root tape. Past titles have been EQ to me a bit too heavy and this version is free from that. Furthermore, both encores (taken from poorer sounding source) are clean and not tweaked to death as with every previous version of this show. This was one of the bigger surprises to me when I listened to this set yesterday. October 9th: WOW! If you think you have enough of this show, get this version and you'll change your mind! The basic source tape used here is famous H-Bomb source but from the start it is obvious that they've used very clean and bright sounding master tape. What's very important, numerous speed issues that plagued all previous versions of this tape are completely not presented here! The start of tape suffers from some minor channel drop outs but there are no speed issues. The Whole Lotta Love has been known for its huge damage and speed problems after Everybody Needs Somebody tease, and for the very first time we can enjoy this song without feeling the Zeppelin have started performing chipmunks LOL EV completed this source with two more tapes, adding some intro before the show and filling few cuts here and there. The only drawback is fact there's no end of WLL anywhere here but from what I have heard, none of tapes circulating have this portion. October 10th: Another upgrade. Again, as the basic source there's tape known from many past titles, and again, this new version is taken from much cleaner and brighter copy. Also, for the first time there's no short cut and repeat in middle of Dazed. Source transitions are great as everywhere else in this set. The recently released T2K 6cd set Evil Spirits in Kyoto is one of a hell mistake when compared with this one! They should have learned of how to treat recordings when compared with this new version. --- OK There are some of us, who won't believe me and some of us who are just satisfied with what they have already. I have been a bit worried at the start, remembering many disappointments from few previous EV productions but this new 12CD box is worth of every penny. If I could rate this set from 1 to 10, I'd give this 8 - 9 out from 10. Even if there are multiple previous versions for each of shows included here, this is REAL definitive version of this tour and I doubt if we'll see something that can beat up this collection soon IMO. If anyone have some further questions, just PM.
  6. zepster1979

    Japan 1972

    I am not sure, I just said it would knock out 1972 tour as well.
  7. zepster1979

    Japan 1972

    And this is what brought my attention to this new EV set. If they've released such a great box, with all unique stuff in it and upgraded it in truly definitive way and supplied it with such a great artwork sourced from original Tara box, then I will pay my hard earned money to grab a copy. Of course, the 1971 Japan tour will knock out this release intermediately (as on 1972 tour the band had started sounding weak and tired) but hell, these are among the best live shows the band ever played! After that I cannot recognize a such period, where group sounded so great anymore IMO.
  8. zepster1979

    Japan 1972

    These are the old boots, the new EV has for sure a newer and different artwork BUT it might be looked similar to them. If so, it would be a truly great set.
  9. zepster1979

    Japan 1972

    Not exactly, from what I have learnt personally. My Tokyo contact said that this time they did use many upgraded and best available sources to create most definitive and best sounding versions for each show. I do not know yet any further details but I do trust my contact and if he's saying that they are upgrades, they do really. I am dreamin' to hear a finally good sounding version for second Tokyo show as almost each title for this date is literally fucked up with heavy EQ or some serious tape issues. None of the titles I got is truly definitive and what's worse, the Lighthouse set, which is can be considered and complete, has dreadful source transitions and some of tapes used are suffering from some unnatural panning effect. I do remember the old Tara have released this show as the Campaign large set (and reissued this soon after as single set) and so far, this is the best title for this show, even if isn't completed with other tapes. Same with second Osaka show. The horrible speed issues are present on every title available. If they got an access to a tape without them, I'd buy this set without any further hesitation. Even if they are reissues, if done properly, this is still worth a lot IMO.
  10. zepster1979

    Updated Soundboard Wish List

    Munich isn't a soundboard, it is a good quality audience recording (three separate sources are in existence).
  11. zepster1979

    Listen to This Erik Japanese import posted

    True but this absolutely does not help then in building a reputation of a good quality label. Look at some Eat a Peach titles, they're reasonably cheap and greatly improved. Some of EV are also great. It's matter of what do you want to do with your stuff. Some small effort and respect for the listener can improve the quality much. For some reasons, most of these boot labels doesn't care about that and they're still popular :P. I hate them and stopped buying years ago.
  12. zepster1979

    Listen to This Erik Japanese import posted

    I told everyone that the Lighthouse label (mostly) is a bunch of assholes ready to rip you off with your own stuff. I understand when someone is releasing the stuff with proper mastering and editing but these guys even do not care about it! I am still curious why they are so popular among the collectors....
  13. zepster1979

    No Quarter 1975-05-18 // Empress vs Tarantura

    Yes, at least when compared to all other silver pressed titles including all 5 dates.
  14. zepster1979

    No Quarter 1975-05-18 // Empress vs Tarantura

    I do have both of them :). Definitely the mp3 format isn't the best way to recognize bigger differences LOL
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