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  1. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    I’ve been listening to lots of Zep boots from every year of their career for about 20 years now and have come to the conclusion that post ’72, you have to take the good with the bad to appreciate each year. ’75 was just not a great tour. Even the shows like 2/12/75 and 3/21/75 have some cringeworthy moments but also moments of absolute brilliance. The guitar and drum breaks in the middle of ‘Dazed’ when you can hear Bonzo off mic yelling, “Again! Again! Again!’ and they’re just killing those hits. Stuff like that makes up for some of the gaffes for me.
  2. New Mystery Soundboard?

    I think he's got a phase shifter or a flanger on with the speed turned up. It's the same effect he uses on the chorus of 'Sick Again' (when the "You know I'm the one you want" part comes in). It does sound really cool here.
  3. After 3/21/75. . Whats next??

    This is the second reference I've see to EV requesting this not be shared. Did they seriously ask that no one torrent the 3/21/75 show?
  4. After 3/21/75. . Whats next??

    I think a compilation DVD might be in order. Throw in Bonzo's assault on the flight attendant and Jimmy getting his hand caught in the train door. They could market it as the 'Zeppelin Tour Blooper Reel.'
  5. After 3/21/75. . Whats next??

    Hidden camera footage of the Oakland '77 trailer brawl!
  6. New Mystery Soundboard?

    That makes sense. They really are very muffled and thin. The one exception is the SBD fragment from Kezar Stadium which I think sounds much better than any of the others I've heard from '73. I think some of the '77 SBD sound fine even if they're not as good as the '75 boards. It's just JPJ's bass is so thin! It's interesting to me that the first '75 board to come out (AFAIK) was the 3/4 show which I actually heard on our local classic rock station back in 1990 or 1991 and subsequently got a tape of it. There was a pretty big gap between that show and the leak of the 2/12 SBD over 10 years later!
  7. New Mystery Soundboard?

    I'd love to know the details behind how these tapes were made, who got them and how and what specifically goes on between the owners and the 'labels' for a release like this. The '75 boards all sound so much better than those from the tours immediately before and after. I'm curious about what equipment and tapes were used. The '75 shows sound as if they were recorded on reel to reel tape while the '73 boards sound as if they were recorded on cheap cassettes. I'm assuming they're all 2 track mixes but the '75 shows do have some extra ambience to them and sound as if there may be a crowd mic lightly mixed in. Not sure. I was reading Stephen Davis' 'Led Zeppelin '75' book last night on my kindle to see which shows he though were the best as he covered the entire tour and attended every show. He loved the MSG 2/12 and St. Louis 2/16 shows, didn't like the Nassau or Dallas shows, thought the Seattle Vancouver shows were the best of the tour and gave mixed reviews on the LA Forum shows. Everything else was kind of so-so.
  8. New Mystery Soundboard?

    That's too funny. I'm not a big fan of the mods at DIME but I hope they told the 'manufacturer' to go f*%k themselves.
  9. New Mystery Soundboard?

    Thanks to all who shared. This really is a great group of folks who seem to genuinely love the music and offier thoughtful discussion. I've listened to the first half and it does sound very good. Not quite official release quality but very warm and well mixed. The stars of the show are Robert and JPJ, who is playing his ass off tonight. I can't say enough about how great the bass sounds on this. Bonzo is up to his usual high standards. I don't think I've ever heard any sub par playing from him. Jimmy takes a few songs to hit his stride. By OTHAFA, he's playing some nice runs. I think there may be other shows from '75 where his playing is better but he's still very good here. Best show of '75? Vocally, absolutely. And maybe the best I've ever heard from John Paul Jones. This was definitely worth the wait!
  10. New Mystery Soundboard?

    7/26 update from the Led Zeppelin News Twitter page: "The upcoming March 21, 1975 Seattle bootleg "Deus Ex Machina" has not yet arrived in Japanese record shops." Anyone want to guess over/under on whether this comes out before New Years' Eve 2017?
  11. H, everyone. I'm very appreciative of all the helpful info I've received from this forum and was hoping for some feedback on this particular show. Is there a consensus as to which version of the 5/13/73 show has the best sound? I've seen a Bertha remaster and a Dadgad remaster and it seems both have good reviews. Was curious as to what the experts here had to say. Thanks!
  12. New Mystery Soundboard?

    Lol! This still isn't out? Well, I did throw on 'Led Zeppelin's Flying Circus' this morning to get my '75 fix. Robert's voice is strained by the band is cooking!
  13. New Mystery Soundboard?

    So, did this end up getting pushed back? I don't typically pay this close attention to new SBD releases but I've been waiting for years for this one (as I'm sure many have). Do these typically get announced for a certain date and then come out late?
  14. What is the best bootleg?

    I generally prefer to hear the details of the instruments which tend to get lost in audience recordings, even ones as fantastic as Mike Millard's. I have a few and agree that they're exceptional tapes but the details in the drumming and bass don't come across quite as clearly to my ears. They sound thin with not much sonic depth. Just my preference.
  15. What is the best bootleg?

    I'll answer based on boots with a solid combination of excellent sound & performance. Great shows with lousy sound (and vice versa) don't do much for me. The ones that stick out for me are as follows: Vancouver - 3/21/70 'Pure Blues' (Liquid Led Version) - A short but excellent show capturing the raw energy of the group's early years. Vancouver - 3/20/75 'Snowblind' - The best of the '75 shows in terms of Robert's voice and the band's performance. They really lock in and turn in a focused show with inspired playing. I prefer this one to the night before but both shows are very good. Ft. Worth - 5/22/77 'Texas Hurricane' - Hands down, the best '77 boot in terms of sound and performance of the SBDs available from this year. This was a real revelation for me when it came out as I thought most of the '77 gigs featured a very sloppy page with the rest of the band sounding pretty good. This has excellent playing from Jimmy with Bonzo absolutely on fire! The 'Nutrocker' section of the No Quarter is quite an entertaining listen. Not to be missed. Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany - 6/30/80 '1St Gen Analog Soundboard To Dat Clone' - An standout in the often bashed 1980 tour. This show features some excellent playing and it sounds like the band is really enjoying themselves.