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  1. Over the Hills: sung in high register?

    He actually attempted to sing it high one final time in Paris 4/1/73, probably because his voice was the strongest it had been in months. Sadly, he seems to all but give up by the end.
  2. What show or live song are you listening to now?

    Ever listened to 4/28/77 Cleveland, aka "The Destroyer"? Damn good show, I'd go so far as to say the best of the first leg of the tour. And I LOVE the sound of the recording. It's boomy, but it really makes the band sound absolutely MASSIVE with a great atmosphere. And it's so much better than the more well-known "Destroyer" gig. Killer NFBM, SIBLY, and, yes, a great Kashmir. One of my personal favorites:
  3. Underrated/overrated shows

    Definitely agree about 6/22/77. Honestly, I think if a better aud recording or soundboard were to surface, it would pretty much blow away Eddie and Badgeholders. It combines the tightness of 6/21 with the looseness and fun of 6/23. The only flaws are a couple of broken strings by Page, which are nothing in the grand scheme of things. IMHO, that show has definitive renditions of IMTOD, OTHAFA, and ALS (yes, even with the broken string. Never heard a more brutal version). I'd also throw in 6/26/77 as another underrated show. Other underrated shows for me are: 4/17/70 - EPIC How Many More Times. Amazing performance unfortunately overlooked due to the recording just being okay. 8/21/71 - I'm listening to this right now and...HOLY SHIT!!! Unreal vocals from Robert, phenomenal drum sound on the recording, maybe the best versions of Rock and Roll and Thank You ever, and an incredible Whole Lotta Love. Quite possibly the best show of the 1971 US tour. 4/2/73 - Seems to be a bit overlooked compared to some other Euro 73 shows. Robert's voice is probably in the best shape of the whole tour, and TSRTS is unbelievable. 7/23/73 - If this had better sound, I think it would be recognized as the best show of the tour. Page's playing is out of this world, and Plant's voice never sounded better for '73. 1/22/75 - A pretty strong performance considering the circumstances. Plus rarities like The Wanton Song and How Many More Times. Pretty good recording too. 5/18/75 - IMHO, the best Earls Court show. Incredible NQ, fantastic OTHAFA, and the entire band is tight and on it. Never drags at any point. 5/18/77 - An excellent '77 show that never seems to get talked about much. Despite the recording being less than stellar, the band is playing very well. Considering how this was the first show of the 2nd leg, it's quite remarkable. 7/17/77 - Not quite the disaster that some make it out to be. I think it's a show best appreciated with the audience recording. Bonham is killing it and Page has flashes of brilliance (ex. Stairway solo). Overrated: 9/14/71 - I hate to put this show here, as I quite enjoy it and it has amazing moments (ex. Heartbreaker, SIBLY, the acoustic set), but I don't think it's the best show of the tour. I'd put Orlando and the LA shows above it any day. I've also never gotten into WLL from this show. It's good, but nothing special, at least to me. 5/31/73 - I may need to give this show another listen, but I wasn't blown away by it the first time I heard it unlike others. For me, it's a good solid show, but there's nothing here that wasn't done better at other shows of the tour. I also found the constant switch between the soundboard and audience recordings rather distracting. 5/24/75 - Never understood the praise this show gets. It's got flashes of brilliance (Stairway, TUF, WLL, Dazed), but I think it's easily the worst of all the Earls Court shows. I remember the first time I saw Rock and Roll from this show and was profoundly disappointed. The first third of this show is very sluggish, with Bonham in particular seeming off. Don't know if he overindulged, was nervous, or was having problems with his monitors, but something is definitely not right. Also think NQ is quite overrated. For me, it's just solid, without any amazing moments.
  4. Page's best live solo

    YES! Easily one of the top 5 solos that Page has ever done, live or in the studio, at least IMHO. He absolutely kills it. A masterpiece of guitar playing:
  5. Best 71' & 72 Japanese Tours bootlegs

    IMHO, hell no. The EV version is very distorted/overloaded on the bass to the point where it's quite distracting. TDOLZ is noticeably less so and quite listenable. Still, I prefer the source on disc 1 of the TDOLZ version. Shame it's incomplete. My ideal version of 9/23 would be using Rock Carnival up to Stairway, using EV's "First Attack of the Rising of the Sun" for Celebration Day and everything after the acoustic set, and using TDOLZ's "Reflection From a Dream" for the acoustic songs (since the EV source has pitch problems during those). My issue with the Rock Carnival source is that after Stairway, some extensive noise reduction/EQ has been applied. Bonham's cymbals sound a bit compressed and there isn't as much atmosphere/ambience as the first third of the source. I didn't realize how extensive the difference was until @porgie66 gave me a comparison: The first video seems to have more warmth and depth compared to the 2nd. I don't know if the last 2/3rds of this source were from a higher gen or what, but there's clearly a noticeable difference. As for the 27th, 28th, and 29th, EV's "Love and Peace", Lighthouse's "Osaka 1971 1st Night", and Wendy's "Live in Japan 1971 929" are the ones to get respectively, as least IMHO.
  6. What show or live song are you listening to now?

    What is the title of your version? You may be able to find it on Argenteum Astrum. He has lists of sources and which versions use which ones. Pretty thorough stuff. Link: http://www.argenteumastrum.com/
  7. I'll quote what Your Overlord said on Royal Orleans. For the record, I'm not saying you're wrong, just that at this point, no one knows:
  8. Well, I'm an idiot apparently. I didn't even bother to check Argenteum Astrum before I posted this. Shows you what I know lol. Guess this thread has been rendered pointless now.
  9. Huh, I never knew that. The version on Black Beauty only has the other two. I guess that would explain why the extra disc has a blending of "soundboard" and "audience" for Moby Dick.
  10. Earlier today on Black Beauty, a new release of the 6/27/72 show popped up. Done by Graf Zeppelin and titled "Definitive Beach Party", ordinarily I'd just see this as another release and nothing more. However, one particular thing caught my eye on the back cover: It seems to indicate that Moby Dick is sourced from a soundboard recording, which is strange because I thought the only songs that were leaked from this show that weren't AUD sources were the unedited multi-tracks of What Is and What Should Never Be and Dancing Days, both of which appeared on Scorpio's "Studio Daze". I'm, of course, discounting the tracks on HTWWW. That's why I'm puzzled here. Unfortunately, the Black Beauty sample doesn't include Moby Dick, but for anyone who has more information, what's the story here? Is Moby Dick just the LA version from HTWWW? Is it from a soundboard of 6/27? Is it another multi-track leak? Is it just bullshit labeling?
  11. What show or live song are you listening to now?

    You've never heard 9/23/71? Oh man, you're in for one hell of a treat! As Boogie Chillen 82 alluded to above, the band's energy is off the charts. Apart from the broken string in Immigrant Song, the first half of the show (up to and including the acoustic set) is prime Led Zeppelin. It has my favorite version of SIBLY and a Whole Lotta Love for the ages (36 minutes!). As for the sound, it's pretty exceptional. Arguably the best source is used on Watch Tower's "Rock Carnival". It's incredibly clear and atmospheric. Only issue is that after Stairway, the tape has been EQ'd and noise reduced extensively and sounds a bit squashed. Fortunately, there's a 2nd source that's almost as good, used on EVSD's "First Attack of the Rising of the Sun". Only issue with this source is some pitch problems during the acoustic set. If you want the best version of this show possible, I'd recommend using "Rock Carnival" for the beginning up to and including Stairway, "First Attack of the Rising of the Sun" for Celebration Day and What Is and What Should Never Be onwards, and TDOLZ's "Reflection From a Dream" for the acoustic set. More info can be found here: http://www.royal-orleans.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=27872 Alternatively, a simpler thing to do is to listen to the first playlist below from Immigrant Song to Stairway, then switch to the second playlist for the remainder of the show. Hope this isn't too confusing!
  12. Steve, you yourself just admitted that he's done it before. The Paris '69 show could very well be a sign that he's softened his stance on what could pass for official release in terms of sound. I even admitted above that it was an extremely slim chance. But I think if Page were going to release anything from 77, it'd be those LA or NY soundboards. No way in hell he would release Seattle 77 unless he was going to frankenstein the hell out of it. He'd almost certainly do the same for any other release anyway. The point is, nobody know what these new releases over the next decade will be (assuming it will indeed last that long). If the whole copyright law thing extends to soundboards (as has been debated at the hotel), then Page could conceivably do this. Besides, if he's going to waste the remainder of his life, it might as well be putting out new releases instead of just saying "I'll be performing later this year" for the zillionth time.
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