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AchillesLastBand

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  1. AchillesLastBand

    Question re Destroyer, 27th April 1977

    Does yours sound like this? I've been looking for this one and CANNOT FIND IT. Any idea what might help me find it? Thanks, ALB
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    Stairway 75-77 Vocals

    That's not the original melody. On the album the "Lady" is the highest note in the song (along with the "One is all" part). He doesn't try for either here. I haven't heard Pittsburgh '73 yet but am doubtful about it. ALB
  3. AchillesLastBand

    Stairway 75-77 Vocals

    That’s not to say there’s not a lot of great Stairways during these years, of course, and some strong vocal performances. Certainly there are some great ones in the ‘77 Forum run. About half of my listening over the past 6 months has been Zeppelin boots. 🙂 ALB
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    Stairway 75-77 Vocals

    Just to be clear, Robert never hit the original notes in the coda after 72. And even in 72 it was only at a handful of shows, at most. ALB
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    What show or live song are you listening to now?

    Upon further listening, you're right to say 3-4 songs; I overstated the length of the "slow" start to this show. By "Over the Hills" they have definitely already caught fire. That's an outstanding rendition there! ALB
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    What show or live song are you listening to now?

    To my ears, the show really starts cooking with Misty Mountain Hop (Robert is getting warmed up). Jones is great on No Quarter, and The Song Remains The Same may be even better than the one on the album of the same name. Haven't listened before, on Rain Song now. Overall, Bonzo sounds more enlivened than on the album. This is a "matrix" show (blending of soundboard and audience recording together simultaneously), so it really does have a nice warmth as well as clarity. Especially after the first few songs, when their sound guy finds the right mix. Kudos to whoever made this. A great alternative listen for TSRTS-era live Zeppelin. ALB
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    Over the Hills: sung in high register?

    You’re welcome! Well-earned.😀
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    Over the Hills: sung in high register?

    At Osaka 9/23/71 he sings the album vocal melody great during the majority of the song. I’d guess this is also true for some of the other Sept. 71 Japan shows, but I haven’t heard them yet. But he doesn’t go for pretty much ALL the album high notes as he did at Belfast and Copenhagen. That Osaka show is just killer, and ZepHead315 constructed the definitive version of that show, combining the best audience sources, available here: http://forums.ledzeppelin.com/topic/25503-my-personal-source-mixcompilation-of-tokyo-92371/ ALB
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    What happened to Plant's voice in 1972 ?

    No "lady" at Sydney 02-27-72 sadly. He doesn't go for it. But listening to this show for the first time and really enjoying it! ALB
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    My personal source mix/compilation of Tokyo 9/23/71

    ZepHead315, Upon further, further listening, I think you were correct about all the choices you made; source 7 is overall superior to source 5 for the songs you choose. It's less distant and more balanced. The distortion turned me off to it initially, but once I got used to it I realized you were right. So thank you so much for your work on this! It sounds great. Happy listening, ALB
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    My personal source mix/compilation of Tokyo 9/23/71

    Upon further listening, I like your choice to use source 3 for the acoustic set, as there is noticeable tape warbling in source 5. - ALB
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    My personal source mix/compilation of Tokyo 9/23/71

    ZepHead315, First, man, I love this show! What other '71 show has Bonham and Page so ON FIRE (plus a very-strong Percy)? Perhaps May 3rd in Copenhagen, but this is a better-recorded show. Maybe the best "Whole Lotta Love" ever. 39 minutes?! How many other songs does this rendition include? I lost count. 🙂 My take: Source 7 is better-balanced in terms of EQ than Source 5, but also has significantly more distortion. Source 5 has the vocals and guitar a bit buried, and the very high end (cymbals) a little too high. So what I did today was create a custom EQ in iTunes for source 5 - basically a mid boost and a trailing off of the very high end. This brings out Page and Plant nicely. It does result in somewhat of a "bright" mix, which could be grating, but I don't see any other way to do it. And this show is best listened to cranked anyway. On the mini acoustic set, I didn't notice much of a difference between source 5 and source 3. Therefore, I can just listen to First Attack of the Rising of the Sun as released. And I found that the mini acoustic set sounds better without my custom EQ, and "Moby Dick" sounds good with a Rock EQ. Use any EQ you want on "Goro Itoi Introduction". 😜 Going to listen to this show again RIGHT NOW! ALB
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    What happened to Plant's voice in 1972 ?

    Wow, thanks ZepHead315! Presently downloading. 🙂 ALB
  14. AchillesLastBand

    What happened to Plant's voice in 1972 ?

    To answer my own question, he nails the "lady" (heh) on 9-23-71 at Budokan Hall. Listening to the show now, the EVSD release. Pretty good audience recording and outstanding show. Someone on the forum posted complimenting the "Flying Rock Carnival 1971 Complete" release. May check that out. Don't know if the sources differ. ALB
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    What happened to Plant's voice in 1972 ?

    Just a Q: Did he ever sing the original vocal melody on the Stairway coda after Copenhagen 5/3/71? My recollection is that by LA he had stopped going for the “Lady” high note, etc. I don’t recall about any June/July ‘71 shows. But I think if he could have kept singing that original vocal melody, he would have. ALB
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    What happened to Plant's voice in 1972 ?

    I mostly agree, but think you’re overstating it a bit. No doubt his voice was permanently damaged by Fall of ‘71, if not Summer. But there were ups and downs before then. It wasn’t all downhill. For example, I recently watched LZ DVD again and was surprised how BAD Robert’s voice was at the Royal Albert Hall concert on JANUARY 9, 1970. His voice at Copenhagen on May 3, 1971 is vastly superior. ALB
  17. AchillesLastBand

    Famous Shows On New Vinyl

    Yeah. It appears that this release is not yet on discogs.com. Not that it should detract from anyone’s enjoyment of this release, as it may sound great, but generally speaking, being from digital source essentially negates the appeal of having a vinyl record, for me anyway. It may be nice to hear if you’ve got your ‘table set up through a nice stereo. But it’s not analog. I’ve been burned a couple of time with vinyl purchases that I didn’t know were digital. ALB
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    New Soundboard Source for Osaka '71??

    Ah, just the info I was looking for in this thread - "runs fast." I'm listening to this now and I was gonna ask if anyone else thought it sounded transposed a bit. Sounds pretty good so far tho, fidelity-wise. ALB
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    BEST SOLOING ON OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

    Plant's not as bad here as I thought; maybe it's because I'd been listening a lot to Copenhagen 5/3/71 (the best I've ever heard him sing) and LTTE and the following night at the Forum, 6/22/71, where I think his voice sounds better than here. You're right about technique; Page was never as sharp after '73. I particularly love the fast descending runs at the end of the solo and the Bb to open A chord near the end of it. Something unique from him. ALB
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    BEST SOLOING ON OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

    The one I downloaded was labeled "dadgad remaster." And it did sound much better than the first source I heard, brighter as you describe. ALB
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    BEST SOLOING ON OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

    Yup. Just listened on cans to my Box Top Records vinyl of “Listen to This, Eddie” (which on 2LPs contains about 2/7ths of the show) and have never appreciated Jimmy’s 6/21 solo so much. With Bonham’s out-of-his-mind 6/21 drumming as comping, this one should be up there too. Incidentally, nice latter-day singing by Plant here too. ALB
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    BEST SOLOING ON OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

    Man tho, Percy's voice is shite on Mobile 5/13/73. It's sad. We should be thankful that he sounded much better in July at MSG, or we might not even have TSRTS. ALB
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    Favorite/Best version of Since I've Been Loving You

    As has been mentioned in this thread, and from recollection, the BBC Sessions rendition (April 1, 1971 at Paris Theatre) is pretty stellar. Plant’s voice essentially at its peak here. And Jimmy played really CLEANLY and brilliantly at this show. Good sound quality. Tough to beat. ALB
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    BEST SOLOING ON OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

    Thanks for making me aware of Mobile 73. You’re right. A very lyrical and just shred solo. And that’s a soundboard show too huh. Will have to get that one. Did notice it sounds a little bass-heavy but perhaps there are other versions of the boot that are a little better in this respect. I do wish that Jimmy could have been bothered to keep his ax just a LITTLE more in tune on some nights. It’s especially noticeable during the closing arpeggio of the song here. I mean, it’s just wildly out of tune, not even close. ALB
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    BEST SOLOING ON OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

    Good point- there is a sort of echo on the solo that may only help its case. I will check out 3/27/75 as that seems to have a lot of credible support too. ALB
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