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AchillesLastBand

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  1. AchillesLastBand

    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
  5. AchillesLastBand

    What happened to Plant's voice in 1972 ?

    Wow, thanks ZepHead315! Presently downloading. 🙂 ALB
  6. 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
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    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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    BEST SOLOING ON OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

    Yeah I hate to just keep agreeing with people who are right but 6/22/77 really does blow away anything else I’ve heard (which is far from everything). But due to the relatively poor audio fidelity of even the best-sounding bootlegs of that show, unless you’re able and willing to focus in on the notes Jimmy’s playing, you’d never realize it. ALB
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    What's your favorite live Trampled Underfoot?

    Haha nice. Thanks! ALB
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    Best Stairway

    +1. That's also the best Stairway solo I've ever heard. It's brilliantly musical, and pretty much flawless. So for me it's a tie btw. TSRTS and BBC Sessions. The latter is the best rendition in terms of audio fidelity where Plant nails the album vocal lines. Page's solo here is also great, as is Bonzo throughout. ALB
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    What's your favorite live Trampled Underfoot?

    As much as love the Destroyer rendition, I have to go with the O2. AFAIK, John Bonham NEVER played the album kick-drum groove live. His son nails it, and is otherwise fantastic here. Nice, fitting Page solo, and Plant sings ALL the lyrics, and great. ALB
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    Led Zeppelin's best live performance

    Listening to 3/5/71 Belfast. Great so far- actually I can hear all the instruments better than Copenhagen. I haven't checked out Montreux yet, but as you said, at the Forum you can hear Plant straining and it just doesn't sound as good to me. Copenhagen and Belfast (so far) have been a revelation :-) . ALB
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    Led Zeppelin's best live performance

    Thanks for the tip ZepHead315! I will check all those out. And yeah thanks haha, just a whimsical username I thought up on the spot. ALB
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    Led Zeppelin's best live performance

    CliffIO, Yes- 5/3/71 in Copenhagen. I'm new to the forum but fairly well-versed in live Zep, official and bootleg. I just discovered this show today, and I've never heard Plant sing this well!! Not only does he tear up the "IV" material (and all the older material), hitting all the album high notes, he actually sings HIGHER vocal lines in parts of some songs (e.g., "Rock And Roll" ). Are there any other recordings of shows including "IV" material where he sings so well? ALB
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