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Adam Ryan watson

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  1. Adam Ryan watson

    The raw power of the 1973 kezar stadium show.

    I mostly agree with you're assessment . Kezar is a great show but I have always found page quite sticky at this show and I have never found that plant sang near as well as many claim. But I do find the second half of the show is top shelf especially heartbreaker plant sounds really strong on that one. I also could never really see the big attraction with bonzos birthday either. Again it's a great show bit I don't find it legendary . Plant does not sound so hot and jimmy injured finger is hampering his playing . His solos are less expressive and adventurous . I have always preferred the southern u.s shows from May 73 like mobile Houston and fort worth but I will say I think the june 3rd forum show is amazing and deserves it's reputation and plants voice and pages playing are far better then they were at kezar and bonzos birthday .
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    Munich 1980

    This show has a killer rock and roll in which plant hits some crazy high notes . Easily his best performance of that song post June 72. He sounds amazing on stairway too hitting all the high notes in the heavy section in a way he had not since 72. Page is killer at this show as well. I wonder what became of the board tape for this show. I like this show mich than frankfurt and Zurich.
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    Pontiac Silverdome Footage

    The sound on the footage would have just been from a patch to the sound board . So the soundtrack would have been the same mix being sent to the p a. So the film would have foh audio. The acoustics of the siverdome and the size of the place would have made it hard to get an foh mix that sounded good in the venue. So a recording of that mix may have sounded really odd and poorly balanced the recording could have ended up really overloaded sounding.
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    Trentham Gardens '73 was Multi Tracked

    No extra overhead mics on the drums. No extra bass drum Mic and no extra mics on page and Jones speaker cabinets means that a multitrack is very unlikely. It could be done without extra mics. Why would they not use extra mics in stoke but use them in Southampton . An extra set of studio grade recording mics was standard practice for zeppelin when pro recording concerts. It was a superior method given the equipment of the time. Page being a led wallet he would not want to take any chances that the recording would get messed and the money be lost . So recording without the extra mics was probably not acceptable by pages standards.
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    Trentham Gardens '73 was Multi Tracked

    I also think montruex 70 is more than a mere soundboard . I hear stereo separation on there that I have not heard on other zep board tapes. I could have been mixed in the same manner as the dead betty boards separate feeds mixed down to a proper balanced with true stereo separation. It's sounds far better then boards like Orlando hampton and Toronto .
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    Dublin 1971

    What I would not give for soundboards from the back to the club's tour. Bbc and the audience tapes for Belfast and dublin are all we have as great as the BBC show is it's no where near as intense and powerful as the 2 Irish shows. A zeppelin live at the marquee would be unreal. Plants voice in Belfast and dublin is unbelievable. This tour would be the last one where plant would still have 100 percent full use of his upper range. By late August it would start to slip. What's really impressive about the Irish shows is that they had not played live in 5 and half months and they picked up right where they left off 8n September 1970.
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    Favorite/Best version of Since I've Been Loving You

    I really like Milan 1971. It's another one of plants best vocals for that song. I love how the tape distorts when plants let's that amazing scream rip after the solo . September 24 71 in Tokyo is another great one. Belfast in March 71 is another blistering version and a tip shelf plant vocal. Manchester 71 is excellent as well with plant owning it vocally. Melbourne and Brisbane on the 72 Aussie tour are 2 great overlooked versions . Auckland new Zealand is one of my all time favorites as well . Vocally all three of those are extremely powerfull and are among the best plant delivered on stage for that song. They are much more powerful than many of the 1971 versions and the Aussie tour is the last time plant was able to sing that song with that much range power and intensity. Pages playing and tone has a sound and vibe thst reminds me alot of the more raw versions from August and September of 1970. Alot of poeple mention the june 19 72 version which is amazing but i think the june 18th version is just as great and is my favorite from the 72 u s tour. It's another one that puts me in mind of the latter 1970 versions.
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    Favorite/Best version of Since I've Been Loving You

    I love that version. It's easily one of the best versions they did post 75. All 4 1979 versions are killer. Vocally I have always felt the 2nd knebworth version was one of plants best for that song lost 72. The Copenhagen versions were very unique and never really played that way again pages guitar playing on those versions was so much cleaner the. Any of the other post 73 versions. Easily pages best sounding guitar tone post 73.
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    Favorite/Best version of Since I've Been Loving You

    This is probably the closest plant came to matching his vocals on the studio version on terms of power and intensity . Vocally the studio version has never been topped. Milwaukee is insanely powerful vocally and the band plays great. I have always preferred the guktar tone on the 1970 versions to any other year. It's so much more full and cleaner then any other year. It had a much more traditional blues tone to it in 1970 . There is a warmth and richness to the tone in 1970 which gave the song a darker sound and vibe. I really love Vancouver and Memphis for the pre album versions. To me the pre album versions are a completely different song. The mood is darker and more somber. I find them to have a soul influence that is not as evident on the post album versions not better or worse just different. I do prefer plants vocals on the pre album versions though. It's deeper and richer. More bluesy and soulful. 1970 from start to finish is such an amazing year for plants voice. He sounds amazing almost every show
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    Nitpicking Page 1973

    It baffles me why so many people cite Southampton as their favorite 1973 show or as one of the best 1973 shows. Page is sticky and sloppy . Plants voice is a mess and the band sound tired and uninspired. Shows like stoke and Oxford are killer . Even though the sound quality is bad I think Dundee and Aberdeen slay Southampton performance wise.. the band are on fire in Scotland and both page and plant are on much better form than Southampton.
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    Japan 1972

    I always felt they sounded a bit under rehearsed in that tour and the new numbers from houses sounded a bit stiff. I actually prefer the December 72 shows from an instrumental stand point and especially the 73 Europe and u.s tours.
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    Best Audience Recordings of 1970

    He seemed to be going for a different approach in his playing in 73 and the sound of that kit seemed to suit the way he was playing and I agree that the band had a very cohesive sound in 73 that that fit together very well. Everyone's respective sound that year really complimented each other. Their sound was really unique in 73. May 73 is one of my favorite periods and I loved plants raspy vocals. Raspy but not dry like it was in 75. Baltimore and providence have amazing and powerful vocals. Plants voice came a long way on the U.S. tour from what it was in the u.k and Europe.
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    Are there more partial 73 board tapes out there being hoarded?

    June 3rd would be the one I would like the most and in sure many others feel that way as well. There is a partial board tape for each of the 5 shows leading up to it even though some are only 25 minutes. With the final one third of shows like Houston Denver and kezar you would think the first two thirds would be out there somewhere. I would love the first two thirds of Houston and the final portion of Fort worth as well as they are two of my favorite 73 shows and of course the rest of kezar and bonzos birthday. I would kill for July shows like providence and Baltimore as well but I have a soft spot for the may 73 shows especially the southern u.s leg . Big fan of the Texas run even Dallas. It starts out rough but the middle portion is awesome especially sibly no quarter and dazed so I would love to hear the heartbreaker whole lotta love portion.
  14. Could be just wishful thinking but I believe there has to be at least a couple of partial 73 boards being hoarded like maybe June 3 in l.a
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    Best Audience Recordings of 1970

    Yeah I always preferred Bonham on the green sparkle kit to any other. The creme color kit was very nice sounding as well. I really love the stainless kit from 77 as well it gave him that huge sound that was very similar to his 70 to 72 sound . I have never been a bit fan of the transparent mid 70s kit he just did not sound as powerful on that kit. It sounded pretty nice on the 73 tour. But I really don't like how it sounded on the 75 tour. It just didn't reverberate as much and sounded dry and just too tight.