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Boogie Chillen 82

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  1. Boogie Chillen 82

    Nitpicking Page (The quest for the best performance of 1975)

    +1 I get it why some people love '77 - the set list. That was a great and more diverse set list, and WS to Kashmir is pure genius. But the noise solo without the funky rhythm just doesn't work for me, and I for one don't like TSRTS as the opener (and I really don't like what they did with NQ with Nutcracker and the blues jam) I'm with you on the jams in '75, that's why I like that tour the best. They just leave these huge holes in every show and just go off creating. That's why '75 is also so easy to nitpick - some of the stuff in the jams is awful, and some of it is great, and all of it is genius, it's like Picasso lol. The "jam" songs: NQ, DAC, and the funk jam. Plus Jimmy approached every one of his solos from the Picasso angle too. Sadly he was often too tired (or wasted) by the final third of the show and so some Stairways and Black Dogs don't sound so great. OTHAFA and TUF are usually phenomenal though. Anyway, the result is a different show every night, more so than '73 or '77, which is why '75 is my favorite of the "late" tours (I can't listen to '80)
  2. Boogie Chillen 82

    Best No Quarter from '75 US Tour

    Current top 10 (this is always subject to change) for my favorite year of NQ: 1. 3-20 Vancouver ...I love the stuff from JPJ during the concerto, love the main jam, love the wah effects from Jimmy, love how at the end of the main jam Jimmy eases off and then all three of them pack a huge punch to finish, love JPJ's extended piano solo after the main jam, love the extra "dogs" thrown in, love Jimmy's outro solo and how he cleanly segues from it to the main theme... so much to love here 2. 3-21 Seattle (this used to be my No 1) ...I love the stuff from JPJ before Bonzo joins in, love the main jam's conclusion with JPJ going off the rails and (intentionally, I believe) doing his own thing for a while before rejoining the band. JPJ owns this version!! This one could easily be tied for the first place 3. 3-12 Long Beach ...extra stuff from JPJ on the FR in the beginning, bizarre gentle start of the main jam by Bonzo, Jimmy goes ballistic during the solo, the whole thing simply explodes at one point, great finish to the main jam. "Give it to me" is great. Outro solo is great. The closing reprise of the main theme is heavy and great. Can we just call it a 3-way tie for the first place? 4. 3-27 LA ...long long long long guitar solo, Jimmy's epic last stand for the '75 NA tour. An outrageously extended solo with several crescendos, some of them really cool ideas. You can tell JPJ is tired by the end of the main jam: there is no transition to the NQ theme, instead he just stops what he was doing and starts playing the main theme. Not the best from this tour but it's the best effort by Jimmy. Love Plant's barks after the final chorus, both he and Page are clearly giving their all on this version 5. 2-13 Nassau ...the TIMING changes! Never gets old, and this is an old school version with only FR (no piano). My favorite '75 FR NQ 6. 2-28 Baton Rouge ...honestly, this could be Jimmy's finest solo from this whole list (but I'm not a guitar player so don't take my word for it), then again there's 3-12 so probably not. I also love that JPJ is playing the piano like it's FR (not quite yet in his March concerto mode). The transition by JPJ from the main jam back to the NQ theme is surreal, he nails it with such authority. I also love how when the final chords fade out there is a lingering wah effect from the guitar and another little FR lick from JPJ 7. 2-14 Nassau ...another timing adventure and another fantastic old school FR version. The main jam is slow at first but really heats up and delivers in the second half 8. 2-8 Philly ...great stuff from Jimmy, another good old school FR NQ 9. 2-12 MSG ...another old school version with some groovy stuff from JPJ and a main jam finish that's every bit as fantastic as 3-21 with JPJ (intentionally, I think) leaving the band for a while. Surreal and awesome 10. 3-25 LA ...another epic solo by Jimmy, though not quite as epic as 3-27 I don't know, this is just scribble by a non-musician so take it for what it is lol. I could easily see other versions cracking the bottom of my top 10, I'd say the top 7 is pretty set though
  3. Boogie Chillen 82

    Nitpicking Page (The quest for the best performance of 1975)

    +++++++ 1 Dude, I go away for a couple weeks and you've got three more nitpick reviews in already!! I love it. You're killing it! 2-12 to me was always kind of an overrated show. 2-13 and 2-14 are significantly more fun to listen to. 2-13-75 is one of my favorite shows that year, I absolutely love Jimmy's playing on it. THOUGH, I am not a guitar player, so... yeah. But, as an example, I really enjoy his bedroom jamming on TUF (and that doesn't sound wrong at all) 2-14 to my ears is better than 2-12 but not as good as 2-13. For example, I really like Jimmy's aforementioned jam in 2-13 TUF but 2-14 TUF does significantly less for me. Not being a guitar player I can't explain it though, haha. I wonder how you'd compare the two as a professional. Anyway, in 1975 I would LOVE for you to review 3-12 and 3-27. Everything else is a bonus... I'll read them all though. Need some '73 nitpick sessions too (Europe and USA please)... and 6-21-77... and 6-23-77...
  4. Boogie Chillen 82

    What show or live song are you listening to now?

    Decided that I won't be able to get through all of March '75 without burning out (and I don't want to, lol). So, that plan goes on hold. On my return trip this Sunday I played Seattle 3-21-75. Simply the crown jewel of the 1975 tour. This was my first time playing the soundboard and I was a little afraid that it would take away the mystique of the audience tape. Nah. It's just such an inspired show, nothing could ruin it including the occasional mistakes by Jimmy. Simply fantastic throughout and deservedly a legend. Among the highlights surely are the best NQ, the best SIBLY, the best D&C, and the best WLL/Crunge/theremin jam of the tour. The rest is great as well, and it all sounds fantastic. Jimmy may have individually had better nights on that tour (2-13-75, 3-12-75, 3-27-75) but this is easily up there. Now I almost have to take a break from 1975 because nothing else currently available in good sq comes close!
  5. Boogie Chillen 82

    What show or live song are you listening to now?

    Was going to play Dallas 3-4 and 3-5-75 on this here road trip, but ended up playing my '71 mix instead. Really digging '71 Zep right now! Did they ever play Tobacco Road in any show other than 9-23-71? Those might be my favorite 5 minutes of any Zep show NOT featuring No Quarter. Also, I've asked this before, but since no one answered: does anything else from the UK Nov-Dec '71 tour sound as good as Ipswich? Cheers
  6. Boogie Chillen 82

    1977 Soundboards...which do you do you think is the best?

    Ft Worth for me. And it still doesn't sound as good as the '75 sbds (with the exception of 3-17-75 and its buried guitar).
  7. Boogie Chillen 82

    What show or live song are you listening to now?

    Been taking a break from '75, because there's the entire West Coast run coming up! (hey BonzoFan ) I am planning on playing the two '75 Dallas shows during a road trip this weekend though. Meanwhile, I've been working on my '71 comp (minus Orlando and Osaka which I always want in their entirety). Played quite a bit of both Forum shows, along with the Budokan shows and Ipswich. I think Ipswich is a great sounding show, by the early period standards anyway. Is there a better one (for sound quality) from the Nov-Dec '71 UK tour? In any case, it is a must for Gallows Pole alone, and WLL smokes - much better than either Forum version from earlier that year. Speaking of the Forum, I think that 8-21-75 is a fairly pedestrian performance overall - inferior to both the following night, 9-4-70 the year before, and 6-25-72. Between the two '71 Forum nights, 8-22-75 has a better Heartbreaker, and vastly superior WLL and Thank You (JPJ's organ solo SMOKES). It also sounds better that 8-21 for some reason (though the quality still isn't great). What do you guys think?
  8. Boogie Chillen 82

    How certain are we of the 1975 tour itinerary?

    Hey, so it seems they actually were intending to play the same number of shows in 1975 as they played in 1973 - 36. They ended up playing 35 because of Tampa being canceled, but it should have been 36. According to the Midrash, the light created on the first day of creation shone for 36 hours...
  9. Boogie Chillen 82

    What show or live song are you listening to now?

    Taking a break from '75 tour with Offenburg '73. As far as audience tapes go, this is up there with Millard I think. Could well be my favorite Zep show, period. Certainly so far my favorite SIBLY: Jimmy smokes, Bonzo throws in fills galore, JPJ is prominent in the mix, and Robert's vocals have recovered nicely by now -
  10. Boogie Chillen 82

    How certain are we of the 1975 tour itinerary?

    Thanks so much! I did wonder about the magically extended WLL since it would so be unlike Zep to do anything like that post Europe '73. Bummer about Bonzo jamming to jazz records in a hotel, that one bit did sound really cool. lol
  11. Boogie Chillen 82

    How certain are we of the 1975 tour itinerary?

    Wait, really? He talks about the West Coast shows from an eyewitness perspective (the LA and SD ones) and staying in the same hotel and Bonzo jamming to jazz records in the middle of the night and keeping him awake. Oh, and interviewing Robert (with photos). I thought it sounded a bit fan-boyish when I was reading it, but really? All completely made up? A separate question: so, this itinerary seems to be wrong on so many levels, then: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led_Zeppelin_North_American_Tour_1975 No 2nd Pittsburgh show, no New Orleans, no Knoxville, no Austin. Any other errors there?
  12. Boogie Chillen 82

    What's the worst live performance of a song?

    I don't get the Greensboro '75 mentions on this thread. There is nothing there like the flubbed BD solo on 2-28-75 (later during the same tour, when Jimmy was in peak shape), or the disaster of Tempe ALS. It's actually pretty good, given that one of the guys plays with a hurt finger and another is still getting over a massive flu. Edit: played some of it on the way to work this morning, and found two minor mistakes - in IMTOD and Kashmir. The songs don't go off the rails completely but somebody briefly messes up, I think JPJ and Bonzo miss the start of Jimmy's second solo in IMTOD and I'm not sure what happens in Kashmir but it doesn't sound right at about 4.30 or so. So in addition to Jimmy's finger and Robert's flu they're having some trouble with the new songs. NQ smokes though.
  13. Boogie Chillen 82

    What show or live song are you listening to now?

    It sounds like the grand doesn't it? I'm wondering because usually (in later shows) there is a quick pause both before and after the grand, and Jimmy plays theremin as JPJ switches to the grand. Here, he hits the last "piano" note and immediately plays the opening notes of the NQ main theme...
  14. Boogie Chillen 82

    Baton Rouge 2/28/75

    Wow, I did not remember the ending of this show at all. Maybe I never played it in its entirety? That BD solo is really unlike Jimmy for '75, could be the worst I've heard him that whole tour. It's so comically bad it's almost good. I love how Bonzo goes on a long drum solo to pick up the slack at the very end.
  15. Boogie Chillen 82

    Baton Rouge 2/28/75

    Resurrecting the thread for the annual resurrection. What's the consensus on the matrix - is there a good one? Playing the sbd today and man, it needs one - especially since the audience tape is so good.
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