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What is the lowest quality recording that you can still enjoy?

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Figured this might be interesting since we all have different "bootleg ears". What is the worst-sounding bootleg/recording that you can still enjoy in spite of all of its flaws?

The one that comes to mind for me is Seattle 6/19/72. Noisy, a bit distant, plenty of chatter around the taper, seems to be overloaded on the bass...but MAN what a performance! Although my number 1 wish is for a better recording of this show, the performance is so great that I can look past all the flaws and still enjoy the hell out of it. I have a feeling that if this were just a standard gig by 72 standards, I'd skip out on it. But the combination of all the rarities, the first performances of songs, and the incendiary performance makes this one a keeper for me! :D

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I've actually never thought Seattle '72 is as bad as everyone says;  not great by any means, but I don't have to make any real effort listening to it.  Baltimore '73 immediately comes to mind as a show that's clearly great, but requires some serious work to focus and listen to the awful recording.  

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I think 6/22/77 is up there. . but I cant ever get all the way through it (If only MM was there:):) Seattle 72 is a marathon but hard on the ears after a while. . 

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I actually love 6/19/72 - everything about it.  The guy screaming and losing his shit at the start of D&C is one of the great bootleg audience moments ever.  Gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.  I really, honestly love that recording.

 

6/22/77 is a good one.  Boston, 5/28/69 Masters of Excess is about it for me. 

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It's changed over the years as the quality and availability of Zeppelin bootlegs has increased.  Back in the sevendeez, we were thrilled by almost ANY bootleg, now I don't want to listen to poor quality recordings more than once or twice.

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Seattle 72..  Would probably cry tears of joy if a sb of this ever appeared.. For that matter , same for Bath 1970

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On 10/19/2017 at 10:54 PM, JohnOsbourne said:

Baltimore '73 immediately comes to mind as a show that's clearly great, but requires some serious work to focus and listen to the awful recording.

I tried listening to that one once and I think I only got through Rock and Roll before I had to switch it off. :lol: From what little I heard, Robert in particular was in prime form at that show. It might just be his best show of '73. A soundboard for this show is definitely up there on my wishlist!

On 10/19/2017 at 11:36 PM, Bozoso73 said:

I think 6/22/77 is up there. . but I cant ever get all the way through it (If only MM was there:):)

 

On 10/20/2017 at 1:46 PM, LedElvis75 said:

6/22/77 is a good one.

I agree to an extent, although I find the majority of that show to be pretty listenable. It's a bit harsh-sounding in places, but overall, the only time where it gets hard for me to listen to it is Ten Years Gone and (to a lesser extent) No Quarter. The former is so distant and tinny sounding that it's honestly almost more trouble than it's worth for me. The latter is better, although I wish it weren't so damn hissy (especially since it directly follows the best source of the bunch, which unfortunately lasts for only a few minutes). Other than that, I enjoy it just fine with no major problems. Still would love a soundboard or better audience recording to show up!

On 10/20/2017 at 7:05 PM, drpete said:

For that matter , same for Bath 1970

Completely agree. That's a show that I honestly can't listen to. It just sounds like Plant singing over distorted background noise to me. I envy those who can appreciate it, and I have no doubt that it was an incredible show, but it's honestly just too harsh-sounding for me.

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When it comes to Led Zeppelin, or any of my favourite bands that I collect, I can withstand the lowest of the low. Especially if it is a show I have never heard before, I will suffer through whatever it takes to hear it.

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