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Nitpicking Page 1973

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1 hour ago, Bonzo_fan said:

Well, he hardly ever soloed with the mellotron--aren't this, 6/3/73 LA & 7/29/73 NY the only times "Thank You" was played after his switch to the mellotron from the Hammond, thus the only times he had a mellotron solo?

According to Led Zeppelin Database the following shows have mellotron solos:

10/5/72 (Nagoya), 11/30/72 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), 12/12/72 (Cardiff), 12/22/72 (London), 1/22/73 (Southhampton).   

It lists both the 6/3 and 7/29 versions of "Thank You" as having organ solos. I was just curious though. Being random. 

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20 hours ago, Daeron said:

According to Led Zeppelin Database the following shows have mellotron solos:

10/5/72 (Nagoya), 11/30/72 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), 12/12/72 (Cardiff), 12/22/72 (London), 1/22/73 (Southhampton).   

It lists both the 6/3 and 7/29 versions of "Thank You" as having organ solos. I was just curious though. Being random. 

Ahh, interesting; thanks for checking--love that site!

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Nitpicking Page 6/2/1973 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco (Imperial Kezar)

An outdoor show during daytime, noted in history by the photo of Plant holding a dove. Very clear sounding audience/part soundboard (Matrix?) recording.

Rock And Roll- Robert starts off pretty solid for 73. Solo- Near flawless and very gritty. 6:08, Bonzo is also feeling good. "A".

Celebration Day- Good energetic start. 1:33, Page plays in the wrong key, which doesn't sound bad but very different. First solo- Good. Outro solo- Hesitant in places, but overall very solid picking. "B+".

Black Dog- A solid first half with Plant singing expressively. He gets an excellent scream in before the solo. Solo- Page is just slightly erratic, but his fingers are very nimble and he does some amazing runs. He also does some that seem to start and stop too quickly, like at 4:18. 4:48, hangs up. Sounds a little too spastic at times. "B+".

OTHAFA- Beautiful intro, decent verses. Solo- Good phrasing at the start. 3:34, the articulation on the low notes is a little sloppy. Not a great solo, but not bad either. Just as is. This version feels like they were in a hurry to get through it. "B".

MMH- Powerful intro. Plant is singing with conviction. Solo is played pretty solid with weird phrasing at the end. Not bad. "B+".

SIBLY- The intro is average for the time period. Not perfectly articulate and lacking some impact. Solo- Opening run is a little sloppy. 4:35, he's doing the thing where his fingers outrun his brain. 4:45-5:10, the final series of phrases sound excellent, with passionate bends. Slightly erratic solo overall. Plant gives his all, but his vocal impact is lacking and this version sounds rushed. Plant even states afterwards "That was ok". Maybe it doesn't fit the outdoor, daytime atmosphere. "B".

No Quarter- Solid first half. Solo- Page starts off with some good speedy, fluid runs, but it never really develops into anything special. The ending is somewhat abrupt. "B".

TSRTS- Good, steady paced intro. 0:30, minor flub. Solid verses. First solo- Page gets a good flow going on the start. He gets going a little fast on the second half and Bonham plays catch up. Outro solo- Very good, with a nice descending riff at 4:33. "A".

The Rain Song- Plant sounds good until he goes for high notes, then he sounds terrible. Good playing throughout. Rock section- Good, but again Plant's higher notes are a squeak-fest. 7:37, Page uses his tugboat effect. "B+".

Dazed And Confused- Excellent thunder from Bonzo on the intro. First workout- Some impressive runs by Page. 5:45, excellent groove that should've went longer. San Francisco- 7:24, I think Bonzo accidentally jumps ahead to the ending part, but pretty un-noticeable. Good bow section. Second workout- 17:17, Page launches into a solid "73" run. 18:27, blazing run but loses it at the end. 20:25, Bonzo misses the cue but survives. Mars- Devastatingly heavy. 25:26, a little confusion for the climax but they get on track quickly. A very dynamic performance, but also the very definition of "Tight but loose", with Bonham and Page having a hard time recognizing each other's cues. Still very good. "B+".

Stairway To Heaven- Excellent first half. Solo- Comes in a little lethargic, but solid noodling. Small tape cut at 6:47. 7:48, sloppy. Zzzzz. Very laid back solo. Minor chord flub at 19:18. "B+".

Moby Dick- Finally, some energy. Too bad it's cut on this version.

Heartbreaker- Monstrous intro and solid verses. Solo- Good amount of raunchiness and technique. As usual he gets his best runs in at the end. "B+".

WLL- Good energy on the start. The funk section really comes alive with some excellent riffing by Page. The theremin section is very trippy. Boogie Chillun- The soundboard really does justice for this as they get a good jam going. The return is excellent as Plant even gets in a good scream. "A".

Communication Breakdown- Heavy intro with Plant sounding good. Solo- Solid. "A".

The Ocean- Plant mentions a "Confrontation" backstage. Very gritty version with Page doing some nifty ad-libs. Accapellas sound good. Good doo-wop. "A+".

Final Assessment-  Not a bad performance overall by Zep standards, but there are a lot of loose ends. Bonham is very foot heavy and feeling experimental. Page is pretty solid but somewhat erratic in his leads. A complete soundboard would really make a better impression of this show as the encores tend to have more impact compared to the thin audience source.

Any requests for other 73 shows?

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thanks for the review

Seattle July 17, maybe ?  . Regarding Moby Dick, I assumed this  was complete on the SB source ? Have to check my Watchtower disc (I always skip this track😇

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I know I sent you this on Reddit already, but I'd like to see any of the following at some point:

1/15 Stoke

3/24 Offenburg

5/13 Mobile

6/3 Los Angeles

7/17 Seattle

7/21 Providence

7/23 Baltimore (if you can stomach the shitty sound :lol:)

No rush or anything though!

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3 hours ago, duckman said:

thanks for the review

Seattle July 17, maybe ?  . Regarding Moby Dick, I assumed this  was complete on the SB source ? Have to check my Watchtower disc (I always skip this track😇

I actually started reviewing 7/17 by accident while doing the 7/6 review when the music player skipped albums without me knowing. I did three songs before realizing Page suddenly got a hell of a lot better. So I guess it's next.

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I don’t know if you’re planning to do any more of these shows but Pittsburgh is on my list and I would love your take. The bootleg is a little rough but Jimmy sounds fantastic to me, as good as MSG if not better. If someone could put out a good sounding recording of this concert, they’d be doing god’s Work...my brother was at this concert but I was too young

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