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  1. I'd like to think that, if he ever listens back to some of those live performances, that even the singer would be a little embarrassed by some of his comments to audiences over the years.
  2. Soundboards are all well and good, but give me a decent quality audience recording any day. They are the ones that sound like you are actually listening to a live show.
  3. The post above refers to New York, Feb.12th '75.
  4. Of the American shows I've heard from '75 this is just about my favourite. The title I've got, ' Madison Square Graffiti ', has terrific sound with a nice amount of live crowd noise.
  5. This sounds pretty damn fine to me.
  6. Beautiful looking release, I would imagine that there cannot be too many of these about in the condition it looks to be in. Other information on it looks to be very sparse.
  7. Could it be the case that the Earls Court shows are not as well regarded by some because the recordings of them are generally not top notch? While desk recordings exist of the final two nights, the audience tapes that are available are, while enjoyable, not a patch on some of the American shows from that or other years.
  8. A great show and one of my absolute favourites.
  9. This is a great release in fantastic sound. Well, well worth a listen.
  10. Some of the stuff I've seen on there has been hysterical, but I am surprised that they don't get someone who is more fluent in English to do those translations. Mind you, their English is better than my Japanese (non existent).
  11. The site 'Giginjapan.com' is not only a good place to go for what is new in the world of shiny silver discs, if can also provide some much needed unintentional humour as well. Some of the sites English translations have been stone cold classics over the years but I think that they have now outdone themselves. A new release of the Sydney Showgrounds show from 1972 includes those old favourites ' Snowdonia's Hut ' (I'm guessing they mean 'Bron Yr Aur Stomp'), ' Ai Full Of Heart ' (No me neither) and ' What Is And What Shoulder Be' ( I'm guessing ' What Is And What Should Never Be'). Well,it made me smirk.
  12. I honestly have never had any interest in the officially released live albums, with the exception of the 'BBC Sessions' original double, and I've never heard any of them. I can see the remaining band members point about these releases being their legacy and I know that news of any new archive release obviously comes with certain expectations but, as I've said, patched in vocals, pointless editing down the length of guitar solos and general chopping and changing do nothing for me at all. The example you've given above from that Forum show illustrates things perfectly. Just why doctor a genuine live recording? Good luck in hunting down that Montreux show. I have just revisited it and it really is an excellent audience recording of a terrific 1970 performance. Going by the little I've heard from that year, it really was a good one for them. Cheers.
  13. The title I have of this show is indeed of a Japanese broadcast and the sound quality is fantastic. I would be interested to know why you do not consider it a true 'boot'. As it includes, to the best of my knowledge, the complete show, and not the truncated versions that have been officially released, does that not qualify it? As a side note to Mr.Page, Jimmy why not just release these archive shows as they are? I can live live with the odd off key vocal or the occasional clanger dropped on the guitar. I think a fair number of fans would agree. I want to hear what that band of yours sounded like and played on that given night in New York, L.A., London, Tokyo or wherever. I really don't want patched in vocals from different shows or guitar solo's manipulated to alleged perfection, I'd like it completely, absolutely, on the night LIVE. Cheers.
  14. If it really was down to one choice, and for a few sentimental reasons, I'd plump for 'Conquistador' (Earls Court Arena, London, 25/5/75. Its an excellent sounding soundboard, with a few audience patches, of the last show of the five at this venue. The sentimentality comes in with the fact that I was there with my then girlfriend, who's now my wife, and the excitement of actually seeing Led Zeppelin was something I can still remember today.) I would though also give honourable mentions to 'Going To California' (Berkeley, 14/9/71, a simply thunderous show and a must have), ' V1/2' (Seattle, 17/7/73 and available in many various guises and titles, another must have), 'Budokan 1972, 1st Night' (Tokyo, 2/10/72. Once again, been released a zillion times under various titles. I know Robert struggles here and there and many would say that the band have played better but I've always been fond of this tour. It might just be because the audiences are so respectful and, in places, quiet that you can really hear what the group are doing on stage), 'BBC 1971' ( London, 1/4/71, the complete, unedited performance in terrific sound and a show that has made more comebacks than Frank Sinatra. Purists may well argue that there are better performances out there from this year, there probably are, but this one, for me, has an intimacy that is lovely) and finally 'Divinity' (Montreux, 14/3/70, a really good sounding audience recording of a terrific show.) Thank the stars for those intrepid individuals who took along their tape recorders all those years ago.
  15. A piece that the band played that, for me, never got tedious and was always enjoyable to hear. In my opinion, 1975 was the peak for this atmospheric monster of a live set piece.
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