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  1. I'm not sure how we would even determine a truly objective ranking, but your list does hew somewhat close to the ranking of the albums by sales figures: IV II Houses I and PG (tied) III and ITTOD (tied) Presence Coda
  2. PG is my #1, Zep III is my #2. After that it's tough for me: Zep I, II, and IV are basically tied, with Houses just behind them, and then Presence and ITTOD basically tied.
  3. Anyone who ranks Physical Graffiti and Zep III among the top 3 Zep albums can't be all bad.
  4. While it wasn't Zep, Tea for One was played at a couple of the 1996 Page & Plant Japan shows. There are great-sounding tapes and the performances are very good.,
  5. The only difference is the extra 15 seconds (although for some reason I thought it was 11 seconds - but I could be misremembering). Unfortunately the mastering of that particular version is rather bad - I guess maybe it was compressed and EQ'd for AM radio play? It's also possible that the stereo image of the promo is narrowed compared to the normal album version. Some folks have tried to EQ/tweak the extra bit from a digital rip of that promo 7" and digitally splice it into the regular version with the aim of creating a better-sounding version with the extra stuff in it. But the promo 7" sounds so different than all the well-mastered pressings of the album version that no one has yet succeeded in making a sonically smooth result.
  6. Indeed - a fantastic show and arguably one of their very best post-'73 shows.
  7. Hard to know what sources/versions they are using - and more importantly, are you sure those are pressed CDs and not CD-Rs?
  8. Thanks! I'll have to take another listen to Trampled from Berlin. I really like the version from Frankfurt but it's been a long time since I listened to the full Berlin show, so I'll check it out. RE Black Dog, I totally hear you on that - overplayed without a doubt, and I agree with you that it would've been no loss had they ditched it from the set. But I do really like the version from Dortmund, so given what they did play, it is a highlight for me. I can't agree with the nixing of The Rain Song, but I very much agree with you that White Summer should've been dumped from the '80 set, not only because it was a dissonant note of self-indulgence the band were supposed to be removing from the new streamlined set, but also because Page simply couldn't play it properly at that point. Ditto for Hot Dog - if memory serves, Rotterdam is the only show where he nails the solo in that track. I also agree that The Rover and/or Wanton Song, plus Fool in the Rain would've been great in the set (particularly as replacements for Black Dog and Hot Dog). But I don't know that Page could've pulled off Ten Years Gone in his 1980 condition.
  9. I have assembled and shared a Best Of 1980, and I know several other Zep fans have done so too. There's some good stuff in those 14 shows, but IMHO they were good but not great. If Bonham (and Page) could've held it together I'm confident they would've continued to improve as they rehearsed in August and September in advance of the planned U.S. tour - but the band captured on those soundboards from Europe is still in the process of trying to gel again, iMHO. That said, if I were to choose a Top 5 moments from that tour, I'd choose, in no particular order: The 18-minute, one-of-a-kind Whole Lotta Love from Berlin - a new kind of WLL freak-out that showed the band could still improvise and surprise like nobody's business. Train Kept A-rollin' - here I agree with the OP; it was a great decision to add that back into the set after 11 years without it. Frankfurt is my favorite version. The cover of "Money" with Phil Carson at the end of the Frankfurt show. It's slow and incredibly heavy - quintessential Zep. Trampled Under Foot from Frankfurt (and also Zurich) - full of energy, very different from the Zep of '75 but just as good in its own way. Black Dog from Dortmund - this 1st show of the tour is all over the place, but that's because they are full of energy and roaring out of the gate, and Black Dog is perhaps the best, relatively compact showcase of that energy, maybe the most energetic five minutes of the entire tour.
  10. Copenhagen July 24, 1979. There are some post-1973 Zep shows that equal this one, but I'm not sure if there are any that top it. Excellent audience source, but if a soundboard of this one ever surfaces, it will instantly make a good number of the available '77 and '80 soundboards almost irrelevant.
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