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  1. 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.,
  2. 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.
  3. Indeed - a fantastic show and arguably one of their very best post-'73 shows.
  4. Hard to know what sources/versions they are using - and more importantly, are you sure those are pressed CDs and not CD-Rs?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. It's from the 24th, and it's from a stereo (not multitrack) soundboard. It sounds great, it's only one CD but it's a decent-length one (about 67-68 minutes I believe). It's available for about $91US, which is a lot of money but not outrageous; and for 99+% of folks it's available for free since they have/will be downloading it rather than buying it. All good as far as I'm concerned, no need for complaints.
  9. The only way to make it a technically feasible/decent-sounding single LP - and one in the 40-45 minute run-time range of all their other studio albums - would've been to cut one of the 1974 tracks - which is probably why they made it a double album, as all the '74 tracks are excellent. But if I were going to make a single LP from the '74 tracks, I'd cut In the Light. It's a great track, but the other two long tracks (In My Time of Dying, Kashmir) are so strong that IMHO In the Light is the one that has to go. As for sequencing, I would actually just stick with the running order they chose, minus In the Light and the pre-'74 tracks. I think the result is pretty good.: Side A (approx 21 min) Custard Pie In My Time of Dying Trampled Under Foot Side B (approx 23-1/2 min) Kashmir Ten Years Gone The Wanton Song Sick Again I'm glad Zep made Physical Graffiti a double album, to be sure. However, had they made it a single album and therefore held back all the pre-74 tracks plus In the Light, then Coda would've ended up being the best outtakes album in the history of music. In that scenario, it's unlikely Jimmy Page would've resorted to creating the fake "studio" and "soundcheck" tracks out of the Royal Albert Hall live versions of We're Gonna Groove and I Can't Quit You Baby. And it's unlikely he would've felt the need to bring Robert Plant in to write Lyrics and add vocals to Walter's Walk. So with those three out of the picture, Coda might've looked something like the following: Side A (approx 22-1/2 min) The Rover 5:36 Poor Tom 3:02 Houses of the Holy 4:01 Night Flight 3:36 Bron-Yr-Aur 2:06 Black Country Woman 4:24 Side B (approx 23-1/2 min) Darlene 5:06 Down by the Seaside 5:14 Boogie with Stu 3:51 Bonzo's Montreux 4:22 Wearing and Tearing 5:27
  10. I think it's a great one. But I would guess most hardcore Zep fans would say the March 21 Seattle show is the best of 1975. When it comes to the five Earls Court shows, opinion is split as to the best of them, but to the extent there's a consensus, it appears to be that a combination of the 24th and 25th would represent the best Earls Court concert and one of the top '75 shows.
  11. Two qualifiers: 1. These are just my personal favorites - I don't claim these necessarily are "the best." 2. For some albums (especially III and PG) it's very a very close call between the track I've listed and one or more other candidates. That said, here's my list: I - Dazed and Confused II - Whole Lotta Love III - That's the Way IV - Levee Houses - The Rain Song PG - In My Time of Dying Presence - Tea for One In Through the Out Door - Fool in the Rain Coda - Wearing and Tearing
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