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  1. One of my favourites as well and yes, Jimmy is particularly active between songs at this show. As far as William Combus is concerned, I have no idea 🤣
  2. Precisely. I'd also be curious to see how a 3/12 matrix would turn out.
  3. I would only add that Jones has some particularly fantastic bass playing, especially on OTHAFA -- that return!
  4. Blueberry Hill wouldn't be near the top of my list, simply because the sound quality we have is pretty great. I would rather get one of the missing shows like Seattle or the Honolulu evening show than Blueberry Hill for sure. The 9/19/70 evening show is probably the best show of their career, so of course it would be extremely high on my list, but I'm not sure how hopeful we should be that many/any 1970 soundboards exist. Would love the rest of 9/29 -- and 9/28 -- or anything else from Japan '71...or any of the missing clubs shows...or anything from '71, probably their best year. Copenhagen '79 would not be high on my list at all -- both audience recordings are pretty darn good and I think both shows are overrated. As @JohnOsbourne says, 3/12/75 Long Beach is high on my list, as are the remaining missing '75 shows -- particularly 1/11 Rotterdam. A Providence (or Baltimore) '73 SBD would be high on my list as well, as would 6/22/77 or 6/26/77. Excluding shows with no recording as of yet, which are obviously desirable no matter what year they're from IMO, I think the ultimate soundboard holy grail is 6/19/72 Seattle. To me, it has the largest disparity between sound and performance quality -- it's arguably second only to 9/19/70 E as far as their greatest shows, and its sound quality is pretty poor. You can get through it with seasoned bootleg ears for sure, but it's the show in most dire need of an upgrade IMO, not to mention the cuts -- particularly during the longest string of encores they ever did. As far as your original question though, with the number of "holy grails" still out there and the speed at which they seem to be released, I doubt we will ever be satisfied.
  5. A Top 10 show indeed and one I look forward to listening to each May 3 -- along with another time or two throughout the year! I just finished Stairway, and I have to say, it might just be my favourite version. Besides nailing all of the high notes in the final verse, that howl Plant lets out just before Bonham enters is one of my favourite moments of his ever. Page never "comes up for air" once during his solo, either.
  6. Agreed. Dazed is definitely a highlight -- better than both Tokyo versions, but not as good as either Osaka version.
  7. You left out the best '73 version IMO: July 21 in Providence! July 17 Seattle and July 20 Boston are excellent as well.
  8. Agreed, especially with respect to the WLL medley -- some very interesting selections, but a bit of an awkward flow compared to the others on the tour.
  9. Lol, it's all good...I got a kick out of it!
  10. Neither! 😖 May 3, 1971!
  11. I agree on all fronts. I've always found that Dazed comes into its own over the course of these five shows, actually. The two Tokyo versions are well played, but underwhelming compared to later years; Hiroshima's is very good, and; both Osaka versions are spectacular, with the 9/29 version being able to go toe-to-toe with the best of '72 and '73 IMO.
  12. This week Europe '73 took its turn under my microscope on the podcast -- links are below. I ranked each version of each song and then calculated each show's average score per song. I've attached a scatter plot I made using said scores. Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rock-talk-with-dr-cropper/id1518703647#episodeGuid=Buzzsprout-8306529 Spotify: Buzzsprout (no subscription needed): https://www.buzzsprout.com/1119254/8306529 March 21 -- Hamburg March 24 -- Offenburg March 22 -- Essen April 1 -- Paris March 16 -- Vienna March 26 -- Lyon March 19 -- Berlin April 2 -- Paris March 17 -- Munich March 27 -- Nancy March 6 -- Stockholm March 14 -- Nuremberg
  13. Presence was released 45 years ago today! In celebration of this, I covered it on this week's episode of my podcast: Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rock-talk-with-dr-cropper/id1518703647?i=1000515127316 Spotify: Buzzsprout for those without access to either of the above: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1119254/8242575
  14. This makes sense. I have plenty of shows I favour do to sentimental value, such as 3/27/75. When I first got into boots I thought longer = better, so naturally 3/27 became my holy grail lol. It's still a personal favourite even though I know it's not a Top 50 show technically-speaking. I love those relaxed last night vibes.
  15. I find that the whole of the 18th never exceeds the sum of its parts (Page and Bonham being so energetic, Page so fluid) the same way the West Coast versions (and May 25 for that matter) do. I found the 23rd a bit sluggish at times, despite Page's great soloing. Again, a bit surprised by the degree of praise for March 25. Very interesting; thanks!
  16. I initially ranked them by leg as I went along and then merged them at the end. I almost kept them separate, but decided to give it a go. I prefer the grand piano versions as well, and definitely favoured them when I merged the lists. Again, I'm a bit surprised by March 25 ranking at the top for so many of you. I find it very unique and interesting, but not quite focused enough to be #1. March 27 I like a lot better, but Page not being as fluid as he is on my "Mt. Rushmore" versions kept it at #5. March 21 is amazing indeed. Jones is on fire throughout -- my favourite solo of his, providing great interest throughout the jam, and of course the avante-garde playing in a different key towards the end. I actually think March 21 is his best show ever. His bass lines are so creative and aggressive throughout as well.
  17. It's a very interesting version, but I have to rank it sixth of the jazzy versions. Kind of surprised to see it basically a consensus #1 in the comments here. Completely agree as far as West Coast > Earls Court.
  18. It's not really the looseness of the 25th that kept me from putting it higher -- I love the version from the 27th, after all. It just feels a bit less focused, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I view it more in the "curiosity" category, along with 3/14 San Diego, than the all-time great category. It's certainly interesting and unique with Jones teasing so many of the grooves he'd used over the course of the preceding month and switching back to the Rhodes halfway through the jam. That's interesting you feel that way about March 5 -- I actually found it to be one of the best of the month for group chemistry/being a real team effort. One of Jones' best piano solos too IMO, and he returns to the motif he began his solo with when he switches back to the Rhodes at the very end of the jam -- love attention to detail like that! March 4 does sound like an interesting version, but it's so substantially cut I have a hard time ranking it ahead of the complete versions. I agree that Fort Worth is the best of the Texas shows and a top 10 show of '75, and yes, very improvisational and probably Bonham's best night of the year. I think March 5 is much closer to Fort Worth than it is to March 4 though. For NQ it was really close between 3/3 and 3/5 as you can see. I gave 3/5 the edge for how awesome Jones' piano solo was. Glad you feel the same way about March 27. To me Page retains a great sense of plot throughout that solo, and the minute or so surrounding the motif from the studio version gives me chills every time. It also has one of Jones' best and most focused solos, and the greatest of all the Jones-Bonham grooves IMO. Completely agree. Even though the May 18 version has some really technically great playing, the whole just doesn't seem to become greater than the sum of its parts in the same way to me. Yeah, it is. Tight and powerful little version. I mentioned in the episode that Baton Rouge and Fort Worth both have climaxes to the jam somewhat similar to that of June 21, 1977.
  19. Agreed. It hardly, if ever, sounded awful. 1975 was the sweet spot for it in my opinion as well.
  20. Sounds good! That will be quite a task -- it took me over three hours to listen to the LA and Earls Court versions all in one go this week ahead of their anniversaries 😅 Looking forward to seeing yours
  21. @JohnOsbourne Interesting to see March 25 at the top of your list! It's an interesting version for sure, but I've never found it as tight as the four you have below it, which of course are my top four. I'm surprised you have March 5 so low, especially beneath March 4 when most of its midsection is missing. I was actually kind of shocked at how good the March 5 version is when I put it under the microscope for this episode -- one of Jones' best solos IMO.
  22. For this week's episode of my podcast, Rock Talk with Dr. Cropper, I ranked every 1975 version of "No Quarter" -- all 38 for which he have at least a partial recording, that is. I covered the 1975 shows in full last year, so I figured I would increase the zoom on my microscope and focus on one particular song to rank as I listened to the shows on their anniversaries this year. In addition to making detailed notes for each version as I went along, I transcribed each of Plant's introductions and recorded the length of each version. I've been working on this since early January, so I'm excited to finally be able to share it with you all! I see a clear separation between the "Mt. Rushmore" of my list and the other 34, and I think you can order those four any way you like based on personal preference. The links are below for those interested 😊 I've also included a bar graph I made documenting the evolution of its length over the course of the year 🤓 Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rock-talk-with-dr-cropper/id1518703647#episodeGuid=Buzzsprout-8206579 Spotify: Buzzsprout for those without access to either of the above: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1119254/8206579 March 21 - Seattle March 20 - Vancouver March 19 - Vancouver March 12 - Long Beach March 27 - Los Angeles March 5 - Dallas March 3 - Fort Worth February 8 - Philadelphia January 31 - Detroit February 28 - Baton Rouge May 25 - London May 18 - London February 13 - Uniondale March 25 - Los Angeles May 17 - London March 17 - Seattle February 6 - Montreal March 14 - San Diego March 11 - Long Beach May 23 - London February 16 - St. Louis January 20 - Chicago February 12 - New York February 14 - Uniondale January 29 - Greensboro January 24 - Cleveland January 12 - Brussels March 10 - San Diego March 24 - Los Angeles May 24 - London February 10 - Landover February 7 - New York February 4 - Uniondale February 3 - New York January 25 - Indianapolis January 22 - Chicago March 4 - Dallas (massive cut in the midsection -- what we have sounds interesting) January 21 - Chicago (only two minutes at the beginning survive)
  23. March 19, 1975 - Vancouver: The first full show I ever listened to and still one of my favourites! A top 3 show of 1975 IMO and perhaps the best sounding soundboard from a year with a lot of them. One of the very best for appreciating what Jones brought to the band when you combine the sound quality with the quality of his performance. I personally think March '75 was his peak, especially the three show run that turns 46 this weekend -- I think 3/21 Seattle is his best show ever. His bass lines were so groovy and creative (and decently aggressive) at this point, not to mention him taking the lead on these phenomenal, jazzy versions of "No Quarter." With the extra time on my hands these days, I've taken to listening to my very favourite '75 shows twice on their anniversaries 😅 I gave 2/8 Philadelphia and 3/12 Long Beach that treatment, which leaves me no choice but to do the same with March 19, 20 & 21!
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