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William Austin

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  1. If I were a betting man, I'd wager this show is the first one (at 7pm)... and probably the only song that is missing from the tape is Bring It On Home. Add that song and the length of the show comes to about 90 minutes. There is a cut between Heartbreaker and Since I've Been Loving You, and in theory the acoustic set could have been in there, but the show was probably only 90 minutes long so there was enough time to change audiences for the late show at 10:30. I guess Dazed and Heartbreaker were switched because they weren't sure exactly which songs they were going to do, so they just played it by ear. Maybe Heartbreaker initially didn't make the cut, but then they thought, "hey whatever, let's just do it anyway." There is no cut between Since I've Been Loving You and What Is And What Should Never Be, so Thank You was almost certainly not played on this show. By the way, someone at the Hotel recently pointed out that the footage from this night, when synched, reveals that Out On The Tiles made another appearance (presumably during the late show). Considering how good the first show is, the second one could be a gold mine! Similar to NYC later in the tour.
  2. And just when I thought there would be no 50th anniversary thread today... Strider saves the day!! September 4th is a sentimental day for me... not to mention arguably the most important date of my entire existence. To name a few milestones: 1987 - My parents met each other at a dancehall while in college. 1981 - George Strait (the first singer I called my favorite) released his first album. 1972 - The Price is Right (one of my favorite shows ever) premiered on CBS. And of course one of the most famous nights in Led Zeppelin history. But today didn't start off as a great day for me. These have been hard times financially for me and some expensive bills had to get paid today. It was also a stressful day at work. Nonetheless, I didn't let it put a damper on my night because I had a Led Zeppelin concert to attend! So after work, I picked up some tacos, cracked open a beer, and smoked a Lucky Strike I had been saving. At about 9:15 (the time I imagine Zeppelin would be hitting the stage) I put the concert on and let it play in real time. Tonight is Friday just like it was in 1970, and I felt all the vibes. Friday evening is one of the only times during the week that I will unapologetically play music loud over my stereo system, and the Nite Owl matrix sounded great coming through my speakers! Even though this bootleg is most associated with first-generation fans and was their first live exposure to Zep, it had an influential effect on a more recent fan like me too. The first live exposure I had to the band was TSRTS, but it took me a while to "get" what the concept of Live Zeppelin really was. This show was one of the earliest bootlegs I listened to on YouTube and that's when I started to get it... these guys like to have fun! The one thing that stood out to me was the medley improvisations at the end of the show. I had never heard any band jam like that with such precision and spontaneity. From the first time I heard this show until now, Communication Breakdown alone is worth the price of admission. Throughout most the show tonight, I had my volume a bit conservative because I knew my neighbors were home (two full hours of the mighty Zep is a bit much at full blast), but when Blueberry Hill started up and I knew this was the end... I cranked it up! What a way to end a show! While there may technically be better shows from this tour, this one is my sentimental favorite... and rivals the likes of Osaka 9/29 and Belfast 3/5 as my favorite show ever. It's also a good way of introducing Led Zep Boots to other fans; it's got great sound quality with no need for bootleg ears, and is just 2 hours and 14 minutes of pure and alive rock! To quote the guy at very end... what can I say! P.S. I don't have any Zeppelin bootlegs on vinyl, and I told myself last year on this day that I would have a vinyl copy of Blueberry Hill by the 50th anniversary. Well... I almost made it. Copies of this boot typically go for $200+, and none of the record stores I shop at ever have any bootlegs. But just when I had written off getting one by the 50th, I snagged one on eBay for just over $100 (priorities right). It's in the mail as I'm typing this and I should have it in hand early next week. It happens to be a 1971 Del Pez pressing; which is arguably the best visual presentation of the bootleg you can get on vinyl. It features the iconic TMOQ cover, track listing, and really nice labels. Can't wait to see how it sounds!
  3. While I really hope HMMT was played at this show, all signs point to no. A newspaper review from that night specifically states that Moby Dick and the brief snippet of WLL were the only pre-LZ IV songs performed. I believe Plant also states on the next show that HMMT was being played for “the first time in a long time.” That same review states that the show was shorter than expected... which lead to a good amount of booing when the house lights came up. It is strange though that a second encore of Communication Breakdown didn’t happen, especially since many shows in January had it. Maybe it was just so freaking cold in the Met Center that night, the band were in desperate need to GTFO. If said songs were performed during this show, it would become an instant classic (and may already as it stands). Everything we’ve heard so far is immensely enjoyable. Plant sounds fantastic (for 75 at least) and while Page may be physically impaired, it doesn’t seem to have affected his energy and enthusiasm.
  4. Kashmir was performed very well at that show. No mess-ups and a solid rendition overall. In fact, I've always thought the whole show is very solid. It's not Page's best night ever, but certainly not his worst... and pretty much every song is performed really well. The Year of LZ blog even marks this one as a "Must Hear" and he didn't give those out willy-nilly. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that "The Destroyer" which is the audience recording from the following night, was the one released in 1977... and the "Destroyer" soundboard box set was released in the early '80s. I can see though how the sound may have come off as weird compared to the other bootlegs of the era. Their earlier sound was more straightforward and those first boots captured the ambiance pretty well. Interestingly, when I first heard the 1971 BBC show (from the 1997 official release), I didn't like it at all and thought it was very artificial sounding. Almost like they were playing with rented equipment compared to the mighty Zeppelin sound. I've recently heard a vinyl rip from the original 1972 bootleg, and it seems to have a more natural sound overall (The "BBC Broadcast" version with Communication Breakdown... not "Stairway To Heaven"). I'd love to hear a vinyl rip of the Destroyer box set to compare it with the Winston remaster, which is the one I own, and the only version of this show I've heard. To my ears, it's the best sounding soundboard to come from the 1977 tour. It doesn't sound muddy or flat at all, and the twangy-sounding bass isn't near as bad as other shows. But maybe that was all Winston's handywork...
  5. So I'm all alone this Saturday afternoon, and I've decided to have a Stones marathon. I'll be watching all the concert films from the '70s... Ladies and Gentlemen, L.A. Forum, and Some Girls. L&G is a classic and one of my first real exposures to the Stones. I've only seen the Forum once before, and Some Girls will get it's first viewing from me tonight. We'll see which one I like the best when it's all over, but L&G is gonna be tough to beat. Sean, I'm pretty sure you were at the 1973 Forum show, correct? Did you also see them at the Forum in 1975 and Anaheim in 1978? If so, which one was your favorite? I recently listened to the 1973 bootleg for the first time and it's one of the best!
  6. I recently purchased a copy of Luis Rey's book. I've never read it before, but I knew how big of deal it is to many pre-internet fans and wanted it for historical reference. I found a copy for about $14 on eBay (1993 edition) which was good enough for me! I read the whole thing in just a couple of hours. Having been a hardcore fan only since 2015 myself, the Year of LZ blog has always been a big point of reference for me, and it was fascinating to basically be reading the prototype of that blog. In the write-up about the Copenhagen 1971 show, he mentions that Gallows Pole is played with the 12-string neck of the EDS. This is the first time I've heard that. I listened to Four Sticks and Gallows Pole today. The same guitar was almost certainly used for both songs as there only a few seconds pause between them. It definitely sounds like the 12-string could have been used for these songs, but I can't tell for sure. Anyone else who is more guitar savvy know?
  7. Led Zeppelin Rarities posted this fabulous compilation today. Give it a listen... the sound is incredible!
  8. This show really does not have a definitive version out there (that I've heard at least). Which is a shame because it's one of the best of the tour. I think Nite Owl would be the man for the job. His matrixes are the best I've ever heard... everything he has touched so far turned to gold.
  9. Steve... since this thread is over 10 years old and a lot of information about this time period has been uncovered during that time, can you post a short timeline of events covering these two weeks? Just so you can bring us up to date on all the info that’s been posted in this thread... some of which has been disproven. Thanks!
  10. I wondered if he really did have the red one in that shot or if my eyes were fooling me. It's just barely visible. Since Robert said "Good Evening" right after that, I'd bet the pause to switch guitars was very brief. Maybe Raymond had seen the broken string ahead of time and had the red one ready to go. With all the new sources popping up, the 27th being one of them would be a real treat!
  11. Well I don’t know... the description doesn’t match my compilation. I have way more than just Black Dog from the 28th, and Moby Dick is the complete Ledsox merge. If they did use mine, joke’s on them, because I’m already working on some updates and may have a v1.2 released soon.
  12. I wonder what show that snipped of Dazed was from at the end of the video...
  13. If anyone else wants the download link, send me a PM. Specify MP3 or FLAC when you do.
  14. I'm very sorry I haven't posted the FLAC files here yet. I've been doing the exact opposite of quarantine this past week. I'm a contractor... so if I don't work, I don't get paid. And I'm about to get laid off from my main job, so I've been working extra this week to get as much bread as possible before that happens. But I will start working on getting the FLAC files together tonight and hopefully have them uploaded tonight or tomorrow. I'll re-upload the MP3 files to since the link is now dead. Just to be clear, the music files I was working with were FLAC files rendered to MP3, so all I have to do is go back to my Audacity projects and render the files in FLAC. So there won't be any converting MP3s to FLAC, I promise. While we're on the subject, what level (1 through 10) and bit depth (16 or 24 bit) are the best to render FLAC? I'm very happy everyone is enjoying it! Hopefully if some new remasters or sources come our way soon, I'll be able to update the comp for an even better listening experience! Some ideas I have include splicing Stairway and SIBLY from both nights. But since the soundboard tracks sound quite different from each other from night to night, I decided not to do that for v1.0. Maybe someday though... sooner rather than later!
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