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  1. Nitpicking Page 2/28/1975 Baton Rouge, LA (Grame Remaster) An excellent remastered soundboard. Rock And Roll- Energetic start with the bass overloading the recording a bit and Plant sounding hoarse. Solo- Bonham all over the place as Page takes off. Jim lays down a very solid set of runs. A decent start for 1975. "A-". Sick Again- Strong start. 0:49, something happens as everything besides the vocals fades out of the recording for a few seconds. Solo- some nimble licks that sound fairly coherent. 2:27, slight chord flub by Jim. 3:20, the tempo is blindingly fast. Outro solo- good noodling to end a driving version. "A-". OTHAFA- Excellent intro. Page's guitar tone sounding crunchier than usual on the verses. Solo- good noodling to start. 3:51, getting into a nice groove. 4:10, pretty sloppy run. Page exits the solo perfectly. Plant still raspy on the return. Solid outro. The tempo on this ran almost too fast. "B+". IMTOD- Robert sounding more warmed up. 3:58, some slight voice cracks. First solo- excellent fluidity and phrasing. Speedy tempo, energy off the charts. Second solo- solid playing. Bonham gets some lively fills in. 9:36, Jim plays an insane sounding slide phrase before ending this top tier version. "A++". TSRTS- Again with an up-tempo. 2:12, Jimmy's arpeggiated chording played perfectly. First solo- perfect start. 2:56, just a tad loose here. Outro solo- 4:34, maybe the fastest I've heard Jim play through this. 4:42, he doesn't quite nail this set of pulloffs to end, but it almost sounds intentional. Damn close to being flawless. "A-". Rain Song- 1:47, the mellotron not quite fitting the melody here. Otherwise flawless playing. Rock section sounds good with a throat wrenching scream from Plant. Solid ending. "A-". Kashmir- A powerful version played well overall, though Plant does have a few noticeable weak spots. "A-". No Quarter- Solid start. 2:45, slight voice crack. Jones' routine starts off casually but he soon finds an excellent groove. Solo- Page plays steadily and phrases coherently, not shooting for the moon but playing smart. 10:07, almost unnoticeable flub. He switches on the wah pedal and gets a little looser, but still staying on the path. Jones returns with an excellent set of piano runs before jumping back to the original theme. Page's outro wah licks are more passionate as this rock solid version comes to a close. Not a mind blowing performance, but played near flawlessly. "A". Trampled Underfoot- 0:21, Bonzo extends this fill slightly, causing Robert to hesitate and mumble the lyrics. Jones' breakdown is played fantastically. Solo- Page comes in and fumbles the phrasing a bit before launching some aggressive runs, phrasing nicely though loosely. 4:44, sounding terribly off time with these rhythmic licks. 4:56, extremely sloppy mess of a run. He finishes the routine with some more aggressive, loose runs. Not his best here. His outro riffing is more solid to end on a good note. Some rushed vocals and low spots on the solo keep this at a "B", but it's quite listenable. Dazed- Jim tunes up and Robert tells the story of the first time they played together before starting. Usual solid start. First workout- Page starts with some speedy low notes and continues further up the neck with decent noodling. 7:33, a little loose. 7:45, again. Woodstock is played decently. The transition to the bow section isn't exactly smooth. 10:44, excellent fills by Bonham. Bow section is just over eight minutes. Second workout- 19:10-19:30, not good. 20:22, Page pushing it but his sticky fingers aren't obeying. After the call and response with Plant he comes back with some more nimble playing. 24:40, really dragging this phrase out. 25:54, a tad sloppy. Mars- done nicely. 27:32, hard to tell if he's playing chords here or ripping the strings off. The outro jam drags on a bit but is played well to end it. Not a terrible version but definitely has some low points. "B". Stairway- Beautiful start with an inspired mood. 2:16, chord flub. 4:50, sounds like a small flub by Jones. Solo- Jimmy gets started on a seamless flow of runs, underplaying just a bit but keeping it interesting. 6:40, loose. 8:10, an excellent descending run ends roughly. 9:49, pretty sticky here. Honestly a good solo apart from some overused phrases. Plant returns sounding very hoarse. 11:18, case in point. Shamefully there's enough flubs to hold this one back a bit, but the solo is quite good. "B". WLL- 0:06, Page gets out of key for a second. Decent verses despite Plant's voice barely hanging on. The theremin jam seemingly goes on forever. No rating. Black Dog- Some voice cracks to start. 1:52, choppy chording. Verses are just decent. Solo- a hint of wah pedal on the start which cuts back out. 4:01, sometimes a repeated phrase works. This one doesn't. 4:17, fingers stuck in strings. 4:34, terrible bending. 4:44-4:54, throws the guitar down some stairs. 5:04, off key. 5:12, sticky to say the least. 6:04, fudging the last chords to sum it up. Now among certain Zep circles, this solo is known as the granddaddy of drunken slopfests. An excellent start to this show certainly ends on a bad note. "C". Final Assessment- The first half of this one holds up with the best of 1975, considering of course a raspy Rob and the fact that it's a soundboard. There's tremendous energy throughout and Page is coherent on most tracks. Unfortunately on the last few numbers when he does fall, he falls pretty hard. Highlight is a blazing IMTOD with maybe his best slide phrasing. The Black Dog solo will continue to hold it's place as a running joke.
  2. 6/26 is lowkey a top 5 show of 77 though no one will admit it.
  3. Nitpicking Page 3/5/1975 Dallas, TX (Grame Remaster) Rock And Roll- Plant not sounding too awfully bad. Decent verses. Solo- sloppy playing overall but the phrasing is good. 2:24, some sloppy chords to end the solo. Fairly average for the opener, nothing impressive. "B". Sick Again- Good intro and verses, Rob sounds warmed up already. First solo- some looseness but pretty solid overall. Second half verses sound good. Outro solo- nimble fingers throughout. Not bad. "A". OTHAFA- Solid intro from Pagey. Plant sounding strong on the opening chorus. Solo- the low octave noodling is phrased nicely. 4:19, straining a bit. Not exactly shred mode, but Page dabbles and experiments with some effective phrasing. A surprisingly solid version overall. "A". IMTOD- Fairly good start and verses. First solo- pretty loose but the flow is good. Sounds like a drunk Duane Allman. Second solo- 6:34, much better feel on this one as he gets in the zone. The energy picks up nicely for the last bit. "A-" TSRTS- Decent intro. 1:27, chord flub. First solo- lacking some technical precision but fairly good. Second solo- 4:27, slightly choppy chording. Not bad. Plant slurring some notes on the return. "B+". Rain Song- 0:56, slight vocal squeak. Solid verses. Nice instrumental balance on the recording. 3:14, Jones sounding a little odd with the bass pedals. Rock section- not bad. Page's outro is good and Plant gets a decent scream in to end it. A very relaxed version. "B+". Kashmir- Solid start. 1:20. very slight flub. Mostly solid throughout. 8:07-8:10, Jimmy a little loose here on the outro. Decent performance but this recording lacks some punch. "A-". No Quarter- The usual solid start. Jones- an intriguing start to his routine with some elegantly played piano phrases. 6:47-8:00, Jones in the zone for some of the best phrases I've heard by him. 11:40, amazing groove here with Bonzo. Solo- Page playing patiently to start. 15:25, phrasing is pretty loose and choppy. 15:55, better. 17:40, playing with more passion and fluidity. 19:46, very nice wah enhanced bends. A mediocre start improves greatly and saves us from disappointment from Page. The return is good and Jim does well with the outro licks. Minus the first half of Page's solo (which is really only sporadic phrasing), this one is really up there. A top five Jones routine. "A". Trampled Underfoot- Very up tempo and Robert has some trouble keeping up in places. Jones has a short but good routine. Solo- Page enters sounding just a bit sticky but his phrasing is nice. 3:57, sloppy run. Really not too bad, but some stickiness keeps this around a "B+". Dazed- The usual start. First workout- Page's fingers sounding stiff. The Woodstock intro reveals a string to be out of tune but it's still a nice rendition. 7:25, Plant squeak. The bow section pushes ten minutes. Second workout- 20:19, something happens as Page drops out and Jones picks up on bass to fill the void. 21:07, Page still struggling. 22:00, inarticulate. 25:24, sloppy. 26:05, Jim pushing it here but not impressing. Mars- Page struggling a bit with the chords. At last we hit the climax and Jimbo even flubs a few chords here. The outro jam flows a bit better. Not a good one. "C+". Stairway- Verses sounding excellent. Solo- good start but a strange phrase at 6:45. 8:00-8:40, fantastic set of alternating phrases. Jim pulls together quite well for the remainder of the solo. Plant struggles on the climax. Not perfect but anything would sound good after that Dazed. "B+". WLL- Some twangy chords to get started. The Crunge- a serious attempt at the song this time around. 1:08, Page not quite nailing the chords or timing. The theremin freakout is pretty run of the mill. "B+". Black Dog- Verses sounding good. Solo- some choppy phrasing to start but not bad. 4:20, fingers stuck in strings. 4:55, sloppy. The remainder is played embarassingly as Page's fingers stop working. "B". Final Assessment- A solid overall performance is marred by some low points. Plant is mostly good except for the Stairway finale. Page isn't perfect but is fairly coherent and controlled for 1975. He seems to have issues with his guitars throughout. Highlight is a solid No Quarter, with an impressive piano section from Jones. Dazed should be avoided.
  4. Mine would be geared toward Plant. I'd ask why the original lyrics of OTHAFA were changed live. I'd also ask what the hell the lyrics are for The Ocean.
  5. Nitpicking Page 3/4/1975 Dallas, TX (Zapruder- Wendy) Rock And Roll- Bonzo can be heard complaining about no sound coming from the snare drum before starting. Plant sounding much better than the previous show. Solo- Very sticky off the bat but the phrasing is decent. A little too loose overall. Last verses sound good and Bonham sounds like he's feeling lively again tonight. "B+". Sick Again- Solid opening and verses. Solo- 1:46, sticky. 2:01, straining a bit. Outro solo- decent start. 4:30, fingers getting stuck. 4:40-4:48, fingers definitely stuck. Yikes. The solos bring this otherwise good version down. "B". OTHAFA- Good intro. Plant sounding good on the opening verses. 1:29, flubbed notes and Page's fingers are sounding lethargic. Solo- the usual phrasing to start. 4:16-4:28, a little sticky. Some bends sound forced but otherwise it's not terrible. Solid ending (though Plant's final whoo is rough). It's a listenable version but nothing to brag about. "B+". IMTOD- Decent start but there's some energy missing. 3:22, sloppy slide work. First solo- the lifeless tone certainly doesn't help. Overall not too bad. Second solo- 6:24, Bonzo stealing the show through here. Decent playing from Jim. 9:30, some loose slide playing. Solid ending. "A-". TSRTS- Harsh tone from the twelve string. Solid intro. 2:17-2:21, sloppy chording. First solo- just a tad loose but overall good playing. Plant cracks on Calcutta. Outro solo- Page's fingers are moving quite well considering the fast tempo. Plant straining some on the final verses. A decent version. "A-". The Rain Song- Solid throughout. Rock Section- Good. "A". Kashmir- The mellotron sounding terribly off key on the start and no bass in the feed. 8:34, Jones' bass pedals finally make it to the mix. 9:14, sloppy noodling from Page. A fairly solid performance, but the technical problems really kill this version. "B". No Quarter- Decent intro. Jones barely starts to solo until... 4:30, tape cut takes us into the end of the guitar solo. Jones returns with some nice keyboard work. The last verses are okay with some decent wah noodling from Page. 10:19, sloppy chording. Impossible to rate without the solo. Trampled Underfoot- Good start. Jones gets a solid solo in. Guitar solo- 3:33-3:45, ouch. Phrasing is beyond erratic. 4:23, very sticky. 4:34, Page improvises an ascending phrase and has no idea where to go with it. 5:33, better groove here but back to stickiness soon afterwards. Awful solo by Jim. 6:50, not even the wah effect can hide this flub. Good ending. "C+". Dazed- Solid intro and verses. First workout- the phrasing is a bit lazy as Jim plays some mediocre runs. 8:27, string out of tune as he begins Woodstock. 12:27, some weird bow sounds. Second workout- decent start. 21:57, sloppy. 25:30, fingers stuck. 26:33, a little sticky. Mars- not bad. Climax is good and the return comes back nicely. Not the greatest playing by Jimmy but it's not terrible. The ending guitar noodling is decent as the song comes to a close. "B+". Stairway- solid verses throughout. 5:14, bad guitar chording. 5:28, an odd moment where both Page and Bonham pause briefly. Solo- good start. 6:29, this phrase doesn't fit well. 6:45, another awkward phrase. 7:30, sticky. 8:14, forcing this a little. 8:20, an excellent sounding run. Keeping a steady flow going but absolutely nothing impressive. Page barely gets the final phrase down. Plant sounding dreadful on the climax. "B" at most. WLL- 0:16, chord flub. The Crunge- forget the bridge, Jim can't find the chords. Theremin section is done adequately. "B". Black Dog- 0:50, a little sloppy. 2:25, Bonzo and Jim not syncing up well. Plant gets a surprisingly good pre solo scream in. Solo- 4:03, a speedy albeit slightly sloppy run. 4:38, some good emotion in these somewhat sticky runs. I expected worse, not a bad solo at all. But it can't really save this one overall. "B+". Heartbreaker- 0:19, Bonzo drops out for a beat. 1:04, Page struggling with the riff. The soundboard doesn't help, but I don't think you could invent a worse guitar tone. Solo- 2:57, stereo pan out of nowhere. Page gets a good rockabilly routine in. The smear runs are decent. 5:58, Page playing loosely. 7:03, strange phrasing. 7:25, very sticky. A decent solo overall. 7:53, Plant's vocals completely fall flat. A little too loose. "B". Final assessment- Just not a very inspiring performance on the whole. Plant's vocals oddly seemed to get worse as the show went on. Page struggled the whole way through. When he wasn't sloppy, his phrasing was lazy and erratic. Bonham and Jones both appeared to have some technical issues. IMTOD might be the only highlight and it's nothing special.
  6. Nitpicking Page 3/3/1975 Ft. Worth, TX (Rock Superstars- Liriodendron Remaster) Rock And Roll- 0:15, Bonham switching up the beat either purposely or accidentally. Again at 0:25. Plant sounding very rough on the opening notes. 1:48, Bonham going ape here. Solo- Slightly loose in places but very solid overall. I think Bonzo might've had some technical problems which is what made him overplay and switch the beat up so much, but who knows. Plant's raspiness considered, "B+". Sick Again- Solid verses though Plant is still straining. First solo- honestly, very good all the way. One of the more fluid ones I've heard. Outro solo- good start. 4:30, starts a surprisingly fluid run but runs it into the ditch. He's back on track to end it properly though. The band is very tight overall so far. "A-". OTHAFA- Well, he's in tune so things are sounding bright. Solid intro. Plant already sounding out of breath. Opening chorus sounding nice. 2:13, minor chord flub. Solo- 2:57, nice fluid run. 3:44, 73-ish through here. He's seriously in the zone for this. 4:45, a little inarticulate. Good finish. Back to 1975 reality though when Plant circles back. Solid ending. Let's take the vocals out of the equation and say "A-". IMTOD- 3:20, Page gets confused and plays the opening riff again before launching the fast section. No problem though as it still works. First solo- energy off the charts as Page nails down a fluid run of slide licks. 5:47, Bonham reverses the beat but quickly corrects it. Second solo- that fretless bass crowding the mix. Not bad at all. Quite good actually. 9:35, Bonzo getting some monstrous fills in. Plant sounding slightly better toward the end. "A+". TSRTS- Blazing tempo. Solid start and verses. First solo- 2:42, phrasing a little choppy. 2:55, not quite playing smoothly here. Outro solo- 4:27, slight hang up. Otherwise not bad. Page sounding just a tad rusty on the solos. "B+". Rain Song- Good beginning, solid playing throughout until... 4:54, mellotron flub. Rock section- Decent, but Plant absolutely wrecks his voice at 5:37. Good ending. The Tron was acting up a little on this one though Jones managed well. "B+". Kashmir- Sounds solid throughout with a good balance between guitar and mellotron. Plant obviously rough in a few spots. "A". No Quarter- Good start with the mello up in the mix. JPJ- a pretty average sounding routine from Jones. Solo- fluid start. 10:54, a little sloppy here. Page keeps the phrasing steady but isn't shooting for the moon. 13:48, switching to the bridge pickup (with the wah pedal engaged) for some screaming leads. 14:22, bending the string behind the nut. 16:00, speedy run. Not a bad solo, just not a very exciting one. 18:36, a dramatic finish from Bonham and Jones. The return is good and Page comes alive for the outro. Very solid performance, but nothing I'd write home about. "A". Trampled Underfoot- Energetic tempo. Jones gets a good funk routine. Solo- starts good. 4:12, inarticulate. Not too bad. Solid ending. "A-". Dazed- good start. First workout- a little underwhelming with some messy noodling from Page. Woodstock section is decent but Plant strains with the vocals (8:38). Bow section lasts just over seven minutes. Second workout- 18:11, Jim coming alive. 19:25, just a tad sloppy. 20:49, Page plays the vocal duet part but Plant doesn't jump in. 23:00, fairly solid playing though his tone seems to be dialed back. Mars- good. 26:05, a nice funk jam and you can hear a loose jack plug in the recording. Climax comes out of nowhere and Bonham goes nuts. Final verses are good. Finale- the usual ear piercing wah leads from Page. Pretty solid performance overall but the workouts leave a bit to be desired. "A-". Stairway- Solid verses throughout. 6:18 and 6:28, off notes by Jones. Solo- decent, somewhat sticky noodling by Page. The phrasing is good but the fluidity is missing. 8:30, loose. 8:50, sticky. 9:24, Bonham plays some big fills seemingly to say "Let's wrap this up" and Page half heartedly plays the final phrases. The climax and ending sound good. Not bad, but again nothing too notable as the solo is just adequate. "B+". WLL- Page hints at the Sick Again chords before starting. Good start. The funk jam is short and Page doesn't get a whole lot going for the freak out section. "B". Black Dog- Solid verses to start.1:43, Plant really pushing it. 2:33, Page and Bonzo get off sync. 3:32, Robert waits for the crowd's response but Bonham keeps it going. Solo- decent until 4:11, where Page starts straining badly. 5:11, whoo boy. Train wreck here and gives the Baton Rouge version a run for it's money. I can see why Bonzo was trying to end this as soon as possible. "C+". Final Assessment- The first two thirds of this one is surprisingly tight instrumentally, with Bonham really flexing (or being impatient). Page isn't perfect but plays impressively for the era. Plant however is dreadful for most of the show. The highlight is a standout IMTOD, where even the flub adds to it a bit. No Quarter, Kashmir, and Dazed are all solid. It's apparent though that there was some backstage medication during Moby Dick as Page got stickier toward the end.
  7. Nitpicking Page 1/18/1975 (Source Mix- LedZepFilm) This review includes the rest of the EVSD soundboard. *songs were from the first review. Rock And Roll- Guitar tone is maximum lifeless twang. Robert's opening "Whoo" is on the rough side. Verses are decent. Solo- Talk about being fooled by an audience source, the first series of phrases sounds like he's trying to play with one finger. Even if we accept the fact that a 1975 soundboard paints the worst picture possible this level of playing is just inconceivable by a professional guitarist. Let's move on. "C+". Sick Again- Good start. First solo- smooth sailing until 1:59 where Jim hits a bum note. Outro solo- not the most technically precise, but Page keeps a good flow going throughout with decent playing. "A-". OTHAFA- Out of tune off the bat. Opening is decent, Plant sounds a little rough on the verses. 2:25, Page chokes a note. Solo- bit of a rough start. He keeps a good steady flow going. 3:53-4:07, some bad articulation. The ending phrases are played roughly but he hangs on. Plant sounds half asleep on the return. The out of tune string doesn't help the outro. Bit of a let down. "B". (Plant blames the lighting) When The Levee Breaks- Decent start. 2:27, Page putting a little too much vibrato on the slide, but decent playing overall. Plant's harmonica is adequate. 4:29, Page playing behind the beat a bit. 6:20, decent harmonica playing. 6:48, Page attempts a slide solo which borders on good and slopfest. Honestly, Jones and Bonham are the only ones putting down a solid melody here. If you like slow and messy, this is great. If you like a professional sounding performance, "B". *TSRTS- Page's opening notes start out front and center but move to the right channel after the start. Plant sounding pretty good for 1975. 3:07, chord flub. 3:18, Page struggles to get this phrase started. First solo- not the most precise, but he holds it together fairly well. Second solo- some slight articulation issues, but not bad at all. "B+". *The Rain Song- 7:09, Plant's vocals move more up front and become clearer while some feedback comes through. Page and Jones knock down an excellent instrumental section. Rock Section- 11:38, a very loose drum fill by Bonham. Otherwise good. "B+". *Kashmir- This song starting off so casually never ceases to seem out of place. Maybe they didn't realize how epic it actually was. 19:53, Rob confuses the lyrics a bit. The outro is solid as Page noodles away in Arabic scales. "B+". Wanton Song- Plant really straining for those notes but not sounding too bad. SBD cuts out right before the solo, but this has solid playing from all members. Still an "A". No Quarter- Soundboard enters at 2:27. Jones- solid playing and still very 73 sounding. Solo- Page enters fluidly with steady phrasing, not rushing. 5:20-5:27, not the most articulate through here. 6:29, a little sloppy. 6:50, better flow here. A reserved sounding solo but certainly not bad. 9:30, interesting phrasing by Jones. The return is good and Page gets some decent wah licks in toward the end. I'd call this a perfectly average performance. "A-". Trampled Underfoot- Slightly upped tempo to kick it off. Jones- reserved but good. Solo- Page enters with some nice pulloffs before launching into faster phrases. 3:14-3:20, sloppy. 3:35, repeats this phrase a few times but can't seem to make it work. Solid ending. "B+". IMTOD- Solid verses and playing. First solo- some small hangups but otherwise good. Second solo- 6:22, a little forced here. Not bad. 7:03-7:11, nice playing from Jones. Very solid overall with good enthusiasm. "A". Stairway- Jonesy is absent from the mix and finally gets plugged in at 2:21. Not the most proficient playing from Page through the verses as he's choppy with some of the chording (4:49), but good playing from the others. Solo- struggling with the opening phrases a bit. 6:46-6:48, some hang ups. Page sounding sticky throughout. 7:28, wrong chord in there somewhere. 8:14, repeats an off sounding phrase twice. 8:31, bad chording. 8:40, flub. 8:53, sticky. The audience source does a good job at masking this sloppy playing, but all is revealed here. "C+". WLL (Partial)- 0:06, Plant not sounding well but it's a nice groovy tempo which is only used as a lead in. Black Dog- Plant forgets one of the opening lines and repeats the previous one. The added vocal effect is very off sounding. Apart from that the verses are good. Solo- a little sticky on the take off. 4:25, some bad articulation. 4:46, straining a bit. Overall however it's a surprisingly good solo played passionately. "B+". Final Assessment- The contrast between the SBD and AUD for this show honestly made me rethink my audience source reviews. I've always known that a soundboard reveals small flubs that are otherwise unnoticeable, but this one shows that any audience source that isn't a Millard quality recording is pretty unreliable for accurately judging technicality and proficiency. Makes me worry about soundboards coming out for other shows I've held in high regard. With that said however, it's still a pretty good showing for such an early performance in the tour. Wanton Song and IMTOD are the highlights. Also a very solid No Quarter.
  8. The reason we're not holding them responsible is because bullshit assumptions don't outweigh legitimate studies and analysis. You seem to be stuck on the Nostradamus effect- predict a thousand things and if you get one right then you're a prophet. Well, keep holding your breath.
  9. The former director said he personally believed it was man made. That same person also said there was absolutely no evidence to support that opinion. Strange how all it takes is one person's unproven opinion to support conspiracy, yet thousands of other expert's studies don't count. Just saying. If the evidence pops up showing it was man made, so be it, but the actual science has to prevail, not the opinion or assumption.
  10. Thought you meant 3/24 for a second 😆
  11. Every song but one on TSRTS a five star rating. Hmm. I love the album, but I couldn't say that.
  12. I might go with one of the Aussie shows for that.
  13. I'm 99% certain that's a twelve.
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