OK. Teach me about bootlegs. Best audience recordings. in Led Zeppelin Newbies Posted April 22, 2018 8 minutes ago, Bonzo_fan said: 1972: I'm not as familiar with '72 as I probably should be, mainly because of How The West Was Won. 6/25/72 LA (one of the HTWWW shows) is probably the best-sounding audience tape from '72. I think a few of the Japanese shows are decent sound and performance quality--10/9/72 Osaka is the best of the '72 Japanese shows, I believe. 6/19/72 Seattle is a legendary show and probably the best of '72, but the sound quality is not good (I think it's listenable, and worth the effort, given the performance quality). 1973: - 3/16 Vienna flips between a great audience tape and a soundboard - 3/21 Hamburg is only good sound quality for the SBD that takes over for most of Dazed, Stairway & WLL, but is an amazing performance--Bonham's drumming on Dazed & WLL is out-of-this-world - 3/22 Essen - same deal as Vienna - 3/24 Offenburg - pretty good audience tape and one of Page's best shows ever - 5/13 Mobile & 5/14 New Orleans are great SBDs--New Orleans has a very good audience source as well - 5/31 LA has both a great AUD and a SBD - 6/2 San Francisco has a good AUD, and a SBD from Moby Dick to the end - 6/3 LA - one of the best performances of the year (and probably the best setlist), but bad recording - 7/17 Seattle - SBD lasts until Moby Dick, after which a pretty good AUD takes over. Winston's version is a matrix until the SBD ends - 7/21 Providence - my personal favourite, at least of the North American tour, but the recording is just OK. Quite listenable though, I'd say... 1975: the year with the best SBD coverage (and the best sounding SBDs at that!) - 2/8 Philadelphia - decent AUD, but one of Page's best shows of the year - 2/12 New York - amazing sound quality (matrix), and a pretty great performance - 2/13 New York - straight SBD, but even better performance than the 12th - 3/3 Ft. Worth - SBD, excellent performance for Bonham - 3/12 Long Beach - one of the best shows of the year, and the new 3-source mix makes the whole show very listenable sound quality (except Trampled Under Foot, which is only on the inferior source) - 3/19 & 20 Vancouver - excellent SBDs both sound- and performance-wise - 3/21 Seattle - best show of the year IMO, now available in an excellent matrix - 3/25 & 27 LA - great audience tapes with mostly great performances as well - 5/18 London - pretty good AUD and a great performance - 5/25 London - pretty good performance, and it's available in full on video, so that's good 1977: - 4/28 Cleveland & 4/30 Pontiac - not the greatest sounding AUDs, but listenable, and the performances are well worth the effort - 5/18 Birmingham - pretty good AUD, and a great performance - 5/22 Ft. Worth - great SBD, both sound- and performance-wise - 6/10 New York - decent AUD, great performance - 6/13 New York - OK AUD, superb performance - 6/21 LA - amazing AUD, amazing performance - 6/22 LA - AUD that ranges from OK at the start to pretty good for the second half after a few source changes, performance is as good or better than the 21st--my personal favourite of '77 - 6/23 LA - amazing AUD, pretty great performance - 6/25 LA - another great AUD, performance not as good as the preceding LA nights - 6/26 LA - mediocre AUD, fantastic performance - 6/27 LA - amazing AUD, performance is pretty good. Valuable for the historical interest of it being their last show ever in LA, and being one of their longest shows (along with 3/21/75, 3/27/75 & 5/25/75) I hardly ever listen to post-'77, and when I do, it's usually the two Copenhagen warm-ups in '79 or watching Achilles Last Stand (8/4/79 Knebworth) on the DVD. I know what you mean about the phone storage--getting the 128 GB was a life-changer! Have you ever gotten into the Dead's live repertoire? Even more to discover than Zepp, and most of it in much better sound quality... Thank you. No I really never did get into the Dead live. Other than watching some Youtube videos. Which is weird considering that's where they were supposed to be the best. Of course it's more to discover, but I can barely keep my up with everything I like now. Between listening to current things I like, bringin back up things I already like, discovering new things, and playing music. Music pretty much consumes my life. It's pretty normal for me to be walking around town, at let's say lowes, singing Since I've Been Loving You, an Elvis tune, or who knows what to myself. I try to keep it at a low volume to keep people from looking. But screw it, it keeps me entertained.