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  1. I have to say, that despite 25 years of Zep devotion and a particularly acute fan status of Bonzo's wizardry, I never bothered to see if Buddy Rich was any good. Any fan of Zep has likely heard at least once Keith Moon's dress down of Rich's apparent status as the world's best drummer, rather than Mr. Bonham - all captured on the "For Badgeholder's Only" audience capture of 1977/06/23. But as I watch this video, I slowly come to the realization that perhaps Mr. Moon made an unwise early conclusion.....
  2. ^^ This is a tougher question (best quality gig) than I think it initially appears to be. Most say Zurich, Frankfurt, or Munich. However there are great moments from every '80 gig (even Page's solo in NFBM in Nuremberg I suppose). Concerning sound, I would say the soundboard recording of Zurich is the absolute best audio of an '80 show (its perhaps the best sounding Zep soundboard ever). But as far as the performances, I tend to suggest the first four shows as best reflecting the energy, enthusiasm and revamped focus that the band was trying to convey. Dortmund is great, not rusty at all but r
  3. I was just listening to Rotterdam a few days ago and thought the same about "Heartbreaker" - simply a stunning version. Plant's vocals at the very end are amazing and Page is indeed blazing through his a cappella and accompanied solos. Brilliant and a true sign that the group still had it when they were believing in themselves, which was the case for the first four shows straight through. There is a dip in Bremen and the first night in Mannheim where they were likely hesitant to look each other in the eye and acknowledge that it was indeed harder to pull it off every night. That's the differen
  4. All of this 1980 bashing with very little in the way of specifics. Easy to briefly listen to a show and say it sucks if you have already made up your mind prior to putting on your headphones. Plant comments how he's enjoying himself more in '80 than how he's not - you've got to take every word from every show into account. It's all in the Plantations, but if you only remember the negative comments and nothing else than you can't say that's a consensus can you? You want your Zeppelin tight but loose, you're going to get some mistakes. They screw up Kashmir once in NYC and once in LA, and in
  5. I think the general consensus is that Page plays well below par for most of the evening's songs - likely the worst without a known drug reaction (such as Chicago '77). Even at Tempe in '77 he plays a fantastic STH solo, which coincidentally is not much shorter than Berlin's version. The best method of gauging his playing this night is to compare it to earlier '80 shows. There are hints of struggle in NFBM and BD - the first major issue of the night is the outro solo in ITE where Page would normally play a nice fluent string solo while slowly working the wah-wah pedal. His picking on this i
  6. I listen to one to two 1980 shows a week. Seems crazy but whatever floats your boat... I also listen to at least one 1977 show a week, then likely one 1972 show and one 1975 show a month. After that sprinkle a little '69 occasionally...
  7. SIBLY is consistently played below average on this tour, however Brussels, Hannover and Munich's versions seem to rise above. The other end of the spectrum finds both Mannheim performances and Berlin. Tea for One or I'm Gonna Crawl would have served better by this point.
  8. I think one could confidently assume there are more than 1 source for the other nights. 6/22 has four that are known alone (a non-Millard night of course) and 6/23 has two exceptional sources (including Millard). Frankly if the brief snippet of the 6/22 source found at the end of SIBLY was released in its entirety, combined with an extra source or two for 6/26 we'd all be set for life.
  9. Appears you've picked up on the weedwacker uploads of Millard's recordings. They were (are) heavily desirable among more enthusiastic collectors due to the unmarked tapes and pre-tamped (remaster) status. While JEMS may have shared them recently I believe WW shared them several years back. The unmarked tapes were sourced from the owner of the record shop where Millard purchased his blanks. In exchange for free blanks Millard gave copies of the shows to the owner. Sources for the other audience tape are known but soliciting is extremely unlikely to be successful. The sound is rather mud
  10. You know the coda section at the end on 1977/07/24 is pretty sweet with the funky Steely Dan ish keyboards and Jimmy's guitar feeding off this.
  11. Does anyone know why there seemingly are so few offstage photos of the band during the L.A. Forum run? There are a good number of offstage shots taken in New York earlier in the month. Is it just me? Surely there are photos from the after show party on the 23rd in the hills. What about the 26th - I wanna see Joney's strawberry tart dammit!?
  12. I too think the NQ from 6/23 is somewhat overrated, although Jones' bit with the organ is incredible. The jam itself is lacking in spots. I can't say that 6/23 overall is overrated, there are definite highlights - ALS and particularly a super nasty version of SA. The acoustic set is subpar however. Its a tough call... Little has been said about 6/26 which features IMO Jimmy's best playing of the entire stretch. NQ is phenomenal and includes a return to form for Bonham from the previous night. STH this night is also amazing as is OTHAFA. I really like 6/27, both NQ and the show as a who
  13. I suppose I know these shows too well....I took a quick 30 second listen and already ascertained that NFBM is from Frankfurt and ALS is from Zurich. I'm gonna make a game out of this for myself!
  14. Cool creation. I second Nutrocker's request for a detailed breakdown of what comes from where. I like the discussion here regarding Plant's voice. It seems to me to be an underappreciated enigma but his live vocals on the '83 American tour and Japan / Australia '84 shows are fantastic. Still powerful and strong throughout lows, mids and highs. The live endings of "Stranger Here...Than Over There" sound like the chaos sections from 1980 WLL's. By 1988 in my opinion his powerful youthful voice was gone, replaced by a man sounding like early middle aged, which he was at the time. The new
  15. 1977/04/28 is the best show outside of LA that year in my opinion, and is clearly stronger than 06/25.
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