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I'm sure everyone here is aware of the recent headline :

December 25th, 2021

      The end of the year and some truly exciting news from Japan! Announced just a day ago by Tarantura, it reveals that 2022 gonna be a very special year for all the Led Zeppelin collectors.

From deepest abbyss of the obscurity, we're extremely proud to announce the long awaited Complete Japan 1971 live album!
Assembled from the best sounding and most complete sources from each of five nights, including never before circulating material and upgraded versions known from previous releases, this new collection representing the ultimate perspective for this memorable part in rock music history.
After an aborted plan to play Japan in 1970, tied in with Expo 70, Led Zeppelin finally realised the first part of their true 'World tour' dreams with five outstanding, relaxed shows. Following the conclusion of their 7th US Tour on September 17th - the second of a brace of shows in Honolulu - they arrived as superstars on Sunday the 19th. This three-city, five-concert stop-off on the way back from America saw the present some of their most relaxed and inspired performances. Away from the glare of the press and the growing madness of America, this was the perfect opportunity to lay back and stretch out.
Both Tokyo and Osaka shows were professionally recorded by the local division of Warner Bros. company for potential live release. Rumoured to be destroyed by Page himself due to rather poor quality, it was confirmed by him in person during preparation of "How The West Was Won" and "DVD" in 2003 that these tapes were in potential use as a candidate for a standalone release.
This new set consists of all known audience recordings available for each of five nights. A special attention should be given to special bonus content, where - after many years of searching - it was possible to find the original master tape known as Rock Carnival, previously available in a heavily degenrated form and considered as being lost for years.
So, ladies and gentlemen, please sit back, relax and enjoy "How The East Was Won" - the long lost Led Zeppelin live album!

 

How excited should we really be? Is it going to be more of the same with an EQ variance? Don't get me wrong, I would love to see an upgraded set but really, can it be really worth spending, what, a 1000$ this time? Yes yes I'm a bit of a pessimist but it's really in the hope of being very pleasantly surprised.

Does anyone have any more info on this?

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This thing will be horribly expensive and, I fear, just a quick tweak here and there of already available recordings. I hope I'm wrong on both counts though and if it is a serious upgrade in sound or completeness I'll be buying the cheaper versions when they start to trickle out. Thanks for sharing.

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23 hours ago, Plant68 said:

I think I'll pass.....it will be way too expensive and will it really be an improvement ?

Do people still buy this stuff? I know of several sites that will upload it the day after it's released. My days of paying $100 for a bootleg are long gone. Drop me a PM if you need to know where to get these things. 

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7 hours ago, Ian Smith said:

Do people still buy this stuff? I know of several sites that will upload it the day after it's released. My days of paying $100 for a bootleg are long gone. Drop me a PM if you need to know where to get these things. 

The short answer is yes, otherwise they would have stopped making/selling them a long time ago. 

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15 hours ago, Tainted cheese said:

The short answer is yes, otherwise they would have stopped making/selling them a long time ago. 

I thank the people who do buy it actually cause they run to various sites and upload it for free for us. So my hat his off to them. 

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On 12/30/2021 at 8:08 AM, lololabrute said:

I'm sure everyone here is aware of the recent headline :

December 25th, 2021

      The end of the year and some truly exciting news from Japan! Announced just a day ago by Tarantura, it reveals that 2022 gonna be a very special year for all the Led Zeppelin collectors.

From deepest abbyss of the obscurity, we're extremely proud to announce the long awaited Complete Japan 1971 live album!
Assembled from the best sounding and most complete sources from each of five nights, including never before circulating material and upgraded versions known from previous releases, this new collection representing the ultimate perspective for this memorable part in rock music history.
After an aborted plan to play Japan in 1970, tied in with Expo 70, Led Zeppelin finally realised the first part of their true 'World tour' dreams with five outstanding, relaxed shows. Following the conclusion of their 7th US Tour on September 17th - the second of a brace of shows in Honolulu - they arrived as superstars on Sunday the 19th. This three-city, five-concert stop-off on the way back from America saw the present some of their most relaxed and inspired performances. Away from the glare of the press and the growing madness of America, this was the perfect opportunity to lay back and stretch out.
Both Tokyo and Osaka shows were professionally recorded by the local division of Warner Bros. company for potential live release. Rumoured to be destroyed by Page himself due to rather poor quality, it was confirmed by him in person during preparation of "How The West Was Won" and "DVD" in 2003 that these tapes were in potential use as a candidate for a standalone release.
This new set consists of all known audience recordings available for each of five nights. A special attention should be given to special bonus content, where - after many years of searching - it was possible to find the original master tape known as Rock Carnival, previously available in a heavily degenrated form and considered as being lost for years.
So, ladies and gentlemen, please sit back, relax and enjoy "How The East Was Won" - the long lost Led Zeppelin live album!

 

How excited should we really be? Is it going to be more of the same with an EQ variance? Don't get me wrong, I would love to see an upgraded set but really, can it be really worth spending, what, a 1000$ this time? Yes yes I'm a bit of a pessimist but it's really in the hope of being very pleasantly surprised.

Does anyone have any more info on this?

The 'Rock Carnival' source from the master could be worth it just for that. 

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11 hours ago, zeplz71 said:

The 'Rock Carnival' source from the master could be worth it just for that. 

Indeed, without the major issues in sound quality from WIAWSNB on & just reluctant mastering (to minimize brickwalling and aiming for warm/natural sound) of the master tape, this could be priceless.

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On 12/30/2021 at 2:08 PM, lololabrute said:

How excited should we really be? Is it going to be more of the same with an EQ variance? Don't get me wrong, I would love to see an upgraded set but really, can it be really worth spending, what, a 1000$ this time? Yes yes I'm a bit of a pessimist but it's really in the hope of being very pleasantly surprised.

I love the 71 Japan tour and I like quality AUD sources, so the decision has already been made. I am quite confident that this upcoming release will meet high expectations, since I have been pleased with the quality of  Tarantura´s recent releases of Detroit 73 & Winterland 69. If anything, I am a little bit worried about the so far weakest sounding shows, 924 and 928. Especially the horrible bass distortion of previous known 924 sources would require an uncirculated and better sounding source tape.  About the price: It won´t be a bargain, but at least Tarantura boxes aren´t as expensive as Empress Valley products.

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Did a few last year and I am satisfied. Hopes for an upgrade as always, believe it will be something new also. There are some of us who hates bootleggers, there are some of us who are collectors. I am from the second club, collecting physical media with stunning packaging and T is one of them. No obligated to push anyone, willing to share with the others.

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