And that was the excitement of it for them, self-indulgent or not. One thing's for damn sure: When you went to see them, you were sure to get your money's worth. Three or four hours a night?! Man, that would kill most performers out there these days. I think you're right about the studio versions being blueprints.
I'm constantly discovering amazing concerts by them where they improvise in a new, exciting way that they never did before or after.
I agree that it's a shame that more bands aren't doing or trying to do what they did. If you're interested at all, as I mentioned to another user here, I post a Bootleg of the Week every week on this sub, where I discuss the band's performance, various highlights, sound quality, and the best version of the show to get. I try to post every Friday evening if I can. Check it out! Yep, been a musician from the age of nine.
Piano lessons Took up the guitar at twelve, which was right about the time I got hooked on Zep. Played in lots of bands, did the whole chitlin circuit thing, etc. These days, though, I spend a lot of time composing in notation, or working with a DAW, using virtual instruments. I've got quite a few guitars, one of them a honeyburst Les Paul, but I don't play nearly as much guitar as I used to.
My friends hound me about it pretty hard, but, sad to say, I'm just not as interested in it as I used to be. Maybe that'll change at some point, but I kinda doubt it. I'm just too enamoured of what all can be done with computers now, music wise. And I've always loved classical music, so that's really what I'm shooting for. I think in addition to drugs and broken fingers, Page was stretching the sound and diversity of Zep to the limit and getting spread a bit too thin, covering so many styles of music.
From , when they were still almost purely blues based, Page could rip the fretboard apart night after night, sometimes even venturing off into improvised riffs that left the rest of the band scratching their heads.
But as the shows went on, Page was jumping around to rock, blues, eastern music White summer, Dancing Days, Kashmir , acoustic, reggae and samba rhythms, funk, dissonant sounding music, musical soundtrack stuff like Rain Song, whatever the hell you'd call Achilles and TSRTS Progressive rock? How many times did they change their sound up?
EVH has had the same damn tone since day one. How many times do they venture off into an improvised solo for ten minutes? How many times do they switch from electric guitar, to mandolin, to acoustic guitar, to banjo, to theremin, to violin bow?
With all that diversity common sense will tell you it would be nearly impossible to nail a song the same way every time. This is a very good point. Like you said, he basically stretched his skills to their limit. He sacrificed technical skill for diversity in his playing. Even though he got sticky fingers in the latter half of Zeppelin's career, you really have to give him props for always being willing to experiment.
Submissions restricted. Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet. Become a Redditor and join one of thousands of communities. Plus a little something extra not played in any other performance of "Over the Hills and Far Away" The solo begins at with those big deep bent notes A couple come to mind: Japan - Maybe the greatest five shows put on by any band.
Want to add to the discussion? Post a comment! Create an account. Solo- , now there's the 73 Jimmy. Fairly solid version with a solid solo, but Plant really has to hold back. Solid verses. Solo- Phrasing is dreadful off the bat. Good outro and ending. MMH- , Jimmy does some nice intricate phrasing here. Keyboards jump way up in the mix.
Solo- Good. Bonham gets some nifty fills in on the outro. Pointing out all the excellent runs by Page would be unnecessary, just listen. Solo- , phrasing supreme. Excellent emotion on the ending. No Quarter- Solid first quarter. Basically just him setting the mood for Page's solo. The taper off ending gets a little boring as Page doesn't really put down anything noteworthy. Fourth quarter- , they "choose" what, Rob?
Didn't catch that. Verses are alright. First solo- A little rough on the start. Very sloppy finish. Outro solo- Much better apart from Poor Plant on this outro.
The Rain Song- Tape cut on the intro. Warm, relaxed sound. Mellotron is right on the edge of being overwhelming. Rock section- Would be excellent, but the mellotron officially ruins it. It's like a mosquito buzzing around your ear.
Plant holds it together quite well for this, but still only a "B". Dazed And Confused- Intro creeps in like a thick fog. First workout- , nice extended run. San Francisco- Page jumps into the wah part a little early which takes away from the vocals, but still sounds pretty good. Textbook bow section. Second workout- Articulation is rough, but he gets some decent phrasing in. Jones' bass is cutting through nicely. Mars- Bonham doesn't quite get the drum part right and it goes off track a little.
I think Jones went back into the Mars section and Bonzo almost followed suit. Good outro. I didn't know the term existed then. Despite the near trainwrecks at the end, it's an entertaining performance with Page getting some good runs in. Stairway To Heaven- Beautiful mix on this. Good enthusiasm from Plant. Solo- Comes through very dry, but Page gets an excellent flow going right from the start.
Plant a little rough on the return, but he manages. Not bad at all. Heartbreaker- Decent first half. Solo- , Page takes off on a speedy set of runs but quickly loses it at Not terrible, but certainly subpar.
Whole Lotta Love- Plant really hurts the vibe of the first part. The funk section starts nice but tapers down to lackluster. Boogie Chillen- Page gets an excellent flow going for this and his fingers finally sound loose. The return has Plant being forced to scream against his will. A good finale.
Communication Breakdown- Why? Were they trying to kill poor Robert onstage? He holds it together surprisingly well. Solo- Absolute overkill on the wah pedal. Not bad at all despite the vocal struggles.
Final assessment- True, this isn't a good performance for Page just isn't there mentally for a lot of this one. He gets some excellent runs in when he wants to, but often refuses to and just sounds unenergetic. Plant is struggling badly but manages to keep composure throughout by reserving himself. It's still a very listenable show even with Plant sounding rough and not near as bad as I had previously thought.
Next- Southampton. I'm not sure the first Chicago show is the best one to "nitpick". They doubtless needed a bit of a warm-up after the break from the first leg, and the audience was clearly a distraction that's what Plant was referring to after DC, also was surprised people said something "sucks" back then.
And ultimately of all the night's problems, Plant is by far the biggest one. The next night would have been better to nitpick, it's an excellent, overlooked show. Ironically both this show and the previously reviewed Vienna show highlight how important the interplay between Page and Bonham was to the band. Yeah, a bunch. Posted December 26, edited. Posted December 28, No Quota. Try theyearofledzeppelin.
Posted December 28, edited. Someone at EVSD has done an incredible job Autumn Moon. Posted December 29, Posted December 29, edited. Posted December 30, Posted January Posted January 19 edited. Man, that looks amazing! Every improvised note is played with an authority and power that is superiorly different from the other shows.
Old riffs and passages have a new color to them and the solos just flow endlessly. It is as if they each kept going further and further out on a limb, pushing the envelope of their abilities. After this they were never able to really play with this amount of spirit on this songs this way again! There was a debate judging from which period this soundcheck might be. Often attirbuted to the Minneapolis January 18, , the date was discredited as well as speculated Los Angeles June 25, afternoon soundcheck.
Robert Plant's voice sounds quite damaged and dry, and so on, it matches almost perfectly with first leg of North American Tour period, where his voice wasn't yet fully recovered. Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard soundcheck recording. Details: The tape is a very well balanced professional board tape.
And what a great piece this is! Robert sounds wonderful on the 50's oldies, as does the whole band, and many songs that would see much later release, such as Night Flight, The Rover, and The Wanton Song, are being worked on here.
Sugar Baby is an awesome funky workout with Robert singing the melody. Shakin' All Over is markedly different from The Who's definitive version and is effective.
A great snapshot of a band developing new music and having fun with the old! The band is in top form and deliver one of the best from this tour. Dazed And Confused is beyond description, and the whole show is timeless.
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent audience recording. Details: This is a truly a wonderful find. It is very dynamic and atmospheric and is thus generally more enjoyable than the soundboard. Tape hiss, although is noticebale, is a minor here.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape that favors bass and drums a bit. An excellent show with rowdy audience that caused the reaction from the side of the authorities. It's pretty pointless us bringing our own lights, if we've got these things going on.
Mr Cole, can you take your dress off and get these lights turned down please? His voice is cracking and breaking all over the place, but the band is playing exceptionally well, and from Dazed And Confused on, this show reaches its peak. Dazed has a unique, very dark and thrilling bow solo and Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love and the encore are gutsy and raw and Robert has recovered.
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. Details: The tape is highly overloaded and it is obvious that the equipment used originally to record this concert was not enough resistible to accept such loud so listening to it is very painful.
The band's playing and attack is relentlessly aggressive The vibrant, overloading recording only helps to emphasize this quality Misty Mountain Hop was tonight introduced as a song "about what happens when you take a stroll on a Sunday afternnon with a packet of cigarette papers and some good grass and I'm not advocating it A mixed performance rushed and tense for the most part as Jones is playing with fractured ribs! I think that's fantastic! That's not really fun at all The whole band sounds strong with some immense drumming from Bonham.
Robert screeches and sounds strong and Jimmy and Jonesy steamroll through the set. Another shame the rest of the gig isn't available.
During Black Dog the audience semmed to be quite dull so Plant commenting that: "What happened to you on the Ah! You were jerking off. What happened?
All songs presented here are playing with passion and energy. A hurricane Communication Breakdown closing this amazing show. Source: Incomplete good audience recording. Pagey is kinda in "sticky finger" mode tonight, but it's not that bad and overall he puts in a great show. Jonsey starts in on keyboards to waste some time and Georgia On My Mind blossoms from the tinkering.
This only lasts a few verses before Plant stops it "The night club is now closed down and we can get on with the concert For some reason Jimmy is clearly audible singing the Whole Lotta Love choruses as never before or after!!
Overall a good show but not their best from this tour and a very rare example when they dropped medley section out from this song. Source: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape. Page flubs twice during the last part of Black Dog, repeating the bum note to make it seem intentional after the first mistake, then bursting with another flurry of notes, as he attempts the end the song a second time.
No Quarter is a really nice version here and Jonesy is in peak form tonight playing some really interesting jazzy notes. However, Massot had hidden the film elsewhere and so instead an expensive editing machine owned by Massot was taken as collateral.
Massot served a writ, leading to a period of stalemate which was finally broken when Grant and Led Zeppelin's lawyer Steve Weiss agreed to pay Massot the money he was owed, after which he delivered the film to the band.
Clifton, realising that there were crucial holes in the concert footage, suggested that the entire show be recreated at Shepperton Studios in August , on a mock-up of the Madison Square Garden stage. Close-ups and distance footage of the band members could then be slipped into the live sequences, which made up the bulk of the concert footage seen in the film. When it was agreed that the band would meet at Shepperton Studios for filming, Jones had recently had his hair cut short, so he had to wear a wig.
In the May issue of Uncut Magazine , Page recalled the events surrounding the shooting of additional footage at Shepperton Studios:. I'm sort of miming at Shepperton to what I'd played at Madison Square Garden, but of course, although I've got a rough approximation of what I was playing from night to night, it's not exact. So the film that came out in the '70s is a bit warts-and-all.
A plan to shoot additional footage on the band's Autumn U. The Song Remains the Same was finally completed by early , 18 months behind schedule and over-budget.
Peter Grant later quipped "It was the most expensive home movie ever made". For the West Coast premieres, no such audio boosting was employed. These premieres, along with the London premiere, were attended by the members of the band. The band were thus unable to promote themselves at home, leaving them out of the public spotlight. However, amongst fans the film has retained its popularity. It became a cult favourite at late-night movie houses,  and its subsequent release on video and then DVD has ensured a growing base of fans.
Some members of the band regard the performances filmed at Madison Square Garden as merely average for the time, coming as they did at the end of a long and exhausting tour, but nonetheless representative of the generally high standard of the band's live performances during this era.
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