Led Zeppelin – Belfast 1971

Ep. 266 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This show is a monster. Not only is it a 1971 show, making it great by default, it is also the first show with songs from Zep 4 (still 8 months from release), and it’s also one of Robert Plant’s strongest shows ever. So, it’s a winner.

I featured this show on Episode 127 where I played all the debut performances of Stairway, Rock and Roll, and Going to Calafornia. This time I’m playing the opening of the show with an incendiary Immigrant Song–>Heartbreaker, and the finale with a viking raid of a performance of Bring It on Home. Robert’s harmonica work is brilliant on top of everything.

You can download this complete concert, courtesy of my Patrons, right here: https://mega.nz/folder/XldSgQ7D#TkzZ_J1kQ_CueSsD8bry7w

Led Zeppelin – Hamburg March 21 1973 Dadgad Merge

Ep. 263 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

Led Zeppelin’s 1973 European tour is generally considered to be the instrumental peak of the band, with Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones locked in tighter than ever, and playing with breakneck speed.

This performance is from Hamburg on March 21, 1973 and is a lovely remastered merge of the 2nd gen audience recording, and the clean as a whistle soundboard (Dazed, Stairway, and Whole Lotta Love only) to present a complete concert experience with best possible fidelity. All this is courtesy of the legendary dadgad.

I play a sublime Since I’ve Been Loving You and then a Dazed and Confused which is a contender for best ever. It’s brilliant. As Luis Rey says, you’ve heard it all before, but never this perfectly. Bonzo. Goddamn. So good. So so good.

You can download this complete recording right here: https://mega.nz/folder/CxkgEbQY#qH9bOGwaDGupv8KSEAeAaw

Led Zeppelin Nassau June 15, 1972

Ep. 262 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

June 1972 is a golden month for Zep fans. Lots of great shows, including the ones which would eventually be released as How The West Was Won. This is June 15, 1972 at Nassau Colosseum and it is awesome.

We hear a first gen from the AC recording and boy do those guys like to talk. I play Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, and a Whole Lotta Love with a zillion amazing medleys.

You can download this complete recording right here: https://mega.nz/folder/uh0kjQRJ#1T83ASkM_Q6q14NiZ0_f5A

Led Zeppelin Last Night at the Forum LA 1977

Ep. 260 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This a brand new transfer from Mike Millard’s master cassettes themselves (not the DAT tansfer) by the laudable JEMS tape group, remastered tastefully by DADGAD. June 27, 1977. Led Zeppelin’s final night of a five night run at the LA Forum.

I play Sick Again (which rocks), Since I’ve Been https://soundcloud.com/mark-donahue-590813338/ep-260-led-zeppelin-last-night-in-la-1977-millard-master?si=8c3c2e36052d47a4a89a7bd39f3c5800&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharingLoving You, which shines in its more mature 1977 arrangement, and an adventurous Ten Years Gone in which not every landing is stuck, but the attempts are noteworthy.

This is a stellar recording of really good show. Lots of magic here. Zeppelin at the Forum is not to be missed.

You can download this recording right here: https://mega.nz/folder/PlNWTBJA#nePlH1FRV-mAupB8hzk72g

John Paul Jones – Big Ears Festival March 2024

Ep. 259 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This is an absolute joy of a gig from John Paul Jones, who appeared at the Big Ears Music Festival in Knoxville, TN on March 22, 2024. He played all three days of the event. One night with Sons of Chipotle, one night solo (which is what I’m playing), and one night with Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth. Our boy gets around.

I play a few tracks from his solo set, an isolated bass rendition of Ramble On (just a couple of minutes long), Since I’ve Been Loving You on the grand piano, an already legendary performance of Your Time is Gonna Come on a 1928 Wurlitzer organ, and a haunting, elegiac Down to the River to Pray, off of his solos album Zooma.

This is a master class in virtuosity and humility. He’s a genius and a very lovely man, who completely holds the torch for Led Zeppelin magick in this moment. Enjoy.

You can download this complete set right here: https://mega.nz/folder/yp8lnR4a#kYBClEUCf3OQTr7kwB7bfQ

Led Zeppelin Knebworth August 11, 1979 (AUD)

Ep. 258 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This episode is a request from long time friend and Patron, Other David. Second Knebworth holds a special place in his heart, and he requested I cover this show, which I happily did.

We hear the last performance of No Quarter by the original 4 members, with some smooth and jazzy runs by Jimmy, and some almost chaotic chops by Jonesy. It’s a unique performance, vibe-wise, and I like it.

We also hear a fairly pensive Achilles Last Stand with Jimmy deep in thought during the solo, and it also has a unique vibe, which is helped by the audience recording (Galactic Messiah from EVSD). We finish up with Whole Lotta Love with the new arrangement, as well as a rollicking boogie section. Good stuff. Great Band.

You can download this audience recording right here: https://mega.nz/folder/C4dlUBoA#OccO0vgWhH_3Gj7PtWC_dQ

Led Zeppelin NYC Feb 12, 1975 Source 1

Ep. 257 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This is an absolutely delightful 1975 Led Zeppelin concert. 2/12/75 in New York City we hear an excellent audience recording from Jerry Moore, who made a great recording. Jimmy is pretty on top of his game, broken finger notwithstanding. Robert is in great spirits, and Jonesy and Bonzo are locked in tighter than a tourniquet.

We hear Sick Again (super tight and Robert has a good time), Over the Hills (super awesome with a unique solo from Jimmy with him stretching out with some great licks). We finish up with a badass performance of Kashmir. Sounds like the Les Paul to me, too, so it’s extra meaty. Jimmy has some really nice riffs and licks in this. The wings are still wet on this song, so it’s nice to hear them groove around a little as they work out the final form.

As always you can download this show for free right here: https://mega.nz/file/6ht1kLDL#XjgtZXcpBwVyBcOQn212vc7SCsmWNlMF1BKKlW5XDDo

Led Zeppelin 6/22/77 Remastered

Ep. 256 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

I circle back to this amazing show, because in episode 249 I had the raw recording not the DADGAD remaster as I’d thought. This show fixes that and highlights this great show in all its glory.
My absolute favorite performance of In My Time of Dying, along with Nobody’s Fault But Mine, and Over the Hills.
This show is so so so good.

You can grab the proper remaster right here: https://mega.nz/folder/29U1xAZb#ywg4n7HuVyOivoPlVlBQ1w

Led Zeppelin Fillmore April 26, 1969 Upgrade

Ep. 254 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast: First Live Whole Lotta Love

This is one of the all time best concerts ever. Led Zeppelin at the Fillmore April 26, 1969 upgraded from a 1st VHS source. We witness the end of the telecaster era, the penultimate As Long As I Have You, an unreal How Many More Times, and the first extant performance of Whole Lotta Love, ever!
This show is perfect. It goes to eleven.

You can download this amazing recording here: https://mega.nz/folder/W8UimZDR#-5Bx9xWhg9di3KF42uURuA

Led Zeppelin Jan 10, 1969 San Francisco

Ep. 254 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This is a show I’ve covered in the long long ago, but I was listening to it and wanted to share more of the brilliance from hungry young Zeppelin. January 10, 1969 at the Fillmore West. These early shows are wild and feral, from a band that is completely unknown. Zep I hasn’t been released yet. No one knows anything about these guys, until they take the stage. Then it’s kaboom.

I play Train Kept A Rollin’ into I Can’t Quit You, Killing Floor (unreal), and How Many More Times from the Mines of Moriah. We finish with a very cool Yardbird’s track, For Your Love. Doesn’t get much better. They even call out Keith Relf which is pretty cool.

You can download this complete recording right here: https://mega.nz/folder/39sVHY4R#2XNW4aJr9XvOGPBNNqS5Sg