This is the evening show at Toronto’s Rockpile on August 18, 1969. Led Zeppelin is barreling through their North American Summer 1969 tour like a Mongol horde, taking no prisoners and conquering all they encounter.
The magnificent owner of the Led Zeppelin Rarities YouTube channel, Zach, has created something magickal. He has created matrix (soundboard/audience tape mix) compilation of Led Zeppelin’s early dates on their 1980 European Tour.
His work brings life, atmosphere, and fun to a tour that has been held in low regard for decades. The addictions, dysfunction, and schisms within the band were all reaching critical mass at this point, and it shows in the performances, which were done no favors by a batch of dry as fuck, uninteresting soundboard recordings, which highlighted issues such as Jimmy’s loss of ability, Robert’s ambivalence, and Bonzo’s loss of spark.
This compilation, Dancing in the Doldrums, shows a band coming back and starting to gel again, after a hideous trio of years. Bonzo is here in force as this is before his collapse in Nurenberg, and Jimmy is focused and intent on ‘cutting the waffle’ or losing all the bloat like 40 minute songs and long solos.
You can download this entire compilation off of Led Zeppelin Rarities’ YouTube channel. Enjoy.
This is a very high energy fun show from Robert Plant supporting his Manic Nirvana album. He’s in great voice and his band is on top of their game. I play Nirvana, Wearing and Tearing, Hurting Kind, and Little by Little.
By special request from a long time listener, and Patron, this episode features Led Zeppelin’s first of six nights at Madison Square Garden, NYC. June 7, 1977 is what Mimo wanted to hear and I can see why. It’s a powerhouse show and we hear it from a bass heavy (in a good way) soundboard recording.
This is an excellent warm up show to the big US Tour from which we got How The West Was Won. Highlights of this gig are Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, and a Whole Lotta Love with several unique songs in the medley.
This is one of the best live recordings out there. Mike Millard’s Led Zeppelin 3/11/75 is just superb. The performances are great and the audience recording sounds professional. Here the boys at their indulgent best. Dazed and Confused is played as well as the funky Whole Lotta Love/Crunge, a primal Kashmir, and a sublime Over The Hills And Far Away. Great stuff.