Led Zeppelin: Copenhagen 1970

Ep. 272 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This is a firecracker of a show recorded the month following the Royal Albert Hall gig, which is featured on the Led Zeppelin DVD. February, 28, 1970 in Copenhagen, Denmark. We have The Nobs performing, to placate the wrath of the elders of the Von Zeppelin family. Zeppelin delivers in Copenhagen, historically, and this show is now different.

So, instead calling themselves Led Zeppelin, on this one night the were The Nobs. This is both in homage of promoter Claude Nobs, and play on then slang term for male genitalia, your knob. Remember they were all in their early 20’s. 😉

I play an embryonic and powerful Since I’ve Been Loving You, a gorgeous Organ Solo/Thank You, and finish up with Bring it on Home. Great band. Great show. Great Scott!

You can download this entire recording right here: https://mega.nz/folder/SxNGlRhQ#9CF-uaYgPjDMzzpFFj6_xQ

Led Zeppelin: Chicago 1973 Master

Ep. 271 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

I play a nice show from July 7, 1973 of Led Zeppelin lighting up Chicago. Robert’s voice is in rough shape, but not as bad as the night before. Jimmy and Bonzo ably pick up any slack left by Mr. Plant.

I play Over the Hills and a raucous Dazed. Good stuff. Performed 51 years ago, today.

You can download this complete concert recording right here: https://mega.nz/folder/rhc3AYCY#03QqDO2Fxc-hh122AAVVVQ

Led Zeppelin BBC April 1971 Pre-Broadcast

Epmix. 270 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

This is a wonderful, clear, stereo recording of the legendary, and officially released (with a bunch of cuts and edits) April 1, 1971 performance at the Paris Theater, in London. Jonesy’s fat bass sounds so good in the left channel.

I play a nice punching Communication Breakdown with a very well represented hi-hat in the mix, and finally an epic Whole Lotta Love with a million well defined medleys (which aren’t in the official release) like Bottle Up and Go, Mess of the Blues, and a lovely For What It’s Worth. I value the complete performances as they have the juice, the magic, whereas the official release has a great Whole Lotta Love, but without all the bells and whistles which make the band magical.

If you would like this complete performance you can download it here, for free, courtesy of my Patrons: Here you go: https://mega.nz/folder/K5kHiYjI#E-F1oJEPhVMoZ_GmJSw1Jw

Led Zeppelin LA Forum March 27 1975 Millard Master

Ep. 268 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast


This is an incredible recording from Saint Mike Millard on his blessed Nakamichi, of Led Zeppelin at the LA Forum on March 27, 1975. This is one of the legendary marathon shows, running more than 3 hours, in gorgeous full stereo. This is a fresh transfer made by JEMS and lightly mastered by DADGAD. It’s a keeper for sure.

I play a funky Over The Hills and Far Away and glorious improvisational No Quarter for us, as a taster for the full show, which is available below. Jonesy and Bonzo are perfectly synced in this amazing recording. You’ll dig it.

You can download this complete show for free right here: https://mega.nz/folder/y4NFWb4D#aeEGFLtAp4nN94xxUewmRg

Led Zeppelin Toronto Rockpile Feb 1969

Ep. 267 – The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

We hear Led Zeppelin playing the Rockpile in Toronto, on Feb. 2, 1969, on their first tour through North America. They conquer like Mongols as they tear across the continent, and this show is no different.
I play the initial Train Kept A-Rollin’ into I Can’t You run, and finishes up with a cool as ice How Many More Times. This band is way better on their first big tour than many bands at their peak.

You can download this complete 1st gen recording, courtesy of KRW-Co, right here: https://mega.nz/folder/W4VRQahL#0-vQFpT53wotywm2t25tsw

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