LZ 1977-04-25 Kentucky Colonels (A Group Personal Project)

Led Zeppelin – “Kentucky Colonels”
(4-25-77), Louisville, Kentucky, Freedom Hall
Remastered Audience Recording, (A Group/Personal Project)

Lineage: “Louisville Slugger, Raw Tape Source”, (DADGAD), Master cassettes > BonhamFan cassettes >Nak BX300 w/azimuth adjustment > HHB standalone CDR > EAC > CDWav > NTI > EAC > FLAC > TLH, Decode > WAV > Remaster > Flac Frontend, Encoding Options, Level.8, Align On Sector Boundaries > Flac (All Tracks Tested With TLH, No Errors Occured)

Label: N/A
Original Taper: Danny

This is a Group/Personal Project by “those people your mother warned you about”, The 7th Son, Joel, Mark, Mike, and Acapulco Gold.

We hope that you’ll enjoy this project, and we hope that you’ll pass this recording along, and share it with others, or just pass, the choice is yours.

This is not meant to be a “definitive” recording.

Cheers and thanks go out to:

  • The taper Danny for taping and sharing his recording, if you’re out there, and you happen to pick this up, we hope that you’ll enjoy what we’ve done.
  • Bonhamfan for sharing Danny’s recording with everyone in the community.
  • DADGAD for transferring the recording, and sharing it with everyone in the community.
  • Everyone who was involved in the release of the Louisville tape, and “Louisville slugger”. Thank you for your generousity.
  • My mate Mark for putting together the artwork for this release,
  • My friend Mike for doing all those coffee runs for us.

Dedicated to “Peace And Brotherhood” in Louisville, and “Northern Dancer”.

Disc One:

1) The Song Remains The Same ( Cuts In Slightly)
2) Sick Again
3) Nobodys Fault But Mine
4) In My Time Of Dying (Includes: “You Shook Me” (Tease) )
5) Since I’ve Been Loving You
6) No Quarter (Includes: “The Nutcracker Suite”, Has A Cut Near The Beginning Of Song, Cut, Incomplete Song)
7) Ten Years Gone

Disc Two:

1) The Battle Of Evermore
2) Going To California ( Has A Small Tape Cut)
3) Black Country Woman
4) Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp ( Has A Small Tape Cut)
5) White Summer/Black Mountain Side
6) Kashmir
7) Over The Top/Moby Dick

Disc Three:

1) Guitar Solo (Includes: “Star Spangled Banner”)
2) Achilles Last Stand ( Has A Small Tape Cut)
3) Stairway To Heaven ( Has A Tape Cut During Crowd Cheers After Song)
4) Rock And Roll ( Cuts Out)

Enjoy!

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My Notes:

Notes about the concert, and the bands performance:

This is the first time my friends and I have worked on a 77 Zeppelin recording, and this performance is one of my favourite shows from that tour.

It’s a very tight, and professional performance from the group, not as loose as some of the other shows from the tour, but still very enjoyable.

The performance is marred with quite a few bad experiences though.

The crowd is quite aggressive, and un co-operative at times (Robert has to plead with the audience a couple of times to not rush the stage because people were getting hurt in the crush, but he basically gives up pleading with them near the end of the show).

Jimmy was almost clocked with a bottle during the concert, luckily, the bottle just clipped the neck of his guitar, and Jimmy wasn’t injured.

According to a review posted by BonhamFan (which I have posted/quoted here in my notes),the bottle incident really pissed Jimmy off, and had apparently set his guitar down and walked offstage with the rest of the group in tow, and didn’t return for about 15 minutes.

Jimmy was probably mulling over the possibility of cancelling the rest of the performance, but fortunately he returned to the stage, and of course the group finished the show.

It’s a shame that incident had to happen because the group are playing extremely well, and started off in good spirits, but I think overcoming that incident really shows the level of professionalism they all had.

Even though the bottle incident would be actual just cause for cancelling a concert (if it had hit Jimmy, it could’ve done some severe damage), they returned to finish what they started, kept their cool, and didn’t let the actions of one jackass ruin it for everyone who paid their money to see them.

The concert isn’t as long as other shows from the 77 tour, they have omitted “Trampled Underfoot” (sometimes performed as a second encore) from the setlist, and it was probably removed because of the bad experiences they had suffered.

It’s possible though that maybe they decided to wrap up the show early out of consideration for the people that were being crushed on the floor, to prevent anymore injuries.

Below, I have quoted a review/concert memories about the bands performance in Louisville that was posted by BonhamFan (who attended the concert, and is the person responsible for sharing the recording with the community).

I’ve also quoted all his tape source information (who the taper was, what kind of equipment they used, how he got the recording, it’s history, etc, etc):

“I attended this show in Louisville. I was actually in the front row “which took some doing”, but I was much younger then…

Two things of interest in this show were:

Some idiot threw a bottle (that wasn’t empty) up on stage which actually clipped Jimmy’s guitar. He sat his guitar down on the stand and left the stage. The remaining members also left shortly after. We heard that Jimmy was pissed off, and nearly cancelled the remainder of the show. I am glad he didn’t. Jimmy played as if nothing had happened.
I am sure that it was within the first half of the show. Jimmy shook his hand like it might have even hit his hand, or maybe what ever was in the bottle got on it.
They left stage for what seemed like 15 minutes or longer. Most people didn’t see it happen, so everyone was wondering why they suddenly stopped playing.

Another “Wasted” guy about five feet down from me, kept yelling “The Ocean, The Ocean, The Ocean…” between every song. Robert Plant eventually got annoyed and acknowledged him by asking him “what?”. The wasted guy said “The Ocean”. Robert replied saying “we have been playing the old shit”. I don’t think Robert understood his request. I still get a laugh telling that.

As far as the compact crowd, my jacket was soaking wet after the show. I had sneeked a pocket instamatic camera in, and got a whole roll of the show, but after developing them, they were all stretched, and blurred. The camera had gotten too wet to advance the film correctly. It was a really cheap camera…my bad…”

Another memory from the show was my being actually “in the front” allowed me to have really cool air blowing up from under the stage in my face! The people in the second row and deeper were suffocating, or so it seemed.
At one point the pressure of the crowd caused the wood started cracking within 5 feet of where I was. If it had broken before the roadies quickly nailed in braces, I would have gone head first into the edge of the stage. That was a tense few moments until they reinforced the barracade.

Some people were actually passing out from heat, and the air being used up and like a sauna behind me. They pulled at least 3 people out of the crowd right over me. I remember having someone’s boot hit me in the face as they got pulled over me.”

My tapes are a direct copy from my friend Danny who recorded with a dual mic boom box that he frequently took to concerts. His concert friends always brought extra blank tapes for when they took his from the recorder. He could convince them to bring his “radio” in lots of shows.
I haven’t been able to find Danny in Louisville for a long time. I will try to find him again.

I’ve actually listened to this recording several times to try and catch “the bottle incident” BonhamFan mentioned on the tape, and I personally can’t detect it in the recording.

Maybe I’m missing it, but I personally can’t pinpoint the moment where “the bottle incident” could’ve occured, which leads me to believe that if it happened, it wasn’t captured on tape.

I can hear other moments like when the drunk member of the audience yells out for “The Ocean”, and Robert says “we always play the old shit!”, and when Jimmy breaks his bow during the guitar solo, but not the bottle incident.

If someone knows when it might’ve occured, please let me know, but I’m starting to think that “the bottle incident” wasn’t captured on tape for these reasons:

Bonhamfan says in his review that it happened early in the bands set, I’ve listened to all of the first disc (first portion of the show), and the performance goes completely uninterupted (meaning that the band are sticking to their basic concert formula, play a song, then Plant does some plantations, then goes into the next song).
There is a moment where Plant yells “cool it!” during “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, and during his plantations after they finish the song, asks the crowd to back up. That did delay the concert for a brief moment, but definately not 15 minutes.

So like I said before, the concert is following it’s basic formula, and that goes on for about minutes, when suddenly there’s a tape cut in “No Quarter”, which makes me believe that if the incident occured, it might have occured during “No Quarter”.

There’s quite a large portion of the song missing (the theramin soloing, and a lot of Jone’s piano playing are gone from the recording), so the incident might have happened when Jimmy was about to do the soloing, and he walked off the stage, and Danny (the taper), stopped recording because the band were gone for quite a while, and wanted to conserve tape.

It’s also possible that Danny may have missed “the bottle incident” by accident by just doing something like a tape flip.

Notes about the sound quality, and Why we chose to work on this recording:

As I stated before, I really enjoy this performance, it’s not only one of my favourite 77 performances, but one of my favourite audience recordings from that year.

I think it’s an overlooked recording because the tape does suffer from distortion in the channels from time to time (which can be grating on the ears from time to time), and has a few tape speed issues (particularly on “Going To California” where it almost slows down to a crawl).

The distortion does clear up from the recording though, and it becomes more balanced the further you get into the tape.

I’m actually quite impressed with it’s sound quality, pretty good sound for a concert that was taped with a boom box.

It must’ve been a pretty “top of the line” type of boom box to be able to capture a concert this well inside a venue as large as Freedom Hall.

Besides those issues, the tape does suffer from some volume issues, it’s not as loud as some recordings, but it’s a bit of an issue, and the volume kind of shifts from time to time.

What we’ve done to make this project:

  • We’ve tried to buffer out as much distortion as possible.
  • We’ve tried to balance the instruments, and give the listener a sense of acoustics/ambiance.
  • We’ve tried to correct the tape speed issues as best as we could.
  • We’ve tried to fix some of the shifts in the volume.

Highlights of this show are:

  • No Quarter
  • Kashmir
  • Achilles Last Stand
  • Stairway To Heaven

In regards to the title:

The title is a reference to the honourary title that’s bestowed upon citizens (and honourary citizens) of Kentucky, not the old ABA team “The Kentucky Colonels”, although that reference is sort of apt as well because the team did actually play their last few seasons at Freedom Hall (before the team had to unfortunately fold).

The Colonels existed from 1967-1976, and had one of the best records in the ABA when it existed, it’s a shame that they weren’t picked up by the NBA.

I Love their jerseys, wish I could find one of the old throw backs, I like to collect and wear them, my favourite is my throwback Bird Celtics jersey.

Hope you’ll enjoy!

Cheers!

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LZ 1973-01-14 Phony Beatlemania Has Bitten The Dust (A Group Personal Project)

Led Zeppelin
“Phony Beatlemania Has Bitten The Dust”
(01-14-73)
Liverpool, England
The Liverpool Empire

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Remastered Soundboard Recordings

Lineage: Source One: “Days Of Heaven”, (Tattytura), CD-R > WAV > Flac > TLH,Decode > WAV > Remaster > Flac Frontend,Encoding Options, Level.8, Align On Sector Boundaries > Flac

Source Two (Used to patch the gap in “Baby,I Don’t Care”): “Good Evening Liverpool”, (Blizzard),
Silvers > EAC > WAV > FLAC > TLH,Decode > WAV > Remaster > Flac Frontend,Encoding Options,Level.8, Align On Sector Boundaries > Flac

Label: N/A
Original Taper: N/A

This is a group/personal project by “The Magnificent Seven”: The 7th Son, Joel, King Mike, Clint111, JamieL, Porgie, and Acapulco Gold.

We hope that you will enjoy this recording, and will pass it along and share it others, or just pass, the choice is yours.

This is not meant to be a definitive recording.

Thanks go out to:

– The taper, wherever you are, thank you for taping and sharing this with everyone in the community. If you’re out there, and you happen to pick this up, we hope you’ll enjoy it.

– My mate Clint111, and Kingrue for sharing their sources with myself, and the community.

– My mates King Mike, Clint, and Porgie for all their help and input on the recording.

– My mate JamieL for putting together the stellar artwork for this release.

– My friend Mike for doing all those coffee runs for us to stay awake and focused.

Dedicated to “The M6”, and Joe Strummer (the lead singer of The Clash)

Zeppelin maybe my favourite group, but The Clash ARE “the only group that matters”

Disc One:

1) Over The Hills And Far Away (Fades In)
2) Black Dog
3) Misty Mountain Hop
4) Since I’ve Been Loving You
5) Dancing Days
6) Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
7) The Song Remains The Same
8) The Rain Song * + ( Fades Out, Cut, Incomplete Song)
9) Dazed And Confused (Fades In, Includes: “Do The James Brown”, and “San Francisco”)

Disc Two:

1) Stairway To Heaven (Fades In)
2) Whole Lotta Love * (Medley)
Includes:
– Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
– Boogie Chillen
– Baby, I Don’t Care
– Let’s Have A Party
– I Can’t Quit You Baby
– Stones In My Passway
– The Shape I’m In

3) Heartbreaker (Includes: “Hound Dog” (Tease) )
4) The Ocean

Legend:

*: Source Two

Enjoy!

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My Personal Notes:

This project was a lot of fun to put together/work on, (it was nice working on, and listening to recordings from the 1973 tour), and was a complete team collaboration (my deepest thanks again to everyone involved).

This is tight, no nonsense, and very enjoyable performance from the group, with everyone in fine form.

Plant’s voice is still a little raspy, but sounds like he’s on the mend, and doesn’t strain himself when hitting the high notes.

Page has a brief “sticky fingers” moment during the opening of “Over The Hills And Far Away”, but pulls through the error, and finds his groove the whole show through.

Jones is coming on strong, pulling together some great solo’s during numbers like “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, and is quite dominant in the mix of the recording.

But Bonham is the most dominate member in the mix, and I think the star of the show.
He’s pounding the living shit out of his kit with incredible intensity, and he’s really showcasing his talents at this performance, it’s a shame though that he didn’t get to showcase them on his signiture song “Moby Dick”.

This is an unfortunately incomplete recording which is missing the opening track “Rock And Roll”, and has quite a few tape cuts throughout the performance.

The recording is missing the end of “The Rain Song”, the beginning of “Dazed And Confused”, and a portion of “Baby,I Don’t Care” from the “Whole Lotta Love” medley.

For those that might not know, there are 2 different versions of the soundboard tape that have been pressed to bootleg silvers.

They all differ in terms of sound quality, and all run at different tape speeds, but in terms of completeness, none of the bootleg releases use all of the board tape, and they differ in where they make their tape cuts.

Here’s how they break down:

Version One: Have more board tape during “The Rain Song” before the song cuts out, and is missing a small portion of “Baby,I Don’t Care” from the “Whole Lotta Love” medley.

Version Two: Have that missing portion of tape during the “Baby I Don’t Care” portion of the “Whole Lotta Love” medley before the tape cuts out, and is missing a portion of tape for “The Rain Song”.

Version One Releases Are:

Days of Heaven (Tattytura)
The Fabulous Four (Tarantura)

Version Two Releases Are:

Good Evening London (Blizzard)
Live In Liverpool (TDOLZ)
One For the M6 (Crazy Dream)

As I previously stated, each version of the Liverpool recording differs in terms of sound quality,(some are a little louder,some have more bottom end, some are brighter,etc,etc) but there are a few common things that are found on each version of the tape.

The Liverpool recording suffers from very dominant tape hiss, have moments where the sound of the music becomes muffled, and warbled, and the moments inbetween songs where Plant is talking to the audience are very quiet, and low in the mix, almost to the point where it sounds like there isn’t even an audience there.

We wanted to work on this recording to try and fix some of these issues that plague the tape, try and breathe some new life into it, and offer collectors a complete recording (we’ve patched the hole found in the “Baby,I Don’t Care” portion of the medley by combining it with a segement from Blizzard’s “Good Evening Liverpool” release).

What we’ve done to make this project:

– We’ve tried to balance the instruments as much as possible.

– We’ve tried to bring out some of the ambiance of the venue.

– We’ve tried to reduce as much tape hiss as possible.

– We’ve tried to make the transitions from source to source during the “Whole Lotta Love” medley as smooth as possible.

– We’ve reduced some of the “hotness” found in the recordings, and have tried to make the volume a little easier on the ears.

– We’ve corrected the tape speed of the missing portion of “Baby,I Don’t Care” before we connected it to the rest of the “Whole Lotta Love” medley (it was originally running 6% too slow).

Highlights Of This Show Are:

“Misty Mountain Hop”
“Since I’ve Been Loving You”
“Dazed And Confused”
“Whole Lotta Love”
“Heartbreaker”
“The Ocean”

The title of the show comes from a lyric from The Clash’s epic song “London Calling”.

We thought it would be a suitable/creative idea for a title because it sort of makes a reference to the city, and the culture where the show takes place (Liverpool being the home of The Beatles), and could also be a reference to the bands performance blowing away The Beatles.

We hope you will enjoy the show.

Cheers