After the Yardbirds released their final album, Jimmy Page (who had only recently joined the band) ended up with rights to the name as it’s sole remaining member after bassist Chris Dreja left. He asked John Paul Jones to take over bass and help put together a new lineup in order to fulfill some contract obligations for a fall tour. They asked an obscure, but talented, British singer Terry Reid to be the lead singer of their “New Yardbirds”. Dubious of joining a retread of The Yardbirds after the likes of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck had left, Reid declined. However, Reid recommended Robert Plant for the job. After Plant joined he recommended former band mate John Bonham as the drummer.
Plant/Page/Bonham/Jones would change the name to Led Zeppelin after Keith Moon, the infamous drummer for “The Who”, suggested it as a joke. Since Moon felt the band would go over like a lead balloon.
Terry Reid would later go on to turn down an offer to join Deep Purple as well.
The first two tracks are radio broadcast recordings from Tivoli Gardens in Stockholm, 1968, and the rest are audience recordings from the Marquee Club in London that same year. (by ByteMe)
And the original uploader wrote:
Robert Plant was at a crossroads. Should he keep his job at Bill’s petrol,where he was known as one of the best mechanics in England and give up his lucrative pay packet or should he join up with the relativity known Jimmy Page and become the singer in the fledgling new band he was forming. After speaking to the owner of the gas station a Mr. Harvey Wiensteen they had come to a compromise. Robert could take some time off to give the new upstart band a chance. And if they failed he could return to his job.However Mr. Wiensteen wanted something in return. He wanted the young Mr. Plant to promote the gas station at all the shows. Robert knew Jimmy Page would never go for this. So in a moment of inspiration Robert decided to re-name some of the songs he had been working on. Good Times Bad Times now became Good Tires Bad Tires, I Can’t Quit You Baby changed to I Can’t Find My Torque Wrench. Communication Breakdown had been changed to Transmission Breakdown and finally How Many More Times became How Many More Fill-Ups. Well needless to say the band took off and the rest is history (Excerpt from Jobe’s book little known rock facts)
The earliest known recordings of the group that should become Led Zeppelin.
I had this on a cassette for a very long time and I had no idea that this was some kind of rarity until recently, so I let it to the Zeppelin circles. (by Pink Robert)
Thi album is a must for every serious Led Zeppelin collector !!!
John Bonham (drums)
John Paul Jones (bass)
Jimmy Page (guitar)
Robert Plant (vocals)
Tivoli Gardens, Stockholm, September 20, 1968 – Radio broadcast:
01. I Can’t Quit You (Dixon) 5.42
02. I Gotta Move (Rush) 3.17
The Marquee Club, London, October 16, 1968 -Audience recording:
03. Communication Breakdown (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) 3.00
04. I Can’t Quit You (Dixon) 6.24
05. Killing Floor (Burnett) 8.47
06. Fought My Way Out Of The Darkness (As Long As I Have You) (Elgin/Ragovoy) – Hush Little Baby (Traditional) 6.22
07. She Wants You – London Blues Unknown) 2.08
08. Dazed And Confused (Holmes/Page) 12.04
09. White Summer – Black Mountain Side (Page) 8.45