Led Zeppelin – For Your Love (Live At The Fillmore West) (1969)

FrontCover1From the very early days of Led Zeppelin:

The Yardbirds played their final gig in July 1968 at Luton College of Technology in Bedfordshire. They were still committed to several concerts in Scandinavia, so drummer Jim McCarty and vocalist Keith Relf authorised Page and bassist Chris Dreja to use “the Yardbirds” name to fulfill the band’s obligations. Page and Dreja began putting a new line-up together. Page’s first choice for the lead singer was Terry Reid, but Reid declined the offer and suggested Robert Plant, a singer for the Band of Joy and Hobbstweedle. Plant eventually accepted the position, recommending former Band of Joy drummer John Bonham. Jones inquired about the vacant position at the suggestion of his wife after Dreja dropped out of the project to become a photographer. Page had known Jones since they were both session musicians and agreed to let him join as the final member.

The four played together for the first time in a room below a record store on Gerrard Street in London. Page suggested that they attempt “Train Kept A-Rollin'”, originally a jump blues song popularised in a rockabilly version by Johnny Burnette, which had been covered by the Yardbirds. “As soon as I heard John Bonham play,” Jones recalled, “I knew this was going to be great … We locked together as a team immediately”. Before leaving for Scandinavia, the group took part in a recording session for the P. J. Proby album, Three Week Hero. The album’s track “Jim’s Blues”, with Plant on harmonica, was the first studio track to feature all four future members of Led Zeppelin.

LedZeppelin01The band completed the Scandinavian tour as the New Yardbirds, playing together for the first time in front of a live audience at Gladsaxe Teen Clubs in Gladsaxe, Denmark, on 7 September 1968. Later that month, they began recording their first album, which was based on their live set. The album was recorded and mixed in nine days, and Page covered the costs. After the album’s completion, the band were forced to change their name after Dreja issued a cease and desist letter, stating that Page was allowed to use the New Yardbirds moniker for the Scandinavian dates only. One account of how the new band’s name was chosen held that Moon and Entwistle had suggested that a supergroup with Page and Beck would go down like a “lead balloon”, an idiom for disastrous results. The group dropped the ‘a’ in lead at the suggestion of their manager, Peter Grant, so that those unfamiliar with the term would not pronounce it “leed”. The word “balloon” was replaced by “zeppelin”, a word which, according to music journalist Keith Shadwick, brought “the perfect combination of heavy and light, combustibility and grace” to Page’s mind.

In November 1968, Grant secured a $143,000 advance contract from Atlantic Records, which was then the biggest deal of its kind for a new band. Atlantic were a label with a catalogue of mainly blues, soul, and jazz artists, but in the late 1960s they began to take an interest in British progressive rock acts. Record executives signed Led Zeppelin without having ever seen them. Under the terms of their contract, the band had autonomy in Billboarddeciding when they would release albums and tour, and had the final say over the contents and design of each album. They would also decide how to promote each release and which tracks to release as singles. They formed their own company, Superhype, to handle all publishing rights.The band began their first tour of the UK on 4 October 1968, they still were billed as the New Yardbirds, and played their first show as Led Zeppelin at the University of Surrey in Battersea on 25 October. Tour manager Richard Cole, who would become a major figure in the touring life of the group, organised their first North American tour at the end of the year. Their debut album, Led Zeppelin, was released in the US during the tour on 12 January 1969, and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard chart; it ConcertPosterwas released in the UK, where it peaked at number 6, on 31 March. According to Steve Erlewine, the album’s memorable guitar riffs, lumbering rhythms, psychedelic blues, groovy, bluesy shuffles and hints of English folk, made it “a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal” (by wikipedia)

And here´s a bootleg from their first US-tour in January 1969:

A classic, early, primitive monster show that is amazing from start to finish! Stand-outs, among this entirely excellent show, are the great riffing intro to The Train Kept A Rollin’, the epic As Long As I Have You and How Many More Times medley, and an incredible, 10 minute version of For Your Love that surpasses the original version by leaps and bounds.

The song was introduced by Plant as “a thing Keith Relf had something to do with. Do you remember him? Works for Hammersmith Council now!” (sic!).

Listen and don´t forget: This is bootleg – recording !

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Personnel:
John Bonham (drums)
John Paul Jones (bass)
Jimmy Page (guitar)
Robert Plant (vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Train Kept A Rollin’ (Bradshaw/Mann) 3.01
02. I Can’t Quit You Baby (Dixon) 5.40
03. As Long As I Have You (incl. Fresh Garbage) (Mimms/Ferguson) 11.17
04. Dazed And Confused (Holmes/Page) 10.33
05. How Many More Times (Page/Jones/Bonham) 15.02
06. White Summer / Black Mountainside (Page) 7.06
07. Killing Floor (Burnett) 4.51
08. You Shook Me (Dixon/Lenoir) 8.28
09. Pat’s Delight (drum solo) (Moby Dick) (Bonham/Jones/Page) 10.10
10. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (Bredon/Page/Plant) 5.53
11. Communication Breakdown (Page/Jones/Bonham) 4.55
12. For Your Love (Gouldman) 8.11

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Led Zeppelin – How The West Was Won (2003)

FrontCover1How the West Was Won is a triple live album by the English rock group Led Zeppelin, released by Atlantic Records on compact disc on 27 May 2003, and DVD-Audio on 7 October 2003. These original performances are from the band’s 1972 concert tour of the United States, recorded at the L.A. Forum on 25 June 1972 and Long Beach Arena on 27 June 1972.

Guitarist Jimmy Page considers Led Zeppelin at this point to have been at their artistic peak, as is mentioned in the album’s liner notes. In an interview he gave to The Times newspaper in 2010, when asked which performances from Led Zeppelin’s career stand out to him now, he made reference to these gigs:

I think what we did on … How the West was Won – that 1972 gig – is pretty much a testament of how good it was. It would have been nice to have had a little more visual recordings, but there you go. That’s the conundrum of Led Zeppelin!

For many years, live recordings of these two shows only circulated in the form of bootlegs, and even then only certain audience recordings were available to fans and collectors (for example, Burn Like a Candle). Though several soundboard recordings of Led Zeppelin concerts were circulated amongst fans after having been stolen from Page’s personal archive some time in the mid–1980s, no soundboards of the 1972 Long Beach or LA Forum shows were taken, meaning the release of How the West Was Won was the first chance fans had of hearing the soundboard versions of these concerts.

LedZeppelin01AThe songs from the two shows underwent some extensive editing and audio engineering by Page at Sarm West Studios in London before being released on the album. Some songs which were played at the concerts, such as “Communication Breakdown”, “Tangerine”, “Thank You” and a rare version of “Louie Louie” from the 25 June show, were left off How the West Was Won.

LedZeppelin02For years, Led Zeppelin fans complained that there was one missing item in the group’s catalog: a good live album. It’s not that there weren’t live albums to be had. The Song Remains the Same, of course, was a soundtrack of a live performance, but it was a choppy, uneven performance, lacking the majesty of the group at its peak. BBC Sessions was an excellent, comprehensive double-disc set of their live radio sessions, necessary for any Zeppelin collection (particularly because it contained three songs, all covers, never recorded anywhere else), but some carped that the music suffered from not being taped in front of a large audience, which is how they built their legacy — or, in the parlance of this triple-disc collection of previously unreleased live recordings compiled by Jimmy Page, How the West Was Won. The West in this case is the West Coast of California, since this contains selections from two 1972 concerts in Los Angeles: a show at the LA Forum on June 25, and one two days later at Long Beach Arena. This is the first archival release of live recordings of Zeppelin at their peak and while the wait has been nigh on interminable, the end result is certainly worth the wait. Both of these shows have been heavily bootlegged for years and while those same bootleggers may be frustrated by the sequencing that swaps the two shows interchangeably (they always prefer full shows wherever possible), by picking the best of the two nights, Page has assembled a killer live album that captures the full, majestic sweep of Zeppelin at their glorious peak.

LedZeppelin03And, make no mistake, he tries to shove everything into these three discs — tight, furious blasts of energy; gonzo freak-outs; blues; and rock, a sparkling acoustic set. Like always, the very long numbers — the 25-minute “Dazed and Confused,” the 23-minute “Whole Lotta Love,” the 19-minute “Moby Dick” — are alternately fascinating and indulgent, yet even when they meander, there is a real sense of grandeur, achieving a cinematic scale attempted by few of their peers (certainly no other hard rock or metal band could be this grand; only Queen or David Bowie truly attempted this). But the real power of the band comes through on the shorter songs, where their sound is distilled to its essence. In the studio, Zeppelin was all about subtle colors, textures, and shifts in the arrangement. On-stage, they were similarly epic, but they were looser, wilder, and hit harder; witness how “Black Dog” goes straight for the gut here, while the studio version escalates into a veritable guitar army — it’s the same song, but the song has not remained the same. That’s the case throughout How the West Was Won, where songs that have grown overly familiar through years of play seem fresh and new because of these vigorous, muscular performances. For those who never got to see Zeppelin live, this — or its accompanying two-DVD video set — is as close as they’ll ever get. For those who did see them live, this is a priceless souvenir. For either group, this is absolutely essential, as it is for anybody who really loves hard rock & roll. It doesn’t get much better than this. (by by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Booklet1Personnel:
John Bonham – drums, percussion, background vocals, co-lead vocals on 10.)
John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards, mandolin, background vocals)
Jimmy Page (guitar, mandolin, background vocals)
Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica)

BackCover1Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. LA Drone (Jones/Page) 0.15
02. Immigrant Song  (Page/Plant) 3.41
03. Heartbreaker (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) 7.23
04. Black Dog (Jones/Page/Plant)  5.40
05. Over The Hills And Far Away (Page/Plant) 5.07
06. Since I’ve Been Loving You (Jones/Page/Plant) 8.01
07. Stairway To Heaven (Page/Plant) 9.36
08. Going To California  (Page/Plant) 5.36
09. That’s The Way (Page/Plant) 5.53
10. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (Jones/Page/Plant) 4.52

CD 2:
11.1. Dazed And Confused (Page)
11.2. Walter’s Walk (Page/Plant)
11.3. The Crunge (Page/Plant/Bohnham/Jones) 25.25
12. What Is And What Should Never Be (Page/Plant) 4.41
13. Dancing Days (Page/Plant) 3.42
14. Moby Dick (Bonham/Jones/Page) 19.20

CD 3:
15.1. Whole Lotta Love (Page/Plant/Bohnham/Jones/Dixon)
15.2. Boogie Chillun (Besman/Hooker)
15.3. Let’s Have A Party (Robinson)
15.4. Hello Marylou (Mangiaracina/Pitney)
15.5. Going Down Slow (Oden) 23.08
16. Rock And Roll (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) 3.56
17. The Ocean (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) 4.21
18.1. Bring It On Home (Dixon)
18.2. Bring It On Back (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) 9.30

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Led Zeppelin – BBC Sessions (1997)

FrontCover1BBC Sessions is a compilation album featuring studio sessions and a live concert recorded by English rock group Led Zeppelin for the BBC. It was released on 11 November 1997, by Atlantic Records. This was the first release of new Led Zeppelin material in seven years. Disc one consists of material from four different 1969 BBC sessions. Disc two contains most of the 1 April 1971 concert from the Paris Theatre in London.[5] Disc three was only included in a limited run of album releases and features rare interviews from 1969, 1976/1977, and 1990.

Countless bootlegs of these recordings circulated for years before the official release. This release was widely welcomed by Led Zeppelin fans as it was the first live release since The Song Remains the Same in 1976. Others have criticized the decision to edit some of the songs and drop others that were recorded for the BBC. Most notable are one session from 1969 which included the unreleased song “Sunshine Woman”, and about seven minutes of the “Whole Lotta Love” medley from 1971. (by wikipedia)

LedZeppelin1970_02Led Zeppelin’s BBC sessions were among the most popular bootleg items of the rock & roll era, appearing on a myriad of illegal records and CDs. They were all the more popular because of the lack of official Led Zeppelin live albums, especially since The Song Remains the Same failed to capture the essence of the band. For anyone who hadn’t heard the recordings, the mystique of Zeppelin’s BBC sessions was somewhat mystifying, but the official 1997 release of the double-disc BBC Sessions offered revelations for any fan who hadn’t yet heard this music. While some collectors will be dismayed by the slight trimming on the “Whole Lotta Love Medley,” almost all of the group’s sessions are included here, and they prove why live Zeppelin was the stuff of legend. The 1969 sessions, recorded shortly after the release of the first album, are fiery and dynamic, outstripping the studio record for sheer power.

LedZeppelin1970Early versions of “You Shook Me,” “Communication Breakdown,” “What Is and What Should Never Be,” and “Whole Lotta Love” hit harder than their recorded counterparts, while covers of Sleepy John Estes’ “The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair,” Robert Johnson’s “Travelling Riverside Blues,” and Eddie Cochran’s “Something Else” are welcome additions to the Zeppelin catalog, confirming their folk, blues, and rockabilly roots as well as their sense of vision. Zeppelin’s grand vision comes into sharper relief on the second disc, which is comprised of their 1971 sessions. They still have their primal energy, but they’re more adventurous, branching out into folk, twisted psychedelia, and weird blues-funk. Certainly, BBC Sessions is the kind of album that will only appeal to fans, but anyone who’s ever doubted Zeppelin’s power or vision will be set straight with this record. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

And if you want to know, why I think, that Led Zeppelin was one of the finest groups in the 70´s … listen to this rare BBC recordings …

Jones+BonhamPersonnel:
John Bonham (drums)
John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards)
Jimmy Page (guitar)
Robert Plant (vocals)

Tray1Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. You Shook Me (Dixon/Lenoir) 5.14
02. I Can’t Quit You Baby (Dixon) 4.22
03. Communication Breakdown” (Bonham/Jones/Page) 3.12
04. Dazed And Confused (Page) 6.39
05. The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair (Bonham/Estes/JonesPage/Plant) 3.00
06. What Is And What Should Never Be (Page/Plant) 4.20
07. Communication Breakdown (Bonham/Jones/Page) 2.40
08. Travelling Riverside Blues (Johnson/Page/Plant) 5.12
09. Whole Lotta Love (Dixon/Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) 6.09
10. Somethin’ Else (Cochran/Sheeley) 2.06
11. Communication Breakdown (Bonham/Jones/Page) 3.05
12. I Can’t Quit You Baby (Dixon) 6.21
13. You Shook Me (Dixon/Lenoir) 10.19
14. How Many More Times (Bonham/Jones/Page) 11.51

CD 2:
01. Immigrant Song (Page/Plant) 3.20
02. Heartbreaker (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) 5.16
03. Since I’ve Been Loving You (Jones/Page/Plant) 6.56
04. Black Dog (Jones/Page/Plant) 5.17
05. Dazed And Confused (Page) 18.36
06. Stairway To Heaven (Page/Plant) 8.49
07. Going To California (Page/Plant) 3.54
08. That’s The Way (Page/Plant) 5.43
09. Whole Lotta Love Medley (13.45):
09.1. Whole Lotta Love (Dixon/Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant)
09.2. Boogie Chillun’ (Hooker)
09.3. Fixin’ To Die (White)
09.4. That’s Alright Mama (Crudup)
09.5. A Mess Of Blues (Pomus/Shuman)
10. Thank You (Page/Plant) 6.38

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Great White – Great Zeppelin – A Tribute To Led Zeppelin (1997)

GreatWhiteFrontCoverGreat Zeppelin: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin is a cover album released by the American hard rock band Great White in 1998, dedicated to songs of Led Zeppelin. It was recorded live in a concert that took place at The Galaxy Theatre of Santa Ana, California, USA, in December 1996.
This collection from Great White is a nice listening alternative for Led Zeppelin fans. (I am one of those fans) It is rumored that when Great White first started out, they cut their teeth on Led Zeppelin songs.

This collection rocks, there are songs performed here that Led Zeppelin very rarely performed live, to the best of my recollection.

Great White performs 14 Zeppelin songs and sticks essentially to the studio versions. No extended jams, just basic rockin Zep. Jack Russell does a great job on vocals, very Robert Plant
like in most cases, on some songs, he is tremendous – In The Light, Ramble On, No Quarter, Going To California, Immigrant Song. The bands’ music is on the mark.

If there wasn’t commentary between songs, play Ramble On, Immigrant Song, Going To California, to Zep fans and see if they can detect the difference, I could not hear a difference from the real thing.

It takes a lot of moxy to perform Stairway, and it is the final song on the album. The songs that I didn’t think hit the mark were D’yer Maker and All My Love. But 12 out of 14 are great recordings. This is the best Zep tribute album I have heard, bar none. Purists may not like this, but this CD is a good addition to your Led Zeppelin collection. There is a Whole Lotta Led here. (by Frank Rocker)

GreatWhitePersonnel:
Audie Desbrow (drums)
Mark Kendall (guitar)
Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards)
Sean McNabb (bass)
Jack Russell (vocals)

Tracklist:
01. In The Light (Jones/Page/Plant) 6.06
02. Living Loving Maid (She´s Just A Woman) (Page/Plant) 3.30
03. Ramble On (Page/Plant) 5.11
04. Since I´ve Been Loving You (Jones/Page/Plant) 6.44
05. No Quarter (Jones/Page/Plant) 8.02
06. Tangerine (Page) 3.05
07. Going To California (Page/Plant) 4.13
08. Thank You (Page/Plant) 4.37
09. D´yer Mak´er (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) 4.44
10. All My Love (Jones/Plant) 6.12
11. Immigrant Song (Page/Plant) 2.21
12. When The Levee Breaks (Bonham/Jones/Minnie/Page/Plant) 6.51
13. The Rover (Page/Plant) 6.00
14. Stairway To Heaven (Page/Plant) 8.35

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