Personally, I've become a fan of the Winston Remasters version of Led Zeppelin shows. They always come from the best lineage and they just seem to be the best sounding remasters out there. There are times where other remasters do sound better to my ears, but in general, the Winston Remasters sound the best to me. And this show is no exception!
The two sources for this version of the June 23, 1977 (just 5 day over 37 years ago today) show are the primary Mike Millard source used for most of the audio and the filler Eddie Edwards source used to fill in the gaps and the first few songs of the concert Millard didn't get recorded. Both sources are excellent too.
*(1) Main - Millard master > HiFi VHS > remaster > **(2) first 4 songs and patching - Eddie Edwards "Trampled Underfoot" 1st Gen cassette of vinyl transfer > FLAC > remaster (sources digitally enhanced with various audio programs) > me > TLH (to decode as WAV and test for lossiness) > Audacity (to embed metadata/song titles and info into files and re-encode) > FLAC 6 > TLH (to reconfirm project is error free and to create and verify md5 & ffp files) > you
* Primary audio source (Millard)
** Secondary/patch audio source (Edwards)
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Date: June 23rd, 1977
Location: Inglewood, California
Venue: LA Forum
Source: AUD (two 1st Gen sources)
Label: Winston Remasters
Title: Mike The Mike - Tribute Series - LA Forum 6/23/77
Size: 1.17 GB
101. The Song Remains The Same
102. Sick Again
103. Nobody's Fault But Mine
104. Over The Hills And Far Away
105. Since Ive Been Loving You
106. No Quarter
201. Ten Years Gone
202. Battle Of Evermore
203. Going To California
204. Black Country Woman
205. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
206. White Summer
207. Black Mountain Side
209. Trampled Underfoot
301. Over The Top
302. Jimmy Page (guitar/violin bow solo)
303. Achilles Last Stand
304. Stairway To Heaven
305. Whole Lotta Love
306. Rock And Roll
(1) 1977-06-23 Inglewood, CA (Winston)
(2) 1977-06-23 Inglewood, CA (Winston)
(3) 1977-06-23 Inglewood, CA (Winston)
Dime Torrent - Download Here
NOTE: I created a torrent and posted it on Dime. If your a Dime member, you'll know what to do. If not, sign up for a free account and READ THE RULES. Go to http://www.dimeadozen.org for their home page. And remember to keep your sharing ratio at 0.25% or higher so as to not get banned. It's a much faster download almost always! Now, back to the original blog post.
The one thing I really like about this specific upload is the high end frequencies and clarity in the recording that can heard. On the acoustic set, starting on CD 2, you can really hear the guitar picking and Plant's voice too much more sharply and clearly than on the other 10 or so versions I was comparing it to. There is a noticeably cleaner sound on the high end of the recording.
Over all, this is a superb audience recording too. Both Edwards and Millard did great jobs of recording live shows (known for Zeppelin shows). Their dedication to perfection is the primary reason these shows are so popular and sought after.
There are tons of Led Zeppelin shows out there. There are a lot of bad sounding recordings, good sounding recordings, and fewer excellent-to-superb sounding recordings. But the Millard recordings that have resurfaced over the last few years in their altered and unaltered (by Millard) forms are by far some of the best recordings to date. It took a long time after Millard's death in the early 1990's for these to surface in such a low generation form. And many of the ones that had surfaced in years gone by were put out by labels that tend to remaster/rework the audio in ways that degraded the sound quality too. Over amplifying and clipping audio is not how it's done. But a lot of labels have done just that and then did a bad EQ job to top it off. So if you're still listening to you 1990's CD of a show like this, put it in the case and give the better sounding copy (these) a try. I bet you will start gathering dust on the case of your old copy when it comes to revisiting the LA Forum shows in the future.
I hope you enjoy the concert...
THESE DOWNLOADS ARE FOR FREE ONLY! NEVER BUY OR SELL ANY LEGALLY RECORDED BUT ILLEGAL TO SELL SHOWS LIKE THIS ONE. THIS IS FOR FANS AND FUTURE FANS WHO WANT TO HEAR THE ARTIST'S MUSIC RAW & LIVE BUT NOT OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE OR RELEASED.
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO SUPPORT THE ARTISTS BY BUYING THEIR OFFICIALLY RELEASED MATERIAL TOO.
KEEP IT FREE, KEEP IT AVAILABLE, AND MOST OF ALL; KEEP IT LEGAL!!