This recording of Led Zeppelin's last American show is a mix of the sources 1 and 2 recordings. Source 1 is commonly referred to as the Silver Rarities recording and source 2 is referred to as the Missing Link source. Both references are the bootleg label names the sources are associated with. There are other sources/recordings that have surfaced of this show too. For instance, I also had a source 3 recording but it is nowhere near as good in sound quality as sources 1 or 2 are.
I sometimes wonder what Led Zeppelin might have done differently (musically speaking) had they known this was going t be their last American show ever. And I've come to this conclusion. Nothing! Every show was unique and different already so they really didn't need to change the recipe up at all. After all, 'the song never remained the same' long enough to get bored by it.
Silver CD's > FLAC > WAV > FLAC > 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 confirm project is error free and to create and verify new md5 & ffp files) > you
ADDITIONAL LINEAGE NOTES (copy & paste):
Title: "Final Ever In The States"
Label: Missing Link (ML-014/15)
Lineage: Silvers > EAC > WAV > FLAC
Source 1 is the more familiar recording from this date, which is pretty clear and well-balanced, but plagued with cuts in at least six songs and between many numbers; source 2 is more complete, but not as clear--therefore I opted to use source 2 only to patch the missing pieces of source 1. Both recordings varied in pitch throughout, so a true "matrix" would've been extremely difficult and more of an undertaking than I was willing to tackle. The only thing of note that's really missing are the first few seconds (5-6 seconds at most) of 'The Battle of Evermore', which was missed by both tapers.
Here's a breakdown of what I did to create this version of the show:
*Pitch-corrected source 1
*Patched missing pieces of source 1 with source 2 (after matching the pitch)
*Restored the correct running order, with 'Trampled Under Foot' coming between 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' and 'White Summer/Black Mountain Side'--source 1 mistakenly had it after 'Kashmir'
*Evened out volume in each channel where necessary (not in too many places)
*Removed approximately one zillion semi-faint digital clicks, mostly in the right channel of source 1
Since the person who did the work on this two source mix didn't sign their text file, I've got no clue who they are and cannot give them credit in this post. But if they're out there and see this post, thanks for putting together this mix!
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Date: July 24th, 1977
Location: Oakland, California
Venue: Alameda County Coliseum
Source: AUD (Source 1 & 2 Mix)
Size: 850 MB
101. The Song Remains The Same
102. Sick Again
103. Nobody's Fault But Mine
104. Over The Hills And Far Away
105. Since I've Been Loving You
106. No Quarter
201. Ten Years Gone
202. The Battle Of Evermore
203. Going To California
204. Mystery Train
205. Black Country Woman
206. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
207. Trampled underfoot
208. White Summer/Black Mountain Side
301. Jimmy Page (guitar violin bow solo)
302. Achilles Last Stand
303. Stairway To Heaven
304. Whole Lotta Luck
305. Rock And Roll
(1) 1977-07-24 Oakland, CA Source 1 & 2 Mix
(2) 1977-07-24 Oakland, CA Source 1 & 2 Mix
(3) 1977-07-24 Oakland, CA Source 1 & 2 Mix
Memorabilia from the LedZeppelin.com official site is all I was able to find as far as any artwork related material goes. It's in a folder titled "memorabilia". I don't like mixing artwork from other labels even if the setlist matches because it can muddy the waters in the lineage as it gets spread around.
This show is more enjoyable and better spounding than the previous days show in my opinion. The recordings are cleaner. I think the band sounds more energetic and tight in the way they play the songs too. Maybe they were ready for a break and were glad this was the last show on their 1977 tour and it showed in their performance? Who can really say or know?
"Mystery Train", also played in San Diego on this 1977 tour, is played in this last USA Zeppelin show but they finished off this show without "Black Dog" which they had played the day before. Nobody could have known at the time that this was going to be the last time Led Zeppelin played in the United States. So this became a very historic show if for no other reason than that.
I may upload some other copies, mixes, versions, or whatever of this show today and/or the 1979-07-24 Copenhagen master audience recording from 35 years ago today a little later too? I'll just have to see how long it takes and if I have time to do it.
I hope you enjoy the concert...Led Zeppelin's last American show...
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