This is the "acapulcogold" copy and the one I believe sounds best out of the copies I have for this date. It's a great-to-excellent recording and I plan on burning it to CD-R after finishing this upload and listening myself tomorrow morning.
Unknown Gen analog cassette tape > CD-R > EAC > WAV > Goldwave(to speed correct & split tracks) > TLH > FLAC > me > TLH > WAV (to test for lossiness) > Audacity (to view waveform, embed metadata/track titles & info, and then to re-encode) > FLAC 8 > TLH (to check for SBE's and create and verify new ffp & md5 files) > you
(1) Originally from the collection of "BK"
(2) ALL extracting, editing, & track marking by "acapulcogold"
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Date: January 25th, 1973
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Venue: Music Hall
Label: BK's Tapes/acapulcogold
Size: 742 MB
101. Rock And Roll
102. Over The Hills And Far Away
103. Black Dog
104. Misty Mountain Hop
105. Since I've Been Loving You
106. Dancing Days
107. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
118. The Song Remains The Same
109. The Rain Song
201. Dazed And Confused
202. Stairway To Heaven
205. Whole Lotta Love
(1) 1973-01-25 Aberdeen, Scotland (AUD)
This recording has the cleanest sound to it from the other copies I compared it too. It has a nice mix with Plant's vocals being up front as well as the musical instruments all being relatively heard at the same levels. A number of the other copies seem to have too much low frequency mixed in (causing a hum I believe) and Plant's vocals are hidden in the mixes too. A few have his vocals sounding nice, but they still aren't as clean sounding as this recording. I'm not saying their bad, just that they don't sound as good to me. And one copy does actually sound bad.
NOTES FROM "ACAPULCOGOLD" (copy & paste):
"A very good, and underated show/performance from the group.
The band are playing quite well, and Plant's voice is on the mend from the flu he was suffering from at the beginning of the tour.
Nothing has beeen done to this recording in terms of remastering, EQ'ing, or noise/hiss reduction, all that has been done to this tape in terms of editing is some nescessary tape speed correction.
Originally the whole recording was running way too fast, and needed to be slowed down.
This is a pretty decent upgrade to alot of the previous versions/releases that have been released into circulation, I not only include bootleg versions in that comparisson, but low gen versions as well.
This version (compared to previous releases/transfers we've heard posted online), this version has alot more clarity and balance in the instruments and vocals than previous releases have, other ones I've heard have very muddy vocals, and a distorted sound to the instruments.
The improvement in sound could be due to the fact that the copying of the cassettes used in this release was done in the late 1980's (possibly before some deterioration set into the tapes), and the transfer to CD-R was done in the early 90's, or the transfer was done on good equipment.
However, like other versions of this show that have been posted online, this recording does have the excessive tape hiss in both channels, and the tape recorder hum, but it's not as dominant as it is on other releases.
Another fault of this recording is that it is incomplete, missing the very final encore of the night "What Is And What Should Never Be".
Some releases have this song, and others don't, this version does not have it.
There's been alot of debate about the legitimacy of this song actually being played as the final encore of the night, and whether or not it's actually from Aberdeen and not some other performance and recording, but the general consensus now is that the song was actually played that night.
During their winter 1973 tour of the U.K, the band added alot of material they had previously retired to their repetoire, possibly to spice things up, or reward a crowd they liked, examples of this are "Immigrant Song" from Bradford, (1-18-73), and "How Many More Times" from Southampton, (1-22-73).
So the idea of the band playing "What Is And What Should Never Be" at this point and time in their career isn't too strange...it's strange that it was played as the final encore because the song really doesn't have the weight and impact of being a "closing song", but that's on them.
For those that may not know, this show has an interesting story behind it's one and only bootleg release ("The A-15). When it was released by the TDOLZ label, it was mislabeled as being the groups performance in Rotterdam, Holland, on March, 11th, 1973, but that's false.
How it was discovered that this performance is actually Aberdeen is a mystery to me, but I think it was found out to be Aberdeen by a comment made by Plant during the show before the band plays "Heartbreaker".
He sounds like he's saying "Aberdeen" to the audience.
The confusion about this recording has never been a factor for myself though because this show was sent and labeled as being Aberdeen, not Rotterdam when I recieved it in the 1980's.
Hope everyone here will enjoy this.~ acapulcogold"
It's kind of ironic I found this text file with "acapulcogold's" notes after preparing this upload. I use to store text files in a separate folder on another drive before I realized how stupid that was (not to mention a pain in the butt). The text file explains just what I had noticed as I was listening to this show in regards to Plant's vocals and the sound. I'm glad I found this for my own benefit!
One note of interest and stemming from "acapulcogold's" information is the LedZeppelin.com website shows "What Is And And What Should Never Be" as well as "The Ocean" (neither on this recording) were both played as the final songs. So who really knows?
I hope you enjoy this show..a day before it's 42nd birthday...
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