To my ears, this is the best sounding show so far. After the previous night's show, one that was a little lackluster and had a good number of mistakes, this night is much, much more professional and Page and Plant sounding. The recording is superb and the performance is spot on with no mistakes. Whoever recorded this show got a real soundboard grade sounding recording but in an audience recording.
Thanks goes to "Amduscia" for doing the EAC rips and sharing all 20 silver CD's with us.
Hoochie Coochie silvers > EAC > FLAC 8 > 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
Artist: Page & Plant
Date: February 9th, 1996
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Budokan Hall
Title: 10 Days
Label: Hoochie Coochie
Size: 811 MB
102. The Rain Song
103. No Quarter
104. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
105. Immigrant Song (intro)
106. The Wanton Song
108. Ramble On
109. hurdy gurdy instrument solo
110. Gallows Pole
111. Whole Lotta Love
201. Tea For One
202. Dancing Days
204. Four Sticks
205. In The Evening
207. Black Dog
208. Rock And Roll
(1) 1996-02-08 Tokyo, Japan (AUD/Hoochie Coochie CD's 7-8)
Maybe it's just me, but this night is the night where both Page and Plant made their transition to much more Zeppelin sounding performances. Previous nights were great and superb sounding. But this night has an energy to me that seemed to be "not there yet" as they started this last leg of thier tour in Japan after a couple of months off after the North American and South American tours ended. It seems to me that the first three nights in Tokyo could almost be classified as warm up nights and this night was the night the fire began.
Listening to Page's guitar in "Heartbreaker" as I make this post, I hear him putting a perfect sound into the song but also adding the infamous Led Zeppelin style changes into the song too that you'd have expected Led Zeppelin to have added back in the day. And the transitions between songs flow very smoothly in this show with a lot less talk and a lot more music. Plant's voice is losing the Middle Eastern sounding influence and sounding more like the old Robert Plant did.
The previous night, when the band played "Tea For One" for the very first time ever, they really messed it up "with disastrous effects" as Plant says in this show. And as they try it for the second time ever, it almost sounds like it isn't going to work for a second night, but it does and it sounds like the band enjoys playing it much more this night. And this is not the last night they play it either in Japan.
I don't know, maybe this is just such a great recording I can hear more in it that I didn't hear in the first three shows (and they sounded superb too)? Whatever the reason, if it is in my head or the truth, nineteen years ago tonight Led Zeppelin was trying to come back and perform for the first time in 16 years! And they did so for the rest of this tour as well as the whole of the 1998 tour. But they sounded even even better in 1998!
I hope you enjoy this show...
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