This recording being uploaded was Led Zeppelin's first show out of the three nights they played The Forum between March 24th and March 27th in 1975. And the three shows were also Led Zeppelins final American shows before returning home, taking a two month break, and playing five nights at Earl's Court in London in 1975 ending the Physical Graffiti tour.
I'm uploading the 44.1 kHz/16 bit (CD standard) audio rather than the 96 kHz/24 bit higher audio quality audio today. Since most people I have talked with as a result of this site indicate they burn their shows to disc (as do I), then the copy I'd like to make a DVD-A project out of, or the 96/24 copy, is not as useful to the downloaders as a copy ready to burn to disc is.
This is the unmarked and unaltered recording of the show just as Millard's tapes sounded and not an EQ'ed, label, or any sound changes made copy.
1st Gen cassettes (TDK SA 90) x3 > Nakamichi 670 pitch & azimuth-adjusted playback deck > Nakamichi Outboard Dolby B unit > Wavelab 96/24 > Izotope 44.1/16 > 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
AKG microphones & Nakamichi 550 cassette deck
By JEMS (copy & paste):
"Previously uncirculated set of unmarked tapes for this show transferred with Dolby B on as per Mike's notes on the tape labels using an adjustable outboard Dolby B unit. This is the 1st time (May 2010) these tapes have ever been digitized. The sound is completely unaltered except for pitch correction during playback and fades added for each of the tape flips."
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Date: March 24th, 1975
Location: Inglewood, California
Venue: The Forum
Label: Mike Millard (taper)/JEMS (tape transfer)
Source: AUD (1st Gen Unmarked)
Size: 998 MB
101. Rock And Roll
102. Sick Again
103. Over The Hills And Far Away
104. In My Time Of Dying
105. The Song Remains The Same
106. The Rain Song
201. No Quarter
202. Trampled Underfoot
203. Moby Dick
301. Dazed And Confused
302. Stairway To Heaven
303. Whole Lotta Love
304. Black Dog
(1) 1975-03-24 Inglewood, CA (AUD 1st Gen Unmarked/Millard & JEMS)
(2) 1975-03-24 Inglewood, CA (AUD 1st Gen Unmarked/Millard & JEMS)
Many people may wonder what an "unmarked" tape or audience recording is. All that means is the recording has not had any cuts, sound adjustments, or modifications to the original audio. In the case with Mike Millard's recordings, he marked his tapes he sahred and kept a notebook of details when he marked and shared a tape. That way, he could tell easier where any bootleg label got their tapes from if they used his recordings. He strongly hated the bootleg companies making money off of taper's recordings by pressing LP's and selling them.
Millard would make small changes such as cutting a part of a song out, adjusting or altering the audio so could identify the source he gave it to when he listened to the audio playback, and who knows how else he may have done things like this to keep track.
Even though the reasoning for Millard doing these recording alterations before he shared them may or may not be understood by many, it really seems like it would have been ineffective in the big picture to me. If he shared a tape with someone and then they shared it with ten people, all Mike would have been able to tell was who the original tape came from and he would still not know how it ever actually made it into bootleg company hands. But maybe that's all he wanted to know? And who knows, he might have had strict rules of sharing his tapes too and told people not to reshare them? If the latter is the case, it would still come back on whoever passed the marked tape along to begin with.
I don't know what all Mike Millard did and I won't pretend to. But having copies of his tapes today that are unmarked is a big deal and really a pleasure too. These tapes, like this one being uploaded now, were not even out there for us to listen to until May of 2010 when JEMS transferred the unmarked tapes and they were shared.
A huge thank you goes out to the late Mike Millard and to JEMS for helping the Millard unmarked tapes (this is just one show) see the light of day!
I hope you enjoy this recording on its 40th anniversary because there are only two 40th anniversary dates left until two more months...
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