This show is great-to-excellent sounding in my ratings. At least this copy is. My first copy on disc was the Turn The Lights Off or The Lights Go Down copy which is in reference to what Robert Plant says just after "Heartbreaker" gets started. He stops mid song and reprimands the audience for being too rowdy. He has the lighting people turn the lights on and tells the people to calm down. No telling what he saw, but I imagine people were crushing each other up front. In fact, in the beginning of the recording you hear the rowdy attitude in the crowd when a girl yells at someone "No! Shut up" or something similar.
Master > DAT > CD-R > WAV > Multi Frontend v0.983 Beta > FLAC 6 > 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: Led Zeppelin
Date: August 21st, 1970
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Venue: Civic Center
Title: Tulsa, Oklahoma August 21, 1970
Source: AUD (Master)
Size: 762 MB
101. band introduction
102. Immigrant Song
104. Dazed And Confused
105. Bring It On Home
106. That's The Way
108. Since I've Been Loving You
201. JPJ organ solo
202. Thank You
203. What Is And What Should Never Be
204. Whole Lotta Love
205. Communication Breakdown
(1) 1970-08-21 Tulsa, OK (AUD Master/ton185)
This recording is really a lot more spectacular than I was expecting as I started listening to it yesterday. I was still expecting the TDOLZ or whatever label version sound I first heard years ago. I've honestly barely listened to that show because the sound just wasn't that good in my opinion. This master transfer shared by "ton185" is a huge improvement and it doesn't have the label EQ work and similar audio changing effects in it. It's the clean, unaltered master tapes and they sound great!
There is another first generation copy I had considered uploading shared by "KRW_CO" because it sounds great too. But this copy seems to have brighter high frequencies and the instruments and vocals can all easily be heard very clear, clean, and well.
Robert Plant's voice is in awesome form on this night too. The high notes he throws in as he ad-libs in songs, ones that aren't expected, are fantastic. Jimmy Page's guitar is spot on and can be heard up front in the heavier songs as well as the quieter ones. And there is a clean and level sounding bass, organ, and drums from John Paul Jones and John Bonham and it make this recording sound as great as it does.
I'm not saying the recording is perfect. There are some flaws in a few places. I just heard some tape noise, the kind you hear when a tape has errors or head problems. But it is short lived and I imagine the tape had a crinkle in it at the spot where that occurred?
I'm up to "Bring It On Home" right now and I am loving what I have heard so far. The tape is mono of course but it has a decent range of sound making it much more full and live sounding than many audience recordings (or even soundboards) from this time period. There are a few short cuts (real short) and you can hear the microphone being bumped and moved around at times too. But these are short sound issues that don't last. There is very little tape hiss heard in the show too and when you do hear it the hiss is in the quieter moments like "Bron-YrAur". There is also a short, weird digital noise at the very beginning of each CD. It has something to do with the CD burning in the lineage or the DAT transfer I believe. I've heard the same thing before when I've transferred audio or have had burners or programs that created a very similar digital noise. But again, it's nothing to worry about and it doesn't interfere with any music or even talking.
This recording is no 1969-04-24 Fillmore West in the sound quality. But it is very nice and in my own personal ratings (biased of course) it is excellent-to-superb sounding. I'll have to upload one of the lesser copies at some point so you can compare and see why it has taken me so long to actually listen to the show again.
The crowd is not as present in the recording as you might expect. The taper and people around him are seldom if at all heard in the recording. The crowd may not have been as rowdy as I first recalled. Maybe Robert Plant's early chastising of them got them to shape up? I don't know. You can hear some light conversation during "Moby Dick" but otherwise, except between songs primarily, they sound like a great crowd and you don't hear them while the music is playing.
There is just a tiny bit of audio clipping on a few tracks but definitely nothing worth worrying about or anything you'd even be able to tell unless you looked at the waveform. Actually, the more I look at the waveform it really looks like this may be a stereo recording. I doubt it but it is hard to tell right now as I am listening.
I hope you enjoy the show...
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