This show is a very enjoyable and easy to listen to show. The performance is great and the sound is not as bad as I first may have made it sound.
(1) Original Source: Bill B.'s master reel > Doinker transfer > Sound Forge > light EQ and channel balancing > FLAC Frontend > FLAC 6, sectors aligned and verified
(2) Additional Source Lineage: FLAC > WAV > Adobe Audition 3.0.1 (appending, 103.8 stretch) > WAV > tracked with CD Wave, encoded to FLAC 8 with FLAC Frontend, tagged and verified > 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 22nd, 1971
Location: Inglewood, California
Venue: The Forum
Label: Bill B. & Doinker Remaster
Source: AUD (1st Gen)
Size: 834 MB
101. band introduction
102. Walk, Don't Run
103. Immigrant Song
105. Since I've Been Loving You
106. Black Dog
107. Dazed And Confused
108. Stairway To Heaven
109. Celebration Day
110. That's The Way
111. What Is And What Should Never Be
201. Moby Dick
202. Whole Lotta Love
203. Communication Breakdown
204. JPJ organ solo
205. Thank You
(1) 1971-08-22 Inglewood, CA (AUD 1sr Gen)
The audio waveform shows no clipping but the audio does have some distortion in parts of the show. It's not terrible or the kind that makes you want to stop listening because it's covering the rest of the music. It's likely from the microphone's capability or something like that I'm sure.
The drums are really heard heavily and Jimmy Page's guitar is not up front as the show starts out. It can be heard but it's kind of in the background. Robert Plant's vocal are up front too however. I'd guess the taper was somewhere where these instruments and vocals were being picked up. I'm not sure. But the sound does improve as many shows do in our hobby.
This "Doinker" remaster does sound better than other copies I have heard of this show. There really aren't too many copies of this show put out by labels either. I got the Freak Out titled TDOLZ copy of this show as the first one I ever heard many years ago. But it was not this clean either.
I don't want to give this show a bad rap because it does sound quiet nice the more I listen to it and it is very listenable. It seems to "come to life" as Page is jamming on "Heartbreaker" in the solo. And "Since I've Been Loving You" is sounding really good too right now. And the more I listen to the show through the PCs Bose speakers the more it really sounds nicer than I was first giving it credit for sounding.
The tapers don't seem to do much talking and the crowd is quiet too in the recording. I'm up to "Dazed and Confused" in Page's violin bow solo part and the sound is seemingly very level and mixed well. There is a little tape hiss but nothing bad. Besides, that is needed to get the high frequencies in the recording. Too many times people try to take out the hiss and wind up messing up the audio by removing the high frequencies.
It definitely has sound issues, but it definitely is also a nice capture of the show and one you can listen to loud. The real problem areas in the recording are the hard, heavy, and real fast areas where the recording equipment just couldn't handle Led Zeppelin as well! And the sound quality drops off around "Celebration Day" and continues not sounding as good through "That's The Way". After that, you'll have to see for yourself.
The band is on fire as they almost always were! And there's a really cool and different part in "Dazed and Confused" after the band kicks it back into gear after the violin bow solo you should hear and it involves all members playing together nicely.
One other cool change, and this was also in the last 1971 show I uploaded but I didn't mention it, is in "Stairway to Heaven". Robert Plant changes the lyrics up in the song. Keep in mind the fourth LP with the song on it had not been released and still had about 6 weeks until it would be on November 8, 1971. So the crowd was likely hearing this for the first time and it wasn't the successful hit it later became just yet.
I'm going ahead and uploading this one now. I could sit here and review the show song by song, but I'm just going to upload it so you can download it if you want and listen to it on its 44th anniversary yourself.
I hope you enjoy the show...
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