The band played two shows at Madison Square Garden (MSG) on the same day. The first show was an afternoon show and the second show, which is this concert being uploaded now, was the evening show. I'm still not fully aware of all of the details on how this tape came to surface. But it sounds like it came close to being lost in time and mistaken for the first show from some of what the taper wrote and I have read.
"Darth9neo". or the taper, forgetting or not knowing there were two shows Led Zeppelin had played on 1969-09-19 at MSG had only attended the second, evening show. And for decades he had known of the bootleg recording titled American Woman (first, afternoon show) but had not listened to it and thought it was the same show that he had recorded. So all of these years later, he was listening to the first show but noticing things were different from what he remembered all those years ago. Long story wrapped up, he'd been sitting on a tape of the second show not knowing it. He stated a friend helped him realize this and it wasn't too long afterwards the second show, the only source/recording of the show known to exist, was shared by the taper.
A huge "thank you" goes out to "Darth9neo" for sharing this gem and piece of history with all of us!
Master > Reel-to-Reel > CD-R > 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
Somewhere is the lineage Eddie Edwards speed corrected the audio and "cleaned" it. But this information wasn't included in the lineage anywhere so who knows where or when that work fits in the lineage lineup? I'd imagine it came after the CD-R copy transfer from other information I've read but I do not know for sure.
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Date: September 19th, 1970
Location: New York, New York
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Title: Born To Please
Label: Darth9neo (Taper) & Eddie Edwards (Remaster)
Source: AUD (1st Gen) (Evening Show)
Size: 805 MB
101. Immigrant Song
103. Dazed And Confused
104. Bring It On Home
105. That's The Way
107. Since I've Been Loving You
108.. Thank You
201. What Is And What Should Never Be
202. Moby Dick
203. Whole Lotta Love
204. Out On The Tiles
205. Communication Breakdown
206. The Girl Can't Help It
207. Talking Bout You
208. Twenty Flight Rock
209. How Many More Times
(1) 1970-09-19 New York, NY (AUD 1st Gen/2nd Show)
There is something special about this concert in the fact that Jimi Hendrix had died the day before this show and Robert Plant mentions him before the band plays "That's The Way". Plant says to the crowd, "A great loss came about for the whole of the music world. We'd like to think that you as well as us are very sorry that Jimi Hendrix is dead." This show was a day after Hendrix's death. But of course this was a very big topic not only in the music world and news but in the minds of fans all across the world. Plant mentions Jimi's death in both shows at MSG too on this same day.
This recording was recorded by "Darth9neo" and remastered by Eddie Edwards. The recording is stereo and for the most part an excellent recording. There is a little rough patch starting off as the sound was getting set but then it quickly improves and becomes a real nice treat to listen to. The taper says he ran from the 89th row where he had seats up to the very front (something that you could do in those days if you were lucky enough) and started recording just as "Immigrant Song" began. There are some points where the stereo seems to fade to one side or the other in the taping for short moments. It sounds more like a tape issue than anything else to me and it doesn't happen a lot. It may have been done on purpose too by the taper? There is slight distortion in the heavier bass notes but overall it's an excellent recording and a superb show.
The waveform showed no clipping either and I think one of the really cool things about this recording is the stereo separation in some songs. For instance, when Jimmy Page is doing the violin bow solo deal where he hits on the guitar with the bow and sticks his arm out and turns as the lights hit him (at least in the official the Song Remains The Same release), you hear the different left and right channel come alive depending on which way he was pointing the bow in the show. Even the beginning of John Paul Jones' organ solo introduction into "Thank You" has some back and forth stereo movement between the channels and sounds really nice. The same thing happens in "Whole Lotta Love". However; I wonder if this is real stereo or possibly some audio trickery maybe? It also happens in a few places it shouldn't too.
The crowd is not an issue in most of the show but they are rowdy and can be heard a few times. But they definitely do not seem to interfere with the majority of the recording or be heard during most of the show other than at lower audio levels.
The recording isn't without some faults. Tell me many that are. But this one is a very nice and excellent recording and personally I grade it even a little higher (I'm trying to not grade based on personal likability and it's hard).
The recording doesn't sound as good starting out on the second disc. It's very muddy and almost as if the microphones were being blocked by something or even hidden. This continues all the way through "What Is And What Should Never Be" and for at least 8 minutes into "Moby Dick" before it clears up. It doesn't sound stereo either during this beginning of disc 2. But it clears up and gets back to sounding like it had on disc 1 well before "Whole Lotta Love" starts.
I've uploaded other copies of this show and date in the past too. So you may want to read up on those posts and compare the information or you may want to just download this copy and listen for yourself!
I hope you enjoy the show...
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