Going To California was the third Led Zeppelin bootleg ever released and was preceded only by Mudslide and Live On Blueberry Hill from what I have read. And of course, in these first bootleg days, these were LP or record releases too..
I've got three different LP rips of the same Trade Mark of Quality (TMOQ) Going To California recording ranging from many pops and scratches to no pops and scratches. One copy came from my buddy John many years ago and one I got a few years ago and it was a 2010 rip of a perfect copy LP and a "dadgad" remastered copy.
The best sounding copy of this show is likely the one you can play on your record player and it is a mint copy. But since few (if any) of us have that option, we go for the next best thing. I even attempted to rip John's copy over a year ago but was not getting the sound I wanted due to either an issue with the new digital output USB turntable I now have or due to my own not transferring things right. There is nothing as clean as a great record and the needle in the groves pushing out the hi fidelity audio. Compact discs are great, but they still cannot truly reproduce the fidelity of an album. But albums have their issues and lifespan too so CD's are the next best thing to the actual album itself.
The 2012 share (transferred in 2010) of "dadgad's" remastering is the best sounding LP rip without a doubt. But I am uploading the second set of CD's today that go with last night's show which are the Godfather label's production of this second show in Berkeley in 1971. It is an excellent-to-superb copy of the show and one I think they did a nice job on.
No lineage given > 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
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Date: September 14th, 1971
Location: Berkeley, California
Venue: Berkeley Community Theatre
Title: Berkeley Daze 2nd Night
Artwork: Yes (full scans in download)
Size: 539 MB
101. Immigrant Song
103. Since I've Been Loving You
104. Black Dog
105. Dazed And Confused
201. Stairway To Heaven
202. That's The Way
203. Going To California
204. Whole Lotta Love
(1) 1971-09-14, Berkeley, CA (AUD/Godfather)
The sound starts out in mono audio and then changes to stereo after "Heartbreaker" starts up. This is when it becomes superb and really enjoyable because there is great stereo separation. And there is no audio clipping either in the waveform.
There are two (one in this copy) small cuts that are just split second types in the show. For instance, the very beginning notes of "Since I've Been Loving You" start out and then the audio jumps to a point a few seconds ahead. Don't worry. It's not a defect with your burn, download, or anything like that. It's in the recording. One the Going To California LP rips there is another real short piece of "Dazed and Confused" missing at the very beginning too. But I've just noticed that Godfather seems to have added a second source (possibly) in place of this missing music in this release. It really is not even noticeable unless you're listening for it. In fact, I just decided to check Bootledz.com and they mention that Godfather takes the previous nights recording of "Dazed and Confused" and uses it at the very beginning to replace the cut in the song. Like I mentioned, it's a short, small part and I really think that was not a bad idea on Godfather's part doing this.
This is obviously not the complete concert as one might notice looking at the setlist. Just look at the show's length if nothing else and you can see it is not a full show from Led Zeppelin. I'm not sure if there is more that exists, if it got ruined, or just what the story may be? There are some fades outs/ins after a few songs as if there was more tape but it wasn't shared or added. It's not likely that it was a tape flip where these are located because they aren't far enough into a recording to have reached a point on needing to flip or change a tape.
Just like the show for today (13th) I uploaded last night, this one was also recently shared by "jesusnahdi" over on Dime. So thanks goes to them for both of these two nights in Berkeley in the form of the Godfather label copies.
This is a very enjoyable capture of this night in the history of Led Zeppelin almost 44 years ago and it's one I know you will enjoy too.
I hope you enjoy the show...
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