I have not heard this show all of the way through in about 15 years. And the copy I got in a trade so many years ago was a bad copy where the trader had likely burned the discs at too fast of a speed leaving pops and clicks on the audio. But this copy being shared today is an accurate and perfect EAC rip.
I'm not reviewing much of the concert recording since I want to get it uploaded. But from what I've listened to tonight, I'd say it is a great-to-excellent recording but it does have some issues too. This really is an awesome sounding show but it does have errors. Read below for some more details.
Electric Magic silver CDs > EAC (w/offsets) > WAV > SHN > 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: December 2nd, 1971
Location: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Venue: Strakers Royal Ballroom
Title: Rock And Roll Magic
Label: Electric Magic
Artwork: Yes (full scans in download)
Size: 701 MB
101. Immigrant Song
103. Black Dog
104. Since I've Been Loving You
105. Stairway To Heaven
106. Going To California
107. That's The Way
109. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
201. Dazed And Confused
202. What Is And What Should Never Be
203. Rock And Roll
204. Whole Lotta Love
301. Whole Lotta Love
302. Communication Breakdown
304. It'll Be Me
(1) 1971-12-02 Bournemouth, UK (AUD/EM)
One thing I do not like about this Electric Magic label copy is they did a little bit of brickwalling on the audio. It isn't horrible or terrible like some shows we have seen have been ruined by labels doing this. But at the same time, any brickwalling is bad and it makes it more difficult to impossible to do any work, fixing, EQ'ing, or anything to the audio when it is bad.
This show has a clean and bright sound to it but it is over amplified by the label and there is some distortion too in some places. You can also hear some tape noises, similar to the tape squealing we'd hear when the heads or tape would begin messing up, in parts of the show. The label amplifies the audio in some songs, like in "Heartbreaker", during quieter moments and this makes the tapes noise more noticeable than if they had just left things alone.
Plant's voice and the rest of the band are very up front and great sounding in the mix as I am listening to the early part of the show. The crowd is relatively quiet too not being caught too often by the recorder. The mix is great and I can only hope the third generation copy I get will not have the tape issues in it. This would be more along the lines of a superb recording if the label messing with the sound, the small amount of tape squealing, and the distortion heard in some areas was not there. But this is a very easy show to listen to and enjoy and one I definitely recommend. It is a show not seen very often.
This show also seems complete and it has some more rare songs the band plays on this night as you can see in the setlist. That is always a big plus and I think it is an indication many times of how good of a time (and performance) the band was having and putting on during shows where they add rarities like these.
I'm uploading the show now so I can get it up on its anniversary which will end in less than an hour.
I hope you enjoy the show...
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