I really do not know the story on this recording or why it is incomplete. It may be the taper got to the show late, thought they we taping the first part of the show, or maybe they didn't bring enough tape and taped over the first part of the show? There are too many possibilities. But what we have is actually a very good and enjoyable recording of over half of the show.
Thanks to "orangeboy" for sharing this source 1 recording over on R-O!
No lineage giver > 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
* This show has some unusual test results. This is likely a 32 kHz lossless DAT transfer and I've asked for help in confirming this.
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Date: February 16th, 1975
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Venue: Missouri Arenas
Title: Oh Dear, I've Known Him Since He Was A Child
Label: Led Note
Source: AUD (Source 1)
Size: 597 MB
102. No Quarter
103. Trampled Underfoot
104. Moby Dick
201. Dazed And Confused
202. Stairway To Heaven
203. Whole Lotta Love
204. Black Dog
(1) 1975-02-16 St. Louis, MO (AUD Source 1/Led Note)
I fixed an error in the CD tracking. More than an error it is really an oversight and I'm sure it is something Led Note could have and should have easily fixed but did not. Led Note had "Whole Lotta Love", "Out On The Tiles", and "Black Dog" all stuck together as one track. And to be honest, "Out On The Tiles" is not a song played in Led Zeppelin shows (most of them anyhow) and is just the beginning music to "Black Dog" and rarely listed as a song. I separated "Whole Lotta Love" and "Black Dog" into two tracks like it normally is in a show. Since the artwork Led Note made has "Out On The Tiles" listed on it I went ahead and titled "Black Dog" as "Out On the Tiles ~ Black Dog" so nobody mistakenly thinks they got ripped off a song.
The show could have been tracked better too but I am not complaining. The source 2 recording of this show is a more complete, but still incomplete recording of the show. It sounds good-to-great. It has an issue with distortion however. But this source 1 recording sounds much better even though it is not as complete. The recording has a more full sounding audio range to it that doesn't suffer from the same amount of distortion that source 2 has. Source 1 does have something happen (listen to "Stairway To Heaven") that causes some temporary distortion in the recording. It may just be the record level was turned up to high because you can hear the level being raised at the beginning of the song. Part of the song is distorted and part of it sounds excellent.
I had thought about making a mix using both audience sources and I still may. I think the reason this has not been done is because (a) we have the better sounding soundboard of the show and (b) we have the more complete soundboard of the show. The soundboard recording is about 20 minutes longer than the more complete audience recording (source 2) is.
This source 1 audio is a much better audio and it doesn't sound like it has the processing or EQ work done to it like most labels do. I really wonder if Led Note left the recording alone and did not try to EQ it. I hope that is the case. The high frequencies are there and Jimmy Page's guitar as well as Robert Plant's vocals sound nice. The low frequencies also sound nice and John Paul Jones' bass and keyboard as well as John Bonham's drums sound really good too. The overall mix is pretty even and it results in great-to-a excellent sound and mix.
The recording is not without errors. During "Trampled Underfoot", at the 5:53 mark, the left channel drops out and the audio is only heard in the right channel up through the 8:17 mark. This continues into the following track, "Moby Dick", for close to two more minutes when the left channel comes back into play.
There are other issues in the recording I heard and I'm sure there are some I didn't hear too. I did notice the final track, "Heartbreaker", sounds as if the taper was walking away when he realized the band was back for another song. The audience noise is not bad and even though there are a few places where you can hear the taper or other people in the audience talking in a low voice, it really is not bad and the taper did a good job of keeping quiet it sounded like.
I hope you enjoy the show...
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