This is the copy I decided to go with because I think it has one of the best mixes and the work done on this copy sounds and looks great also. The highs are not cut from this copy like on some of the other label copies and it doesn't have the rougher sounding distortion that the master copy has. I'm not saying this is the very best copy, but from my checking of about 6 copies of the show I have, I liked what I was sampling in this copy a lot so I chose it.
Silver CD's > EAC (Secure Mode) > WAV > TLH > FLAC 8 > 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: May 3rd, 1971
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Venue: KB Hallen
Title: Stick Out!
Artwork: Yes (full scans in download)
Size: 462 MB
101. Immigrant Song
103. Since I've Been Loving You
104. Dazed And Confused
105. Black Dog
106. Stairway To Heaven
107. Going To California
108. That's The Way
201. Robert Plant talking
202. What Is And What Should Never Be
203. Four Sticks
204. Gallows Pole
205. Whole Lotta Love
206. Communication Breakdown
207. Misty Mountain Hop
208. Rock And Roll
(1) 1971-05-03 Copenhagen, Denmark (AUD/Stick Out!)
(1) 1971-05-03 Copenhagen, Denmark (AUD/Stick Out!) (Mirror)
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The waveform looks fine in this show's audio and there is no audio clipping. There may have been some slight compression used when the show was being mastered. But it sounds like it comes from a low generation source and as I mentioned up top the highs are more present and the distorting portions sound much better here in this recording.
The audience is not an issue in this recording either. They are relatively quiet or not caught by the taper as the music plays for the most part. You can hear them clapping in various songs and hear some talk, whistling, etc throughout the show. But they were a quiet crowd. And there even seems to be a rumbling going on in the crowd too because Plant jumps all over the people causing the issue and more or less tells them they will not play if it continues.
As with all shows lately, I am revisiting this one as I prepare the upload. And I really like it more and more as I listen. The sound improves a lot too around "Since I've Been Loving You". I'm sure the taper had to get things set and working right and do the technical adjustments earlier on as we all have to do sometimes.
There are some parts of the show with distortion and it really is in the real heavy and fast parts of the show sometimes when the bass, drums, and guitar are all jamming together. It sounds like the distortion comes from the taper's gear just not being able to handle the loud show and the limitations with his gear. Not every part like this is distorted and the distortion is not the kind that is so bad you cannot listen to it. You can still hear the show just fine. And the taper sounds like he is close to the stage as well so each member can be heard pretty equally in the mix.
There are a few rarities in this show as well. The band plays "Four Sticks" and "Gallows Pole" as well as "Misty Mountain Hop" as one of the encore songs. "Gallows Pole" is played in an incredible way and it sounds awesome in this performance. "Misty Mountain Hop" became a normal track in the 1973 tour but it wasn't played a lot (maybe at all...I need to check that) in the 1971 shows and hearing it in this show is rare. He introduced the song saying "this is a song from the next album" and it does sound different than later versions too. I have always loved the "Minnesota Blues" and "Honey Bee" parts of some Led Zeppelin "Whole Lotta Love" performances. And they play them both in this show. Robert Plant also adds in part from "Celebration Day" in the near end of "Communication Breakdown" which is a thing I don't think they did in any other recordings of their live shows before/after this show.
I just noticed as "Gallows Pole" is ending the recording sounds like it becomes brighter sounding. It almost sounds as if another source may have been mixed in. It may not be anything at all like I am saying it "sounds like". It may be something as simple as the taper making an adjustment to his gear. But the distortion I spoke of sounds to have lessened also as "Whole Lotta Love" starts up and this would have been a spot I would have expected to hear the distortion more. I do not think this a second source mixed in but you tell me what you think when you hear this part of the show.
I really think this is a great-to-excellent sounding show myself. I love the sound but I also can deal with imperfections in a recording as long as I can still hear the songs fine. And that is the case with this recording.
One last thing worth mentioning is the great job the taper did at keeping the show sounding the same throughout it. Unlike many other shows out there, the audio seems to have the same great sound throughout the show and you don't have a mix of better sounding parts of the show alongside other parts sounding worse. The only (small) issue in the sound changing is the parts where some distortion is present. But overall, this should be a show any Led Zeppelin live fan should enjoy without any problems!
I hope you enjoy the show...
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