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Led Zeppelin bootleg – Bringing The House Down – Landover 26th May 1977


DISC 1 (67.21): The Song Remains The Same, Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, In My Time Of Dying, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter
DISC 2 (49.59): Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Dancing Days, Black Country Woman, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir
DISC 3 (78.30): Out On The Tiles / Moby Dick, Page Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

A nearly complete soundboard from 1977 appears, pulled out of the hat by Empress Valley once again. This time they have done an excellent job, and neatly filled the gaps with the audience recording. This was the second of five nights in Landover, and a better performance than the opening night.

There are some real highlights in playing tonight, so this release is an extremely welcome addition to the Live Concert repertoire. The first disc is a completely new SBD recording However a cut in the SBD tape on track 6 (No Quarter), from 3.35 to 4.20 minutes has been neatly filled from the audience recording. The second disc is virtually all SBD, except on track 6 (Bron-yr-Aur Stomp), where the gap has been again neatly filled from the audience recording from 0.42 to 2.45 minutes into the song. The third disc has a fair chunk of Moby Dick missing (track 1), from 25.40 to 35.17 minutes into the number, which has again been plugged with the audience tape.

Finally the very end of the concert after the group have left the stage, on track 6, starting at 4.39 minutes, until the end at 6.22, has been filled from the audience recording (with good comments from the taper and his friends, hats off to them!). This is a raw soundboard, although all instruments/vocals are fairly well balanced. So it is different from the Madison Square Garden soundboard from 12 February 1975, which Empress Valley released as Led Zeppelin’s Flying Circus. That was a professionally mixed recording (by the legendary Eddie Kramer). However the good thing about this Landover soundboard is the prominence of the bass guitar and the drums of John Bonham. In fact you can hear numerous comments from the great man throughout the concert, which is nice. He rather enthusiastically enters Achilles Last Stand before all the guitar sound effects that end Jimmy Page’s solo have finished, and the maestro launches into the opening guitar riff. We tend to focus on Jimmy Page and his wonderful guitar playing, and Robert Plant’s amazing vocals, but the real power and driving force of Led Zeppelin was of course John Paul Jones and the incredible drums from John Bonham. There is nobody on Earth that could ever replace John Bonham, he was a totally unique and quite incredibly astounding drummer.

This release therefore is a most welcome addition, one that all fans should seek out. The packaging is nice, similar to the same label’s Florida Sunshine, a hard backed gatefold, the CDs being housed in card sleeves inside. For a change, full marks go to Empress Valley on their treatment of this show.

May 16, 2010 - Posted by | Led Zeppelin Bringing The House Down | ,

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