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Led Zeppelin – Led One-Hour Radio Special (BBC, June 27th 1969)

Friday June 27th, 1969-Playhouse Theatre,Northumberland Avenue
London, England.
This show; when Jimmy’s band were young,fresh,creative and powerful  with so much raw energy along with unbridled passion is well represented here.
The only negative about this cd is there are only six tracks.
I  can only imagine the Fillmore West shows from April, 1969 having this dynamic sound quality!!!!
Regardless,here is the track listing:
03-Communicaton Breakdown
04-I Can’t Quit You
06-Dazed  And Confused
08-White Summer Suite
10-You Shook Me
11-How Many More Times Medley
This show broadcast on the BBC;  has been transferred from analogue tapes… which at various times havef ar more warmth and depth an digital.
Performance wise  after an introduction, Page, Bonzo, and JP Jones open with a blistering communication breakdown; always one of my favourites from this era.
Tight, polished, well rehearsed a young band out to prove they were not a flash in the pan; yet they avoided singles as their manager Peter Grant had more ominous goals… such as heavy album sales.  Many of their shows then were sort of an underground thing; meaning word of mouth drew good crowds to the venues of the day; most seating between 3,000 and 5,000. Tickets were around 3.50-5.00 in the states and 1.75  to 2 quid in the UK.
I  Can’t Quit You follows with Jimmy’s blues tone setting the stage for Robert Plant stretching notes,showcasing how powerful this band were. Jones bass and  John Henry Bonham’s power drumming make this track one to get locked in with the band’s groove! Dazed And Confused is next with Jimmy showcasing the bow which became a Zep staple for their career. Excellent playing by  the other three hooligans as the crowd  roars their approval. I  can visualize the band grinning aka the cheshire cat in alice in wonderland about now. The MC introduces White Summer Suite,which became a break for Robert and  John Paul Jones with Bonham  playing just enough to add depth to Jimmy’s old Yardbirds tune,showcasing  he knew all the tricks of a guitarist  along with white hot playing as he felt pushed on.
How Many More Times closes this great performance on a high; the band showing things were to come which would make them the most popular band in the world during the 1970s. When all is said and done i can sit back and think, the Zepp of 1969 were definitely my favorite era of their music; hot,intense,bluesy,psychedelia thrown in at various intervals… the 4-25-1969 show comes to mind. Everyone that digs zep; try to obtain this. You will be delighted with the sound as well as the white heat performance. People have a tendency to forget how good this band was in this era.
On that note; carry on CMC  readers.

December 20, 2013 Posted by | Led Zeppelin Led One-Hour Radio Special | , | Leave a comment