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Led Zeppelin – One Night Stand In Paris (1969)


Introduction, Good Times Bad Times Intro/Communication Breakdown, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me, How Many More Times

Disc 1: (78:11) Pre-FM Transfer

Disc 2: (78:02) FM Broadcast Version inc. DJ Comments

Led Zeppelin’s appearance in Paris on October 10, 1969 was recorded for French radio and was originally broadcast on Musicorama in 1969. The recording was known to exist for many years but amazingly never surfaced on any bootleg until it was rebroadcast in December 2007. This created a huge buzz in the Zeppelin community and quickly became a favorite among collectors. The rebroadcast contained a French radio announcer speaking over the performance in six different spots unfortunately marking the recording.

Within about a month or so of the 2007 airing, there were no less than six releases issued. Olympia 1969 (no label), Paris Olympia 1969 (Wendy), Paris Par Excellence (Empress Valley), and N’est Aucun Imbecile (Black Dog Rekords) all issued the complete broadcast including the DJ comments. Ain’t No Fool (Black Dog Rekords) and L’Olympia (Godfatherecords) both edited the comments out along with the underlying music. Good Times Bad Times (Scorpio) was released in July 2007 and paired this tape with the show at the Lyceum from two days later and reportedly replaced the DJ with music from another night (a practice I could personally do without). While most of these titles sounded great, Godfather and Empress Valley were considered two of the best versions with Godfather praised for some really nice editing work.

This performance comes right before the release of Led Zeppelin II and we get the first documented version of “Heartbreaker” here, a true highlight. It is rumored that perhaps “Moby Dick” was played but unfortunately not broadcast. The rest of the set was a pretty standard show for the time starting with the “Good Times Bad Times” intro into “Communication Breakdown”, which worked very well as the opener, and finishing with the long stretched out “How Many More Times”. The performance here is both powerful and stunning and falls under the “must have” category for both avid and casual Zeppelin collectors.
TCOLZclaims to present a pre-FM transfer on disc one of One Night Stand In Paris and I must say, this appears to be the real deal. There is no DJ chatter and no apparent evidence of edits or cuts. Also, the overall level seems quieter and doesn’t have that amplified characteristic that would be associated with an FM broadcast. The sound quality is excellent and is the best this has sounded so far.

Disc two contains the tape exactly as it was broadcast including commentary. While One Night Stand In Paris offers the best of both worlds, disc one, with great sound and no chatter, is the definitive version of this show. TCOLZ has uncovered a true gem and even though sometimes a little tinkering with the sound can be beneficial, I would much rather see the tapes left alone than over equalized. Bottom line is that the Zep community needs a label like TCOLZ to offer collectors un-tampered source tapes and so far have proven worthy. This comes packaged in a double slimline jewel case with a very nice layout for the artwork. (wgpsec Jan 09)

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Led Zeppelin One Night Stand In Paris | , | Leave a comment

Led Zeppelin – Paris 10th October 1969 (One Night Stand In Paris)


L’Olympia, Paris, France – October 10th, 1969

Disc 1 (78:11), Pre-FM: Introduction, Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown, I Can’t Quit You, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me, How Many More Times

Disc 2 (78:02), FM broadcast version: Introduction, Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown, I Can’t Quit You, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me, How Many More Times

Led Zeppelin’s first full year is in general very well documented with excellent sounding audience recordings, soundboards and radio broadcasts. The slight exception to this are the months surrounding the release of their second LP in the autumn. Besides the great sounding tapes from Winterland in San Francisco in November, there really are not many good tapes in circulation, which might be the reason why silver manufacturers have all but ignored this Zeppelin period in the last decade. The October 10th Paris show was known to have been professionally taped and broadcast on “Musicorama” on Europe 1. Nobody, it seems, taped it off the air in 1969 and the master tapes never surfaced either. It was finally rebroadcast on Europe 2 on Friday, December 7th, 2007 in anticipation of the reunion the following Monday.

Knowing this would be released, the station wanted to ensure nobody would have a clean copy of the show. A DJ offers commentary scattered throughout the show including during the actual music. This is a well known practice by radio stations to “mark” their broadcasts. The radio hosts’ announcements occur in approximately 10-second (times within tracks) intervals, as follows: “I Can’t Quit You Baby” 3:55-4:05, “Dazed and Confused” 4:17-4:27 and 14:05-15:05, “White Summer / Black Mountain Side” 3:44-3:56 and 11:18-11:29 (this announcement timing actually comes after the song has fully ended in the interlude right before “You Shook Me” starts), and “How Many More Times” from 13:18-13:26 for a total of six, approx. 10-sec. each voice-overs during the tape.

A host of titles hit the market almost immediately afterwards. Paris Olympia 1969 (Wendy WECD – 104), Paris Par Excellence (Empress Valley EVSD-510) and Olympia 1969 (no label) and N’est Aucun Imbecile (Black Dog Records BDR-003), were issued with the compete tape as it was broadcast including comments. L’Olympia (Godfather G.R. 248) and Ain’t No Fool(Black Dog Rekords BDR-002) both had the DJ comments edited out with subsequent loss of music, and the latest release Good Times Bad Times (Scorpio LZ-08015) cut out the comments and replaced the missing music from a different show.

One Night Stand In Parisis a two disc set with two different versions on each disc. The second disc is the radio broadcast as it occurred that night complete with the DJ commentary. The first disc is more interesting because it claims to be the pre-broadcast tape with the complete music but with no commentary and listening to this many times confirms it. There are no signs of editing as on Godfather, Black Dog and Scorpio.

The set begins with the devastating opening bars of “Good Times, Bad Times” serving as a prelude to “Communication Breakdown.” Only at these shows was this arrangement used as they were trying to achieve the most overwhelming sound they could muster. This tape includes the earliest reference to “Heartbreaker” introduced by Robert Plant, saying, ”We’d like to carry on with something on the new Led Zeppelin II album, which is eventually coming out in England and America. It’s called ‘Heartbreaker.’” This version sounds close to the studio arrangement and Page uses heavy distortion during the guitar solo. Page’s ”White Summer” was still played at this time and is introduced by Plant saying, “right now we’d like to feature…” Page can be heard behind him saying, “wanking dog.” Plant continues, “wanking dog…Jimmy Page on guitar. This is a combination of several things. It goes under the collective title, as Percy Thrower would say, ‘White Summer,’ Jimmy Page.” What follows is a virtuoso epic crammed into ten minutes.

“How Many More Times” is stretched to over twenty minutes long. The long improvisation starts off very dark and includes references to Holst’s “Mars, The Bringer Of War” and a very slow version of The Yardbirds’ “Over Under Sideways Down.” Some people shout to Plant while he’s in the middle of “The Hunter” and causes him to say, “shut up!” There is a long “Boogie Chillun’” part with a reference to Ainsley Dunbar and “Needle Blues” where Plant sings, “I got my needle in you babe, and you seem to think it’s alright. Why don’t you roll over baby, see what it’s like on the other side. I think that was Brownie McGhee.” The sound quality is excellent as to be expected. TCOLZ package One Night Stand In Paris is in a double slimline jewel case with attractive artwork design in keeping with their later releases. For the Paris show, until a more complete tape surfaces with “Moby Dick” and the encores, this is the definitive edition.

May 15, 2010 Posted by | Led Zeppelin One Night Stand In Paris | , | Leave a comment