Monday, January 14, 2008

Day 14: 4/24/1969 San Francisco, CA

4/24/1969 San Francisco, CA  Dancing Avocado Supreme
As Long as I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Pat's Delight

The tape starts with a couple minutes of the band tuning up. Jones and Page stop playing after Jones's equipment malfunctions in the middle of As Long as I Have You, leaving Plant and Bonzo to improvise before Page comes back for a duel with Bonzo. This all makes for a very hectic, disjointed rendition. 

Jones's improvisation is on display during Killing Floor. Plant comments on the continuing equipment problems before White Summer/Black Mountain Side. Plant improvises new lyrics in Babe I'm Gonna Leave You. The recording ends after an energetic performance of Pat's Delight, which features Bonzo's new gong.

The tape is an excellent audience recording captured with two mics placed right on the stage. Every instrument is clear and balanced with Plant a bit behind the rest of the band.

3 comments:

Conner said...

1969-04-24, Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA "The Dancing Avocado" (AJD - JAMESKG presents)
A stunning audience recording, apparently from two on stage mics. Plants vocals are a bit low, but the rest of the band come thru loud and clear. After tuning up, the band jumps into As Long As I Have You. At times the bass flips out a bit. Plant sings "I think we have some trouble with our equipment, yeah yeah. I think we gonna get it all together, yeah yeah." to the laughs of the crowd. Killing Floor has a different intro before going into what becoming "The Lemon Song". After some guitar tuning - Page plays a spirited White Summer. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is next, and then they finish with Pat's Delight. Despite the issues with the Bass sound at times, this is a fantastic recording.

Toasty Joe said...

This is the best I've ever heard Zep sound - ever. Amazing recording, amazing, raw performance. A classic in all respects.

Anonymous said...

This Early Version of Moby Dick is unbelievable.Bonzo going beast mode!