Saturday, January 19, 2008

Day 19: 6/20/1969 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England

6/20/1969 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England (master>cassette>cassette)
Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Sumer/Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me, Pat's Delight, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown

The tape begins with Plant encouraging the crowd to "let it all out, enjoy yourselves." He let's out an extra long wail during the intro to I Can't Quit You Baby. After Dazed and Confused, Plant introduces someone on stage "all the way from New Zealand", but it's difficult to make it out. Plant asks the crowd for a harmonica following White Summer/Black Mountain Side, explaining that the temperature has caused his to go out of tune. 

Jones, Plant, and Bonzo play a strange little tongue-in-cheek instrumental interlude before You Shook Me. The end of You Shook Me includes Plant's "squeeze my lemon..." lyrics. The bow solo in How Many More Times is mostly a string slapping jam, which leads into an extended funky improvisation. Plant hints at the medleys to come in the "got you in the sights..." section, his voice breaking in the final "gun!" Plant tells the crowd it's the best night they've had in England before a crushing version of Communication Breakdown, which includes It's Your Thing during the breakdown.

A muffled, overloaded, rather hissy tape of an enjoyable performance.

4 comments:

Conner said...

Jan 19, 2008
1969-06-20 Newcastle, England (From Source)
Show starts with The Train Kept A Rollin', and things are not looking good. Bass is overloading the tape, quite a bit of hiss, Plant is distorted, guitar is hard to pick out. Hopefully things clear up a bit. I Can't Quit You Baby sounds similar, by Dazed and Confused I'm either getting use to the sound, or it's improving slightly. After Dazed and Confused, Plant introduces someone 'all the way from New Zealand' but I couldn't tell who he said. Page plays White Summer, which due to the nature of the song sounds a bit better on the tape - but it's still a rough listen. It sounds like Plant asks if anyone has a harmonica, and then he plays a short bit with Bonzo on drums. Next up is You Shook Me, which leads into Pat's Delight. The show ends like many early shows, with an extended How Many More Times and a quick Communication Breakdown. Overall it sounds like it was probably a good show, but the roughness of the recording makes it unlikely I will listen to this one again.

doofus said...

Can someone tell me when this came out? What bootleg it was released as?

FRX said...

check out Underground Uprising. They're a good source for bootleg info.

CPD said...

The guy Plant introduces is their roadie Clive Coulson. http://www.led-zeppelin.org/joomla/biographies/102

Great blog BTW. Listening to every show in order has been on my TODO list forever and you've inspired me to finally do it myself.