Saturday, January 26, 2008

Day 26: 8/18/1969 (afternoon) Toronto, Ontario

8/18/1969 (afternoon) Toronto, Ontario  Absolutely Gems
Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times

There are some tape disturbances at the beginning of Train Kept a Rollin', as well as some volume fluctuations during I Can't Quit You Baby. The taper seems to be having a lot of trouble with their equipment. Page's soloing in I Can't Quit You Baby is bluesy and soulful. Plant tells the crowd Bonzo "has to make all the noise, all the time, every time."

An excellent Dazed and Confused is unfortunately marred with tape noise after the bow solo. The sound improves somewhat during Plant's extended harmonica solo in an excellent You Shook Me. He teases the crowd with his moans during the outro. How Many More Times begins with some very playful band introductions from Plant. He instructs the crowd to clap "a little bit louder for Jimi Hendrix" before the first verse. Page shreds his way through the solo after a wild slide intro.

The tape is hissy and distorted with a lot of tape disturbances and volume fluctuations throughout. A great performance, unfortunately hindered by bad sound quality.

1 comment:

Conner said...

1969-08-18, Afternoon Show, Toronto, Canada "Absolutely Gems" (Sanctuary)
A painful listen, about the only good thing I can say about it is it's not complete, there are several cuts here and there. The tape goes from somewhat listenable to very noisy, and then back several times. This is the case thru The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused and the start of You Shook Me. Things get more stable and remain all right thru the band intros at the start of How Many More Times and for the song. If the complete tape sounded like the end, it might have been quite listenable. Listened this while on my long run today, and I couldn't wait to get past it.