Monday, January 28, 2008

Day 28: 8/31/1969 Dallas, TX

8/31/1969 Dallas, TX The Only Way to Fly
Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown

I Can't Quit You Baby is elegantly heavy, Page plays with incredible finesse. Bonzo's fills sound like a machine gun, his right foot is especially quick. Page's equipment picks up a walkie-talkie frequency during the bow solo in Dazed and Confused, making for a strange break in atmosphere. The guitar solo is flawless and inspired. Bonzo plays a funky rhythm including a cowbell in the middle of the extended solo. The return to the main descending riff is devastating.

Bonzo goes wild throughout You Shook Me. Page has some equipment problems at the beginning of How Many More Times. Bonzo wails on the cowbell during Plant's band introductions. Plant makes references to Suzie Q while Page hints at Train Kept a Rollin' during an extended jam before the Bolero section. Page and Jones play the Whole Lotta Love riff during the "Rosie" section. The medley features a great Eyesight to the Blind boogie. Bonzo plays a wild mini solo during the epic finale. The set ends with an energetic Communication Breakdown. An excellent performance.

The tape is an excellent atmospheric soundboard recording. A must hear.

The video, available on Celebration's Early Visions, includes bits of Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, and How Many More Times. The film is dark and a bit blurry, but is nonetheless an interesting early visual document of the band in a true live setting.

Click here for audio samples and a video sample courtesy of Black Beauty.


Anonymous said...

1969-08-31 Texas Motor Speedway, Dallas, TX "Texas Pop" (Genuine Masters) Disc 2 Listend to Disc 2, which is the 'Video Soundtrack Source' and looks to be a bit more complete, this source is 1:06:27 in length. Show starts with The Train Kept A Rollin' and I Can't Quit You Baby. Sound is clean and balanced. As with the show in Toronto, Plant mentions some trouble that happened th last time they were in Texas, but said they were glad to be back. Dazed and Confused comes up next, then You Shook Me. The show wraps up with an extended How Many More Times and then a quick Communication Breakdown. There is some static at the start of How Many More Times, but it seems to clear up after a while. This source had quite a bit of stereo separation, with Plant heavy in the left channel, and Page heavy in the right channel. Outstanding sound quality.

Anonymous said...

Before 10/10/69 came out. This was the best SBD from 1969. I still use this show to "turn people on" to Led Zeppelin bootlegs. If they don't get it after this show, what's the point?

A complete audience recording exists as well. EVSD used that to fill the gaps in their release of the SBD

Anonymous said...

My favourite zep boot of all time. "We've had about two hours sleep ... and we'd like to do one more for you"
Totally agree with bigfatman.

Anonymous said...

Ha-Ha Fatman, I couldn't agree more except I mostly use the Fillmore West 4/27/69 soundboard as my "turn on" material.

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