Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Day 30: 10/12/1969 London, England

10/12/1969 London, England  (master>cassette>dat>cdr)
Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, You Shook Me, What is and What Should Never Be, Dazed and Confused, How Many More Times

Plant is in good form, belting some particularly high wails during Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown. He stutters and moans the lyrics during I Can't Quit You Baby, performing some impressive vocal acrobatics. The tape is cut between songs, but Plant's dialogue with the crowd seems to be intact. Page's fingers are a bit sticky during the solos in Heartbreaker.

Bonzo goes wild during You Shook Me, unfortunately the tape is cut from the second verse to the finale. What is and What Should Never Be is excellent, the perfect balance of calm and storm. Plant screeches and squeals the second verse of Dazed and Confused. Bonzo attacks his drums full force during the guitar solo. The opening verses of How Many More Times are over the top, the whole band pushing it to the limit. There is a very eerie jam before the Bolero section, which features some Over Under Sideways Down licks. The medley includes a disjointed Boogie Chillen, unfortunately the rest of the song is chopped to bits, leaving us with an abrupt end to a great show.

The tape is fairly clear with Bonzo and Jones a bit muddy and in the back.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

1969-12-10, Lyceum Ballroom, London, England "Triumphant UK Return" (EVSD)
Introduction of the band to cheers from the crowd, and then the intro to Good Times Bad Times before jumping into Communication Breakdown. A fairly decent audience recording, a bit noisy and lacks clarity, but listenable. I Can't Quit You Baby is next, followed by Heartbreaker, again Plant mentions that the new album is coming out soon, and the live version follows the release version fairly closely. There are some tape cuts between the songs, but I don't think any music is missing, just some of Plant's chatting with the crowd. Next up is You Shook Me - which does have a tape cut of unknown length after the half way point. What Is and What Should Never Be is up next, the first appearance from a recorded concert for this song, and again similar to the released version. Dazed and Confused is next, followed by the band introductions and How Many More Times. The quality seems to have gone down a bit for How Many Times, and then there are some tape pauses and/or stetching, then it runs out before the song ends. Overall a good listen.