Saturday, February 16, 2008

Day 47: 3/27/1970 Los Angeles, CA

3/27/1970 Los Angeles, CA  The Four Survivors
We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring it on Home, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Since I've Been Loving You, Thank You, What is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown

The tape begins with Plant telling the crowd that the band intends to get them looser than cod liver oil. There are some tape disturbances during We're Gonna Groove, but nothing compared to the previous tape. Tonight brings a change in the setlist as the end of the song leads right into Dazed and Confused without pause, dropping I Can't Quit You Baby. There is a good amount of crowd noise near the taper during the bow solo. Plant requests that the people standing in the aisles sit down so those around them can see before Heartbreaker, which includes an echo-heavy intro from Page.

Bring it on Home features some great blues picking from Page during the slow intro. At the end of another excellent White Summer/Black Mountain Side, the taper says "I'm really stoned" directly into the microphone, then asks his nearby friend Cathy is she's stoned too, to which she replies "oh god" between giggles. The tape is a bit warbly during Thank You and Jones's preceding organ solo. Plant assures the crowd that all of their requests will be answered before What is and What Should Never Be. Bonzo is like a well-oiled machine during Moby Dick

Plant introduces the band as "the four survivors of the Graf Zeppelin" at the beginning of How Many More Times. He goes on to introduce the crowd as the fifth member of the band. The raucous medley includes I'm a Man as well as Plant's attempts to get the house lights turned off and keep the crowd from getting out of control/attacked by the police. He tells the crowd to clap for themselves before the band launches into a frenzied Whole Lotta Love. The show ends with Plant declaring "together we stand!" during Communication Breakdown, but the tape continues with a stage announcement about an upcoming Jimi Hendrix show, as well as comments about the show from the taper and his friends.

The tape is a combination of two sources. Both are fairly clear but hissy and a bit distant with occasional tape disturbances. Overall, a very enjoyable show which gives the complete experience of being there. A must hear.

4 comments:

Conner said...

1970-03-27, The Forum, Los Angeles, CA "The Four Survivors" (Cyanine)
Show starts off with We're Gonna Groove then moves into Dazed and Confused. Things sound much better than yesterday's listen. Two sources were used for this release, so there are some rough places where either there are tape issues or things are switching from one source to another, but overall an enjoyable listen, particularly when the better source is present. At times there were loud talkers around the mic, but for the most part things were pretty good. Heartbreaker has a great guitar solo, Page is really solid. A somewhat rare Bring It On Home is next (third time it's been recorded), quite bluesy, some tape speed issues near the end. A very nice White Summer - Black Mountain Side follows, occasionally the crowd sounds a bit restless, but no worse than other shows. Some more tape speed issues during the Organ Solo intro of Thank You, and during the song as well. Show continues with What Is and What Should Never Be, and then Moby Dick and How Many More Times. For encores they do Whole Lotta Love and Communication Breakdown. Overall quite enjoyable, even with the rough patches. Listened to while working, so somewhat in the background.

dragonspirit123 said...

Good show...to me, it's not a must hear, though.

Unklejimbo said...

So far, so good. Funniest moment in the tape is the following:
Taper: "I'm so stoned.....Kathy are you stoned?"
Kathy: "Oh God!"
No wonder the Winston Remaster of this tape was called "Stoned In LA" The combo of sources may give a complete show but going back and fourth b/ween them is a tad jarring.

Anonymous said...

page's solo on thank you alone makes this a must hear