Friday, March 14, 2008

Day 74: 8/22/1971 Los Angeles, CA

8/22/1971 Los Angeles, CA  (2nd gen)
Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, Thank You

The band starts the show with a brief instrumental jam before Immigrant Song. Page shreds through the solos in Heartbreaker. Plant continues to try new lyrics during Black Dog. Page solos wildly throughout an excellent guitar solo/workout section in Dazed and Confused. Plant gets a bit lost during the initial verses of Stairway to Heaven. The band is still working out the kinks in Celebration Day, Plant starts singing the final verse as Page begins the guitar solo.

The medley during Whole Lotta Love includes a heavy jam followed by Elvis Presley's My Baby Left Me, an extended A Mess of Blues, and a complete rendition of You Shook Me, its first appearance since 10/12/1969. Plant sings some lyrics from The Lemon Song during an uptempo jam after the guitar solo in Communication Breakdown. Someone near the taper shouts "one more time!" and "get back here right now!" before the band returns to the stage to close the show with another excellent Thank You. Someone near the taper guesses they'll play Your Time is Gonna Come as Jones starts the organ solo. Another amazing performance from the band's home away from home.

The tape is fairly clear. Page occasionally gets buried under Bonzo and Jones.

Click here for a video sample courtesy of Black Beauty.

There are about six minutes of great 8mm color footage from the show, available on Hercules's Film Noir Vol. 1. It shows clips of the band playing Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, That's the Way, What is and What Should Never Be, and Whole Lotta Love with synced audio. Celebration's Early Visions features the same footage in superior picture quality, but is without synced audio.

Click here for a video sample courtesy of Black Beauty.


Anonymous said...

This is another in a line a great shows from LA and '71. Plant sounds a bit rough here, but sounds better as the show goes on. All the songs are good and the setlist is awesome. Another fantastic Celebration day, as well as great versions of What is and what should never be and a fastastic show closing Communication breakdown/Thank you. Continued brilliance

Mr. K. said...

I'm listening to a version of this show from Black Beauty - I think the recording has been cleared up from what I heard a few years past. Still not perfect, but wow, what a fine show.

Anonymous said...

Superior in sound quality to the night before only wish that they had done rock and roll as they had the previous night. It seems that after these two LA shows Plant started being more cautious with his voice, for example after these shows during black dog he would no longer try hiting all the high notes. Good example are both Ireland shows in march as well as coppenhagen where he really lets it rip. Don't know if it was because he hurt his voice, maybe someone could shed some light on this. of course after the 72 US tour he really declined. the Plant from 73 on bears little resemblance to the awesome vocalist that he was from 68 thru most of 71 and into early 72