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
The first show of Led Zeppelin's epic first tour of Japan. The tape begins with a lengthy stage announcement in Japanese, which ends in a very enthusiastic band introduction. Immigrant Song is a sonic assault. While Page changes a broken string, Plant mentions how much the band have been enjoying their stay in Japan and tells the crowd that they want to make this the best time they've ever had before Heartbreaker. Page blazes through an excellent guitar solo.
Dazed and Confused includes one of the earliest hints of what will become The Crunge from Bonzo and Jones during the excellent guitar workout section. Page plays an excellent solo during Stairway to Heaven. Jones is on fire during Celebration Day. The acoustic set begins with a bit of Bron-Y-Aur Stomp before That's the Way. Plant talks about San Francisco in 1967 before a beautiful Going to California. He tells the crowd to "stop all that whistlin' man!" before What is and What Should Never Be.
There are a couple cuts during the theramin freakout in Whole Lotta Love. The second cut leaves us in the medley during Hello Mary Lou. Elvis Presley's A Mess of Blues is followed by an excellent Tobacco Road and the first appearance of Good Times Bad Times since 9/4/1970. The biggest surprise is the inclusion of How Many More Times, its first appearance since 9/19/1970. The medley ends with an excellent You Shook Me. Plant tells some people causing trouble near the stage to cool it before Communication Breakdown. The band stops playing during the guitar solo as Plant shouts "stop that thing, you!" at the offending audience members. The recording ends during the return of the main riff after a short funky interlude. A taste of things to come. Must hear.
The tape is an excellent audience recording. Clear and well-balanced, if a bit overloaded in the bass frequencies.