Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love
The tape begins with an announcement from Plant warning the crowd to stay off the stage. Page plays some nice licks during the lead-in to the a cappella solo in Heartbreaker. Before Black Dog, Plant explains to the crowd that the song is about a black labrador, not "the kind of chick that we dig." Plant mixes up the lyrics again during Going to California. That's the Way is halted by Plant as he attempts to calm the rowdy crowd. He gives up completely before Dazed and Confused, telling the crowd "I don't care whether you sit down or stand up, we're just gonna play." Page is in his own world during another epic performance. The medley during Whole Lotta Love includes John Lee Hooker's Bottle Up and Go, The Wanderer, Hello Mary Lou, Elvis Presley's Let's Have a Party, and another excellent Goin' Down Slow, which includes an amazing extended blues improvisation from Page.
The tape is quite muffled throughout.
Click here for an audio sample courtesy of Black Beauty.
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I'd say go with 2/19 and/or 2/27
None of the shows from this tour really felt like "must hears", but that's not to say they didn't have their moments. There's definitely some great playing, just no one show that really stuck out as "The One".
Myself would recommend Auckland 2/25. That's one of the best ever Led Zeppelin shows for me, and it gets better when you're got of the complete source, where you can listen to the whole show. But all the 1972 Australasian Tour are fine for me.
This show has one of the best versions of Stairway To Heaven of all of 72.
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