Friday, April 18, 2008

Day 109: 6/18/1972 Seattle, WA

6/18/1972 Seattle, WA  (master>dat)
Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California

The tape begins with a brief stage announcement explaining that the show is being delayed until everyone is in the building as a lot of people came from Vancouver after an earlier incident prevented the band from entering Canada. Immigrant Song comes thundering out of the gate. Bonzo thrashes at his drums like a madman during Heartbreaker. The volume shifts a few times during Page's excellent solos. The fast guitar solo is particularly electrifying. 

Plant comments on the trouble in Vancouver and greets those in the crowd who came down for the show before Black DogSince I've Been Loving You is intense and powerful. Plant asks if anyone in the crowd remembers the first time the band came through with Vanilla Fudge before introducing Going to California as "a song about California and all the different buzzes you get off it." The interplay between Page's guitar and Jones's mandolin is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, the recording ends just as the song does.

The tape is very clear and well-balanced. It's too bad the recording is so short.

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