Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Day 92: 11/20/1971 London, England

11/20/1971 London, England  Magick
Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine^, Dazed and Confused, What is and What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Moby Dick^, Whole Lotta Love
^- unknown gen source

The tape of the famous 'Electric Magic' show begins with the first notes of Heartbreaker.* Plant's screeching wails during Black Dog are spine-chilling. A dramatic Since I've Been Loving You is introduced as "one from way back when." Plant's powerful voice soars over the band. Page shreds through an excellent solo during Stairway to Heaven. There are some major tape issues in the middle of an otherwise beautiful Going to California. Plant changes the melody at times throughout.

There is a slight bit of tape garble during the initial verses of Dazed and Confused. The guitar solo/workout section is an epic journey. There are more slight tape issues just before the return to the main riff. The tape is cut during the final verse, leaving us in the outro. Celebration Day includes a great new intro from Page. Whole Lotta Love begins with a stop-start intro and Plant declaring "you're gonna get loved!" The raucous medley includes Hello Mary Lou and Elvis Presley's A Mess of Blues before the tape cuts off.*

The tape is muffled and muddy with a fair amount of hiss, augmented by an inferior recording.

Click here for audio samples courtesy of Black Beauty.

*- a more complete tape exists which includes Immigrant Song and the rest of Whole Lotta Love, albiet in inferior quality. This tape is not currently in our collection.


Laurence said...

I'm got of the more complete source, wich is muffled and very distorced. This is, however, the best show of the 1971 UK winter tour, at the side of Manchester, but i would not recommend it due the poor recording.

PS: An source said that they played Dancing Days on the acoustic set...

CPD said...

This has to be one of the most boring versions of Moby Dick there is. It's a non-stop, full speed, full volume assault - there are no dynamics at all. No light and shade.