1/22/1973 Southampton, England (multitrack recording)
Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Thank You, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown
The tape begins with a brief soundcheck before Rock and Roll crashes into motion. Plant bids the crowd "good evening" after Over the Hills and Far Away, adding "we're gonna have a good one tonight." Black Dog is utterly devastating. Page blazes through the guitar solo. Since I've Been Loving You is a bit shaky at times, but Page still manages to pull off some beautiful, bluesy passages. Plant introduces Dancing Days as "a song about school days and little boys who never grow up." As the song ends, someone in the crowd shouts "Whole Lotta Love!" to which Plant immediately responds "wrong!"
The Song Remains the Same
is somewhat sloppy, Page's fingers get stuck in the strings quite a bit. The Rain Song
is beautiful. Page plays a bit of Tarantella Napoletana
as Plant jokes with the crowd before dedicating Dazed and Confused
to the manager of the Gaumont Theatre, the venue at which the band had played the night before. The lead-in to the bow solo features an excellent frantic jam with Page soloing wildly as Bonzo and Jones hold down the funky rhythm. The band continues to experiment with the structure of the San Francisco
interlude. Page shreds through the first guitar solo. His call and response with Plant is preceded by a great mellow, ethereal interlude. The Mars, the Bringer of War
section is devastatingly heavy.
Page's fingers get a bit sticky during the guitar solo in Stairway to Heaven
. As the song ends, Bonzo can be heard shouting "wunderbar!" As shouted requests pour in from the crowd, Plant introduces Whole Lotta Love
as "something that might entice the nine-tenths male audience in this hall tonight to get up and be very groovy" before dedicating the song to Alan Whitehead
, a gentleman whose name was found to be scrawled on the walls of the hall's bathroom. Bonzo thrashes wildly at anything within reach during a frenzied Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
section. The riotous medley includes Boogie Chillen'
, an excellent rendition of Elvis Presley
's (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
, an amazingly heavy rendition of Let's Have a Party
, I Can't Quit You Baby
, which features a fantastic blues improvisation, and Goin' Down Slow
after a cut in the tape. Definitely a major highlight of the show.
Amidst a flurry of requests from the crowd (someone can be heard shouting for Beck's Bolero
), Plant dedicates Heartbreaker
to the band's publicist BP Fallon
. Jones's bass cuts out within the first few bars, returning after the first verse, only to drop off once again soon after. Page's fingers get stuck in the strings during the a cappella solo. Bonzo provides a quaint bit of rhythmic accompaniment during The 59th Street Bridge Song
interlude. Jones returns with a vengeance during the guitar solo section. Thank You
is preceded by a sweeping orchestral Mellotron
solo from Jones. Page's guitar solo is somewhat subdued, but Bonzo and Jones more than make up for it with their accompaniment.
The biggest surprise of the night is the first full performance of How Many More Times
, which Plant introduces as "one of our early tunes... god knows if we can remember it." The band is a bit rusty after not playing the song in over two years, but they make up for a lack of precision with power and enthusiasm. Plant sings the entire "when I was a young man, I couldn't resist..." interlude for the first time since 1/12/1969
as Page leads the band in an excellent stop-start jam on a heavy riff. The band skips the "Rosie" section, instead going directly into The Hunter
. However, Plant urges Page to backtrack during the "got you in the sights..." section, resulting in some confusion and a repeat of The Hunter
. After Plant fails to hit the final "gun!", Page jumps directly into Communication Breakdown
. He absolutely shreds through the guitar solo. Plant exclaims "I wonder what James Brown said!" as the band gets into a brief funky breakdown. An explosive conclusion to a somewhat uneven performance. As the band leaves the stage, Plant says "and it's a thoroughly knackered goodnight."
The tape is an absolutely amazing mixdown of the multitrack masters. Simply outstanding.