Friday, May 2, 2008

Day 123: 12/4/1972 Glasgow, Scotland

12/4/1972 Glasgow, Scotland (unknown gen)
Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker

There is a slight cut during the first verse of Rock and Roll. Over the Hills and Far Away is excellent, particularly Page's guitar solo. Plant dedicates Misty Mountain Hop "to The Central Hotel," which draws a big cheer from the crowd. Page's fingers fly across the fretboard during a powerful, dramatic Since I've Been Loving You. Plant introduces The Song Remains the Same as "a song that really encompasses everywhere that we've ever been." Page absolutely shreds through the guitar solos. There is a slight cut in the tape during the transition to The Rain Song.

The San Francisco interlude during Dazed and Confused continues to get closer to it's final form with Plant experimenting with lyrics as Page, Jones, and Bonzo work to perfect the arrangement. The excellent guitar solo/workout section continues to grow in complexity. Page solos wildly during the ever-expanding outro. Plant jokingly asks the crowd "remember forests?" during Stairway to Heaven. As Whole Lotta Love begins, Plant tells the crowd "we want you to boogie a little bit, boogie!" There is a slight cut before the band gets into a heavy jam which leads into the theramin freakout. The riotous medley includes Boogie Chillen', Elvis Presley's Let's Have a Party, Stuck on You after a cut in the tape, and a fantastic I Can't Quit You Baby featuring an amazing guitar solo from Page. The recording ends with a high-energy Heartbreaker. An excellent performance from start to finish.

The tape is fairly clear, if a bit distant and hissy.

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