Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Day 130: 1/2/1973 Sheffield, England

1/2/1973 Sheffield, England (unknown gen)
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

Plant has lost his voice. He sounds like a dying animal during Rock and Roll, his voice squelching and squealing completely out of his control. Over the Hills and Far Away is sung in an injured monotone. The tape is cut near the end of The Rain Song, returning in time for Plant's introduction of Dazed and Confused. A brief portion of the lead-in to the bow solo is repeated after a fadeout in the tape. Plant's injured voice lends a mournful tone to his ethereal wails during the San Francisco interlude, which is cut slightly just before the bow solo. The guitar solo/workout section includes a brief reference to The Hunter before a heavy start-stop interlude. Page blazes through the frenzied guitar solo. He gets the band into an excellent jam on a wah-wah heavy riff during the outro.

There is a slight cut during the guitar solo in Stairway to Heaven. Another cut comes during a frenzied jam prior to the theramin freakout in Whole Lotta Love. The Everybody Needs Somebody to Love section features an extended guitar solo break. The medley includes Boogie Chillen', Elvis Presley's Let's Have a Party, Heartbreak Hotel, and I Can't Quit You Baby, a large chunk of which is repeated in the same was that the earlier portion of Dazed and Confused was. The recording ends during the extended blues improvisation.

The tape is muffled and hissy with a distinct high-pitch whine throughout. The sound becomes murkier as the show progresses, giving a feeling similar to that of being underwater.

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