Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Day 141: 3/14/1973 Nuremburg, Germany

3/14/1973 Nuremburg, Germany (2nd gen>cdr)
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

Plant's voice starts off a bit rough, taking a few songs to warm up. Misty Mountain Hop is introduced as "a song about what happens if you walk in the park and the wrong people come past at the wrong time" and again dedicated to "the police in Manchester, England." Page is on fire during Since I've Been Loving You. Before Dancing Days, Plant tells the crowd "for those people who can understand any amount of english, this is about... our desire... or feelings towards little school girls... and dirty overcoats." Page plays a quick reference to Layla before The Song Remains the Same. There is a slight cut during the guitar solo. Another cut near the end of the song leaves us at the beginning of The Rain Song. Jones's Mellotron seems to be going out of tune as the song progresses.

The intro of Dazed and Confused is punctuated by a series of machine gun snare cracks from Bonzo. He thrashes wildly at anything within reach during a break in the initial verses. Page blazes through the guitar solo, although he gets a bit disjointed at times during the workout section. Bonzo plays a new stop-start rhythm at the beginning of the Mars, the Bringer of War section, building tension with his thunderous pounding. Plant joins Page for a bit of the first verse of Ramble On before Stairway to Heaven. A large chunk of the song is missing from the second verse to the middle of the guitar solo. Page plays a bit of Tarantella Napoletana before Whole Lotta Love. The theramin freakout features an extended guitar solo from Page as Bonzo and Jones hold down a laid-back rhythm. The band seems a bit tired as they begin the medley, which includes Boogie Chillen', Elvis Presley's (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care and Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, and Goin' Down Slow with lyrics from The Lemon Song. The band closes the show with Heartbreaker.

The tape is fairly clear, if a bit distant.

4 comments:

Kellen said...

"Mars, the Bringer of War section"? Somebody's gotta explain this to me as I don't have the recording... is Holst literally played?

FRX said...

For a good, easily obtainable example, pull out your copy of the original The Song Remains the Same cd and put on Dazed and Confused. The section I'm referring to begins at 21:20.

If you'd prefer to use the new edition, it's at 23:16.

thanks for reading!

Kellen said...

thanks!

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