Friday, August 8, 2008

Day 179: 1/21/1975 Chicago, IL

1/21/1975 Chicago, IL  Film Noir Vol. 1
No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Black Dog

The footage begins with a close-up of Plant as he introduces No Quarter. The stage is enveloped by a thick cloud of fog as the song begins. A cut during the first verse leads directly into Trampled Underfoot. Plant has regained some of the strength in his voice. Page shreds through an erratic guitar solo. As the song ends, another cut leads us to Plant's introduction of Moby Dick, "featuring the bowler-hatted gentleman behind me." Following short fragments of the drum solo and Page's bow solo, we're left at the beginning of Whole Lotta Love. Page and Plant's rock star posturing is mesmerizing. Large flash pot explosions behind Bonzo's drum riser signal the beginning of Black Dog. Unfortunately, the recording ends during the third verse.

Roughly fifteen minutes in length, the excellent color footage is shot from very close to the stage and is the only document of the second night in Chicago to surface thus far. A highly enjoyable viewing experience, if only there were more.

Click here for a video sample courtesy of Black Beauty.

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