Friday, January 22, 2010

LED ZEPPELIN - Baton Rouge, LA 1975 (HOT NEW LINX!)

Greetings from once-sunny Los Angeles, where the rain continues to come down with such torrential, apocalyptic force that it appears Blade Runner's long-ago vision of the soaked city may finally be coming to pass...nine years early, in fact.

And what better soundtrack for such an epic time than the mighty levee-breakers of Led Zep?

This live boot is particularly exciting because it's brand-new, and according to my bros at BigO:

"The soundboard version of this show has just surfaced -- previous versions were audience recordings...

For those who need a bit of refreshing, Led Zep’s 1975 tour took place about two years since the group last toured and, as the Wiki pointed out, 'as a result, some critics have suggested that the band seemed sluggish and rusty upon their return to the stage, with the group lacking dynamics and giving rather ''heavy'' performances.'

Barely four days earlier, Led Zep released the Physical Graffiti album and songs from the album which were played for the first time on this tour included 'Sick Again', 'In My Time of Dying', 'Kashmir' and 'Trampled Under Foot'."

So Zeppelin giving a "heavy" performance is a bad thing? Okay...well, whatever Wiki says about early 1975 Zep, this performance sounds absolutely top-flight to me. The sound quality is just phenomenal; after a slight bit of distortion early on it smooths out into slashing, shattering, staggering, offical-release-quality blood and thunder. It's at 320 kbps here, and it's one of the killerest Zep boots I've ever heard, so git it!

"Rampaging Cajun"
LSU Assembly Center - Baton Rouge, LA - February 28, 1975 (SBD @320 kbps)

Cheers as always to T.U.B.E. Mach 3.


ksn said...

helluva way to start my weekend! thanks for this, much appreciated. and great to see TUBE is back online.
cheers from nyc, ksn

Heli0tr0pe said...

Alright K! Thanks for stopping by, enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Kick A sound quality. Led Zep will stand the test of time as a revolutionary band. fntastic guitar work, as always.

Heli0tr0pe said...

Right on!

I wish Mr. Page would finally open the Zep vaults (hard to believe the DVD set & live CD came out 7 years ago now!) and release the best of their live shows, like the Hendrix people and The Doors have been doing for years...if he ever does, this show should be near the top of the list.

Anyway, appreciate the shout-out.


Rude McKrude said...

I saw Zep at the Garden(NYC)during the same tour & Man were they LOUD!!! But I recall being engulfed in "Kashmir" & "In My Time Of Dying". I listened to this set before posting & the SBD quality is indeed "A". The BEST sounding Zep boot I've ever run into.
Rude McKrude

Heli0tr0pe said...

Cheers Rudie!

Glad you agree about the audio -- I try to be a hard-ass in order to ensure nothin' but top-qual posts here -- Gandalf knows, there are plenty of subpar Zep boots out there. But this one well and truly blew me away...

Thanks for the shout-out,

overthehillsandfaraway said...

The megaupload links appear to be dead. Can you re-up?

Heli0tr0pe said...



You're welcome.


Rafael M. B. said...

Excellent! The sound quality is really great. Thank you for sharing this.
This is a very nice blog. Congratulations!

Heli0tr0pe said...

Thank you very much for the kind words!

If I can find another Zep boot as good, I'll certainly post it -- but so far this one is tough to match.

C'mon back anytime!


rc19680207 said...

Man o man! The holy grail of Zep boots from the 75 tour. I was meaning to request the re-up but I checked back and lo and behold, there it was! Thanks for the post. You have a great blog! One of only a handful I religiously visit. Any good boots from the Presence tour that you know of? And yes T.U.B.E is one of the better ones as well. DNPT, HRC and VLBL also up on my list. Many THANX!!!!!

Heli0tr0pe said...

Yo RC! Done -- please see above!

Thanks for the shout-out, much appreciated, c'mon back anytime...


Anonymous said...

Led Zeppelin is the greatest band ever and I think "When the levee breaks" is, like you said, the perfect song for this crazy weather here. I workd at the generic viagra building and it got totally flooded last week.