In lieu of doing a Bootleg of the Week post, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's first concert, I wanted to post this (unofficial) guide to bootlegs of the band. I made a few posts about it, and here are my favorites from each part of their career. Pretty good performance for 75 too. This is a pretty well known boot. Led Zeppelin Live at the BBC April 1, 1971. One of the most well known bootlegs. Parrot Singing Along to Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, GN'R, and More Has the Voice of an Angel: Watch 4 New Radicals Perform "You Get What You Give" at … I want this to be as good as possible so any criticisms I would love to hear them. May 26, 2015 05/15. CD label info, cd comparisons, setlists, DVD info, & photography. Bootledz - This site offers more detailed information on releases, such as which ones have unnecessary cuts, volume shifts, source changes, etc. There is some sloppy work by Jimmy and you can tell that Robert's voice is starting to change a lot. I will get on downloading and uploading as many of these as I can. eye 4,339 favorite 2 comment 0 . Guitars101.com - This site is a bit more complex, but offers way more options for various shows. For brevity’s sake, I’ll limit this post to only five shows per category. Despite the unbalanced nature of the recording, it is well worth listening to imho. And some don’t care how bad the sound is as long as the performance is fantastic. Super new at this. Offenburg, Germany, March 24th, 1973 - Considered by some to be the instrumental peak of the band, this is a key show from the band’s white hot 1973 European tour, where the instrumental interplay reached a new high as a way of covering for Plant’s weakened voice. Bootlegs: The Traders' Den etree The TimD Series Lurker's "Bootleg of the Week" Archive A beginner's guide to bootlegs. Listen to great soundboard and audience recordings from one of the greatest live rock and roll bands. Ask yourself which category you think you fit into and then move on below to find some recommendations. Not exclusive to Zep but interesting things pop up there. Pretty great sound quality. I’d personally recommend one of the following sites: Black Beauty - Probably the easiest site to figure out, this is a database of almost every bootleg recording of the band in existence. They all perform extremely well and I do not recall any cuts or breaks in the recording. It also contains cool links to other Zeppelin themed websites. They can vary WILDLY in sound quality, from crystal clear and atmospheric, to distant, muffled, muddy, hissy, and everything in between. Upvoted for Copenhagen. Highlights include a brutal Dazed and Confused, an epic Whole Lotta Love medley, a fantastic Communication Breakdown medley, a rare performance of Out on the Tiles, and a great rendition of Blueberry Hill. It's been rumored that they did their standard setlist twice and then came back out and did a bunch of Beatles and Rolling Stones covers. Led Zeppelin Bootlegs Collection: Original Archives . Seattle, Washington, June 19th, 1972 - This lengthy performance in Seattle features the live debut of The Ocean, Black Country Woman, Dancing Days (performed twice no less), and Over the Hills and Far Away, as well as a long set of seven encores. ZOSO.me - This website is another archive for lossless recordings of the band. So, I thought it might be a cool idea to make this post as a way to hopefully make this task a bit easier. It is still under construction, but it has quite the archive already. As you probably know LZ was super strung out on heroine for most of the tour which led to them not being great. May 26, 2015 05/15. Bootlegs/Concerts: Many users of the reddit are avid fans of listening to live Led Zeppelin in depth through bootlegs. Los Angeles, California, June 25th, 1972 - Often known as “Burn Like a Candle”, this was one of two shows used to capture How the West Was Won and includes several songs like Tangerine, Louie Louie, Thank You, and Communication Breakdown which were left off the live album. The Traders' Den - Similar to Dime, this is another site that offers plenty of torrents, provided that you register. Seek out one of these sites: Argenteum Astrum - A very resourceful site that I frequently use as a guide, this lets you know which releases of a particular show use which sources. Audience recording - Precisely what it sounds like, an audience recording is a tape done by an audience member sitting in the crowd. Edit: As this has happened a few times already. Achilles Last Stand is performed pretty well and most of the solos are all pretty nice. Things get much better once it switches to stereo. The only downsides to this site are that quite a few releases only contain samples of a few songs rather than the full show (meaning that you may have to piece together multiple versions for a complete performance) and the site can sometimes be temperamental and shut down. Led Zeppelin Bootlegs. Highlights include a fantastic Over the Hills and Far Away, an excellent In My Time of Dying, a beautiful The Rain Song, and a thunderous Kashmir. Southampton, United Kingdom, January 22nd, 1973 - A rare multitrack recording of a fairly sloppy performance, this was considered but ultimately rejected for the How the West Was Won album, with only the mellotron from Stairway to Heaven being used. As they sound the band all performs extremely well in this recording, most notably Robert. Led Zeppelin - Live in New York, NY (July 29th, 1973) Madison Square Garden - The final night of the 1973 North American Tour from the Bootleg: A Long, Long, Long Way From Home - The Garden Tapes Volume III t t abbreviation : long or metric ton(s). Led Zeppelin Bootlegs. :) This is a guide I put together of the reputations of various bootleg labels, based on experiences that people including myself have had with them. 7/10 Download. There are so many different eras of Led Zeppelin with different setlists, performances, and overall vibes that it’s really impossible to narrow down one performance as being THE show to get. High quality Led Zeppelin Bootlegs from various years. For trade or sale from personal collection. The sound quality is about as good as it gets. I'd throw 3/19/75 in the "Best sounding" list as well. So, for instance, if a show is available in multiple audience recordings, this site will show you which release uses which recording, and even which recording is used as a base if the release mixes various sources. The download links he offers are pretty easy to use, although the downside is that he only offers one version of each show, which may not be the best version available. Led Zeppelin conclude their reissue campaign with a new edition of the soundtrack to the concert film ‘The Song Remains The Same’, originally released in 1976 and featuring newly remastered audio supervised by Jimmy Page. The Best Led Zeppelin Bootlegs - A Guide for New Collectors - An invaluable guide that I frequently use myself, this contains more details on more shows that are worth having. If you download anything from me today get this. April 16, 2017 April 16, 2017 Alan Cross 7 Comments Bootleg, Bruce Dillion, Led Zeppelin, Spindizzie Here’s another assignment, dear reader. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the ledzeppelin community, Press J to jump to the feed. During Black Dog most noticeably and a few others there are small blip sounds and cracks in the audio. Some consider this to be Jimmy Page’s greatest ever show. Led Zeppelin Bootlegs Collection: Original Archives . All flacs are 4KB in size. Led Zeppelin Live at the BBC April 1, 1971. Led Zeppelin Bootlegs Collection: Original Archives . Highlights include an amazing Heartbreaker, a powerful Since I’ve Been Loving You, and a beautiful acoustic set. By signing up you agree to receive news and offers from Led Zeppelin EU (Probity). Cookies help us deliver our Services. Almost all of the shows from September 1970, Robert's voice is superb and medley's are awesome. I have never heard anyone talk about the 1972-02-27 Sydney Concert, despite it being one of their best. view all. Highlights include an epic cover of Garnett Mimms’ “As Long As I Have You”, an excellent How Many More Times (featuring an interesting rendition of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush), and a rare one off performance of Buddy Guy’s “Sitting and Thinking”. This site is quite extensive, so the way I’d recommend searching it is by typing “Led Zeppelin (City, State/Country) site:guitars101.com”. 8/10 Download, Southampton University - 1973 - This boot is really amazing and is definitely my favorite from this year/tour (besides SRTS but thats because its one of their best shows). When I first got addicted to Zeppelin bootlegs in high school, I would download/seed shows from there for months on my parents' dial up connection. That’s a difficult question to answer. 8/10 Download, Berlin - 1980 - This is one of Bonzo's last performances. Led Zeppelin - Featured. The recording for this show is a bit distant and significantly overloaded on the bass frequencies. Almost the entire show is available in a superb, very clear audience recording. Boston, Massachusetts, January 26th, 1969 – This show is legendary in Zeppelin circles, due to being rumored to have clocked in at a marathon four and a half hours. Others can’t listen to mediocre recordings and only want the best of the best in terms of the quality of the tape, independent of the performance itself. Official Sites: Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page Robert Plant John Paul Jones Them Crooked Vultures. Unfortunately, precious few multitrack recordings of Zeppelin are known to exist. In fact, Steven Tyler attended the show and said that he cried during Dazed and Confused because it was the heaviest and most beautiful thing he had ever heard. With the above in mind, let’s dive in to recommendations: I’d prefer to listen to bootlegs with a good balance of sound quality and performance. Please do keep the links up for some time. The recordings consist of both live concert performances and outtakes from studio sessions conducted by the band. Have to say, Blueberry Hill and Earls Court are my particular favourites. Otherwise you’ll need to convert them to MP3 files. Of course, this can be quite daunting, as there are hundreds of Zeppelin concerts which have been bootlegged in one form or another. Further info regarding that can be found here. Page’s playing at this show is often highly praised, with many considering it to be one of his best latter day gigs. Original .RAR and .ZIP files of Led Zeppelin Bootleg Collections. Happy bootlegging everyone! Unsure of which version of a boot to get? 10 Legendary Rock Bootlegs Likely to Finally Get Official Release What will a European ‘use it or lose it’ copyright law mean for fans of Led Zeppelin, … Berkeley, California, September 14th, 1971 - Often known as “Going to California”, the only circulating source from this show is an excellent three-dimensional audience recording. It sounds good enough to listen to but nothing amazing. From time to time, I see posts from people who are new to live Led Zeppelin who want to explore beyond their official releases and dive into the realm of bootlegs. From time to time, I see posts from people who are new to live Led Zeppelin who want to explore beyond their official releases and dive into the realm of bootlegs. Almost all of the shows from September 1970, Robert's voice is superb and medley's are awesome. Also if you have any other boots from a specific time that you want tell me and I will see if I have anything for you. Highlights include a heavy We’re Gonna Groove, a bluesy Heartbreaker, and an excellent How Many More Times medley. Great info dump. They also can bring out mistakes that the band made and preserve them quite clearly, which can lead to cringeworthy moments. San Francisco, California, April 27th, 1969 - A good sample of what Zeppelin sounded like in their raw and hungry early days, this show is available in both a great soundboard and a nice audience recording which, when combined, offer the complete show. Picked up a Led Zeppelin bootleg today by Flippin_N_Floppin in ledzeppelin [–] ledzepfilm 5 points 6 points 7 points 14 days ago (0 children) This cover art is great -- I think it has a good number of photos by Carl Dunn at the 3/3/75 and 3/4/75 shows. Fan sites: Achilles Last Stand Royal Orleans The Dogs of Doom. My favorite bootlegs that you haven't mentioned are : Led Zeppelin live at Tampa April 9, 1970. Led Zeppelin Live in Hamburg March 21, 1973. 7/10 Download, Destroyer - 1977 - I know I did another from the 77 tour but this one is much better sound quality. Before we go any further though, it’s important to understand a couple of terms: Soundboard recording - A soundboard recording is a tape that was plugged directly into the mixing console at a show. Original .RAR and .ZIP files of Led Zeppelin Bootleg Collections. My guide to bootleg labels - A little bit of self promotion here. :). Multitrack recording - A multitrack recording records each instrument onto a separate track in order to allow for a better and more cohesive sound. They perform good and bad. It is the band at the peak of their career (in my opinion) and the sound quality is just outright amazing. Highlights include a rocking Celebration Day, a dynamic No Quarter, an emotional Ten Years Gone, an explosive Sick Again, and a phenomenal Achilles Last Stand. Led Zeppelin Bootlegs. I recently became extremely addicted to downloading different Led Zep bootlegs. Thank you so much for this. Next. I’ve also eliminated discussion about the best release/version of each show, as this frequently changes due to the unearthing of new sources and the constant stream of releases/remixes of shows. Los Angeles, California, September 4th, 1970 - Often known as “Live on Blueberry Hill”, this concert is available in several different audience recordings, which mostly have outstanding sound. There are also plenty of cases where a matrix can get botched and the sources get out of sync, making for an unpleasant listen. Matrix - A matrix is when two or more recordings are layered on top of each other. ... there is little else that’s exceptionally noteworthy about Mudslide beyond the fact that it was the first Led Zeppelin bootleg ever released. Follow us for the latest unofficial Led Zeppelin news on your Dashboard. I would add “The Traders Den” to your list of sites to search. When done right, they can sound almost as pristine as multitrack recordings. I’m just looking for the best performances period. 2015. data. Highlights include a brutal In My Time of Dying, an epic 35 minute long No Quarter (the longest ever), a powerful Kashmir, a spacy Over the Hills and Far Away, and a devastating Achilles Last Stand. The only other flaw is that there are quite a few cuts on the recording, making the show incomplete. The Year of Led Zeppelin blog (see below) nominated this as the group’s best ever gig. I will put some of the bootlegs that you guys recommend me here. This way, you can easily find bootlegs of the show you’re looking for. The “What Place to Rest The Search” forum on Royal Orleans – This forum has discussion on various shows with a general consensus on which version to get. Edit 2: 1973 concert should be fixed now. May 26, 2015 05/15. 7/10 Download, Sydney - 1972 - This boot was recommended by /u/Solitude-Is-Bliss and /u/zwashburn. Not to mention, it also depends on the listener’s preference. The recording for this show is pretty clear albeit slightly abrasive sounding, with some occasional false stereo-panning effects. The sound is kinda flat so dont expect anything amazing but still worth the listen. We’re very lucky that there’s such a plethora of easily available bootlegs of the band. Particularly inspired performances are labelled as “must hears”. It can be a different bootleg tape entirely or it can be a lower generation of the same tape. Some prefer them over soundboards because they give a better impression of what experiencing the show actually might have been like. Highlights include a frantic The Song Remains The Same, an epic No Quarter, an excellent Kashmir, and a fantastic Stairway to Heaven. Edit: Ok I am uploading the files again and I am going to download an LA forum one right now and see how I feel. Led Zeppelin Bootlegs Collection: Original Archives . He also reportedly lost his girlfriend to Jimmy. data. It is a tad out of date being from 2008, and the website has recently had some issues with the links (you’ll have to copy and paste blog links into Google in order for them to work), but it is still invaluable at getting a good idea of how good an individual performance is. The official release is extremely cut IMO. Sound quality is decent but nothing special again. The official release is extremely cut IMO. Because its only staying in my downloads at the moment. The downside is that the webmaster is not a native English speaker, and his reviews of shows can be somewhat repetitive. They capture the signal that is being fed directly into the PA through the microphones on stage. The secondary reasons would be that the tape had LESS of some of the *controllable variables listed below. Available in no less than 5 audience recordings, ranging from pretty clear to distant, overloaded and distorted. I will download them all. Not On Label (Led Zeppelin) Profile: This pseudo-label is a holding area for all unofficial releases and bootlegs containing music by Led Zeppelin where no proper or other label/company is discernible. Upgrades can sound better due to 2 primary reasons. A good example of this would be Led Zeppelin’s “How the West Was Won” live album. Thanks. Led Zeppelin bootlegs. Any idea what the set list would have been like at Boston 1969 for it to be so long? But it’s the 1970 bootleg Led Zeppelin Live On Blueberry Hill that is the true connoisseur’s choice when it … Regardless of when/if the gig really went on for that long, what we have of the January 26th gig is absolutely incredible. The vast majority of the show is captured in a wonderful soundboard recording. 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