Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Led Zeppelin [1970.03.21] Pb (Tape Source)

Led Zeppelin
'Pb' (Tape Source)
(1993 Tarantura)
Pacific Coliseum
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Saturday March 21st, 1970

Excellent Soundboard Recording
(Tape Source)
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3

Track List:
01 - Heartbreaker
02 - Thank You
03 - What Is And What Should Never Be
04 - Communication Breakdown
05 - We're Gonna Groove
06 - Since I've Been Loving You
07 - Whole Lotta Love

While 'Pb' (Pure Blues) has been released many times on vinyl and CD - all previous releases coming from vinyl sources - this is the first time a tape source has been located and used. It came from a second-generation tape owned by an American collector who had the tape stored away since 1983. It was then speed corrected and remastered. Said to be taped directly from the soundboard, the sound is good to excellent. As press reports say, 18,000 frenzied fans almost stopped the show by rushing the stage, and while you don't get that on tape, it is still a show to remember.

The vinyl version of this concert is considered to be the first Led Zeppelin bootleg ever released and the show has remained a favourite among fans. Interestingly, the tracks have never been officially released. This was the first show of the North American tour of 1970 and fans are still divided about the show's merits. Some favour the "raw" performance with Robert Plant's voice being "immensely strong" while there are those who feel that "Robert's voice is weak due to a sore throat and while the band plays adequately there is a relative lack of energy." -END -Original

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