Led Zeppelin / 924 / 3CD

Led Zeppelin / 924 / 3CD / Non Label

Translated Text:
Live At Budokan, Tokyo, Japan 24th September 1971.


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One fell swoop three title rare audience recording in ZEP’s first visit to Japan this time what 1971 will also be released. First of September 23 Budokan, it is a live that was the first day of the Japan tour. ZEP legend has established a solid position by the audience recorded by the truly astounding performance and the sound source that has been one after another excavation in the 1990s of the day in Japan. In fact, there is a 929-call and sound board recording of Osaka second day was me tell terrific of the ’71 tour to Japan in the era of the LP, the item will be released for other performances Hiromara not, or from that recording contents itself was poor content to grab the whole picture of live, I think that the contents of the live other than the 929 between mania about now has not been recognized.
For this and the Budokan first day raises the stretch profile by excavation of the “FRONT ROW” sound source, it appeared during the last decade further lapse of time “FIRST ATTACK OF THE RISING OF THE SUN” or “TIMLESS ROCK” sound source and, “ROCK CARNIVAL” sound source There is a feeling that has reigned as the three major recording of this day. I think not many people of any mania that have these sound source. Can say in common For any sound source, as the audience recording of 1971 is probably the thing that boasts a surprisingly on sound image. And although previous shop has released “THE CALM AND THE STORM” was the the best example, in addition to the three major source of Budokan first day mentioned earlier also, this day a large number of sound source is present, also have been released It was.

However, also shop has unearthed a new audience recording of the first day of Budokan this time! Heck you think that this day has been left how much of the sound source? It is a “Japanese fans love Led Zeppelin” in single, probably a result of that it was the first day of the long-awaited concert in Japan is reflected. However, when you leave initially refused, it does not and RESET into the realm of the three major sound sources listed above this sound source. Sound image of the on-degree like those what, boasts exceptional of quality and stereo sound quality in ’71 at that time. Further, as the trend of the recording state, it is in mono sound quality can call the first time “TALES OF STORMS” was Mise released the full-length version of this live (or “TOKYO TAPES”) and the series of “THE CALM AND THE STORM” in our shop , Korezo what can be called analog Chick texture.
But it points that has been captured by the on-sound image than those of the sound source is a big attraction. It would be similar also that it is willing to really capture the rock concert specific reality of Budokan. Also that the realism is unique is the fresh charm of this sound source. In live early For example, “TALES OF STORMS”, “I did, done!” Every time the intro begins, but state of joy that had been captured, and cheers of “Fu!” When it comes to a similar moment here flying about you. In that respect it might be reflected in the so unexpected only live from in Japan. This is that also interesting.

And state of the ZEP that Miseru involving to the enthusiasm of the vortex Japanese audience as the play progresses have also been caught like any other sound source. After all from the United States tour that closes the curtain in Hawaii a week vacation might not immense utility that gave the plant. For example, LA Forum and our shop has released “GOING TO CALIFORNIA” Berkeley, etc., it is the United States of fatigue condition of the young plant is also truly throat in the end was the manner in which not hide, plant here Budokan has showed a strong revival. Intense Scream voice that what you showed me because the plant until ’71. But even become a peak of ’71 live activities, only it but is was also the first concert in Japan that gave birth the ZEP legend, be it as just stunned to Scream of the plant in Tokyo two days among them.
Only in particular album “VI” songs to 1971, the period that has been fully sing plant in a state where there is no comparable to the arrangement of the album. Let me hear the excellent Scream in Again “Black Dog” and “Stairway To Heaven”. And Paige play also phrase rich. These elements come together, the performance of ZEP to be heard here was no longer something stunning about not an exaggeration to say that art.

And unfolded in the strange tension and deployed from the Japan tour the first day of “Whole Lotta Medley” is too fierce! And it’s this time of the sound source, but here it is possible sound image becomes closer (you’ll was probably headed toward the front), further sharpness of this sublime medley is I have wonderful taste in fully. Among them, “Tobacco Road” and definitely venue in the high was proud the popular “Good Times Bad Times” around in Japan excitement has reached the peak. This tremendous enthusiasm what, ZEP legend in Japan is probably the moment when was born!
Certainly it does not deny geek side when compared with the three major source of live for this day. Moreover, “Celebration Day” is What unreleased. When this release, without making any editing, such as dare compensate another sound source, it was kept to about the adjustment of the pitch. But Budokan us convey the enthusiasm of the first day from ANOTHER side also this first appearance sound really attractive. It is also the first visit to Japan performance unique magic of retracted to become While we listened. Moreover, new sound source of Budokan first day of the plant burst will be released in limited press CD!


時代がCDへと移り変わっても相変わらずこの日の音源状況は変わりませんでした。しかし90年代初頭からZEPの日本公演が続々とリリースされるようになった状況において、同じように音質が恵まれない広島公演と共にアイテムが登場したことは、マニアの視点からすると非常に画期的なことでした。この時代にリリースされていたのが「PRETTY WOMAN」や「AFTERNOON DAZE」といったアイテムです。もっとも、当時は武道館初日の「FRONT ROW」がマニアの話題を独占していたこともあり、翌日のライブが聴けるとはいえ、それよりも格段に音質が落ちるこれらのタイトルが見過ごされた感があったのは否めません。武道館二日目がよりクリアーな音質で聴けるようになるには90年代後半まで待たなければなりませんでした。

今回ですが、当店は懐かしの「PRETTY WOMAN」や「AFTERNOON DAZE」に使われていたモノラル音質のオーディエンス録音のよりロージェネレーションなバージョンを入手しました。当時ですら相当にアナログ感全開でビンテージな質感ではありましたが、やはり今回のリリースにおいても一番マニア向けなクオリティであることは断っておきたいと思います。当店が以前リリースした「OUT OF BRISTOL TALE」であれだけ粗かった70年ブリストルも格段に聴きやすくなった現在、久々にこういった古めかしい音質に触れられる方も少なくないことでしょう。
流石にライブ序盤のクリアネスが足りない質感、さらに会場の雰囲気とZEPの音量の両方が盛り上がる「Whole Lotta Love」以降は音が飽和状態となってしまう現象まで見受けられますが、演奏が抑え気味となる「Stairway To Heaven」以降から「Moby Dick」までは意外なほどクリアネスが向上し「聴けて」しまいます。このパートでの聴きやすさもまた、ロージェネレーションならではの状態です。

しかし何といってもZEPがこの日も絶好調。前日より早い時間からのライブ開始となったにもかかわらず、プラントの相変わらずなハイテンション・スクリームは壮絶の一言。しかも序盤から飛ばしっぱなしで冴えわたり「Since I’ve Been Loving You」が終わったところで、近くの観客の「人間業じゃない…」という呟きがすべてを物語っているのではないでしょうか。確かに音質は良くないのですが、この場面だけでも24日の凄さが伝わってくるということで一聴の価値があります。それにZEPが日本でのライブを楽しんでいるのも明らかで、アコースティック・セットでは「Tangerine」初のライブ披露が実現するというサプライズ。その憂いを含んだ演奏に圧倒されている様子も感じられます。
そしてこの日の「Whole Lotta Love」のメドレー展開がまた凄すぎる。以前から専門誌などでも紹介されていた場面ではありますが、何と言ってもプラントが「Your Time Is Gonna Come」を歌い出した時、あれだけ暴走していたメドレーが空白になりかけるのだから面白いのです。他のメンバーが「そうくるかっ!」と驚いたであろう様子が、音だけで聴いていてもありありと伝わってきました。こうして近年すっかり見過ごされていた音源が久々のリリース、しかもロージェネレーション・バージョンでの収録ということで、こちらも限定のプレスCDにて登場します。むしろ新鮮に感じられるであろう音源をお楽しみ下さい!

Disc 1 (60:09)
1. Intro 2. Immigrant Song 3. Heartbreaker 4. Since I’ve Been Loving You 5. Black Dog
6. Dazed And Confused 7. Stairway To Heaven

Disc 2 (52:37)
1. MC 2. Celebration Day 3. That’s The Way 4. Going To California 5. Tangerine
6. What Is And What Should Never Be 7. Moby Dick

Disc 3 (49:52)
1. Whole Lotta Love 2. Organ Solo 3. Thank You 4. Communication Breakdown

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