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Led Zeppelin: 1971 & 1975 Classic Radio Broadcasts / New York & Orlando

Here is a slice of history for you. On Oct. 31, 1971, Led Zeppelin played The Orlando Sports Stadium, touring the then yet to be released classic IV album, which would be released around a week later. Fast forward to 1975 and Zeppelin’s visit to Madison Square Garden in support of there then upcoming release Physical Graffiti.

Both concerts have been included as a double CD titled 1971 & 1975 - Classic Radio Broadcasts / New York & Orlando, although not all tracks from the original concerts are included. Let’s begin with the Orlando concert. In 1971 Zeppelin were one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, and for good reason. The band had no weak links and this concert proves it. The show kicked off with a searing version of “Immigrant Song”, with Page in fine form. “Heartbreaker” has Plant sounding great and features another scorching lead from Page. The slow burning “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and a dazzling twenty-three minute version of “Dazed And Confused” further demonstrate a band at the top of their game.

Ok, now for the bad news and that is the poor sound quality, as its at a pretty low volume and quite muffled. It’s also unfortunate the last track, beginning with the iconic riff of The Kinks “You Really Got Me” is only a few seconds long. Apparently Page used the riff as a lead in to “What Is And What Should Never Be” which is not included here. I should also point out the sound level drops even more in the last few tracks.

Now its on to disc two and the New York concert from 1975. The best part is the improved sound quality. It still is not perfect by any means but is vastly improved than on the first CD. This tour supported their classic album Physical Graffiti which would be released three weeks after this concert. The disc contains three tracks from that seminal work; “Sick Again”, “In My Time Of Dying” and “Kashmir”. All three are highlights and the band is really cooking through the entire set. Other highs include the classic “Over The Hills And Far Away” and the lovely psych infused “No Quarter” featuring fantastic organ from John Paul Jones. This is one trippy slice of heavy psychedelia.

Even though the sound quality is suspect, particularly the Orlando concert, 1971 & 1975 is an important bit of rock history, especially if you are a Zeppelin fan. Enjoy…

Track Listing:
CD 1 (Orlando)
1. Immigrant Song
2. Heartbreaker
3. Since I’ve Been Loving you
4. Dazed And Confused
5. Black Dog
6. Stairway To Heaven
7. Celebration Day
8. That’s The Way
9. Going To California
10. You Really Got Me
CD 2 (New York)
1. Rock And Roll
2. Sick Again
3. Over The Hills And Far Away
4. In My Time Of Dying
5. The Song Remains The Same
6. Rain Song
7. Kashmir
8. No Quarter

Added: July 26th 2021
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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