Posts Tagged ‘Led Zeppelin’


It’s not often that there is something on the UK Record Store Day (RSD) list that I want. But this year was one of the exceptions, as a re-pressing of the highly sought after Jimmy Page single where he sings lead vocals was released. I looked into buying it after RSD when stores put up leftovers, but the price after overseas shipping on top of the unfavorable exchange rate, made it cost prohibitive. Fortunately a wider release of the 7″ single was planned after RSD.

For those unaware, Jimmy Page, on top of being the guitarist in Led Zeppelin, one of the greatest bands of all time, was also a prolific studio musician. It was in the studio where Page cut his chops and earned his reputation. He has credits on literally thousands of tracks, from instrumentation to producing to writing and arrangement. Now even with all those credits to his name over his decades long career, he only sang lead vocals on one song; “She Just Satisfies.”

The single for the song was first released in 1965 on Fontana Records. It came housed in a blue stock Fontana paper sleeve with the b-side of “Keep Moving.” It was re-pressed in 1991 in the UK, and was faithfully re-created for a re-release in 2016 for RSD and later a wide release. As the single pre-dated stereo, it was released in mono format. Thankfully they didn’t attempt to re-master the song for stero. Although it would’ve been interesting to hear it in stereo.

So if you buy this and think it sounds funny, that it why. Don’t go trying to investigate the “problem,” as you won’t find one. It’s suppose to come out of one speaker. Since your setup likely has two channels, and two speakers as a result, there won’t be left and right audio on this 7″. The entire composition will play out of both speakers.

Copies from the original pressing from 1965 rank up there with the most expensive vinyl records of all time. The highest I’ve seen it go for is over $1,000, with many fetching over $700. The average is probably between $500-600 though. No idea how this latest re-press will affect the value of copies from the original 1965 pressing.

Retail price on this new pressing is on the expensive side because it’s a Euro import, $13 give or take. If you shop around you can buy this for under $10 however.

Jimmy Page - She Just Satisfies - Copy

 


It took me years to track down a decent copy of Led Zeppelin’s seventh studio album Presence. Between the terrible condition and the price of better condition copies, I was facing hard luck getting a hold of this album. For those who are regular readers, you know I stick to a tight budget when buying records on the second hand market. For me part of the chase is getting a good deal on a record. I pride myself in getting things under market value, most of the time well under. Almost everything ever pressed is available in the current world with resources like ebay, discogs, message boards etc, so there is no longer the thrill of the hunt. Where is the fun in shelling out boat loads of money just to complete a collection?

Anyway, I came across one of the nicest used copies of Presence I’ve ever seen on ebay, with a low starting bid. As icing on the cake, the copy was still in its original shrink, which has a hype sticker on it. Stickers on the shrink/cover is something I’m a stickler for, however it’s not a deal breaker in my book. But I would be willing to spend more on copies with than without. In the end I got it for under $10 shipped, and bought this well before it was announced that Led Zeppelin’s entire catalog would be re-mastered and re-pressed starting in 2014 through 2015. So to reiterate this is the first U.S. pressing of Presence and not one of the current re-pressings.

There are multiple pressings of Presence, which span multiple countries. For the U.S. pressing there are even multiple pressings, but only two main ones. There is also a record club pressing that I am not counting towards the two main pressings. The only visible difference between the two main pressings is found on the cover, as the first pressing has an embossed album title on the right hand side, and the second pressing has no embossing. Some copies of the first pressing come with a sticker on the shrink wrap, while some copies don’t. There are also promo copies that have the sticker affixed directly to the jacket, and not the shrink wrap, if the promo copies happened to come shrink wrapped.

At this point I’ve had this record for close to one year and posting this entry fell on the back burner. Initially I just forgot about this record but once I started accumulating a bunch of Zeppelin boots and other older singles from other bands, I decided to wait to post it and dedicate one week per band. So I saved the Presence blog post till now. I also prioritized posting new releases over older records, and saved some stuff for the leaner times because there were months at a time where the blog wouldn’t get updated because I didn’t buy any new releases. To avoid the blog appearing dead I held back some entries to post during the periods where I hadn’t bought any records at all, new releases or not.


Sadly this is one of the worst Led Zeppelin bootlegs in my collection. The performances on it are simply not good and Side B is pretty much unlistenable because of its terrible sound quality. Even the songs recorded at the legendary Maida Vale studio sound like garbage. Pressing info was never released, and even if it was you can’t trust the numbers. This boot was released in 2011 out of the UK. Here is the track listing:

Side A:

  1. Communication Breakdown (Top Gear 1969)
  2. What Is And What Should Never Be (Chris Grant’s Taste Pop Sundae 1969)
  3. Dazed And Confused (One Night Stand 1969)
  4. White Summer (One Night Stand 1969)

 Side B:

  1. What Is And What Should Never Be (In Concert Paris Theatre 1971)
  2. Communication Breakdown (In Concert Paris Theatre 1971)
  3. I Can’t Quit You Baby (Rhythm & Blues Maida Vale Studios 1969)
  4. You Shook Me (Rhythm & Blues Maida Vale Studios 1969)
  5. Sunshine Woman (Rhythm & Blues Maida Vale Studios 1969)

Led Zeppelin - The Missing BBC Sessions Tracks - Copy

Led Zeppelin – Riverside Blues

Posted: July 2, 2015 in Vinyl
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Another Led Zeppelin bootleg released on the label The Swingin’ Pig. Riverside Blues was first released in 1989 in Germany, but I’m assuming it has gone through multiple pressings throughout the years and remains in print. The reason I think that is because I found a brand new copy of this in my local record store, and I’ve been shopping there for over 10 years and started doing so well after 1989, and never saw it before the day I bought it in 2014.

The only confirmed colors for this are black and orange. There are apparently copies on blue vinyl as well, but I have not seen photos of it nor know anyone who owns it so I won’t write about it as confirmed. As usual pressing info is nonexistent for this boot.

There are multiple audio sources for this boot, ranging from BBC Sessions to concerts. Tracks 1-3 on Side A were recorded for BBC’s Top Gear June 1969, while tracks 4 on Side A and track 1 on Side B were recorded for the March 3, 1969 Top Gear. Track 2 on Side B was recorded in Staines, England, March 1969 and Track 3 was recorded at the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden on March 14, 1969. In all there are seven songs. The sound quality is ok, it’s not bad and it’s not great. Nothing about it really stands out as poor or amazing. Here is the track listing:

Side A:

  1. Whole Lotta Love
  2. Travelling Riverside Blues
  3. What Is And What Will Never Be
  4. Communication Breakdown

Side B:

  1. You Shook Me
  2. Dazed And Confused
  3. I Gotta Move

Led Zeppelin - Riverside Blues - Copy


This Led Zeppelin bootleg has a handful of errors, some intentional and others glaring mistakes. The most glaring of errors is with the title of the bootleg, which is spelled differently on the album cover and on the center labels. On the cover it’s spelled Teady Bears Picnic, but on the center labels the spelling changes to Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The first track on the boot, “Immigrant Song,” is also misspelled/mis-titled, but this is an intentional error to mask what songs are on the bootleg to avoid legal prosecution. “Immigrant Song” is misspelled “Immigration Song” on back of the jacket.

Teady Bear’s Picnic was released in 2012 on a nonexistent label, which is typical for bootlegs. The catalog number is CHALL001. The audio for the boot was recorded in 1971 at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle, England. The performance is from November 11, 1971 to be precise. Here is the track listing:

Side A:

  1. Immigrant Song (labeled as “Immigration Song” on the jacket)
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Black Dog
  4. Since I’ve Been Loving You

Side B:

  1. Rock And Roll
  2. Stairway To Heaven
  3. That’s The Way
  4. Going To California
  5. Tangerine

Led Zeppelin - Teady Bears Picnic - Copy


This Led Zeppelin bootleg is from the UK, released in 2012 on the label First Test Recordings. The boot is entitled Stoned On The Stairway. The only confirmed color for this is black vinyl, and pressing info is nonexistent.

As the title alludes to, there are several versions of “Stairway To Heaven” on this bootleg, four to be exact. The audio source was recorded at Headley Grange in January 1971. Most of the songs are from a studio session, done at the aforementioned Headley Grange in England. There are some jam sessions in there, most of which are bad in terms of sound quality. In total there are 10 songs, here is the track listing:

Side A:

  1. Stairway To Heaven (instrumental)
  2. Blues Jam No. 1
  3. Blues Jam No. 2
  4. Black Dog
  5. No Quarter

Side B:

  1. Stairway To Heaven (Take 2)
  2. Blues Jam No. 3
  3. Stairway To Heaven (Take 3)
  4. Stairway To Heaven (Take 4)
  5. Hey Hey What Can I Do

Led Zeppelin - Stone On The Stairway - Copy

Led Zeppelin – Touch & Go

Posted: July 1, 2015 in Vinyl
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Touch & Go is a complete hit or miss in terms of sound quality, even for a bootleg. Side A is a fantastic listen, but half of Side B is utter garbage. The first six songs (which span both sides) are from one concert, which was recorded in Toronto on April 4, 1971. The remaining songs are a mish mash of sources with sound ranging from rusty nails on a chalk board to a bleating boat. There is also crowd noise, introductions to the band and songs from Robert Plant as well. Some bootlegs edit out the crowd noise pre and post song and also edit out stage banter, this is not one of those bootlegs.

This boot was only pressed on black vinyl, with pressing info nowhere to be found, again, not untypical for a bootleg. This also was not released on a label, or at least one that wants to be acknowledged even if it’s an illegitimate business operation. There are no label markings anywhere. Here is the track listing:

Side A:

  1. Stairway To Heaven
  2. Celebration Day
  3. That’s The Way

Side B:

  1. Going To California
  2. What Is And What Should Never Be
  3. Moby Dick
  4. Sunshine Woman
  5. Train Kept Rollin’
  6. When The Levee Breaks

Led Zeppelin - Touch & Go - Copy