Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Led Zeppelin 1977-07-24 Alameda County Coliseum Oakland, CA

Led Zeppelin
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
July 24, 1977
Sourced from two audience recordings
FLAC (original recordings)->WAV->FLAC

This is my crack at compiling a complete version of this show, which to my knowledge has yet to be done...but don't quote me on that.

Special thanks to eventbass for providing both these audience sources on The Trader's Den. His torrents are at the following locations:

Source 1 ("A Fighting Finish"): http://www.thetradersden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=65596&highlight=zeppelin
Source 2 ("Final Ever in the States"): http://www.thetradersden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=65622&highlight=zeppelin

Source 1 is the more familiar recording from this date, which is pretty clear and well-balanced, but plagued with cuts in at least six songs and between many numbers; source 2 is more complete, but not as clear--therefore I opted to use source 2 only to patch the missing pieces of source 1. Both recordings varied in pitch throughout, so a true "matrix" would've been extremely difficult and more of an undertaking than I was willing to tackle. The only thing of note that's really missing are the first few seconds (5-6 seconds at most) of 'The Battle of Evermore', which was missed by both tapers.

Here's a breakdown of what I did to create this version of the show:

*Pitch-corrected source 1
*Patched missing pieces of source 1 with source 2 (after matching the pitch)
*Restored the correct running order, with 'Trampled Under Foot' coming between 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' and 'White Summer/Black Mountain Side'--source 1 mistakenly had it after 'Kashmir'
*Evened out volume in each channel where necessary (not in too many places)
*Removed approximately one zillion semi-faint digital clicks, mostly in the right channel of source 1

Two samples illustrating how the source blends sound are attached. No artwork, but please feel free to create and post your own.

DISC 1 (60:14)
1. The Song Remains the Same
2. The Rover/Sick Again
3. Nobody's Fault But Mine
4. Over the Hills and Far Away
5. Since I've Been Loving You
6. No Quarter

DISC 2 (58:17)
1. Ten Years Gone
2. The Battle of Evermore (fades in after 5-6 seconds)
3. Going to California
4. Mystery Train
5. Black Country Woman
6. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
7. Trampled Under Foot
8. White Summer/Black Mountain Side
9. Kashmir

DISC 3 (36:09)
1. Guitar Solo
2. Achilles Last Stand
3. Stairway to Heaven
4. Whole Lotta Love


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