Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Led Zeppelin 1971-11-25 Leicester University Leicester, England,


Led Zeppelin - " Bad Muthafuckers"
( 11-25-71), Leicester, England, Leicester University, Percy Gee Building
Audience Recording Source Merge + Remaster ( A Group/Personal Project)

Lineage: Source One: " Leicester University, Master > CD-R", Master > CD-R > EAC, Secure Mode,                                              Accurate Stream, No Disable Cache > WAV > Remaster > Flac Frontend, Encoding Options,                                Level.6,Align On Sector Boundaries > Flac
 
         Source Two: " The Diploma, Tape Speed Corrected Master", ( Tarantura 2000), Silvers > EAC > WAV > Flac >                           TLH, Decode > WAV > Remaster > Flac Frontend, Encoding Options, Level.6, Align On Sector                             Boundaries > Flac
Label: N/A
Original Taper: N/A

Contrast Clause:

- This particular release has different lineage then the version located here:
  http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=154149

  And it has different lineage then the version located here:
  http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=179800

- This particular release is from a different label then the version located here:
  http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=154149

  And it's from a different label then the version located here:
  http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=179800

- This particular release has seven discs of audio material, the other versions of this show located here:
  http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=154149

  And the version located here: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=179800

  Are only three discs of audio material.

- This particular release has an extra added on bonus disc of audio material from a performance in Munich, Germany,   on March, 17th, 1973, the versions located here:
 
  http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=154149

  And here: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=179800

  Are strictly the Leicester performance, and do not have any added on bonus material.

- This particular release is a fan made release/personal audio project, the versions located here:
  http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=154149

  And here: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=179800

  Are from silver cd-r's from bootleg labels.

- This particular release has a different title then the version located here:
  http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=154149

  And it has a different title then the version located here:   
  http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=179800 


This is a group/personal project done by The 7th Son, Joel, Jaime L, And Acapulco Gold.

We hope you enjoy this recording, and we hope that you'll pass it along to others, or just pass, the choice is yours.

This is not meant to be a definitive recording.

Thanks go out to:

- The taper, wherever you are, thank you for sharing this recording with everyone in the community, if you're out   there, and if you pick this up, we hope you enjoy.

- My friend who hooked me up the " master" version I've used as the main source.

- Jaime for the absolutely fantastic cover art, it's been a pleasure working on a project with you.

- Porgie for giving me his input on the recording.

- My mate Clint111 for also giving me his input on the project, you're a dedicated friend and a true class act.

Dedicated to " Mr.Azimuth" Eeklair, for taking the time out of his day to give me just a little bit of help.

I'll never forget it, Thank you for your kindness.

And Richard Roundtree, the original bad muthafucker.


" Bad Muthafuckers", Raw Tape Source:

Disc One:

1) Introduction ( Fades In)
2) Immigrant Song
3) Heartbreaker
4) Black Dog
5) Since I've Been Loving You
6) Celebration Day
7) Tangerine ( False Start)/Tangerine ( Cuts Out)

Disc Two:

1) Training Old Style/Dazed And Confused ( Fades In, Includes: " The Theme From Shaft", Has A Few Minor Tape Fluctations)

2) Stairway To Heaven ( Fades Out, Has Some Minor Digi Noise In The Left Channel)

Disc Three:

1) What Is And What Should Never Be ( Fades In)
2) Whole Lotta Love ( Medley, Has A Minor Tape flux At The Beginning Of The Song)
                 Includes:
                          - Just A Little Bit
                          - I'm Going Down
                          - Boogie Chillen
                          - Hello Marylou
                          - Rave On
                          - Me And The Devil Blues
                           
3) Rock And Roll
4) Communication Breakdown ( Fades Out, Includes: " Soul Sister")


" Bad Muthafuckers", Remastered And Tape Speed Corrected Source ( With " The Diploma" Patches):

Disc Four:

1) Introduction ( Fades In)
2) Immigrant Song
3) Heartbreaker
4) Black Dog
5) Since I've Been Loving You
6) Celebration Day * + ( Has A Few Tape Flucuations In The Middle Of Song)
7) Going To California  +
8) That's The Way  +
9) Tangerine ( False Start) * +
10) Tangerine * + ( Small Tape Cut At The End Of Song)
11) Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp + ( Fades Out)

Disc Five:

1) Training Old Style ( Tease, Fades In)
2) Dazed And Confused ( Includes: " The Theme From Shaft", Has A Few Minor Tape Flucuations)
3) Stairway To Heaven ( Fades Out, Has Some Minor Digi Noise In Left Channel)

Disc Six:

1) What Is And What Should Never Be ( Fades In)
2) Whole Lotta Love ( Medley, Has A Minor Tape Flux At The Beginning Of Song)
              Includes:
                        - Just A Little Bit
                        - I'm Going Down
                        - Boogie Chillen
                        - Hello Marylou
                        - Rave On
                        - Mess O' The Blues
                        - Me And The Devil Blues
                        - The Lemon Song


3) Rock And Roll
4) Communication Breakdown ( Fades Out, Includes: " Soul Sister")

Bonus material, " Olympiahalle", Munich, Germany, ( 3-17-73), Unknown Generation Cassettes

Disc Seven:

1) Black Dog ( Cuts In)
2) Since I've Been Loving You
3) Dancing Days
4) Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp

Legend:

+: Tarantura's " The Diploma" recording source, used to patch the gaps of missing audio material from my source.
* +: Combination of both my audio source, and " The Diploma".

Enjoy!

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My Personal Notes About This Release:

My friends and I have been wanting to do new Zeppelin projects since we put together " Northern Exposure", ( Vancouver, British Columbia, 3-19-75, thank you to everyone who picked up that project), but because of time, and that I've been working on other audio projects that aren't Zeppelin related, we all couldn't sit down and think about what project we could all work on together.

So we  all decided to wait until we came across a Zeppelin recording we would be interested in, and could all work on, and this show was it.

What got the ball rolling on this project was that I did a trade with a collector a little while ago who stated that they had a copy of the Leicester performance who's lineage came from the master tapes, and were transferred to CD-R's.

I asked them if they meant that they were " The Diploma" raw master tapes, ( the release " The Diploma" is actually a boxset, that includes raw transfers of the master tapes to CD-R's, with no remastering or tape speed correction done to them at all, it's order is broken up in a way that matches the tapers original cassettes), and they said that they weren't from a bootleg source, which intrigued me.

So we did a trade, and as soon as I recieved the Leicester show from the " supposed masters", I started digging out my other versions of this show, and started to compare them, in track times, and sound quality to the other versions of this show I have in my collection, " Her Mystical Majesties Request" ( Electric Magic), and " The Diploma: Tape Speed corrected And Remastered Edition" ( Tarantura 2000).

Here's what I discovered:

This " supposed Master" tape was unfortunately incomplete, it was sent to me missing " Going To California", " That's The Way", and " Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp" from the first disc of audio material, so that's why I've used the material from " The Diploma", to patch up the holes in the recording.

However, although the recording is incomplete due to it's missing audio material on the first disc, the second and third disc of my " supposed master" have MORE audio material then the second and third discs of BOTH " Her Mystical Majesties Request", and " The Diploma".

Here's how the track times of the second and third disc breakdown on " Her Mystical Majesties Request"

" Her Mystical Majesties Request":

Disc Two: 38:26

Disc Three: 46:01

" My Raw Masters":

Disc Two: 39:41

Disc Three: 49:54

So, After Comparing The Track Times of these two sources, my " supposed master" has more audio material then " Her Mystical Majesties Request".

There's a difference of 1:15 on the second disc, and a difference of 3:53 on the third disc, a total difference of 4:68 of seconds of tape.

Here's how my masters compare to " The Diploma"

"The Diploma" has more audio material then the raw masters, here's how the track times break down on both the second and third discs:

" My Raw Masters":

Disc Two: 39:41

Disc Three: 49:54


" The Diploma":

Disc Two: 40:06

Disc Three: 50:27


So " The Diploma" beats my masters on the second disc by a difference of 65 seconds, and on the third disc by a difference of 73 seconds, a total difference in audio material of 1:38 of tape.

After I performed the nescessary remastering and tape speed correction on my raw masters, I opened the new files, and compared these new disc times of the second and third remastered discs to " The Diploma", and this is what I discovered.

After remastering, the new disc time(s) of the second disc is 40:13, and the new time of the third disc is 50:36.

So the second disc has a difference of 7 seconds, and the third disc has a difference of 9 seconds, a total difference of 1:60.

As I've stated , the show came with some material from Munich ( 3-17-73), I've included in the torrent as some " bonus material".

The choice is up to you whether or not you wish to keep it, I mostly included it to make the recording " somewhat complete", meaning that since my original's came with the material from Munich, everyone else here can have what I have. 

I tried to get in touch with the person I did the trade with and ask them about the material from Munich, and if they possibly knew the lineage of that material, but haven't heard anything back.

They probably added it on to compensate for sending me an incomplete tape.

In terms of the sound quality of the recording, I'm basing my opinions on how my raw masters compare to the sound quality of the other releases in my collection, not to my remaster.

I'm not including my remaster because I think that would be partisan, I'll leave the judgements on how my remaster compares to the other releases up to everyone here in the community.

Here's a breakdown of the sound quality of the three sources:

" Her Mystical Majesties Request", it's an excellent sounding recording, but the vocals and guitar dominate over the bass and drums,there's a touch too much volume, and there's no feeling of ambiance and warmth.

" The Diploma", has more distribution in the instruments, I can hear things that were buried under the guitar and vocals, the volume isn't excessively loud, and it gives the listener the feel of the venue, but it lacks the " punch" of " Her Mystical Majesties Request"

My " Master Source", has a bit of even distribution of the instruments, and I can hear some bass, but the volume is a little too powerful, and the vocals and guitar drown out the drums and bass a bit.

So the goal of this project was to create a remaster with balance in the instruments, yet still keeping it's " punch".

There's some soft hiss in the left channel throughout the recording, I've tried to buffer it out as well as I can without dulling the recording, the same goes for some digital noise during " Dazed And Confused" and " Stairway To Heaven", every attempt I've tried kind of dulls the recording, which is something I wanted to avoid.

This performance is one of my favourites of the 1971 tour, .fantastic playing all around by all the members of the group.

Jimmy and Bonham are especially lively at this performance, they seem to be playing off one another, and are being quite creative and experimental with the setlist infusing little snippets of soul music into their songs.

Plant was under the weather with the flu, he was complaining of the flu the previous night in Manchester.

Even though he was under the weather, he was still able to tear it up at this show, hitting high notes and not showing any strain in his voice.

The title is a reference to the band's ( sadly rare) instrumental Isaac Hayes " Theme From Shaft" inserted into " Dazed And Confused".

It's a play on the lyrics from the song ," they say that Led Zeppelin are bad mother...( shut your mouth!)"
I was mulling over title names, and I thought this one sounded unique, and it had a reference to the show in someway.

Many thanks go out to my mate Jamie for the absolutely beautiful cover art he made for this project, the cover art can be found here: http://www.cdr.vplay.co.uk/lzmf1.html

Please visit his site when you get the chance.

Cheers

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