August 15, 2007

Grousing The Aisles: Sucking in the ’70s

Let’s fire up the Hidden Track Wayback Machine for a trip to the heady days of the 1970s. This week’s edition of Grousing The Aisles features three tasty soundboards from the early ’70s, along with an all-star concert from 1996 that features many musicians who got their start in that decade.

We’ll begin with a newly circulated Led Zeppelin soundboard from 1973 that sounds particularly awesome. Next we shine the light on a crispy recording of a controversial Dead show and one of the few great sounding CCR recordings that we’ve come across. Finally, we take a look at a pro-shot DVD of a once-in-a-lifetime concert starring one of the best pickup bands ever put together…

Led Zeppelin 01/22/1973 SBD [FLAC, MP3]

I get excited anytime a new Zeppelin soundboard makes it into circulation. Recently a soundboard from a show at Southampton University from 1973 fell into our grubby little hands. But this is no ordinary soundboard — this is a multi-track recording, which essentially means the mix of all the instruments nears perfection.

The setlist from the gig includes all the heavy hitters: Stairway to Heaven kicks off the second disc, which also features Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Thank You, How Many More Times and a Communication Breakdown that would make any of today’s jambands extremely jealous. Does it get much better than Led Zeppelin at their peak? Read on after the jump for much more Grousing…

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