Event Details

 

Venue

  References:
14-Jun-1977  

Madison Square Garden

  Official Web Site: Confirmed J
Recorded Time: 2:04:42   New York, NY, USA   The Complete Concert Chronicles: Confirmed J
11th N American Tour 1977     Led Zeppelin Reference: Confirmed J
    Led Zep Concerts: Confirmed J
      Wikipedia: Confirmed J
     


                     
 

Review(s)
 
Even though millions of young people have managed to acquire it, Led Zeppelin remains an acquired taste. The British rock quartet, which this week opened a run of six long-since sold- out shows at Madison Square Gardens, makes a monstrously loud, deliberately abrasive kind of music far removed not only from the sweet rustlings of classical music, jazz and Tin Pan Alley, but even from the tuneful, rhythmically enlivening rock songs of the 1960s. That said, this was the best Led Zeppelin show this observer has ever heard, and that includes the sound track from the group's recent concert film. It was certainly superior to the 1975 Garden shows, the last the band had given in New York. That time the guitarist, Jimmy Page, had an injured finger. Since then Led Zeppelin has been off the road, waiting for the singer, Robert Plant, to recover from first an auto accident and then a throat infection. This tour amounts to a re-assertion of the band's pre-eminence in the fickle youth market of America, and on its own terms the opening show was certainly a triumphant reassertion. It lasted three hours and included some 18 songs, depending on how you count — a Led Zeppelin "song" is often an excuse for a meandering instrumental that sucks in all sorts of extraneous material as it goes along and sometimes segues subtly into something altogether different. The repertory included much that was predictable, from "The Song Remains the Same" to "Stairway to Heaven" by way of "In My Time of Dying" (dedicated somewhat wickedly to Queen Elizabeth n and her Silver Jubilee): "The Battle of Evermore" (was also dedicated to the British monarch). "No Quarter," "Kashmir," "Achilles Last Stand" and others, But there was also an acoustic set that lightened the heavy-metal load. The mood of the Garden concert, offstage and on, seemed fresher and less hostile than some Led Zeppelin concerts and crowds of yore. The audience waited more or less docilely for 70 minutes past the scheduled starting time before the band appeared. When it did so, the mood of the musicians was good-natured and almost puckish. And Plant laudably and earnestly attempted to discourage the hurling of firecrackers and cherry bombs. Quite apart from its sheer massiveness and its mood, this was a first-class Led Zeppelin performance on several objective criteria. Plant's voice sounded fresh throughout, but especially during the acoustic portion, in "Going to California." And it was aided by a whole battery of echo and filter effects. Similarly Page's guitar playing, always concerned with colouristic exploration was positively kaleidoscopic in that respect. And his work along with everybody else's was projected forcefully and clearly by the sound system. The other two held up their ends, too.
 

Known Set List
 
  Track   Title Time
1.       The Song Remains The Same    5:15      
          The Rover (Intro)    0:45      
2.       Sick Again    6:04      
3.       Nobody's Fault But Mine    6:02    
4.       Over The Hills And Far Away    6:21    
5.       Since I've Been Loving You    7:58    
6.       No Quarter   26:47    
    a.        Keyboard Solo    0:42      
    b.        Grand Piano Interlude    9:54      
      i.        Lounge Jam    3:04      
    c.        Set-The-Vibe Section    0:19      
    d.        On-The-Journey Section    8:10      
    e.        Grand Piano Reprise    0:16      
7.       Ten Years Gone    9:15    
8.       The Battle Of Evermore    5:32    
9.       Going To California    4:38    
10.       Black County Woman    1:42    
11.       Bron-Y-Aur Stomp    7:10      
    a.        Acoustic Improvisation    3:12      
      i.        Dancing Days    0:15      
      ii.        Black Mountain Rag    0:06      
12.       White Summer-Black Mountain Side    8:59    
    a.        Mustapha    0:36      
    b.        Swan Song    0:44      
13.       Kashmir    7:56      
          Out On The Tiles (Intro)    0:50      
14.       Moby Dick    3:52   cut  
  15.       Whole Lotta Love **Encore**    1:17      
  16.       Rock And Roll **Encore**    3:56      

My Collection Of Recordings For This Event

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Generation   Length   Source   Comments
1st gen       aud   cassette
2nd gen   121   aud   2nd gen AXIA PS2 high bias 90's cassette (sounds a bit brighter with more bass but also more distant than 1st gen)
unknown gen   117   aud   Type I cassette (it slightly better than the 2nd gen and has also a much better high end but runs fast)
unknown gen   30   vid   1st move, color amateur video with actual sound (some songs are from June 11th, 1977 and recorded by the same person)
unknown gen   7   aud   2nd movie, color amateur video with and without actual sound