3 August 2005, gsparaco @ 7:20 pm
The Battle Of Baton Rouge (Empress Valley EVSD-336/337/338)
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA – February 28th, 1975
Capricorn released this show except for “Dazed & Confused” on Bon Soir, Baton Rouge! (CR-2028/2029). The last release of this tape was on Hang On To Your Heads (Vol. 95) on The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin which is a box set limited to three hundred copies pressed on gold discs. It also includes a twelve-page booklet with many photos from Earl’s Court. The tape is a slightly distant but very dynamic stereo audience recording that emphasizes the bottom end but without any distortion. It is one of the more interesting tapes in existence with some of the most massive sounds ever captured on tape. The Battle Of Baton Rouge, the new release on Empress Valley, is the same generation tape that was used by other releases which, according to Zeppelin tape experts, is no better than a second-generation copy of the master.
They worked on reducing the loudness of the bass and place the top and bottom end on a more even keel. Their work is commendable and a worthy addition to the collection but it is a matter of taste. It makes the sound more sharp and defined but I feel loses its particular character. Empress Valley utilizes their infamous cardboard cut out sleeve design for this release. It was first introduced early on in their production with such releases as Deep Striker. With everything else about this release, it’s a matter of personal taste. Some love it, some hate it. Whatever your opinion is though, this is a good opportunity to pick up this show.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)
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