Towa No Uta (Tarantura TCD-73-1/2/3 promo)
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – July 28th, 1973
DISC 1: (64:41) Opening, Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song
DISC 2: (72:27) Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick
DISC 3: (28:44) Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean
The MSG 73 shows were some of the most popular in collecting circles with soundboards from July 27th, 28th, and 29th. These sources were used for the official “The Song Remains The Same” CD and DVD releases which every Zeppelin collector should pick up. Personally I prefer the 2nd show which is one of the most complete and the content of this release.
Past releases include The Effect Is Shattering from Empress Valley which comes in hardbound packaging however personally I dislike because of the opening radio intro, abrupt source changes and the radio commercial at the end of disc #3 which contains a Heart commercial that has nothing to do with this show since they weren’t even formed in “73” to the best of my knowledge.
Highlights for me are “No Quarter,” “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” “Dazed And Confused,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Whole Lotta Love.”
Tarantura has used the “SB” sources and spliced in a “AUD” source in order to make this show more complete however the transitions are basically smooth and doesn’t take away from the listening experience. My only gripe would be the sources changes during “The Ocean” however considering the length and quality of the remainder of this title, I can live with this issue. This comes packaged in a sturdy black cardboard box with artwork on all sides and a nice film strip attached to outside of the box. Inside is a heavy gatefold with pictures of memorabilia from the 1973 tour and also a nice poster and interview disc in which Alan Freeman interviews Mr. Page. This title is limited to 140 numbered copies. (LedMan Jan. 08)If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)