New York In The Wind (Empress Valley EVSD- 312/313)
Fillmore East, New York, NY – January 31st & February 1st, 1969
Disc 1 January 31st: The Train Kept A Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You, Dazed And Confused, Pat’s Delight, How Many More Times (inc. The Hunter), You Shook Me
Disc 2 February 1st: Introduction, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, The Train Kept A Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You, Pat’s Delight, How Many More Times (inc. Dazed And Confused/ The Hunter), Communication Breakdown
These two legendary concerts from Zeppelin’s first tour really need no introduction. These are the nights at the Fillmore East when they blew Iron Butterfly off the stage and really began their domination of the music scene in the 1970’s. These two tight, compact sets are amazing to hear and represent Zeppelin in their adventurous younger days. How many other bands would have a drum solo in an important, forty minute set? They knew they were good!
The tapes are distant and are definitely not the best. It is hoped that someday these will surface with better sound. But EV has equalized the tape to make it sound much louder and enjoyable than the older releases from the 90s. There is another release of these tapes from the Beelzebub CDR label called In The Heat Of The Night which is superior.
New York In The Wind is a continuation of their Legendary Fillmore series that began with Avocado Club in March 2004, documenting two of the four nights in San Francisco in April 1969. The next release in this series hopefully will be the November, 1969 Fillmore West concerts in San Francisco. That will be a welcome release given how the manufactures have all but ignored Zeppelin’s fourth US tour of 1969.