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Led Zeppelin soundboard news from Empress Valley

From the Far East, news has begun to spring up from over the past few days. The latest of this exciting announcements is that the label have offered out a new ‘single’ CD.

Yes, one track, not even an EP. The tracks is ‘Immigrant Song’ from Led Zep’s show at the Osaka Festival hall on the 29th September, 1971 in an elaborate paper sleeve (Similar to ‘Through The Out Door’) – limited to 100 copies and in 5 different colours, there is a set of 5 being made available too.

Is a full soundboard about to be released? We’ll see ..

The other buzz is a Derek and The Dominos soundboard from The Fillmore titled, ‘The Age Of Stratosphere’ – A multi disk hybrid of the new source and an aud. recording, this drops in May, though, due to the issues that the label had with ‘Deus Ex Machina’, looks like it might be only available to pre-order for first pressings.

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20 comments

  1. Careful Axeman Eugene

    Thanks very much, Stuart, for that info. Thanks as well for your recent reply to my questions relating to the Eternal Grooves label, & sorry about not including others such as Relayer67, etc. when I thanked you & WGPSEC for all your great contributions here…so many thanks to Relayer67, etc. as well for everything.

    Also, finally, I also apologize (sorry) for this reply coming so late, but I had major technical problems logging or signing in for at least 2 consecutive nights approx. 4 or 5 days ago, somehow, for whatever odd technical reason(s) unknown to me.

    • Hey, no worries. These fine folks work for us when they can out of the goodness of their own time. Eternally grateful as there’s no way one man could juggle all these releases (Though GSparaco’s efforts were herculian!) and to everyones benefit. Sorry to hear you’ve had problems accessing the site – I trust everything is working as well as it can now though?

      • Careful Axeman Eugene

        Well, I was able to access this site fine, but several days ago when I tried to sign in to reply to your message, I somehow just couldn’t get logged in, and so I finally gave up after a few attempts. Then it happened again the next night, then maybe again for a 3rd night in a row. So I just waited a couple more nights to try again, and finally last night I was able to sign in. And I guess that since I was able to successfully sign in again tonight to submit this message here, things must be OK & back to normal again. Thanks.

  2. Here is a link to two more songs from the 929 show from the as of now unreleased soundboard recordings

    http://ledzepnews.com/2018/04/01/led-zeppelin-osaka-japan-stairway-to-heaven-friends-empress-valley/

    Stairway to Heaven and Friends. On the latter the first 1:53 is from the Unburied Dead Zeppos Grave” source, the last 1:49 is the true SB.

    As with the 928 Black Dog and 929 Immigrant Song, the sound quality is certainly better than we were ever led to believe. Hopefully more of these shows will see the light of day.

    • Thanks Relayer67 – I heard that the facination for putting out CD singles apprently comes from the fact that Deus sneaked out in it’s first week on to the internet. While that uploader may rue his decision, then EV are still taking no chances. Despite that, the first single that dropped seem to do very well on certain auction sites and so, why stop? This may very well pave the way for the return of that 90’s classic .. the sampler!

  3. I received my 5 “Immigrant Song 929” copies Friday 16th together with 5 copies of the “Black Dog 928” cover … which can be seen here:
    Envelopes: https://imgur.com/a/TD8Z1
    Black Dog covers: https://imgur.com/a/owCdN
    Immigrant Song covers: https://imgur.com/a/c8c4A
    All Ukiyo-e covers: https://imgur.com/a/TaA3N

  4. here is a link to a two minute MP3 sample, definitely not another version of the recording we are familiar with, to my ears sounds really good.

    http://starship.jpn.ph/zeppelin/beauty/ … R_idx=2487

    • I have the Sample CD’s. This version of Immigrant Song is awesome. Great full range from the mix tapes. I too hope for the full release of the show.

      BTW the EVSD version of Deus Ex Machina Soundboard + Audience is fantastic (Seattle March 21, 1975).

  5. Careful Axeman Eugene

    Isn’t that Derek & The Dominos release at the Fillmore East from their 1970 shows of October 23 & 24? Aren’t some of the tracks actually pirate recordings since they’ve been officially-released?

    And speaking of the official release, I remember that when the “Layla (& Other Assorted Love Songs)” album was re-released on CD several years ago (was it early 2013?) as multi-disc remastered & expanded deluxe editions, the Polydor label was also supposed to re-release that officially-released “Live at the Fillmore” (2CD) album as a remastered & expanded deluxe edition as well, either at the same time as “Layla” or very shortly thereafter, but somehow they apparently never did due to some type of manufacturing error, or something like that. At least that’s what I remember my local record store owner telling me at the time. If it’s actually true, when why has it apparently still never been re-released, almost 5 years later?

    • Careful Axeman Eugene

      Also, isn’t the Derek & The Dominos release actually supposed to be called “Ace of Stratosphere” rather than “Ace of Stratocaster”?

      • Yes, that was a typo again on my part. All fixed now – I’m still waiting to hear why it’s an upgrade or shouldn’t be deemed a ‘pirate’ release (And quite why it commands the hyperbole that ‘pre-orders’ only gives it.)

        • Careful Axeman Eugene

          Thanks…and I’m still waiting to hear essentially the same info. myself as well

          • So from what else I can find from the release of this new D&D release the boxed set is an 8 CD release. 4 CDs of multi track soundboard, 4 CDs of audience recording – Quite how this will differ to the Wolfgang’s vault version .. No news yet. Pre-orders of the set will receive a bonus disk of Clapton rarities but in it’s entirety, the box is limited to 200 copies only.

  6. EV is teasing the hell out of us, drop us a tidbit of info !
    A full 71 Japanese date in true soundboard quality would be incredible. That being said, I’ll wait for the download fir one song

    • Careful Axeman Eugene

      What about Wendy’s supposedly “definitive” 6CD that was released not too long ago? I got it…didn’t anybody else here, or am I the only one? It’s the one called “Live In Japan 1971 929”, and the first 3 discs are supposedly the definitive true soundboard (I can’t remember the exact words they used, but they swear that it really is a new, definitive true soundboard), and the last 3 discs are supposedly the definitive of the very best audience source available. The artwork even includes a chart to show every patch used to make it also the longest, most complete version available. I’m certainly no expert on this particular legendary show, but the supposedly definitive soundboard (1st 3 discs), certainly sounded the very best I’ve ever heard of any version of the show, even better than the “929” 3CD silver releases that were released by the “no label” label, the 2nd of which preceded Wendy’s 6CD version by less than a few months, with the first of the “no label” versions (the 2nd one is supposedly just a very tiny upgrade in sound quality over the 1st one) coming just a few months after it had been initially released as a “Winston Remaster” 3-pro-CDR so-called “free-gift” item sometime in either 2015 or 2016. I can say that at the very least, Wendy’s 6CD version certainly sounds much, much better than one of their “Fatally Wanderer” 3CD releases (can’t even remember which particular one), which sounded downright horrible to me…esp. on the opening track, “Immigrant Song”, which sounded considerably muffled & rough to my ears.

      • Yeah i have the 6CD Wendy version as well and it is very good and in my view the best edition. Winston version on the Moonchild release is close runner up.

        • Careful Axeman Eugene

          Well, it’s cool that at least you got the 6CD Wendy version, as well as myself. But it seems that nobody else here has, and so apparently everybody here except for 2 people keep getting about this supposedly new soundboard that Empress Valley will eventually release, when it may already have been released months ago by Wendy.

          Or is there something that I’m missing?

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