Final Daze (no label ZEP-MSG-01/2)
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – September 19, 1970 late show
Disc 1: Introduction, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, Bring It On Home, Tribute To Jimi Hendrix, That’s The Way, Bron-y-aur, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Organ Solo, Thank You
Disc 2: What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love, Out On The Tiles, Communication Breakdown, Gallows Pole, The Girl Can’t Help It, How Many More Times
The source for this evening show from Madison Square Garden on September 19, 1970 comes from an internet download first available in 2004 and features Led Zeppelin’s final performance of 1970. It is a very good clear audience recording with guitars and vocals up front in the mix with the bass and drums slightly on the muffled side.
The early show from this day has been around for ages and was first documented on Maui Wowie from Missing Link (with the incorrect date) and later as American Woman on TDOLZ. Praying Silently For Jimi on Empress Valley and Have You Ever Experienced? on Tarantura 2000 were released in 2004 also containing this early show. Empress Valley and Tarantura 2000’s titles are references to Jimi Hendrix who died the day before and Plant makes mention of this during both shows.
The late show was a very important find considering it was previously undocumented and saw three quick releases to silver disc after being uploaded to the web. Shout That Loud on Electric Magic I believe was the first and followed by Requiem on Empress Valley and Final Daze. Have You Ever Experienced? from Tarantura 2000 followed shortly thereafter and includes both this and the early show. All but Tarantura were critized for running slightly fast but the speed is off by such a small amount (about 2% or so) that it isn’t really an issue.
As for the performance, every Led Zeppelin show is certainly a unique experience and this one is no exception. A hot performance from the band may be due to the fact they had already loosened up from the afternoon set and tonight includes some rarities not performed in the early show. The extended “Whole Lotta Love” starts with Jeff Beck’s “Rice Pudding” riff and the medley contains more song references than you can shake a stick at. Not only do you get the usual “Boogie Chillin” and “Bottle Up And Go” but a nice surprise with “Train Kept A Rollin” among others. “Out On The Tiles” is the first encore and is joined nonstop with “Communication Breakdown” which also includes the first live references to “Gallows Pole”. Zeppelin plays a medley of “The Girl Can’t Help It” and “Twenty Flight Rock” and “How Many More Times” contains another version of “Blueberry Hill”, frequently played around this time.
Most of these titles differ only slightly in sound quality and all sound very good. So unless you are particular it probably won’t matter much which version you end up with. Bottom line, this recording is an essential part of any Zep collection. Packaged in a double slimline jewel case, Final Daze is a good inexpensive way to obtain this great show and shouldn’t be too hard to track down.