9291971 (Tarantura TCD-71-1~3 / 929-1~3)
Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan – September 29th, 1971
TCD-71-1/929-1/Disc 1: Opening, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Celebration Day
TCD-71-2/929-2/Disc 2: interval, That’s The Way, Going To California, Tangerine, Friends, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick
TCD-71-3/929-3/Disc 3: Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, organ solo, Thank You, Rock And Roll
RSR209-A/ Disc 1: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Celebration Day, Tangerine
RSR209-B/ Disc 2: Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, organ solo, Thank You
9291971 (or Geisha or Smoke Gets In Your Eyes) is a five disc box set on the Tarantura label documenting Led Zeppelin’s September 29th, 1971 show in Osaka. This is part of the Kurofune box set that was announced several years ago but so far has seen only the Hiroshima show on Zingi and now this. This has got to be the most beautiful Led Zeppelin bootleg ever produced. The outer box has a painting of the kurofune “black ships.” The kurofune refer to the ships the western merchants and traders used to first visit Tokyo between the 15th and 19th centuries.
The implication is that Led Zeppelin, just like Commodore Perry, came to conquer Japan for the west. Inside the box are two gatefold sleeves. The three disc set with the complete show has a similar theme, and the other gatefold sleeve has an awesome photograph of Jimmy Page taken at one of the shows. This will be considered one of the greatest Led Zeppelin bootlegs ever produced by future generations and one of the most beautiful.
It is a stunning work of art that will enhance any collection. This is limited to only one hundred copies and sold out before it was even officially released. One collector asked why they only made a limited amount. And the obvious answer is because beautiful titles like this should only be in the hands of the super connected and the super elite. Making it commonly available would be like throwing pearls before swine. It will command very high prices in the future if ever a copy does surface, but honestly anyone who is lucky enough to own this will never want to part with it.
The three disc set uses a combination of the soundboard recording and older tape sources. It is slightly cleaner than Fatally Wanderer on Wendy, but also noticably more compressed and lacks the dynamics of the previous release. The organ solo on disc three has about seven really loud and nasty digital scratches that are not present on any other release. The second two discs contain the complete soundboard recording alone without any edits and is significantly more distorted than on the three disc set. (I know what you’re thinking. I don’t know the purpose of this either). However sound quality simply isn’t an issue with rare and legendary releases like this. Given the unique beauty of the set the closest most of us will ever get is this review. But to those connected enough to actually get a copy, it will look awesome collecting dust on your shelf.