Led Zeppelin – The Resurrection (Electric Magic EMC-013 A/B)

The Resurrection  (Electric Magic EMC-013 A/B)

Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA – July 24, 1973

Disc 1:  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:  Dazed & Confused, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Boogie Chillun’), The Ocean

This new two disc set from Electric Magic documents the July 24, 1973 show at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This is a two source mix. The first source begins with “Rock and Roll” and continues into the second verse of “Celebration Day.” The first source is very good although distorted and runs noticeably slow (or, the band were just extremely sluggish for the first song, but I doubt it). The second source picks up in “Celebration Day” and continues to the end and can be considered to be very good to excellent with a minimum amount of distortion and audience noise.  It’s surprising considering the distance of the recorder.  “Stairway To Heaven” and “Moby Dick” are absent form this recording, and there is a slight cut in the final drum solo in “Dazed and Confused.” This could be the main source released before as Hello Pittsburgh on Image Quality, but I don’t have it so I can’t tell. The performance itself is excellent.  This is the show they played right before the Madison Square Garden shows and sounds very similar to the movie soundtrack.  “No Quarter” sounds very mysterious and heavy in this recording.  “Dazed and Confused” is breathtaking with a completely new improvised section by the end (sounds like the versions played in Europe in March), and the finale of “Heartbreaker,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “The Ocean” deliver the final statement of one of the best shows on their 1973 tour. (GS)

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