Led Zeppelin – Zingi (Tarantura TCD-KUROFUNE-3 (927-1, 2))

Zingi (Tarantura TCD-KUROFUNE-3 (927-1, 2))

Municpal Gymnasium, Hiroshima, Japan – September 27th, 1971

Disc 1:  Opening, Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed & Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Celebration Day

Disc 2:  Peace – That’s The Way, Going To California, Tangerine, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (includes Boogie Chillun’, Let’s Have Fun, Be Bop A Lula), Communication Breakdown

Tarantura released Zingi, their version of the September 27th, 1971 show in Hiroshima, as a taster before the release of their anticipated Kurofune box set documenting Led Zeppelin’s entire first tour of Japan.  There are three different tape sources that exist.  The first one surfaced on vinyl on the very rare acetate Hiroshima Parts 1 & 2 (Gell) and and copied on Hiroshima Live In Japan 1971 1&2 (Trade Mark Of Quality UFO) in poor quality. 

Another source surfaced and was issued on the compact disc releases Peace (Tarantura) and by Live In Japan 1971 on Last Stand Disc, their big box set released several years ago.  The Mud Dogs label released the second tape source on Peace Of Mind (MUD DOGS-002/003).  

Lemon Song were the first label to edit the two sources together to form a more complete show on Message Of Love (LS-7210/11) and was followed in suite by Wendy who released Live Peace In Hiroshima (WECD-710927).  This was Wendy’s first release almost four year ago and was issued in a double slimline jewel case and was reissued several years afterwards in a cardboard sleeve to fit the design of their other releases in the 1971 Japan tour series.  Wendy is a popular release but they applied too much equalizing producing the high end crunch common to many releases coming out of Japan.

Zingi, by contrast, is much better than Wendy with a much more natural sound and dynamics.  The tape source used for their earlier release is used mostly.  It is distant and distorted in louder passages but captures the atmosphere of the event very well.  The second source is used for “Black Dog”, “Moby Dick”, and “Communication Breakdown”. 

This source is thinner and more distant than the other.  The edits are seamless preserving the flow of the concert which is underrated compared to the other shows on the first tour of Japan.  This is one of the very few charity gigs performed by Led Zeppelin and was used to raise funds for survivors of the atomic attack in 1945.  This concert is shorter than the Tokyo and Osaka dates since “Whole Lotta Love”, which reached more than thirty-minutes in Tokyo, is only nineteen minutes in Hiroshima. 

Also “Communication Breakdown” is, as far as we know, the only encore performed with “Rock And Roll” and “Thank You” dropped.  The tape begins with a short tune up before the band launches into fast versions of “Immigrant Song” and “Heartbreaker”.  Afterwards Plant introduces “Since I’ve Been Loving You” as “something slower”.  He complains about the microphone cutting out before introducing “Dazed & Confused” as something from a long time ago.  This version lasts for almost twenty-eight minutes and like all the versions in Japan contains unique and inventive passages. 

The audience claps along to Page’s violin solo before he plays a loud drone which Plant moans over.  There is a cut at 16:47 after which Jones plays an appealing melody on the bass which Page solos over.  Plant give the audience the peace sign before they start the acoustic set with “That’s The Way”.  The band plays “Lady Is The Tramp” as a prelude before “Whole Lotta Love”. 

They get into a strange song after the boogie which Louis Rey labels “Let’s Have Fun” in his book, but even he admits it is only a provisional title until it is determined what they are playing.  The lyrics are inaudible and the melody is not familiar and it remains a mystery.  Until a more clear tape surfaces it will probably remain so.  The tune is very catchy though and leads into a rare version of “Be Bop A Lula”. 

“Communication Breakdown” is the only encore and they stop when people in the front row try to climb on stage, a repeat of both New York and Tokyo.  After about a minute to restore order they pick up again right where they left off and finish the song.  

Zingi is packaged in a gatefold cardboard sleeve with the band’s cartoons on the cover taken from photos of their visit to the city.  It is limited to one hundred copies but is already sold out.  It is a nice release and will be considered definitive but, since it will be included in the box set coming out, is ultimately redundant.  It is good for those who are not planning on the later release and for those this is worth having. 

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