The Xavel label return with a large selection of material from Bob Dylan’s 2016 Japanese shows and two shows from the Stones.
‘2016 Tokyo 1st – 6th Night’ is the first boxed set covering half of Dylan’s residency at Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, Japan on the 4th, 5th, 6th, 19th, 20th and 21st of April, 2016.
‘2016 Tokyo 7th – 10th and Yokohama Night’ is the second of the 12 CD sets featuring dates from the following Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, Japan shows on the 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th of April with a bonus night at the Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan on the 28th April, 2016. the boxed set makes up it’s numbers by including DVD audience footage from the 8th and 10th nights.
The Rolling Stones, ‘Mascara De Piedra’ is a 4 CD audience and IEM matrix from the Stones shows in the Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico on the 14th and 17th of March 2016. The second disk features a handful of soundcheck tracks from the rehearsals for the first night too – Street Fighting Man #1 / Street Fighting Man #2 / You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with Coro Elementum)
Graf Zeppelin also return with two new titles; ‘NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL, NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, USA 6TH JULY 1969’ features one of the Zepplin’s earliest recorded shows on two disks – the first a stereo source with the missing elements patched in from a more complete mono source, the second is a mono source with ‘very good sound’. Also featured are radio promo spots of an unqualified vintage.
Their second release, ‘NEWCASTLE 1969 PLUS’ is a 3 disk set featuring the classic Northern England show along with excerpts from the Mothers club, Birmingham, West Midlands on the 22nd March 1969 and also – from across the pond – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA on the 25th May 1969. The sound for the Newcastle show is ‘good to poor’ (!). The third disk features a vinyl rip of their debut, “LED ZEPPELIN” of the US Promo White Label LP (SD 8216).If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)