Friday, 23 June 2017

Led Zeppelin [1968.12.30] Gonzaga '68 (Capricorn Records)

Led Zeppelin (billed as 'Len Zefflin')
'Gonzaga '68'
(1994 Capricorn Records : CR-2031E)
Gonzaga University, Kennedy Pavilion
Spokane, Washington, USA
Monday December 30th, 1968

Good Audience Recording
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3 Spokane

Led Zeppelin open for Vanilla Fudge, billed as 'Len Zefflin' in an advertisement for the show.

Track List: (Artwork Included)
01. The Train Kept A Rollin'
02. I Can't Quit You
03. As Long As I Have You (incl. Fresh Garbage/Shake/Mockingbird)
04. Dazed And Confused
05. White Summer
06. How Many More Years/Times (incl. The Hunter)
07. Pat's Delight

The only known recording of Led Zeppelin live available from 1968.
The recording itself is quite good for the era and gives a glimpse of the raw power of the group only three days into their first ever US tour. Robert comments on how cold it is in Spokane and how the equipment had to be heated up with portable heaters and his voice is absolutely amazing ... he hits the highest notes imagined with no effort! Jonesy and Bonham are incredible and Jimmy's playing is wonderful too. The songs are played shortly and compactly, meaning more energy. The Train Kept A Rollin' sounds like the Yardbird's version before it evolved into the blistering Led Zeppelin version. We can only imagine the audience seeing this then-unknown group for the first time. -Original.

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