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TBL Archive Special 1: September 7, 1968 – the on stage debut 54 years gone:

54 years ago on September 7th 1968, the line soon to be known as Led Zeppelin performed their very first concert in Gladsaxe Denmark. – the first of two appearances that day… 

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REMEMBERING 54 YEARS GONE….

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7th, 1968

GLADSAXE, DENMARK

TEEN CLUB BOX 45

DATE:                         September 7, 1968 (1st show)

VENUE:                     Teen Club, Egegård Skole

LOCATION:              Gladsaxe, Denmark

Billed as: “Yardbirds”

Support Acts: Fourways; Bodies

With The New Yardbirds line-up complete, there was an outstanding engagement to fulfil that was left over from the old Yardbirds’ date sheet ­- a ten-date tour of Scandinavia. Billed as ‘The New Yardbirds’, the group that would become Led Zeppelin made their stage début on September 7 in Denmark.

They would not perform as ‘Led Zeppelin’ until six weeks later – at Surrey University on October 25, 1968.

The venue for their first ever performance was the Teen Club in Gladsaxe, Denmark, a Copenhagen suburb. The Teen Club was actually a gymnasium at Egegård Skole (School), which was converted into a rock club on Saturday nights.

The band was fulfilling an old Yardbirds commitment to perform at the club. In New Musical Express (July 13, 1968), it was noted that the Scandinavian tour would start on September 14th; in fact, for many years this date was generally acknowledged as the date of their very first gig. The following week’s Record Mirror (July 20, 1968), correctly mentioned that the tour would start on September 7th.

Among the 1,200 – 1,400 youngsters who witnessed rock and roll history was a 17-year old student, Jørgen Angel, the photographer for the club’s in-house magazine, Teen Club Nyt (News). Thankfully, Angel took plenty of outstanding photos of the new band with his mother’s camera.

Angel recalled the historic concert for Jaideep V.G. of Rave magazine: “I was pretty disappointed because The Yardbirds were supposed to play that night. It was sometime in the evening that I heard a band called The New Yardbirds would perform. I thought maybe that has nothing to do with The Yardbirds. Maybe there’s just one person left from The Yardbirds, which turned out to be right, it was only Jimmy Page from The Yardbirds who played that night. And the others I had never seen or heard of. But when they went on stage it was something very special and different and spectacular. They were full of energy and they were different. I had no idea they were going to be big.”

“Standing by the side of the stage it was obvious that there was a chemistry,” said Peter Grant. Robert recalls: “We were very green – it was a tentative start but we knew we had something.”

The stage act for the début tour was based loosely on the set The Yardbirds had been performing on their final US tour. ‘Train Kept A Rollin’ was the opener and ‘Dazed & Confused’ the centrepiece, with Page using the violin bow. Old blues chestnuts ‘I Can’t Quit You’ and ‘You Shook Me’ were also delivered in the arrangements that would later appear on their first album. Early self penned numbers included ‘Communication Breakdown’ and ‘How Many More Times’ – the latter built around Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘How Many More Years’.

The act was fleshed out with a variety of covers – something that would remain a feature of their sets for many years to come. Elmore Gantry’s ‘Flames’ and Garnett Mimm’s ‘As Long As I Have You’ were early staples at this point. They also came up with a dynamic arrangement for the folk standard ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’. Page had played the Joan Baez version to Plant on their initial meeting. “I want to do a version of this but with a certain dynamic edge,” he told his new singer.

It was obvious to them all that even on this début tour the line-up had an identity all of its own. Page: “We realised we were working under false pretences, the thing had quickly gone beyond where The Yardbirds had left off. We all agreed there was no point in retaining the New Yardbirds tag so when we got back from Scandinavia we decided to change the name. It was a fresh beginning for us all.”

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Photographer Jorgen Angel also revealed to told Huge Jones’ Proximity magazine ”I took a number of photographs There wern’t many actual lights on stage in those days -at least nothing you could use, so I used a flash. I used my mother’s holiday camera and my father’s old flash and I just snapped away. When I first knew of the gig I was disappointed even before the concert because I was looking forward to seeing The Yardbirds again and what we were getting was one Yardbirds member and three totally unknown guys. My disappointment was only up until they started performing because it was a great concert”.

 

 

PRESS REACTION:

Teen Club Nyt (October 1968) by Bent Larsen:

“The English group YARDBIRDS had been rehearsing their new set most of the afternoon. So when they entered the scene they were really hot to get started and give it all. Their performance and their music were absolutely flawless, and the music continued to ring nicely in the ears for some time after the curtains were drawn after their show. Let me in particular give my praise to JIMMY PAGE who has made a great job with the 3 new men. They really succeeded and in particular the guitar solo by Jimmy Page created huge applause. We can therefore conclude that the new YARDBIRDS are at least as good as the old ones were.”

DATE:                         September 7, 1968 (2nd show)

VENUE:                     Brondby Pop Club, Nørregårdshallen

LOCATION:              Brondby, Denmark

 Billed as: “The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page”

Support Acts: The Day of Phoenix;

The Eyes; Ham

BACKGROUND INFO:

The band wasted little time in getting the next concert under their belt, performing a second show of the day in another Copenhagen suburb. The Brondby Pop Club was very similar to the Gladsaxe Teen Club, in that it was a rock club located in a school gymnasium.

PRESS REACTION:

Glostrup Handelsblat (Sept. 11, 1968):

                “When you start a new season you always try to make the opening night a little better than you need to. The ‘little better’ this time was the fantastic Yardbirds in a whole new lineup…The Yardbirds however, requires a closer examination. Jimmy Page has again put a new band together. The music is the same, only better than ever.”

                “Robert Planto (sic) should face some small criticism and a lot of praise for an excellent performance. There is no doubt that he is a good singer but he doesn’t have to twisht his body like he’s having a ruptured appendix, or does he? Musically the band is super-great. Their hard disciplined beat is amazing. Of course it was foremost Jimmy Page that was responsible for this but the drummer should also be mentioned; a drum solo so wild and good is hard to find. It was so good that one almost wished that John Bonham wouldn’t stop.”

Thanks to Mike Tremaglio for the above info as researched for the Evenings With Led Zeppelin book.

In 2013 this historic occasion was marked by the unveiling of a plaque at the original school they performed that first show at

Jerry Ritz who was there back in September 1968 reminded me of this great  website –

http://www.ledzeppelin1968.com/ZEPPELIN_DEBUT.html

 


 

LedZep News

Here’s the latest Led ZepNews Update:

Upcoming events:

August 21 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Berkeley, California.
August 23 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Napa, California.
August 25 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Bend, Oregon.
August 27 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Troutdale, Oregon.
August 28 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Redmond, Washington.
August 30 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Salt Lake City, Utah.
September 1 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Denver, Colorado.
September 3 – John Paul Jones will perform at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in London and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Grand Prairie, Texas.
September 4 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Austin, Texas and the Black Country Beats exhibition at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, which includes Plant’s career, will close.
September 6 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Atlanta, Georgia.
September 7 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Franklin, Tennessee.
September 9 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Boston, Massachusetts.
September 10 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
September 12 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in New York, New York.
September 14 – The winners of the 2022 Americana Honors & Awards will be announced. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are nominated in two categories.
September 27 – John Paul Jones will perform at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in Los Angeles.
October – The expanded edition of “Led Zeppelin – Five Glorious Nights” by Dave Lewis will be published.
October 19 – The French translation of “Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin” will be published.
October 25 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
October 27 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Cork, Ireland.
October 28 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Galway, Ireland.
October 30 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Sligo Live music festival in Sligo, Ireland.
October 31 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Dublin, Ireland.
November 2 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival in Wexford, Ireland.
November 5 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Edinburgh, Scotland.
November 6 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Glasgow, Scotland.
November 8 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Aberdeen, Scotland.
November 9 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Perth, Scotland.
December 22 – The paperback edition of “Beast: John Bonham and the Rise of Led Zeppelin” by C.M Kushins will be published.
Early 2023 – “A Whole Lotta Music: Life To My Ears,” the memoirs of Tight But Loose editor Dave Lewis, will be published.
2023 – The remastered and expanded 30th anniversary edition of “Coverdale–Page” will be releas

Many thanks to James Cook 

The complete Led ZepNews email goes out periodically. To receive it sign up here:http://tinyletter.com/LedZepNews

Led ZepNews Website: Check out the Led Zeppelin news website at

http://ledzepnews.com/


NEW FINDS…

Led Zep footage…

A couple of great Led Zep footage links to check out:

A whole lotta footage – Best Concert Ever over five hours worth!

https://youtu.be/_jWteSj7HmI

Baltimore 1972…

https://youtu.be/thbUtc4iVps

Plus -. Previously unreleased show…including Gallows Pole and Gallows Pole – May 4 1971 Fyens Forum:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usqm2zvAqec


TBL Archive Special 2:

It was 53 Years Ago – Led Zeppelin at the Texas International Pop Festival:

August 31st  – back in 1969 that was the day Led Zeppelin performed at the Texas International Pop Festival as can be heard via a great sounding tape. I’ve just been playing the vinyl LP release and from the moment the kitch MC is heard to say ‘’Ladies and gentlemen please welcome the Led Zepp-elin’’ and they kick in to Train Kept A Rollin’ this is an absolute sensational performance.

This is for me one of, if not the best if the best Zep live remnants of their first 12 months together.

Here’s a summary of that celebrated gig as compiled by Mike Tremaglio for the Evenings With Led Zeppelin book..

August 31, 1969 – Texas International Pop Festival, Dallas International Speedway –                                     Lewisville, Texas, USA

Setlist:

Train Kept a Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times Medley (incl. Suzie Q, The Lemon Song, Eyesight to the Blind, Shake for Me), Communication Breakdown (incl. Cat’s Squirrel, It’s Your Thing)

Background Info:

The Texas International Pop Festival was a fine ending to an amazing summer of outdoor festivals for the band. It goes without saying that the festivals gave the band much needed exposure and firmly established the group in the eyes of fans and music industry folks alike. Their extremely high level of festival performances also gave fair warning to their peers that Led Zeppelin was a world-class band with limitless potential.

The festival was also the last performance of the third US tour. After relentlessly touring for most of 1969, the band would finally get a much-deserved break, taking off the entire month of September before embarking on a short Holland tour beginning October 3.

Participating Artists:

August 30 – 4:00 p.m.: Canned Heat, Chicago Transit Authority, James Cotton Blues Band, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Herbie Mann, Rotary Connection, Sam & Dave.

August 31 – 4:00 p.m.: Chicago Transit Authority, James Cotton Blues Band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Incredible String Band, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, Herbie Mann, Sam & Dave, Santana.

September 1 – 4:00 p.m.: Johnny Winter, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, B.B. King, Nazz, Sly and the Family Stone, Spirit, Sweetwater, Ten Years After, Tony Joe White.

Press Reaction:

Dallas Morning News (September 3, 1969): “Unlike the proverbial balloon, Led Zeppelin flew high late Sunday night. ‘Communication Breakdown’ was one of the fine numbers they offered. They tended, however, to drag their heavy interludes out a little too in their lengthy but superb segment of the festival…But even this could not dull the crowd’s appreciation.“

Billboard (September 13, 1969): “Jimmy Page lived up to expectations for the Saturday (sic – it was Sunday) performance his facile command of impressive guitar styling highlighting Led Zeppelin’s set, which also showcased a noticeably improved vocal performance from Robert Plant.”

Rolling Stone (November 1, 1969):“Led Zeppelin turned in a fantastic set.”

Bootleg Video Recording:

A 79 minute “underground” 16mm documentary of the festival exists with a few minutes of ‘Dazed and Confused’ included. A total of 11:10 minutes of Led Zeppelin bootleg footage exists, including clips of ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘You Shook Me’, ‘How Many More Times’, and ‘Communication Breakdown’.

Bootleg Recordings

3 sources (64 & 62 minute audience & 63 minute soundboard sources):

The festival was yet another major triumph for the band, as they made the most of their hour-plus long set and turned in another strong performance. Fortunately, this time the evidence exists in the form of a stellar soundboard tape, one of the finest examples of early Zeppelin and a ‘must have.’ Despite being the end of an extremely long summer for the group, they still had enough energy left to deliver another dynamic performance.

During the show, Robert Plant made reference back to their appearance four weeks earlier (August 4) in Dallas at the State Fair Coliseum: “It’s very nice to be back in Texas. Last time we were here it was a near disaster when we said we weren’t doing the festival and everything. This is the last date before we go back to England, so we’d really like to have a nice time…and you can help us.”

Compiled by Mike Tremaglio

 


TBL Archive Special 3: If it’s September…it must be time for Live On Blueberry Hill…

Led Zeppelin Live On Blueberry Hill – the pioneering bootleg album …still a thrill…it was 52 years ago…

52 years ago on September 4 1970, Led Zeppelin performed a memorable show at the Los Angles Forum – it was captured by more than one enterprising fan and subsequently released on a variety of bootlegs. It remains for me and countless others one of THE essential Led Zeppelin recordings.

To mark the 52nd anniversary of what we know and love as Live On Blueberry Hill, here is an TBL archive special this is one of the chapters in the Celebration II – The Tight But Loose Files book published by Omnibus Press in 2003.

Bootlegs and Led Zeppelin have been synonymous for over three decades. Despite manager Peter Grant’s heavy-handedness when dealing with those he caught taping their shows, the band are the most bootlegged act of all time, outstripping even The Beatles, Dylan, Springsteen and the Stones. Their final seven shows in the UK alone (five at Earls Court and two at Knebworth) account for over 100 different releases between them. Just about every known amateur recording of the band’s live gigs has made it on to CD. Given the length of their stage shows, the CD format, with its 75-minute playing time, is tailor made for presenting Zeppelin in concert, but even before the flood of digital compact format titles that emerged in the early Nineties there was no shortage of vinyl Led Zeppelin bootlegs.

Tight But Loose has carried reports on Zeppelin bootlegs since its inception. As far back as the hand written first edition I was enthusiastically reviewing the then recently issued vinyl bootleg Ballcrusher which documented their BBC In Concert show. Issue number two carried an extensive report on what was already a legendary bootleg album, Led Zeppelin Live On Blueberry Hill. In 1995 I returned to that 1970 recording to laud its 25th anniversary for TBL 11.

Whatever the legal niceties of such releases, searching out their bootleg recordings is a necessity of every serious Zep fan. Their studio albums only hinted at the creativity the group were capable of. It was on stage in live action that Zeppelin really excelled.

During the Seventies ample proof of that fact arrived with each new bootleg record, none more so than the remarkable recordings made at the Los Angles Forum from the audience on the night of September 4, 1970, during Led Zeppelin’s sixth American tour. This chapter reflects on the lasting impact of that memorable bootleg recording and rounds up twelve other illicit evenings with Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin’s impact on their initial American tours made them a prime target for the emerging bootleg recording business. The bands’ skill at extending and improvising on their studio record repertoire elevated their live shows to something very different from playing their albums.

During their first 18 months on the road they cleverly interwove the basic recorded material from the first two albums with additional impromptu jams. Early examples of this included the long jam on Garnet Mimms ‘As Long As I Have You’, employed on many of their 1969 shows, the medley of numbers to be found within ‘How Many More Times’ and an improvised jam session in the middle of ‘Communication Breakdown’. Then there was ‘Dazed And Confused’, Page’s late Yardbird remnant that by 1970 was developing into a marathon 20-minute opus with differing sections, including the violin bow episode and a call and response battle between Page and Plant.

‘Whole Lotta Love’, the Zep II opener, soon became another forum for exploration, usually a platform to playfully improvise a selection of Fifties rock’n’roll classics. During 1970 they also began previewing songs from the yet to be released third album – initially an embryonic ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ and then, in a bold move, the acoustic ‘That’s The Way’, a performance that helped break the myth that Zep relied entirely on Marshall amplifiers.

Two separate teams of fans were intent on recording the Zeppelin gig at the Inglewood Forum in Los Angeles on the night of September 4, 1970, but it’s unlikely they knew what Zeppelin had in store that night. Both came away with lengthy representations of the band’s current state of play, recorded on reel-to- reel recorders close to the stage.

The recording that would became known as the album Led Zeppelin Live On Blueberry Hill was captured by a pair of west coast bootleggers whose previous credits included Dylan’s Great White Wonder set and The Rolling Stones’ LiveR Than You’ll Ever Be. The latter had been recorded on a Uher 4000 reel-to-reel tape recorder with 71/2ips inch reels and a Sennheiser 805 shotgun microphone. They took this set up into the Forum to record in stereo the Zeppelin September 4 performance. Unbeknown to them, a separate bootlegger known as Rubber Dubber also recorded the show and quickly issued it as a double bootleg album stamped Led Zeppelin Live Los Angeles Forum 9-4-70.

The more common Blimp label version (later to appear on the high profile bootleg label Trade Mark Of Quality) with a distinctive surreal cover insert came out within weeks of the LA show. It’s worth noting, however, that it was not the first Led Zeppelin bootleg to be released. That distinction fell to a vinyl album known as PB (the title derived from the chemical symbol for lead). This came packaged in a brown sleeve with the words P.B. Live on side one and Recorded Live – Pure Blues on side two, and was pressed in limited quantities around the Seattle area. Pure Blues subsequently reached a wider market when it was picked up by the Trade Mark Of Quality label and pressed as Mudslide. The actual source was a soundboard recording from Zeppelin’s opening night of their fifth US tour on March 21, 1970, at the Pacific Coliseum Vancouver. The 40-minute tape was notable for capturing a rare version of ‘We’re Gonna Groove’, the Ben E King/James Beatha cover which the band used as a set opener during their early 1970 appearances. They also recorded a studio version the previous summer for possible inclusion on Led Zeppelin II which would eventually surface on the posthumous Coda album.

The UK music press of the time chronicled the constant stream of bootleg titles from the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones that were being imported into the country. When reports of Zeppelin titles came to the attention of Peter Grant he was predictably angry.

In one of the few naïve statements of his career, Grant was quoted in the Melody Maker as saying: “As far as I know there can be no Led Zeppelin tapes available. After hearing some time ago that there was going to be an attempt to bootleg some tapes of the band, I flew to America. We’ve managed to retrieve all the tapes and we know nothing in existence that can be issued.”

When Grant heard that copies of Live On Blueberry Hill were being sold from a shop in Chancery Lane in London, Grant and Richard Cole, along with RAK management partner Mickie Most, paid the shop a visit. He questioned the proprietor on the Zeppelin album and with some not so gentle persuasion made sure he knew that this was one bootleg album it would be best to leave alone. In a separate incident a year later fearing another case of bootlegging, Grant smashed the equipment being used by a team of anti-pollution scientists set up to measure noise levels at a Zeppelin show in Vancouver.

For all his muscle Grant was ultimately powerless to stop the proliferation of Zeppelin underground records of which Blueberry Hill was the forerunner. If you knew where to look, such artefacts were possible to come by.

For this particular enchanted Zep obsessed teenager Blueberry Hill represented the forbidden fruit and back in 1972 I was determined to track it down. Luckily the then relative newcomer to the pop press Sounds offered a free service for readers’ classified advertisements. I scoured these columns religiously for many weeks and finally struck gold when I spotted an ad that ran along the lines: “Live albums for sale: Stones, Dylan, Zeppelin etc”. The list came back and amongst the many Dylan and Beatles titles there it was – Live On Blueberry Hill, a double album on the TMQ label, catalogue number TMQ 72002, and pressed on coloured vinyl, asking price £6. Back then six quid was a small fortune but it was more than worth it.

About three weeks later the postman dropped an LP size package on the doorstep. I anxiously ripped it open and there in all its glory was the genuine article: “106 minutes and fifty-three seconds of pure and alive rock” as the sleeve insert put it. Was it ever.

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The excitement of playing that double album, on blue and red vinyl, remains an unforgettable musical memory for me. It was a novelty that never wore off. Indeed, the various incarnations I’ve obtained since – the Rubber Dubber vinyl set, the various re-issues, the various bootleg CD packages – all these have only heightened the listening pleasure of that celebrated Los Angeles stop-off during Led Zeppelin’s sixth American tour.

The overriding factor of the September 4 recording, regardless of which version you hear, is that it remains one of the greatest audience recordings of the era. The sheer dynamic thrust of Bonzo’s drum sound, the sinewy grind of Page’s guitar, Jonesy’s resonant bass lines and piecing keyboards and the outstanding clarity of Plant’s siren shrieks (suitably enhanced by the echo unit employed at the time), all merge into a ferocious mix that magically recreates the electricity of the occasion.

For anyone weaned the original TMQ long players, there’s an authenticity in their performances ingrained in the grooves that has rarely been captured so effectively. Alongside the 1975 Madison Sqaure Garden soundboard, the Earls Court shows and the LA 1977 gigs, there are few finer unofficial examples of the complete Led Zeppelin concert experience. The September 4, 1970, concert as captured on the TMQ double set was just choc full of off-the-wall surprises. There was no sign of any set list sterility back then – they just did as they pleased.

Moments to relish include:

The aural assault of ‘Immigrant Song’ (listed on the insert as ‘From The Midnight Sun’ as it had yet to be announced under its official title) exploding into ‘Heartbreaker’.

The slightly menacing tone of a relatively compact ‘Dazed And Confused’ with Plant bursting in mid way through screaming, “I don’t care what people say, rock’n’roll is here to stay”

Page and Bonham linked in glorious tandem for that solo exercise on ‘Bring It On Home’

The electric finale of ‘Moby Dick’ (“The big B!” exclaims Plant)

The unpredictability of ‘Communication Breakdown’ as Zep play The Buffalo Springfield and Beatles songbooks and throw in the rarely played live Zep I opener ‘Good Times Bad Times’.

Freshly minted nuggets from the yet to be heard Zep III on record such as ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ and the rarely played ‘Out On the Tiles’.

The tentative introduction of the acoustic material, a stark and sensitive ‘That’s The Way’ and the rare try out of Page’s instrumental solo ‘Bron Yr Aur’, a clear five years before it was officially released

‘Thank You’ preceded by the meandering organ solo from John Paul Jones and finishing with a drawn out ending featuring Page’s delicate strumming.

‘Whole Lotta Love’ and the ensuing Zep 50’s revival show and finally the breathless rendition of Fats Domino’s ‘Blueberry Hill’

“Goodnight and thank you for everything,” utters a breathless Plant at the close, followed by “Did ya dig it?” by the evening’s MC.

Yes we did and still do

The greatest live album of all time? It’s certainly up there with the best, official or otherwise.

The reason is simple. It captures a group of musicians brimming with confidence. On stage that night in September 1970 Led Zeppelin were truly coming of age.

Live On Blueberry is also something of a yardstick for the bootlegs industry. Back then Zeppelin’s recorded output was just the tip of the iceberg. On stage live was where the real action occurred and, indeed, where they really built their reputation. Peter Grant summing it all up when he told me: “Led Zeppelin was primarily an in-person band… that’s what it was really about.”

Bootleg recordings of the band offered a whole new level of appreciation and Blueberry Hill was the watershed for the subsequent flood of live Zep bootlegs that would emerge throughout the next three decades.

The whole bootleg CD market may be well out of control now, beyond any reasonable realm of quality control, but there was a time when bootlegs like Blueberry Hill were considered almost as important as the group’s official output by fans and chroniclers alike and, if they were honest, probably the group themselves.

Maybe that’s the greatest compliment that can be paid to this iconic bootleg recording. It remains as essential a part of their discography as any of their official albums.

52 years on Live On Blueberry Hill is still an absolute thrill.

Dave Lewis  -September 1,2022 

See more at this link:

https://www.loudersound.com/features/why-a-live-bootleg-could-be-the-greatest-album-led-zeppelin-ever-made?fbclid=IwAR0g9S0OcDWj1pL1QuWTQ8fUVRhQhRUggoBZdOt9xerK7iax_R4YcHdqd3I


More Blueberry Hill…now this is very exciting…

I have seen a preview of this – seven minutes of footage and it’s pretty amazing…

Footage of Led Zeppelin performing in Los Angeles on September 4, 1970 will be released on YouTube –  Update – this is now set for noon EST  September 4.

The show is well-known among Led Zeppelin fans for being the source of the popular “Live On Blueberry Hill” bootleg recording, which takes its name from Led Zeppelin’s cover of “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino as their final encore. More details at the link below…

https://ledzepnews.com/2022/08/31/footage-of-led-zeppelins-blueberry-hill-show-will-be-released-online/?fbclid=IwAR1je-eKGCGdiXMXE7rX7UmkOEfKhvHo5sN_79zo0zWhGvTxluNinOPjInM

STOP PRESS – HERE’S THE FOOTAGE AMAZING!

https://youtu.be/lawWXyW8EzY


ON THE OCCASION OF MY BIRTHDAY…

SIXTY SIX AT SIXTY SIX

On Monday I reach the ripe old age of 66. On that day I officially become An Old Age Pensioner.

I had no thoughts of such a thing when this photo was taken on Saturday September 4 1976 -the day before my 20th Birthday.

That was a year that I heralded the release of the Led Zeppelin Presence and Song Remains The Same albums plus The Rolling Stones Black And Blue and David Bowie’s Station To Station – saw The Rolling Stones at Earls Court, The Who at Charlton and Queen in Hyde Park, attended the first three nights of the Led Zeppelin film The Song Remains The Same at the Warner West End cinema in London including the all star premiere with all the band sitting nearby…thrilling times and it will all be in the DL Memoirs .

Oh for the zest to do all that again as here I am some 46 years later somewhat wearier but feeling very thankful and blessed to have reached this milestone…

As is custom I have come up with some Birthday lists.

As it’s all the Sixes I have listed my favourite 66 albums released in the 1960s – and the same for 66 of my favourite singles released in the 1960s.

In compiling the albums I have gone for one entry per group or artist – there are also one or two compilations…so in no particular order here goes…

SIXTY SIX AT SIXTY SIX – THE ALBUMS:

The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album) (1968)

The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)

Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis (1969)

The Yardbirds – Little Games (1967)

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (1969)

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)

Fairport Convention –  What We Did On Our Holidays (169)

Pentangle – Basket Of Light (1969)

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (1969)

Blind Faith – Blind Faith (1969)

Manfred Mann – Five Faces Of Manfred Mann (1964)

Joe Cocker –With a Little Help From My Friends (1969)

Cream – Fresh Cream (1966)

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966)

Jeff Beck – Truth (1968)

Chris Farlowe  – The Art of Chris Farlowe (1966)

The Kinks – Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

The Small Faces – Ogdens Nutgone Flake (1968)

Graham Gouldman – The Graham Gouldman Thing (1968)

The Shadows – Introducing The Shadows (1960)

Pink Floyd – A Saucerful  of Secrets (1968)

Elvis Presley – From Vegas to Memphis – From Memphis To Vegas  – (1969)

Easy Rider – Soundtrack (1969)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willie And The Poorboys (1969)

Family – Family Entertainment (1969)

Free – Tons of Sobs (1969)

John Mayell’s Bluesbreakers – A Hard Road (1967)

Fleetwood Mac – Then Play On (1969)

Jethro Tull – Stand Up (1969)

The Graham Bond Organisation – The Sound of ’65 (1965)

Sandie Shaw – Reviewing the Situation (1969)

Lulu – Lulu’s Album (1969)

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush – Soundtrack  with Traffic & The Spencer Davis Group (1967)

Terry Reid – Terry Reid  (1969)

Everly Brothers – Two Yanks In England (1966)

The Hollies – Hollies Greatest (1968)

Rock Machine Turns You On  – Various CBS Artists (1968)

Crosby Stills and Nash – Crosby Stills & Nash (1969)

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced (1967)

Miles Davis – In A Silent Way (1969)

You Can All Join In – Various Island Records Artists (1969)

The Dave Clark Five – Session With The Dave Clark Five (1964)

David Bowie – David Bowie (1967)

The Monkees – The Monkees (1966)

Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde (1966)

The Byrds –  Mr Tambourine Man (1965)

Love – Forever Changes (1967)

The Lovin’ Spoonful -Daydream (1966)

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)

Burt Bacharach –  Hit Maker (1966)

Sonny Rollins  – Soundtrack from the film Alfie (1966)

Frank Sinatra – A Man Alone  (1969)

The Doors – The Doors (1967)

Bee Gees – Odessa (1969)

Yes – Yes (1969)

Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity – Open Road (1968)

The Who – The Who Sell Out  (1967)

Laura Nyro – Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968)

Marianne Faithfull – Come My Way (1965)

Motown Chartbusters Vol III – Various Artists (1969)

Otis Redding – Otis Blue (1966)

Adam Faith – Adam (1960)

Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman (1968)

Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends (1968)

Diana Ross & The Supremes  – Greatest Hits (1967)

Joni Mitchell – For The Roses (1969)

SIXTY SIX AT SIXTY SIX – THE SINGLES:

In compiling the singles I have again gone for one entry per group or artist – so in no particular order here goes…

SIXTY SIX AT SIXTY SIX – THE SINGLES:

The Beatles – Hey Jude (1968)

Pentangle – Light Flight – Theme from ‘Take three Girls’ (1969)

Julie Driscoll,Brian Auger & The Trinity – Wheels On Fire (1968)

Mary Hopkin – Goodbye (1969)

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (1966)

Don Spencer – Them from Fireball XL5 (1962)

Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower (1968)

Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stones (1965)

Chris Farlowe – Handbags And Gladrags  (1968)

Oliver – Good Morning Starshine (1969)

Booby Vee – The Night has a Thousand Eyes (1962)

Bobby Darin – I’ll Be There (1960)

Dusty Springfield – Going Back (1966)

The Supremes – Reflections (1966)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising (1969)

The Four Tops – Walk Away Renee (1967)

Little Anthony & The Imperials – Better Lose Your Head (1966)

The Monkees – I’m a Believer (1966)

Bobbie Gentry – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (1969)

The Move – Fire Brigade (1968)

Robert Plant – Our Song (1967)

Jimmy Page – She Just Satisfies (1965)

John Paul Jones – Baja (1964)

Cliff Richard – The Young Ones (1962)

The 5th Dimension – Wedding Bell Blues (1969)

Lulu – To Sir With Love (1967)

The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset (1967)

Glenn Campbell – Witchita Lineman (1968)

The Hollies – Bus Stop (1966)

The Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over (1964)

The Doors – Touch Me (1967)

Keith West – Excerpt From a Teenage Opera (1966)

Lovin’ Spoonful – You Didn’t Have To be So Nice (1966)

The Toys – Lovers Concerto  (1966)

The Honeycombs – Have I the Right (1964)

Sam Cooke – Change is Gonna Come (1964)

The Rolling Stones – Jumping Jack Flash (1968)

The Yardbirds – Happenings Ten Years Time Ago (1966)

The Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man (1965)

The Tremeloes (Call Me) Number One (1969)

Joe Cocker – Delta Lady (1969)

Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton – Coming Home (1969)

The Misunderstood – Never Had a Girl Like You (1969)

Thunderclap Newman –Something In the Air (1969)

Tom Jones – What’s New Pussy Cat (1965)

Jethro Tull – Living In The Past (1969)

Traffic – Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (1967)

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Shakin’ All over (1960)

Cilla Black – Alfie (1966)

Crosby Stills & Nash – Marakesh Express (1969)

Procal Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967)

Elvis Presley-  In The Ghetto (1969)

Simon & Garfunkel – Mr’s Robinson (1967)

Adam Faith – Someone Else’s Baby (1960)

Gerry and The Pacemakers – Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying (1964)

David Bowie – Space Oddity (1969)

The Seekers – Georgy Girl (1966)

Fleetwood Mac – Oh Well (1969)

Cream – I Feel Free (1966)

Donavan – Jennifer Juniper (1968)

Billy Fury – Halfway To Paradise (1961)

Petula Clark – Don’t Sleep In The Subway (1967)

The Bee Gees – First Of May (1969)

Aretha Franklin – Say A Little Prayer (1968)

Manfred Mann – Pretty Flamingo (196)

The Who – Substitute (1966)


 


 

VIP Victoria Record Fair Saturday September 10,2022: TBL Meet…

The VIP Record Fair is staged at the Horticultural Halls, 80 Vincent Square, Victoria, London this Saturday, September  10 – always an excellent Record Fair  attend in nearly three years. I am aiming to be in attendance and this will act as a bit of a post Birthday extended celebration and TBL meet -there will be an adjournment at lunchtime to the nearby pub The Royal Oak to toast my coming of OAP age. This will be the first opportunity I have had to attend this fair in nearly three years and I look forward to seeing all that can make it along

The pub details are here:

https://www.royaloakpimlico.co.uk/

Here’s all the VIP Record Fair info::

BIGGEST RECORD FAIR WEEKENDER – JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Saturday  September 10 2022
LONDON VICTORIA
Horticultural Halls, 80 Vincent Square, Victoria, SW1P 2PB.
London’s very own Vinyl Fest. – the biggest and busiest Record Fair in the
UK

Admission 12 noon £5. Early entry £10 at 10am. Doors close 5pm.

The BIG ONE returns.
London Victoria
Sat 10th September.

http://www.vip-24.com/venues/londonvictoria.htm


Bill Turnbull:

I was so very sad to be hear the passing of Bill Turnbull  – best known as the presenter on the BBC Breakfast show for 15 years. A truly fantastic broadcaster and brave man in his fight against prostate cancer and in making awareness of the need for men to get checked …RIP Bill…


 

 

 

 

DL Diary Blog Update:

Friday August 26:

Lovely view of Bedford Suspension Bridge last night…

Friday August 26:

Friday treats at the Slide Record Shop
Great to see my fellow record collecting comrade and Bedford music legend Mat Roberts earlier as we snapped up the record bargains in the always excellent Slide Record Shop – thanks Nerys and Warren!

 

 

 

Friday August 26:

Recent DL LP record acquisitions…

Friday August 26:

Just arrived – the new Blondie 3CD retrospective – very much looking forward to wading through this beauty …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday August 27:

Saturday is platterday – after going to see the magnificent Elvis movie with Janet on Thursday – on the player the brilliant 1969 Elvis From Memphis To Vegas – From Vegas To Memphis double album…he was ,is and always will be the one and only King.. .

Saturday August 27:

Saturday is platterday – on the player the rather splendid Mott The Hoople The Best Of compilation…and every track a winner…

 

 

 

 

Wednesday August 31:

It’s a Happy Birthday to the lovely and always inspiring Mrs Janet Lewis…

Wednesday August 31:

Feeling very blessed to be in the company of the Birthday lady Janet in the Boot pub in St Albans …

Update here:

As can be seen above we had a lovely day in St Albans yesterday celebrating Janet’s Birthday with our very good friends Steve and Anne Marie.

My Birthday follows on Monday and I’ll be toasting the fact that I will officially be An Old Age Pensioner and as mentioned above, I am feeling very thankful and blessed to have reached this milestone…

Thanks for listening 

Until next time…

Dave  Lewis – September 1  2022

TBL website updates written and compiled by Dave Lewis

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  • Ian D said:

    Dave

    Many congrats at reaching Route 66. Your lists are as ever, inspiring and thought provoking. Keep rocking Sir!

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