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Berlin July 7 1980 – It was 41 years ago…

Here’s my review of the 3 LP release that emerged last year  of the very last Led Zeppelin gig with John Bonham in Berlin on July 7 1980…

My thoughts on…

Led Zeppelin

A Memory Frozen Forever

Casino Records Limited Edition 3 LP 180 gr gold vinyl 350 only.

This is the latest in the Casino Records series of Led Zeppelin vinyl presentations. Previous releases have included This follows their excellent Berkeley Days Second Night package in a limited run of 400, I Told You Baby Long Time Ago – Scandinavia March 1969 limited edition of 450 on clear splatter vinyl and The Night Stalker – LA Forum 1975 issued last October in a run of 400 -1 to 200 on gold vinyl – 201 to 00 on clear vinyl. The first two had excellent content and packaging – the Night Stalker was a little bit underwhelming in the presentation.

By and large this one is much improved in the packaging department.

The cover is a colourful triple fold out affair with mostly relevant 1980 Over Europe tour photos taken from a variety of gigs on the tour and an informative and brief sleeve note. Some of it is based on the text in my Feather In The Wind book.

It also has a facsimile 10 x 8 insert of the look out warden official tour poster (based on a front over of Picture Post magazine). The reverse has an Over Europe ’80 visual with the tour dates – this is not an official poster and it’s shame they did not include a facsimile of the other official tour poster that was sold at the gigs depicting four photos taken from the pre tour rehearsals – this is reproduced on the fold out cover.

The actual labels reproduce the look out warden visual and the outer polythene cover also has a sticker stating the numbered copy in the run –mine is 320 of the 350.

However there is one big clunker. The cover photo of John Bonham is clearly a photo from the 1977 US tour – a real shame as the back cover has a very good Bonzo shot that I know is taken from the Berlin gig. That one surely begged to be on the front cover. On further inspection I’d say one of the inside covers of John Bonham is a 1977 shot. This may be a bit nitpicky but it’s nonetheless an annoying lack of attention to detail.

To the music – and what we have here is an undoubted historical artefact

On Monday July 7 1980, Led Zeppelin took the stage for the final night of the tour – and what would ultimately be the last ever Led Zeppelin performance with John Bonham.

The sound quality is excellent being the soundboard source used for the CD versions. Very pleasingly  and unlike the Night Stalker release, virtually all the in between chat is present and correct. I noticed a slight edit in the intro to Trampled Underfoot. To have lost the in between chat would have been a real shame as Plant’s very upbeat and humorous comments say a lot for the general atmosphere of this last night of the tour. He seems genuinely pleased at to how it has all gone – a fact Peter Grant noticed as on the flight back because he got the nod from Robert that a US tour was now viable. Sadly that was not to be. Aside from Jimmy’s usual intro to Black Dog, he also has a words to say as he tunes up for White Summer – this spiel is also left intact. So it’s full marks for the actual presentation of the concert across these six sides.

Overall, it’s an upbeat and interesting swan song performance. Robert Plant is on excellent form and in a jovial mood. At times they do seem to rush proceedings and there are moments of sloppiness – there is also a bit too much reliance on the vocal harmoniser effect which sometimes clouds the clarity of Plant’s voice. However, there is much to enjoy about this final performance because when it’s good, it’s very good indeed.

Being lucky enough to attend five of the shows (though sadly not this final one) I have much affection for this tour  and I personally love the set list. Highlights here include the opening burst of Train Kept a Rollin and Nobody’s Fault But Mine, the stand alone Rain Song and All My Love with that gorgeous extended outro.

Despite Achilles Last Stand being strangely dropped from the set, this was still the longest performance of the tour notably due to some lengthy extended work outs – Trampled Underfoot is a prime example as Page, Jones and Bonham lock into an incessant groove.

Listening now to what would be there last moments together as a band is a moving experience, not least because of the striking content of the final performances of Stairway To Heaven and Whole Lotta Love -both of which are worth the price of admission alone –  because both are delivered in unique arrangements.

Stairway clocks in at over fourteen minutes, half of which is given over to a rambling and totally mesmerising Page solo. It was easily the longest on the tour. Similarly unusual is the version of Whole Lotta Love, somewhat appropriately the last ever song the original Led Zeppelin quartet performed live as a band.

It begins with Page aping the intro of The Who’s Anyway, Anyhow Anywhere and leads on to a rare, totally medley- less arrangement that clocks in at 17 minutes. A mid-section jam has JPJ beefing up a funk riff over which Page teases with the Theremin and then opens up the wah-wah effects. Plant keeps up the pace with suitable primal screams and Bonzo pounds away relentlessly.

These final moments sees them drifting off into their own little world, almost oblivious of the audience. It was as if some sixth sense intuition was telling them that this would be the very last chance to play together and they didn’t want it to end. The camaraderie of recent weeks seems to will them to keep the flame burning for as long as they can on this tour. It triggers a nostalgic throwback to the experimental Zeppelin of the early 70s.

These impromptu performances are clear indications that far from being washed up, the 1980 Led Zeppelin still had that unique creative spark to improvise at will -and to make that improvisation a development rather than an indulgence  –  something that had been in their make up right from the start.

Sadly it all had to end.

“Eye thank yew. Thank you very much Berlin. Thank you very much everyone who’s worked for us and put up with us and all those sort of things, and er… goodnight!”

Summary: It strikes me had they have had the energy for it (and they clearly didn’t) this would have made a very welcome final live official album perhaps for release on the first anniversary in 1981.

As it stands, this is an equally welcome unofficial release that captures on record for the first time a very significant and historic performance. This final night in Berlin is a timely reminder on this 41stanniversary that Led Zeppelin still had new ground to cover and places to go…

Dave Lewis – July 8,2021


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Digging Deep, The Robert Plant Podcast – Series 4 Episode 4 – 12 Harps

Here’s the info about the latest in the excellent Digging Deep Podcasts…

So much of Robert Plant’s music is about friendship. Not lyrically specifically, but you hear the growing and evolving connections that musicians have when they write, perform and record together. The nuances and joy of that bond and creativity. This episode of Digging Deep is about two friends who decided to make some music together. It’s as simple as that.



TBL Market Place:

Welcome back to the TBL Market Place – this is a forum I’ll be using to offer one off items from the DL Led Zep and related collection.

The latest offers:

First off two vintage and long out of print issues of the TBL magazine

TBL issue 7 – 1992  in good condition price £15



TBL 11 – 1995 – in good condition price £15









Led Zeppelin A Celebration by Dave Lewis – the 1991 original large format edition in good condition this  I can personally dedicate and sign.

So to kick off with: Price £25

Led Zeppelin The Concert File book by Dave Lewis & Simon Pallett  – original 1997 full size edition in very good condition – Price £25









Record Collector issue 383 Christmas 2010 with my Led Zeppelin the making of their third album feature Price £5

Record Collector issue 413 April 2013 with my making of the Houses of The Holy album feature Price £5

Record Collector 452 with my Jimmy Page, The Yardbirds and the birth of Led Zeppelin feature Price £5


If you are interested in buying any of the above items please send an  email headlined TBL Market Place to with the details of what you would like to buy

I can then advise on postage and total cost

Hurry these are one off offers -first come first served.

More details at :


Holy Grails Revisited:

Here’s one from long time TBL contributor Hiroshi

On the “Holy Grails Revisited” thread on the Royal Orleans forum, ledzepfilm recently posted his selection, which is pretty spot on IMHO. I would add any 1968 show and that would be perfect. Err, no, never forget the Electric Magic second night!

Here’s the listing:

ledzepfilm’s 20 (Realistic) Holy Grails of Led Zeppelin Collecting

  1. Any show from May 1969. We only have Whole Lotta Love from the May 25 show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and a poor audience tape of the first Fillmore East show on the 30th. Where are the rest of these shows? Surely some of them must’ve been taped. This era is a huge missing gap in the band’s touring history that could suggest the first time Led Zeppelin II songs were played (but more realistically, just Whole Lotta Love) as they began to record on the road.


  1. Any show from the Fall 1969 U.S. tour. The debut of the alternate source for the second Winterland show has them playing Bring It On Home as an encore. Who knows what else could’ve showed up? There are a plethora of October 1969 shows still missing (in particular, Carnegie Hall and Cleveland 1969, both of which apparently had Bring It On Home), plus the final night at Winterland.


  1. 1970.01.24 Leeds – the band is rumored to have played five encores at this show. A fan’s recollection mentions Summertime Blues and C’mon Everybody.


  1. 1970.08.25 Nashville – the band is rumored to have played a long set of encores including Blue Suede Shoes and Johnny B. Goode.


  1. 1970.09.01 Seattle – Not much is known about this show, but Plant was on a hot streak between Milwaukee, Oakland, and San Diego (he sort of drops off at the famous Blueberry Hill show). Who knows what goodies were played, especially being in Seattle.


  1. 1970.09.06 Honolulu (late show) – we know from the video and review that Babe I’m Gonna Leave You was performed; it would be absolutely incredible to hear Plant sing this given his form on this tour.


  1. Any Back To The Clubs show. Any of these would be amazing, but apparently the show at the Belfry on March 20 was a packed one – extended acoustic set due to a broken drum head, a mention of How Many More Times in a newspaper, plus encores including C’mon Everybody.


  1. 1971.05.04 Odense and 1971.05.10 Liverpool – the possibility of more Four Sticks and Gallows Pole? Count me in.


  1. 1971.08.19 Vancouver – The opening night of the 1971 North American tour and the last show before Plant destroys his voice in Los Angeles. Apparently Gallows Pole is played here as well.


  1. 1971.12.21 Salisbury – Any of the missing UK 1971 shows would be amazing, but given the large gap between this and Coventry a few weeks earlier, Plant is sure to be in top form at this gig.


  1. 1972.02.16 Perth – the only missing show Down Under. As of yet The Dogs of Doom have found three dead tape leads surrounding this show.


  1. The encores of 1972.06.15 Uniondale. The night before was a marathon show and with the band in such incredible form on the 15th they were bound to pull out some cool shit after Whole Lotta Love.


  1. 1972.06.21 Denver – A review mentions The Ocean, Money, and Louie Louie, and a fan recollection recalls Over the Hills and Far Away. This gig could very likely be 1972.06.19 Seattle part two, and with Plant having a day off and knowing his rougher shape in San Bernardino it’s possible he had a great night in Denver.


  1. Both Montreux 1972 shows. Just out of pure curiosity how the band was sounding a few weeks after Japan.


  1. The missing early May 1973 shows – Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tuscaloosa, St. Louis. Apparently Dancing Days was played as an encore in Tuscaloosa and Immigrant Song is corroborated by a few sources as being played in St. Louis.


  1. The first part of 1973.07.27 New York. A blistering show from what we have between the official release and bootlegs and this show would really get a lot more recognition on its own with the rest of the show intact.


  1. 1975.01.11 Rotterdam – A review mentions Custard Pie being performed, and it’s not entirely outlandish considering Custard Pie was on a rough 1975 setlist included in Jimmy Page: The Anthology. Plus, the debut of all the Physical Graffiti songs.


  1. 1977.04.01 Dallas – included here only for hilarity reasons.


  1. 1977.04.13 St. Paul and the encore for 1977.04.19 Cincinnati – both of these shows had Black Dog.


  1. 1977.05.31 Greensboro – my biggest 1977 holy grail. It was Bonzo’s Birthday, the band was on a hot streak starting at part way through the third night in Landover, and they reportedly did Black Dog as an encore.

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Etta James – The Montreux Years with JPJ :

This one via Gary Foy…

I note that a new CD called Etta James: The Montreux Years is out and features the complete 1975 Montreux Festival performance with John Paul Jones on bass. The show, recorded on the 11th July was a kind of rebirth for Etta in Europe. The performance includes Respect Yourself, Drown In My Own Tears, W-O-M-A-N’, Dust My Broom, I’d Rather Go Blind, All The Way Down, Baby What Do You Want Me To Do, Rock Me Baby, Stormy Monday and Tell Mama and is proceeded by a Claude Nobs introduction.

Disc Two contains the whole of the ’75 show, Disc One is a mixture of ’77, ’78, ’89, ’90 and ’93.

Here’s the ordering link:


My thoughts on the new Crosby, Stills, Nash &  Young Deja Vu 50th Anniversary reissue… 

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà vu – it feels like I’ve been here before -but never as extensively as this…


I have a long affinity with the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu album going back nigh on 50 years to 1971.

That was the year I went to the cinema to see the film Melody staring Jack Wilde and Mark Lester –fresh from their success in the Oliver! musical. It was a rites of passage story of young love . Teach Your Children was on the soundtrack and it fitted perfectly.

I already knew of Crosby Stills & Nash through the Marrakesh Express single. I needed to know more about this extended line up and duly stared in wonder at the sepia tinted Déjà Vu sleeve in the local Carousel record shop. The double live set Four Way Street looked equally exotic.

In 1972 aged 16 I entered the grown up world of album buying and the triple and double Woodstock sets were amongst my early investments. Across those albums there were more examples of the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young craft. Déjà vu came my way not long after – and it’s been a constant companion ever since.

Alongside the 1969 Crosby Stills & Nash album,It’s one of my all-time favourite albums from one of my all time favourite groups. I already have it in various configurations – on CD, cassette and US and UK original LP pressings. I love everything about the distinctive sleeve, gatefold spread of photos and the magical UK plum and orange Atlantic label.

Noe there is a whole lot more to love…

Déjà Vu has been given the slightly belated deluxe expanded 50th anniversary treatment – the whole works and I found that prospect hard to resist.

So I recently took receipt of this new package and it’s a beauty.

There’s a pristine 180 gram reissue of the original album and a CD version, a CD of demos, a CD of outtakes and a CD of alternate takes.

As the title implies, it feels like I’ve been here before but not quite as extensively as this… this box set package is one big drink and I my was I looking forward to quenching my thirst for yet more beautiful music from Crosby, Stills Nash & Young…

The package itself is superb being an album size gatefold affair that holds the LP plus the four CD’s and the booklet. This has an extensive essay from writer/film maker Cameron Crowe which is detailed and informative in his usual style. One minor let down is the lack of actual recording dates

Aside from a superb remastered vinyl LP and CD there are three additional CDs comprising of 38 more to add nearly two-and-a-half hours of music that includes demos, outtakes, and alternate takes. One minor let down is the lack of actual recording dates and studio info for these recordings in the booklet –something the 1990 CD box set did very well.

That is a bit of a nit-pick because there are just so many enlightening moments across this material that puts you right in the studio to reveal the creative process that went into make this album such a masterpiece.

The Demos CD has some early versions of Our House”,“4 + 20”, “Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves)” , “Birds” ,“So Begins The Task/Hold On Tight” – Stephen Stills “Almost Cut My Hair”, “Teach Your Children”, the truly wonderful “Horses Through A Rainstorm” written by Nash with Terry Reid and recorded by The Hollies,“Laughing”, “Sleep Song”, “Déjà Vu” and “Our House” – Graham Nash & Joni Mitchell *

The Outtakes CD includes “Everyday We Live” ,“The Lee Shore” – 1969 Vocal,“Bluebird Revisited”, “Horses Through A Rainstorm”,“Hold On Tight/Change Partners” “Laughing” and “Right On Rock ’n’ Roll

The CD of alternate versions is like being transported back to an invitation to hear an early mix of what they had amassed –here’s the line up:

Carry On” – Early Alternate Mix, “Teach Your Children” – Early Version , “Almost Cut My Hair” – Early Version ,. “Helpless” – Harmonica Version,. “Woodstock” – Alternate Vocals, “Déjà Vu” – Early Alternate Mix, “Our House” – Early Version , “4 + 20” – Alternate Take 2 and “Know You Got To Run”

This outpouring of material re emphasises that aside from being incredible harmony vocalists, all four were musicians of the highest standard.

It may be a year late in arriving but this 50th anniversary celebration of one of the design albums of the era has been well worth waiting for –it’s an embarrassment of riches that reveals the love, care and dedication that went into making Déjà vu such a beautiful record.

Yes, I feel like I’ve been here before but never as extensively as this and never in such close proximity to the class musicianship of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young…

Dave Lewis June 25,2021


Forthcoming Bedford VIP Record Fairs:

Some good news here via the Bedford Today website on Tuesday – I am hoping to have the TBL stall at these events:

Record fairs return to Bedford after Boris Johnson gives go ahead for indoor events

Two dates confirmed for later this year

The VIP Record Fairs are set to return to Bedford following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday (Monday) that lockdown would be eased in England.

They’ll be everything from prog rock to punk and hip hop to soul, as well as reggae and doo-wop to help satisfy music collectors’ addiction.

The first fair is on Saturday, August 21 and the second one is on Saturday, October 16.

They will be at the usual venue in the Harpur Suite.

VIP Record Fair Stall in Bedford Sunday:

The VIP Record Fair folks will have a stall at the Bedford Flea, Arts and Produce Market on Sunday. It takes place in St Pauls Square from 9am to 3pm.

A perfect way to curb the nerves before the big Euro Final…

VIP will also be staging the Bedford Record Fair on Saturday August 21

More details here


DL Diary Blog Update:

Friday July 2:

It’s a Happy Birthday to Mr Dave Ling, insightful music and football chronicler, long time supporter of all things TBL and all round top man – have a great day mate!

Friday July 2:

DL Charity shop CD find this afternoon – Sandy Denny’s The North Star Grassman And The Ravens 1971 album – the 2005 Island Remasters CD reissue with four bonus tracks – 45p? I’ll take it!



Friday July 2:

… It was 50 years ago today:

At the Addison Centre in Bedford on this day 50 years ago, Friars Promotions presented Genesis supported by Pluto – the latter were a progressive rock band from North London and had an album released later that year on the Dawn label.

Advert from the Bedford & Bucks Reporter via the Paul Cox archive…

Friday July 2:

DL/TBL Throwback Friday:

41 years ago today on July 2,1980 I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the Led Zeppelin performance at the Eisstadion in Mannheim Germany – the first of two gigs there.

I was also very lucky to have a pass that gave me access to watch the action unfold from the side of the stage. Here’s a pic of me then aged 23 from my Feather In The Wind Led Zeppelin Over Europe 1980 book taken on the side of the stage in front of Jimmy Page’s guitars – I have in my hand my brief case with note book at the ready to log it all –  looking up in sheer wonderment that I have been fortune enough to find myself in this unique position…

That, to paraphrase the singer is ‘’The wonder of devotion.’’

 It was 38 years ago today:

Saturday July 3: David Bowie – Sunday July 3 1983. Milton Keynes Bowl:

On this day in 1983 we were at the Milton Keynes Bowl for David Bowie…

Ten years to the day of the famous Ziggy Quits Hammersmith show and five years almost to the day I had last seen him at Earls Court – Bowie was back and bigger than ever.

This was a big open air show on a gloriously sunny day – support acts Icehouse and The Beat.

This is a significant date for the good lady Janet and I.

For this Bowie event was first proper gig (we has seen Robert Plant together at the Tube TV recording the previous month) that Janet and I attended as a couple (ten months later we would be married) – it was therefore Janet’s first ever concert.

A fantastic show with a set list that merged plenty of hits with tracks from the Lets Dance album – here’s the line up

Look Back in Anger

Breaking Glass

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Rebel Rebel


What in the World

Life on Mars?

Golden Years


Let’s Dance

Red Sails

China Girl

White Light/White Heat

Station to Station

Cracked Actor

Ashes to Ashes

Space Oddity

Young Americans






Cat People (Putting Out Fire)


The Jean Genie

Encore 2:

Modern Love

Saturday July 3:

Saturday is platterday – remembering the late great Jim Morrison 50 years gone today so on the player The Doors LA Woman album – this one an Elektra Spanish pressing…and sounding great…

Saturday July 3:

Saturday is platterday – remembering the late great Brian Jones so on the player the brilliant Rolling Stones debut album from 1964 and sounding mighty fine…

Saturday July 3:




So great for myself and the good lady Janet to meet up with Fiona and Tony De Boltz this afternoon who are in Bedford this weekend down from Yorkshire.


Fiona is the only lady I know who saw Led Zeppelin at Earls Court five times – I have this on good authority as she was at the shows with me sat next to me during those momentous gigs…fantastic to see you two!

An added bonus was that young Lizzie the lady who served us in The White Horse is a big fan of Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Bob Dylan and a host of other classic rock artists – reminding us that our music spans the generations!

Saturday July 3:

Here’s hoping….come on England…

Saturday July 3:

Job more than done!!

Sunday July 4:

Sunday sounds on CD – after the excitement of last night loading up the excellent 2 CD compilation Relaxin’ Blue on the Blue Note label – all suitably easy on a Sunday morning….

Wednesday July 7:

Here’s hoping…come on England…

Some particular inspirations these past few days…

A lovely gift from Russ Rees…

Meeting with Fiona and Tony…

A great catch up on the phone with Billy Fletcher..

Attending the Pete Burridge Record Club at The Castle on Tuesday

The arrival of the Joni Mitchell Archives 1968 – 1971 CD set

Update here:

A full on week full of high emotion – in the midst of it all, I had a terrible dip on Sunday mentally – after such a high on Saturday I somehow let other things cloud what should have been a bask in the afterglow of meeting Fiona and Tony and the England result…thanks to the incredible good lady Janet and some other supportive voices ,I did recover a bt and tried to let the positives ( of which there are many) take precedent…

So to Wednesday…an unbelievable result – England 2 Denmark 1 after extra time with all the excitement and edge of the seat thrills we have come to expect in watching England these past 55 years…

For someone who vividly remembers watching England win the World Cup in 1966 on TV when I was aged 9,the heartbreak of Germany coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in Mexico 1970, the 1- 1 draw against Poland in 1974, the Keegan miss in 1982, the hand of god in 1986, the heartbreak of penalties against Germany in 1990 and again in 1996 and so many other England failures…to see them win and go through to the Euro Final was something special… thank you Gareth’s boys…

Now to the final…Bedford has a 10,000 Italian community so the town will be griped with Euro fever for sure…

We will be watching here in anticipation that England can achieve one more victory -whatever happens, this England team has lit up our nation and we can feel very proud of them…

Thanks for listening – stay safe and well you very lovely people…

Dave  Lewis – July 8,2021

TBL website updates written and compiled by Dave Lewis


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  • Charles Tattersall said:


    Very interesting stuff about CSNY – it looks as though ‘Country Girl’ (probably my favourite track) has not been included in the alternate takes. If this is so I’m not surprised, I believe Young worked on it separately from the group with Jack Nitzsche.

  • Nils Westerholt said:

    Dear Dave, congratulations with the 2-1 victory Yesterday against Denmark. Well, all in all it was ok – Not the penalty, but you deserved the victory after all. Denmark ruled more than 1,000 years ago, remember? So now it’s your turn Wish you good Luck against Italy on Sunday. Maybe the English team should ask Smeichel to stand in instead of Pickford that day? Best wishes and stay happy and safe. Greetings Nils W., Denmark.

  • Graham Rodger said:

    What are you holding on the Mannheim photo Dave, is it a promo vinyl disc?

  • Hiroshi said:

    Congratulations for England! Exciting isn’t it?
    Here is related trivia regarding ‘for the first time in fifty-five years’. Do you know the FIFA World Cup 1966 final, July 30, 1966, that historic day coincided with Cream’s live debut at the Twisted Wheel, the seminal R&B club in Manchester? There must have been full of celebratory and euphoric vibe in the air among the crowd that night. A mention from the band members inevitable, with a possible digging from Scotsman Jack Bruce…

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