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12. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin [1973-07-12 - Live at Detroit]

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Hello my friends, how are you doing? For my secound 2014 upload, here's the first Led Zeppelin's night at the Detroit's Cobo Hall in 1973! This concert is pretty much underrated overrall, and deserves attention of all of you! The recording is mostly complete (a few cuts here and there, plus mostly of Mody Dick is missing) and the quality is pretty good. On early July 1973, Led Zeppelin started off the secound leg of their acclaimed 1973 North American Tour. At the first show of the tour (Chicago 7/6) they sounded pretty rusty musically and Plant had his voice completely shot! Within a few shows, they warmed up very nicely, and the usual excellent musicality of the period has showed off again! Page is absolutely on fire throghout the entire set, and some of his soloing is among the best ever in the year (that's because i choose a shot of himself for the upload, the photo in question is from this very show!). That makes for a awesome listening experience, i swear! However, if you want to hear Plant in good voice, this is not the best show: although better than the previous four recordings (the two Chicago's, St. Paul and Milwaukee), he sounds very instable throghout the concert and at times it becomes very distracting. Anyway, he does improve as the show progresses, and has his moments of brillance here and there. You'll know about them reading the next part of the description (and by listening to the show itself)! Rock And Roll starts off the show with Plant cracking on most of the higher notes, but at least the version isn't the worst by far; Celebration Day features the usual flat phrasing wich i'm not the foundest with, but Page makes up for that with his awesome soloing; Black Dog isn't the worst by far but still has some cracks (along with one of the best guitar solos Page ever played on this song); Over The Hills And Far Away has the guitar once again shining on, but Plant's questionable vocal performance counterbalances that (he makes bad note choices and several higher note attempts sound very flat), so i wouldn't recommend this version to people; Misty Mountain Hop sounds alright, but still not the best (courtesy of Plant); Since I've Been Loving You is magical since Page tears away the ears with his guitar solo, plus Plant does a decent job singing; No Quarter features a epic instrumental section (gotta love John Paul Jones!), and even Plant's occasional instability doesn't ruin the performance at all; The Song Remains The Same is one of the highlights of the show since Plant does some very nice sustains on it (wich absolutely glares at me considering his not the best vocal shape) and Page's fingers fly across the guitar's fretboard, and The Rain Song goes solid until the heavy section where Plant's cracks return with full force, but his overall delivery is passable enough. Dazed And Confused is one of the best performances of the night with another otherwise faultless instrumental improvisation (the Plant/Page duel at the end of it is superb); Stairway To Heaven sounds respectable (the guitar solo is brillant) with OK vocals; Moby Dick unfortunately is heavily cut (so we can't tell too much of Bonzo's actual drum solo), but at least the intro and the outro doesn't have Page or Jonesy messing up anything; Heartbreaker isn't anything of special, but Page's solo again deserves a mention; Whole Lotta Love has a outstanding improv including Don Nix' Going Down and Boogie Children, whatsoever with no bad vocal failure throghout; Communication Breakdown where Plant notices that his voice has warmed up and decides to sing the song with studio phrasing but doesn't get it 100% (actually he's forced to mix the original high notes with conservative phrasing), and The Ocean concludes the show with one of the most obnoxious Bonzo introductions ever (he maybe got angry with the taper for cutting off the Moby Dick solo lol) and the main song has Plant cracking radomly, but at least the outro sounds great. Enjoy the show. ...