Led Zeppelin Live 1972 – Japan

japan1972.jpgEverything has it’s time and place. Much of what endears us to our favorite types of music has a lot to do with many different variables. Whether it is wher we first heard a particular band or perhaps, what said particular band’s relationship with each other at the time was, or the venue they were playing at. When listening to “live” recordings one should, and most likely does, get transported to the time and place of the show. If it is a particulary great performence one can pickout  diffeneces between that one and similar performences; especially if you have a storyline to go along with it. That being said, we here at Impossible City we are featuring a show from 1972, before we were even founded, that is a true–and unheard of–classic. The rauchous Japanese crowd eats up the dark over-the-top antics of Zep while probably not understanding a word.

In the fall of 1972 Led Zeppelin embarked on what was the second and final concert tour of Japan by the iconic band from across the pond. This particular tour started on October 2 and concluded on October 10, 1972. At this point Zep was Rock n’ Roll; they were at the pinnacle of there stardom and this tour in particular had some interesting things going on.

The 1972 Japanese Tour place shortly following the recording of the band’s fifth album, Houses of the Holy. Two of the tracks off said album were played live for first time, namely “The Song Remains the Same” and “The Rain Song“. For these tracks, Jimmy Page used his Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck guitar which became a symbol of both himself and Led Zeppelin. Other songs from the album were also played, but these had already been debuted on previous concert tours.

This tour also had John Paul Jones playing his mellotron for the first time(among the early Mellotron owners were Princess Margaret, Peter Sellers, King Hussein of Jordan and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard). He used it for the tracks “Stairway to Heaven“, “The Rain Song” and “Thank You“. He also introduced an arco stand-up bass, which he played during “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp.”

Some critics have said that on this particular tour Robert Plant’s vocals were starting to wain and show signs of fatigue and damage. Apparently he started to lose his signature extremely high-pitched wail which was evident on previous concert tours and album releases. Nevertheless-great word-this is most definitely a must have for Rock n’ Roll fans of all ilk.

Led Zeppelin October 10th, 1972 Kyoto, Japan

“The Old Capital” Osaka Festival Hall

Disc 1

1. Rock And Roll

2. Black Dog

3. Misty Mountain Hop

4. Since I’ve Been Loving You

5. The Song Remains The Same

6. The Rain Song

7. Dazed And Confused

Disk 2

1. Stairway To Heaven

2. Over The Hills And Far Away

3. Whole Lotta Love

4. Immigrant Song

Here are your files part1  part2

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