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Fillmore West - January 12, 1969

  • Set One Includes: As Long As I Have You (incl. Mockingbird, Fresh Garbage), I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Communication Breakdown, You Shook Me.Set Two Includes: White Summer / Black Mountainside, Train Kept A Rollin', Pat's Delight, How Many More Times, Killing Floor
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on September 20, 2007 - 2:21pm
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January 12, 1969
San Francisco
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United States
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Setlist: 

Set One Includes: As Long As I Have You (incl. Mockingbird, Fresh Garbage), I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Communication Breakdown, You Shook Me.

Set Two Includes: White Summer / Black Mountainside, Train Kept A Rollin', Pat's Delight, How Many More Times, Killing Floor

Notes: 

Lineup: Country Joe and the Fish, Led Zeppelin, Taj Mahal.

Press Review: The Led Zeppelin: Impressive New Rock Group

Hail and farewell this weekend at Fillmore West. Goodbye to Country Joe and his Fish, who swim their own ways after Sunday night and greetings to Led Zeppelin, as impressive a new British rock group as we’ve ever heard.

The Zeppelin has had some KSAN radio play in recent days but otherwise came in cold; no LPs, only two months organized and a pile of ad agency flack.But this Zeppelin is no lead balloon.

They already sound like a veteran group and soon ought to be ranked in the company of the Who, Rolling Stones and the late Cream.

Basic musical considerations account for my enthusiasm. Led Zeppelin plays in tune, on pitch and with a primarily ensemble approach. They’re musicians, not electronic tinkerers.
Their rhythm is steady but imaginative, moving easily through various tempos and juggling 2-4, 3-4 and 6-8 meters with informal ease. Drummer John Bonham even had a bolero beat going in the midst of a blues.

Led Zeppelin is awfully loud but not distorted. Lead singer Robert Plant doesn’t affect any southern or Negro influences but still wails and moans the old blues line like a Mississippi Delta veteran. He’s from Birmingham, England, by the way as is Bonham.

The Zeppelin has fewer solos than most groups but guitarist Jimmy Page (a Yardbird alumnus) is so strong and distinctive that even in ensembles his work is markedly personal. He knows everything about wah-wah pedal techniques and knocked me out with his long-line refrains played with a violin bow on the electric guitar strings.

At 23, Page is the Zeppelin’s senior member.

John Paul Jones plays bass and writes much of the Zeppelin’s stuff. He’s tremendously powerful, and has such arranging credits as Donovan’s Mellow Yellow and Sunshine Superman, as well as many of the Stones’ biggest hits.

The Zeppelin sticks pretty close to the blues in their sets. Their “How Many More Times” starts with a lazy Jimmy Yancey-style beat (or Elvis Presley for a later generation) and works up to a block-busting climax; Dazed and Confused features a Plant vocal that’s like an extra powerful male Janis Joplin, if you can imagine. [SF Examiner / Jan. 11, 1969]

Setlists: 

Set One Includes: As Long As I Have You (incl. Mockingbird, Fresh Garbage), I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Communication Breakdown, You Shook Me.

Set Two Includes: White Summer / Black Mountainside, Train Kept A Rollin', Pat's Delight, How Many More Times, Killing Floor

Comments

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A really raw and primitive show from early on; the playing is sheer inspiration and Robert's voice is throat tearing in the 2nd show especially. A classic early show when the band was young and every night was played with guts. This is also the earliest known live soundboard recording of Led Zeppelin and it's typical of the era, with the vocals and drums to the fore.

snr mk's picture

I believe you have your dates mixed up on the soundboard part, Argenteum. The sbd tape is from the night before, Jan 11. This night, the 12th, only has a pretty distorted audience tape. I would also disagree with you on this show having 'sheer inspiration'. I could easily think of 50 better Zep shows in 69 than this one (like Jan 10 - classic). Really one of the worst for that year, considering how high the bar was for that period.

However, I enjoy your comments and definitely appreciate your website!

Name's picture

I have to chip in here,They sound very relaxed and mellow on this show, no rush here, the How Many More Times is extraordinary!! Very close to the LP version, even doing the "I was a young man i couldn't Resist" section during the bow solo, afterwards they get very quiet, and Robert does a call-n-response scream with the crowd. Ilove this version- it's about 18 minutes long!

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