Listen to This Eddie

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Listen To This, Eddie
Live album by Led Zeppelin
Recorded Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, California, June 21, 1977.
Genre Bootleg recording
Label Rock Solid Records

Listen To This, Eddie is a bootleg recording of a rock concert by English band Led Zeppelin, performed on June 21, 1977 at the Los Angeles Forum in Los Angeles, California.[1] It is often noted as one of the band's best (if not the best) performances. It is also distinguished by its clear sound.[citation needed]

Overview[edit]

The concert was recorded by a member of the audience, Mike Millard, and was later released illegally on vinyl without the permission of the band or the taper. The original vinyl issue of the show was released on Rock Solid Records, and featured the first 60 minutes of the concert, from "The Song Remains the Same" through to "Ten Years Gone".

The cover art for the album featured the same group image of the band member's faces from the back cover of Led Zeppelin III, along with the mysterious obelisk from the cover of Presence. The first pressing for the album was on colored (red) vinyl, numbered 1 of 500. In the 1990s the complete recording of the show became available on CD through various releases, with most of them using the same "Eddie" title. Millard's recording remains one of the best-known Led Zeppelin bootlegs.

Listen To This, Eddie is highly regarded amongst collectors not only because of the highly energetic performance by the band but also because it was captured in exceptionally good audio quality.[2] This can largely be attributed to the dedication and experience of Millard, who by 1977 had already made several bootleg recordings of other concerts performed at the Los Angeles Forum. It is believed that he recorded this particular show from row six.

The complete Millard recording lasts 190 minutes and includes the entire concert (including encores). It was the first of six shows at the Los Angeles Forum by Led Zeppelin, which came towards the end of its 1977 North American concert tour. Millard's recording of the opening number from this concert, "The Song Remains the Same", was included in the promos menu of the Led Zeppelin DVD.

The performance itself is regarded by some critics as being one of the best concerts of the 1977 tour,[2] with Jimmy Page performing lengthy solos and John Bonham playing drums heavily, yet with precision. Robert Plant is very talkative and despite the damage done to his voice and range from constant touring he sounds quite good for this point in the bands history. The band is also open for lengthy improvisations, as evidenced on "No Quarter", on which John Paul Jones guides the band to multiple instrumental jams.

Album title[edit]

The title "Listen To This Eddie" is allegedly a reference to Eddie Van Halen of the band Van Halen, who in interviews criticised the playing ability of Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page.[3] In particular, in an interview that Van Halen had given in January 1981 to Guitar World magazine, he was quoted as saying "Jimmy Page is an excellent producer. Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II are classics. As a player, he's very good in the studio. I never saw him play well live. He's very sloppy. He plays like he's got a broken hand and he's two years old. But if you put out a good album and play like a two-year-old live. What's the purpose?"[4] So, it seems to indicate for "Eddie" to listen to the recording of this brilliant performance.

However, according to a Shockwaves Magazine article by Pat O'Connor entitled "The Ten Greatest Bootlegs",[5] "Eddie" in the bootleg title refers to audio engineer Eddie Kramer, and not to Eddie Van Halen, implying that even Kramer would be impressed by such a quality bootleg recording. However, the article in which this point appears provides no reference to back up the claim.

Set list[edit]

Neil Young recording[edit]

Listen to This, Eddie is also the title of a bootleg recording of a June 24, 1995 performance by Neil Young in San Francisco at the Polo Field. The "Eddie" in this case refers to Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, who asked Young to take over the concert for him when he became too ill to sing. Many audience members expressed disappointment and impatience with the older musician, but most heard out his lengthy set, which included pieces from the Mirror Ball album Young had recorded with Pearl Jam. It is considered by collectors to be one of the highlight performances of Young's decades-long career.[6] Coincidentally, just before the acoustic set of Led Zeppelin's Listen to This, Eddie, Robert Plant refers to John Bonham as "the cowgirl in the sand", prompting an audience member yells "Bring out Neil Young!".

See also[edit]

Led Zeppelin bootleg recordings

References[edit]

  1. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
  2. ^ a b Rey, Luis (1997) Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes, Ontario: The Hot Wacks Press. ISBN 4ISBN 0-9698080-7-0, p. 394.
  3. ^ Dave Lewis and Simon Pallett (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 111.
  4. ^ "Eddie Van Halen Bio". Classicvanhalen.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  5. ^ O'Connor,Pat, The Ten Greatest Bootlegs, Shockwaves Magazine.
  6. ^ Pearl Jam and Neil Young: Polo Field, San Francisco, CA - June 24, 1995