Sunday 21 October 2018

#118 LED ZEPPELIN - How The East Was Won 1971 (EVSD SBD)

How The East Was Won (Empress Valley Records 2CD)
Excellent Mono Soundboard recordings.

Osaka Festival Hall,
Osaka, Japan
September 29, 1971

Disc One
01. Introduction
02. Immigrant Song
03. Heartbreaker
04. Since I've Been Loving You
05. Dazed And Confused

Disc Two
01. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
02. What Is And What Should Never Be
03. Moby Dick
04. Communication Breakdown
05. Rock And Roll

Lineage: My Silver > Xact > Flac > You!


Empress Valley have finally released the long awaited September 29th, 1971 Osaka show, sourced from soundboard. It has previously circulated for years, from a lower quality audio source copied from the multitrack mixdown. It comes with a major drawback in that the complete show has not been released. With the 28th show also in their hands, Empress Valley look to maximise their return with these fragmentary releases. Fans have already been busy incorporating the previously released, Stairway to Heaven and Friends surprisingly omitted from this bootleg.

This was Zeppelin's fifth and final performance on their debut Japanese tour of 1971. It is regarded as one of their greatest ever shows and significant for one offs and surprises, such as the only known performance of Friends during the acoustic set. A brief extract of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes follows and Pennies From Heaven is included within Dazed And Confused, these one and only performances add to the importance of the show.

Unfortunately the 30-minute Whole Lotta Love is missing as is Good Times Bad Times and You Shook Me but we do get the closing track of the three-hour set, Rock and Roll which was another first for this tour. A tasty preview from the upcoming album IV.


September 29, 1971 Osaka Led Zeppelin - More Comedy, Less Work

Soundboard + Winston Merge (fixed)

01 - Welcome To Osaka
02 - Immigrant Song
03 - Heartbreaker
04 - Since I've Been Loving You
05 - Black Dog
06 - Dazed and Confused

01 - Stairway to Heaven
02 - Celebration Day
03 - That's The Way
04 - Going To California
05 - Tangerine
06 - Friends
07 - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
08 - What Is and What Should Never Be
09 - Moby Dick

01 - Whole Lotta Love
02 - Communication Breakdown
03 - Organ Solo
04 - Thank You
05 - Rock and Roll

SBD - soundboard (speed corrected -2%)
MT - multi track stage recording (edited to completion with Plantations and various patches by Winston)

This is a merge of the newly released soundboard, previously released stray soundboards and the excellent remaster done by Winston. 

Besides the speed correction on the SBD portion there are a few small fixes to clean up some very minor sloppiness in the performance. Moby Dick is not quite complete but about 90% there. Black Dog is taken from the 28th Soundboard.

SBD levels were brought down in order to level match and for headroom. Very minor eq and limiting was applied and only in spots to get more cohesion in sound.

What an amazing Zeppelin concert performance. Thanks to the great work by Winston (he really pulled great sound from his sources) and the sharers of these soundboard recordings. This is not meant to be definitive, just cranked. (Enjoy! ledsox)


(unavailable! thanks to Mega deleting the links)


  1. Outstanding story there. What occurred after? Thanks!

    1. For those of a cynical nature I would suggest the new book by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio, "Evenings with Led Zeppelin" 576 pages on the live history of Zeppelin. An outstanding story and book!

  2. I really like reading a post that will make people think.
    Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

  3. The closing encore Rock'n Roll is defintely included. The flow even in this fragmentary release is mind-blowing. I'm convinced there will be more in the near future.

    1. I think you're right, looks like they are saving the best 'til last.

  4. Headed to Japan soon, I'll be looking out for some Zep while I'm there!!

  5. Is this super-show from Tokyo, or Osaka? I'm asking because at the top of this feature, it says "Osaka Festival Hall ~ Tokyo, Japan ~ September 29, 1971". The rest of the article says "Osaka show", and the MEGA DOWNLOAD LINK title says "Osaka", as does the artwork cover. Just wondering, and thank you all for your fine efforts on the stupendous show and project.

  6. I'm sure it will have given any Japanese readers some amusement. It should of course say Osaka. Thanks for spotting this and letting me know Stephen. Pleaase tell me that you are not the author of 'Hammer of the Gods'?

  7. The Mega links point to empty folders?

  8. The first Mega link (on this page) points at two empty Mega folders, the second link has only a .jpg in the folder