Deluxe printed re-issue.
[This title was not mentioned in the TAKRL catalog. The above image looks like an original TAKRL release to me (although the printed cover version with Wizardo labels seems to be a lot more common) but perhaps I am wrong. This could be supported by the fact that this is really a sub par quality recording, ruined by the tapers.]
Montreal Forum, February 6th 1975 – Fair to Good Audience Recording
01 – Rock And Roll 3:42
02 – Sick Again 5:36
03 – Over The Hills And Far Away 7:12
04 – In My Time Of Dying 9:47
Running Time: 26’19”
05 – The Song Remains The Same 5:18
06 – The Rain Song 8:05
07 – Kashmir 8:40
08 – Trampled Underfoot 7:18
Running Time: 29’22”
09 – Dazed And Confused 22:35
Running Time: 22’35”
10 – Stairway To Heaven 10:46
11 – Whole Lotta Love 1:21
12 – Black Dog 5:48
13 – Heartbreaker 6:41
Running Time: 24’37”
An eye witness report: “I was next to the guys who made that recording. We were all part of a junket from Toronto and sat together opposte the stage in the old Forum.
Suddenly as the lights went down a rather large double boom mike was drawn from a duffle bag and the rest became ‘recorded’ history. I recognised the guys from a Yonge Street record store I patronized and was later able to get a cassete copy of the bootlerg. before it was released. I still have one of the two casstetes somewhere. The concert was one I shall never forget.”
From theyearofledzeppelin: “Plant continues to have trouble with his voice, he growls through the opening numbers. Page disappears briefly in the middle of Over the Hills and Far Away, just as the guitar solo is supposed to begin. As the song ends, one of the tapers announces “specially priced two record set on Kornyfone, Led Zeppelin live in Montreal!” [What?! Is this a first in bootleg history – announcing the finished product at the taping?] Shouted requests for Hey Hey What Can I Do, White Summer, and Travelling Riverside Blues can be heard before In My Time of Dying, which Plant introduces as “something that takes us back to the original influences that started Led Zeppelin in the first place.”
Plant’s howls echo through the arena during the mournful San Francisco interlude in Dazed and Confused. Page is on fire during the guitar solo/workout section. The thunderous Mars, the Bringer of War section is led by Bonzo’s intimidating death march. Page solos wildly over the hypnotic, syncopated rhythm during the outro. An outstanding performance, the best of the tour thus far. As the song ends, one of the tapers can be heard exclaiming “I’m so fuckin’ stoned!” Page blazes through an amazing guitar solo during Stairway to Heaven. Black Dog is devastatingly heavy. The band’s return to the stage is met with a deafening cheer. Page holds back during the a cappella solo in Heartbreaker, but makes up for it during the frenzied fast guitar solo. As the band leaves the stage, Plant announces “Montreal, you are the best!” An excellent performance. The tape is very clear and well-balanced. However, the frequent false stereo panning effect can be a bit distracting at times.”
From collectorsmusic.com: “Much has been said about the fake stereo panning effect plaguing this tape since its first incarnation on vinyl and it is here too.
It was produced during the actual recording of the show and there is no way to avoid the annoyance but on the whole the tape is good to very good and clear. Luckily the taper used it sparingly during the more “exciting” moments of the show and during long stretches it is absent to allow us to enjoy the music. The tapers talk throughout the show and are just as annoying and make the same kind of moronic comments as the people who taped the New York shows.
Most of their comments are requests (“White Summer”, etc). During the long mellotron tune up for “Stairway To Heaven” this witty exchange is heard: Guy #1: “Gordon Haskell!” Guy #2: “Who is Gordon Haskell anyway?” Guy #1: “Who knows.” Guy #3: “That faggot on [King Crimson’s] Lizard.“ Guy #2 “[singing the Yes song] ‘To Be Over’…**belch**.” By their comments early on it sounds as if they were recording this specifically for a bootleg release!
But perhaps the biggest concern with this is the show itself is sub par. Plant’s voice is extremely hoarse and the band just sounds sluggish in the opening numbers. During “Over The Hills And Far Away” Page has a malfunction right when he begins his guitar solo. John Paul Jones plays a funky bass under Plant’s “ooo yeahs” until Page can come to complete the solo. “Kashmir” sounds very muted and lacking in excitement. “No Quarter” really works though as does “Trampled Underfoot”.
“Dazed & Confused” is erratic with John Bonham getting lost in the middle, beginning the “Mars” section at the call-and-response part. The show ends strongly with a great “Stairway To Heaven” and encore section complete with explosions and an air raid siren going off after “Black Dog”. ”
Later reissued with a color cover and colored original TAKRL labels. Note the “closing down” notice on the back [which probably only applied to the Legerdomain name]: