ZAP 7980: LED ZEPPELIN HIAWATHA – EXPRESS / ABSENCE :Toasted 2S921

HIAWATHA EXPRESS
ZE ANONYM PLATTENSPIELER ZAP 7980
Side 1: Heartbreaker medley incl. Bouree* / Thank You* / Minnesota Blues** / The Lemon Song** (24:25)
Side 2: Stairway To Heaven** / Travelling Riverside Blues*** / Whole Lotta Love* (18:06)
Recording: (*)Excellent mono professional FM broadcast; (**)Excellent stereo professional pre-FM soundboard radio recording; (***)Excellent mono professional pre-FM soundboard radio recording. Source: (*)Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada Mar. 21 ’70; (**)In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, England Apr. 1 ’71; (***)Maida Vale Studio 4 (BBC – Top Gear with John Peel), London, England June 24 ’69.

allmusic.com review (I cut their usual hand wringing that no sources are listed on the cover): “Hiawatha Express boasts generally excellent sound quality, and Zep is in fine form on favorites that include “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” and the great, if overexposed, “Stairway to Heaven.” So even though vinyl collectors were, in 1975, cursing ZAP for not giving any recording dates, they applauded the sound quality and the performances. Although not for casual listeners, Hiawatha Express is a bootleg that hardcore collectors were glad to get their hands on in the 1970s — regardless of how much the lack of recording dates infuriated them.”

ABSENCE
TOASTED RECORDS 2S921
Side 1 & 2: A rerelease of ON STAGE IN EUROPE 1975 (Ze Anonym Plattenspieler ZAP 7867).
Side 3 & 4: A rerelease of HIAWATHA EXPRESS (Ze Anonym Plattenspieler ZAP 7980).
Comments: US bootleg. Deluxe black & white front. Deluxe color back. 

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Very nice ZAP cover idea and execution. Regarding the Toasted release, I understand that “Absence” is a wordplay on Led Zep’s seventh studio album title but i.m.h.o. this should have exchanged titles with the Beatles Toasted LP “Renaissance”. Makes you wonder, did all Toasted titles end in “…nce”?

And that was it for the ZAP label. Next up: TKRWM

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