WRMB 329: LED ZEPPELIN ‘CAUTION EXPLOSIVE (BLUEBERRY HILL)’

WRMB 329

Copy from my personal collection. There is another cover variation listing the title(s), shown below (I prefer the minimalist “no title” version for its simplicity – even if it looks as if the title is LED ZEP 329).

Led Zeppelin Caution Explosive

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Third cover variation:

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Side 1: The Train Kept A Rollin’*/ Thank You/ What Is & What Should Never Be/ Blueberry Hill
Side 2: Bring It On Home/ You Shook Me*/ Bron-Yr-Aur
Side 3: As Long As I Have You medley incl. Fresh Garbage, Bag’s Groove*/ That’s The Way/ Since I’ve Been Loving You
Side 4: John Paul Jones Organ Improvisation/ Communication Breakdown medley incl. Good Times Bad Times, For What It’s Worth, I Saw Her Standing There/ Communication Breakdown*

Quality: Good mono and (*) Fair mono audience recordings.
Sources: The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA – 4 September 1970 and (*) Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA – 25 April 1969

 

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Introduction, Train Kept A-Rollin’, You Shook Me, Communication Breakdown, As Long As I Have You

“Led Zeppelin played four nights in San Francisco on their second tour.  The first and fourth nights (April 24th and 27th) were at Fillmore West, but the middle two were in Winterland.  The April 25th fragment is the least known and most obscure of the four.  This twenty-five minute tape first appeared on the vinyl release Caution Explosive (WRMB 329) and on three prior silver releases:  California ‘69 (Lemon Song LS-7206, LS-7207), Grande Ball on Missing Link (ML-010) (attributed to Chicago May 16th, 1969) and several years ago on How Many More Years:  The Legendary Fillmore Series-West Vol. 5 (Empress Valley EVSD-430).

It is a very good bordering on excellent sounding and powerful audience recording capturing the dynamics of the performance.  It’s a shame it has only selections because this performance is absolutely ferocious.  If the whole show were to surface this would be the “legendary” show that is essential to own.

“I Can’t Quit You”, “Dazed & Confused,” ”How Many More Times” and half of “As Long As I Have You” are omitted, probably intentionally by the taper.  What is left is simply great to hear.  Bill Graham welcomes the band back from England before “Train Kept A Rollin” explodes from the stage.  “You Shook Me” is a ten minute long intense extravaganza and is  perhaps the best version ever performed by the band.

Before the final song Robert Plant says:  “Last time, when we came here was the first, was the second gig that we ever did in America, and we must have been together about three months, and we were really pleased with the way we went down. If we hadn’t of done well here, I think we would have shipped ourselves around home, and you’ve done the same for us this time as you did last time. We’d like to say thank you very much, and Good Night.”  Six minutes of “As Long As I Have You” are on the tape before it cuts out in the middle of the improvisation. ” (Source: collectorsmusicreviews.com)

Interesting to note is that this was the second to last performances where Jimmy would use his painted Fender Telecaster (seen here in the fall of 1968):

Jimmy Page

While in San Francisco, Jimmy bought a non-serial-numbered (most likely 1959) Gibson Les Paul sunburst from Joe Walsh for $500 and it was first used at the 27 April Fillmore show. In the image below, it is seen in action at the Rose Palace in Pasadena on 3 May ’69:

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Track break down:

A 1  The Train Kept A Rollin’   25 April ’69
A 2  Thank You                                                                                                                                                      A 3  What Is & What Should Never Be
A 4  Blueberry Hill   
A 2 – 4: Previously available on  LIVE ON BLUEBERRY HILL
B 1  Bring It On Home   
B 1: Previously available on  LIVE ON BLUEBERRY HILL
B 2  You Shook Me    25 April ’69
B 3  Bron-Yr-Aur   
B 3: Previously available on LIVE AT THE L.A. FORUM 9-4-70
C 1  As Long As I Have You   25 April ’69
C 2  That’s The Way   
C 2: Previously available on LIVE AT THE L.A. FORUM 9-4-70
C 3  Since I’ve Been Loving You
D 1  John Paul Jones Organ Improvisation
D 2  Communication Breakdown medley incl. Good Times Bad Times, For What It’s Worth, I Saw Her Standing There     
C 3 – D 2:  Previously available on  LIVE ON BLUEBERRY HILL
D 2  Communication Breakdown    25 April ’69

I am assuming that the two L.A. Forum tracks new to those who only had the Blimp/TMOQ releases – “Bron-Yr-Aur”and “That’s The Way” – were not copied from the Rubber Dubber double set but come from Ken’s master tape. They were also included on TMOQ’s Three Days After (# 72016).

 

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The complete set list for the 4 September 1970 show at the Inglewood Forum:

    “Immigrant Song”
    “Heartbreaker”
    “Dazed and Confused”
    “Bring It On Home”
    “That’s the Way”
    “Bron-Yr-Aur”
    “Since I’ve Been Loving You”
    “Organ Solo/Thank You”
    “What Is and What Should Never Be”
    “Moby Dick”
    “Whole Lotta Love” (Medley)
        “Boogie Chillen”
        “Moving On”
        “Red House”
        “Some Other Guy”
        “Think It Over”
        “Honey Bee”
        “The Lemon Song”
    “Communication Breakdown” (Medley)
        “Good Times Bad Times”
        “For What It’s Worth”
        “I Saw Her Standing There”
    “Out on the Tiles”
    “Blueberry Hill”

In the beginning, there were two vinyl sources for the 4 September 1970 LA Forum show (six sources in total have been identified to this day and one needs to consider that even among sources identified as being the same, quality can vary: Quote: “I really didn’t think it was anymore special then the other versions of the 1st tape source until I started hearing other versions/releases of the 1st tape source.” And I would not be surprised if this would apply to vinyl drops as well based on vinyl quality, hard ware and the person doing it. Vinyl source # 1 is Dub’s mono recording (eventually complete – just not complete on the original release Live On Blueberry Hill on the Blimp label):

LIVE ON BLUEBERRY HILL
BLIMP EV 664-666A-D
Side 1: Immigrant Song/ Heartbreaker medley incl. Bouree/ Dazed And Confused (26:14)
Side 2: What Is And What Should Never Be/ Moby Dick/ Communication Breakdown medley incl. Good Times Bad Times, For What It’s Worth, I Saw Her Standing There (26:53)
Side 3: Since I’ve Been Loving You/ Organ Improvisation/ Thank You/ Out On The Tiles/ Blueberry Hill (27:00)
Side 4: Bring It On Home/ Whole Lotta Love medley incl. Boogie Chillun, I’m Moving On, Redhouse, Some Other Guy, Think It Over, Honey Bee, The Lemon Song (26:46)

The tape source for this release has become available and is generally referred to as ‘Source 1’.

Led Zep Blueberry Hill Blimp

And the incomplete but stereo Rubber Dubber release:

LIVE AT THE L.A. FORUM 9-4-70
RUBBER DUBBER 70-007
Side 1: Bring It On Home/ That’s The Way
Side 2: Bron-Yr-Aur/Since I’ve Been Loving You/ Organ Solo
Side 3: Thank You/ What Is And What Should Never Be/ Whole Lotta Love medley
Side 4: Whole Lotta Love medley con’t incl. Boogie Chillun, I’m Moving On, Honey Bee, The Lemon Song/ Communication Breakdown medley incl. Good Times Bad Times, For What It’s Worth, I Saw Her Standing There

Missing here are “Immigrant Song”, “Heartbreaker”, “Dazed & Confused”, and “Moby Dick” from the main set plus “Out On The Tiles” (the first of only two known performances of the song) and “Blueberry Hill” from the encores. In addition, there is a significant cut in “Whole Lotta Love”, eliminating a significant section of the medley.

The tape source for this release has never surfaced.

Led Zeppelin Los Angeles Forum 9-4-70

Read more about the impact of these two bootlegs here: http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/tblweb09/?p=11193

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This may not be from September 4th but it’s very close. The one below is supposed to be.

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