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The purpose of this section is to document commercially manufactured dvd titles. There have been notable vhs releases by Toasted, Tarantura, Hercules, and Celebration. However, that material has already made it to dvd in similar or better quality.
My dvd comparisons will be very elementary. Videos often have far too many faults and variations between other releases for a detailed comparison to be of any practical use. Basics such as the camera's film type and size will be noted. Amateur's camera distance and actual sound will also be noted. Less expensive 8mm cameras didn't have sound recording capabilites. In many cases, a soundtrack is added. Sometimes it's synchronized audio from and audio source of the same show. Other times music is provided as background music, without attempts at synchronizing.

Dvds are listed in the table below by release date. Their contents are detailed beneath that, in chronological order of the performances. Officially offered tracks have been eliminated even though the prior bootleg releases of those performances often offer extended views from the same and different cameras.




Title release order & Label lists

Title DVD Label Released
Bring It On Home Eye Thank You 2002
You'll Never Walk Alone Tarantura2000 2002
Heavy Metal Celebration 2002
Final Cut Celebration 2002
Early Visions Celebration 2002
London Calling Sugar Mama 2002
Rock Show / Cameras Roll Akashic 2002
Peter Grant Sugar Mama 2003
Latter Visions Celebration 2003
Deep Throat Empress Valley 2003
Earl's Court 75 Cashmere 2003
Live At the Kingdom Cashmere 2003
Earl's Court 1975 Celebration 2003
Kingdome Seattle 1977 Hercules 2004
Knebworth Festival 8.11.79 Genuine Bastard 2004
Heavy Metal Kids Empress Valley 2005
Secrets Revealed Watchtower 2005
First Night Boogie Mama 2005
Great Chicago Fire Empress Valley 2006
Story So Far Bad Wizard 2006
Over the Top Bad Wizard 2006
Flying Circus Empress Valley 2006
Assemblage Cosmic Energy 2006
Knebworth II Bad Wizard 2006
Unstoppable Metal Machine Condor 2007
Final Kingdome Boogie Mama 2007
Knebworth Festival 8.11.79 "Definitive Version" Genuine Bastard 2007
Demand Unprecedented in the History of Rock Music Empress Valley 2007
Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes Empress Valley 2007
One Night Only Boogie Mama 2008
Stevenage UK Knebworth Festival Cashmere 2008
For Badge Holders Only Empress Valley 2008
In the Name of the Band Empress Valley 2008
Storm London Swingin' Pig 2008
Year of the Dragon Empress Valley 2008
Past, Present and Future Empress Valley 2008
Knebworth Masters (no label) 2009
Your Kingdom Come Seattle Wendy 2009
Work In Progress (no label) 2010
In the Court of King James Empress Valley 2010
Assemblage II Cosmic Energy 2010
Long Tall Sally (no label) 2011
In Japan Empress Valley 2011
Long Tall Sally (no label) 2013
Thunder Down Under Empress Valley 2013
The Only Way To Fly Masterpiece Premium 2014
Live In Japan Empress Valley 2014
Musiciens Aux Masques Wendy 2015
Bataille de Trafalgar Wendy 2015
Royal Albert Hall 1970 (no label) 2015
Celebration Day (no label) 2016
Your Kingdom Come Seattle 1977 Wendy 2016





DVD Videography


 

1969, January 31 - Friday

Location:  NYC, NY, USA

Venue:  Fillmore East

Video:  8mm (1 minute)

Setlist:  Train Kept a Rollin’ and Dazed and Confused.

Comments:  Closely shot, in color, but not too clear.

Comparisons:  Assemblage II and The Only Way To Fly are somewhat similar in quality but the latter repeats some of the short tape.

 

1969, March 25 - Tuesday

Location:  Staines, England

Venue:  British Supershow

Video:  professional video

Setlist:  Dazed and Confused.

Comments:  The first few notes of this track are not available on the official release.  Only the original “Supershow” VHS release has this audio (video doesn’t accompany it).

 

1969, March 27 - Thursday

Location:  Bremen, Germany

Venue:  Beat Club

Video:  professional video (10 minutes)

Setlist:  Babe I’m Gonna Leave You and You Shook Me.

Comments:  Black and white film without actual sound.  The album is overdubbed.  (Celebration’s Early Visions cites a WLL promo from this show, although little performance footage can be viewed due to the “production.”  The audio is an album overdub.)

Comparisons:  Assemblage II and The Only Way To Fly are similar in quality.

 

1969, May 25 - Sunday

Location:  Columbia, MD, USA

Venue:  Merriweather Post Pavillion

Video:  8mm (1.5 minutes)

Comments:  Color footage from backstage that includes The Who.

 

1969, June 25 - Wednesday

Location:  Paris, France

Venue:  Tous En Scene TV Show

Video:  professional video (2.5 minutes)

Setlist:  Communication Breakdown.

Comments:  This is the rehearsal/sound check.  (The song was played again and followed by Dazed and Confused, and can be found on the official 2003 release with some minor edits.)

Comparisons:  Early Visions and The Only Way To Fly are somewhat similar in quality.

 

1969, August 31 - Sunday

Location:  Dallas, TX, USA

Venue:  Texas International Pop Festival

Video:  16mm (11 minutes)

Setlist:  You Shook Me, Dazed and Confused, How Many More Times, and Communication Breakdown.

Comments:  Filmed in color, without sound.

Comparisons:  Assemblage II and Early Visions are similar in quality.  Early Visions is missing five minutes and has it’s counters blacked out.

 

1970, January 9 - Friday

Location:  London, England

Venue:  Royal Albert Hall

Video:  professional video (7 minutes)

Setlist:  Long Tall Sally.

Comments:  Filmed in color, with sound.  There are a couple of cameras’ footages available from the show (the official release was pieced from both).  A few brief moments of backstage footage and onstage MC footage is available too.

Comparisons:  Early Visions has a lot of flopped footage on their presentations of the two angles. Sometimes footage is repeated and not synchronized to sound properly. The 2011 release titled “Long Tall Sally” offers the angles separately too, but not flopped, and properly sync’d with sound. They also replay the angles simultaneously with the official release so viewers can see the differences in what’s available from the sources. Their video quality on the multi-camera footage isn’t as good of quality as Early Visions. The 2013 release titled “Long Tall Sally” offers almost all footage simultaneously when it’s available. The 2015 no label title “Royal Albert Hall 1970” simply reissues the content of the 2011 “Long Tall Sally.”

 

1970, April 7 - Tuesday

Location:  Charlotte, NC, USA

Venue:  Independence Coliseum

Video:  8mm (1.5 minutes)

Comments:  Filmed in color.  It is dark, distant, and shaky.

 

1970, April 28 - Tuesday

Location:  London, England

Venue:  Julie Felix Show

Video:  professional video (4.5 minutes)

Setlist:  White Summer.

Comments:  Filmed in color, with sound.  Only Jimmy is present and uses an acoustic guitar.

 

1970, June 21 - Sunday

Location:  Reykjavik, Iceland

Video:  professional video (2 minutes)

Comments:  Black and white footage of band arrival at airport, followed by an interview with Robert Plant.

 

1970, July 19 - Sunday

Location:  Berlin, Germany

Video:  8mm (6.5 minutes)

Comments:  Color film of the band traveling in Berlin and 90 seconds of the show (shot on stage).

 

1970, September 6 - Sunday

Location:  Honolulu, HI, USA

Venue:  International Center

Video:  8mm (5 minutes)

Setlist:  Immigrant Song and more.

Comments:  Filmed in color, without sound.  Extremely close footage, mainly of Robert.

 

1970, September 16 - Wednesday

Location:  British TV

Video:  professional video (3 minutes)

Comments:  Black and white footage with actual sound.  Interview with Robert and John Bonham.

 

1970, September 18 - Friday

Location:  NYC, NY, USA

Video:  professional video (8 minutes)

Comments:  Filmed with and without sound.  Interview footage of Robert and Jimmy.

 

1971, Headley Grange

Location:  Headley Grange, Hampshire, England

Video:  8mm (45 seconds)

Comments:  Color film without sound.  Assemblage I shows fifteen seconds of the band on the lawn.  Assemblage II is in better quality and shows nearly forty-five seconds of them on the lawn and then another four minutes of Headley’s exterior.

 

1971, August 7 - Monday

Location:  Montreux, Switzerland

Video:  8mm (7.5 minutes)

Comments:  Filmed in color, without sound.  No concert footage but shows band member interaction.

Comparisons:  Early Visions and Assemblage are similar in quality.

 

1971, August 22 - Sunday

Location:  Inglewood, CA, USA

Venue:  L.A. Forum

Video:  8mm (5.5 minutes)

Setlist:  Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, That’s the Way, What Is and What Should Never Be, and Whole Lotta Love.

Comments:  Color film, without sound.  Footage is mostly close, with band members’ height filling two thirds to full screen height.

Comparison:  Early Visions and Assemblage are somewhat similar in video quality.  Early Visions blacked out the on screen counter excessively, so slightly less video can be seen than on Assemblage.  Assemblage is slightly less dark.

 

1971, August 26 - Thursday

Location:  Houston, TX, USA

Venue:  Coliseum

Video:  16mm (5 minutes)

Setlist:  Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, and Celebration Day.

Comments:  Color film, without actual sound.  Distance scale ranges from band member height occupying one third of the screen’s height, to waist to head filling the screen.

 

1971, September

Location:  Japan

Venue:  travelling

Video:  8mm (32 minutes)

Comments:  Filmed in color by someone travelling with the band, by train, car, and plain.  Much of the footage isn’t of the band.

Comparison:  Cosmic Energy released one of the better minutes from this long film.  EV released the all of the footage in their two dvd titles.

 

1971, September 23 - Thursday

Location:  Tokyo, Japan

Venue:  Budokan Hall

Video:  8mm (7 minutes)

Setlist:  Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Celebration Day, Moby Dick, and Whole Lotta Love.

Comments:  Color film, without actual sound.  Not clear footage.  Distance scale ranges from band member height occupying one fourth of the screen’s height, and up to two thirds.

Comparison:  Cosmic Energy’s video runs a little slow but is slightly better quality than EV’s first release of this material. EV has synchronized it with audio from the show. EV released it again on Thunder Down Under and Live In Japan.

 

1972, February 27 - Sunday

Location:  Sydney, Australia

Venue:  Showgrounds

Video:  professional b/w video (6 minutes), 8mm (15 minutes), & 8mm (6 minutes)

Setlist:  Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That’s the Way, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Rock and Roll, and Whole Lotta Love.

Comments:  R&R and WLL were professionally filmed with audio on black and white film.  Additional camera angles are available for R&R.  The older 8mm footage is in color but is very distant and degenerated.  The fifteen minute 8mm footage was shot on stage and samples almost all songs played.

Additional footage from a press party contains four minutes of interviews with Robert and John Paul Jones.  A b/w WLL promo video exists too, although the band isn’t featured in it.  (The official release contains Rock and Roll plus part of the interview footage.)

Comparison:  Assemblage debuted part Dazed from the on stage 8mm but EV released much more from that source.  EV’s press party footage is better quality than Early Visions.  The distant/poor 8mm is in similar quality on Assemblage II and EV.

 

1972, May 27 - Saturday

Location:  Amsterdam, Holland

Venue:  L.A. Forum

Video:  16mm (3.5 minutes)

Setlist:  Immigrant Song.

Comments:  Black and white film, with and without sound.  Footage shows airport arrival and other miscellaneous scenes.  Twenty seconds of Immigrant Song are shown with sound, closely filmed, but degenerated.

Comparison:  Early Visions has the most footage from this event.  Assemblage has one of the pre show scenes and the snippet of Immigrant Song in better video quality.

 

1972, June 22 - Thursday

Location:  San Bernardino, CA, USA

Venue:  Swing Auditorium

Video:  8mm (3 minutes)

Setlist:  Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Dazed and Confused, and Whole Lotta Love.

Comments:  Color film, without actual sound.  Closely shot, the band members’ height fills the screen.

Comparison:  Early Visions and Assemblage have this in similar quality.

 

1972, June 28 - Wednesday

Location:  Tucson, AZ, USA

Venue:  Community Center

Video:  8mm (3 minutes)

Comments:  Color film, without actual sound.  Fairly distant, band member height fills about one fourth of the screen’s height.

 

1972, October 2 - Monday

Location:  Tokyo, Japan

Venue:  Budokan Hall

Video:  8mm (4 minutes)

Comments:  Color film, without actual sound.  Very distant and visual details cannot be seen.

Comparison:  Cosmic Energy and EV’s two releases have this in similar quality.

 

1973, May 31 - Thursday

Location:  Inglewood, CA, USA

Venue:  Forum

Video:  8mm (3.5 minutes)

Setlist:  Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, and Dazed and Confused.

Comments:  Color film, closely shot – but not clear.  Band members’ height fills screen.

 

1973, June 2 - Saturday

Location:  San Francisco, CA, USA

Venue:  Kezar Stadium

Video:  16mm (half minute) & 8mm (one minute)

Setlist:  Rock and Roll.

Comments:  The 16mm tape is color film professionally shot with actual sound.  A half of a minute shows the band while the remaining minute is of the crowd.  Rock and Roll is shot on the floor level next to the stage.

The 8mm tape is color and shows the crowd for two minutes.  One minute shows the band, but it’s so distant, it’s difficult to see band members.

Comparison:  Latter Visions and Assemblage have the 16mm footage in similar quality.

 

1973, June 3 - Sunday

Location:  Inglewood, CA, USA

Venue:  Forum

Video:  8mm (4 minutes)

Setlist:  Rock and Roll.

Comments:  Black and white film without sound.  Closely shot, band members’ height fills screen.

 

1973, July 24 - Tuesday

Location:  Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Venue:  Three Rivers Stadium

Video:  8mm (2.5 minutes)

Setlist:  Rock and Roll and Black Dog.

Comments:  Color film without actual sound, shot very closely onstage, from the right side.

 

1973, July 27 - Friday

Location:  Starship news footage, USA

Video:  16mm (7 minutes)

Comments:  Color film without sound and some additional footage in black and white with limited sound.  No concert footage.  Shows group boarding plane, on plane, and limousine convoy (en route to Pittsburgh, not NY).

Comparison:  Assemblage has both the color and black/white videos.  Empress Valley’s Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes only has the black/white.  EV’s Garden Tapes uses the same footage from their earlier release. The quality is similar between the titles.

 

1973, July 27 - Friday

Location:  New York City, NY, USA

Video:  8mm (11 minutes)

Comments:  Color film without sound, closely shot.

Comparison:  Cosmic Energy’s Assemblage II and Empress Valley’s Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes have similar quality, although EV runs a little slow.  Cosmic has synchronized audio from the pro recording while EV uses the same audio, but not synchronized. EV’s Garden Tapes uses the same footage from their earlier release.

 

1973, July 28 - Saturday

Location:  New York City, NY, USA

Video:  8mm (11 minutes)

Comments:  Color film without sound, full stage view.

Comparison:  Cosmic Energy’s Assemblage II and Empress Valley’s Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes have similar quality.  Cosmic has synchronized audio from the pro recording while EV uses the same audio, but not synchronized.

 

1973, July 29 - Sunday

Location:  New York City, NY, USA

Venue:  Madison Square Garden

Video:  8mm (3 minutes)

Setlist:  Dazed and Confused.

Comments:  Color film without actual sound, shot very closely from the right side of the stage.

Comparison:  Assemblage and Empress Valley’s Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes have similar quality. EV’s Garden Tapes uses the same footage from their earlier release.

 

1975, January 12 - Sunday

Location:  Brussels, Belgium

Venue:  Vorst National

Video:  professional video (10 minutes)

Comments:  Color film with sound, interview with Robert for Old Grey Whistle Test.

 

1975, February 7 - Friday

Location:  New York City, NY, USA

Venue:  Madison Square Garden

Video:  16mm (5.5 minutes)

Setlist:  Rock and Roll, Sick Again, and Over the Hills and Far Away.

Comments:  Color film with actual sound professionally shot from the photographer’s pit.

Comparison:  Latter Visions starts out with sampler, then goes on to the full version.  The full version seems to be darker than the sampler and Sugar Mama’s small bit.  (Sugar Mama only shows 1:40 of Rock and Roll.)  The sampler doesn't have an on-screen counter.  The full version has a counter, but is blacked out.  Empress Valley’s version is less dark than Celebration’s, but the generation quality is similar.  Assemblage shows the full version on the first disc, being much lighter than Celebration.  Assemblage also has a brief portion of Rock and Roll in perfect quality, filming of the crowd, a brief interview with Peter Grant, and NBC commentary on the second disc.

 

1975, February 8 - Saturday

Location:  Philadelphia, PA, USA

Venue:  Spectrum

Video:  8mm (15 minutes)

Setlist:  Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, and In My Time of Dying.

Comments:  Color film with actual sound.  Band member height makes up one third to full height of screen.

 

1975, February 10 - Monday

Location:  Landover, MD, USA

Venue:  Capitol Centre

Video:  8mm (2 minutes)

Setlist:  Heartbreaker.

Comments:  Color film with actual sound.  Full height of screen shows band members from waist to head.

 

1975, March 3 - Monday

Location:  Ft. Worth, TX, USA

Venue:  Tarrant County Convention Center

Video:  8mm (4 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, and Dazed and Confused.

Comments:  Color film closely shot.  Two thirds of the band members’ height makes up the full height of screen.

 

1975, March

Location:  Los Angeles, California, USA

Venue:  Midnight Special

Video:  professional video (4 minutes)

Comments:  Color.  J.J. Jackson interviewing Robert Plant.  The segment is eight minutes, but only four is actually with Robert.

 

1975, March 24 - Monday

Location:  Inglewood, California, USA

Venue:  Forum

Video:  8mm (18.5 minutes)

Setlist:  Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love / Crunge / Black Dog, and Heartbreaker.

Comments:  Filmed in color with sound.  Closely shot with distance ranging from band members’ height making up most of the screen to being seen from hip to head.  Well lit and excellent sound but runs fast.

 

1975, March 25 - Tuesday

Location:  Inglewood, California, USA

Venue:  Forum

Video:  two 8mm (28 minutes & 12 minutes)

Setlist1:  Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, and Whole Lotta Love.

Setlist2:  The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Dazed and Confused, and Stairway To Heaven.

Comments:  These were both filmed in color.  The first source is the longer one and was filmed with sound.  It is very similar to the previous night’s 8mm footage.  The second source is not very colorful, without actual sound, and isn’t always in good focus.  The footage starts out from close behind the stage, and then the taper travels around back and forth between the left and right front, then back to being behind the stage.  The distance ranges during the ride, but is never too distant.  Other songs are filmed but aren’t easily determined.

 

1975, March 27 - Thursday

Location:  Inglewood, California, USA

Venue:  Forum

Recordings:  8mm (7.5 minutes)

Setlist:  Stairway To Heaven and Whole Lotta Love.

Comments:  Filmed in color, without sound.  Other songs are filmed but aren’t easily determined due to the fragmentary filming.

 

1975, May 24 - Saturday 8pm

Location:  London, England

Venue:  Earl’s Court Arena

Video:  professional video (220 minutes)

Setlist:  Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California (incomplete), That's the Way (incomplete), Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused, Stairway To Heaven, and Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog.

Comments:  Filmed in color with sound.  (A handful of these tracks have been released officially and are represented here.)

Comparison:  CDM’s video quality is quite poor and the audio is often out of synchronization. It uses the official release to complete Going To California and That’s the Way. Moby is incomplete. Cashmere’s video quality is a little better but the audio gets out of sync too. It has no trace of Going To California or Moby Dick. EV’s Heavy Metal Kids is properly synchronized, has the two incomplete songs, has a complete Moby Dick, and has much better video quality. For some unknown reason it is missing 3 minutes of video (has audio) during Stairway. Bad Wizard’s Going To California cuts to the audience audio tape too early (uses the following night’s video to “complete”). It uses an inferior tape for the 2-3 minute section during Stairway. There’s a lot of tape after Stairway while the band is offstage. Bad Wizard’s video (April 2006 first issue and April 2008 reissue) and audio quality are not quite as good as Empress Valley’s. The video shows signs of compression.

EV’s In the Court of King James has some problems.  The 2-3 minute segment during Stairway is absent on this release.  Stairway, Whole Lotta Love, and Black Dog all contain dropouts in the audio.  Those issues aside, it has better video quality than all prior releases.

EV’s Wendy’s Going To California and That’s the Way are not “completed” with video from the next night. The first five seconds of the soundboard audio for That’s is missing (no video available for this brief part). Stairway splices in inferior tape for two minutes, like Bad Wizard and EV. It has the same audio dropouts found on EV. Their video quality is fairly similar to EV.

 

1975, May 25 - Sunday 8pm

Location:  London, England

Venue:  Earl’s Court Arena

Video:  professional video (225 minutes)

Setlist:  Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Tangerine, Going To California, That's the Way, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love / Black Dog, Heartbreaker, and Communication Breakdown.

Comments:  Filmed in color with sound.  (Dying has been released officially and is represented here.)

Comparison:  London Calling, Latter Visions, and Heavy Metal Kids cover the first 60 to 80 minutes of the show, all being released before the full show became available.

Finally, the full show gets released, on the Condor label.  It’s video quality beats all prior releases and doesn’t have audio synchronization issues.  Empress Valley followed up by releasing “Demand Unprecedented In the History of Rock Music” with even better video and audio quality (most notably during Tangerine).  Both titles have the standard cut in No Quarter.  The video quality drops, some is missing, and the audio reverts to the “older professional source.”  The problems persist and eventually the audio is switched to the audience during Tangerine.  (Condor’s re-issue in April 2008 is the same disc from the original issue.  The artwork is similar, but orange instead of red.)
Wendy’s title has similar audio and video quality as EV, but has a few second more video and audio before Tangerine is cut. That’s not available on older titles. Tangerine is completed with audio from the audience recording and the screen is simply black until the pro audio/video becomes available again.

 

1976, November 2 - Tuesday

Location:  River Tyne, Great Britain

Video:  professional video (11 minutes)

Comments:  Color film with sound, interview with Robert and Peter Grant for Old Grey Whistle Test.

Comparison:  Latter Visions only has the last two minutes.  Assemblage is complete and better quality.

 

1977, April 9 - Saturday

Location:  Chicago, IL, USA

Venue:  Chicago Stadium

Video:  8mm (18 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, The Rover (introduction) / Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, and Ten Years Gone.

Comments:  Color film without dubbed sound.  Half of the footage shows band members from waist up while the other half is more distant.

 

1977, April 10 - Sunday

Location:  Chicago, IL, USA

Venue:  Chicago Stadium

Video:  8mm (4 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, No Quarter, The Battle of Evermore, Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, and guitar solo.

Comments:  Color film without dubbed sound.  Band members’ height makes up just less than half the distance between the top and bottom of the picture’s frame.

Comparison:  Latter Visions’ video quality is barely better than Empress Valley’s Great Chicago Fire.  EV did a better job on the sound overdubbing.

 

1977, May 18 - Wednesday

Location:  Birmingham, AL, USA

Venue:  Jefferson Memorial Coliseum

Video:  8mm (10 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, In My Time of Dying, Kashmir, Moby Dick, and Rock and Roll.

Comments:  Color film shot from the left, up high.  Band members’ height makes up half the distance between the top and bottom of the picture’s frame.

 

1977, June

Location:  New York City, NY, USA

Video:  8mm (1.5 minutes)

Comments:  Color film without sound.  Band members are shown outside the Plaza Hotel.

 

1977, June

Location:  New York City, NY, USA

Venue:  Madison Square Garden

Video:  8mm (58 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, Sick Again, The Battle of Evermore, Kashmir, guitar solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love, and Heartbreaker.

Comments:  Color film with actual sound, shot between two nights.  Footage is very dark.  Distance scale ranges from full body filling half of screen height to full height.

Comparison:  Latter Visions is missing three songs and it’s video is too degenerated.  Assemblage contains the complete compilation of these two pieces of footage.  It has a three or four small instances of digital problems within the first two songs.

 

1977, June

Location:  New York City, NY, USA

Venue:  Madison Square Garden

Video:  8mm (3 minutes)

Setlist:  No Quarter and Ten Years Gone.

Comments:  Color film with actual sound.  Band members are shown from knees to head, filling the height of the screen.

 

1977, June

Location:  New York City, NY, USA

Venue:  Madison Square Garden

Video:  8mm (3 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same through Battle of Evermore.

Comments:  Color film without actual sound.  Very horrible footage that’s blurry the entire time.  Details cannot be seen.  Band members height fill about a third of the screen.

 

1977, June 14 - Tuesday

Location:  New York City, NY, USA

Venue:  Madison Square Garden

Video:  8mm (7 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, guitar solo, Achilles Last Stand, and Moby Dick.

Comments:  Color film with actual sound.  Distance scale ranges with zoom lens, with band members height occupying one third to full screen height.

 

1977, June 22 - Wednesday

Location:  Inglewood, CA, USA

Venue:  Forum

Video:  8mm (7.5 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, and Achilles Last Stand.

Comments:  Color film footage without actual sound.  Shot from far right of the stage above the floor.  Proximity (with zoom) ranges from band members’ height filling half the screen to full screen.

 

1977, June 23 - Thursday

Location:  Inglewood, CA, USA

Venue:  Forum

Video:  8mm (9.5 minutes)

Setlist:  Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, guitar solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, and Whole Lotta Love / Rock and Roll.

Comments:  Color film without actual sound.  Shot from left of center with zoom.  Closeness ranges from almost a full stage view to having half of band members’ height filling the screen.

 

1977, June 26 - Sunday

Location:  Inglewood, CA, USA

Venue:  Forum

Video:  two 8mm (18 minutes & 2 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Kashmir, Moby Dick, guitar solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, and It'll Be Me.

Comments:  These were both filmed in color without actual sound.  The first source shows the band closely, shot from left of center stage.  It typically shows band members from waist to head filling the frame.  The other source was shot from far right of the stage above the floor, capturing a little bit of Stairway and the encore.  It shows band members’ height filling one third to half of the screen.

Comparison:  Cosmic Energy contains the encore, using a mixture of the two camera sources.  Empress Valley has both sources.

 

1977, July 17 - Sunday 8pm

Location:  Seattle, Washington, USA

Venue:  Kingdome

Video:  professional video (200 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, The Rover (introduction) / Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, The Battle of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Out On the Tiles (introduction) / Moby Dick, guitar solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, and Whole Lotta Love / Rock and Roll.

Comments:  The entire show was professionally filmed in color.  It is only found with degenerated video and good audio.  However, the video is normally out of sync with the audio.

Comparison:  Celebration's video has narrower width than 4:3.  The width fluctuates quite a bit in the early part, all the way down to 3:3.  It doesn't compress the picture, it just simply crops out the sides.  The video is highly degenerated and branded with Celebration's logo.  The audio is sufficiently loud but the more prominent notes have a distinct digital distraction.  Akashic's video is consistently 4:3.  The video is still degenerated but isn't as bad as Celebration's and is not branded.  The audio isn't quite as loud as Celebration's, but it is all natural.  Both titles experience some unsynchronized time in the early part.

Hercules has a little better picture than Akashic, but Cashmere’s seems to be a touch better.  Bad Wizard’s video (April 2006 first issue and April 2008 reissue) has been brightened up a fair amount but it shows signs of compression.  Their audio is similar to Cashmere.

Boogie Mama’s release is similar to Bad Wizard.  The video is a little brighter and shows signs of compression.  It has a very brief splice during No Quarter to one of the other audio sources.

Empress Valley’s title is the same generation as the more recent releases.  It’s picture has a problem in the left hand margin for most of the video.  Like Boogie Mama, it splices to an audience source during No Quarter.  There are more signs of video problems during Moby Dick than on the other titles.

Wendy's 2009 single dvd release is the same generation as the more recent releases too. It's picture and audio content and quality vary some like the others. Their 2016 re-releases the original.

Assemblage II has the last three songs in upgraded quality.

 

1977, July 23 - Saturday

Location:  Oakland, CA, USA

Venue:  Oakland Coliseum Stadium

Video:  8mm (1.5 minutes)

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same and Sick Again.

Comments:  Color footage.  Band members’ height fills between one and two thirds of the screen height.

 

1979, August 4 - Saturday

Location:  Stevenage, England

Venue:  Knebworth Park

Video:  professional video (193 minutes) and two 8mm (40 seconds & 8 minutes)

Setlist1:  The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day, Out On the Tiles (introduction) / Black Dog, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Hot Dog, The Rain Song, White Summer / Black Mountainside (incomplete), Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again, Achilles Last Stand, guitar solo, In the Evening, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love (incomplete), and Heartbreaker.

Setlist2:  The Song Remains the Same, Black Dog, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Hot Dog, The Rain Song, and Kashmir.

Comments:  Professionally filmed, in color.  (A handful of these tracks have been released officially and are represented here.)  Black Mountain Side is missing about two minutes and Whole Lotta Love is missing one minute.

Comparison:  Final Cut, Latter Visions, and the no label title offer Heartbreaker from the distant camera.  Final Cut’s is very, very poor quality.  It can be found in much improved quality on Latter Visions and the no label title.

Tarantura2000’s title only features four songs.

Watchtower, Boogie Mama, Cashmere, Empress Valley, and the no label titles are the only ones to feature the whole show, and are better quality than the miscellaneous songs found on previous titles.  With the exception of the no label title, these are quite similar in quality, switching to the audience audio tape during White Summer and Whole Lotta Love.  (During those segments, the video loss is replaced with other bits from this and/or the other Knebworth show.)  These titles have differences in color balance and audio levels.  Boogie Mama’s picture quality suffers heavily during fast motion.  EV’s title loses synchronization between the audio and video for Sick Again through Whole Lotta Love.  EV’s video could possibly be one generation closer to the master.

The no label title has improved video quality over the previously mentioned releases, and has minimal problems with pixilation during fast motion.  For some reason, they chose to mix the pro video/audio source with an amateur audio source recorded in the audience.

The no label title also offers Heartbreaker from a different mix of cameras.  The distant camera is used in place of the close cameras in several spots.

The no label title “Knebworth Masters” also debuts two 8mm tapes.  The first one shows the band from a distance for forty seconds.  The other one starts with a hundred seconds of daylight crowd scenes, and then the remainder is the band on stage.

Assemblage II contains the 8 minute 8mm tape too, and it’s in similar quality as Knebworth Masters.

 

1979, August 11 - Saturday

Location:  Stevenage, England

Venue:  Knebworth Park

Video:  professional video (160 minutes) and 8mm

Setlist:  The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day, Out On the Tiles (introduction) / Black Dog, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, The Rain Song, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again, Achilles Last Stand, guitar solo, In the Evening, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love, and Communication Breakdown.

Comments:  The entire show was professionally filmed in color.  It is often found with degenerated video and good audio.  In the Evening and Communication Breakdown are available in near perfect quality.

Comparison:  Celebration released the same degenerated video that's been available for years.  The signature PA problems have been removed from Over the Hills and Far Away.  It's during this time when the audio gets out of sync with the video.  It is later somewhat corrected before it gets too noticeable.  The audio switches to an audience source as soon as the last song ends.  The video is “branded” with the Celebration logo the entire time.

Peter Grant's Stairway To Heaven is not an improvement over other sources.

London Calling's two tracks from this show (In the Evening and Communication Breakdown) are very excellent quality.

Genuine Bastard, Bad Wizard, Cashmere, and Empress Valley’s releases are of the same excellent quality found on London Calling.  They are complete, unedited, unbranded (except for EV’s brief brandings), and don’t use any audience audio tape - the best so far.  Genuine Bastard has a pressing flaw that often interferes with the playback towards the end of Kashmir.  Bad Wizard has a minor error just before Trampled Underfoot.

Genuine Bastard’s reissue “Definitive Version” uses new artwork and a new disc, without troubles during playback.  The audio and video are the same excellent quality as before.

 

1980, March 4 - Tuesday

Location:  Great Britain

Video:  professional video (2 minutes)

Comments:  Color film with sound, interview with John Bonham for Alright Now.

Comparison:  Assemblage has this in better quality than Latter Visions.

 

1980, June 18 - Wednesday

Location:  Cologne, Germany

Video:  8mm (18 minutes)

Setlist:  Train Kept a Rollin’, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In the Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll, and Communication Breakdown.

Comments:  Filmed in black and white without actual sound.  Distance scale ranges from full body filling half of screen height to hip and head height.

 

1980, June 21 - Saturday

Location:  Rotterdam, Netherlands

Video:  8mm (10 minutes)

Setlist:  Trampled Underfoot, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand, White Summer, Kashmir, and Stairway To Heaven.

Comments:  Filmed in color without actual sound.  Shot from high left side.  Full body almost fills half of the screen height.

 

1980, June 29 - Sunday

Location:  Zurich, Switzerland

Video:  8mm (3 minutes)

Setlist:  Train Kept a Rollin’, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Black Dog, and Achilles Last Stand.

Comments:  Color footage.  Band members’ height fills between one and two thirds of the screen height.

 

1980, July 5 - Saturday

Location:  Munich, Germany

Video:  8mm (10 minutes)

Setlist:  In the Evening, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Achilles Last Stand, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Rock and Roll, and Whole Lotta Love.

Comments:  Filmed in color without actual sound.  Full body fills half to full screen height.

Comparison:  Latter Visions’ video is way too degenerated and can be better found on Assemblage.

 


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