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Anaheim 1981 Master


Media: 2 CDr Audio
Time: 64:08, 56:17
Catalog: Masterport: 192
Source: Audience
Date: June 16, 1981
Location: Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA

2112: Overture/ The Temples of Syrinx   6:35
Freewill   6:04
Limelight   4:56
Hemispheres: Prelude
Beneath, Between and Behind   2:48
The Camera Eye   11:25
short jam/ YYZ (incl. Drum Solo)   9:05
Broon's Bane   1:42
The Trees   4:19
Xanadu   12:44

The Spirit of Radio   5:48
Red Barchetta   6:54
Closer to the Heart   3:32
Tom Sawyer   5:12
Vital Signs   5:13
Natural Science   8:19
By-Tor and the Snow Dog >
In the End / In the Mood / 2112
La Villa Strangiato   9:28

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Average Rating:Audio: 8.5

Suzuki Jun'ya (aka the_sphere)

A Japanese bootlegger released the famous Anaheim 06/16/81 show in late July entitled "Anaheim 1981 Master" from MASTERPORT label that is one of the label name for Rock/Hard Rock bootlegs, cooperate with Ayanami (for Prog. rock) and Langley (for Heavy Metal) labels. (the price is about US$40)

As the title says, credited this was made from master tape. After listening and comparing with "Anaheim CA 6-16-81 The Definitive Edition", the new one sounds slightly better about sound dimension, definition etc. and a bit less hissy than previous versions. Oh, course they're the same recording.

Although I do not have the master or 1st gen. copy so I have no idea about the certain generation linkage, if "Anaheim CA 6-16-81 The Definitive Edition" was made from 1st gen. tape, it is possible to believe "Anaheim 1981 Master" was made from master tape (or master clone digital source). Then can listen to some noises caused by source tape damage in just same places with previous versions, it is sure at least the source for the new one is just the ancestoral copy of the source for "Anaheim CA 6-16-81 The Definitive Edition".

Anyways, this is definitely an upgrade of this great show.

Will share as .shn format on DC hub soon.


Thanks to Jun'ya san, we have the Masterport's version of the famous Anaheim '81 recording reported from the 'master'. While I have no solid evidence that the recording source is not from the master, I have my serious doubts. It's been well documented that this recording was made by the famous "Mike the mike" aka Mike Millard who taped some phenomenal Led Zeppelin shows in the '70s. Unfortunately, he passed away in the early '90s and is no longer with us. The best KNOWN generation of this recording that I'm aware of is Master Cassette > HIFI > DAT. I have personally seen the HIFI tape in my buddy's collection. So, unless a posthumous transfer of Mike's master tape was performed, I HIGHLY doubt the legitimacy of this source. Lastly, bootleggers will say anything to make a few dollars, pounds or yens. (DEC '03)

Rusher Man

With all respects to this great sounding show I must say Mike Millard's masters are said to be intact & kept by close family members only & are not circulated , I believe this is (at best) a 1st gen since that is the best quality of any of his recordings to be circulating. I have to agree with Marc that he did tape some great Led Zeppelin as well & I mean great quality for that era , the best i ever heard & it's unbelieveable some of these shows sound so so good. But as for masters, i doubt it very highly that any are circulating , only 1st gen copies at best.

Jesse G.
   (Audio - 8.5)

Terrific show from a terrific venue! I like this boot a lot. It's a nice upgrade to the original one. GET IT!   (2006-10-29)

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