Video Recordings

Artwork Case

Led Zeppelin
August 11, 1979
Knebworth Festival
Stevenage, England
3 DVDs
PCM Audio
Unknown label

DVDR 1 (55.57):

The Song Remains The Same
Celebration Day
Black Dog
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Over The Hills And Far Away
Misty Mountain Hop
Since I've Been Loving You
No Quarter

DVDR 2 (52.01):

Hot Dog
The Rain Song
White Summer - Black Mountain Side
Trampled Underfoot
Sick Again
Achilles Last Stand

DVDR 3 (54.52):

Guitar Improvisation
In The Evening
Stairway To Heaven
Rock And Roll
Whole Lotta Love
Communication Breakdown

This version has Linear PCM AUDIO.

From the very start of disc 1 you know that this is going to be an exceptional release. The second Knebworth video has been doing the rounds for a while now, and previously Cosmic Energy did a splendid job with their Second Night In The Park. However this new release, by an unknown/unnamed label (but could well be Wendy as it is featured on their website), sets a new standard for both the quality of the video and the soundtrack. I am informed by a very reliable and qualified source that this looks like a second generation video source. There is more video footage as the MC announces the band, as the camera zooms in to the stage the picture quality is much improved and sharper. The clarity, sharpness and cleaness of the picture and the colour is much improved, and the soundtrack is powerful and prominent. A good test of picture quality is how well you can see all the strings on Jimmy's guitar. Here, on the opening song (The Song Remains The Same), Jimmy plays the Gibson double neck, and you can count every one of the 12 strings, and the 6 strings below as well. Another very good example of the exceptional quality of this release is during In The Evening on disc 3, the close-ups of Robert's face are perfect quality, as is the picture quality of Jimmy's guitar. This release has been spread over three DVDRs, to ensure the highest quality transfer to disc. Burning a DVDR this way produces 60 minutes running time, as opposed to a slightly lesser quality transfer of 2 hours. Clearly a great deal of trouble has been taken in ensuring sourcing the best quality video, and the transfer to DVDR. Unfortunately there are no bells and whistles on this release regarding an opening menu, song title index, etc. This is a minor gripe, but if each of the discs had this then it would have made this release even better. This second Knebworth concert remains an extremely important and highly emotional one, being the last time the group ever played on home soil. (Jules McTrainspotter August 04)