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Led Zeppelin bootleg – Live At The Lyceum (1969)


When this rare two-LP bootleg was recorded at the Lyceum in London on October 12, 1969, Led Zeppelin had only one album out — the release of Led Zeppelin II was still a few months away.

While the sound quality is decent — not great, not terrible, but decent — Zep’s performances are generally excellent. Most of the songs that Zep performs are on its self-titled debut album, including “Dazed and Confused” (which takes up all 14 minutes of Side Three), “Communication Breakdown,” “I Can’t Quit You, Baby,” Willie Dixon‘s “You Shook Me,” and Howlin’ Wolf‘s “How Many More Times.” Taking up all of Side Four, the latter becomes the basis for an inspired 15-minute blues jam.

Only two songs from Led Zeppelin II, “Heartbreaker” and “What Is and What Should Never Be,” are performed — at that point, they had yet to be released commercially, and many of the Londoners in the audience were no doubt hearing them for the first time. Released by a German bootlegger that called itself Grant Muzik, this double-LP made its way across the Atlantic to the U.S. and was quickly grabbed up by American collectors.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Led Zeppelin Live At The Lyceum | , | Leave a comment