Complete Seattle (The Diagrams of Led Zeppelin TDOLZ Vol. 98)
Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA – July 17, 1973
Disc 1 (52:36): Introduction, Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter
Disc 2 (66:56): The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed & Confused, Stairway To Heaven
Disc 3 (63:50): Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean
Led Zeppelin’s Seattle show on the ninth tour is a classic that has been in circulation for more than thirty years, being found on vinyl titles such as Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. 1 (Rock Solid Records), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin’ Pig Records), V1/2 (Trade Mark Of Quality), V1/2 Led Zeppelin Performed Live In Seattle (Highway HiFi), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records), Live In Seattle (The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label, Seat & Trade Mark Of Quality), Live In Seattle 1973 (Wind Records), On Tour (Berkeley & Black Gold Concerts), Seattle 73 (Phoenix), Seattle Daze (Box Top Records), and Trade Mark Of Quality Years (Trade Mark Of Quality). On compact disc it has been released on Zep Hakase (Akashic), V ½ (Cobra), Grandiloquence (Antrabata), and Seattle Daze (IQ).
Complete Seattle is one of the last TDOLZ titles. This is an excellent, almost complete, very good to excellent stereo audience recording. A gap lasting several seconds at the end of “No Quarter” is filled with a good source that sounds like it is from vinyl, and the guitar drops during the solo in “Stairway To Heaven” making it difficult to hear, which is a real pity since it is one of the greatest solos on record. The epics, “Dazed And Confused” and “Moby Dick,” are among the longest played on tour. “No Quarter” is very mysterious and “Whole Lotta Love” has a unique rhythm during the theremin solo that is heard only in this show. The show is let down only by the exploding mellotron during “The Rain Song,” where Jones switches to electric piano giving the song a different atmosphere. This title comes in a fat boy jewel case utilizing many of Laurence Ratner’s photos from the 1973 US tour. The case comes in a cardboard slipcover with the Hindenburg disaster on the cover.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)