Like all of its 1970s tours, Led Zeppelin's North American tour of 1973 resulted in a staggering number of bootlegs. Some were plagued by terrible sound quality, while others would delight an audiophile. In terms of sound quality, Live in Seattle: The 1973 Tour is somewhere in between -- the sound isn't fantastic, but it's decent. The performances themselves, meanwhile, are generally engaging. Even if Zeppelin is occasionally too long-winded, one can easily forgive its excesses because of all the passion and imagination it brings to the stage. When this two-LP set was recorded in May 1973, their most recent album was Houses of the Holy; the band performs everything on that album except "The Crunge" and "D'yer Mak'er." Led Zeppelin IV also gets a lot of attention, although songs from Zep's first three albums aren't a high priority -- however, Live in Seattle does include inspired performances of "Whole Lotta Love" and "Since I've Been Loving You." Because its sound quality isn't perfect -- good, but not perfect -- this bootleg isn't an ideal document of Zep's 1973 tour. But Live in Seattle (which was also released as V_ by Trademark of Quality and On Tour by Berkeley) has more plusses than minuses, and hardcore Zep collectors enjoyed the double-LP despite its imperfections.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson