Over the years, Led Zeppelin's October 12, 1969, concert at the Lyceum Ballroom in London has been heard on different bootlegs. In the late '70s, vinyl collectors were happy to get their hands on Live at the Lyceum in London, a rare two-LP set that came from a German bootlegger called Grant Musik. And in 1996, the equally illicit Totonka label made the Lyceum show available on this single CD. The concert is generally excellent; hearing Zep's explosive performances of "Heartbreaker," "Communication Breakdown," and "Dazed and Confused," one can see why the Lyceum concert excites collectors. But here is the bad news: This CD is plagued by poor sound quality -- not terrible, but poor. The Lyceum show actually sounded better on Grant Musik's double LP. And because of the inferior sound quality, The Lyceum Ballroom U.K.: 10/12/69 is only recommended to completists.
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson