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Awesome introduction to Led Zeppelin
on April 30, 2007
THE BAND: Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitars), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards), John Bonham (drums & percussion).
THE DISCS: (1990) 26 songs on 2 discs clocking in at approximately 144 total minutes (about 72 minutes per disc). Included with the discs is a 6-page booklet containing song titles/credits/times, several band photos, and thank you's. This 2-disc set is the (import) European "highlights" portion of the bigger 4-disc (54 total songs) set under the same name. This compilation follows the band from 1969-79. Digitally remastered sound. Produced by Jimmy Page. Label - Atlantic Records.
ALBUM REPRESENTATION: Debut "1" (4 songs), II (3), III (3), IV-Zoso (5), Houses Of The Holy (4), Physical Graffiti (3), Presence (2), In Through The Out Door (2).
COMMENTS: For a rock band as big as Led Zeppelin was, there simply aren't a whole lot of compilations to choose from. Personally, I think that's a good thing. For the true beginner, this mix is a great intro to the band. For the listener wanting a few studio albums - I'd recommend "II", "IV"... and then "Houses Of The Holy and "Physical Graffiti". All of Led Zeppelin's albums are essential in my book - some simply more so than others. Chronological order here is a bonus (the 4-disc set is surprisingly NOT in chronological order) and you can hear the band maturing through the years. Only thing that could have made this 2-disc set better is utilzing the whole disc(s). Both discs left approximately 8 minutes of blank space and why not put another song or two on each - plenty of omitted classic songs to choose from (i.e. "Over The Hills And Far Away", "The Ocean", "In My Time Of Dying", "Fool In The Rain", "Gallows Pole", "Going To California", "Thank You", "Living Loving Maid", "Moby Dick", or anything from "CODA"). The remastered sound is ultra crisp and the songs sound amazing. Looking for a great place to have many a classic Zeppelin song all in one place - look no further (5 stars).