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This box set is perfect in every way.,
This review is from: The Complete Studio Recordings (Audio CD)
At college, a bunch of my CDs were stolen, including every Led Zeppelin CD I owned. My insurance replaced them within a week. I didn't own every Zeppelin album on CD, and I owned two of the pre-remastered editions. When I replaced them, I got this set to compensated for my stolen Zep. I could not be more pleased with the results of this box set. There are three great things about it that will be discussed here.
THE MUSIC: Every true rock fan knows the greatness of Led Zeppelin. Every song and album is a gem, and is essential to any music collection. Everyone has heard songs such as "Whole Lotta Love," "Stairway to Heaven," "The Song Remains the Same," and "Kashmir," to name a few. There are also many not so well known great tracks here, including "Achilles Last Stand," "In My Time of Dying," "All My Love," "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," and "Black Mountain Side," to name a few. Plus, with the album Coda, you get bonus tracks unavailable anywhere else unless you buy the other two box sets, including the non-LP B-side "Hey Hey What Can I Do," the outtake "Baby Come On Home," and the excellent songs recorded for the BBC "Travelling Riverside Blues" and "White Summer/Black Mountain Side." Once you buy one Zeppelin album, you will want to buy more, and more, and more (just ask anyone), so you may as well get it all and more now instead of buying all the albums separately and wishing you had just bought all of them this way and also gotten the great bonus tracks. Plus, though not in the short run but definitely in the long run, it is cheaper to buy all the albums this way than to buy them separately, and this way, you get more for less.
THE SOUND: Having heard two of the albums before Jimmy Page himself took control and remastered them, I know from personal experience that the new sound shows a difference between night and day. Before, they sounded like a lot of old, unremastered CDs do, dull, not enough volume, and need improvement. Here every single track from start to finish sounds so fresh, almost as if it were recorded quite recently. It shows that Jimmy Page really cares about the fans, as there are many under 21 who are discovering or will discover Led Zeppelin, and fans from the time upgrading their music collection to CD, and the sound should be as sharp and "current sounding" as possible. And here, Jimmy Page not only satisfied himself, but also satisfied CD buyers everywhere with the incredible sounds coming off of these 10 discs.
THE PACKAGING: The way this box set is packaged is excellent. What exactly is on the cover of the box, I do not know, but it is cool. The lid of the box set fold up and can be pushed in so you can access the CDs right from your shelf without having to take the box off the shelf and disassemble it, which is quite convenient. Inside there are five hardcover books, each housing 2 CDs. In order for the packaging to work, the Presence album is coupled with Houses of the Holy in order to give the double Physical Graffiti its own book. But that doesn't matter, you can listen to the CDs in any order you want. Each of the books contain graphics of the original vinyl packaging, such as the six different covers (front and back) from In Through the Out Door, the turning wheel from III, all the inner sleeves, everything is here. There is also a very entertaining booklet, filled with a biography and plenty of pictures.
If you like Led Zeppelin at all, this is the way to go. All the studio albums with graphics of the original vinyl and as originally sequenced. Please take my advice, if you like Led Zeppelin, invest your money and buy this set. If you have any hesitations at all, it is very likely that you have friends that like Led Zeppelin. Listen to their copies of the ablums and find out for yourself. Even if you have to make sure that the investment is worth it, you will not be disappointed in the end. This is sure to provide you enjoyment for a long time to come.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2008 2:55:57 AM PST
Tom C. says:
The picture on the box itself looks like the Hindenburg which exploded into flames. What you see is the metal frame of the Zeppelin. Tom
Posted on Apr 5, 2009 10:12:51 AM PDT
Cover of this masterwork appears as the interior-framework of a zeppelin airship itself.
Posted on Apr 1, 2011 7:51:01 PM PDT
Now this review was helpful. Why it isn't at the top is beyond me.
I had already purchased this from Columbia House a few years back. Anyone remember Columbia House? Anyway, a superb collection, and an absolute essential addition to any true Zeppelin fan.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2012 8:22:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2012 8:35:21 AM PDT
Mark O. Avery says:
Not an ounce of Zeppelin in my present collection, an un-
fortunate situation I must remedy ASAP. "Houses of the Holy"
was the end of the line for me as I had outgrown the group
after that. I, III and III were the epitome of what I needed
from the Zep ("Zozo" & "Houses of the Holy" were a nice cap
to my appreciation..... everything after was too heavy).
This will restore the hole in my collection at a reasonable price.
Posted on Jan 3, 2013 8:26:59 AM PST
Steve L. Trappasse says:
i dont get it , if this is thee remastered edition of all albums, what was Plant talking about recent interview about getting to remastering all albums soon? firstname.lastname@example.org
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