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Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe CD Edition)
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Led Zeppelin I - Original CD
The original album, newly remastered, in a gatefold sleeve with an 8 page booklet.
Led Zeppelin I - Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl (Triple Vinyl)
Original remastered LP, plus 2 LPs of companion audio on 180 gram vinyl in a tri-fold sleeve. Featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France.
Led Zeppelin I - Deluxe CD Edition (2 CD)
Deluxe 2 CD package with the original artwork, plus the newly created negative artwork for the companion audio. The original album is newly remastered; the 2nd CD featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France. 16 page booklet.
Led Zeppelin I - Original Vinyl (1 LP)
Original album on 180 gram vinyl, newly remastered in single sleeve replicating the original album.
Led Zeppelin I - Super Deluxe Edition Box (CD & LP)
Led Zeppelin’s debut album, newly remastered, and including an additional CD and double LP featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France. Super Deluxe Edition Box Set Includes: CD1: Original album newly remastered in vinyl replica sleeve CD2: Companion audio featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France in a new sleeve Vinyl 1: Original album newly remastered in single sleeve replicating the original album on 180 gram vinyl Vinyl 2/3: Companion audio on two LPs (180 gram vinyl) in a new sleeve featuring negative artwork based on the original album artwork, and featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France HD Download card with the original album @ 96/24 and the live concert from Paris @ 48/24 LP sized, individually numbered, high quality print of the original album cover Album-size hardback book (72 pages) Replica of original Atlantic press kit"
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Not the case with the debut album LZ1. The reason? The bonus record is a live show they did in Paris back in 1969. It is fabulous and raw. Their playing like a young hungry band which they were at the time.
Get all the Zeppelin remasters for the sound. As for the bonus disc, that's up to you on how important the demos are. But if your not sure and don't want to spend the money on all of them, at least get this one for the great live bonus record.
On this, Led Zeppelin's eponymous maiden-voyage, it kicks off with "Good Times, Bad Times" a straight-ahead rocker that delivers with its instrumentation behind the vocals of Robert Plant. Love those brief bass solos by John Paul Jones. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" gives the group its description with their sound(not in that order name-wise) blending tender acoustic and heavy backup mid-way through[The latter contains that "classic" descending riff used on The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and Chicago's "25 Or 6 To 4",coincidently]. "You Shook Me" gives the band its roots on blues with excellent slide guitar work, harmonica and organ playing. "Dazed And Confused" kicks in with a descending bass riff followed by guitar work employing the wah-wah pedal and a violin bow technique which became a live classic subsequently that stretched longer and longer in time length-wise. The organ intro on "Your Time Is Gonna Come" by John Paul Jones would almost rival the intro on The Band's "Chest Fever"[off Music From Big Pink] before this song's take-off and note on the chorus is sung with all four members of Zeppelin[The only time the group sings background vocals before Robert Plant took to vocal overdubs with the sometime help of drummer John Bonham's harmony vocals]. Also worth mentioning on "Your Time" is the one and only time Page employs pedal steel guitar which he claimed in Guitar Player magazine he hasn't used before or since. "Black Mountain Side" is a Page instrumental with the similar tuning as his song on The Yardbirds' Little Games "White Summer" which he subsequently combined as a medley in concert. "Communication Breakdown" rocks things up once again at a moderate pace with a great guitar break clocking in at the two and a half minute mark. It's the blues once again with "I Cant Quit You Baby"[Like "You Shook Me" this was also penned by Willie Dixon, the chief staff writer, session bassist and producer for Chess records] and it's as basic as it gets meaning no extra overdubs with keyboards, harmonica nor second guitar. This version was based on the Otis Rush version with the half-step chord sequence included and not only that Page also used a strap the bore the name Otis Rush besides. "How Many More Times" wraps up this album with an eight and a half minute finish with a bass riff kick-off, wah-wah guitar, violin bow technique as done in "Dazed" but with more furor and passion not to mention a lyrical quote from "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine". For all guitar enthusiasts, Jimmy Page would forsake his beloved Telecaster he was using in favor of a Gibson Les Paul after this release which became his trademark guitar.
The bonus disc featured here is a live show performed at The Olympia in Paris and transmitted for the BBC from October 1969, which features most of the debut albums' numbers with the inclusions of "Heartbreaker" and "Moby Dick" from Led Zeppelin II and the medleys of "Good Times, Bad Times"/"Communication Breakdown" and "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side". Not a bad beginning for the 2014 remasters. Want to get the Led out? Start right here! Don't delay!
I listen via McIntosh receiver, McIntosh SACD player, B&W bookshelf speakers and Kplisch subwoofer. In the only mode it is available, stereo. It turns up loud nicely, great stereo balance and most notably to me is the low end, bass and drums, seem to really come through.
I have listened to in my car, with just the standard Ford CD stereo system and is great.
I have never been a big fan of Led Zep live versions and this continues with the live Paris second CD. Too much Jimmy Page playing random stuff. It's nice to have the second CD, live Paris, but I probably won't listen to it too much.
The packaging and booklet are cool and well done.
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Released in very early 1969, the first album was incredibly ground-breaking. A mix of rock and blues with clear folk influences and a bit of late 60s psychedelia thrown in. Only Hendrix and Free played blues rock with anything approaching the soul, feel and raw electric full-on power as this. It is still my favourite Led Zeppelin album.
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
3. You Shook Me
4. Dazed And Confused
5. Your Time Is Gonna Come
6. Black Mountain Side
7. Communication Breakdown
8. I Can't Quit You Baby
9. How Many More Times
The two shorter more "commercial" tracks, the proto-punk "Communication Breakdown" and "Good Times Bad Times" are the ones that initially stuck in the mind, but the extended blues of "I Can't Quit You Baby", "Dazed And Confused”, “How Many More Times” and the pounding, slow bassy blues of ”You Shook Me”, with its mesmeric intro, are where to find the real soul of this album. “Black Mountain Side”, however, is a small hint towards the folk influence that would pervade a lot more as the band moved into and through the seventies.
The sound on this album is fantastic. From the opening blast of “Good Times Bad Times” and the crystal clear acoustic guitar on “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” it is a sonic revelation. Play it loud. Remember this was recorded in 1969 too. They were way ahead of the game.
Now, on to the live cuts. Many people have been disappointed with them, feeling that they resemble bootleg quality. I must say I have to disagree. Sure, there is a "rough and ready" feel to them, but considering the year they were recorded (1969) they are not so bad and they certainly capture the rawness of this mighty group as they first started to flex their muscles. At times you feel as you are there. Feedback and the odd strange noises and all. The opener, a mix of "Good Times Bad Times" and "Communication Breakdown" is, at times, a bit messy, but for me, therein lies its appeal. "I Can't Quit You Baby" sees a bit of improvement, and "Heartbreaker" is excellent. "Dazed and Confused" has quite a bit of buzzy feedback, to be honest, and I realise this is what has probably put a lot of people off. The "rock" bit at eight minutes is great, however. Some excellent guitar in "You Shook Me" too.
Much as I dislike drum solos. I never tire of Bonham on "Moby Dick". Raw power.
Overall, I just see it as a welcome document of Led Zeppelin live from this era, of which there is not much. The BBC live sessions are better, however.
The bonus disc is a Live Performance in Paris which starts off weak with, in my opinion, a poor performance of "Communication Breakdown". But it is quickly rectified with an amazing performance of "I Can't Quit You..." and stays strong from there on. It includes the "White Summer/Black Mountain Side" medley and two of the strongest songs ("Heartbreaker" and "Moby Dick") from the upcoming Led Zeppelin II, which was released two weeks later.
However still giving 5 stars for purchase - what a wonderful album !
I really love this first album from Led Zeppelin, along with my other early favourites; Free's Tons of Sobs, Jethro Tull's This Was, Savoy Brown's Blue Matter, Atomic Rooster's first and Steamhammer's Reflection.
Not doing an overview of the individual tracks - no need.
You've just got to buy this and indulge in a magnificent blast from the past!!!!
The remastering is genius, crisp new sound abounds to delight the ears, essential purchase for Led Zeppelin fans and highly recommended to those new to the band but wondering what all the fuss was about !
It's beautiful, really well presented, even friends (who aren't fans of the band) loved it. It's great to have all the formats in one set and in particular I loved playing the vinyl (this was the biggest draw for me along with the hardback book and album cover print).
But what a lovely item to own
Three vinyls and two cds plus a Wonderful book etc.
Just the feel of it makes you want to own it,guess i'm a sucker for this sort of thing.
May splash out for the other Deluxe editions if the price is right.
Great live Concert too.