The sound of Whole Lotta Love exploding through the speakers once you have put the needle down will stay with you forever. The band is utterly peerless - the drumming throughout is staggering, heavy but nimble.
The bass playing is out of this world The Lemon Song! Don't mind the packaging although I would prefer hard covers for durability. Pleased with the mix on these CD remasters although I think some of the early Analogue remasters are superior in timbre and tone. Clarity was never an issue with Zeppelin albums so tweaking for a more precise sound really isn't what one needs to hear. All-in-all I'm glad I bought all the albums from Zep two to six as the sound is definitely superior to my standard CD versions.
I didn't bother with Zep one as most other reviewers say this one is the weakest of the bunch and anyway I'm happy with my analogue-remaster. I will be buying the first six vinyl copies shortly although I already have excellent early vinyl pressings in my collection. I'm looking forward to comparing the originals against the remastered vinyl. It should be interesting! One thing has confused me, it clearly states in the adverts on Amazon that four out of the five Cd's should have auto-rip versions available for download, but I can't find any vouchers or codes within the packaging to allow me do this.
Am I missing something Amazon? I bought all 3 of the super deluxe Led Zeppelin releases and all I can say is wow! These sets are beautifully produced and packaged. They make even the superb Jethro Tull Aqualung package look cheap! The box itself is solid and extremely robust. The LP sleeves are faithful reproductions of the originals with the addition of a holographic Swansong sticker on the back of the sleeve.
The extra's disc sleeve is the original artwork with all the colours reversed. The hardback book is chock full of photo's and reproductions of reviews, interviews, articles - again beautifully produced. The CD are miniatures of the LP - the discs are also inside anti-static cellophane bags - and they sit in a recess in the bottom of the box. Jimmy Page has done an amazing job of remastering the originals, the sound is crystal clear and brings a fresh enjoyment to well-known music.
Again, sound is superb. This may be an expensive set but in I'm my opinion all three sets are by far the best produced reissues by any band and they are worth the money - if you can afford it. How do you improve on perfection? Someone had better ask Jimmy Page, I was dubious about what to expect with the first three Led Zeppelin albums re-mastered yet again and bundled with additional music.
More about the add-ons later. What you get here is an unbelievably crisp sounding version of the album, the changes are subtle yet obvious, no oxymoron intended! Does it add anything to what many would consider one of rocks seminal and essential recordings?
You Betcha! Simply awesome. The additional stuff varies, with one album it's a live recording at the same time ish as the release with others it's alternate versions of the tunes, it's kinda OK but pales into insignificance next to the albums themselves, Highly recommended if you're already a Led Zeppelin fan Load more international reviews.
Been a Zeppelin fan for many many years but dumped my vinyl some time ago - stupid boy! These albums sound great. I've never listened to much Led Zep but I'm converted now I've listened to these re-issues. Also during a couple of songs I here the same sound. Again it's very brief and I could live with it but I was wondering whether people had perfect pressings and whether to return it for an exchange.
I ordered and received all three albums. Led Zep I is perfectly quiet. This is one of Zep's original albums I have never owned, so attracted by the remastering I went for the less expensive version without the additional material on a second disc. The added value of buying this product is the classic sleeve and the remaining 6 songs, all good with the exception of the Lemon Song and Moby Dick which are substandard fillers in my view.
I bought this album mainly for disc 2 Studio Out-takes. I have bought this album a few times now, starting with the original vinyl and over the years the CD versions and box sets. So the marketing side had to be good and so the second cd sold it for me.
Nicely put together and with a nice crisp sound, still enjoying the music today as when I first heard it. If you are just getting into Led Zep now's your chance to buy quality recordings. Not my favourite music wise, but standing between the speakers is quite an experience. The great job done with all these Zep remasters has been done even better on this one.
I really don't think it could be improved on. I guess I am rating the quality of the vinyl and sleeve rather than the music here, as this is a classic album. On the former two points, the album is perfect and exactly as I recall the original copy I had in the seventies other than the slightly heavier duty vinyl.
Some people wonder why Page is so devoted to endlessly improving Led Zep recordings. I can hear why. The new version of their second album sounds fantastic-the bass has been improved and the separation and clarity are worth every penny. I always liked this album because of the raw guitar and excellent, standard setting bass playing. If you don't own a copy of the second album-get this one. Brings back loads of Happy Memories Excellent.
During this awful time we are going thro. I purchased this cd on hearing the MP3 samples and upon hearing the samples it was clear this was a improvement over the original cd which was a bit of a disappointment over the good old LP version The trouble with the original cd was it was a bit flat and cold over the LP which I also own This new remastered cd brings back the warmth and dynamics of the original LP. Why the first cd was bad I will never know Even the MP3 download is better.
This is an awesome post. As I believe I mentioned in your previous Zeppelin post, I also have a Mobile Fidelity half-speed mastered copy of Zeppelin II which I played last week for the first time in nearly 30 years. My old turntable finally died and I chose that as my first record for the new turntable. What a great choice.
Hopefully the vinyl remasters that are coming our way will sound at least as good as that. Like Liked by 1 person. What turntable did you buy? I have a Rega…. Like Like. I was told that I should get a Rega or Thorens, but both were out of my price range.
I actually spent more than I wanted to for the Audio Technica but it came so highly recommended that I decided to splurge and nothing cheaper appealed to me.
Maybe the import prices are higher — they are made up the road from me, so they may be cheaper here. The AT looks very nice — always good to spend slightly more than you wanted to — I think you end up being happy about it in the end…. The record is in good condition. I have a pink vinyl led zeppelin iv printed in , which I bought new from a record shop as a teenager. Can you tell me its value please. Anyone else know? Unless it is the UK Lilac vinyl reissue which looks pink , it is most likely a bootleg.
I had no idea there might be some valuables in the basement. Hubby is a Zep fan, and I think we have pres US pressings. Now, if only my Thompson Twins and Shalimar vinyl was so coveted…. Hugely impressed by your knowledge. Have all the albums on vinyl, though I have no idea about their desirability. Is that right? Anoraks always welcome here, especially when they give us information like that!
Led Zeppelin, or more specifically, Jimmy Page, negotiated their recording contract with Atlantic Records USA; there are several interviews with Page that confirm this business deal. No record label would ever send the original master tape anywhere in the world, especially for a group that sold multi-millions of physical formats like LZ. So, at best, the UK pressings have started with a duplication of the master tape, not the original master tape itself. But this does not necessarily mean the UK pressings are inferior audio.
There are so many manufacturing stages between transferring a tape whatever its origins to the final, pressed vinyl. Their manager, Peter Grant, claims they started Swan Song Records as much to quality control the manufacturing of their vinyl records.
At the pressing plant Grant saw that, in the final stage of manufacturing, an acid cleansing bath for classical records was renewed every 10 days.
Rock album baths were changed at over far longer periods, so Grant had them change the baths as often fro LZ vinyl records. There are stories of Jimmy Page personally bringing the master tapes back to the UK with him. Thank you! Nice article. Quite a few think the gm Classic Pressing is the best to get on this one.
It smokes a slightly later German version I have. One of my neighbours was a press photographer at the Auckland concert, and jumped in to help tune an acoustic guitar for the roadies when Bonham turned up dead drunk an hour before the show and the ground crew scrambled to sober him up, not that you can tell he was in any way impared from the bootleg of the concert. Thanks for this — as much good info as what I wrote! I agree that the UK Physical Graffiti sounds nice.
And yes, I intend to purchase all three, albeit these will be my first serviceable I and II. The extras included on the vinyl of III are enough, I think, to draw me in to that one….
There is a picture of the LZ II mastertape from New York in an audiophile magazine titled Stereophile which details how Classic Records obtained and developed their reissue series. I am a dealer so hear them often. Side 1 of my copy has a pressing fault which causes the needle to mistrack in a few places on the first 2 tracks causing some distortion. I know it is not stylus damage which sounds the same because I have owned it from new.
I have just played the first LP of the second pressing, since I have just acquired a mint copy and I would say it is just as good, but without the fault. I think the intros are often spoiled on the BT version and the intros are important. It plays fine on a proper turntable but not on a Radiogram which is what most people had in 69, if they were lucky. The same is true of Electric Ladyland and is the reason why people want the Track versions rather than the later Polydor versions which were recorded quieter because of the jumping problem.
Why people pay 5 times more for the version with the blue writing rather than white writing is beyond me because the discs are from exactly the same master. Fantastic stuff! Just playing Side 1 of PG now -1 matrix … Now that you mention it, the first 2 tracks seem to lack low bass, apart from a bass drum hit just before the fade out of Custard Pie.
More listening required! I did Simon thanks. Glad I read this cos my original Led Zep 1 is the red and plum version in mint….
First name Chester I think. Great info here, thanks. Also, while many people think the Aleister Crowley inscription on Zeppelin III denotes a first pressing, this is not the case. All US and UK pressings, both first and re-issues, display some form of the inscription on one or both sides. On the US pressings the inscription is neatly written in a small script font, while on UK pressings it is in a much larger block-style printing that is clearly different than the US font.
Apparently all other international pressings have no inscriptions at all, with the sole exception being the Lebanese pressing. And the side placement of the inscription is not consistent; it seems to vary by where and when the album was pressed.
About those Atco records.. Is this good or bad? Are you saying it has an Atco-style label? Incidentally, I bought an original copy of Led Zeppelin I with the turquoise lettering in near mint condition from Leigh Record Exchange same shop? That was certainly a good day to be a record collector. All were near mint condition. That shop could be a gold mine some days. Hi Bob, In a word, yes. He scaled back the production and took the Hollywood sheen of previous efforts and muddied them up.
Rather than go searching for big hits, Plant instead focused on the integrity of the music. The album was a mark of how far Plant had come and offered up a reminder for all those who had forgotten just exactly who they were dealing with. Rather than rehash old sounds, this song is proof that Plant is always looking forward. So powerful and far-reaching are his lines that we could listen to Plant singing this on his own, with no backing, and still be incredibly happy.
Plant is on fire throughout the song, hitting notes that only dogs can process while also possessing all of the malicious intent that Lucifer himself would be proud of. John Bonham was a rhythmic narrator, and boy did his words carry weight. They were big personalities that emitted an energy as a collective that was intangible—thus the band became untouchable. To pay tribute to John Bonham on the fiftieth anniversary of Led Zeppelin II , we sought three drummers who are admittedly not Bonham-esque in their playing style, but who can share three unique insights and experiences on how this particular album made a profound impact on their lives.
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, in the s, Shoals was raised mostly on hip-hop and alternative rock. Shoals was excited and honored to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but he was also acutely aware of the potential criticism he faced, especially in the age of social media and YouTube commentary. For Pat, this was his way to pay homage to his favorite band. I was excited to grow from the experience and just do the best that I could to honor his legacy.
Thanks Album) the information. Retrieved 13 July It features a variety of dynamics during the track, along with flanged vocals and wide-panned stereo guitars. Amazon Payment Products. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (Vinyl song was edited down to a single in the US, where it became a top 5 hit. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! InRhino Records issued remastered and expanded versions of the first three Led Zeppelin albums, including this Super Deluxe Edition of IIwhich includes the two-CD edition, the double gram vinyl LP pressing, access to downloadable high-def digital audio, a hard-bound eighty-page book, and a high-quality print of the original album cover. Jennings Farm Blues
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