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Led Zeppelin

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The box-set comes with a brilliant booklet, filled with great essays on Zep from people like Cameron Crowe and Robert Palmer, topped off with great photos of the band & concise recording information for each song. Added to that the sequence of each CD and sound was remastered by Jimmy Page. The box-set touches on every Zep release, bar the live collection The Song Remains the Same.

CD One takes in tracks from the first three albums, from the obvious Whole Lotta Love, Ramble On, Communication Breakdown and Dazed And Confused to the more obscure, such as the Coda take of I Can't Quit You Baby from a soundcheck at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970; the Jimmy Page solo White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Immigrant Song and b-side Hey Hey What Can I Do. Other highlights include the rarity Travelling Riverside Blues, the divine Thank You and the underrated Your Time Is Gonna Come. The second CD is more varied (perhaps more accurately descibed as loaded)- the 15 tracks coming from the bestselling untitled fourth album. I like the way Houses Of The Holy's The Rain Song precedes Stairway To Heaven, or how we have several acoustic tracks The Battle Of Evermore, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Tangerine and Going To Califonia before the epic blues of Since I've Been Loving You. Black Dog and Misty Mountain Hop and D'yer Mak'er are rather fun tunes.

The third CD takes in the more epic side of the band, probably my favorite of the four. Physical Graffiti is well represented by the vast Eastern-inflected Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, the fragile beauty of Ten Years Gone and the 11-minute In My Time Of Dying. There are three tracks from Houses Of The Holy: the rockin' Dancing Days, the powerfully-structured The Song Remains The Same & the epic keyboard-based No Quarter. When The Levee Breaks is included here and still sounds great- the drumbeat being sampled/mimicked on records such as Beastie Boys' Rhymin' & Stealin' and Chapterhouse's Pearl. Great to see two of the best tracks from the underrated Presence album: the huge hurt of For Your Life and possibly the band's finest moment -- the 10-minute primal thrash of Achilles Last Stand.

The final CD contains 14 tracks -- a reworked Coda-track Moby's Dick/Bonzo's Montreux, programmed by Jimmy Page, alongside several other Coda-songs: Ozone Baby, Poor Tom and Wearing and Tearing. There's also another Houses Of The Holy song, the somewhat overplayed The Ocean. There are more delights from Physical Graffiti: the experimental In the Light, the belated title track Houses Of The Holy and the acoustic-based The Wanton Song. Single Fool In The Rain is another uniquely-sounding track and the other songs from Presence are great: single Candy Store Rock and Nobody's Fault But Mine is another classic. Finally we have a few songs from the somewhat patchy In Through the Out Door album: the vast In The Evening, the blues-based I'm Gonna Crawl and the best track from that album -- the touching All My Love-- which ends a suitably great boxset from a suitably great band.

Essay 1 | Essay 2 | Essay 3

Statistics

Released:
Oct. 29, 1990 (US)
Oct. 29, 1990 (UK)

Chart Position:
#18 (US) #48 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: 12-11-1990
Multi Platinum: 10x 3-02-2001

Tracks

CD ONE
1. Whole Lotta Love
2. Heartbreaker
3. Communication Breakdown
4. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
5. What Is And What Should Never Be
6. Thank You
7. I Can't Quit You Baby
8. Dazed And Confused
9. Your Time Is Gonna Come
10. Ramble On
11. Travelling Riverside Blues
12. Friends
13. Celebration Day
14. Hey Hey What Can I Do
15. White Summer/Black Mountain Side

CD TWO
1. Black Dog
2. Over The Hills And Far Away
3. Immigrant Song
4. The Battle Of Evermore
5. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
6. Tangerine
7. Going To California
8. Since I've Been Loving You
9. D'yer Mak'er
10. Gallows Pole
11. Custard Pie
12. Misty Mountain Hop
13. Rock And Roll
14. The Rain Song
15. Stairway To Heaven

CD THREE
1. Kashmir
2. Trampled Underfoot
3. For Your Life
4. No Quarter
5. Dancing Days
6. When The Levee Breaks
7. Achilles Last Stand
8. The Song Remains The Same
9. Ten Years Gone
10. In My Time Of Dying

CD FOUR
1. In The Evening
2. Candy Store Rock
3. The Ocean
4. Ozone Baby
5. Houses Of The Holy
6. Wearing And Tearing
7. Poor Tom
8. Nobody's Fault But Mine
9. Fool In The Rain
10. In The Light
11. The Wanton Song
12. Moby Dick/Bonzo's Montreux
13. I'm Gonna Crawl
14. All My Love
Quick Fact

At each the four corners of the box set front cover there is a number. The numbers and what they represent are:

54: The number of songs on the box set.
69: (19)69, the year the first studio album was released.
79: (19)79, the year the last studio album was released.
(X): The sideways '8' is the mathematical symbol for infinity, representing of course, how long the music will last.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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