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Led Zeppelin - Mothership   

For years, as playlists and multidisc players put Led Zeppelin tracks into a mix, there was a perpetual need to adjust the volume when Zep came on. Their tunes languished in the haze of substandard remastering--until now, at least for the 24 tracks on Mothership and the final fullness of the new Song Remains the Same reissue. For its part, Mothership's crisper, warmer audio owes its heft to the troika of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, who helped oversee the mastering, bringing out untold shades even in the throes of "Heartbreaker" and the sinews of "No Quarter." It's an impressive sonic leap. Where tinny high-ends and muffled lows used to co-exist, fatter and louder depths prevail. It's ever more astonishing that Zep got on with just four blokes. You can quibble with the 24 tracks here (where's "The Ocean"?), but the band picked each track here, from the stone-cold locks ("Communication Breakdown" and "Stairway to Heaven," no, duh) to the robust throb of "When the Levee Breaks." As for "The Ocean," you can find that in fantastically full form, along with five other gems on the newly remastered Song Remains the Same, which shows up for 2007's holiday season on DVD, too. Only rarely have four lads from England made so memorable an auditory and visual blast. --Andrew Bartlett

Tracks

  • A1)   Good Times Bad Times
  • A2)   Communication Breakdown
  • A3)   Dazed And Confused
  • A4)   Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
  • B1)   Whole Lotta Love
  • B2)   Ramble On
  • B3)   Heartbreaker
  • B4)   Immigrant Song
  • C1)   Since I've Been Loving You
  • C2)   Rock And Roll
  • C3)   Black Dog
  • D1)   When The Levee Breaks
  • D2)   Stairway To Heaven
  • D3)   The Song Remains The Same
  • E1)   Over The Hills And Far Away
  • E2)   D'Yer Maker
  • E3)   No Quarter
  • F1)   Trampled Under Foot
  • F2)   Houses Of The Holy
  • F3)   Kashmir
  • G1)   Nobody's Fault But Mine
  • G2)   Achilles Last Stand
  • H1)   In The Evening
  • H2)   All Of My Love

Track listing above is from 2007-Jan-01 | US | Atlantic - R1 344700 LP

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