Led Zeppelin redefined rock in the Seventies and for all time. They were as influential in that decade as the Beatles were in the prior one. Their impact extends to classic and alternative rockers alike. Then and now, Led Zeppelin looms larger than life on the rock landscape as a band for the ages with an almost mystical power to evoke primal passions.
- from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's web page on the band's 1995 induction
It's rare that a group can truly rock today s world, but the arrival of
MOTHERSHIP, the first-ever comprehensive 2 CD Led Zeppelin compilation with the soon to follow re-release of
The Song Remains The Same on CD & DVD and a concert event reuniting Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones qualifies. Produced by Page and mixed by Kevin Shirley, MOTHERSHIP's 24 monolithic tracks were selected and sequenced by the band, who also oversaw the painstaking remastering. Spanning their epic career, the unprecedented collection pulls immortal songs from all eight of the band s classic studio albums, one of the 20th century s most enduring bodies of musical work. Arguably the most influential and innovative rock band ever, Led Zeppelin has sold over 200 million records worldwide. They continue to inspire successive generations with their passionate, groundbreaking, genre-transcendent, mystic, heavy and blues-infused rock n roll. Forty years since they formed, the song indeed remains the same.
isn't really the first two CD Led Zeppelin compilation as the
product description claims. There were two
single CD's, Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1,
and Latter Days: Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol.2, that were later reissued together as a double disc.
Before that was Remasters,
though it has a third disc of interviews. In
fact, the song selection and sequence is similar among the three and
they are all excellent.
haven't heard the audio of Mothership to comment on any
remastering. From a track perspective, Mothership smartly
kept the album order of Zoso
and more important included one of my favorites, "Over the
Hills and Far Away." Meanwhile, Remasters is the most
generous in track content.
is a limited edition of Mothership
has a DVD which is Premiere Version of the Led Zeppelin DVD,
which was shown in theaters to promote that release.
placed links to all of the options to the right for comparative
purposes and track listings below of the various Led Zeppelin best
of CD's that I'd suggest. We've also included the Led Zeppelin
DVD because it is so good and you can compare it to Mothership's
DVD side by side, if you can get the limited edition. However,
recommendation is don't skimp on the video and just get the Led
Zeppelin DVD, and get the audio separately.
Mothership = 2 CD and 1 DVD
Early Days & Latter Days: Vol. 1 & 2 = 2 CD's
Remasters = 2 audio CD's and a disc of interviews
Mothership Limited Edition = 2 CD and 1 DVD
Led Zeppelin DVD - Two discs
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