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Led Zeppelin Mothership- Review

Mothership

Product Description
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.

Our comments
This 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. 

I 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. 

There is a limited edition of Mothership that has a DVD which is  Premiere Version of the Led Zeppelin DVD, which was shown in theaters to promote that release. 

I've 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, our 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

Barry Small
Grade 
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Led Zeppelin Mothership- Review
Track List

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Mothership Early Days & Latter Days: Vol. 1 & 2 Remasters
Disc: 1
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Communication Breakdown
3. Dazed and Confused
4. Babe I'm Gonna Leave Yous
5. Whole Lotta Love
6. Ramble On
7. Heartbreaker
8. Immigrant Song
9. Since I've Been Loving You
10. Rock and Roll
11. Black Dog
12. When The Levee Breaks
13. Stairway To Heaven
Disc: 1 
1. Good Times, Bad Times 
2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You 
3. Dazed And Confused 
4. Communication Breakdown 
5. Whole Lotta Love 
6. What Is And What Should Never Be 
7. Immigrant Song 
8. Since I've Been Loving You 
9. Black Dog 
10. Rock And Roll 
11. The Battle Of Evermore 
12. When The Levee Breaks 
13. Stairway To Heaven 
Disc: 1 
1. Communication Breakdown 
2. Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You 
3. Good Times Bad Times 
4. Dazed And Confused 
5. Whole Lotta Love 
6. Heartbreaker 
7. Ramble On 
8. Immigrant Song 
9. Celebration Song 
10. Since I've Been Loving You 
11. Black Dog 
12. Rock And Roll 
13. The Battle Of Evermore 
14. Misty Mountain Hop 
15. Stairway To Heaven 
Disc: 2
1. Song Remains The Same
2. Over The Hills And Far Away
3. D'Yer Maker
4. No Quarter
5. Trampled Under Foot
6. Houses Of The Holy
7. Kashmir
8. Nobody's Fault But Mine
9. Achilles Last Stand
10. In The Evening
11. All My Love
Disc: 2 
1. The Song Remains The Same 
2. No Quarter 
3. Houses Of The Holy 
4. Trampled Underfoot 
5. Kashmir 
6. Ten Years Gone 
7. Achillies Last Stand 
8. Nobody's Fault But Mine 
9. All My Love 
10. In The Evening 
Disc: 2 
1. The Song Remains The Same 
2. The Rain Song 
3. D'yer Mak'er 
4. No Quarter 
5. Houses Of The Holy 
6. Kashmir 
7. Trampled Underfoot 
8. Nobody's Fault But Mine 
9. Achilles Last Stand 
10. All My Love 
11. In The Evening 
Limited Edition Only Disc 3
Disc: 3 - DVD
1. We're Gonna Groove
2. I Can't Quit You Babe 
3. Dazed & Confused 
4. White Summer 
5. What Is & What Should Never Be 
6. Moby Dick (DVD)
7. Whole Lotta Love
8. Communication Breakdown
9. Bring It On Home
10. Immigrant Song
11. Black Dog
12. Misty Mountain High
13. Going To California
14. In My Time Of Dying
15. Stairway To Heaven
16. Rock and Roll
17. Nobody's Fault But Mine
18. Kashmir
19. Whole Lotta Love

Led Zeppelin DVD - Disc One  

Royal Albert Hall - January 1970 (102:00)
We're Gonna Groove
I Can't Quit You Baby
Dazed and Confused
White Summer
What Is and What Should Never Be
How Many More Times
Moby Dick
Whole Lotta Love
Communication Breakdown
C'mon Everybody
Something Else
Bring It on Home

Communication Breakdown Promo - 1969 (2:24)

Danmarks Radio - 1969 (31:24)
Communication Breakdown
Dazed and Confused
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
How Many More Times

Supershow - 1969 (7:31)
Dazed and Confused

Tour En Scene - 1969 (9:01)
Communication Breakdown
Dazed and Confused

Led Zeppelin DVD  Disc Two

Madison Square Garden - July 1973 (23:34)
Black Dog
Misty Mountain Hop
Since I've Been Loving You
The Ocean

Earl's Court - May 1975 (49:00)
Going to California
That's the Way
Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
In My Time of Dying
Trampled Underfoot
Stairway to Heaven

Knebworth Festival - August 1979 (50:11)
Rock and Roll
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Sick Again
Achilles Last Stand
In the Evening
Kashmir
Whole Lotta Love

NYC Press Conference - 1970 (3:27)

Down Under - 1972 (5:27)
Rock and Roll
Interviews 

The Old Grey Whistle Test - 1975 (3:47)
Robert Plant interview

Promo 1 1990 (4:49)
Over the Hills and Far Away

Promo 2 1990 (4:12)
Traveling Riverside Blues

Interviews

Led Zeppelin Mothership- Review
Musicians:       

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Jimmy Page - Guitar 
Robert Plant - Vocals, Harmonica
John Paul Jones - Keyboards, Bass, Mandolin
John Bonham - Drums

Led Zeppelin Mothership- Review
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Released - Nov. 2007 
# 24 tracks chosen and sequenced by the band members.
# Remastered with the band members' oversight (Produced by Jimmy Page, Mixed By Kevin Shirley).
# Limited-edition deluxe version includes a DVD with the Premiere Version of the Led Zeppelin DVD, which was shown in theaters.
# Features liner notes by David Fricke.
# Cover Designed by noted artist Shepard Fairey.

Led Zeppelin Mothership- Review

 

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