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Led Zeppelin - Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 November 1999

Led Zeppelin

Early Days-Best of Led Zeppelin
format: CD
label: Atlantic Records
performance: 9
sound 8
reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano

ImageEarly Days – The Best of Led Zeppelin is a compilation of the best remastered tunes from the first four ground- breaking records from what many music enthusiasts consider to be the greatest rock and roll band of all time. Led Zeppelin’s first record, Zeppelin 1, borrowed heavily from the blues masters and launched the band to a fame way beyond their earlier projects, just as The Yardbirds did. What was even more amazing was the fact that Led Zeppelin 2, which was released less than a year after Zeppelin 1, was an even better, more mature and developed record. The old music business cliché states that "You have your whole life to write your first record and nine months to write your second." Led Zeppelin 2 is an exception to the rule that follow-ups to huge debuts rarely live up to their hype. Led Zeppelin 3 was the first time Zep reinvented themselves with more emphasis on ballad-style lyrics and intricate melodies. They still rocked, as proven on this collection with "The Immigrant Song," but were showing definite signs of developing into more than just a blues- oriented rock band. Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album took them over the top, both creatively and commercially, with sales of over 14,000,000 units and huge hits such as "Stairway To Heaven," "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll."

The songs on this record include a chronological collection of the biggest Zeppelin hits, including "Good Times, Bad Times," "Whole Lot Of Love," " Immigrant Song," "Black Dog," "Rock and Roll" and "Stairway To Heaven." Unlike the BBC Sessions double CD released last year, this provides no unfamiliar or previously-unreleased tunes. Also unlike the BBC Sessions, these recordings are mastered to the state of the art for 16/44 CD technology and sound absolutely great.
Early Days – The Best of Led Zeppelin is a great way to pack the best of four legendary records into one. The CD compilation is good for loading into your car CD player or to keep at your office. The remastering sounds so good that you’ll likely want to want to replace your trusty Zep vinyl with this CD. However, I recommend buying each CD individually. They are just that good.

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