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What's the point?
on 18 May 2007
If you've stopped on this page long enough to read a review, I'm going to assume you're not a hardcore Led Zep fan who already has every single album. So I'm writing this review for you guys.
Instead of simply reviewing the band like some people who've given five stars seem to have done, I'm going to review what the point of someone who has no Led Zep CDs buying this CD.
I can understand why this was not called the "Best Of Led Zep". It's missing "Moby Dick" and "When The Levee breaks". Two songs that I definitely consider to be in the top ten Zeppelin tracks. There's some really good stuff on the first disk here, including Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven. There's also Whole Lotta Love, which I'm sure you'll recognise. We'll ignore the dislike I have for the middle section of that particular song, there's inventiveness and there's good songwriting, the two aren't always the same.
The second disk, I didn't really like so much, but someone must, or they wouldn't have put it in would they?
Ok, so if you buy this double CD as your first Led Zep CD, what do you get? You get an introduction to a fair portion of Led Zep material, but some gaping omissions and some strange choices in the track listing. You also get an incentive not to buy the individual albums: the feeling that you're buying half the tracks on each of the first four albums twice. Surely it must be cheaper to just buy the first four albums? So, essentially, of the group of people who don't have a single Led Zep album, the only people who should consider this as a candidate to become their first Led Zep CD are the people who are either (a) Strapped for cash and unable to find any other retrospective collections, and (b) People who aren't really sure whether they are going to like the band. I'm going to go slightly against popular opinion here by not suggesting that no one on the planet should fit into that category. Some people just don't like overly experimental rock music of inconsistent quality. Don't get me wrong though, whenever Zeppelin were onto a good song they were onto a very good song.
As a final thought, I'd just like to say "What's the point?" for two reasons: Firstly, what's the point in anyone who doesn't fit into the two previously mentioned categories buying this cd as their first Led Zep purchase? Secondly, what was the point for the record company in releasing this CD without Moby Dick and When The Levee Breaks? Surely they could have taken off one of the tracks on the second disk and shoved them in there somewhere?