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5.0 out of 5 stars Still There Shining
This is a review of all three of the 2014 album reissues.

How many of us had a similar introduction to Led Zeppelin? In the second year of comprehensive school, somebody brought in a tape with 4 live songs – Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love, Rock n Roll and Stairway to Heaven. Looking back, I think the songs must have been taped using a ghetto blaster from a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still There Shining, 19 Jun 2014
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This is a review of all three of the 2014 album reissues.

How many of us had a similar introduction to Led Zeppelin? In the second year of comprehensive school, somebody brought in a tape with 4 live songs – Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love, Rock n Roll and Stairway to Heaven. Looking back, I think the songs must have been taped using a ghetto blaster from a VHS copy of the Song Remains the Same movie. I had never seen a picture of the band, never seen an album cover (not that those gnomic objects gave much away in any case), and certainly had never heard any of them speak. They were a transfixing riddle for those about to outgrow jigsaws and board games. There were rumours that the guitarist was in league with the devil. Somebody much braver than me brought in a copy of Alistair Crowley’s Magick that he’d acquired on special offer from a book club advertised on the back of the Mail on Sunday, and he tried to evoke a spell to resurrect John Bonham in an RE lesson. Bonham had died choking on his own vomit after consuming 40 vodka shots, which seemed quite an exotic way to go for boys who had only just found the pleasures of secret home brew. Another boy had a necklace with the Zoso symbol that he wore surreptitiously as a bracelet under his school jumper, after the Science teacher saw it dangling in front of a Bunsen Burner. And those songs – which could be simultaneously, horny and wistful, suggested to 13 year old boys that they had found the meaning of life. For the first 10 or so listens we never got to the second minute of Whole Lotta Love, that primeval riff making us involuntarily reach for the pause button to hear it again and again. And those opening bars of Stairway to Heaven, which is difficult to listen to now without evoking the ‘No Stairway’ guitar shop scenario in Wayne’s World, was actually the soundtrack to many a little boy lost’s staring into space on drizzly evenings. We understood Zeppelin more than any contemporary band – they were our secret that we just happened to share with millions of others.

Returning to these re-issues of the first three records has therefore been an opportunity for gleeful wallowing in nostalgia, but the recordings are also a reminder of how magnificent the band really was. Jimmy Page’s re-mastering has accentuated the secret weapons that they had at their disposal. In all three collections, John Paul Jones bass is a revelation –have a listen again to his work on How Many More Times and Dazed and Confused from the first LP. When you have Page, Plant and Bonham in the band – all lead players in the true sense of the term, it perhaps would be easy to neglect Jones’ contribution, but he plays with melody and swing, keeping control often when it looks like the songs are just about to kick off into a bar brawl. This is often due to Page’s electric guitar. His playing is exhilarating, like a go-cart rider who has lost a wheel and is careering down to a deep gorge, Bonham a hefty co-pilot egging him on to go faster and faster. On Heartbreaker it sounds as if any moment now his fingers are going to get caught up in the strings he is moving so fast, and somebody will have to call the fire brigade to extract him, like might have happened in a Bash Street Kids’ story.

But Zeppelin were much more than cartoon, unlike many of the hard rock and metal bands that came in their wake. Regarded contemporaneously as a disappointment by people such as Lester Bangs at Rolling Stone, Led Zeppelin III is actually the best of the first three records. Here, the band magpies liberally, and wittily from rock and roll, blues, folk and late 60s psychedelia (interestingly, unreleased extra track La La on the first record, sounds like a Small Faces out-take) . Influence wise, Zeppelin proudly wore their hearts on their blouson sleeves. That’s the Way and Gallows Pole especially, are testament to the subtlety in Robert Plant’s voice that perhaps his Golden God persona prevented people recognizing at the time (he hasn’t always been the ‘Raising Sand’ national treasure he then became). Even the club-thump of Immigrant Song has its hippy nuances lyrically, Plant promising that ‘peace and trust’ can win the day, although the song does end with that low, ominous, banshee moan.

The packaging of these re-releases faithfully reproduces the original 60s artefacts. The vinyl is pleasingly heavy in weight as well as in bass notes. Led Zeppelin III even comes with the original Zacron ‘volvelle’. Perhaps for Zep agnostics, the extra discs are interesting curios rather than essential for the most part, although at times they brilliantly accentuate the band’s strengths. Page’s acoustic, rather than electric guitar steals the show in rough mixes of Ramble On and That’s the Way with their dynamic Bert Jansch styled arrangements. The bluesy vocals on the early versions of Whole Lotta Love and Since I’ve Been Loving You are both fantastic, and the brilliantly loud live versions that make up all but one of the extras on the first LP, well, just make you jealous you weren’t there to see the magick as it happened.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would have been happy with more extras on CD, 6 July 2014
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Pity not from analog source, but if all you have is a crackly bit of old vinyl probably worth the investment. Would have been happy with more extras on CD, but what they provide is fine and worth the marginal price over the plain vanilla album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 July 2014
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Nice replication of original masters,
The crisp reproduction and stereo dynamics is awesome
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy!, 9 July 2014
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hi! order received, packaged well, the state corresponds to the description, I am very happy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
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A+...excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Jun 2014
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Wonderfully put together well worth the cost and the wait, a gem
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was told that it was as good as Dad remembered it, 15 Oct 2014
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Brought as a present for fathers day. Was told that it was as good as Dad remembered it. Having listened to it now myself, wish i had vinyl sounds better than my cd version!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 15 Dec 2014
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Vinyl is warped. Currently returning it for replacement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Aug 2014
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Better than the original
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Dec 2014
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Excellent
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