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Led Zep 3 Re-mastered Vinyl 2014: `Hats Off to Atlantic Records',
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The first of the three re-masters vinyl to arrive. There seems to be some release delay on Led Zep 1 and 2. So for Led Zep 3, we get the original vinyl re-mastered by Jimmy Page and an album of remixes and a couple of out-takes pressed on heavy weight vinyl (my copies 200g album and 190g - extra disc).
It has a substantial heavy weight cardboard cover with insert to take the extra disc tasteful restored as per original front cover, slide circular window disk. Two inner sleeves including plastic antistatic release sheets to further protect the vinyl on releasing from the sleeve (excellent, hats off to Atlantic records for including these). Both records are flat and surface noise minimum.
I compared the re-mastered album to my original copy from 1970 on the same equipment and amp settings. The re-master is cleaner, crisper and improved clarity of the instruments across the sound stage and more enhanced lower frequency sound (bass, drums etc). The original has increased higher end sonic presence and vocals are more pronounced in the mix, but overall the re-master is very easy listening and more refined. I still believe this album is very under rated in the Led Zep collection no doubt because of the very high standards of other albums they made.
The Companion disc is interesting and certainly for the die-hard Zep fan. For me the outstanding track is the rough mix of `Since I've been loving you' it's absolutely magic, if this is a song you like then the rough version adds a different feel to this great song. Overall the other songs are a welcome addition if not essentially any ground breaking gems from the vault. The sonic quality on this companion disc is also very good.
In conclusion, fully recommended even if you have the original, the re-master gives a different take without sounding like a compressed digital cut. The companion is worth having even though they are no new ground breaking material available.