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3.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade on previous remastered CD, 3 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Led Zeppelin [Deluxe CD Edition] (Audio CD)
The first of the 2 discs here contains the original 'LZ1' LP and sounds fantastic - the component sounds are now well-separated and detailed, and the album has even more punch and grit. However, the sound quality of the 1969 Paris radio broadcast that comprises the companion disc is in the bootleg bracket. Led Zeppelin's 'BBC Sessions' collection has a 1969 London radio concert in very decent sound, so it's a disappointment that the audio of the second disc is so poor. To be fair, Led Zeppelin leader Jimmy Page was obviously very short of attractive archival recordings from the first year in their illustrious career. Regardless of such matters, the music on disc 1 is terrific. There are enough acoustic and Eastern distractions to lend the album variety and colour, but essentially 'LZ1' is a riotous heavy Blues outing. 'Dazed And Confused' is more than a song - it's a foundation stone on which a new, exhilarating form of the Blues was built. 'Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You', the folk song popularised by Joan Baez, is reborn as an epic of subtle and not-so-subtle moods and contrasts. It is the earliest example of the 'light and shade' songwriting template that would enable Led Zeppelin to conquer the world. I've been severe with the stars because it's only fair that the inferior audio quality of the companion disc should be reflected in an objective assessment of this marvellous release. Fantastic music.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2014 02:46:53 BDT
R. Bish says:
Buy them on vinyl. Originally recorded on analogue tape so is best heard on the original format which is vinyl. Got on both formats because need CD for car, play vinyl at home because it sounds much deeper and warmer. Hope this helps
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