Early Days and Latter Days - The Very Best of Led Zeppelin Enhanced, Original recording remastered
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Since they never properly released a single, it could be said that Led Zeppelin were definitely an album band. Early Days and Latter Days tries to piece together the best standalone tracks from their output in the late 1960s and 1970s. It combines two discs that have previously been released separately and together they form a great value package of vintage British rock.
Early Days has 13 songs from their first four albums in chronological order including classics like the pioneering stoner rock of "Dazed and Confused", the riff-tastic "Whole Lotta Love" and naturally one of the few songs that gets rated along with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Stairway to Heaven". Latter Days opens with the drawn-out, wailing blues of "The Song Remains the Same" and then moves on to the crawling guitar and mythological vocals of "No Quarter". The epic moment comes in the shape of "Kashmir", one of the grandest and most distinctive guitar hooks in history, offering a very different perspective to the four-minute "pop" songs of the first disc.
One drawback, as with many best-of collections, is that there just isn't enough room for everything. This will lead to bickering among Zeppelin enthusiasts: Why are there only two songs from the third album? Surely "Tangerine" and "Gallows Pole" are more worthy (although less sampled) than "When the Levee Breaks" from IV? Why pick "What Is and What Should Never Be" from the second album when you could have "Ramble On"? The solution is simple: if you enjoy Early Days and Latter Days, get the full albums. A two-CD compilation could never accommodate even a semi-comprehensive anthology of the most prolific of pioneering rock bands. --David Trueman
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So what do you get in addition to Stairway To Heaven? Well from the early days, we get 4 tracks from Led Zep 1 for starters, including the incendiary primal blues rock of ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ and ‘Dazed And Confused’. Led Zep 2 is strangely under-represented, the obligatory ‘Whole Lotta Love’ (classic Top Of The Pops theme, pop-pickers) is joined only by ‘What Is And What Should Never Be’. Similarly, Led Zep 3 also only gets two tracks (although given its lack of popularity compared to the albums released either side of it this is less surprising). This is my only gripe with the album really – surely the likes of ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Bring It On Home’ (from ‘2’) and ‘Gallows Pole’ and ‘That’s The Way’ (from ‘3) could have been squeezed on there (particularly as Led Zep 4, or whatever you want to call it, has 5 of its 8 tracks on display).
The Latter Days features a good selection of tracks, too. I was particularly pleased to see ‘No Quarter’ from the ‘Houses Of The Holy’ album as well as ‘Trampled Underfoot’ from ‘Physical Graffiti’ for which this album served to remind just how good that particular track is.Read more ›
As I have (typically) only the PC as a Hi-Fi in my home it is no good to me unless I want to sit in the car or buy a Hi-Fi to listen. If you have that and do not want to listen to it on your PC - Great Purchase and great value. I would have liked to exchange it for another without copy protected (EU) but Amazon will only exchange like for like.
We get four tracks from 69's debut album: the brief joys of 'Good Times Bad Times ' & 'Communication Breakdown'- that latter having a primal spirit more akin to harsh punk than the hippy era. The cover of Joan Baez's 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' is inspired, taking in the acoustic part of Led Zep that people tend to overlook (it's all hammers & snappers & satan. Yawn...)Nice to hear a relatively short 'Dazed & Confused'- which doesn't go on for half a decade like it does on 'The Song Remains the Same'...Their second album was recorded 'on the hoof' & remains one of the classic rock albums, the Zep just up for it, bigtime. Surprisingly we get just two tracks from an album that should be owned by everyone- the overfamiliar 'Whole Lotta Love' (don't mean it's not great- see my comments on LZ4 material)& one of my fave's: 'What is & What Should Never Be'. Don't know how they could have passed over the joys of Thank You, Ramble On & Bring it on Home though...I think their third album is another great release, though its largely acoustic joys are passed over for the huge Immigrant Song & the epic blues of Since I've Been Loving You.Read more ›