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LED ZEPPELIN (BOX SET)

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mystic fred
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4 stars A Great Compilation!

This boxed set of four cd's was issued in the United States around the same time as the British "Remasters" set, but includes loads more tracks (54 in total to Remasters' 26) and a few Led Zeppelin rare tracks; "Travelling Riverside Blues", "Hey Hey What Can I Do" and "White Summer/Black Mountain Side". The set is highly sought after by collectors at around 40 at the time of writing. The LP sized set also includes a 28 page booklet and includes posters of the band.

"Travelling Riverside Blues" is an American style traditional blues number, with Jimmy on electric slide guitar, with Robert singing "sweet mama let me be your kid...I know my baby, I see her in the dark.." and such! Includes a nice little solo too, an amazing song I have always thought much too good to leave in the can, and here it is, and I still get all tingly hearing this, every time! References from "The Lemon Song" are here too, also "you got a mortgage on my body but a lease on my soul.."

"Hey Hey What Can I Do"- Only previously available as a 'B' side to the International release of "Immigrant Song", I found a copy of this in Spain in 1971. The simple song contains some great acoustic guitar playing from Jimmy, with great vocals from Robert singing "I wanna tell bout the girl I love, my she looks so fine...." but unfortunately "I gotta little woman stays drunk all the time, I gotta little woman she won't be true.." with a strong back beat from Bonzo and Bass lines from JPJ.

"White Summer/Black Mountain Side"- the legendary live instrumental performance from Jimmy Page eventually captured on cd, an absolutely brilliant piece built around "Black Mountain Side" showing Page's masterly solo playing only seen by the privileged few who were able to see the band live during the 70's.

Though a brilliant compilation set I would recommend for those new to Zeppelin or indeed as an expensive alternative to the British "Remaster" compilation (the bonus rare tracks are really worth it) compilations still really lack the cohesion of the actual studio albums however cleverly arranged, so an excellent addition!

MUSIC RATING 5/5 PROG RATING 4/5

mystic fred | 4/5 |

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