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3.78 | 83 ratings | 8 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (66:09)
1. Good Times Bad Times (2:47)
2. Communication Breakdown (2:28)
3. Dazed and Confused (6:28)
4. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (6:41)
5. Whole Lotta Love (5:32)
6. Ramble On (4:22)
7. Heartbreaker (4:15)
8. Immigrant Song (2:26)
9. Since I've Been Loving You (7:23)
10. Rock and Roll (3:41)
11. Black Dog (4:54)
12. When the Levee Breaks (7:10)
13. Stairway to Heaven (8:02)

CD 2 (69:16)
1. Song Remains the Same (5:32)
2. Over the Hills and Far Away (4:49)
3. D'yer Maker (4:23)
4. No Quarter (7:00)
5. Trampled Under Foot (5:36)
6. Houses of the Holy (4:04)
7. Kashmir (8:29)
8. Nobody's Fault but Mine (6:16)
9. Achilles Last Stand (10:23)
10. In the Evening (6:51)
11. All My Love (5:53)

Total Time 135:25

Line-up / Musicians

- Jimmy Page / acoustic & electric guitars
- Robert Plant / vocals, tambourine
- John Paul Jones / bass, keyboards, mandolin
- John Bonham / drums & percussion

Releases information

CD Rhino #313148 (2007)
CD Atlantic / Wea #344700 (2007)

Original Remastered Recording

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LED ZEPPELIN Mothership ratings distribution

(83 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Atavachron
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars How does one review a collection of music so well-known, material so thoroughly dissected and analyzed that an objective write up is practically useless? Further, how feasible is a critique of songs that, normally, would be praised or at least accepted as seminal? Maybe by pointing out what a bland and uneventful compilation of Zeppelin's most familiar work this is. Or perhaps how old fans need this like they need a fourth pair of dress shoes, and how new listeners will be left with disassembled classic albums, consigned to pieces chosen for immediate satisfaction and universal appeal but missing the connections and intimacies the smaller songs provided. Zep 1 is reasonably covered though the omission of 'How Many More Times' is regrettable, but when you sacrifice something like 'What is and What Should Never Be' or 'Rain Song' so there's room for the negligible 'Rock and Roll' and appalling 'D'yer Maker', you know something's gone terribly wrong. 1976's Presence is given its due but In Through the Out Door is predictably wan, ignoring the magic of 'Carouselambra' and elegance of 'Fool in the Rain'.

But that's all forgivable-- overall this is a proper set of great rock music and covers their career about as well as possible on two discs, and I wouldn't blame anyone for stuffing this in a new fan's stocking.

Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Mothership' - Led Zeppelin (Compilation)

Here we have a collection that tries to represent the entirity of Led Zeppelin's career. Spanning so much great music, it would be difficult to pick and choose. 'Mothership' manages to cover the best of their work on 2 discs. There are all the classics here, 'Black Dog,' 'The Immigrant Song' and especially the jaw-dropping classic 'Stairway To Heaven.'

This compilation is especially recommended to anyone just getting into the band and their work, but for those who already know a great deal about the band, it's better to go and buy the albums themselves over the compilation. A great 'starter kit,' one could say for the music of Led Zeppelin.

Review by NotAProghead
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions Team
4 stars Not only for newcomers

Making a compilation like this, it's impossible to please everyone. Questions like ''why this or that song is not included?'' are inevitable. Making 3- or more CD set will not save the situation - in this case somebody will tell that there are lots of fillers. So double CD is a good compromise. ''Mothership'' is a very good collection of songs following in chronological order, from the band's first album to ''In Through The Out Door''. All songs are great, some are masterpieces. Even ''D'Yer Maker'', despised by many prog fans, is one of my favourites. Yes, I'd like to see here tracks like ''Thank You'' or ''I'm Gonna Crawl'', but I know - no chance to include everything in the set.

I own all LZ studio albums, but I like to listen to ''Mothership'' from time to time for two reasons: good choice of songs and sound quality - it is higher than on studio albums (I tell of CDs I own, I never bothered to get the best remastered versions). Recommended to those who only started to discover the band's music, but this good set of songs can be also useful for moderate LED ZEPPELIN fans like me.

Review by thehallway
4 stars There is nothing wrong with this!

If you're new to the music of Led Zep, then buy it. The only flaws people have pointed out are things like certain choices of songs, overall remastering, the greed of the band, etc etc. Whilst I agree with some of these points, such things are irrelevant to a Zeppelin newcomer. If you DON'T know every LZ album inside out, then you can enjoy this appropiate collection from an impartial, and simply enthusiastic perspective. Depending on your brain, you'll either like the whole lot, or none of it (and isn't that the purpose of a compilation?).

So, all I will say is this: Ignore the somewhat pointless reviews by intelligent rock critics, and make the most of the one Led Zep compilation that can still be found in shops. I never looked back.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The Mothership landed to unleash a barrage of Zeppelin for the uninitiated and it is a worthy successor to the myriad of Zeppilations on offer. 2 CDs jam packed with LZ classics is irrisistible and it is actually still selling on shelves in Australia CD stores. Yes, folks, they still exist here. The packaging is classy, love the art work and each disc is a treasure. Yes, all Zeppeholics will own every track, and the Remasters did it all before, but this is still a grand enough project to dip your toes in when you need a bit of Zeppelin in your system.

So what have we on offer? Only the Greatest LZ you are likely to hear. On the menu are brilliant gems Good Times Bad Times, Communication Breakdown, Dazed And Confused, Whole Lotta Love , Immigrant Song, Rock And Roll, Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven. And that leaves CD 2 with some triumphs to wade through such as Kashmir, Nobody's Fault But Mine and Achilles Last Stand. Basically every song is a jewel and there are no surprises, apart from the fact that there is nothing live which is when they are in their most experimental mood. You can find the CD at a reasonable price easily, unlike some other comps that are becoming scarce.

Latest members reviews

5 stars In my opinion Led Zeppelin was one of the best Heavy Prog bands. Not complex their music: only a mix between Prog Blues and Classic Music, good example of the nascent heavy metal, just to confuse too many people. Because, true or not true Led Zeppelin was the combination of Blues and Prog Blue ... (read more)

Report this review (#386218) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This compilation album was released to both cash in on the massive interest in the band after the announcement of the gig in London in 2008 (?) and because a new generation had arrived after the release of the last compilation album some fifteen to twenty years ago. I am not disputing that th ... (read more)

Report this review (#283863) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, May 28, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Some die hard Zeppelin fans will tell you that Mothership is nothing more than yet another greatest hits collection compiled by a group of grizzled old rock stars who want nothing more than to milk their old hits for all they're worth. While there may be some truth to that sentiment, this album w ... (read more)

Report this review (#198587) | Posted by EMoore | Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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