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Led Zeppelin


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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.

Atavachron | 3/5 |


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