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2.94 | 44 ratings | 7 reviews | 20% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Song Remains The Same (5:28)
2. No Quarter (6:59)
3. Houses Of The Holy (4:01)
4. Trampled Underfoot (5:35)
5. Kashmir (8:31)
6. Ten Years Gone (6:31)
7. Achilles Last Stand (10:22)
8. Nobody's Fault But Mine (6:27)
9. All My Love (5:53)
10. In The Evening (6:49)

Total Time 64:36

Line-up / Musicians

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

Releases information

Atlantic 7567832682

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LED ZEPPELIN Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume Two ratings distribution

(44 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

LED ZEPPELIN Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume Two reviews

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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars The way I see this Latter Days of Led Zeppelin really depends on how - the new explorer who want to know Led Zeppelin music - views the Early Days (volume One) CD. If judging from the Early Days compilation you think that the music of LZ is the one you love, you should not buy this Latter Days compilation. What you need to day is to purchase each individual album starting from "Physical Graffiti", Led Zeppelin II, and then IV, III, "Presence" and Led Zeppelin I is the latest one to purchase. Why Physical Graffiti is first? Because, I think, that is the best album of Led Zeppelin. But, if you don't still feel that LZ is in your cup of tea, you might try purchasing this compilation CD of volume Two - which comprises songs from fifth album onwards.

The compilation starts with a legendary song "The Song Remains The Same" which was taken from the fifth album "Houses of The Holy". The song was originally intended as an instrumental part until Robert Plant added the lyrics. It continues with my all-time favorite "No Quarter" with jazzy touch and powerful keyboard work by John Paul Jones. It's quite funny that the album title track "Houses Of The Holy" was considered as fifth album overspill and was then included in the next sixth album "Physical Graffiti". You will also hear syncopated funky rhythms in "Trampled Underfoot" which also indicates Bonham jaw dropping drum work. "Kashmir" sees the band in its diverse style as this track projects an intense eastern nuance coupled with symphonic sounds through the electric guitar play by Jimmy Page using violin bow. It's a legendary track that not only demonstrates great guitar work but also powerful vocal by Plant. You might hear something different with "Ten Years Gone" that does not sound like typical Zepp tracks but it's really enjoyable. "Achilles Last Stand" (taken from "Presence") is a fast tempo track with excellent combination of fast paced rhythm and vocal, and dynamic drum work by Bonzo. "Nobody's Fault But Mine" is also taken from the 7th album "Presence". The concluding tracks "All My Love" and "In The Evening" are taken from "In Through The Out Door" album (1979).

Overall, this compilation contains all good and excellent tracks from the band from its fifth until 8th album. It's not a good representation of prog music, really. However Led Zeppelin has influenced many bands that came out after their glory days, including Rush, Saga, Dream Theater and many more bands - prog or non prog. Keep on rockin' ..!

"Persistence is stubbornness with a purpose."

Review by ZowieZiggy

I do not really understand Jimmy (who did the track selection) in releasing a compilation of what's called their "latter days". I consider two periods in Led Zep history : the first one till "Houses Of The Holy" and a second one starting with "Physical Grafitti". The second one is far to reach the creativity of the first one, so it is rather normal that this compilation is somewhat useless.

One has to remember as well that the wonderful "Remasters" featured each track available here (plus "D'Yer Make'r"). So really, there no need to buy this one.

This album can be purchased with its little brother "The Early Days". In this packaged version, disc two (the latter days) features a video of a live performance of "Over The Hills And Far Away". A trick I guess for selling it to completionist.

In terms of compilation, I can only advice to stick to "Remasters" which is really a superb intro for the band and which will satisfy any "curious" willing to discover Led Zep.

Two stars.

Review by The Pessimist
2 stars Unlike it's twin brother, this album doesn't get much play on my iPod: like quite a few out their, I HATED their latter period, and there are only a few songs that stand out for me as being good, only one as a masterpiece. The good songs are Houses of the Holy, Trampled Underfoot, Achilles Last Stand and In The Evening; the masterpiece, without the presence of a doubt, Kashmir. The other five? Nope, not for me at all, some old rockers may like them but I don't, this CD displays the inconsistancy and downfall of Led Zep during the late 70s, and if you like prog, then this ain't for you. Achilles Last and Kashmir are about the only two proggy songs on this album, so therefore I will give it a fair 2star rating, as 40% of it is truly listenable for a prog rocker.
Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Now the second part...

After the release of Early Days or the best of Led Zep Vol 1., the follower Latter Days or Vol. 2 saw the light, and when we talk about Led Zeppelin we clearly know that the first era was better, when they had a huge creativity and originality, their last albums are also great, but nothing compares to the first 4.

So this is about a compillation of some of the better known tracks from thei last albums, a compillation that i am listening to now after a lot of time, but am enjoying it at the moment.

The compillations in my opinion are good for the people who are not really familiar with the band or artist and want to explore a little bit about their music (is much better to start with studio albums of course) and also for people who only like the better known stuff and want to play what they have heard and consider the best, also for die hard fans could work, but that's it.

This second part has cool songs such as No Quarter, Kashmir or Achilles Last Stand among others, and if you want a day of pure commercial Led Zep hits, you can ply this algon with the Early Days compillation.

I prefer the first one, but this is a nice listening as well. As i have said, recommendable for the starters. 3 stars, enjoy it!

Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Latter Days: Volume Two' - Led Zeppelin (Compilation)

Led Zeppelin -like all other bands- did eventually start getting old, and with that, their music started to decrease in it's quality. This aside however, the 'Latter Days' compilation has some really good material on it. While as a individual product, it's shadowed by 'Early Days' (early days simply has more popular, trademark songs') 'Latter Days' does have more of a progressive mix of Led Zeppelin's work than the first compilation ever could.

Songs like the driving 'No Quarter' and the epic 'Kashmir' really highlight the album.

Like I said for the 'Early Days' review, these are both good compilations, but they work best as a team, to cover the band's entire career.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars And so we come to the Church of the Latter Days Zeps and it does not preach the mastery and brilliance of its Early Days counterpart. Now certainly there are some jewels here that any respectable rock band would be chafing at the bit to record, but following LZ4 the music could never measure up to the masterpiece. The CD in question has been released with its superior Early Years comp, as a kind of box set, and is all the better for it. Of course this means on their own they have become redundant.

The packaging is the drawcard for me having owned every morsel that Zeppelin have served up. The cover of the latter years now adorns the back cover of the Early years. The real grabber is that both CDs have a whopping running time of 2 hours 15 minutes. Thats a Whole lotta Zep that you can immerse your ears in.

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3 stars This is the second disc of the two disc "Early Days and Latter Days" Led Zeppelin compilation. I generally like this compilation more than the first disc because this one is more even and better represents this period (Houses of the Holy through In Through the Out Door) instead of focusing on a c ... (read more)

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