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Led Zeppelin I
Five Different Configurations
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Led Zeppelin I - Original CD
The original album, newly remastered, in a gatefold sleeve with an 8 page booklet.
Led Zeppelin I - Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl (Triple Vinyl)
Original remastered LP, plus 2 LPs of companion audio on 180 gram vinyl in a tri-fold sleeve. Featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France.
Led Zeppelin I - Deluxe CD Edition (2 CD)
Deluxe 2 CD package with the original artwork, plus the newly created negative artwork for the companion audio. The original album is newly remastered; the 2nd CD featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France. 16 page booklet.
Led Zeppelin I - Original Vinyl (1 LP)
Original album on 180 gram vinyl, newly remastered in single sleeve replicating the original album.
Led Zeppelin I - Super Deluxe Edition Box (CD & LP)
Led Zeppelin’s debut album, newly remastered, and including an additional CD and double LP featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France. Super Deluxe Edition Box Set Includes: CD1: Original album newly remastered in vinyl replica sleeve CD2: Companion audio featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France in a new sleeve Vinyl 1: Original album newly remastered in single sleeve replicating the original album on 180 gram vinyl Vinyl 2/3: Companion audio on two LPs (180 gram vinyl) in a new sleeve featuring negative artwork based on the original album artwork, and featuring a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, France HD Download card with the original album @ 96/24 and the live concert from Paris @ 48/24 LP sized, individually numbered, high quality print of the original album cover Album-size hardback book (72 pages) Replica of original Atlantic press kit"
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but was later called Heavy Metal music. So grounded in the blues Zeppelin in particular stole without shame from Robert Johnson at one point, the soaring into the stratosphere guitar rides/solos & how can he hit those notes, ry cleescreaming but still very clear vocals & one of the best ever bass & drum rythm sections anchoring it all. Throw in an acoustic peice to feature the guitarist, Deffinately a peice of music needing to be heard.
There you go... click it... click that Buy Now button. Very good.
Listening to these songs they still sound amazing and from another planet. Eddie Kramer's clever production techniques also helped them achieve some massive sonic landscapes with a limited number of recording tracks.
If you liked it a long time ago buy it now and listen to the remastered version on a killer set of headphones, be careful, it will blow your mind :-)
Good music to all
Much of this music evolved from Jimmy Page's Yardbirds period. This album is the most blues oriented of the Led Zeppelin albums.
The cover art is very spartan. Led Zeppelin was signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Ertegun in 1968 after hearing their demo recording. He "knew they would be a smash" (Wiki). The was a record signing bonus paid (for the time). I do not know the reason for the super cheap artwork used on this release.
I believe this album was recorded in 1 week at Olympic Studios in London. The recording engineer for this album was the famous Glyn Johns. He is also famous for his work on The Rolling Stones and The Who among others.
I own the Complete Studio Recordings CD Box Set from the early 1990's, mixed by Jimmy Page himself. That was released 20 years ago. As a electrical engineer knowledgable about the evolution of audio equipment, and particularly Analog to Digital Converters, it is my opinion that this recently pressed Japan SHM CD is the best sound of this recording to date.
Perhaps sometime in the future a 24 bit/196 khz SACD will be available that would top this.
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• Clarity – some loss of clarity particularly in the upper registers. Not muddy but sounds slightly fuzzy. Cymbals are just a buzz
• Channel separation - good
• Channel balance – very good, conventional left, right and centre
• Sound Stage – good, but very good when music is simple i.e. few instruments. Instruments can be clearly placed but looses definition as complexity increases
• Distortion – some on upper registers, cymbals in particular are just noise
• Compression – good dynamic range does not sound as if compressed
• Atmosphere – good but comes alive on simpler more acoustic tracks. Not a warm intimate recording but aggressive “in your face.”
• Bass – low frequencies – drums and bass guitar are very good, well defined and audible
• Treble – high frequencies – electric and acoustic guitars are excellent. The cymbals are however terrible and after continued listening become a distraction. The organ is very distinct
• Vocals – very good clear and defined
As a general rule of thumb recordings from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s are nearly always better on the original vinyl. Remasters often fail to please as it’s just not possible to make a silk purse from a sows ear, i.e. the original recording lacks the necessary detail to be processed digitally and show an audible improvement. Indeed such processing can make the sound worse.
Modern recordings which have been processed digitally from start to finish can be as good as vinyl. CD’s are often unfairly criticised for being poor quality. This is not the case, it is the original recording or the process which is to blame. Modern “remasters” can both enhance and degrade a recording. The statement GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out) is the limiting factor. Ignore this at your cost.
Rediscovered but still fresh and loose.
Their breakthrough album was familiar territory to both fans and Page and co.. After all it was more of a reproduction of their live set at the time embracing established blues formats but with their own indelible stamp. Communication breakdown is raw and spellbinding but in this instance less is more. They would make better records but like the Stones first album you will always remember the first time.Former session man Jimmy Page comes out at last but each is a part of the whole!
180g, good quality press. Packaging was good, comes with paper sleeve that includes an anti-static lining and no warping as described in previous reviews (I believe they use another company now). The label even sticks to the same style as the original records too!
Only beef with it was that the centre hole wasn't cut big enough, forcing me to use some sandpaper to make it larger. Shouldn't have had to do that, but it was an easy fix. Possibly a one off, no biggie. This bumps me down to 4 stars as it may not be for the faint of heart who may not be comfortable with such an ordeal, but my record plays beautifully now.
For £14 at time of purchase, was an absolute steal. Would recommend!
Just to show that Page isn't the only mad musical genius, JPJ turns in some beautifully uplifting organ playing for 'Your time is gonna come' which melts into a change of mood for 'Black Mountain side' which is in turn steamrolled by possibly the most savage riff that they ever committed to vinyl in Communication breakdown. No need for any pointless meandering here, they make their statement of intent in 2 and a half minutes. The ghost of Willie Dixon turns up again on 'I can't quit you, baby' nodding his approval of these white boys that bleed the blues before the final tour de force of 'How many more times' Plant is at his absolute best as he declares 'I've got you in the sights of my gun' in this 'jammed' blues rock classic.
It's as good a starting point as any if Led Zep have previously passed you by and you want to see what the fuss is about, you will not be disappointed. Don't forget to work your way to 'Physical Graffitti' and Presence to see how the music progressed, but witness here a young band with all their raw enthusiasm and fire. Some will say that it didn't get any better than this, and I would be hard pushed to contest that point. Enjoy, and rock out!!
Awesome debut paves the way for the world greatest rock band. Listening to it is like reading the first chapter of one of the best novels ever written. Overall, they were just getting started!
Nonetheless, if ever there was a five star album, Led Zeppelin I is it. For me this album is the real beginning of heavy rock and remains genre defining to this day. I there's any earlier album that combines this level of attack, excitement, song writing and musicianship combined then I'm yet to find it. In 1969 this must have been simply staggering.
p.s. Rolling Stone magazine panned this album on its release, which is a bit of black mark against that publication!
The remastered vinyl has perfectly mixed warm bass with snappy drums, cutting guitar and beautiful vocals which do just sound better in vinyl format through my hi-fi.
Now I need to get the rest of the albums ;)
My first album and probably still my favourite...