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Definitive Collection (Mini LP Replica)

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2008 twelve CD box set from Led Zeppelin featuring all ten albums in beautiful mini-LP reproductions! The Led Zeppelin 40th Anniversary Cardboard Sleeve Reissue Series features advanced cardboard sleeve replicas of the original UK E-style album jackets, plus six bonus cardboard sleeves including five alternate jackets for In Through The Out Door and one alternate jacket for Led Zeppelin I utilizing the original ink. From their 1969 debut album straight through to their final album in 1979, Zeppelin laid the blueprint for what is now known as Classic Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. It really doesn’t get better than this!. Warner. 2008.

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  • 5 star for the material itself
    3 star for the lack of SHM for North American markets

    I think one reviewer talks about SHM as a remastering technique. Although most SHM titles are remastered, SHM is ’super high material’ CD which is a manufacturing & materials process primarily. This results in better transparency of the coating layer and optics, which in theory results in less information loss, digital jitter, etc.. I thought any difference would be minimal but I ordered a 2 CD sampler from Japan called “Have You Ever Been Experienced” – they have a various artists SMH disc and the exact same disc on standard CD. They put their money where their mouth is – and yes, it CLEARLY sounds better on my equipment. I don’t think anyone disagrees that it is audibly different. There seems to be more bass, a little more detail and a fuller overall sound. Actually, the mere existence of SHM and the audible difference is tantamount to an admission that CD technology has been fundamentally flawed because of poor materials and optics. Yes, CDs have been a very durable format (I have been buying since 1984) but they are not even doing the job of delivering on the full promise of 44.1Khz and 16 bit audio if they can clearly be improved on in this way. Audiophiles buy disc ‘cutters’ that render CDs perfectly round by shaving the edge, optical enhancement materials, markers, cover discs, and players with special clamping mechanisms/transports to try and reduce jitter and maximize retrieval of information from the disc.

    So why do North American customers get inferior product? (like the Genesis and Depeche Mode non-SACD box sets). I think someone dropped the ball big-time here.

    I don’t see therefore how anyone can call this a ‘definitive’ collection if there is a better one elsewhere…What I saw in retail stores here in Canada is even made in Japan! So they made it there, but not in SHM for us… thanks…really… The SHM version is more than twice the price from Japan, but if you want a ‘definitive’ set, it’s probably the way to go

    Posted on December 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 5 stars if you don’t have the ‘93 boxed set.
    3 stars if you do–for reasons stated below.

    As for this remix versus the 1993 remix, these ears–and my hearing is excellent, far better than average–there’s not enough of a difference to justify spend $180 if you already have the latter. (I bought the ‘93 set for $78 new, from Amazon.) The only reason to buy this is the cool album art reproductions, but of course they won’t, can’t replace the killer album covers from my long lost LPs. But they do look cool.

    If I didn’t already have the ‘93 version, I’d probably buy this one for the reason stated. But unless money is no object, if you already have the 1993 boxed set, there’s no reason to duplicate it. Pagey’s got more than enough money; he’s one of the richest musicians in the world.

    The ‘93 versions are crisp, clean, beautiful–with each layer of guitar greatness easily discernible, Plant’s voice sounds like he’s in my living room, Jones’ bass is fat and sassy, and Bonzo rattles the windows. (Just as he did when I was in high school–and the parents weren’t home!)

    And, frankly, I’m tired of the repreated “remixed” versions in the effort suck ever more dollars out of fans pockets–most of us over thirty have probably owned all these albums in two or even more formats. (And the ‘93 CDs were the second time I bought all the albums on CD!) Enough is too much!

    Posted on December 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • There has been some controversy regarding this mini lp set, specifically regarding sound quality. To make things a bit more confusing, there is an identical set available printed in the SHM format. So, which one to buy? If your wallet is your guide, this version from Rhino is your choice since it is much less expensive than the SHM version. Although the remastering has not been updated, the audio is slightly better, perhaps due to the Japanese printing; the Japanese seem, for the most part, to take a great deal more care with the manufacturing of their CDs. That seems to be the theory behind SHM CD’s, so it may be applicable to a lesser extent here. The artwork and reproductions are stellar, so this set is a worthy purchase for a collector. One caution; the cellophane envelopes around each mini lp reproduction are fragile and easily torn. They also have adhesive on them which can adhere to the artwork and mar it. I had a close call on that count. I would advise disposing of these envelopes and replacing them with non-adhesive ones. The bottom line is if you can afford the SHM set, by all means go for it. If you have to “settle” for this set, I don’t think you will be disappointed. Just be aware of what you are buying regarding the remastering aspect.

    Posted on December 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • For years I enjoyed the Jimmy Page box set versions of these tunes and thought the sound quality was pretty darn good. A couple years ago shortly after classic records announced they would stop pressing the catalog, I scooped up as many as the vinyl versions as I could, namely ‘The Song Remains the same.’ The CDs in this mini-LP set are the closest to that ‘classic records’ sound as I have heard thus far, and I am a vinylphile. I am fully satisfied with the sound. TSRTS is absolutely fantastic ( I haven’t heard the recent warner re-issue yet ). The purposefully distorted and fat sound of the organ from No Quarter remains swirling in my mind while writing this review. This ain’t the 1993 version of these songs and the packaging is an outstanding reproduction of the original. Do yourself a favor…. buy It!

    Posted on December 28, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is my first ever review on Although I purchase much of my music on Amazon, I acquired this box set from a local retailer which also happens to be an Amazon marketplace vendor. For clarification purposes, the set I acquired was distributed by Atlantic/Warner; there is no mention of the Rhino subsidiary on any of the packaging. The packaging indicates that the product was manufactured in Japan, and indeed, all of the CDs are in fact the (non-SHM) Japanese pressings. Each CD indicates a copyright date of 1994, suggesting that the source material for the CDs was likely the mid-1990s Jimmy Page remasters.

    First, a few words about the packaging. It is spectacular, befitting the band and the music on the CDs. If only all CD reissues were packaged this nicely. The CDs are collectively housed in an elegant black cardboard box with the “LZ IV” symbols engraved on the binding, the front and the back, respectively. Each CD is housed in a mini-replica of the original UK album release (yes, “LZ III” has the spinning wheel), with two mini album sleeves, one paper and one cellophane. Additionally, there are alternate album covers for “LZ I” and for “In Through The Out Door (numerous extra covers)”, a nice bonus for the collector.

    Of course, packaging is nice, but what about the music/sound? Obviously, if you a reading this, you know how fine the music is, particularly on the first six albums (“LZ I” through “Physical Graffiti”). I have now listened to “LZ I”, “LZ II” and “LZ III”. The sound quality is, in a word, outstanding and sometimes spectacular (and I am very picky about sound quality). (In fairness, I have not listened to these enough to properly gage the ear fatigue issue which sometimes plagues overly compressed CDs, but based on my initial listenings, I suspect that will not be an issue with these CDs). I did an A-B comparison of this “LZ I” with the mid-1990s (currently available) Jimmy Page remaster of the same, and the Japanese pressing was superior.

    In sum, this set is an absolute must for any lover of LZ’s music who has the discretionary income to justify the purchase. I suppose some audiophiles will opt for the Japanese SHM version of this set (which I have not heard), but, as of this writing, that set is significantly more expensive. On the other hand, I suppose some will opt for the 1990s box set (US pressings of the Jimmy Page remasters), which is significantly cheaper, and would likely suit those who utilize MP3 players, or who are not particular about sound quality, just fine. This offering of (non-SHM) Japanese pressings is probably the best buy in terns of price/quality ratio. I doubt that any purchaser — ptovided they receive the set I obtained — would be disappointed. Highly recommended.

    Posted on December 28, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now