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!