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Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1

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  • This live concert recording captures the sold-out Radio City Music Hall performance of former Black Sabbath rockers Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler, who reunited under the name Heaven and Hell in 2006. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: MUSIC DVD Rating: NR Age: 603497992447 UPC: 603497992447 Manufacturer No: 243708

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Japanese exclusive limited edition re-press featuring a bon us 36 page booklet that contains comments in Japanese , lyrics in English & Japanese along with an album discography. This version is limited to the intial pressing only. One shot at ordering! 2000 release. Standard jewel case.Having previously released no less than four boxed repackages of their studio output, Led Zeppelin may well be the band who made redundancy redundant. Well, surprise! They’ve done it again. Culled from the band’s first four albums by Jimmy Page himself (as if a fourth-grader with an FM radio would have been hard-pressed), this collection captures Page and company’s blues-riff-ripping prime, relieved only by the folksy ”Battle of Evermore” and the song that made Skynyrd’s ”Free Bird” (almost) tolerable, the ubiquitous ”Stairway to Heaven.” Strung end-to-end, this is pretty heady stuff, and a great introduction to Zep’s core early work for anyone who’s spent the last couple of decades hangin’ with Gilligan and the Skipper. The rest of us may just grumble and fast-forward to the previously unreleased 1969 live video clip of ”Communication Breakdown.” The package includes a 24-page booklet with many rare photos. -Jerry McCulley

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  • As you can tell from the other reviews, typically the trend is that the die-hard Zeppelin fans think this is completely useless. Though I can assure you it is not. The main reason for this release is to bring Zeppelin into the CD players of a new generation, so that they can discover good music and throw away the Korn’s and Limp Bizkit’s of the 90’s. So if you already own everything Zeppelin has done, don’t buy this and stop complaining. Let this be an opening of the door to Zeppelin for us children. And as far as the argument that it doesn’t contain all the best songs, no one CD ever will. Eventually buy all their albums if you like them that much, but this is a great start.

    Posted on February 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This was the first Led Zeppelin CD I bought after I heard some of their music elsewhere and really liked it. After buying this CD and listening to it, I was very satisfied… for a while. I didn’t have much knowledge (I really didn’t have any) of Led Zeppelin at the time. Then I found out more about them and the very wide range of music they play. I have also listened to other songs of theirs and they are great. It is also a well-known belief that Led Zeppelin are the kings of album rock. I, myself, am thinking about buying a virtually complete box set of Led Zeppelin’s music. The only reason I even gave this CD 3 stars is because the songs are great, and it might be a good introduction, but, if you’re like me, you’ll probably want a lot of their other albums or the box set, which will have all of these songs anyway.

    Posted on February 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is a great CD for new LedZep fans. It has most of, but not all, of their good songs for their first four CDs. If you want all of their early good songs, get all of Led Zeppelin’s first four albums. Everything but Hats Off to Harper is good. If you like those, get Physical Graffiti,HOTH, Presence and ITTOD. Then wait for Jimmy Page & Co. to release some more live stuff. Let’s see… it took 28 yrs. for BBC Sessions to be released, if they release more live stuff at this rate (which is likely right now), we’ll get the Royal Albert Hall video by 2025… So until then, you’ll just have to be satisfied with this and all their other CDs…

    Posted on February 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • There is a good selection of great music on here, so I have to give it 5 stars by default. However, if you want to experience Led Zeppelin then either buy the albums or the other two boxed sets. Zep was an album band and is not served well by compilations such as this one. Besides, it is missing a few essential tunes (as is volume 2), Ramble On and Heartbreaker are missing from this collection. That is a crime! Those are two of Led Zeppelin’s best songs. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You and Good Times Bad Times (not even included on the 60 track Led Zeppelin boxed set, but included here) are good songs, but should they be on this compilation? Not really. Could’ve been better.On a sidenote: I wish Jimmy would stop releasing “best of” compilations of Zeppelin, God knows there is enough of them already. What all the fans want is official releases of classic Led Zeppelin concerts! So release them already!

    Posted on February 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I was torn between 4 stars and 3 and decided to give it 3 because I really wouldn’t like to steer anyone wrong by getting them to think this is a great CD. It is decent, and thats it. Just decent. Led Zeppelin is a great band, lets get that point across right away. But the producers of the two CD’s named Led Zeppelin’s greatest hits volumes one and two gave themselves the dubious task of condensing such a great, and influention rock band into just 23 songs (13 earlier days, 10 latter). Its just not possible. I guess if you just like the song “Stairway to Heaven” and are a rather casual fan, this does the job. But for those of us who are serious fans looking to really get to know the essence of Zeppelin, I’d say bust out the big bucks and either buy all of Zeppelin’s original releases, or just buy the box set. The Greatest hits of the early years does the job for a casual fan. But a serious fan should opt for the boxed set or each individual album.

    Posted on February 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now