I bought this box set as soon as it was released. I owned the original Led Zeppelin albums on vinyl, and the difference in sound quality, obviously, is huge. I like Zeppelin, but there are other artists I listen to more frequently. That being said, this is a very good box set overall, and if you are just getting into Led Zeppelin, is an excellent place to start, with one caveat: this is a four CD set that’s about one CD too long. All the classics are here, but there is quite a bit of material that is for true die-hard fans only. While it’s better to err on the side of too much material, this could have easily been pruned a bit more to make a tighter, more cohesive package. For the Zeppelin purists that disagree, I recommend that they skip the box set altogether and buy all the original albums on CD for even more material.
The individual CD’s are somewhat jumbled, and don’t follow a strict historical timeline, which doesn’t bother me, but does annoy some fans. Of the four CD’s, the best of the bunch in my opinion is disc one, which contains such greats as “Heartbreaker,” “What Is And What Should Never Be,” “Ramble On,” and the excellent but comparatively rare “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” plus eleven more. This is the disc I normally pull out of the box to play, although all the others are good, too (disc four drags a bit, though.)
In all, this is a reasonably priced, balanced set of the best of Led Zeppelin: it won’t be the favorite of everyone, though; hardcore fans will want more, casual listeners will want less, but for most of those in between, this set is of great quality and is a good value.