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The Complete Studio Recordings

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  • I was one of the suckers who bought the orignial CD catalogue from the 1980s, then bought the original four-disk remasters box set in 1990 (with its supplement from 1993). But THIS box set is the way to go.First, unlike the 1990 4-disk box set and its 1993 2-disk supplement, you get the orignal records in the original running order, and unlike the orignal catalog releases in the 1980s, you get all the original artwork, which was previously unavailable. These original studio records include the following: 1. Led Zeppelin I (1969) – “Communications Breakdown”, “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, “Good Times Bad Times”2. Led Zeppelin II (1969) – “Whole Lotta Love”, “Thank You”, “Ramble On”, “Heartbreaker”, “What Is and What Should Never Be” 3. Led Zeppelin III (1970) – “Immigrant Song”, “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, “Gallow’s Pole”4. “IV” (1971) – “Stairway to Heaven”, “Rock and Roll”, “Black Dog”, “Going to California”5. Houses of the Holy (1973) – “Over the Hills and Far Away”, “Dancing Days”, “D’yer Mak’er”, “The Ocean”6. Physical Graphitti (1975) (2CD) – “Kashmir”, “Housses of the Holy”, “Trampled Underfoot”, “Black Country Woman”7. Presence (1976) – “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”8. In Through the Out Door (1979) – “All My Love”, “Fool in the Rain”, “In the Evening”9. Coda (1982) – “We’re Gonna Groove”, “I Can’t Quit You Babe”Second, on the ‘Coda’ disk (which was nothing more than a posthumous collection of unreleased tracks to begin with), you get four of the five nonalbum tracks released with the 1990 box set – “White Summer/Black Mountain Side”, a semi-live track from 1969, “Traveling Riverside Blues” and “Baby Come Home”, recorded between the first and second records, and the hit b-side “Hey Hey What Can I Do”, orignially a b-side of “Immigrant Song”, one of the few singles released by this quintessential AOR band. The only thing missing is the remixed version of “Moby Dick”, which was included on the first 1990 box set, but which is hardly essential.

    Posted on November 22, 2009