I stood in the shop today and had all three of the Zeppelin remasters arrayed in front of me. Ready for purchase, should I so choose. $15 each, so roughly $50 (tax in) for all three. VISA would have made it happen so easily it’s actually rather frightening.
They sure looked pretty. I fondled each one, read all the track listings on the backs. I seriously contemplated just buying them and being done with it.
But I hesitated.
Why? I’m enough of a fan of Zeppelin that these should be interesting enough to me to just buy them. They certainly would be pleasing.
But my thinking went like this:
I already own all the albums. Non-remastered CDs.
I have a few of them on original vinyl, too.
I also own both remastered box sets (the crop circles set and the little black box of the second set).
It seemed silly to buy them again, thus owning the tracks of the albums three times over. Yes, it’s a new remastering job, by Page himself. Well, so were my box sets. And yes, you get the stuff on the extra discs.
And therein lies the rub. Those extra discs are all I really want, if I were to be fully honest. I’m not certain I’d notice any difference between the remastering jobs on the albums. Maybe I would, who knows, but my guess is that my untrained ears likely wouldn’t notice at all. But I am quite curious about all the extras.
I wish they would sell just the discs of the extra stuff. Separately. Now those, I would buy. Alas, I did not see that option in the store.
So let’s give it a poll, shall we? Vote and let’s see what happens!