Led Zeppelin 2014 Remasters Round-Up
Felt like these Zep reissues needed a round-up post.
I can’t speak for the 2CD sets (although I have fondled them in the shops, they were still shrink-wrapped). And I can’t say anything about the super-duper fancypants editions (maybe one day Rich will write about them… didn’t he get those?). But the Deluxe vinyl sets that I have here are simply divine. All 180g, satisfying to hand as you heft them (especially LZ I, with its 3 LPs where the others have 2). Faithful reproductions of the originals, they are also pleasing to the eye.
I’ve had a blast going through all of this stuff. These were exactly what you know and love. The remastering sounds really clean and loud and wonderful. I have no complaints… although I’m not an expert on remastering jobs. Your mileage may vary, but I’d wager you’ll be just fine with them.
The Companion Audio:
On LZ I, we get the full 1969 Paris concert and it’s a corker. This was my favourite of the three sets for that very reason. I know I mentioned it in my reviews of LZ II and III, that I wished there was live content for the II and III sets as well, especially considering there had to have been more than enough live stuff recorded to use. Even if it wasn’t all one show, a collection of live tracks from each time period would still rule. Alas.
On LZ II and II, of course, we get rough mixes and slightly different versions. They’re still great. It’s still interesting to listen to these songs in early forms. There are enough differences, over the course of each disc, to make them more than worthwhile.
Led Zeppelin I, II and III, the 2014 remasters are great. It really impresses me that now, even after all of this time, we can all still get so excited about these records we’ve heard a million times. It speaks volumes to the enduring strength and timelessness of the material.
I don’t have a rating system, but for these I thought I would try. I would give these complete vinyl packages the following:
LZ I: 5/5
LZ II: 4.5/5*
LZ III: 4.5/5*
* .5 lost for wanting live stuff instead of the other mixes. Not that there’s anything wrong with the tracks that are here, really. They could be 5/5 if LZ I hadn’t shown me what was possible with the others.