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Led Zeppelin
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Type Compilation box set
Artist Led Zeppelin
Release Date 29 October 1990 (US)
29 October 1990 (UK)
Recorded October 1968 - November 1978 at various studios.
Mastered at Sterling Sounds, New York.
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, folk rock, rock
Language English
Length 289 minutes 34 seconds
Label Atlantic Records
Catalogue Atlantic 82144-2 (US)
Atlantic 7567-82144-2 (UK)
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer George Marino

Contents

Led Zeppelin, issued on 29 October 1990, is a digitally remastered boxed set of English rock group Led Zeppelin's notable songs on four compact discs, six vinyl albums, and four cassette formats. Remastering of the compiled material was undertaken at Sterling Sounds, New York, in May 1990. The CD and vinyl formats also included a 36-page booklet with band photographs and liner notes by blues historian Robert Palmer, journalist Cameron Crowe, and Kurt Loder. Some editions also included a separate bonus interview disc called Profiled (Atlantic 82371-2).

Overview

The box-set touches on every Led Zeppelin release, bar the live collection The Song Remains the Same. Jimmy Page determined the set's running order, taking the songs out of their familiar contexts and placing them in a new sequence. As with Coda, this release contains previously unissued tracks, in the form of 'Travelling Riverside Blues', recorded on 24 June 1969 at the BBC Maida Vale Studio, and 'White Summer', recorded at the Playhouse Theatre, London on 27 June 1969. There was also a mix featuring 'Moby Dick'/'Bonzo's Montreux' mix, which was completed at the Atlantic Synclavier Suite in New York, in May 1990.

To differentiate this release from the previous Remasters box set, global recording industry associations have often certified this under the title The Complete Collection (which should not to be confused with the later 1993 release The Complete Studio Recordings).

Symbols

At each of the four corners of the box set there is a number. These numbers and what they represent are:

54: The number of songs on the box set.
69: (19)69, the year the first studio album was released.
79: (19)79, the year the last studio album was released.
(X): The sideways '8' is the mathematical symbol for infinity, representing of course, how long the music will last.

Reviews

Reviewer Country Review Year Score
Scott Floman (Goldmine) United States Rock and Soul Album Reviews 2002 A

Track list

Album information

1990 Track listing:

  • Disc 1:
  1. 'Whole Lotta Love' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Willie Dixon) - 5:34
  2. 'Heartbreaker' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:14
  3. 'Communication Breakdown' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 2:27
  4. 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Anne Bredon) - 6:41
  5. 'What Is and What Should Never Be' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:44
  6. 'Thank You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:47
  7. 'I Can't Quit You Baby' (Willie Dixon) - 4:16
  8. 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page) - 6:26
  9. 'Your Time Is Gonna Come' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones) - 4:14
  10. 'Ramble On' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:23
  11. 'Travelling Riverside Blues' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Robert Johnson) - 5:09
  12. 'Friends' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 3:54
  13. 'Celebration Day' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 3:28
  14. 'Hey Hey What Can I Do' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 3:56
  15. 'White Summer/Black Mountain Side' (Jimmy Page) - 8:01
  • Disc 2:
  1. 'Black Dog' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 4:54
  2. 'Over the Hills and Far Away' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:47
  3. 'Immigrant Song' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 2:23
  4. 'The Battle of Evermore' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:51
  5. 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:16
  6. 'Tangerine' (Jimmy Page) - 2:57
  7. 'Going to California' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 3:31
  8. 'Since I've Been Loving You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 7:24
  9. 'D'yer Mak'er' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:22
  10. 'Gallows Pole' (trad. arr. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:56
  11. 'Custard Pie' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:13
  12. 'Misty Mountain Hop' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 4:38
  13. 'Rock and Roll' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 3:40
  14. 'The Rain Song' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 7:39
  15. 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 8:00
  • Disc 3:
  1. 'Kashmir' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham) - 8:31
  2. 'Trampled Under Foot' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:35
  3. 'For Your Life' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 6:20
  4. 'No Quarter' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:59
  5. 'Dancing Days' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 3:41
  6. 'When the Levee Breaks' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Memphis Minnie) - 7:07
  7. 'Achilles Last Stand' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 10:22
  8. 'The Song Remains the Same' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:28
  9. 'Ten Years Gone' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:22
  10. 'In My Time of Dying' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 11:04
  • Disc 4:
  1. 'In the Evening' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:49
  2. 'Candy Store Rock' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:07
  3. 'The Ocean' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:30
  4. 'Ozone Baby' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 3:35
  5. 'Houses of the Holy' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:01
  6. 'Wearing and Tearing' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:28
  7. 'Poor Tom' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 3:02
  8. 'Nobody's Fault but Mine' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 6:27
  9. 'Fool in the Rain' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:12
  10. 'In the Light' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 8:44
  11. 'The Wanton Song' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:06
  12. 'Moby Dick'/'Bonzo's Montreux' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 3:50
  13. 'I'm Gonna Crawl' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:30
  14. 'All My Love' (Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:53

Chart performance

Chart (1990) Peak position
UK Albums Chart[1] 48
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[2] 18
Japanese Albums Chart[3] 17
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[4] 16
Australian ARIA Top 50 Album Charts[5] 46

Certifications

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 2,500,000+ Diamond[6]
Canada (CRIA) 50,000+ Gold[7]

Certification history

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold 11 December 1990
RIAA – USA Platinum 11 December 1990
RIAA – USA 3× Platinum 11 August 1992
RIAA – USA 4× Platinum 12 April 1993
RIAA – USA 6× Platinum 25 November 1997
RIAA – USA 7× Platinum 15 November 1999
RIAA – USA 10× Platinum 2 March 2001

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, electronic effects, backing vocals, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals, harmonica
    • John Paul Jones – bass guitar, keyboards, piano, bass pedals, backing vocals
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer on original recordings
    • John Walters - producer ('Travelling Riverside Blues')
    • Jeff Griffin - producer ('White Summer'/'Black Mountain Side')
    • Rhonda Schoen - digital transfers and editing [Sterling Sound, New York]
    • John Kubrick - digital transfers [Sterling Sound, New York]
    • John Almeleh - digital transfers [Atlantic Studios, New York]
    • George Marino - remastering engineer [Sterling Sound, New York]
    • Mission Control - cover images
    • Bill Smith Studio - graphic design and artwork
    • Richard Hutchinson - design coordination
    • Chris Wroe - imaging and photography
    • Jenny Moore - imaging and photography
    • Larry Freemantle - booklet design
    • Robert Palmer - liner notes
    • Cameron Crowe - liner notes
    • Kurt Loder - liner notes
    • Yves Beauvais - boxed set production

Notes

  1. Top 100 Albums - 10 November 1990. chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  2. The Billboard 200 - 12 November 1990. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-01.
  3. Top 100 Albums - 15 November 1990. Oricon. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  4. RPM Albums Chart - 17 November 1990. RPM. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  5. Top 50 Albums - 16 December 1990. ARIA. Retrieved on 2009-01-01.
  6. RIAA.org Led Zeppelin - 12 November 1990. RIAA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  7. CRIA Led Zeppelin - 27 February 1991. CRIA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
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