Mothership (album)

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Mothership
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Type Compilation album
Artist Led Zeppelin
Release Date 13 November 2007 (US)
12 November 2007 (UK)
Recorded October 1968 - November 1978 at various studios.
Mastered at Alchemy Mastering, London.
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, folk rock, rock
Language English
Length 135 minutes 23 seconds
Label Rhino Records/Atlantic Records
Catalogue Atlantic R2 313148 (US)
Atlantic 8122-79961-5 (UK)
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer John CF Davis

Mothership is a compilation album (three CD or four LP set) by English rock group Led Zeppelin, released by Rhino Entertainment via Atlantic Records on 13 November 2007 in the United States, and 12 November 2007.

Overview

This twenty-four track collection has been remastered from the original tapes at Alchemy Mastering, and is not a reproduction of earlier Led Zeppelin box sets. The project was overseen in person by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Mothership's release coincided with the first ever launch of Led Zeppelin's entire catalogue via digital download stores.[1] Also made available was a choice between 'Deluxe' (Atlantic R2 313212) and 'Collector's' editions, with liner notes by David Fricke. The Bonus DVD included in the Deluxe 2CD/1DVD Edition is a scaled-down version of 2003's Led Zeppelin DVD, including 9 songs from the 1970 Royal Albert Hall show, four songs from The Song Remains the Same, three songs from the 1975 Earls Court show, and four songs from the 1979 Knebworth show.

The launch of Mothership coincided with a major television campaign featuring animation in the style of Shepard Fairey's cover art. A dedicated satellite radio station XM LED, was established to support the release as well as the upcoming Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London on 10 December 2007. The station broadcast Led Zeppelin's catalogue 24 hours a day until it went into hiatus on 1 January 2009. On 26 August 2008, a 180 gram audiophile four vinyl LP set (Atlantic R1 344700) was released, and a promotional videoclip The Making Of made available via the official Led Zeppelin homesite.[2]

Mothership debuted at Number 4 in the UK Albums Chart,[3] with 58,000 units sold, and debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling an estimated 136,000 units in its first week. The album has since sold over 1,100,000 units in the U.S., and it has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA.[4]

Accolades

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Classic Rock UK Top 20 Reissues of 2007[5] 2007 2

Track list

Album information

2007 Track listing:

  • Disc 1:
  1. 'Good Times Bad Times' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 2:48
  2. 'Communication Breakdown' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 2:27
  3. 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page) - 6:26
  4. 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Anne Bredon) - 6:41
  5. 'Whole Lotta Love' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Willie Dixon) - 5:34
  6. 'Ramble On' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:23
  7. 'Heartbreaker' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:14
  8. 'Immigrant Song' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 2:23
  9. 'Since I've Been Loving You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 7:24
  10. 'Rock and Roll' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 3:40
  11. 'Black Dog' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 4:54
  12. 'When the Levee Breaks' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Memphis Minnie) - 7:07
  13. 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 8:00
  • Disc 2:
  1. 'The Song Remains the Same' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:28
  2. 'Over the Hills and Far Away' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:47
  3. 'D'yer Mak'er' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:22
  4. 'No Quarter' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:59
  5. 'Trampled Under Foot' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:35
  6. 'Houses of the Holy' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:01
  7. 'Kashmir' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham) - 8:31
  8. 'Nobody's Fault but Mine' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 6:27
  9. 'Achilles Last Stand' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 10:22
  10. 'In the Evening' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:49
  11. 'All My Love' (Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:53

Chart performance

Chart (2007) Peak position
French Albums Chart[6] 6
Japanese Albums Chart[7] 7
Swedish Albums Chart[8] 17
Spanish Albums Chart[9] 15
Hungarian MAHASZ Top 40 Albums Chart[10] 40
New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart[11] 1
Italian Albums Chart[12] 9
UK Albums Chart[13] 4
Irish Albums Chart[14] 3
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[15] 8
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[16] 7
US Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart[17] 7
US Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart[18] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloon)[19] 12
Belgian Albums Chart (Flemish)[20] 15
Norwegian Albums Chart[21] 1
Portuguese Albums Chart[22] 12
Swiss Albums Chart[23] 5
Dutch Albums Chart[24] 15
Canadian Albums Chart[25] 7
Polish Albums Chart[26] 24
Austrian Albums Chart[27] 4
German Albums Chart[28] 4
EU Billboard Top 100 Albums Chart[29] 1
Finnish Albums Chart[30] 10
Chart (2008) Peak position
Danish Albums Chart[31] 9
World Albums Chart[32] 3
Argentinian Albums Chart[33] 11
Mexican Albums Chart[34] 38

Certifications

Country Sales Certification
New Zealand (RIANZ) 45,000+ 3× Platinum[35]
Denmark (IFPI) 15,000+ Gold[36]
United Kingdom (BPI) 650,000+ Platinum[37]
France (SNEP) 75,000+ Gold[38]
Switzerland (IFPI) 15,000+ Gold[39]
Finland (IFPI) 20,000+ Platinum[40]
Austria (IFPI) 10,000+ Gold[41]
Poland (ZPAV) 10,000+ Gold[42]
United States (RIAA) 2,000,000+ 2× Multi-Platinum[43]
Germany (IFPI) 200,000+ Platinum[44]
Australia (ARIA) 70,000+ Platinum[45]

Certification history

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold 7 February 2008
RIAA – USA Platinum 7 February 2008
RIAA – USA 2× Platinum 7 February 2008

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page - electric guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals, producer, creative director
    • Robert Plant - vocals, harmonica
    • John Paul Jones - bass guitar, keyboards, bass pedals, mandolin
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant - executive producer on original recordings
    • Dick Carruthers – producer, creative director (Led Zeppelin DVD)
    • John C F Davis – remastering
    • Kevin Shirley – sound engineer
    • Joe Massot - director (Led Zeppelin DVD footage)
    • Peter Clifton - director (Led Zeppelin DVD footage)
    • Peter Whitehead - director (Led Zeppelin DVD footage)
    • Stanley Dorfman - director (Led Zeppelin DVD footage)
    • Eddie Kramer - engineer on original recordings
    • Brian Condliffe - technician
    • Mick Hinton - technician
    • Benji Lefevre - technician
    • Ray Thomas - technician
    • Ross Halfin - photo research
    • Dick Barnatt – photography
    • Ian Dickson – photography
    • Carl Dunn – photography
    • Bob Gruen – photography
    • Neal Preston - photography
    • Peter Simon - photography
    • Laurens Van Houten – photography
    • Chris Walter – photography
    • Baron Wolman – photography
    • Neil Zlozower – photography
    • Christian Rose - inlay photography
    • Shepard Fairey – art direction and design
    • David Fricke – liner notes

Notes

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  2. Led Zeppelin's homepage
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  4. Jonathan Cohen, 'Keys Storms Chart With Mega-Selling 'As I Am, Billboard.com, 21 November 2007.
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  30. Top 100 Albums - 31 December 2007. finnishcharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
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  35. RIANZ Mothership certification - 16 December 2007. RIANZ. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  36. Danish Charts Certifications: Mothership - 18 December 2007. IFPI. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  37. BPI Mothership certification - 21 December 2007. BPI. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  38. Disque en France: Mothership - 31 December 2007. SNEP. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  39. Swiss Charts Certifications: Mothership - 2007. swisscharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  40. Finnish Charts Certifications: Mothership - 2007. IFPI. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
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  42. Polish Charts Certifications: Mothership - 16 January 2008. ZPAV. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  43. RIAA.org Mothership - 7 February 2008. RIAA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  44. Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Mothership - 2008. musikindustrie.de. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  45. ARIA Album Accreditations - 30 November 2008. ARIA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.