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Remasters
LZremasters1990.jpg
Type Compilation box set
Artist Led Zeppelin
Release Date 4 October 1990 (US) [mail order]
15 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 145 min 1 sec
Label Atlantic Records
Catalogue Atlantic 80415-2 (US)
Atlantic 7567-80415-2 (UK)
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer George Marino

Remasters is a double compact disc (or triple vinyl LP or double cassette) compilation album of digitally remastered material by English rock group Led Zeppelin. It was issued by Atlantic Records on 15 October 1990, originally intended for the European and Japanese markets only. Remasters was initially made available in the United States only as a television mail order offer.

The idea for the project came about after Jimmy Page's disliking of the sub-standard mid-1980s conversion of the Led Zeppelin catalog to CD by Atlantic Records. Page spent a week in May 1990 at Sterling Studios in New York digitally remastering the entire Led Zeppelin catalog with engineer George Marino. The collection is essentially a scaled-down budget version of the four disc Led Zeppelin box set, with the addition of 'Good Times Bad Times'. The Japanese edition also included a 50 page lyric booklet. Page was dissatisfied with the television marketing of the Remasters release by Time-Warner and ultimately this edition was discontinued in the US late 1991, and replaced by the expanded longform slim book digipack in 1992. The Remasters double CD edition was again re-issued in September 1997.

Album information

1990 Track listing:

  • Disc 1:
  1. 'Communication Breakdown' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 2:27|
  2. 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Anne Bredon) - 6:41
  3. 'Good Times Bad Times' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 2:48
  4. 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page) - 6:26
  5. 'Heartbreaker' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:14
  6. 'Whole Lotta Love' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Willie Dixon) - 5:34
  7. 'Ramble On' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:23
  8. 'Since I've Been Loving You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 7:24
  9. 'Celebration Day' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 3:28
  10. 'Immigrant Song' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 2:23
  • Disc 2:
  1. 'Black Dog' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 4:54
  2. 'Rock and Roll' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 3:40
  3. 'The Battle of Evermore' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:51
  4. 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 8:00
  5. 'The Song Remains the Same' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:28
  6. 'D'yer Mak'er' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:22
  7. 'No Quarter' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:59
  8. 'Houses of the Holy' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:01
  9. 'Trampled Under Foot' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:35
  10. 'Kashmir' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham) - 8:31
  11. 'Nobody's Fault but Mine' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 6:27
  12. 'Achilles Last Stand' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 10:22
  13. 'All My Love' (Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:53
  14. 'In the Evening' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:49

Chart performance

Chart (1990) Peak position
UK Albums Chart[1] 10
Japanese Albums Chart[2] 32
German Albums Chart[3] 13
Swiss Albums Chart[4] 24
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[5] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[6] 3
Finnish Albums Chart[7] 1
Dutch Albums Chart[8] 33
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 21
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloon)[10] 32
Belgian Albums Chart (Flemish)[11] 46
Spanish Albums Chart[12] 12
Austrian Albums Chart[13] 19
Norwegian Albums Chart[14] 8

Certifications

Country Sales Certification
Switzerland (IFPI) 25,000+ Gold[15]
France (SNEP) 300,000+ Platinum[16]
Norway (IFPI) 15,000+ Gold[17]
Finland (IFPI) 35,440+ Platinum[18]
Argentina (CAPIF) 200,000+ Platinum[19]
Brazil (ABDP) 50,000+ Gold[20]
Germany (IFPI) 200,000+ Platinum[21]
United Kingdom (BPI) 650,000+ 2× Platinum[22]
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 80,000+ Platinum[23]
Australia (ARIA) 700,000+ 10× Platinum[24]
New Zealand (RIANZ) 165,000+ 11× Platinum[25]

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
    • 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
    • Bob Gruen - photography
    • Aubrey Powell - photography
    • Pictorial Press - photography
    • Globe Photos - photography
    • Larry Freemantle - booklet design
    • Robert Palmer - liner notes
    • Cameron Crowe - liner notes
    • Kurt Loder - liner notes
    • Yves Beauvais - boxed set production

Remasters (Slim book bonus edition)

Remasters
LZremasters1992.jpg
Type Compilation album
Artist Led Zeppelin
Release Date 4 March 1992 (US)
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 202 min 12 sec
Label Atlantic Records
Catalogue Atlantic 82371-2 (US)
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer George Marino

Remasters (Slim book bonus edition) is a triple CD (and triple cassette) compilation album longform gatefold digipak of remastered material by English rock group Led Zeppelin. The discs came with a multicolour dayglo label, reflected on the front cover image. It was issued in the United States by Atlantic Records on 4 March 1992. This release includes the previous Profiled compact disc available as a separate inclusion with earlier versions of Remasters (1990). Profiled includes radio interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, included in a sleeve pouch with liner notes extracted from the original Remasters release.

Album information

1992 Track listing:

  • Disc 1:
  1. 'Communication Breakdown' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 2:27|
  2. 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Anne Bredon) - 6:41
  3. 'Good Times Bad Times' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 2:48
  4. 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page) - 6:26
  5. 'Heartbreaker' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:14
  6. 'Whole Lotta Love' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Willie Dixon) - 5:34
  7. 'Ramble On' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:23
  8. 'Since I've Been Loving You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 7:24
  9. 'Celebration Day' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 3:28
  10. 'Immigrant Song' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 2:23
  • Disc 2:
  1. 'Black Dog' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 4:54
  2. 'Rock and Roll' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 3:40
  3. 'The Battle of Evermore' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:51
  4. 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 8:00
  5. 'The Song Remains the Same' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:28
  6. 'D'yer Mak'er' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:22
  7. 'No Quarter' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:59
  8. 'Houses of the Holy' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:01
  9. 'Trampled Under Foot' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:35
  10. 'Kashmir' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham) - 8:31
  11. 'Nobody's Fault but Mine' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 6:27
  12. 'Achilles Last Stand' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 10:22
  13. 'All My Love' (Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:53
  14. 'In the Evening' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:49

Chart performance

Year Chart Peak position Certification Sales / shipments
1999 US Billboard 200[26] 47 2× Platinum 2,000,000+

Certification history

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold 20 August 1992
RIAA – USA Platinum 25 November 1997
RIAA – USA 2× Platinum 25 November 1997

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
    • 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
    • Bob Gruen - photography
    • Aubrey Powell - photography
    • Pictorial Press - photography
    • Globe Photos - photography
    • Larry Freemantle - booklet design
    • Robert Palmer - liner notes
    • Cameron Crowe - liner notes
    • Kurt Loder - liner notes
    • Yves Beauvais - boxed set production
  • Profiled production:
    • Dan Neer - interviewer
    • DeWitt Nelson - interviewer
    • James Fahey - recording
    • Valerie Alter - recording
    • David Bailes - producer
    • Judy Libow - executive producer
    • Perry Cooper - executive producer
    • Jodi Rovin - art direction
    • Fun Cheung - assistance

Notes

  1. Top 100 Albums - 27 October 1990. chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  2. Top 100 Albums - 15 November 1990. Oricon. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  3. Top 100 Albums - December 1990. charts-surfer.de. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  4. Top 100 Albums - 20 January 1991. hitparade.ch. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  5. Top 100 Albums - 11 July 1993. ARIA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  6. Top 100 Albums - 18 August 1996. RIANZ. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  7. Top 100 Albums - 13 September 1997. finnishcharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  8. Top 100 Albums - 13 September 1997. dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  9. Top 100 Albums - 10 October 1997. swedishcharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  10. Top 100 Albums - 18 October 1997. ultratop.be. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  11. Top 100 Albums - 18 October 1997. ultratop.be. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  12. Top 100 Albums - 25 October 1997. PROMUSICAE. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  13. Top 100 Albums - 2 November 1997. austriancharts.at. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  14. Top 100 Albums - 16 November 1997. norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  15. Swiss Charts Certifications: Remasters - 1994. swisscharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  16. Disque en France: Remasters - 7 May 1997. SNEP. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  17. Norwegian Charts Certifications: Remasters - 1997. IFPI. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  18. Finnish Charts Certifications: Remasters - 1997. IFPI. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  19. CAPIF: Led Zeppelin - 1997. CAPIF. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  20. ABDP Remasters - January 1999. ABDP. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  21. Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Remasters - 2000. musikindustrie.de. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  22. BPI Remasters certification - 14 September 2001. BPI. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  23. PROMUSICAE Remasters - 2002. PROMUSICAE. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  24. ARIA Album Accreditations - 31 December 2007. ARIA. Retrieved on 2009-01-1.
  25. Scapolo, Dean (2007). The Complete New Zealand Music Charts, 1st. Wellington: Transpress. ISBN 1-877443-00-8. 
  26. Billboard.com Remasters - 4 April 1992. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.