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Early Days and Latter Days
Type compilation box set
Artist Led Zeppelin
Release Date 19 November 2002 (US)
19 November 2002 (UK)
Recorded October 1968 - December 1978 at various studios.
Mastered at Sterling Sounds, New York.
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, folk rock, rock
Language English
Length 120 minutes 36 seconds
Label Atlantic Records
Catalogue Atlantic 83619-2 (US)
Atlantic 7567-83619-2 (UK)
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer George Marino

Early Days and Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volumes One and Two (also released as The Very Best of Led Zeppelin: Early Days and Latter Days) is a double compact disc anthology box set by English rock group Led Zeppelin, issued on 19 November 2002, by Atlantic Records.

The collection contains a selection of songs each chronicling a different phase of the band's career from 1969's debut album to 1979's In Through the Out Door. Each CD, Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume One and Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume Two, is enhanced to contain both standard audio tracks and multimedia computer files, playable on Windows PC or Mac. The box set case reuses the image from the Early Days release, with the photographic liner booklets retained for each disc.

This set was also issued in a limited edition LP-style slipcase, under the title The Very Best of Led Zeppelin: Early Days and Latter Days on 12 March 2003 (Atlantic 7567-83619-5). The packaging uses the same cover image as the standard release, but with a background of the box set in white. It was also accompanied by a television campaign in the United Kingdom.[1] In the Japanese edition, each disc is housed in a miniature LP paper sleeve, with lyrics accompanying the liner notes booklet.

The album debuted at number 114 on the Billboard's 200 Albums chart, and charted for a total of 12 weeks, while it faired much better in the United Kingdom reaching number 11.

Track list

Box set information

2002 Track listing:

  1. 'Good Times Bad Times' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 2:43
  2. 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Anne Bredon) – 6:40
  3. 'Dazed and Confused' (Page) – 6:27
  4. 'Communication Breakdown' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 2:26
  5. 'Whole Lotta Love' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 5:33
  6. 'What Is and What Should Never Be' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 4:47
  7. 'Immigrant Song' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 2:26
  8. 'Since I've Been Loving You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 7:24
  9. 'Black Dog' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 4:54
  10. 'Rock and Roll' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 3:41
  11. 'The Battle of Evermore' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 5:52
  12. 'When the Levee Breaks' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Memphis Minnie) – 7:08
  13. 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 8:02
  1. 'The Song Remains the Same' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 5:28
  2. 'No Quarter' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:59
  3. 'Houses of the Holy' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 4:01
  4. 'Trampled Under Foot' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:35
  5. 'Kashmir' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham) - 8:31
  6. 'Ten Years Gone' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 4:22
  7. 'Achilles Last Stand' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 10:22
  8. 'Nobody's Fault but Mine' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) - 6:27
  9. 'All My Love' (Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 5:53
  10. 'In the Evening' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) - 6:49
  • Video 'Kashmir' - 8:31

Chart positions

Chart (2003) Peak position
German Albums Chart[2] 96
UK Albums Chart[3] 11
Irish Albums Chart[4] 13
New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart[5] 17
Finnish Albums Chart[6] 40
Japanese Albums Chart[7] 62
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[8] 114


Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 1,600,000+ Platinum[9]
United Kingdom (BPI) 380,000+ Platinum[10]

Certification history

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold 19 April 2004
RIAA – USA Platinum 19 April 2004


  • 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
  • Additional musicians
    • Sandy Denny - vocals ('The Battle of Evermore')
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer on original recordings
    • George Marino - remastering engineer [Sterling Sound, New York]
    • Andie Airfix - art direction and design
    • Ross Halfin - photography research
    • M. Dubra - photographic collage
    • Yves Beauvais - boxed set production


  1. Lewis, Dave (2003). Led Zeppelin: The 'Tight but Loose' Files: Celebration II. London: Omnibus Press, 165. ISBN 1-84449-056-4. 
  2. Top 100 Albums - 8 December 2002. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  3. Top 100 Albums - 15 March 2003. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  4. Top 75 Albums - 8 March 2003. IRMA. Retrieved on 2009-01-01.
  5. Top 50 Albums - 6 April 2003. RIANZ. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  6. Top 100 Albums - 20 April 2003. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  7. Top 100 Albums - 11 June 2003. Oricon. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  8. Early Days & Latter Days: Vol. 1 & 2 - 3 July 2004. Billboard. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  9. Early Days and Latter Days - 19 April 2004. RIAA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  10. BPI Early Days and Latter Days certification - 21 October 2005. BPI. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.