Stretch it OUT!!!
Led Zeppelin will always deliver,however, if your going to take the time to re-release some classic albums put some Live from Japan tracks or other more experimental tracks on the bonus offerings to really expand the musical experience for fans old&knew.
Waste of Money
5 stars, since it contains 4th LZ's album, but if you already own any descent version of it, the bonus material is just a novelty for the curious. The original album was a finished product, and the remastering in the 90’s made them sound cleared. End of Story. The Box sets in the early 90’s were nice, especially the 1st one since it was packaged so well with a full LP sized box, and amazing liner notes. The remastered CDs that followed with the original Album sequences were a “no brainer" also. These “Deluxe” editions on the other hand are as stupid as the inverted album covers.
Review on new mixes!
I'm only going to do a review on the alternate versions of each song. Not the actual song.
1. Black Dog (Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs): 6/10; It's Black Dog, everyone loves Black Dog. This version is meh. I personally don't like it because of the echo on Roberts Voice. The echo is really loud and really delayed. When the song is about to go into the main riff it's still echoing. There is also added vocals on Roberts "Oh yeah" parts which is alright. The guitar doesn't really sound different from the original.
2. Rock and Roll (Alternate Mix): 9/10; This version really sounds like Rock and Roll. The guitar sounds better and louder in this mix. At the beginning the overdubbed part on Jimmy's guitar is added later which gives it that rock and roll feel and about 7 seconds into the vocals, they get lowered so it can focus on the guitar which I think is a good idea. You still can hear Robert but the guitar is driving the song forward.
3. The Battle of Evermore (Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange): 4/10; Don't get me the wrong. The guitar and mandolin sound amazing in this version. They sound more crispy but I think song was a duet for Robert and Sandy. Without their lyrics this song drags and gets boring.
4. Stairway to Heaven (Sunset Sound Mix): 10/10; I never though Stairway to Heaven could be any better but they found a way. Okay... At the beginning, the recorder is softer and the guitar/vocals were given a slight echo. It's not like Black Dogs echo but it slight. Then it switches from the electric guitar. In the original the recorder would play while Jimmy switches from acoustic guitar but not in this one. Everything goes quiet. When he strikes his guitar it always gives me goosebumps. When the 12 string guitar is added this sounds more lively and well it's hard to describe. The guitar is more beautiful in this one. Also John Paul Jones piano raises a little in this version. Then John Bonham strikes on those drums which has an echo on them too, everything sounds perfect. The drums aren't as loud, everything is blending into each other which is perfect. I thought I would never say this but I the guitar solo is better than ever. The little fanfare before it sounds more crispy and up in your face. It's telling you this is going to be epic. Then the guitar solo hits and just wow... The guitar sounds too beautiful. Everything is coming together. John Paul Jones piano is louder and you hear a lot more things than the original. But the guitar solo just soars! It gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Then Robert comes back in and this is the only complaint I have, the riff is changed. I loved the simple riff in the original and they change it. There are new vocals of Robert which is nice. Then there's a new ending with the guitar which doesn't make it so rushed. Over all this song is equal to the original unlike the others.
5. Misty Mountain Hop (Alternate Mix): 8/10; The only really things that are changed in this song is Roberts voice is lowered or higher and the drums sound different. It also somewhat sounds like Robert overdubbed his vocals a lot on this one.
6. Four Sticks (Alternate Mix): 7/10; This song doesn't get mention a lot which is wired. The songs great! This version kind of helps it. The guitar, bass, and drums are a little muted which gives it a harder feeling than the original.
7. Going to California (Guitar/Mandolin Mix): 10/10; This song is the better version without Roberts vocals. Without Roberts vocals this song sound completely new. It sound beautiful. John Paul Jones mandolin sounds great in this. This some is a relaxing song.
8. When the Levee Breaks (Alternate UK Mix in Progress): 9/10; This mostly focuses on the guitar. The guitar sounds like it's in a whole new key. In some parts the guitar will echo, get louder or softer. Also the lyrics are raised.
I can’t tell the difference between some of the songs so I give these songs 5 stars. It might be a good idea to release some material new to the public.
Thank u monster brand headphones (DNA or beats) & Jimmy Page. These remasteres are the greatest. Glad some people stil care bout our ears.
Updated Without Innovation
These remasters are all great. Really updates the Led Zep experience for a new gen. I’m old school, so I’ve heard these tracks a million times. I dig the bonus material. There’s a new feel or colour to some of it like Four Sticks (bonus version). IV is least impressive for its bonus content. Led Zeppelin I was the best so far.
By al kirk
Led-Zeppelin is my favorite band, so i was excited about this unreleased material, and i absolutely hate to give them 1 star. I went to buy it, and was disappointed to find out i would have to purchase the entire original album. But what stopped me from doing so is i listened to a few tracks and could not tell a difference, and there must be a reason behind them not releasing it originally.
Get the Led out - if you have a good stereo system in a room with good acoustics - you can clearly hear the remastering touches of Jimmy Page--bottom is eavier and you can hear the tom tom's twang on Bonzo's beat
Reviews prior to release date
It looks like most of the bad reviews are prior to the release date. Everyone who downloaded this is happy!
Mr T 's Review
Thanks Jimmy Page for this remastered classic rock ! I have the complete collection and this is essential for all Zeppelin fans !