Thursday, 1 November 2018

Led Zeppelin - Mothership


  

This is, without doubt, an excellent Led Zeppelin compilation for anyone who wants to get a bite-sized flavour of what this titanic rock band were all about. It takes a handful of tracks from each of their albums (mostly around two or three) and scratches the surface, in the best possible way, their remarkable career from the late sixties to the very early eighties.

Many people have expressed over various media their disappointment with the sound. I have never understood that. I think the sound is truly superb - big, full, punchy, defined and bassy, just as I like it.  Just as Led Zeppelin should be. The album has been remastered twice, though, and was reissued in 2014 using the remasters from that campaign. The edition I am speaking of is the original 2007 one. However, I have to admit that the 2014 one is even better.

Regarding the tracks chosen, they are mostly as you would expect, although I feel the omission of anything from the "Led Zeppelin III" acoustic, pastoral phase of their career is a mistake. The folky side of the band was an important one, and part of their development and changes too, just as much as the blues-influenced material. Listening to this compilation, you get the impression it was "hammer of the Gods" bombast all the way, which it certainly was not. Apart from that, though, this is a mighty collection. Highly recommended to casual fans in particular who wish to feel the power of the Zeppelin on occasions.

B+

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