LED ZEPPELIN > The Song Remains the Same

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Led Zeppelin’s double shot of remastered vintage, if anything, shows the songs still smoke, even if you don’t. The two collections offer something for both the casual and die-hard fan. Mothership, as its name suggests, is a best-of behemoth, comprised of 24 band-picked hits. Label: RHINO
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Led Zeppelin’s double shot of remastered vintage, if anything, shows the songs still smoke, even if you don’t. The two collections offer something for both the casual and die-hard fan. Mothership, as its name suggests, is a best-of behemoth, comprised of 24 band-picked hits. The material is mined solely from studio albums, so musically, there’s nothing new here. However, more expensive versions offer supplemental material; those with deeper pockets can spring for the DVD of live footage, or the 4-LP set with “collectible memorabilia.” If that doesn’t put the bustle in your hedgerow, look to The Song Remains the Same; both the concert film (featuring the July 1973 performances at Madison Square Garden) and its soundtrack have been released in finer form. The double-disc is now padded with six previously unreleased tracks. Worth checking out are the combustive wah-stomper “The Ocean” and a spectacularly seamy “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” but each song showcases the band’s eerie chemistry and patent virtuosity.  Even Plant, whining in his prime, almost makes the distant horror of “29 Palms” seem as unreal as Mordor.

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