Mothership (album)

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Mothership
A black and red drawing of a zeppelin
Greatest hits album by Led Zeppelin
Released

12 November 2007 (2007-11-12) (2CD & 2CD+DVD)

26 August 2008 (2008-08-26) (Vinyl LPs)
Recorded October 1968 – December 1978
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, folk rock
Length 135:39
Label Atlantic, Swan Song, Rhino
Producer Jimmy Page
Compiler John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant
Led Zeppelin chronology
How the West Was Won
(2003)
Mothership
(2007)
Definitive Collection Mini LP Replica CD Boxset
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Blender 4.5/5 stars link
IGN 9.6/10 link
Mojo 5/5 stars
(December 2007, p. 129)
NME 10/10 stars link
Planet Sound 9/10 stars
Q 5/5 stars
(November 2007, p. 129)
The Times 5/5 stars link
Uncut 5/5 stars link

Mothership is a greatest hits compilation album by English rock group Led Zeppelin, released by Atlantic Records and Rhino Entertainment on 12 November 2007 in the United Kingdom, and 13 November 2007 in the United States. It was released on the same day that Led Zeppelin's entire catalog became available in digital stores, including the iTunes Store.[1] The cover (designed by artist Shepard Fairey) is a graphical interpretation of the Beresford Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland.[citation needed]

The songs included were chosen by the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, and represent eight of the band's nine studio albums. In addition to a two-disc set, the album is also available in both "deluxe" and "collector's" editions with a DVD featuring varied live content from the previously released Led Zeppelin DVD. A 4-LP vinyl package was also released on 26 August 2008.[2]

On 8 November 2007, a temporary XM Satellite Radio station, XM LED was made to promote the album.

Track listing[edit]

CD track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Good Times Bad Times" (from Led Zeppelin, 1969) John Bonham, John Paul Jones, and Jimmy Page 2:48
2. "Communication Breakdown" (from Led Zeppelin, 1969) Bonham, Jones, and Page 2:29
3. "Dazed and Confused" (from Led Zeppelin, 1969) Page 6:28
4. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (from Led Zeppelin, 1969) Anne Bredon, Page, and Robert Plant 6:42
5. "Whole Lotta Love" (from Led Zeppelin II, 1969) Bonham, Willie Dixon, Jones, Page, and Plant 5:33
6. "Ramble On" (from Led Zeppelin II, 1969) Page and Plant 4:22
7. "Heartbreaker" (from Led Zeppelin II, 1969) Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant 4:16
8. "Immigrant Song" (from Led Zeppelin III, 1970) Page and Plant 2:27
9. "Since I've Been Loving You" (from Led Zeppelin III, 1970) Jones, Page, and Plant 7:24
10. "Rock and Roll" (from Led Zeppelin IV, 1971) Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant 3:41
11. "Black Dog" (from Led Zeppelin IV, 1971) Jones, Page, and Plant 4:55
12. "When the Levee Breaks" (from Led Zeppelin IV, 1971) Bonham, Jones, Memphis Minnie, Page, and Plant 7:10
13. "Stairway to Heaven" (from Led Zeppelin IV, 1971) Page and Plant 8:02
Total length:
66:18
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "The Song Remains the Same" (from Houses of the Holy, 1973) Page and Plant 5:32
15. "Over the Hills and Far Away" (from Houses of the Holy, 1973) Page and Plant 4:49
16. "D'yer Mak'er" (from Houses of the Holy, 1973) Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant 4:24
17. "No Quarter" (from Houses of the Holy, 1973) Jones, Page, and Plant 7:00
18. "Trampled Under Foot" (from Physical Graffiti, 1975) Jones, Page, and Plant 5:36
19. "Houses of the Holy" (from Physical Graffiti, 1975) Page and Plant 4:04
20. "Kashmir" (from Physical Graffiti, 1975) Bonham, Page, and Plant 8:30
21. "Nobody's Fault but Mine" (from Presence, 1976) Page and Plant 6:16
22. "Achilles Last Stand" (from Presence, 1976) Page and Plant 10:23
23. "In the Evening" (from In Through the Out Door, 1979) Jones, Page, and Plant 6:51
24. "All My Love" (from In Through the Out Door, 1979) Jones and Plant 5:54
Total length:
69:21
Disc three excerpts from Led Zeppelin DVD (20 out of 39)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We're Gonna Groove" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970) Ben E. King, James A. Bethea 3:14
2. "I Can't Quit You Baby" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970, packaging and DVD named it "I Can't Quit You Babe") Dixon 6:55
3. "Dazed and Confused (Beginning Part)" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970) Page 5:22
4. "White Summer (Beginning Part)" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970) Page 3:46
5. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970) Page and Plant 4:26
6. "Moby Dick (Ending Part)" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970) Bonham, Jones, Page 3:29
7. "Whole Lotta Love" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970) Bonham, Jones, Page and Plant 6:19
8. "Communication Breakdown" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970) Bonham, Jones, Page 5:44
9. "Bring It On Home/Bring It On Back" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970) Page and Plant 7:46
10. "Immigrant Song" (from Sydney Showground – 27 February 1972) Page and Plant 4:06
11. "Black Dog" (from Madison Square Garden – 28 July 1973) Jones, Page and Plant 5:31
12. "Misty Mountain Hop" (from Madison Square Garden – 27 July & 28, 1973) Jones, Page and Plant 4:52
13. "The Ocean" (from Madison Square Garden – 27 July & 29, 1973) Bonham, Jones, Page and Plant 4:37
14. "Going to California" (from Earls Court – 25 May 1975) Page and Plant 5:02
15. "In My Time of Dying" (from Earls Court – 24 May 1975) Bonham, Jones, Page and Plant 11:19
16. "Stairway to Heaven" (from Earls Court – 25 May 1975) Page and Plant 10:46
17. "Rock and Roll" (from Knebworth – 4 August 1979) Bonham, Jones, Page and Plant 3:55
18. "Nobody's Fault but Mine" (from Knebworth – 4 August 1979) Page and Plant 5:47
19. "Kashmir" (from Knebworth – 4 August 1979) Bonham, Page and Plant 8:58
20. "Whole Lotta Love" (from Knebworth – 4 August 1979) Bonham, Jones, Page and Plant 8:40

Vinyl track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Good Times Bad Times"   Led Zeppelin 2:48
2. "Communication Breakdown"   Led Zeppelin 2:30
3. "Dazed and Confused"   Led Zeppelin 6:27
4. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"   Led Zeppelin 6:42
Side B
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Whole Lotta Love"   Led Zeppelin II 5:34
2. "Ramble On"   Led Zeppelin II 4:24
3. "Heartbreaker"   Led Zeppelin II 4:14
4. "Immigrant Song"   Led Zeppelin III 2:27
Side C
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Since I've Been Loving You"   Led Zeppelin III 7:24
2. "Rock and Roll"   Led Zeppelin IV 3:41
3. "Black Dog"   Led Zeppelin IV 4:58
Side D
No. Title Original album Length
1. "When the Levee Breaks"   Led Zeppelin IV 7:10
2. "Stairway to Heaven"   Led Zeppelin IV 8:02
3. "The Song Remains the Same"   Houses of the Holy 5:31
Side E
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Over the Hills and Far Away"   Houses of the Holy 4:50
2. "D'yer Mak'er"   Houses of the Holy 4:23
3. "No Quarter"   Houses of the Holy 7:00
Side F
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Trampled Under Foot"   Physical Graffiti 5:36
2. "Houses of the Holy"   Physical Graffiti 4:03
3. "Kashmir"   Physical Graffiti 8:31
Side G
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Nobody's Fault but Mine"   Presence 6:27
2. "Achilles Last Stand"   Presence 10:25
Side H
No. Title Original album Length
1. "In The Evening"   In Through the Out Door 6:51
2. "All My Love"   In Through the Out Door 5:53

Chart and sales performance[edit]

Packaging for the four-disc LP set.

The album debuted at #4 in the UK Albums Chart,[3] with 58,000 units sold, and debuted at #1 on the Official New Zealand Albums Chart and stayed there for several weeks.[4] The album also debuted at #7 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling about 136,000 copies in its first week. The album has sold almost 1,7 million + copies in the U.S and 4 million + copies worldwide, it has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.[5]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Classic Rock UK Top 20 Reissues of 2007[6] 2007 2

Sales chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak position
French Albums Chart[7] 6
Japanese Albums Chart[8] 7
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 17
Spanish Albums Chart[10] 15
Hungarian MAHASZ Top 40 Albums Chart[11] 40
New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart[12] 1
Italian Albums Chart[13] 9
UK Albums Chart[14] 4
Irish Albums Chart[15] 3
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[16] 8
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[17] 7
US Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart[18] 7
US Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart[19] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloon)[20] 12
Belgian Albums Chart (Flemish)[21] 15
Norwegian Albums Chart[22] 1
Portuguese Albums Chart[23] 12
Swiss Albums Chart[24] 5
Dutch Albums Chart[25] 15
Canadian Albums Chart[26] 7
Polish Albums Chart[27] 24
Austrian Albums Chart[28] 4
German Albums Chart[29] 4
EU Billboard Top 100 Albums Chart[30] 1
Finnish Albums Chart[31] 10
Chart (2008) Peak position
Danish Albums Chart[32] 9
World Albums Chart[33] 3
Argentinian Albums Chart[34] 11
Mexican Albums Chart[35] 38

Year-end charts[edit]

Country Position (2008)
Austria 52 [36]
Germany 43 [37]

Sales certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[38] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[39] Gold 10,000x
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[40] Gold 15,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[41] Gold 18,716[41]
France (SNEP)[42] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[43] 3× Gold 300,000^
Italy (FIMI)[44] Gold 40,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[45] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[46] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[47] Platinum 20,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[48] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[50] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Led Zeppelin
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cohen, Johnathan (2007-10-23). "iTunes Welcomes Zeppelin With Catalog Box". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  2. ^ Led Zeppelin's homepage
  3. ^ References for chart positions:
  4. ^ RIANZ, [1], Chart #1591-1595
  5. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Keys Storms Chart With Mega-Selling 'As I Am'", Billboard.com, 21 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Top 20 Reissues of 2007". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  7. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 11 November 2007". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 11 November 2007". Oricon. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 15 November 2007". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 18 November 2007". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  11. ^ "Top 40 Albums - 18 November 2007". MAHASZ. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  12. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 19 November 2007". RIANZ. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  13. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 22 November 2007". FIMI. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  14. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 24 November 2007". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  15. ^ "Top 50 Albums - 25 November 2007". IRMA. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  16. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 25 November 2007". ARIA. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  17. ^ "Top 200 Albums - 1 December 2007". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-19. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Comprehensive Albums - 1 December 2007". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-19. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Top Hard Rock Albums - 1 December 2007". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-19. [dead link]
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  21. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 1 December 2007". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  22. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 2 December 2007". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  23. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 2 December 2007". portuguesecharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  24. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 9 December 2007". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  25. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 15 December 2007". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  26. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 16 December 2007". CRIA. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  27. ^ "Top 50 Albums - 16 December 2007". OLIS. Retrieved 2009-01-19. [dead link]
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  31. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 31 December 2007". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  32. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 4 January 2008". danishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  33. ^ "Top 40 Albums - 12 January 2008". acharts.us. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  34. ^ "Top 20 Albums – January 2008". CAPIF. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  35. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 15 March 2008". mexicancharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  36. ^ http://austriancharts.at/year.asp?id=2008&cat=a
  37. ^ [2][dead link]
  38. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  39. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Mothership" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Led Zeppelin in the field Interpret. Enter Mothership in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  40. ^ "Danish album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Mothership". IFPI Denmark. 
  41. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  42. ^ "French album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Mothership" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  43. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Led Zeppelin; 'Mothership')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  44. ^ "Italian album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Mothership" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Led Zeppelin in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  45. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Mothership" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 
  46. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". Radioscope. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
  47. ^ "Polish album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Mothership" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  48. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Led Zeppelin; 'Mothership')". Hung Medien. 
  49. ^ "British album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Mothership". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Mothership in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  50. ^ "American album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Mothership". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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