Led Zeppelin Boxed Set

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Led Zeppelin
A zeppelin flying across a crop circle
Box set by Led Zeppelin
Released 7 September 1990
Recorded October 1968 – December 1978
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, folk rock
Length 289:05
Label Atlantic
Producer Jimmy Page
Compiler Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin chronology
Coda
(1982)
Led Zeppelin
(1990)
Profiled
(1990)
Singles from Led Zeppelin
  1. "Travelling Riverside Blues"
    Released: 8 October 1990

Led Zeppelin is a box set compilation of songs by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released on 7 September 1990 on Atlantic Records, digitally remastered on four compact discs, six vinyl records, or four cassette tapes. The first compilation album released by Led Zeppelin, selection and remastering of the tracks were supervised by Jimmy Page and took place in New York during early to mid-1990. A 36-page booklet was also included with the release.

This set contains two previously unreleased tracks and one new mix. "Travelling Riverside Blues" was recorded on 24 June 1969 at the BBC Maida Vale Studio. "White Summer/Black Mountain Side" was recorded at the Playhouse Theatre, London on 27 June 1969. The "Moby Dick/Bonzo's Montreux" mix took place at the Atlantic Synclavier Suite in New York, in May 1990. It also includes the band's only non-album B-side, "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do" of the 1970 single "Immigrant Song", previously unavailable on compact disc.

To differentiate this box set from a set of selections taken from it, the Remasters box set released the following month, in some markets this release is listed under the title The Complete Collection. To further the confusion, in both cases this is different from The Complete Studio Recordings box set released three years later, which includes all nine of the band's studio albums on ten discs, with the three extra tracks appended to Coda, along with the 1969 recording "Baby Come On Home", first released on the two-disc Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2. The "Moby Dick/Bonzo's Montreux" mix is also included in the promotional interview album Profiled (1990). Also three years after this release, the remaining Led Zeppelin tracks not appearing on this box set were issued on Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2.

In an interview he gave in January 2010, Page made reference to the boxed set:

Oh, I'm now fully aware of the mark Led Zeppelin made on the musical landscape. My awareness was re-heightened when we were remastering the material to do that CD box set in 1990. When you hear it all, song after song, you realise what a textbook it is for musicians who are coming along, and that's so great. The whole thing is about passing it on, because that's how it was done for me when I was learning from all those old blues and rockabilly records. It's all part of how this cultural phenomenon keeps moving on. I think everyone carries the flame on.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Jimmy Page, except for "Travelling Riverside Blues" produced by John Walters, and "White Summer/Black Mountain Side" produced by Jeff Griffin.

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Origin Length
1. "Whole Lotta Love"   John Bonham, Willie Dixon, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Led Zeppelin II, 1969 5:34
2. "Heartbreaker"   Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant Led Zeppelin II 4:14
3. "Communication Breakdown"   Bonham, Jones, Page Led Zeppelin, 1969 2:29
4. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"   Anne Bredon, Page, Plant Led Zeppelin 6:42
5. "What Is and What Should Never Be"   Page and Plant Led Zeppelin II 4:47
6. "Thank You"   Page and Plant Led Zeppelin II 4:50
7. "I Can't Quit You Baby" (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 9 January 1970) Dixon Coda, 1982 4:15
8. "Dazed and Confused"   Page (inspired by Jake Holmes) Led Zeppelin 6:27
9. "Your Time Is Gonna Come" (Early fade-out) Jones and Page Led Zeppelin 4:14
10. "Ramble On"   Page and Plant Led Zeppelin II 4:23
11. "Travelling Riverside Blues" (Live at the BBC 24 June 1969) Robert Johnson, Page, Plant Previously unreleased, 1969 5:11
12. "Friends"   Page and Plant Led Zeppelin III, 1970 3:55
13. "Celebration Day"   Jones, Page, Plant Led Zeppelin III 3:29
14. "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do"   Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant B-side of "Immigrant Song" single, 1970 3:55
15. "White Summer/Black Mountain Side" (Live at the BBC 27 June 1969) Page Previously unreleased, 1969 8:01
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Origin Length
1. "Black Dog"   Jones, Page, Plant Led Zeppelin IV, 1971 4:55
2. "Over the Hills and Far Away"   Page and Plant Houses of the Holy, 1973 4:50
3. "Immigrant Song"   Page and Plant Led Zeppelin III 2:27
4. "The Battle of Evermore"   Page and Plant Led Zeppelin IV 5:52
5. "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp"   Jones, Page, Plant Led Zeppelin III 4:20
6. "Tangerine"   Page Led Zeppelin III 2:57
7. "Going to California"   Page and Plant Led Zeppelin IV 3:31
8. "Since I've Been Loving You"   Jones, Page, Plant Led Zeppelin III 7:24
9. "D'yer Mak'er"   Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant Houses of the Holy 4:23
10. "Gallows Pole"   traditional, arranged by Page and Plant Led Zeppelin III 4:58
11. "Custard Pie"   Page and Plant Physical Graffiti, 1975 4:13
12. "Misty Mountain Hop"   Jones, Page, Plant Led Zeppelin IV 4:38
13. "Rock and Roll"   Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant Led Zeppelin IV 3:41
14. "The Rain Song"   Page and Plant Houses of the Holy 7:39
15. "Stairway to Heaven"   Page and Plant Led Zeppelin IV 8:02
Disc three
No. Title Writer(s) Origin Length
1. "Kashmir"   Bonham, Page, Plant Physical Graffiti 8:32
2. "Trampled Under Foot"   Jones, Page, Plant Physical Graffiti 5:37
3. "For Your Life"   Page and Plant Presence, 1976 6:24
4. "No Quarter"   Jones, Page, Plant Houses of the Holy 7:00
5. "Dancing Days"   Page and Plant Houses of the Holy 3:43
6. "When the Levee Breaks"   Bonham, Memphis Minnie, Jones, Page, Plant Led Zeppelin IV 7:07
7. "Achilles Last Stand"   Page and Plant Presence 10:25
8. "The Song Remains the Same"   Page and Plant Houses of the Holy 5:32
9. "Ten Years Gone"   Page and Plant Physical Graffiti 6:32
10. "In My Time of Dying"   Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant Physical Graffiti 11:05
Disc four
No. Title Writer(s) Origin Length
1. "In the Evening"   Jones, Page, Plant In Through the Out Door, 1979 6:49
2. "Candy Store Rock"   Page and Plant Presence 4:11
3. "The Ocean"   Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant Houses of the Holy 4:31
4. "Ozone Baby"   Page and Plant Coda 3:35
5. "Houses of the Holy"   Page and Plant Physical Graffiti 4:02
6. "Wearing and Tearing"   Page and Plant Coda 5:31
7. "Poor Tom"   Page and Plant Coda 3:03
8. "Nobody's Fault but Mine"   Page and Plant Presence 6:27
9. "Fool in the Rain"   Jones, Page, Plant In Through the Out Door 6:12
10. "In the Light"   Jones, Page, Plant Physical Graffiti 8:46
11. "The Wanton Song"   Page and Plant Physical Graffiti 4:07
12. "Moby Dick/Bonzo's Montreux"   Bonham, Jones, Page Previously unreleased remix of two recordings, 1990 3:50
13. "I'm Gonna Crawl"   Jones, Page, Plant In Through the Out Door 5:30
14. "All My Love"   Jones and Plant In Through the Out Door 5:51


Sales chart performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars link
Chart (1990) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[2] 48
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[3] 18
Japanese Albums Chart[4] 17
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[5] 16
Australian ARIA Top 50 Album Charts[6] 46

Sales certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] 10× Platinum 2,500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
United States 7 September 1990 Atlantic Records 6LP (33 rpm) 82144-1
4 Compact disc 82144-2
4 Cassette 82144-4
United Kingdom 4 Compact disc 7567-82144-2
France
Germany
Japan AMCY-170/3
Germany 1990 East West Records 7567-80566-2

Personnel[edit]

Led Zeppelin
Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Bob Alford – photography
  • Yves Beauvais – producer
  • Bruce Buchanan – engineering
  • Richard Creamer – photography
  • Cameron Crowe – liner notes
  • Jim Cummins – photography
  • Chris Dreja – photography
  • Robert Ellis – photography
  • Larry Fremantle – design
  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • Jeff Griffin – producer
  • Bob Gruen – photography
  • Chris Houston – engineering
  • Richard "Hutch" Hutchison – design co-ordinator
  • Neil Jones – photography
  • John Kubick – digital transfers
  • Kurt Loder – liner notes
  • Janet Macoska – photography
  • John Mahoney – Programming and engineering on "Moby Dick"/"Bonzo's Montreux"
  • George Marino – remastering and digital remastering
  • Jennifer Moore – photography and imaging
  • Terry O'Neil – photography
  • Robert Palmer – liner notes
  • Barry Plummer – photography
  • Neal Preston – photography
  • Michael Putland – photography
  • Rhonda Schoen – digital editing and transfers
  • Peter Simon – photography
  • Pennie Smith – photography
  • Jay Thompson – photography
  • Chris Walter – photography
  • Tony Wilson – engineering on "Travelling Riverside Blues" and "White Summer"
  • Chris Wroe – photography and imaging
  • Neil Zlozower – photography

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Wingate, Interview: Guitarist Jimmy Page, Scotsman.com, 5 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 10 November 1990". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "The Billboard 200 - 12 November 1990". Billboard. Archived from the original on 1 January 1970. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Top 100 Albums - 15 November 1990". Oricon. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "RPM Albums Chart - 17 November 1990". RPM. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 Albums - 16 December 1990". ARIA. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin". Music Canada. 
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH