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)Coda1982
Led Zeppelin
(1990)
Profiled
(1990)Profiled1990
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" 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"
Led Zeppelin 6:42
5. "What Is and What Should Never Be"
  • Page
  • Plant
Led Zeppelin II 4:47
6. "Thank You"
  • Page
  • 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
  • Page
Led Zeppelin 4:14
10. "Ramble On"
  • Page
  • Plant
Led Zeppelin II 4:23
11. "Travelling Riverside Blues" (Live at the BBC 24 June 1969)
Previously unreleased, 1969 5:11
12. "Friends"
  • Page
  • 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
  • Plant
Houses of the Holy, 1973 4:50
3. "Immigrant Song"
  • Page
  • Plant
Led Zeppelin III 2:27
4. "The Battle of Evermore"
  • Page
  • 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
  • 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
  • Plant
Led Zeppelin III 4:58
11. "Custard Pie"
  • Page
  • 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
  • Plant
Houses of the Holy 7:39
15. "Stairway to Heaven"
  • Page
  • 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
  • Plant
Presence, 1976 6:24
4. "No Quarter"
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
Houses of the Holy 7:00
5. "Dancing Days"
  • Page
  • Plant
Houses of the Holy 3:43
6. "When the Levee Breaks"
Led Zeppelin IV 7:07
7. "Achilles Last Stand"
  • Page
  • Plant
Presence 10:25
8. "The Song Remains the Same"
  • Page
  • Plant
Houses of the Holy 5:32
9. "Ten Years Gone"
  • Page
  • 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
  • Plant
Presence 4:11
3. "The Ocean"
  • Bonham
  • Jones
  • Page
  • Plant
Houses of the Holy 4:31
4. "Ozone Baby"
  • Page
  • Plant
Coda 3:35
5. "Houses of the Holy"
  • Page
  • Plant
Physical Graffiti 4:02
6. "Wearing and Tearing"
  • Page
  • Plant
Coda 5:31
7. "Poor Tom"
  • Page
  • Plant
Coda 3:03
8. "Nobody's Fault but Mine"
  • Page
  • 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
  • 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
  • Plant
In Through the Out Door 5:51

Personnel[edit]

Charts[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

Certification[edit]

Country Sales Certification
United States 10,000,000 Diamond[7]
Canada 50,000 Gold[8]
United Kingdom 60,000 Silver[9]

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

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