Mothership (album)

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Mothership
A black and red drawing of a zeppelin
Cover art by Shepard Fairey
Greatest hits album by Led Zeppelin
Released 12 November 2007 (2007-11-12) (2 CD & 2 CD+DVD)
26 August 2008 (2008-08-26) (4 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)
Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars link
Blender4.5/5 stars link
IGN9.6/10 link
Mojo5/5 stars
(December 2007, p. 129)
NME10/10 stars link
Planet Sound9/10 stars
Q5/5 stars
(November 2007, p. 129)
The Times5/5 stars link
Uncut5/5 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 catalogue 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 (2003). A 4-LP vinyl package was also released on 26 August 2008.[2] On 6 November 2015, the album was reissued using the audio from the band's 2014–15 remaster campaign.[3]

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

Commercial performance[edit]

Packaging for the four-disc LP set.

The album debuted at #4 in the UK Albums Chart,[4] with 58,000 units sold, and debuted at #1 on the Official New Zealand Albums Chart and stayed there for several weeks.[5] 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 over 2.1 million copies in the U.S and over 4.5 million copies worldwide, leading to it being certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.[6]







Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Good Times Bad Times" (from Led Zeppelin, 1969)John Bonham, John Paul Jones, and Jimmy Page2:48
2."Communication Breakdown" (from Led Zeppelin)Bonham, Jones, and Page2:29
3."Dazed and Confused" (from Led Zeppelin)Page (inspired by Jake Holmes)6:28
4."Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (from Led Zeppelin)Anne Bredon, Page, and Robert Plant6:42
5."Whole Lotta Love" (from Led Zeppelin II, 1969)Bonham, Willie Dixon, Jones, Page, and Plant5:33
6."Ramble On" (from Led Zeppelin II)Page and Plant4:18 (4:28 2015 reissue)
7."Heartbreaker" (from Led Zeppelin II)Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant4:16
8."Immigrant Song" (from Led Zeppelin III, 1970)Page and Plant2:27
9."Since I've Been Loving You" (from Led Zeppelin III)Jones, Page, and Plant7:24
10."Rock and Roll" (from Led Zeppelin IV, 1971)Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant3:41
11."Black Dog" (from Led Zeppelin IV)Jones, Page, and Plant4:55
12."When the Levee Breaks" (from Led Zeppelin IV)Bonham, Jones, Memphis Minnie, Page, and Plant7:10
13."Stairway to Heaven" (from Led Zeppelin IV)Page and Plant8:02
Total length:66:18 (66:28 2015 reissue)
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Song Remains the Same" (from Houses of the Holy, 1973)Page and Plant5:32
2."Over the Hills and Far Away" (from Houses of the Holy)Page and Plant4:49
3."D'yer Mak'er" (from Houses of the Holy)Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant4:24
4."No Quarter" (from Houses of the Holy)Jones, Page, and Plant7:00
5."Trampled Under Foot" (from Physical Graffiti, 1975)Jones, Page, and Plant5:36
6."Houses of the Holy" (from Physical Graffiti)Page and Plant4:04
7."Kashmir" (from Physical Graffiti)Bonham, Page, and Plant8:28 (8:35 2015 reissue)
8."Nobody's Fault but Mine" (from Presence, 1976)Page and Plant6:16 (6:30 2015 reissue)
9."Achilles Last Stand" (from Presence)Page and Plant10:23
10."In the Evening" (from In Through the Out Door, 1979)Jones, Page, and Plant6:51
11."All My Love" (from In Through the Out Door)Jones and Plant5:54
Total length:69:21 (69:50 2015 reissue)
Disc three – excerpts from Led Zeppelin DVD (20 out of 39)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."We're Gonna Groove" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970)James A. Bethea and Ben E. King3:14
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")Dixon6:55
3."Dazed and Confused (Beginning Part)" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970)Page (inspired by Jake Holmes)5:22
4."White Summer (Beginning Part)" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970)Page3:46
5."What Is and What Should Never Be" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970)Page and Plant4:26
6."Moby Dick (Ending Part)" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970)Bonham, Jones, and Page3:29
7."Whole Lotta Love" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970)Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant6:19
8."Communication Breakdown" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970)Bonham, Jones, and Page5:44
9."Bring It On Home/Bring It On Back" (from Royal Albert Hall – 9 January 1970)Page and Plant7:46
10."Immigrant Song" (from Sydney Showground – 27 February 1972)Page and Plant4:06
11."Black Dog" (from Madison Square Garden – 28 July 1973)Jones, Page, and Plant5:31
12."Misty Mountain Hop" (from Madison Square Garden – 27 July & 28, 1973)Jones, Page, and Plant4:52
13."The Ocean" (from Madison Square Garden – 27 July & 29, 1973)Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant4:37
14."Going to California" (from Earls Court – 25 May 1975)Page and Plant5:02
15."In My Time of Dying" (from Earls Court – 24 May 1975)Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant11:19
16."Stairway to Heaven" (from Earls Court – 25 May 1975)Page and Plant10:46
17."Rock and Roll" (from Knebworth – 4 August 1979)Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant3:55
18."Nobody's Fault but Mine" (from Knebworth – 4 August 1979)Page and Plant5:47
19."Kashmir" (from Knebworth – 4 August 1979)Bonham, Page, and Plant8:58
20."Whole Lotta Love" (from Knebworth – 4 August 1979)Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant8:40

LP[edit]

Side A
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Good Times Bad Times"Led Zeppelin2:48
2."Communication Breakdown"Led Zeppelin2:30
3."Dazed and Confused"Led Zeppelin6:27
4."Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"Led Zeppelin6:42
Side B
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Whole Lotta Love"Led Zeppelin II5:34
2."Ramble On"Led Zeppelin II4:24
3."Heartbreaker"Led Zeppelin II4:14
4."Immigrant Song"Led Zeppelin III2:27
Side C
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Since I've Been Loving You"Led Zeppelin III7:24
2."Rock and Roll"Led Zeppelin IV3:41
3."Black Dog"Led Zeppelin IV4:58
Side D
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."When the Levee Breaks"Led Zeppelin IV7:10
2."Stairway to Heaven"Led Zeppelin IV8:02
3."The Song Remains the Same"Houses of the Holy5:31
Side E
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Over the Hills and Far Away"Houses of the Holy4:50
2."D'yer Mak'er"Houses of the Holy4:23
3."No Quarter"Houses of the Holy7:00
Side F
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Trampled Under Foot"Physical Graffiti5:36
2."Houses of the Holy"Physical Graffiti4:03
3."Kashmir"Physical Graffiti8:31
Side G
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Nobody's Fault but Mine"Presence6:27
2."Achilles Last Stand"Presence10:25
Side H
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."In The Evening"In Through the Out Door6:51
2."All My Love"In Through the Out Door5:53

Personnel[edit]

Led Zeppelin

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[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 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]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[38] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[39] Gold 10,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[40] Gold 15,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[41] Gold 18,716[41]
France (SNEP)[42] Platinum 100,000*
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 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[50] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Classic Rock UK Top 20 Reissues of 2007[51] 2007 2

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