24 Songs, 2 Hours 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mothership is Jimmy Page’s hand-curated selection of the best of Led Zeppelin, and it’s the ultimate showcase of their proto-metal skills. The intuitive interplay between John Bonham’s drums and Page’s guitar riffs created some of the leanest hard rock on record—“Black Dog,” “Whole Lotta Love”—providing cocksure backup to Robert Plant’s lascivious screams. Equally skilled as bluesmen—“Since I’ve Been Loving You” is particularly aching—they reached a compositional peak in the Eastern strings of “Kashmir” and the folk-prog epic “Stairway to Heaven,” rock standards that retain an otherworldly power.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Mothership is Jimmy Page’s hand-curated selection of the best of Led Zeppelin, and it’s the ultimate showcase of their proto-metal skills. The intuitive interplay between John Bonham’s drums and Page’s guitar riffs created some of the leanest hard rock on record—“Black Dog,” “Whole Lotta Love”—providing cocksure backup to Robert Plant’s lascivious screams. Equally skilled as bluesmen—“Since I’ve Been Loving You” is particularly aching—they reached a compositional peak in the Eastern strings of “Kashmir” and the folk-prog epic “Stairway to Heaven,” rock standards that retain an otherworldly power.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

MusicManiac76 ,

Not 2007 Version But Better

Although this compilation was released in 2007, using the 1993 remasters, the version now on iTunes has been quietly updated to include songs from the 2014 and 2015 remastering of all the Zeppelin albums. The version previously available on iTunes did contain the 1993 remasters. I have it, as it was included on a digital only collection, The Complete Led Zeppelin, which is no longer available.

"Nobody's Fault But Mine", for example, now clocks in at 6:28, consistent with the version found on the 2015 remaster of "Presence". The previous "Mothership" version clocked in at 6:17, which is consistent with the 1993 version of "Presence".

Also, tracks 1-4, from the first album, use the 2014 remaster from that same album, as the left and right stereo channels are reversed. This was done on the entire 1993 version of the first album and not corrected until the 2014 version. Note, the 2014 version is consistent with the original vinyl and CD.

Given that the iTunes version of "Mothership" now uses remasters from the 2014 and 2015 remastered versions, it is without doubt the definitive introduction to Led Zeppelin for anyone not familiar with their music. These 24 songs sound tremendous and represent the most well known Zeppelin music in the commercial sphere. Granted, those of us who have been Zeppelin fans for years know everything and regard all of it similarly.

Jimenides ,

Does Its Job

A succinct collection of Zeppelin's greatest hits? You got it right here.

johnipod ,

JR

I can,t believe they did not include Going to California

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