Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As legend has it, Led Zeppelin never played the singles game. That's not entirely true -- "Whole Lotta Love" was a gold-selling, Top Five single, while "Immigrant Song," "Black Dog," and "D'yer Mak'er" all went Top 20. But since their reputation was built in part through album rock radio, and since they never released "Stairway to Heaven" as a single, the impression that they were above hits and singles grew and grew. Zeppelin fostered it by refusing to issue compilations for years, forcing every fan to become familiar with the group on an album-by-album basis. Things began to change a bit in 1990, when Jimmy Page assembled the four-disc Led Zeppelin box, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As legend has it, Led Zeppelin never played the singles game. That's not entirely true -- "Whole Lotta Love" was a gold-selling, Top Five single, while "Immigrant Song," "Black Dog," and "D'yer Mak'er" all went Top 20. But since their reputation was built in part through album rock radio, and since they never released "Stairway to Heaven" as a single, the impression that they were above hits and singles grew and grew. Zeppelin fostered it by refusing to issue compilations for years, forcing every fan to become familiar with the group on an album-by-album basis. Things began to change a bit in 1990, when Jimmy Page assembled the four-disc Led Zeppelin box, the group's first official compilation; it eventually opened the door for the 1999 release of Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1. Early Days focuses on the first four Zeppelin albums, taking four songs from the first, just two apiece from the second and third, and the entire first side of IV, along with "When the Levee Breaks." And for the diehards, a video clip of Zeppelin performing "Communication Breakdown" on an English TV show is thrown onto the enhanced CD portion of the disc. It's basically the album longtime Zeppelin fans thought would never be released: a straight-up greatest-hits album. At one point, this may have been seen as sacrilege among devotees, but at this point, it's hard to imagine who would care about Early Days one way or another. Apart from the handful of casual fans who just want the radio staples on one disc -- while not caring that other classics are absent -- there really is no audience for this, since it doesn't recontextualize the catalog like the box sets. It's still pretty entertaining, yet Early Days feels unnecessary. Yet that cover photo is priceless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678326844
  • Catalog Number: 83268

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Led Zeppelin Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jimmy Page Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Robert Plant Vocals
John Paul Jones Bass, Keyboards
John Bonham Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Memphis Minnie Composer
Jimmy Page Composer, Producer
Robert Plant Composer
John Paul Jones Composer
Anne Bredon Composer
John Bonham Composer
Andie Airfix Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Raise the volume!

    I was never a big Zepplin fan, untill I bought this cd. It's at the top of my cd collection. Buy this cd...now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A good Led Zeppelin greatest hits first volume collection!

    Early days includes three of their original studio album recordings from 1969 to 1971. My favorite Zeppelin classic songs are ''Stairway To Heaven'', ''Good Times Bad Times'', ''Whole Lotta Love'', ''Dazed And Confused'', ''Black Dog'' & ''Babe I'm Gonna Leave You''. If you're a Zeppelin music fan than this one is for you or else you'd rather prefer their remasters on CD instead it's up to you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, but an incomplete selection

    This might be the strongest disc ever issued by Led Zeppelin. It includes a motherlode of great tunes, from 'Good Times Bad Times' to 'Whole Lotta Love', from 'Rock and Roll' to 'Stairway to Heaven.' Only problem is, there are just as many essential tunes that are left off - where are 'Ramble On' and 'Tangerine', to name two? This might work as a sampler for a newcomer to the band, but sooner or later you'll want the full original albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a bad song on the CD

    I purchased this CD nearly two weeks ago and I must say that I am truly pleased with it. This is a great collection of Led Zep's earlier hits and they all are. I highly recommend this CD to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cool

    this cd is a great one

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