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Which Led Zeppelin to buy?

post #1 of 42
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My car was broken into the other night, and a whole bunch of my CD's were stolen. Most of them was newish music that doesn't raise many complecations when replacing.
But my Zeppelin CD's were stolen, and I don't know what to buy. Should I just go to the music store and replace them with what they have there? Or should I look at getting a box set or something like this Amazon.com: Definitive Collection Mini LP Replica: Led Zeppelin: Music

What will offer the best sound quality?
post #2 of 42
I bought the box set. It was THE BEST purchase I have ever made. I think it would cost more to buy each individual CD (if you can find them all at your local store) and the box set presentation is quite nice.
post #3 of 42
If you can go the used route, buying individual albums might work out cheaper. Else get a boxed set.
post #4 of 42
I'm an album snob...I'd always say go with the originals.
post #5 of 42
Another vote for boxed set more bang for the buck.
post #6 of 42
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How does the remastering sound on the box set compared to the regular cd? Or are all the CD's selling for new pressed from remastered sources?

Also with the Box Set, what's with some mentioning there's a Japanese version and a different version. Apparently the Japanese version is better. Could someone explain the differences to me.
To those who have the box set, what's the quality of the packaging, etc like?
post #7 of 42
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Any answers regarding my last question?
post #8 of 42
It's great. The box opens from the top with a little ribbon tab sticking out. There are hardbound books containing 2 albums each and their original artwork. You just flip it over to see the other one right side up. Except for Physical Graffiti because its 2 disc so it has it's own. There are 4 bonus tracks at the end of Coda. And there is a nice booklet with pictures and some info that I haven't read yet. I just got mine for Valentines day and I almost wanted to take it back because I own a few already, but then I could only find a few so it seemed like a good idea to keep it.

I forgot to mention this is "The Complete Studio Recordings" box that I have and it contains the 90's remasters.
post #9 of 42
Order of priority.
1. Complete albums
2. Mastering
3. Used/New.
So you'll want to get somethign that has complete albums, not tracks thrown randomly around. If possible you'll want to get something with the best possible mastering. Used/New isnt really an issue.
Albums is by far the most important because its the way music was intended to be listenned.
post #10 of 42
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Originally Posted by Bohemianism View Post
How does the remastering sound on the box set compared to the regular cd? Or are all the CD's selling for new pressed from remastered sources?

Also with the Box Set, what's with some mentioning there's a Japanese version and a different version. Apparently the Japanese version is better. Could someone explain the differences to me.
To those who have the box set, what's the quality of the packaging, etc like?
Interesting, none of the people here seem to have the actual answer to your question. Well, actually, I haven't got a complete one either.

The main distinction to be drawn here is between the original 1980's releases of the albums and the Jimmy Page Remastered version which were first released in the early 90's as a reordered collection under the title of "Remasters" and later both as the (beautifully designed) box set and as remastered seperate cd's. I won't say anything about the Japanese versions, I don't know anything about those. But there is a sizeable group of people that seem to prefer the original 1980's versions. They're calling the remastered version compressed and way too bright and are sometimes even blaming Jimmy Page's old ears for that last thing. The trouble is that you might have a hard time finding those 1980's cd's. As far as I know they've become collectors items that are fetching really high prices on ebay these days.
post #11 of 42
i always go for original cd release, which are hard to find these days. or go for MFSL gold ($$$) and if available i like the JVC 20bit remasters actually(which doesnt apply to led zep albums), otherwise avoid remasters!
post #12 of 42
Thread Starter 
Why do you recommend avoiding remasters?
post #13 of 42
i'm fine with remasters if it's done properly. i don't like badly done remasters filled with clipping and distortion.
post #14 of 42
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Originally Posted by Bohemianism View Post
Why do you recommend avoiding remasters?
Some remasters are okay, and do indeed sound better than original CD releases. This is often (even usually) not the case, though. It's pretty easy to tell on first listen when a remaster has been done with the aim of making the recording loud and free of tape hiss, etc. As far as I know, the Led Zeppelin remasters from the 90's were done by George Marino, and I think they offer minor improvements over the originals.
post #15 of 42
That's a cool box set. Otherwise you could get Remasters 1 and 2.
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