There are stories of Jimmy Page personally bringing the master tapes back to the UK with him. Thank you! Nice article. Quite a few think the gm Classic Pressing is the best to get on this one.
It smokes a slightly later German version I have. One of my neighbours was a press photographer at the Auckland concert, and jumped in to help tune an acoustic guitar for the roadies when Bonham turned up dead drunk an hour before the show and the ground crew scrambled to sober him up, not that you can tell he was in any way impared from the bootleg of the concert.
Thanks for this — as much good info as what I wrote! I agree that the UK Physical Graffiti sounds nice. And yes, I intend to purchase all three, albeit these will be my first serviceable I and II.
The extras included on the vinyl of III are enough, I think, to draw me in to that one…. There is a picture of the LZ II mastertape from New York in an audiophile magazine titled Stereophile which details how Classic Records obtained and developed their reissue series. I am a dealer so hear them often. Side 1 of my copy has a pressing fault which causes the needle to mistrack in a few places on the first 2 tracks causing some distortion.
I know it is not stylus damage which sounds the same because I have owned it from new. I have just played the first LP of the second pressing, since I have just acquired a mint copy and I would say it is just as good, but without the fault. I think the intros are often spoiled on the BT version and the intros are important. It plays fine on a proper turntable but not on a Radiogram which is what most people had in 69, if they were lucky.
The same is true of Electric Ladyland and is the reason why people want the Track versions rather than the later Polydor versions which were recorded quieter because of the jumping problem.
Why people pay 5 times more for the version with the blue writing rather than white writing is beyond me because the discs are from exactly the same master. Fantastic stuff! Just playing Side 1 of PG now -1 matrix … Now that you mention it, the first 2 tracks seem to lack low bass, apart from a bass drum hit just before the fade out of Custard Pie.
More listening required! I did Simon thanks. Glad I read this cos my original Led Zep 1 is the red and plum version in mint…. First name Chester I think. Great info here, thanks. Also, while many people think the Aleister Crowley inscription on Zeppelin III denotes a first pressing, this is not the case. All US and UK pressings, both first and re-issues, display some form of the inscription on one or both sides.
On the US pressings the inscription is neatly written in a small script font, while on UK pressings it is in a much larger block-style printing that is clearly different than the US font.
Apparently all other international pressings have no inscriptions at all, with the sole exception being the Lebanese pressing. And the side placement of the inscription is not consistent; it seems to vary by where and when the album was pressed. About those Atco records.. Is this good or bad? Are you saying it has an Atco-style label? Incidentally, I bought an original copy of Led Zeppelin I with the turquoise lettering in near mint condition from Leigh Record Exchange same shop?
That was certainly a good day to be a record collector. All were near mint condition. That shop could be a gold mine some days. Hi Bob, In a word, yes. If you are in the US, then other rules may apply. Probably worth saying that if it is sealed it may be worth more than if you break the seal to look at the label. Me pedantic??? Actually, I was just worried that it might be a fake. It probably is. Bob, just send it to me.
For the avoidance of doubt Bob, I think Dazzrecords may be being disingenuous. Send it to me instead. I have 2 LZ1 Orange lettered covers one with the silver line at the bottom,the other without but has 1cm gap between the top and the LZ writing and less picture at the bottom, both are both labels have 1,2,4 Warner Bros.
Arts with 3. Jewel music underneath Warner Bros on a second line. I have been told these are the original 1st after the Turquoise. Great article. Hoping all is well. Two things. New reissues tend to be digital remastered so your buying essentially an oversized cd. Would you agree? I would agree, yes.
I have 2, One printed , with orange writing in the left upper corner that says led zeppelin.. Label on album is green on top, red on bottom sd The other one is led zeppelin II , Award Gold record printed Are either one of these worth money? I have a question has anyone ever seen this led zeppelin record it has and old picture of them bonham on the left page in the middle with a scarf jones on the right and kneeling down in front is a striped shirt plant.
Wizardo is a bootleg label. It could be any bootlegged Zeppelin recording. Got a photo or two you can post? I have a copy of Physical Grafitti that although plays in the right order, has side 2 label on side 4. Any value? On my Led Zep ll the name Allen is etched into the run off, any idea as to why. I believe its a first press, A, the etching on the run off has been scratched out and xxxx hen scratched in again!!! I have Robert Plants autograph. Im sitting here looking at my Zep collection and Plant and Page albums, I need some help as to how to price them.
Thank you for reading my post. ODShowtime likes this. To my knowledge the only Pecko cut of this LP. Stuevts and marcfeld69 like this. Location: The ATX. Tombby likes this. Stone Turntable , Jan 11, Orthogonian Blues , Aftermath , dobyblue and 1 other person like this. Location: Berkeley, CA. MikeyH , Jan 11, Location: Lower Left Coast. For me, the Classic Records 45 rpm is as good as it gets. Location: San Diego, CA. I love the sound of the US RL. I'm still looking for a clean one though but after about 4 tries I'm thinking I may give up.
My 80's pressing with "GP" in the deadwax is pretty nice too just missing some of that lower end oomph that this album needs. The Classic is ok too but still leaves me wanting Sell on Amazon. Image Unavailable Image not available for Color:. Led Zeppelin Format: Vinyl.
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Customers who bought this item also bought. Led Zeppelin II. The cover was the first by the band to be designed by Hipgnosis and was based on a photograph taken at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Although critical response was mixed, Houses of the Holy became a commercial success later receiving a Diamond over million albums sold  certification by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA in By , Led Zeppelin had achieved sustained commercial and critical success from both their studio albums and live shows.
They were keen to record on location using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio as it had been an enjoyable experience for their untitled fourth album , released the previous year.
Eddie Kramer returned as recording engineer. Some songs from the album had initially been tried out in earlier sessions, such as " No Quarter ", which was first attempted during a session at Headley Grange Estate, in East Hampshire. Page's home studio used some of the equipment from Pye Mobile Studios, which had been used to record The Who 's live album Live at Leeds. Meanwhile, Jones had developed a new arrangement of "No Quarter". Once the group were settled in Stargroves, they composed the other songs through jam sessions together.
Further recording took place at Olympic Studios in May, and during the band's North American tour additional recording sessions were conducted at Electric Lady Studios in New York.
Some of them were released on later albums. A series of rock 'n' roll covers, including songs that appeared on Elvis Presley 's Elvis' Golden Records , were recorded at Electric Lady Studios, which remain unreleased.
The album was a stylistic turning point for the band. The composition and production laid foundations for subsequent releases. According to the band's biographer Dave Lewis, "while the barnstorming effect of the early era was now levelling off, and though devoid of the electricity of Zeppelin I and II , the sheer diversity of the third album , and lacking the classic status of the fourth , Houses of the Holy nevertheless found its rightful niche.
It was also likely the most eclectic musically of their albums, in the opinion of Consequence of Sound writer Kristofer Lenz, who observed swing rhythms on "Dancing Days", and experiments with reggae and psychedelic music on "D'Yer Mak'er" and "No Quarter", respectively.
Plant added lyrics that referred to the group's experiences on tour, and it was given a working title of "The Campaign". His lead vocal was sped up slightly in the final mix, while Page played an electric twelve string guitar and a six-string electric.
For live performances, he used the Gibson EDS double-neck guitar that was also used for playing " Stairway to Heaven " in concert. Plant added some sensitive lyrics which matched the music, Jones added a string section played on the Mellotron , while Page played acoustic and Danelectro electric guitars in various different tunings.
Page and Plant revived the track for their —95 tour. The song was developed in two halves, with a quiet acoustic section leading into a livelier electric one. The song was one of the first to be introduced into Led Zeppelin's live set, being first played in mid He decided to create a funk beat that stepped on and off the beat, making it impossible to dance to.
Plant improvised a set of lyrics in the manner of James Brown over the music, parodying Brown's "Take it to the Bridge" vocal style towards the end of the track. To further show that the song was a tongue-in-cheek joke, the group considered putting "dance steps" to the song on the cover at one stage.
The track was occasionally performed as an impromptu piece in concert, usually in the middle of another song such as the fast guitar solo section in " Dazed and Confused ". A promotional copy of the track was sent out by Atlantic for radio play in March , as a preview for the album.
Jones later disapproved of the track, saying it was treated as a joke and not thought out well, but Plant thought it could be a hit and suggested it should be released as a single. Led Zeppelin's general policy was to not release singles in the UK, and though test and promotional pressings were produced there, the rest of the group vetoed the idea.
An early arrangement of the song was attempted for their fourth album, but abandoned. Jones reworked the track to add acoustic and electric piano, and various synthesizers. The track quickly became a live favourite, and was featured at every show from through , providing Jones with an extended solo showcase in the middle, and a jam session with a variety of different styles.
Plant revived the song for his tour, and it was performed by Page and Plant in Jones performed a solo instrumental performance on tour in , and Plant performed it solo again in It was part of the set at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in The title and lyrics refer to the group's fans and their devotion to the band. The middle of the track features an a cappella vocal break sung by Plant, Bonham and Jones, while the ending was another pastiche of the doo-wop style.
The album's title track was recorded at Olympic and mixed at Electric Lady. It was ultimately left off the album, as there were enough tracks to fill two sides of an LP, and was released on the follow-up, Physical Graffiti in Another track from the Stargroves sessions, "Walter's Walk", was eventually released on Coda in The cover art for Houses of the Holy was inspired by Arthur C. Clarke 's novel Childhood's End. The cover is a collage of several photographs which were taken at the Giant's Causeway , Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.In , Led Zeppelin topped the charts again with Houses Of The Holy, which features legendary tracks such as "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band’s signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D’yer Mak’er" and the funk jam "The Crunge." The album has been certified diamond /5(K).