Led Zeppelin ‎– Mothership

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Atlantic ‎– R1 344700, Swan Song ‎– R1 344700
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4 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation
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• Premium HQ-180g Vinyl
• Deluxe archival 2-piece box
• Oversized 20-Page Full-Color Booklet with new liner notes by David Fricke
• Embossed artwork cover designed by noted LA artist Shepard Fairey

UK release date: Monday 12/11/2007
US release date: Tuesday 13/11/2007

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 8122 79951 3 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout SideA Etched): RH1-344700-A (SR/2) @ SRM 17012.1(3)...
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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout SideD Etched): RH1-344700-D (SR @) / (2 SRM) 17012.4(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout SideE Etched): RH1-344700-E (SR @) / (2 SRM) 17012.5(3)...
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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout SideG Etched): RH1-344700-G (SR @) / (2 SRM) 17012.7(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout SideH Etched): RH1-344700-H (SR/2)@ SRM 17012.8(3)--

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
R2 313148 Led Zeppelin Mothership(2xCD, Comp, RM) Swan Song, Atlantic R2 313148 US 2007 Sell This Version
4670001549356 Led Zeppelin Mothership(2xCD, Comp, RM) Никитин, Swan Song, Atlantic 4670001549356 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
R2 313148 Led Zeppelin Mothership(2xCD, Comp, RM, Sup) Swan Song, Atlantic R2 313148 US 2007 Sell This Version
8122799615 Led Zeppelin Mothership(2xCD, Comp, RM) Atlantic, Swan Song 8122799615 Brazil 2011 Sell This Version
R2 313148 Led Zeppelin Mothership(2xCD, Comp, RM) Swan Song, Atlantic R2 313148 Canada 2007 Sell This Version

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cdavis2004

cdavis2004

March 11, 2018

The copy I have is amazing. The remastering on this fixes a few issues that the original releases have in my opinion. I got this today and listened to all four records on my mid range Technics turntable through a Pioneer receiver with Polk Audio speakers. I may have heard one pop the entire time. The lows and highs are more balanced, and also noticed the left to right is balanced better than the originals. I didn't hear any surface noise between recordings. It was truly the best I have ever heard these songs. Everything about this box set is cool. Really digging the artwork.
leonthepro

leonthepro

September 17, 2017
edited 11 months ago

What an amazing deal indeed. When first opening the box you are treated to one of the more elaborate packaging methods. To walk you through the experience I will retell mine. Surprisingly bubble wrap is used which looks a little cheap, a custom dampening material would have felt more exclusive if it had matched the slick aesthetic. I had to remind myself that I did indeed purchase a sealed copy. The booklet and sleeves are stacked on top like normal but empty, leaving the records at the bottom in separate plastic sleeves. A brilliant idea to minimize damage on the actual jacket sleeves which you of course may fill once opened. Preferably using your own plastic sleeves that build less static than the ones provided. A little ribbon running along the side is provided to aid the unpackaging process I imagine. Thankfully so because its a tight fit. The outer box back sheet is also included but becomes flimsy without the shrink wrap holding it. Its slightly too large to fit inside the box sadly so you will have to be careful with this tedious extra. Every part has meticulous decoration and care put in. The real question is if it sounds as good as it looks.
I compared with some older re issues from the 70s I have and it holds up extremely well. The pressing is mostly excellent and quiet. A perfect upgrade if you have crackly old copies. One thing I very much appreciate is the high end. It strikes brighter notes that really makes your set up going. But I noticed that the low end and especially bass were not as impressive. Going back to my older issues I feel they might strike a better balance there. If you want to make a wonderful high end the lower end should also have been worked on to compliment it. Perhaps that is mostly subjective however. For only using 4 records they made it count. Too bad you miss out on hits like Thank you and The rain song.
If you want a new collection of Led Zeppelin songs but are short on money to buy the more expensive 6 record box from the 90s or all the 2014 remaster albums then this is a perfect choice for you. It wont disappoint. Even I as an owner of many Zeppelin albums am happy to have it, although it can feel a bit redundant since I rather listen to the full albums most of the time.

Edit: After more careful listening and perhaps with a bit of prejudice I have to re evaluate some of my standpoints. The high end is still really clear and crisp but the the music really takes a downgrade when it gets busy, especially anywhere other than the high end. Even my dirty Italian copy has better sound on immigration song. It might be unfair because of inner groove distortion so I tried Good times bad times and Baby Im gonna leave you and I still prefer my 70s issues. On Baby Im gonna leave you sure the individual guitar strings sound clearer but the vocals are lost along with the emotion in the music. Its more like CD which would be quite accurate considering this is pressed from the same digital source of the tapes that the 2014 remasters used. Listening to both new pressings I cant tell them apart, even the volume is the exact same so it must be. Now I dont hate digital as long as its done right, its all about the sound, I love the Pink Floyd 2016 remasters, all made from digital. But I cant say I have been playing the box too often. Its just more fun with whole albums. Especially when I now consider them sounding better overall. Im going to start collecting the Classic Records releases and compare, supposedly they are the best since the original. While this box is not bad I would only recommend it if you are not a huge fan of Led Zeppelin and you want the best songs on a newer release. Then its brilliant. Otherwise save your money for some NM 70s issues or look at saving towards the Classic Records from 2000 or 2007 by Bernie Grundman.

Equipment used:
Rega RP1 with Rega carbon cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 tower speakers
Custom made HQ speaker cables
JM92

JM92

February 23, 2016
This album was my introduction to Led Zeppelin upon its release when I was 14! Have it on CD but will get vinyl ASAP
thebeez85

thebeez85

December 29, 2014

hey!! Got this boxset and love it!! way better quality than the celebration day boxset...

it says half-speed mastered....I'm assuming the master source was the original analog tapes, correct?
NYmadferit

NYmadferit

July 12, 2013
great great set.
lexi_kathydome

lexi_kathydome

July 27, 2010
Also there were apparently only 5000 of this vinyl box set issued