Led Zeppelin remasters worth owning

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muncybob
muncybob Posts: 3,001
Years ago I received a 4 CD box set remastered by Jimmy Page & George Marino. I was never thrilled about the sound and just recently I tried them again on my fairly new L600 speakers and they sound awful to me. Couldn't even finish a single disc, lack of low end and the highs are grating to my ears. Makes me think this was a money grab by JP.

Anyhow, what remasters do you own or have heard that are worth buying?
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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,927
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    I've always thought the remasters by Zeppelin could have been much better had someone with better hearing than Jimmy Page sat in the seat.....
    I've found the originals to be the best so far.

    Personally I steer clear of "remasters", I've found in my experience they may be louder but they loose most of the dynamics of the music.
  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 4,430
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    Probably referring to the early '90s remasters Marino was involved in. Most are notoriously thin and harsh sounding on a good system with the volume turned up.

    I have no issues with the much more recent HD remasters. But there's only so much that can be done with Led Zeppelin recordings. They're supposed to be raw sounding.
  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 17,051
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    Emlyn wrote: »
    Probably referring to the early '90s remasters Marino was involved in. Most are notoriously thin and harsh sounding on a good system with the volume turned up.

    I have no issues with the much more recent HD remasters. But there's only so much that can be done with Led Zeppelin recordings. They're supposed to be raw sounding.

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  • SIHAB
    SIHAB Posts: 4,632
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    The 80's are the way to go IMHO. (especially HotH)

    If you are a completest the expanded versions may hold some
    interest. (ala CODA 3 CD set)

    "I have no issues with the much more recent HD remasters."
    I got the HD of LZ II and it is great. The think it bests the 80's II
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  • aprazer402
    aprazer402 Posts: 3,122
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    I bought this set from Rhino when it first came out in 2011. I've listened to only one of it's CD's, many years ago. I have so much else to listen to. How does this collection rate?

    I have still have most of the original Zep LP's. I usually prefer vinyl.


  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,110
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    The deluxe editions of each release sound great to me. Plus you get a bonus disc of outtakes and or live tunes.

    I stream the deluxe remasters over Qobuz and they sound great.

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  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,685
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    The Classic Records vinyl remasters are very good.
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  • SIHAB
    SIHAB Posts: 4,632
    edited March 6
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    aprazer402 wrote: »
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    I have so much else to listen to. How does this collection rate?

    I have still have most of the original Zep LP's. I usually prefer vinyl.

    I think that collection is the Marino/Page masters.
    If you listen and like them you are all set. Zep on vinyl is the way to go for me as well.


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  • muncybob
    muncybob Posts: 3,001
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    While I would like to have them on records, it seems their best "stuff" is a bit expensive. So I guess I'll be looking at the cd offerings. I really thought I had some old records in decent shape but I played them to death on crappy equipment and now it really shows.
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • skipshot12
    skipshot12 Posts: 1,074
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    The best remasters I’ve heard is the Classic Records version. If you can find them they aren’t cheap, but damn worth the price.
    When they announced them I made sure to get the set.
    Only opened one to try and damn, it is sweet.
  • headrott
    headrott Posts: 5,495
    edited May 27
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    The untitled 4th album and Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin, West German (or first pressing in Japan) copies are the best. Granted, they are not re-masters, but masters. They sound the best. Next would be the latest copies remastered by Jimmy Page. I would avoid anything remastered by George Marino as, IMO, they sound terrible. That’s my experience.
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