℗ 2007 Atlantic Recording Corporation, a Warner Music Group Company.
Mothership (Remastered) Tracklist:
This is such an amazing collection that represents why LZ is absolutely the BEST BAND EVER! But, as a huge fan myself that knows and loves every single one of their songs and albums by heart, I would say that getting their 8 studio albums (plus Coda) is way more worth it in the end. By getting this compilation of their hits, you're missing out on the absolute gems that are on the studio albums, like How Many More Times, The Lemon Song, Friends, Celebration Day, Out On The Tiles, Misty Mountain Hop, Four Sticks, Going To California, The Rain Song, The Ocean (which should've replaced D'yer Mak'er for a Houses of the Holy song, in my opinion), Custard Pie, The Rover, In My Time Of Dying (Bonzo's best probably), In The Light, Ten Years Gone, The Wanton Song, For Your Life, Fool In The Rain, and Carouselambra. Notice these are listed in order of the tracks on each of the albums, which just shows how I know them by heart. Bottom line: This is great to introduce someone on to Zep, but the studio albums are way better!
I used to have it on compact disc. Which sounded great. However I agree with the people that said the version on iTunes sounds really compressed. In fact, it seems all of Led Zeppelin‘s music on iTunes sounds that way. And I’m not even much of an audio file. I really hope iTunes gets it all figured out.
Although this compilation was released in 2007, using the 1993 remasters, the version now on iTunes has been quietly updated to include songs from the 2014 and 2015 remastering of all the Zeppelin albums. The version previously available on iTunes did contain the 1993 remasters. I have it, as it was included on a digital only collection, The Complete Led Zeppelin, which is no longer available. "Nobody's Fault But Mine", for example, now clocks in at 6:28, consistent with the version found on the 2015 remaster of "Presence". The previous "Mothership" version clocked in at 6:17, which is consistent with the 1993 version of "Presence". Also, tracks 1-4, from the first album, use the 2014 remaster from that same album, as the left and right stereo channels are reversed. This was done on the entire 1993 version of the first album and not corrected until the 2014 version. Note, the 2014 version is consistent with the original vinyl and CD. Given that the iTunes version of "Mothership" now uses remasters from the 2014 and 2015 remastered versions, it is without doubt the definitive introduction to Led Zeppelin for anyone not familiar with their music. These 24 songs sound tremendous and represent the most well known Zeppelin music in the commercial sphere. Granted, those of us who have been Zeppelin fans for years know everything and regard all of it similarly.
One of my favorite albums, in fact I think this is one of the best albums, period. But this version has a serious case of compression, even the one on Youtube sounds better. I would recommend audiophiles get this album from somewhere else. But if you're just popping in some of those cheapo earbuds apple gave you- sure why not.
Zeppelin IS the greatest of ALL early hard rock bands. While there are many contenders like Cream, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Blue Oyster Cult, LZ holds the title of Number One. MOTHERSHIP, while missing some important and spectacular tracks, is an excellent collection of tunes if one is trying to educate a younger listener to the roots of modern metal. Just like the older generation (of which I am one) looks to the pioneers of Rock and Roll (like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, etc) as influencing the Beatles, Stones, and The Who, Led Zeppelin shares the same relationship with bands like Metallica through Tool to Queens Of The Stone Age. This might be an incomplete representation of Zeppelin's work, but it is a very good sampling to show today's generation of metal listeners where "their" music was born.
I'd bought the CDs years ago, but lost them during one move or another. Even though this is the 2nd time I've purchased the collection, it is still worth every cent! Whether you've just recently discovered LZ or if you are a lifelong diehard fan, this album will not disappoint.
Led Zeppelin has been my #1 band since I was 10 years old and I still love them. They are the definition of hard rock. Robert Plant is my favorite singer too, so lucky me. No one can say that Zeppelin is a bad band because they MADE rock genres that people love.