Monday, December 31, 2007

2007: Top 25 Albums

First posted 1/8/2021.

Dave’s Music Database:

Top Albums of 2007

Based on a combination of year-end lists and overall status in Dave’s Music Database, these are the top 25 albums of 2007:

  1. Radiohead In Rainbows
  2. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
  3. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand
  4. Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad
  5. Bruce Springsteen Magic
  6. Kanye West Graduation
  7. High School Musical 2 (TV soundtrack)
  8. M.I.A. Kala
  9. Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
  10. Alicia Keys As I Am

  11. Arcade Fire Neon Bible
  12. Eagles Long Road Out of Eden
  13. Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
  14. Norah Jones Not Too Late
  15. Burial Untrue
  16. The White Stripes Icky Thump
  17. The National Boxer
  18. Leona Lewis Spirit
  19. Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  20. Britney Spears Blackout

  21. Michael Bublé Call Me Irresponsible
  22. Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
  23. Mika Life in Cartoon Motion
  24. Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  25. Josh Groban Noel

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

December 19, 1957: The Music Man opened on Broadway

Originally posted May 19, 2011. Last updated September 4, 2018.

The Music Man (cast/soundtrack)

Meredith Willson (composers)

Opened on Broadway: December 19, 1957

Cast Album Charted: February 24, 1958

Soundtrack Charted: August 11, 1962

Sales (in millions):
US: 1.0 C, 0.5 S
UK: --
IFPI: --
World (estimated): 1.5 C+S

US: 112-C, 2 S
UK: 14 S
Canada: --
Australia: --

C cast album
S soundtrack

Quotable: --

Genre: show tunes

Album Tracks:

  1. Main Title/ Rock Island
  2. Iowa Stubborn
  3. Ya Got Trouble
  4. Piano Lesson If You Don’t Mind My Saying So s
  5. Goodnight, My Someone
  6. Ya Got Trouble s
  7. Seventy Six Trombones
  8. Sincere
  9. The Sadder But Wiser Girl for Me
  10. Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little
  11. Goodnight Ladies c
  12. Marian the Librarian
  13. My White Knight c
  14. Being in Love s
  15. Gary, Indiana s
  16. The Wells Fargo Wagon
  17. It’s You c
  18. Shipoopi *
  19. Lida Rose/ Will I Ever Tell You?
  20. Gary, Indiana
  21. Till There Was You
  22. Goodnight, My Someone s
  23. Seventy Six Trombones s
  24. Finale c

* Track comes right before “Till There Was You” on soundtrack.
c indicates song that appears only on cast album.
s indicates song that appears only on soundtrack.

Singles/Hit Songs *:

Till There Was You
- Anita Bryant (1959) #30
- Valjean (1962) #100

* As was common in the pre-rock era, multiple versions of a single song from a Broadway show would become hits. All chart positions are from the U.S. Billboard pop charts.


“The original Broadway cast of Meredith Willson’s most successful musical was headed by Robert Preston, who played the part of Harold Hill, a conman” R-C “intent on swindling the good people of River City, IA, by selling them on a fictitious boys' band.” R-S

“Willson concentrates on percussive effects and rapid-fire spiels for Preston, though the musical standout is Barbara Cook as Marian the Librarian. Highlights of this perennial hit show include Seventy-Six Trombones and Till There Was You.” R-S

“Coming along in the summer of 1962, four and a half years after the Broadway opening, the film version of The Music Man appeared in an era when Hollywood was more likely to be faithful to stage musicals, rather than dramatically altering them, as had been the practice in the past. R-S

The movie version “found Robert Preston re-creating his starring role as conman Professor Harold Hill…and some minor roles were also filled by the Broadway originals. More important, Meredith Willson’s score was rendered intact, the only change being a revision of the song My White Knight into Being in Love.” R-S

“The major casting change was the substitution of Shirley Jones, who had a box-office track record, for Barbara Cook, who did not, in the role of Marian the librarian. Cook may have been preferable, but Jones handled the part well, too.” R-S

“Musically, the big change had to do with scale; the Broadway pit orchestra and original cast were replaced by a vast Hollywood orchestra and chorus, and musical director Ray Heindorf made the most of the larger effects on songs like ‘Seventy Six Trombones’.” R-S

“Still, the music fan who already owned a copy of the original Broadway cast recording didn’t really need to plump for the original motion picture soundtrack, which didn’t keep the album from racing up the charts…as the film became one of the year’s top grossers. But it remains true; unless you are a Shirley Jones fan or want to hear future Andy Griffith Show co-star and film director Ronnie Howard sing Gary, Indiana with a lisp, stick to the Broadway version.” R-S

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Alicia Keys hit #1 with “No One”

Last updated 3/28/2020.

No One

Alicia Keys

Writer(s): Alicia Keys, Kerry Brothers Jr., George M. Harry (see lyrics here)

Released: September 11, 2007

First Charted: September 8, 2007

Peak: 15 US, 16 RR 9 AC, 9 A40, 110 RB, 6 UK, 2 CN, 3 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 0.6 UK, 5.6 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.8 radio, 395.93 video, -- streaming


About the Song:

Keys told Billboard magazine “This is one song that just wrote itself. A lot of the snogs didn’t happen like that. It was one of the last songs I wrote. I needed to say this. It’s full force, classical yet vintage, desperate yet triumphant. I want people to feel my soul.” BB100 She told MTV News Canada that the song is about “the way that so many things are around you all time to try to distract you” WK in relationships.

While Keys sometimes had a tendency “towards bloat, overstuffing her songs and albums with not particularly original ideas; she’s pared down her vision since, becoming both more disciplined and more eccentric.” DS With “No One,” however, she created “perhaps the most straightforward, even basic pop this decade has seen, are so obvious as to convert even the most chart-skeptical.” DS

Popjustice called it one of her best singles to date. WK Digital Spy’s Alex Fletcher called it a “simplistic yet beautiful, fluttering, piano-tinkling ballad.” WK Paste’s David Mead said it “showcases a new depth and width to the tone of her voice.” WK

It was the most-listened-to song on American radio in 2008 with 3.08 billion listeners, SF as evidenced by the song topping multiple Billboard pop and R&B-oriented charts. For the week ending December 29, 2007, Keys became the first artist in the history of the R&B/hip-hop charts to have songs at #1 and #2 (“Like You’ll Never See Me Again”) without help from any duet partners or featured artists. SF The song did well internationally as well, hitting #1 in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey. SF

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Friday, November 30, 2007

The Guardian – Top 100 Albums

First posted 11/30/2007; updated 8/5/2020.

The Guardian:

The Top 100 Albums

The Guardian is a UK newspaper which has published a few best-of lists over the years. Below are their top 100 albums, as determined by aggregating five album-focused lists published from 1997 to 2007. See links to those lists at bottom of page.

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. John Coltrane A Love Supreme (1965)
2. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses (1989)
3. Radiohead The Bends (1995)
4. Oasis Definitely Maybe (1994)
5. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
6. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
7. Massive Attack Blue Lines (1991)
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
9. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975)
10. Primal Scream Screamadelica (1991)

11. Jeff Buckley Grace (1994)
12. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
13. Patti Smith Horses (1975)
14. The Doors The Doors (1967)
15. Joy Division Closer (1980)
16. Pulp Different Class (1995)
17. Paul Simon Graceland (1986)
18. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
19. Dexy’s Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)
20. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)

21. The Beatles Revolver (1966)
22. The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
23. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
24. Oasis What’s the Story Morning Glory (1995)
25. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992)
26. The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
27. David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
28. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986)
29. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
30. Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

31. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
32. Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995)
33. The Clash London Calling (1979)
34. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (1972)
35. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1975)
36. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969)
37. Lou Reed Transformer (1972)
38. Joni Mitchell Blue (1971)
39. Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
40. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

41. The Pixies Doolittle (1989)
42. John Lennon Imagine (1971)
43. Neil Young After the Gold Rush (1970)
44. Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)
45. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
46. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)
47. Portishead Dummy (1994)
48. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
49. Blur Parklife (1994)
50. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)

51. Nick Drake Five Leaves Left (1969)
52. Talking Heads Fear of Music (1979)
53. Björk Debut (1993)
54. U2 Achtung Baby (1991)
55. Love Forever Changes (1967)
56. Television Marquee Moon (1977)
57. Various artists (Bee Gees et al) Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
58. Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell (1977)
59. Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
60. The Verve A Northern Soul (1995)

61. Tricky Maxinquaye (1995)
62. Kate Bush Hounds of Love (1985)
63. Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
64. Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen (aka “Two Wheels Good”) (1985)
65. Radiohead OK Computer (1997)
66. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968)
67. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
68. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
69. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (1966)
70. David Bowie Hunky Dory (1971)

71. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (1968)
72. Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
73. The Band The Band (1969)
74. The Prodigy Fat of the Land (1997)
75. The Verve Urban Hymns (1997)
76. Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
77. Queen A Night at the Opera (1975)
78. The Clash The Clash (1977)
79. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (1969)
80. Bob Marley & The Wailers Exodus (1977)

81. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)
82. The Jam All Mod Cons (1978)
83. Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (compilation: 1973-83, released 1984)
84. Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (1969)
85. Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (1979)
86. Happy Mondays Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches (1990)
87. Iggy & the Stooges Raw Power (1973)
88. The Specials The Specials (1979)
89. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (1969)
90. The Beach Boys Sunflower (1970)

91. Beck Odelay (1996)
92. The Smiths The Smiths (1984)
93. Velvet Underground Loaded (1970)
94. R.E.M. Out of Time (1991)
95. Eagles Hotel California (1976)
96. Madonna Like a Prayer (1989)
97. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
98. Todd Rundgren Something/Anything? (1972)
99. Big Star Radio City (1974)
100. My Bloody Valentine Isn’t Anything (1988)

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Friday, November 23, 2007

50 years ago: “Great Balls of Fire” charted

Great Balls of Fire

Jerry Lee Lewis

Writer(s): Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer (see lyrics here)

First Charted: November 23, 1957

Peak: 2 US, 2 CB, 2 HR, 12 CW, 3 RB, 12 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 5.0 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 1.0 radio, 0.51 video, 98.8 streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Some of rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest architects walked a fine line between their religious Southern upbringings and the shockingly sexual and aggressive style that defined early rock music. With a musical prowess birthed as much from the black honky-tonks as the Assembly of God Church, CL Lewis concocted an uncomfortable blend of music inspired by God and the devil. His “onstage terrorization of the piano” FR earned him the nickname “The Killer.” It also got him booted out of Bible college. CL

Nowhere was Lewis’ musical dichotomy more on display than with “Great Balls of Fire.” Jerry Lee’s signature song was “full of Southern Baptist hellfire turned into a near-blasphemous ode to pure lust.” RS500 Lewis realized the shock in 1957 of such sexual innuendo coming from a Southern music man SF and initially refused to sing the song. RS500 He and Sun Records’ founder Sam Phillips delved into a theological argument which was eventually swayed Sam’s way by the ever-flowing liquor during the session. RS500

Sam Phillips turned to Otis Blackwell to pen the song as a follow-up to Lewis’ first hit, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” Blackwell had a proven track record, having written “the biggest record of the rock ‘n’ roll era” with Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel.” CL This poor kid from Brooklyn, New York, was the first black man to really tap into the Nashville sound, dominating the country and rock charts in the mid to late-‘50s. CL

As for Blackwell’s writing partner, Jack Hammer, there are contradictory stories. One account says his sole contribution is coming up with the title and selling it to Otis Blackwell, LW while another account says the name is a pseudonym for Blackwell. AMG

Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB Encyclopedia entry for Jerry Lee Lewis
  • AMG All Music Guide review by Cub Koda
  • CL Ace Collins (1996). The Stories Behind Country Music’s All-Time Greatest 100 Songs. New York, NY; The Berkley Publishing Group. Pages 114-6.
  • FR Paul Friedlander (1996). Rock and Roll: A Social History. Boulder, Colorado; Westview Press, Inc. Page 50.
  • LW Alan Lewens (2001). Popular Song – Soundtrack of the Century. Billboard Books: New York, NY. Page 118.
  • RS500 (2011). “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • SF Songfacts

Last updated 4/30/2021.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Led Zeppelin: A Retrospective, 1968-1980

Led Zeppelin

A Retrospective: 1968-1980


All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Led Zeppelin “the definitive heavy metal band.” AMG “It wasn’t just their crushingly loud interpretation of the blues – it was how they incorporated mythology, mysticism, and a variety of other genres (most notably world music and British folk) – into their sound.” AMG

They formed in July 1968 in London, England. They were first known as the New Yardbirds. Jimmy Page had formerly worked as a session guitarist and with the Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968. John Paul Jones provided string arrangements for the Yardbirds’ 1967 album Little Games. Robert Plant and John Bonham worked together in Band of Joy prior to Led Zeppelin.

Seven of the band’s eight studio albums rank in the DMDB’s top 1000 albums of all time. Three of them, Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin IV and Physical Graffiti are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. Led Zeppelin IV ranks in the top 10. “Stairway to Heaven,” a song from that album, is in the DMDB book of The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999 and ranks as the top classic rock song of all time even though it was never released as a single.

Led Zeppelin disbanded following the alcohol-related death of John Bonham at age 33 in September 1980. Page and Plant did work together again, recording an EP in 1984 as the Honeydrippers. They also did a live MTV special in 1994 which led to a live album and a studio project. The surviving three members reunited in 2007 for a concert, but never recorded together again. They have sold an estimated 200 to 300 million records.

The Players:

  • Robert Plant (vocals)
  • Jimmy Page (guitar)
  • John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards)
  • John Bonham (drums)

On the Web:



The Studio Albums:

Hover over an album cover to see its title and year of release. Click on the album to go to its dedicated DMDB page.


Under each album snapshot, songs featured on the anthologies are noted. If the song charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses. Click for codes to singles charts.

Led Zeppelin I (1969):

Led Zeppelin got a contract with Atlantic Records in the United States in 1968. Early the next year, they set out on their first American tour, setting the stage for the release of their eponymous album in January. The album reached the top 10 within two months of release. The band toured relentlessly in America and England throughout the year.

  • Good Times, Bad Times (Bonham/ Jones/ Page) [2:47] (3/29/69, 80 US, 66 CB, 66 HR, 2 CL, 64 CN) R, E, M
  • Dazed and Confused (Page) [6:26] (1 CL) R, E, M
  • Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You (Bennett/ Bredon/ Darling) [6:41] (4 CL) R, E, M

Led Zeppelin II (1969):

While still on the road, Led Zeppelin recorded their second album. It topped the U.S. charts two months after release, spending seven weeks at #1. It helped establish the band as “an international concert attraction.” AMG

  • Whole Lotta Love (Bonham/ Dixon/ Jones/ Page/ Plant) [5:34] (11/7/69, 4 US, 2 CB, 4 HR, 1 CL, 21 UK, 2 CN, 1 AU, sales: 0.5 million) R, E, M
  • Ramble On [4:24] (1 CL, 66 CN) R, M
  • Heartbreaker (Bonham/ Jones/ Page/ Plant) [4:14] (3/14/70, 65 US, 1 CL) R, M
  • What Is and What Should Never Be (Plant, Page) [4:45] (3 CL) E

Led Zeppelin III (1970):

The band’s third album demonstrated “an overt British folk influence,” AMG demonstrating their desire to be recognized as more than just a loud, guitar-thrashing band. Like its predecessor, it was a #1 album in the U.S. and UK.

  • Immigrant Song (Page/Plant) [2:25] (11/21/70, 16 US, 1 CL, 4 CN, 16 AU) R, E, M
  • Since I’ve Been Loving You (Jones/Page/Plant) [7:23] (9 CL) R, E, M
  • Celebration Day (Jones/Page/Plant) [3:29] (21 CL) R

Led Zeppelin IV (1971):

“The group's infatuation with folk and mythology would reach a fruition on the group’s untitled fourth album.” AMG It was their most successful commercially and ranks as one of the best albums of all time. Stairway to Heaven became “the most played song in the history of album-oriented radio.” AMG

  • Black Dog (Page, Plant, Jones) [4:54] (12/25/71, 15 US, 9 CB, 10 HR, 1 CL, 11 CN, 9 AU) R, E, M
  • Rock and Roll (Page, Plant, Jones Bonham) [3:40] (3/18/72, 47 US, 42 CB, 38 HR, 1 CL, 38 CN, 51 AU) R, E, M
  • Stairway to Heaven (Page, Plant) [8:02] (11/24/07, 1 CL, 37 UK) R, E, M
  • The Battle of Evermore (Page, Plant) [5:51] (9 CL) R, E
  • When the Levee Breaks (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham, Memphis Minnie) [7:07] (3 CL) E, M
  • Misty Mountain Hop (Page, Plant, Jones) [4:38] (2 CL) R

Early Days

Led Zeppelin

Released: November 23, 1999

Covers: 1969-1971

Peak: 71 US, 55 UK

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: classic rock/heavy metal

Tracks: (1) Good Times Bad Times (2) Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (3) Dazed and Confused (4) Communication Breakdown (5) Whole Lotta Love (6) What Is and What Should Never Be (7) Immigrant Song (8) Since I’ve Been Loving You (9) Black Dog (10) Rock and Roll (11) The Battle of Evermore (12) When the Levee Breaks (13) Stairway to Heaven

Total Running Time: 1:08:09


4.469 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)

About Early Days:

This was released as a companion to Latter Days, which followed a few months later. It offers nothing new, featuring studio cuts from the band’s first four studio albums. Early Days and Latter Days were released as a combined set in 2002 and was certified platinum. The album is now out of print, replaced by the 2007 Mothership collection.

Houses of the Holy (1973):

Houses of the Holy continued the band’s musical experimentation, featuring touches of funk and reggae among their trademark rock and folk.” AMG It was another #1 album in the US and UK. It was supported with a tour in America that broke numerous box office records previously held by the Beatles. Their Madison Square Garden concert was filmed and released as The Song Remains the Same three years later.

  • Over the Hills and Far Away (Page/Plant) [4:50] (6/9/73, 51 US, 28 CB, 31 HR, 1 CL, 63 CN) M
  • D’Yer Mak’er (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) [4:22] (10/13/73, 20 US, 16 CB, 15 HR, 15 RR, 1 CL, 24 CN) R, M
  • The Song Remains the Same (Page/Plant) [5:30] (6 CL) R, L, M
  • No Quarter (Jones/Page/Plant) [7:00] (12 CL) R, L, M
  • The Rain Song (Page/Plant) [7:39] (6 CL) R

Physical Graffiti (1975):

Led Zeppelin formed their own Swan Song label in 1974. They released their own subsequent albums through the label as well as material by Bad Company, Dave Edmunds, the Pretty Things, and others. They were back with a double album in 1975, of which about half the material was recorded in 1974 and half before that. It was their fourth chart-topping album in the U.S. and fifth in the UK. It was certified for sales of 16 million in the U.S. Led Zeppelin were prepared to tour when Robert Plant and his wife were in a serious car accident while on vacation in Greece. Plant spent the remainder of the year recuperating.

  • Kashmir (Bonham, Page, Plant) [8:37] (11/12/07, 1 CL, 80 UK, 33 CN) R, L, M
  • Trampled Under Foot (Jones, Page, Plant) [5:35] (4/2/75, 38 US, 2 CL, 41 CN, 60 AU) R, L, M
  • Houses of the Holy (Page, Plant) [4:01] (4 CL) R, L, M
  • Ten Years Gone (Page, Plant) [6:31] (8 CL) L

Presence (1976):

This was Led Zeppelin’s least successful album, although it still hit #1 in the U.S. and UK and sold more than six million worldwide. “Reviews for the album were lukewarm, as was the reception to the live concert film The Song Remains the Same, which appeared in the fall of 1976.” AMG The band returned to tour America in 1977, but it was canceled when Plant’s five-year-old son Karac died from a stomach infection.

  • Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Redding) [6:16] (8 CL) R, L, M
  • Achilles Last Stand (Page, Plant) [10:25] (13 CL) R, L, M

In Through the Out Door (1979):

After a several-year hiatus, Led Zeppelin returned with their eighth studio album. It was another #1 hit in the U.S. and UK. Sadly, it would be their last release before John Bonham’s death in September 1980. The drummer was found dead after an all-day drinking binge, having passed out and choked to death on his own vomit. The band announced in December 1980 that they were disbanding.

  • All My Love (Jones/Plant) [5:56] (9/21/79, 10 RR, 1 CL) R, L, M
  • In the Evening [6:51] (Page/Plant/Jones) (7 CL) R, L, M

Latter Days

Led Zeppelin

Released: March 21, 2000

Covers: 1973-1979

Peak: 81 US, 40 UK

Sales (in millions): 1.37 m (worldwide)

Genre: classic rock/heavy metal

Tracks: (1) The Song Remains the Same (2) No Quarter (3) Houses of the Holy (4) Trampled Under Foot (5) Kashmir (6) Ten Years Gone (7) Achilles Last Stand (8) Nobody’s Fault But Mine (9) All My Love (10) In the Evening

Total Running Time: 1:06:36


3.816 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)

About Latter Days:

This was released as a companion to Early Days, released a few months earlier. It offers nothing new, featuring studio cuts from the band’s last four studio albums. Early Days and Latter Days were released as a combined set in 2002 and was certified platinum. The album is now out of print, replaced by the 2007 Mothership collection.


Led Zeppelin

Released: January 1, 1992

Covers: 1969-1979

Peak: 47 US, 10 UK, 46 CN, 11 AU

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 6.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock/heavy metal

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Communication Breakdown (2) Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (3) Good Times Bad Times (4) Dazed and Confused (5) Whole Lotta Love (6) Heartbreaker (7) Ramble On (8) Immigrant Song (9) Celebration Day (10) Since I’ve Been Loving You (11) Black Dog (12) Rock and Roll (13) The Battle of Evermore (14) Misty Mountain Hop (15) Stairway to Heaven

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) The Song Remains the Same (2) The Rain Song (3) D’yer Mak’er (4) No Quarter (5) Houses of the Holy (6) Kashmir (7) Trampled Under Foot (8) Nobody’s Fault But Mine (9) Achilles Last Stand (10) All My Love (11) In the Evening

Total Running Time: 2:05:01


4.488 out of 5.00 (average of 15 ratings)

About Remasters:

The first Led Zeppelin retrospective sold six million copies worldwide, but seemed like it should have been bigger. The album only reached #47 in the U.S., a surprise since all of their studio albums went top ten and six of those hit #1. Of course, a four-disc box set had been released just two years prior. This also offered nothing new. All of the songs were previously featured on studio albums.


Led Zeppelin

Released: November 12, 2007

Covers: 1969-1979

Peak: 7 US, 4 UK, 7 CN, 8 AU

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.9 UK, 4.71 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock/heavy metal

Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Good Times Bad Times (2) Communication Breakdown (3) Dazed and Confused (4) Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (5) Whole Lotta Love (6) Ramble On (7) Heartbreaker (8) Immigrant Song (9) Since I’ve Been Loving You (10) Rock and Roll (11) Black Dog (12) When the Levee Breaks (13) Stairway to Heaven

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) The Song Remains the Same (2) Over the Hills and Far Away (3) D’yer Mak’er (4) No Quarter (5) Trampled Under Foot (6) Houses of the Holy (7) Kashmir (8) Nobody’s Fault But Mine (9) Achilles Last Stand (10) In the Evening (11) All My Love

Total Running Time: 136:18


4.472 out of 5.00 (average of 18 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About Mothership:

Early Days (1999) and Latter Days (2000) didn’t come anywhere close to the chart heights and sales one would have expected. Mothership, however, was a top 10 success in the U.S. and UK and reached multi-platinum status in America. It became the chart juggernaut one would have expected of the previous Led Zeppelin compilations, logging more than four years on the charts.

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First posted 7/1/2008; last updated 8/18/2021.