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Led Zeppelin - Early Days
Label: Atlantic Records
Release: 1999

Tracklisting:
Good Times, Bad Times
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Dazed and Confused
Communication Breakdown
Whole Lotta Love
What Is And What Should Never Be
Immigrant Song
Since I've Been Loving You
Black Dog
Rock And Roll
The Battle of Evermore
When The Levee Breaks
Stairway To Heaven
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Well, if you don't want to fork out the money for the first four albums, then you couldn't really go wrong with thisexcellent run through the four early records. Hardly a misfire to be seen, it's a very solid collection - much better than the following "Latter Days".

I is very well represented here - surprisingly, at the expense of II. A surprise selection with "Good Times, Bad Times",followed by an excellent selection with the almighty ballad "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", followed by the two standard selections - "Dazed and Confused" and "Communication Breakdown". Naturally, there's some glaring omissions, but there wasalways going to be with an album as perfect as I. II is only represented by two songs - "Whole Lotta Love" and "What Is And What Should Never Be". Two of the best, thankfully - although "Heartbreaker" should count itself unlucky to not make it.

III also only gets 2 songs - and again, they didn't go wrong. There's the rumbling Norse-rocker "Immigrant Song", and there's also the almighty blues workout "Since I've Been Loving You", one of the all-time classic Led Zep songs. And then we move on to IV - by far, the best represented album, with 5 songs. Again, a pretty good selection, with only one real...well, ok number.

From IV, we have the almighty "Black Dog", the thunderous "Rock and Roll", "Battle of Evermore", the only song here that probably shouldn't have made it, the apocalyptic "When the Levee Breaks", and of course, "Stairway To Heaven". "Going To California" is unfortunately, not present, and should have probably made it on in place of "Battle of Evermore" (and "Heartbreaker" could have probably made it as well if that seven-minute Uriah Heep tribute had been cut off).

Bar that, the selection is excellent, if for the most part obvious, and the record is worthy of a 9. Really, you should certainly buy the 4 records (If you haven't already), but this is a fine place to start.

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