|Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume One|
|Produced by Jimmy Page|
|Released on November 23, 1999|
|US CHART POSITION #71 . . . PLATINUM RECORD|
. . . US CHART POSITION #116 , #114  . . . UK CHART POSITION #11 
|Find it at GEMM|
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K ronomyth 14.0: DAYS’D AND CONFUSED. What have you come here looking for? A forty-five minute argument for Led Zeppelin as the greatest rock band of all time? They’d already released eight of those, friend. You can watch the sun from different places, chase it as it rises and it sets, but it’s always the sun and any change in hue, shape or size is a trick of optics. Likewise, you can listen to any baker’s dozen hatched in the infernal ovens of Led Zeppelin and walk away convinced of their place of preeminence in the rock pantheon. Of course, you’ll never get any two fans to agree on the band’s top 20 songs, or the top twelve from their first four albums. If you took a poll anyway, I’d wager that “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do,” “Ramble On,” “Gallow’s Pole” and “Heartbreaker” would make more lists than “Since I’ve Been Loving You” or “The Battle of Evermore.” But that’s a fool’s argument, like which of the seven natural wonders are the most wonderful; the argument’s already been made, we picked seven. As I said, the argument’s already been made and they made eight. This is just a snapshot of the sun from someone standing in one place where the first and fourth albums were waxing while the second and third were waning. It’s a fine vantage point by which to admire them: “Good Times Bad Times,” “Black Dog,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Dazed And Confused,” “Rock & Roll,” “Stairway to Heaven.” If I ended up with an eternity of time on my hands, they’d make the shortlist that I would eventually get around to writing out. But I wouldn’t tell you to buy this disc, digitally remastered or not, any more than I’d tell you to read the Cliff Notes to Catch-22. Go buy Zeppelin’s first, second, and keep counting until you run out of money or reach Coda. (Two Notes: 1) The disc includes an enhanced version of Communication Breakdown, which means it plays a live version of the song if you pop it into your computer; 2) This was repackaged as a double disc with Latter Days beginning in 2002, and the chart listings above for 2002-4 refer to the double-disc release.)
Andie Airfix at Satori -- artwork/design
Ross Halfin -- cover concept and photographic research
Front cover illustrations based on an original collage by M. Dubra in 'Salut les Copains'
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||November 23, 1999||Atlantic||CD||83268||digital remaster|
|US||November 19, 2002||Atlantic||2CD||83619-2||repackaged w. LATTER DAYS|
|UK||March 2003||2CD||repackaged w. LATTER DAYS|
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