Sound — 10
It's Led Zeppelin. I think it's safe to say if you are interested in this album, you know what the mighty Zep is all about. I am reviewing the new remastered version. Let me start by saying the sound is enhanced 150%. I have never heard a remaster improve an album so much. The performances are all top notch, and you get alotta Zeppelin standards, that get a serious live makeover. If you have any doubt that Zeppelin was a live force, this should put those aside. Jimmy Page is on fire, and his performance really pops out with the remastering. John Paul Jones is solid as a rock as always. Bonzo shines, especially on The Song Remains the Same, and Robert Plant puts on the performance of a lifetime. You also get several songs not featured on the original soundtrack. Over the Hills and Far Away, The Ocean, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, and Heartbreaker, all of which are as good as the rest.
Lyrics — 9
I personally love the lyrics. Alotta people knock them b/c a lot of them are nonsense, but are they really? Was J.R.R. Tolkien viewed as nonsensical. I think Robert Plant is more creative with his lyrics than alotta people that are viewed as amazing lyricists. That being said, you can't always get a personal connection to the songs.
Overall Impression — 10
Led Zeppelin is, quite simply, the greatest band to ever walk the face of the earth. Their song craftsmanship has never been matched. They could do Floyd as good as Floyd, write better hooks than the Beatles, and, as this album proves, jam better than the Dead and Allman's. This is Zep at the height of the powers. The pomp and majesty is all here. From Rock and Roll to Whole Lotta there are so many moments of musical perfection you can't select just one song that stands out. They are all amazing. If it was stolen, I would be happy for the person that stole it, knowing how they would either come to enjoy it or sell it for something they would enjoy, then I would replace it.