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tmtomh

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  1. Davis did not remix the album.
  2. Yes - and Down By the Riverside!
  3. The 1994 remasters are based on the 1990 Box Set masters (for the 40 or so tracks that were on the 1990 set), but yes, they are different. Many of the tracks on the '94 CDs are identical to the 1990 Box Set versions but turned up about 1.4dB if memory serves, which results in some clipping. Other tracks, however, are more than just level-shifts: their dynamics are slightly less - they have higher average levels than the 1990 versions but their peaks are slightly lower than the 1990 versions. (Also, as an FYI, the 2003/2008 Rhino and Japan Definitive Collection box set with the cool mini-LP style packaging, is just the 1994 CD masterings turned up another 0.6dB.) Still the 1990 Box Set and 1994 CDs sound much more similar than different, as they are based on the same digital transfers of the tapes, and they were all (re)mastered by George Marino. There are literally hundreds of pages over at the Steve Hoffman forums comparing the 1980s, 1990s, and 2014/15 Zep masterings. There also is some discussion of the 1990 vs '94 tracks.
  4. I'm not sure how we would even determine a truly objective ranking, but your list does hew somewhat close to the ranking of the albums by sales figures: IV II Houses I and PG (tied) III and ITTOD (tied) Presence Coda
  5. PG is my #1, Zep III is my #2. After that it's tough for me: Zep I, II, and IV are basically tied, with Houses just behind them, and then Presence and ITTOD basically tied.
  6. Anyone who ranks Physical Graffiti and Zep III among the top 3 Zep albums can't be all bad.
  7. While it wasn't Zep, Tea for One was played at a couple of the 1996 Page & Plant Japan shows. There are great-sounding tapes and the performances are very good.,
  8. The only difference is the extra 15 seconds (although for some reason I thought it was 11 seconds - but I could be misremembering). Unfortunately the mastering of that particular version is rather bad - I guess maybe it was compressed and EQ'd for AM radio play? It's also possible that the stereo image of the promo is narrowed compared to the normal album version. Some folks have tried to EQ/tweak the extra bit from a digital rip of that promo 7" and digitally splice it into the regular version with the aim of creating a better-sounding version with the extra stuff in it. But the promo 7" sounds so different than all the well-mastered pressings of the album version that no one has yet succeeded in making a sonically smooth result.
  9. Indeed - a fantastic show and arguably one of their very best post-'73 shows.
  10. Hard to know what sources/versions they are using - and more importantly, are you sure those are pressed CDs and not CD-Rs?
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