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  1. I'm sorry folks are for some reason unable to stay on-topic. I get what you're talking about. I have no definitive answer, but I have noticed that there are small differences between the CD/digital and vinyl versions on most of the live Zep reissues from 2014 through 2018. Some of these small differences come from vinyl-side timing limitations - for example the track order of the 1969 Paris show (Zep I 2014 reissue companion material) and How the West Was Won are both different on the vinyl than on the CD and other digital versions. The specific differences you've noticed on The Song Remains the Same might not be explainable in that way, but I've often wondered if some of these unnecessary small variations were some kind of artistic choice Page made (or John Davis made and Page signed off on or didn't notice), having to do with the different flow and feel of flipping vinyl sides vs playing an entire CD, Blu-Ray audio disc, or set of digital files through from beginning to end.
  2. Davis did not remix the album.
  3. Yes - and Down By the Riverside!
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Anyone who ranks Physical Graffiti and Zep III among the top 3 Zep albums can't be all bad.
  8. 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.,
  9. 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.
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