How many acts can produce a classic that’s better than the original, which is also a classic? Not many. But listen to “How the West Was Won.” Amazing from beginning to end. This one goes to 11. It’s a more perfect impression of the already perfect originals.
Too many songs to write about all of them, and the playing speaks for itself, regardless.
If you had to pick one track, for me it’s …. “Over the Hills…”. Classic Zeppelin. Light and Dark. Soft and Loud. Dreamy and Serious.
The guitar work is absolutely amazing. Page interprets himself. Only he can get away with his interpretation; everyone else would be looked at askance. Not him. His tone is incredible. And the subtle small moves, like the slide up to G rather than the typical open G in the acoustic start. He’s slightly off beat as well. He comes in too early on the “dud-dud-duh-da-dum”. Anyone else would sound like an amateur. He’s the master. Tone. Articulation. Up and down.
Plant of course is perfect.
And finally, if you really want to go to another planet, just stop and listen only to John Paul Jones. His bass lines are spectacular. Standing at the side, he’s still the glue, especially with the absence Gonzo.