If you live in Canada, or are visiting in the next week or two, it appears you get a chance to buy Celebration Day on vinyl before anyone else. For reasons unknown, the Celebration Day vinyl boxset release has been postponed at least twice now, with Amazon citing a late February release date to those who had pre-ordered it. However, last week reports started to come out of Canadian fans that some stores that sell vinyl had the Celebration day box set. While first thoughts are that some store let it slip early, one fan in Montreal reports buying at, as well as a Toronto fan who found it at Sunrise in downtown Toronto. Add myself to the list, who purchased the 3-LP set at HMV on Younge Street in Toronto, just a few blocks up the road from Massey Hall, where Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience was playing Thursday night.
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The set comes with a 14 page booklet and each LP has a cardboard cover, as well as a paper dust cover to protect the record while inside the hard cardboard cover. Each cardboard album cover has s a yellow clock-face in red background, consistent with the cover art on one side. It has the words "Led Zeppelin" at the top, the LP #, the Swan Song logo at the 9 and 3-o'clock postions respectively, and the words "Celebration Day. Recorded live December 10, 2007 O2 Arena London" at the bottom.
The other side has the Swan Song logo with "Led Zeppelin Celebration Day" in the classic Led Zeppelin font in a circle in the middle. Underneath that is the LP #, and the track listing for that LP.
The LP label has the same patterns on them, with the song listing being on side 2 of the albums. The Swan Song, Atlantic and Warner Brothers logo appear on the track listing side of the vinyl.
Soundwise it sounds good, although I don't run equipment nearly good enough to say much other than there's no obvious flaws. Each instrument is pretty clear in the mix.
Just don't put it on the couch when the cat is sleeping: