Cant find a top 3. Just have to say I've never bought any of the compilations (outside the first remaster boxes and the DVD.) BBC Sessions is best in the complete EV unofficial version (surprise, surprise...)
I will say the underrated albums Presence, HOTH and ITTOD need to be rated up!
It was Presence that I let Jimmy consecrate with his autograph so it may be that Presence is the numero uno of numero unos. Not bad for a country singer in a wheelchair...
New boot shows are good. 7 June 77 in NYC with a fantastic (best performance of this tour I've heard of Achilles...) The new last night in Japan 71 board is well worth the bandwidth as well...
LZ - II , Houses of the Holy, LZ- III.
1. Led Zeppelin II ~ I am a rocker and this album is full of rockers. I tested my rockin speakers to see if they were in stereo with "What Is And What Should Never Be". As well as the song blasted by American Soldiers in Vietnam- "Whole Lotta Love". And the Worlds greatest Bass track on "The Lemon Song". All tracks are truely classic.
2. Presence ~ Jimmy Page's personal favorite! 'nuff said! OK, I'll add a bit more. Zeppelins most unsung album IMHO. It opens with a genuine epic in "Achille's Last Stand" 10.5 minutes of pure brilliance. "Nobody's Fault But Mine" has a great combo of Page's guitar solo and Plant's harmonica solo. What makes this album especially great is that Plant had to sing all the songs while sitting on a sofa, as he recovered from a car accident. An album with 6 of the 7 tracks written by Page/Plant.
3. Physical Grafitti ~ Featuring the song Robert Plant said was the seminal Zeppelin song in "Kashmir", some of the songs were a few years older and added to the album to make it a double album. Also, has what may be my all time fave Zep track "In My Time Of Dying", their longest studio track and some amazing drums by Bonzo! A great eclectic mix of songs from rockers (Trampled Underfoot) to kinda trippy (In The Light). And cool celebs in the windows on the building on the cover!
Actually Zeppy, Mr Plant was in a wheelchair while singing Achilles. Then he went and fell out of it... (He will no douby remark that he's nearly ready to climb back in the thing...)
I'll go with the Box set, How The West Was Won and the BBC Sessions... (yeah, I know I'm cheating.)
my top 3 with no specific order would be (for now, it changes every month or so):
Led Zeppelin I, II and Houses of the holy