Artist – Album: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
Released: 12th January 1969
Sounds Like: Game changing rock and roll
Led Zeppelin the band formed after The Yardbirds disbanded, guitarist Jimmy Page joining forces with Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones to create one of the most successful and influential groups of all time. Though primarily based on the blues, their music would become a prominent inspiration on the genres of rock, heavy metal and punk. And they were living embodiments of the rock and roll lifestyle, dangerous, long haired rebels who took drugs, slept with groupies and rode motorbikes through hotels hallways.
Led Zeppelin the album formed around both the blues and hard and heavy rock. ‘Black Mountain Side’ and ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’ have a folksy sound, whilst ‘Communication Breakdown’ is just one step from The Ramones. ‘Dazed and Confused’, often cited as the keynote of this album, sounds unlike anything that’s been recorded before or since. Bafflingly, critics were unimpressed on the initial release of the album, often comparing their sound unfavourably to the likes of The Jeff Beck Group. There are similarities, it’s true – after all, Jeff Back had served in The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page and they both strove to make bluesy guitar rock - but Led Zep just did everything harder and, to be honest, better. Perhaps those initial reviewers were taking the band’s name too literally.
Hard rock the genre formed using the foundations set out by this phenomenal band and their stunning debut album.
Albumaday... rating: 9/10
1. Good Times Bad Times – 2:47
2. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You – 6:41
3. You Shook Me – 6:30
4. Dazed and Confused – 6:27
5. Your Time Is Gonna Come – 4:34
6. Black Mountain Side – 2:13
7. Communication Breakdown – 2:30
8. I Can’t Quit You Baby – 4:43
9. How Many More Times – 8:28
Listen to ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrVDViSlsSM