Led Zeppelin

by Led Zeppelin

(1967) Atlantic #82632

Personnel Jimmy Page (g) John Paul Jones (b, k) John Bonham (d) Robert Plant (v, h)
Description The heavy, bluesy debut from this classic band.
Posted By Maciek Sakrejda (8047)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 5/12/2002, Justin Nagy (1219) posted:
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Heavy, yes. Bluesy, you bet! This is my favorite of all the Zeppelin albums (although II is a close second). This one is all Jimmy Page's blues/rock style, with the occasional wailing acoustic tone ("Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You"). I think this one has some of Jimmy Page's best lead work ala "Good Times, Bad Times", "Dazed And Confused", "How Many More Times". The Blues influence shows up everywhere on this one: "You Shook Me", "I Can't Quit You Baby". Not versatile and strange like their later work, this one is straight up rock. If you're just getting in to Zeppelin, this should be your first buy!
On 11/17/2001, Adel Abu Hamdeh (754) posted:
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Led Zeppelins debut album "Led Zeppelin" became the dawning of a new era of music. The band is often called "the pioneers of hard rock" and I agree.

Its hard to pick a favourite song on this record, there all so good. "Communication Breakdown" is a classic masterpiece. So simple but still so good. "Baby Gonna Leave You" starts of with a nice soft acoustic piece and evolve into a real headbanger. "How Many More Times" is less known than most of the Led Zeppelin songs. It maybe an influence to Deep Purple. "Dazed and Confused" are "Good Times Bad Times" classic Zep songs. This record is also more Bluesy than the rest of Zeps albums. The two real Blues songs are great. In overall the album Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest debut album of all time and if you dont own it, go out and buy it! Its worth it!
On 11/24/2000, Carl Anderson (2230) posted:
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This is a really good CD. Jimmy Page and co shine as always. The songs are really good. Led Zepplin's bluesy approach is great listening.
On 9/24/2000, Pedro Lima (2133) posted:
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If I am a fan of anything, it has to be Led Zeppelin. Don't know why. This is their first album, and although the production isn't as good as what would you expect nowadays, or even when I first heard them (1979), it is a beautiful piece of work. That feeling one can spend a lifetime searching when playing in a band, i.e. natural completeness among the members, is evidently here. Admirable, awesome, simply fantastic!
On 1/28/2000, Frederick Burton (5465) posted:
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Many start off with a groups first recording then go forward. For me, in reference to LZ, I started with their 4th recording and didn't discover their first until much later. LZII is still my ultimate favorite of their recordings, but you can't miss with this bluesy/rock classic!
On 1/13/2000, Inactive Member posted:
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This is an incredible album. Each player of led zeppelin had thier own syle that fused so well together. Jimmy page sounds great on this album. Very creative and good tone. This album is excellent
On 11/17/1999, Christopher Sung (9641) posted:
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This album was recorded in less than a day, and you can tell that this was an instance where 4 guys were able to sync completely to create some great music.

The production values are a little more raw compared to later Zep albums, and this is definitely the bluesiest of the bunch. You can get a good handle on basic blues-rock riffing by learning "Good Times, Bad Times", "You Shook Me", "Dazed & Confused", "Communication Breakdown", and "How Many More Times". "Babe, I'm Gonna' Leave You" is a great tune to get your acoustic flatpicked arpeggios down.

This is great travelling music...
On 11/16/1999, Inactive Member posted:
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An obvious classic full of great tunes. Any fan of classic riff-oriented rock guitar should own this and other Zep albums. I think, despite the current trends in popular music, that LZ will continue to find new audiences.
On 11/16/1999, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
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This is a record any rock fan should already own. Younger rock fans should pick this one up. The bluesy, hard rock mix on this album is groundbreaking and works so well you'd think that they have been doing it for years.
On 11/11/1999, Maciek Sakrejda (8047) posted:
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This album is beautiful. Unlike some later Zep albums, diversity isn't its strong point, but there is some very nice big ol' heavy, bluesy stuff broken up every now and then by softer acoustic things. "Good Times Bad Times" is a nice, almost-poppy, melting of the two to open things up, and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (one of my favorite songs of all time) is a great combination. If you're not head-banging to its chorus, you're probably in a neck brace. "You Shook Me" is one of the aforementioned big ol' heavy, bluesy numbers, with a heavy electric take on that Delta melody-following-vocal-parts thing. "Dazed And Confused" (Conan O'Brien did a great version of this ;)) is a trippy, haunting, thing heavily based in the blues and another of my all-time favorites. "Your Time Is Gonna Come" is a slower, more acoustic number, followed by "Black Mountain Side", which is sort of similar but instrumental. "Communication Breakdown" blasts out after "Black Mountain Side", with a killer riff and just all around killerness, and the album closes out with two blues numbers: the slow "I Can't Quit You Baby", and the funkier "How Many More Times".

This is one of my favorite albums because Zeppelin did heavy blues so well, and they could diversify it (a la "Dazed and Confused" or "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You") and keep it sounding heavy, bluesy, and most importantly, heart-wrenching. Great music, and nice cathartic material to boot =).