Led Zeppelin 1 - Atlantic 1969
Not least, Robert Plant's deeply original vocals are remarkable, but of course also Jimmy Pages guitar playing which is both sublime and orginal. One could easily nominate this album as rock history's first blues-inspired heavy metal album.
Half of the album is basically classic blues in a new interpretation. This goes for songs like "You Shook Me," "Dazed and Confused," "I Can not Quit You Baby" and partly "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You".
More modern and melodic are "Good Times, Bad Times" - a fantastic opening track - and "Your Time is Gonna Come", which shows that the group from the beginning found inspiration in the more acoustic folk music, too. The instrumental track "Black Mountain Side" is another example of this.
"Communication Breakdown" in turn could easily be called music history's first punk number.
The final track "How Many More Times" is a blues-rock number; a bit like Ten Years After liked to play that style. Actually it is the only number that may seem a bit dated.
Great sound - remastered by Jimmy Page.