Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin 1 - Atlantic 1969

Tracks: 1. Good Times Bad Times / 2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / 3. You Shook Me / 4. Dazed And Confused / 5. Your Time Is Gonna Come / 6. Black Mountain Side / 7. Communication Breakdown / 8. I Can't Quit You Baby / 9. How Many More Times


Led Zeppelin's first album is without question a milestone in rock music history. On one hand the album is a natural extension of the Yardbirds, the group as we know, Led Zeppelin was an offshoot of, and on the other hand the group gives the blues new life with unprecedented approaches and sounds .

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.

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