Led Zeppelin is a band of legendary status. Their name is known by nearly everyone on the planet, and it's clear why. Led Zeppelin helped carve the way for rock n' roll, defining a generation and countless bands and artists to follow. They are one of the defining figures of music of all time.
It's no surprise, though, that Led Zeppelin started as powerfully as any band could. Led Zeppelin began on on a strong note in Led Zeppelin, the band's 1969 debut. Rolling riffs, bluesy songs, and wicked drive all make this album seem as if they had been creating music for decades, when it was really just their first effort. Hearing the start of 'Good Times, Bad Times' just proves that Led Zeppelin were oozing talent from the very start: the brilliant drumming - complex yet so eloquently delivered that it sounds easy - leads into some big, jamming sections that bring the band's discography to a bustling start.
There are two sides to Led Zeppelin: a darker, rockier side, and a chiller, more bluesy side. The rock side comes through first, tracks like the dark and anthemic 'Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You' with its dramatic, big atmosphere making up the first half of the record. 'Black Mountain Side' latter on continues with this, emphasizing the band's guitar work. The bluesy side comes with a lot of chill and jazzy vibes, however, adding texture and showing the band's influences clearly. 'You Shook Me' sounds straight out of the south, diving straight into rock's blues roots. Other tracks like 'Your Time Is Gonna Come' and 'I Can't Quit You Baby' show how versatile the band was even at the start.
Led Zeppelin began on a strong note in Led Zeppelin, ready to carve out one of music's finest legacies. This is what you get when you take some of the world's finest musicians and bring them together: magic. We'll be reviewing Led Zeppelin's first four records over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for those reviews!
Favorite Track: Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
Least Favorite Track: Dazed and Confused
Rating: 78 / 100
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