My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-9.
Brief Background: Led Zeppelin was recorded during 36 hours of studio time in September and October of 1968 and was released in January of 1969.
What I think: The opening track on the album is “Good Times, Bad Times” and within the first ninety seconds of the song you get an idea of what Led Zeppelin is all about. It’s all there and rock n’ roll music (which we can now shorten to just ROCK or hard rock), would have it’s template for the next twenty years. You’ve got Plant’s flamboyant vocals, Jone’s stellar bass playing, Page’s heavily distorted guitar and guitar god solos. Finally, you have Bonham’s insane drumming, in which he proves he’s the best drummer to ever play by doing on a single bass drum what most drummers can’t do even with a double bass drum. Take all of this and put it together into a clear and tight production that allows you to hear every instrument and you have an amazing and game changing opening track. They wouldn’t quit there though, next you have the template for the power ballad in “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”. You have layers of acoustic an electric guitars. You have songs about girls and losing those girls.
And unfortunately, you have the template for seventies arena rock and eighties hair metal. I have never been much of a Zeppelin fan and for all of the praise I’ve given to that first track, I subsequently tire of Plant’s voice, I tire of the guitar heroics and I look for more depth in the lyrics. I also mourn for a created genre that would make the ROCK lifestyle as important (if not more so) than the music itself, a genre that changes the direction of rock music forever.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I have no doubt that this should be here. It is the cliched game changer and I’m impressed by it’s bombast at times… it really is remarkable while also being shallow.
Rating (Out of 5): 3 (I’m so torn…. so right in the middle)
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (124/163)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%
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