Released in 1969, Led Zeppelin I changed the course of Hard Rock music and is often credited as one of the earliest Heavy Metal records. Led Zeppelin was vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, Drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones.
I love everything about this record from the raw emotional feeling that one experiences when they hear Robert Plant singing the Blues, to the hard crunch of the Jimmy Page’s guitar and slide guitar work.
These four musicians play so tight that the music on this record is flawless. Song structures are wonderfully put together and provides a great listening experience. One can hear the influences of the Blues that was used in putting these songs together. The melodies are great. Lot’s of good harmonies throughout the entire record.
The bass lines are done so well along with the drum work. Jones and Bonham work so well with one another providing such as a great tempo and beat for the rest of the band to follow. Jimmy Page’s guitar work is impressive. The riffs incorporate Blues, Folk, and yes, some psychedelic influences. The guitar then becomes the center of attack. The leads and slides are great. Plant’s style of vocals work so well with Page’s guitar work that some points in the album the two almost have a duo going on.
One can’t go wrong with Led Zeppelin. Especially, if you gather the albums in order as they were released. Led Zeppelin was ahead of their time. Even though, they deny that they were the godfathers of Heavy Metal, their name will forever be associated with that genre of music.
1. “Good Times Bad Times” 2:46
2. “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” 6:42
3. “You Shook Me” 6:28
4. “Dazed and Confused” 6:28
5. “Your Time Is Gonna Come” 4:34
6. “Black Mountain Side” 2:12
7. “Communication Breakdown” 2:30
8. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” 4:42
9. “How Many More Times” 8:27