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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin
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This album, Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut begins with the crunching bare chords of Good Times, Bad Times. This heavy start to the album gives it the jump start it needs to belt out more rock classics further up the track listing and sets the tone for Zeppelin's brand of guitar-based rock. "Is that all there is to expect from this album?" I hear you say. Well, as soon as the second track Babe I'm Gonna Leave You begins Led Zep's dual-pronged acoustic/heavy rock approach is fully exposed to the listener.

The classic song from this album to most fans is Dazed and Confused, a Jimmy Page-written piece which starts with a brooding riff from John Paul Jones' bass then moves up a gear for the solo, in which Page takes his trademark violin bow to the guitar for the first time. On the excellent Black Mountain Side, Page gets the chance to show off his nimble acoustic finger picking on the acoustic guitar, whereas on songs like You Shook Me and Your Time Is Gonna Come John Paul Jones shines on the keyboards. How Many More Times is a lengthy, high energy exit to the first album. This spontaneous medley contains, excellent wah-wah action and a bow solo by Page.

Led Zeppelin is the band's rawest and most blues based recording. Page's guitar is on fire throughout, Bonham's drums thunder away in awe-inspiring fashion, Jones plays some terrific bass guitar and keyboards, and Plant's high-pitched vocal wail (with many a "baby baby" lyric) became the template for all future hard rock singers. Yet for all of their individual excellence, and they do all take spectacular solo turns here (particularly Page), it is the band's ensemble playing that remains most mind-blowing over 30 years later.

Communication Breakdown, along with Whole Lotta Love from the second album, were also released on Atlantic Records' 1969 release Age Of Atlantic. [Front Pic] [Inside Pic] [Disc Front] [Disc Rear]
Statistics

Released:
Jan. 12, 1969 (US)
Mar. 28, 1969 (UK)
Jun. 2, 2014 (Reissue)

Chart Position:
#2 (US) #1 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Jul. 22, 1969
Multi-Platinum: 10x Mar. 2, 2001
Diamond Award: Mar. 2, 2001

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


DELUXE EDITION BONUS DISC
Live-L'Olympia Music Hall, Paris, France - 10 October 1969

1. Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown
2. I Can't Quit You Baby
3. Heartbreaker
4. Dazed And Confused
5. White Summer / Black Mountain Side
6. You Shook Me
7. Moby Dick
8. How Many More Times
Quick Fact

This album was recorded in approximately 30 studio hours over a period of 9 days, with a reputed cost of £1,782. This, coming from an album that has sold over 10 million units to date, is a remarkable feat.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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