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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

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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