Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
11 January 2019
Band: LED ZEPPELIN
Album: Self-titled debut also known as ‘Led Zeppelin 1‘
Released: 12 January 1969 – 50 years ago
ALL MUSIC wrote: “Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as
their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix,
Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group’s attack was subtlety: it wasn’t just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos. As Led Zeppelin proves, the group was capable of such multi-layered music from the start. Although the extended psychedelic blues of ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘You Shook Me’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ often gather the most attention, the remainder of the album is a better indication of what would come later. ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ shifts from folky verses to pummeling choruses, ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and ‘How Many More Times’ have groovy, bluesy shuffles. ‘Your Time Is Gonna Come’ is an anthemic hard rocker. ‘Black Mountain Side’ is pure English folk and ‘Communication Breakdown’ is a frenzied rocker with a nearly punkish attack. Although the album isn’t as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal.” – Score: 5/5
TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: all Led Zep members were blues fan before they met. When Jimmy Page formed the band the foursome turned up the heat and the decibels and used elements of the original genre to create their own sonic vision of heavy blues rock. They were probably the most (in)famous, most legendary and most sexy band, on and off stage, of their loud generation.
Album in full..