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Led Zeppelin


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4 stars Marvelously great album, continuing on the path set with their debut, a more raw bluesy style is developed, with a jamming quality prevailing, but more thought has gone to the development and construction of the diffenrent parts into coherent pieces. Also Robert Plant's influence is felt more. recorded troughout the year, during their tours it resulted in a wide variety of sounds, from the heavy blues, some sonic experimentations, great guitar works and grooves unheard before. Fabulous piece of music.

Whole Lotta Love kicks off the album, with deep grooves, great guitars, fabulous drums, and a mid-section not suitable for children. Sex sells, and this song sold well. Up next we have the progressive build-up of What is and what should never be starting slow, with bursts of raw metal power, the story is told to be about a romance between Plant and his wife's younger sister. Like mentioned sex sells, so the next in line The Lemon Song is filled with sexual innuendo, on live versions Plant improvises the lyrics, great heavy blues rock. The last song on side A is the majestic ballad Thank You with fabulous organ works by John Paul Jones, great vocals, delicate drumming and some nice guitars, sheer beauty, after the fade the music returns shortly.

The second side continuous with heavy rock, the unfullpraisen Heartbreaker totally fabulous guitar solo on top of some heavy riffing. That sound is continued on Living Loving Maid rock like it is supposed to be, a personal favourite. as is Ramble On with fabulous rhythmic acoustic guitars, held tightly together by Jones and Bonham, with some Tolkien inspired lyrics. Moby Dick was originally called Pat's Delight (Pat is Bonham's wife) but renamed because John Bonham's son wanted to hear the song and refered to it as being "Big like Moby" the intro and outro are heavy blues, but the mid section is what it's about, a great drum solo, inspired by Toad from Cream and features some hand played drums, a live showpiece for Bonham. The final song is a tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson Bring It On Home, which is reflected in the intro and outro, those parts were originally written by Willie Dixon, so they were forced to add writing credits (same apply's for WHole Lotta Love) to Dixon, but the centre piece was original, and on live performances it would be refered to as Bring It On Back. Nice, bu not special

In conclusion this is a great album from Led Zeppelin, and it can't be praised enough. It's a must have if you like heavy rock, and for people liking Metal, come and see where it all started.

tuxon | 4/5 |


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