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Led Zeppelin


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4 stars So the mighty Led Zep find their way onto the Prog Rock Archives - strange how things turn out. I'm delighted to have the chance to discuss the world's greatest band so I won't get into the reasons they were included - I'm just a tad surprised to see them here. Nevermind. Anyway. I recently purchased the complete re-mastered albums one by one. Presence is one of my personal favourites - which is not an opinion shared by many. The opening track Achilles Last Stand is PHE-NO-MEN-AL. It has power and energy and a personality that has stood the test of time. The drumming is outstanding and a testament to how good Bonham could be, the bass is relentless and driven and metronome-steady, the guitar is breathtaking and awe-inspiring and the vocals climb and soar and just pulverise (in a good way). Nobody's Fault But Mine is my second favourite track and always makes it way onto compilations I compose of Led Zep - it is blues and rock and has a majesty which elevates it. The rest of the album has tracks which I would call 'growers' - you will not quickly tire of this album and it will pay you back each time you listen. The album is as enigmatic as its cover artwork and you should go out and buy it now. Every day is a school day - lesson over.
horza | 4/5 |


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