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Led Zeppelin


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Dark Nazgul
5 stars When New Yardbirds became a Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin's first album should be considered a milestone in rock history. Despite Jimmy Page and company draw so sometimes shameless themes already heard, or songs written by others, the album is incredibly innovative in my opinion, especially as regards the production and sound quality: listen to this album and then to any other hard rock album of 1969 (also 1970 or 1971) and you will realize the incredible "depth" of the sound of the first Led Zeppelin album in comparison to others.

Of this record almost everything we know: co-produced by Jimmy Page, recorded in thirty hours, it contains tracks for the hisstory as Dazed And Confused, characterized by a descending scale bass that puts the chills and the use of violin bow by Page, How Many More Times, a piece of footage of the "Band Of Joy" (the band where Plant and Bohnam played before joining Page) a sort of psychedelic trip with a hard riff, a bolero in the middle and, again, the use of the bow, and Communication Breakdown, a very hard song symbol par excellence of hard rock (much more of Helter Skelter by the Beatles) with Plant, in the throes of her sexual ecstasy, screams "SUCK" and Page that starts immediately an incredible guitar solo.

Not just hard rock, though. As proof that Led Zeppelin was interested in the dynamics of contrasting: "light and shadow", not just watts at full volume. And so here's Babe I'm Gonna Leave You by Joan Baez, and especially the extraordinary Your Time Is Gonna Come a sort of gospel-hard song, introduced by an organ solo by John Paul Jones. And then the Delta blues masters like Willie Dixon's I Can't Quit You Baby and You Shook Me where Page and Plant a performed a guitar-voice duet that will become the trademark of the band.

In conclusion, a 5 stars masterpiece and in my opinion even the best record in band's career. Final rating: 9/10.

Best song: Dazed And Confused

Dark Nazgul | 5/5 |


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