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Founded in London, UK in 1968 - Disbanded in 1980 - One-off reunions in 1985, 1988, 1995 and 2007

Led Zeppelin formed in 1968 as a residue of The Yardbirds. Jimmy Page was the last remaining member and had to fulfill some concert obligations in Scandinavia. Page teamed up with John Paul Jones, with whom he worked with on previous session engagements, and they decided to form a band together, after contributing to Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man album , they started searching for a singer and a drummer to complete the band. Page went to see Robert Plant on recommendation by Terry Reid (Terry didn't want to do the vocals, he also turned down DEEP PURPLE for that matter), and immediately loved his voice and stage appearance, Robert Plant on his turn recommended John Bonham for drums with whom he played before in his Birmingham based band "Band Of Joy". The band members hit it off immediately and together they went on the Scandinavian tour as 'The New yardbirds". Considering their intend of forming a rock band they needed a proper name. Keith Moon once commented on the New Yardbirds show "This band will go down like a lead balloon" and derived from that came the new name of the soon to be legendary band Led Zeppelin.

Over the years Led Zeppelin came in many guises, from the heavy blues rock that dominated their first two albums, to the folk and acoustics that made up half of their 3rd and 4th album, and the more funky, even slightly progressive Houses of the Holy, and the bombastically baroque Physical Graffiti to the classic rock that prevailed in their last two albums. Led Zeppelin can be categorized as a heavier continuation of what Cream set in motion, with blues drenched, folk inflected and guitar dominated rock, using all the different styles rock could be played in, from blues, to folk, funk, pop, classical elements, Rock and Roll and metal, with side-steps that even included country and reggae, as well as psychedelic and large portions of what can be considered progressive rock. Aside from being a great rock band, their influence was felt throughout the heavy rock spectrum.

Typical elements in Led Zeppelin sounds are the funky electric guitar drives, delicate and technical acoustic guitar pieces, sophisticated multi-layered arrangements, a fabulous rhythm section with heavy drumming from John ...
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LED ZEPPELIN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.04 | 914 ratings
Led Zeppelin
1969
3.97 | 868 ratings
Led Zeppelin II
1969
3.93 | 836 ratings
Led Zeppelin III
1970
4.39 | 1115 ratings
Led Zeppelin IV
1971
3.91 | 807 ratings
Houses Of The Holy
1973
4.06 | 843 ratings
Physical Graffiti
1975
3.39 | 594 ratings
Presence
1976
2.94 | 552 ratings
In Through The Out Door
1979

LED ZEPPELIN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.79 | 301 ratings
The Soundtrack From The Film The Song Remains The Same
1976
4.28 | 169 ratings
BBC Sessions
1997
4.38 | 213 ratings
How The West Was Won
2003
4.57 | 144 ratings
Celebration Day
2012

LED ZEPPELIN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.99 | 155 ratings
The Song Remains The Same (Film)
1990
4.45 | 164 ratings
Led Zeppelin
2003
2.86 | 9 ratings
Rock Milestones Led Zeppelin's IV
2005
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Led Zeppelin In Concert (extract from 'The Song Remains The Same')
2005
4.17 | 6 ratings
Complete Rock Case Studies
2009

LED ZEPPELIN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.11 | 9 ratings
2 Originals Of Led Zeppelin
1974
2.43 | 274 ratings
Coda
1982
2.24 | 9 ratings
The 10 Legendary Singles
1989
3.95 | 49 ratings
Led Zeppelin (Box set)
1990
4.13 | 85 ratings
Remasters
1992
3.97 | 27 ratings
The Complete Studio Recordings
1993
3.92 | 25 ratings
Boxed Set II
1993
3.55 | 40 ratings
Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume One
1999
2.90 | 38 ratings
Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume Two
2000
3.74 | 70 ratings
Mothership
2007

LED ZEPPELIN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.40 | 24 ratings
Good Times Bad Times
1969
3.87 | 32 ratings
Whole Lotta Love
1969
4.08 | 25 ratings
Immigrant Song / Hey, Hey, What Can I Do
1970
2.00 | 1 ratings
Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)
1970
3.00 | 1 ratings
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
1970
4.00 | 1 ratings
El Emigrante
1970
3.61 | 14 ratings
Black Dog/Misty Mountain Hop
1971
4.74 | 39 ratings
Stairway To Heaven
1971
4.10 | 20 ratings
Rock And Roll / Four Sticks
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
Acoustically
1972
3.00 | 1 ratings
This Is Led Zeppelin
1973
4.50 | 2 ratings
Over the Hills and Far Away
1973
3.81 | 25 ratings
D'yer Maker
1973
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Ocean
1973
4.09 | 22 ratings
Trampled Underfoot
1975
5.00 | 2 ratings
Fool in the Rain
1979
3.69 | 17 ratings
Wearing And Tearing
1982
3.75 | 13 ratings
The Girl I Love
1997
4.15 | 20 ratings
Whole Lotta Love
1997

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 Physical Graffiti by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.06 | 843 ratings

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Review by mariorockprog

4 stars Physical Graffiti is a double disc album, booth disc have more rock and blues elements than anything, Led zeppelin decided well to go back to their original style. The quality of the first disc is almost perfect, very good songs are present here and Kashmir being the only one with prog elements, I always liked this song, but I always thinked it was overrated. Beginning the second disc with In the Light, it opens with a very prog sound, after comes a good acoustic song with a very well structured rhythm, in the next songs they come back to their blues and rock style, however the following are not equally as good as the ones in the first disc. In fact, from here on the quality of the album is not as good as the previous one. In conclusion, there is too much content here, not every song is as equally good, especially in the second side where only In the light and Bron Yr aur stand out. I think this would be a masterpiece but some inconsistencies mainly in the second disc stopped to be it, but at the end is a very good album, all the song are nice to hear. A 4.5 start album.
 Houses Of The Holy by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.91 | 807 ratings

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Review by mariorockprog

4 stars 3.5 stars: A very good album for, I considered, the album with most prog elements by led zeppelin. This album contains a variety of rhythms and sounds that gives an extra appeal to hear it. The Rain Song and No quarter being the most prog songs of the band are also the most elaborated and superior in level of musical composition. The band began to experiment with new sounds, genres and production technics. John Paul Jones shines more and more in this album taken protagonism in the two song mentioned before. As other said the live versions of most of the song here are better, however they remain with the basis of this album. I liked a lot as a fan of Zepp, it is not a perfect album, however contains really good songs and show the versatility of the band and their skills in composition. However, I think They were to far in its experiment and 2 songs are forgettable (the crunge, Dancing days). 3.5 start for the proggier album of Led zeppelin.
 Led Zeppelin IV by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.39 | 1115 ratings

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Review by mariorockprog

5 stars A excellent masterpiece from one of the best bands of rock of all time, from the beginning to the end it keeps you entertained, with amazing hard rock songs that include the majority of the hits of the band. Begins very strong with Black dog and Rock n Roll, pure hard rock songs, very sticky riffs and likable rhythms. Following by a acoustic, folk-like session with the amazing Battle of Evermore and then their greatest hit, Stairway to Heaven. Very little have to be said about it, a very well taken musical passage that finishes with one of the best solos of all time. Then Misty Mountain Hop, a Hard rock song with amazing keyboard rithms, showing one of the most skilled bass guitarist of all time, that he also can take the lead for the band. The following songs gives a very strong close to this album, making it a masterpiece of rock. A very prolific band at its peak, although very little prog elements are presented in this one, it is a must have album for any rock lover.
 The Song Remains The Same (Film) by LED ZEPPELIN album cover DVD/Video, 1990
3.99 | 155 ratings

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Review by DarkTower

4 stars I discovered Led Zeppelin in 1975 at the age of 12 after my brother bought LZ II. In early 1976, I got the Presence album, their brand new LP. So by the end of the year, when the movie The Song Remains The Same got airplay in theaters, I only know those two albums. I was disappointed that no songs from Presence were played (I didn't know the film was recorded 3 years before), and only a few from II were included.

But I went out the theater with my ears (and eyes) full of pure magic. On the initial watch, all the scenes between songs, not related to the music, were very funny. The mafia sequence of Peter Grant, the policemen, the paper relating the robbery, etc. Years later, when it came out to video, I realized those scenes were pretty boring and long, distracting the viewer from the concert.

Now about the music. All songs are well performed and typical of what was a Zep concert in early 70's. From the extended guitar solo of Stairway to Heaven to the wonderful version of No Quarter, everything fits perfectly. Perhaps the drum solo and Dazed and Confused are a bit too long for some repeated watch, but it is a minor complaint.

About the scenes played by musicians during the songs, I find them enjoyable. Being included in extended versions of songs, they are not disturbing at all. Special mention to Jimmy Page's scene of the hermit on the mountain.

John Bonham died 2 weeks before the 1980 concert scheduled in Montreal. That would have been my first show. Since I never got the chance to see Led Zeppelin live, this movie, along with the 2003 DVD, remain the only occasions to see what I missed.

 Led Zeppelin III by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.93 | 836 ratings

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Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars This is the magical album where Led Zeppelin started their unique eclectic musical journey, and so became an interesting band for open-minded progheads. Because the band decided to embellish their pivotal blend of R&R, hardrock and blues with a lush instrumentation and a folky touch. JP Jones played an important role in Led Zeppelin's new sound, he turned from a bass player into a multi-instrumentalist (bass, guitars and 'vintage' keyboards). But also Jimmy Page contributed hugely by not only playing the electric guitar but also a range of acoustic guitars. Another interesting element was John Bonham, no longer only a powerhouse drummer but also showing his great sense for timing and playing assorted percussion. And, last but not least, singer Robert Plant rose to the occasion, singing even more powerful bul also showing his beautiful mellow side.

1. Immigrant Song (2:25) : On this opener (still )no signs of another musical direction, what an exciting rock and roll atmosphere featuring a thunderous guitar riff and a steamy rhythm-section, topped by excellent vocals.

2. Friends (3:54) : A folky atmosphere with catchy acoustic guitars, Bonham delivers assorted percusson, Plant warm vocals and JP Jones surprises with captivating strings arrangements. The sultry atmosphere reminds me of their classic Kashmir, also oriental sounding.

3. Celebration Day (3:29) : Heavy rock and roll , coloured by fiery slide guitar, Page impresses again!

4. Since I've Been Loving You (7:23) : One of their best tracks ever! It starts with sensitive bluesy guitar and mellow Hammond organ (evoking Ten Years After), then a great build up featuring howling guitar runs, emotional vocals, the climax delivers an moving guitar solo, awesome drums and Plant in its full splendor.

5. Out On The Tiles (4:07) : Another strong Jimmy Page catchy and heavy guitar riff, with powerful vocals and a propulsive rhythm-section, this is trademark Led Zeppelin.

6. Gallows Pole (4:56) : An example of the 'new Led Zep' with exciting propulsive acoustic rhythm guitar and powerful bluesy vocals.

7. Tangerine (3:10) : What a beautiful ballad featuring warm acoustic rhythm guitar, tender vocals, halfway howling electric guitar runs and then the distinctive steel guitar.

8. That's The Way (5:37) : Another fine example of the 'new Led Zep' with dreamy acoustic rhythm guitar and vocals, accompanied by the versatile JP Jones on mandolin, a wonderful folky atmosphere.

9. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (4:16) : A favourite of mine, I am delighted about my guitar hero Jimmy Page on the acoustic guitar (reminding me of the underrated acoustic virtuoso Rory Gallagher). Also a great vocal performance and subtle percussion contribution by drummer John Bonham.

10. Hats Off To (Roy) Harper (3:42) : This song is a tribute to the Old School blues with fat slide guitar, inspired vocals and a hiss in the sound that coloures the music like a kind of sound collage, very special.

How impressive that a band can deliver such a high quality variety, from the heavy Immigrant Song and Out On The Tiles to the the compelling bluesy Since I've Been Loving You and folky Tangerine and Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp. A big hand for Led Zeppelin!

 Presence by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.39 | 594 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars UK band LED ZEPPELIN, following their initial phase as The New Yardbirds, became one of the giants of music in the first half of the 1970's. The second half of the decade was more of a slow decent towards the end for the band though, and quite a few feel that this fall from the top started with this album, "Presence", which was released back in 1976.

While I haven't given the entire Led Zeppelin back catalogue a critical assessment, I am on the side of the people that think that this album in general isn't a great one. The jangly boogie-tinged rock of Candy Rock Store, complete with what appears to be an unbalanced mix, feels like a rough demo recording more than a properly developed song, and too many of the other songs have an unfinished touch to them as well, either as in not coming across as well developed, or in that mix and production aren't at the level needed to bring out the best in the songs. Hell, even some of the really good songs here would have profited from some minor edits.

There are highlights though. The concluding epic blues of Tea for One for instance, where the carefully controlled vocals of Plant and Page's spirited guitar playing adds a lot of life and tension to what in essence is a drawn out blues number. Good stuff if you like the blues, although it's appeal probably is somewhat limited beyond that scope.

On a similar note Nobody's Fault But Mine also have solid nods in the direction of the blues, here with some added psychedelic touches and more of a hard rock grit. While I find the vocal sections to be slightly annoying, the instrumental sections here are top notch in my book, and elevates this song on to a higher level.

Achilles Last Stand is the go to song here of course. A tad too repetitive and drawn out in the second half, and a couple of minutes really should be shaved off this one in my book, but the core parts of this song is probably among the very best Led Zeppelin ever made as far as I'm concerned, and the first 6 minutes or thereabouts are purebred classic (hard) rock bliss.

For me, "Presence" comes across as an uneven album. A production where m ix and production comes across as rushed at times, where too many of the songs feels more like sketches and unfinished material than properly developed songs. The musicians are great of course, which sees to it that even the weakest songs manage to come across as pleasing, but for me at least this is in sum a bit more of an average album, but where the presence of Tea For One, Nobody's Fault But Mine and the majestic beauty of Achilles Last Stand manages to elevate the final impression somewhat.

 Led Zeppelin III by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.93 | 836 ratings

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Review by Walkscore

4 stars The Best Zep album.

While most will have the fourth/runes album (because of "Stairway to Heaven"), followed perhaps by their debut and their Zep II (again, because of tunes that received widespread radioplay), fewer know this one. But it is has the best Zep tunes, and is best all-round. This is the pinnacle of their song-writing. The music is raw and ballsy like the earlier albums, yet more original and refined, and diverse. "Singe I've Been Loving You" is Zep's most rewarding and successful performance, a great blues burner with fine guitar solos and vocals. "The Immigrant Song" and "Gallow's Pole" are rockers, but far more interesting than 'Black Dog', 'Whole Lotta Love', or the banal 'Rock and Roll'. Zep III is where the band excels at softer numbers too, with "Tangerine", "Friends", "That's the Way" all quite musical, I think better than the softer songs on 4/runes. "Bron-y-aur Stomp" is unique in their catalogue, and both this and "Hats Off to Roy Harper" are great, fun, original tunes. While no Zep album is comparable to the top albums by the big-name progressive rock bands on PA, this one comes closest. I give it 8.2 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 Led Zeppelin by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.04 | 914 ratings

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Review by Walkscore

3 stars Classic gutsy rock.

The album that started off the Zeppelin juggernaut is one of their better albums. Gutsy and bluesy, this album lays the framework for what would come, and also provides some of musical highlights of their entire song catalogue. "Dazed and Confused" and "How Many More Times" are up there among Zep's two best tunes, and they show off the bands considerable skills (particularly Jimmy Page's amazing guitar solos - at this point, there are hints of Bonham's brilliance but he would really flower a bit later on). "Good Times, Bad Times" sets the tone well for all the albums to follow. The album is mixed, musically, though. The blues jams "You Shook Me" and "I Can't Quit You Baby" are great, although not as good as "Since I've Been Loving You" from their third album (one of my very favourite Zep tracks). "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" is a great quite lament, but "Black Mountain Side" and "You're Time is Gonna Come" are weak. So, while mixed, this is the album that really branded Zeppelin, and it stands the test of time. It is not quite four-star material though. I give it 7.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to high 3 PA stars.

 Led Zeppelin II by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.97 | 868 ratings

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Review by The Jester

5 stars Review #44. After the release of their debut album, the band started touring without a break, in order to promote it. But at the same time, they were recording new material for the next album at any place they could find, between the concerts. Finally, Led Zeppelin II came out on the 22nd of October 1969, just a few months after Led Zeppelin I. The album's promotion was based on the slogan: 'Led Zeppelin - The Only Way to Fly'.

In this album the band seems to leave aside the Blues influences that were obvious in the previous album, trying to make a turn to a heavier, guitar-driven sound. (Led Zeppelin II it has often been described as the band's heavier album). It was actually was the band's first album that reached at No.1 in both USA and UK, remaining on the charts for a long time. With this album, Led Zeppelin established themselves as a very big name in Rock music, and their fame will continue to grow with the release of the next 2 albums.

As for the album's legacy, Led Zeppelin II has been acknowledged by many critics and music writers as one of the most influential albums of Rock music, and has earned several accolades from music publications, frequently placed at - or near - the top of "Best Album" lists.

The sound of Led Zeppelin in this album is considered as one of the 'cornerstones' of what was later named as Hard Rock and/or Heavy Metal. Speaking for myself, LZ II was one of the very first albums I ever bought on vinyl when I was 13 years old, on the day my parents bought me my first lame Hi-Fi system. Since then, I have listen to it hundreds - if not thousands - of times, and I literally grew up with it. (Together with many other classic albums of Rock music). I really don't know if it really deserves 5 stars, but I can't give any other rating to it. So, 5 stars from me!

 Led Zeppelin by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.04 | 914 ratings

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Review by The Jester

5 stars Review #43. After The Yardbirds were disbanded, Jimmy Page (who was owning the legal rights of the name The Yardbirds), found John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham, and together they started touring under the name 'The New Yardbirds'. But that didn't last for long, because soon they changed their name to Led Zeppelin. Some of the greatest songs that were recorded for their debut album were written during the 'New Yardbirds' period.

Led Zeppelin I was recorded at Olympic studios in London, within 36 hours; because the band had no contract yet, therefore they had to pay with their own money for the studio expenses. The album was released on the 12th of January 1969 in the USA, and on the 31st of March 1969 in the UK. Upon its release, it didn't receive good critics, but it was commercially successful. The main problem seemed to be that nobody couldn't categorize them under any of the music styles they knew so far. Because the album was based on the blues forms of The Yardbirds, but the music was played in a 'heavy' way let's say. Despite the poor critics, the album remained on the Billboard charts for 73 weeks, and on the UK charts for 79 weeks.

The success and influence of that album is today widely acknowledged, even among publications that were initially sceptical. One of the music magazines that gave poor reviews on the album back then, was no other than Rolling Stone. But many years later, in 2006 to be exact, Rolling Stone added Led Zeppelin I at No. 29 in its list with the '500 greatest albums of all time'.

The album includes some of the best songs the band ever recorded, such as Good Times Bad Times, Dazed and Confused, Communication Breakdown and I Can't Quit You Baby. It is a "must have" album for every person who is a fan of Rock music! 5 stars.

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