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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)

4.03 | 874 ratings
Led Zeppelin
1969
3.96 | 831 ratings
Led Zeppelin II
1969
3.92 | 804 ratings
Led Zeppelin III
1970
4.39 | 1062 ratings
Led Zeppelin IV
1971
3.90 | 770 ratings
Houses Of The Holy
1973
4.06 | 802 ratings
Physical Graffiti
1975
3.39 | 566 ratings
Presence
1976
2.93 | 528 ratings
In Through The Out Door
1979

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

3.78 | 290 ratings
The Soundtrack From The Film The Song Remains The Same
1976
4.28 | 163 ratings
BBC Sessions
1997
4.38 | 205 ratings
How The West Was Won
2003
4.56 | 138 ratings
Celebration Day
2012

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

3.98 | 149 ratings
The Song Remains The Same (Film)
1990
4.45 | 161 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
2.42 | 264 ratings
Coda
1982
2.24 | 9 ratings
The 10 Legendary Singles
1989
3.94 | 48 ratings
Led Zeppelin (Box set)
1990
4.13 | 84 ratings
Remasters
1992
3.91 | 25 ratings
The Complete Studio Recordings
1993
3.92 | 24 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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 Led Zeppelin III by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.92 | 804 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 | 566 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
3.92 | 804 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
4.03 | 874 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
3.96 | 831 ratings

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Review by The Jester

5 stars 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). Led Zeppelin II was the band's first album that reached at No.1in 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, LZII 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 leterally 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 put any other rating to it. So, 5 stars from me!

 Led Zeppelin by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.03 | 874 ratings

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Review by The Jester

5 stars 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 in 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 the12th 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 despite that 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 the album is today widely acknowledged, even amongst 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.

 Led Zeppelin IV by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.39 | 1062 ratings

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Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
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4 stars One of the foremost albums in rock, along with "Machine Head", "Dark Side Of The Moon" and "Boston", this is one of those albums that you will see on the shelves of just about every single person you know and their parents and aunts and uncles and former college roommates' dogs' owners' third cousins', too. And there's good reason for it; Led Zeppelin's fourth release, whatever you want to call it, is a really solid album.

Normally I'm not a fan of Led Zeppelin, whether it's because I can't stand Robert Plant's voice (OooooOOOH MaaMaa Mamaghg) or because I find Jimmy Page's playing sloppy or his tone tinny, but those unfortunate elements are nowhere to be found on this album. Instead we find a collection of 8 coherent, well-written songs performed in a collected but exciting manner. The album strikes a good balance between hard rock and folk sensibilities. I don't care for the folk songs, such as "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going to California" as much, but the folk work on "Stairway To Heaven" is sublime, regardless of whether or not you believe to be plagiarized from Spirit's "Taurus". The hard rock numbers really are the winners here, though, with "Black Dog", "Rock And Roll" and the blues rock "When The Levee Breaks" standing on par with, or above, proto-metal contemporaries Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep.

The album isn't quite tight or innovative enough for me to call it a masterpiece, but it is still a great album for rock fans to have. If you haven't heard this album yet, go listen to it right away.

 Led Zeppelin III by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.92 | 804 ratings

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Review by Prog Leviathan
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2 stars Like all Led Zeppelin albums, Led Zeppelin III is enshrined in the hard rock temple. It shows the original gods of rock kicking ass, churning out smokey blues, and even experimenting with folksy acoustics. However, there's a reason that none of these Zep songs ever get played on the radio: they just aren't that good. LZ III isn't a terrible album, in fact, the fact that the band tries a few new sounds is commendable, but Page and company feel like they're in transition from the raw hard blues of LZ II and the more nuanced and complete sound of LZ IV.

"Immigrant Song" is the de facto killer cut from this record. It smashes in the door and your face with aggressive chugging and banshee wails, but when all is said and done, it's over practically as soon as it starts, and it doesn't give us anything to remember except that one big riff. Very over rated when it comes to the list of top Zep songs. "Friends" shows off a more complex arrangement, using a bouncing acoustic riff with odd rhythms and string backing, probably one of the better songs, but unfortunately it doesn't have any "wow" moments to stick with the listener. The other big cut from this album, "Since I've Been Loving You," is another keeper, but still a mixed bag. Page rocks his guitar solos but Plant's vocals are unexpectedly weak and bland. He sounds like he's trying improv or be soulful, but he's really just exposing how much the band is ripping off American blues.

"Out on the Tiles" is noteworthy only for the up front bass work of Jones, while the largely acoustic songs that follow just don't resonate with me. Again, not exactly bad, just sort of strumming for time. The band sounds good, but it almost feels like they don't really know what to do with these songs. A good example is "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," a folksy dance song that is basically a pastiche of New Orleans-style jazz. Zeppelin sometimes gets criticized for basically ripping off black blues musicians and I think that this commentary applies strongly to a lot of Led Zeppelin III. Robert Plants' vocals in the finale, "Hats Off To Roy Harper" are actually pretty offensive, despite any actual affection to the band's inspiration. It just doesn't work.

So while LZ III is a nice album to come on occasionally during a classic rock party mix, it's much less fun than the band's other, heavier and more exciting albums.

Songwriting: 2 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

 In Through The Out Door by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.93 | 528 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars Yes, it's the weakest Led Zeppelin album. But they don't make the 2 stars spectrum, even at their weakest.

One could say that ITTOD is a toned-down Presence. The structure follows the same mindset, but if you put each song next to it's "equal", the Presence songs win every time; Achilles Last Stand > Carouselambra, Four Your Life > All My Love etc.

I choose to stand on All My Love though, for a number of reasons.

First of all, it's the last great song that Led Zeppelin created, simplistic but brilliant, with a fantastic keyboard solo by the almighty Jon Paul Jones.

Second, I'm Greek and I know a story: Christos Dantis (Χρήστος Δάντης in Greek) is a musician that claims classic rock roots; you have to believe him, since he has created a couple of very good rock albums in his hey days. How is he related to All My Love? Well, he ripped that great keyboard solo and he played it as an acoustic guitar solo in his song "Kommatia" (Κομμάτια), keeping it 90% the same. He never gave credits or at least referred "inspiration" by JPJ...

Third and last, this was one of the very first Led Zep songs I listened to as a child through the radio, as it's their most "mainstream" song and it was played even by non-rock stations. I realized it was actually a song by them only when I bought my first Led Zep record, the "Early Days/Later Days" compilation, to my absolute amusement. Thus, I'll always love it.

John Bonham, we'll never forget you

 Presence by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.39 | 566 ratings

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Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars What an underrated album! VERY close to 4 stars without a question, an equally good album as Led Zeppelin III and Houses Of The Holy.

Achilles Last Stand might very well be the song that Iron Maiden built their signature long, "epic" songs on. For Your Life has not one but two of the best riffs Jimmy Page ever played. Nobody's Fault But Mine is one of the most "naughty" songs Robert Plant ever sang. Tea For One displays once more the incredible ability this band has to play sensual blues like no other.

Should I continue? I don't think so. Own it, listen to it, respect it.

One of the very top albums in my 3 stars spectrum.

Thanks to Tuxon for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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