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Led Zeppelin


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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.

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