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Led Zeppelin


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East of Lyra
4 stars Zeppelin's most under-rated album?

I certainly think so. After the release of two seminal hard rock albums in 1969, the members of Led Zeppelin retreated to a small house in Wales called Bron-Yr-Aur to focus on writing some new material. What they came up with incorporated elements of folk music into their blues rock style, and it works perfectly well.

Zeppelin hadn't forgotten how to rock though. The opening track "Immigrant Song" is two and a half minutes of excellence which wouldn't have seemed out of place on their last two albums. With majestic lyrics telling tales of Viking conquests and Plant's wailing vocals, this one is not to be missed!

Another stand-out track is "Since I've Been Loving You". A slow and bluesy number featuring arguably one of Plant's greatest vocal performances. Page adds a brilliant guitar solo as well. Another slower introspective track is "Tangerine", a personal favourite of mine which had its origins in an old Yardbirds song.

There rest of the songs are a good solid collection. "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp" and "Out on the Tiles" are both fun and catchy numbers, while "Friends" and "Gallows Pole" are are much more haunting.

Not quite a five star effort, but definately not one to miss.

East of Lyra | 4/5 |


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