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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 | 924 ratings
Led Zeppelin
1969
3.97 | 874 ratings
Led Zeppelin II
1969
3.93 | 842 ratings
Led Zeppelin III
1970
4.39 | 1122 ratings
Led Zeppelin IV
1971
3.91 | 814 ratings
Houses Of The Holy
1973
4.06 | 849 ratings
Physical Graffiti
1975
3.37 | 599 ratings
Presence
1976
2.93 | 557 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
2.45 | 277 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
4.75 | 40 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 by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.04 | 924 ratings

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Review by Dellinger

4 stars What a great solid debut for a band, no wonder they became one of the greatest bands so fast. Even though not all of it's songs are among my favourites from the band, there's no denying they are all strong ones. Going from blues, to folk, to hard rock, even to sort of psyquedelic, it is varied and enjoyable. My absolute favourite here is "Babe, I'm gonna leave you", a very hard rocking one even if it is full of acoustic passages. "Dazed and Confused" is another great hard rocker, and "Your time is gonna come" and "Black Mountain Side" are a pair of nice folkier songs. All in all, I can hardly think of many more bands that started their discography with such a strong release.
 In Through The Out Door by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.93 | 557 ratings

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Review by patrickq

2 stars Years ago I bought In Through the Out Door for one song, "Carouselambra." I'd heard it on the radio and was surprised to find that it a Led Zeppelin song. I wasn't much of a Zeppelin fan then - - a situation which hasn't changed much. I never touched that dial when "Stairway to Heaven" was playing, and I enjoyed many of their hits, from "Ramble On" and "Immigrant Song" through "Dancing Days" and "Kashmir." But overall the aimless virtuosity of guitarist Jimmy Page and the histrionics of lead moaner and pleader Robert Plant tended to be a bit much for me.

Nonetheless, since I owned In Through the Out Door, I was going to try to like it. Two of the tracks were familiar, and still receive airplay in 2019: "Fool in the Rain" and "All of My Love." Each is surprisingly keyboard-based for the stereotypical hard-rocking Led Zeppelin, and each is catchy enough to have been marketed as pop-rock. But structurally, these are six-minute Led Zeppelin songs, which reduces their pop-rock appeal. They're both good songs, but not "Stairway to Heaven" good. In particular, "All of My Love" is also interesting as an indication of Plant's direction as a solo artist.

And then there's "Carouselambra," a lengthy synthesizer extravaganza (some would say extravagance). I acknowledge the criticisms of many fans: the repetition and the de-emphasis of both Page and Plant. "Carouselambra" falls short of the quality of "Kashmir," but it's worth the effort - - like making it halfway up Mt. Everest would be worth it. I wonder whether "Carouselambra" could have been a classic if Page were more involved in the creation of In Through the Out Door

But I digress. The rest of In Through the Out Door varies from standard Led Zeppelin fare ("In the Evening") to embarrassing forays into cartoonish western music ("Hot Dog"). Taken as a whole, In Through the Out Door isn't terrible. The most inane songs (that would be "Hot Dog" and "South Bound Saurez") are the briefest. I originally interpreted the strident insistence of fans that Coda was not to be considered the group's final studio album as meaning that In Through the Out Door must have been a more suitable swan song. Now I'm not so sure!

 Presence by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.37 | 599 ratings

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Review by Menswear
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2 stars (Lack of) Presence

Okay, I'm a super-late Led Zep listener, staying away on purpose of being disappointed, scared of being left with headphones staring into nothing and whispering ''that's it?!''.

*major sigh*

Really? That's it? Apart from the adventurous Achilles Last Something this is boring, flat, uninspired. Dang am I that jaded that I can't appreciate the good ol' days? Nope, I fancy myself some Cream or early Rush anytime. And people swore by this band? I frankly think that Purple, Cream or Tull brought more to the table.

It's basically your ''I'm so hot for you mama'' blues-rock over and over again with ''Oooh, do you wanna?'' ad nauseum. Who can be that horny, really?

It's bad, like Greta Van Fleet bad.

 Coda by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1982
2.45 | 277 ratings

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Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars Even though the record label wanted to consider "Coda" a regular studio album (for contractual obligation purposes) it is actually a collection of rare outtakes and recordings that were scraped together in order to squeeze out another album after John Bonham's untimely death. The band had actually considered on continuing on and also considered many drummers to take Bonham's place, but then ultimately decided to disband. So, this album was born.

It's really not a bad album, it just doesn't have the flow and cohesiveness of past LZ albums. Some of the tracks are great, while others just sound unfinished and imperfect. It is still worth it to the general public to purchase this album if they like the band, but just know that it is not a typical album.

"We're Gonna Groove" is one of the rougher tracks and it opens the album. The album notes claim this was recorded in studio at Morgan Studios in 1969, but in reality, it came from a concert at Royal Albert Hall in January of 1970. Guitar parts were overdubbed while the original guitar part was taken out. It was originally going to be included on "Led Zeppelin II". Next is the much better song "Poor Tom" which is an outtake from the "Led Zeppelin III" sessions. This is followed by the strong bluesy track "I Can't Quit You Baby" which was recorded live at the same concert as "We're Gonna Groove". This recording on the album is said to be from the sound rehearsal. However, it was edited from the original live performance so that the crowd noises were taken out. "Walter's Walk" ends the first side, and is a decent track. It is a "Houses of the Holy" outtake with overdubs added later.

Side two starts with the upbeat "Ozone Baby" and was recorded during the "In Through the Out Door" sessions. "Darlene", a more rock n roll style song was also recorded at the same sessions and has a heavier sound than a lot of the tracks on that album. "Bonzo's Montreaux" is an amazing and catchy (mostly) drum solo by Bonham with effects added in by Page. It was originally recorded in 1976 in Switzerland. This is one of my favorite drum solos ever. "Wearing and Tearing" ends the original vinyl version of the album with another song from the "In Through the Out Door" sessions and was recorded to prove that LZ could compete with new punk bands.

The CD edition from 1993 added 4 more tracks that help round things off but these tracks were already released on the Led Zeppelin Box Sets 1 and 2, so at the point of the release of the CD edition, these tracks weren't necessarily rare. The tracks are "Travelling Riverside Blues", "White Summer/Black Mountain Side", "Hey Hey What Can I Do" (from the non album b-side to "Immigrant Song") and "Baby Come On Home" (which was previously unreleased before the box set became available).

The album still has some gems on it even if it is a bit inconsistent in sound quality and not very cohesive. Yes many people groan that it was too bad that the band had to end things with this album, but keep in mind it is a collection of rare tracks and as such, it has the drawbacks of being such. If it hadn't been released, all of these tracks would have suffered from less exposure and of course we would have a lot of terrible bootleg sounding versions of them. So we should just feel lucky that we have this collection. 3 stars.

 Physical Graffiti by LED ZEPPELIN album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.06 | 849 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 | 814 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 | 1122 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 | 842 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
3.37 | 599 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.

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