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Zed Leppelin

When it comes to a band of this sorts, there is not a lot to say that has not already been said before. Being labeled with statements such as "the heaviest band of all time," "the biggest band of the '70s" and one of the more famous ones, "unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history." While all these statements may be true or false to some extinct, there is no question that Led Zeppelin paved the path for both new and experienced bands during the past and present age.
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Led Zeppelin


The debut album by yours truly, featured integral contributions from each of the group's four musicians and established Led Zeppelin's fusion of blues and rock. Although the album isn't as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal. Recommended Tracks: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Dazed and Confused, and Communication Breakdown
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Led Zeppelin II


Led Zeppelin II furthered the lyrical themes established on their debut album, creating a work that became more widely acclaimed and influential than its predecessor, while still including the elements of blues and the more apparent "folk" influence. Which introduced hundreds of Zeppelin imitators using this record, with its lack of dynamics and its pummeling riffs, as a blueprint. Recommended Tracks: Whole Lotta Love, The Lemon Song, Heartbreaker, Ramble On, and Moby Dick
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Led Zeppelin III


Composed largely at a remote cottage in Wales, this work represented a maturing of the band's music towards a greater emphasis on folk and acoustic sounds. Although acoustic songs are featured on Led Zeppelin III's predecessors, it is this album which is widely acknowledged for showing that Led Zeppelin was more than just a conventional rock band and that they could branch out into wider musical territory. Recommended Tracks: Immigrant Song, Since I've Been Loving You, Gallows Pole, and That's the Way
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Led Zeppelin IV


Encompassing more diverse musical ideas, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock. Expanding on the breakthroughs of III, Zeppelin fuse their majestic hard rock with a mystical, rural English folk that gives the record epic scope. The album also has a grand sense of drama, which is deepened by Robert Plant's burgeoning obsession with mythology and mysticism. Recommended Tracks: Black Dog, Rock and Roll, The Battle of Evermore, Stairway to Heaven, and When the Levee Breaks
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Houses of the Holy


Houses of the Holy follows the same basic pattern as Led Zeppelin IV, but the approach is looser and more relaxed. Jimmy Page's riffs rely on ringing, folksy hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere. It represents a musical turning point for Led Zeppelin, as they began to use more layering and production techniques in recording their songs. Recommended Tracks: The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Dancing Days and No Quarter
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Physical Graffiti


Led Zeppelin returned from a nearly two-year hiatus in 1975 with Physical Graffiti, a sprawling, ambitious double album. Until this point, all of Led Zeppelin's albums had been released on Atlantic Records. Given the luxury of a double format, Physical Graffiti mirrors every facet of the Zeppelin repertoire. The end result is a finely balanced embarrassment of riches. Recommended Tracks: The Rover, In My Time of Dying, Trampled Under Foot, Kashmir, In the Light and Ten Years Gone
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Presence


Presence scales back the size of Physical Graffiti to a single album, but it retains the grandiose scope of that double record. The album was written and recorded during a tumultuous time in the band's history, as singer Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries he had sustained in a recent car accident. Nonetheless, numerous fans and critics claim that under the circumstances the band was in describe "Presence" as "the most important Zeppelin album." Recommended Tracks: Achilles Last Stand, For Your Life, Candy Store Rock and Tea for One
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In Through the Out Door


During this era disco, punk, and new wave had overtaken rock & roll, and Led Zeppelin chose to tentatively embrace these pop revolutions, adding synthesizers to the mix and emphasizing the overall aspect of the group's selective sound. In contrast to previous Led Zeppelin albums, In Through the Out Door features much greater influence on the part of bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones and vocalist Robert Plant, and relatively less from drummer John Bonham and guitarist Jimmy Page. Recommended Tracks: In the Evening, Fool in the Rain, Carouselambra, and All My Love
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