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Showdown Of The British Hard Rock Trinity

Once upon a time, three bands set out to make rrrrrgroundbreaking music. rThey were: Led rZeppelin, Black rrrSabbath and Deep rPurple. They rpretty rmuch reigned rrrsupreme in their heyday; rand even rtoday, theirs remain rrrrthe standards by rwhich hard rock and metal bands rare rrrmeasured. rTo rmake this a fair fight, only the first ten rDeep rrrPurple rand Black Sabbath ralbums shall be rtaken rinto rraccount along with the r8 albums Led rrZeppelin rrecorded rrwhile active. In other words, rrback when classic rhard rrock rrmattered.
1Led Zeppelin

Iconic songs: Led Zeppelin was pretty much destined for this category,
as they had more iconic songs than many other bands in history (with
only legends such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones having as
much or more). Black Sabbath had a fair share too, just not as many.
Deep Purple only had a few from the Gillan Era.
Score: LZ: 3; BS: 2; DP: 1
Total tally: LZ: 3; BS: 2; DP: 1
2Led Zeppelin

Album consistency: Zeppelin never made a bad album, with only their
last two having had any degree of noticeable filler. DP was pretty
consistent too, but had 4 fillered albums by this time. Sabbath had two
stinkers and two fillered ones, thus holding the poorest record here.
Score: LZ: 3; DP: 2; BS: 1
Total tally: LZ: 6; BS: 3; DP: 3
3Led Zeppelin

Songwriting ability: See above in regards to filler. Since Zeppelin wrote
the least of it, they get the nod here.
Score: LZ: 3; DP: 2; BS: 1
Total tally: LZ: 9; DP: 5; BS: 4
4Black Sabbath

Lyrics: Sabbath easily had the best sets of lyrics, which added
effectively to their mystique. I never found Zeppelin's and Purple's
lyrics to be all that great, so they tie here.
Score: BS: 3; LZ: 2; DP: 2
Total tally: LZ: 11; DP: 7; BS: 7
5Led Zeppelin

Vocals: Robert Plant was one of the most gifted vocalists of all time, and inspired many to
take up the mic. DP had Gillan and Coverdale, while Sabbath had Dio, so they get a tie.
Score: LZ: 3; DP: 2; BS: 2
Total tally: LZ: 14; DP: 9; BS: 9
6Led Zeppelin

Guitar riffs: Jimmy Page had arguably a wider array of riffs than anyone before or since.
Blackmore and Iommi had great ones too, but they'll have to settle for a tied second place.
Score: LZ: 3; DP: 2; BS: 1
Total tally: LZ: 17; DP: 11; BS: 11
7Deep Purple

Guitar solos: Ritchie Blackmore is the best here and it isn't a question. Page and Iommi
had good solos too, but they don't stand a chance here.
Score: DP: 3; BS: 2; LZ: 2
Total tally: LZ: 19; DP: 14; BS: 13
8Deep Purple

Drums: Ian Paice was a boss: he did some of the most insane things behind the kit. Bill
Ward was great too: he displayed amazing fills. Bonham was good, but he's never
impressed me as much as the other two.
Score: DP: 3; BS: 2; LZ: 1
Total tally: LZ: 20; DP: 17; BS: 15
9Black Sabbath

Bass: Geezer Butler had some of the best grooves ever witnessed by humankind. John
Paul Jones was great too: he had a fine tone and keen melody. As much as I love Deep
Purple, Roger Glover hasn't quite impressed me as much as the other two.
Score: BS: 3; LZ: 2; DP: 1
Total tally: LZ: 22; DP: 19; BS: 18
10Led Zeppelin

Influence: Like it or not, Led Zeppelin was the first of the three titans to show up. Deep Purple
came next, while Sabbath arrived dead last. Thus, they attain the points for this category in the
same order.
Score: LZ: 3; DP: 2; BS; 1
Total tally: LZ: 25; DP: 21; BS: 19
11Led Zeppelin

Experimentation: Zeppelin had by far the most variety from album to album: they had plenty of
blues influence but also incorporated funk and even world music. Purple experimented quite a
bit as well, having thrown in classical, blues and funk. Sabbath had some detours here and there,
but they mostly clung to their style.
Score: LZ: 3; DP: 2; BS: 1
Total tally: LZ: 28; DP: 23; BS: 20
12Led Zeppelin

The Winner: Led Zeppelin. All Hail The Mighty Zep!!!
(Personally, I prefer Deep Purple. Fans of the Lords of Gloom & Doom might be dispupointed.)
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