Robert Plant: Vocals/Harmonica
Jimmy Page: Guitar/Backing Vocals
John Paul Jones: Bass/Mandolin/Backing Vocals
John “Bonzo” Bonham: Drums/Tympani/ Backing Vocals
There isn’t really much more to say about Led Zeppelin than what has already been said. Led Zeppelin helped pioneer hard rock and influenced many. This CD, “Latter Days,” features most of Zep’s greater songs that were released after their most famous album: “Led Zeppelin IV.” If you really want to get into Led Zeppelin, I recommend also getting “Early Days,” which showcases their earlier hits.
“Latter Days” has a much darker tone than “Early Days,” featuring songs like “No Quarter,” “Kashmir,” “Achilles Last Stand,” and “In the Evening.” The other songs on the CD all contrast this dark mood by offering a happier, more relaxing time. This album isn’t as focused on Jimmy’s guitar as “Early Days,” and seems more experimental.
Out of all the darker songs, “No Quarter” and “Kashmir” stand out the most. Those two songs are very atmospheric and feature great jobs by all members of the band. “Achilles Last Stand” and “In the Evening” are too repetitive and go on for too long to be considered great songs in my opinion. “Achilles Last Stand” basically repeats the same thing for a little over 10 minutes. The lighter songs aren’t really any better, except for “Trampled Underfoot” and “Ten Years Gone.” “Trampled Underfoot” really shows Jones’s keyboard skills and uses a wah pedal to great effect. “Ten Years Gone” is a beautiful acoustic/electric ballad that makes you feel very peaceful when you listen to it. “The Song Remains the Same” and “Houses of the Holy” are great songs, but there isn’t any thing that special about them. “All of My Love” is in my opinion the worst song on this CD, for it’s just extremely boring and does not sound like Zeppelin at all, featuring many orchestral instruments.
This CD is missing a lot of Zeppelin’s great songs like “The Ocean,” “Over the Hills and Far Away,” and “In My Time of Dying” to name a few. Unless you are getting this with “Early Days,” I recommend getting the album “Physical Graffiti” instead.
-“Ten Years Gone”