LED ZEPPELIN I-LED ZEPPELIN
The debut album for the best hard rock band of all-time. I think is one of the strongest debut albums for any band ever. On this album Zeppelin really showcases their superb blues songs. Jimmy Page also showcases how good he can play the guitar, and the how good he is at playing each different kind of guitar. Some of the guitar he plays in this album is just exceptional, and is some of his best. John Paul Jones also shows his versatility as a musician playing both organ and bass. John Bonham is unvailed to the world, and Robert Plant shows that he's one of the best rock singers ever.
Jimmy Page : electric, acoustic, and pedals steel guitars
Robert Plant : vocals, harmonica
John Paul Jones : bass, organ
John "Bonzo" Bonham : drums, tympani
1.) Good Times Bad Times
They start this song out with Page belting out chords on his fender telecaster electrric guitar, with Bonham tapping the symbals in the background. Then, the rest of the band joins in on this rocker. This a great opening song, because it shows that zeppelin is a hard rock band right off the bat. Page has a nice little solo in the middle, and the song fades out with him soloing. 5/5
2.) Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
They go from hard rocker to slow acoustic song, and it shows the band's versatility. This is the only acoustic song on the album, and it's a good one. Page does some really nice finger picking during the verses, and between the verses he plays some fast chords. In the middle of the song there's a good sounding little acoustic solo. This is also the second longest song at 6:41. The riff that's played between the verses is played a lot during the song. It ends on Page playing one last chords. 5/5
3.) You Shook Me
This is the first of two Willie Dixon remakes on this album. I really like this song a lot, because it showcases each band members talents in one song. It is a normal zeppelin blues song where Page basically jams throughout the whole song. JPJ has a bice little organ solo, followed by Plant with his Harmonica solo, and finally Page with a nice guitar solo. These three solos in a row really make the song sound cool, and thats what I like about it. At the end Plant and Page do a duo where Page plays something and plant screams it back, and visa-versa. Then, the song ends.
4.) Dazed and Confused
This is my favorite song on the album. When you hear the opening bassline to this song, you kow instantly that it's Dazed and Confused. Then, Page mixes in his shrill, high pitched guitar parts that continue through out the first verse. After each each verse there's a little part that has Page playing the bassline, and Bohman with some nice fills. Then it goes into the big solo. It starts out witha part where Page plays something, then Plant yells it. Then, Page plays a very fast paced solo thats thats probably the best on the album. Plant sings one more verse then, there's another short Page, Plant duo to end the song. 5/5
5.) Your Time is Gonna Come
The beginning to this song sounds very similar to a church organ. JPJ then starts up the main rhytm for the song, and therest of the band starts in. In the chorus JPJ makes his organ scream, and it sounds pretty good. The song ends with the band repeating "Your time is gonna come", and every one solos at once. overall not as strong as the last four songs, but still good. 4.5/5
6.) Black Mountain Side
This is where Page shows us his pedal steel guitar skills, and Bonham plays thr tympani. This song is an instrumental, and has a very eastern sound to it. This is the weakest song on the album, but overall it isn't really that bad. 4/5
7.) Communication Breakdown
This another short radio song like Good Times Bad Times, but I don't think it's as good. It is a very fast paced song, that sounds like it was thrown together very quickly, but It really isn't that bad. It does sound kind of cool. I don't really think Plant sings enough, he mostly yells in this song. 4.5/5
8.) I can't Quit You Baby
This is the second Willie Dixon remake of the album. I don't really like this one as much as You Shook Me. It starts out with Plant singing the title of the song. Page jams during the whole song just like in You Shook Me. This song is condiderably shorter, so there of course isn't as much soloing which is another thing I don't like as much about it. Page does have a pretty good solo though, and it makes the song a lot better. 5/5
9.) How Many More Times
This is the longest song on the album at 8:28. I love the way this song starts with JPJ and Bonham playin, then Page starts playing some funky guitar parts. The rest of the band starts in, with Page playing the bassline that JPJ plays at the beginning. In the middle their is a huge jam, which Page plays a mean solo the whole way through. Plant has some fills where he sings various things. Then. Bonham has a little solo, while page plays his guitar with some effects. At the end the riff from the beginning starts up again, and they play another verse. Thn the song ends abruptly. 5/5
This album will ever go down as one of the best debut album ever. It will always be a rock classic, and I think it's one of zeppelin's best albums. If you don't own this album, and your a zeppelin fan, or just a rock fan in general, you should definitely go out a purchase this album. Your record collection isn't complete with out this one.
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