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Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin ranked # 29 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.
Led Zeppelin, released on January 12, 1969, was the first album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The groundbreaking music and recording techniques displayed on the album are today considered as one of the most impressive and important debuts in rock, creating an entirely new interpretation of the genre. The album established Led Zeppelin's then-unique dynamic, from their fusion of blues and rock to the integral contributions from each of the group's four musicians. Though all of these elements would later be developed, the album was the blueprint Led Zeppelin continued to follow for the rest of their career.
Led Zeppelin created a large and devoted following for the band. Their then-unique proto-metal and psychedelic sound endeared them to a section of the counterculture on both sides of the Atlantic.
"Dazed and Confused" is arguably the album's centrepiece: a foreboding arrangement featuring a walking bass line from Jones, heavy drumming from Bonham and some powerful guitar riffs from Jimmy Page. The middle section of the song also featured Page playing the guitar strings with a violin bow, a technique adapted by him during his years as a studio guitarist, and later in his performances of this song during the latter days of The Yardbirds.
However, Led Zeppelin also demonstrated a wide range of textures and shades other than just loud, amplified electric riffs. A tabla player accompanied Page on the acoustic guitar instrumental "Black Mountain Side". Meanwhile, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and "Your Time Is Gonna Come" feature Page's acoustic guitar work, which would be extended on subsequent albums.
Page is reported to have used natural room ambiance to enhance the reverb and recording texture of this record. The album was recorded on an analog 4 track machine which also helped to give the record a warm sound.
- Good Times, Bad Times
- Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
- You Shook Me
- Dazed and Confused
- Your Time Is Gonna Come
- Black Mountain Side
- Communication Breakdown
- I Can't Quit You Baby
- How Many More Times
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