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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

1969

Led Zeppelin

Album Summary

Led Zeppelin is the debut studio album by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released on 12 January 1969 in the United States and on 31 March in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Records. The album was recorded in September and October 1968 at Olympic Studios in London, shortly after the band's formation. It contains a mix of original material worked out in the first rehearsals, and remakes and rearrangements of contemporary blues and folk songs. The sessions took place before the group had secured a recording contract and totalled 36 hours; they were paid for directly by Jimmy Page, the group's founder, leader and guitarist, and Led Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant and cost £1,782 (equivalent to £31,203 in 2021) to complete. They were produced by Page, who as a musician was joined by band members Robert Plant (lead vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards), and John Bonham (drums). Percussionist Viram Jasani appears as a guest on one track. The tracks were mixed by Page's childhood friend Glyn Johns, and the iconic album cover showing the Hindenburg disaster was designed by George Hardie. Led Zeppelin showed the group's fusion of blues and rock, and their take on the emerging hard rock sound was immediately commercially successful in both the UK and US, reaching the top 10 on album charts in both countries, as well as several others, while it reached number one in Spain's albums chart. Many of the songs were longer and not well suited to be released as singles for radio airplay; Page was reluctant to release "singles", so only "Good Times Bad Times", backed with "Communication Breakdown", was released outside of the UK. However, due to exposure on album-oriented rock radio stations, and growth in popularity of the band, many of the album's songs have become classic rock radio staples.

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Rating

4.15

Votes

4978

Genres

  • Metal
  • Hard Rock
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5

What an absolute masterpiece. For a first album to contain so many perfect songs (Good Times Bad Times > Babe I'm going to Leave You may be the best album opening of all time) is INSANE. They blend genre so well in a single song and knock your socks off!

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5

Is there any greater opening to a first song on a first album by a legendary band? The opening notes of Good Times Bad Times just ROCK. This is a band that kicked ass from their first moment. The Led Zep sound was there from that first album: Plant's stellar vocals, Page's amazing guitar, JPJ rounding out the sound on bass and keys, and Bonham's thunder. It's also interesting to listen to how they changed the songs they covered (often without attribution...this album includes at least two future lawsuits - Jake Holmes suing over Dazed and Confused and Willie Dixon suing over You Shook Me and I Can't Quit You Babe). Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is a great example of how they took an existing song and made it their own. It was written by Anne Bredon and previously performed by Joan Baez (listen to her 1962 live album). It's a completely different song when Baez sings it and a good example of how a cover that significantly reinterprets another song can practically be considered a new song. In contrast, take a listen to the evolution of Dazed and Confused. The original Jake Holmes version (1967) has different lyrics (except the key "dazed and confused" but even that's slightly different) and a mostly different tune except for the key chromatic bass descent. BUT, the tune Led Zep uses is identical to how the Yardbirds covered it in 1968. To be fair, that was with Jimmy Page...in fact, Led Zep was originally supposed to be "The New Yardbirds" so were they really "stealing" it from the Yardbirds? But anyway, the Led Zep version is nearly identical to the Yardbirds' version (right down to Jimmy doing the violin bow thing) but the Yardbirds used Holmes' lyrics. How did the Yardbirds come to start playing it? Holmes opened for them in 1967. According to Wikipedia, Holmes said, "That was the infamous moment of my life when 'Dazed and Confused' fell in to the loving arms and hands of Jimmy Page." It wasn't until 2012 that Holmes got writing credit from Led Zeppelin. So, were Led Zeppelin inveterate music thieves? Well, yeah. But their originals are amazing (standouts on this album: Communication Breakdown, Good Times Bad Times) and the covered songs are almost always taken to the next level - just a shame they didn't give credit where credit was due (until sued). Either way, over 50 years later their sound remains unique while setting the standard for every hard rock band to follow. And they did it right from their first album. 5 stars.

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5

Best Rock Drummer, Top 5 singer, Top 5 Guitar player, Best 6th man in John Paul Jones. Can’t do better than that. I’m always amazed that this album came out in 69’, it ahead of its time. Early metal, with some folk, lots of blues and a little middle eastern. There are some epic compositions, great breakdowns, solos, hooks. Pretty great album. “Good Times Bad Times” best drums? good hook, good solo. Babe I’m Going to Leave you, best riff? Gage me goosebumps. “You Shook me” was a little tough after blues fatigue—but I have to look at this objectively, and objectively it’s dope, with a great drum fill at the end. “Dazed and Confused” best breakdown? “Black Mountain Side” some fun middle eastern vibes. “Communication Breakdown” is a classic who style rock song. “How Many More Times” great groove. I don’t know if it’s because it’s been two of my favorite bands, but wow, two 5 stars in one week.

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Led Zeppelin de Led Zeppelin est ce que j'appelle un très bon album. Je n'ai malheureusement pas pu l'écouter dans les meilleurs conditions et vais vous détailler le pourquoi du comment. Ce matin, le restaurant de suhis à volonté que je convoitais depuis plusieurs jours, censé ouvrir à dix heures du matin d'après internet, n'était pas du tout ouvert à l'heure indiquée et n'allait ouvrir qu'à midi. Il me restait donc deux heures à attendre dans la rue le ventre vide. J'en profitai pour lancer Led Zeppelin. Malgré l'évidence de la qualité de ce projet, chaque piste qui le compose soulignait à quel point j'avais besoin de manger des sushis. Good Times Bad Times ? Manque de makis concombre-avocat-fromage. You Shook Me ? Pas assez de sushis saumon-riz. How Many More Times ? Absence totale de beignets à la banane. Une écoute frustrante qui fera certainement date.

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what is this dude yellin about. lol. wahh wahhh awhhhhhh . Says alotabout booomer mentality

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5

You already know

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Never really clicked with Led Zep but it's been a while so let's see... Well, the music is hard to argue with. Takes rock music back to the blues while also being ambitious and new. They play soft, they play hard - it pretty much all works. However, hearing Robert Plant doing his rockstar screeches "baby baby baby baby", "my woman shook me all night", "baby baby baaaaaaaaby" ruins the whole thing and makes me queasy. I'm starting to realise this is the reason I don't like much mainstream rock. If only instrumental versions of albums were a thing, like they are in hip-hop. As it stands, the vocals start off cheesy but become annoying around the 200th time he squeals "baby". 3/5 for excellent musicianship.

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The live version of Dazed & Confused, with the 5 hr. drum solo, is as boring as watching paint dry. The album version, on the other hand, is only 4 minutes too long. Using a violin bow to play a guitar solo sounds like a fun idea but it doesn't sound any good. The cherry on top is that they stole the song. The whipped cream around that cherry is that they stole it from a TV commercial jingle writer. Why would anyone steal from a poor sum bitch like him? btw, this is but one of many stolen songs on this LP and they don't just steal from poor jingle writers; they also steal from former band mates. Communications Breakdown tells all you need to know about this band musically. Page carries the song with excellent leads and Bonham's playing is quite competent and entertaining. Jimmy's acoustic work on Black Mountain Side is top shelf. Likewise, Communications Breakdown would be a lame song if it weren't for Page's solo and his solos on I Can't Quit You Baby make the argument that his playing is in the same league as Hendrix's. Plant wouldn't have made it past Horseshoe size venues without Page. The last song on side 2 is a slot where you often find filler. No exception here. Am I the only one who, half way through the song, thought that it should be named "How Many More Minutes"? Definitely mixed feelings on this one. Page's guitar playing is too good for this rating but the song thievery and all the yawning brought on by the last songs on each side don't leave me in a generous mood.

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5

Oh wow. I've always liked Led Zeppelin but I think I've only actively listened to what has come up on the radio or on a playlist for classic rock. I don't think I've ever listened to a whole album. If I would have listened to this as a teenager it would have absolutely blown my mind. I really like it as an adult who knows I like this type of music.

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5

This is such a great primer for the bands upcoming career. Bonham's drums stand out every time I go back to listen. Favorite songa are: How Many More Times and Babe I'm Gonna Leave You.

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5

You can make a solid argument that Robert Plant might be rock's all-time greatest front man. Just as you could Jimmy Page its greatest guitarist, John Paul Jones the best bass player, and John Bonham rock's greatest drummer. Zeppelin is the ultimate super group. This isn't my favorite Zeppelin album, but it's simply one of the best debut albums ever. "Good Times Bad Times" is as great of a side 1, track 1 you're going to hear. I have Led Zeppelin IV way ahead of this one, but what I keep coming back to is imagining what it must have been like to hear this for the first time in early 1969. I was lucky enough to live through the time when GNR's "Appetite For Destruction" and Nirvana's "Nevermind" seemingly came from out of nowhere to jolt the system. Those albums benefited from MTV exposure. It took a few months before this album cracked the Top 15. They didn't need MTV, and I'm quite certain they wouldn't have bothered with music videos anyway. But movies? That's another ball game.

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5

On a second pass 3-4 years after I first listened to it, this pass illuminated this as a bit more of a standout for me. A lot of very cool tracks and particularly strong musical choices for a debut.

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4

“Zeppelin Rules!” - Otto Mann

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4

If Led Zeppelin is so good, why haven't they made a Led Zeppelin V?

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4

Pretty good. Not a fan of Robert Plant's voice, especially when he's screeching all the, "Ooooh baby baby!" stuff, but the music itself is good and even awesome at times.

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I was lucky enough to never listen to classic rock radio stations, so literally no song was "overplayed" for me before I really got into music. Not even "Stairway to Heaven" - I overplayed that one for me myself. I discovered these songs like a caveman discovering fire. I wrote that previous paragraph like 5 hours ago and forgot where I was going with it so let me just say that this isn't my favorite Loop Zoop album (IV all the way, then Physical Graffiti and II tied for second place) but it's still incredibly good. These guys just randomly spawned from the mist in 1969 and decided to change musical history forever while dedicating 30 seconds of every song to Robert Plant having an orgasm. With songs like "Good Times Bad Times" and "Dazed and Confused", how can this be anything but a 5/5? That's why I'm giving this a 4/5. For any inquiry please contact me at: sexbreasts.gov Do not click that link if it somehow exists, I don't know where it goes.

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Honestly a little disappointing to me, knowing some of Led Zeppelin's other songs. Most of it sounded more like a band just noodling around in a jam session rather than well-developed songs. Also the bluesy songs got annoying.

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By default I should despise this type of music. Middle class white men whingeing. My prejudices haven't changed much after listening to it. I didn't know the Glyn Johns connection. This still doesn't rescue it. You need some Roll with your Rock. This album lacks any rhythm. I felt like I was listening to the soundcheck for a ropey pub covers band.

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This album keeps the misery of the blues without any of the accompanying spark. Everything is over-played, probably to hide the lack of much else. The riffs seem endless, and not in a good way. Just because you CAN play it doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Turgid.

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Led Zeppelin is the biggest group of thieves in music history. 6 of the 9 songs on this album are ripped off or stolen. Look it up. I literally makes me want to throw up when I hear them.

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5

A massive album. Best debut of all time? Best track: Dazed and Confused

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5

My favourite Zeppelin album - a masterclass in rock 'n roll, and a cautionary tale why you need to rehearse before you go into the studio. This legendary album was recorded AND mixed in 36 hours! It's also one of, if not THE, best debut of all time. Coming out the gate with heavy artillery with the scorching "Good Times Bad Times," which tell you in its first couple minutes why Zeppelin are such a fucking badass band - John Paul Jones' earthshaking bass breaks; Jimmy Pages' pyrotechnic soloes; John Bonham's depth-charge beats and Robert Plant's divine vocals. It also raises some the issue of the dark side of rock music, too, most importantly white musicians ripping off black musicians for profit and without giving credit. I'm not the world's biggest Zeppelin scholar, but I feel like they could've done a better job giving credit where it's due. How many people realize "When The Levee Breaks" is an old blues tune from the 20s? That's sort of the definition of cultural appropriation. Still giving this album 5 stars, though.

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5

I like that you can still here the blues and other roots in this

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5

sweet

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5

One of my favorite albums ever!

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5

Just an amazing debut album!!

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5

Favorites: You Shook Me, Your Time is Gonna Come, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You Good Times Bad Times: needs more cowbell! - 1 Babe I’m Gonna Leave You: acoustic finger-picking is sweet - 1 You Shook Me: Very Bluesy - 1 Dazed and Confused: Really picks up in the second half - 1 Your Time is Gonna Come: wow. The piano/Oregon riff here is really awesome. - 1.25 Black Mountain Side: nice folksy instrumental, almost like a palet cleanser going into the rest of the album - 1 Communication Breakdown: not the most unique, but still totally rocks - 0.75 I Can’t Quit You Baby: more blues - 0.75 How Many More Times: Guitars in this song are pretty beastly - 0.75 Total: 8.5/9

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5

Classic. Many good songs on it! Baby I'm Gonna Leave You, Dazed and Confused, Communication Breakdown. Heavy!

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5

I'm a Zeppelin fanboy. Great album.

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5

Get the Led On!

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5

Ooo

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5

I love the raw sound of this album. One of my favorites of theirs.

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5

I mean, top 10 greatest albums of all time.

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5

I can see what makes them interesting, I liked it

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5

What can be said! Banging

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5

No es el disco que tiene mis favoritas de Led Zeppelin, pero igual es un discazo que no tiene un segundo de desperdicio. Me encanta como pasa por todo tipo de sonidos, desde un 12-bar blues con su tradicional armónica hasta la locura que es Communication Breakdown con cosas folk y hasta un órgano de iglesia de por medio.

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5

Pure gold.

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5

no cos all the songs were great. ooh that harmonica. dazed and confused just gets better everytime I listen to it !!

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5

As classic today as it was when it was made. Communication Breakdown, Black Mountain Side, Good Times Bad Times, Babe Im gonna leave you. Hit after Hit after hit. These guys just. Don't. Miss.

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5

What more is there to say that hasn't already been said about this album. I think it's the most influential rock album of all time. Solid 5/5.

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5

Unreal album. Need there be more to say?

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5

Duh

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5

Have it, love it.

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5

What more is there to say. I did notice the blues influence much more on this listen.

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5

Legendary

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5

Amazing, just the right amount of jam and super fucking cool.

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5

This album is so good. I’m too far behind to write as much as I want on it. 9.8

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5

Classic, blues influence

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5

Bängeri Classic Rock. Kan inte gå fel

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5

I want this album to put its dick in me.

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5

AMAZING. Loved "I Can't Quit You Baby".

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5

What else can be said? Stunning debut. I enjoyed going back and remembering how much fun this album is.

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5

There are no bad songs on this album. It goes from strength to strength

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5

One of my favs!!

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5

excellent

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5

Es perfecto antes de empezar por cosas más trabajadas que llegarán en su discografía.

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5

Rules

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5

Always Led Zeppelin!!!

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5

This album is just such a thundering monster in the best way. Good Times Bad Times hooks hard. Dazed and Confused is a muddy, spooky masterpiece. Communication Breakdown sets the stage for an explosion in music.

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5

If you don't 4 star or higher this I'm putting our friendship on probation.

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5

Hijole, es que a pesar de que empecé a escuhar con prejuicio y, al parecer, con olvido de que el primero de led sí me gustó, pues termino por decir que sí me prendio. muy energético, sí lo volvería a escuchar y eso que la voz del hard rock de esa época me da cáncer, qué digo cáncer, me da Covid variante delta con chingos de carga viral, pero igual muy bien, Favs: Babe i'm gonna leave you y how many more times. Mood: te vo a dejar, bebé.

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5

Classic

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5

No question one of the greatest debuts ever

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5

Listened many times. Genre defining.

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5

The Mayonnaise really achieved peak emulsion this week. First Jimi, now Zeppelin. Banger of an album, tracks a ton of different influences, definitely ahead of its time. Here's hoping we continue this hot streak.

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5

Classic

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5

Already loved this album. Absolute classic

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5

Rock clásico. Tiene todo lo que será Led Zeppelin, trallazos de 2 minutos y canciones con largos desarrollos. Vocalmente espectacular.

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5

Where to even begin. Subsequent albums were more varied, sprawling, more grandiose but this was the album that changed rock music forever. John Bonham and John Paul Jones combine to create the greatest rhythm section of all time and are the driving force behind Guitar virtuoso Jimi Page and the Inimitable Robert Plant. This is never more evident than on tracks like ‘Babe I’m gonna leave you’ and of course the spectacular, iconic Dazed and Confused. A song that is as much a part of hard rock culture as anything that came before it or has came since thanks to its foreboding baseline giving way to Bonham’s crashing drumming and Page’s shredding guitar work. But there are too many other great tracks on this album to list them all. From the psychedelic and pretty ‘your time is gonna come’ the folk sounds of ‘Black mountain side’, the bluesy chorus driven ‘good times bad times’ and the straight up rock and roll of ‘Communication breakdown’ the band show their diversity and technicality in spades here. The album closes with ‘how many more times’. This song is often overlooked by Zeppelin fans but for me it captures everything that early Led Zeppelin we’re about. John Paul Jones’ wonderful bass line sweeps you along before Bonham’s drumming and the gorgeous overdrive tones of Page’s Les Paul arriving soon after. The breakdown let’s you catch your breath briefly before the band collectively take you to a crescendo where Bonham’s spectacular drumming, playing with such power and precision - yet still managing to swing a little - steals the show once more. All That’s left of for Plant to show us why he was the most iconic rock frontman of his generation, perhaps of all time, and he surly obliges. A sensational album.

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5

Classic.

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5

Top album. Almost all are great songs. Enjoyed greatly. What more can I say?

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5

Iconic

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5

gud.

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5

the band is mindblowing. the type of music you listen to enjoy, not to sing to nor to dance to, but to feel it, it makes you want to play the drums in a pub

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5

Truly a 4.5 because Lez Zeppelin II exists but it didn't feel right to give it a 4.

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5

Imagine you are in 1969 and you turn this album for the first time. Your mind would be absolutely blown. Bonzo's drumming still blows my mind 50 years later. Also, sex noises by Robert Plant. Flawless album, and as always, was a genuine joy to listen to again.

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5

Classic from beginning to end

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5

Yeah gimmie that Zep Dirty solos and blues from the English boys

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5

My first 5 star, had never listened to this and loved every song

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5

Amazing album!

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5

All-Time.

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5

Absolute classic

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5

My favorite LZ album, the best debut album, an absolutely perfect album.

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5

One of the most underrated bands ever. And this isn't even my favorite album.

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5

What an amazing debut album. There aren't many bands that made a first impression like this. Not a bad track in the bunch and difficult to pick a favorite. John Paul Jones' organ intro on "You're time is gonna come" that opens side two just showcases how underrated he was as well, overshadowed by the other 3 members.

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5

It almost seems unfair or obvious to give this album 5 stars. How would you not rate one of the top 3 rock bands of all time as a 5? But some bands grow into their best stuff. Led Zeppelin was amazing from the get go. Some straight ahead pounding and feet-stomping tunes (Good times bad times and Communication breakdown), some soaring ballads (Babe I'm gonna leave you), some trippy complex arrangements (is there any better example than Dazed and Confused?), and everything in between. Probably not even my favorite Led Zeppelin album and I'm not a super fan or anything. But you've got to respect their talent.

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5

Leave it to the college prof to have gobs of time to spend writing a BOOK about each album. Just kidding ayron ;-) This one's a classic for sure. Not my favorite Zeppelin album, but an incredible debut.

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5

Classics!

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5

This is is the album that started it all. All of the other Zeppelin songs and albums came from this.

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5

What can anyone say about Led Zep that hasn’t already been said? Thanks Ayron for trying! But seriously, an amazing debut that set the bar high, and then they kept topping it. I never get tired of listening to or playing Led Zep.

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5

The best of the best

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5

5/5. Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands ever. All songs are amazing.

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5

One of the greatest debut albums of all time from one of the great rock bands of all time. Enough said.

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5

Classic

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5

Great album.

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5

More Zep than ever before! Exciting to hear where it all began. A much bluesier Zeppelin that I'm familiar with. I can understand why this became a classic.

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5

I feel there's a lot of promise to this band, and I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for this young lot. More seriously, this is probably the best debut album ever; musicians do not come more accomplished than this to begin with. Hard to believe this is only Zep's 4th best album (by my reckoning, which is widely regarded as the absolute truth by no one).

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5

One of the greatest greatest. As any fule no.

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5

Absolute classic! Not much more to be said.

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5

A rock masterpiece. Hard to believe they hit the ground running like this. What a timeless (and perfectly executed) batch of songs. All 4 monster musicians making musical alchemy. Phenomenal.

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5

How this album could be a 60's/70's album and sounds so modern and fresh? For me, it's a definition of atemporal.

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5

Classic, even if they did steal all the songs on it

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5

Perhaps the best first album of all time. Each one is a classic in its on right. I’ve listened to this album so much without realizing it was the first bc it’s so well thought out and just a perfect reflection of LZ

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5

Great album from start to finish.

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5

Absolutely bangin

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5

5/5. Absolute Classic.

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5

Probably the best debut album ever. It's so clean, so well written, so well performed. Absolutely brilliant.

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5

As awesome as the first time I heard it.

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5

When I listen to albums so carefully, while reading the lyrics, I have the tendency to find faults that I never knew were there. But won't matter this time, what a great debut album!

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5

good album, from top to end !!!

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5

Absolute classic

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5

Just a great album.

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5

Plant was 21 and Page was 25 when this album was released. Insane. Even if you don’t like this kind of music, how can you deny this kind of talent?

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5

I mean. It's Zeppelin 1. It's pretty good.

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5

I forgot how good this was.

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5

Glorious.

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5

great loved since ive been loving you and need to finish the album tn!

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5

Goddamn... this album. I wish I'd been around when it first dropped - how did people cope?! Fav new track: N/A (but Babe I'm Gonna Leave You for the music/vox interplay and emotion, Dazed & Confused for the bassline, How Many More Times for the breakdown...)

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5

I wish i could grade it and move on, love this album, 5 stars for sure!

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5

Love

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5

Just such an excellent album. Imagine this being your bands debut album, nuts. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is one of my favourite Led Zeppelin songs. This album is chock crammed full of the bangerzest of the bangerz.

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5

An incredible debut, can't believe I've never listened to this as an album or really got into Led Zeppelin - classic rock didn't know what I was missing! Lacking in parent influence and didn't find them for myself somehow? Loved this, so much variety in sound, so much feeling, so much unique musical ingenuity!

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5

Awesome!

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5

One of the best debut albums of all time. Favorite Track: Communication Breakdown Relisten: Yes

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5

Perfection, from the first note to the last. Pretty much every song is a timeless classic, with some all-time greats mixed in as well. Absolutely loved it; would give it 6 🌟 if I could!

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5

Oh the humanity! || Five stars, huge for Rock and Roll and metal. So clear seeing British musicians take American Blues and twist/build off it. The blues had a baby and the baby is incredible stuff like this.

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5

Era defining rock n blues album from some of the best musicians assembled in the late 20th century. Jimmy Page is the man for assembling the group and the tunes. This was the band we all overplayed in college. Still love it today. Five easy stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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5

So bluesy, loved it.

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5.0

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5

This is a foundational album having a major influence on modern music genres across a wide spectrum.

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12/17/2021 Today's Album: "Led Zeppelin" by The Led Zeppelin - Alright this first song is blowing me away so I want to go song by song. Good Times Bad Times kicks offthis album with an extremely solid start. The drums are doing this crazy thing with the pedals and the guitar is going nuts. I could have done without that weird fadeout at the end but still and amazing song. Babe I'm Gonna Leave you immediately slows things down for a slow ballad. There is a lone guitar in the beginning playing these really nice arpeggios until the bass comes in. The vocals on this song are really the focus and for good reason as they are incredible. The guitars and drums really do take it away in the second half, though. There are some feelings that this song is going on too long, but it sounds so warm those doubts are getting quickly dismissed. The sentiment of needing to lead a relationship despite the love attached is very emotional and lends well to the whole band just giving it their most sappy performance possible. You Shook Me is even slower, with the beat and distorted guitar sounding like a shovel being dragged through the mud it's so behind the beat. The blues progression gives this really cool contrast between the lamenting vocals and the absolutely gross effects on all of the instruments. The organ soloing, like in any 70s rock album (even though this one is '69), is fucking phenomenal. That paired with the harmonica, whose solo is fucking masterful, actually feels really revolutionary for the genre. Immediately after maybe one of the best guitar solos I have heard out of the entire decade it's from holy Christ it's actually so good. I also like this back and forth between the vocals and guitar before the ending and the singer actually goes fucking sicko mode. That immediately transitions into Dazed and Confused and the transition is actually really random and sudden, adding to the title. This song is hypnotizing, with insane drum breaks in between the moments of rocking grooves. Half way through the song picks up and the drums lay on the symbols. It's really disorienting but in the best way. My mans on guitar is just shredding. Your Time Is Gonna Come has a bunch of organs playing chords with one soloing on top of them. They drop out and the following song is a swaying soft rock groove with a country twang and a hard edge with the drums. Absolutely great tune and it works really well as a single (presuming it is one). There's a super cool drum break with these weird muted tones in the right channel and I love it. Smash cut to Black Mountain Side. It's this really cool guitar Jam with some amazing playing joined with a bunch of eastern percussion. It also cuts off right into Communication Breakdown, which feels more like a straightforward Zeppelin track, with a chugging bass and crazy high vocals. I am not as much of a fan of this style of theirs, but nonetheless the production on all of it is amazing and the playing is top notch as always. It is also a great way to keep the album flowing so I think it still is excellent, especially if you consider it's killer guitar solo. I Can't Quit You Baby is a slow grooving track that reminds me a lot of Voodoo Chile by Jimmy Hendrix, which came out a year before. However, the track does go in a different direction with it and focuses much more on the bass, which is turned up to 11. The solos are great and I have to say, I love how up front in the mix the drums are throughout this entire album. How Many More TImes is the 8.5 minute closer on this album and it is pretty crazy, with extremely loud guitar and symbol crescendos and some insane riffs to kick off the vocals. Every instrument is playing off of one another and bringing each other up and it is just amazing to take everything in. I now understand why people say Led Zeppelin is their favorite band. This is some of the cleanest and well performed rock I have ever heard. I want to listen to this album more and I absolutely regret not listening to it sooner. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Score: 10/10 The. 1970s. Rock. Template. **Perfection** Highlights: The entire thing. **Please listen to this album**

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Led Zeppelin is one of those bands I have always thought I should be listening to but never have. I could name a few of their songs, but looking at the track listing of this album am not sure if I had heard any of this or not. I am glad their first album came up on this first. Turns out I think I have heard at least some of this, probably played at friends’ houses over the years, as parts of this album seemed familiar. As I suspected, I should have been listening to this. This is a great album and I liked all of the music on it. Among my favorite tracks are “Good Times Bad Times” (I know this one from before) and “How Many More Times” (great rhythm in that one!). “Your Time Is Gonna Come” (love that organ intro and background!), “Black Mountain Side” and “Communication Breakdown” is a perfect trilogy at the start of side two! The songs go perfectly together and it was my favorite part of the album. Glad to finally get a full Led Zeppelin initiation after putting it off for nearly a half-century!

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There may be other bands with them at the top but no one is on a higher shelf of my Mental Library of Favorite Bands than Led Zeppelin. They make me feel all of the good stuff. There is a lot to appreciate in this album. At the start of almost every song, I catch my breath a bit and think, "Oooh this one's my favorite." And at the start of the next, "Oh, no wait. It's this one. This one's my favorite." On some of the tracks, I'm often glad when Robert Plant's vocals start back up again after a long spoodly middle but any given song is back to being my favorite by the end. Love them all.

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Led Zeppelin!! I was not a fan until I hit college, maybe even grad school, but I am now. I loved the album, although I had never listened to it previous to today...mostly I have compilations. The bluesy-rock can really hit the spot and the seductive vocals of Robert Plant just embraced me and made me feel at home.

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It's daunting to stand before a Very Important Album and pass my own humble judgment. As a youth, I was not a huge fan of Led Zeppelin, or Album Oriented Rock for that matter. Not that I was unaware of the reverence and veneration that they elicited among the rock connoisseur. I just didn't get it. It was cool to listen today and really feel that I get it. There are amazing things here. This is the history of rock and roll.

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OMG did I love this album and still do. Dazed is low on the list of my favorite songs. How Many More Times... c'mon

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Hup de beuk erin. Lomp en hysterisch.

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So good

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HEAVY AF. Can't go wrong with Zeppelin.

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Holy zeppelin. Absolute classic; one of the greatest debuts ever; not quite peak zep but not that far off

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Legendary band with a legendary debut album!

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Awesome

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So many different musical styles in one album. What's not to like!

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This is just a brilliant album. To make an entrance like 'Good times, Bad times' is just unreal. However, I do feel like this album is really kept alive by Jimmy Page and his mind-blowingly good guitar skills. He is really what makes this album special. So many classics set a foundation for their style for many years afterwards.

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Class. Everything a classic album should be. Cover art: 5/5

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5/5. One of the easiest 5/5 scores I've given. Every song is classic.

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Classic. Loaded with energy.

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Classic!

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One of the best debut albums. Love it.

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A classic among classics. Sure, it doesn't get the love that II or IV get, but I think it even surpasses them at times.

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Solid heavy rock debut from one of the all-time greats. Blues and folk influences abound and it's delivered in such an assured and accomplished manner. Every musician here is at the peak of their talents.

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Masterpiece

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One of the greatest debut albums of all time

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Absolute classic.

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Lots of good songs on here. Love Zeppelin.

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Hmmm, I liked this a whole lot more than III. It's one hell of a debut, alright. I guess it has more of the stolen blues draped all over it, so seems fresher, whereas III became the template for a whole swathe of hard rock, and thus now sounds generic, as it spawned a genre? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fave track - "Dazed and Confused" that's a monster of a track!

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<3 Led Zeppelin

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classic ldldl

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Oh here we go. I've been waiting for this moment for a while. The OG Led Zeppelin album, the one that started it all. Talk about a debut album! It's got a handful of blues covers that just rip, and the original songs have mostly become classic rock staples. This is just a foundational album, a must-listen for anyone who cares about rock music. I wonder if they knew when they made this the kind of legacy it would have? Did they know they were making one of the greatest rock albums of all time? Well, they did. Favorite tracks: Every single song except for How Many More Times. Album art: Iconic, the zeppelin. Just a tried and true classic. It's honestly not that special or impressive, but when you tie it to an album like this it's unforgettable. 5/5

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It is always a good day when we can drop a five star. Led Zepplin is one of my favorite rock bands and their debut album starts to explain why. From Plant's wailing and crooning to Paige's shredding of the guitar (something few were doing at the time) to Bonham's expert drum work, this album has it all. And it isn't even my favorite album of theirs! Every song oozes both the 60's and coming right at the tail, a promise of exciting things during the next decade and beyond.

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I've grown to really love Zeppelin, much more than in the 70s, 80s

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This is a game-changing masterpiece.

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What a fucking insane debut album. Just drops trou and shits on all the 60s pop rock of the day. So bluesy. Rocks so hard. Amazing.

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An absolute classic

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Bluesy zeppelin, the Spotify after this album is incredible

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Everything a classic rock album should be – loud and proud, impassioned and (okay, sure) a little bombastic. They steal the blues template blatantly and shamelessly, of course, but somehow they expand, amplify and make the blues their own (e.g., “How Many More Times”) much more effectively than other bands that took the same starting point. Awesome opening moments on both “sides” – the drum-spliced riff on “Good Times, Bad Times” and the organ on “Your Time Is Gonna Come.” Plant is surely the best of this generation of vocalists – selling “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” like an actor dying on stage, with such rollicking drama in the arrangement in the playing. Page is just a genius, unleashing massive, outlandish solos and jagged riffs, and then applying the subtlest of touches (e.g., the slide echos on “Your Time” and the pastoral bits on “Black Mountain Side”). And has there ever been a more authentically druggy song than “D & C”? Bonzo and JPJ lay down an appropriately bottom-heavy beat – like immovably leaden. One of the best debuts in rock and roll history, surely. My 16-year-old self is delighted that this record still sounds as good as it does.

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What more needs to be said? One of the greatest debut albums ever. I think the songwriting is better in later releases but the performances are impeccable.

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wonderful

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Perfection

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An easy fiver. What an absolutely ridiculous year 1969 was for music. This is just one of like 10-20 masterpieces released that year.

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Great album from start to finish.

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Just WOW!!

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This is so good. Although I prefer the later, more mature Led Zeppelin, there's no denying the raw power they displayed right from the start. I'm trying to imagine hearing this for the first time right when it was released in 1969. They just blew away Cream, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and every other band on the heavier side of rock. John Bonham, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant were all standouts individually (sorry John Paul Jones, I'm sure you were really good too, your part just doesn't stand out as much), and combined they were so strong. As I listened today, I paid special attention to the drumming - just amazing. 5 stars.

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No todas son buenas canciones, pero las canciones buenas son excelentes! 5 estrellas porque está mi bajo favorito de Zepellin Good Times Bad Times

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I wish I could give it 10 stars.

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Okay I grew up with this one. It’s still an A+ album, rocks hard, and placed in 1969 it’s no wonder it changed rock music like it did. I still love it, especially Good Times Bad Times, but I have to finally acknowledge that Robert Plant’s orgasmic moaning and groaning and his lyrically complicated relationships with women are annoying but fortunately it doesn’t hurt the album overall. Bonham’s drums are fucking fantastic, Page and Jones are fantastic, and Led Zeppelin 1 stands the test of time.

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This album has a couple of my favorite of all time Zeppelin songs, but I believe they become a more focused, better band on later albums than this one. Still a very good and deserving spot to be on the list. Highlights: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9.

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I liked this one a lot, surprisingly. It felt gritty and powerful. Generally I'm not a fan of this kind of sound, but they pulled it off very well. That being said, there were some songs on here that didn't fit the feel of the rest of the album. Even then though, they still sounded great. Favorite track: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

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Love

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Top album, loves learning to play Babe I’m Gunna Leave You on guitar. Dazed and Confused is like slipping after taking a deep zen pill.

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Love led Zeppelin

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Yes

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Good Times Bad Times: El inicio del álbum me llenó de una nostalgia increíble, recuerdo tener esta canción como una de mis favoritas por el 2018-2019. Un ritmo anímico, muy buen inicio. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You: Una canción que empieza melancólica, pero pronto toma un giro potente (BABY BABY BABY). You Shook Me: Un sonido de Blues puro, estoy seguro que AC/DC ha tomado este sonido para inspiración de algunas de sus canciones(OUOUOU se alocó con los gritos XD). Dazed and Confused: El mismo inicio seguido de la anterior canción, ni se sintió el cambio, muy bien logrado. (Hasta ahora el álbum está para escucharlo mientras das un viaje astral, muy agradable al oído). Your Time is Gonna Come: Inicio con un ¿órgano?, parecido al de un funeral. Bonito empleo de la guitarra acústica. Me recuerda a una canción de iglesia. Black Mountain Side: Continuación del sonido acústico de la anterior canción, sin voces, muy chill. Communication Breakdown: Y volvemos al sonido anímico que me gusta, un sonido que caracteriza a este álbum que me está agradando bastante por el momento. I Can´t Quit You Baby: Sonido coqueto de guitarra, lento y provocador, me gusta. Sin duda, el vocalista lo mejor hasta ahora (Robert Plant que bueno que eras), mejor dicho toda la banda es excelente. How Many More Times: UFFF que buen riff al inicio. Bajó la intensidad por la mitad y parece otra cancion (Dura 8 minutos :0), y acabó como empezó con los ánimos por las nubes. Reseña: Un álbum que no suena de 1969, tiene un sonido tan innovador, que parece un disco de fines de los 70s, un gran trabajo de Led Zeppelin.

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Discazo incomparable de uno de los grupos más grandes del mundo del rock. Excelentes melodías, acordes y conjunción.

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That was good.

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My ears were pleased with this selection of delightful sounds

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How can any other band compete?

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do i even have to say 5 stars?

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Babe babe babe [...] babe babe babe babe I'm gonna leave you

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ein god klassiker

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Great album, full of swagger and bluesy tinged rock riffs

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p174, 1969. 5 stars. 60's tail end classic. White man blues meets heavy rock with a garnish of folk, and world domination ensues. I'm still not a fan of Robert Plant's voice, but here it hasn't evolved into the hysterical shriek of later years. Bonham and Jones are on top form, and Jimmy Page seems quite a good guitarist.

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It's Led Zeppelin. What isn't to like?

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Masterpiece!

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One of the greatest albums of all time. Revolutionary. Each song on this is a favorite of mine. I have a very deep love for this record.

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Definitely my favorite so far compared to II and IV. 10/10

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Astonishing first album

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Good shit

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There's a few things going through my mind for rating this album. Going to take a star off for basically stealing every song and claiming credits Going to put an extra star on because these versions are truly the best versions of these songs Going to take a star off for the song "You Shook Me" Going to have to put 2 stars extra on for the raw and rocking "Babe I'm gonna leave you" Going to take a star off for cringy lyrics like “Every day I work so hard, bringin' home my hard-earned pay/ Try and love you baby but you push me away,” Giving a star back for this being their debut. All in all, this is freaking rocking. The songwriting of Zeppelin definitely became better over time, but never was it this raw, blues and energetic.

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