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Remastered re-release of the debut full-length album by the legendary British Progressive/Blues/Hard Rock band.
In August 1968, the English rock band The Yardbirds had completely disbanded. Guitarist Jimmy Page, The Yardbirds' sole remaining member, was left with rights to the band’s name and contractual obligations for a series of concerts in Scandinavia. For his new band, Page recruited bassist John Paul Jones, vocalist Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham. During September 1968, the band toured Scandinavia as The New Yardbirds, performing some old Yardbirds material as well as new songs such as "Communication Breakdown", "I Can't Quit You Baby", "You Shook Me", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", and "How Many More Times". The month after they returned to England, October 1968, Page changed the band's name to Led Zeppelin, and they entered Olympic Studios in London to record their debut album…
…Featuring integral contributions from each of the band's four musicians, the album established their fusion of Blues and Rock. It’s attracted a large and devoted following to the band; Zeppelin's take on the emerging Heavy Metal sound endeared them to parts of the counterculture on both sides of the Atlantic. Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric Blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of Guitar Rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the band's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos. As Led Zeppelin proves, the band was capable of such multi-layered music from the start. Although the extended Psychedelic Blues of "Dazed and Confused", "You Shook Me", and "I Can't Quit You Baby" often gather the most attention, the remainder of the album is a better indication of what would come later. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" shifts from Folky verses to pummeling choruses; "Good Times Bad Times" and "How Many More Times" have Groovy, Bluesy shuffles; "Your Time Is Gonna Come" is an anthemic Hard Rocker; "Black Mountain Side" is pure English Folk; and "Communication Breakdown" is a frenzied Rocker with a nearly Punkish attack. Although the album isn't as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
Although the album first received negative reviews, it was commercially very successful, and critics have come to view it in a much more positive light. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 29 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time (it kept its rank when Rolling Stone updated the list in 2012). In 2004, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Deluxe Edition includes bonus CD with unreleased 1969 Paris concert!
Atlantic Recording Corporation, a Warner Music Group Company, 1969/2014 (8122796457). Made in Germany.
1. Good Times Bad Times 2:47
2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You 6:42
3. You Shook Me 6:28
4. Dazed And Confused 6:28
5. Your Time Is Gonna Come 4:34
6. Black Mountain Side 2:12
7. Communication Breakdown 2:30
8. I Can't Quit You Baby 4:42
9. How Many More Times 8:29
1. Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown 3:52
2. I Can't Quit You Baby 6:41
3. Heartbreaker 3:49
4. Dazed And Confused 15:01
5. White Summer/Black Mountain Side 9:19
6. You Shook Me 11:55
7. Moby Dick 9:21
8. How Many More Times 11:14
Total playing time: 116:04