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Led Zeppelin (Shm) [JP-Import, Import]

Led Zeppelin Audio CD
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Led Zeppelin was the definitive heavy metal band. It wasn't just their crushingly loud interpretation of the blues -- it was how they incorporated mythology, mysticism, and a variety of other genres (most notably world music and British folk) -- into their sound. Led Zeppelin had mystique. They rarely gave interviews, since the music press detested the band. Consequently, the only ... Read more in Amazon's Led Zeppelin Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: JP-Import, Import
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B001H68K2Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hammer of the Gods! 20 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Led Zeppelin's reputation as the world's premier rock band is richly deserved, and their debut album shows exactly why. Many bands drew upon the blues as the basis for their music; but few did it with the depth of feeling, conviction and understanding of Led Zeppelin. Their two Willie Dixon numbers that they covered on this album, You Shook Me and I Cant Quit You Baby, are a case in point. No effete and limp wristed attempt at the blues here, which typified the British blues boom at this time. Instead, they attacked the songs with a ferocity and depth of feeling that matches, in their own way, a true originator like Howling Wolf. They make the songs their own in a way a more reverential act, such John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, never could. Zeppelin never "ripped off the blues" as has so often been claimed: rather, they interpreted it in their own highly individual manner, and drew upon it for their own music.

What made them so good was that they were all so highly talented. Plant's range, volume and depth of feeling were amazing. Page's technique, both on acoustic and electric guitar, had been honed by years of session work until he reached the dazzling brilliance for which he became known. Bonham's awesome drumming is like nothing else before or since: thunderous, aggressive, but with such perfect and unusual timing. Bonham, more than anyone, defined the sound of Zeppelin. Then, ofcourse, you had John Paul Jones' subtle bass playing. Their talent is beautifully highlighted on the six minute forty-one second exercise in musical dynamics, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You. Page's percussive and rhythmic acoustic guitar playing is continuously punctuated by sudden and unexpected attacks of the rhythm section with Bonham laying down the beat as if he was beating time for the Gods themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Zep were really about 16 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
Amid all the acclaim for their later albums, Zep's debut tends to be forgotten. Often held "responsible" for the rise of heavy metal, they were really a blues band who happened to play loud and with flamboyance. The folk tag is somewhat misleading. Although it was an influence, they played up to it later in what I believe was a reaction to the unwelcome heavy metal label. Having said that, blues in its original form is folk music so perhaps it's an appropriate observation after all.
As for the music, what I like most are the production, the coherence of the album as a whole and of course the playing.
The sound has a resonance which makes the album vibrant. There is a lovely balance between the predominant blues songs and the occasional diversion. The playing has the best of both worlds: virtuoso individuals playing off each other so that they work superbly as a unit.
Jimmy Page sets out his agenda within two minutes of the start with a blistering solo, while Robert Plant's aping of the guitar on "You Shook Me" gives you the shivers. "Your Time Is Gonna Come" features some spiritual organ playing by John Paul Jones on what is the nearest thing to a pop song on the album. Best of all however is "How Many More Times", which opens with a storming repeated riff and goes through several dramatic changes, including a quite psychedelic passage featuring some improvised vocal gymnastics, while even "Bolero" is thrown in. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take-off! 12 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
Zeppelin's début effort is a remarkable achievement. The "knock-knock" wake-up call of the surprisingly commercial opener "Good Times Bad Times" gives way to the labyrinthine acoustics of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You". This is followed by Willie Dixon's blues tune "I Can't Quit You Baby", in an arrangement which steals from and improves upon the Jeff Beck Group's rendition. This segues into the moody, hallucenogenic "Dazed and Confused", a cornerstone of Zeppelin performances for years to come. What was side two opens with "Your Time is Gonna Come", in which a guitar figure pinched from Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" complements JP Jones' organics perfectly. This track leads straight into Page's eastern-styled acoustic piece "Black Mountain Side", which is followed by the high-speed riffage of "Communication Breakdown". Back to the Dixon songbook for "I Can't Quit You Baby", and then onto the album's finalé, the histrionic "How Many More Times", which freely borrows from Howlin' Wolf, Booker T and the MGs and a host of other sources, whilst remaining defiantly Zeppelin. Recorded in a mere thirty hours, and more than thirty years on, this sounds fresh, vital and powerful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Classic, Bluesy Rock 16 Aug 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Zeppelins first album was a perfect example of classic hard rock with a great bluesy touch.
The album opens with the hard rocking 'Good Times Bad Times', with a great riff and pounding, soulful bass courtesy of the underrated John Paul Jones. The mood then suddenly changes with Zeps acoustic interpretation of the heart-wrenching Joan Baez number 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You', and is followed by the Willie Dixon blues classic 'You Shook Me', in which Robert Plant delivers an outstanding vocal performance. On track four Zep return to hard rock with the epic, swaggering Dazed and Confused, with excellent precision drumming from the late, great John Bonham. Zep then proceed through the slow burning 'Your Time Is Gonna Come', which leads onto a re-interpretation of Bert Jansch's 'Blackwater Side', here re-named 'Black Mountain Side', with added tabla drums and acoustic guitar. Next up is the B-side of 'Good Times Bad Times', the rocking 'Communication Breakdown', and another Dixon blues standard, 'I Can't Quit You Baby'. The album then closes with 'How Many More Times', a showcase of the musical talents of this seminal band.
This album is definately one of the greatest ever, a winning combination of blues and rock, which will never be bettered.
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