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.