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  • “From the chunky, hard riff that opens “Good Times, Bad Times” (listen to how John Bonham triples up on his bass drum during the first verse) Led Zeppelin introduced the music world to something entirely new. The zest, fervor and passion that they’d put into thier final performances as the “New Yardbirds” was heightened on this first album, and perfected with relentless touring and concentrated studio time. “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” perfectly showcases Robert Plants’ staggering vocal prowess (remember he was still a boy of 21 at the time) and the groups’ brilliant arranging and playing. The two sprawling, bluesy excursions these blokes take on have become classics in thier own right (the pummeling “Dazed & Confused” and the album closing “How Many More Times” give the album it’s epic feel and are perfect examples of how the blues informed and influenced the band from the very beginning. The shorter songs are oustanding as well, the punkish attack of “Communication Breakdown” provides a quick burst of energy for the listener, while “Your Time Is Gonna Come” is perfect acoustic pop that still doesn’t sound dated or contrived. “Black Mountain Side” owes a debt to the Beatles in the middle 60’s experimental period with it’s use of tabla, acoustic instruments and somewhat unusual arrangement (no vocals). The entire band seemed to really coalesce into a tight, ferocius and intuative unit in a very short time as this debut album is completely lacking in any of the awkwardness or timidity usually associated with a new band. Throughout, Jimmy Pages’ guitar (electric and acoustic) whips and soars over the heavy blues rock like a bird in flight, he essentialy rewrites the book on hard rock guitar playing here. John Bonham (THE GREATEST ROCK DRUMMER EVER, PERIOD) and John Paul Jones are an astounding rhythm section incapable of ever losing the groove and they stretch out to wondrous effect here on several selections. Led Zeppelin were a true band who only got better with time. Though their sound became more streamlined with subsequent releases, they never lost the fire that they started with in ‘68. This is a classic whose influence has been far reaching , but the years have only made it sound fresher and more vital. …

    Posted on January 2, 2010