Led Zeppelin

. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin (Atlantic) 1969

1."Good Times, Bad Times" (2:43)
2."Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" (6:40)
3."You Shook Me" (6:30)
4."Dazed and Confused" (6:27)
5."Your Time is Gonna Come" (4:41)
6."Black Mountain Side" [instrumental] (2:06)
7."Communication Breakdown" (2:26)
8."I Can't Quit You Baby" (4:42)
9."How Many More Times" (8:30)

Led Zeppelin's debut album, released in January 12th, 1969 was one of the albums that truly jumped started the 1970's heavy metal revolution. Sure, there were guys like Hendrix and Cream who were mixing blues and raw, heavy rock and roll before them, but this album along with Black Sabbath's debut album (May 1970) inspired more heavy metal bands than any other. The outrageous, raunchy guitar sounds of Page, the high shrieks of Plant, Bonham's signature drum assault and Jone's unmistakable thump all add up to make Zep's debut one of the greatest blues-rock albums ever written. There are two outstanding Willie Dixon covers ("You Shook Me" and "I Can't Quit You Baby"), but both are made to sound like original numbers. As well, the spellbinding "How Many More Times" is pumped up hard rock version of something that could have been written by Howlin' Wolf. Of course every song on this one is a genuine hard rock classic; "Dazed and Confused," "Good Times, Bad Times," "Communication Breakdown." Geez, this sounds like the playlist of every classic rock station in existence.

Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin - II (Atlantic) 1969

1."Whole Lotta Love" (5:33)
2."What Is and What Should Never Be" (4:47)
3."The Lemon Song" (6:20)
4."Thank You" (3:50)
5."Heartbreaker" (4:15)
6."Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" (2:40)
7."Ramble On" (4:35)
8."Moby Dick" [instrumental] (4:25)
9."Bring it on Home" (4:19)

Another bonified rock 'n roll classic. Lots of heavy rock numbers mixed with some great bluesy numbers. If you haven't heard at least half the songs on this album, then you probably don't own a radio.

III Led Zeppelin - III (Atlantic) 1970

1. "Immigrant Song" (2:26)
2. "Friends" (3:55)
3. "Celebration Day" (3:29)
4. "Since I've Been Loving You" (7:25)
5. "Out on the Tiles" (4:04)
6. "Gallows Pole" (4:58)
7. "Tangerine" (3:12)
8. "That's the Way" (5:38)
9. "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" (4:20)
10. "Hats off to (Roy) Harper" (3:41)

One of the greatest rock 'n' roll albums ever released. Don't believe me, turn on the radio to any classic rock station and within an hour your almost guaranteed to hear one of these songs. Despite the constant radio play, this is one of my favorite Zeppelin albums. It's less bluesy and slightly more metallic than their previous two studio albums. Plus the album cover art was so cool, with that spinning wheel. Too bad the CD art can't have that. I have this one on CD and vinyl.

Stryper covered "Immigrant Song".

Robert Plant
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin (Atlantic) 1971

1."Black Dog" (4:53)
2."Rock and Roll" (3:40)
3."The Battle of Evermore" (5:38)
4."Stairway to Heaven" (7:55)
5."Misty Mountain Hop" (4:39)
6."Four Sticks" (4:49)
7."Going to California" (3:36)
8."When the Levee Breaks" (7:08)

If you haven't heard this album, you must have been living under a rock for the last 25 years. Had this been the only album Zep ever released, I think they still would have had a huge influence on rock music. Picked this one up for $2 on ebay.

Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy (Atlantic) remastered 1973

1."The Song Remains the Same" (5:29)
2."The Rain Song" (7:39)
3."Over the Hills and Far Away" (4:50)
4."The Crunge" (3:17)
5."Dancing Days" (3:43)
6."D'yer Mak'er" (4:22)
7."No Quarter" (7:00)
8."The Ocean" (4:30)

Just look at the song titles, it alone reads like a greatest hits cd. "Houses of the Holy" is one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Obtained this remastered copy at a cd store that was closing it's doors for $4.50.

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (Swan Song) 1975

DISC ONE
1. "Custard Pie" (4:13)
2. "The Rover" (5:36)
3. "In My Time of Dying" (11:04)
4. "Houses of the Holy" (4:01)
5. "Trampled Under Foot" (5:35)
6. "Kashmir" (8:31
DISC TWO
1. "In the Light" (8:44)
2. "Bron-Yr-Aur" [instrumental] (2:06)
3. "Down by the Seaside" (5:14)
4. "Ten Years Gone" (6:31)
5. "Night Flight" (3:36)
6. "The Wanton Song" (4:06)
7. "Boogie with Stu" (3:51)
8. "Black Country Woman" (4:32)
9. "Sick Again" (4:43)

Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page

"Physical Graffiti" is one of those timeless rock 'n roll classics that you must listen to from beginning to end. It's diverse, loaded with hooks, and has that raw rock 'n roll energy that is missing in today's obsession with technical ability and production. "Physical Graffiti" was Zeppelin's "Sgt. Pepper" or "Tommy." "Kashmir" is one of the band's defining songs and is also one of the most copied songs in all or rock n roll. On top of that, we get such classics as "Trampled Under Foot" and "Custard Pie". If you haven't heard these songs on rock radio, you haven't been listening. Another personal favorite is "In the Light" a vicious 70's heavy metal monster. Many would consider this the last great Zeppelin release, although I tend to disagree. Still, it can be said that this was the last great Zeppelin, blues-based hard rock release. Follow-up discs would most certainly be influenced by the times (ie. synthesizers).

Song Remains the Same Led Zeppelin - Soundtrack From the Film The Song Remains the Same (Swan Song) 1976

DISC ONE
1. Rock And Roll" (3:56)
2. Celebration Day" (3:38)
3. Black Dog/Bring It On Home" (3:46)
4. Over The Hills" (6:11)
5. Misty Mountain Hop" (4:43)
6. Since I've Been Loving You" (8:24)
7. No Quarter" (10:38)
8. The Song Remains The Same" (5:40)
9. Rain Song" (8:20)
10. The Ocean" (5:13)

DISC TWO
1. Dazed and Confused" (29:18)
2. Stairway To Heaven" (10:53)
3. Moby Dick" (11:02)
4. Heartbreaker" (6:20)
5. Whole Lotta Love" (13:52)

"The Song Remains the Same" has been a missing piece in my Zeppelin collection for some time. I remember back in he 70's and even into the 80's, this was one of those movies we would go to see at midnight. It wasn't just about the music, it was about the entire experience. However, it has been a good twenty years since I have actually heard this soundtrack. Listening again for the first time was like seeing an old friend again. What a great listen. One thing I have always enjoyed about live albums from the 70's bands is that raw feel and also how they would extend the songs into jams. That is certainly the case with "Song Remains the Same". In addition to the original nine songs, the '07 reissue includes the bonus tracks: "Black Dog", "Over The Hills and Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop", "Since I've Been Loving You", "The Ocean", "Heartbreaker" and "Whole Lotta Love". However, one thing I noticed about this reissue is that some of the "jams" were edited out in order to include the extra songs. For example, the piano/drum jam just prior to Page's guitar solo in "No Quarter" is completely missing. Despite this complaint, the remastering job is fantast and the sound quality is excellent. If you aren't ultra familiar with the songs as they were on vinyl, you won't really notice the edits. Overall, I think it's a fantastic CD capturing a legendary band during a legendary time. It's just a shame that some parts had to be edited out.

Presence Led Zeppelin - Presence (Swan Song) remastered 1976

1. "Achilles Last Stand" (10:26)
2. "For Your Life" (6:21)
3. "Royal Orleans" (2:58)
4. "Nobody's Fault but Mine" (6:15)
5. "Candy Store Rock" (4:10)
6. "Hots on for Nowhere" (4:42)
7. "Tea for One" (9:07)

I like this disc alot as it contains some of Zep's more obscure material.(i.e. You won't turn on the radio and hear many of these songs.) OK, some say it was a rushed album, but it's still classic Zeppelin. "Achilles Last Stand" and "Nobody's Fault but Mine" are both classic tracks. Picked this one up new for $7.99 at Sam's Club, of all places.

In Through the Out Door Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door (Swan Song) 1979

1. "In the Evening" (6:48)
2. "South Bound Saurez" (4:11)
3. "Fool in the Rain" (6:08)
4. "Hot Dog" (3:15)
5. "Carouselambra" (10:28)
6. "All My Love" (5:51)
7. "I'm Gonna Crawl" (5:28)

Believe it or not, I was around in the days when this CD came out. I was a kid but I was already a rocker. I can still remember the cries of how this album was a sell-out. Of course two decades later most rockers will argue that this album is a classic. Still, when it came out, people were shocked by the emphasis on synthesizers and the departure from the eary days of hard rock and blues based heavy metal. Still, I tend to side with those who say this album is a classic. No less than half of this album is FM rock radio fodder. "In the Evening" is a killer song and one of the band's most memorable numbers. Other great tunes on here are "Fool In The Rain", "All My Love" and "I'm Gonna Crawl". Even the hoakey "Hot Dog" is a fun song that I enjoy. Love it or hate it, "In Through the Out Door" was a milestone in rock and metal. It was also the band's last official studio album, aside from the leftovers album "Coda" that came out after Bonham's death and the demise of the band.

Coda Led Zeppelin - Coda (Swan Song) 1982

1. "We're Gonna Groove" (2:38)
2. "Poor Tom" (3:03)
3. "I Can't Quit You Baby" (4:19)
4. "Walter's Walk" (4:31)
5. "Ozone Baby" (3:37)
6. "Darlene" (5:07)
7. "Bonzo's Montreaux" [instrumental] (4:19)
8. "Wearing and Tearing" (5:30)

After the death of John Bonham and the ultimate demise of the band, "Coda" was released. It was not a new Led Zeppelin record, but rather it was a bunch of leftover tracks from past albums. Some of this material is actually prime Zep. I am surprised that songs like "Walter's Walk" and "Ozone Baby" were left off their respective albums. However, other songs are most definitely b-sides for hardcore fans only. There is also a reprise of "I Can't Quit You Baby" and a song I can only assume was released as a sort of tribute to the band's fallen drummer in "Bonzo's Montreaux". "Coda" is probably not a disc for casual fans, but for diehards and completists like myself.

Led Zeppelin - Melancholy Danish Pageboys (2 cdr bootleg)

DISC 1
1. "White Summer" (5:04)
2. "Kashmir" (9:46)
3. "Trampled Underfoot" (6:10)
4. "Archilles Last Stand" (10:28)
5. "Moby Dick Intro" (4:45)
6. "In the Evening" (8:23)
7. "Stairway to Heaven" (10:00)
8. "Rock & Roll" (4:20)
DISC 2
1. "Intro" [instrumental] (1:30)
2. "Song Remains the Same" (5:32)
3. "Celebration Day" (3:46)
4. "Black Dog" (5:45)
5. "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (6:28)
6. "Over the Hills & Far Away" (6:15)
7. "Misty Mountain Hop" (4:59)
8. "Since I Been Loving You" (9:11)
9. "No Quarter" (15:01)
10. "Hot Dog" (4:01)
11. "Rain Song" (8:42)

Excellent stereo bootleg of one of the final Zeppelin shows featuring tons of extended jams. Zeppelin, like Deep Purple, could take a four minute song and drag it out for fifteen minutes with bluesy guitar solos. Gotta love that!

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin (the box set) (Atlantic) 1990

DISC 1
1. "Whole Lotta Love" (5:34)
2. "Heartbreaker" (4:14)
3. "Communication Breakdown" (2:27)
4. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (6:41)
5. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (4:44)
6. "Thank You" (4:47)
7. "I Can't Quit You Baby" (4:16)
8. "Dazed and Confused" (6:26)
9. "Your Time Is Gonna Come" (4:14)
10. "Ramble On" (4:23)
11. "Traveling Riverside Blues" (5:09)
12. "Friends" (3:54)
13. "Celebration Day" (3:28)
14. "Hey Hey What Can I Do" (3:56)
15. "White Summer/Black Mountain Side" (8:01)

DISC 2
16. "Black Dog" (4:54)
17. "Over the Hills and Far Away" (4:47)
18. "Immigrant Song" (2:23)
19. "Battle of Evermore" (5:51)
20. "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" (4:16)
21. "Tangerine" (2:57)
22. "Going to California" (3:31)
23. "Since Iíve Been Loving You" (7:24)
24. "D'Yer Mak'er" (4:22)
25. "Gallows Pole" (4:56)
26. "Custard Pie" (4:13)
27. "Misty Mountain Hop" (4:38)
28. "Rock and Roll" (3:40)
29. "Rain Song" (7:39)
30. "Stairway to Heaven" (8:00)

DISC 3
31. "Kashmir" (8:31)
32. "Trampled Under Foot" (5:35)
33. "For Your Life" (6:20)
34. "No Quarter" (6:59)
35. "Dancing Days" (3:41)
36. "When the Levee Breaks" (7:07)
37. "Achilles Last Stand" (10:22)
38. "Song Remains the Same" (5:28)
39. "Ten Years Gone" (6:31)
40. "In My Time of Dying" (11:04)

DISC 4
41. "In the Evening" (6:49)
42. "Candy Store Rock" (4:07)
43. "Ocean" (4:30)
44. "Ozone Baby" (3:35)
45. "Houses of the Holy" (4:01)
46. "Wearing and Tearing" (5:28)
47. "Poor Tom" (3:02)
48. "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (6:24)
49. "Fool in the Rain" (6:12)
50. "In the Light" (8:44)
51. "Wanton Song" (4:06)
52. "Moby Dick/Bonzo's Montreux" (3:50)
53. "I'm Gonna Crawl" (5:30)
54. "All My Love" (5:53)

54 tracks of Led Zeppelin all wrapped up in a box that also contains a 36 page book. Since I have yet to really begin replacing all my old Zeppelin records, this one box set fulfulled my Zeppelin craving for a long time. On top of being assemble in chronological order (for the most part) by Jimmy Page, the set also includes three previously unreleased tracks. Led Zeppelin-the box set is the only album in their extensive catalog to include the classic B-side "Hey Hey What Can I Do," as well as their unreleased version of Robert Johnson's "Travelling Riverside Blues" and a live medley of Page"s "White Summer/Black Mountain Side." These three tracks alone would be essential to any Led Zeppelin die-hard. Of course the price is a bit scary, but this was given to me as a Christmas present, so that makes it all the much better. Santa rules!

Boxed Set2 Led Zeppelin - Boxed Set 2 (Atlantic) 1993

DISC ONE
1. "Good Times Bad Times" (2:46)
2. "We're Gonna Groove" (2:37)
3. "Night Flight" (3:36)
4. "That's the Way" (5:37)
5. "Baby Come on Home" (4:29)
6. "The Lemon Song" (6:19)
7. "You Shook Me" (6:28)
8. "Boogie With Stu" (3:51)
9. "Bron-Yr-Aur" (2:06)
10. "Down by the Seaside" (5:14)
11. "Out on the Tiles" (4:05)
12. "Black Mountain Side" (2:05)
13. "Moby Dick" (4:21)
14. "Sick Again" (4:43)
15. "Hot Dog" (3:17)
16. "Carouselambra" (10:32)

DISC TWO
17. "South Bound Saurez" (4:12)
18. "Walter's Walk" (4:31)
19. "Darlene" (4:37)
20. "Black Country Woman" (4:24)
21. "How Many More Times" (8:28)
22. "The Rover" (5:36)
23. "Four Sticks" (4:44)
24. "Hats off to (Roy) Harper" (3:42)
25. "I Can't Quit You Baby" (4:42)
26. "Hots on for Nowhere" (4:43)
27. "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" (2:39)
28. "Royal Orleans" (2:58)
29. "Bonzo's Montreux" (4:18)
30. "The Crunge" (3:13)
31. "Bring It on Home" (4:20)
32. "Tea for One" (9:27)

Part two of Jimmy Page's extensive look into the Zeppelin catalogue. It's quite obvious that the stuff on this disc, after already releasing four discs, is a bit more obscure. However, there is still plenty of killer material on this disc, showing how much great songs Zeppelin came up with in the short time they were a band. There are a few raritiest on this set as well. Overall, a great listen from beginning to end.

Led Zeppelin - BBC Sessions (Atlantic) 1997

DISC ONE
1."You Shook Me" (5:44)
2."I Can't Quit You Baby" (4:22)
3."Communication Breakdown" (3:12)
4."Dazed and Confused" (6:39)
5."The Girl I Love She Got Long Black
....Wavy Hair" (3:00)
6."What Is and What Should Never Be" (4:20)
7."Communication Breakdown" (2:40)
8."Travelling Riverside Blues" (5:12)
9."Whole Lotta Love" (6:09)
10."Somethin' Else" (2:06)
11."Communication Breakdown" (3:05)
12."I Can't Quit You Baby" (6:21)
13."You Shook Me" (10:19)
14."How Many More Times" (11:51)

DISC TWO
1."Immigrant Song" (3:20)
2."Heartbreaker" (5:16)
3."Since I've Been Loving You" (6:56)
4."Black Dog" (5:17)
5."Dazed and Confused" (18:36)
6."Stairway to Heaven" (8:49)
7."Going to California" (3:54)
8."That's the Way" (5:43)
9."Whole Lotta Love (Medley)" (13:45)
...a. Boogie Chillun'
...b. Fixin' to Die
...c. That's Alright Mama
...d. A Mess of Blues
10."Thank You" (6:37)

DISC THREE (interviews)
1. "BBC Radio-One Night Stand 1969" (5:17)


2. "King Biscuit Flower Hour 1976/77" (34:19)


3. "The Publicity Interview 1990" (24:07)

Depsite the fact that most of these BBC discs contain songs that I usually already have, I like the fact that they give me fresh, usually raw, versions of classic songs. At one time it was considered a bad thing to get too much radio airplay as greedy record execs thought that it would hinder album sales, after all why would you buy an album if you can hear the hit song on the radio? So to fill air time the BBC would have artists come in to their studios and record live versions of their songs as well as other artists material. This Led Zeppelin set offers some killer extended jams and even two previously unreleased songs: "The Girl I Love..." and "Somethin' Else." All this is wrapped up in a nice package and adds a bonus disc (disc 3) of vintage interviews.

How the West Was Won Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won (Atlantic) 2003

DISC ONE
1. "L.A. Drone" (:14)
2. "Immigrant Song" (3:41)
3. "Heartbreaker" (7:24)
4. "Black Dog" (5:40)
5. "Over the Hills and Far Away " (5:07)
6. "Since I've Been Loving You" (8:01)
7 . "Stairway to Heaven" (9:37)
8. "Going to California" (5:36)
9. "That's the Way" (5:53)
10. "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" (4:52)

DISC TWO
11. "Dazed and Confused/Walter's Walk/The Crunge" (25:25)
12. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (:39)
13. "Dancing Day" (3:41)
14. "Moby Dick " (19:23)

DISC THREE
15. "Whole Lotta Love" (w/"Boogie Chillun/Let's Have a Party/Hello
Marylou/Going Down Slow") (23:07)
16. "Rock and Roll " (3:55)
17. "The Ocean" (4:19)
18. "Bring It on Home" (9:29)

Led Zeppelin are without a doubt one of the most influential rock bands ever. Their legacy can not be put into words. However, despite being one of the most outstanding live acts of the 1970's, they never really had a live release that was worthy of their legacy. There was "Song Remains the Same", but any Zeppelin fan worth his tattered Zeppelin custom tshirts would know of multiple bootlegs that were better than that official soundtrack release. There was also the BBC recordings which are also outstanding, but still not representative of their live legacy. "How the West Was Won" is finally a release worthy of this band's legacy. This collection of performances culled from two shows in 1972 (June 25th at LA Forum & June 27th at Long Beach Arena) are truly outstanding. Both shows had been heavily bootlegged in the past. However, the sound here has never sounded this good on any bootleg. Also, since Page saw fit to pick the best songs between the two shows and intermix them, we are given the best of the best all put together to sound like one continuous show.

Packed onto three discs are some of Zeppelin's most timeless classics, most of which has that raw live energy which cannot be captured in a studio. As was the trend in the 1970's, most of the songs are also extended with jam sessions and medleys with other songs, such as the epic 25-minute "Dazed and Confused," the 23-minute "Whole Lotta Love," and the 19-minute "Moby Dick". Page's signature guitar work is stamped all over this album. I've always contended that Page was a sloppy player on stage, catering more to feel than technical ability, and that is certainly what is heard here. It's pretty obvious this recording was doctored much in the studio, if at all. The band was loose, but packed an energetic sonic punch.

Most of this CD will seem familiar to longtime fans, but at the same time, classics never really grow old. Good music is timeless, and Zeppelin proves with this collection that they made some of the best. There is also an accompanying DVD available that I have yet to see, but am anxious to now that I've heard this.

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