Although we're celebrating Led Zeppelin's first live release in two decades, step back in time and explore some of the incredible studio music they released in the past. With many of the albums at fantastic value, it's the perfect way to treat yourself this Christmas.
Led Zeppelin I
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
3. You Shook Me
4. Dazed and Confused
5. Your Time Is Gonna Come
6. Black Mountain Side
7. Communication Breakdown
8. I Can’t Quit You Baby
9. How Many More Times
Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut was arguably one of the biggest turning points in the evolution of hard rock by taking the distorted blues of Jimi Hendrix and Cream and pushing it to an extreme that had yet to be reached by anyone else at the time. Their blistering rhythm and memorable riffs produced some of the most enduring rock songs of all time in ‘Communication Breakdown’ and ‘Good Times Bad Times.’
However it wasn’t just rock that they brought to the table. Their debut flows from the blues classics ‘You Shook Me’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby,’ to the folk driven ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,’ and through to the metal drone of ‘Dazed and Confused.’
Led Zeppelin’s sophomore effort was a much more direct affair than its predecessor. Based mostly on blues and rock & roll standards, II may have been less eclectic, but its heavy and often brutal nature arguably made it a blueprint for every rock album that ever followed.
Some of the band’s finest riffs can be found here; the thundering opener ‘Whole Lotta Love’ is a timeless tour de force with a mid-song meltdown that would become a Led Zeppelin trade mark; ‘Heartbreaker’ follows the same formula with the spotlight on Jimmy Page as he exercises his ability to focus your attention with his guitar alone. ‘The Lemon Song’ is a heavier and simpler reworking of Howlin’ Wolf’s blues classic ‘Killing Floor,’ while ‘Thank You’ and ‘Ramble On’ provide acoustic interludes to one of Rock’s most influential albums.
The 6x Multi-Platinum certified album (RIAA) was a change of direction from the hard rock and blues of Led Zeppelin II. It introduced the acoustic sound as a significant aspect of Led Zeppelin’s output in the Yardbirds-inspired song ‘Tangerine,’ the unusually mellow ‘That’s The Way,’ and in ‘Bron-Y-Aur Stomp,’ named after the Welsh cottage in which the album was written and recorded.
This album, however, houses one of Zeppelin’s most powerful recordings both in style and effect: the instantly recognisable ‘Immigrant Song’, as well as the blues-rock masterpiece ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’.
Encompassing on heavy metal, folk, rock & roll and blues, Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album was not only the band’s defining moment, but probably the defining moment of ‘70’s hard rock. Building on the change of direction that their third album had provided, the band created a fusion of hard rock and rural English folk on an epic scale.
As well as being one of the most covered songs in Rock history, the band’s signature track, ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was named the "best song ever” by Classic Rock in 1999, and was voted as having the "greatest guitar solo” by Guitar World in 2006.
The album also includes the classics ‘Rock and Roll,’ (featuring Rolling Stones pianist Ian Stewart) and the iconic ‘Black Dog,’ opened by the definitive Led Zeppelin riff. ‘Going to California’ provides the listener with Zeppelin’s best folk song, while ‘When the Levee Breaks’ closes the 40 minute set to the sound of ‘an apocalyptic slice of urban blues.'
Houses Of The Holy is the 1973 album by Led Zeppelin. It was the fifth of their nine studio albums, and one of the seven consecutive Led Zeppelin albums to reach number one in the UK albums chart.
The album contains some of the best Led Zeppelin tracks ever recorded, including the folk-metal epic ‘Over the Hills and Far Away,’ the reggae-inspired ‘D'yer Mak'er’, and of course the guitar anthem ‘The Song Remains The Same,’ which opens the album before smoothly merging into ‘The Rain Song’, giving the album more of a live feel from the start.
Physical Graffiti is the 1975 double album by Led Zeppelin, being the sixth of their nine studio albums, and one of the seven consecutive Led Zeppelin albums to reach number one in the UK albums chart.
The album contains ‘The Rover,’ and ‘Black Country Woman,’ both of which were originally intended for inclusion on the previous album, Houses Of The Holy, providing contrast in style from the other tracks. Physical Graffiti also includes two of Led Zeppelin’s most loved songs: the rock classic ‘Kashmir,’ which took Page, Plant and Bonham three years to write, and the eleven minute blues masterpiece ‘In My Time Of Dying,’ featuring Page’s skilful use of slide guitar, and Jones on a fretless bass.
Mothership is a 24-track, two-CD comprehensive collection that spans Led Zeppellin’s illustrious career. All eight of the band’s classic studio albums are represented here, with the tracks being personally selected by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. The set also includes new liner notes.
After nearly forty years, Led Zeppelin continues to inspire generations with their ground-breaking blues-infused, guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll. Arguably the biggest rock band in the world throughout their 12-year reign, they remain one of the most influential and innovative groups in music history. With over 200 million albums sold worldwide, their catalogue is one of the most enduring bodies of musical composition to come out of the 20th century, and it has influenced countless bands along the way. They had the biggest tours; the biggest sound; the biggest record sales; the biggest reputation.