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Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I

15 09 2010

Listened: Wednesday September 1

I’m probably in a minority here, but Led Zeppelin I is my favorite album by Led Zeppelin. When I decided I could handle Led Zeppelin, after denying their overpowering testosterone wave for years, I wanted to start at the beginning. I haven’t found any of their albums to be as powerful to me as this one, though Houses of the Holy is a close second.

Every single song here I sing along with and punch the air to (except Black Mountain Side since it has no words and isn’t awesome in the air-punching sense). I love how Robert Plant just goes for it on every song. You never doubt he means every word. His scream is one of the most beautiful in rock music.

I really love the instrumental breakdown in Dazed and Confused which results in a very real sensation of a trip down a vortex (it starts right before “Ohhhhhhh yeeeeeAHUH”). Or maybe it’s the soundtrack to the zeppelin on the cover crashing spectacularly; it certainly could be.

I have played this album during many frustrating times, singing “Communication breakdown, it’s always the same” or “How many more times you treat me the way you wanna do?” and meaning it.

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29 09 2010
The Black Keys – Magic Potion « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] favorite one so far. It’s excellent dirty bluesy rock, obviously very influenced musically by Led Zeppelin, and vocally by Creedence and the like. The propulsive grooves encourage my work to move […]

22 12 2010
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] I’ve noted that previous Led Zeppelin
albums are air-punching or head-banging, this once is foot-stomping
for me. Clearly, Led Zeppelin are a very physically […]

30 08 2011
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] LZIII is a little too vocally and instrumentally wanky for my taste. It’s not as cohesive as I or II. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

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