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Rank the Zeppelin albums - favorite to least favorite.

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1) Led Zeppelin IV

2) Physical Graffiti

3) Led Zeppelin III

4) Houses Of The Holy

5) Presence

6) Led Zeppelin I 

7) Led Zeppelin II

8) Coda

9) In through Thew Out Door

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1. Led Zeppelin I

2. Led Zeppelin IV

3. Physical Graffiti

4. Houses of the Holy

5. Led Zeppelin II

6. Presence

7. Led Zeppelin III

8. In Through the Out Door

9. Coda. But since Bonzo wasn't there it barely counts

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I

Iv

physical graffiti

II

Presence

III

in through the out door

houses of the holy

coda

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Impossible to rank in order, as I will listen to a particular album dependant on my mood. Every album has a different feel. One day  Presence  will by favourite, but next day it will be II, so impossible to put in order.

I still believe you get the best feel of each by playing them on vinyl. Their is nothing like pulling the record out & putting it on the turntable whilst holding and reading the album sleeve whilst it is playing. Beats the CD version hands down.

 

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I have hardly any vinyl now. But no Led Zepp. All mine is on cd. Due to moving houses. My Mrs bought a cheap record player. So we have been buying what we like from the charity shops. I just hope i spot the odd Led Zepp one in there. There is no way i can afford to start again. They are way expensive. I do agree, They do sound better.

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Posted (edited)

Rank ordering Led Zeppelin's studio albums?

 

Its a very hard choice to rank order the studio albums of one of the greatest bands ever.  The top 5 invites heavy debate and clearly they are ranked very closely.  And admittedly if I am forced to answer this question in a couple of weeks I could give a different answer.  I rank Led Zeppelin IV at #1 even though I haven't played it much in a good while.  Physical Grafitti gets to #2 on the strength of containing some of their greatest songs, despite some filler.  Houses Of The Holy... cannot go wrong and every track is an absolute classic, same with Led Zeppelin II.  When we look at 6, 7, and 8 is where we see some real distinctions in overall quality, I think.

 

For me it's

 

1. Led Zeppelin IV

2. Physical Graffitti

3. Houses Of The Holy

4. Led Zeppelin II

5. Presence 

6. Led Zeppelin I

7. Led Zeppelin III

8. In Through The Out Door

9. CODA

Edited by irondirigible
spelling error

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In the order of "how often I listen to them", rather than critics' choice....

 

1. Led Zep 2

2. Physical Graffiti

3. Presence

4. Led Zep 3

5. Led Zep 1

6. Led Zep 4

7. Houses of the Holy

8. Coda

9. In thru The Out Door

 

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Wow!  Some real differences here.  Well, the great thing here is that this is art (and high art at that!) so none of us is right and none wrong.

There are many days that I would make the case that Houses Of The Holy is their finest.  I feel no other Zeppelin album can match its perfection and the strength and brilliance of every track.  Even IV cannot do this.  Yet IV, while overplayed does contain moments where the band took rock n roll to another level and that's why its #1 for me.

But like i said, no list here is wrong

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Posted (edited)

1. IV

2. III

3. Physical Graffiti 

4. Houses of the Holy

5. II

6. In Through The Out Door 

7. Led Zeppelin 

8. Presence 

9. Coda

 

 

Edited by Mr. Mountain Hop

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Fun topic!

My preferences don't change often, but they have gradually changed over the past 5-15 years.

  1. Physical Graffiti - My favorite since I first started buying my own music at age 12
  2. Zep III - This one has moved the most on my list since my tween and early teen years. The light and shade are just amazing
  3. Zep I - The second-biggest mover since my early years.i Has any band been more fully formed at its debut, especially after taking only, what, 3 weeks to make the album. Also,  ironically this earliest album might be their best sonically too
  4. Zep II - After all these years, Whole Lotta Love by itself has like a half-dozen spine-tingling moments.
  5. Zep IV - Played to death of course, but Levee never gets old and listening to the reissue companion disc really sheds new light on how genius this album is
  6. Houses of the Holy - Love the songs, don't love the helium (TSRTS) and quaalude (No Quarter) vocals; and find the sonics/production a little too trebly and not quite muscular enough. I much prefer the versions on The Song Remains the Same soundtrack.
  7. Presence - I run hot and cold on this, depending on my mood. Sometimes I think it's a sterile, depressing record with no light and shade. Other times I think it's a tour de force of incredible intensity and energy.
  8. In Through the Out Door - I don't rank this as distantly behind the other albums as a lot of folks here seem to. In the Evening is a killer track and can stand with most other album openers in the catalogue. I'm Gonna Crawl is IMHO terribly underrated. I think Fool in the Rain is a fantastic song that no other hard rock band could ever have pulled off. And All My Love is beautiful.
  9. Coda - Just listened to it today from beginning to end for the first time in quite awhile, and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I still will never love Ozone Baby, but the rest of the album is actually pretty solid IMHO.

For what it's worth, if I were to add in the other officially released audio, I'd put How the West Was Won between Zep I and Zep II; The Song Remains the Same between Zep IV and Houses; and BBC Sessions between Houses and Presence.

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Well, since Physical Graffiti is a double album this poll will kind of be biased towards that, but here is my pick:

1. Presence

2. Physical Graffiti

3. III

4. I

5. IV

6. II

7. Houses of the Holy

8. Coda

9. In Through the Out Door (A very distant 9th)

 

 

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1. Physical Graffiti

2. IV

3. III

4. II

5. HotH

6. I

7. Presence

8. ITTOD

Coda is odds and sods so I don't tend to rank that one. III and II switch round as and when I like it, and HotH moves up and down the list a lot - sometimes it's in my top 3, othertimes it isn't. I love the first album, but it's just improved on so much in subsequent records. Neither Presence or ITTOD are that much of a step down, but they're both weird. Presence is difficult to get into, and ITTOD feels like a collection of songs and interesting ideas, not so much a cohesive statement.

PG and IV are always the top ones, though.

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1 hour ago, Cosmic_Equilibrium said:

1. Physical Graffiti

2. IV

3. III

4. II

5. HotH

6. I

7. Presence

8. ITTOD

Coda is odds and sods so I don't tend to rank that one. III and II switch round as and when I like it, and HotH moves up and down the list a lot - sometimes it's in my top 3, othertimes it isn't. I love the first album, but it's just improved on so much in subsequent records. Neither Presence or ITTOD are that much of a step down, but they're both weird. Presence is difficult to get into, and ITTOD feels like a collection of songs and interesting ideas, not so much a cohesive statement.

PG and IV are always the top ones, though.

But CODA is STILL a released Zep album, so put it in your rankings. Specifically I'd like to know how it ranks compared to ITTOD.

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