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  1. In high school around 1983, I made cassette recordings of my friend's entire LZ record collection. I had obviously heard the songs over the years, but "Houses of the Holy" was the first record that really turned me on to the depth and beauty of the whole album. Very soon after I grew to appreciate all they had done.
  2. For me, "Physical Graffiti" was the best attempt by LZ to really cover the entire arc of their career, trying to sum it up at that point - the fact that so many older songs fit in so well attests to this idea - so it's no wonder that someone might think it's their best effort. This effort compares to Shakespeare, as he also did this in his later works like "The Winters Tale," where so many of the ideas that he had come up with in the past were incorporated, reborn as it were, in a way that encapsulated as best he could what the sum of his efforts were at that point. In mathematics, thi
  3. Hi Tom, I agree that when I first heard it I was a little disappointed. After it sat on the shelf for a couple of years I pulled it out to listen again and it wound up staying in my car CD player for about 2 weeks solid. The songs grow on you...I urge you to try it again.
  4. Also, Page and Plant's "Walking into Clarksdale" is worthy...songs like "Blue Train" and "When the World Was Young" are very very good.
  5. Add the solo in "Panama" (during the break, where Roth is saying "reach down between my legs/ease the seat back") as my favorite from Van Halen, and I'm not a Van Halen fan. To me, it's all about the feeling and emotion. I saw Ingwe Malstein in his supposed prime and it bored me to tears. David Gilmour can communicate more in one note than many can in a whole career. Hendrix was not that technically gifted, but he was amazingly creative...groundbreaking to the point where he has influenced nearly every guitarist who came after. I mean, once the whole world shifted like he made it do,
  6. This is another song that really puts a blast into the record...so much different from anything else on the album or any other song before or since. And I love "Paranoia" but I have never heard the similarity.
  7. I am a big fan of this song...love the beautifully weird tuning Page uses.
  8. This one is almost too heavy. It's my least favorite track on the record. It just drags a little for me.
  9. A great opening number, as everyone else has said. I love Bonham's work on it. I have listened to Plant's later criticism of his performance on the first record due to nerves and disbelief that he actually had this gig. Were I Page, I would have started Plant on this song because it really speaks to that process of gaining the confidence in life to let the bad times roll off.
  10. Didn't Jimmy Page write all the lyrics on the first 3 albums? I may be wrong, but I thought that IV was the first time that Plant had gained enough of Page's confidence to be allowed the opportunity. Anyway, the thing that stand out the most for me is Bonhams drum playing...he never repeats a fill, always some slight variation on each one.
  11. A great song in my opinion, especially Plant's vocals. It is one of their more straightforward arrangements with a basic 3 chord structure in the verses...really the turnaround makes the song, excellent in its simplicity and brilliant in the way it works with the color notes in the acoustic guitar arpeggio and then its ability to launch the chorus.
  12. I actually love that this song follows "Good Times," the sequencing itself is another dimension of light and shade. As a teenager making my first compilation cassette, I started with "Good Times"/"Babe" to kick it off, because I couldn't imagine separating the two.
  13. For me, it's the studio version of "Heartbreaker"
  14. I'm bumping this thread because I would love to hear more details about what really happened with the Bill Graham story.
  15. Led Zeppelin was born from Chicago blues influences like Muddy Waters. The Rolling Stones are more from the Chuck Berry line. No matter how you spin it, there is no question that guys like Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis were among the first to be referred to as rock and roll and as long as they live, the members of the British invasion bands should rightfully be considered the second wave. Granted, they took it in directions that the early guys probably never could have imagined, but I don't think that makes them first or any more of a "statesman" of the musical genre.
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