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  1. Can anyone point me towards articles (both primary and secondary sources) that describe Led Zeppelin's influence on popular music? Although their influence is well known, it is not well documented and as such is hard to find evidence. (I'm doing a small research paper on them and their influence/effect on popular up until the 90s). Thanks!
  2. I assume everyone knows by now that Page is releasing three albums per year of remasters that also contain unheard cuts/mixes and some actual new songs that have been previously unreleased. Wondering if some of them will be worth buying? From the first three albums, the only one worth a purchase looks to be Led Zeppelin III, having most of all the songs in alternate mixes along with new songs. Led Zeppelin II has different versions and that one new song called "LaLa", which I was planning on just listening to on youtube once it comes out (I'm sure someone will upload it). Also wondering if anyone has any thoughts on what Page will release next... Obviously most likely IV, Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti, but after that I ponder if he will re-release TSRTS or if it will be the next three in the line up, Presences, In Through the Out Door, (both of which I am looking very much forward to) and Coda perhaps? I'm not sure because as far as I knew, Coda was a compilation of songs that were left over and 'worth' the time of an album. So, any thoughts?
  3. January 12, 1969. Like a depth charge going off underwater, Led Zeppelin unleashes their debut album, and the ripples from that musical explosion are still being felt to this day, 45 years later. The last time I talked about Led Zeppelin's first album, my post ended up being Moby Dick length...the book or the song, take your pick. I'll be much briefer this time. But an album of this significance deserves a birthday wish. While there were certainly some signs in the last days of the Yardbirds that pointed to the direction and shape that Jimmy Page's new band would take, nothing on "Little Games" prepared one for the giant leap in sonic architecture and impact that Led Zeppelin delivered. It is easily one of the five best and important debut albums in the history of rock and roll. So, happy birthday 'Led Zeppelin'! From the opening bang of "Good Times Bad Times", with its searing guitars and announcement of a new force and attitude in drumming...to the Joan Baez-by-way-of-Thor's-Thunder of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", alternating butterfly delicate acoustic filigrees with thunderous walls of sound...to the orgasmic blues stomp of "You Shook Me", crushing man and woman alike in its sex-groove and unleashing on unsuspecting ears and libidos the unalloyed and unprecedented power and approach of Robert Plant...to the hypnotic psychedelic demon blues of "Dazed and Confused", where Jimmy supplants the use of a vocal chorus with the idea of the riff as chorus hook instead, and the band summons its talents to create such a rampaging storm of sound and fury that a million air-guitarists and air-drummers are born...to the country church blues of "You're Time Is Gonna Come", with John Paul Jones opening the proceedings with a pastoral organ flourish, and an actual sing-along chorus just to show that they could...to the Welsh mountains by way of India (and Bert Jansch) acoustic reverie of "Black Mountain Side", offering a little mellow respite before the closing salvos...to the proto-punk-metal of "Communication Breakdown", sonic blueprint of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" and Johnny Ramone's guitar attack, and early cause of headbanging at concerts everywhere...to the electric Chicago blues of "I Can't Quit You Babe" with the primal raw tone of Jimmy's Dragon Telecaster and John Bonham's rat-a-tat-tat drum beat playing Hot Potato with your ears...to finally the closing barrage of "We've come to conquer"-attitude and sonic maelstrom that is "How Many More Times", a psychedelic-jazz take on "How Many More Years" souped-up for the nuclear age, complete with scorched-earth guitar solo and scorched-brain bowed guitar spookiness...Led Zeppelin was the album that kick-started the Seventies and brought the sound of records into the modern era, in particular with respect to the use of drums and space...the 'sound' or ambience of a room. In addition, whereas so many guitar heroes hired a band to just stay in the background while they hogged up all the limelight and sonic space, Led Zeppelin immediately sounded like a unified band of equals, with everybody getting their due and room in the sonic palette to be heard. It wasn't Jimmy Page and a bunch of lackeys, which is how Jeff Beck's bands came off most of the time. Led Zeppelin was an immediate force to be reckoned with. The Who and the Rolling Stones were served notice from this day forward, 45 years ago. Time for all the so-called 'heavy groups' to step up their game. If they couldn't, it was "Goodbye!"...I'm looking at you Iron Butterfly and Steppenwolf. When Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and Robert Plant first walked into Olympic Studios on that long ago day of September 20, 1968, I am sure not even they, in their wildest dreams, imagined the dramatic results and impact those first album sessions would deliver to an unsuspecting public. Only Jimmy Page could be considered a known entity at that time, while John Paul Jones may have been known to the more dedicated album credits reader, but certainly not known to the general layman. Bonzo and Percy, on the other hand, were complete wild cards. Young and from the relatively barbarian wilds of the Midlands, you could say they were the X-factor of Led Zeppelin. For drums and vocals were two of the elements that dramatically separated Led Zeppelin from the lumpen hordes of blues-rock bashers. They walked into Olympic Studios four guys from four different backgrounds with differing influences and differing levels of confidence. They emerged a few weeks later as a BAND ready to storm the world. They were mere kids when they commenced recording their first album. But the music they unleashed was no mere kid's play. It was the real deal.
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