tdc Posted January 24, 2013 Share Posted January 24, 2013 Led Zeppelin has long been a band that has fascinated me. When I first began listening to them I mainly noticed the great guitar riffs and also that most of the songwriting credits went to Page as well as all the production credits, this led to a long interest in Jimmy Page where I considered him the creative genius behind Led Zeppelin. But the longer I've listened to the band the more I've come to the conclusion that Led Zeppelin just happened. It was like a phenomena that just occured as a result of those four members playing together. I think it became its own thing greater than any one member and all four members were equally critical to the bands success. Listen to each of the members in their solo projects, or even their pre-zeppelin projects like the Yardbirds and you hear pretty much normal (albeit very talented) musicians. Within the context of Led Zeppelin though as a unit, all of them had super powers. Bonham's drumming speaks for itself, Page's solos - JPJ's out of this world bass parts on tracks like the Immigrant Song, and most of Zeppelin II etc etc. Listen to Robert Plant's harmonica solo on When the Levee Breaks and You Shook Me, and it seems he was able to tap into that exact same source that JPJ and Page tapped into - his contributions were just as good and magical as the others. All of them seemed to instictively just know what to do when playing together, and in interviews I have read it seems the members felt as though there was an actual telepathic connection they shared when they played together. So in summary I just think those four were really the definition of what good band chemistry is to such an extent where it was basically magic when they played together, and when they are apart the spell is broken. I just wish more bands out there could obtain this kind of chemistry, but I'm beginning to believe Led Zep was just one of those rare occurences that just happens once in a lifetime or so. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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