The Bomber Posted January 27, 2008 Share Posted January 27, 2008 OK,it's 1969,The Yardbirds have split up,lead guitarist Jimmy Page wants to form a new group,a supergroup is proposed with himself and fellow ex-yardbird Jeff Beck on guitars,The Who's rythm section,Keith Moon and John Entwistle and Steve Winwood on keyboards and vocals,the band was never formed and Jimmy had to settle for a band of nobodies called "Led Zeppelin" and promptly recorded an album which can only be reasoned will be terrible,this was the result: 1.Good Times,Bad Times-A brilliant track,the opening E chords are followed by a great big drum roll from Bonzo and Robert enters with Jimmy pounding out the riff and Bonzo smashing his drums leading into the chorus and a break back into a second chorus,Jimmy slams out another E chord and jumps into a solo,a great opener 2.Babe I'm Gonna Leave You-Much Slower,it opens up accousticly with Plant singing along,it builds up to a heavier pace and resolves to the opening part,Plant wailing up to build the track and a trippy break from Jimmy and the Song becomes a barage of power chords with Plant wailing and every member generally unleashing hell,it goes back down to an accoustic solo,Plant wails some more,and it hits you very hard in the face with power,the quiet-loud thing is done amazingly well here. 3.You Shook Me-An amazingly heavy blues track,call and response,sludgy riff,harmonica,wailing vocals,a keyboard,everything you need for a blues epic,JPJ's keyboard solo and Robert's Harmonica solo show that every member had talent,Jimmy's riff is insanely heavy as is Bonzo's smashing drums,every member get's a fair look at 4.Dazed And Confused-The best track on the album,opening with an amazing bass-line,Jimmy messes around with his guitar,Plant starts screaming his heart out and the band enter's with a crashing riff,the track get's louder and louder and screamier until it moves into the bridge,Jimmy takes out a violin bow and engages Bob in a trippy call and response musical conversation,the bow solo is amazing and it builds,the rest of the band come in with Plant following Pages guitar until he breaks off into an amazing solo,it ends up and the Heavy riff comes back and they wail it on home more call and response. 5.Communication Breakdown-This is one of their best riffs,it starts up simple and the band enter's making it heavier and heavier,Plant screams his heart out and Jimmy gives a great solo,it's an amazingly heavy song. 6.Your Time is gonna Come-An accoustic number,JPJ's keyboard solo goes into a catchy riff and a sing-along chorus,Plant actually restrains himself!!! 7.Black Mountain Side-Another accoustic number,it's basically Page fiddling around on a guitar and getting great results,tribal drumming from Bonzo catches the eye,the rythm is truly freaky. 8.I Can't Quit You Babe-Opening with Robert's wailing,Jimmy comes in with a some bluesy licks with Bonzo really swinging in the background,It goes into a heavier riff and comes back with more call and response,Jimmy's improvised licks need to be heard to believe,the chorus is basically a heavy riff with Robert's orgasmic wailing,Jimmy's solo kicks ass and sounds like a cleaner version of Heartbreaker,in the break Jimmy just bends his guitar while Bonzo pounds his drums,this is a most effective blues track that showcases Zep's skill perfectly,they are in perfect sync. 9.How Many More Times-The opening bass-line is jazzy,with Bonzo brushed drumming,Jimmy comes in with a swinging riff and with it's bolero rythm,this really shows how Zep became what they did,Plant wails about a difficult girlfriend while the band blast out this amazing tune,the break/solo is amazing,this is the longest track on the album,it's a swinging,funky number that turns from a jazz rock epic,to a blues epic with the return of the violin bow and Bonzo's frenzied drumming keeping the thing going,it speeds back up to the original wail broken by guitar stabs and more of Bonzo's funky drumming,there are at least 4 or 5 truly amzing riffs on it before it returns to the original riff and closes up the album perfectly. 10/10,best debut ever! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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