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What makes Led Zeppelin the greatest band of all time?


What makes Led Zeppelin the greatest band of all time?  

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The one thing that I always thought that made Zeppelin so unqiue was the acoustic thing they brought to their music. Page put a lot of English folk into the mix and if nothing else, that to me put them apart from most other bands.

A lot of people here seem to think Zep fell out of the sky and there wasn't nothing before them. That's not true. I got semi blasted in another thread for saying this but I bears repeating. If you think Page didn't listen intently to Cream records and take copious notes you're sadly mistaken. If you think Page didn't listen to the original Jeff Beck Group while he was forming Zep, you're mistaken again. Find a bootleg of the JBG at the Fillmore and compare it to early live Zeppelin. Seriously.

But what made Zeppelin though is they..........moved beyond the blues/rock beginnings. That's why their legendary now. IMHO of course.

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The one thing that I always thought that made Zeppelin so unqiue was the acoustic thing they brought to their music. Page put a lot of English folk into the mix and if nothing else, that to me put them apart from most other bands.

Pink Floyd did a lot of acoustic, more pastoral stuff before The Dark Side of the Moon. It wasn't the bulk of their live shows, but it was an important part none the less, especially since they favored material that forced the audience to sit and listen, rather than hoot and holler like monkeys at the zoo.

So Led Zeppelin were hardly unique in that respect. Yes their more acoustic, toned-down numbers are fantastic (I've always loved That's The Way), they weren't the only band to utilize this technique.

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In my opinion, The Beatles dominated the 60's and Led Zeppelin took the baton and ran with it in the 70's and dominated the 70's. Both bands stand the test of time and always will.

What makes them BOTH the greatest bands of all time (again, in my humble opinion) is first and foremost the chemistry between the four individuals respectively. You couldn't take one piece (or person) out of the band and replace them and have the same results. There was a bond there that went beyond being bandmates or co-workers if you will in both bands.

Secondly, the creativity of both bands when it comes to songwriting is second to none. Both bands never stayed in the same musical style. They expanded and reached further, and weren't afraid of experimenting. Neither band was content to follow a formula to keep their fan base happy. It was all about the music.

Thanks for listening (reading).

Peace and love,

Barb

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In my opinion, The Beatles dominated the 60's and Led Zeppelin took the baton and ran with it in the 70's and dominated the 70's. Both bands stand the test of time and always will.

What makes them BOTH the greatest bands of all time (again, in my humble opinion) is first and foremost the chemistry between the four individuals respectively. You couldn't take one piece (or person) out of the band and replace them and have the same results. There was a bond there that went beyond being bandmates or co-workers if you will in both bands.

Secondly, the creativity of both bands when it comes to songwriting is second to none. Both bands never stayed in the same musical style. They expanded and reached further, and weren't afraid of experimenting. Neither band was content to follow a formula to keep their fan base happy. It was all about the music.

Thanks for listening (reading).

Peace and love,

Barb

You have said it as it is, cant fault one word, and i think that the difference between a Rock Band and a Pop Band is that a Pop Band makes Music to please a Fan Base and to keep those Fans (Like the early Beatles did) and a Rock Band makes Music that they want to and hopes that their Fans will follow them. (Like Led Zeppelin and the later Beatles did)

Regards, Danny

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You cannot separate the sums of the whole. It wouldn't work. That's why they ended their run when they did.

However, I like the fact that they appreciated the hell out of American blues and R&B. So many black artists went unnoticed in their own country. It's a travesty. LZ appreciated their work and brought it to other audiences. I love that. It's amazing how English bands did what American bands didn't do (and still in some ways don't).

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Pink Floyd did a lot of acoustic, more pastoral stuff before The Dark Side of the Moon. It wasn't the bulk of their live shows, but it was an important part none the less, especially since they favored material that forced the audience to sit and listen, rather than hoot and holler like monkeys at the zoo.

So Led Zeppelin were hardly unique in that respect. Yes their more acoustic, toned-down numbers are fantastic (I've always loved That's The Way), they weren't the only band to utilize this technique.

I agree, "If" is a beautiful track, along with "Granchester Meadows", just a pity they never did them live (as far as I know, and I am no expert)

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Mystery, Power, and Hammer of the Gods, of course

and plus musicianship, genius, sex appeal, abandon, chemistry, ambition, drive, hard work, sense of fashion, sense of humor, good working relations,

and I don't know why, but Zeppelin has this compelling power to make normally reasonable people obsessive...

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Led Zeppelin is the greatest band of all time because they kept pushing themselves towards the next horizon. The journey of self discovery combined with expanding the musical boundaries allowed them to create their own musical rules. Every other band was busy playing in the box of public relations people, record label people, getting stuck with boring unimaginative set lists, and more importantly - they kept making music instead of resting on their padded bank accounts and fame when they didn’t have to. And when they did the O2 gig they proved that they still had it – that they really were number 1 – there was no going through the motions.

In some ways, being a fan of Led Zeppelin is honourable, because Zeppelin never let their hard core fans down. Many other bands could never get their act together in the studio, with incredible long spells between albums, the people who made them wealthy and gave them comfortable lifestyles were viewed as a nuisance in many cases. Page, Jones, and Plant always seemed respectful, smiled, and said thank you for not giving up on them.

Led Zeppelin really is the greatest that has ever been, or ever will be!

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Then get off of this FORUM YOU NUMB-NUT IDIOT go blow your favorite somewhere else or if you wish to stay keep your HOLE-SHUT!

You mad, bro? :mad: and the person you were shouting at hasn't been online for 3 years so you might be wasting your anger.

What makes Led Zeppelin the greatest band of all time?

My opinion?

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You mad, bro? :mad: and the person you were shouting at hasn't been online for 3 years so you might be wasting your anger.

What makes Led Zeppelin the greatest band of all time?

My opinion?

LOL! If PagesBow didnt exist on this forum, someone would need to invent him! But in all fairness, I love to express my anger in completely useless ways too. Like sending back my tax return duely completed but with a few little pornographic drawings on it.

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no categories or boxes, the swagger, the power, the charm, the feel, the groove, the stamina, the tales, the way they treated the music business, mostly with contempt which changed the way bands did deals (up until the net of course) basically what STZ said

"i think they were and still are, light years ahead of ANY other band"

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