First of all, let me apologize to my subscribers for the flood of entries this week. I’ll likely return to my post-a-week-or-two instead of three posts in as many days. Onto the topic at hand: I was recently asked what more I could say about Led Zeppelin. It turns out that new material, in one form or another, is released every year to their fans (the latest being Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band).
In case you weren’t aware, Zepfanman.com is named after Led Zeppelin. It has been a while since I’ve featured them, though, so I thought I’d give my latest thoughts and also create both a YouTube video and Grooveshark audio playlist of their work over the years—press play now. Why am I such a huge fan of this band? They changed the music business in the early 70s and were an explosion of creativity, producing six 5-star albums from 1969 to 1975—the four albums that follow are admittedly not quite as epic. Anyone can appreciate at least one of their songs even if they only remotely like rock music. Ask a musician if Led Zeppelin influenced him and 9 times out of 10 he will say yes.
Led Zeppelin have never been very media/press friendly, so it’s hard to find their studio songs online. These YouTube vids are the best examples of Led Zeppelin over the years that I could find. The playlist includes a Rodrigo y Gabriela cover and solo projects of each band member, as well. (Note: Scan ahead to 2min 2sec on the Plant-Bonham vid to skip the unrelated material.) Grooveshark was the only place I could find songs off of the official CD releases over the years.
I could go on about Led Zeppelin, but I’m not a very good storyteller—plus, there is a library of information that could be shared about them. One of these days, the History page of this site will feature more Zeppelin information, but this is one of those bands where you should sit down with a fan and ask them to play some tunes and let the music speak for itself. If I were forced to recommend one studio album and one live album, I’d probably pick Physical Graffiti and BBC Sessions (disc 2 is all live). The Led Zeppelin double DVD film (which includes a few interviews, as well) and the 2-disc Mothership compilation (better sound quality than 1990 Remasters) would be my top picks for a beginner’s overview. Grooveshark has all three of these releases and, if you know what to search for, YouTube has a few of the DVD videos. For the historically-minded, check out these links, too: