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Led Zeppelin

With their heavy, guitar-driven blues-rock sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock. However, the band's individualistic style drew from many sources and transcends any one genre.

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Biography: Led Zeppelin was the definitive heavy metal band. It wasn't just their crushingly loud interpretation of the blues -- it was how they incorporated mythology, mysticism, and a variety of other genres (most notably world music and British folk) -- into their sound. Led Zeppelin had mystique. They rarely gave interviews, since the music press detested the band. Consequently, the only connection the audience had with the band was through the records and the concerts. More than any other band, Led Zeppelin established the concept of album-oriented rock, refusing to release popular songs from their albums as singles. In doing so, they established the dominant format for heavy metal, as well as the genre's actual sound. Led Zeppelin formed out of the ashes of the Yardbirds. Jimmy Page had joined the band in its final days, playing a pivotal role on their final album, 1967's Little Games, which also featured string arrangements from John Paul Jones. During 1967, the Yardbirds were fairly inactive. While the Yardbirds decided their future, Page returned to session work in 1967. In the spring of 1968, he played on Jones' arrangement of Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man." During the sessions, Jones requested to be part of any future project Page would develop. Page would have to assemble a band sooner than he had planned. In the summer of 1968, the Yardbirds' Keith Relf and James McCarty left the band, leaving Page and bassist Chris Dreja with the rights to the name, as well as the obligation of fulfilling an upcoming fall tour. Page set out to find a replacement vocalist and drummer. Initially, he wanted to enlist singer Terry Reid and Procol Harum's drummer B.J. Wilson, but neither musician was able to join the group. Reid suggested that Page contact Robert Plant, who was singing with a band called Hobbstweedle.

After hearing him sing, Page asked Plant to join the band in August of 1968, the same month Chris Dreja dropped out of the new project. Following Dreja's departure, John Paul Jones joined the group as its bassist. Plant recommended that Page hire John Bonham, the drummer for Plant's old band, the Band of Joy. Bonham had to be persuaded to join the group, as he was being courted by other artists who offered the drummer considerably more money. By September, Bonham agreed to join the band. Performing under the name the New Yardbirds, the band fulfilled the Yardbirds' previously booked engagements in late September 1968. The following month, they recorded their debut album in just under 30 hours. Also in October, the group switched its name to Led Zeppelin. The band secured a contract with Atlantic Records in the United States before the end of the year. Early in 1969, Led Zeppelin set out on their first American tour, which helped set the stage for the January release of their eponymous debut album. Two months after its release, Led Zeppelin had climbed into the U.S. Top Ten. Throughout 1969, the band toured relentlessly, playing dates in America and England. While they were on the road, they recorded their second album, Led Zeppelin II, which was released in October of 1969. Like its predecessor, Led Zeppelin II was an immediate hit, topping the American charts two months after its release and spending seven weeks at number one. The album helped establish Led Zeppelin as an international concert attraction, and for the next year, the group continued to tour relentlessly. Led Zeppelin's sound began to deepen with Led Zeppelin III. Released in October of 1970, the album featured an overt British folk influence. The group's infatuation with folk and mythology would reach a fruition on the group's untitled fourth album, which was released in November of 1971. Led Zeppelin IV was the band's most musically diverse effort to date, featuring everything from the crunching rock of "Black Dog" to the folk of "The Battle of Evermore," as well as "Stairway to Heaven," which found the bridge between the two genres. "Stairway to Heaven" was an immediate radio hit, eventually becoming the most played song in the history of album-oriented radio; the song was never released as a single. Despite the fact that the album never reached number one in America, Led Zeppelin IV was their biggest album ever, selling well over 16 million copies over the next two and a half decades.

Led Zeppelin did tour to support both Led Zeppelin III and Led Zeppelin IV, but they played fewer shows than they did on their previous tours. Instead, they concentrated on only playing larger venues. After completing their 1972 tour, the band retreated from the spotlight and recorded their fifth album. Released in the spring of 1973, Houses of the Holy continued the band's musical experimentation, featuring touches of funk and reggae among their trademark rock and folk. The success of Houses of the Holy set the stage for a record-breaking American tour. Throughout their 1973 tour, Led Zeppelin broke box-office records -- most of which were previously held by the Beatles -- across America. The group's concert at Madison Square Garden in July was filmed for use in the feature film The Song Remains the Same, which was released three years later. After their 1973 tour, Led Zeppelin spent a quiet year during 1974, releasing no new material and performing no concerts. They did, however, establish their own record label, Swan Song, which released all of Led Zeppelin's subsequent albums, as well as records by Dave Edmunds, Bad Company, the Pretty Things, and several others. Physical Graffiti, a double album released in February of 1975, was the band's first release on Swan Song. The album was an immediate success, topping the charts in both America and England. Led Zeppelin launched a large American tour in 1975, but it came to a halt when Robert Plant and his wife suffered a serious car crash while vacationing in Greece. The tour was canceled and Plant spent the rest of the year recuperating from the accident. Led Zeppelin returned to action in the spring of 1976 with Presence. Although the album debuted at number one in both America and England, the reviews for the album were lukewarm, as was the reception to the live concert film The Song Remains the Same, which appeared in the fall of 1976. The band finally returned to tour America in the Spring of 1977. A couple of months into the tour, Plant's six-year-old son Karac died of a stomach infection. Led Zeppelin immediately canceled the tour and offered no word whether or not it would be rescheduled, causing widespread speculation about the band's future. For a while, it did appear that Led Zeppelin was finished. Robert Plant spent the latter half of 1977 and the better part of 1978 in seclusion. The group didn't begin work on a new album until late in the summer of 1978, when they began recording at ABBA's Polar studios in Sweden. A year later, the band played a short European tour, performing in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Austria. In August of 1979, Led Zeppelin played two large concerts at Knebworth; the shows would be their last English performances. In Through the Out Door, the band's much-delayed eighth studio album, was finally released in September of 1979. The album entered the charts at number one in both America and England. In May of 1980, Led Zeppelin embarked on their final European tour. In September, Led Zeppelin began rehearsing at Jimmy Page's house in preparation for an American tour. On September 25, John Bonham was found dead in his bed -- following an all-day drinking binge, he had passed out and choked on his own vomit. In December of 1980, Led Zeppelin announced they were disbanding, since they could not continue without Bonham.

John Bonham (5/31/48 - 9/25/80)

Following the breakup, the remaining members all began solo careers. John Paul Jones returned to producing and arranging, finally releasing his solo debut, Zooma, in 1999. After recording the soundtrack for Death Wish II, Jimmy Page compiled the Zeppelin outtakes collection Coda, which was released at the end of 1982. That same year, Robert Plant began a solo career with the Pictures at Eleven album. In 1984, Plant and Page briefly reunited in the all-star oldies band the Honeydrippers. After recording one EP with the Honeydrippers, Plant returned to his solo career and Page formed the Firm with former Bad Company singer Paul Rogers. In 1985, Led Zeppelin reunited to play Live Aid, sparking off a flurry of reunion rumors; the reunion never materialized. In 1988, the band re-formed to play Atlantic's 25th anniversary concert. During 1989, Page remastered the band's catalog for release on the 1990 box set Led Zeppelin. The four-disc set became the biggest-selling multi-disc box set of all time, which was followed up three years later by another box set, the mammoth ten-disc set The Complete Studio Recordings.
In 1994, Page and Plant reunited to record a segment for MTV Unplugged, which was released as No Quarter in the fall of 1994. Although the album went platinum, the sales were disappointing considering the anticipation of a Zeppelin reunion. The following year, Page and Plant embarked on a successful international tour, which eventually led to an all-new studio recording in 1998, the Steve Albini-produced Walking Into Clarksdale. Surprisingly, the album was met with a cool reception by the record-buying public, as Page and Plant ended their union shortly thereafter, once again going their separate ways (Page went on to tour with the Black Crowes, while Plant resumed his solo career). Further Zeppelin compilation releases saw the light of day in the late '90s, including 1997's stellar double-disc BBC Sessions, plus Zep's first true best-of collections -- 1999's Early Days: The Best Of, Vol. 1 and 2000's Latter Days: The Best Of, Vol. 2. Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide Miscellaneous Videos:

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"Led Zepplin I, II, III (New Deluxe Editions-2014)" 5 Replies

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) CD 1 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) CD 2 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) CD 1 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe…Continue

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from Brian Chilson, AP Photo / "Robert Plant has revealed that he is no longer a fan of heavy rock music, and that he hopes to continue with the world music, country and blues…Continue

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Top 5 Led Zeppelin-albums 2 Replies

That's pretty easy for me:1. Physical Grafitti2. IV3. II4. I5. IIIContinue

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Top 10 Led Zeppelin-songs 1 Reply

1. What is, and what should never be2. When the leeve breaks3. Friends4. Ten years gone5. Down by the seaside6. Dazed and confused7. Thank You8. Sick again9. Four Sticks10. How many more timesContinue

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Comment by Niels (Mod) on January 14, 2015 at 7:55am

...HASN'T got a big "cover"..

Comment by Niels (Mod) on January 14, 2015 at 7:54am

Absolutlely!!! Even though looking at the picture of the Super Deluxe Box-set, I think Page & Co. could had made it better. I'm dissapointed in, that the box itself has a big "cover" of PG on the front/back or at least they could had made it in a better colour, more dark if you ask me. I don't really care about the vinyl, and the CD's are packed in the usual dissapointing "cardboard holders". I hope the "book" is great and that the sound does sound that much better, but all in all, probably not what I expected.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 14, 2015 at 7:20am

This is the one you've been waiting for.  Are you gonna cough up the big bucks for the super deluxe package?

Comment by Niels (Mod) on January 14, 2015 at 6:56am

The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted on February 24, 1975. As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.

Certified 16x platinum in the U.S., the commercial success of Physical Graffiti was equaled by its critical reception. Generally regarded as one of the greatest double albums of all time, the original 15 tracks represent a creative tour de force that explores the band’s dynamic musical range, from the driving rock of “Custard Pie” and an acoustic arrangement of “Bron-Yr-Aur” to the Eastern raga of “Kashmir” and funky groove of “Trampled Under Foot.”

The companion audio disc that accompanies the deluxe edition of Physical Graffiti has seven unreleased tracks, including rough mixes of “In My Time Of Dying” and “Houses Of The Holy,” as well as an early mix of “Trampled Under Foot” called “Brandy & Coke.” All the unreleased companion tracks offer fans a chance to hear well-known songs from a different perspective, including the Sunset Sound mix of “Boogie With Stu” and “Driving Through Kashmir,” a rough orchestra mix of the band’s eight minute opus “Kashmir.” Also featured is “Everybody Makes It Through,” a strikingly different early version of “In The Light” with alternate lyrics.




Super Deluxe Edition Box

3 CD + 3 LP

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on May 29, 2014 at 10:42am

Video for Whole Lotta Love from boxset:

Comment by Niels (Mod) on May 20, 2014 at 4:52am

"..wants to prevent the release of the LZ IV reissure.."!! What an asshole!! I'm waiting for that reissue!! And if so, where did Randy California steal it from? Boo-freaking-hoo!! What about all those thousands of bands, that have clearly ripped off Jimmy Page/LZ?!!!! 

Comment by Jon on May 19, 2014 at 5:36pm


Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' Targeted for Plagiarism

As Led Zeppelin promote the extravagant reissues of their first three albums for an early June release, a lawyer representing deceased Spirit guitarist Randy California is claiming the hard-rock legends stole the intro for their 1971 single "Stairway to Heaven" from Spirit's 1968 song "Taurus." Attorney Francis Alexander Molofiy wants to prevent the release of the Led Zeppelin IV reissue when the time comes, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. "The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on 'Stairway to Heaven,'" Malofiy said. "It's been a long time coming."

Led Zeppelin and Spirit, who had a hit with "I Got a Line on You," played four gigs together in 1968 and 1969 (shows at which Businessweek claims Spirit played "Taurus"). Led Zeppelin also reportedly played a medley of songs that included Spirit's "Fresh-Garbage" – a song that appeared on the same LP side as "Taurus" – on their first U.S. tour.

In an interview with Listener magazine published the year of his death, California said he felt "Stairway to Heaven" was a "rip-off." "The guys made millions of bucks on it and never said 'Thank you,' never said, 'Can we pay you some money for it?'" he said. "It's kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it."

Spirit and California's family have waited until now to challenge the song's authorship because they did not have the means to pay attorneys. At the end of California's life, he would play sitar at an Indian restaurant in exchange for food.

A rep for Led Zeppelin declined to comment for Businessweek's story, but Page discussed the band's history with crediting songwriters after the fact in a recent interview with The New York Times. When asked why the group waited to credit Willie Dixon for bits of lyrics and melody that made their way into "Whole Lotta Love," he acknowledged, "Within the lyrics of it, there's [Dixons's] "You Need Love," and there are similarities within the lyrics. Now I'm not pointing a finger at anybody, but I'm just saying that's what happened, and Willie Dixon got credit. Fair enough."

Reissues of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III are due in stores on June 3rd. Each is available in a deluxe edition that contains a full disc of never-before-released studio takes and live tracks.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 14, 2014 at 11:15am

John Paul Jones Forms New Group, Preps Album

John Paul JonesSimone Joyner, Getty Images

While Jimmy Page delves into the Led Zeppelin vaults for an upcoming series of reissues, his former bandmate John Paul Jones is forging ahead with a brand new project.

Called the Minibus Pimps, Jones’ latest venture is a collaboration with Helge Sten, widely known among dark-ambient fans for his work as Deathprod. According to Fact, the duo’s upcoming LP, titled ‘Cloud to Ground,’ “will be a compilation of tracks recorded at a series of different live shows, exploring themes which connect the dots between ’70s prog-rock and the Norwegian new-music movement.”

Fact’s article adds that Jones and Sten worked with Kyma, a programming language and hardware system described as “a supercomputer for sound,” in order to “transform the sounds into clouds of seismic drone.” (The title track, for example, is described as a “monstrous duet for icicles and cathedral organ.”) Sten is quoted as saying the music contains “composed and improvisational elements on an equal scale.”

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 14, 2014 at 11:15am

Jones has rarely recorded as a solo artist since Led Zeppelin’s breakup, releasing only a soundtrack (for the 1985 film ‘Scream for Help’) and a pair of albums, 1999′s ‘Zooma’ and 2001′s ‘The Thunderthief.’ But he’s been active in collaboration with other acts — both as part of official partnerships, such as his 1994 album with Diamanda Galas and his work with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme in Them Crooked Vultures, and in a long list of appearances with artists including HeartBrian MayAlice CooperGov’t Mule and Peter Gabriel.

While it’s unknown how Jones’ work with Minibus Pimps will affect his ongoing opera project, it’s definitely of a piece with his overall approach to recording. As he told Happening Magazine in 1999, “I’m really not that interested in writing song-based rock.”

Asked why he decided to record ‘Zooma’ as an instrumental LP, Jones explained, “Obviously I don’t really sing myself and I don’t write songs, per se. I also knew that if I got a singer involved, I would stop being an instrumentalist and a composer and that I’d quickly turn into a producer and an arranger. I knew that’s what I’d do just by pure instinct and that my music would just fall by the wayside in that situation, and I just didn’t want to do that. . . . Also, right now, nobody else is doing instrumental rock at the moment, so I kind of have the field to myself.”

‘Cloud to Ground,’ which will be available on 180-gram vinyl as well as additional formats, is scheduled for a March 3 release.

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