My 2018 new year resolution to listen to more music is into the second month and this time, I’ve chosen Led Zeppelin, recommended to me by the lovely Linda Wellington. In fact, when I asked for recommendations, I would have been shocked had Linda not mentioned Led Zeppelin as she absolutely loves them! Aside from Stairway to Heaven, I wasn’t really aware of much of the music of Led Zeppelin until I heard Alfie sing Rock and Roll and Kashmir – this made me listen to the originals but until now, that was as far as I got.
Linda kindly supplied the whole back catalogue for the band but especially recommended Led Zeppelin IV and Physical Graffiti as being the best albums to start with. Led Zeppelin is a band that I would never normally listen to, having the preconceived notion that I’m not keen on that genre of music. Now however, whilst admitting it’s still not 100% my kind of music, there is a lot to like, not least the different influences apparent over both albums.
My highlights from Led Zeppelin IV include The Battle of Evermore, with it’s eastern inspired sound and acoustic guitar and mandolin, Going to California, When the Levee Breaks and Misty Mountain Hop. The shorter, acoustic inspired tracks appeal to me more but I really loved the blues infused Levee Breaks as well. Rock and Roll is also a favourite, but I hope I’m forgiven if I say I like Alfie’s version better!
You can see how much I liked Led Zeppelin IV by how many highlights I picked but Physical Graffiti is also a great album. Besides Kashmir, my favourites here are Night Flight, Down by the Seaside, The Rover and Trampled Under Foot:
Although many songs pass the get up and dance test, Night Flight, with it’s opening bars sending you headlong into the song is the best. Some of the other songs have fabulous long intros which allow the listener to really appreciate the musical skill on show but getting straight into the main body of the song is what I liked about Night Flight.
As I mentioned earlier, my New Year resolution is to listen to more music, especially that inspired by Alfie, so I’m looking for more recommendations. If you have any recommendations for me, fill in the form and I’ll see what I can do:
Led Zeppelin IV and Physical Graffiti are available here:
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