Led Zeppelin II
produced by Jimmy PageRobert Plant - vocals, harmonica
Jimmy Page - guitars
John Paul Jones - bass, organ
John Bonham - drums, percussion
- Whole Lotta Love/ Living Loving Maid
- Heart Breaker/ Bring it on Home
- Living Loving Maid/ Bring it on Home
This album made me appreciate Jimmy Page as a guitar player. Many people talked about how great he was, but discovering things for myself was always the best plan. I still don't think Eddie Van Halen was such a great player, since I haven't heard a shred of evidence to tell me otherwise. There has been no "holy crap" moment like I've had many times listening to Page.
The bluesiness (I'm sure that's a word) on this album has made it my favorite. Whole Lotta Love, of course, is an epic song, full of rocking guitar rifts, and a crazy feedback induced breakdown in the middle. The Lemon Song, Ramble On, and Bring it on Home are my favorite tracks.
Led Zeppelin III
produced by Jimmy Pagesingles -
- Immigrant Song/ Hey Hey What can I do?
Led Zeppelin IV
produced by Jimmy Page
- Black Dog/ Misty Mountain Hop
- Rock and Roll/ Four Sticks
This is probably the hardest rocking, most well known album by the band. Most tracks receive radio play, and it incorporates just about everything the band was and had been into. There is blues, there is folk, there is traditional Celtic/Wiccan mythos, and there is just good loud rock.
It is amazing to me what one can be subjected to without even realizing it. I saw Wayne's World back in the day, before I really understood who Led Zeppelin was... and that scene about not being allowed to play Stairway in the music shop was funny, but I didn't know what Stairway was. At least, I didn't think I did. But when a friend played it for me, I realized that I had heard it before, a lot, on the radio. Radio doesn't always tell you what they play, you know.
Speaking of knowing things I thought I didn't know... Battle for Evermore features Sandy Denny. I knew who she was before I heard this album, because I knew Fairport Convention and their album Liege and Lief. This was the first time I realized that musicians from different genres can and do hang out together.
I learned so much when I was 12 because of music!
As a side note, my favorite track on this album is When the Levee Breaks.
Houses of the Holy
produced by Jimmy Page
- Over the Hills and Far Away/ Dancing Days
- D'yer Maker/ The Crunge