Even back then, most of my focus was on Led Zeppelin IV, the classic 1971 album featuring ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ ‘Rock and Roll,’ ‘Black Dog,’ ‘Going to California’ and ‘When the Levee Breaks.’ What a motherlode of classic rock staples.
This album boasts such iconic tracks as ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ ‘Black Dog,’ ‘Rock and Roll,’ ‘Going to California’ and ‘When the Levee Breaks.’ Plus today’s track, ‘Misty Mountain Hop,’ which is less well known but just as awesome.
Led zeppelin’s third album, cleverly titled Led Zeppelin III, marked a shift in their style from harder-edged rock to a more acoustic sound. The first side, which kicks off with the hit ‘Immigrant Song,’ is a bit more electric, while the second side is extremely mellow.
The album was met with confusion and didn’t perform very well critically or commercially at first, but over time it has come to be regarded as one of the band’s better efforts.
Every teenage boy has a Led Zeppelin phase, right? But how many listen to the band as adults?
Or maybe I’m just generalizing based on my own experience. I know I gobbled up all of the Zeppelin albums in high school and college but haven’t listened to one of them all the way through since.
For the next two weeks I’ll continue my annual tradition of going dark on the blog while I embark on a family vacation.
This year’s destination is California, so my ten song selections will reference the Golden State.
Enjoy, and see you back here in a couple of weeks!
IV – Led Zeppelin (1971)
I’ve been on a roll with these decade lists, so I’m marching on (and back). Pull out your leisure suits and bell-bottoms, it’s time for the best albums of the 70s!
At first I wondered if I’d have enough material to compile a strong list of 20 — after all, I was born in 1972 and certainly wasn’t sampling the decade’s music in any meaningful way during my first eight years. Any familiarity I have with 70s music came after the fact — sometimes well after the fact.
In yesterday’s post, guest-blogger Alex suggested that some groups remain (and should remain) rooted to the high school experience. She specifically called out Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, which happen to be the two groups I most associate with high school — and for exactly the reason she gave… I basically lost interest in them after those years.
Thinking back, I was a big (and new) Elvis Costello fan back in those days, but he has stayed with me for the twenty years since so in no way does he signify “high school” for me. Likewise, my roommate and I shared am affinity for Simon and Garfunkel, but their music has been a staple in my life before and after that period.