LED ZEP­PELIN

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Led Zep­pelin ★★★★ Led Zep­pelin II ★★★ Led Zep­pelin III ★★★

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Avail­able in a va­ri­ety of suit-all-pock­ets for­mats, the first three al­bums from the revered rock­ers ar­rive re­mas­tered by the band’s gui­tarist, Jimmy Page. Ex­cis­ing all the glo­ri­fied gub­bins that come with al­bum reis­sues from her­itage acts, you’d be hard­pressed to find a finer gran­ite-hard al­bum than Zep’s 1969 de­but. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Break­down, You Shook Me and Dazed and Con­fused pack such a punch that it’s still im­pos­si­ble not to be unim­pressed. Led Zep­pelin II, re­leased nine months later (that quick enough for you?), con­tin­ued with the body blows, in­clud­ing one of Zep’s sig­na­ture songs, Whole Lotta Love. Led Zep­pelin III, while still strong, less­ened the im­pact, no­tably via a coura­geous shift from gui­tar so­los and hard rock tex­tures to acous­tic, folksy songs. ledzep­pelin.com

Down­load: Dazed and Con­fused, Whole Lotta Love, Im­mi­grant Song

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