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Day 50: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

19 Apr

Good Times Bad Times

Here’s the deal: Led Zeppelin is essentially sacred to my father.  They are untouchable and infallible in his eyes.  That’s why I’ve been dreading this particular Dad-Rock Tuesday for a while.  What if I didn’t like this album?  I’ve listened to IV a few times, and I’ve been on the fence about it.  I also knew that if I spoke poorly of Led Zeppelin, I would be in ill favor in my household for the rest of eternity; so there was a bit of pressure on me to like this record.

Once I was able to get past the ’60s sound that this album has to it, I was able to see its merit.  Check out Dazed and Confused, and you’ll understand what I mean.  I’ve never been a huge fan of psychedelic, dreamy guitars—I feel that they’ve been completely worn out by now, nothing more original can come from them—but then I remembered that Led Zeppelin pretty much invented this style of music.  Once I started listening with that lens, I definitely started getting more into the album.

Led Zeppelin fared better with me than most of the other Dad-Rock Tuesday records so far.  When I listened to this record, I could just tell that there was something important, something game changing, about it.  Led Zeppelin, specifically Jimmy Page and his ridiculous guitar work, has a sound that’s been imitated countless times, but never duplicated.  I definitely have a ton of respect for Led Zeppelin (the band, and the record.)