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Led Zeppelin
4 January 2020
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I did it. I have finally listened to a Zeppelin album and I am impressed. I've been putting it off for a while now, despite constant pressure to listen by my friends (as well as teachers), because I'm not a big hard rock fan ((I mean I had my emo phase in middle school where I only listened to My Chemical Romance but that's beside the point.)) and I was a little intimidated by the sheer length of some of Led Zep's songs but oh my god was I not disappointed. 

I listened to their first album: Led Zeppelin. "You Shook Me" and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and "Your Time is Gonna Come" are the tracks that I really loved. And none of this is prob news to you fans out there, but I never knew how amazing  Plant's vocals are. The way he and the lead guitar just seem to me singing and moaning at each other really got me in the knees. It's just....so good. How could I have put this off? 

Welp, I'm gonna go download all their other albums. Consider me a newborn Led Zep fan. 

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Awesome news! If i were you, I'd just continue chronologically, since you've started with the first one.

For me, II is kind of the inverse of I: the ideas behind the songs aren't quite as interesting to me, but they're presented in a much more coherent way. Both amazing albums, that lead the way to the mastery of IV, Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti

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WELCOME to Ledhead-dom! Perfect time to do it, too, this week (ish) contains the birthdays of both John Paul Jones (3 Jan) and Jimmy Page (9 Jan). And yes, I agree with you about Robert Plant: the first time I heard Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, my mind was blown open and expanded radically by Robert's vocals. Previously, I'd mostly only listened to more conventional melodic singing and I never knew a human voice could be used like that. He truly had some special pipes back in those days -- a magical combination of range, power, a uniquely shimmery timbre, and just plain swagger. (His voice had changed over the years, as one does with years of untrained abuse, cigarettes, and age, and he can't and won't sing like that any more -- ah well, All Things Must Pass , and that untrained abuse sure did sound fecking amazing a-hard-days-night-john-6) I just love it when he and Jimmy did the call-and-response thing (check out live versions of Dazed and Confused).

Oh, I can't wait for you to hear the rest of their albums! I think I have a harder time picking a favorite Zepp album than I do for any other band. They're all just so solid. I'm so excited for you @lovelyritametermaid beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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lovelyritametermaid said
I did it. I have finally listened to a Zeppelin album and I am impressed. I've been putting it off for a while now, despite constant pressure to listen by my friends (as well as teachers), because I'm not a big hard rock fan ((I mean I had my emo phase in middle school where I only listened to My Chemical Romance but that's beside the point.)) and I was a little intimidated by the sheer length of some of Led Zep's songs but oh my god was I not disappointed. 

I listened to their first album: Led Zeppelin. "You Shook Me" and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and "Your Time is Gonna Come" are the tracks that I really loved. And none of this is prob news to you fans out there, but I never knew how amazing  Plant's vocals are. The way he and the lead guitar just seem to me singing and moaning at each other really got me in the knees. It's just....so good. How could I have put this off? 

Welp, I'm gonna go download all their other albums. Consider me a newborn Led Zep fan. 

  

Great. My favorite albums are Physical Graffiti and Presence.

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I hadn't listened to Physical Graffiti for a long time until today and good lord is The Wanton Song just Red Hot Chili Peppers entire template without the rap lyrics. stuart-sutcliffePage's willingness to continually tinker with the masters however, leads to weirdness like the 2012 remaster of Black Country Woman being speed-modified when the interesting thing is that there's no bass on it! Sometimes these experiments work though, but it's exhausting going through the sheer number of remasters of everything by now.

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I hadn't listened to Physical Graffiti for a long time until today and good lord is The Wanton Song just Red Hot Chili Peppers entire template without the rap lyrics. stuart-sutcliffePage's willingness to continually tinker with the masters however, leads to weirdness like the 2012 remaster of Black Country Woman being speed-modified when the interesting thing is that there's no bass on it! Sometimes these experiments work though, but it's exhausting going through the sheer number of remasters of everything by now.

  

Dude, Apple Music doesn't give me a choice. All they have is the 2012 remaster and the Deluxe Edition of Physical Graffiti , so I don't even know how the original mastering compares. 

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Sorry to hear that, @lovelyritametermaid, it's definitely something you need to be aware of with Led Zep recordings. I think the Complete Studio Recordings is a reasonable baseline compromise if you can get that (it's not too expensive from places like discogs.com although the postage can be a bit nasty for international). But if you want a cheap compilation, get Mothership which are all from CSR (2007 remasters).

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Huh, I didn't know about the speed adjustment, weird. Was Plant's voice originally pitched up slightly on that track? (I believe that was done on "Four Sticks" and a couple of others from around 1971-2)

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No, the pitch is preserved, it's just sped up enough that it's shorter by 10 seconds, and Plant sounds a little too quick in some sections where he's singing in a syncopated rhythm. It's almost subtle enough that you don't notice but it's there, I thought I was going crazy at first.

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