EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
January 12, 1969
Well, here we are, over four decades later and this entire album still has the power to thrill.
In all that time there have been many good contenders, but song for song, with every nuance in place and recorded in less than a month, this LP is thee essence of Rock ‘n’ Roll!
I was almost 19 years old when this Rock ‘n’ Roll Monster was released and set a new standard for all those that followed. Like the emergence of Hendrix firing off soundwaves of what was possible; this LP created a huge impact of what was to come – because Led Zeppelin just blew the roof off the ceiling of what we knew about Rock – and the Blues.
We had advance warning with the build-up from the different incarnations of the Yardbirds with Jimmy Page but this (originally New Yardbirds) album and these songs were visceral, carnal, and orgiastic – hot, sweaty sex virtually oozed off the turntable and audible orgasms were to be enjoyed with every song. Each band member gave it their all and then some – true Rockers – and if Led Zep would never have produced any other albums; this would still be the Touchstone of Rock that it is.
Back in these days when an album hit and everyone grooved; that album would stay in the Rock Consciousness for at least a year or two or more. Even with the competition of constant Rock releases by great artists the solid LPs would stick with us music fiends, and we were Legion.
I bring this up because even though this was released in January of 1969, it was still being played day and night at my beach pad nearly a year later during the winter of ’69 – as I’m sure it was across America and the rest of the Rock ‘n’ Roll World all year and every year since.
This LP’s impact was massive; we’re talking about a whole album, every cut, solid – here’s the track list:
“Good Times Bad Times” 2:47
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You 6:41
“You Shook Me” 6:30
“Dazed and Confused” 6:27
“Your Time Is Gonna Come” 4:34
“Black Mountain Side” 2:13
“Communication Breakdown” 2:30
“I Can’t Quit You Baby” 4:43
“How Many More Times” 8:28
Through imprinted memory I can replay these songs in my head and when I do it serves as a sense-memory of a time that was equal to what I was listening to – the best! – my first pad at 19, right at the beach for $150- a month rent that was spilt three ways with my two good buddies. I was enjoying: a job at a “subsidized by the gov’t.” art department, a ’51 Buick (a straight eight – a huge green toad and 19 years old – just like me!), a motorcycle, two girlfriends and all the drugs I wanted!
So, with all of that goodness surrounding the scene of smoking joints and bowls of hash and rockin’ to this album with a tight group of friends – well, it really doesn’t get any better than that!
And that’s what Led Zeppelin’s first album was to me: the height of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the height of well, everything else.
Good Times, Bad Times, you know I had my share!
Eight months after the release of this “heavy” LP my music fiends and I experienced one of the best concerts of my concert-attending career – Led Zep was young, we were young and the sound was young – and awesome!
Check it out!: LED ZEPPELIN – 08-09-69 – ANAHEIM, CA