2008-04-15 00:00

AWESOMELY powerful, yet capable, when they wanted, of a surprisingly delicate touch, Led Zeppelin were one of those classic rock ‘n roll combos whose music, look and personalities fit together perfectly, the stuff of which legends are born.

Their self-titled debut album sounded like nothing else released in 1969 but contained all the ingredients for what followed: Jimmy Page’s huge, tangled guitar riffs overlayed with feedback and amplifier distortion; Robert Plant’s drama-drenched vocals; and John Paul Jones and John Bonhma’s hypnotic cross-rhythms.

Over the course of the next 12 years, this vanguard foursome continued to sharpen their attack, producing memorable albums that showed off their instrumental depth as they shifted effortlessly from one fragmentary clash of styles to another — soft to hard, folk to rock, blues to country, East to West — and which increasingly reflected Page and Plant’s growing fascination with mythology, Middle Earth fantasy and the occult.

Exciting, intense — even cathartic — they overloaded the hooks of their songs to the point of explosion, sucking the listener into its raucous vortex. To the end the band retained a take-it-or-leave-it attitude, ignoring their critics (and those who accused them of being in cahoots with the devil) while continuing to inspire a host of like-minded, conceptual noisemakers and attracting millions of fans.

Like it or not there is no doubt that Led Zeppelin have made a huge difference to the sound of modern music and that counts.

Consolidating their stardom this double CD greatest hits package (including also a DVD capturing their exciting live act) serves as a great introduction for neophytes and should be of interest to anyone not owning absolutely everything the band has done.

Anthony Stidolph

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.