Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs

LED ZEPPELIN                                             MARTIN POPOFF

Formed by the unlikely alliance of two ace London studio musicians and two bar-band bumpkins, Led Zeppelin went on to create the template for the marauding modern rock ’n’ roll band. Often described as "heavy," any true fan will tell you that the band’s 9 studio albums and 81 tracks thereon are actually a complex amalgam of blues, psychedelia, rock, folk, and country that reveal the influences of Led Zeppelin’s four members.

Veteran music journalist Martin Popoff picks apart each of these 81 tracks in exquisite detail, and for the first time ever, you can come along for the ride. Popoff analyzes the circumstances that led to their creation, the recording processes, the historical contexts, and more.

Included as a special bonus, he also offers an introductory essay on each of the band’s nine studio albums, and sidebar features that explore influences on the band as well as song details, such as running time, instruments played, engineers, and studios.


Let me first say that I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin. They were just one of many rock bands that a young kid aged 10 getting a little older thought was different. Well, one of. So, for now, I will review this book from the perspective of that young guy going into his teens. I enjoyed the book for the part of the backstories of the different albums. How the author takes you through each album and each song from each one. I have found over the years that people you are fans each have different favorite songs and most are not the ones that are played over and over on the radio. The photos in the book add to the book along with some of the artwork from concerts. Some of the photos I have seen maybe other people have, but I thought that was a good touch. You also get you worked behind the scenes of the album and how and why they did certain things that way. The author does mention car accidents and death of Robert Plant’s son in 1977 and how “All my Love” was a tribute to him. Being seventeen at the time I really was not paying attention. But now having lost a child and a grandchild I understand. Now in my late 50’s yes I still listen to them and yes the author speaks of the lawsuits that have been brought against them including one still pending. The song they reference “Taurus” by Spirit if you can listen to it is a good song but I won’t go into all of the legal stuff. What I will touch is the blues. In my late twenties I really got into the old blues and from there I began to realize just how much a lot of the groups or individual, guitarists from England and here in the U.S. were influenced by the old Delta and Texas, even Chicago Blues. So it does not surprise me that many of their songs have a blues background explained by the author. Remember the Stones, Clapton, Beck, Mayhall, even the Beatles were influenced when Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Dixon and other came over to England in the late 50’s early 60’s after being pushed aside by record companies. The young men of England listened to their records now had their music live and because of that the 70 changes music. So yes this is a good book about every record and every song, whether you like Zeppelin or not it is worth the read a top rock band ever. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com

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