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August 5th, 2018

Zepdate!

(That title is a stretch, but I can always loosen up.)

Three albums into my Led Zeppelin listen:

Led Zeppelin II grew on me in a way I didn't expect.

• I still skip "Ramble On." I'll run into that on radio anyway.

Led Zeppelin III is overall a little quieter than I expected, its opening song "Immigrant Song" notwithstanding. This is not a bad thing.

• For a while, "Immigrant Song" was the only Zep song I both heard semi-regularly and really liked, because it's so confidently ridiculous. I checked with Zep fans and they confirmed it's an outlier; the band didn't do many songs like it. But that's a hell of an opening track.

• Wouldn't it have been a trip if the song playing in a 23rd century bar in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock hadn't been the Johnny Mercer "Tangerine," but Led Zep's "Tangerine"? A 30-year difference in release wouldn't mean that much three centuries in the future. (Also, I'm sure I'm not the only one who's mixed those songs up.)

• I listen to the third album's "Friends" and think that the string melody keeps almost turning into "Mars, the Bringer of War."

• I'll be listening to more Led Zeppelin. Unlike when I tried Metallica albums; friends who are Metallica fans recommended that I try at least the three albums Master of Puppets, ...And Justice For All, and Metallica (a.k.a. The Black Album). Halfway through, on ...And Justice For All, I realized I wasn't enjoying that album; it felt way too angry for me, and I stopped that listen-through. I'll stick with my sole Metallica album being S & M.

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