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Get the Led in

Music education. I'm getting more of it. Until recently, I'd never listened to a full album by Led Zeppelin. Also, I'd noticed that, often, I'd bounced off of the Zep radio singles that are still all over radio; the band seemed not to do much for me. But I've decided to test that.

A few days ago I borrowed on the Hoopla app 1969's Led Zeppelin; last night I borrowed Led Zeppelin II, also from 1969. A few thoughts so far:

• I prefer the first album to the second. Significantly.

• The cut from Led Zeppelin I that I probably best respond to: "Your Time Is Gonna Come."

• This has been true for years: I have trouble taking seriously the second album's track "Ramble On." Having Gollum and Sauron steal away a woman? Giving Gollum a sex life? I can see Smeagol (pre-ring Smeagol, understand) having a sex life. Not Gollum. Yes, this is a hangup I have about a famous song.

• I now wish Robert Plant and Janis Joplin had had a chance to do a duet.

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rebellibrarian
Jul. 28th, 2018 07:16 pm (UTC)
Enjoy the ride!

I had ignored Led Zeppelin (along with most hard rock & heavy metal) until after HS and when I sat down to really listen to the music, found a new favorite. :-)

"Moby Dick" is the stand out from the second album for me. Love each and every version of that one.
chris_walsh
Jul. 30th, 2018 05:33 am (UTC)
So far! The second album is growing on me, which I didn't expect.

I wonder if this will be like my reaction to Kate Bush: I didn't quite get her music when I bought a cassette of The Dreaming but didn't bounce off of her, so I kept trying her, THEN I borrowed the CD The Whole Story and that's when her work clicked for me.
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