The Velvet Underground is a tough act to follow, but today is Monday, so it’s time to explore a new genre. This week we are listening to Heavy Metal, and attempting to top last week’s outstanding performance are Led Zeppelin, with their début album, Led Zeppelin. Due to this band’s habit of naming albums after themselves (they released four eponymous albums in three years!) this record is sometimes called Led Zeppelin I to distinguish it from the Led Zeppelins that followed.
Led Zeppelin was released in 1969, and at the time it received mostly negative reviews. However like last week’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, which was largely ignored upon release, time has been kind to Led Zeppelin, and their first effort is now well-regarded by the music press. We will be listening to Led Zeppelin until Sunday, and writing about Heavy Metal during the week. Enjoy!