everygreatsongever asked: Mount Rushmore of Led Zeppelin.
I’m loving the game but most of the acts picked are ones where I’ve not explored much beyond very obvious territories! With Zep there’s a bit of an excuse in that I reconciled myself to them VERY late - I think I only held out for longer w/Neil Young. There are probably embarassing ILM threads where I HOLD FORTH about the iniquities of Zeppelin.
My favorite Led Zep album is unashamedly IV, I’ve played most of the others but it’s the songs from III and IV that stand out, so here are some of them:
“Friends”: This was the first Led Zeppelin song I heard that surprised me and made me think “OK, I’ve been wrong about them.” Really attractive and twangly in ways I wasn’t expecting.
“Stairway To Heaven”: I admit I take a bit of perverse glee in really enjoying this now, even beyond that the change up is SO well done you can’t help respond to it, and the drippy mysticism of IV just speaks totally to the small boy looking at Larry Elmore fantasy art buried deep inside me. Speaking of which…
“Going To California”: Just outrageously pretty, yearning (OK, blue-balled probably). I like songs by Brits romanticising the US, frankly they’re usually more honest than the ones sneering at it.
“Immigrant Song”: Their policy of not releasing singles was STUPID, incidentally. This should have been #1 for months, it’s one of the most superbly conceived and executed pop songs I know. And that’s even before the kittens got involved.