LED ZEPPELIN I * CLASSIC RECORDS 200 GRAM PRESS * NM 9/10
Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos. As Led Zeppelin proves, the group was capable of such multi-layered music from the start. Although the extended psychedelic blues of "Dazed and Confused," "You Shook Me," and "I Can't Quit You Baby" often gather the most attention, the remainder of the album is a better indication of what would come later. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" shifts from folky verses to pummeling choruses; "Good Times Bad Times" and "How Many More Times" have groovy, bluesy shuffles; "Your Time Is Gonna Come" is an anthemic hard rocker; "Black Mountain Side" is pure English folk; and "Communication Breakdown" is a frenzied rocker with a nearly punkish attack. Although the album isn't as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal. (AMG)
A Note on Classic Records: Acclaimed reissue label specializing in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums; employs its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; masters its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually).
Classic used 180 gram vinyl until 2001. That year they switched to 180 gram "SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. They introduced 200 gram "Quiex SV-P" in July 2002. That was followed by "SV-P II" and, in 2008, "Clarity Vinyl." In the 2000s, they also introduced lower priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150, 140, or 120 gram vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker.
Classic also produced a line of gold CDs in the 1990s and then 24/96 HDAD digital disks. Mastering was typically done at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Grundman himself or Chris Bellman. Classic's assets were purchased by Acoustic Sounds in 2010. (DSG)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
Label: Classic Records – SD 8216, Atlantic – SD 8216
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 200
Country: US Released: 2005
A1 Good Times Bad Times Written-By – Page*, Bonham*, Jones* 2:45
A2 Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You Arranged By – Jimmy Page Written By – Traditional 6:40
A3 You Shook Me Written-By – Willie Dixon 6:30
A4 Dazed And Confused Written-By – Jimmy Page 6:27
B1 Your Time Is Gonna Come Written-By – Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones 4:41
B2 Black Mountain Side Tabla – Viram Jasani Written-By – Jimmy Page 2:06
B3 Communication Breakdown Written-By – Page*, Bonham*, Jones* 2:26
B4 I Can't Quit You Baby Written-By – Willie Dixon 4:42
B5 How Many More Times Written-By – Page*, Bonham*, Jones* 3:30
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals – John Paul Jones
Design – George Hardie
Drums, Timpani, Backing Vocals – John Bonham
Engineer [Director] – Glyn Johns
Executive-Producer – Peter Grant
Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar [Pedal], Backing Vocals – Jimmy Page
Lead Vocals, Harmonica – Robert Plant
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Photography By [Band] – Chris Dreja
Producer – Jimmy Page
© + ℗ 1969 Atlantic Recording Corporation. Manufactured and distributed under exclusive license by Classic Records, Inc.
Pressed on QUIEX SV-P 200 gram vinyl.
Matrix / Runout: Side A) SD 8216-A BG
Matrix / Runout: Side B) SD 8216-B.
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