Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.

After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group was initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with albums such as Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Led Zeppelin IV (1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), and Physical Graffiti (1975). Their fourth album, which features the track "Stairway to Heaven", is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it helped to secure the group's popularity.

Page wrote most of Led Zeppelin's music, particularly early in their career, while Plant generally supplied the lyrics. Jones' keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group's catalogue, which featured increasing experimentation. The latter half of their career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned the group a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited during the late 1970s, and the group disbanded following Bonham's death from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980. In the decades that followed, the surviving members sporadically collaborated and participated in one-off Led Zeppelin reunions. The most successful of these was the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London, with Jason Bonham taking his late father's place behind the drums.

Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group's record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. With RIAA-certified sales of 111.5 million units, they are the second-best-selling band in the US. Each of their nine studio albums placed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart and six reached the number-one spot. They achieved eight consecutive UK number-one albums. Rolling Stone magazine described them as "the heaviest band of all time", "the biggest band of the Seventies", and "unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history". They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum's biography of the band states that they were "as influential" during the 1970s as the Beatles were during the 1960s.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Led Zeppelin 4.85 36
1969 Led Zeppelin II 4.7 37
1970 Led Zeppelin III 4.8 33
1971 [Led Zeppelin IV] 4.95 39
1973 Houses of the Holy 4.9 28
1975 Physical Graffiti 4.2 23
1976 Presence 3.5 20
1979 In Through the Out Door 4 21
1982 Coda 3 22
Led Zeppelin II Sessions Fragment 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Boxed Set 3.25 3
1990 Best of Led Zeppelin 5 1
1991 Roots: The Early Years 1
1992 Uncensored, Volume 1 1
1992 Uncensored, Volume 2 1
1992 Uncensored, Volume 3 1
1992 Uncensored, Volume 4 1
1992 Uncensored, Volume 5 1
1992 Whole Lotta Rock! 1
1993 Boxed Set 2 5 2
1993 The Complete Studio Recordings 5 1
1993 Greatest Hits 1969–1971 1
1993 Greatest Hits 1973–1982 1
1995 Cabala 5 2
1996 Classic Ballads 1
1997 BBC Sessions 4.5 8
1997 Brutal Artistry 2 1
1997 Physically Present 1
1999 Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Volume One 4 7
2000 Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Volume Two 3.5 4
2002 Early Days & Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Volumes One and Two 5
2002 After the Crash: Archives, 1981–1985 1
2002 Precious Rarities 1
2002 Sessions, Volume I: The Legendary “Stairway to Heaven” & “Bombay, India” Sessions: Archives 1971–1972 1
2002 Sessions, Volume III: Physical Graffiti Outtakes: Archives 1974 1
2002 You Shook Me 1
2003 DVD The Music 1
2003 Physical Rarities 1
2003 Sessions, Volume IV: Led Zeppelin III Outtakes: Archives 1970 1
2004 Grand Collection 1
2005 Studio Demo's 1970–1972 1
2007 Mothership 4 10
2008 Definitive Collection 5 3
2008 Greatest Hits 1
2008 Studio Sessions Ultimate 1
2013 Studio Magik: Sessions 1968–1980 1
All That Glitters Is Gold 1
Another IV Symbols: Headley Grange, Hampshire, UK (1970-12/1971-01) 1
Anyway You Want 2
Best 1
Brutal Artistry 1
Forever Gold II 1
Golden Ballads 1
Hard Zepp 1
Houses of the Holy: The Revised Versions 1
Studio Daze 1
Studio Gems, Volume 1 1
Studio Gems, Volume 2 1
Studio Gems, Volume 3 1
Studio Haze, Volume 1 1
That's the Way Through the Out Door 1
The Complete '69 BBC Classics 1
The Last Rehearsal 1
The Lost Sessions, Volume 2 1
The Prequel 1
Ultra Rare Tracks Vol. #1 1

Album + Compilation + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Remasters 3 8

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 1973-03-21: 1st April (A Paris Affair): Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 1
1993 Live 1
1993 Through the Years 1
1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1
1996 A Tribute to Johnny Kidd and the Pirates 1
2012 Ascension in the Wane: The January 1973 Soundboards 1
2012 Quick Diet 1
A Secret History of Led Zeppelin 1
Hammer of Gods 1
Riverside Blues 1
That's the Way to Heaven 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 20 Years Train Kept a Rollin', Volume Two 1
1989 1969-04-27: Live at Fillmore West 1
1989 1969-06-27: White Summer: Playhouse Theater, London, UK 5 1
1989 1971-03-25: Communication Breakdown: London, UK 1
1989 1975-03-04: Over the Hills and Far Away: Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX, USA 2
1989 1980-06-21: Rotterdam 1980: Rotterdam, Netherlands 1
1989 Mess of Blues 1
1990 1973-05-18: Thunder Rock: Memorial Hall, Dallas, TX, USA 1
1990 1975-03-04: Trampled Underfoot: Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX, USA 1
1990 1977-04-27: Destroyer: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, USA 4
1990 1980-06-20: Brussels Affair: Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium 1
1990 Live on Blueberry Hill 1
1991 '69 in Flames 1
1991 1971-04-01: Live Performances 1
1991 1973‐03‐16: Led Poisoning: Stadhalle, Vienna, Austria 1
1991 We're Gonna Groove 1
1992 1972-02-29: Australian Tour 1972, Part 2: Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia 1
1992 1975-03-11: California 1975: Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA, USA 1
1992 Jennings Farm Blues 2
1992 Plays Pure Blues 1
1992 Shenandoah 1
1993 1969-07-21: Schaefer Music Festival, Wollman Rink Theater, Central Park, New York City, NY, USA 1

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