CC00031: Led Zeppelin

  • Led Zeppelin IV (10)
  • Led Zeppelin [I] (10)
  • Led Zeppelin II (10)
  • Led Zeppelin III (10)
  • Physical Graffiti (9.5)
  • Houses of the Holy (9)
  • Led Zeppelin [Box Set] (8)
  • BBC Sessions [live] (7.5)
  • Led Zeppelin Remasters (6.5)
  • Presence (6)
  • In Through the Out Door (6)
  • Led Zeppelin [Box Set 2] (5)
  • Coda (4.5)
  • The Song Remains the Same [live] (3)
Author Comments: 

This is an entry in a continuing series I call Critical Consensus. I am averaging the opinions of several excellent music critics to produce a list of each artist's albums. The albums will each have a rating between 1 and 10. The albums will be listed in a recommended purchasing order, so new fans will have an idea of where the best place to start buying an artist's work is. These are not my opinions, although, since I have chosen the critics used (and I'm using many), my taste will perhaps seep through a bit.

Terribly nerdy, I know, but maybe this will help people only now beginning to dabble into certain artists' bodies of work.

I don't really hold the same opinion as this group of excellent music critics. I love In Through The Out DooR. I was wondering how much your own opinion differentiates from this body of music critics?

Good question. How much I see my own opinions mirrored in the CC lists varies quite a bit from band to band. I think the critics nail some bands, and I think some they are very wrong about.

As for Zep, I am not the world's largest fan. However, excluding box sets, it seems to me a basic collection would contain the four numbered albums and Physical Graffiti. I find Houses of the Holy too spotty for my taste (some great songs, some terrible experiments, such as D'yer Maker and The Crunge, IMHO). I really think the band bottomed out towards the end, and I do not particularly care for either Presence or In Through the Out Door. Both have a few great songs, but for the most part, I think the band nearing the end sounded just like the tired, uninspired dinosaurs some always accused them of being.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs