Posted: May 22, 2012 2:51 am
Ocean Song is hard to front on. Immigrant Song and Boogie With Stu, too. Night Flight is particularly great.
Sure, the albums were FULL of overdubs; I consider one quality of a good band: "Can they pull it off live?"
Led Zeppelin? Surely not, but it was about the riff. And almost all footage I've seen, it's still about the riff. Then a long, multi-layred solo. Does Led Zeppelin REALLY offend you that much? You know what I find offensive? Star Trek; in all it's permutations, it is utopian-wishful non-sense, with a penchant for patronization and heavy-handed alegory. And, fuck, you hate me for liking Yes.
Aside from that, the records rock. I still prefer them over Thin Lizzy (and I've listened to a lot of Thin Lizzy for a few years now, trying to figure out why they are so revered). Thin Lizy has MAYBE 10 good riffs, Led Zeppelin has 50. I get it. Black Irishman. Whatevs.
Hate on it all you want. I'll have a firm middle finger for you the next time I see you and your friends download Journey's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezen'" from the jukebox.