Saturday, April 02, 2005

Led Zeppelin

While waiting for some tacos today, a blast of Led Zeppelin came over the shop stereo: "Over the Hills and Far Away," from the Houses of the Holy album (1973). I was struck by how ebullient, fun, strong, exciting, and compelling the band was, particularly on the chorus. I've thought that for a long time, so that wasn't new, but I hadn't heard this tune in awhile. And I haven't heard anything on the radio that comes close to the vitality of that sound; so much rock today sounds so derivative, so unoriginal. Zeppelin rocked pretty damn hard, they had some unique voices, and a unique, acid distorted take on the blues. It's nice to know that some of the stuff you listened to a long time ago still sounds good.

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