Led Zeppelin

Formed 1968. Disbanded 25 September 1980.
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Biography

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The band consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The group's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues on their early albums, has drawn 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), their untitled fourth album (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 cement the popularity of the group.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Celebration Day

    Celebration Day 2012

    Reviewed by Patrick Humphries
    A fine live presentation of the power and the glory of Led Zeppelin.
  2. Review of Mothership

    Mothership 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Cynical re-packaging, maybe...but oh, what a back catalogue!
  3. Review of Physical Graffiti

    Physical Graffiti 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    A towering monument to the glory of Zeppelin in their high-flying heyday.
  4. Review of How The West Was Won

    How The West Was Won 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Those of a sensitive nature can leave now. They came from the land of the ice and...
  5. Review of Led Zeppelin IV

    Led Zeppelin IV 1971

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    ...the album that put Led Zeppelin into homes around the world...
  6. Review of Led Zeppelin III

    Led Zeppelin III 1970

    Reviewed by Greg Moffitt
    An underrated work by any reckoning.
  7. Review of Led Zeppelin II

    Led Zeppelin II 1969

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Recorded in-between, live dates, this second album still rips and roars...
  8. Review of Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin 1969

    Reviewed by Greg Moffitt
    The performances here simply cannot be faulted.