Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
by Mott the Dog
***** 5 Stars Rating
For 12 years Led Zeppelin ruled supreme as the head of state in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Dragged, kicking and screaming, to superstardom by their powerhouse manager Peter Grant - you didn’t mess with our Peter, if he put the bad eye on you for selling Bootleg Zeppelin T-shirts, you stayed sorted.
Led Zeppelin came up in the age of singles. However, on the instructions of the manager, Led Zeppelin did not release one single. Nevertheless, right from the day that the New Yardbirds turned into the beast that was to become Led Zeppelin, the principle players were superstars. They arrived to packed out concerts in stretch limos with masses of P.A. The albums were riding at the top of the charts, and they enjoyed all the excesses of the Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle. One minute you’d never heard of them, the next they were everywhere.
Listening to this album 33 years later on, does it live up to the hype? Has it stood the ravages of time? Is a Dalmatian a beautiful dog? Of course it does, the brilliance of diamonds does not dim over a few years.
As soon as the band break into the opening song, you know that you are listening to musical magic. Led Zeppelin had only been together for six weeks when they were ushered into the studio to record their inaugural album. Glyn Johns was the only outsider required to do the engineering and less than four weeks later they emerged with this masterpiece. Basically, they had laid down their stage act on tape, so no wonder the sound is so vibrant and alive. Most of these songs stayed in the live set right to the end and are regularly brought back again whenever Page & Plant decide to strut their stuff on the boards.
There are nine songs in all, ranging from the blitzkrieg heavy metal thrash of “Communication Breakdown” at 2 minutes 26 seconds to the control and magnificence of “How Many More Times”, at 8 minutes 30 seconds. This closes with an uncredited run through of “The Hunter”, which is a favorite for this dog. However, it is the amazing slow ‘Blues’, “You Shook Me” by Willie Dixon that really shows off the talent of all the group members. The Jeff Beck Group (Jimmy Page’s old running mate in the Yardbirds) had, six months previously, issued a version of this song on his debut album “Truth” (August 1968) and it had Rod Stewart on vocals. Despite this, after Beck heard Zeppelin’s version, it gave him an inferiority complex that has lasted up until today. Please note that the Beck version is brilliant, it’s just that Zeppelin took it to another level.
Of course, over the years, “Dazed & Confused” became Jimmy Page’s “Tour De Force”. It stretches up to 30 minutes on stage, with the guitarist using violin bows & all sorts to show his virtuosity. On the album though, you get the original tune, which is often easier listening, without having to suffer the over indulgence from Page.
Zeppelin achieved this magnificent album without bothering the writing skills of Robert Plant. All that was still to come when Page/Plant became as famous as Lennon/McCartney or Jagger/Richards.
From here Led Zeppelin went onto conquer the world, and this was their glorious start.
John Bonham - drums, tympani, backing vocal
Robert Plant - lead vocal, harmonica
Jimmy Page - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, backing vocal
John Paul Jones - bass, organ, backing vocal
1. Good Times Bad Times
For wimpy Marvin Mange (Rob Schneider), life is a series of humiliations. A glorified secretary for the local police department, Marvin aspires to be a cop. But, unable to meet the physical demands posed by the obstacle course section of the entrance exam, it seems as though Marvin will never achieve his dream. When Schneider’s car goes off a cliff, his mangled remains are whisked away by a mad doctor (Michael Caton) who secretly performs surgery. He saves Marvin’s life by patching him up with animal organs from several different animal species.
Suddenly Marvin finds himself with the keen sense of smell of a bloodhound and the speed of a thoroughbred race horse, both of which give him a leg up, so to speak, in his romantic pursuit of animal lover Rianna (Colleen Haskell).
The only problem is that Marvin can’t control the animal urges welling up inside of him. He urinates on restaurant chairs to mark his territory and constantly battles his creature-spawned urges - beaver, dolphin, seal, etc.
These new abilities clearly impress Marvin’s boss (Ed Asner) as well, but his jealous co-worker (John C. McGinley) is determined to find out what’s led to this drastic change.
Vulgar sex gags and jokes involving bodily functions, slapstick violence, scattered profanity, simulated sex (done for laughs) but somehow I just couldn’t laugh - definitely not my scene.
Rob Schneider ... Marvin
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