Album review: Led Zeppelin

By Tony Nielsen


It was one of those wish-you-were-there concerts. In case you weren't present at London's O2 Arena on December 10, 2007, this is just about as good.

The first thing to do when you load the CDs or DVD is to turn up the volume because that's the way to listen to Zep.

Together for the first time in 27 years, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (son of Zep drummer John Bonham), not only paid tribute to Atlantic Records' Ahmet Ertegun, they proved they were still without peer in rock's pantheon.

Unlike many rock reunions, Led Zeppelin didn't enlist the help of any other musicians to embellish the sound. Of course the technology available in 2007 was a far cry from when they were trail-blazing their way across the world in the early 1970s. They give almost all their numerous hits the full-on treatment, with Plant, at almost 60, sounding like a vocalist decades younger, Page delivering blistering guitar like a man possessed, and Jones showing that he's much more than a bass player, with keyboard antics that assault the senses.

These guys just shouldn't sound this good after a few rehearsals following years apart.

There isn't a dud song among the 18 that adorn the two CDs and the DVD. No doubt you will have your own Led Zeppelin favourites that will be here.

The three that I can't go past are their version of Blind Willie Johnson's Nobody's Fault But Mine, the beautifully crafted Kashmir, and the grand finale to the O2 show, Rock and Roll.

For a whole lotta good noise you can't go past Led Zeppelin, and this set is faultless.


Led Zeppelin

Celebration Day


Rating: 5 / 5

- Hamilton News

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