Early Days - The Best of Led Zeppelin: Volume One
Before [a]Jimmy Page[/a] could gurn for Guernsey and [B]Bob Plant[/B] began to resemble that stuff used to line hamster cages, there was a time when it was all Valhalla and velvet loons round [a]Led Z
But you can't accuse them of being rubbish. 'Cos [a]Led Zeppelin[/a] were the Greatest Rock Band Ever. Their songs - pan-buggering odes to Nordic gods that frolicked in virgin blood and with sacrificial goats - were all barrel-chested colossi that bestrode the globe and ate music as we knew it. Now, with 'Early Days...', what we have is, essentially, a Zep-by-numbers collection of the most predictable stuff from the chaps' first four albums.
So there's 'Dazed And Confused', the magnificent 'When The Levee Breaks' and the Bayeux Tapestry of over-elaborate yet strangely ace folk-rock anthems, 'Battle Of Evermore'. The fact that such a commercial, no-surprises package still sounds like Thor on Thanksgiving Day is testament to their indefinable, time-defying magic. A groupie-pestering
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