Music history was made 49 years ago today…

BOB notes the very first Led Zeppelin album was released on this day in 1969. Featuring integral contributions from each of the group’s four members, the album was recorded in October 1968 (in only 36 hours) at Olympic Studios in London, and established their fusion style of both blues and rock music. It also attracted a large and devoted following to the band; Zeppelin’s take on the emerging hard rock sound endeared them to parts of the counterculture on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Although the album was not critically well-received when first released, it was commercially successful, and critics have since come to view it in a more favorable light. In 2003, Led Zeppelin was ranked at number 29 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and kept that position after the list was updated in 2012. In 2004, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Rock would never be the same…

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