Rolling Stone’s 1969 review of Led Zeppelin
Here’s a review by John Mendelsohn of Rolling Stone, taken from March 15, 1969. Written roughly 5 years before I was born, I know that if I would have read this and taken his words (no mention of Dazed and Confused?) to heart, I would have completely dismissed Zep. Thank goodness I didn’t. Don’t (always) listen to critics!
The popular formula in England in this, the aftermath era of such successful British bluesmen as Cream and John Mayall, seems to be: add, to an excellent guitarist who, since leaving the Yardbirds and/or Mayall, has become a minor musical deity, a competent rhythm section and pretty soul-belter who can do a good spade imitation. The latest of the British blues groups so conceived offers little that its twin, the Jeff Beck Group, didn’t say as well or better three months ago, and the excesses of the Beck group’s Truth album (most notably its self-indulgence and restrictedness), are fully in evidence on Led Zeppelin’s debut album. (more…)