Today marks the 45th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s debut album, known to fans as Led Zeppelin I.
Recorded in October of 1968 at Olympic Studios in London, the LP marked the first from Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham; a foursome that was nearly known as the New Yardbirds until the Who’s Keith Moon and John Entwistle predicted the band would go down like a “lead zeppelin.”
Featuring hits such as “Good Times Bad Times,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Your Time is Gonna Come,” “Communication Breakdown” and “How Many More Times,” the album took the newly-formed band only about 30 hours to record, and later landed at No. 29 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Greatest Albums of All Time.
Perhaps equally as iconic as the music was the album’s cover, which featured a black-and-white photo of the burning Hindenburg airship – an image chosen by Page.
Led Zeppelin I peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and secured the band a contract with Atlantic Records; it has since gone on to sell more than eight million copies.
Now, in 2014, the album seems as relevant as ever, and it was recently featured in the trailer of the latest David O’Russell film, American Hustle.
Led Zeppelin I is also set to be re-released this year along with Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, as a part of a project led by Jimmy Page who has remastered the band’s entire studio discography for reissue.
Check out some of the highlights from Led Zeppelin I below and share your thoughts on the album that introduced heavy metal to the masses in the comments section below!