On March 31, 1969, Led Zeppelin released its first album in the UK. The band, relatively unknown at the time, was predicted by The Who’s Keith Moon to “go down like a lead zeppelin.”
Here we are 50 years later, and Led Zeppelin I is an album that has stood the test of time, due in large part to the monster sounds of John Bonham. His drumming defined rock drumming for not only his generation, but generations to come.
As Drum! contributor Wayne Blanchard put it, “All these years later [Bonham] remains The One. Yes, there have been faster, louder, and more technical players, but in the end, they all bow to Bonham.”
Enjoy Bonham’s funky fills, slamming grooves, and devastating power on the following tracks and live songs from Led Zeppelin I. With special thanks to Jimmy Page, whose arrangements showcased the drums’ intensity and drama.
What’s your favorite song on the album?