Introduction

Led Zeppelin were never afraid to try new musical directions, drawing inspiration from such styles as blues, rock, folk, country (and everything in between!) to create a unique sound that almost defies description, probably the most appropriate way to describe their vast repotoire is simply as "Led Zeppelin". During their reign they created one of the most enduring and diverse catologues in modern music and firmly secured their status as one of the most influential groups ever (probably second only to The Beatles!).

Throughout their years at the top they were shrouded in mystery and intrigue, and seemed to leave behind a trail of question marks wherever they went. They were not a "public" band (they didn't hire a publicist until their 9th US tour, almost five years after their formation!); they continually distanced themselves from the media, instead relying on word of mouth and their often astounding live performances to promote themselves. Not surprisingly, this low profile led to wild rumours about their lifestyles and habits and as a result little was known about the men behind the music.

One of the most fascinating aspects of any piece of music is its composition - the birth of the songs and what led to their eventual arrangements. The Led Zeppelin Anthology addresses the need to examine this facet of Zeppelin's career and offers a glimpse behind those hallowed studio walls, beginning with Led Zeppelin in 1968 and ending with their final recorded work in 1978, In Through The Out Door.


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