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Led Zeppelin polishes its rock-hard past
Led Zeppelin polishes its rock-hard past

The opening bars of Led Zeppelin's first song outline much of what followed: A mean series of Jimmy Page riffs introduces "Good Times, Bad Times," from its self-titled 1969 debut, followed by a typically wild John Bonham drum-bang, replete with the clang of a cowbell, to set the pace. Bassist John Paul Jones adds a roaming bottom end, locked like gears of a precision timepiece with the drummer. Then comes the first line from a spry Robert Plant, a sort of "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" for the heavy-metal era: "In the days of my youth I was told what it means to be a man," he sings on Track 1 of "Led Zeppelin," suggesting an elder recounting his life — despite the...

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