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Led Zeppelin IV and “Stairway To Heaven” Celebrate 45th Anniversary
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Led Zeppelin IV, the fourth release by the legendary hard rocking band Led Zeppelin, which contains some of their most muscular and most remembered songs of all time, including their centerpiece to many, “Stairway to Heaven,” celebrates its 45th anniversary today.

There isn’t anyone who is a fan of rock and roll in general who hasn’t crossed paths with this album at least once, whether it be the constant replay and re-re-replay of almost all the songs on the album on a daily basis on Classic Rock radio, or the various forms of media many of the songs have been included in pop culturally. It’s become a global playbook for the correct and attitudinal way to amplify the original organic blues and its become a global playbook for how to take simple chord rock and enhance it with mixtures and clovers of folk and exotic sounds, stemming from American shores like Memphis (“When the Levee Breaks”) all the way to countries like Morocco and such (“Four Sticks”).

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Led Zeppelin’s “Houses Of The Holy” Unreleased Rough Mix From ‘Physical Graffiti’ Reissue
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Led Zeppelin

As part of the ongoing series of Led Zeppelin reissues with coveted bonus tracks, next month will see the re-release of what is arguably the band’s greatest moment in their recorded history, the two-record set Physical Graffiti, which was originally released 40 years ago this year.

A bonus track from the upcoming re-mastered package has gone viral, an early, previously unreleased and rough around the edges mix of one of the band’s most well known tunes, the FM radio staple “Houses of the Holy,” which was originally recorded in 1972 and was intended to be the title song of Zep’s 1973 record of the same name, but was pulled at the last minute as the band felt it “didn’t fit” on that release.

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Led Zeppelin’s First 3 Albums Getting Deluxe Remastered Reissues With Bonus Songs
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Led Zeppelin I Remasters Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box

It was 45 years ago this year that Led Zeppelin released their self-titled debut album. They were a band born from the ashes of The Yardbirds, and trailblazed their way and reinvented the hard rock and roll genre with their high octane dosages of alpha male rock strut by way of early Sun records and American blues electrified and shimmering off the delta.

Now, in what seems to be one of the most massive remastering undertakings since the band’s demise back in 1980 after the death of their drummer, pomp and circumstance beats king John Bonham, Zep’s first three albums are getting the royal treatment by way of new limited edition releases, extensive liner notes, unreleased songs, and enhanced album art. Each album, which will be released on June 3, 2014, will be available in multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats, as well as a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box (see image above for the Led Zeppelin I box set).

Pre-order is up now for the reissues:

— Led Zeppelin I: Super Deluxe Edition Box (CD & LP) | CD | Vinyl | MP3
— Led Zeppelin II: Super Deluxe Edition Box (CD & LP) | CD | Vinyl | MP3
— Led Zeppelin III: Super Deluxe Edition Box (CD & LP) | CD | Vinyl | MP3

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Music Deal: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Presence’ For $5
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Led Zeppelin

Presence, possibly the most adventurous and certainly underrated record from the mighty Led Zeppelin, is now available on CD from Amazon right now for only $5.00. The CD is an AutoRip, which means with this purchase, you also get a FREE MP3 download of the entire album.

Originally released in 1976, Presence was born out of sort of a time filler management situation, the band had originally intended to tour their double magnum opus, 1975’s Physical Graffiti, until those plans were derailed after lead singer Robert Plant suffered serious injuries in a car accident in Rhodes, Greece, where he had been vacationing with his family. Wheelchair-bound, Plant suggested they utilize the time of his being incapacitated by making a new record, and thus, Presence was created.

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Happy Birthday To Led Zeppelin Front Man Robert Plant
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Robert Plant

Happy Birthday to Robert Plant, the blue-eyed hard rock English singer whose image and vocals became an absolute archetype for all hard rock that followed with the mighty Led Zeppelin. Plant, who has had a solo career of varying degrees of success since Zeppelin disbanded in 1980 after the death of their drummer John Bonham, turns 65 years old today.

Regardless of the contemporary success Plant has with his recent stints with Alison Krauss which netted him and her a cachet of Grammy Awards, Plant’s main suit is Led Zeppelin. Starting in that band when he was barely out of his teens (along with John Bonham), Plant, with bassist John Paul Jones and guitarist royale Jimmy Page totally dominated the musical planet, if not the universe, with a beefed-up, bombastic, electric amplification of the blues that meshed the sounds of Hendrix and even people like Janis Joplin into an original, instantly identifiable sound that not only endures to this day, but seems to have etched in granite a kind of hierarchy only reserved for artists such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles, in terms of influence, broad appeal, staying power, and an almost universal regard. Their catalog of work remains high atop the apex of rock and roll and will till the ends of eternity.

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Remembering Yardbirds Lead Singer Keith Relf On What Would Have Been His 70th Birthday
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Keith Relf

Keith Relf, the lead singer of the 1960s British white man’s blues group The Yardbirds, which showcased guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, and who died tragically in a freak accident in his home in 1976, would have celebrated his 70th birthday today.

With the high profile memory of The Yardbirds still etched in a lot of people’s minds, mainly because of the revolving door stints of Clapton, Beck, and Page, the memory of Keith Relf and his contributions to the band and to helping the amplification of blues music in general, remains unfortunately somewhat stilted and dimmed to many contemporary audiences. But there’s no denying that as a front man, and a mean harmonica player to boot, Keith Relf indeed has earned his place in rock and roll history.

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Happy Birthday To Led Zeppelin Guitarist Jimmy Page!
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Jimmy Page

Birthday greetings today go out to Jimmy Page, one of the most successful musical artists of all time, whose work in Led Zeppelin etched his status as one of the great guitar players, songwriters, and producers of the modern age of rock and roll.

With Led Zeppelin as his crowning achievement, Page’s fretwork and versatile, speedy, soulful, intense work on his instrument pretty much put the band (along with the perfect chemistry of Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John “Bonzo” Bonham in musical tow) at the top of the heap. The band, although heavily wearing its blues influences on its sleeves, still managed to create a sound that was all their own and tallied a success rate that was on par with bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, even outselling both and smashing attendance records set by those two bands prior, and created a body of work that is almost flawless in its approach, execution, arrangement, and attack.

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$3 MP3 Album Deal: Led Zeppelin ‘Physical Graffiti’
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Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti

This week, Led Zeppelin‘s Physical Graffiti is on sale in MP3 format for only $2.99. The CD is only $9.

First of all, let me just say, if you’re a rock fan, you need to own EVERY Led Zeppelin album. That said, seriously, you need to own Physical Graffiti, so please, part ways with the three dollars and get 15 awesome songs for pennies each (no really, it’s like 19 cents a piece when you do the math, and I always do).

Now here’s where I tell you some standout tracks, but how do I choose??? Ok, there’s “The Rover,” “Houses Of The Holy,” “Trampled Under Foot,” “Kashmir,” “In The Light,” “The Wanton Song” – see, I’m just going to list all the songs at this rate.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99.

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Remembering The Great Led Zeppelin Drummer John Bonham
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May 31 marks the birthday of John Bonham, the late drummer of Led Zeppelin, who totally influenced and changed the rules of hard rock and roll and contemporary blues with his power, wallop, speed, a right foot as fast as Mercury, and an almost athleticism on his drum kit, which to this day is regarded by some as the greatest techniques and posturing ever put forth on that musical instrument.

Born in 1948, in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, Bonham began playing percussion at five years old, beating on a makeshift drum set made out of containers and coffee tins, doing his best Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich imitations, who were two of his idols. His mom gave him his first snare drum when he was ten. He got his first real kit, a Premier Percussion set, from his father five years later. Bonham never had any formal training of any kind, except for the countless records he listened to growing up. When he was in school, his headmaster wrote once on his school report card that “he will either end up a dustman or a millionaire.” After school, working a day job as an apprentice carpenter, he tooled around in various local bands, eventually joining a one called Crawling King Snakes, which featured Robert Plant on lead vocals. The two of them eventually formed Band of Joy.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: The Very Best of the Yardbirds – Shapes of Things
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The Yardbirds Shapes of Things

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals for February 2012, Shapes of Things – The Very Best of the Yardbirds is on sale for only $5.

During their heyday in the 1960s, The Yardbirds were known for such hits as “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul,” both included in the track listing below. The band also spawned the careers of such guitar heroes as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page.
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Browse the main sale page to see the other 99 albums on sale for only $5 each in MP3 format through the end of February 2012, but hurry, the sale ends at 11:59pm PST tonight!

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