Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

Album review
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

Led Zeppelin

Celebration Day

Label: Atlantic
Media: CD
Genre: Rock/pop

I never loved Zep’s singles (plus they’re overplayed): the Druid strain didn’t interest me, the earlier stuff was better, Plant’s vocal gymnastics got old, and who wants live recordings that amount to greatest hits facsimiles? If that seems picky, let me sneak in that, based on those criteria, I find little to quibble with regarding Celebration Day (a reunion concert from 2007). CD1 kicks off with early gems “Good Times Bad Times” and “Ramble On” and contains such less-than-obvious choices as “In My Time of Dying,” “No Quarter,” and two cuts from the less-heralded Presence. Instead of delivering the overly-polished performance one expects from such a highly-trumpeted affair, Zep sounds good and scrappy. While soloing Page has no interest in following a script, and, ironically, the raunchier Zep gets, the less they seem like a band returning from a long hiatus. CD2 begins with the bombastic and angst-filled “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and “Dazed and Confused,” which combine the first half’s raw aggression with slower tempos. Lacking his previous range, Plant seems comparatively restrained, which I prefer. And when the hits start rolling in, they’re all the more welcome because you know that these classic rock icons aren’t just going through the motions. 

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  • primary artist, Led Zeppelin
  • CD

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