Titles? We don’t need no stinkin’ titles! Guitarist Jimmy Page, no doubt in a moment of complete sobriety, wanted to see if Led Zeppelin’s music could sell itself, so the band’s name, as well as all other words, were struck from the album cover. Instead, each member picked an occult symbol representing their mystical identity to appear on the LP’s spine. Why? Because it was 1971. Enough fragrant air has been exhaled about “Stairway to Heaven” (which was never released as a single and thus never appeared on the Billboard charts) for several lifetimes, but “Going to California” is the best thing they ever played at a pace below ‘manic,’ “Rock and Roll” is the best thing they ever played above ‘manic’ and “When the Levee Breaks” is their most convincing blues. Just call it Zeppelin’s greatest record.
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