Few things in the world are more majestic than Led Zeppelin’s discography. The Grand Canyon is one of them, but after that, it’s a short list.
And now that majesty is available in its entirety on Spotify, after a protracted rights battle. (Which we like to assume was a literal battle, one that Jimmy Page won with a battle-axe.) The albums trickled out one by one last week, but finally, everything’s available.
Chuck Klosterman once wrote that Led Zeppelin “sound like Hannibal’s assault across the Alps,” and nowhere is that more apparent than on this playlist. We pulled only from the studio albums, but thankfully, the paint-peeling savagery of the band’s live document from 1972, How the West Was Won, is also available and highly recommended.
Zep had been one of a few high-profile groups keeping their music off Spotify – the service still notably lacks AC/DC and the two most recent Radiohead albums, not to mention the Beatles.
But we’re not talking about the Beatles. We’re talking about Zep.