|Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969; Atlantic Records)|
When I think of "epic" songs, there are a number of tunes from the 60's, 70's and even the 90's that come to mind. My definition of epic may vary from another's but I picture a song with a strong theme or story, powerful lyrics filled with imagery and poetry, and a sound that is big and a song that is not necessarily long, but is definitely somewhat of a journey. So a big journey, a big epic quest, a story filled with imagery and poetry; yeah, let's roll with that.
Led Zeppelin is a strong contender for the greatest rock band of all time, standing strong alongside the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as amazingly talented, influential and indelible, and one of my personal favorites is their homage to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Ramble On. The song is filled with slightly abstract references to themes and phrases from Tolkien's works including the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings and some of Tolkien's standalone poetry.
Now, if you aren't a fan of at least one Led Zeppelin song then I can only assume you are either hearing impaired or you have never heard one, so this is your chance. That said, Ramble On is not considered Zeppelin's greatest tune by most "experts". No, that honor would most likely go to Whole Lotta Love, their inspirational and accessible anthem from the very same year. Still, I love the rhythm and sudden changes in tone that this song takes. The sounds flow together so smoothly, the melody is catchy as hell and Robert Plant's voice is at its best here. I always though he sounded better when he's able to hold his notes just a little longer, but that is purely subjective.
Another game soundtrack spotlight is coming very, very soon. Until next time...
Led Zeppelin II and all contents therein are property of Atlantic Records (1969). The video is from youtube.com and I do not own it or its contents.