“Good Times Bad Times”

You usually make the case for any band by starting at the beginning or starting at the top, or in the case of this one you can do both at once; as rock opening salvos and statements of purpose go, you might as well put this one atop Olympus, smiling down on its children “More Than A Feeling,” “Runnin’ With The Devil,” and “Welcome To The Jungle.”

Power chord.

Hi-hat.

Power chord.

Hi-hat.

Power chord.

Cowbell.

Power chord.

Cowbell.

Power chord.

Whole-kit fill.

Go.

The verse riff that sounds like it starts dunna-dundun but actually goes dunnadunnadunna; the not one but two unnecessarily killer bass breakdowns; the drums delivering twice the kick with half the gear. Tricks like this are why Jimmy Page is the best rock guitarist. Percussive assaults like this are why John Bonham was the best rock drummer. Low-end savvy like this is why John Paul Jones is the best rock bassist. Songs like this are why Led Zeppelin rules.

Grade: A

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