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Led Zeppelin, one of the last holdouts among classic rock artists in allowing their music to be streamed on the Interwebs, can now be heard via the digital music service, Spotify. The catalog started being released two at a time on Tuesday (12/11) with the remainder coming today, tomorrow and Sunday. The list of classic rock streaming holdouts is now down to two: AC/DC and The Beatles.
The LZ streaming news came fast on the heels of the announcement that their entire catalog is in the process of being remastered, and will be reissued in 2014. Over the course of 13 years (1969-1982) Led Zeppelin recorded 13 albums (nine in the studio, four live) but that's only part of their musical legacy.
The vast majority of those albums went to #1 on the charts, but that's still not the whole story. They've sold something north of 300-million albums throughout the world, but that, too, is only part of a larger picture. What has really set Led Zeppelin apart is the creative freedom they were granted even at the beginning of their career, and the way that used that freedom to indulge in a broad variety of music styles, most notably, the one that was uniquely their own.
Led Zeppelin in 1973 (l-r: Plant, Page, Bonham, Jones)
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