On January 12th, 1969 Led Zeppelin released their self-titled debut album to the world. Unfortunately, the world just wasn't ready for Led Zeppelin. Not yet, anyway.

Led Zeppelin 1969 (Getty Images)

It's now exactly 50 years since Zeppelin released that album and their impact on rock 'n' roll since has been well documented but it wasn't a well-received entrance into the music world for Led Zeppelin in the winter of '69. At the time of its release critics gave the band's first record no love at all. Rolling Stone gave maybe the worst review saying the band offered "little that its twin, the Jeff Beck Group, didn't say as well or better three months ago". They later added, "To fill the void created by the demise of Cream, they will have to find a producer, editor and some material worthy of their collective talents." They called Jimmy Page a "limited producer" and criticized his writing skills. Robert Plant was described as being "as foppish as Rod Stewart, but nowhere near so exciting". Ouch.

Although the album didn't make a splash with critics it was the fans who helped turned the tides. In fact, Led Zeppelin's popularity swelled up into a gigantic tidal wave in the decade to come, destroying all other bands in its way. Eventually Led Zeppelin were considered Rock Gods inspiring a whole new generation of musicians who would surface in the 1980s. Eventually critics came around to the fans view of the band. In fact, decades later they would end up changing their tune regarding Zeppelin's debut album. In 2012 Rolling Stone - the same magazine that initially trashed the album - listed it 29th among the 500 greatest albums of all time.

We all know the legendary status of Led Zeppelin's debut but let's find out how much you know about the album itself. It's time to take The Led Zeppelin Debut Album Trivia Challenge. Good luck Zep Heads!




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