Led Zeppelin's Rock Solid Groove

John Paul Jones was Led Zeppelin's bass player, keyboard player and everything else that’s not covered by Jimmy Page’s roaring guitar riffs, Robert Plant’s wide-range vocals and John Bonham’s effortless thundering virtuosity.

John Paul Jones’s awesome talent is demonstrated by his ability to play practically any musical instrument. In fact if there’s any instrument he hasn’t learned yet, just give him time alone with it and he’ll emerge an expert in just a matter of weeks.

Always the quiet one who prefers to remain hidden behind his band mates even on stage, John Paul Jones has got to be one of the world’s most underrated musicians. Come to think of it, he is the driving force behind nearly every Led Zeppelin song that has become a hit.

While Jimmy rips those chunky chords, John Paul Jones takes care of the rhythm section. Not only is John Paul Jones an amazing bass player, he’s also a gifted piano and keyboard player, guitarist, mandolin player, music arranger and composer.

Anything Led Zeppelin plays that has complex or delicate melodic lines is by John Paul Jones – period!

Other instruments John Paul Jones plays include:
  • Koto,
  • Lap steel guitar,
  • Autoharp,
  • Ukulele,
  • Sitar, and
  • Cello

John Paul Jones playing a three-necked guitar. Is there anything the man can’t play?

Quick at finding awesome melodic riffs and embodying them into a funky groove, few could match the skill and tenacity at which John Paul Jones delivers each note, each line of music. This is true whether he’s playing bass, keyboard, guitar or mandolin.

Here he plays a lap steel guitar

Now to say that John Paul Jones’ talents and skills are an indispensable ingredient to the Led Zeppelin sound would be an understatement—the band wouldn’t have sounded half as great without him.

Good Times Bad Times, Black Dog, Night Flight, Thank You, Over the Hills and Far Away and All My Love are just a few of the songs that contain some of the best riffs and haunting melodies John Paul Jones wrote.

Here’s a video of Led Zeppelin playing “Dazed and Confused.” Notice how closely John Paul Jones works with John Bonham to keep the groove intact. Enjoy…

The dark lord rides

"Sing as you raise your bow; shoot straighter than before. No comfort has the fire at night that lights the face so cold."
It is an intoxicating cocktail of musical statement, an unbelievable mixture of complex yet straightforward artistic expression.

The album has broken all boundaries and has transcended both time and space.

If you were Jimmy Page what title would you give it?

Well, Jimmy decided not to give this album a title after the lukewarm reaction Led Zeppelin III got in late 1970. Jimmy Page instead featured four hand-drawn symbols on the album's inner sleeve as well as record label.

Each of these symbols represents a band member.

Jimmy Page claimed to have created his "ZoSo" symbol himself and never told the public about its meaning.

John Bonham chose the three interlocking rings symbol, which represents the relationship of the woman, man and child, but which also happens to be Ballantine beer's logo.

John Paul Jones' symbol is a single circle intersecting three vesica pisces and has been seen on the cover of a book about the Rosicrucians, a religious cult in the middle ages. This represents a person who has both confidence and competence.

Robert Plant's symbol is a writer's emblem. It makes use of the feather of Ma'at, the Egyptian goddess of justice and fairness. Robert once said that the symbol came from the ancient Mu civilization.

With regard to the album not having a title, Jimmy was quoted as saying
"[w]e decided that on the fourth album, we would deliberately play down the group name, and there wouldn't be any information whatsoever on the outer jacket. Names, titles and things like that do not mean a thing."[1]
Not having a title has made the album pretty hard to identify. Even though the band members say that it would be improper to name the album it's commonly known to fans as Led Zeppelin IV. Other names for the album like Four Symbols, The Fourth Album, The Runes Album and ZoSo also popped up.

Led Zeppelin IV was recorded at Headley Grange in Hampshire, Island Studios in London and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. The album is a successful marriage between Led Zeppelin's hard rocking second album and their third album's folkish sound.

The album showcases Led Zeppelin's subtlety as well as restraint in contrast to their stadium-filling grandstanding and thereby confirming their rock gods status.

I rate this album 10/10. Those who disagree may post their comments. :-)

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