Yes, the Spinal Tap parodies of Led Zeppelin were funny. But in many ways they missed the point. Led Zeppelin was always about escapism. A band who helped you escape the 9-to-5 grind, to experience another world coming out of your speakers. Sure, they were overblown, sometimes daft (see Robert Plant’s Middle Earth obsessed lyrics) and occasionally self-indulgent. But I’ll be damned if they weren’t one of the finest rock ‘n’ roll bands ever. ‘Over The Hills And Far Away’ is a fine example of no-holds barred Zep; tasteful acoustic folk building the tension expertly before the crunching assault of Jimmy Page and John Bonham kicks in. And then there’s no going back. Plant’s lyrics are as evocative of the open road as ever. Just turn the volume all the way up.
Available on: Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy (Atlantic, 1972).