On January 12th, 1969 Led Zeppelin’s debut album was released in the USA.
The UK release of the album, called simply Led Zeppelin, on Atlantic Records followed at the end of March.
Recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, the album was produced by the band’s founder, Jimmy Page, and took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782.
Most of the tracks were recorded ‘live’ in the studio with very few overdubs.
Page was reluctant to release singles, so only Good Times Bad Times, backed with Communication Breakdown, was released outside of the UK.
The album spent a total of 71 weeks on the UK chart and launched the band on the road to becoming arguably the biggest rock band in the world.
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