Archive | Jun 01, 2017

Certain Songs #894: Led Zeppelin – “Friends”

Album: Led Zeppelin III
Year: 1970

Despite the psychedelic-influenced breakdowns and freakouts on both “Dazed and Confused” and “Whole Lotta Love,” Led Zeppelin never really dabbled in full-blown psychedelia, probably because they never really felt comfortable with all of that peace and love bullshit.

That said, given that Eastern music was integral to some strains of psychedelia, if for no reason than sheer exoticness, a song like the off-kilter, lilting “Friends” absolutely had psychedelic undercurrents, especially as that John Paul Jones string arrangement swooped in from eternity.

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