Of late I have been listening to a number of the albums of the above (IV, Physical Graffiti, Houses of the Holy. I am not very familiar with the albums at all but a fondness for Plant’s recent work has sent me back. I am aware of debates around Bonham’s drumming but it seems that the consensus is that he was great. But in the early reviews there wasn’t just a debate but outright scathing critiques of his drumming. As a disinterested listener (and a musician myself) , I find him plodding; indeed I am struck by how bad he actually seems to be on these recordings. I am wondering what the drummers and other musicians, listeners etc make of it?
Second question is about the fidelity of the sound. Again, I am struck by how ordinary the sound is on these albums. It sounds very boomy, reverb on drums and vocals that really impacts negatively.
For all of that, I quite like the albums though I vastly prefer Physical Graffiti to Houses of the Holy. So I’m a bit interested in what the aficionado’s think about these matters.