Where Zeppelin score over all the bands who’ve come up in their wake and endeavoured to emulate them is that they keep all the bases covered. Everything that’s part of the show is meticulously polished until it’s as good as it can possibly get. Nothing sags, nothing is second-rate, nothing is skimped. Every arrangement, every improvisation, the construction of every song or every solo – nothing is neglected. It’s simply good traditional British craftsmanship. The word “sloppy” is, for all practical purposes, not part of Led Zeppelin’s collective vocabulary.
Charles Shaar Murray, NME - June 16, 1973 (via snortleme)