Apparently it wasn’t just the critics who didn’t show much interest in Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album.
Producer Glyn Johns, who worked with Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eagles, Eric Clapton and many others, writes in his forthcoming memoir, Sound Man, that both Mick Jagger and George Harrison weren’t interested.
“We were putting the Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus together around the same time, and I took an acetate of the album into a production meeting.
I told them, ‘This is going to be huge,’ but Mick wasn’t interested in hearing it. I dragged George into Olympic Studios to listen to it. He didn’t get it, strangely.
I still think that album is their best – it shook everything from the roots. They were an example of the kind of band that didn’t need much input from me. I kept my jaw on the floor throughout those sessions, just floored by their natural talents.”
Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits With The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces…will be published on November 13th.