40. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969)
Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut featured a mix of original material and covers of blues songs, including a re-recording of the track “Dazed and Confused,” originally written and recorded by Jake Holmes, which was also covered by Jimmy Page’s old band the Yardbirds. Oddly enough, the iconic record was met with mixed reviews — Rolling Stone called Robert Plant “as foppish as Rod Stewart, but nowhere near so exciting.” Ouch.
Despite this, it was an immediate commercial success, and Zeppelin would get the last laugh — a 2003 issue of Rolling Stone rated it as the 29th greatest album of all time.
The original UK release of Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut album features the band’s name in turquoise lettering. All subsequent releases would have the words printed in orange.
The turquoise-lettered version will fetch upwards of $1,000 if it’s kept in good condition.