Famous Engineer/Producer Glyn Johns Says Neither Mick Jagger or George Harrison Liked Zeppelin I

The Beatles’ George Harrison thought Led Zeppelin’s debut album was awful and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones didn’t like it either according to engineer/producer Glyn Johns

Ultimate-Guitar (who transcribed the interview) and Alternative Nation (who also reported it) have been covering this story today which you can file under, “You either like something or you don’t.”

One of the biggest figures in Rock, behind the scenes, Glyn Johns just did an interview with SiriusXM that after playing both George Harrison and Mick Jagger the first Led Zeppelin album neither one of them liked it or got it. Just became an album is considered one of the greatest debut albums of all time doesn’t mean everyone is going to like it. The project was also celebrating it’s 50thAnniversary yesterday.

The famous producer/engineer said, “I was working with The Stones around the same time this record [‘Led Zeppelin’] was made. We were putting together [1968’s] ‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus,’ which was a TV show which had a lot of different artists on it.”

Just after I’d finished this record [‘Led Zeppelin’], I was going to a production meeting for that [‘The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus’].”

We were all kicking around ideas of who should be on it and I took this record and played it at the production meeting to Mick [Jagger]. ‘Jimmy [Page] put this band together with John Paul Jones. It’s gonna be absolutely huge!”

But Mick didn’t get one side of it. Probably still doesn’t.”

I also was working with The Beatles and on my way home from a Beatles session – George Harrison and I lived in the same direction and went past Olympic Studios [in London, UK], which is where I made the [Zeppelin] record.”

I said to him as we left Apple, ‘You should come, follow me to Olympic so I can play you something.’ I got the master out and I went into the studio – in which no-one was in – and I played a bit of the record to him.

And he didn’t get one side of it either. He thought it was awful.”

Johns has worked on some huge albums that we all grew up with as a producer, engineer or mixer. Many for the Rolling Stones, then there was Small Faces, Steve Miller Band, Traffic, The Beatles, Zeppelin, the Who, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and many more. – by John Beaudin

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