The album was recorded in September and October 1968 at Olympic Studios, London, shortly after the band's formation. It contains a mix of original material worked out in the first rehearsals, and remakes and rearrangements of contemporary blues and folk songs. The sessions took place before the group had secured a recording contract and were paid for directly, and took 36 hours and less than £2,000 to complete. It was self-produced by Jimmy Page, the group's founder, leader, and guitarist.
He was joined on the album by band members Robert Plant (lead vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards), and John Bonham (drums). Percussionist Viram Jasani appears as a guest on one track. The album was mixed by Page's childhood friend Glyn Johns, and the iconic album cover showing the Hindenburg disaster was designed by George Hardie.
A1 Good Times Bad Times 2:46
A2 Babe I'm Gonna Leave You 6:42
A3 You Shook Me 6:28
A4 Dazed And Confused 6:28
B1 Your Time Is Gonna Come 4:34
B2 Black Mountain Side 2:12
B3 Communication Breakdown 2:30
B4 I Can't Quit You Baby 4:42
B5 How Many More Times