I'm a big fan of the first, about 8 records, up to and including "Slide It In". After that, yuk. I really don't hear a lot of Zeppelin influence in them, its more visual. I think the Zep references are made by casual observers without a lot of context, in the same way that as a slide guitarist, I always get compared to Duane Allman, even though my style is completely different and Duane is pretty far down on the list of my influences. It's simply the closest, or only reference someone has. For the first 8 years of the band's run, they were much more extrapolated from American Soul and R&B, and the Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac. There's nothing in the Whitesnake catalog that's like the Zeppelin Celtic or folk stuff, no Renaissance fair or mythological lyrics. It's Bobby Blue Bland with rock guitars. Are you aware there's an entire chunk of the band's history that is as removed from 80s pop-metal as the Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwoood Mac is removed from the Peter Green Mac?