If you are comparing Jay Reatard to Zepplin, I assume you just saw Jay's hair and didn't listen to the music...it sounds NOTHING like led zep.
I haven't heard much of his solo records, but yeah. I'd also go with you that The Reatards were better than his solo career. They just worked together so well and created such great music. It's sad it had to end that way, but yeah...
And yeah, just like you all said, The Reatards can't be compared with Led Zeppelin. Whole different band, whole different time, whole different style.
No matter how much I like Reatards I tend to listen more to the solo stuff.
"I get Nervous" might be his best song though.