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Led Zeppelin IV
     

Led Zeppelin IV

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by Led Zeppelin
 

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Rightfully renowned for the powerful crunch of their blues-based hard rock, Led Zeppelin are regarded as an important stylistic template for everything from heavy metal to grunge. But the softer, folk-rock side of Zeppelin proved to be equally influential, and it was the band's fourth album that achieved the finest balance between bucolic strums and ear-smashing

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Rightfully renowned for the powerful crunch of their blues-based hard rock, Led Zeppelin are regarded as an important stylistic template for everything from heavy metal to grunge. But the softer, folk-rock side of Zeppelin proved to be equally influential, and it was the band's fourth album that achieved the finest balance between bucolic strums and ear-smashing bombast. "Black Dog" opens the album, with vocalist Robert Plant boasting about how he's "gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove," and the band backs up the bravado with the hard rock of "Rock and Roll" and "Misty Mountain Hop," songs that remain touchstones to generations of head-bangers. But guitarist Jimmy Page was also drawn to softer textures, and he shrewdly enlisted Fairport Convention singer Sandy Denny to duet with Plant on "The Battle of Evermore," over mandolins riffling around the pulsing folk melody. Soft meets hard on Zeppelin's most famous song, the epic "Stairway to Heaven," with verses strung upon arpeggiated guitar lines that ultimately lead to an explosive, finely-chiseled blues-rock solo. Led Zeppelin made other fine albums, but this one remains the core of their canon.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock. Expanding on the breakthroughs of III, Zeppelin fuse their majestic hard rock with a mystical, rural English folk that gives the record an epic scope. Even at its most basic -- the muscular, traditionalist "Rock and Roll" -- the album has a grand sense of drama, which is only deepened by Robert Plant's burgeoning obsession with mythology, religion, and the occult. Plant's mysticism comes to a head on the eerie folk ballad "The Battle of Evermore," a mandolin-driven song with haunting vocals from Sandy Denny, and on the epic "Stairway to Heaven." Of all of Zeppelin's songs, "Stairway to Heaven" is the most famous, and not unjustly. Building from a simple fingerpicked acoustic guitar to a storming torrent of guitar riffs and solos, it encapsulates the entire album in one song. Which, of course, isn't discounting the rest of the album. "Going to California" is the group's best folk song, and the rockers are endlessly inventive, whether it's the complex, multi-layered "Black Dog," the pounding hippie satire "Misty Mountain Hop," or the funky riffs of "Four Sticks." But the closer, "When the Levee Breaks," is the one song truly equal to "Stairway," helping give IV the feeling of an epic. An apocalyptic slice of urban blues, "When the Levee Breaks" is as forceful and frightening as Zeppelin ever got, and its seismic rhythms and layered dynamics illustrate why none of their imitators could ever equal them.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/1994
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678263828
catalogNumber:
82638

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Led Zeppelin   Primary Artist
Sandy Denny   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Page   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robert Plant   Harmonica,Vocals
John Paul Jones   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
John Bonham   Drums
Ian Stewart   Piano

Technical Credits

Memphis Minnie   Composer
Jimmy Page   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Robert Plant   Composer
John Paul Jones   Composer
John Bonham   Composer
Andy Johns   Engineer
Barrington Coleby   Illustrations
Masa Ito   Liner Notes
Peter Grant   Executive Producer

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Led Zeppelin IV 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was THE album of high school parking lots across the country for years on end (at least during my own high school years of the early 1980's, 'Led Zeppelin IV' blasted from many a car stereo). LZ4 just simply had everything you'd want in a hard rock album of the time -- blazing guitar solos (pre-Van Halen), thundrous drums, wailing vocals, a good dose of mysticism, and a near perfect balance of the electric and acoustic ("Stairway to Heaven" just about defines that in one song alone - and "The Battle of Evermore" and "Going to California" sounded positively heavenly next to classic head-bangers like "Rock and Roll" and "Four Sticks"). Before there was Metallica, U2, loads of awful MTV bands and hair metal, there was Led Zeppelin...and they simply RULED! ... and this album was the jewel in their crown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eventhough this c.d. only has only eight songs, it shows the best of Led Zeppelin and has songs that will always be remembered and never forgotten in rock and roll history
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Zep album has almost every good song they have; with guitar riffs in Black Dog, Four Sticks, Misty Mountain Hop, and one of the best songs ever Stairway to Heaven, no wonder why this should go into your collection of Zep CD's!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
wtf?!? if i could i would rate this cd a 10, but i can't, so 5 will suffice for now. i would recommend this cd to ne1. it's audience is large, from me (starting listening wen i wuz 12, now 14) to my grandparents (70+)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd. More than half of the songs are hits. John Bonnahm pounds it in when the levee breaks. i love that song. I love it. I listen to it every where I can. I love love love it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love every song on this CD! From Black Dog to Misty Mountain Hop to Rock & Roll, this is an amazing Zep CD. A must-buy for all Led Zeppelin fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is perfect . It has every thing to make it a heavy metal masterpiece . Led Zeppelin 4 is the album which make Led Zeppelin the greatest metal band ever .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago