Led Zeppelin IVby Led Zeppelin
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.
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Performance CreditsLed 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 CreditsMemphis 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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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.
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
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!!!!!
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+)
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!!!
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!
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 .