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Led Zeppelin IV Original recording remastered


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Led Zeppelin was the definitive heavy metal band. It wasn't just their crushingly loud interpretation of the blues -- it was how they incorporated mythology, mysticism, and a variety of other genres (most notably world music and British folk) -- into their sound. Led Zeppelin had mystique. They rarely gave interviews, since the music press detested the band. Consequently, the only ... Read more in Amazon's Led Zeppelin Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J09
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Stairway To Heaven 7:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Four Sticks 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. When The Levee Breaks 7:07£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Recorded at Headley Grange in Hampshire, Island Studios in London and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Led Zeppelin IV is the album that put Led Zeppelin into homes around the world, acting as a successful marriage of the hard rock from their second album with the folkier meanderings of their third. It is an album that demonstrates their subtlety and restraint as much as their stadium-filling grandstanding and it confirmed their superstar rock status.

The actually untitled album (it was also known as Four Symbols or The Runes Album), a chart-topper on both sides of the Atlantic, captures the group’s schizophrenia perfectly. On the one hand, they wallop away through genre-defining rock standards such as “Rock And Roll”, “Black Dog” and “Misty Mountain Hop”; yet on the other, they are gentle and restrained on the folk mysticism of “Going To California” and the Sandy Denny co-sung “The Battle Of Evermore.”

It is on their anthem, “Stairway To Heaven”, however, that both strands come together in perfect accord. Starting as a recorder-driven acoustic folk ballad, it culminates in its closing minutes as a full-on, much emulated rock classic, with Robert Plant’s vocals and Jimmy Page’s guitar both approaching career-bests. Led Zeppelin IV also demonstrates the singular talent that was drummer John Bonham – the blues driven “When The Levee Breaks” is one of the most heavily sampled drum tracks of all time.

With immaculate playing (multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones’ contributions are not to be underestimated, either), a mystically obscure sleeve, and a remarkable range of tunes, Led Zeppelin IV, is still, for many, the best example of the group’s craft. Robert Plant thinks so himself. He has been quoted saying, simply: "the Fourth Album, that's it." --Daryl Easlea

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JESB on 12 Nov 2014
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Zep 4 all remastered and sounding lovely. Legend is that p*ssed off trying to nail four sticks Bonzo started the intro to rock 'n' roll and 10 minutes later they had a song. This remaster suggests bonzo was still a little nutsed off with something when it came to recording the track as it's a pretty pugilistic performance, wonderfully captured. Before that jimmy page shows what effective lead guitar playing sounds like on the outro to Black Dog, unlike his live work, here he displays an economy and lazer sighted delivery, my personal favourite of his up tempo solos.
Stairway sounds beautiful, it's funny, after all the naff cover versions and the overblown self indulgent live releases to hear the source code version dragged from her hedgerow and given a rainwater wash down. This was what all the fuss was about. Misty mountain is magnificent, this is why the french can't do rock, you have to eat meat and potatoes to knock this kind of stuff out. I could waffle on but you probably know all about this stuff.
I guess what you want to know is, is it worth shelling out for the deluxe edition? For me this is the better of the 5 so far relased by virtue of the fact that 6 of the 8 tracks are at least virtually complete (no lead guitar on black dog) and therefore of some abiding interest to me at least. Most revelatory is maybe 4 sticks which seems to have better dynamics, I maybe prefer this to the released version, the others are pretty close to the originals and you can at least play spot the difference.
My whinge is as always with these remasters why not release complete alternative versions.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Mansfield on 2 Nov 2014
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I was in a real dilemma as to how to rate this. Five stars to the original album, and one star for the bonus disc, which as a package is blatant cash-in. It's about time Mr Page gave us some really worthwhile offerings, such as Earls Court '75 instead of these money making retreads.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD
Incredible remastering job from Mr Page and team. This remastering is amongst the best I have heard this side of the King Crimson 40th Anniversary Steven Wilson releases.

No point in rehashing the contents so I will just concentrate on the sound quality. The separation of the instruments and voices is a relevation.

When The Battle of Evermore starts you can tell that this version is special. Robert Plant and Sandy Denny just sound amazing. It is possible to clearly hear each ones every note as distinctly separate voices, which I have to admit to not being able to do so before. Plant even does three part harmonies at times, again, not something that previous versions laid out so clearly. There is a great bit of Pages studio trickery towards the end of the song where he uses varying amounts of reverb to get the voices to sweep in and then move away as the harmony lines build up. Sandy Denny's voice is a wonderful foil to Plant throughout.

The steel strung acoustic guitar at the start of Stairway rings out panned hard to the left, then in come the recorders co of John Paul Jones, as he overdubs a couple of lines. You can hear the wood in the recorders here.

John Bonhams cymbals all sound properly metallic and there is a difference between them rather than just a splashy tizz, so common on all too many CDs.

The sound of Bonhams drums on Levee can now be heard coming back down from the roof after whipping up past the mics ;-)

This set has the least interesting set of outtakes though. They sound too close to the finished items to be of sustained interest.
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This 1971 album is judged by many to be Zeppelin's best, and most consider `Stairway' to be their all-time greatest song (it's certainly the best known).

`Zep 4' is however more than just `Stairway': it's a collection of fine numbers, with no flat spots. There's great rock music in `Rock & Roll' & `Misty Mountain Hop' plus the interesting opener `Black Dog' with its 3-part structure & unconventional rhythms. There are some memorable acoustic-folkie songs: `The Battle of Evermore' dominated instrumentally by mandolin & one of the very rare occasions when the band used a female singer (Sandy Denny) to harmonise with Robert Plant, and the sublime `Goin' to California'. The dark & heavy `Four Sticks' has Bonzo playing with 4 drumsticks throughout the action, and the epic closer `When the Levee Breaks' rounds things off in great style. When so much music from the intervening decades now sounds dated, this still sounds fresh and interesting.

Now: is the 2014 `2-CD Deluxe Edition' worth buying, or should you stick with your old CD or vinyl?

The 2-CD release follows the format of its predecessors (1, 2 & 3) in offering the original album remastered on the first CD and a second disk of extra material. The remastering of the original album is fabulous and sounds better than ever, with a deep warm sound and everything in perfect balance. As LZ4 is considered by most to be the zenith of Zep's output containing consistently A1-class material, it's worth buying just for this alone.

The second CD contains only alternate takes of the album tracks, in the same running order. Most sound too close to the original songs to be of sustained interest to any but the die-hard Zeppelin obsessive. There are `karaoke' (i.e.
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