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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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My favourite Led Zep album - should be in everyone's collection. Second disc has some great alternative mixesPublished 2 days ago by Mr. P. J. Tabor
As with the other recent releases, a great sound (although there must be diminishing returns on the endless re-mastering of this material) but the overall experience is marred... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Old Bailey
This is the famous Led Zeppelin album, the one most people know, the one with Stairway.
And justifiably so. Read more
See my comments for HOTH. Page has slaughtered the originals - at least that's how it sounds on vinyl. I have good kit so no excuses. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Riffmeister
Five stars for the remastering done and five stars for the album itself, but the second disc is a waste of time. Read morePublished 7 days ago by G. M. Dobbs
No numbered print. Image of product and description clearly states that this is a first pressing with numbered print. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Anon.
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