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Led Zeppelin IV [Original recording remastered]

Led Zeppelin Audio CD
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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Black Dog 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rock And Roll 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Battle Of Evermore 5:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stairway To Heaven 7:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Misty Mountain Hop 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Four Sticks 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Going To California 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. When The Levee Breaks 7:070.99  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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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative classic that time cannot erode 18 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
This was a pioneering rock album by the band everyone aspired to be at the time, and are influenced by now. Unlike many other groundbreakers, this isn't particularly dated and still holds its own in a market that has moved on.

'Stairway to Heaven' deserves to be remembered as one of the all-time great tracks, but the others aren't fillers. More a case of 'Stairway' as the pinnacle of the album. Plant's vocals are forthright, bluesy and angst-ridden. Page's guitar lines are ideal in each situation and provide some great riffs. Bonham's drumming really is incredible rock drumming - hard, heavy, and not always as predicted. Somehow John-Paul Jones and his bass are by comparison, merely perfect.

There's a variety here - rocky numbers like 'Black Dog' and 'Rock n Roll', then slow blues like 'When the Levy Breaks'.

Since this album, the rock guitar has become louder and heavier through Motorhead, AC/DC, Anthrax, Slayer, through to the modern thrash. Despite that, this album still sounds fresh and has an edge of creative genius that many new bands just don't have as much of.

I write this not as someone who was there when it came out and is nostalgic (I'm too young!) but someone who found it after discovering the modern rock and metal world. And it's still, really, that good.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't have it get it 2 Jun 2005
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This is probably one of the best rock records ever done, together with Deep Purple's Machine Head and Made in Japan. I can't find a musically bad track on it, still I'm not fond of the lyrics tainted with mysticism on Battle for Evermore. The opening track Black dog has a wonderful riff wandering over the guitar which shows why Jimmy Page (together with Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath) can take full credit for pioneering the mammoth riffs of hard rock/heavy metal, which also is shown in Misty Mountain Hop, Four Sticks and When the Levee Breaks. I don't need to say something about Stairway to Heaven as it by many is rated as the best rock song ever written. But I want to stress the mastery of three underrated gems on this wonderful record, namely Misty Mountain Hop a very heavy and hooking track, Four Sticks with its driving rhythm in 4/5 and When the Levee Breaks with its, I can't find words to explain it, wonderful guitar sound. All in all it is a record well worth the money spent. And I will give a promise: If you like rock, hard rock or heavy metal, you will not be disappointed and will also have a record to be played on, and on, and on, and on ...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 31 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you look at Led Zep's major attributes: passionate vocals, pioneering guitar work, towering drums, booming rhythm, they are all here in abundance on this album. For me it is the pinnacle of their achievement, combining the mystical with the masterful. There isn't a weak track as the music moves between out and out rock 'Rock and Roll' 'Black Dog' to the lyrical 'Going to California' via the transcendent 'Battle of Evermore' and peerless anthem 'Stairway to Heaven'. I know Stairway has had hours of airplay over the years, but it is a great track, and if anything this whole album in many ways seems too obvious a choice for best album for a lot of Zep fans. But Zep 2 is less textured, Physical Graffiti less unified. I love all their albums but always come back to this one because it is satisfaction guaranteed. They just don't make them like this anymore!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album in the history of rock? 29 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Many polls over the years since its release would suggest so, as "Led Zeppelin IV"

usually appears if not at the top but always in the top 3 - quite an achievement! This

album is no accident, it was forged by four excellent musicians right at the top

of their game, who worked hard creating their image with wily rock solid management

in the form of Peter Grant, relentless touring, and their trump card - "Stairway To

Heaven", often described as the greatest song ever written!

"Led Zeppelin IV" also allowed the band to mature and settle into various musical styles;

folk, prog, blues, heavy rock - but Jimmy Page always hated having his music labelled,

he found it restricting. There is also another powerful personality influencing this album,

hotly debated theories abound about the "prescence" of Aleister Crowley - true or not,

it all adds to the mystique of LZ, many will describe the music in detail here, but here

are the stories that surround the songs!

"Black Dog"-

LZ IV was recorded at Headley Grange studios in Hampshire, this old building had many

spooky stories attached to it, and during the band's stay they were visited by a

mysterious black labrador that hung around the place. This complex number is heavy,

bluesy, with a Muddy Waters' inspired riff.

"Rock and Roll"-

It is impossible to keep still to this good old fashioned rocker!
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