Led Zeppelin IV

by Led Zeppelin

(1971) Atlantic

Personnel Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboard), John Bohnam (drums)
Description The best rock CD from Led Zeppelin. This CD opens with "Black Dog", then "Rock and Roll", next is "Battle of Evermore", then "Stairway", need I say more? The next half is "Four Sticks" (great song!), "Going to California", and "When the Levee Breaks".
Posted By Jeff Potts (178)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 7/1/2004, Anonymous Anonymous (58) posted:
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An amazing album with some of the greatest rock songs ever recorded. Possibly the greatest song in the history of time and space, Stairway to Heaven, is on this album, along with songs that defined Led Zeppelin as one of the greatest rock bands ever like Black Dog, Rock and Roll, and Four Sticks. Some other great songs are The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, When The Levee Breaks, and Misty Mountain Hop. Jimmy Pages amazing yet controled guitar solos really set him apart from other guiutarists. Robert Plants tenor voice really gave him a defined sound that is very easily recognizable. Jon Bonhams "hands of god" drum talents were really shown in Rock & Roll, and John Paul Jones firm bass and amazing keyboard skills really put the band together. This record I believe is the best Led Zeppelin album ever recorded. I would give this record 1634 stars if I could, but it only lets me go to 5.
On 8/26/2002, Frank Flaherty (75) posted:
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Quite possible one of the greatest rock albums ever in my opinion. Excellect songs and excellent workmanship.
On 5/12/2002, Justin Nagy (1219) posted:
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Led Zeppelin IV/Unnamed/Zoso. What can I say? The thrill ride begins with "Black Dog", another blues/rock classic with wonderful guitar and bass work. Next stop is "Rock And Roll", a pure heavy-hitting rock 'n roll experience. Sit back and relax with "The Battle of Evermore", an experimental track reminiscent on Led Zeppelin III. Hang on to your seats with "Stairway to Heaven" THE greatest rock song of ALL time. The second half of the album includes rock greats like "Four Stix" and "Misty Mountain Hop". Then back to the acoustic/wierd stuff with "Going to California", and ending with a great drolling blues tone "When the Levee Breaks." A+, 5 stars, nuff said.
On 6/14/2001, Ga Thomas (1904) posted:
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The greatest pure rock & roll album ever. I think this is the only album from which I have heard every track on the radio at least once.
On 3/17/2001, Chris Van (24) posted:
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This album is definately my most favorite Zep album. It shows just how expansive Page is. His work with the acoustic guitar shows just how much talent he has a guitarist; moving from distorted songs like Black Dog to the timeless clean and acoustic Stairway to Heaven.
On 3/2/2001, Maciek Sakrejda (8047) posted:
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Ah, the classic. You can't really get any more classic than this when speaking about rock. And there's good reason. "Black Dog", with its excellent intro and alternating guitar riffs and vocal shouts. "Rock And Roll", a nice little country ditty. Ok, ok. Just kidding. It's really a rock and roll piece about rock and roll. And what a killer piece it is. The riff is catchy and effective as heck, and the drums are put to their fullest use. "The Battle of Evermore" is a slower, more acoustic piece, but it's very nice. Then the classic "Stairway to Heaven". It's so overplayed and over-talked-about, but then after I come back to it, I realize that it's still a kick-ass piece of music. "Misty Mountain Hop" is my least favorite on here, but still not a bad song. "Four Sticks" is a great drum-driven song played with, believe it or not, four sticks of gum (jeez, you guys are hard to fool). "Going to California" is one of Zeppelin's best folky songs, and "When The Levee Breaks" finishes out the album as one of their best blues-rockers, with some real nice harmonica from Plant. Great album. And it has, in my opinion, the best opening (that slow winding-up thing at the beginning of "Black Dog") and ending (the chord pairs at the end of "When the Levee Breaks") of any album.
On 2/19/2001, Pedro Lima (2133) posted:
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If LZII is my favorite, this definitely takes the second place. It's generally more on a soft tone than any of their previous albums, and I think it demonstrates what an all-around complete group of musicians LZ was. "Stairway to Heaven" is the most well known tune from LZ, and unless you're a complete LZ fanatic, I suggest you check out Frank Zappa's irreverent version of it. "Rock and Roll" is fundamentally basic, but the whole construction of is great. The drums intro is simply awesome! "Misty Mountain Hop" is perhaps the tune I like (a tiny bit) less in this record, but it's rapidly compensated by the following "Four Sticks".
On 11/24/2000, Carl Anderson (2230) posted:
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This is a really good CD. Jimmy Page and co shine as always. The songs are really good. Led Zepplin's bluesy approach is great listening.
On 11/20/2000, Joe Rafacz (173) posted:
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Originally created as untitled for the purpose of showing people they didnt have to buy the record for the name, only for the music. And what music it was. Stairway to Heavan took some time before it gained popularity, ironically enough - it becoming Zeppelin's most known tune - Page had originally intended to make it an instrumental, but as jimmy showed Plant, Plant immediately started writing. Black dog was named after the dog they saw as they strode into their hotel after recording. Battle of evermore, about a scottish war, as Robert Plant had a love for scottish lore. Rock and roll, is just that - striaght ahead boogie. When the levee breaks - recorded inside headley grange - its how they achieved such a prominent bass drum. Misty Mountain hop was perhaps plants only song about world events - some bust in london - cant remember really. then of course, is the god like solo on four sticks, played, well, with four sticks. going to california - the classic song about a lost man looking for love. i cant think of a better album - maybe physical graffiti
On 9/25/2000, Howard Owens (3129) posted:
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Yup, if you could only own one Zep CD, this would be it.
On 6/10/2000, Matt Merkel (1227) posted:
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This one is definitley Zepplin's best.Up until I was 15 I listened to nothing but rap.Then I was introduced to pot and and this whole new experience happened."Stairway" was the song in the backround and it helped change not only my taste in music but also some views on life itself.I'm 19 now and despise people who listen to rap. If you's have a relative that doesn't have good taste this is the album to get.Good Luck
On 6/8/2000, Jeff Potts (178) posted:
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My all time favorite by Zeppelin, with my two favorite songs, "Black Dog" and "Stairway to Heaven". It also shows Jon Bohnman's ability in "Rock and Roll" and "Misty Mountain Hop". Also, I think "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks" are underrated. I love the rock sound, although the blues of the other albums was good. The sound is clear, unlike a few of its predecessors. Jimmy Page's style is unlike any other on Zoso, the album no one knows the name of.