Led Zeppelin IV

Performers Led Zeppelin

Atlantic | August 30, 1994 | Compact Disc

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It's probably been said a million times - if you don't own anything else by Led Zeppelin, this is the one for you. The quintessential Zeppelin recording, Led Zeppelin IV came out in 1971 and was the second of their seven platinum albums. This taut mix of blues and metal leaves the listener in awe, and features hits that still highlight classic rock radio and road trip-friendly mixed tapes. Eight tracks explain what Zeppelin is all about, including "Going to California," "Black Dog" and the immortal masterpiece "When the Levee Breaks." A must-have for rock 'n' roll fans, this album also includes a certain epic track that has become the best-known "last dance" song in rock history.

 

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 30, 1994

Genre: Hard Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1971

Label Name: Atlantic

UPC: 075678263828

Found in: Hard Rock

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Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin IV

Performers Led Zeppelin
Guest Artist(s) Sandy Denny
Producer Jimmy Page

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 30, 1994

Genre: Hard Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1971

Label Name: Atlantic

UPC: 075678263828


Title Track Time
1.Black Dog --
2.Rock And Roll --
3.Battle Of Evermore --
4.Stairway To Heaven --
5.Misty Mountain Hop --
6.Four Sticks --
7.Going To California --
8.When The Levee Breaks --

Editorial Notes

Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock. Expanding on the breakthroughs of III, Zeppelin fuse their majestic hard rock with a mystical, rural English folk that gives the record an epic scope. Even at its most basic -- the muscular, traditionalist "Rock and Roll" -- the album has a grand sense of drama, which is only deepened by Robert Plant's burgeoning obsession with mythology, religion, and the occult. Plant's mysticism comes to a head on the eerie folk ballad "The Battle of Evermore," a mandolin-driven song with haunting vocals from Sandy Denny, and on the epic "Stairway to Heaven." Of all of Zeppelin's songs, "Stairway to Heaven" is the most famous, and not unjustly. Building from a simple fingerpicked acoustic guitar to a storming torrent of guitar riffs and solos, it encapsulates the entire album in one song. Which, of course, isn't discounting the rest of the album. "Going to California" is the group's best folk song, and the rockers are endlessly inventive, whether it's the complex, multi-layered "Black Dog," the pounding hippie satire "Misty Mountain Hop," or the funky riffs of "Four Sticks." But the closer, "When the Levee Breaks," is the one song truly equal to "Stairway," helping give IV the feeling of an epic. An apocalyptic slice of urban blues, "When the Levee Breaks" is as forceful and frightening as Zeppelin ever got, and its seismic rhythms and layered dynamics illustrate why none of their imitators could ever equal them. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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