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IV (Remastered)

Released on 25 August 1997

Artist: Led Zeppelin

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  1. Black Dog
  2. Rock 'n' 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
  • Led Zeppelin's epochal fourth album finds both the band's blues-rock thunder and their gentler, more lyrical side filed down to a razor-sharp point. "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll" aren't just perennial air-guitar anthems
  • they're the ultimate distillation of the blues-inflected, hard-rock fury the band had already been perfecting for the past three years. Robert Plant's Little Richard-on-amphetamines wail rides perfectly atop the band's strategically directed crunch for maximum impact. "When the Levee Breaks"is a titanic take on the blues, with John Bonham's thunderous drums echoing through the subsequent decades. The folkier, acoustic tracks provide welcome moments of beauty and respite, and all the elements of the band's sound come together in "Stairway to Heaven", a suite of shifting dynamics that would become the Eiffel Tower of classic-rock radio forevermore.

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 Genuinely Breathtaking!!

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Well what better to start with than this is constantly voted the best rock album ever made, every single song on this album is a genuine bonafide classic and everyone of the songs on this album will be played dozens of times each on rock radio stations around the world every single day for the rest of your life and probabaly for the rest of any of your relatives, relatives, relatives lifes probabaly.

The track on this album that gets the most airplay is undoubtedly stairway to heaven, which for those of you unlucky enough never to have heard of it, is the song that gets voted the best rock song ever made more than any other, but if you look at the facts that becomes rather unsurprising, I mean that one song alone has officially spent more than 50 years of continous play on the many legal radio stations across the world , but the amount of airplay its had can probabaly be doubled if you think about how much pirate radio stations have played that tune to death as well, perhaps more amazing is the fact that stairway is the only tune on led zep 4 that isnt really based on a meaty riff, instead the song is based around a rather clever acoustic sound and only really becomes a raging rock monster when it nears its climax, which to be fair is probabaly the best climax to a song ever, the end guitar solo in particular is heavenly

This isn't a one trick pony album though for instance one of the slower tracks on the album, when the levee breaks officially has the most sampled drum-beat ever and is quite the monster of a song as well
The two songs black dog and rock n roll are both major rock radio staples which both have riffs to die for, misty mountain hop, going to calafornia and four sticks all show a slightly tenderer side to the led zep musical pallette and between them provide some really good acoustic pieces and then finally there is battle of evermore which is hard to describe to say the least but is like a little folk song but worth having a good listen to, if nothing else just to see how robert plants vocals are much stronger and powerful in the song than sandy dennys from the band fairport convention and to see how jimmy page implements his mandolin to good effect

As for individual performances on the album all four members played their part in making what is quite possibly the most jaw dropping musical statement ever made and you get the feeling they knew it was something really special when they made it because they couldn't be bothered to even give the album a proper name or at least put theie band name on the front, the only way the album was identifiable is if you knew what you were looking at and it takes an album and a half to create its own identity

Overall this is not just a landmark album and it is not just a musical statement it is in fact a work of art and if you are into rock music the chances are you will agree, the singing on this album is fantasticly emotive and powerful, the guitar work is fantastic to the point where some people think its never been bettered by anyone and the rhythm section of john bonham and john paul jones is a masterclass in how to put real music together

This is a genuinely breath-taking album and it is one of the few albums out there that is worth 6 stars if you dont own it, invest in a copy, you won't be disappointed

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Put simply you can NOT go thru life saying you appreciate music (Rock or whatever) without owning this album,it's that important. Deservedly the BEST album of all time in my humble opinion.Also please bear in mind it's not so far of 40 years old. Timeless,Effortless,Classic rock album go buy NOW!!!!!!

 Inspiring!A Classic Rock Star!

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If you like rock music you MUST like Led Zeppelin.This specific album is one of their best.It contains their best song,Stairway to Heaven which is the best Rock Ballad ever written!All of the songs are classic Led Zeppelin songs and they will continue to inspire generations for years to come.An album that must be in your collection!If you are fun of metal music instead of classic rock then you don't know what you are missing!

 BRILLIANT

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I got This For mY Mum For Christmas cause shes kinda of a led zeppelin fan and its brilliant it took me awhile to get into but now i love it. My faves would probably be The Battle Forevermore It's Acoustic But It's Amazing, Black Dog, Rock And Roll,Stairway to heaven It's Very Slow For Most Of The Song Which Is Surprsing For Me Cause I Prefer Heavy Stuff Like Iron Maiden And Metallica and That Type Of music But its Amazing It Might take You Awhile To get Into.. Oh And When The Levee Breaks Aswell That Rocks. The Rest Are Good But not Good As the Others. Misty Moutain Hop Is Good But i Don't Really like Robert's Singing In It It's A Bit Starnge. Four Sticks Is Good so Going To To california. If You're Into Old School Rock Or You like Led Zeppelin Then Get This Cause It's Amazing 5 Stars For Me.

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