Led Zeppelin IV

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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, All Music Guide

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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, All Music Guide

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Artist: Led Zeppelin
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 07/19/1994
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 5.04 x 5.96
UPC: 0007567826382
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Track Listing

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
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10/18/2009

Customer review by rocknrollclown

5.0 stars 10/18/2009 by rocknrollclown
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ok so number 2 is what got them grounded and was their foundation, Led Zeppelin III they kinda stayed at the same fame level, then Led Zeppelin IV they literally blow you out of the water with Black Dog, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, Misty Mountain Hop, seriously if you don't have this album you need to get it ASAP!!!!!

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Led Zeppelin IV
4/2/2014

Customer review by GibsonBoy

5.0 stars 4/2/2014 by GibsonBoy
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Excellent CD from start to finish.One of the best Rock songs of all time "Stairway To Heaven" is on it.

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GibsonBoy
Gillett, WI
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WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE????????
6/4/2014

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5.0 stars 6/4/2014 by TASMOTOM
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CAN'T BEAT THIS ITEM I PURCHASED. GREAT MUSIC, LOW PRICE. SOUND IS VIBRANT.

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5/19/2010

Customer review by ZeppelinMaster

5.0 stars 5/19/2010 by ZeppelinMaster
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Where do You start with Led Zeppelin IV. All of the songs are all Platinum Hits. From Black Dog to When The Levee Breaks. The Best way to listen to this CD is with a good pair of over-the-ear headphones if you want to feel the real power of Led Zeppelin.

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ZeppelinMaster
San Antonio, Texas
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Zep fan
2/9/2012

Customer review by Daricans

5.0 stars 2/9/2012 by Daricans
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I am a Zep Fan so I will be very partial to them , this CD is everything you espect plus a bag of chips and a free drink. Buy it the price is AWESOME and the music even better.

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Daricans
norfolk, Virginia
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