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Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) Import

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The acknowledged classic in their catalog, "Zoso" is also the album in which Robert Plant's mystical concerns took center stage on The Battle of Evermore; Stairway to Heaven , and the lighthearted Misty Mountain Hop . But Stairway aside, the album's real highlight is the downright scary When the Levee Breaks ; blues-rock never got better than this. From 1971.

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Jimmy Page was a top London studio guitarist before he got rich and famous as the musical leader of Led Zeppelin. The group's fourth--and arguably their finest--album is as much a tribute to his technique as a monument to his versatility. Page produced the album, co-wrote all eight songs, and played mandolin as well as all the guitars. Musically, this 1971 disc ranges from acoustic English folke ("Goin' to California" and "The Battle of Evermore," the latter featuring the late Fairport Convention frontwoman Sandy Denny) to bone-crushing, bluesy riff-slinging. On the album's centerpiece, "Stairway to Heaven," these light and dark strains are dramatically intertwined. The chiming "Four Sticks" aside, it's the Little Richard-inspired "Rock and Roll" and the tricky time changes--a Zeppelin trademark--of the fast-and-furious "Black Dog" that elevate this album into more than just a bustle in aspiring guitarists' hedgerows. --Don Waller
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J09
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,595 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Within eighteen months three members of this band had gone from total obscurity to part of the best known rock band in the world. By the end of 1971 world domination was such that they could release their fourth album without any sleeve notes, no band image or song titles on the sleeve either. Therefore it has since been called by fans a variety of names from the obvious 'Led Zeppelin IV' to the less obvious 'Runes' after its many Lord of the Rings references to 'Four Symbols'. Or 'Zosa' after its inside cover motif, or plain old 'No Title'. Still, on pre-sales it went to #1 all over the world, being released on November 8th and staying at #1 into the New Year. Over the years it has probably generated enough sales to run a fairly large country. In the last thirty-two years it has won just about every accolade there is to get. Voted the best rock record ever in such illustrious magazines as 'Classic Rock Revisited', `Rolling Stone', 'Q', 'Mojo', and even the Pattaya Mail. (We just had a vote Toto, Ella Crew, Andy, and Led Zeppelin experts Lars Fieste, John Osborne, Graham Rudd, Dai Coe, and the Dog - it was unanimous.)
If you had wanted to put together a super group in 1971 all you would of had to do was put together Led Zeppelin, and there you are you had it. Out of the ashes of the `Yardbirds' founding member Jimmy Page created Led Zeppelin (well, he had to, all the others had left). The new band did one tour of Scandinavia as 'The New Yardbirds'.
Jimmy Page originally joined the `Yardbirds' as bassist, but switched to lead guitar to give the band a duel pronged guitar attack with a certain Jeff Beck on the other axe. Jimmy Page had long been a top session player, playing most famously on the Kinks' `You Really Got Me' famous guitar riff that almost invented heavy metal music.
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You know, there are actually some people in the world who don't own this album? What a shame. It's a classic! From the manic vocals on "Black Dog" through the thundering backbeat and jagged guitar lines of "Four Sticks," to the rough Mississippi Delta blues of "When the Levee Breaks," the album is epic. And of course, the album's centerpiece is "Stairway to Heaven," a slow building folk rock masterpiece which climaxes in a volley of hard rock guitar lines with Plant's wailing vocals over the top.
That's not to say that the album is all brawn and no melody. On the contrary, "The Battle of Evermore" and "Going to California" are beautiful folk ballads which perfect the folk sound that Led Zeppelin had been experimenting with ever since their first album came out.
At any rate, if you don't own this album, then you ought to go out and buy it. Just to have one of the greatest CD's ever in your collection.
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I would like to start this review by stating that this is, arguably, the greatest rock album ever recorded. I don't see how it has an overall 4.5 star rating and it's all of the idiotic 1-star reviews that bring it down. I'm not calling it the best rock album of all time because I'm giving in to the hype about it, because I'm not. I own it and have listened through it over a hundred times so I am more than familiar with it, along with the rest of Zeppelin's music. This is simply the most complete, diverse and distinctive album ever. Not only are Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham gods of their instruments but they are likewise with song writing. The songs range from funky rock and roll (Black Dog, Rock and Roll) to groovy melodies (Misty Mountain Hop) to the more melodic ballads (Battle of Evermore, Going to California) to the epic heavy hitters on the album, Stairway and When the Levee Breaks. These four guys have mastered blues-inspired rock and roll and play it like no other. Jimmy Page is equally masterful and brilliant with the electric and acoustic guitars and his melodies are some of the most unconventional, odd time-signatured yet captivating ever. This is the quintissential hard rock album and it seems like all other albums should be measured up against this one.

I give every single song on this album a 10/10 with the exception of Four Sticks, which I would give a 9.5. Albums can't really rate much higher.

These are the gods of rock and this is their masterpiece. No person who claims to listen to rock should be without it. Don't pay any attention to the 1-star reviews, or the 2- and 3- star reviews, for that matter. They are ridiculous and written solely out of rebellion. Let them listen to their Fallout Boys and Nirvanas and Panic at the Discos.
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If future Led Zeppelin "deluxe" releases are anything like "IV" and "Houses of the Holy", this may be my last purchase of these new remasters. It was the bonus material that enticed me to want to buy these, and now I feel regret to have fallen into this trap. The original album, of course, is phenomenal. It's definitely worthy of 5 stars and one of the best albums ever. However, the bonus material on the second disc offers very little value. Most of the songs sound identical to the original, with only a few minor tweaks here and there. As soon as I put the bonus disc in the cd player, the first song I listened to was the "Sunset Sound" mix of "Stairway to Heaven." Several minutes in, I had to double check the CD to be sure I hadn't put the original album in instead of the bonus. They sounded absolutely identical up until the very end, and only then you get what is basically a few seconds of extra guitar. Other songs sound exactly the same as well, while others are simply "karaoke" versions where the vocal track has been removed.

With so many high quality Zeppelin bootlegs out there, I would have preferred more live material from this period. And if they want to include "alternate" versions of songs, they should truly be alternate versions. Look at the alternate versions of Beatles songs on the "Anthology" discs. Those are what I would really consider "alternate." Different lyrics, different solos, etc. This just reeks of another cash grab from Page.
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SHM-CDs sound excellent!!!
Trust me: These CDs sound better than the originals. I would prefer to have all of these recordings on SACD or DVD-A multi-channel, but since this isn't going to happen, SHM CDs are definitely the next best thing. Don't even talk to me about domestic gold CDs as a comparison. SHM CDs I have... Read More
Sep 17, 2008 by Betty Nevelus |  See all 55 posts
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http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=WPCR-13142

These sound amazing and are getting rave reviews for their sound!

I just received mine and they sound fantastic.
Sep 12, 2008 by RegF |  See all 3 posts
debut album
Led Zeppelin has three albums prior to this one therefore making it the 4th album vice the debut album. It is a bitching album though!
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