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Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly epic record, probably one of the best rock albums ever.
It contains Led Zeppelin's finest song, the magnificet 'Stairway to Heavan.' It's just such a shame that it has been so ridiculously overplayed over the past 20 years until everyone is tired of it. But it really is a great song building from a simple acoustic guitar to a whole torrent of riffs and solos.
And this is definitely not the only classic on the album. The two openers 'Black Dog' and 'Rock and Roll' are two of the best hard rock songs ever. 'The ballad of evermore' is one of my favourite songs, which shows Robert Plant's emerging obsession with mythology and the occult. 'Going to California' is the bands best folk song. 'Misty Mountain Hop' and 'Four Sticks' - inwhich John Bonham really does use four drumsticks are also good songs in their own right. But the best song on the album has to be 'When the levee breaks' - Bonhams drumming is brilliant. For all of Jimmy Page's brilliant guitar playing, John Bonham is the person who is, or tragically was - Led Zeppelin.
This is certainly Zeppelin's best record featuring styles as diverse as Blues, Hard Rock and British Rock music. There are a lot of negative reviews of this album - people saying Led Zeppelin were overrated, but the truth is they were the first heavy metal band ever, and so probably the most influential bands of the 70s. Some people have also said they are a pop band, not a rock band. I don't know how you can call them a pop band as they were the group who created the principal of album orientated rock and barely released a single in their career - about as non-commercial as you can get. People also criticise Robert Plant's songwriting. Fine, they are not Bob Dylan or The Beatles - the images Plant sings about on Stairway to Heavan are nonsense - but that was never the strength of Led Zeppelin. They were consistently slammed by the music press throughout their career but how many of their albums have sold well upwards of 10 million copies. Great Album
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2007
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This album is how musicians become legends and music transcends time and classification. I was a 13 year old listening to pop music when I came across my parents vinyl version of Zeppelin IV. I had recalled, from somewhere, hearing something about "Stairway to Heaven" being the greatest song ever made. Now I was born in 1975, so it was 1988, and I had a turntable (thank God) ... From the time I put that needle down my life, at least musically, was changed forever. "When the Levee Breaks" is a blues assault like none other, possibly my favorite song of all time. "The Battle of Evermore" is at once, both etheral, and mournful. "Four Sticks" and "Misty Mountain Hop" just flat out rock. "Blackdog", "Rock N' Roll" and "Stairway to Heaven" are iconic rock masterpieces that defined the genre. And finally "Going to California" proved that a slow song can be introspective and not be whiny. I will never forget hearing the climax of "Stairway to Heaven", coming from that vinyl record, louder from the needle than through the speakers ... What else can you say?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Led Zeppelin are one of the best rock bands that have ever graced this planet. Their first three albums were awesome, but Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) is their very best album ever. Stairway to Heaven is a classic rock anthem for the ages, and is still being played on classic rock radio stations to this day. Other great songs on here include Rock and Roll, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, The Battle of Evermore and When The Levee Breaks. This is a must have for Led Zeppelin fans or classic rock fans in general. Great album, buy it now!

BTW: Bozo and the Bandwagon of Poop can kiss my ass. I'll bet that idiot has never even heard this album. He thinks that nu-metal is the best. HA! We can listen to whatever we want to, so just go away loser!

Now here's the ratings for the songs

1. Black Dog: 5/5

2. Rock and Roll: 5/5

3. The Battle of Evermore: 5/5

4. Stairway to Heaven: 5/5

5. Misty Mountain Hop: 5/5

6. Four Sticks: 5/5

7. Going to California: 5/5

8. When The Levee Breaks: 5/5
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Most of the non Led Zeppelin fanatics may look at you funny if you mention Zoso or Runes, and some may even be quizzical about the title Led Zeppelin IV, but if you mention that this album has "Stairway To Heaven" on it, you're bound to get your point across.

Yes, this album has "Stairway To Heaven" on it, but it also has unquestioned classics "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll," "Going To California," and chestnuts such as "The Battle of Evermore" and "Misty Mountain Hop." And that's just the songs that immediately come to mind.

Led Zeppelin's eight song master work is a perfect example of a time when albums didn't have just one or two truly great songs and a bunch of filler material. This isn't a one hit wonder, as Zeppelin already had albums and well-known material before Zoso hit the music stores. This is rock music that stands the test of time, as "Stairway To Heaven" is consistently rated among the top songs of all time -- even though it was never released as a single.

For a song that never inched higher than 47 on the U.S. charts, "Rock And Roll" remains indelible in the minds of classic rock fans, enough to bring fresh excitement to Stevie Nicks concert sets both last year and this year when she included it in her Gold Dust Tour.

While people sometimes denigrate younger listeners, seemingly labeling all of them as having no respect for classic rock, try your hand at singing a Led Zeppelin song around a younger crowd. You may find it's appreciated much more than you expected. When something is truly timeless, people still get a charge out of listening to it. This is one such record.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In truth, this is only the third Zeppelin album I've listened too(the others being "II" & "Houses of the Holy") and I used to think II was their best until listening to this fine album. This is called by many Zeppelin fans their best album, also because it includes Zeppelin's biggest (or at least most well known) song "Stairway to Heaven". Well, in my opinion that song isn't even the best on here. Every song is good (Zeppelin fans will hate me, but I wasn't a big fan of the slower more folkie songs) and I think "Black Dog" is one of the coolest, catchiest songs I've ever heard. Here's the tracks & my opinions:

1. Black Dog-5/5-"Hey hey mama, said the way you move. Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove." This song is killer; one of their best.

2. Rock and Roll-5/5-Very cool.

3. The Battle of Evermore-5/5-Very Tolkien-esque song. It's not catchy or anything, not the best song either; But it still is damn good.

4. Stairway to Heaven-5/5-Everyone knows this song. It's called Zeppelin's best song and I don't think it's their best, but it's an amazing song. Lyrically, it's probably their best.

5. Misty Mountain Hop-5/5-Really catchy song. Get's stuck in your head, simalar to "Ramble On" from Led Zeppelin II.

6. Four Sticks-4/5-I thought this song was a bit annoying, but the drumming is pretty cool.

7. Going to California-4/5-The slowest song on the album. I like the song though and ya know what? Who doesn't want to go to California.

8. When the Levee Breaks-5/5-I love this song. Some of Plant's best vocals; Bonham, Page, & Jones play well too.

A+
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
It's hard not give this perfect album 5 stars. After all it perfectly walks the line between blistering, howling heavy metal thunder and quiet, almost medieval sounding acoustic numbers. Sometimes in the same song. Four Sticks is the most underrated song in the entire Zeppelin canon. The time switching is reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Money". The only criticism I have for the deluxe edition is the the lack of any relevant bonus material. Sure it is interesting to hear a version of Battle of Evermore with no vocals, but wouldn't a straight demo version be a lot more interesting. Maybe all of the vaults had already been raided of all bonus material and that is the reason, but it would have been nice to have something special for the fans who no doubt already have at least one version of this album in their collection. The sound quality of the vinyl is first rate however. Play this one loud and often, who cares what the neighbors think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Few albums in existence come close to the greatness of Led Zeppelin's 4th, untititled album. If you like a hard rock sound, but not quite heavy metal, along with heavy blues and a little bit of folk, then this is the ultimate album. Even if you dont like that kind of music i would still recomend this album.

This is by far Led Zeppelin's most hit filled album. The hard rockers Black Dog and Rock n' Roll along with the epic Stairway to heaven are the most well known songs. The heavy When The levee Breaks is also an amazing song and possibly the best on here. The battle of evermore, Four Sticks, and Going to california are all haunting and excellent, Going to Claifornia is the folk that i was talking about. Mist Mountain Hop is another great hard Rocker. Buy this album, you should be more then pleased. It is one of the greatest rock albums of all time and you should understand why after u buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2004
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New to Led Zep? This is the one studio album where you get the best of everything the band had to offer; where the worlds of blues, rock 'n' roll and pastoral English folk music collide in truly spectacular fashion.

Here, Plant and Page pull together all the strands of the first three Zep outings and deliver a sonic behemoth that has stomped all over the album charts for the last 30 odd years.

And deservedly so. From the acoustic whimsy of 'Going to California' to the seismic assault of 'When the Levee Breaks', 'Four' is jammed to the rafters with sublime songs for all rock 'n' roll seasons. 'Black Dog' has enough boogie to shake the tail feathers off a dodo.

Arguably, Zeppelin's creative peak was still to come with 'Physical Grafitti'. But for consistency, this one's hard to beat - it's as big as rock gets.

Oh, and it's got 'Stairway to Heaven' too...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I needed to send this in to counter the morons who rate this 1 star. Come on. If this album doesn't grab you, you just don't get it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2003
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IV is certainly not the best Zep album in my opinion, although it is certainly conisidered that by many people. In any case, this is Led Zeppelin, and whats more to say? I am sure you have at least heard of the song "Stairway to Heaven", which is one of their catchiest and best songs ever in my opinion. I did not find the rest of the album as enjoyable as their previous work, but there is still no denying the great feeling I still get when I listen to Zep. Listening to them just makes you ask the question: "what the hell has happened to rock these days?" If you have somehow not heard Led Zeppelin before, well now is a good time to start. An obvious big thumbs up.
Best tracks: "Stairway to Heaven", "Black Dog", and "Rock and Roll".
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