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Initial post: Apr 24, 2012 2:03:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 2:05:55 PM PDT
Like II, this is another that seems to be fairly divided (I think).

We have "Stairway" against "Levee" and perhaps "Rock And Roll" against "Going To California". And perhaps a nature-themed contest between "The Battle of Evermore" and "Four Sticks".

However you wish to view it, feel free to pick a favorite album side.

It's a close one for me but if I take constant airplay out of the equation, I have to go with side one. By a hair.

SIDE ONE
Black Dog
Rock And Roll
The Battle of Evermore
Stairway To Heaven

SIDE TWO
Misty Mountain Hop
Four Sticks
Going To California
When The Levee Breaks

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 2:17:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 2:19:30 PM PDT
Ooh. Tricky. I'm going to try to take constant airplay out of the equation too, and put them head to head.

Tricky Rhythmic Things: Black Dog vs Four Sticks. Two superb songs. Slight edge to Four Sticks for the eerie atmosphere and cello sounding things (cellos? or mellotron?)
Straightforward Things: Rock and Roll vs Misty Mt Hop. R&R has the great drums, Hop has the better riff.... call it a tie.
Acoustic Things: Ballad of Evermore vs California. Ballad of Evermore wins this one pretty easily.
Epic Things: Stairway vs Levee. Two titanic songs, both phenomenal. But for me, Levee is one of the greatest LZ recordings of all, so I'll hand it to Levee.

The winner - Side Two wins 2-1-1

edit: last time I tried a head-to-head like this, several people questioned my methods. to them I say, "thpppp"

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 2:22:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 2:29:16 PM PDT
Going that route, mine ends up as...

Black Dog tied with Four Sticks
Rock And Roll over Misty Mountain Hop (by a wide margin)
The Battle of Evermore loses to Going To California (by a wide margin)
Stairway over Levee (in a fairly close race)

So I get 2-1-1 in favor of Side One :)

But if I switched it so that Black Dog takes on Misty Mountain Hop and Rock And Roll takes on Four Sticks, I'd end up 3-1 in favor of Side One.

Again, that's taking heavy airplay out of the equation, as if I'm still getting used to the album and it is fresh.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 2:36:24 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 3:30:35 PM PDT
Going To California is my favorite song, but the first side is the best.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 4:15:31 PM PDT
Music Lover says:
Jeff-I knew you were coming with this one soon. As you said if I take airplay out of the equation and go back to my original impressions Side 1 wins out by a nose.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 4:18:38 PM PDT
B. rogers says:
I agree with AP..."Going To California" is one of their best...but Side 1 wins overall(in my book).

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 5:09:27 PM PDT
ulijon says:
Side 1 but the whole album is great!

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 5:18:33 PM PDT
S. R. Pratt says:
Side One. Other than "Going to California," which is one of my favorites, I never got into Side 2.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 7:34:31 PM PDT
Working Man says:
Wow, this one really is almost a draw. Three of the four songs on side 1 are overplayed but it's probably because they simply are great songs. Say what you will about Stairway, but it's a great song.

I will pick side 1 by the ever so slightest of margins. Great album from start to finish.
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Posted on Apr 24, 2012 7:52:39 PM PDT
slats el says:
I prefer Side One, but the only real use of this thread is to get us to talk about the music. The whole thing is amazing - incredible variety with stratospherically-great quality from beginning to end. "Four Sticks" is the weakest track, and it's a masterpiece of rhythm and texture.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 8:11:29 PM PDT
If I could make a favorite side it would be
Black Dog
Four Sticks
Battle Of Evermore
The ending part of Stairway To Heaven when Jimmy Page rips it up.
When The Levee Breaks

Four Sticks is my favorite song. Going To California is my least liked song. The rocking part of Stairway saves it.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 9:35:54 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
Side 1

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 1:37:34 AM PDT
2.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 8:30:16 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
2
I got burned out on side 1 real early!

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:28:00 AM PDT
MarcoVG4 says:
So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
where the spirits go now,
over the hills where the spirits fly.
I really don't know.

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