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One of the best albums of all time,
This review is from: Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) (Audio CD)
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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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2010 4:31:25 PM PDT
B. G. Ball says:
Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti blows Led II, III, and IV. The album contains countless songs, ranging from blues driven guitar work, to swamy music. "Custard Pie," "The Rover," "In my time of dying?" You really think Led Zeppelin's first four album's compare to this album? If you disagree listen to, "In the light," one of their best acoustic songs "Bron-yr-aur" and the song mellow song, "Down by the seaside."
Marc, you forgot "Physical Graffiti"; you either forgot Led Zeppelin's career lasted till 1980, or you just don't know great Led Zeppelin music.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2010 7:08:23 PM PDT
Dr. Marc Axelrod says:
I wrote this review 10 years ago! Do you remember everything you wrote ten years ago?
I like Physical Graffiti a lot. "In my Time of Dying" is a little too long, but I love Black Country Woman and Boogie with Stu and the other songs you mentioned. Houses of the Holy is a great song too, plus Kashmir.
But the album has some filler (The Wanton Song, Sick Again). Great album, but not as lean or memorable as IV
Posted on Nov 23, 2010 10:40:08 AM PST
Dequan Waters says:
I like it how you did this review; to the point, short and sweet. You mention songs from this CD, but you didn't mention all of them. That's okay. You get my helpful vote.
Posted on Nov 27, 2012 11:07:41 PM PST
D. Chrischilles says:
I think Zeppelin walked such a fine line between rock and blues that it sometimes seems like their songs are aimless drivel (which explains the bad reviews) but I have to agree that LZ4 was an instant classic. The sum is greater than its parts. Never really dug Stairway (except the solo, of course) but it fits the mold of this record. Came out in a turbulent period in America (Nixon, war, drugs, etc.) and seemed to transcend all the woes of the world at the time. People have to realize that it is over 40 years old and has passed it's revelance in a way. Still, has a niche in R&R history for sure. There is more going on than meets the ear.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 10:49:57 AM PST
Dr. Marc Axelrod says:
It's a great album. Timeless music. i was at my grandparents house a couple of years ago, the radio was on, and we were listening to Stairway to Heaven. The melody, the music, and the rising intensity got everyone's attention, And no one forced me to turn it off.
Posted on Apr 6, 2013 1:18:58 PM PDT
Saying that such a superb song like "Four Sticks" is a bad song, is the same as to say that "I don't know anything about music! Four Sticks is one of the greatest songs ever composed, I have Always laughed a lot when I've seen people that can't understand how great this song is. I feel pity! Really! Pity!