Led Zeppelin IV Box
Deluxe Edition, Super Deluxe Edition
Double Vinyl, Remastered, Box Set
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Led Zeppelin IV (Remastered)
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, October 27, 2014
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In 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant formed Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of The Yardbirds, when Page brought in Plant, Bonham and Jones to tour as The New Yardbirds. In 1969, Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world. The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to an remarkable start in June 2014 as deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The albums achieved similar international success with debuts near the top of the charts in more than a dozen territories, including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. For the second round, the band prepared the reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy. As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album. The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, Led Zeppelin IV. Released in November 1971, the album—which is officially untitled—defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven, " "Rock And Roll, " "Black Dog, " and "When The Levee Breaks. " The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA. The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe editions include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks, " mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven, " mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before. Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant – along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.
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But you can also get a true "alternative" version of a classic. This "bonus" disc is not the radical Plus One of Disc Two in the Led Zeppelin package (aka, LZ One), but it is worthy of more than icing or side dish status. Both discs should be played at solid volumes through studio-quality headphones, a pumping vehicle audio system, or real Hi-Fi speakers (modern units may be precise but classic boxes, e.g., KLH, Bose 901s, Advents, Klipsch Horns, etc.) give as good as they get.
For under $15, you get two solid discs of the epitome of dinosaur rock. Turn it up, tune in, and Rock out!
I received a $100.00 gift certificate for Christmas so I purchased it. It arrived very quickly. And the packaging was quite sufficient to withstand any shipping abuses. And the download card, which was included worked just fine.
We all know this album so I won't get into the song list. I will say this though...Well, first, I don't own a turntable right now. I'll have to purchase one to listen to the albums. However after the very first seconds of hearing Black Dog I was brought back to the days of getting high and listening to this album in a dark living room with headphones. You know the ritual. But not because of the music. Because of the sound.
The CDs sounded like an album. That warmth that only albums have. It's a case of you're so used to listening to CDs that you forget. And when you hear it again, all those memories come flooding in.
Now, maybe you had to have bought the album the first day it came out like I did and played it, played it, played it, played it, and played it. So you can hear and appreciate all the subtle nuances of this remastered epic. But they are there and you can spot them a mile away. If you were born too late, I'm sure sorry.
The second album for me was a real treat. I'm so glad Jimmy did this. I must say I love Four Sticks in this album better than the original as well as When The Levee Breaks. But my favorites are the versions of Battle of Evermore and Going To California which have no vocals.
I loved the book. I tried to look through it when I played the CDs, but I couldn't. I just wanted to close my eyes and listen. And remember.
Is it worth the price? That's a very subjective issue. For me there's no debate. Do I recommend it? Yes, with no equivocation. Based on this purchase would I buy all the other Super Deluxe Editions? It's not a question of if, or would I, but when. Next up is going to be Physical Graffiti.
I better save my money.
Every person who was young during the late 60's to the mid 80's MUST have this album in their repertoire, and my version this vendor sent me was better than my original 33 record I still own but never play, having no turntable!! HAHAHA
I'm pushing 60 and a grandmother times 2, but everybody of my generation LIVED with this album as our soundtrack to our lives, so thanks for keeping the fun going for all us Baby Boomers. Nothing motivates me to clean my house like rocking out to this priceless set of Led Zeppelin tunes!! I might even make Stairway to Heaven the theme song for my funeral in my will!! HAHAHAHA!! I know, too much information!!!
This is the album that put Led Zeppelin into the stratosphere. Yes they were already very popular when this was released but this bumped them up to a new level. Not a bad track on this album and Stairway to Heaven is arguably the best rock song of all time. All the members were in great form and simply put a great album.
Now the vinyl:
Commenting on the playback is pointless without knowing what it was played on, my system:
1999 Technics SL1200-M3D with KAB fluid damper, RCA jacks and cardas tonearm wire, Audio Technica AT120e cartridge with ATN150mlx stylus
Hagerman Cornet 2 phono stage
Yaqin MS-20L integrated amp
1981 Klipsch La Scala speakers with ALK crossovers
First of all the vinyl was perfectly flat and spotless, shipped in the appropriate mailer. No seam splits, no marks or scratches.
It plays perfectly, dead quiet so the opening of Stairway to Heaven is not ruined by pops and ticks.
The mastering is superb. I have a lot of reissues of classic rack and jazz albums, quite often the remastering screws up the sound making it not worth buying, usually from over compression. Not the case here, this is probably the best remastering job I have heard in the past couple of years. The bass is strong with plenty of detail from the other instruments. A lot of people attribute the Led Zeppelin sound to Jimmy Page's guitar sound but to me Bonzo's drum sound is among the most distinctive in rock n roll and that comes through loud and clear in this reissue. It pops out of my La Scalas like Bonzo is in the room.
The final verdict:
One of the top albums of all time regardless of genre, one of the best remasterings, a great pressing. Buy it!!