This is the one. Untitled 4th full-length from Led Zeppelin, the album that defined '70s rock and laid down the groundwork for heavy metal. Despite eventually achieving classic status, the response to Led Zeppelin III, at the time of its release, was lukewarm at best, which lead Jimmy Page & co. to decided to dive into the next one w/ zero fanfare: no title, no band name, just 4 symbols to represent each of the members. Despite what may have appeared a self-destructive move then, Led Zeppelin IV quickly garnered critical praise and record-setting sales numbers upon release in 1971. And that's not surprising as stellar classics like "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," and "Going to California" make up the album. Sound wise, the band deftly combines the hard and bluesy rock of Led Zeppelin II with milder, British folk-ridden style of Led Zeppelin III, and what comes forth is one of the greatest albums of all time. A must for classic rock fans, especially in this 180g pressing form. Other songs to check out "When The Levee Breaks" and "Misty Mountain Hop."
- 180g vinyl pressing
- music label: Atlantic 1971 / 2014
reviewed by nakaveli 08/2017
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