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Led Zeppelin


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el böthy
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5 stars Led Zeppelin at its highest point and rock at its highest point too. Really, this album is so freaken good, its umbelievable! 1971 was a great year for music in general and specially in prog, but no one, and I mean no one came close to this...this is rock as only the gods can make it. Every song is a classic, the production is incredible (by far their best in this aspect), the musicianship top notch, the lyrics among Plant´s best and...Stairway to heaven...need I say more? No...but Ill do it anyways.

In this records Zeppe got really epic, as it was the end of an era for them. This would be the last of their Hard rock bluesy 69-71 period, which really is my favorite form the band. This four albums are so good, I think only bands like the Beatles, Yes, Pink Floyd and Genesis could match this 4 album period, but unlike this bands, Zeppelin would say goodbye with their strongest. This one, the untitle, IV, it what you like, I´ll call it a masterpiece.

Black dog has one of Zeppelins best riffs, which is funny cause its from Jones and not from Page. Bonhams drums are incredible and Plants sings with so much groove, what a way to start an album!

Rock n roll is a...rock n roll (duh!), but its so damn good and fun. Opening with the classic drums intro the song makes no sudden changes, nothing that can be taken as prog at any time, in fact its quite simple...but its so damn good!!! "Lonely, lonely, lonely time", who did not sing that???

The battle of evermore is another face of Zeppelin, the acoustic one, and what a number they lain down here! Plant sings oh so good and female singer Sandy Denny helps with some excellent harmonies. The guitars and mandolin work perfect and along with the lyrics it gets thrue a great epic feeling, even though the song only last about 5 minutes.

Stairway to heaven, their best, one of the best songs ever...if not the best. Period.

Misty mountain hop is one of thouse really cool Zeppelin songs where Page makes another great riff and where Plant is just plainly charismatic.

Four sticks has some tribal percussion along with some psychedelic yet hard riffs and solos, while Plant chants what by now has become his trademark, lyrics full of poetic meanings while adding some "baby´s" here and there...

Going to California is another acoustic number where Plant tells the story of trips and a woman, while revealing for a minute his post-hippy side full of vulnerability and joy.

And what a way to end the album, but with When the levee breaks. Here, Bonham...incredible. The sound of the drums, the groove of them...massiv! Bonham owns this one! Not to say the rest doesn´t contribute to it, on the contrary, the three remaining Zeppelins do their job, and they do it as only they know how!

If you dont own this album yet, then you must be some kind of Britney Spears fan that happens to be reading this... this is huge! This album will never be toped by them, and they have done some excellent stuff after it, but to be better than this? No, its impossible, this is one of thouse albums where the word perfect suits it well!

el böthy | 5/5 |


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