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LED ZEPPELIN IV

Led Zeppelin

 

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Frankie Flowers
5 stars Another legendary album by this all-star band. There are many excellent "classic" rockers here with very catchy guitar riffs and killer solo's. "Black Dog" starts this album off with a bang. You get a good taste of every band member in this song, as they all contribute equally. "Rock and Roll" really gets your adrenaline pumping. And of course, on hearing it, you can't forget about Bonham's expert talent on the drums.

"The Battle of Evermore" is probably the most eerie folk ballad I've ever heard and it gets you into the mythical mood needed for the classical beginning of "Stairway". I once read an interview where Page said that the guitar riffs simply came from fooling around with an acoustic guitar in the studio. The band loved them. He then improvised three solo's and picked the ones which best suited the songs. That just shows what a great musician Page is. Jones then added keyboard parts and Plant wrote the lyrics.

"Going to California" is another folk ballad which was dedicated to Joni Mitchell, the girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair." It's a lovely, calming track where Jones gets out the mandolin for a second time and Page fingerpicks an acoustic guitar. And the twangy blues epic "When The Levee Breaks" is a superb way to end it with an even bigger bang that it all started with. Love the slide guitar and riff on plant's harmonica here! Countless reviewers have said it is a great album a million times, and I have to agree. It really is. Classic rock at it's very best!

Frankie Flowers | 5/5 |

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