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They came and they conquered it all. Led Zepplin IV was one of pivotal points in their conquest. This album covers all the music genres played by Led Zepplin in their career which includes- heavy metal, folk,rock,rock n roll,blues.

This album takes you in the mystical world of Robert Plant,where ring wraths breathe down your neck, apocalyptic gods shake the earth and a shining white lady turns every thing to Gold. The album starts with the multi layered ‘Black Dog’ opening like an Onion layer by layer showing the complexity in the sound due to which they were inimitable., With ‘Rock And Roll’ the band pays homage to the genre and its creators in their own inimitable style. ‘The Battle Of Evermore’ had an uncanny sound with Mandolin driven British Folk and high pitched vocals. You can see the battle being fought in front of your eyes as the army of dead sweep through the fields with Sandy Denny providing the grave war vocals along with Plant. ‘Stairway To heaven’ is the most celebrated Led Zepplin song and arguably one of the best songs in the rock history. The song actually encompasses the whole album , it starts like a soft acoustic song and ends with the blistering Jimmy Page solo the song changes its tempo several times and gives Robert Plant the opportunity to show his whole vocal range. Its lyrics raised a lot of controversy in the past, being labeled as satanist but they are open to all interpretations

‘Misty Mountain Hop’ a Hippie Satire is a standout song in its genre. ‘Four Sticks’ with its funky riffs saw Zepplin add another Feather to their experimental cap. ‘Going To California’ is my favorite Led Zepplin folk song it comes straight from Robert Plant’s heart describing the feelings of a 22 year old caught between love and Nostalgia .’When The Levee Breaks’ overwhelms listener with the aura of Grandeur. Ferocious blues riffs with apocalyptic touch and Harmonica saw Led Zepplin create one of the most frightening song theme ever. You can actually see Zepplin playing the song, as apocalypse Gods consume The Earth.

The album cover builds on the Enigma that Led Zepplin is, comprising of ‘The Four Symbols’ chosen by each band member, which are often interpreted in mystical ways as the band never described their meaning. The front cover itself describes the band’s interest in mysticism as its a biblical reference to ‘Cain’. This album laid the foundation for the metal genre and set a standard of band’s upcoming work. Thirty Seven years after its release it sounds as if released five or six years ago still inspiring every rock musician.

Original Track Listing

Side one

  1. Black Dog” (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones) – 4:55
  2. “Rock And Roll” (Page, Plant, Jones, John Bonham) – 3:40
  3. “The Battle Of Evermore” (Page, Plant) – 5:38
  4. “Stairway Of Heaven” (Page, Plant) – 8:01

Side two

  1. “Misty Mountain Hop” (Page, Plant, Jones) – 4:39
  2. “Four Sticks” (Page, Plant) – 4:49
  3. “Going To California” (Page, Plant) – 3:36
  4. “When The Levee Breaks” (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham, Memphis Minnie) – 7:08

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February 2, 2008 Posted by | Music Review | Leave a comment