The untitled fourth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV, was released on 8 November 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was produced by guitarist Jimmy Page and recorded between December 1970 and February 1971, mostly in the country house Headley Grange. The album is notable for featuring "Stairway to Heaven", which has been described as the band's signature song.The informal setting at Headley Grange inspired the band, and allowed them to try different arrangements of material and create songs in a variety of styles. After the band's previous album Led Zeppelin III received lukewarm reviews from critics, they decided their fourth album would officially be untitled, and would be represented instead by four symbols chosen by each band member, without featuring the name or any other details on the cover. Unlike the prior two albums, the band was joined by some guest musicians, such as vocalist Sandy Denny on "The Battle of Evermore", and pianist Ian Stewart on "Rock and Roll". As with prior albums, most of the material was written by the band, though there was one cover song, a hard rock re-interpretation of the Memphis Minnie blues song "When the Levee Breaks". The album was a commercial and critical success and is Led Zeppelin's best-selling, shipping over 37 million copies worldwide. It is one of the best-selling albums in the US, while critics have regularly placed it highly on lists of the greatest albums of all time.Wikipedia
Hard to argue this should be anything but a 5. I won't waste my time justifying. Go live your life
Black Dog, Stairway, AND Levee?! You gotta be kidding me
Unimpeachable. Nearly every song on this album is a classic.
Oh we heard you like classic rock, lord of the rings, and poetry. Here is an album you might enjoy. Mastapiece
Led Zeppelin IV [conventional title] by Led Zeppelin (1971) In 1982, eleven years after this album’s release, a 17-year-old ‘big man on campus’ named Benny walked into his private-school math class singing: “Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove”. His stern, no-nonsense Intermediate Algebra teacher (me) turned from writing the day’s assignment on the blackboard to shoot Benny a disapproving glare. Benny sheepishly clammed up. But as I turned back to the blackboard to finish, I sang softly: “Ah, ah, child, way you shake that thing Gonna make you burn, gonna make you sting” As I put down the chalk and turned again toward the class, smile met smile as Benny and I shared a trans-generational moment of awareness of the power of Led Zeppelin IV. Benny ended the semester with a surprisingly good ‘A-‘ in math. It would have been a ‘B+’, but his anachronistic love for Led Zeppelin tilted the scales in a positive direction, and I don’t regret it one bit. There was a time when I considered Led Zeppelin IV to be the greatest album ever, and I’m not sure that that time is past. Young people today should do themselves a favor and develop such a strong a familiarity with this record that they will be able to recognize each track from its opening strains, like Beethoven’s Symphony #5 or Bach’s Toccata and Fugue. It’s that good. Few albums have ever had both the variety and cohesiveness of Led Zeppelin IV. Each listen is an immersive experience, striding through an aural gallery of head-banging rock, moan-inducing blues, culture-resonating folk, and a time-transcending mysticism that carries perennial fascination. And tying all these disparate features together is a musical synthesis of sounds of today (the ‘now’) and images of the misty past (the ‘then’—see below). As musicians, each of the six performers (including Sandy Denny, ethereal backing vocal on “The Battle of Evermore” and Ian Stewart, piano on “Rock and Roll”) executes at peak virtuosity. The four members of Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page [guitar], Robert Plant [lead vocals], John Bonham [drums], and John Paul Jones [bass & keyboards]) are each individually on lists of the ‘greatest of all time’ in their respective categories of performance. Yet no rock group (other than The Beatles) ever played better together. From the electro-windup intro on the opening track “Black Dog”, the listener knows he/she is in for a thrill and a treat, in that order. Robert Plant’s inimitably powerful yet soulful a cappella lead vocal storms onto the scene, grabbing the ears. Then, struggling to discern the meter, the listener immediately discovers the groove, even though it seems that John Bonham’s ingenious rhythmic composition is performing a different song altogether, ignoring the standard gum-chewing backbeat of early rock. But everything is in miraculous sync, as Page and Jones muscle on, all pausing to let Plant do his thing before kicking back in with pure power rock. We teenagers listening to this in 1971 had never heard anything like this before, because there never was anything like this before. Then, without letting up, we hear the smashing rock & roll of “Rock & Roll”, where Bonham reminds us that the backbeat still lives, and Page cooks like never before with wild guitar solo work. Page later said the track was written and recorded in fifteen minutes. I would have paid serious money to sit in a room with Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry to watch them hear this track for the first time. And by the way, the most convincing cover of this song was done by Heart (the closing track of Greatest Hits/Live ). And just when we think the album is going to mash out hard rock from beginning to end, we are jolted into a little fantasy medievalism with the next two tracks, “The Battle of Evermore” (check out the Tolkien, Lord of the Rings references) and “Stairway to Heaven”, where Page’s first-time (!) experience with mandolin and iconic solo electric guitar passages wrap around Plant’s mystical lyrics (Plant was only 22 years old at the time). “Stairway to Heaven” is in the rock ballad canon because of its dramatically drawn out development and increased intensity over a steady chord structure. It’s one of the greatest songs ever, not because of profound lyrics, but because of its incomparable instrumentation and vocal performance. Yes, it has been overplayed and over analyzed, but it still moves. The amazing guitar solo (at 5:55) and the wailing lead vocal on the closing bridge (at 6:45) still bring shivers after a thousand listens. Side two begins with “Misty Mountain Hop” providing an explanation of the contrast on side one between the ‘now’ of the first two tracks and the ‘then’ of tracks three and four. After a tale of a druggie’s awkward encounter with a cop in the mundane ‘now’, the artist concludes with a flight to ‘then’: “So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains Where the spirits go now Over the hills where the spirits fly, ooh” And the listener, clutching a copy of Tolkien, The Hobbit, is glad to go along for the ride. The ‘now/then’ duality is beautifully pictured in the cover art, where the front side shows the weathered ruins of an interior wall adorned with an old painting of a seemingly even older man, contrasting with a modern but dull and overcast cityscape where buildings battle with trees on the back side. And between concern for “when the river runs dry” (in “Four Sticks”, featuring Bonham’s superlative drumming with four drumsticks in 5/8 alternating with 6/8) to the droning blues dread of what will happen “When the Levee Breaks” we hear of a search for the perfect woman as the acoustic guitar (Page) and mandolin (Jones) accompany the softly melodic tune “Going to California”: “To find a queen without a king They say she plays guitar and cries and sings... La la la la Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born.” When in fact she has been born, and her name is Joni Mitchell, and Robert Plant knows it. But he can dream, and so can we. I will listen to this album till the day I die. 5/5
I don't even know what to say about this one. This album is part of the fabric of my life. I remember being ten years old, listening to it as loud as possible with my friends' parents. Songs on this album underscored crushes on boys in Zeppelin t-shirts. I've listened to it on many car rides to cottages in the summer, from my first time having the car for a weekend in high school through to the last summer pre-pandemic. It's impossible to be objective, it's one of the greatest albums of my life.
One of the GOAT rock albums and a truely influential album. Zeppelin is like an all-star cast of musicians for this genre. When The Levee Breaks still has one of the most amazing intros of all time. A masterclass. Favourite Tracks: All of them, but special shout out to Misty Mountain Hop, Battle of Evermore, and When The Levee Breaks
I'm back and forth a lot over which Led Zeppelin album I think is their best. But honestly, I think, song for song, IV really delivers everything that Zeppelin is about as a band. If you listen to classic rock at all, you probably know most if not all of these songs. They are stone cold classics, all of them. I cannot stress enough how rare that is in an album. Yeah, a few have been overplayed somewhat in the past 50(!) years. But this is an album that holds up ridiculously well to repeat listening. From the mega energy “Rock and Roll,” to the grandiose, epic “Stairway to Heaven,” to the delicate acoustic “Going to California,” to the slow burning blues of “When the Levee Breaks,” every flavor of Zeppelin is present here. “Black Dog,” my word. That is possibly the best intro to any album that I have heard. It's perfection. Fave Songs (All songs, in order from most to least favorite, adding that I love them all): When the Levee Breaks, Going to California, Rock and Roll, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Misty Mountain Hop, Four Sticks, The Battle of Evermore
Compelling range, and several great songs - Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, When the Levee Breaks. They avoid the trap that they seem to fall into on other albums, of just rocking out in a way that sounds cool but doesn't go very deep. Their best album?
This truly is one of the best albums ever released. 8 tracks, 6 huge hits. It's kinda unbelievable, even for Led Zeppelin.
When they say "they don't make them like they used to", this is what they have in mind. In my humble opinion, Led Zeppelin IV is the second best album of all time. Apart of containing groundbreaking music (which, later, provided some "rejects" to Physical Graffiti) , with songs like Stairway to Heaven, there are plenty of spectacular individual performances here: John Paul Jones on mandolin in Going to California, John Bonham's solo at the start of Rock and Roll, and (of course) his so creatively recorded performance in When the Levee Breaks. Created by four individuals at the top of their craft, this is a masterpiece from start to finish.
You already KNOW this is getting 5 stars! What an incredible showing, from groovin rock songs to intimate, delicate acoustic arrangements, IV may be the peak of Zeppelin's performance. It's more polished than 1, but more raw than later work. Seriously dig it.
This album is a fuckin' masterpiece. IMO stairway is the best song ever written (that I've heard) and totally deserves all the praise it gets. Black dog is surprisingly hard to play on guitar. Really jazzy feel but it's a rock song. Rock n Roll is such a simple tune but Plant's singing just sends it into the stratosphere. Even the more, uh, "adventurous" tunes are still interesting and hypnotic. The Battle of Evermore is basically a vocal solo. Interesting drumming, Jimmy fuckin' Page's leads... there's more or less nothing I can criticise about this album. It even goes for the perfect ~40min. And they were in their early 20s when they wrote it. It defies belief. 6/5 if I could.
I know this is usually the LZ album that appears on 'greatest albums' lists, but I didn't realise just how many classics they crammed on here. It's also a good touchpoint for a lot of their different styles: rocky, folky, bluesy, Stairway to Heaven-y. It's not perfect but it's still worth 5 stars.
Led Zeppelin provides crucial evidence in the age old debate about what would happen if the greatest cock rock band of all time was made up of a bunch of Tolkien nerds. Turns out it's pretty cool. This album is excellent the whole way through, and it finishes even stronger than it starts. Stairway to Heaven gets a lot of the attention for this album, but When the Levee Breaks is my nomination for the best Zeppelin song of all time. 5/5
Almost totally non-experimental, with the narrow exception of some parts of Four Sticks. Still an immaculate straight rock album: Inescapable, cohesive, with many corners which have been partially duplicated since. Even Battle, the low point of the tracklist, manages to make moving upper notes on a guitar sound moving, plaintive, not done-a-million times. The followup fails the latter criterion through no fault of its own.
Man, the hits here are absolute bangers. But the tracks that aren't hits are major misses. Miles off the mark. It's insane to me that the same album that contains "Black Dog," "When the Levee Breaks," and "Stairway to Heaven" also contains "The Battle of Evermore" and "Four Sticks" which are ... well, there's a reason you probably haven't heard them. They're not bad enough to tank the album but they do pull the rating down a star.
Yes! Finally an album that I'm quite familiar with. Immersed my self in all the 60's classic bands when I was just a young pup coming of age to the realization of what music means. What an album. Hell, what a band! Full blown classic Zep' immediately on display in Led Zeppelin IV from the opening riff of Black Dog to the unmistakable hard drumming of Bonham in When the Levee Breaks. Been a long time since America simply rock and rolled and no one did it better than LZ. The fantasy interlude of The Battle of Evermore slows down the album and not one of my favorites but an enjoyable tune non the less. Admittedly, I switch the station if Stairway to Heaven comes on but still fully appreciate the impact and value of Stairway and the lyrics. And if I do listen to it, can still bring on the goose bumps...does anybody remember laughter (added in one of their live versions). Right back into the head banging, body thumpin' with Misty Mountain hop. Why don't you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see and Baby, Baby, Baby do you like it? Always thought the lyrics were drowned out in Four Sticks. Going to California is one of my favorites, not of just Led Zeppelin's. Could listen to it over and over. Meet you up there where the path runs straight and high...Tellin' myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems...it's hard (it's hard included in a live version). And one last full blown hard rock song with Plant's unique singing exhibited: Don't it make you feel bad When you're tryin' to find your way home You don't know which way to go? If you're goin' down south They got no work to do If you're going down to Chicago. A-ah, a-ah, a-ah...
Probably my favorite album of theirs, has quite a bit of range and they are quite far along with their style that this is a great vertical slice of Zeppelin. Unfortunately it's almost become too ubiquitous that I have a hard time separating it from a lot of people that taints the impression. However, it's not my favorite style of rock and I don't always wanna listen to Zeppelin in general. I actually prefer the slower songs like The Battle of Evermore and Stairway to Heaven (as much as it was overplayed). I quite enjoyed Four Sticks with the addition of synths and the percussion is a lot of fun. Culturally and of the genre a 5 but in terms of listening pleasure it's a 4.
I seem to be mostly alone with this opinion, but here goes: I find Led Zeppelin overrated. That said, this is still a really good album. I like it much better than the other two LZ albums we've had. And Stairway To Heaven and When The Levee Breaks are great songs. But I really can't see this as a masterpiece and tracks 5-7 were pretty weak.
A classic of course - can't really review it neutrally as I have the vinyl and have listened to it repeatedly, though not for a while. Not sure my 52 year old self likes it quite as much as my 17 year old self did, but it is still pretty good.
1001 Albums To Never Hear Again Before You Die Chapter 1 - Led Zeppelin IV (Zoso, if you’re nasty) Dear Reader, In this first installment, I’ll ask you some baseline questions in order to gauge your eligibility for opting out of this album permanently: 1. Do you often find yourself in relationships (romantic or otherwise) with people you know are no good for you? If you answered no, do you enjoy feeding stray dogs? (Black Dog) 2. Are you partial to American made luxury cars?(Rock and Roll) 3. Do you like songs about hobbits and get amped up by J.R.R Tolkien and/or weed references? (Battle of Evermore, Misty Mountain Hop) 4. Would you like to reminisce about the time you got a chubby while slow dancing with your crush at your 8th grade dinner dance? (Stairway to Heaven) 5. Do you have a predilection for drum circles and a high tolerance for the phrase “oh, baby”? (Four Sticks) 6. Have you ever wondered what a Joni Mitchell song about wanting to sleep with Joni Mitchell would sound like? (Going to California - Give Zep some credit here, they were doing meta in 1971…truly innovative.) 7. Have you ever taken Quaaludes and tried to write a blues song? (When The Levee Breaks) Now, you’re probably asking yourself “how are these questions going to determine if I never have to listen to Led Zeppelin IV ever again?” The short answer is…they’re not. The truth is, you probably don’t ever need to hear this album again. You’ve probably already heard more than half of it on the radio/commercials/films/tv shows, or you’ve heard it in full hanging out at your weed guy’s apartment, or from an older relative who thinks it’s the pinnacle of mankind’s achievements in recorded music. But, if you find yourself enthralled by the prospect finding out the answers to the questions posed earlier, by all means, revisit this record. It’s actually pretty good.
The fourth rock album from Led Zeppelin was a critical and commercial success, as well as the band's best selling album. The album is certified 24x platinum which makes it diamond certified too. The band's most popular song "Stairway to Heaven" also comes from this album. This album is regarded as a cornerstone of the 1970's hard rock music, because it had a great diversity of songs and was so popular. I thoroughly liked this album and will listen to more Led Zeppelin songs I haven't heard yet.
I'm supposed to love this but I just don't
Really dont like led zeppelin
Brilliant. Love it. Would listen again- and again- and again.
I mean yeah it’s great but it’s missing some wow factor for me. 9/10
10/10. Best Led Zeppelin album I've heard.
9/10 has its cheesy moments but definitely deserves its iconic status
Another classic, even if Stairway is the most overplayed song in history.
An all-time classic!
I mean, it's LZ.
Led Zeppelin's 4th (1971) and the most successful album which has got a lot of awards. The 1'st position in the top "Classic rock - 100 greatest British rock albums ever" (april 2006) and a lot LOT more... "Stairway to Heaven" still is the most played song on various american radio stations, and still one of the best rock ballads ever!
ashamed this is the first time i'm listening to led zeppelin... liked this album to listen to again. misty mountain hop is dooooope i love the discordance and atonality!!
One of my top 10 albums of all time I think. Every song on here is great, it's really hard to pick favourites Favourite songs: Black dog, Going to California, When the Levee Breaks
The only Led Zeppelin album I've ever listened to (and owned). Good album, too! Pretty simple 5 stars for me, even though some of the weird timings and uneven performance make it seem less great than it actually is. Everyone should listen to this album at some point.
Any album that has Stairway To Heaven on it has to get 5 stars by default, but Led Zeppelin is 42 minutes of gold. Something new to find on every listen still.
Loved this. Classic Zep
Oh yeah, this is badass - liked it a whole lot more than III. Most of these tracks feel iconic rather than generic. Fave track - "Misty Mountain Hop" - I'm pretty sure there's a Linda Perry cover of that song that kicks ass...
Influential iconic rock album
I feel weird writing about this one. One of the most important albums to my awkward tween and early teen self, and still one of my favorites. I don't care how often I hear it, Stairway still moves me.
Fantastic album. Stands the test of time, no question.
Too good to talk about
This is another one that needs half star ratings. I'm gonna give it 5 stars because it's chock full of iconic memorable melodies and arrangements. But some of the vocals are so screechy it makes my ears bleed.
Best Song: Stairway to Heaven. For a song so famous, it still delivers. Maybe because it isn't as overplayed on the radio as other similar mega-songs. Worst Song: Four Sticks. Not bad, just boring. Overall: Hard to listen naively given how ubiquitous this album is, but even under that weight it feels monumental.
Not quite as coherent as III, but it makes up for it in the heavenly heights the songs hit.
Everyone needs to listen to the entire zeppelin collection
Legendary band, great album. With Stairway to heaven as the absolute highlight of the album. Favourite songs: - Black dog - Stairway to heaven - Going to California
Look this is one of those albums that a lot of people, especially certain types of people, call ‘the greatest of all time’. And they’re not necessarily wrong. Stairway to Heaven is one of, if not THE greatest rock song ever recorded. AND ITS THE WORST TRACK ON THE ALBUM HANDS DOWN. Going to California is the best one don't @ me
Gotta give it up
*inhales* HEY HEY MOMMA SAID THE WAY YOU MOVE GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT GONNE MAKE YOU GROOOOOVE"
All time classic. Still kicks as much ass now as it ever did.
One of the greatest rock albums ever. Absolutely perfect. Led Zeppelin's best. 10/10 1. When the Levee Breaks 2. Stairway to Heaven 3. Going to California
A beautiful album. Whenever Levee comes on during shuffle, we never skip it. Winston: "This is my maaasterpieeeece"
Nothing to say that hasn't been said.
Finally a Led Zeppelin one. Classic.
My favourite Led Zep album, got to be up there as the best hard rock album ever. A masterpiece
There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t already said about this album. Genre defining stuff!
Masterpiece. Solid heavy metal album the whole way through. Basically every track is a home run.
Probably their best work at their zenith.
A few of the classics, many others that I just don't hear very often. All great.
Amazing! Pure gold and deserves a spot on the top 3 best albums of all time.
Great album! Solid from 1st to last song.
One of the all-time greats.
10/10 - Already one of my favourite albums of all time. Zeppelin's magnum opus. Not much more to say.
In my opinion the best Led Zeppelin album. It's just very solid, no duds, everything is very good.
An amazing album.
Really a masterpiece of an album with the greatest rock song ever written, in "Stairway to Heaven". Fantastic from start to finish. 9/10.
Can we give more than 5 stars? It's been quite some time since I listened to this album start-to-finish, and it transported me back to the excitement of the first time. Amazing record!!
What’s the best Led Zeppelin song, and why is it “when the levee breaks”
14th March 2022 Listened throughout the day while working from home, went to see the godfather in East Dulwich with Jen and Adam. Was really struck by the drumming when listening this time around. But what can you say? It’s Led Zeppelin IV.
This album fucking rules, and I do not need this app to remind me of it.
I think my favorite LZ album is Houses of the Holy but still it’s really damn hard to beat LZIV this is definitely a 10/10 album, I love how they kinda moved back into the classic sound after making LZIII overall super cool album
4.5/5 one of the best albums ever.
Gran disco! No entenderé porque Stairway to heaven es la más conocida de Zeppellin cuando no es la mejor.
Great album, some real classics on this one. Standout tracks: Black Dog Going to California When the Levee Breaks Some deep-cut song I got kicked out of Guitar Center for playing
It's Led Zeppelin IV. What more do you fucking want? Best Tracks: Black Dog; Stairway to Heaven; When The Levee Breaks
Excelente! Melhor música> Stairway to Heaven
Really great when in the soft spots. The big songs are of course good, but I actually enjoyed Going to California most.
What can I say about this one that hasn't already been said? It is a legendary album that absolutely deserves that status.
Like swallowing a deep zen pill, takes you to a very good place. Love the integration of harmonica and mandolin to complement the other sounds. Bonham my favourite drummer.
A perfect album. Black Dog and Rock and Roll start it off rocking with everyone in top form. Plant has a great duet with Sandy Denny on the Battle of Evermore, but it's probably my least favorite song on the album. Not that it's bad - as I said, it's a perfect album. Stairway to Heaven is a perfect song, start to finish. Any time I hear it, I have to listen all the way through. The opening riff (which sounds nothing like Spirit's Taurus), the verses as the song builds and builds, that guitar solo - one of the greatest ever - and the powerful ending. Yes, it's overplayed, but for good reason. Misty Mountain Hop - another great rocker, with awesome harmonies. Four Sticks has a great unusual riff and time signature, with amazing drumming. RIP Bonzo. Going to California calms things down...great guitar and mandolin parts and fantastic vocals from Robert Plant (like all of the album). Finally, When the Levee Breaks: possibly the greatest opening drum line of any song ever, followed by a massively cool riff and bass line, harmonica, slide guitar, and moaning wails. Bottom line - this is one of the greatest bands of all time at their peak. Can I score it higher than 5?
Too easy. A cover to cover beauty. It must have been both satisfying and frustrating for Led Zeppelin to release this album after getting panned for III to say "ya happy now?" I'm not sure Four Sticks gets enough credit for being every bit as good and rocking as Black Dog or Rock and Roll. When the Levee Breaks is also just as good a sweeping epic as Stairway to Heaven. I was explaining to my kids yesterday how Whole Lotta Love is actually a reinterpretation of an old blues song and that LZ has done that a few times to great effect. When the Levee Breaks was their best of that. This album just has so much in your face rock yet also has some incredible softer or acoustic pieces. Again, too easy.
Huh, that's weird. I didn't know this band had a fourth album.... Just kidding. My son discovered this album a few months ago and has been playing it nonstop. He has great taste. Someone asked me a while ago what is Zeppelin's best album, and it obviously has to be this one. Yes, it's overplayed. But there's a reason for that. It's because the songs themselves hold up so well. There are very few albums that radio stations will play any track from, I think I can count them on one hand: Who's Next, Dark Side Of The Moon and this one. Even "Stairway" as many billions of times I have heard it is still a great song. It just doesn't get old. I vacillate as to what is my favorite song, and right now it's "When The Levee Breaks." Ask me next week and it will be something else. Just a great, great album.
Not actually my personal fav Zeppelin album but brilliant nonetheless. Going to California always makes me cry
classic. when the levee breaks is soooooo good
Awesome awesome awesome. definition of rock for me tbh
A classic album ! Every track a good ‘un ! Just to stop being average I’m awarding 5* !
This album Fucks. I will not elaborate further.
One of my favourite albums of all time. When Stairway started I stopped working and let the music flow through my brain.
Si este no es vinilo, ninguno lo es.
Good googly moogly this is an awesome one. All the tracks except for Four Sticks were fantastic on first listen and I'm hoping that one still grows on me (although I had heard most of them before anyways, I guess). Loved the mix of sounds and themes on this. On top of that, the singing is incredible and the instrument work is top notch as well. 9/10
The big, celebrated LP, but I can't decide if it is better than Led Zeppelin II. Certainly such familiarity with all eight songs pushes IV up in the ratings. It is accomplished in the styles it sets out to cover. Equally good, I think.
This is perhaps the greatest hard rock album of all time. It shows Led Zeppelin at their most accessible and their best in terms of songwriting and arrangement. Many of these songs are still radio mainstays and their influence on the genre cannot be overstated.
Oh man, where to begin. Spinning this album from my dad's collection was other-worldly. Opened my eyes to the bluesy rock of Led Zeppelin. I must have listened to this warped and scratched LP about 50 times in my youth. It was a different sound that I had never heard before. For a few years of my life in the late 90s, there was no other band better, but at the same time, more mysterious, than Led Zeppelin. This is easily my favorite album of theirs. When The Levee Breaks is one of my all-time favorite songs and possibly one of the best outro/Side B songs of any album ever. Stairway to Heaven is probably the greatest rock and roll song ever etched onto vinyl. Every song on this album brings back such amazing memories of discovering all of the great classic rock of the generation before me.
Fantastic Album from start to finish!
This is considered the quintessential Led Zeppelin album. Not only does it contain one of the best known songs of the 70's, but it's also their most consistent record. It's been a while since I listened to IV in it's entirety and I almost forgot how many classic songs are on here. This should be the starting place to discover Zep, then work your way back (I, II, III) to the beginning, they're all essential!
All time classic
Created and then broke the model by which all classic rock is measured. An essential album.
My all time favourite. Absolutely brilliant!!
My assumed position is Led Zep 3 is the best but the first 3 tracks here, you know, you've got to question it. Absolutely love the Battle for Evermore. And I mean I like the lord of the rings and everything but if anything that takes away rather than adds from it, I just love it as a thing. Never particularly understood the obsession Stairway to Heaven gets. Also don't recognise it in anything Wayne plays in the guitar shop. But hey it's a good song. Misty is loads of fun. Going to California, oh my heart. Yeah, at When the Levee Breaks and it's confirmed. Stairway is the only song on this album I don't absolutely love.
Endless amount said about this album. It does it job well
Black Dog, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, and When the Levee Breaks, all on a single album - does anything else need to be said? There are three other tracks on here - two of them are odes to Lord of the Rings in classic Zeppelin fashion ('The Battle of Evermore' and 'Misty Mountain Hop') and are well worth a listen. 'Four Sticks' is the other, and while it does feel a bit out of place in relation to the legendary rock classics elsewhere on this album, it's by no means a BAD song. So yeah, this album is incredible. It has stood the test of time for very good reason - it's f'in brilliant. It holds a very important place in the annals of rock history. Easy 5 stars.
There are times I have listened to this and thought it was the perfect album. LZ were problematic for a lot of their stealing and sampling, but the talent is incredible.
Awesome album. Unfortunately no new discoveries for me here but that’s just because I knew them all already.
A classic piece of rock and roll fantasy. Love it.
Byl pierwszy, trzeci, to przyszla kolej rowniez na czwarty krazek, orginalnie beztytulowy, oznaczony jedynie symbolami, ale w katalogii dyskograficznej zaliczany do sagi zeppelinowej, wydany w 71, sklad jak na poprzednich albumach, z tym wyjatkiem, ze dwoch goscinnych artystow mozna uslyszec dodatkowo, wokalnie Sandy Denny na the battle of evermore i klawisze Iana Stewarta na rock and roll, 8 trakow na 42 minutach, ktore sa chyba najbardziej roznorodnymi 42 minutami w calej dyskografii zespolu, slychac tutaj zarowno stadionowe hymny jak wspomniany wczesniej rock & roll czy otwierajacy black dog, a zaraz calkowita zmiana brzmienia i przejscie w akustyczne prawie, ze folkowo fantastyczne opowiesci jak na bitwie o evermore, tylko po to zeby polaczyc oba te style grania, akustyk z elektrykiem na chyba najbardziej znanym utworze zespolu, wiec na stairway to heaven, ktory jest nie tylko wprawiajaca w zastanowienie ukladanka liryczna, ale swietnie pokazuje co zespol potrafi zagrac, bo nigdzie jak na tych 8 minutach nie prezentuja calego swojego fachlarza kunsztu muzycznego, na plycie znalazlo sie miejsce rowniez na jeden cover, ktory jest mocna reinterpretacja bluesowego klasyka when the levee breaks, dodatkowym faktem wplywajacym na to jak plyta brzmi jest fakt to jak byla nagrywana, bo byly to warunki wioskowe w mobilkowym studio stonesow, ktore mialy wplyw nie tylko na to jak technicznie pan Page kombinowal zeby to wszystko nagrywac, ale cala banda byla bardziej wciagnieta w tworzenie materialu, co najlepiej oddaje to jak Bonham w wywiadzie przyznal, ze na wiosce nawet nie bylo gdzie pic, zdecydowanie moj ulubiony krazek w dyskografii zeppelinow, jest w nim cos magicznego, nawet nie sam fakt dosc fantastycznych obrazow tworzonych lirycznie, ale cos jest w samym brzmieniu jednoczesnie surowo hardego, a z drugiej tak cieplego i przyjemnego dla ucha, na plejke nie dodaje nic wiecej, bo calosc jest w biblioteczce spotifajowej
Easy 5, and this one ruined the curve.
The one of the first and foremost, children of the blues. Incredible tracks and rock-hymns. (9/10) FT: Stairway To Heaven, When The Levee Breaks, Black Dog
This is the definition of a 5 star album. One incredible song after another. I gave it short shrift because of how overplayed Stairway is .... and was during the 70s. But there is no denying the song's greatness. The other real classic is; in the same epic sense When The Levee Breaks. Just a fantastic with so many wonderful, musical twists and turns to let it sound fresh and new and interesting with every listen.
-"Black Dog" kicks in with the famous vocal intro and a killer riff -"Rock and Roll" is a ripping rock classic -"The Battle Of Evermore" is a little slow in my opinion -I know "Stairway to Heaven" is like the most perfect rock song of all time, but I just don't get it. The build just doesn't pay off for me. The buildup is like 4 minutes for it to just be a jam that I would say is weaker than "Black Dog" or "Rock and Roll." It's not terrible or anything, but just too slow of a build and not enough payoff for it to be praised to the level it is, in my opinion -"Misty Mountain Hop" is fun, and the vocal rhythms are catchy and interesting -"Four Sticks" and "When the Levee Breaks" were strong -Overall great rock album, both only 2 or 3 tracks kinda slacking in my opinion. Some of the most classic classic rock songs are "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll"
High quality and unique rock and roll. I think only one song wasn't great, still 5 stars.
I’m sure there are people out there who think Led Zeppelin is overrated or mediocre but those people are wrong. Not one song is bad and comprehensively it’s brilliant. John Bonham’s drums are iconic as always.
Black Dog and Stairway are obviously amazing songs but this entire album keeps pace with them. I have no criticisms. 10 out of 5 stars.
Solid solid music from beginning to end! I especially liked Going to California
would probably go IV stars but Stairway to Heaven gives it that extra I
People will continue to debate what the best Led Zeppelin album is. I put my money on this album, though I do understand the case for most of their others as well. "Black Dog" is a beautiful way to open an album and it became an all time classic. "Rock and Roll" is a good track, though not my favorite. "The Battle of Evermore" I feel is an underrated track on this album, understandable why with the rest of the songs on here that it just doesn't quite hold up to. And then of course we have one of the top 5 greatest songs of all time on anybody's list. "Stairway to Heaven" is a masterpiece of a song. It alone could put this album at a 4 in the midst of bad songs, though obviously that is not the case. The only qualm I have is that it got so popular that it became the forbidden riff in guitar stores. "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks" are the two weakest tracks on the album and I don't have much to say about them. But "Going to California" is my favorite Led Zeppelin song and I could listen to it on repeat for days and not get tired. It is amazing how it balances sad and hopeful in such a beautiful and effortless way. "When the Levee Breaks" is tonally different than the rest of the album, but is such a powerful song. It is also a masterclass in recording a cover song. This is an amazing album! It is an all time classic and one of the greatest albums of all time. I knew from the second it came up on my homepage that it was going to end up being a 5 star album!
one of the BEST ALBUMS that has ever graced my ears. 10/10 will be listening for years to come.
When I think of Led Zeppelin this is THE album I think of!
Un classique sans besoin de plus de précisions. L’album le plus important du groupe.
C’est ben difficile d’être contre ça.
My favorite Zeppelin album and one of the best albums of all time.
One of the greatest rock albums of all time. Favorite songs are Black Dog and Stairway if I HAD to narrow it to two.
Listened to on 8/1/22 5/5 Favorite song: stairway to heaven, black dog I love Led Zepplin and this album was a bop from start to finish
One of the best albums of all times. Brilliant
5/5 Led Zeppelin at their best. The album starts of slamming and has great breathing moments through out it. Peaks and valleys in a good way. I could go through the tracks but It can speak for itself.
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgivings. (A big 4.5)
Geweldig album, absolute klasieker
"I mean, come on." ~ Jimmy Valmer Arguably the greatest album ever written (not the greatest in my opinion but it's damn close). Every song a banger. Every song an all-time classic. Every. Last. Song. And some aren't just all-time classics, they rise to the top of a list of all-time classics. Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Going to Cali, Misty Mountain, Evermore. And arguably the greatest rock song ever written. All on the same album. Every song continuing to get daily radio airplay. "Wooo! Hot damn, son! I believe you did sell your soul to the devil." ~ Ulysses Everett McGill
listened to again possibly one of the greatest albums ever made
This is the one Led Zeppelin album I had access to in my childhood, so I am familiar with this album from the mid-seventies. Back then most of this album wasn’t really in a pre-teen’s wheelhouse, but “Rock and Roll” got regular play on my plastic kids record player. In the early 2000s, I revisited this album as an adult and that’s when it clicked. There’s a reason why this album is so esteemed and I got it. I really loved the variety on this album… and fell in love with most of the songs that had not connected with me as a kid. Listening to it today I marvel at the quality and variety of songs on the album. I still got that special place in my heart for “Rock and Roll.” Only now the rest of the album has found room there as well.
This is musical greatness from start to finish. Especially the finish --- Going to California and When the Levee Breaks are a one-two punch to my guts I love them so much. This album is a gift.
I can't think of anything particularly clever or interesting to say. Quite simply, I very much enjoy this album.
I don't claim any cred when it comes to Led Zeppelin. I probably avoided them deliberately all my life as a reaction to rock snobs. (I think being a music fan should be more about joy and fun than a taste contest.) In doing so, however, I've missed out on some real enjoyment. So, in my naïveté, I quickly realized that this is my favorite of the Led Zeppelin albums I've listened to. And to compound my sins, my appreciation for "Stairway to Heaven" has only grown and I would happily declare it my favorite Led Zeppelin song of all. What can I say, I've not worn it out over the decades, and it brings me joy. But I also grew an appreciation for the rest of this album, honestly enjoying every track, Side 1 and Side 2. It's all great to me. (Truth be told, I am especially fond of the folky tracks, "The Battle of Evermore" (with Sandy Denny!) and "Going to California.") This album was my real "I get it" moment. Maybe I'm still a novice, but I get it now, as long as I can just like what I like.
Iconic. There's not much to say and it's been overplayed so maybe doesn't have an impact on playing. Nevertheless it's very assured, musically proficient and well produced so can't be knocked on that front. Maybe if you don't like 70's rock?
Such a banger
The best Zeppelin album? Maybe but its a 5 nevertheless
I've seen a lot of hedgerows but I've never found a bustle in one. Clearly one of the most classic albums of all time
Fucking classic, love it.
My fave album of Zep. Clean, powerful chords and crushing, hypnotic drumming with a newer, more mystical take on blues standards.
Rock achieved perfection in 1971. Thanks Led Zeppelin.
No notes needed.
Let the led out. \m/
This was the first LZ album I listened to, as a 15 year old working in a water park. All the stoner guys I worked with insisted I give it a spin and it ended up being something I returned to over and over. Lots of breadth, skill, and fun on this one. Essential listening for any classic and hard rock fan.
4th album I own and second huge album in a row? I know it and you know it: IV is an unimpeachable, amazing 5 star album. I get really tired of “Black Dog” and “Rock and Roll” because they get ridiculously overplayed on the radio (these songs do nothing for me anymore), but songs like “Going to California”, “Misty Mountain Hop” and even “Stairway” get better with age. I don’t think this is Zep’s best, but that’s a story for another day.
Stairway to heaven hits you in the feels
Is it their best ever? Is it the best rock album ever? Is it the best album ever? It’s really good.
когда звучит stairway to heaven, я на восемь минут и три секунды попадаю to heaven
ну это что вообще такое? это 10/5 я к ним долго подступиться не могла, а тут вон что да как никакого конструктива, этот звук — ЧТО они делают!!!
Upea levy, upeat soittajat
Useita helvetin kovia lekoja jotka nostaa yksittäisten biisien vaatimustason aivan järkyttävän korkealle. Ne levyt jotka jaksaa alusta loppuun pitää saman tason megalekoista huolimatta on kyllä enemmän kuin harvinaisia ja tämä ei niihin kuulu. Tästä levystä jäikin vähän tunne, että kärkibiisit kantaa koko settiä, mutta taipuu silti vitoseen.
Not a whole lot for me to say here except this: somehow, impossibly so, this album gets the balance of acoustic and electric rock 100% perfectly right. That's harder than it seems and if you don't believe me, then have I got a Foo Fighters album for you! (It's "In Your Honor." Disc 2. The one that's entirely acoustic/softer rock. Try it if you dare.) I think it's because Zep can do more than one style of acoustic rock, so that when they slow things down on this album it still feels moody and heavy enough that it just *feels* like hard rock even when it ain't rockin' hard. 8 songs, 43 minutes, and all of them are good. Just hard to find fault in that equation.
Led Zep were a band who could amaze, confound and frustrate in equal measure. They were plaigiarists, not once but many times over, as the internet age has shown. LZIV stands proud of all this as their most fully realised collection of songs. We get the gamut - the Tolkien stuff, tight-trousered priapism, blues, proto-metal and folk. It sounds great, John Bonham is less plays the drums than attempts to knock seven shades out of them, and Robert Plant sounds so slinky and committed that you forget he's singing utter nonsense half the time. This is the big one, fellas.
I mean, yeah, this album was so overplayed by 1991 it was the butt of probably the best joke in Wayne's World. But it's fuckin' Led Zepplin IV. What are you gonna do? If you heard this album for the first time today, you'd still be like "okay, that's a different level." Unless you'd already been a fan of Greta Van Fleet, maybe.
Bonham's drumming deserves 5 stars every time
Amazing classic album
Who dat?... kidding. Can't begin to express how massive of a Led Zep fan I was in high school. This isn't my fav album of theirs though. Hit me up if yo want to discuss!
I never need to hear "Black Dog" or "Rock and Roll" ever again (Stairway to Heaven never gets old for me). Despite that, it's undeniable Led Zepplin was at the top of their game with IV. I think I recall reading they were the biggest band in the world when it was released. My parents owned this record and it was the first Led Zeppelin album I ever listened to. I went on to discover efforts I liked better, but IV remains a incredible album.
Listened to them so much growing up… probably the most played band on classic rock station growing up, 106.5 WSFL, with daily “Get the Led Out” time. Side B is probably a 4.5, but Side A is an 11. Seriously, Is this the best A side of an Album ever? Love an album that comes flying out of the gate… with probably by favorite Led Zeppelin song. But then still has some softer moments, without losing momentum.. It just plays like an album where people Knew exactly what they wanted to do and did that exact thing.
Black Dog is a song with a lot of history for me. The roots of so much rock that was to follow is here in this album. Rock and Roll is like the proto sound of southern rock and alternative at the same time. Battle Of Evermore is the perfect lead into Stairway. Stairway is pinnacle of Zepplin and that is so strange to think about. Misty Mountain Hop is arguably the worst Zepplin song the band ever made. When The Levee Breaks is the sound of hip hop.
Love this album, was one of the first I listened to end to end
Stairway to Heaven
This was a very good album, I only knew the song Stairway to Heaven. I always liked it, so I’m glad I got to listen to more of his songs.
Have I heard Stairway to Heaven enough for one lifetime? Yes. Is it still a mind-blowingly epic song? Also yes. Going beyond Stairway though, this is an incredible album, and it's not even my favorite Led Zeppelin album. I love how it starts out with a couple of basic (but still great) rock songs and then suddenly The Battle of Evermore comes on and you're like, what's this? Then you've got Stairway, which must have totally blown everyone's minds when first hearing it back in the day, and back to some basic (but still great) rock with Misty Mountain Hop. Four Sticks is maybe the low point of the album but still an interesting song. Going to California is just sublime and then closing with some classic blues done Zeppelin style with some amazing drumming by Bonzo. The whole package is just outstanding. 5 stars.
The only album where I have every song on my favorites. This is my 5th LZ review, I'd just be repeating myself over and over. Four talented musicians banding together, doing what they do best. It's hard to find a better guitarist, or a better bassist, or a better drummer, or such a dynamic and expressive vocalist as Robert Plant. Confident in their sound, they're able to masterfully combine all sorts of genres, and in the first 3 tracks alone we get metal, blues, folk, and garage. 4 completely distinct genres meshed with rock yet coherent and full of distinct personality you could only identify such sounds with these guys. Every song feels complete yet never overstaying its welcome, whether it's 3.5 minutes or 8. Can't even list my favorites cause it would be insulting to the ones I leave out.
Man, this album kicks ass. When Misty Mountain Hop is the worst song on here, you know it’s good. Not my absolute favorite Zep, but it’s up there. RIP Sandy Denny
The best Led-Zep album. Stone-cold classic.
The album is very very good!!! Each song has its very own incredible harmony and enjoyable on its own!!! I could not even pick a favorite song on a first listening.... I was still left with something missing at the middle and end of the album so I will say big 4.5/5
Album de fou malade, litterally every song is a banger, and the greatest Stairway to Heaven as well. The guitars, voices, drums, everything is on point and fit perfectly.
There's no way this album doesn't get 5 stars. It really displays peak led zeppelin with banger riffs and solid songs everywhere. Black dog and rock and roll are classic rock songs that don't sound too special today but were really pioneered by Zeppelin and others of the time. The battle of evermore is such a curious and interesting song, nice instruments and very melodic ambiance. There's nothing to say about stairway to heaven, it's the embodiment of progressive rock and great solo. Misty mountain hop is just a banger in a weird way. Four sticks is sometimes a bit on the repetitive side but still shows some very creative instrumentality. Going to California has a huge place in my heart, how not to feel melancholic and to look back in life while listening to it? Then it ends with when the levee breaks, also a banger with such an interesting ambiance and instrumentation. 10/10, 6/6, 20/20, 7/5
Absolute classic with the band at its best
5/5. Classic. One of the best albums ever!
Espectacular discazo de rock setentero con auténticos himnos. Banda muy bien conjuntada con una guitarra rítmica acompañada de una excelente voz y de una batería espectacular
This should be on the 5 albums to listen to before you die list. It epitomized rock and roll. One of the greatest albums ever recorded.