It is difficult to understand this Led Zeppelin phenomenon. I will admit that John Bonham was an excellent drummer and Jimmy Page does blend his guitar at times. However, lead screamer(eh.. singer), Robert Plant ruins many of the tracks(Misty Mountain Hop and Black Dog specifically) with his screetching caterwaling. In addition, the songs lack development. The great opening riff of Black Dog is wasted due to the lack of a good secondary melody. Four Sticks doesn't even have a memorable initial melody. Even Stairway To Heaven admist some creativity drags in a few spots. A nice song yes. A classic HELL NO! Going To California and Rock N Roll are my favorites on here. The Battle for Evermore and When The Levee Breaks are decent as well. However, no matter how I slice it, the rating is 2 1/2 stars.
I have known the name of Led Zeppelin for years, and with the exception of Kashmir (which is a great tune), I had never really heard any of their music. I had heard bits and pieces here and there, but never full pieces. Then one day I was watching VH1 classics, they actually play music videos unlike MTV, and saw a live performance for Stairway to Heaven. As formerly noted, I hadn't heard any of their songs from start to finish, so I watched it. I have to say that I was really impressed with the … more
Also known as the "rune" album or Zoso because of the medieval symbols adorning the inner sleeve, Led Zeppelin's fourth album, released in 1971, turned them from mere superstars into giant behemoths of the rock world. On tracks like "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Rock and Roll," the combination of Robert Plant's banshee wails and Jimmy Page's frenetic guitar playing forever altered the stylistic bent of hard rock music. And the foreboding "When the Levee Breaks" demonstrated that Zeppelin could indeed play the blues fairly straight if they so desired. Still, everything here ultimately took a back seat to the album's (and, ultimately, the band's) magnum opus--the expertly constructed and deftly executed classic, "Stairway to Heaven."--Billy Altman