Friday, August 01, 2008

Album Of The Day #13: LED ZEPPELIN IV - Led Zeppelin

Title(s): Led Zeppelin IV, The Fourth Album, Four Symbols, etc.

Artist: Led Zeppelin
Label: Atlantic
Year: 1971
Songs: Black Dog*/Rock And Roll**/The Battle Of Evermore/Stairway To Heaven/Misty Mountain Hop*/Four Sticks/Going to California/When The Levee Breaks#
Written by: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, except *by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant & John Paul Jones, **by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones & John Bonham and #by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham & Memphis Minnie
Executive Producer: Peter Grant
Produced by: Jimmy Page
Thoughts: Is there a person who walks this earth and not heard this album? I'm not really sure if there is a way to criticize it. Rather, there is a way to criticize the album's over-exposure. I think if you can call any one Led Zep album overrated, this would be it. It was standard practice for Atlantic to only take one single off a Led Zep album, but here they took two ("Black Dog" and "Rock And Roll"), meaning that, right there, one-fourth of the album is heard constantly on the radio. Add in to the mix the B-Sides ("Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks") turning into classic rock staples. Plus, the over-played, over-hyped and (dare I say) overrated "Stairway To Heaven" is here as well. All this means that five of the eight songs are classic rock standards so have to be on every Led Zep compilation imaginable. Nevertheless, the album is still consistantly a top seller, but you knew that, right? After all, you already have it....
Rating: 10/10

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