1971, Led Zeppelin releases “Zoso” or “Zeppelin IV” as it is commonly referred to. This album is just pure rock n’ roll from start to finish with the exception of the two Folk influenced ballads “The Battle of Evermore” and “Going to California.” This record also features the anthem “Stairway to Heaven.”
I still laugh at the movie “Wayne’s World” when Wayne Campbell is in the music store and he begins playing the opening piece to “Stairway to Heaven” and the clerk grabs the neck of the guitar and points to the sign, not allowing that song to be played in the store. Wayne says “No Stairway? Denied!” Although, the movie was subject of a lawsuit by the band and later drooped because the song melody is public domain dating back to 1630, Italy. Now, recently, the band has come under fire for copyright infringement because the opening piece of the song belonged to Spirit’s “Taurus.” Lawsuit was dropped.
This album is just great in every way. Musically, it takes every influence from the band’s other three albums, plus other influences and incorporates that into this record. The end result? A great record was produced. It’s has a ton of melody and lots of great harmony. There’s not a bad song on this record and no fillers! Great tempos, great music, just all around enjoyable.
The musicianship with the band is super tight. It features some more of those great riffs and leads that Jimmy Page can produce. Plant’s vocals are just amazing. He is what a front man of any band should be. Jones’s bass and Bonham’s drumming are just as good on this record as their previous records.
1. “Black Dog” 4:54
2. “Rock and Roll” 3:40
3. “The Battle of Evermore” 5:51
4. “Stairway to Heaven” 8:02
5. “Misty Mountain Hop” 4:38
6. “Four Sticks” 4:44
7. “Going to California” 3:31
8. “When the Levee Breaks” 7:07