Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Led Zepplin IV

Of all the people in my age group I have met over the years, I have only ever met one person who had never heard the famous song “Stairway to Heaven.” For forty years, that song has been a classic anthem with rockers both young and old. I mean who hasn’t been to at least one music shop where there’s a sign on the wall banning people from playing it on the guitar in the shop. “Stairway to Heaven” is definitely among the top classics. However, if Led Zepplin had been around in the 80s, it would have been classed as their token ballad or they might have been accused of selling out by some metalheads.

While “Stairway to Heaven” is one of the reasons why Led Zepplin IV is such a great album, it isn’t the only good song on it. There is an argument for all eight songs on the album to given the spotlight. I’ve seen both “Rock And Roll” and “Misty Mountain Hop” on juke boxes and my favourite has always been “Black Dog.” Five out of the eight songs appear on the “Mothership” album. Each and every song makes this album such a classic.

Track Listing:

1. Black Dog

2. Rock and Roll

3. The Battle of Evermore

4. Stairway to Heaven

5. Misty Mountain Hop

6. Four Sticks

7. Going to California

8. When the Levee Breaks

Robert Plant- vocals

Jimmy Page- guitar

John Paul Jones- bass

John Bonham- drums

I will not debate anyone who mentions the many other great albums which Led Zepplin put out in the 70s. “Physical Graffiti” and “Led Zepplin II” already come to mind. However, it is “Led Zepplin IV” that shows the true rock talents of Led Zepplin and why it is one of the greatest rock albums ever.

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6 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Led Zepplin IV”

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  4. Rick Durham Says:

    Although LZ4 has a number of tracks I could do without ever hearing again it does contain the bands finest hour especially When The Levee Breaks, The Battle Of Evermore & Misty Mountain Hop (a continuation of what Jimi perfected in the metal funk of Purple Haze 4 yrs prior…

    Truthfully I never could tolerate Plants screeching for more than a little while,for me Janis has/had the orgasmic wail boxed up & on a shelf sealed forever, Bonham crushing attacks were unique but not to my preference & JPJ was just a better than average session musician & all of them together gave 1 of rocks top 3 most inventive guitarists Pagey( the other 2 were Jimi & Garcia) a solid backing for him to hang all of his piles of notes & chords on…

    Furthermore LZ began to out grow itself after the Runes album

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