- Album name: (Untitled), aka IV, aka Zoso, aka Four Symbols
- Group name: Led Zeppelin
- Year: 1971
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Atlantic Records
- Collection: Brenner / Gessner
- Distinguishing characteristics: “Brenner” written on record, indicating that my mother owned it (though I would have guessed that this was my father’s)
- Buy it on Amazon: $23.16
Level of familiarity before listening
I did not grow up listening to Led Zeppelin, but started liking them as a teenager when I heard them on classic rock radio. I bought the CD box set of all their records in college, and have probably listened to this around 500 times.
The two previous Led Zeppelin records that I’ve reviewed were:
- Led Zeppelin (I) (1969): 5/5
- Led Zeppelin II (1969): 5/5
What I expected
Rock, blues rock, hard rock, Stairway to Heaven.
What it was actually like
I definitely would not say that I like Led Zeppelin’s fourth record as much as the first three, but it’s still a classic, and Rock and Roll is one of my favorite songs of all time (and one of my top two favorite Led Zeppelin songs, along with Kashmir).
On this listen, I was particularly impressed with the percussion throughout the record, and the droning effect on When the Levee Breaks.
I could listen to this every day and be very satisfied, but if I had to pick a least favorite song, it would be Misty Mountain Hop.
Also, I think Stairway to Heaven is a great song, but even after thirty years, I still am not able to listen to it without immediately thinking of the guitar shop scene from Wayne’s World.
5/5: love it