Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971) {Deluxe Edition 2014} [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971) {Deluxe Edition 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:23:08 minutes | 1,82 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Front cover | © Warner Music

The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, Led Zeppelin IV. Released in November 1971, the album—which is officially untitled—defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as “Stairway To Heaven, ” “Rock And Roll, ” “Black Dog, ” and “When The Levee Breaks. ” The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA. The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe editions include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of “Misty Mountain Hop” and “Four Sticks, ” mixes of “The Battle Of Evermore” and “Going To California” heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version “Stairway To Heaven, ” mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.

Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of ’70s hard rock. Expanding on the breakthroughs of III, Zeppelin fuse their majestic hard rock with a mystical, rural English folk that gives the record an epic scope. Even at its most basic — the muscular, traditionalist “Rock and Roll” — the album has a grand sense of drama, which is only deepened by Robert Plant’s burgeoning obsession with mythology, religion, and the occult. Plant’s mysticism comes to a head on the eerie folk ballad “The Battle of Evermore,” a mandolin-driven song with haunting vocals from Sandy Denny, and on the epic “Stairway to Heaven.” Of all of Zeppelin’s songs, “Stairway to Heaven” is the most famous, and not unjustly. Building from a simple fingerpicked acoustic guitar to a storming torrent of guitar riffs and solos, it encapsulates the entire album in one song. Which, of course, isn’t discounting the rest of the album. “Going to California” is the group’s best folk song, and the rockers are endlessly inventive, whether it’s the complex, multi-layered “Black Dog,” the pounding hippie satire “Misty Mountain Hop,” or the funky riffs of “Four Sticks.” But the closer, “When the Levee Breaks,” is the one song truly equal to “Stairway,” helping give IV the feeling of an epic. An apocalyptic slice of urban blues, “When the Levee Breaks” is as forceful and frightening as Zeppelin ever got, and its seismic rhythms and layered dynamics illustrate why none of their imitators could ever equal them.

01 – Black Dog
02 – Rock And Roll
03 – The Battle Of Evermore
04 – Stairway To Heaven
05 – Misty Mountain Hop
06 – Four Sticks
07 – Going To California
08 – When The Levee Breaks
09 – Black Dog (Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs)
10 – Rock And Roll (Alternate Mix)
11 – The Battle Of Evermore (Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange)
12 – Stairway To Heaven (Sunset Sound Mix)
13 – Misty Mountain Hop (Alternate Mix)
14 – Four Sticks (Alternate Mix)
15 – Going To California (Mandolin/Guitar Mix)
16 – When The Levee Breaks (Alternate UK Mix In Progress)



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