Led Zeppelin 4: Zoso CD, オリジナルレコーディングのリマスター, インポート
The acknowledged classic in their catalog, "Zoso" is also the album in which Robert Plant's mystical concerns took center stage on The Battle of Evermore; Stairway to Heaven , and the lighthearted Misty Mountain Hop . But Stairway aside, the album's real highlight is the downright scary When the Levee Breaks ; blues-rock never got better than this. From 1971.
If you already own one of the previous releases you would perhaps have to be a real fan to justify owning this edition as well, but I do think LZ are one of the most important bands ever in the evolution of music and are a personal favourite. As this is within my top 3 LZ albums it was a no-brainer purchase.
The companion discs on these deluxe editions are interesting for a real fan and anyone with a keen interest in the band, as they do a great job of showing the evolution in the style of the band overall and individual tracks.
I think this music was made for vinyl as it has a powerful, raw and authentic sound, with excellent sound staging and a few rough edges and distortions, all of which makes it sound like you have the band performing in your living room. It was recorded and mastered with care and passion for sure.
This album contains no fillers at all and all tracks are superb, many being true classics known to almost everyone, whether fans or not.
1. Black Dog
2. Rock 'n' 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
The short but powerful “Black Dog” and the mighty, riffy “Rock n Roll”, with John Bonham’s iconic cymbal intro, are classic upbeat Led Zeppelin rock. However, “The Battle Of Evermore” is as mysterious and folky as anything on “III”, as indeed, is “Going To California” and then, of course, there is “Stairway To Heaven” where all styles meet in possibly the band’s most well-known song. The early acoustic verses take a while to reach the climax (over five minutes or so) when Jimmy Page’s guitar kicks in for real, and how. One of the best endings to a song ever.
“Misty Mountain Hop” isn’t the folky tune its title may suggest, but a pounding drum and keyboards insistent rock shuffle. The monumental “When The Levee Breaks” is one of those classic, extended, thrilling blues numbers that wouldn’t have been out of place on “I” or “II”. “Four Sticks” has an almost funky drum intro and provides a flavour of the sort of material that would later appear on “Houses Of The Holy” and “Physical Grafitti”.
Overall, there is as much “folky” material on here as there is on “III”, and in some cases they are more obviously so. Popular opinion would have it that the blend is fully realised here, however, (“every song has its correct place within the album” and so on). Personally, I prefer “III”.
BUT here's a review of the bonus disc. the bonus disc includes instrumental tracks of "Going To California" and "The Battle Of Evermore". "Stairway To Heaven" has an echo affect with sound boosted drums and guitar, also, after the solo, the vocals used are the 1st track of Roberts double tracked vocals and extra guitar bits that were buried in the original mix can now be heard. "Black Dog" is roughly the same but with different vocals on the "Oh Yeah!" part. "Rock And Roll" to me, has not much or maybe no difference to the original, same goes with "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks. finally, "When The Levee Breaks" has noticeably louder drums.
Containing some of my favourite Led Zeppelin songs, this is an absolute classic album, in every sense of the word! "Rock n Roll", "Stairway To Heaven", "Black Dog"....every song a masterpiece!
I've got the "Remasters" and "How The West Was Won" albums on CD, but listening to this on vinyl is a completely different experience! This is how music was MEANT to be heard! It just sounds more 'alive'....and the crackle of the needle on the grooves? That just makes me happy.
I can't stop listening to this album! In fact, I'm listening to it on my Kindle right now as I type this! I love the fact that Amazon give you a digital copy as well as the vinyl! Already ordered a couple more Led Zeppelin vinyl albums.....happy days!
Anyone who thinks this is only a one star album must have breeze blocks where their ears should be.
Like the other reviewers have pointed out this album is NOT "Stairway" with a load of filler tracks, all the other tracks are exceptional as well. Indeed the version of "Stairway" on this album is still for me the definitive version. The BBC sessions CD has an early version which shows the development of this classic well. Plant's harp playing on "Levee" is superb and is maybe a bit more audible in this remaster. This is Led Zeppelin at the very pinnacle of their powers. For so called Prog Rock this was about as good as it gets and is a timely reminder of just how tight an outfit they were.
I saw them play many of these tracks live over the years, but as the booze,drugs and egos intruded more and more into the performances these songs lost their structure and turned into sprawling demonstrations of what ultimately was, for me, faltering musicianship. So if your recollection of these tracks is the hugely extended live versions and you like them that way (nothing wrong with that!), then this probably is not for you, but if you want to appreciate one of the greatest rock bands at the height of their powers then buy it! You won't be disappointed!
Music lovers please buy Vinyl. There is no better way to enjoy recorded music, imo.
Let's make the music industry great again.
I bought the original album on the day it was released in 1971, and it still remains one of favourite my records.
The new remastered version sounds great, but it always did to me even on my old mono record player back in the 70's.
Really it's all about the bonus disc, some tracks sound different like Black dog others not so much, but any Zep fan will want to
own them to hear the work in progress of these songs.
I have bought the other Four releases and am looking forward to the release of Physical Graffiti and Presence this year.