A1: BLACK DOG (4:55); A2: ROCK AND ROLL (3:40); A3: THE BATTLE OF EVERMORE (5:38); A4: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (7:55).
B1: MISTY MOUNTAIN HOP (4:39); B2: FOUR STICKS (4:49); B3: GOING TO CALIFORNIA (3:36); B4: WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS (7:08).
CATEGORY: MYTHIC ROCK | DURATION: 42 MINUTES
The culmination of Led Zeppelin’s initial phase, this album saw them drawing together the threads of their earlier music into a dramatically cohesive whole. Largely devoid of pop sensibilities – it doesn’t even have a title – Zeppelin’s fourth album presents a form of rock which aspires above all to the mythic, as previously evinced in tracks such as “Immigrant Song”. This mythopoeic approach to popular music requires both technical perfection and a cosmic vision, both present here in synchronicity. The transition from heavy to mythic is a move from blues towards metal, placing Led Zeppelin’s fourth LP thematically at the roots of the metal movement’s formative consciousness.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT YOUNG (1964-2014)
“ÆTERNUM VORTICE LACRIMARUM SOMNIAT”