Saturday, October 02, 2010

cd saturday: led zeppelin's iv

last year we took a hike with some friends on echo mountain.  the day started out hazy and misty.  you might even say it was a misty mountain hop.  okay, i know, i'm stretching a bit, but when i thought about what picture to use for today's album review, this one seemed like the perfect choice.

i want to start off by saying how much i regret putting an album on this list that includes one of the most overplayed songs in the history of pop music.  never the less, this is an album that deserves to make my top 20 favorite albums list.

Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)when i play zeppelin's prog. rock masterpiece, i think of a few things.  first, it reminds me of sitting around with friends (especially mike and steve) trying to duplicate the sounds we were hearing on our own instruments, or simply tapping or clapping out the rhythms.  second, it makes me think of the incredible way that john bonham's drumming shapes my enjoyment of this record (especially on "black dog").  third, it makes me realize how different this album is to ANYTHING else i own or listen to.  zeppelin was a band that was ground breaking and revolutionary in ways that have never quite been duplicated.

this album only has eight tracks, and they are all incredibly good (if not for one particular track being a bit overplayed).  ones that stand out - favorites - are the aforementioned "misty mountain hop" and "black dog", as well as their take on the beautiful song "when the levee breaks".

this is a classic album, and i'm sure many of you feel the same way.  to take a look at the other 16 albums i've reviewed so far on my way to my 20 favorite albums, check out the list below.

1. u2 - the joshua tree
2. dave matthews band - crash
3. cake - comfort eagle
4. blue rodeo - five days in july
5. the beach boys - pet sounds
6. coldplay - viva la vida
7. weezer - pinkerton
8. mates of state - re-arrange us
9. radiohead - ok computer 
10. nickel creek - this side
11. u2 - how to dismantle an atomic bomb 
12. the beatles - the white album 
13. sloan - one chord to another 
14. o.a.r. - risen
15. paul simon - graceland 
16. jack johnson - brushfire fairytales


Steffe said...

I love OK Computer and the Cake album. Coldplay are catchy that is a fact. My favorite U2 album are the first two Boy and October.

Never heard of Nickel Creek, will have to check them out.

JustinM said...

Now we're talking. I love the way you feel like you're inside the song on When The Levee Breaks.

Bellis said...

Oh dear, Led Zepp. I went to see them in the early days at the Albert hall and LOVED them. My new boyfriend didn't. "They use very simple chords." I almost split up with him there and then. We've now been together for 35 years, and I only listen to Led Zepp when he's away. Compromises - that's how we've stayed together.

ben wideman said...

Bellis, that is too funny! Guess you don't have to agree on everything to love someone.

JustinM said...

No kidding. You should have seen our house last year during the Angels/Yankees ALCS. Some tense moments!

ben wideman said...

Sports tensions have to be one of the most challenging.