Sunday, April 10, 2005

Random Records: Led Zeppelin

Craig randomly grabs a record from his shelf and shares his deepest thoughts and feelings.

Led Zeppelin IV (1971)



The gods of randomization have struck again. Of all the records I own, what should pop up on my second grab but one of the greatest all-time classics known by all rock fans everywhere. Led Zeppelin’s fourth LP is sometimes known as Runes due to the runic characters that are part of the cover art, but it should perhaps most accurately be labeled as Untitled. In case you’re not a big fan of these lads, this album is the one with "Stairway To Heaven." It has not only one of the most celebrated songs ever penned in the rock and roll era, but it also has the band’s best deep cuts. Despite the Zeppelin drive-time classic rock power hours heard Monday through Friday all over the country, you will rarely hear some of these great tracks on the radio. For example, can anyone give me a good reason why DJs can’t manage to cut a groove into "Four Sticks?" Besides the aforementioned, we also have "Black Dog," "Rock and Roll," and "Going to California" as the staid and played hits. Additionally, there are the quasi-familiar "Misty Mountain Hop" and "When The Levee Breaks." Pulling up the familiarity caboose is "Battle of Evermore."

Where I bought it: I was somebody who thought that I never actually needed to own the album because weren’t these songs always on the radio somewhere at any given moment? Plus, I had some of them on mix tapes. But wisely, one day at Cheapo Records in St. Paul, I decided that rather than go home empty handed I should finally drop $4 for this one.

Would I buy it again?: Anybody who calls themselves a rock and roll fan and does NOT have this in their collection, well, they must have a pretty big stick up their arse. There’s no reason this album can’t sit cordially alongside The Mommyheads or Joy Division in anyone’s collection. Relax and enjoy the jam.

Sound sample: Four Sticks

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