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  • Summary: The 1971 untitled fourth studio release for the British rock band was reissued and remastered with deluxe versions including a disc of unreleased instrumentals and alternate mixes.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. 100
    As with the previous three reissues, the pristine remastering removes a slight audio film that was still present after the 1992 versions. That’s especially obvious on the guitar parts of the more delicate songs but also shines a brighter light on John Bonham’s remarkable drumming that both grounded the band and pushed the other members into expanding their own boundaries.
  2. 100
    The remastered mixes highlight how incredibly complex the arrangements were originally, a testament to the true magnitude of Led Zeppelin’s vision all those years ago.
  3. Nov 25, 2014
    100
    The latest reissue of the album spotlights its sonic depth, thanks to illuminative remastering by guitarist-producer Jimmy Page, and, on the deluxe edition, alternate mixes of each track.
  4. Nov 11, 2014
    100
    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.... A song or two feels slightly different--"Misty Mountain Hop" jumps a bit as it seems to groove a little bit stronger--but by and large this [supplemental] disc shows that as a producer, Page not only knew where he wanted to go but he knew how to get it right the first time.
  5. Q Magazine
    Nov 13, 2014
    100
    Familiarity hasn't taken all the shine off Led Zeppelin IV, because once you get past the aforementioned over-exposed "hits," there's still the frantic Four Sticks and When The Levee Break's big lumbering blues to knock you off your feet again. [Nov 2014, p.125]
  6. Kerrang!
    Nov 24, 2014
    100
    The 16 songs that comprise these two albums [Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy] remaining blinding and deafening examples of strident, courageous music. [18 Oct 2014, p.54]
  7. Nov 11, 2014
    75
    Albums four and five are stocked mostly with inessential fluff that fans will cue up one time and promptly forget exists.... The true value here rests in the remastering. Page’s production on the original LPs remains unimpeachable, but these reissues give the tracks a subtle sheen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
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  1. Dec 11, 2016
    10
    What is there to say about one of the greatest albums of all time? This album is from a time where sales actually mean good music, and notWhat is there to say about one of the greatest albums of all time? This album is from a time where sales actually mean good music, and not just slapping some **** beat on your cringe rap lyrics. There's still good mainstream stuff, not as much anymore. Not as much. Anyway, it's pretty damn good. It's got some of the greatest songs of all time, and the rest aren't bad either. Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2016
    10
    A fantastic album from one of my all time favourite rock bands. Songs such as Black Dog and Stairway To Heaven always give me goosebumps asA fantastic album from one of my all time favourite rock bands. Songs such as Black Dog and Stairway To Heaven always give me goosebumps as they are just brilliantly crafted pieces of art. Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2014
    10
    One of the greatest albums of all time. The remaster is FANTASTIC! Jimmy Page is still a musical genius. One can never tire of this album.One of the greatest albums of all time. The remaster is FANTASTIC! Jimmy Page is still a musical genius. One can never tire of this album. From Black Dog all the way through When the Levee Breaks, you are in for a magical ride. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    Absolutely one of the best albums of all time, not only rock's, but music's. Zeppelin's songs start being even more versatile here, becauseAbsolutely one of the best albums of all time, not only rock's, but music's. Zeppelin's songs start being even more versatile here, because here can be found pure rock and roll, celtic & acoustic songs full-of-beauty, epic songs with many parts, hard rock, groovy rock and blues. Lyrics start being more mysterious and interesting. Another match by this marvelous and magic quartet. About the extra material, it's regrettable again, maybe one of the worst. Nothing new again, and as if this wasn't enough, is the literally exactly same album, perhaps same sessions that ones that were released on album, but with very very little differences in mixing, like guitars lower and some new overdubs (what means anything). Again, absolutely worthwhile for the album, whether it is so amazing than better listen it twice, but the bonus material can even been called this way.
    [Album 11/10, Extra material (for being the album again) 11/10, (but for neglect with fans which are wasting their money with more-of-the-same) 4/10]
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  5. Mar 29, 2016
    10
    Let's get one thing straight; All of Led Zeppelin's albums are great. The fact that many fans agree that this is their best album says a lotLet's get one thing straight; All of Led Zeppelin's albums are great. The fact that many fans agree that this is their best album says a lot about it. Like I said, I think all their albums are timeless classics, and so I wish not to argue one which one is better. Still, this is an iconic album, containing some of their most iconic song like "Black Dog," "Stairway to Heaven" and "Rock and Roll" and other favorites such as "Misty Mountain Hop" and "When the Levee Breaks." Awesome album. Awesome band. Expand
  6. Feb 4, 2015
    10
    When The Levee Breaks - the most awesome and profoundly arousing piece of blues rock ever recorded. I would forgive this album anything, onWhen The Levee Breaks - the most awesome and profoundly arousing piece of blues rock ever recorded. I would forgive this album anything, on the basis of that one track. But fortunately, the rest is also great. Expand
  7. Mar 30, 2016
    5
    A 10 review suggests all 8 tracks are superb examples of well crafted songs but can even the most die hard fan say that Battle of Evermore,A 10 review suggests all 8 tracks are superb examples of well crafted songs but can even the most die hard fan say that Battle of Evermore, Four Sticks, Going To California and Misty Mountain hop are anything more than mediocre ditties written in a few minutes. They sure sound like it. Rock n Roll and Black Dog are dumb, disposable fun but not much more. Levee is ok but is too long for what is a very repetitive song. Despite being overplayed Stairway is well put together. On balance this is merely an OK album but way overrated by critics and fanboys. Expand

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