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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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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. Nov 11, 2014
    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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  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
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  1. Jul 18, 2017
    10
    One of the greatest albums ever containing some of their best songs. In my opinion only second to Physical Graffiti from their discography.One of the greatest albums ever containing some of their best songs. In my opinion only second to Physical Graffiti from their discography. Robert Plant's voice, Bonzo's drums, JPJ bass and Jimmy's guitar never sounded better!!! Expand
  2. May 27, 2021
    10
    this is without s doubt one of, if not THE greatest hard rock album of all time.
  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. Oct 21, 2020
    10
    It's the Sgt. Peppers of Hard Rock. As simple as that. You can't get rid of it, never. Loud guitar, magic voice, masterful bass and organ,It's the Sgt. Peppers of Hard Rock. As simple as that. You can't get rid of it, never. Loud guitar, magic voice, masterful bass and organ, unique drums, nothing fails, everything is just plain perfect. Devil bless Led Zeppelin. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    Amazing album. Must Listen. Must Own. This album is legendary. It has the classic rock song "Stairway to Heaven" which is considered one ofAmazing album. Must Listen. Must Own. This album is legendary. It has the classic rock song "Stairway to Heaven" which is considered one of the greatest songs of all time. Expand
  7. Apr 6, 2021
    5
    It might have been great for it's time and inspired other albums, I don't thinknit holds up too well. Stairway To Heaven and When The LeveeIt might have been great for it's time and inspired other albums, I don't thinknit holds up too well. Stairway To Heaven and When The Levee Breaksnare the only great songs. Rest of them range from okay to bellow average. Expand

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