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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
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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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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
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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. Jul 31, 2016
    10
    I don't think I'll ever get tired of reviewing masterpieces. When Led Zeppelin set off to record their fourth album, their main goal was toI don't think I'll ever get tired of reviewing masterpieces. When Led Zeppelin set off to record their fourth album, their main goal was to prove that they were more that just popular. They wanted to reaffirm their talent and strike down any critics who believed that any of their fame was based on raw hype. And after nearly 50 years, it's safe to say that the pioneers of modern Hard Rock and Metal succeeded. With the iconic voice of Robert Plant and the impeccable abilities of drummer John Bonham (a man I believe to be the greatest rock drummer of all time), Led Zeppelin released this 8-track album in 1971 and to universal appeal. The album starts out hard and fast. In the first two tracks, every band member is doing their part at full capacity. But as the Battle of Evermore starts, the music slows down and then occurs a transition from hard and gritty to something more traditional and even folkloric. It was this that inspired the oddball album cover, apparently designed by the band to create a dichotomy between the portrait of the English countryman and the ripped white wallpaper of a London flat. It fits the music perfectly because after the beautiful Stairway to Heaven concludes, then starts Misty Mountain Hop, a ballad that, to me, seems like a song based on daily life, something done by other British rock bands in "Day in the Life" and "Parklife." And then finally, the album ends with "When the Levee Breaks." Other than "The National Anthem" by Radiohead, I can't think of a better, more intense and progressively-building rock song than this one. I know it wasn't originally created by them, but their version stands alone. You can feel a sort of tension about a levee somewhere faltering while the band delivers one of the most emotionally- involved performances I've ever heard. It ends and you stare at the album cover again thinking about the antique shop clerk that sold Led Zeppelin that painting and about what that clerk is doing nowadays. That would be a good Vice video profile. 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. Jun 12, 2019
    10
    This is the one everyone knows. Out of the 8 studio albums I would place this one 5th.
  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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