THE BAND: Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitars), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards), John Bonham (drums & percussion).
THE DISC: (1971) 8 songs clocking in at approximately 43 minutes. The digitally remastered version released in 1994. Included with the disc is a 10-page booklet containing song titles/credits, song lyrics to “Stairway To Heaven” (only), and all original album artwork. All songs written by members of Led Zeppelin. This is the band’s 4th studio album. Recorded at Headley, Grange, Hampshire and Island Studios in London, England. Label – Swan Song / Atlantic.
COMMENTS: Zeppelin’s 4th album (often referred to as “Zoso” or “Ruins”) is the definitive Led Zeppelin recording. Here, the band’s sound and concept, Plant’s vocals, and Page’s music and arranging skills finally crystallized into something completely distinct and original. 1971 was a great year for rock & roll. Black Sabbath had “Master of Reality”. Deep Purple blazed with “Fireball”. Rod Stewart told us “Every Picture Tells A Story”. The Who had “Who’s Next”. T-Rex had his “Electric Warrior”… but nothing matched the magnitude of “Zoso”. Every song is a classic and can still be heard on the radio today (over 3 decades later). Jimmy Page was the mastermind behind this band and the direction they were taking. He co-wrote every song and produced the album. Each song is a staple – “Black Dog”, “Rock & Roll”, “Battle of Evermore”, “Stairway To Heaven”, “Misty Mountain Hop”, “Four Sticks”, “Going to California”, and “When The Levee Breaks”. Hard to believe only two singles were released in the U.S. from this album in 1971-72: “Black Dog” reaching #15 (B-Side was “Misty Mountain Hop”), and “Rock And Roll reaching #47 (B-Side was “Four Sticks”). But don’t forget Led Zeppelin’s most celebrated composition “Stairway To Heaven”… which turned into their greatest rocking anthem. This album defines rock & roll. Classic disc (5 stars).