Jason: I knew more songs on this album than I anticipated.
Brad: So many of these songs are classics. I know you dislike “Stairway to Heaven”. What did you think of the rest of this album?
Jason: I initially thought “I don’t like ‘Stairway’ because it’s over-played but in actuality I don’t like it because it’s dumb. I would say I like half of the songs on the album. I do NOT like “Black Dog” his voice is too high-pitched screech-y, and annoying on that song. I like “Going to California” and “When the Levee Breaks.” “Rock and Roll” is in every car commercial.
Brad: Oh man, I love “Black Dog” so much! I think Robert Plant has one of the best voices in Rock. I didn’t always appreciate them but something clicked when I was in college and I’ve loved them ever since. I didn’t realize until recently that “When the Levee Breaks” is a cover of an old Blues song. They definitely added a lot to the song and changed it quite a bit. John Bonham’s drum beat in that song is one of the most sampled beats in Hip-Hop history.
Jason: This really surprises me. I thought for sure you hated Led Zeppelin. I don’t like “Black Dog” because of the little 2 line stanzas with the guitar riff and the yelling and the “uh uh uh uh uh.” His voice reminds me of Janice Joplin who I CANNOT STAND. That being said, the quieter songs on side B of this album are better. They are too close to “The Who” on Side A for me.
Brad: Interesting. I like most of their albums. I love their sound. They have influenced so many bands. I guess The Who have too but for some reason I love Led Zeppelin and just don’t care for The Who.
Jason: How did you get into them? This was the first Led Zeppelin album I have ever listened to from start to finish. (BTW I like the mandolin on “…Evermore”.)
Brad: I think my gateway into Led Zeppelin was when Ann & Nancy Wilson covered “Battle of Evermore” on the Singles soundtrack in the early 90s. Then there was a full Led Zeppelin tribute album in the mid 90s that included Stone Temple Pilots and Sheryl Crow. So I started buying Zeppelin albums after that.
Jason: Interesting. I remember Sheryl Crow covering D’yer Mak’er and I liked it so I listened to the original and was like “Crow’s is better.”
Brad: I remember loving “D’yer Mak’er” as a kid. I like Sheryl’s version too. I wonder if I would still enjoy that covers album. I think it was called Encomium.
Brad: ROBERT PLANT! He can sing anything. I love the way he sounds during quiet and loud songs. I also love the way his voice has aged. I like his solo albums, I even liked his album as The Honeydrippers in the 80’s. “Do you remember” their cover of “Sea of Love”
Jason: That was him?! I didn’t know that. His voice on his solo ’80s stuff is much softer and lower.
Brad: Yeah, he’s had a very interesting and prolific career. Remember a few years ago when I had tickets to see Emmylou Harris and Patty Griffin at a benefit concert. I got front row tickets somehow. Then Patty got sick and Robert Plant stepped in as her replacement. I was so excited, not that Patty was sick but that now I was 5 feet away from Robert Plant for an entire evening! It was fantastic.
Jason: How old is he?
Brad: He’s 71.
Jason: And still rockin’. Does Led Zeppelin still perform together ever?
Brad: They reunited for a tribute concert in 2007 but that was it. There are constant rumors of a reunion tour but it doesn’t seem like Robert Plant is interested. I think there was even talk of a Zeppelin tour with Steven Tyler from Aerosmith singing lead vocals.
Jason: Interesting, not sure if that’s necessary.
Brad: So what grade would you give this album
Jason: I give Led Zeppelin IV a B. I like half of the songs and I can skip Stairway. I think they are pretty inventive and interesting and timeless.And obviously influential.
Brad: Fair enough. I definitely give it an A. This album gets better to me as I age. Now I want to go back and listen to all of their albums again. Maybe that will be one of my 2020 resolutions.
Jason: Good idea. Just use headphones when I’m around.
Below is the scratch-off artwork from the 100 Bucket List poster.