By 1971’s IV, Led Zeppelin had mastered thumping blues, gentle acoustical folk, hard rock, and even pop. Producer/guitarist Jimmy Page had a real ear for sonic textures (like the soaring orchestral crescendo here on “When the Levee Breaks”) that changed forever how hard rock would be heard and recorded. Loose-limbed anthems like “Rock ’n’ Roll” dovetail with lilting epics like “Stairway to Heaven,” revealing a band at the height of their musical and rock-mystical powers.
Led Zeppelin IV
This has got to be one of the top ten rock albums of all time. If you could only own one Zeppelin album, this would be it.
Blindess and Vision