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From ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ to ‘The Doors’ make it to the ROLLING STONE list

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Rolling Stone Sep 29, 2012
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69. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin, Atlantic, 1971

“I put a lot of work into my lyrics,” Robert Plant told Rolling Stone in 1975. “Not all my stuff is meant to be scrutinized, though. Things like ”˜Black Dog’ are blatant let’s-do-it-in-the-bath-type things, but they make their point just the same.” On their towering fourth album, Led Zeppelin match the raunch of “Black Dog” with Plant’s most poetic lyrics for the inescapable epic ballad “Stairway to Heaven,” while guitarist Jimmy Page veers from the blues apocalypseof “When the Levee Breaks” to the torrid Little Richard tribute “Rock & Roll” to the mandolin- driven “Battle of Evermore.” (“It sounded like a dance-around-the-maypole number,” Page later confessed.) Maypole or no, IV was the peak of Seventies hard rock. 

 

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