“Led Zeppelin IV Jet-Pack Take-Off ” copyright 2016 00individual TLL
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LED ZEPPELIN – LED ZEPPELIN IV – November 8, 1971
One of the main purposes and attempts of this site is to convey the truly unique vibe of the 1965 through 1975 era. One way is to show examples like this:
Led Zeppelin (1969). Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Led Zeppelin IV (1971), a three year explosion of album after album of the 1960s and 1970s Historic and Classic Rock Era.
In 1971 Rockers were listening to brand new, never-heard-before album releases; The Who’s “Whos next”, Pink Floyd’s “Meddle”, Traffic’s “Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys”. The Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” and “Led Zeppelin IV”. Whew! And that was just five releases by five bands!
To experience the full Pinnacle of Rock ‘n’ Roll check out these three zenith years of Rock History:
Third Best Year for Rock Album Releases – 1971
Second Best Year for Rock Album Releases – 1969
#1 Best Year for Rock Album Releases – 1970
Actually ’69 and ’70 are tied; ’70 had a higher amount of classic releases, but ’69 had more historical classic releases. You be the judge.
Most of 00individual’s peers were in their late teens, early twenties when Led Zeppelin’s debut album took Rock and Blues to a lysergic level. Led Zeppelin II was a monster, and the acoustic ballads of the equally excellent Led Zeppelin III expanded the boundaries of Hard Rock.
Then came the mighty Led Zeppelin IV!
Released the end of ’71, it had a presence, a power, it superseded and overtook everything in sight. This was a heavy album with a transcendent quality – it seemed to come from an evolved state; Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones melded I, II, III into a Rock ‘n’ Roll Masterpiece.
This was also an album that served as a Cultural Landmark; by the end of ’71 the Vibe was beginning to wind down a bit, just a bit, but noticeable.
With 1972 there was a definite change in the air, a strange serious mood was insinuating itself into the normally carefree trippy days and nights of years gone by – it was as if the cultural climax was drifting to the outskirts of life.
Since all that is truly real is the “now” as everything else is in the past – back in ’71/’72 Led Zeppelin IV stood at the crossroads as a monument of the past and the future; a fitting marker in Rock ‘n’ Roll history.
Since this album has been reviewed and dissected from every angle over the decades, 00individual thought it would be fun to listen to this album in a whole new way.
Once accustomed to this new way of listening those who know this album’s every nook and cranny will certainly enjoy the reverse continuity, and the actually very trippy psychedelic hard rock sounds:
LED ZEPPELIN IV
6. “Four Sticks” Page, Plant 4:441
5. “Misty Mountain Hop” Jones, Page, Plant 4:38
4. “Stairway to Heaven” Page, Plant 8:02
3. “The Battle of Evermore” Page, Plant 5:51
2. “Rock and Roll” John Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant 3:40
1. “Black Dog” John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant 4:54
7. “Going to California” Page, Plant 3:31
8. “When the Levee Breaks” Bonham, Jones, Memphis Minnie, Page, Plant 7:07
are missing due to far too much Satanic backtracking/brain-washing stuff that is revealed.
Peoples, peoples, peoples, we is magickal!
Take Stairway To Heaven, even backwards many can anticipate the reversed progression, just like how one is able to read a page of text with the words deliberately printed backwards – these are examples of just how much the brain can compensate for an unknown reality by altering it back into a recognizable reality for the brain’s user.
In depth contribution by Gene O’Brien:
Its interesting how every one of us, far and wide, felt the change in the culture during that time. There was no proclamation from our protagonists, no conspicuous cultural algorithm, no collective decision which underlined the degeneration of our culture.
There was an unsettling feeling that the dream was over and we gradually awoke to the unhappy fact that our culture was changing. The legacy was established but the world no longer followed in our footsteps and the prospect that we would have to merge with the establishment as individuals, alone and ill-equipped was depressing.
And while that was a cold reality, the insightful, tumultuous life-lessons learned throughout the ’60s and the ’70s allowed the Counter-Culture to ultimately adapt with a much stronger sense of self and truth than any generation previous, or since.
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