Welcome to the second in my series of completely biased opinions aimed at persuading you to put down that Nintendo DS, pack away that iPad, and get out there to your local record shop.
Four Symbols/IV by Led Zeppelin
It’s difficult to pick out just one album by Led Zeppelin. They’ve all got oodles of class. But I tried, and this is my recommendation to you.
It kicks off with ‘Black Dog’, a monster of an opening track with the silence of expectation shattered by Robert Plant screaming “Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move, gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove.” Then the guitar riff kicks in and it’s rock heaven from then on in, until the end of ‘When The Levee Breaks’ which is leant an aura of menace thanks to John Bonham’s pounding drum beat.
And in between, you’ve got rock gems like ‘Rock And Roll’, and then the complete detour into Folk territory that is ‘Going To California’. Not forgetting a track that some people will know, and others that don’t know, well you bloody well should do! ‘Stairway To Heaven’ is probably the one Led Zep track that anyone with half a brain could name if push came to shove. The spiralling guitar picking intro, the mystical, fairytale style lyrics, and then Jimmy Page takes over, weaving a kind of guitar magic that only he seems capable of.
With all that to think about, it may come as a complication to you, as you scan the racks in the shop, that this particular record doesn’t have a title as such. That’s right. No title. The album cover contains no information whatsoever. So, take a look at the picture on this blog, consign it to memory and then set out. Or, be a cocky swine and read this blog on your iPhone, Blackberry or other smartphone whilst you are looking through the CD racks. Whatever you do, just find it, pick it up, pay for it (obviously! I’m not going to advocate shoplifting) and go home. Then, once you’ve listened to it all the way through, you can leave a comment telling me how right I was!