In this wickedly entertaining and thoroughly informed homage to one of rock music's towering pinnacles, Erik Davis investigates the magic - black or otherwise - that surrounds this album.Carefully peeling the layers from each song, Davis reveals their dark and often mystical roots - and leaves the listener to decide whether this release is some form of occult induction or just an inspired, brilliantly played rock album.More
Led Zeppelin's fourth album is hard to name. This was a deliberate attempt by the band to strip the album of some sense of ego and to muddle critics and fans alike, choosing rather than a name to adorn the album sleeve with four mystical symbols chosen by the band. Erik Davis plunges into the heaviness of the album, trying to determine how much of its identity being steeped in magic is real and how much a put on. In any case it certainly has an album identity and is one of the most popular and hard-rockingest collections of songs of all time. Fred Berman performs the audiobook lending a constant tone of amazement part rock-doc radio personality and part dazed music fan.≤/p>
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