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Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV (33 1/3 Series)

Narrated by: Fred Berman
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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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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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.

©2005 Erik Davis (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Garbage

If you are expecting to learn anything about Led Zep 4 from this book then think again. Davis is clearly very much in love with what he regards as his own cleverness. He chooses to start with a pointless preamble about the history of recorded music which had all the hallmarks of a lazy student trying to pad his essay to make the word count. I burst out laughing when he started quoting Karl Marx. He then treats the listener to a post modern ramble through any half baked thought that floats through his head, only occasionally glancing over his shoulder at the great record he is supposed to be illuminating for us. Pretentious nonsense. Avoid like the plague.


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Excellent

Very in depth, comprehensive, fascinating, more so than I was expecting. Would have preferred an English accent reading it but you can't have everything!

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  • Billy
  • 05-02-13

An occult interpretation of Led Zeppelin IV

If you're interested in information about the writing and recording of Led Zeppelin IV or a traditional critical perspective on that album, look elsewhere. If the idea of an analysis of the occult symbolism of Led Zeppelin IV's lyrics and cover art with lots of time spent on Jimmy Page's interest in Aleister Crowley appeals to you, you've found the right book.

While this kind of approach might not be for everyone, I enjoyed the book enough to make it to the end. Many of the book's claims are far-fetched and the author appears to find occult significance in every place he looks, but the book was really no more ridiculous than a Dan Brown novel. If you like Led Zeppelin and enjoy the silly fun of books like the Da Vinci Code, this one might be worth a listen.

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  • Steve Dickson
  • 08-08-19

Terrible.

All fluff, no substance. Quotes everyone that shouldn’t be quoted. Nothing enlightening in the slightest. Couldn’t even finish.

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  • norm hancock
  • 06-02-19

A different explanation of Zeppelin

Good did get long in some explanations but a second listen will be good. good book

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  • Am firnusb
  • 17-02-18

A waste of time

No real information on the making of the album which is what i would have expected to find here...no insight into the recording process, the writing and crearion of the songs...just endless conjecture and bogus theories that "could" be what the artists were aiming for. essentially, a pointless 3 hour rambling of guesswork and ludicrous theories about the albums creation. the author tries way too hard to make connections between Led Zeppelin 4 and mythology...any remotely gifted writer can write a speculation on a work of art, with the 33 1\3 series i expect to actually learn real facts! if pseuso-mythological mumbo jumbo are your thing, dive in. if you actually want to learn something about this classic album, like i did, take my advice and look elsewhere.