IV

IV

The 4th Led Zeppelin album, untitled but commonly known as "Led Zeppelin IV" or "Four Symbols". Originally released in 1971 it became their biggest seller and one of the biggest selling albums of all-time.

Artist: Led Zeppelin

Genre: 70s & 80s

Label: Warner

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Recorded at Headley Grange in Hampshire, Island Studios in London and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Led Zeppelin IV is the album that put Led Zeppelin into homes around the world, acting as a successful marriage of the hard rock from their second album with the folkier meanderings of their third. It is an album that demonstrates their subtlety and restraint as much as their stadium-filling grandstanding and it confirmed their superstar rock status. The actually untitled album (it was also known as Four Symbols or The Runes Album), a chart-topper on both sides of the Atlantic, captures the group's schizophrenia perfectly. On the one hand, they wallop away through genre-defining rock standards such as 'Rock And Roll', 'Black Dog' and 'Misty Mountain Hop'; yet on the other, they are gentle and restrained on the folk mysticism of 'Going To California' and the Sandy Denny co-sung 'The Battle Of Evermore.' It is on their anthem, 'Stairway To Heaven', however, that both strands come together in perfect accord. Starting as a recorder-driven acoustic folk ballad, it culminates in its closing minutes as a full-on, much emulated rock classic, with Robert Plant's vocals and Jimmy Page's guitar both approaching career-bests. Led Zeppelin IV also demonstrates the singular talent that was drummer John Bonham - the blues driven 'When The Levee Breaks' is one of the most heavily sampled drum tracks of all time. With immaculate playing (multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones' contributions are not to be underestimated, either), a mystically obscure sleeve, and a remarkable range of tunes,

About the artist

or more than fifty years, Led Zeppelin have continued to inspire generations with their groundbreaking blues-infused, guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll. The biggest rock band in the world throughout their 12-year reign, they remain one of the most influential and innovative groups in music history.

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