Led Zeppelin IV by Erik DavisIn this wickedly entertaining and thoroughly informed homage to one of rock musics 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 reader to decide whether Four Symbols is some form of occult induction or just an inspired, brilliantly played rock album.
“Stripping Led Zeppelins famous name off the fourth record was an almost petulant attempt to let their Great Work symbolically stand on its own two feet. But the wordless jacket also lent the album charisma. Fans hunted for hidden meanings, or, in failing to find them, sensed a strange reflection of their own mute refusal to communicate with the outside world. This helped to create one of the supreme paradoxes of rock history: an esoteric megahit, a blockbuster arcanum. Stripped of words and numbers, the album no longer referred to anything but itself: a concrete talisman that drew you into its world, into the frame. All the stopgap titles we throw at the thing are lame: Led Zeppelin IV, [Untitled], Runes, Zoso, Four Symbols. In an almost Lovecraftian sense, the album was nameless, a thing from beyond, charged with manna. And yet this uncanny fetish was about as easy to buy as a jockstrap.”
50 facts about Led Zeppelin’s iconic album covers
By Scott Colothan scottcolothan. The vast airship LZ Hindenburg burst into flames while trying to dock at Naval Air Station Lakehurst following a transatlantic flight resulting in the deaths of 36 people. In Time Magazine listed it as among the most influential images of all time. Graphic designer George Hardie created the cover illustration from the iconic photograph by rendering it in ink using a radiograph pen to avoid potential copyright issues. Weeks later, the colours were switched to the now familiar orange version. Nicknamed The Red Baron and widely considered the ace-of-aces of the war, von Richthofen shot down more than 80 aircraft before he himself died when he suffered the same fate near Vaux-sur-Somme, France aged 25 in Decades before digital illustration, Juniper used a combination of collage, photography and airbrush illustration to create the sleeve.
It was produced by guitarist Jimmy Page and recorded between December and February , mostly in the country house Headley Grange. The album is notable for featuring " Stairway to Heaven ", which has been described as the band's signature song. The informal setting at Headley Grange inspired the band, and allowed them to try different arrangements of material and create songs in a variety of styles. After the band's previous album Led Zeppelin III received lukewarm reviews from critics, they decided their fourth album would officially be untitled, and would be represented instead by four symbols chosen by each band member, without featuring the name or any other details on the cover. Unlike the prior two albums, the band was joined by some guest musicians.
Want to know where to start with Led Zeppelin? Wonder what Classic Rock thought of their greatest albums? Ever more epic live shows were marked by extensive improvisations by four virtuosi whose inspired ensemble interplay seemed almost supernatural in origin. Audiences broke records, albums camped out at the top of charts and during their year existence, Led Zeppelin casually conquered Earth. Well done, everybody. Jason Bonham was an admirable substitute for his late father. Everyone had a terrific time, and the Celebration Day double CD and DVD, and triple vinyl provides the ultimate souvenir of the occasion for all that attended.
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First of all Rat, you never let on how much you like a girl. You won't regret it. It's a classy move. When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV. Tough choice between "Rock and Roll" on Side 1. I chose Side 2 because it had two of my favorites.