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Also known as Led Zeppelin IV, Runes, Four Symbols and Zoso, this album extended Led Zeppelin's previous work. This album was recorded at an old workhouse known as Headley Grange. At one time, they were going to release the fourth album in 4 EPs, but, because of various delays, a single album was produced. Effortless confidence seeped through quality rockers like Black Dog and Rock And RollThe Battle Of Evermore and Going To California carried on the band's acoustic tradition as displayed in Led Zeppelin III. The merging of acoustics and electric styles ultimately resulted in Stairway To Heaven. When The Levee Breaks shows Bonham at his best. The opening drum beat of Levee has become one of the most sampled drum tracks, cutting across all genres.

At one time in the 1970s, Stairway recieved more airplay than any other song. It still is being played an estimated 4,200+ times per year.

Statistics

Released:
Nov. 8, 1971 (US)
Nov. 12, 1971 (UK)
October 27, 2014 (Reissue)

Chart Position:
#2 (US) #1 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Nov. 16, 1971
Multi Platinum: 23x Jan. 30, 2006
Diamond Award: Nov. 15, 1999

Tracks

1. Black Dog
2. Rock And Roll
3. The Battle Of Evermore
4. Stairway To Heaven
5. Misty Mountain Hop
6. Four Sticks
7. Going To California
8. When The Levee Breaks


DELUXE EDITION BONUS DISC
1. Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)
2. Rock And Roll (Alternate Mix)
3. The Battle Of Evermore (Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange)
4. Stairway To Heaven (Alternate Mix)
5. Misty Mountain Hop (Alternate Mix)
6. Four Sticks (Alternate Mix)
7. Going To California (Mandolin/Guitar Mix)
8. When The Levee Breaks (Alternate U.K. Mix)
Quick Fact

The picture of the man in white on top of a mountain with a lantern was drawn in pencil and gold paint by Barrington Colby (allegedly a Jimmy Page pseudonym) and is titled View in Half or Varying Light.

The Hermit character from a Tarot card, a symbol of self-reliance and wisdom, was originally illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith.

The Hermit

"The image of the hermit that we used for the artwork of Led Zeppelin IV and in the movie actually has its origins in a painting of Christ called "The Light of the World" by the pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt. The imagery was later transferred to the Waite tarot deck [the most popular tarot deck in use in the English-speaking world]. My segment was supposed to be the aspirant going to the beacon of truth, which is represented by the hermit and his journey toward it." -Jimmy Page
Guitar World
December 2007
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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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