Tag: Stairway to Heaven

Feature LP: Led Zeppelin IV (1971/2014) 9:30pm ET

LZ-4The untitled fourth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, was released on 8 November 1971 on Atlantic Records. Produced by guitarist Jimmy Page, it was recorded between December 1970 and March 1971 at several locations, most prominently the Victorian house Headley Grange.

After the group’s 1970 album Led Zeppelin III received lukewarm reviews from critics, Page decided their fourth album would officially be untitled. This, along with the inner sleeve’s design featuring four symbols that represented each band member, led to the album being referred to variously as the Four Symbols logo, Four Symbols, The Fourth Album, Untitled, Runes, The Hermit, and ZoSo (which was derived from Page’s symbol). In addition to lacking a title, the original cover featured no band name, as the group wished to be anonymous and to avoid easy pigeonholing by the press.

Led Zeppelin IV was a commercial and critical success, producing many of the band’s most well-known songs, including “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, “Going to California”, and the band’s signature song, “Stairway to Heaven”. The album is one of the best-selling albums worldwide at 37 million units, and with a 23-times platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, it is the third-best-selling album in the United States. Writers and critics have regularly cited it on lists of rock’s greatest albums. – Wikipedia

A remastered version of Led Zeppelin IV was reissued on 27 October 2014, along with Houses of the Holy. The reissue comes in 6 formats: a standard CD edition, a deluxe 2 CD edition, a standard LP version, a deluxe 2 LP version, a super deluxe 2 CD + 2 LP version with a hardback book, and as high resolution 96k/24-bit digital downloads. The deluxe and super deluxe editions feature bonus material. The reissue was released with a negative version of the original album’s artwork as its bonus disk’s cover.

1 Black Dog   4:54
2 Rock and Roll   3:40
3 The Battle of Evermore   5:51
4 Stairway to Heaven   8:02
5 Misty Mountain Hop   4:38
6 Four Sticks   4:44
7 Going to California   3:31
8 When the Levee Breaks   7:07
Reissued setlist
1 Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs) 4:34
2 Rock and Roll (Alternate Mix) 3:39
3 The Battle of Evermore (Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange) 4:13
4 Stairway to Heaven (Sunset Sound Mix) 8:03
5 Misty Mountain Hop (Alternate Mix) 4:45
6 Four Sticks (Alternate Mix) 4:33
7 Going to California (Mandolin/Guitar Mix) 3:34
8 When the Levee Breaks (Alternate U.K. Mix) 7:08

Artist Countdown: Led Zeppelin Top 30 8:30pm ET @ledzeppelin

The New York City Premiere For Led Zeppelin Celebration Day

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band active in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Formed as the New Yardbirds in 1968, the band consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. They are widely considered to be one of the most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in history.

After changing their name, they signed a favorable deal with Atlantic Records that allowed them considerable artistic freedom. Led Zeppelin disliked releasing their songs as singles; they viewed their albums as indivisible and complete listening experiences. Due to the heavy, guitar-driven blues rock sound of their first two albums, Led Zeppelin are frequently recognized as the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock. However, the band’s individualistic style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music, which they incorporated into their next two albums. Their untitled fourth album, which features the track “Stairway to Heaven“, is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it cemented the status of the group as “superstars.” Subsequent albums saw greater experimentation and were accompanied by record-breaking tours, which earned them a reputation for excess. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, in the later 1970s, the band’s output and touring schedule were limited by the personal difficulties and circumstances of the members. Led Zeppelin disbanded following Bonham’s unexpected death in 1980.  – Wikipedia+

1 Whole Lotta Love
2 Immigrant Song
3 Black Dog
4 Stairway to Heaven
5 Misty Mountain Hop
6 Rock and Roll 
7 Kashmir
8 Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)
9 All Of My Love
10 Fool in the Rain
11 Trampled Under Foot
12 D’yer Mak’er
13 The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair
14 Communication Breakdown
15 Travelling Riverside Blues
16 Four Sticks
17 Baby Come On Home
18 Darlene
19 The Ocean
20 Hot Dog
21 Over the Hills and Far Away
22 Ozone Baby
23 Poor Tom
24 The Crunge
25 Black Country Woman
26 Dancing Days
27 Good Times Bad Times 
28 Ramble On
29 Hey Hey What Can I Do
30 Candy Store Rock