The 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.
|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|
|7||Going to California||3:31|
|8||When the Levee Breaks||7:07|
|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|