Monday, November 14, 2011

Led Zeppelin IV at Forty

It was exactly forty years ago today, okay it wasn't actually today, it was last week (November 8) that Led Zeppelin IV was released to the world.  We can still celebrate this week...

To set the record straight, IV wasn't the official title for the album. The title was actually four symbols, one for each member of the band, and it became known as symbols, IV and Zoso depending on who you talked to.

IV was Led Zeppelin's biggest album, selling over 32 million units since its release. It is the third biggest selling album in the United States only behind The Eagles' Greatest Hits and Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Led Zeppelin started work on the album at Basing Street Studios in London in December 1970 while Jethro Tull were in another studio recording Aqualung.

Led Zeppelin recorded 11 songs at the sessions and only eight made the album. The remaining three 'Down By The Seaside', 'Night Flight' and 'Boogie With Stu' were released four years later on Physical Graffiti.

The two singles released from the album were 'Black Dog' and 'Rock and Roll'. Australia was the only country in the world to release 'Stairway To Heaven' as a 7' vinyl EP with 'Black Dog' and 'Rock and Roll' on the second side.

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