Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album, also known as Led Zeppelin IV, complete with original obi.
This limited edition 1979 release was issued to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the release of the band’s first album.
About this copy: This copy of Led Zeppelin IV is a 1979 Japanese pressing on the Atlantic label of an album that was originally released in 1971.
It includes the original obi, lyric insert, and custom inner sleeve that contained the lyrics to “Stairway to Heaven.”
The cover is VG++ with no wear, but with slight foxing on the back cover. The obi is VG++ with slight foxing on the back, but no tears.
The lyric insert is M-. The custom inner sleeve is M-. The Warner-Pioneer catalog sheet is M-.
The disc is VG++ and close to M-. There are a few spindle marks on the labels, and a faint inaudible mark through “Black Dog.” It’s a very clean disc that has only been played a few times.
A nice copy of a terrific record.
Background: I’m not sure how much we need to elaborate about Led Zeppelin IV. The album, which included “Black Dog,” “Rock and Roll,” and “Stairway to Heaven,” reached #1 on the UK charts and #2 on the U.S. charts, where it has since sold more than 23 million copies.
Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of ’70s hard rock. Expanding on the breakthroughs of III, Zeppelin fuse their majestic hard rock with a mystical, rural English folk that gives the record an epic scope. … “Going to California” is the group’s best folk song, and the rockers are endlessly inventive, whether it’s the complex, multi-layered “Black Dog,” the pounding hippie satire “Misty Mountain Hop,” or the funky riffs of “Four Sticks.” But the closer, “When the Levee Breaks,” is the one song truly equal to “Stairway,” helping give IV the feeling of an epic. An apocalyptic slice of urban blues, “When the Levee Breaks” is as forceful and frightening as Zeppelin ever got, and its seismic rhythms and layered dynamics illustrate why none of their imitators could ever equal them.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1976|