Offered for sale is a rare 1992 Japanese pressing of Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album, also known as Led Zeppelin IV, complete with original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Led Zeppelin IV is the sixth Japanese issue, released in 1992. It includes the original obi, lyric insert, and custom inner sleeve that contained the lyrics to “Stairway to Heaven.”
Major labels stopped pressing vinyl in Japan in 1989, but this pressing was released in 1992 as a special limited “audiophile” edition, reportedly using the original master tape.
We don’t know about that, but we do know that this was a newly-mastered pressing, as the only numbers that appear in the dead wax are the catalog number for this issue.
Cover, obi, lyric insert and custom inner sleeve are all M-. There’s a bit of foxing on the back of the obi.
The record is M- and looks unplayed.
A beautiful copy of a classic LP.
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:||1992|