Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album (aka “IV”, or “Four Symbols”), released by the Melody Recordings label.
In the 1970s, American copyright law had a few loopholes in it and numerous companies took advantage of that to release unauthorized, or “pirate” copies of albums that had been legitimately released by major record labels.
Most of these pirate pressings were 8 track tapes, as companies who were interested in making a quick buck found duplicating tapes to be a lot easier to do than making records. Still, a few did go to the trouble of manufacturing records, most of which were sold in discount stores.
Perhaps the largest label to engage in the manufacture of pirate pressings was a company called Melody Recordings, which claimed to be based in West Caldwell, New Jersey. In the early 1970s, the label released 15 or so titles by artists including Charlie Pride, Led Zeppelin, Carole King, Paul Simon and others.
The music on these releases was lifted straight from the versions of the album released by the legitimate labels, but all but one of the Melody Recordings LP featured the same cover – a color photo of two crowns and a scepter.
The back cover claims that all royalties have been paid to the artist, but somehow, we doubt that, as this album disappeared from the shelves not long after it came out.
They’re all quite hard to find today, especially in good condition, as the covers were quite prone to wear.
About this copy: The LP offered for sale is a still sealed pirate pressing of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album on the rare Melody Recordings label. As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
Tracks are the same as the regular LP on Atlantic:
- Black Dog
- Rock and Roll
- The Battle of Evermore
- Stairway to Heaven
- Misty Mountain Hop
- Four Sticks
- Going to California
- When the Levee Breaks
The shrink wrap is tight and has no rips, tears or holes. It’s the nicest copy of this rare record that you’re ever likely to see.
A beautiful copy of what is perhaps the rarest commercially available Led Zeppelin album.
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