Led Zeppelin IV UK “transitional” second pressing LP

An early UK second pressing of Led Zeppelin's fourth album, with both original and reissue matrix numbers in the dead wax.


Offered for sale is an early “transitional” UK pressing of Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album, released in 1971 as Atlantic K50008.

Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, sometimes referred to as “Four Symbols” but most often simply called “Led Zeppelin IV” is probably their best-known LP.  Containing Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog, and Rock and Roll, practically every cut on this album received regular airplay throughout the 1970s.

This particular copy is a second pressing from the UK, but it’s a very early, or transitional copy.  The dead wax has both the original 2401012 and the second pressing K50008 catalog numbers stamped in it.  Stamper numbers are a low A3/B4 and “Porky” is etched in the dead wax on side 1 and “Pecko Duck” is etched on side 2.  The side 2 label misprints the song title “Misty Mountain Hop” as “Misty Mountain Top.”  The labels are indented, rather than “flat”, as they were on later pressings.

There is no mention of the K50008 catalog number on the inner sleeve.  In short, this is a very early second pressing, using first pressing stampers and probably using first pressing covers.

The record is VG+, with just a few light marks.  The cover is also VG+, with just traces of wear on the corners.  The custom inner sleeve is intact with no splits.  The front cover has a sticker from Jem Records that says “Import Album” on it.

A very nice copy of an early and rare pressing of this iconic album.

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