Led Zeppelin – IV (ZOSO) 1978 purple vinyl UK LP

A copy of the limited edition purple vinyl pressing of Led Zeppelin's 1971 untitled fourth LP.



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Offered for sale is a copy of the purple (or lavender) vinyl pressing of Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album, issued in 1978 in the UK and issued only for export to the United States.

Led Zeppelin’s 1971 fourth album was technically untitled, but it’s most commonly referred to as either Led Zeppelin IV or ZOSO, after the graphics that appear on the label.  Regardless of title, it’s perhaps their best-known album, containing such iconic songs as Black Dog, Rock and Roll, When the Levee Breaks, and, of course, Stairway to Heaven.  The album was a huge seller and continues to sell well to this day.

In 1978, record companies around the world issued a series of colored vinyl albums reissuing some of their well-known back catalog.  In the UK, one of those titles was Led Zeppelin IV, pressed on purple (or lavender, if you prefer) vinyl.  These copies were widely exported to the U.S., and may have actually been made for export only.

In recent years, a number of colored vinyl pressings of Led Zeppelin albums have turned up for sale; most of these are unauthorized issues, with most claiming to be from Spain.   Most of the Led Zeppelin catalog has been pressed this way, and few collectors know that these pressings are unauthorized pressings made without the knowledge of either the band or their record company.

This purple vinyl pressing of Led Zeppelin IV is different, however.  This is the only colored vinyl album that Led Zeppelin has ever authorized for release.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is in M- condition, with just a couple of spindle marks on the label and a couple of very faint scuffs.

The cover is VG+, with just a couple of minor dings on the corners, a bit of ring wear on the back and a very tiny, almost unnoticeable tear near the top center of the cover.  There is a sticker on the cover that says “Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl.”

The custom inner sleeve is included, and unlike most copies, has no splits.

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