We can say as much about this album as possible, but it really comes down to one…
Written by megarock on November 8, 2017
We can say as much about this album as possible, but it really comes down to one thing. “Stairway To Heaven” is 46 years old today.
On Nov. 8, 1971, Led Zeppelin released their 4th LP which, technically was untitled.
After the group’s 1970 album Led Zeppelin III received lukewarm reviews from critics, Page decided their fourth album would officially be untitled. This, along with the inner sleeve’s design featuring four symbols that represented each band member, led to the album being referred to variously as the Four Symbols logo, Four Symbols, The Fourth Album, Untitled, Runes, The Hermit, and ZoSo (which was derived from Page’s symbol). In addition to lacking a title, the original cover featured no band name, as the group wished to be anonymous and to avoid easy pigeonholing by the press.
Led Zeppelin “IV” was a commercial and critical success, producing many of the band’s most well-known songs, including “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, “Misty Mountain Hop”, “Going to California”, and the band’s signature song, “Stairway to Heaven”. The album is one of the best-selling albums worldwide at 37 million units, and with a 23-times platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, it is the fourth-best-selling album in the United States. Writers and critics have regularly cited it on lists of rock’s greatest albums.
Where would you rate the album as far as your favorites? Would you agree it was one of the greatest ever?
Happy 46th Birthday to (what we will call) “Led Zeppelin 4”!!