Led Zeppelin IV
History about Led Zeppelin IV. Led Zeppelin IV is the 43-minute studio album by Led Zeppelin, a British rock band, which is commonly called by Led Zeppelin IV. This is the fourth album of the band, and it was launched on the 8th of November 1971 on an American trademark, the Atlantic Records. The album was produced by Jimmy Page, an English songwriter, musician and guitarist, and it was recorded at several locations during the period from December 1970 to March 1971.
After the Led Zeppelin III album of the band in 1970, it received halfhearted reviews from critics. So, the producer, Jimmy Page determined their fourth music album would formally be untitled. This, together with the indoor sleeve's design, featuring four icons that symbolized each group member, led to the music album being mentioned differently as the Four Symbols, Four Symbols logo, The Fourth Album, Runes, Untitled, ZoSo and The Hermit. Besides lacking a label, the unique cover featured no group name, as the band wished to be nameless and to shun simple pigeonholing by the press.
The Led Zeppelin IV album was a critical and commercial success, producing several of the most famous songs of the band, and its signature song. The album is one among the greatest-selling albums in the world, with the sales of 37 million copies. Moreover, the album received the platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America 23 times, and it is the third-greatest-selling album in America. Critics and writers have often cited it on the lists of the best albums of rock songs.
Initially, the Led Zeppelin IV album was recorded at the recently opened, the Basing Street Studios of Island Records in London, concurrently the fourth studio album, Aqualung of Jethro Tull, a British rock band, during December 1970. Upon the proposal of Fleetwood Mac, the rock band then shifted to Headley Grange, a distant Victorian home in East Hampshire in England, to organize supplementary recordings. In East Hampshire, they employed a mobile soundtrack studio, the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. The tranquil, atmospheric surroundings at Headley Grange provided the band other benefits, as well. By shifting to the Headley Grange for the entire period of the soundtrack, several of the tracks of the music album were made up immediately and dedicated to tape almost then and there.
As soon as the essential tracks of the album had been recorded, the group later included overdubs at the Island Studios, and then took the finished master tapes to the Los Angeles Sunset Sound intended for mixing. However, eventually, the mix established to be below average, creating an unnecessary delay in the release of the Led Zeppelin IV album. Additional mixing had to be commenced in London, pushing the ultimate the date of the release of the album back by a few months.
Three other songs of the album from different sessions did not emerge on the Led Zeppelin IV album, but were incorporated after four years of Physical Graffiti, the double album.
The Led Zeppelin IV album received awesome admiration from critics. In a current evaluation for Rolling Stone, an American composer, guitarist and writer, Lenny Kaye, called the album the most constantly a good album of the band yet and appreciated the variety of the songs in the album. Billboard magazine called Led Zeppelin IV album, a motivation album, which has the commercial prospective of the band's earlier three albums of the Led Zeppelin band.