Led Zeppelin’s Classic 4th Album on 180g Vinyl. Reissued. Remastered.
Led Zeppelin has now prepared reissues of Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy, following on from the successful reissue campaign of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III earlier this year. As with the previous deluxe editions, both Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
Released in November 1971, Led Zeppelin IV — which is officially untitled — became one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums, one which defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as “Stairway To Heaven,” “Rock And Roll,” “Black Dog,” and “When The Levee Breaks.” The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA.
In 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant formed Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of The Yardbirds when Page brought in Plant, Bonham and Jones to tour as The New Yardbirds. In 1969, Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world.
Led Zeppelin continues to be honoured for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant – along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder. The band was honoured for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first-ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.
“The music is now beyond reproach. Made and issued between the falls of 1968 and 1970, the original LPs mark Zeppelin’s rapid progression out of British R&B and psychedelia into a crushing-riff rock of unprecedented dynamic range, embedded with details from Fifties rockabilly and Celtic and Appalachian folk, blown open with volcanic improvising. These bonus-laden reissues, overseen by guitarist-producer Jimmy Page, do not change the story in a major way. They deepen the telling, recounting that blitzkrieg with fresh, incremental detail.”
– David Fricke, Rolling Stone
A1: Black Dog
A2: Rock And Roll
A3: The Battle Of Evermore
A4: Stairway To Heaven
B1: Misty Mountain Hop
B2: Four Sticks
B3: Going To California
B4: When The Levee Breaks