Category: led zeppelin iv

Led Zeppelin, March 21 1971, Nottingham Boat C…

Led Zeppelin, March 21 1971, Nottingham Boat Club, to promote the upcoming release of Led Zeppelin IV

Bonzo, dark and light, from Led Zeppelin’s Mar…

Bonzo, dark and light, from Led Zeppelin’s March 5, 1971 show in Belfast, where they debuted songs from Led Zeppelin IV. This really does summarize the delicate and wild wonder that is John Bonham.

Robert Plant wearing a Led Zeppelin IV t-shirt

Robert Plant wearing a Led Zeppelin IV t-shirt

Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant, March 21, 1971 Not…

Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant, March 21, 1971 Nottingham Boat Club.

Red Zeppelin: Robert Plant (with John Paul Jon…

Red Zeppelin: Robert Plant (with John Paul Jones) in Montreux, August 7, 1971, warmup gigs for the US tour to support the upcoming release of Led Zeppelin IV. Also historically significant as his first gig after shaving the beard!

1971 Sunset Strip billboard announcing an unti…

1971 Sunset Strip billboard announcing an untitled album by an unnamed artist, by Robert Landau

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Misty Mountain Hop, Live.

Lovely that the one guy in all three gifs is Bonzo!

“Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop” single from 1…

“Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop” single from 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV, Italian release.

German releases of the only two singles from 1…

German releases of the only two singles from 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV, featuring the album’s first two songs as the A-sides. That’s right – no official single release for “Stairway to Heaven.”

Led Zeppelin and Sandy Denny at the Melody Mak…

Led Zeppelin and Sandy Denny at the Melody Maker Pop Awards, September 16, 1970. Just a few months later, as 1971 began, Sandy sang a truly memorable performance alongside Robert on Led Zeppelin IV’s “The Battle of Evermore”.

Robert said in 1995, :Sandy and I were friends, and it was the most obvious thing to ask her to sing on ‘The Battle of Evermore’” – but I’ve often wondered if it was this very get-together that was the impetus for Led Zeppelin to take the step of actually bringing her in. You’ve seen many other pictures from this same event of Robert and Sandy in particular that I think drive home that something magical was in the air.

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The result of their collaboration on Led Zeppelin IV was certainly nothing less than marvelous. If there’s such a thing as a hidden gem on one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, this is definitely it. As Robert also noted in the same interview, “If [the song] suffered from naivete and tweeness—I was only 23—it makes up for it in the cohesion of the voices and the playing.”

At the end of it, Sandy was bestowed a rarely discussed fifth symbol on the sometimes so-called Four Symbols album, seen next to “The Battle of Evermore” on the track listing, and again next to her name in the credits!

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We’ll save for another conversation why you need to check out her work with Fairport Convention, Strawbs, and Fotheringay, and the delights of her 1971 solo debut The North Star Grassman and the Ravens. I’ve got more stories about “The Battle of Evermore” for another day too, but I do love the crossroads represented by Sandy and the boys at the Melody Maker Pop Awards just a few months before.