Category: led zeppelin iv

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.


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!


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.

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Neil Young joins Led Zeppelin at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1995 for a 9-minute jam on 1971′s “When The Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin IV. Things get so out of control that even Robert picks up a guitar to squall! Along the way, a nifty little insertion of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”! A messy, unholy racket, in a good way. LOL

CRYIN’ WON’T HELP YOU, PRAYIN’ WON’T DO YOU NO GOOD. Seriously y’all, turn this tf UP.

That’s Michael Lee on drums, btw. Following runs with The Cult, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Thin Lizzy, he’d played with Robert solo, then with Page & Plant, hence being part of the festivities this particular evening….

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Robert Plant on stage at Wembley Empire Pool in London, 1971.

by Michael Putland, from the November shows known as Electric Magic, days after the release of Led Zeppelin IV

(Chronicling the demise of the Black Tank Top that served him so well through the summer and fall of 1971)

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Belfast, 1971

Floating around 71 tonight.  This was the first show of their “Back to the Clubs” tour, and they played lots of things from LZ IV for the first time.  Check it out – Black Dog.  The whole gig is on youtube, and it’s incredible.  Not a great recording, but Robert’s voice is superhuman.    

March 5: tonight’s debuts also include Rock and Roll, Going to California, and of course Stairway to Heaven. This and the following night in Dublin would be their only Irish shows.

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oh my god


Why does Led Zeppelin have to be so smoking hot?

Jamming on 1971′s “Black Dog”, but holy shit, almost impossible to believe how much sex they pack into 15 seconds.