9/02/2008

Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin IV Zoso Record Album
Led Zeppelin IV Zoso Record Album
And She's Buying The Stairway To Heaven


The rock and roll band Led Zeppelin released it's 4th album in 1971. The album does not have a title, nor any other information on the front or back cover to determine the album or band. Only a picture of an old man carrying a load of sticks framed on a dilapidated wall.

Led Zeppelin IV's inside cover doesn't offer any clues to the name of the band as well. It depicts a hooded sorcerer high atop a mountain shining his lamp down upon a distant village. A village worshiper kneels at the base of the mountain pleading to the sorcerer. Some would claim the worshiper are all other rock and roll bands paying homage.

Led Zeppelin IV's back cover. When it is folded back it is a continuation of the front cover showing an end to the jagged wall and a modern ill-repaired city. A lone tall building stands in the background. Again, there is no clue who the record artist or rock band it belongs to.

The front jacket sleeve has four symbols. None of the symbols identify the album or the band. Only at the bottom left is one clue given. The album is produced by Jimmy Page, one of the band members of Led Zeppelin. It also has the song titles of the album.

Side One:
Black Dog
Rock And Roll
The Battle Of Evermore
Stairway To Heaven

Side Two:
Misty Mountain Top
Four Sticks
Going To California
When The Levee Breaks


Everyone of these songs are classics and a staple to every rock and roll radio station. It's very rare that this occurs making this album even more special. Led Zeppelin IV's  back jacket cover had the lyrics of one of the most popular rock and roll songs of all time, "Stairway To heaven." It is written in a fancy English font but not all the words are there. Some incidentals are missing. Here are the lyrics to stairway To Heaven.

There's a lady who's sure
All that glitters is gold
And shes buying a stairway to heaven.
And when she gets there she knows
If the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and shes buying a stairway to heaven.

There's a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook
There's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There's a feeling I get
When I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen
Rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who standing looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And its whispered that soon
If we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn
For those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.

Woo, woo, woo, woo, woo,

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
Don't be alarmed now,
Its just a spring clean for the may queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.

And it makes me wonder.

Ohh, ahh, ohh, ohh.

Your head is humming and it wont go
In case you don't know,
The pipers calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow,
And did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And shes buying a stairway to heaven.


Only on the actual vinyl record does the bands name and members appear. They are Jimmy page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. Some state the album title is ZOSO, the letters of the first symbol on the album. I simply call it Zeppelin IV, a legendary rock and roll album from 1971 that not only stands up to the test of time, but obliterates all other competition that proclaims to be the best rock and roll album of all time.

Zoso Led Zeppelin IV Back Cover
Zoso Led Zeppelin IV Back Cover






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6 comments:

  1. saw robert plant solo @ glastonbury in the early 90's ... was so very cool and awesomely energetic

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  2. Indeed a great album. Did you know the song Black Dog does not mention black or dog in it?

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  3. Aidyn Landry9/28/2008 1:28 AM

    It reminded me of what the beloved Charles Darwin said: "We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin."...

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  4. Or when John Lennon sang,
    "All we need is love."

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  5. Robert Plant was a fan of JR Tolkien and the Lord of the ring books he wrote. My take on the wizard is that it is Gandalf the Grey" looking down on the Shire. Just a thought.

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  6. And a good thought that is. I believe it was meant to be open to interpretation.

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