Zeppelin’s fourth album was released on 8 November 1971. With no title printed on the album, it is usually referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, following the naming standard used by the band’s first three studio albums. On this recording, Jimmy Page decided that instead of a title, the band would feature four hand-drawn symbols on the inner sleeve and record label, each one chosen by the band member it represents. The album has alternatively been referred to as , Four Symbols.
Led Zeppelin IV was a monster seller (32 million copies worldwide! … 23 million in the US). The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire by Robert Plant.
This album has a bunch of great songs most notable among them – the hard charging “Rock and roll” and the of course the legendary “Stairway to heaven”. My favorite track – you guessed it #7 “Going to California”.