Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. The band has been a major influence on rock and roll since its beginning in the late 1960’s. During the seventies, Led Zeppelin dominated rock and roll, but disbanded in 1980 after the death of drummer, John Bonham.
Arguably Led Zeppelin’s greatest album was Led Zeppelin IV, with hits like “Stairway to Heaven” and “Black Dog”, this album found both commercial and critical success. The album still ranks with the best selling albums of all time and can be found on almost any greatest albums of all times list.
The cover of the album shows a black-framed picture of an elderly man carrying a bundle of branches on his back which is hanging from a wall with floral wallpaper that is peeling off. In itself the imagery on this cover does not appear that significant; however, the lack of any text added to the albums mystical appeal. According to Page in a 2010 interview with the Times, “The cover was supposed to be something that was for other people to savour rather than for me to actually spell everything out, which would make the whole thing rather disappointing on that level of your own personal adventure into the music.” With itsTolkien-esque lyrics and ancient symbols on the album’s inner sleeve, the cover served to amplify the mystic of the entire album causing fans to hunt for hidden meanings for years to come.