Led Zeppelin ‘IV’ Turns 40 Years Old
Led Zeppelin‘s fourth and most popular album, technically unnamed but typically referred to as ‘IV,’ turns forty years old today, Nov. 8, 2011.
To celebrate, we’ve got two exciting features and two great giveaways (hey, look, that adds up to four, whaddya know?) for your enjoyment.
First up, we talk to ‘Led Zeppelin FAQ’ author George Case and count down 10 things you may not know about the recording of this legendary album. It’s one of the more enjoyable interviews we’ve done, and we think even the most well-read fan could find something new about the album here.
Next, we try to pick some of the best and most interesting cover versions of every song from ‘IV’ for a special video countdown. That’s no easy task, as Zeppelin’s peers and disciples have recorded dozens if not hundreds of takes on songs from this record.
Over the weekend, we teamed up with Rhino to give you a chance to win Led Zeppelin’s Definitive Collection Mini LP Replica box set, an impressively packaged set featuring every one of the band’s studio albums (as well as ‘The Song Remains the Same’) in CD-sized replica album covers. There’s still time to win that prize, just sign up here.
You can also enter to win another great Zeppelin prize pack, featuring Case’s ‘FAQ’ book, Continuum’s ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ entry in their 33 1/3 book series, as well as ‘IV’ on CD and the band’s fantastic self-titled live concert retrospective DVD from Rhino. For all the details on these great items and your chance to win, just head over here.
OK, we’re gonna go pretend there’s something better to do all day than crank Led Zeppelin records. But we’ll be living a lie!