British Bands Get Royal Stamp of Approval

British Albums on Stamps: Led Zeppelin's fourth album

Led Zeppelin's fourth album, from 1971, doesn't actually have a title or even anything on the sleeve to indicate it is by the British band. But it's commonly called Led Zeppelin IV, and it's one of the best-selling albums in history, having shifted some 37 million units. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the cover was supposedly purchased from an antique shop by singer Robert Plant. Bandmate Jimmy Page said, "Almost 40 years after the album came out, nobody knows the old man who featured on the cover, nor the artist who painted him — that sort of sums up what we wanted to achieve with the album cover."

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