Robert Plant Still Doesn't Know What To Call Led Zeppelin's Fourth Album

Robert Plant described the process of releasing Led Zeppelin's fourth album as a "kind of Spinal Tap thing" and added that he still "doesn't know" what to call it. When the host of the "Digging Deep" podcast Matt Everett asked him how he referred to the album, Plant replied, "I don't know." "In those days in Zeppelin, we were so much of a deal - in fact, it becomes almost like a kind of Spinal Tap thing where, sometime you can't put the record out, even though you've finished it, because you haven't got the artwork right," he added. The 1971 LP is commonly known as "Led Zeppelin IV" or "The Four Symbols," because of the symbols adopted by the four band members found on the wordless cover. Plant said the conversation had gone something like: "'Are you going to put the name on that album?' 'Are you kidding? Put the name of the band on the album cover? That's far too corporate!'" "But of course, we want everybody to know that [it's ours], to buy it, sell it, hate it, love it and all that," he added. "So, yeah, I don't know what it's called. 'The Four Symbols' is sometimes what it's called." Plant picked "The Battle of Evermore" from the LP as a standout track, saying that it offered an extreme contrast in his songwriting career. He said it was inspired by British folk-rock bands including Fairport Convention and the Strawbs and was the story of how "some impending doom was averted by the spirit of the people."

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