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Led Zeppelin Fourth Album Gets Stamp Of Approval

22 October 2009 3,727 views 2 Comments


The Led Zeppelin fourth album cover will be one of ten iconic British album sleeves that will appear on a set of Royal Mail stamps to be launched on January 7th 2010.

In selecting the covers to be used, Royal Mail began with very extensive research of existing lists and polls of ‘Greatest Album Covers’ in books, music press and the web. This trawl of literally thousands of albums uncovered many that were common to most lists.

The editors of three of the UK’s most influential music publications together with a number of graphic designers and design writers were asked to independently list the most significant album sleeve artwork used on records by British artists.

Royal Mail reviewed all the research to assemble a shortlist of albums that spanned the decades from the 1960s. Some albums could not be included for operational reasons (for instance, designs that were too dark), after final deliberation the ten albums were arrived at. They include classic album artwork from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, New Order, Blur, Primal Scream, David Bowie, Coldplay, Mike Oldfield and The Clash.

The Royal Mail commented “This band of designers and photographers have not only reflected the visual styles of many musical cultures, but have also defined and created them, too. The stamp issues explores some of the most potent graphic images of modern times, many of which have provided a visual soundtrack to people’s lives”.

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  • ian - Norvic said:

    Badly curated? Not sure about that. Having read many, many blogs and forums, and the comments thereon there are many supporters, but there are just as many people coming up with alternatives, such as Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bo*****s (Spelling it out may be banned!)

    Royal Mail had to consider:

    – general public acceptance: so Pistols is out, and the Hindenburg Disaster on LZ(1) might be considered bad taste.

    – usability, postmarkability: too dark is no good, so Dark Side of the Moon won’t work.

    And in the unlikely event that anybody coming here says, “where are the Beatles”, they had their turn in Jan 2007.

    So far, from our enquiries, Pink Floyd are the most popular. We’ve now added an order and payment page on our website so that people around the world can buy the stamps and associated products, and people in the UK can buy the products which they can’t find at their local PO.

  • Deepinder Cheema said:

    This is a badly curated collection. It is bad enough struggling to see artwork created for the Vinyltimes on a CD, but there are some LP’s here that do not work to make this point.

    LZ 1 would have been a better candidate, as the info is beautifully expressed and defines Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin is not a good choice as half the LP sleeve is missing thus missing the point that was intended. And it’s getting harder to see the man with the sticks.

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