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Hi everyone I've been a long time reader of the forum but finally decided to join today and contribute. This is my 'go to' place on the net for LZ, you guys are goldmine of info. One thing that has always intrigued me, is the location of the urban scene that makes up part of the Led Zep IV artwork. This question gets asked quite often on the internet and the oft repeated fact is it shows Butterfield Court in Dudley. As I pass this place quite often I've never been satisfied that this is correct. Having too much time on my hands the last couple of days I decided to see if I could find the true location. It turns out I was not the only one looking into it. A gentleman from Birmingham called Mark Wadman had also been doing the same and between us we are sure we have nailed down the exact spot. Mark was actually a step ahead of me and had already been out and photographed the site as it looks today. The block of flats on the album is 'Salisbury Tower' and it is in the Ladywood district of Birmingham. The row of demolished houses in front is Camden Street. Anyway I was fortunate enough to find an old B&W photo which amazingly shows the exact row of houses which are half demolished on the album cover. Pay particular attention to the position of the advertising board, the decorative surrounds of the windows and doors,etc. There's no doubt it is the same row of houses. Using Google street view I tried to get a modern view of the same location: You can see the white houses in the distance still exist. Mark's photo from within Camden Street shows 'Salisbury Tower'. You can even make out the other two blocks of flats which you see on the LZ cover. It is near impossible to take a photo from the same spot and alignment as the original because you'd be standing in someone's back garden! Lastly I used an old 1946 map of the streetplan to make an estimation of where the original photo was shot from (see the red arrow). I've also highlighted the row of demolished houses in Camden St . and the position of where Salisbury Tower stands today. Hopefully this will clear up once and for all where the photo was taken. Big thanks to Mark Wadman for helping me identify the spot and thankyou forumites for taking time to read all of this! Some of you may find it interesting.
The longer I've been listening to ROIOs it seems I have subconsciously been partially assessing of quality based on the artwork i.e. great artwork means great performance and great recording quality. I guess it seems a little silly but, for example, I see one of Liquid Led's new releases I'm virtually hooked right there. Of course more recent remasters often sound better due to the increasing sophistication of the apps, but we all know there's no guarantees. Anyhow, here's a few examples to cheer up your day - if there are too many, apologies, I need to get to know the forum guidelines a bit better.
Hello! I would like to share my Led Zeppelin III denim jacket from 1985 (my high school days). My cousin's friend from Hicksville, NY was a wonderful artist. To make extra pocket money for concerts, pizza, beers and Acapulco Gold he would paint album covers on to denim jackets for his friends. I asked him if he paint the album cover from Led Zeppelin III on to my Levi's denim....he was blown away that I asked him...but very up to the challenge. This was his all time favorite album cover! He told me that kids always commissioned him to paint Led Zeppelin I and II. The only problem was I wanted to wear the jacket for the up coming Robert Plant concert at the Meadowlands Arena July 23rd 1985. This was exactly one week away. He did such a beautiful job and was so proud! It looks as good today as back then. The jacket is always a hit where ever I go. People seem to remember me (actually... the jacket) at Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones concerts. My cousin and his friend are passed away now. I am so happy I have this beautiful jacket to always remember them. ZoSo
I am a designer and I have just started doing some Led Zeppelin artwork that will include pictures of them as well as lyrics and some of their own artwork, can anyone help me with what I need to do to get permission before I think about publishing?