It took all four members of Led Zeppelin to make the band legendary, but Jimmy Page was the brain. He formed the band, wrote almost all of the music, and played stunning solos that earned him worldwide adoration (even though a Zeppelin concert was torture for another famous guitarist). As the band’s producer, Page had a lot to say about the sound of the albums, and he was also interested in how they looked. He was not a fan of the sleeve for Led Zeppelin III. There was another Zeppelin album cover that Page didn’t like nearly as much.
Jimmy Page Wasn’t a Fan of ‘Led Zeppelin III’ Cover
After two hard-hitting and heavily blues-influenced albums, Led Zeppelin III confused fans and critics with several folk-inspired songs. The cover telegraphed musical direction before listeners even dropped the needle on the vinyl.
Gone are the burning airships of the first two albums and the name of the group written in capital letters. In their place was a clip-art collage of random images and “Led Zeppelin” written in a rounded, bubbly font. The cover for Led Zeppelin III included a spinning wheel that displayed different images in cutouts on the jacket as you rotated it.
Zep has created an instantly recognizable jacket, but Page didn’t like Led Zeppelin III cover. He called it tiny-bopperish. But because the artist turned in the work just before the final deadline, Page and Led Zeppelin had no chance to make major changes.
Page disliked another Led Zeppelin cover that came out a few years later. He rejected the first blanket idea, but even that couldn’t stop what ended up being a jacket he didn’t like.
Page went from being the first artist to work on the cover of ‘Houses of the Holy,’ but he still didn’t like the finished product
London-based design firm Hipgnosis has created some of the most recognizable album covers of all time. He designed nearly all of Pink Floyd’s album covers (including The dark side of the moon). Hipgnosis has worked with Led Zeppelin several times, even after his Houses of the Holy Hated cover page.
The guitarist had little recourse when it came to Houses of the Holy cover. The group faced a deadline to deliver the album, writes George Case in Led Zeppelin FAQs.
“When the album proofs came back, they looked nothing like the original cover. Again, we were on a deadline, and there wasn’t much to do. I guess it doesn’t matter now.
Jimmy Pages explains why he didn’t like Houses of the Holy album cover
Hipgnosis founder Storm Thorgerson originally came up with an image of a tennis racket, which Page took as the artist implying that Led Zeppelin’s music was a bunch of noise — a racket. He quickly left Thorgerson. “We never saw him again,” Page said, per Led Zeppelin FAQs. “He had balls! Imagine – during a first meeting with a client.
The group was more receptive to Aubrey Powell’s idea of a photographic cover. Powell used the Giant’s Causeway rock formation in Northern Ireland as the backdrop. The glowing orange hue of the sky came from airbrushing the image.
The idea of Powell’s jacket appealed to the guitarist more than Thorgerson’s, but Page wasn’t a big fan of the House of the Saint cover. Page didn’t like the finished product, but this is perhaps Led Zeppelin’s most recognizable album cover.
‘Houses of the Holy’ cover art stands out among Led Zeppelin albums
Page wasn’t a big fan of the finale Houses of the Holy cover, but that doesn’t change the fact that it remains one of rock and roll’s most instantly identifiable jackets.
The otherworldly frame is unlike anything else in their catalog. Add the bright orange hues and nudity, and the Houses of the Holy the cover jumps out at you. Whether or not you know it’s Led Zeppelin, you almost can’t help but pause to watch it. That’s an impressive feat for a 1973 album.
Led Zeppelin III had a busy cover that Page hated. The sleeves for physical graffiti and Presence also made artistic statements beyond the music. Jimmy Page didn’t like Houses of the Holy cover, but it could be the star among all Led Zeppelin jackets.
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