Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin album art
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I’m not entirely convinced that this is a modified Futura Extra Bold. Apart from the ‘Z’, some other details are off, too, e.g. the shorter and lighter middle bar on ‘E’, the angle and weight of the diagonals, and the size of the bowl in ‘P’. Attached is a comparison against Futura Extra Black as digitized by Bitstream (spacing adjusted). There might have been versions at the time that come closer, though. The band name is most likely custom drawn.
There were also several Photo-Lettering and Filmotype faces with a similar look and stroke contrast.
Note that this style is also seen in an ad Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John & Bernie Taupin, making me think it is probably a photo-type interpretation of Futura and not custom lettering.
This cover brings back some memories.
Just to keep the £60 payment in perspective for today’s designers; £60 in 1968 is equivalent to about £955 in 2016 (source: Bank of England inflation calculator).