Immigrant Song

"Immigrant Song" is one of Led Zeppelin's few single releases. It was issued in the US 5 November 1970 by Atlantic Records and reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.[9] "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do", the single's B-side, was released on the 1972 UK Atlantic Records sampler The New Age of Atlantic and later on the 1990 Led Zeppelin Boxed Set. "Immigrant Song" was also mistakenly released in Japan with "Out On the Tiles" as the B-side rather than "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do" and is a rare collectible.First pressings of the US single have a quote from Aleister Crowley inscribed in dead wax by the run-out groove: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

 

Good Times Bad Times

Page explained that: I do remember using the board to overdrive a Leslie cabinet for the main riff in 'How Many More Times'. It doesn't sound like a Leslie because I wasn't employing the rotating speakers. Surprisingly, that sound has real weight. The guitar is going through the board, then through an amp which was driving the Leslie cabinet. It was a very successful experiment.

 

Communication Breakdown

The pounding guitar riff was played by Page through a small, miked Supro amplifier throughout; and ran his Fender Telecaster through a fully closed Vox wah pedal to create the "guitar in a shoebox" sound on the lead. "Communication Breakdown" is also one of the few songs on which Page sang a backing vocal.

 

Dazed & Confused

I never took acid. I smoked grass and tripped on it, but I never took acid. I was afraid to take it. The song's about a girl who hasn't decided whether she wants to stay with me or not. It's pretty much one of those love songs.

 

Babe I´m Gonna Leave you

Page played the song to Plant at their first meeting together, at Page's riverside home at Pangbourne in late July 1968

 

Since I´ve Been Lovin´You

"Since I've Been Loving You" was one of the first songs prepared for the Led Zeppelin III album. The song was recorded live in the studio with very little overdubbing. It was reportedly the hardest to record. Audio engineer Terry Manning called it "The best rock guitar solo of all time."John Paul Jones played Hammond organ on the song, using the bass pedals for the bassline.

 

No Quarter

The title is derived from the military practice of showing no mercy to a vanquished opponent and from the brave act of not asking for mercy when vanquished. This theme is captured in several of the song's lyrics.

 

The Song Remains The Same

It was originally going to be an instrumental -- an overture that led into "The Rain Song". But I guess Robert had different ideas. You know, "This is pretty good, Better get some lyrics--quick!" 

 

The Ocean

"The Ocean" refers to the sea of fans seen from the stage at Led Zeppelin concerts, to whom this song was dedicated.

 

Living Loving Maid

The song is about a groupie who stalked the band early in their career.

 

Moby Dick

Named after the whale in the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, it was also known by the alternate titles "Pat's Delight" (early 1968–1969 version with completely different guitar riff)

 

Kashmir

The song became a concert staple, performed by the band at almost every concert after its release. The song has been described as one of Led Zeppelin's two most overtly progressive epics.

 

Custard Pie

The song contains somewhat difficult-to-comprehend lyrics, but, like several other songs on the album, they are full of sexual double entendres. In this case, "Custard Pie" refers to a woman's genitals and the song is rife with references to sex

 

Misty Mountain Hop

The lyrics reflect Plant's quest for a better society, a place and time when hangups are replaced with individual freedom and a life of mutual support and rapport.

 

Stairway To Heaven

Plant later said that suddenly,My hand was writing out the words, 'There's a lady is sure [sic], all that glitters is gold, and she's buying a stairway to heaven'. I just sat there and looked at them and almost leapt out of my seat."

 

What Is And What Should Never Be

What is and What Should Never Be was one of the first songs on which Page used his soon-to-become trademark Gibson Les Paul for recording.The production makes liberal use of stereo as the guitars pan back and forth between channels. Robert Plant's vocals were phased during the verses.

 

Black Dog

Plant explained to a 1972 concert audience:Let me tell you 'bout this poor old dog because he was a retriever in his early days, and the only thing he could ever find in his late days was his old lady who lived two houses away from where we were recording. And he used to go see the old lady quite regularly, but after he'd "boogied" and everything else he couldn't get back. And we used to carry him back.

 

Over the Hills & Far Away

The song was released as Houses of the Holy's first US single, reaching #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, later becoming a staple of the classic rock radio format.

 

Ramble On

The song's lyrics were influenced by The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The opening line ("Leaves are falling all around") could be a paraphrase of the opening line of Tolkien's poem "Namárië

 

 

Whole Lotta Love

The US release became their first hit single, being certified Gold on 13 April 1970, having sold one million copies. It reached number one in Germany, and number four in the Netherlands.

 

Goin´ to California

The song's wistful folk-style sound, with Robert Plant on lead vocals, acoustic guitar by Jimmy Page and mandolin by John Paul Jones, contrasts with the heavy electric-amplified rock on five of the album's other tracks. Page's guitar is in the DADGBD tuning.

 

Heartbraker

Page stated that:The interesting thing about the guitar solo is that it was recorded after we had already finished "Heartbreaker" - it was an afterthought. That whole section was recorded in a different studio and it was sort of slotted in the middle. If you notice, the whole sound of the guitar is different.

 

Rock n`Roll

"Rock and Roll" is one of the few Led Zeppelin songs where all four members share the composer credit.