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Album: Led Zeppelin, CodaReleased: 1969
Many musician types consider this one of Led Zeppelin's technically strongest performances, but Jimmy Page admits that it's far from perfect. He told Guitar Player magazine in 1977: "There are mistakes in it, but it doesn't make any difference. I'll always leave the mistakes in. I can't help it. The timing bits on the A and Bb parts are right, though it might sound wrong. The timing just sounds off. But there are some wrong notes. You've got to be reasonably honest about it."
This is based on a Blues song by Willie Dixon that he wrote for Otis Rush, who recorded it in 1956. Many of Led Zeppelin's songs were influenced by old blues or folk songs.
The version on Coda is a soundcheck for a show at Royal Albert Hall on January 9, 1970. Coda is a collection of outtakes released after John Bonham died.
Some guitar parts are very similar to the guitar solo in "Heartbreaker
Rolling Stones recorded this for their 2016 blues covers album, Blue and Lonesome. Their version features an Eric Clapton guitar solo.
This headed up a list of Led Zeppelin's Top 10 worst songs, which was compiled by CheatSheet.com
. They said:
"The band members are all on-point, particularly Page, but the repetitive lyrics and slow pace make for a rather boring song on an otherwise riveting record."
Runner up on the list was "The Lemon Song
", while the top three was rounded out by "Moby Dick