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Album: Led Zeppelin IIReleased: 1969
This opens side 2 of Led Zeppelin II
and goes right into "Livin' Lovin' Maid (she's just a woman)
" on the album. Radio stations usually play them together, but "Maid" was never performed live by Led Zeppelin.
A crowd favorite, Led Zeppelin sometimes opened live shows with it.
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones performed this at the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary concert in 1988 with Jason Bonham sitting in on drums for his late father.
Led Zeppelin opened many of their live shows in 1971 and 1972 with "Immigrant Song," followed by a segue right into this. (thanks, Adrian - Wilmington, DE)
Jimmy Page's legendary guitar solo on this song inspired a young Eddie Van Halen to create his "tapping" technique after he saw Led Zeppelin perform live at the Long Beach Arena in 1972, which can be heard on the CD How The West Was Won.
Page's unaccompanied solo is pitched slightly higher than the rest of the song. The guitarist explained to Guitar World in 1998: "The interesting thing about the 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."