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This was written after George Harrison, who is a huge fan, told John Bonham that the trouble with Led Zeppelin is that they don't do any ballads.
Robert Plant's lyrics deal with the changing emotions of love.
John Paul Jones played the Mellotron, providing an orchestral effect.
This was one of the few Zeppelin songs where all 4 members shared the composer credit.
In an interview with Rolling Stone
, Plant said this was his best Led Zeppelin vocal performance.
Drummer John Bonham took brushes to his drums on this song, demonstrating his versatility. Surprisingly, he continued to use them even when the song gets heavy. (thanks, jenna madsen - eureka, CA)
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
JJ Burnel of The Stranglers
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.