“Your Time Is Gonna Come” is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, released on their 1969 debut album Led Zeppelin.
Guitarist Jimmy Page played an out-of-tune Fender 10-string steel guitar on this track. Page stated that he learned how to play the steel guitar only during the sessions for the first album. Bassist John Paul Jones played an organ, using a pedal to create the bass. The lyrics concern an unfaithful girl who will pay the price for her deceitful ways.
The only known performance of this song at Led Zeppelin concerts is a short snippet during a show at Tokyo on 24 September 1971 during the “Whole Lotta Love” medley, of which a bootleg recording exists. The name of the bootleg is Light and Shade.
Jimmy Page performed “Your Time Is Gonna Come” on his tour with The Black Crowes in 1999. A version of the song performed by Page and The Black Crowes is on the album Live at the Greek.
Slash, the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, has said that “Your Time Is Gonna Come” is his favourite Led Zeppelin song. Record producer Rick Rubin has remarked, “It’s like the drums are playing a big rock song and the guitars are playing a gentle folk song. And it’s got one of the most upbeat choruses of any Zeppelin song, even though the words are so dark.”
“Whole Lotta Love” is a song by English hard rock band Led Zeppelin. It is the opening track on the band’s second album, Led Zeppelin II, and was released in the United States, several countries in Europe, and Japan as a single; as with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom. 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. Parts of the song were adapted from Willie Dixon’s “You Need Love”, recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962; originally uncredited to Dixon, a lawsuit in 1985 was settled with a payment to Dixon and credit on subsequent releases.
In 2004, the song was ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in March 2005, Q magazine placed “Whole Lotta Love” at number three in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It was placed 11 on a similar list by Rolling Stone. In 2009 it was named the third greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. Already part of their live repertoire, “Whole Lotta Love” saw its first official release on the LP Led Zeppelin II on 22 October 1969 (Atlantic LP #8236). In 2014, listeners to BBC Radio 2 voted “Whole Lotta Love” as containing the greatest guitar riff of all time.
“The Ocean” is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, from their 1973 album Houses of the Holy. “The Ocean” refers to the sea of fans seen from the stage at Led Zeppelin concerts, to whom this song was dedicated.
The intro and chorus (the main riff) are in 15/8; the song is in a 4/4 beat in the verses and the latter part of the song. The voice on the intro is drummer John Bonham referring to the takes: “We’ve done four already but now we’re steady, and then they went 1, 2, 3, 4!” They had tried to record it four times previously but could not get it right, prompting the chant.
“That’s the Way” is a ballad by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their third album, Led Zeppelin III, released in 1970. Like several of the tracks on the album, it is an acoustic song and is particularly noted as being one of the most gentle and mellow compositions in the Led Zeppelin catalogue.
The studio version features Jimmy Page playing acoustic guitar in open G♭ tuning, pedal steel, dulcimer, and bass guitar while John Paul Jones plays mandolin. There is no presence of John Bonham’s drums on the track, and light tambourine and bass guitar is added towards the end of the song.
“Thank You” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II, written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
“Thank You” signalled a deeper involvement in songwriting by singer Robert Plant: it was the first Led Zeppelin song for which he wrote all the lyrics. According to various Led Zeppelin biographies, this is also the song that made Jimmy Page realise that Plant could now handle writing the majority of the lyrics for the band’s songs. Plant wrote the song as a tribute to his then-wife Maureen.
The song features Hammond organ playing by John Paul Jones, which fades into a false ending before concluding with a crescendo roughly ten seconds later. This has created a problem for radio stations wishing to play the track, which must decide whether to accept the dead air or cut it off. Some stations run an edited version with the silence eliminated. For the recording of this track, Page played on a Vox 12-string guitar. It was also one of the few Led Zeppelin songs on which Page sang backing vocals.
“Tangerine” is a folk-rock song recorded by English rock band Led Zeppelin and released on their 1970 album Led Zeppelin III. Led Zeppelin biographer Ritchie Yorke notes, “‘Tangerine’ had been written by [Jimmy Page] years earlier and the Yardbirds had attempted to record it on at least one occasion”.
The song is based on a strummed twelve-string acoustic guitar rhythm with pedal steel guitar fills that give it a country rock sound, reminiscent of pieces by Neil Young around the time. “Tangerine” has been performed in concert by Led Zeppelin at different points in their career and has been recorded by other musicians.
“Rock and Roll” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, which was first released as the second track from the band’s fourth album in 1971, with a guest appearance by The Rolling Stones pianist Ian Stewart.
Befitting its title, the song is based on one of the most popular structures in rock and roll, the twelve-bar blues progression (in A). “Rock and Roll” stands as one of the best-known songs in the band’s catalogue.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has said that this song came to be written as a spontaneous jam session, whilst the band were trying (and failing) to finish the track “Four Sticks”, at the Headley Grange mansion they had rented in Hampshire, England to record the track. Drummer John Bonham played the introduction in triplets and Page added a guitar riff. The tapes were rolling and fifteen minutes later the basis of the song was down. Said Page:
“Over the Hills and Far Away” is the third track from English rock band Led Zeppelin’s 1973 album Houses of the Holy. It was released as a single, with “Dancing Days” as the B-side, in the US.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant originally constructed the song in 1970 at Bron-Yr-Aur, a small cottage in Wales where they stayed after completing a gruelling North American concert tour. The song was first called “Many, Many Times”, as shown on a picture of the original master on the Led Zeppelin website.
Page plays a six-string acoustic guitar introduction and repeats the theme with a 12-string acoustic guitar in unison. In an interview published in Guitar World magazine’s November 1993 issue, Page commented on the construction of the song:
GW: There’s an acoustic guitar running throughout the song. Did you play a main acoustic and then overdub an electric?
Page: No, we played it through entirely as you know it, but I was playing electric.
GW: So you simply edited out of the beginning?
Page: Yeah, that’s right. “Presumably”. It sounds that way. It sounds like the acoustic is going straight through.
Plant’s vocals enter on the next repetition. He tenderly offers himself to the “lady” who’s “got the love [he] need[s].” The acoustic guitars build in a crescendo toward the abrupt infusion of Page’s electric guitars along with drummer John Bonham’s and bass guitarist John Paul Jones’ rhythm accompaniment.
Through the pre-verse interludes and instrumental bridge, “Over the Hills and Far Away” stands out as an example of Jones and Bonham’s tight interplay. Following the final verse, the rhythm section fades out, gradually replaced by the echo returns from Page’s electric guitar and a few chords played by Jones on Clavinet. In the final 8 bars, Page executes a linearly descending/ascending sequence and then concludes with the idiomatic V-I cadence on synth imitating a pedal steel guitar.
“In My Time of Dying” (also called “Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed” or a variation thereof) is a traditional gospel music song that has been recorded by numerous musicians. The lyrics “Jesus goin’ a-make up my dyin’ bed” appear in historian Robert Emmet Kennedy’s Mellows – A Chronicle of Unknown Singers published in 1925, on Louisiana street performers, and also listed in the Cleveland Library’s Index to Negro Spirituals. They refer to a deathbed and were inspired by a passage in the Bible from Psalms 41:3 “The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing, thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness”.
“Immigrant Song” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It is built on a repeating riff and features lyrical references to Norse mythology, with singer Robert Plant’s howling vocals mentioning war-making and Valhalla. The song was included on their third studio album, Led Zeppelin III, and was released as a single, which charted in several countries. Several live recordings have also been issued on Led Zeppelin concert albums and other artists have recorded renditions of the song.
Though regarded as an album-oriented group, “Immigrant Song” is one of the band’s several hit records on singles radio, and the song’s popularity has led to its featuring in compilation albums by the band such as in 1992’s Led Zeppelin Remasters and 1999’s Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1.