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Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
After The New Yardbirds' first Scandanavian Tour in mid-September 1968, Jimmy Page was eager to get his new band into the studio. Because they didn't have a recording contract, Jimmy Page and Peter Grant put up their own money (reported to be £1,782) for recording costs.
You Shook Me
Olympics Studios in Barnes, London, England was rented from late September to early October 1968. A mere thirty-six production hours later, Led Zeppelin was finished. Amongst the outtakes is this clip of You Shook Me.
Drum Track
During their nonstop touring in 1969, Led Zeppelin managed to record their second album at various studios. An unedited drum track, some of which was used for Moby Dick, was recorded in May 4-6, 1969 at Mirror Sound Studios in Los Angeles, California.
Sugar Mama
The next month, in June 1969, a recording session was held in Morgan Studios in Willesden, North London, England. Sugar Mama, an unused track, came out of those sessions.
Bron-Yr-Aur
After their hectic touring of 1969, Robert and Jimmy retreated to a small cottage in South Wales called Bron-Yr-Aur in May 1970. Much of the material that appeared on Led Zeppelin III was conceived at this time. Although Bron-Yr-Aur was recorded at this time, it didn not appear on an album until 1975's Physical Graffiti.
Immigrant Song
Led Zeppelin decided to record their new material at a rented cottage in Headley, East Hampshire, England called Headley Grange, in late May and early June 1970. More recording was done at Island and Olympic Studios in London, England. Immigrant Song was largely written after Led Zeppelin performed in Reykjavik, Iceland on June 22, 1970.
Stairway To Heaven
This is the big one. When the band gathered at Headley Grange in late December 1970, Jimmy Page introduced a fairly complete chord progression to the band. Robert Plant began scribbling lyrics down for this song. Back at Island Studios in London, England, Jimmy recorded the guitar solo on the 1959 Fender "Dragon" Telecaster. Here are some rehearsals of this epic song in progress.








Walter's Walk
By 1972, Jimmy Page had a studio console installed in his Plumpton home. Walter's Walk was recorded at the Stargroves in May 1972 but wasn't put on an album until Coda.
No Quarter
No Quarter was conceptualized during Headley Grange sessions in mid-1970 and was reworked throughout 1971 and 1972. It was slowed down considerably and re-recorded at many studios. Here is a from June 1972.
The Wanton Song
In November 1973, the band returned to Headley Grange yet again to record what would eventually become their sixth studio album, Physical Graffiti. Here is a rehearsal clip of The Wanton Song.
In The Morning
Here is a clip of In The Morning, a tune that evolved into In The Light. Check out the wonderful piano work by John Paul Jones on his Steinway B-211 Drawing Room Grand Piano at the beginning of this track.
Tea For One
After Robert Plant's August 1975 auto accident on the island of Rhodes and because of Britain's tax exile, the Robert & Jimmy moved to Malibu later that same month, California and rented a beach house. Jones & Bonham joined three weeks later. Tea For One was a melancholic reflection by Plant on the time he was separated from his wife and family.
Don't Start Me Talking / All My Lovin'
Here are two tracks that did not make it onto Presence. They did some pre-production sessions at Hollywood's S.I.R. Studios and recorded these two tracks in November 1975 at Musicland Studios in Munich, West Germany.
Fire (Say You Gonna Leave Me)
Ten months after Robert Plant's son Karac had died, the band regrouped at Clearwater Castle in Clearwell, Gloucestershire, England to rehease some new material.
Carouselambra
These early recordings of Fire (Say You Gonna Leave Me) and Carouselambra show the band's tremendous power.
White Summer / Black Mountain Side
Rehearsing for the Over Europe 1980 tour, White Summer / Black Mountain Side is from the Victoria Theatre, London in May 1980.
Achilles Last Stand
Rehearsing for the Over Europe 1980 tour, Achilles Last Stand is from the Victoria Theatre, London in May 1980.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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