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
April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.