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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

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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