Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Jimmy Page shares demo for Led Zeppelin classic The Rain Song

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is sharing the original demo for “The Rain Song” in sync with this week’s 50th anniversary of the release of “Houses Of The Holy.”

“My original idea for the opening tracks for ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that a short overture would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would segue in to ’The Seasons’, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’,” explains Page. “Again there would be a contrasting acoustic guitar instrumental movement with melotron that could lead to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song.

“‘The Seasons’ was a memo to myself as a reminder of the sequence of the song and various ideas I’d had for it in its embryonic stage. I’d worked on it over one evening at home. During the routining of the overture now titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’, the half time section was born and the overture shaped in to the song, ‘The Song Remains The Same’. These rehearsals were done in Puddle Town on the River Piddle in Dorset, UK.

“The first set of recordings were done at Olympic Studios with George Chkiantz,”
Page adds. “We then came to record at Stargroves, Sir Mick Jagger’s country home, and, like Headley Grange, with the Rolling Stones recording truck. ‘The Song Remains The Same’ was played on a Fender 12 string, the same one used on Becks Bolero, with my trusty Les Paul number 1 on overdubs in a standard turning. The ‘Rain Song’ was an unorthodox tuning on acoustic and electric guitars. On live shows, it became a work-out feature for the double neck.”

Featuring the singles “Over The Hills And Far Away” and “D’yer Mak’er”, and classic tracks like “Dancing Days”, “No Quarter” and “The Ocean”, Led Zeppelin’s fifth album delivered their fourth straight UK No. 1 while also topping the US charts, where it went on to sell more than 11 million copies in the region.

Get your copy of “Houses Of The Holy” here.

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