Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love (1969)

Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love (1969)

“Whole Lotta Love” is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It is the opening track on the band’s second album, Led Zeppelin II, and was released as a single in 1969 in several countries; as with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it became their first hit and was certified gold. Parts of the song’s lyrics 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.

Jimmy Page came up with the guitar riff for “Whole Lotta Love” in the summer of 1968, on his houseboat on the River Thames at Pangbourne, Berkshire, England. However, John Paul Jones stated that it probably was developed from a live improvisation during performances of “Dazed and Confused”. Page denied that the song originated onstage and that he had the riff and the rest took it from there.

Notation for the song indicates the key of E major and a tempo of 92 beats per minute in a compound AABA form. Audio engineer Eddie Kramer explained that he and Page experimented with mixing the album and left in some audio tape bleed-through from an earlier vocal take. Page also employed a backwards echo production technique.

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