Led Zeppelin / IV Sessions / 2CD With OBI Strip / Wendy Label
Released November 8, 1971. Recorded Nov 1970-January 1971 Studio, Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, Headley Grange East Hampshire Island Studios, London. Digitally Remastered
In the album of Zeppelin, the session sound source of the 4th album which was the most successful in sales was recorded. Recording was done at the Rolling Stones mobile studio, not only was it able to concentrate on recording without considering time and expense, it is told that page has entered a special outside feeling with its unique sound. Recording was intensively performed from the end of 1970 to the spring of 1971, and it was released in November of 1971. Below, “take” conforms to the track of this work and I want you to keep in mind that it differs from “take” in the name of actual studio.
Here, 4 takes is recorded. The first two takes can know the process of completing the riff with an acoustic guitar. Basically it is a repetition of that familiar riff, but you can see that Paige draws up the rhythm with his feet and is drawing up. After take 3 is a session sound source in the studio all together. Although the basic form is fixed, the songs are still in an incomplete state, the plant sings lightly and the band seems to be strengthening the performance accordingly. I heard that the songs are trial and error, with consideration for the middle part as well as remarkably incomplete.
【GUITAR & PIANO IMPROVISATION】
It is improvisation performance by acoustic and keyboard. While being improvised, there is a neat melody, you can hear that songs will be made from such improvisation. The impressive melody and the melody are beautiful, and it would be fun to imagine what kind of masterpiece was born as it develops from here. Unlike Takes 1 and 2 of the aforementioned “BLACK DOG” that was later transformed into an electric arrangement, it is such a song with such an atmosphere that those who remain in this way will live with the acoustic arrangement.
【STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN】
In-between guitar’s in-take and take, 7 total take is recorded. Take 1 is due to Akogi and Elephi. It is very interesting that picking method which is not included in release · take is adopted, and finally includes omitted melody. Moreover, it loops again to the intro melody on the way, it is the first stage “stairway to heaven”. Take 2 is a performance from the middle part that encourages the expectation that the song just rises the stairs. It is still played only by Akogi and Elepi. You can hear a talking voice in the back, but the Lord of Voices will be a plant and Bonzo who are not participating in the performance. The riff just before the song goes to the guitar solo is played though it is short. Take 3 is the latter part of it. You can see that Paige explains it with mouth. Although it does not include guitar solos because it is a performance by Akogi, it is recorded in a glimpse of how to do the second half of the song and trial and error it. And Take 4 is the part of the first half and the second half where the composition of the song is finally being completed. At this point it can be said that almost basic parts have been completed. It is actual singing from take 5. If you listen to it, this song seems to have been made in advance of melody and song composition, the lyrics are really incomplete and the songs of plants tend to be disrupted, sometimes flowing in humming, lyrics different from release versions I am aware that singing is singing. Take 6 is a song that has evolved considerably, but it still does not go out of the incomplete range. Especially lyrics are totally different things, and somewhat badness is noticeable. Also on the interlude part, we have unreleased lyrics on the melody that the guitar plays, which is interesting as one of the production process of this song. However, even though such incomplete, the beauty of the song can not be hidden, there is a charm to listen to. Take 7 is that lyrics that you are accustomed to listening to, it is just a rehearsal take that is just before completion. The interesting point is that excessive guitar is added at the bridge part to the guitar solo. Although it was natural that it was cut in the end, it is surprised by the guitar sound that appears unnaturally on the front.
【THE BATTLE OF EVERMORE】
This song is a duet music whose melody is beautiful by Celtic who determines the atmosphere of the album. Take 1 and take 2 are solo plants, and in the release version the plant is also singing part of Sandy Denny. Take 3 is also close to release versions with Sandy’s participation, but since it is a performance track, it is almost karaoke overall. Take 5 is a mix of vocals on the front, on the contrary, exquisite multiples of Sandy ‘s plants and something like a curse ceremony will be held in front of me. Take 6 and Tec 7 are almost the same as completion. It is a song with a complicated vocal composition, so it seems that the rehearsals have been repeated many times in this way.
Here two take is recorded. It is quite a noisy and busy song. Take 1 is a take that superimposes a guitar on a rhythm track. Vocals have not been superimposed yet. Take 2 recorded from the discussion at the studio is recorded from the state of carving a rhythm like that impressive samba. It is Paige that puts a count. It is a take that you can see well that the plant desperately sings.
【WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS】
It is a cover song that arranged blues’ already-released music in a Zeppelin style. The original song was an old song released in 1929 and probably was adopted with the hobby of the plant reflected. The first take is not echoed by vocals, it is recorded in a really raw state. The song is in a state of completion. Take 2 does not fade out and a really magical ending is added.
【LED ZEPPELIN IV SESSIONS】
This work contains all the session sound sources whose survival is confirmed with respect to the Zeppelin’s fourth album. It is Zeppelin showing various approaches at the live stage, but supporting the performance at the stage is a studio recording that was made with contemplation like this in this way. It is a valuable sound source that catches glimpses of the process of making songs that is still known as Rock ‘s Classics.