"Night Flight" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti. The song is one of the few in the Led Zeppelin catalogue not to feature a guitar solo.
Writing and production
It was written largely by John Paul Jones, who is listed first on the writing credits. Jimmy Page played his guitar through a Leslie speaker for this track.
A somewhat lyrically ambiguous song, Robert Plant recounts the tale of a young man attempting to evade the military draft. A different version was also recorded which included extra backing vocals.
Originally recorded at Headley Grange in 1971 by Island Studios, London, it was intended for Led Zeppelin IV but was held over and placed on Physical Graffiti to fill up the double album.
The song was never performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts. However, bootleg recordings exist of the band performing the song during a soundcheck at the Chicago Stadium on 6 July 1973, which took place during Led Zeppelin's 1973 North American tour.
- Lewis, Dave (2004) The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9
- Welch, Chris (1998) Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song, ISBN 1-56025-818-7
- ^ a b c d Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.