Walking into Clarksdale

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Walking into Clarksdale
Studio album by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
Released 21 April 1998 (1998-04-21)
Recorded Abbey Road Studios, London, England
Genre Hard rock
Length 60:43
Label Atlantic
Producer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant chronology
No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded
(1994)
Walking into Clarksdale
(1998)

Walking into Clarksdale is a studio album by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, both formerly of English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released by Atlantic Records on 21 April 1998. The follow-up album to No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking into Clarksdale took 35 days to record. The album was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini. The single "Most High" was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999.

Clarksdale is a town in the Mississippi Delta, a historical home of Delta blues music.

The album debuted on the Billboard's Billboard 200 album chart at No. 8, while reaching No. 3 on the UK Album Chart. The single "Most High" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Plant re-recorded the song "Please Read the Letter" with Alison Krauss for their 2007 collaboration album Raising Sand. This re-recording won the Record of the Year award at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[1]

"Blue Train" is a song about Plant's sorrow in relation with the death of his first son Karac in July 1977.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (dud)

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Track listing[edit]

All songs by Page/Plant/Jones/Lee.

  1. "Shining in the Light" – 4:01
  2. "When the World Was Young" – 6:13
  3. "Upon a Golden Horse" – 3:52
  4. "Blue Train" – 6:45
  5. "Please Read the Letter" – 4:21
  6. "Most High" – 5:36
  7. "Heart in Your Hand" – 3:50
  8. "Walking into Clarksdale" – 5:18
  9. "Burning Up" – 5:21
  10. "When I Was a Child" – 5:45
  11. "House of Love" – 5:35
  12. "Sons of Freedom" – 4:08
Japanese bonus track
  1. "Whiskey from the Glass" – 3:01

"Most High" and "Shining in the Light" were released as singles, with a music video for the former. "Most High" was also featured as a CD single with the b-sides "Upon a Golden Horse" and "The Window".

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak position
French Albums Chart[3] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 17
UK Albums Chart[5] 3
Finnish Albums Chart[6] 27
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 31
German Albums Chart[8] 13
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[9] 8
Canadian Billboard Top Canadian Albums Chart[10] 17
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloonish)[11] 22
Belgian Albums Chart (Flemish)[12] 27
Dutch Albums Chart[13] 56
Norwegian Albums Chart[14] 13
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[15] 16
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[16] 17
Hungarian MAHASZ Top 40 Albums Chart[17] 25
New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart[18] 11
Austrian Albums Chart[19] 33

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Most High" UK Singles Chart[20] 26
1998 "Most High" US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[21] 1
1998 "Most High" Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[22] 58
1998 "Most High" Canadian RPM Alternative 30 Chart[23] 8
1998 "Shining in the Light" US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[24] 6

Sales certifications[edit]

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 500,000+ Gold[25]

Personnel[edit]

Page and Plant
Additional personnel

References[edit]

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  21. ^ "Mainstream Rock: May 09, 1998". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
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