All My Love (Led Zeppelin song)
|"All My Love"|
|Song by Led Zeppelin|
|from the album In Through the Out Door|
|Released||15 August 1979|
|Studio||Polar, Stockholm, Sweden|
|Songwriter(s)||John Paul Jones, Robert Plant|
"All My Love" is the sixth track on Led Zeppelin's 1979 album In Through the Out Door. Credited to Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, it is a rock ballad that features a synthesizer solo by Jones. It was written in honour of Plant's son Karac, who died while Led Zeppelin was on their 1977 North American tour.
"All My Love" is one of only two Led Zeppelin songs which Jimmy Page had no part in writing (the other being "South Bound Saurez", also from In Through the Out Door). At the time, Page and drummer John Bonham were spending a lot of time together and rarely appeared at the studio when Plant and Jones started working on songs for In Through the Out Door.
Recording and releases
"All My Love" is a mid-tempo rock-style ballad, that biographer Nigel Williamson describes as "underpinned by a semi-classical arrangement of the kind popular at the time with the likes of Genesis and ELO". The original working title was "The Hook". The song was recorded between November and December 1978 at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. A studio outtake of an extended version of the song exists, timed around 7:55 (the song itself would be timed around 6:57). It has a complete ending, with Plant extending the last chorus with much ad-libbing and a twangy B-Bender guitar solo by Page. This version is found on several Led Zeppelin bootleg recordings.
Led Zeppelin performed the song during their concert tour of Europe in 1980. "All My Love" is also included on the Led Zeppelin compilations Early Days and Latter Days, Remasters and Mothership. At the behest of the group, the track had only limited release as a single, primarily in parts of South America including Peru and Argentina.
In a review for In Through the Out Door (Deluxe Edition), Andrew Doscas of PopMatters described "All My Love" as "the saddest and most heartfelt Zeppelin song." Doscas described the song as "a fitting ode to Plant's son, which hauntingly enough sounds like a foreshadowing of a band on the path to an impending and unforeseeable dissolution.
In its 1999 list of "Top 500 Tracks", Radio Caroline ranked the song at number 239. Despite its lack of release as a single, "All My Love" reached number two on KHJ in Los Angeles, and number one on KFRC in San Francisco.
In an interview he later gave to rock journalist Cameron Crowe, Plant stated that this song was one of Led Zeppelin's "finest moments". However, guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer John Bonham had reservations about the song's soft rock sound.
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