All My Love (Led Zeppelin song)

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"All My Love"
All My Love Paraguay cover.jpg
Song by Led Zeppelin from the album In Through the Out Door
Released 15 August 1979 (1979-08-15)
Recorded November–December 1978
Genre Rock
Length 5:53
Label Swan Song
Writer(s) John Paul Jones, Robert Plant
Producer(s) Jimmy Page

"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.

Recording and releases[edit]

"All My Love" is a mid-tempo rock-style ballad,[1] which 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".[2] 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.[3] This version is found on several Led Zeppelin bootleg recordings.

Led Zeppelin performed the song during their concert tour of Europe in 1980.[3] It was one of the most well received performances of the tour. "All My Love" is also included on the Led Zeppelin compilations Early Days and Latter Days, Remasters and Mothership.

Legacy[edit]

In an interview he later gave to rock journalist Cameron Crowe, Plant stated that this song was one of Led Zeppelin's "finest moments".[4] However, guitarist Jimmy Page expressed less fondness for the song:

We [drummer John Bonham and I] both felt In Through the Out Door was a little soft. I wasn't really keen on "All My Love." I was a little worried about the chorus. I could just imagine people doing the wave and all of that. And I thought, 'That's not us.' In its place it was fine, but I wouldn't have wanted to pursue that direction in the future.[5]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Radio Caroline United Kingdom "Top 500 Tracks"[6] 1999 239

Formats and track listings[edit]

1979 7" single edition (Brazil: Swan Song SS 11105, Paraguay: Swan Song 11.105)

  • A. "All My Love" [mono] (Jones, Plant) – 5:33
  • B. "All My Love" [stereo] (Jones, Plant) – 5:33

1979 7" single edition (Argentina: Swan Song SS 79435)

  • A. "All My Love" (Jones, Plant) – 5:33
  • B. "Hot Dog" (Page, Plant) – 3:15

1980 7" single edition (Peru: Capricornio 030 [RI 16288])

  • A. "All My Love (Con Todo Mi Amor)" (Jones, Plant) – 5:53
  • B. "Rise"* (Armer, Badazz) – 4:53

Notes:
(*) B-side by Herb Alpert

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shadwick 2005, p. 296.
  2. ^ Williamson 2007, p. 188.
  3. ^ a b Lewis 1994.
  4. ^ Liner notes by Cameron Crowe for The Complete Studio Recordings.
  5. ^ Tolinski 2012, eBook.
  6. ^ "Top 500 Tracks - 1999". Radio Caroline. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 

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