Darlene (Led Zeppelin song)

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"Darlene"
Song by Led Zeppelin
from the album Coda
Released 19 November 1982 (1982-11-19)
Recorded 16 November 1978
Studio Polar, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Rock and roll[1]
Length 5:04
Label Swan Song
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jimmy Page

"Darlene" is a song by English rock group Led Zeppelin. It was recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, during the In Through the Out Door sessions in November 1978.

Due to space constraints, the song was not included on In Through the Out Door. It was left unreleased until 1982, when it was included on the album Coda. It was one of three songs recorded at Polar Studios which were omitted from In Through the Out Door and later released on Coda, the other two being "Ozone Baby" and "Wearing and Tearing".[2]

John Paul Jones plays barrelhouse piano on this track. Jimmy Page performs 1950s rockabilly-style riffs throughout.[2]

This is the only song from the In Through the Out Door sessions which was credited to all four members of the band. It was never played live at Led Zeppelin concerts.[2]

Reception[edit]

In a contemporary review of Coda, Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone described "Darlene", along with "Ozone Baby" and "Wearing and Tearing", are "about as wonderful as hard rock & roll gets."[3] Loder also described the song as "hypnotic".[3]

Cover versions[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davis, Stephen (1985). Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga. New York: Ballantine Books. p. 292. ISBN 0-345-33516-3. 
  2. ^ a b c Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
  3. ^ a b Loder, Kurt (20 January 1983). "Coda". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 

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