Misty Mountain Hop

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"Misty Mountain Hop"
Black Dog45.jpg
French single picture sleeve
Single by Led Zeppelin
from the album Led Zeppelin IV
A-side "Black Dog"
Released 2 December 1971 (1971-12-02) (US)
Format 7-inch 45 rpm
Recorded Headley Grange, Headley, England, 1971
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 4:39
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin singles chronology
"Immigrant Song"
(1970)
"Misty Mountain Hop"
(1971)
"Rock and Roll"
(1972)

"Misty Mountain Hop" is a song from English rock band Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album, released in 1971. In the United States and Australia it was the B-side of the "Black Dog" single, but still received considerable FM radio airplay. It was recorded at Headley Grange, a mansion with a recording studio in Hampshire, England, where the band sometimes lived.[2]

Overview[edit]

The most common interpretation of the song's title involves a reference to the Misty Mountains in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The lyrics refer to the events of the 7 July 1968 "Legalise Pot Rally" in Hyde Park, London, in which police made arrests for marijuana possession.[3] The lyrics reflect Plant's quest for a better society, a place and time when hangups are replaced with individual freedom and a life of mutual support and rapport.[4] The Misty Mountains are mentioned in the lyric: "I'm pecking his bags for the Misty Mountains... Over the hills where the spirits fly."

The song also appeared as a Led Zeppelin track in the 1997 Time-Life 6-CD boxed set Gold And Platinum: The Ultimate Rock Collection, marking one of the rare times that a recording by the band has been included in a various artists compilation.

Other versions[edit]

A different version of this song is featured on the second disc of the remastered two CD deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin IV.[5]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schuman, Michael A. (2009). Led Zeppelin: Legendary Rock Band. Enslow Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7660-3026-8. The fourth album also has its share of hard rock tracks. Three that received a lot of radio airplay are "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and the appropriately named "Rock and Roll." 
  2. ^ Lewis, Dave (1994). The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-3528-9. 
  3. ^ Williamson, Nigel (2007). The Rough Guide to Led Zeppelin. London: Rough Guides. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-8435-3841-7. 
  4. ^ Fyfe, Andy (2003). When the Levee Breaks: The Making of Led Zeppelin IV. London: Unanimous. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-903318-56-0. 
  5. ^ "Led Zeppelin Releases Remastered Sets for "IV" and "Houses of the Holy"". No Treble. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 

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