Misty Mountain Hop
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|"Misty Mountain Hop"|
French single picture sleeve
|Single by Led Zeppelin|
|from the album Led Zeppelin IV|
|Released||2 December 1971(US)|
|Format||7-inch 45 rpm|
|Recorded||Headley Grange, Headley, England, 1971|
|Led Zeppelin singles chronology|
"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.
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. 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. 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.
A different version of this song is featured on the second disc of the remastered two CD deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin IV.
Formats and track listings
- Robert Plant – vocals
- Jimmy Page – guitars
- John Paul Jones – bass guitar, electric piano
- John Bonham – drums
- 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."
- Lewis, Dave (1994). The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
- Williamson, Nigel (2007). The Rough Guide to Led Zeppelin. London: Rough Guides. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-8435-3841-7.
- Fyfe, Andy (2003). When the Levee Breaks: The Making of Led Zeppelin IV. London: Unanimous. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-903318-56-0.
- "Led Zeppelin Releases Remastered Sets for "IV" and "Houses of the Holy"". No Treble. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2015.