Ramble On

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"Ramble On"
Led Zeppelin - Ramble On.png
Turkish single label
Song by Led Zeppelin
from the album Led Zeppelin II
Released22 October 1969 (1969-10-22)
Recorded1969
StudioJuggy Sound, New York City
Genre
Length4:35
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jimmy Page
Audio sample

"Ramble On" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II. It was co-written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, and was recorded in 1969 at Juggy Sound Studio, New York City, during the band's second concert tour of North America. In 2010, the song was ranked number 440 on list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3]

Composition and recording[edit]

The song's lyrics were influenced by The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.[4] Page explained that he achieved the smooth, sustaining violin-like tone on the solo by using the neck pickup on his Les Paul with the treble cut and utilizing a sustain-producing effects unit built by audio engineer Roger Mayer.[5]

Live performances[edit]

Until 2007, "Ramble On" was never performed live in its entirety at Led Zeppelin concerts.[4] At the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on 10 December 2007, at the O2 Arena in London; Page ended the song with a brief section of "What Is and What Should Never Be"'s bridge.[6]

In June 2008, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined the Foo Fighters on stage at Wembley Stadium and performed "Ramble On"; Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins supplied the vocals and drums, respectively. Page and Jones also performed "Rock and Roll" with the band, this time with Grohl playing drums and Hawkins singing.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

In a retrospective review of Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition), Michael Madden of Consequence of Sound praised the remastering of "Ramble On", believing the track now sounds "mellow and well-balanced".[7] Madden further stated the track "gets a boost from John Paul Jones' garter snake bass playing."[7] When reviewing the added bonus tracks of the Deluxe Edition, Madden called the rough mix of "Ramble On" as the best of all the bonus tracks, calling Page's acoustic strums "particularly driving".[7]

Chart positions[edit]

Single (digital download)[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak position
Canadian Billboard Hot Digital Singles Chart[8] 66

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin Popoff (15 August 2014). The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade. Voyageur Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-7603-4546-7.
  2. ^ "Led Zeppelin Biography". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 14 August 2016. Led Zeppelin II found them further tightening up and modernizing their blues-rock approach on such tracks as "Whole Lotta Love," "Heartbreaker" and "Ramble On."
  3. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - May 2010". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b Lewis, Dave (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-3528-9
  5. ^ "Led Vault: Jimmy Page Talks First Three Led Zeppelin Albums, Gibson and Harmony Guitars and More". Guitar World.
  6. ^ Shane Handler (11 December 2007). "Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin Reunion Show". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Madden, Michael (4 June 2014). "Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II [Reissue]". CoS. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Hot Digital Singles - 1 December 2007". billboard.com. Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.

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