The Wanton Song
|"The Wanton Song"|
|Song by Led Zeppelin|
|from the album Physical Graffiti|
|Released||24 February 1975|
|Songwriter(s)||Jimmy Page, Robert Plant|
Recording and production
The song came about as the result of a jam session at rehearsals and features a sharp, aggressive riff from guitarist Jimmy Page, which like "Immigrant Song" found Page switching back and forth between two notes one octave apart. Lyrically it is mainly about sex, specifically sex with a "wanton woman".
For his solo, Page employed a backwards echo (where the echo is heard before the note), and also put his guitar through a Leslie speaker cabinet, to create a doppler effect with a Hammond organ. This was a technique Page had himself used as far back as his work with The Yardbirds, and faced serious opposition from audio engineers when he tried it on the earliest Led Zeppelin recordings.
The song was played live a few times when Jimmy Page teamed up with The Black Crowes in 1999.
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