The Wanton Song

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"The Wanton Song"
Song by Led Zeppelin
from the album Physical Graffiti
Released24 February 1975 (1975-02-24)
GenreHard rock[1][2]
LabelSwan Song
Songwriter(s)Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Producer(s)Jimmy Page

"The Wanton Song" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their sixth studio album, 1975's Physical Graffiti. It was developed from a jam session during rehearsals.


For his guitar solo, Page employed a backwards echo (where the echo is heard before the note), and also put his guitar through a Leslie speaker.[3] 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.[3]

Live performances[edit]

"The Wanton Song" was played live during some of the Led Zeppelin's European and American concerts in 1975, but was discontinued.[3] During Page and Plant's tours in 1995 and 1998, it was often played as an opening number.[citation needed] On 8 May 1998, the duo performed it on Later... with Jools Holland.[3] The song was played live a few times when Jimmy Page teamed up with the Black Crowes in 1999.[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Linhardt, Alew (22 June 2004). "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 28 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ Miller, Jim (27 March 1975). "Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Lewis, Dave (1994). The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.

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