In the early 1960s, English rock band Led Zeppelin produced the song, “Whole Lotta Love”. This song is the opening track from Led Zeppelin II and was released in 1969 in several countries; unlike other Led Zeppelin songs, it was not released in the UK. Upon its release in the United States, it became their first hit and was certified gold. Muddy Waters recorded Willie Dixon’s “You Need Love” in 1962. Dixon was originally uncredited on the song’s original release; a lawsuit in 1985 resulted in Dixon receiving a payment and credit on subsequent releases.
The song was ranked 75th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004, and third on Q’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks in 2005. Rolling Stone placed it at number 11 on a similar list. The song was named the third greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1 in 2009. The song was ranked third on VH1’s list of the 3 greatest hard rock songs of all time in 2009.
Composition and recording
The guitar riff for “Whole Lotta Love” was conceived by Jimmy Page in the summer of 1968, while he was on a houseboat on the River Thames at Pangbourne, Berkshire, England. Page’s famous riff probably developed from a stage improvisation during the band’s performance of “Dazed and Confused”. Pages denied that the song was conceived onstage and that he had the riff and the rest followed.
The song has the form of compound AABA. On a Sunburst 1958 Les Paul Standard guitar I play the loose blues riff for the intro, which ascends into the first chorus. Following the theremin and drum solos, and the orgasmic moans of Robert Plant, the song dissolves into a free jazz break at 1:24 (and lasting until 3:02). According to Eddie Kramer, he and Page experimented with mixing the album while leaving in audio tape bleed through from an earlier vocal take. Page used a technique known as backward echo production as well.
The single was released on 7 November 1969 in various countries. The B-side was “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman).” According to Billboard, the single was a “powerful, commercial swinger that should have no trouble launching this band into the top 100.” Cash Box called it “a mix of rock and blues with special production touches and a rousing lead vocal performance.” It was expected that Atlantic Records would release an edited version, and the company pressed initial copies for release on 5 December 1969, but manager Peter Grant requested that the release be cancelled.
“Whole Lotta Love” has been recorded by many artists. As well as Daria and Sergey, they covered this song. Here is their rendition. This is Sergey and Daria’s seventh joint work, in which Daria grows increasingly vocal.
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