Baby Come On Home

'Baby Come On Home' is a 1993 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed by Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, with a co-credit to Bert Berns (as Bert Russell), and recorded at Olympic Studios, London, England on 10 October 1968, and mixed at Atlantic Studios, New York, in November 1992. It appeared as the fifth track on Led Zeppelin's 1993 compilation box set Boxed Set 2, released on 21 September 1993, and was also added as a bonus track to the remastered Coda album, for The Complete Studio Recordings box set. 'Baby Come On Home' was also issued as a promotional single in the United States, and Canada, reaching number 4 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and number 66 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart. The song is a soulful blues rock track with a strong Hammond organ backing and lilting guitar riff, initially intended for release on the 1969 eponymous debut album Led Zeppelin. The working title for the song was 'Tribute to Bert Berns'.

Overview

'Baby Come On Home' was originally recorded at Olympic Studios, as the master tape dates from the first recording sessions for the debut album. The idea behind the song may have originated from singer Robert Plant, who performed in the song's slow soulful blues style while with the Band of Joy. Bert Berns, for whom the song was given its working title, was a prolific American composer who passed away in December 1967. Both guitarist Jimmy Page, and keyboardist and bass player John Paul Jones had worked with his material as session musicians. Page used a Leslie speaker with his Fender Telecaster guitar, while Jones added soulful Hammond organ and overdubbed piano. The style of song may have been too commercial for the debut album, but may have been considered for a single at the time, but then abandoned during the band's hectic schedule during 1968 and 1969. The audio reel was later found outside Olympic Studio in a storage skip in 1991, and was restored by producer Mike Fraser with Page in 1993, during the Coverdale Page sessions. It was designated the promotion single for the launch of the Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2.

Live performances

'Baby Come On Home' was never performed live by Led Zeppelin.

baby Come On Home Cd single cover 1993

Chart positions

Song (Airplay)

  • US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart (1993) 4
  • Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart (1993) 66

Credits

Musicians:

  • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • John Paul Jones – Hammond organ, piano, bass pedals
  • John Bonham - drums, percussion

Production:

  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • Glyn Johns - engineer, mixing
  • Mike Fraser - mixing
  • George Marino - remastered CD engineer (1990)

Bibliography

  • Lewis, Dave (2012) Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1 (OCLC 782996334).
  • Welch, Chris (2009) Led Zeppelin: The Stories Behind Every Led Zeppelin Song. London: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-286-9 (OCLC 317254118).

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