Black Country Woman

'Black Country Woman' is a 1975 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed by Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, and recorded at Stargroves, Berkshire, England in April 1972, and mixed at Olympic Studios, London in October 1974. It appeared as the fourteenth track on Led Zeppelin's sixth album Physical Graffiti, released on 24 February 1975. 'Black Country Woman' is a blues rock song originally recorded in the back garden and the manor of Stargroves in 1972, and intended for the album Houses of the Holy. It appeared as the B-side on the 'Trampled Under Foot' promotional single. The song's working title was 'Never Ending Doubting Woman Blues'.

Overview

'Black Country Woman' was recorded live, and the laid-back recording session was almost derailed by the appearance of an aeroplane flying overhead. Despite the unintended background propeller rumble, the band decided to leave the sound in for posterity. The song originated during a break in the recording session for 'D'yer Mak'er', and features singer Robert Plant playing harmonica, bassist John Paul Jones on acoustic bass, and guitarist Jimmy Page on acoustic guitar. The working title 'Never Ending Doubting Woman Blues' refers to a line in the spoken word lyrics which was cut from the final recording.

Live performances

'Black Country Woman' was performed once on Led Zeppelin's 1972 North American tour at Seattle on 19 June, and thereafter never played in its entirety, although it did form part of an intro medley with 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' in the band's acoustic set on the 1977 North American tour. The song was revived by Plant on his 1988 Now and Zen tour, and when he later toured with Alison Krauss in support of the album Raising Sand in 2008.

Credits

Musicians:

  • Jimmy Page – acoustic guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • John Paul Jones – acoustic bass
  • John Bonham - drums, percussion

Production:

  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • Eddie Kramer - engineer
  • Keith Harwood – mixing
  • Joe Sidore - original CD mastering engineer (mid-1980s)
  • 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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