Bring It On Home (song)

'Bring It On Home' is a 1969 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed by Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, and recorded at Vancouver, British Columbia, in May 1969; A & R Studios, New York, in August 1969; Mystic Sound Studios, Los Angeles, in August 1969, and mixed at A & R Studios, New York, in August 1969. It appeared as the ninth and final track on Led Zeppelin's second album Led Zeppelin II, released on 22 October 1969. Led Zeppelin uses the famous 'light and shade' song structure of slow gentle passages followed by bursts of electric guitar and drums, to great affect on 'Bring It On Home'. On later recordings it was also referred to as 'Bring It On Back'.

Overview

'Bring It On Home' features a simple 12-bar rhythm and blues track and interplay between vocals and harmonica. A highlight of the song was the riveting harmonica playing of singer Robert Plant, harking back to his early days as a blues singer in Wolverhampton, and the guitar interplay between guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer John Bonham. This interplay would be extended during live performances as a form of 'call and response'. Plant's harmonica part was recorded in Vancouver, in the key of A, with the rest of the song completed at A & R Studios and Mystic Sound Studios. The guitar and bass parts were recorded in unison, doubling the ascending pentatonic ostinato, with the solo recorded in a third register above the the rhythm parts at the unison. The overall structure following Page's recording philosophy of 'light and shade' dynamics - the intro and outro following a slow, light blues workout while the main body of the song is compact, loud and hard in style.

Live performances

'Bring It On Home' was performed from the 1969 winter tour of North America and throughout 1970. A performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 January 1969 was filmed, and later released on the 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD. During the 1972 tour of North America, it was again revived this time as an encore, with extended interplay between Page and Bonham. Their 1972 performance in California, was recorded and later released in 2003 on the How the West Was Won compact disc, entitled 'Bring It On Back'. A segment of 'Bring It On Home' was played as the bridge between 'Celebration Day' and 'Black Dog' on the 1973 North American tour. It was played in full at Jason Bonham's wedding reception in May 1990, and later performed by Page and Plant on their 1995 to 1998 tours. Page later revived the song for his live concerts with the Black Crowes in 1999 and 2000.

Credits

Musicians:

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

Production:

  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • Eddie Kramer - engineer, 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).

External links

Registrations

  • APRA: GW42982784
  • ASCAP: 320267038 / 881167796
  • GEMA: 8215792-001
  • ISWC: T-914.040.241-1
  • US Copyright Office: EU144291

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