Bron-Y-Aur Stomp

'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' is a 1970 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones, and recorded at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London in May 1970; Headley Grange, Hampshire, England in June 1970, and mixed at Island Studios, London, in July 1970, and Ardent Studios, Memphis, in August 1970. It appeared as the ninth track on Led Zeppelin's third album Led Zeppelin III, released on 5 October 1970. 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' was a folk song named in honour of the cottage retreat of Bron-Yr-Aur in Wales, where members of the band stayed in April 1970. Prior to Bron-Yr-Aur, an earlier 1969 unreleased electric version of the song was entitled 'Jennings Farm Blues', named after a farm singer Robert Plant and his family owned.

Overview

'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' pays tribute to country life and Plant's faithful pet dog Strider, a blue-eyed Merle, in the lyrics. Strider was named after Aragorn's alter-ego in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. During the stay at Bron-Yr-Aur cottage, Plant added lyrics to an existing instrumental 'Jennings Farm Blues', with guitarist Page using an acoustic guitar for the recordings. 'Jennings Farm Blues' was recorded but never officially released. Drummer John Bonham plays spoons and castanets to a basic rhythm, while bassist John Paul Jones used a fretless five-string acoustic bass, all adding harmony vocals. During live performances, Jones switched to using an upright bass. Due to a misprint by the printers, the name 'Bron-Yr-Aur' was published on albums as 'Bron-Y-Aur'.

Live performances

'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' was performed live from spring 1971 to 1973, at Earls Court in 1975, in the acoustic set for the 1977 North American tour, as part of 'Black Country Woman'. The Earls Court performance can be seen on the 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD.

Bron-Y-Aur Stomp Dutch single front cover

Formats and track listings

1970 7" single (Italy: Atlantic ATL NP 03174)

  • A. 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' (Jones, Page, Plant) 4.16
  • B. 'Immigrant Song' (Page, Plant) 2.25

1970 7" single (The Netherlands: Atlantic ATL 2019030)

  • A. 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' (Jones, Page, Plant) 4.16
  • B. 'Out on the Tiles' (Bonham, Page, Plant) 4.07

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
  • Andy Johns - 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).

Registrations

  • APRA: GW02925311
  • ASCAP: 887205842
  • GEMA: 714474-001
  • ISWC: T-916.457.299-0
  • US Copyright Office: EU0000212953

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