Bron-Yr-Aur (song)

'Bron-Yr-Aur' is a 1975 instrumental song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed by Jimmy Page, and recorded at Island Studios, London, England in July 1970, and mixed at Olympic Studios, London in October 1974. It appeared as the eighth track on Led Zeppelin's sixth album Physical Graffiti, released on 24 February 1975. 'Bron-Yr-Aur' is an acoustic guitar driven folk instrumental that was composed during Led Zeppelin's stay at Bron-Yr-Aur cottage, in Snowdonia, South Wales, in May 1970. It is one of Led Zeppelin's shortest recordings being only 2 minutes 6 seconds in duration.

Overview

'Bron-Yr-Aur' was recorded using a Harmony Sovereign acoustic with an open-C6 tuning (C-A-C-G-C-E). Initial demos for the song were recorded at Bron-Yr-Aur cottage with a tape recorder before first attempts at a studio recording were made at Headley Grange in May 1970. A final take was completed at Island Studios, which didn't quite make the cut for Led Zeppelin III, and was thus held over until the double album Physical Graffiti. The song was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs, to give it a live feel, slip-ups and all. 'Bron-Yr-Aur' was used in the 1976 motion picture The Song Remains the Same, as background music when the band arrive at the venue in limousines. It was left off the film soundtrack. In 2000, Cameron Crowe used the song for the film Almost Famous.

Live performances

'Bron-Yr-Aur' formed part of the acoustic set during Led Zeppelin's sixth North American tour in autumn 1970. A version can be heard on the bootleg album Live On Blueberry Hill, with an introduction by singer Robert Plant in which he discusses the origins of the name.

Credits

Musicians:

  • Jimmy Page – acoustic guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering

Production:

  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • Keith Harwood - mixing
  • Andy Johns - engineer
  • 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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