Since I've Been Loving You
'Since I've Been Loving You' is a 1970 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed 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 fourth track on Led Zeppelin's third album Led Zeppelin III, released on 5 October 1970. Recorded live in the studio, 'Since I've Been Loving You' is a slow blues song, featuring what some critics regard as Page's finest guitar solo, improvised on the spot. The song was first attempted in the studio back in 1969, and was performed live before any of the other songs on Led Zeppelin III.
'Since I've Been Loving You' was one of the hardest songs to record for Led Zeppelin III, having been attempted numerous times in the studio since the Led Zeppelin II sessions in the UK. Guitarist Jimmy Page recorded his solo but was unhappy with it, went for a walk, and came back into the studio and nailed the final solo a second time. Years later, he would state in an interview he was still unhappy with the finished effort. Keyboard player John Paul Jones used a Hammond organ for the moody atmospheric backdrop, with bass pedals standing in for the bass guitar. Vocalist Robert Plant is emotive and his voice is almost in itself operating as a fourth instrument. Drummer John Bonham is solid with his groove, and the live recording is noticeable for the occasional squeak of his bass drum pedal.
The song was later sampled by Plant for his single 'White, Clean and Neat' in 1988.
'Since I've Been Loving' entered Led Zeppelin's set list in early 1970 up until 1971. For the 1972 tours, it formed part of a medley with 'Misty Mountain Hop', before returning to its own position in 1975 (briefly dropped due to Page's broken finger), 1977, 1979, and 1980. During his solo career, Plant would perform part of the song within 'Slow Dancer', and it was performed in 1988 at Hammersmith Odeon with Jimmy Page as guest guitarist. 'Since I've Been Loving You' was revived for the Page and Plant MTV Unledded special in 1994, and the subsequent tours in 1995 and 1996. The song was performed at the O2 reunion concert in December 2007.
- Zounds - The Top 30 Songs of All Time (1992) 16
- Mojo - 100 Great Voices (1994) *
- Guitarist - Top 100 Guitar Solos of All-time (1998) 8
- Guitar World - 100 Greatest Solos of All-time (1998) 53
- Q - 1010 Songs You Must Own! (2004) *
- Gibson - Top 50 Guitar Solos (2010) 15
(*) designates unordered lists.
- Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
- Robert Plant – vocals
- John Paul Jones – organ, bass pedals
- John Bonham - drums, percussion
- Peter Grant – executive producer
- Andy Johns - engineer, mixing
- Joe Sidore - original CD mastering engineer (mid-1980s)
- George Marino - remastered CD engineer (1990)
- 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).
- 'Since I've Been Loving You' (New York, 1973) at ledzeppelin.com
- APRA: GW03300027
- ASCAP: 490284332
- GEMA: 715259-001
- ISWC: T-070.141.229-4
- US Copyright Office: EU0000212959
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