Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Recalls Recording ‘Physical Graffiti’ At Headley Grange In New Post
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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“On this day, 45 years ago in 1975,” Jimmy Page writes via his official Instagram account, “Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin was released.”
“Most of the titles were recorded with the Headley Grange experience,” Page continues referring to the remote English cottage where Zeppelin wrote, rehearsed and recorded many of their most iconic songs.
Without ready access to amplifiers or electricity, the country cottage would inspire the band to explore acoustic and pastoral themes.
Many of these numbers also benefited from the run-down property’s less-than-conventional acoustic environments.
“The drums for ‘Kashmir’,” Page notes, “were recorded in the hall – the same location as ‘When The Levee Breaks’.”
Page also feels a special feeling of ownership when it comes to Led Zeppelin‘s sixth studio album.
“I came up with the title for this album,” he shares, “and the source music is a sample of some of my musical sketches – ‘Wanton Song’, ‘Ten Years Gone’ and ‘Sick Again’ – from that time.”
Page then shares some of the photographs taken for the cover the album’s unique cover sleeve (which was created in conjunction with Pink Floyd‘s cover design studio Hipgnosis.)
“The reason we went there in the first place,” Page informed Mojo in 2010, “was to have a live-in situation where you’re writing and really living the music. We’d never really had that experience before as a group, apart from when Robert Plant and I had gone to Bron-Yr-Aur. But that was just me and Robert going down there and hanging out in the bosom of Wales and enjoying it. This was different. It was all of us really concentrating in a concentrated environment and the essence of what happened there manifested itself across three albums (IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti).”
It was by the side of a crackling Headley Grange fire that Robert Plant would conceive the lyrics to Led Zeppelin’s most famous song, ‘Stairway To Heaven’.
“I was trying to bring in the beauty and remoteness of pastoral Britain,” Plant told The Independent in 2016. “It developed into something I could not imagine.”
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On this day, 45 years ago in 1975, 'Physical Graffiti' by @ledzeppelin was released. Most of the titles were recorded with the Headley Grange experience; for example, the drums for Kashmir were recorded in the hall – the same location as When The Levee Breaks. I came up with the title for this album and the source music is a sample of some of my musical sketches – Wanton Song, Ten Years Gone and Sick Again – from that time. Swipe to explore the original artwork for the album cover taken by legendary photographer Elliott Erwitt, taken from the official @ledzeppelinbook What’s your favourite from Physical Graffiti?