Side 1, track 2 – The Rover
Throughout 2020, Jemtunes has re-visited on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years. And as its swansong here’s one that has probably shouted the loudest ever, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Physical Graffiti’ from 1975.
Running through to the year end (Jemtunes #169 through #183) here are 15 tracks which collectively shaped my fledgling musical life and have stayed with me throughout. Forty-five years is a long time and yet here we are. These 15 tracks remain as fresh today as they did back then when my 16 year-old self queued up outside Woolworths on a cold and grey March morning waiting to purchase my copy of what could well be one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
Track 2 on side 2 – “The Rover” was written in 1970 at Bron-Yr-Aur, a cottage near Machynlleth, Wales. It was first recorded at Headley Grange in May 1970 as an acoustic number for Led Zeppelin III but was reworked as an electric number in 1972 for Houses of the Holy, which formed the basis for the backing track. Page subsequently added guitar overdubs in 1974 with Keith Harwood engineering.