March 26, 1973
"Houses of the Holy" released
Led Zeppelin's fifth album, Houses of the Holy released on this date.
Jimmy Page: "My original idea for the opening tracks of 'Houses of the Holy' was that 'The Song Remains the Same' (originally called 'The Overture') would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled 'The Rain Song'.
Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of 'The Song Remains the Same', (then titled 'The Plumpton and Worcester Races'), the half time vocal section was born and 'The Overture' shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.
When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones' mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of 'The Song Remains the Same' was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. 'The Rain Song' was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck." (jimmypage.com)
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