All My Love

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All My Love
Appears on In Through the Out Door
Published by Flames of Albion Music
Registration ASCAP 310179689
Release date 15 August 1979
Recorded November-December 1978
Genre Rock, Progressive rock
Language English
Length 5 minutes 33 seconds
Composer John Paul Jones and Robert Plant
Label Swan Song Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Leif Mases

'All My Love' is a song on English rock band Led Zeppelin's final studio album, In Through the Out Door, released in 1979. Written by Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, it is a slow-tempo rock song, featuring a synthesizer solo by Jones and sensitive lyrics by Plant.

Overview

Plant wrote the song as a tribute to his son, Karac, who died from a stomach infection in 1977 at the age of five. He did the vocals all in one take, and the song changes key on the last chorus. Jones used a Yamaha GX-1 for the string arrangement on 'All My Love', with a 'baroque horn' solo with expressive vibrato. A studio out-take of an extended 'All My Love' exists, timed at seven minutes two seconds. It has a complete ending, with Plant extending the last verse and a twangy B-Bender guitar solo by Page.[1] This version has been made available on a number of Led Zeppelin bootleg recordings. The original working title for the composition was called 'The Hook'.

In an interview he later gave to rock journalist Cameron Crowe, Plant stated that this song was one of Led Zeppelin's 'finest moments.'[2] 'All My Love' is one of only two Led Zeppelin songs which Page had no part in writing (the other being 'South Bound Saurez', also from In Through the Out Door). 'All My Love' is also included on the Led Zeppelin compilations Early Days and Latter Days, Remasters and Mothership.

The song was played live on Led Zeppelin's concert tour of Europe in 1980.[3] It was one of the most well received performances of the tour.

Accolades

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Radio Caroline United Kingdom Top 500 Tracks[4] 1999 239
DigitalDreamDoor United States The 100 Greatest Recordings From 1979[5] 2007 63

Chart positions

Song (Airplay)

Chart (1979) Peak position
Canadian CHUM (AM) chart[6] 2

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals
    • John Paul Jones – synthesizer, bass guitar
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • Leif Mases - engineer, mixing
    • Joe Sidore - original CD mastering engineer (mid-1980s)
    • George Marino - remastered CD engineer (1990)

References

  1. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 94. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  2. Liner notes by Cameron Crowe for The Complete Studio Recordings.
  3. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 94. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  4. Top 500 Tracks - 1999. Radio Caroline. Retrieved on 9 August 2013.
  5. The 100 Greatest Recordings From 1979 - 2007. DigitalDreamDoor. Retrieved on 9 August 2013.
  6. 1050 CHUM Toronto's Top Singles: 3 November 1979. 1050chum.com. Retrieved on 9 August 2013.