Custard Pie

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Custard Pie
Appears on Physical Graffiti
Published by Flames of Albion Music
Registration ASCAP 330213031
Release date 24 February 1975
Recorded January - February 1974
Genre Blues rock, funk rock
Language English
Length 4 minutes 13 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Label Swan Song Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Ron Nevison and Keith Harwood

'Custard Pie' is the first track on English rock band Led Zeppelin's sixth album, Physical Graffiti, released in 1975. The lyrics to the riff-heavy song pay homage to the blues songs of the 1920s.[1]

Overview

'Custard Pie' contains a wah-wah solo by guitarist Jimmy Page, which was played through an ARP synthesizer.[2] It also features a Hohner Clavinet D6 played by John Paul Jones, with a sound like a very percussive guitar track, and a mouth harp by vocalist Robert Plant.[3]

Despite being rehearsed for Led Zeppelin's 1975 US Tour, this track was never completely played live at Led Zeppelin concerts.[4] On Led Zeppelin's 1977 US Tour the band briefly performed a portion of the song as part of their acoustic set during a concert in Houston, Texas on 21 May 1977.

In later years, Robert Plant incorporated a chorus of the song on the end of the live version of his solo song, 'Tall Cool One'. Page also produced his own live version on his Outrider tour. In 1999, Page again performed the song, this time whilst on his tour with the Black Crowes. A version of 'Custard Pie' performed by Page and the Black Crowes can be found on the album Live at the Greek.

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals, harmonica
    • John Paul Jones – Clavinet D6, bass pedals
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • Ron Nevison - engineer, mixing
    • Keith Harwood – 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, 68. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  2. Welch, Chris (2009). Led Zeppelin: The Stories Behind Every Led Zeppelin Song, Revised. London: Carlton Books, 100. ISBN 978-1-84732-286-9. 
  3. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 68. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  4. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 68. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.