Night Flight

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Night Flight
Appears on Physical Graffiti
Published by Flames of Albion Music
Registration ASCAP 440085927
Release date 24 February 1975
Recorded January 1971 at
Headley Grange, Hampshire with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
Mixed at Olympic Studios, London.
Genre Rock, hard rock
Language English
Length 3 minutes 37 seconds
Composer John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Label Swan Song Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Andy Johns

'Night Flight' is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti.

Overview

Originally recorded at Headley Grange in 1971, it was intended for Led Zeppelin IV but was held over and placed on Physical Graffiti.[1] It was written largely by bassist John Paul Jones, who is listed first on the writing credits. Using a traditional organ sound; the Hammond C-3 is fed through the Leslie speaker, and slightly distorted. During the song, Jones plays basic chord changes and uses the Leslie speed changes to add excitement to the choruses.

Guitarist Jimmy Page also played his guitar through a Leslie speaker for this track.[2] A somewhat lyrically ambiguous song, singer Robert Plant recounts the tale of a young man attempting to evade the military draft. A different version was also recorded which included extra backing vocals.[3]

Live performances

The song was never performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts. However, bootleg recordings exist of the band performing the song during a soundcheck at the Chicago Stadium on 6 July 1973, which took place during Led Zeppelin's 1973 North American tour.[4]

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals
    • John Paul Jones – hammond organ, bass guitar
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • Keith Harwood - mixing
    • Andy Johns - 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, 72. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  2. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 72. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  3. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 72. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  4. Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (2005). Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, Revised. London: Omnibus Press, 207. ISBN 978-1-84449-659-4.