Out on the Tiles

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Out on the Tiles
Appears on Led Zeppelin III
Published by Superhype Music
Registration ASCAP 450094470
Release date 5 October 1970
Recorded June 1970 at
Olympic Studios, London.
Mixed at Ardent Studios, Memphis.
Genre Hard rock, rock
Language English
Length 4 minutes 4 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Andy Johns

'Out on the Tiles' is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, from the 1970 album Led Zeppelin III. The title of the song is derived from the British phrase for going out for a night on the town.

Overview

The spacey sound mix achieved on the recording of this song was a product of distance miking in the studio by Page.[1][2] Just after the 1:23 mark in the track, someone in the recording studio is heard saying 'stop'. It is widely believed that it was Page who said it, although this has never been confirmed. As the song has unique rhythm and syncopation, it is assumed that whoever shouted 'stop' was trying to act as a verbal conductor. Before that, at about 0:11 in the song, someone (again possibly Page) says 'all right'.

In Japan 'Out on the Tiles' was mistakenly placed on the B-side of the 'Immigrant Song' single, rather than 'Hey Hey What Can I Do'. Those copies are now rare collector's items.

Live performances

'Out on the Tiles' was played live in its entirety just a few times at Led Zeppelin concerts, most notably on 4 September 1970 in Los Angeles, as is preserved on the famous bootleg recording Live On Blueberry Hill. However, the beginning of the song was much more often used as an introduction to live performances of 'Black Dog', as heard on the official live release How the West Was Won. It was also used as an introduction to John Bonham's drum solo 'Over the Top' on the band's 1977 North American concert tour.[3]

Jimmy Page performed 'Out on the Tiles' on his tour with the Black Crowes in 1999. A version of this song performed by Page and the Black Crowes can be found on the album Live at the Greek. The song was also featured on the VH1 series SuperGroup, in which it was performed as part of the group's set at the concert in series finale, and Jason Bonham dedicated it to his late father John.

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals
    • John Paul Jones – bass guitar
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • 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, 43. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  2. Steven Rosen, 1977 Jimmy Page Interview, Modern Guitars, 25 May 2007 (originally published in the July 1977, issue of Guitar Player magazine).
  3. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 43. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.