Tangerine (song)

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Tangerine
Appears on Led Zeppelin III
Published by Superhype Music
Registration ASCAP 500230208
Release date 5 October 1970
Recorded July 1970 at
Island Studios, London.
Mixed at Ardent Studios, Memphis.
Genre Folk rock
Language English
Length 3 minutes 12 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Andy Johns

'Tangerine' is a song composed by Jimmy Page and performed by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released on their 1970 album Led Zeppelin III.

Overview

The track has an acoustic country flavour courtesy of the pedal-steel guitar playing of Page.[1][2] The song begins with a false start, after which Page pauses to set the right tempo. Throughout its duration, the song continually changes tempo a few bars at a time whilst the lyrics fondly recall love and contentedness. This was the second-to-last Led Zeppelin song Page wrote without any input from Robert Plant. (Bron-Yr-Aur from Physical Graffiti was the last).

The song uses a simple double track vocal pattern to create a recognisable lilting feel. The song uses a standard Am G D C progression for the verses before moving on to G C D progression for the chorus. This was the second Led Zeppelin song to be named after a fruit, the first being 'The Lemon Song'. 'Tangerine' appears in the motion picture Almost Famous, and can be heard during the final scene of the film.

Live performances

'Tangerine' was often played live at Led Zeppelin concerts as part of the band's acoustic set from 1971 through 1972, and was revived for the Earls Court shows of 1975.[3] At these latter performances, Page played the song on his Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck guitar. During the 1975 concert at the Earls Court, Plant said that 'Tangerine' is 'a song of love in its most...innocent stages'.[4]

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – acoustic guitar, pedal steel 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, 44. 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, 38. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  4. Led Zeppelin DVD(2003).