Thank You (song)

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Thank You
Appears on Led Zeppelin II
Published by Superhype Music
Registration ASCAP 500199468
Release date 22 October 1969
Recorded June 1969 at
Morgan Studios, London.
Mixed at A&R Studios, New York.
Genre Rock, folk rock
Language English
Length 3 minutes 50 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Andy Johns

'Thank You' is a song written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page that was released by English rock band Led Zeppelin on their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II. 'Thank You', was recorded in 1969 at Morgan Studios in London.

Overview

This song signalled a deeper involvement in songwriting by singer Robert Plant, being the first Led Zeppelin song that he wrote all the lyrics for. According to various Led Zeppelin biographies, this is also the song that made Jimmy Page realize that Plant could now handle writing the majority of the lyrics for the band's songs.

The song features some delicate Hammond C-3 organ playing by John Paul Jones, and ends with the organ fading into near-silence before coming back about 10 seconds later. This has created a problem for radio stations wishing to play the track, which must decide whether to accept the 'air silence' or cut it off. Some stations typically run edited versions with the silence eliminated, while others play 'Thank You' together with 'The Lemon Song', because there's no pause between them on the album.

Jones often recorded with a Hammond C3, and it was a common instrument on many of their early tours. Led Zeppelin's most memorable organ track, Jones' beautiful organ parts are the main support during the verses. His style here reflects his many years playing organ in church as a boy. The organ is restrained, with no vibrato or distortion, and avoids sounding like a blues or jazz instrument. A tape delay, which echoes the organ track in the opposing speaker, creates an echo effect that enhances the 'church' mood.

For the recording of this track, Page played on a Vox 12-string guitar.[1]

Live history

'Thank You' was a popular song when played live at Led Zeppelin concerts, and became something of a showcase for Jones' keyboard work, as he often played an extended keyboard solo (either on the Hammond organ or on some 1972-73 versions, the Mellotron) as an introduction to the song. The piece was eventually dropped from the band's standard live set list following the 1973 tour of the United States, when it was only occasionally used as an encore, for example, at the tour's final concert in Madison Square Garden.

In 1992 Plant sang part of 'Thank You' at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant revived the song in 1994 on their Unledded tour. They played a somewhat mellower arrangement for most of their shows from 1995 through 1998 as either an opening number or an encore.

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals
    • John Paul Jones – Hammond C-3 organ, 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. Tolinski, Brad; Greg DiBenedetto (May 1993). "Inside the studio with Jimmy Page". Guitar World 14 (5). ISSN 1063-4231.