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Walking into Clarksdale
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Type Studio album
Artist Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Release Date 21 April 1998
Recorded Fall 1997 - Winter 1998 at Abbey Road Studios, London.
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, rock
Language English
Length 60 minutes 43 seconds
Label Atlantic Records (US), Mercury Records (UK)
Catalogue Atlantic 83092-1 (US), Mercury 558 025-1 (UK)
Producer Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
Engineer Steve Albini

Walking into Clarksdale is a studio album by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, both formerly of English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released by Atlantic Records on 21 April 1998.

Overview

Following the success of their re-teaming on 1994's No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Page and Plant released their first album of original material together in eighteen years, which took 35 days to record. The original working title for this project was Most High, which explains the angelic boys on the front cover taken by renown photographer Anton Corbijn. The album was recorded and mixed by indie producer Steve Albini, and was a deliberate attempt to capture a raw lo-fi production mood away from previous albums. The single 'Most High' was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999. Clarksdale is a town in the Mississippi Delta, a historical home of Delta blues music.

The album debuted on the Billboard's Billboard 200 album chart at number 8, while reaching number 3 on the UK Album Chart. 'Most High' and 'Shining in the Light' were released as singles, with a music video for the former. 'Most High' also featured 'The Window' as a B-side. The single 'Most High' reached number 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Plant re-recorded the song 'Please Read the Letter' with Alison Krauss for their 2007 collaboration album Raising Sand, which won a Grammy for Record of the Year. The Japanese version includes a bonus track 'Whiskey from the Glass'.

Track list

Album information

Track listing:

  • Side one:
  1. 'Shining in the Light' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 4:01
  2. 'When the World Was Young' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 6:13
  3. 'Upon a Golden Horse' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) - 3:52
  4. 'Blue Train' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 6:45
  5. 'Please Read the Letter' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 4:21
  6. 'Most High' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 5:36
  • Side two:
  1. 'Heart in Your Hand' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 3:50
  2. 'Walking into Clarksdale' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 5:18
  3. 'Burning Up' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 5:21
  4. 'When I Was a Child' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 5:45
  5. 'House of Love' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 5:35
  6. 'Sons of Freedom' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Michael Lee) – 4:08

Chart positions

Album

Chart (1998) Peak Position
French Albums Chart[1] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[2] 17
UK Albums Chart[3] 3
Finnish Albums Chart[4] 27
Swiss Albums Chart[5] 31
German Albums Chart[6] 13
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[7] 8
Canadian Billboard Top Canadian Albums Chart[8] 17
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloonish)[9] 22
Belgian Albums Chart (Flemish)[10] 27
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 56
Norwegian Albums Chart[12] 13
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[13] 16
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[14] 17
Hungarian MAHASZ Top 40 Albums Chart[15] 25
New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart[16] 11
Austrian Albums Chart[17] 33

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1998 'Most High' UK Singles Chart[18] 26
1998 'Most High' US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[19] 1
1998 'Most High' Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[20] 58
1998 'Most High' Canadian RPM Alternative 30 Chart[21] 8
1998 'Shining in the Light' US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[22] 6

Sales certifications

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 500,000+ Gold[23]

Certification history

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold 4 May 1998

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, co-producer
    • Robert Plant – vocals, co-producer
    • Charlie Jones – bass guitar, percussion
    • Michael Lee – drums and percussion
    • Tim Whelan – keyboards on 'Most High'
    • Ed Shearmur – programming and string pads on 'Most High'
    • Lynton Naiff – string arrangements on 'Upon a Golden Horse'
  • Production:
    • Steve Albini – engineer, recording technician
    • Paul Hicks – assistant engineer
    • Anton Corbijn – photography
    • Cally – design

Notes

  1. Top 200 Albums - 25 April 1998. lescharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  2. Top 60 Albums - 1 May 1998. swedishcharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  3. Top 100 Albums - 2 May 1998. chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  4. Top 40 Albums - 3 May 1998. finnishcharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  5. Top 100 Albums - 3 May 1998. swisscharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  6. Top 100 Albums - 4 May 1998. musicline.de. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  7. The Billboard 200 - 9 May 1998. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  8. Top Canadian Albums - 9 May 1998. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  9. Top 100 Albums - 9 May 1998. ultratop.be. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  10. Top 100 Albums - 9 May 1998. ultratop.be. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  11. Top 100 Albums - 9 May 1998. dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  12. Top 40 Albums - 10 May 1998. norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  13. Top 50 Albums - 10 May 1998. ARIA. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  14. RPM Albums Chart - 11 May 1998. RPM. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  15. Top 40 Albums - 17 May 1998. MAHASZ. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  16. Top 50 Albums - 31 May 1998. RIANZ. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  17. Top 75 Albums - 7 June 1998. austriancharts.at. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  18. Top 100 Singles - 11 April 1998. chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  19. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 9 May 1998. billboard.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  20. RPM Singles Chart - 11 May 1998. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  21. RPM Alternative Chart - 1 June 1998. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  22. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 25 July 1998. billboard.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  23. RIAA.org Walking into Clarksdale - 4 May 1998. RIAA. Retrieved on 2009-01-01.