Candy Store Rock
|Candy Store Rock|
1976 German single
|Published by||Flames of Albion Music|
|Release date||18 June 1976|
|Recorded||9-27 November 1976|
|Genre||Rockabilly, hard rock|
|Length||4 minutes 7 seconds|
|Composer||Jimmy Page, Robert Plant|
|Label||Swan Song Records|
The track is done in the style of a 1950s rock 'n' roll number, giving it a rather low-key but cheerful flavour. John Bonham's drumming is controlled rather than bombastic, making heavy use of the timpani. Meanwhile Jimmy Page's guitar solo is short and measured, coming in half way through the song. The band recorded the song at Musicland Studios in Germany, and it only took them about an hour to write it. Robert Plant sang from a wheelchair because he was recovering at the time from a car accident he had sustained in Greece. Plant considers 'Candy Store Rock' be one of his favourite songs from Presence.
'Candy Store Rock' was never performed live by the band at Led Zeppelin concerts. However, a one-minute improvisation was played live in concert by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant as a 'Black Dog' introduction on 26 July 1995 at Wembley Arena, London.
|Chart (1976)||Peak position|
|US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart||50|