|Appears on||Led Zeppelin III|
|Published by||Superhype Music|
|Release date||5 October 1970|
|Recorded|| July 1970 at|
Island Studios, London.
Mixed at Ardent Studios, Memphis.
|Length||3 minutes 12 seconds|
The track has an acoustic country flavour courtesy of the pedal-steel guitar playing of Page. 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.
'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. 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'.
- Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 44. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.
- Steven Rosen, 1977 Jimmy Page Interview, Modern Guitars, 25 May 2007 (originally published in the July 1977, issue of Guitar Player magazine).
- Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 38. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.
- Led Zeppelin DVD(2003).