The Making of Whole Lotta Love

I was interested to read some studio/production stuff about the making of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. I was surprised to learn that the pre-echo of Plant’s a capella parts (‘Way down inside…’) was not a brilliant idea, but rather an artifact of print-through or cross-talk on the magnetic tape.

I noted that this was another track where Jimmy recorded the drums by placing them in a large reverberant room and miking them with essentially a stereo pair. He also did this to get the great drum sound on The Levee Song. Most engineers and producers close mike the individual drums and toy with the mix to get the sound they want. I think Page’s approach sounds better.

I was also interesting to read how Jimmy Page disfavored releasing singles, and intentionally produced songs that would be hard to cut up into singles.

The Wall Street Journal: The Making of Whole Lotta Love

RIP Gerry Goffin

As a Brill Building songwriter, he wrote or co-wrote some memorable hits from the 1950s and 60s. With Carol King he wrote:

  • Will you love me tomorrow? (#1 Shirelles 1961)
  • Take good care of my baby (#1 Bobby Vee 1961)
  • Go away little girl (#1 Steve Lawrence 1962)
  • The Locomotion (#1 Little Eva 1962)
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday (#3 Monkees 1967)
  • Hey Girl (#10 Freddie Scott 1963)
  • One Fine Day (#5 Chiffons 1963)
  • Up on the roof (#5 Drifters 1963)

List indicates highest chart position, artist, and year. For a complete list, see Wiki Goffin/King songs

For all the catchy hooks and chart-topping songs they wrote, Carol King’s pensive 1971 performance of Love Me Tomorrow?, from her Tapestry album, touched me the most–expressing a fundamental and enduring question.