For many years, the music industry climaxed onstage with the mighty Led Zeppelin’s epic. Already a theme in their live repertoire, it stands as the first hit single off the immortal Led Zeppelin II. Recorded in the middle of a heartbreaking 1969 trek of the United States, the fellas’ “Whole Lotta Love” can never be duplicated or matched.
Robert Plant’s thunderous statements and jungle rhythm during “Whole Lotta Love” set its dark and risqué tone. At gigs, the complex number was no more than a trademark Page lick that dissolves to a free jazz-like medley involving pounding drums, a smooth bass line, and the singer’s moans.
Inspired by the States’ early legends, much of the lyrics are taken from the Willie Dixon number, “You Need Love.” “Whole Lotta Love” was later cut in 1962 by none other than Muddy Waters himself. Zeppelin’s version, along with “Bring It On Home” led to a lawsuit. After all, “Whole Lotta Love” contains lyrical nods to Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon and his “Back Door Man,” along with Howlin’ Wolf’s “Shake for Me.”
The fourteen-minute long “Whole Lotta Love” track will leave a lump in a Stuart real estate owner’s throat. Zeppelin’s BBC Sessions features an electrifying concert held at the Paris Theatre in London in 1971. One unforgettable “Whole Lotta Love” collection entails “Boogie Chillun’,” “Fixin’ To Die” and “That’s Alright.” During its delivery, Page’s screaming riffs sound distorted as Plant climbs to a vocal peak. The man moans “Oh, oh… Ah, ah,” and the tempo shifts to old school blues. There’s a spooky interlude that develops reminiscent of an early Pink Floyd album.
Zep Heads’ with homes for sale in Stuart hear “Once there was a tear drop rolling down my face.” As the American classics wind down, the boys pick back up with “Whole Lotta Love.” The familiar lyrics are felt from the pit of Plant’s stomach, “Way down inside, woman, you need me… Shake for me girl. I want to be your backdoor man.” Drumsticks crash on cymbals, while hi-hat echo like only John Bonham could produce. And BBC Sessions contains one more descending groan. It’s an erotic scream as Page tickles his magic finger roll and Bonzo’s crash comes to a close.
At England’s Knebworth Festival in 1979, the band used synthesizers to bless the massive crowd with the blue classic, while cameras captured Led Zeppelin from every angle, as well as hippies in the audience.
In edited form, the anthem was released as a single in the US, backed with Zeppelin II’s “Living Loving Maid.” The record made it to No. 4 at the end of 1969 and eventually spent thirteen weeks on the Billboard charts. “Whole Lotta Love” was also #1 in both Germany and Belgium. In 2004, it was ranked #75 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2005, Q magazine placed “Whole Lotta Love” at #3 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Thousands of Stuart luxury homes agree that “Whole Lotta Love” is the best of the best.
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