Label: Atlantic - ATL 50 014 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue Gatefold • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Blues Rock, Hard Rock
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant originally constructed the song in at Bron-Yr-Aura small cottage in Wales where they stayed after completing a gruelling North American concert tour.
Page plays a six-string acoustic guitar introduction and repeats the theme with a string acoustic guitar in unison. This leads into section led by electric guitar with the whole of the band. Through the pre-verse interludes and instrumental bridge, "Over the Hills and Far Away" stands out as an example of Jones and Bonham's tight interplay.
Following the final verse, the rhythm section fades out, gradually replaced by the echo returns from Page's electric guitar and a few chords played by Jones on Clavinet. The song was released as Houses of the Holy's first US single, reaching 51 on the Billboard Hot chart, later becoming a staple of the classic rock radio format. Set lists from Led Zeppelin concerts frequently contained "Over the Hills and Far Away", the song being one that the band introduced on stage well ahead of its studio release.
In his spoken introduction to the song before the performance of 27 June in Long Beach, CaliforniaRobert Plant says "we did this song once before, the night before last at the Forum, and it was too much, really great. In singing the song live in and later concerts, Plant often substituted the opening lyrics of the second verse "Many have I loved, many times been bitten" with the opening lyrics of the third verse "Many times I've lied, many times I've listened".
He also commonly followed the words "pocket-full of gold" with " Acapulco Gold " a type of marijuanaas can be heard on the live album How the West Was Won. From on, he sang the second and the third verses in a lower register because of the growing damaging of his vocals.
Also, at concerts guitarist Jimmy Page performed an extended guitar solo, which essentially consisted of the rhythm and lead guitar parts of the album version split into two separate pieces. This extended solo made the live renditions last seven minutes or more. Archive footage Somnamblues - Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass - Brassy & Sassy this track being performed live at Seattle in and at Knebworth in was used for an officially distributed video of the song, used to promote the Led Zeppelin Remasters release.
In a contemporary review for Houses of the HolyGordon Fletcher of Rolling Stone criticized "Over the Hills and Far Away", calling the track dull, as well as writing the track is "cut from the same mold as " Stairway To Heaven ", but becomes dull without that song's torrid guitar solo".
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