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Led Zeppelin - "Heartbreaker"

In the film "The Song Remains the Same" there are only a few fragmentary clips of Zep performing the song "Heartbreaker" onstage. Here's a complete video for the song, complete with an ending, using onstage footage from elsewhere in the movie.

"Heartbreaker" is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1969 album, Led Zeppelin II. It was credited to all four members of the band, recorded at A&R Recording and Atlantic Studios in New York City during the band's second concert tour of North America, and engineered by Eddie Kramer.

"Heartbreaker" opens the second side of the album and features a guitar riff by Jimmy Page. It also includes a spontaneous unaccompanied solo, using a pull-off technique, which was voted the 16th-greatest guitar solo of all time by Guitar World magazine.

"Heartbreaker" is one of the songs featured in Nick Hornby's book 31 Songs. Record producer Rick Rubin has remarked, "One of the greatest riffs in rock. It ["Heartbreaker"] starts, and it's like they don't really know where the "one" is. Magical in its awkwardness." Eddie Van Halen once claimed the "Heartbreaker" solo as the origin behind the tapping technique. In one review with Guitar World, he said:

I think I got the idea of tapping watching Jimmy Page do his "Heartbreaker" solo back in 1971. He was doing a pull-off to an open string, and I thought wait a minute, open string ... pull off. I can do that, but what if I use my finger as the nut and move it around? I just kind of took it and ran with it.

Steve Vai has also commented about it in a September 1998 Guitar World interview: "This one [Heartbreaker] had the biggest impact on me as a youth. It was defiant, bold, and edgier than hell. It really is the definitive rock guitar solo."


Hey fellas, have you heard the news?

You know that Annie's back in town

It won't take long, just watch and see

How the fellas lay their money down

Her style is new, but the face the same

As it was so long ago

But from her eyes, a different smile

Like that of one who knows

Well, it's been ten years or maybe more

Since I first set eyes on you

The best years of my life gone by

Here I am alone and blue

Some people cry and some people die

By the wicked ways of love

But I'll just keep on rolling along

With the grace of the Lord above

People talking all around

About the way you left me flat

I don't care what the people say

I know where their jive is at

One thing I do have on my mind

If you can clarify, please do

It's the way you call me by another guy's name

When I try to make love to you, yeah

I try to make love but it ain't no use

Give it to me, give it

Work so hard I couldn't unwind

Get some money saved

Abuse my love a thousand times

However hard I tried

Heartbreaker, your time has come

Can't take your evil way

Go away, heartbreaker





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