“How Many More Times” is the ninth and final track on Plant/Page/Jones/Bonham’s debut album, Led Zeppelin.
“How Many More Times” is the album’s longest song, clocking in at eight and a half minutes. It’s one of three Led Zeppelin songs on which Page used a bowed guitar.
Page noted in a 1993 interview with Guitar World that the song “was made up of little pieces I developed when I was with the Yardbirds, as were other numbers such as ‘Dazed and Confused’. It was played live in the studio with cues and nods.”
The title and Plant’s vocals allude to Howlin’ Wolf’s “How Many More Years” (1951), as well as other blues musicians he loved at the time.
John Mendelsohn of Rolling Stone called “How Many More Times” the album’s “most representative cut”. Mendelsohn especially complimented Page’s guitar solo and Bonham’s drumming.
This song is also included in my in-progress Spotify playlist: Stormbringers & Mammoth Riff Riders, a heavy package of big lumbering brontosaurus riffs to kick out coronavirus. Aside from Led Zeppelin there are old school veterans from the likes of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Grand Funk Railroad, Kiss, AC/DC, et al.
Speaking of the video up above, Plant, Page, Jones, and Bonham are such a powerhouse of the godforsaken rockers, dontcha think?
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Featured image via Billboard.