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No Quarter - Led Zeppelin

No Quarter

Houses of the Holy
classic rock hard rock rock Progressive rock Led Zeppelin

"No Quarter" began as a John Paul Jones creation in 1971. Studio sessions from this year reveal a very familiar "No Quarter", albeit a more aggressive time signature and drumming. At it's album release in 1973 on "House of The Holy" it was recorded as a much more subdued, spacey song with a haunting synth melody. "No Quarter" really took off on stage. 1973 saw the beginnings of a extended version (usually around 12 min) with much more developed jam, and a very precise guitar solo from Page. From this point on, Page also employed the use of his CryBaby Wah. The Song Remains The Same Soundtrack features a version from July 28, 1973. This version features an unusually tight performance and a spot on Page solo. In 1975 Led Zeppelin took "No Quarter" to a new level. Giving the song ample time for improvisation (usually clocking in at around 20-25 minutes), it really grew to be a centerpiece for every concert from this point on. Jones commands an impressive piano solo later taken over by Page, who takes on a more relaxed approach to his Dm Dorian solo. Ever allocating more time in their sets for "No Quarter", Led Zeppelin typically played upwards of 30 min of the song in 1977. Most notably, Jones takes the piano in a new direction during his solo, further proving his multi-instrument mastery. In 1979 the song was scaled back to 15 minutes and became a much tighter act. While still keeping the piano solo, it was cut back considerably from '77. "No Quarter" got some more playtime with Page & Plant in 1994-5 and later in 1998. Here, Page used a 12-string guitar in DADGAD tuning, and Plant used an echo/delay modulator to give the song it's haunting appeal without the help of Jones. Played in 2007, at the O2 arena, the song returned to it's early 1973 length of ~10 min. Here, Page tries more or less to replicate his solo from 28/7/1973.

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band originally formed in 1968 by guitarist Jimmy Page under the name "The New Yardbirds", based on Page's previous band, The Yardbirds. The band formed when Jimmy Page (guitar) recruited Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin), and John Bonham (drums). With their heavy, guitar-driven blues-rock sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock music. Show more ...

No Quarter - Led Zeppelin


Close the door, put out the light.
You know they won t be home tonight.
The snow falls hard and don t you know?
The winds of Thor are blowing cold.
They re wearing steel that s bright and true
They carry news that must get through.

They choose the path where no-one goes.

They hold no quarter.

Walking side by side with death, The devil mocks their every step
The snow drives back the foot that s slow, The dogs of doom are howling more
They carry news that must get through, To build a dream for me and you

They choose the path where no-one goes.

They hold no quarter. They ask no quarter.
The pain, the pain without quarter.
They ask no quarter.
The dogs of doom are howling more!