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Walking into Clarksdale is the only studio album by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, both formerly of English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released by Atlantic Records on 21 April 1998. Walking into Clarksdale took 35 days to record. The album was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini over a five-month period at Abbey Road Studios.[1] The single "Most High" was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999.

Walking into Clarksdale
Page & Plant - Walking Into Clarksdale.jpg
Studio album by
Released21 April 1998 (1998-04-21)
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London, England
GenreHeavy metal, hard rock
Length60:43
LabelAtlantic
ProducerJimmy Page and Robert Plant
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant chronology
No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded
(1994)
Walking into Clarksdale
(1998)
Jimmy Page chronology
No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded
(1994)
Walking into Clarksdale
(1998)
Live at the Greek: Excess All Areas
(2000)
Robert Plant chronology
No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded
(1994)
Walking into Clarksdale
(1998)
Dreamland
(2002)

Clarksdale is a town in the Mississippi Delta, a historical home of Delta blues music.

The album debuted on the Billboard's Billboard 200 album chart at No. 8, while reaching No. 3 on the UK Album Chart. The single "Most High" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and No. 26 in the UK.

Plant re-recorded the song "Please Read the Letter" with Alison Krauss for their 2007 collaboration album Raising Sand. This re-recording won the Record of the Year award at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(dud) [3]

Contents

Track listingEdit

All songs by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, and Michael Lee.

  1. "Shining in the Light" – 4:01
  2. "When the World Was Young" – 6:13
  3. "Upon a Golden Horse" – 3:52
  4. "Blue Train" – 6:45
  5. "Please Read the Letter" – 4:21
  6. "Most High" – 5:36
  7. "Heart in Your Hand" – 3:50
  8. "Walking into Clarksdale" – 5:18
  9. "Burning Up" – 5:21
  10. "When I Was a Child" – 5:45
  11. "House of Love" – 5:35
  12. "Sons of Freedom" – 4:08

Japanese bonus track

  1. "Whiskey from the Glass" – 3:01

Note

  • "Most High" and "Shining in the Light" were released as singles, with a music video for the former. "Most High" was also featured as a CD single with the b-sides "Upon a Golden Horse" and "The Window".

PersonnelEdit

Page and Plant

Additional personnel

ChartsEdit

AlbumEdit

Chart (1998) Peak position
French Albums Chart[4] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 17
UK Albums Chart[6] 3
Finnish Albums Chart[7] 27
Swiss Albums Chart[8] 31
German Albums Chart[9] 13
US Billboard 200[10] 8
Canadian Billboard Top Canadian Albums Chart[11] 17
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloonish)[12] 22
Belgian Albums Chart (Flemish)[13] 27
Dutch Albums Chart[14] 56
Norwegian Albums Chart[15] 13
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[16] 16
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[17] 17
Hungarian MAHASZ Top 40 Albums Chart[18] 25
New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart[19] 11
Austrian Albums Chart[20] 33

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Most High" UK Singles Chart[21] 26
1998 "Most High" US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[22] 1
1998 "Most High" Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[23] 58
1998 "Most High" Canadian RPM Alternative 30 Chart[24] 8
1998 "Shining in the Light" US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[25] 6

CertificationsEdit

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 500,000+ Gold[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Porcupine (2016). "Steve Albini talks about Page and Plant" (Video)|format= requires |url= (help).
  2. ^ MTV News Staff (8 February 2009). "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  3. ^ "CG: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Top 200 Albums – 25 April 1998". lescharts.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Top 60 Albums – 1 May 1998". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
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  7. ^ "Top 40 Albums – 3 May 1998". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 3 May 1998". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 4 May 1998". musicline.de. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  10. ^ "The Billboard 200 – 9 May 1998". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Top Canadian Albums – 9 May 1998". Billboard. Retrieved 17 January 2009.[dead link]
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  13. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 9 May 1998". ultratop.be. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 9 May 1998". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  15. ^ "Top 40 Albums – 10 May 1998". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  16. ^ "Top 50 Albums – 10 May 1998". ARIA. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  17. ^ "RPM Albums Chart – 11 May 1998". RPM. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  18. ^ "Top 40 Albums – 17 May 1998". MAHASZ. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  19. ^ "Top 50 Albums – 31 May 1998". RIANZ. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  20. ^ "Top 75 Albums – 7 June 1998". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 11 April 1998". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  22. ^ "Mainstream Rock: May 09, 1998". Billboard. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  23. ^ "RPM Singles Chart – 11 May 1998". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  24. ^ "RPM Alternative Chart – 1 June 1998". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  25. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 25 July 1998". billboard.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009.[dead link]
  26. ^ "RIAA.org Walking into Clarksdale – 4 May 1998". RIAA. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2009.