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“Bobby Parker's a soul and R&B artist from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. I don’t want to sound like a name-dropper, but I found out about him from Robert Plant, who suggested I do this song. He thought it would suit my voice and the sound of the band.
“What’s interesting is that Steal Your Heart Away was almost on Led Zeppelin’s first album. How’s that for some cool rock trivia? Apparently, the band cut a version of it, but for some reason it didn’t make the album. I don’t know why.
“When I recorded it, I changed the key around and made it sort of punk-rock blues, kind of like what Paul Weller used to do with The Jam. I think it’s a fun song to kick off the album.
“Also, the solo is my favorite on the record. I was going for something more manic than usual, and I found it. I used an old Gibson Firebird V on the solo and a Les Paul for the rhythm track.”