Listening to the debut album "Led Zeppelin" released January 12 1969 with the sound that brought stereo to commercial radio. Song written by Page & Plant(unaccredited due to contractual obligations). Viram Jasani on Tabla.
"Black Mountain Side" was inspired by a traditional Irish folk song called "Down by Blackwaterside". The guitar arrangement closely follows Bert Jansch's version of that song, recorded on his 1966 album Jack Orion.This arrangement was learnt by Al Stewart, who followed Jansch's gigs closely, and who, in turn, taught it to Jimmy Page, who was a session musician for Stewart's debut album.
"the harbringer of the sounds of john mclaughlin and zakir hussain fusion music" Wow, I never thought about this before I read this shout, but you're absolutely right. It definitely sounds like the precursor to the My Goal's Beyond album and the band Shakti. It just goes to show how Page's appropriation of other's music also influenced many people.