Saturday, November 12, 2011

Stairway to Heaven 40th Anniversary

Led Zeppelin's eight-minute classic turns 40 this week.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were woodshedding in Wales when they devised their faery-strewn folk-metal psychedelia masterwork. Bassist/arranger John Paul Jones added mood-setting recorders and drummer John Bonham brought his protean thwunk to the game. The song may or may not have borrowed key elements from an instrumental (Taurus) by the band Spirit, with whom they once toured. But Zep molded those chord progressions into a masterpiece of excess.

There have been many versions of "Stairway to Heaven"...here are two favorites...

Frank Zappa

Dolly Parton

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