Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Of the millions of songs which have been recorded, only 30 songs can make it into The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians and at number 8 we have Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin (1971).

I once saw an interview with Jimmy Page who went through the process in fine detail of how he wrote the tune to 'Stairway To Heaven' and not once did he mention him directly swiping it from the song Taurus by Spirit.
The song doesn't really get going until John Bonham's drum kicks in around halfway, until then it's an acoustic guitar playing Taurus, a recorder and Robert Plant singing and then Jimmy Page belatedly plugs in his guitar and everything brilliantly shifts up a couple of gears and you wish they had done that two minutes earlier.
Some would argue that the soft start sets up the more harder ending but i'd say cut two minutes off the 'boring' bit and get to the brilliant bit quicker although i will grudgingly admit that the best lyrics about a lady who's sure that all that glitters is gold and seeing rings of smoke through the trees are in the first bit.

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