Skip to comments.Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven Turns 40 Years Old
Posted on 11/12/2011 8:23:42 AM PST by FatherofFive
Forty years ago an incredible classic rock band hit their creative peak when they released Led Zeppelin lV. I remember at age fourteen being handed this record for the first time, and being awe struck by stunning song-craftsmanship and lyrical prowess. The album itself which was released November 8th 1971 was a major success and sold 23 million copies alone in the United States, but only peaked at number 2 on the charts.
Many Zeppelin Fans know this album as the one that contains Stairway to Heaven, but among rock critics and fanatics of Zeppelin the whole album is a masterpiece. Led Zeppelin was never known for creating phenomenal singles, but created a name for themselves as a record band. They saw that every song recorded for the album should be done masterfully, and should compliment other tracks on the album. Its not easy to convince the novice Zeppelin fan that Stairway to Heaven is not the best song on Led Zeppelin lV, but give them a few years and they will be hailing Zeppelin IV for songs such as Black Dog, Rock and Roll, and When The Levee breaks. This album is a must for an classic rock enthusiast, and should be apart of any album collection.
So now it really is as Lead Zep.
The mighty Zepplin.Best RR band ever.”The rain song” is my favorite.
I’d like to know how many colleges and high schools in the seventies used the theme “Stairway to Heaven” for their yearbook or graduation theme.
I never did care much for that song. Just never understood what people saw in it.
Stairway to Heaven has been trodden down.
which means there still hasn’t been enough time for anyone to play it beginning to end.
(Okay, it just FEELS that long.)
From the guitar solo in the middle, to the drums, the build up, the song is exquisite. And I’m not even that big of a hard rock fan. But I do appreciate talent.
Any band that has the greatest drummer in the world and perhaps the greatest guitarist in the world, in the same band....yeah....destined for greatness.
Rock and Roll is still my favorite all time Led Zepp song though. Pure Rock N Roll....that song.
That means that, soon enough, we’ll hear the song played on a Cadillac commercial. Then after that, it will be on Muzak. The REAL big time.
No Stairway.... denied!
My very first 8-track was Led Zepplin IV.
The last 2 or 3 minutes were good.
Led Zeppelin II rocked harder than any of their albums that followed. There were some good songs, don’t get me wrong, but Zep II was the high point to me.
One Freeper posted a long list of the songs Led Zep, uh, borrowed.Nothing new borrowing tunes and tweaking them, found it more interesting than anything else.
Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy....
Geezer rock rules.
Van Halen original line up will release a new recording soon and tour.
Black Sabbath original line up to release a new one and tour too.
Dang, you beat me to it.
love most of Zeps stuff....
Stairway To Heaven is good.....but not my favorite ballad by them by any stretch....that would be “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”....
I am like the ‘desperato’ guy on Seinfeld when it comes on...(and I like the Linda Ronstadt version of ‘desperato’ better than the Eagles version...this is getting convoluted...bye)
When I asked about that, the posters explained that they were on drugs at the time. And maybe they were in junior high school, unless they're quite old now. I liked Barry Manilow when I was in 7th grade.