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Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven Turns 40 Years Old
SSG Music ^ | November 11, 2011 | Rob Hedberg

Posted on 11/12/2011 8:23:42 AM PST by FatherofFive

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"Rock and Roll" remains an all time favorite song.
1 posted on 11/12/2011 8:23:45 AM PST by FatherofFive
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To: FatherofFive

So now it really is as Lead Zep.


2 posted on 11/12/2011 8:27:00 AM PST by ully2
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To: FatherofFive

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.


3 posted on 11/12/2011 8:29:40 AM PST by TShaunK
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To: FatherofFive

I never did care much for that song. Just never understood what people saw in it.


4 posted on 11/12/2011 8:30:08 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: FatherofFive
IHMO they hit the peak of creativity on the 6th album with Kashmir
5 posted on 11/12/2011 8:30:20 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: KoRn

Stairway to Heaven has been trodden down.


6 posted on 11/12/2011 8:31:36 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FatherofFive

which means there still hasn’t been enough time for anyone to play it beginning to end.

(Okay, it just FEELS that long.)


7 posted on 11/12/2011 8:32:10 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: ully2

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.


8 posted on 11/12/2011 8:32:21 AM PST by JNRoberts
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To: FatherofFive
The Immigrant Song
9 posted on 11/12/2011 8:34:25 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FatherofFive

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.


10 posted on 11/12/2011 8:34:41 AM PST by Kevmo (When a thing is owned by everybody nobody gives value to it. Communism taught us this. ~A. Rossi)
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To: FatherofFive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD1KqbDdmuE

No Stairway.... denied!


11 posted on 11/12/2011 8:35:28 AM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: FatherofFive

My very first 8-track was Led Zepplin IV.


12 posted on 11/12/2011 8:36:06 AM PST by JMJJR ( Newspeak is the official language of Oceania)
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To: FatherofFive
No "Stairway to Heaven"
13 posted on 11/12/2011 8:36:58 AM PST by kosciusko51
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To: KoRn
I agree. They are the Worlds most over rated Rock Band.
You have to like them or your not "Cool".
Plus they plagiarized many of their songs.
14 posted on 11/12/2011 8:37:05 AM PST by Falcon4.0
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To: FatherofFive

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.


15 posted on 11/12/2011 8:37:48 AM PST by Stevenc131
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To: FatherofFive

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.


16 posted on 11/12/2011 8:38:01 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: MarineBrat

Dang, you beat me to it.


17 posted on 11/12/2011 8:38:05 AM PST by kosciusko51
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To: FatherofFive

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)


18 posted on 11/12/2011 8:38:08 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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Squeeze my lemon
19 posted on 11/12/2011 8:38:44 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: KoRn
Just never understood what people saw in it.

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.

20 posted on 11/12/2011 8:40:10 AM PST by Tax-chick (Remember our veterans, today and every day!)
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To: FatherofFive

aw crap....I remember exactly how old I was when thatalbum came out...at least a couple of years older than when I’d go to sleep every night with Whole Lotta Love blaring away in the Koss phones.


21 posted on 11/12/2011 8:40:55 AM PST by bigbob
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To: kosciusko51

No posting no Stairway.... denied! :)


22 posted on 11/12/2011 8:41:12 AM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: FatherofFive

Was hoping the guys would get back together (with Jason Bonham) after the O2 concert, best rock n roll band ever.


23 posted on 11/12/2011 8:41:28 AM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Vaquero

I always liked that album.
The late Sandy Denny contributed a great deal to it.


24 posted on 11/12/2011 8:41:32 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Mexico-Beirut with tacos!"--Dr. Zoidberg)
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To: FatherofFive

The Viking Kitty song is the best...

http://users.wolfcrews.com/toys/vikings/

To: Atom Smasher
The original Viking Kitten video seems to be no longer available because of a lawsuit by the copyright owner of the Led Zeppelin song.

But I found it here, at least for the moment:

http://noolmusic.com/myspace_videos/viking_kittens.php

10 posted on Saturday, January 02, 2010 7:14:44 PM by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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25 posted on 11/12/2011 8:43:11 AM PST by Kevmo (When a thing is owned by everybody nobody gives value to it. Communism taught us this. ~A. Rossi)
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To: FatherofFive
Your post inspired me to do a YouTube search on Stairway to Heaven.
I found this version covered by Heart. IMHO one of the best covers I've heard,

Heart - Stairway To Heaven - Aquarius Tavern 1976

26 posted on 11/12/2011 8:44:41 AM PST by YankeeReb (Even in front of 3rd graders, 0bama is still the least qualified person in the room.)
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To: FatherofFive
For some reason, Led Zeppelin was never a favorite of the rock critics, who perceived LZ as overblown caricatures of the heavy metal scene. I think it was also because the members of LZ kept to themselves and never sucked up to the critics.

Generally speaking, the really good Led Zeppelin is what you don't hear on the radio. Many of the "radio" hits seem tired to me but I ever get tired of hearing the album cuts.

Led Zeppelin was one of the first rock bands I was to see in concert. It was the mid-70s and they were at the height of their fame. However, the mayor of the city of Boston "banned" Led Zeppelin from the city for 5 years and the concert I was to go to was cancelled. Never did see them in concert which is a shame because so little concert footage of this band exists today.

Though panned by most fans, my favorite album was their last proper one - "In Through The Out Door". A few years after the band broke up, Robert Plant released a single called "Big Log" which is one of my favorite songs of all time and gives a clue as to where the band was heading musically at the time of Bonham's death.

27 posted on 11/12/2011 8:44:41 AM PST by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: FatherofFive
For some reason, Led Zeppelin was never a favorite of the rock critics, who perceived LZ as overblown caricatures of the heavy metal scene. I think it was also because the members of LZ kept to themselves and never sucked up to the critics.

Generally speaking, the really good Led Zeppelin is what you don't hear on the radio. Many of the "radio" hits seem tired to me but I ever get tired of hearing the album cuts.

Led Zeppelin was one of the first rock bands I was to see in concert. It was the mid-70s and they were at the height of their fame. However, the mayor of the city of Boston "banned" Led Zeppelin from the city for 5 years and the concert I was to go to was cancelled. Never did see them in concert which is a shame because so little concert footage of this band exists today.

Though panned by most fans, my favorite album was their last proper one - "In Through The Out Door". A few years after the band broke up, Robert Plant released a single called "Big Log" which is one of my favorite songs of all time and gives a clue as to where the band was heading musically at the time of Bonham's death.

28 posted on 11/12/2011 8:44:44 AM PST by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: KoRn
Just never understood what people saw in it.

One reason is that anyone with a guitar at the time could play the opening. Very easy to learn. "You too could be the next Jimmy Page"

29 posted on 11/12/2011 8:45:08 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Tax-chick
Oh Jeez! you admit to that? ☺
30 posted on 11/12/2011 8:45:20 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FatherofFive

Man, I could have wrote this. Exactly my time!


31 posted on 11/12/2011 8:46:53 AM PST by mmanager
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To: FatherofFive

Man, I could have wrote this. Exactly my time!


32 posted on 11/12/2011 8:46:53 AM PST by mmanager
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To: FatherofFive

It’s on my list of top 1000 songs along with
Black Dog, Dyer Maker, Gallows Pole, Immigrant Song, Kashmir, Ramble on, Rock N Roll,
and a couple of others...


33 posted on 11/12/2011 8:47:33 AM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Stevenc131
"Zep II was the high point to me."

Roger, THAT!

34 posted on 11/12/2011 8:48:25 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: FatherofFive
Part of the song is actually a couple of years older.

Taurus by Spirit.

35 posted on 11/12/2011 8:48:37 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: FatherofFive
A high quality live version is preferred over the studio version. “Four Sticks” from that album is one of Zepp’s best efforts.
36 posted on 11/12/2011 8:49:12 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: TShaunK
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 graduated in '79 and we didn't use Stairway to Heaven, but the inside cover of our yearbook used that drawing of (I think it was) Gandalf from Lord of the Rings looking down from the mountain that appears on the back of the album cover.

37 posted on 11/12/2011 8:49:42 AM PST by YankeeReb (Even in front of 3rd graders, 0bama is still the least qualified person in the room.)
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To: SamAdams76
Generally speaking, the really good Led Zeppelin is what you don't hear on the radio.

Bingo

38 posted on 11/12/2011 8:50:19 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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“I liked Barry Manilow when I was in 7th grade.”

Barry has a heck of a voice. But I'm a (normal) guy so can't really like him!

39 posted on 11/12/2011 8:50:54 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: FatherofFive
It’s 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.”

Don't forget "Going to California."

I've heard covers of that song performed by classical/Spanish guitarists.

Beautiful stuff.

40 posted on 11/12/2011 8:52:33 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland; mylife

Pre-teen girls were probably always Barry Manilow’s biggest audience. The Justin Bieber of his time ...


41 posted on 11/12/2011 8:53:26 AM PST by Tax-chick (Remember our veterans, today and every day!)
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To: Kevmo
Then after that, it will be on Muzak. The REAL big time.

I'll never forget the day I was in a supermarket and heard Blind Faith's "Can't find my way home" in Muzak.

I was going to make a comment to the cashier, but she was 18 and wouldn't understand.

42 posted on 11/12/2011 8:54:25 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: TShaunK

“No Quarter” is their best.


43 posted on 11/12/2011 8:55:25 AM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Para-Ord.45
"...list of the songs Led Zep, uh, borrowed..."

ALL brit bands from the late 60's borrowed style, riffs and whole tunes. Primarily from American bluesmen. Check out the 1966 film Blow Up, Stroll On. Beck and Page.

44 posted on 11/12/2011 8:56:06 AM PST by moehoward
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To: FatherofFive

That is creepy LoL!

Blind Faith was a great band.


45 posted on 11/12/2011 8:57:00 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: capydick
I think you meant to say that about Rush The band that is still around selling out arenas and millions of records almost 38 years later on their own?
46 posted on 11/12/2011 8:57:19 AM PST by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: mylife
Immigrant Song with viking kitties.
47 posted on 11/12/2011 8:57:44 AM PST by magslinger (To properly protect your family you need a Bible, a twelve gauge and a pig.)
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To: FatherofFive
A totally different version, worth hearing for a laugh if you're over 40 years old.

Title: Stairway to Gilligan's Island

48 posted on 11/12/2011 8:59:07 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: All
Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart Shapes of Things
49 posted on 11/12/2011 8:59:28 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FatherofFive

Happy for you but after hearing it several thousand times I’ve grown to hate it. I’ll switch stations within 8 notes.


50 posted on 11/12/2011 8:59:45 AM PST by steveo
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