On Minimation, we comb through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. In this installment, Robert Plant explains how he and Jimmy Page wrote Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”
Jimmy Page appears to have been doing some thinking about what is, and what will never be.
This mix, officially called “The Rain Song (Mix Minus Piano),” almost sounds like a different song without its signature piano. Or, at least a much sadder one.
Both reissues are out Oct. 28.
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The song is a rough mix that begins with a few melodic organ and ends with a bluesy psychedelic breakdown. There are no real vocals, but if you listen close you can hear Robert Plant wailing in the background.
Jimmy Page has finally commented on last week’s news that Led Zeppelin is being sued by a trust representing the late Spirit frontman Randy California, claiming that Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copied elements of Spirit’s “Taurus.”
If you can’t wait until the June 3 rerelease of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums — 1969’s Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II and 1970’s Led Zeppelin III — to hear some of the previously unreleased bonus tracks, you’re in luck.
In 2012, Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone that his primary job these days is guardian of Led Zeppelin’s legacy. The job, it turns out, has taken up much of his time in recent years, as Page has been remastering the band’s entire studio catalog, from 1969’s Led Zeppelin through the posthumous outtakes collection Coda.
There’s a lot of excitement about the upcoming Led Zeppelin reissues of their first three albums; a large part of that is because of the inclusion of a second disc of bonus material that will accompany deluxe and super deluxe editions of each release.