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Stairways to heaven
on 14 January 2013
If Plant was Zep`s wandering, scavenging wailing banshee lost in his own search for some kind of musical reverie, Bonzo their troubled, thundering pile-driver drummer, and JPJ the steady, versatile hand on a thrillingly stormy tiller, Jimmy Page - one of the most surprising, protean and ubiquitous (look up the number of others` hits he played on in the sixties, it`s staggering) guitarists in the world, must be counted not only as Zep`s one and only guitar wizard, but their overseer, producing remasters galore and, in the end, this sonically unimprovable compilation of tracks from the career of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
No need or point in going through a track-by-track rundown, except to say that most of the usual suspects are here, including one or two which most of us would happily have sacrificed for lesser known but perhaps better tracks from their relatively few albums.
I might have preferred Misty Mountain Hop (a tour de force for Bonham) instead of When The Levee Breaks, and I would have liked The Battle Of Evermore to have found favour in Page`s selection, Sandy Denny`s vocals lending a refreshing, pleasing poignancy after so much male chest-beating. (`Hey Ho!` indeed.)
It`s good to hear In The Evening and All My Love as the two final tracks, like a benediction.
Some songs had to be here: the opening four from their debut album are well chosen, Ramble On, Rock And Roll and Black Dog are essential, and if Whole Lotta Love were not present & correct, there might have been questions in the House - or at least in the garden.
Great sound, a near-perfect selection of Zep classics, not to mention an excellent booklet. We are indeed blessed.
Thanks, Jimmy. And thanks too to Percy, JPJ & the shade of Bonzo - channelling Thor, god of thunderous drummers!
Most of the best of the greatest.