Friday, October 10, 2014

VIDEO: Jimmy Page explains how he wrote Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin guitarist and producer Jimmy Page is sharing the story of how he wrote the band’s signature tune, “Stairway To Heaven”, in a new video interview with the BBC.

“The idea of ‘Stairway,’” says Page, “was to have a piece of music, a composition, whereby it would just keep unfolding into more layers and more moods. The whole subtlety and intensity of the overlay would actually accelerate as it went through every level — every emotional level, every musical level. And so it keeps opening up, as it continues through these patterns.”

The classic song will be rereleased later this month as part of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1971 release, “Led Zeppelin IV”, due on October 28.

The group are releasing both "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" on the same day.

Led Zeppelin kicked off their reissue series in June with the release of expanded editions of the band’s first three albums – “Led Zeppelin I”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III” – each with a companion disc of bonus material.

"Led Zeppelin IV" track listing

01. Black Dog
02. Rock And Roll
03. The Battle of Evermore
04. Stairway To Heaven
05. Misty Mountain Hop
06. Four Sticks
07. Going To California
08. When The Levee Breaks

Companion Audio Disc

01. Black Dog - Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs
02. Rock And Roll - Alternate Mix
03. The Battle Of Evermore - Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange
04. Stairway To Heaven - Sunset Sound Mix
05. Misty Mountain Hop - Alternate Mix
06. Four Sticks - Alternate Mix
07. Going To California - Mandolin/Guitar Mix
08. When The Levee Breaks - Alternate UK Mix

See also:

VIDEO: Robert Plant performs on The Colbert Report
VIDEO: Led Zeppelin preview expanded Houses Of The Holy reissue
Jimmy Page shares plans for new music
VIDEO: Watch Robert Plant’s complete Brooklyn concert
Search Led Zeppelin at hennemusic