Listen to the Unreleased Stairway To Heaven Re-Mix

The video that is featured here  IS NOT THE REMIX, but is an acoustic rehearsal of the song that you might enjoy.

After reading this article, I have included a link below to hear The Stairway To Heaven Re- Mix

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For those of you that learned how to play the guitar back in the 60′s and 70′s as I did,
there’s a better than good chance that one of the first songs you learned was “Stairway To Heaven” by Led Zeppelin…

It may delight you to hear that there is a new Stairway To Heaven Re-Mix that is due for release soon.

To this day, this classic Rock song remains one of the most popular charted ever and, I will bet that a lot of new guitarists can also say that this song was one of their firsts they learned as well.

I located the following article that I think you will appreciate, which also features some very interesting stories about how the song came about. After reading this article ,   the re-mix video displayed at their page has a country restriction on it (perhaps you can only listen to this in the UK?)

But I have a workaround. The last link after this article sends you to Rolling Stone, where they do feature the remix.

Unreleased Stairway To Heaven Re-Mix

“Page had worked out the sections of the song at his home in Pangbourne, near Reading, before bringing it to Headley Grange in Hampshire, where Zeppelin were recording their fourth album in late 1970 and early 1971.

The band’s first reaction, though, was not to bow down in awe before their leader’s monumental offering. “I think it was more: ‘This is tricky,’” Page says. “It’s not just one of those things where it goes verse-chorus-verse. It was tricky because it had sections, but they didn’t repeat exactly the same each time.” Also, Stairway did things songs weren’t meant to do. “The thing I was very keen to establish was that the whole thing would keep moving in tempo and intensity,” he says. “The tempo changes from the beginning to the end – it’s quite radically different – but that was the intention. You would find that, having been a studio musician, the one thing any trained musicians will tell you you don’t do is speed up or slow down. This, as far as I could see, was in league with the whole concept of classical writing where everything is moving, moving, moving.”

It was sufficiently complicated that there was no point in the four members sitting down together and working it through. Instead, Plant and Bonham were sent away, possibly to the pub, while Page and Jones sat down at Headley and tackled the song together – there are bootlegs of the pair of them, Page on acoustic guitar and Jones on keyboards, deciding what goes where, how to transition between sections.

“So now there’s two of us who know it for when John Bonham comes along,” Page says. “That’s a working structure. When John Bonham comes into it, you need to have the confidence that he knows there’s a whole passage that’s going to go by without him coming in, otherwise he’s going to think, ‘That’s a bit shambolic. I’ll just come in at the beginning.’ It needed proper structure and proper discipline right from the beginning. And then Robert’s writing his lyrics, and it’s almost like he’s channelled the damn thing.”

Ah, yes, the lyrics. It’s easy to sneer at the words of Stairway to Heaven, and Plant is among those who have.”If you absolutely hated Stairway to Heaven, nobody can blame you for that because it was so … pompous,” he told Q magazine in 1988. Asked about Stairway at a press conference to promote the concert film Celebration Day in 2012, he responded: “I struggle with some of the lyrics from particular periods of time. Maybe I was still trying to work out what I was talking about … Every other fucker is.” And it’s true that all the talk of feelings he gets when he looks to the west, of rings of smoke through the trees, of pipers leading us to reason, vaguely signifies meaning without really having much, but it doesn’t stop it working as a rock song lyric. After all, Tutti Frutti didn’t mean much either, but it’s still a great lyric.

The cod mysticism is why Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers – a dedicated fan – reckons Stairway is the perfect entry point for Zeppelin, and why it tends to be kids rather than adults who obsess over it. “The same reason that kids of a certain age love those Tolkien books,” he says. “There’s a certain amount of mysticism that probably doesn’t age great once you get to a certain point in your life. Or at least if you grew up like I did, and became a punk rocker. It’s probably a little bloated, but it’s also awesome.”

However, Hood – who first heard the song aged nine or 10, a year of two after its release, listening to the local station in Muscle Shoals, Alabama on its Sunday night excursions into FM programming – makes the crucial point that the lyrics are exactly right for the music.

“They’re the only band I love where the lyrics aren’t incredible,” he says. “They’re not bad. They’re underrated in a lot of places. But I’ve always been a lyric guy, and there aren’t lyrics that would hold up on their own without the music in their catalogue. But Stairway is a perfect lyric for that music.”

Heart’s Ann Wilson, who was 19 when she first heard the song on the radio in 1971, goes further. “It’s beautiful, a complete marriage of music to lyrics,” she says. “They go together so well. It’s just one of those situations where you couldn’t have one without the other. I’m a word person, and the lyrics are so poetic and so imaginative. We all know it’s inspired by Tolkien, but at the same time they’re widened out so they’re more universal than that. Those were such optimistic words that fit with the whole hippie mentality. I think people really identified with the lyrics.”

Page recalls Plant writing the lyric – said to have been inspired by Lewis Spence’s The Magic Arts in Celtic Britain – as the song was worked out at Headley. “We’re running through it, and it’s taking a lot of concentration, but we’re getting the movement in and the sections are really starting to gel, and it’s all working and becoming cohesive. I remember vividly Robert was sitting on the floor, back against the wall, writing, while this was going on. We had another couple of run-throughs and then he walks over and he starts singing along. From my recollection he had a good 90% of it then.”  (lots more- read here)

The video that is featured here up top  IS NOT THE REMIX, but is an acoustic rehearsal of the song that you might enjoy.

The actual Remix of the song can be SEEN HERE, as this video platform does not allow for sharing. After you are done listening, I would really like to hear what you think of the re-mix by commenting below.

Is the Stairway To Heaven Re-Mix
1., Better than the original
2. Worse
3. Wasn’t Worth Doing?

 

Here’s Some more Stairway To Heaven ReMixes that you might be interested in.

 

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