Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Post #230: Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy

***"Stairway to Heaven" turns 40 today***

Forty years ago today, a song would be released that many consider to be one of the best songs of all time.

That song of course is "Stairway to Heaven" off of Led Zeppelin's fourth release, often times referred to as Led Zeppelin IV.

As I have mentioned in a previous post, HERE, Led Zeppelin will always have a special place in my heart, as it was their music that caused me to decide that 'I Love Music!'.

In honor of this, I decided to post a couple from front man Robert Plant's most recent release.

Initially, Band of Joy was the name of a project he had started with Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham in 1966.  However, after a recording contract didn't materialize, Plant and Bonham moved on to form Led Zeppelin with Jimmy Page in 1968.

In September of this last year, Plant would resurrect the name, and release the album Band of Joy.

With Plant being 62 at the time of it's release, he obviously doesn't have the range or pipes he had back in the day.  Many people might be disappointed with this, but I love the new version of Robert's voice.  So mellow and so cool.  His vocals here aren't too far off from what he did with Alison Krauss in 2007.  If you haven't heard that album, I highly encourage you to check it out.

I chose the two above songs, "Monkey" and "Silver Rider", because they are cover songs originally done by a band known as Low, from Duluth, Minnesota.  I had posted Low HERE in May, if you want to check them out.

Both songs are from their 2005 release, The Great Destroyer.

Another album worth checking out.

Happy Birthday "Stairway to Heaven"!

Please support this artist!!!

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