“Stairway to Heaven” is one of Led Zeppelin’s most popular songs and one of the most special in rock in general.
The song appeared on one of the band’s most celebrated albums, Led Zeppelin IV (1971), and became one of the most important rock classics of all time.
One of the most important aspects of the track is the parts that compose it and that are developed in its long minutes. Lasting eight minutes, “Stairway to Heaven” is Led Zeppelin’s anthem in which the total mastery of the band unfolds: there is room for the mystical, hard rock, ballad, and the fury of rock and roll. Without a doubt, Robert Plant’s voice is the highlight of this song.
According to Plant, he wrote the lyrics based on the book Magic Arts in Celtic Britain, although such a mystical piece was always surrounded by conspiracy theories linked to Satanism and the occult arts. Outside of any interpretation, “Stairway to Heaven” is a rock masterpiece.
Plant sounds imbued with nature and the transcendental, beyond his narration. You can listen to the isolated vocal performance below, where it is clearly appreciated why this is one of the songs where he could most develop the colors of his voice and his vocal mastery.
Listening to the isolated vocals of Robert Plant allows us to reach certain details. Thus, we can appreciate the precision, style, and visceral-ness of a voice that mutates as the minutes go by.
Plant goes through the sweetness, the characteristical rock scream that at times resembles a cry, and the seriousness as if he were a storyteller.
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