Led Zeppelin have shared an alternate version of their classic song ‘Stairway To Heaven’.
Visit Rolling Stone to listen to the track, which features on the deluxe version of their fourth album, ‘Led Zeppelin IV’.
Recorded at LA’s Sunset Sound in 1971, John Paul Jones spoke about the freshly unearthed mix to Rolling Stone, saying: “It’s always interesting to hear stuff that you know really well and hear it differently, but the same. It does give a different perspective on it. You hear different things. I did read somewhere that the end of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ contained one of the best rock bass parts ever recorded. Unfortunately it comes underneath one of the greatest rock guitars so… But ‘Stairway’ is a favorite still. It’s just got everything that we are about.”
Jimmy Page added: “The Sunset Sound mix of ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was actually mixed at Sunset Sound in LA in advance of the version that everybody knows. I think it’s a really good embodiment of everything that’s on there. It’s a guitar mix, really.”
Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin‘s efforts to have a court case based around claims the band plagiarised ‘Stairway To Heaven’ dismissed have been rejected by a judge in America. The case was brought against the band by lawyer Francis Malofiy stating that his client – the late Randy California, who played guitar in Spirit – should be given a writing credit on the track ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as it resembles Spirit’s 1968 song ‘Taurus’. The two bands toured together in 1968 and 1969.
Billboard reports that the lawyer working for Led Zeppelin challenged the suit earlier this week (October 20), saying Pennsylvania courts had no jurisdiction in the matter.
“What happened to Randy California and Spirit is wrong. Led Zeppelin needs to do the right thing and give credit where credit is due. Randy California deserves a writing credit for ‘Stairway To Heaven’ and to take his place as an author of rock’s greatest song,” said the plaintiffs in their complaint.
District Court Judge Juan Sanchez denied the motion to dismiss without prejudice, however lawyers working for Led Zeppelin can appeal again. Jimmy Page previously labelled claims that Led Zeppelin plagiarised the song as “ridiculous”.