Psychedelic Saturday #11- Kashmir- Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin Then

Led Zeppelin Now

My favorite Led Zeppelin song is Kashmir, from the 1975 released album Physical Graffiti. At over 8 minutes in length it was doubtful to get much radio play. That turned out to be wrong.

The song was written over a three year period by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Bonham. It features Bonham's drums through phasing, an alternative tuning of Jimmy's guitar  and overlaying meters. Musically complex? Yes. But for me it is the feeling I get when I hear the song that takes me right back to that year. Lying on the floor, headphones on, eyes closed, and letting my mind wander as I took it all in. And for me that is psychedelic. Plant's voice soothes, caresses, and soars throughout the song.

 I never had the chance to see Led Zeppelin in concert, although I'd dreamed about it for years. Then in 2007 it was announced the group would reunite for a one night performance in London. Tickets would be made available by a lottery system and anyone could apply. My husband and I eagerly filled out our online applications, fingers crossed and hopeful thoughts. Yeah, us and 20 million others who had the same dream as we all vied for one of the 18,000 tickets. Alas, it was not to be. Fortunately, I did get to see Robert Plant with Band of Joy recently and it fulfilled some of that desire. He was relaxed, smiled, and was in perfect voice. Pinch me.

Then came the announcement that the night was filmed and would be released on DVD. We immediately did the pre-order and waited somewhat impatiently for the November 19th release date.

The night before Thanksgiving I was buzzing around the kitchen preparing for my family's arrival the next day. Hubby says: Hon-can we take a break? The new DVD is here! 

The table setting could wait. We lowered the lights, cranked up the surround sound and sub-woofer thumping settled in with the band. This was as close as I could get to seeing them in person and it did not disappoint. It was a great mix of the songs we've loved our whole lives.  While original drummer John Bonham is long deceased , his son Jason sat in quite solidly with the band on drums. Residing in a father/son drum household myself this was heart-warming to see.  Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones may be a bit older, grayer, and a few more lines in face--but the energy and musicality have not diminished a bit.So many great performances--if you are any fan of LZ at all, I urge you to see it.

For now, let me share my favorite with you.


Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream 
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been 
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen 
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed 

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear 
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear 
Oh, oh. 

Oh, I been flying... mama, there ain't no denyin' 
I've been flying, ain't no denyin', no denyin' 

All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground 
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land 
Trying to find, trying to find where I've been. 

Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream 
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream 
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again 
Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin' through Kashmir. 

Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years 
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear 

When I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah 
When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah 

Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down... 
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I'm down, so down 
Ooh, my baby, oooh, my baby, let me take you there 

Let me take you there. Let me take you there
If you're a deep fan, you might want to see the 70's version.

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Comment by M. C. Sears on November 24, 2012 at 8:32am

Oh yeah one of my favourites too!

Comment by Schmoopie on November 24, 2012 at 8:49am
M.C.- Happy to share it with you.
Comment by Abrawang on November 24, 2012 at 9:24am

Great song alright Schmoopie.  Dunno if it's my fave Zep song (actually it's about a 5-way tie) but it's on the short list.  I've never much liked them live.  Unlike most other groups, I can't think of a single song that I've liked better live compared to the studio version.

Comment by Schmoopie on November 24, 2012 at 9:59am
abrawang- I think it's fair to say they don't vary too much from the recorded version when performing live. But for me personally, I always like live better--especially if I am there in person to feel it.
Comment by Marlene Dunham on November 24, 2012 at 2:45pm

Yes, Lisa - me too & I was there live to see them in the 70's!!

BTW I couldn't open the first video...but was going to go straight to the 70's version anyway


Comment by Schmoopie on November 24, 2012 at 3:12pm
Marlene- Sorry you couldn't open the video. I just tried it again and it worked for me...hmmm. I do urge you to check out the video from 2007 Celebration Day DVD on YouTube if you still can't open mine. It really is fun to see a more recent performance.


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