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Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin) - Kashmir (Kashmir) (1975)

Robert Plant: "Kashmir" is my favorite Led Zeppelin song...

Led Zeppelin - Kashmir: the story of the legendary song ...

This is the most gorgeous song that has been carefully stored in the Led Zeppelin music box for over 40 years! Did you know what it's about? Of course about «Kashmir»!

led zeppelin live 1972
Led Zeppelin (Live 1972)

Song history

Why did “Kashmir” become the “pearl” of the Led Zeppelin song box? Firstly, the band members themselves agreed that this is one of their best musical achievements. And Robert Plant added that "Kashmir" is his "favorite Led Zeppelin song..."

And secondly, to the question “What is the best Zeppelin riff of all?”, Page answered without hesitation: “Of course, the Kashmir riff!”

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page

The authors of the hit are considered to be the tandem of Plant and Page. The history of the song dates back to 1973, when, while driving through the Sahara desert to the National Folklore Festival in Morocco, Plante composed poems for it... Curiously, at the time of writing the composition, none of the band members had visited Kashmir...

Recording

The signature highlight of the track was a repetitive guitar riff that sounded like an instrument tuning! For those who don't know, Page worked it out during his home sessions. It is no less curious that session musicians were invited for the part of strings and wind instruments (which is a rarity for the group)!

The song is filled with motifs of folk Arabic and Indian music... They are heard especially clearly in the middle and at the end of the composition. Credit goes to Jimmy Page, who experimented stubbornly in the studio with the sitar.

Release

The song was released as part of the Physical Graffiti album on February 24, 1975. Let's enjoy the live sound of Robert Plant...

Interesting Facts…

The original title of the song was "Driven to Kashmir".

Despite the fact that the song is eight and a half minutes long (which is a very long time), the radio stations willingly put it on the air! Thanks in large part to "Stairway to Heaven" which was almost as long but incredibly successful!

"Kashmir" was written with some input from John Bonham.

"Kashmir" is one of the few tracks that Led Zeppelin has recorded in the progressive rock genre.

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