I really enjoyed this video by Rick Beato; the idea is interesting and so are some of the collateral thoughts.
First off, the collateral thought: supposedly this all happened because Jimmy Page said that down in his archives he has several tapes of Stairway To Heaven with alternate guitar solos. It’s funny to think that a solo that I have listened to several thousand times is not necessarily the solo; it’s just a solo – one of multitudes. At some point, Page decided, “that’s the one” and Stairway To Heaven came into existence as we know it. Would we enjoy hearing the others? Would they sound “wrong”? I actually find this mind-blowing and it makes me realize how much I enjoy that song and Mr Page’s guitar-playing from that period.
So, Beato was thinking about that, too, and decided it’d be interesting to recreate the backing track and get a couple of different takes on the solo, i.e.: what would it sound like if Eddie Van Halen did the solo?
Cool idea. Also a bit of flex: “so I called my drummer and a couple guitar players and we recorded it…” Ah, musicians. The thing that’s cool about music is you create it out of nothing, you don’t need a bunch of steel and propane stock. Of course, the machinery for music is more portable than an anvil…
I’d like to hear the 80s Mark Knopfler cover the entire song, fwiw.
Just got a call from the trucking company; they have 500lbs of castable refractory cement to drop off, which means that I’m going to be moving 50lb sacks around for a while. My workout for the day!