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Rodrigo y Gabriela — Stairway to Heaven
Album: Rodrigo y Gabriela
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Released: 2006
Length: 4:42
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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always thought these two were amazing, still do.
They're great, this isn't.
Talented, no doubt, but this doesn't do it for me. The wrong choice of song.
Saw them 2 months ago. I saw them last live almost 20 years ago.  They were even better now then they were then. The whole Theatre was standing and dancing.

They played 20 minutes of Pink Floyd Meddle acoustically. It was outstanding. 
If you ever get a chance to see them live, make the effort to do it.
ok
Recently saw these two perform and it was an epic night. They took a few moments to connect with the audience and talk about real things that had been going on in their lives and touched on depression. I found it truly remarkable that they would openly discuss such personal aspects... then went right back to rocking out so damn hard.
 rabaak wrote:
In response to sirtezza.
 
If you saw them in person, you would not think they are pretty pretenders. They are fantastic live. And I've never seen anyone like them.
 

I have seen them several times and they are incredible. 
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Even though no one is ever supposed to cover 'Stairway', this is quite tastily done!
 No one ever except....Heart..

wow - wish i could play like that!
Even though no one is ever supposed to cover 'Stairway', this is quite tastily done!
In response to sirtezza.
 
If you saw them in person, you would not think they are pretty pretenders. They are fantastic live. And I've never seen anyone like them.
Astounding talents
 kcar wrote:
This is #215 on a list of 305 different covers of this song. Have we heard any of the other versions here on RP? 

{#No} 

So, maybe not so eclectic after all, Mr. Goldsmith.

{#Naughty}
 
Could be your list that's not very eclectic.
Bua
 sirtezza wrote:
The world is really going mad if these 3rd rate wannabes are held up as inspirational.   Inspirational?  No delusional!!
Happy if you like them but please don’t call them brilliant or fantastic musicians, It’s just annoying. I encourage you to seek out the real thing and not to be hoodwinked by these pretty pretenders.
 
Or it could just be you.
Kick.  Ass.
 sirtezza wrote:
The world is really going mad if these 3rd rate wannabes are held up as inspirational.   Inspirational?  No delusional!!
Happy if you like them but please don’t call them brilliant or fantastic musicians, It’s just annoying. I encourage you to seek out the real thing and not to be hoodwinked by these pretty pretenders.
 
Hyperbole. Please edify us. 
Perfect! Going to see R&G play with the Oregon Symphony in about 2 hours. Thanks RP for turning me on to them years ago!
Sucked when I rated it in 2007, still sucks today - Any cover of Stairway gets an automatic 1 for me - the most overrated and overplayed song in the history of radio
 sirtezza wrote:
The world is really going mad if these 3rd rate wannabes are held up as inspirational.   Inspirational?  No delusional!!
Happy if you like them but please don’t call them brilliant or fantastic musicians, It’s just annoying. I encourage you to seek out the real thing and not to be hoodwinked by these pretty pretenders.
 
I'm gobsmacked.  Literally every "guitar hero" alive today thinks R&G are not just the real deal, but are taking acoustic guitar playing to heights rarely seen. I'm curious whom you would put on a higher pedestal.

Do yourself a favor and see them live, then report back about how 3rd rate they are.
Rodrigo y Gabriela are amazing guitar artists. But I like their original work so much more.
Hey sirtezzeplin.... I like the interpretation. I don't play guitar, so I can't say if this is any good... but I like how it sounds.....  I would agree that you can't slow dancing to this like the original...

Anyway, Led Zepplin ripped off a bunch of people.. so who cares! 



sirtezza wrote:
The world is really going mad if these 3rd rate wannabes are held up as inspirational.   Inspirational?  No delusional!!
Happy if you like them but please don’t call them brilliant or fantastic musicians, It’s just annoying. I encourage you to seek out the real thing and not to be hoodwinked by these pretty pretenders.
 

I usually don't like over-crafted guitar music, but due to its sheer originality, this is kinda growing on me. At least halfway through.
The world is really going mad if these 3rd rate wannabes are held up as inspirational.   Inspirational?  No, delusional!!
Happy if you like them but please don’t call them brilliant or fantastic musicians, It’s just annoying. I encourage you to seek out the real thing and not to be hoodwinked by these pretty pretenders.
ABSOLUTELY AWSOME!!
F R E E E  - B I R R R D !
For me 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G
Does anybody remember laughter?
 easmann wrote:
I did NOT hear this version being played on a demo guitar at my local music shop. 
; p
 
LOL
Loving this version of a favorite classic!
Absolutely fantastic!!
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2} I don't care how many renditions there are, I love this one. 
 
Amazing!!!!
 
Wow!!

Say no more. 
This rendition of Stairway has got to make Jimmy Page smile.{#Smile}  it certainly does me.....
not much they do that I don't like

Made many trips to D.F. (Mexico City) in 1995. One fine evening a small orchestra was set up on the sidewalk outside of a café. They played a set of Led Zep songs on strings and brass and it worked wonderfully.

I see in a previous comment  that someone mentions R&G ought to try doing AC/DC. Well, go see R&G in concert and you will indeed hear them do a few select AC/DC songs.  


Pffffffffffff
Pffffffffffff 
I see pupils in the lens.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:

Bill plays a version on the ukelele, but I can't remember the artist's name... 

 
Too bad Rodrigo couldn't segue into Highway to Hell by AC/DC {#Cheesygrin}
 kcar wrote:
This is #215 on a list of 305 different covers of this song. Have we heard any of the other versions here on RP? 

{#No} 

So, maybe not so eclectic after all, Mr. Goldsmith.

{#Naughty}

 
Bill plays a version on the ukelele, but I can't remember the artist's name... 
This is #215 on a list of 305 different covers of this song. Have we heard any of the other versions here on RP? 

{#No} 

So, maybe not so eclectic after all, Mr. Goldsmith.

{#Naughty}
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Totally unnecessary

 
ABSOLUTELY
Rolf?  Nah, I doubt he can collect the royalties.

This however is OK, I quite like it.
How about playing Rolf's version... (he he he)
Prefer Spirit's version
Excellent live version here: https://youtu.be/vNc5o9TU0t0?list=PLEJV0XpE9DUvkuQ6H0UX5IKMatA2BWAcn

I realy like this couple. They always seem to be having such fun.

PS Awesome  segue to Johnny Cash "Hurt". Finest Kind Bill!!
Lots of bad cover versions of this out  there.  This is one of the outstanding ones.
The middle has a definite mason williams classical gas feel. Excellent. PS how about that album cover!
,
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
Didn't that 70s English hair band rip this off? 

 
lol!!!!
dare I say I actually like this Better than the original lol!
Why does it always work on radio paradise?
Because It is Paradise

truly thank you Bill for making it true paradise in the world of sound for my head
It works, and it's fresh. The original I've heard tooooooooo many times…. 
Didn't that 70s English hair band rip this off? 
My Dad used to say that just because you can, doesn't mean you should.  However good at it you are.
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Totally unnecessary

 
Totally NECESSARY. It's a work of genius. 
Totally unnecessary
 dtown40 wrote:
Fantastic musicians, but poor execution of this song.  During the intro, I expected Mel Torme to start singing.  

 
Absolutely spot on!


Soon as I hear the itro I cringe. 
Objection!
Ya know what, every once in a while its ok to hear the real led zep version.  Iffen one doesn't listen to terradio very much, its never heard.

Shame that a cover of this song is in the library, but the original isn't. Heck, its been rejected.

I'm not saying I'd like to hear the original on a regular basis, but maybe once for every two times the cover is played ?   
Wow, great version!
Saw these two in concert last year.  Excellent show.  Highly recommended.  
 bstevens1951 wrote:
The PERFECT version of this song!

 

 zerosomething wrote:
I think I like this mor for the flashy skill than anything else. That's OK isn't it?
 
Yeah, if you can play guitar like Rodrigo, hell, you can show off as much as you want and people will love it.
I think I like this mor for the flashy skill than anything else. That's OK isn't it?
The PERFECT version of this song!
Outstanding. Adds to the original.
Fantastic musicians, but poor execution of this song.  During the intro, I expected Mel Torme to start singing.  
cover better than original.......{#Guitarist}
Okay, so now we have "Who By Fire" (a.k.a. "50 Ways to Meet Your Maker") followed by "Stairway to Heaven"—very clever!
 Carl wrote:
Said before but bears repeating: Imagine being there live for this… just imagine the thrill!

 

Wow!  Bears can do that?  Whooo doogggie!
 dpvest wrote:
SinisterDexter wrote:
I always love when this comes on, because Bill always plays a Zep tune right after it.
 
Carl wrote:

That, or a Johnny Cash tune. Whatever.
 
how's about a zep tune before and a cash tune after?  great set!

 
Or perhaps a Mumford & Sons cover of a Simon & Garfunkel standard—that Bill—what a kidder! :-)
hey a cover of this tune worth hearing!!!!!!!!!!!{#Guitarist}{#Guitarist}
Said before but bears repeating: Imagine being there live for this… just imagine the thrill!
 helgigermany wrote:
I prefer the original, sorry!

 
I prefer the Rolf Harris version to the original. This version is the best so far, though, IMO. For those who don't know, Rodrigo y Gabriela are massive Led Zep fans, and IIRC started out as a couple playing Led Zep covers on Spanish guitar.
I prefer the original, sorry!
Sorry, but the classic-rock revival on commercial radio during the 80s turned me off to Stairway to Heaven.  All versions. Forever.
{#Eek}  Twice a day ?
I prefer Frank Zappa's version - from the "Best Band You Never Heard Of" album.
 lkovathana wrote:
Let's face it — it's a hokey song to begin with.  Then this version makes it corn on pone.  Someone's got this in their "best of mix" for a fondue restaurant ... 
 

wow you must have some great Fondue restaurants in Chicago. I'm on my way...


Phenomenal
Rockin!! to me it shows how you can take some music and make it better. Sorry Rob and Jimmy.
 
Ditto on Brilliant!
BRILLIANT
 lkovathana wrote:
Let's face it — it's a hokey song to begin with.  Then this version makes it corn on pone.  Someone's got this in their "best of mix" for a fondue restaurant ... 
 
If you consider this hokey, I will suggest that for your own sanity you avoid listening to modern pop at all costs. By comparison, this is poetry that touched the depths of the human soul and uplifted entire nations, while making the sun rise and flowers bloom.

(OK, that may be a slight exaggeration. The sun will rise anyway. :) 
 rockpommel16 wrote:

...yes....smileysmiley......amazing.......
 

Indeed!
 matude wrote:
no
 
...yes....smileysmiley......amazing.......
Was hoping for some Laurence Juber
no
Marginally interesting to me, especially after Zep itself, so PSD (love that new feature).
 dpvest wrote:
SinisterDexter wrote:
I always love when this comes on, because Bill always plays a Zep tune right after it.
 
Carl wrote:

That, or a Johnny Cash tune. Whatever.
 
how's about a zep tune before and a cash tune after?  great set!
 
DING. It happened today (right now!).
this version of this song really hits home..
Let's face it — it's a hokey song to begin with.  Then this version makes it corn on pone.  Someone's got this in their "best of mix" for a fondue restaurant ... 
 haresfur wrote:

Perhaps, but this version isn't that one time. {#Bananajam}
 
Couldn't agree more. I got tired of the original years ago but this version is sooo good.
Great version!!!!!!
that was nice and relaxing :)
I caught these two in Berkeley, CA, a while back.  They put on an excellent live show!
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 tclodes wrote:
I guess it'd be okay to play this version in the guitar shop.
 
HAHAHA!  Only if you want some slack jawed patrons
https://youtu.be/RD1KqbDdmuE

I'm sure previous posted... but, bumped to the top.
Love this version. Their YouTube video is excellent.
A stunning display of technique, but I find this kind of covers quite boring.
Hey Bill - would love to hear you play Stanley Jordan's version of this - also an outstanding version!
OUT ....... standing!
SinisterDexter wrote:
I always love when this comes on, because Bill always plays a Zep tune right after it.
 
Carl wrote:

That, or a Johnny Cash tune. Whatever.
 
how's about a zep tune before and a cash tune after?  great set!
 Carl wrote:

That, or a Johnny Cash tune. Whatever.

 
Or Cracker.


 TimNH wrote:
I want off this elevator.
 
AGREED!!
zzzzzzzzz.......huh?.......zzzzzzzzzzz!
 TimNH wrote:
I want off this elevator.
 
Really, watch them play it live (er, or recorded on youtube) and you will have a different opinion.  
I guess it'd be okay to play this version in the guitar shop.
 stoliwarrior wrote:
one of the top 5 most covered songs in rock and roll history ....{#Sleep} as nice as it is .............its just been done one time to many
 
Perhaps, but this version isn't that one time. {#Bananajam}
Hard to believe but I still love the original version of this song and I have never changed the station on it even once.
.
Freebird is the one that induces projectile vomiting from me  
This is wonderfully well recorded—especially listening via good heapdhones! Way to go Bill!
I am starting to like this better than the original!!  (Of course I haven't hear this on FM radio ad nauseum like the original and so many Zep songs)...
 SinisterDexter wrote:
I always love when this comes on, because Bill always plays a Zep tune right after it.
 
That, or a Johnny Cash tune. Whatever.

this is stunningly beautiful.
I always love when this comes on, because Bill always plays a Zep tune right after it.

I'm just digging anything acoustic today


 mapman wrote:
Nice new spin on this worn out classic.
 
I agree that it is a worn out classic, but I don't think anything can help STH. Please make it stop!!! {#Stop}