Virginia Posted December 7, 2010 Share Posted December 7, 2010 http://rollingstoneextras.com/playlists/view/rick-rubin 'After the Beatles, Led Zeppelin are the most consistent band from album to album, song to song," says superproducer Rubin. "They take all different modes of music and put them through the Zeppelin filter." 1."Your Time Is Gonna Come" 1969 It's like the drums are playing a big rock song and the guitars are playing a gentle folk song. And it's got one of the most upbeat choruses of any Zeppelin song, but the words are so dark. 2."What Is and What Should Never Be" 1969 The descending riff is amazing: It's like a bow is being drawn back, and then it releases. The rhythm of the vocals is almost like a rap. It's insane — one of their most psychedelic songs. 3."Thank You" 1969 The delicacy of the vocals is incredible; the acoustic guitar and the organ work together to create an otherworldly presence. 4."Heartbreaker" 1969 One of the greatest riffs in rock. It starts, and it's like they don't really know where the "one" is. Magical in its awkwardness. 5."Ten Years Gone" 1975 A deep, reflective piece with hypnotic, interweaving riffs. Light and dark, shadow and glare. It sounds like nature coming through the speakers. 6."Since I've Been Loving You" 1970 They take what we think of as black blues and play it to a white extreme that no bluesman would ever do, because it's just not cool. 7."Misty Mountain Hop" 1971 I've heard it a million times, it's supercatchy, and I have no idea what any of the words are. 8."No Quarter" 1973 It takes such confidence to be able to get really quiet and loose for such a long time. Zeppelin completely changed how we look at what popular music can be. 9."Nobody's Fault but Mine" 1976 A traditional blues, twisted through a trippy, psychedelic filter. They played with such precision, doing these odd arrangements that sound like loose jams but are really choreographed. 10."In My Time of Dying" 1975 The bass line in the fast grooves is so interesting and unexpected. It keeps shifting gears, over and over. 11."Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" 1969 It's a song with a classical nature that also really rocks. It really takes you on a trip. 12."Celebration Day" 1970 It feel like a freight train, even though it's not one of their heavier songs. There's tremendous momentum in the way they play together. The bass playing is beyond incredible and the guitars interact really well—there's a heavy-riffing guitar, which is answered by a funky guitar. 13."Stairway to Heaven" 1971 I think we spent so long not listening to it, because it was so overplayed, that now you can listen to it again and it's refreshing. It was just so ubiquitous for so long that it got to be like the punch-line of a joke, and a lot of the people who loved it were people you didn't especially like. But it wouldn't have that power if it wasn't actually that great. 14."The Rain Song" 1973 I don't even know what kind of music this is. It defies classification. There's such tasteful, beautiful detail in the guitar, and a triumphant feel when the drums come in — it's sad and moody and strong, all at the same time. I could listen to this song all day. That would be a good day. 15."Houses of the Holy" 1975 This is a funk jam with really interesting, jazzy chords. It's one of their more compact feeling songs. And it's the only Zep song to use what sounds like a cowbell. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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