Call me a purist, but when it comes to Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, I do not want to hear any cover versions. So, when CHOM-FM played the homogenized Heart version of Zep’s Stairway this morning, I switched it off and put on a Beatles CD . . . Roll Over Beethoven!
I don’t think I am alone in my devotion to Zep and this particular song. Many feel it’s a song that should not be covered by anyone, perhaps because it is so perfect — which is the reason why it is consistently voted the greatest rock song of all time in so many polls done around the world.
Zep’s Stairway to Heaven is, well, heavenly . . . it can’t be improved upon.
With apologies to Heart, of course, whose original music I enjoy.