Tonight’s episode of Revolution features a song that takes me back to my Led Zeppelin days when I owned every album and listened to them every day.”Kashmir” was from the band’s sixth album, Physical Graffiti, and was written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. The album was released in February, 1975, and although Stairway to Heaven (from Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)) seemed to be Led Zeppelin’s signature song, the band credits Kashmir as their crowning achievement.
Robert Plant talks about writing the lyrics for the music: “It was an amazing piece of music to write to, and an incredible challenge for me … Because of the time signature, the whole deal of the song is… not grandiose, but powerful: it required some kind of epithet, or abstract lyrical setting about the whole idea of life being an adventure and being a series of illuminated moments. But everything is not what you see. It was quite a task, ’cause I couldn’t sing it. It was like the song was bigger than me. It’s true: I was petrified, it’s true. It was painful; I was virtually in tears.”
It’s interesting to note that Plant and Page re-recorded the live version of the song in 1994 on an album called No Quarter, which was also the title of Revolution’s third episode. I’m thinking there might be some Led-heads among the show’s creators, no?
The official synopsis for Kashmir reads:
Miles (Billy Burke) and the gang are bound for Monroe’s (David Lyons) lair – Independence Hall, but their efforts are impeded when they begin to have difficulty separating fantasy from reality. Meanwhile, Danny (Graham Rogers) starts to grow suspicious of Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell).
Check out these preview clips which features the Led Zeppelin hit and episode title.
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