Kashmir (8:28)

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“Kashmir” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin from their sixth album Physical Graffiti (1975). It was written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (with contributions from John Bonham) over a period of three years, with the lyrics dating back to 1973.

“Kashmir” is considered to be one of Led Zeppelin’s most successful songs; all four band members have agreed that it is to date one of their best musical achievements.

John Paul Jones suggested that it showcases all of the elements that made up the Led Zeppelin sound. During a television interview in January 2008, Plant named “Kashmir” as his first choice of all Led Zeppelin songs that he would perform, commenting “I’m most proud of that one”.
Page has indicated he thinks that the song is one of the band’s best compositions.

The song centres around a signature chord progression guitar riff, which first appeared on Page’s home-studio work tapes.
It was initially a tuning, an extension of a guitar-cycle that Page had been working on for years.
This was the same cycle that produced “Black Mountain Side,” “White Summer” and the unreleased track, “Swan-song.”
As bass player and keyboardist John Paul Jones had been late for the recording sessions, Page used the time to work on the riff with drummer John Bonham.
The two demoed it late in 1973.
Plant later added the middle section and in early 1974 Jones added all the string parts.
The guitar was played in an alternative guitar tuning: the strings are tuned to ‘Open Dsus4’ or DADGAD.

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