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Kashmir: Symphonic Led Zeppelin

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Album Review

Since Us and Them — Symphonic Pink Floyd was such an unexpected success, a sequel was in order, so conductor Peter Scholes, Killing Joke's Youth and Jaz Coleman, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra decided to set their sights on another classic rock titan: Led Zeppelin. Although Zeppelin was known as the king of heavy metal, their music was actually subtle and textured, which makes it perfect for these lush, grandiose orchestral arrangements. Weirdly enough, these symphonic arrangements emphasize the compositional skills of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and John Bonham, since these replicate the dense arrangements of Zep records, only with symphonic instruments. Certainly hard-line rock and classical fans will object to the very idea behind Kashmir: Symphonic Led Zeppelin, but it's a surprising, even rousing, success with very little camp value at all.

Customer Reviews

Its cool

Kashmir is really cool... Whats funny are the people who gave it a bad ratting becuse it wasn't rock. DID they read the title? Try this.... instead of looking at it as rock gone bad, how about Orchestra gone cool.

Haters defiantly ignorant, not real fans.

I have gray hair. I'm a suit. I enjoy going to the symphony. Classical music, especially baroque, is good for my blood pressure. But back in the day, Zep was just about all I listened to. Seeing Page live was one of the highlights of my youth, musically anyway. Zep wasn't really about catering to the headbanger/stoner stereotype with bloody headphones. It was about the music that THEY wanted to play, be it folk or Indian or Delta blues or unrepentant power chords. They were perpetual students, and not too proud to stand on the creative shoulders of their predecessors. They weren't formulaic; they didn't release singles; and they didn't have a TV show. They never sold out, and they weren't afraid to take risks musically. That the music has withstood so many tributes & re-interpretations and endless FM airplay while retaining its appeal really says it all. So you haters trumpeting your ignorance: RELAX. This is merely the musical equivalent of an artist's painting of a photograph. Rather than hate on the art, take a closer look at what inspired the artist. As for the album itself, it's true to the music. That's all you can ask for. As with Zep, it's not about mass consumption but rather private enjoyment.

This is Classical Music

To varying degrees, composers have always drawn upon popular themes and melodies of their time and incorporated these into their music. If you want to listen to a rock band - this is not the album for you - If you are looking for exciting and at times stunningly beautiful orchestrations based upon these familiar melodies, this is keeper


Formed: October 7, 1932 in London, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the central institutions of the busy London concert scene, has long been recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, an assertion borne out by continued acclaim from audiences and critics alike. When the venerable Royal Philharmonic Society faced a financial crisis in the late 1920s, Sir Thomas Beecham proposed a plan to form a permanent orchestra for the first time in the Society's 115-year history. It was proposed that the ensemble, to be called...
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