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Led Zeppelin — Kashmir
Album: Physical Graffiti
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8.5

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Total ratings: 4589









Released: 1975
Length: 8:20
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Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face
With stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space to be where I have been
To sit with elders of a gentle race this world has seldom seen
Who talk of days for which they sit and wait
When all will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace
Sounds caress my ear
Though not a word I heard could I relate
The story was quite clear, whoa-oh-hoh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh

Oooh, oh, baby, I've been flyin' No, yeah
Mama cares, ain't no denyin'
Oh, oooh yes, I've been flyin'
My mama, ain't no denyin', no denyin', no

Oh, all I see turns to brown as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand as I scan this wasted land
Tryin' to find, tryin' to find where I've been, ah-ah, ah-ah

Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace
Like thoughts inside a dream
Who hid the path that led me to that place
With yellow desert screen
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Sure as the dust that blows high in June
When movin' through Kashmir

Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails
Across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face along the straits of fear
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh-hoh, oh, ohh

Whoa, when I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way you stay, yeah-eah
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down, oh
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down, so down
Ooh, my baby, ooh, my baby, let me take you there
Oh, oh, come on, come on, oh, let me take you there
Let me take you there, woo, yeah-yeah, woo, yeah-yeah
Let me take you there, let me take you there
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I love RP - and there are trolls who 'down-vote' this;

At least I enjoy my life ... 
   
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:

I was 17. I was a local DJ while at studying at college, which allowed me to buy a decent amount of vinyl. I remember buying this album and playing it on rotation for a few months on my Road PA System stacked in my bedroom, which left no room for anything but a bed. It was loud. Loud enough to require me to put a 10p piece on the record arm to stop it bouncing because of the volume of the speakers in the small room. 

I dread to think how it affected my parents but they were good enough not to complain too much.

I now have tinnitus.

I still listen to loud music.

I will never learn. 

I still think this track is fantastic. 



HAHAHA right on brother 
"Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace"

A line that stands out with every listening. 
 teleskier wrote:

The documentary "It will Get Loud" talks about the drums in this song... which remain one of the most recognizable songs ever - at least by LZ.  Jimmy Page talks about how the kit was just set up in a foyer of an old english estate and how the cavernous sound was just a result of mic placement and wires running to a portable studio truck.  Really neat that it was that simple.  Many tried to recreate this sound with FX in the studio without getting that echo/delay.



Wasn't that "When the Levee Breaks"?
 Zep wrote:

Bill must really like this song. There are four versions of it in the RP library. Over on the Eclectic channel, we get the London Philharmonic version every now and then.


A worthy addition to the RP catalog: Page, Plant, Jones and Jason Bonham playing live at the 2007 Celebration Day concert, honoring Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. 

 
mettete al massimo il volume e fantasticate semplicemente favolosa ogni volta che l'ascolto!
When you know the next 8'20" are going to be great! 
Bill must really like this song. There are four versions of it in the RP library. Over on the Eclectic channel, we get the London Philharmonic version every now and then.
This may be my favorite Led Zeppelin song. But I have a lot of favorite Led Zeppelin songs.
Only on RP, from Kecharitomene (Loreena McKennitt) to Kashmir. Spectacular!
One of my rare 10's because it is deserving.
 teleskier wrote:
The documentary "It will Get Loud" talks about the drums in this song... which remain one of the most recognizable songs ever - at least by LZ.  Jimmy Page talks about how the kit was just set up in a foyer of an old english estate and how the cavernous sound was just a result of mic placement and wires running to a portable studio truck.  Really neat that it was that simple.  Many tried to recreate this sound with FX in the studio without getting that echo/delay.
 
I believe you're getting this mixed up with When the Levee Breaks.
Gave this a 9 because  i  love this song
 zurcronium wrote:

...but without the ganja this time. 
 
BUT..BUT..WHY??
My favorite Kashmir memory happened seeing Spinal Tap in San Francisco at the Warfield. Really! Anyway, we were very near the front, standing, when one of our gang noticed Les Claypool standing a couple people away from us. I don't remember if he made contact with Les or not, but minutes later we noticed he was on the stage, playing electric standup bass on Kashmir! That was wild -- so much fun.
 ecojot wrote:
Sounds like drums are 4 beats and guitar is 3/4 - for the beginning part anyway
 


Drums are 4/4. The melody is in 13/4
I wonder how long it will take the HR department to show up at my cube to tell me to TURN IT DOWN - YOU"LL WAKE THE DEAD!
Turn it up to 11, and watch the drummer spontaneously combust!
I'm meant to be working, but the sequence of Fleetwood Mac, Loreena McKennitt and Led Zeppelin is conspiring against me.
Damn this is good radio.
this music is so amazing{#Hearteyes}
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
I was 17. I was a local DJ while at studying at college, which allowed me to buy a decent amount of vinyl. I remember buying this album and playing it on rotation for a few months on my Road PA System stacked in my bedroom, which left no room for anything but a bed. It was loud. Loud enough to require me to put a 10p piece on the record arm to stop it bouncing because of the volume of the speakers in the small room. 

I dread to think how it affected my parents but they were good enough not to complain too much.

I now have tinnitus.

I still listen to loud music.

I will never learn. 

I still think this track is fantastic. 
 
Thank you for sharing. Very recognizable. LZ  was also played far too loud in my teenage bedroom.

Like you, I also have the tinnitus. It was there after a My Morning Jacket concert in 2011 and never went away. Tinnitus never does, unfortunately.

And yes, I also keep playing music loud. 

Music is the reason I got tinnitus, now music is also the medicine against it. 

I can live with tinnitus, but I can't live without music!
Two 10 rated tracks in a day; awesome B&R
LL RP
Didn't realize it at the time , but saw the first  American show of the Physical Graffiti tour in Minnesota in 1975. Head full of acid, an outstanding date, and one of the best experiences of my life. Could never understand people who bitched about their performances, but then they were fresh and at the top of their game. But, to be honest, they could have been shite and I would have still had a great time.  Somewhat indelibly etched in my brain.  Wish you all could have been there...
The documentary "It will Get Loud" talks about the drums in this song... which remain one of the most recognizable songs ever - at least by LZ.  Jimmy Page talks about how the kit was just set up in a foyer of an old english estate and how the cavernous sound was just a result of mic placement and wires running to a portable studio truck.  Really neat that it was that simple.  Many tried to recreate this sound with FX in the studio without getting that echo/delay.
This is the song and album that threw me into "awe" of LZ in my very early teens.
I was 15 when this came out and it quickly became the song I could listen to on endless repeat. This continues to be my favourite song o0f all time, and yet I wouldn't say that Zepplin is my fave band of all time. Life's funny that way.
Masterpiece.
 drwhy wrote:
This is one of those songs that I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first heard it.  It was mindblowing then and still is now.

 

Yep, all of us completely stoned,  laying on the carpeted floor, and flying off.....a long long time ago, but I still remember that feeling....now....
Play it LOUD!
TURNING IT UP!!!  
 Skydog wrote:
...um, how long is this?
 
Not long enough.
 drwhy wrote:
This is one of those songs that I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first heard it.  It was mindblowing then and still is now.

 
After work at the Catfish Parlour in Austin TX. High I was, in my buddies car and heard this for the first time. Revelation.  Same effect today but without the ganja this time. 
over produced and as dull as it ever was. 
now the first few albums we very different. 
Outstanding indeed!!
Another great segue (from McKennit)!
Thanks, Bill.
Black Kashmir is even better than this.....9
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
I was 17. I was a local DJ while at studying at college, which allowed me to buy a decent amount of vinyl. I remember buying this album and playing it on rotation for a few months on my Road PA System stacked in my bedroom, which left no room for anything but a bed. It was loud. Loud enough to require me to put a 10p piece on the record arm to stop it bouncing because of the volume of the speakers in the small room. 

I dread to think how it affected my parents but they were good enough not to complain too much.

I now have tinnitus.

I still listen to loud music.

I will never learn. 

I still think this track is fantastic. 
 
Eight years later.

Can you hear me now?
BRILLIANT SEQUE from Loreena McKennitt to Led Zep.
Bud Ump Tac, Bud Ump Tac.....
Brilliant segue: Kecharitomene → Kashmir.   {#Clap} {#Notworthy}

This is one of those songs that I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first heard it.  It was mindblowing then and still is now.

Gets no better than this...
One of the most powerful songs I know... since 30years. It doesn´t lose its fascination. Every time a big journey, the lyrics are like a prayer - a masterpiece of musical history. Gimme more!!!
Still most awesomeness ever!  I now know just how loud my Audio Engine speakers can go.... pretty fucking loud!!  Self powered hooked to desk top tower sounds like the good ole days, boy do I miss the '70s!!!   Thanks again.{#War}{#Cowboy}{#Drummer}{#Sunny}
Listening to Kashmir through headphones (at work) brings it to another level! TGIF!


".....Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years 

With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear...."
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
This is one of those songs where you go, "Man, John Bonham was an excellent drummer!"

 

He may have borrowed this guy's bass drum for this tune.
This is one of those songs where you go, "Man, John Bonham was an excellent drummer!"
Sit with elders of the gentle race 
All will be revealed...

Far out beyond words
Thank You  Thank You  Thank You

{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Meditate}{#Notworthy}{#Hug}{#Boohoo}
When I was a wee lad kashmir was hash.  Still is.
Fake Trump tweet
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Sounds like Muslim music!
Them Lead Zeplins must be terrists!
Don't let 'em into the country!!
Kid Rock rules!

 
Bad (or sick) band!  Sad!
Sounds like Muslim music!
Them Lead Zeplins must be terrists!
Don't let 'em into the country!!
Kid Rock rules!
 jbuhl wrote:
 

Thanks, swaying has resulted in a slight improvement.

 
Sorry about the smart-assed remark. I too suffer from light pollution.

https://www.ronnmurrayphoto.com/NorthernLights-AuroraCamera/AlaskaAuroraCam-Images/i-6jRwNsQ/A
Way to brighten up a dark November day   {#Sunny}
{#Jump}
  jbuhl wrote:
"Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face
With stars to fill my dream"

Unfortunately it will have to be a dream as light pollution now obscures the night sky.{#Frown} 

Ulises wrote:

Then move.

 

Thanks, swaying has resulted in a slight improvement.
 westslope wrote:
Not a big fan of LZ but I like this one. Even if it is grandiose and pompous.

 

We must live in antipodal musical worlds.  I'm a big fan of LZ but not this one.  Even if it is grandiose and pompous.
Best song ever {#Notworthy}
 jbuhl wrote:
"Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face
With stars to fill my dream"

Unfortunately it will have to be a dream as light pollution now obscures the night sky.{#Frown} 

 
Then move.
"Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face
With stars to fill my dream"

Unfortunately it will have to be a dream as light pollution now obscures the night sky.{#Frown} 
 misterbearbaby wrote:
If I had my own country, this would be my National Anthem (with the name of my country substituted for Kashmir... naturally).

 
...or you could just name your country "Kashmir" and you wouldn't have to go through the trouble of renaming the song.
This is stoner music fer shur! Great stuff...
{#Meditate}
 jonahboo wrote:

side 2 of Zeppelin iV



 
that always bugged me

side 2 of Zeppelin iV


{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
Nice! {#Clap}
 Skydog wrote:
...um, how long is this?

 
Not long enough in my mind....
 aspicer wrote:
OMG - just heard Prince died - he was only 57 yo.  2016 is becoming a really bad year for music legends....wow?!?! 

 
That really is unbelievable. Bowie + Prince.  Wow.  
 aspicer wrote:
OMG - just heard Prince died - he was only 57 yo.  2016 is becoming a really bad year for music legends....wow?!?! 

 
Yes, it's awful, and I am hoping RP will give him some recognition soon...

Very sad, I think especially having grown up listening to Prince in my formative years (the 80s).  Lots of memories. 
OMG - just heard Prince died - he was only 57 yo.  2016 is becoming a really bad year for music legends....wow?!?! 
Waves of memories of Mickey Mouse blotter wash over me. Thanks Bill & Rebecca!
I thought I was closer to God when I heard this for the first time (when I was like 12) and promptly re-listened to it numerous times.....brilliant!
 Skydog wrote:
...um, how long is this?

 
As long as it takes to press the PSD button if you're that dissatisfied. 
 wgsu_1978 wrote:

I could, and did.

 
It doesn't make sense. Yesterday was played the fourth season of vivaldi and the votes cast was a 8.9. Who can vote vivaldi less than 10. With led zeppelin that's exactly the same 
                                                                        whoa-oh-hoh,  I am waiting.
...um, how long is this?
 Susan_Amati wrote:
How could anybody give this a less than "10" rating?

 
I could, and did.
Always was my favorite LZ song. Spent many a high time listening, drifting away into the fantasy land of the Middle East and floating on the magic carpet or dancing and twirling on and on and on and on and on....
How could anybody give this a less than "10" rating?
I never tire of hearing this!  

                   {#Bananajam} 
I was at the second Knebworth w/e, not a big fan, the ticket was a gift: Unbelievably awesome, J Page with his violin bow, aircraft landing lights (rumoured), tens of thousands of fans, loud as can be, played for hours. Took all night to exit the carpark. I take my hat off to them.
Perfection!{#Cheers}
I think this is one of those with drums recorded in an atrium with three-story ceiling...
 moodfood wrote:
Gotta love Bonzo's driving beat.. ♥♥
 
He was the man.  Beating those drums into submission and driving Page and JPJ to try and keep up.
Zepplin never was my thing back in the day, but I have to give genius its due credit. 10 from me.
I've always found the mic-ing for the drums very interesting on this song. Sounds like they put one good mic over the drums and one near the kick, but not in it which is so common today.
on and on, on and on, on and on, on and on, woooooooooooooooo
A favorite drumroll... have to turn it up just to hear Bonzo's execution again.

Or, as Mr. Baker calls it, "the heavy bish-bash, jing-bap, jing-bash bullshit."
{#Sunny}
 ecojot wrote:
Sounds like drums are 4 beats and guitar is 3/4 - for the beginning part anyway

 
Why, that would seem to be an homage to LZ's incredible creativity and musicality. Bonzo is not dead!
If I had my own country, this would be my National Anthem (with the name of my country substituted for Kashmir... naturally).
 LowPhreak wrote:

You could ask the same ridiculous and irrelevant question about any other rock song, or jazz, country, rap/hip hop...as well as many other kinds of art.

 
It was a humorously-posed, hypothetical question (intended to be ridiculous), sarcastically posted in response to this post below:

  ottojschlosser wrote:
Not a big fan of cocaine-influenced Zep, sorry.

 Steely_D wrote:

I only high I need to enjoy this is -fidelity and -volume.

 
What?  Que?  Been to Colorado recently, have ya?
 
It's immortal.
 
 supermec wrote:
Hum,

Got to get a little high to appreciate...and I reached some unexpected levels in my time...way way back

MEC 
 
I only high I need to enjoy this is -fidelity and -volume.
 LowPhreak wrote:

You could ask the same ridiculous and irrelevant question about any other rock song, or jazz, country, rap/hip hop...as well as many other kinds of art.

 
What I wonder is how many Led Zep songs were written without the influence of food or sleep.
 Proclivities wrote:

Are there some Led Zeppelin tunes out there written or recorded without  the use of drugs or alcohol?

 
You could ask the same ridiculous and irrelevant question about any other rock song, or jazz, country, rap/hip hop...as well as many other kinds of art.
Sounds like drums are 4 beats and guitar is 3/4 - for the beginning part anyway
Thank You!..... Needed this... 10's...Getting better...... Thank You..
 ScottN wrote:
PSD, thanks.  Kashmir doesn't seemed to have aged as well as some other LZ classics.  Still, fun to hear every now and then.

 
One of the greatest songs by LZ...one of the greatest bands ever!!!!!
PSD, thanks.  Kashmir doesn't seemed to have aged as well as some other LZ classics.  Still, fun to hear every now and then.
I have to say it, once again, like a mantra: This thing, when at or above proper Standard Orbit, is truly a most tasty festival for the ears!
Hum,

Got to get a little high to appreciate...and I reached some unexpected levels in my time...way way back

MEC 
Not a big fan of LZ but I like this one. Even if it is grandiose and pompous.
 ottojschlosser wrote:
Not a big fan of cocaine-influenced Zep, sorry.

 
Any proof of that statement or just an assumption on your part? {#Roflol}
Gotta love Bonzo's driving beat.. ♥♥
Simply the best rock song of all time. Anyone who says "bleh" or the like below can go stuff themselves.
I missed Zeppelin at the time, too young...appreciate them now....
Who let the crazy people below in.  There is no adequate selection for this one because given that we are accepting the extremely unlikely possibility that there is a god then I still say this song is far in a way a work of genius far beyond the ability of any god who would make as big a cock up of things as we now see.

Bleh.  So overplayed anywhere


Tedious
Hmm, I think I've heard this before.
The live version of this on the "Celebration Day" performance released in recent years is worth the price of purchase alone.
Nice touch playing this song at the right time in this program: https://www.wliw.org/marcopolo/
 ottojschlosser wrote:
Not a big fan of cocaine-influenced Zep, sorry.
 
Are there some Led Zeppelin tunes out there written or recorded without  the use of drugs or alcohol?
Now we're rockin'!