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Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven riff voted best guitar solo in new poll

The riff that landed the members of Led Zeppelin in court earlier this year (16) has been voted the greatest guitar solo of all time in a new survey.
Jimmy Page’s Stairway to Heaven fretwork has topped the new Classic Rock magazine poll just months after a jury ruled he didn’t steal the riff from Spirit’s song Taurus.
Led Zeppelin were accused of copying part of Spirit’s 1968 song in a case brought to court by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the band’s late guitarist Randy California who had toured with Page in the late 1960s.
Many rock experts will agree the Stairway to Heaven riff is the best ever – but Page himself disagrees.
The rock legend says, “Is Stairway To Heaven my best Zeppelin guitar solo? No, but it’s pretty damn good. The solo was done very quickly – in actual fact there were already layers underneath, the bottleneck you can hear was on before the solo.
“I just said, ‘Roll it’, took a deep breath, that’s what I usually do, and then go. I had a couple of cracks at it because you didn’t have as many options as you would have now. Back then you had 16 tracks and could only put guitar solos down where the vocal wasn’t. You’d save maybe three tracks to lay guitar solos into which meant you could have two or three cracks at it and then choose the best.”
He adds, “If everyone else says it’s my best solo then that’s great, that’s good, but there are others that I prefer.”

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