Led Zeppelin – Bron-y-aur (Starters for Ten #050) 10/10 (5)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 50: Top Ten Acoustic tracks: 190219

Led Zeppelin – Bron-y-Aur (1975)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Bron-Yr-Aur (Welsh for “breast of the gold”, or by extension, “hill of the gold” or “golden hill”) is a privately owned 18th-century cottage, on the outskirts of Machynlleth, Wales.

It was used during the 1950s by the family of future-Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant as a holiday home. But, in 1970, Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page spent time there after a long and gruelling concert tour of North America. Though the cottage had no running water or electricity, they used it as a retreat to write and record some of their third album, Led Zeppelin III.

Robert (Plant) and I went to Bron-Yr-Aur in 1970. We’d been working solidly right up to that point. Even recordings were done on the road. We had this time off and Robert suggested the cottage. I certainly hadn’t been to that area of Wales. So we took our guitars down there and played a few bits and pieces. This wonderful countryside, panoramic views and having the guitars … it was just an automatic thing to be playing. And we started writing.

It was the first time I really came to know Robert, actually living together at Bron-Yr-Aur, as opposed to occupying nearby hotel rooms. The songs took us into areas that changed the band, and it established a standard of travelling for inspiration… which is the best thing a musician can do.

[Jimmy Page  – August 1970]

So, to conclude the 5th ‘Starter for ten’ – my top ten acoustic tracks – here’s Led Zeppelin’s Bron-y-Aur from Physical Graffiti (1975).

The 2019 ‘Starters for Ten’ series features:
[1] Jan 1-10: Top Ten Blues Rock Stonkers
[2] Jan 10-20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin Tracks
[3] Jan 21-30: Top Ten Spinetinglers
[4] Jan 31-Feb 9: Top Ten Underworld Tracks
[5] Feb 10-19: Top Ten Acoustic Tracks
[6] Feb 20-Mar 1: Top Ten Queen Tracks
…and more to follow

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Led Zeppelin – In my time of dying (Starters for Ten #020) 10/10 (2)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin numbers: 190120

Led Zeppelin – In my time of dying (1975)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the tune itself. Because the music always speaks for itself.

Concluding the second and featuring my top ten Led Zeppelin numbers, here’s In my time of dying, the final track from side 1 from the 1975 double album on Swansong ‘Physical Graffiti’.

The 2019 ‘Starters for Ten’ series features:
Jan 1-10: Top Ten Blues Rock Stonkers
Jan 10-20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin Tracks
…and more to follow

Led Zeppelin – I’m gonna crawl (Starters for Ten #019) 9/10 (2)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 19: Top Ten Led Zeppelin numbers: 190119

Led Zeppelin – I’m gonna crawl (1979)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the tune itself. Because the music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the second, running between 11 and 20 January and featuring my top ten Led Zeppelin numbers, here’s I’m gonna crawl from the band’s last album released before John Bonham’s passing, 1979’s “In through the out door”

Led Zeppelin – Poor Tom (Starters for Ten #018) 8/10 (2)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 18: Top Ten Led Zeppelin numbers: 190118

Led Zeppelin – Poor Tom (1982)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes will be taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the tune itself. Because the music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the second, running between 11 and 20 January and featuring my top ten Led Zeppelin numbers, here’s Poor Tom from the rarities compilation album – Coda – released in 1982, two years after the band had formally split following the untimely death of drummer John Bonham.

Led Zeppelin – D’yer Maker (Starters for Ten #017) 7/10 (2)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 17: Top Ten Led Zeppelin numbers: 190117

Led Zeppelin – D’yer Maker (1973)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes will be taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the tune itself. Because the music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the second, running between 11 and 20 January and featuring my top ten Led Zeppelin numbers, here’s D’yer Maker from the 1973 release ‘Houses of the Holy’

Led Zeppelin – How many more times (Starters for Ten #016) 6/10 (2)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 16: Top Ten Led Zeppelin numbers: 190116

Led Zeppelin – How many more times (1969)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes will be taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the tune itself. Because the music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the second, running between 11 and 20 January and featuring my top ten Led Zeppelin numbers, here’s How many more times from the band’s debut album, released in 1968

Led Zeppelin – That’s the way (Starters for Ten #015) 5/10 (2)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 15: Top Ten Led Zeppelin numbers: 190115

Led Zeppelin – That’s the Way (1970)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes will be taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the tune itself. Because the music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the second, running between 11 and 20 January and featuring my top ten Led Zeppelin numbers, here’s That’s the Way from ‘III’, released in 1970.