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:
 Jan 1-10: Top Ten Blues Rock Stonkers
 Jan 10-20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin Tracks
 Jan 21-30: Top Ten Spinetinglers
 Jan 31-Feb 9: Top Ten Underworld Tracks
 Feb 10-19: Top Ten Acoustic Tracks
 Feb 20-Mar 1: Top Ten Queen Tracks
…and more to follow