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Babies Go Led Zeppelin

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Argentina’s RGS Music specializes in its “Babies Go” CD series, which reinvents the music of pop icons like the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and dozens of others artists as smooth, soothing, and lushly orchestrated lullabies -- but they do it very well, and the label’s re-imaginings of these iconic songs feature wonderfully interesting arrangements professionally recorded, all with a deep, clear, and roundly warm sonic feel. The label’s motto is a little frightening -- “edit all music” -- but one can’t argue much about the results. Somehow these Babies Go tracks manage to retain the essence of the original melody while slowing it down and expanding it all at once. This volume of the series goes to work on the Led Zeppelin canon, and amazingly these versions of songs like “Stairway to Heaven” find new little corners in some of the most iconic (and unavoidable) melodies in pop history. It’s kind of a neat hat trick -- these songs are morphed into lullabies, but retain enough of the originals to be interesting beyond that, making them more like expansions than reductions. That’s not an easy thing to do, but RGS keeps doing it, and the label’s collections are a step above most of the releases that hit the lullaby market.

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