Various Artists

Stairways to Heaven

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Stairways to Heaven is one of the wackiest albums ever released. Every song on here is "Stairway to Heaven," but all performed in very different styles. To even get a grasp on the range of styles here is almost mind-boggling. For instance, Rolf Harris, best known for his novelty Australian hit "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," essentially re-does that song with the lyrics for "Stairway to Heaven" as the basis. John Paul Young puts in a straightforward rock rendition. Other versions include a B-52's cover band, an Elvis impersonator, a Doors tribute band, and two Beatles groups (one early period, one late) all doing the cut in the styles of those groups. There is even a crooner-style rendition (watch out, Pat Boone, you've got competition) and a classically tinged operatic. The liner notes on this one, with their fabricated tale of the making of the album, are even hilarious. The end result is that this is probably close to the most fun you can have listening to an album.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:17
2 3:10
3 3:21
4 3:27
5 3:41
6 4:03
7 4:20
8 1:33
9 3:32
10 2:02
11 1:57
12 2:42
13 2:59
14 2:45
15 3:33
16 2:47
17 3:26
18 5:34
19 4:09
20 3:52
21 3:15
22 2:44
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