15 Seconds of Magic
4:51 – 5:06 – Since I’ve Been Loving You
Everything about these 20 seconds raises hairs on my neck. Just when you think the song has come crashing to its end we get possibly my favourite blues riff of all time from Page. Robert Plant screams from the silence. Bonham kicks you with a gut busting fill and before you know it the song is straight back in with a gorgeous crescendo. Beautiful.
Since I’ve Been Loving You
As much as I’d love the variance of picking something different to the 20 seconds of magic. This is genuinely one of my favourite rock/blues songs of all time – maybe my favourite. It doesn’t get beat easily by my books. Not even by the instantly recognisable rock n roll classic, Immigrant Song – albeit incomparable.
We come from the land of the ice and snow
From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow
The hammer of the gods
Is there not something just so outright thumping about this opener? It’s so high
adrenaline – and as reductive as it might be I just fucking love School of Rock. I can only imagine Jack Black tearing through suburban USA screaming it in a van full of school kids.
Caught me in the feels
There’s just something haunting about its beginning which grips me. I feel
nostalgia and melancholy. Then after Plant pours his heart out in the first 3
verses he pauses – “and I do”. Then Page follows suit and pours his heart out
through his strings. Literally makes the thing sing for a solid 30 seconds of pure
beauty. Then the song lifts and erupts into happiness? I don’t know – it’s too much for me. So many emotions.
Weird pick I know – it’s only really since listening to this album about 5 times in the past week that it just encompasses so much and I don’t feel it gets enough of a look in on this album. The guitar-work that we later hear emulated in Stairway to Heaven – which no matter what you say- is an absolute masterpiece. Also I just love how it transitions from Plant telling a story to Page telling it with strings, then everything just elevates into major chord progressions. Grand stuff.
When to Listen
These boys (Page and Plant) went out to the rolling Welsh hills to gain inspiration for this album (and stayed in Bron-Y-Aur cottage – namesake of the penultimate track on the album). Get out into the fresh air and Rurality and enjoy the folky acoustic tracks.
Overall score & Summary
One of my favourite albums of all time, nuff said.