If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that Led Zeppelin is my jam. Zep was my gateway to rock and roll and Jimmy Page is one of the main reasons I’m playing guitar today (and why I’m a little bit obsessed with Gibson Les Pauls).
As a result, I’ve listened to lots of Led Zeppelin covers over the years. Honestly though, I’ve never heard anything quite like this.
Guitar World reposted this clip of Marcin Patrzalek’s take on “Kashmir” today. Before I start gushing with the superlatives, I’m going to let the clip speak for itself:
Next level, right? As Guitar World’s Matt Owen recounts:
“After driving the iconic guitar riff along with the a thundering kick drum and snare snap provided by booming right-hand slaps, Marcin shifts up a gear with a dizzying display of his prolific playing skills, executing a number of high-speed percussive drum lines and melodic strums.”
The grand finale sees Marcin race through a flurry of blink-and-you'll-miss-them two-hand taps as the mesmerizing performance is wrapped up in style.”
It’s a seriously impressive interpretation of the Zep classic; unashamedly virtuosic, but never losing sight of the melodic grounding of the original.
Marcin’s take has been getting plenty of love from guitar playing legends as well. Tom Morello’s christened him #HogawartsAxeslinger, which is high praise indeed considering Mr. Morello’s penchant for mindbending guitar pyrotechnics.
If Mr.Patrzalek seems familiar, you might recognize him from the 2019 season of America’s Got Talent, where he reached the semi-final. He also won Must Be the Music in his native Poland back in 2015.
You can check out more of Marcin’s music on his YouTube channel, which features originals, as well as rearranged covers, like this unique and beautiful take on System of a Down’s “Aerials”:
…And this epic, 7+ minute runthrough of Metallica’s opus, “Master of Puppets”:
Watching Marcin rip though those tracks has got me thinking: what are the best acoustic interpretations of pop and rock songs out there?
There have been some great acoustic versions of full-band songs over the years. Tommy Emmanuel’s joyous Beatles medley – which features sections from"Here Comes The Sun", "When I'm Sixty- Four", 'Day Tripper", and "Lady Madonna".- immediately comes to mind.
And sticking with the legendary Mr. Emmanuel, this gorgeous cover of the Carpenters’ “Close to You” must surely also be a contender:
But what are your picks? Let us know your favourite acoustic takes in the comments section. Oh, and if you have any renditions of your own that you’re particularly proud of, why not share them with us as well? We’d love to hear what you’ve been working on!