Mary J Blige issues Zeppelin tracks as downloads

Mary J Blige wants the world to hear her get the Led out
Mary J Blige wants the world to hear her get the Led out (Image credit: MIKE SEGAR/Reuters/Corbis)

Mary J Blige has made her covers of Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven and Whole Lotta Love available as downloads on iTunes.

Last month, MusicRadar told you that Blige had recorded her version of Stairway, produced by music executive Ron Fair and Tal Herzberg, utilizing the guitar team of Steve Vai and Orianthi, along with American Idol judge Randy Jackson on bass and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

Meanwhile, Blige's take on Whole Lotta Love was produced by Fair and RedOne. No other credits have been supplied, and from the sounds of it, actual musicians weren't in the studio for this track.

Curious? Check out Stairway To Heaven and then give Whole Lotta Love a spin.

Blige's Zeppelin covers, which have drawn equal parts praise and derision, were included on the UK version of her 2009 album Stronger With Each Tear. Yesterday, however, both songs were listed on iTunes in the US as singles.

Reportedly, the singer received encouragement from U2's Bono, who suggested she record Whole Lotta Love after he heard her rendition of Stairway. (In 2005, Blige released a successful cover of U2's One.)

"I am a Led Zeppelin fan," Blige said. "I've listened to their music since I was a child, and it's always moved me, especially Stairway To Heaven. "I loved soft rock as a child. I'm full of this stuff, naturally."

We admit, we're still trying to figure out how Blige can classify Led Zeppelin as 'soft rock.' In any event, MusicRadar has an alternate Whole Lotta Love to rock your bells. This is a particular favorite of our own Chris Vinnicombe. May we present Goldbug's waaaaaay over-the-top 1996 remake, which actually hit No. 3 on the UK singles chart.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.