Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell

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Make a Difference Foundation: Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell
Live album by Various artists
Released November 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 45:52
Label Mercury
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
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Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell was a 1989 compilation album featuring bands that performed at the Moscow Music Peace Festival. It was released by the Make a Difference Foundation. Each song is a cover of a famous solo artist or rock band who had suffered a drug- or alcohol-related death. The liner notes include an extensive dedication list of such artists. The album closes with a few collaborative efforts including a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick" and a live medley of songs from Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin.

The album title is a reference to the songs "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin and "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC. Although neither track appears on the album, both Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and AC/DC singer Bon Scott had alcohol-related deaths in 1980.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "My Generation" (Gorky Park) Pete Townshend The Who 4:46
2. "Holidays in the Sun" (Skid Row) Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten Sex Pistols 3:35
3. "I Can't Explain" (Scorpions) Pete Townshend The Who 3:21
4. "Purple Haze" (Ozzy Osbourne) Jimi Hendrix The Jimi Hendrix Experience 4:21
5. "Teaser" (Mötley Crüe) Tommy Bolin, Jeff Cook Tommy Bolin 5:18
6. "The Boys Are Back in Town" (Bon Jovi) Phil Lynott Thin Lizzy 4:03
7. "Move Over" (Cinderella) Janis Joplin Janis Joplin 3:24
8. "Moby Dick" (Drum Madness) John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin 5:54
9. "Hound Dog"   Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller Big Mama Thornton 3:19
10. "Long Tall Sally/Blue Suede Shoes"   Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman/Carl Perkins Little Richard/Carl Perkins 3:02
11. "Rock & Roll"   John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Led Zeppelin 4:49
Total length:
45:52