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  1. Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds: The Beginning… Historic Demo Recording Produced by Jimmy Page Coming April 30 Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist and producer’s first official production available now for pre-order via JimmyPage.com Exclusive Stream of “Money” Track Premiere Available now via RollingStone.com Available now for the very first time, Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds: The Beginning…presents a 12-song demo recording produced by legendary guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Recorded in 1961 at RG Jones Sound Studio in Morden, London, this historic session marks the launch of a highly successful career for Chris Farlowe. It was also the very first official turn in the producer’s chair for Jimmy Page who went on to capture the timeless studio and live performances of Led Zeppelin that today serve as a blueprint for all modern rock recordings that followed in their formidable wake. For both, it all started with “The Beginning…” These revelatory performances, available for pre-order now and scheduled for exclusive worldwide distribution via JimmyPage.com on April 30, brilliantly capture the spirit of adventure and excitement of the London music scene in the early 1960s. In his liner notes accompanying “The Beginning…” Farlowe summarized his first encounter with Page and the session by stating, “We would play anywhere just for the buzz and it was at one of these gigs that we met a very young boy called Jimmy Page, who liked my band and my guitarist Bobby Taylor. Jimmy suggested that he wanted to record a demo album of the band, so he booked the RG Jones studio in Morden, London, and now after 56 years, it is to see the light of day.” And what a musical storm they conjured! As Page points out in his liner notes for the album, you’d never know that Farlowe and his band mates were in a recording studio for the first time. “The band settled into their recording role immediately and an album was recorded that day. The guitar and bass were recorded by direct injection and the band listened to their progress via headphones…They adapted really quickly to this method, the individual performance exhibits the style and class that this band had and Chris Farlowe’s performance is absolutely extraordinary.” The band’s tightness and musical telepathy is apparent from the get-go with two hard driving instrumentals to kick off the recording. The opening track, Entry of the Slaves, features Bobby Taylor on guitar who is described by Page in the liner notes as, “the coolest stylist, both in his image and his playing, that I had seen in a guitarist who was in an unsigned band.” The incendiary Spring is Near follows and showcases the rhythm section’s individual and collective talents with both Johnny Warne on bass and Johnny Wise on drums contributing thrilling solos. On track three, Farlowe steps up to the mic and tears into a powerful version of the Ray Charles classic What’d I Say. Next up are spirited versions of the rock and roll classics Let the Good Times Roll, Sticks and Stones, Kansas City and I’m Moving On. Each track is powered along by Wise and Warne, and feature cracking guitar solos from Taylor. The volume and tempo comes down, but the intensity remains high on the soulful ballad Just a Dream, which features an emotional and heart wrenching vocal turn from Farlowe. On this track, The Thunderbirds provide brilliant dynamics and atmosphere to set the perfect mood behind Farlowe’s vocal. From here, the recording shifts gears again with Money driven along by a rumbling beat on the tom-toms from Wise and more gorgeous guitar work from Taylor. Farlowe’s howling vocal breathes new life and fire into this timeless rock and roll standard. On Matchbox, The Thunderbirds lay down a powerful and respectful homage to the great Carl Perkins classic with a groove that chugs along like a freight train barreling down the track, with every strum, pluck and beat brilliantly captured by Page on tape. Next up, Farlowe and The Thunderbirds make Don Gibson’s Hurtin’ Inside their own with Taylor’s fiery licks and Wise’s snare drum work perfectly complimenting Farlowe’s soulful delivery and his incredible range. A spirited version of Bobby Parker’s Watch Your Step closes out the proceedings with Farlowe deftly pushing the band along, climbing up his range effortlessly into falsetto and ad-libbing brilliantly into the fadeout. Page’s complete satisfaction with what he was able to capture on tape that day is abundantly clear. “I’m really pleased to be able to make this musical document available for the first time to give an idea of the musical cauldron that was going on in London in 1961, a few years before the Chicago Blues renaissance and The Beatles.” These recordings on The Beginning…marked the first collaboration between Page and Farlowe who went on to work together when Page was a session musician and Farlowe was on Immediate Records. Page featured on the hit single Out Of Time. In 1982, Farlowe featured on Page’s Death Wish II soundtrack, and again when Farlowe made a guest appearance on Page’s 1988 solo album Outrider. Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds: The Beginning is now available for pre-order at Jimmy Page.com in advance of its April 30 release date. The release is available in two editions: Standard and Deluxe. The 1-LP, 1-CD set is available signed and numbered by Chris Farlowe and Jimmy Page in a limited edition release bringing the signatures of two music legends together for the very first time. Tracklist: 1.) Entry of the Slaves 2.) Spring is Near 3.) What’d I Say 4.) Let the Good Times Roll 5.) Sticks and Stones 6.) Kansas City 7.) I’m Moving On 8.) Just a Dream 9.) Matchbox 10.) Money 11.) Hurtin’ Inside 12.) Watch Your Step Media Contact Chart Room Media bill@chartroommedia.com
  2. Hello. I'm a music journalist, trying to track down the seamstress who made Jimmy Page's white and black dragon stage outfits, to interview for a story for LA Weekly. I've read here and elsewhere the designer was a then Los Angeles-based seamstress known as Coco. Read on a thread within this forum she was living in the UK in 2012. If anyone has a way to contact her and/or knows here full name please email me at matthewbwake@gmail.com. I would really appreciate the help and time. Below is some of my previous work for LA Weekly. http://www.laweekly.com/music/how-a-custom-guitar-made-in-redondo-beach-saved-appetite-for-destruction-6807261 http://www.laweekly.com/music/inside-the-strange-hidden-world-of-offstage-touring-musicians-6539027 http://www.laweekly.com/music/master-recordings-from-abbey-road-to-born-to-run-could-be-lost-forever-without-archivists-help-7575450
  3. Hi to all you zep fans Been playing about with guitar for 30 years or more, I've now ended up getting serious with my Led Zeppelin playing. I can crank out a few songs but I want to get a deeper insight into Jimmy's playing. I've found a few web articles but many have things like missing diagrams which is driving me nuts, so if anyone knows of good complete web articles or ones that were published in magazines (mag, year and month published so I can try to track them down on ebay) that would be great. I don't mind just hearing your opinions about his techniques, or what you have learned down the years, it's all good! My own idea is that a lot of his style was about a killer and versatile right hand, capable of intricate finger picking through to the just plain 'rude'! There was a lot going on with the acoustic strumming with accenting and missed beats which just pours tension into the music. I've learned by watching a lot of videos he tackled an awful lot of styles with his left thumb hooked well over the top - so the chords in a song like BIGLU rather than being barre chords as might be expected in the traditional sense of the first finger forming the barre, are played with the thumb - a very cool way to introduce the open strings and creating a haunting sound. But over to you lot...
  4. Does anyone know what clothes Jimmy is wearing during the 69 outfit? Particularly his low hanging jacket. Where might I be able to find something similar to this.
  5. Do you guys think the o2 Kashmir was the best ever? Or was it the 1979 Knebworth?
  6. First time/long time. Zep fan since '85 when I saw them on MTV for Live Aid (not their best, I know, but a great "what is all the fuss about?" intro for a 13 year old). My aunt was a huge fan, turned me on to all the albums, took me to see the Outrider tour and Plant's "Now and Zen" tour (with Joan Jett opening!). Later, I saw Page/Plant at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and have seen Plant again since while he was a resident here in Austin. Anyway, getting back into Page era stuff post-Zep, pre-Page/Plant lately. Downloaded The Firm's first album from iTunes (used to have the tape) and pulled out my old Coverdale/Page CD. Some REALLY great tracks on those. I also think Coverdale/Page was his best STUDIO guitar playing since Zeppelin. I gave another listen to "Outrider"....not as good as the other stuff from '84-'94, but a couple nice pieces on there. Really sounds like another Firm album in places, which LED me to wonder the timeline of the compositions post-Zep. The Outrider Wiki states it would have been a double album had it not been for the home break in that transpired. Anybody have any more details on that break in, what kind of stuff (besides demos for Outrider, obviously) was taken, timeline of the compositions for ALL of the '84 - '94 work? I know he tends to write stuff and marinate on it for quite a bit. Looking forward to a new Page solo album in the (hopefully very near) future. Thanks for having me.
  7. Never published before… this shot was under consideration for the Genesis Publications book, “Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page”. http://www.markbowmanimages.com/music-photography/jimmy-page-the-firm-1986/ The Firm – Mean Business Tour 1986 Jimmy Page – New Orleans, Lousiana Photo: Mark Bowman Images WEBSITE: www.markbowmanimages.com FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Bowman-Images/200656080063765
  8. I personally like Outrider I think has more of Jimmy's hard rock and bluesy feel. Unlike some of Robert's later projects. (I enjoy Robert's solo career as well)
  9. Hello all, I will be visiting the United Kingdom this May. I want to take advantage of the trip and find places to visit that have significance in relation to Led Zeppelin. Whether it be venues they have played, places they have lived, or museums. Please let me know!
  10. Radio documentary here with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant talking about formation and the history of Led Zeppelin, along with Noddy Holder from Slade and former Melody Maker editor Chris Charlesworth. http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/led_zeppelin_story
  11. How does Jimmy play the harmonic portion towards the beginning of his bow solo during this concert? This is the part immediately preceding the slapback echo portion. He appears to start with a 12th-fret harmonic and then pull-offs beginning at higher frets, making a really fascinating, unexplainable sound. I'm guessing the sound results from a combination of cranked tube amp harmonics, and help from his tape delay and room echo. Has anyone recreated this sound? I've never even heard Page do it again in any other concerts.
  12. Press and interviews with and for Jimmy Page regarding this years Remasters. JP - Physical Graffiti Playback Event http://www.jimmypage.com/news/physical-graffiti-playback-event
  13. They're almost always mentioned in the top 2 or 3. Jimi Hendrix was incredibly talented. Has a blues/jazz/improv way of playing that was very akin to the black artists of the 30's-50's. He was just really soulful and poetic with the guitar. But unfortunately, he died way too young, and I don't think his catalogue matches up with Page's for that reason alone. Page proved to be far more versatile and wide-reaching with the kind of music he'd play, between loud, soft, soothing, aggressive, he mastered just about every angle of guitaring.
  14. Classic Rock April 2009 issue (UK)
  15. Following the latest Led Zeppelin news this year for the upcoming release of "The Complete BBC Sessions" on September 16.Please post interviews regarding this here.
  16. Hi everybody! i'm a huge fan of led zeppelin. I live in rome and i think that this new tribute band is very great! Tell me waht you think about! cheers
  17. I was just browsing /r/ledzeppelin and saw a post about Jimmy Page's Personality. In it, the author was essentially curious about the allure of Jimmy Page's personality and the aura he has, despite seeming to be so mild mannered. Initially I laughed, but realized that Page really is perhaps the most interesting character of the band. Often when I read about Zep and dive into the legends surrounding them, Page's antics are what make me so curious. I mean his obsession with Crowley and the occult, Boleskine house, coupled with the fact that he barely talks but seems very likeable, really is what gave Zeppelin it's depth. Additionally, despite being the quietest and most mysterious, he is the one who produced the music and coordinated the talent of the other musicians. He also handled business affairs and started the band. Jimmy Page really has that mysterious persona and his power seems to emanate from him. I am a college student and I see him as a role model because of the strength of his personality. There is something about him I can't put my finger on. I get a similar feeling from characters like Michael Corleone from the Godfather, and other powerful quiet men like J.D. Rockefeller. They all have classic, thoughtful personalities and earned their power through their own determination and cunning. Personas that remind me of earlier times perhaps. Many modern CEOs and businessmen seem to lack this character, they are more "win friends and influence people" and phony, but I can tell Page has real character. I understand you guys may not relate, as I couldn't find anyone expressing this in other places, but I really get the sense that Jimmy Page is a man of substance and will that bends to no one, despite being mild mannered. It is a power and confidence, a nobility that shines through in both his external manners, and also his extreme and proficiency in guitar, business, music production, and also the obvious fact that he is very well educated in certain subjects (occult). Rockstars and many guitarists after Page just seem to be fake, and more concerned about their image, while Page doesn't give a fuck what anyone thinks and has that true depth. The rock bands that followed emulated him, using occult symbols and such, not to mention the musical influence. But they all seem so fake beside Page. Page likely is just naturally disposed to this noble persona. Jim Morrison also seems to have this authentic and mysterious flair. I would like to discuss whether others notice this too, and maybe talk about why he is like this, and what you think makes him different than most people. This is an important topic, as Page really is the force that made guitar and rock music so much more sexual and interesting, despite seeming quite androgynous himself.
  18. Good three part Jimmy Page radio interview here with Jimmy talking about his career as a session guitarist and Zeppelin. http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/tdim_radio_jimmy_page_documentary
  19. Hello to all! I'm a guitarist from Buffalo, NY and a HUGE Jimmy Page enthusiast (I was lucky enough to meet him on November 5th 2014 in NYC). I play (and also take on the role of lead vocalist) in a three piece blues and rock band that formed in September of last year after some effort to get off the ground. I've actually been conversing with a local radio DJ who runs a Led Zeppelin hour every Sunday night and he is looking to get me on the show. So far we have two songs recorded (produced, mixed and mastered by myself) and are looking to record more very soon as we have quite a few more originals raring to go. Anyhow, I figured I'd share some of our music on here to see how it will be perceived by some other Zeppelin fans on here and maybe get some feedback. https://soundcloud.com/mojo-stone-1 Find us on Facebook at Mojo Stone and on Twitter @mojo_stone
  20. Hi all, first post! I've noticed that Robert Plant has made a drawing to support The Big Draw charity. It got me wondering, what other artwork has been created personally by the band? So thought it might be fun if everyone shared their pictures of Led Zeppelin artwork, or examples of any other art the band made outside music. By the way the bidding on the Robert Plant drawing is only at £100 at the moment, so it might be a good opportunity for any passionate Zep fans! What do you think is the story behind this drawing?
  21. With the completion at last of the massive Led Zeppelin remastering project, our attention now turns to what is next up Jimmy Page's sleeve. I think most of us have a hankering for some new music from Jimmy...either solo or with a band. But Steve A. Jones has intimated about a possible Earls Court 1975 release...which would theoretically take up some considerable time and delay Jimmy from recording any new music even further. I thought this would make an interesting poll topic: What do us fans want Jimmy to do next? Should he focus on putting out some new music? Or keep tending to the archives and put out an official complete Earls Court release, or some other live concert of your choosing? Or for an out-of-left-field choice...how about putting The Firm back together?
  22. So most of these have been posted already, but as they accumulate, I thought it would be good to have updates and news about initiatives that the Zep lads support all organized in one place. First up is Jimmy's patronage of the wonderful Outside Edge Theatre Company. An amazing and important arts outlet: “Outside Edge produces artistically excellent work that challenges and entertains audiences at the same time as making a real difference. Edge’s work with addicts – and the ways in which their performances awaken audiences and provoke debate – is quite simply stunning.” —Jimmy Page, company patron. Check them out also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/outsidetheatre and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Outside-Edge-Theatre-Company-96401722438/
  23. Beautiful number, with a whole pallete of different renditions. One of my favourite ones is the first rough version on the LZIII deluxe version. It's just so damn raw. Who cares if it's sloppy, or an alternative take? My "hands down favourite version" is the BBC version from April 1971. It is tight (Bonzo and Jonesy in top form), Jimmy is not too flashy, but rather more presice and soulful in his playing, and last but not the least... Percy's on fire!!! Nuff said, I'd like to hear what y'all think?!