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  1. Nobody's mentioning Stairway? I thought it was fabulous the first time I heard it when the drums came in.
  2. Yes they are real and they are recorders not flutes. Regarding Page feeling only a real instrument would suffice, I have no idea but if you read some of the pre Zeppelin interviews where he talks about the band he wants to form he's very keen on having a dedicated Mellotron player. I think the recorders might have been just there. I have this image of Jonesy turning up to every studio session with an Aladin's cave of instruments in a sack just in case. i also have a feeling that the Mellotron was bought after the recording sessions to facilitate performing stairway live.
  3. Look you're both wrong! Anyone with an ounce of intelligence can pearly see he's playing a Bentley rhythm Ace
  4. I used to have an original with the "do what thou wilt" etching until some "friend " borrowed it! I'm sure the etching didn't look like that. I don't remember it being as loopy as that. However I may be wrong.
  5. Yardbirds '68 out Nov 5th

    Yes I've seen it before. I hope he hasn't wiped the vocal from the official release.
  6. Yardbirds '68 out Nov 5th

    I hope he hasn't.
  7. Yardbirds '68 out Nov 5th

    I actually find it quite offensive to the fans. Ok I accept that a box set with 2 lps, two CDs, and a duluxe hardback book will be expensive but that pretty much what we got with the Zep super deluxe sets for a quarter of the price! Ok they weren't signed but £300 for three old men's scribble? In all honesty I'd love to have the special edition, it sounds like a really nice package, but it's priced in such a way that I couldn't justify forking out for it even if I could afford it. It stinks of greed and exploitation. I'm disappointed with you Jimmy!
  8. Yardbirds '68 out Nov 5th

    I'm really looking forward to this but £400 for the deluxe box set is a rip off.
  9. That's interesting. I've only got the vinyl and he is credited. As for BIGLY they originally thought it was a traditional tune and it is quite different musically and lyrically from the Joan Baez version that inspired it.
  10. Yes he is. On my copy he is at least. Not on the cover but on the disc itself.
  11. Written in the key of A minor, the song opens with an arpeggiated, finger-picked guitar chord progression with a chromatic descending bassline A-A♭-G-G♭-F. John Paul Jones contributed overdubbed wooden bass recorders in the opening section (he used a Mellotron and, later, a Yamaha CP70B Grand Piano and Yamaha GX1 to synthesise this arrangement in live performances)[12] and a Hohner Electra-Piano electric piano in the middle section. Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, pp. 60–61. Rolling Stone. "Stairway to Heaven". Retrieved 7 June 2006 Yep! This ^ that Bobby Owsinski bit is just wrong ( he even concedes this maybe the case in the comments). Jonesy never used his rhodes in the studio as he preferred the Hohner piano but it was too fragile for Road use hence the Rhodes. The Mellotron was used live to get an approximation of the recorder sound on the record. However there is some confusion as it had been widely reported before that the studio cut used a Mellotron .
  12. No Mellotron on Stairway.
  13. For the Mellotron tapes (copied from the original chamberlin tapes) the violins were originally recorded by 3 members of the Laurence Welk orchestra.
  14. Orchestras very rarely just make stuff up, they work to a score provided by the arranger. Ok it's John Paul Jones playing a Mellotron but why would you "have" to discount it as Jimmy's work? And why do you assume that he'd have had to work it out on guitar with a bow? He could have written the melody on any instrument .
  15. Yes the most prominent part here is JPJ playing the "3 violins" tape on a Mellotron. John Paul Jones also did arrange the orchestra. His original score was sold at auction a few years back.