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  1. It's a strange album & one of my favorites. It has the commercial sheen of "Houses Of The Holy" along with it's tongue in cheekness where the former had "The Crunge" & "D'yer Ma'ker" the latter has "Hot Dog", songs that fans are polarized by ( I happen to love all three but I happen to have a sense of humor ). Also it's a gamechanger like LZ III where there is a shift in a more dominant sound of a particular instrument, again a polarizing aspect among fans ( LZ III & ITTOD are among my favorites where LZ II & Presence are not ). I think LZ were adventurous until the end & it's their risks that I'm most attracted to & listen to most.
  2. Presence does contain Page's best electric & Bonham is a powerhouse per usual... but it is a downer of an album in comparison to any of their other albums. In places the sound is very stripped & stark such as "For Your Life" & "Tea For One", the lyrics are bleak on those two as well as angry on "Hots On For Nowhere", Plant is in a wheelchair, not a strong writing from JPJ to be found, a lack of light & shade, and... Page is spiraling heavily into heroin. Outside of "Candy Store Rock" & "Royal Orleans", the albums weakest tracks, what's light about the album? It's just totally intense.
  3. http://youtu.be/PBRmpNXC Sigh. Oh well, this was supposed to be the Yardbirds covering the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting For My Man" in 1968. Page really digs into the riff.
  4. Why make any further effort when one's so called fans are almost never satisfied with no matter what one does? People complain that Page has done nothing since "Clarksdale" even though in just over the course of a decade he tours with The Black Crowes & releases an album of the tour, releases the Led Zeppelin DVD & live album, does the reunion show at the 02, plays the closing ceromony at the Oympics, does the odd charity gig, inducts & plays with Jeff Beck at the RARHOF, does a yearly interview with Guitar World, releases a photo documentary of his life in book form, stars in "It Might Get Loud", starts a website re-releasing solo material on vinyl & shares his memories daily while people complain about it like the sky is falling if a date is off or he chose to share his memory of a session with Lulu rather some than aspect of Zeppelin, nevermind the complaints about all the other things he did that I mentioned before over the past decade before launching the website. I'd say a good portion of people of here blew it & not the other way around in regards to Page.
  5. Those who choose to nitpick & complain about the gifts given to them rather than appreciating those gifts as the extension of warmth as it was intended will often end up with nothing at all.
  6. "He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles" - John Lennon when asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world
  7. I remember a few weeks after Live Aid I was watching channel 5 in New York City at around 1 am in the morning & this came on & I happend to have a blank videotape in the VCR. I jumped off of my couch with the first few 20 seconds of "Lucille" playing as I couldn't believe I was seeing Jimmy Page playing with The Beach Boys, I had no idea & I just lucked out by having it on for no good reason. I fumbled to record it & got it taping just before the first guitar solo. I watched this over & over again the rest of that summer as it made up for the Live Aid debacle in my mind as I knew Jimmy Page still had "it". The tossing of his sun glasses was so cool to this 12 year old & regardless of how sloppy he was I loved that last distorted solo & still do.
  8. I think Ringo is a fine drummer whether it be "A Hard Day's Night" or "She Said, She Said" but Paul was a better drummer... & guitarist too. The man just oozes musical genuis no matter what instrument he touches.
  9. I just picked this up & it's great because as an American I never got to read those NME & Melody Maker interviews in full unlike the Creem articles of the 70's. Reading those articles in this Uncut compilation made me realize what a lazy writer Stephen Davis is in "Hammer Of The Gods", not for his quoting of things the band members said in the original articles but for actually lifting the authors of those articles choice of words in their observations & essentially passing them off as his own.
  10. Hyperbole. Ringo didn't put down Bonzo's drumming as in his skills in anyway. To quote Ringo in the article "I don't listen to records for the drums. John Bonham's incredible solo's didn't knock me out. I don't feel you need solos. You need to feel emotion in the track. It's no good calling me if you like modern jazz. I play pop and rock. I support the song. I can hold steady time". And I agree with Ringo. I hate frickin' drum solo's 98% of the time. Put on Bonzo's "Over The Top" & my mind will go numb. The world's greatest drummer can't hold my attention with a 20 minute drum solo, sorry that's just the way it is. Bonzo supporting a track like "The Ocean" is an entirely different matter though, he makes the song as Ringo does with The Beatles "Rain".
  11. It is a good book all around. The Van Halen chapter is great & I'll never look at Dale Bozzio the same.
  12. The first is a form of complaining but I'd call it nitpicking & quite frankly it's beyond pointing those inaccuracies out, it becomes a frickin' travesty to most who point them out as if the sky were falling. So a date is wrong or another recollection is a bit off... so what? It's Page's recollection, not the obsessive compulsive's recollection. Page is doing something: he's living his life & going about his career according to how he see's fit as I'm guessing he always had with the tools available & how he wants to utilize them. What's so hard to understand about that? Oh I forgot, a segment of the frustrated feel Page owes them a direct answer. Tough. He almost never has given direct answers throughout his public life & career, why start now...
  13. Typically only complainers want to hear complainers complain, it's a common bond. I have no problem with a person complaining about making their rent, an unexepected medical emergency, being laid off from their job, etc ie things that tangibley affect their lives but to complain on thread after thread about what an entertainer does or doesn't do in their career or personal life, well you have to be kidding me. It's quite frankly insane. I suppose it's fine if a teenager does it, though it's no less annoying, but actual adults? And anyone making mental scenario's about someone other than themselves to fulfill some desire in themselves is a kook in my book. My advice to those who complain about Page's choices: boycott his music if you have a problem with his choices or to be more blunt sh!t or get off the pot as only princess's locked in castles whine as much as what I see here.
  14. Personally I think you do or least did care in regards to the earlier post about his website as there was a touch of venom in your words or so I took it as. If I encountered Page, hypothetically, I'd only have this to say to him: "thanks for the music". That's it. No need to get in to the mental scenario's of fans sense of entitlement to his life & career choices, just a simple "thank you" for what he has shared... & still does daily via his website that a segment of his fans complain about.
  15. Jimmy Page is in no way responsible for brightening up your life. He does not owe you an explanation on or about anything he chooses to do. He's an artist & business man who puts out his creations to the public when he desires & it's the publics choice to purchase those creations or not. He's also a human being who has a private life & most certainly he owes no explanations to anyone other than his family about how he chooses to spend it. He owes neither honesty or apologies to you or anyone on this board including myself. If you expend your energy waiting for the results of what I stated previously to change then that's your choice & Jimmy Page has nothing to do with that decision of yours & I'm sure Jimmy Page will continue go about his day as he see's fit as usual.
  16. Why should Page put out "new" music? Should he put out new music to only have it incessently nitpicked on this forum just as his website constantly is? Every time Page does something musically since the end of Zeppelin the responses are typically "He doesn't play like he did from 69-72", "Instead of playing with so & so he should have done this instead with so & so", "It's okay but it's not Zeppelin", etc. Okay, for those who clamor for a new album & say anything is better than inactivity, what if he went back & did a full album with Puff Daddy, would you support it if that's the venue he felt he really wanted to pursue? I highly doubt it, you'd complain instead that it's not what you wanted even though you said anything is better than nothing. For a forum that's supposed to be dedicated to the appreciation of a long defunct band & it's former members choices, a good portion of you are a demanding whiney lot. In the last 10 years that long defunct band released a career spanning DVD, a triple live album, performed a heavily bootlegged one off concert, pursued their seperate careers with unexpected choices but with fantastic results... but still, that's not enough. How about this, let Page & the former members continue doing exactly what they're doing as they owe you nothing particularly as your own whims will never be satisfied no matter what they do.
  17. It's my favorite post-Zeppelin song from any of them. It also gives some sort of insight what could have been had Bonham, Jones, & Page released something after the o2.
  18. Listen to the Stones first few albums. They can't play Chuck Berry "correctly" as they're just going by feel which created something unto itself & 10+ years later the punks would do the same. And outside of the Yardbirds guitar players that band were hardly virtuoso's.
  19. Gun held to head I still wouldn't be able to choose between That's The Way or The Rain Song, they're equally beautiful in slightly different ways. Ten Years Gone isn't far behind those two as well.
  20. Many to pick from but OTHAFA 6-21-77 is a current favorite.
  21. http://youtu.be/3lo9nhPjrBQ Happy 68th birthday Keef.......
  22. Was that the Chuck Klosterman article about "In The Evening"? I enjoyed that article because, as you said in that thread, it was done tongue in cheek & obviously some people couldn't grasp that fact. I just find it strange as well with certain crtiticisms from a segment of fans here that they will be the first to damn Rolling Stone for life over a reviews that they published 30-40 years ago (& have done nothing but praise Zeppelin from the late 80's to this day) yet their own criticisms against whatever doesn't meet their own expectations in regards to the band or what the band members are doing (or more specifically not doing) are far harsher. If it doesn't meet their idealized view of perfection then it's the other extreme of whatever is being done or not done then being labeled a pile of crap. Doesn't anyone just enjoy things for what they are anymore lol? As far as Gogol Bordello, I'll check out that movie courtesy of you & I'll check out the band itself courtesy of Page as if it weren't for Page & his endoresements over the years I may never have listened to Gene Vincent, Howlin' Wolf, & the Damned just to name a few.
  23. Jimmy Page's "On This Day" is about what he did that day or enjoyed doing that day & not about the expectations of certain fans. Everyday I see those same fans who claim they want insight into the man himself pretty much rip into On This Day if it's not Zeppelin related or done to their standards. They expect some sort of Holy Grail in an unheard Zeppelin recording, unseen Zeppelin footage, etc, rather than him attending a show he liked for a band he is obviously endorsing, a function he attended, or a session he did for some obscure 60's artist. It's just constant nitpicking & I love it when there's nothing posted on Jimmy Page's "On This Day" because it turns into a feeding frenzy on this thread & I hope that's Jimmy's way of having fun with the nitpickers. Advice: appreciate what you get from the man rather than pining away for something that is not yours, namely his memories that he is now gracious enough to share with us.
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