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  1. Pantera does a killer version of "Cat Scratch Fever" by Ted Nugent.
  2. Yeah that's what I did, then I tried to edit it so that just the links appeared. Thanks though. I'm not familiar with any of Page's post-Led Zeppelin work excluding several live guest appearances and his involvement in It Might Get Loud, but I will check out that album. It's about time I start to look at his work beyond Led Zeppelin. How could I forget YouTube guitar sensation Andy McKee? Here's a sample of his composition "Drifting". McKee is one of the acoustic genre dudes in the vain of Michael Hedges.
  3. The first person to come to my mind is Chet Atkins. Just wonderful fingerpicked melodic lines. Steve Morse is unbelievably talented on acoustic. Here's a demonstration of an unplugged Dixie Dregs song (also fingerstyle). Django Reinhardt, the idiosyncratic swing/gypsy-jazz master, was an acoustic player whose work has had a notable impact on electric players. I'm not really familiar with many acoustic-oriented players (e.g. Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, and Tommy Emmanuel), but that seems worth bringing up in this context. There are countless acoustic players in blues, jazz, classical, flamenco, country, folk, Hawaiian music, and Celtic music who, although not respected as "guitar gods", are masters of their respective style. And acoustic guitar tends to be the instrument of choice for the emerging singer-songwriter, or so I see it. Among rock guitarists, you can find some who are worth listening to on acoustic guitar. Jimmy Page's work in the DADGAD tuning (see "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side") is awesome. Plenty more great acoustic playing in standard tuning as well, and "Stairway to Heaven" is supplemented by acoustic guitar in the beginning. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott of Pantera was cool on acoustic (see the beginning of "Cemetery Gates"). Jar of Flies by Alice in Chains is a haunting, mostly acoustic EP with subtle playing by Jerry Cantrell (good examples would be "Rotten Apple" and "Nutshell".
  4. I'm going through all the songs in my iTunes account (I haven't listened to a lot of the albums I've synced). I've finished listening to an Al Di Meola compilation, and the classic blues album Born Under a Bad Sign. Currently about half way through Alice in Chains' Dirt. "Rooster" - oh yeah.
  5. I'd recommend Mastodon to anybody. They're sort of an extreme sludge metal band. That's a shitty description, I'll warrant. Anyways, the band is Troy Sanders (vocals/bass), Brent Hinds (vocals/lead guitar), Bill Kelliher (backing vocals/rhythm guitar), and Brann Dailor (occasional vocals/drums). Here's their stylistic evolution traced through studio albums. 1. Remission (2002). Remission's good. Some killer riffs, and good balance between technicality and syncopation of material that isn't achieved by that many bands in extreme metal. Didn't much care for the practically indecipherable vocals though. Still, I'd give it 4/5, and I'd take it over most of the post-hardcore/metalcore type metal (to be fair, I haven't heard much of that). My biggest complaint is that the album comes off sounding rather repetitive. This album is the closest to the "extreme sludge metal" style I mentioned earlier. Dailor establishes himself here as a force to be reckoned with in a genre with increasingly technical drummers. The album is supposed to represent fire, but the concept is pretty loose (as far as I know, the elemental theme was conceived after the album was made). It's heavy though. 2. Leviathan (2004). Just awesome. A concept album based on Moby-Dick, representing water. Same intuitive technical/syncopated feel, except it's more textural here. This is where I got into Mastodon. I did it because the cover looked cool. But the music is just as good. 3. Blood Mountain (2006). Continues the band's sonic evolution. This time the element is earth, and again, more textural playing. Leviathan and Blood Mountain alone rank as great achievements, but Mastodon wasn't/isn't finished making music. 4. Crack the Skye (2009). This is something I feel that somebody who's strictly into classic rock would like. Probably the least heavy album they've made (it has its moments) but it's also their best and most melodic.
  6. Seems like I'm missing out on something... Can anybody show me a link or a source? Thanks.
  7. It's been a while since I was last on this forum. Frankly I had been thinking of deleting this account and making a new one (I have a new email address - same IP address though), but we'll see... Thank you, that was quite informative and well-written. Do you have proof of this, or some sort of source? I really don't mean to be a dick, but that's a little meager. That's plausible enough, I guess, but do you have proof of this? I'd like to thank everybody who has posted in this thread for addressing my question. I'm fairly satisfied that the suits are still under the legal ownership of Jimmy Page, regardless of whether they are on loan or being borrowed or whatever.
  8. I received as a gift a collection of recordings by the highly regarded choro mandolinist Jacob do Bandolim. I'm listening to it right now, and liking it so far, although it's so different from the stuff I usually listen to.
  9. Led Zeppelin - "I Can't Quit You Baby". Led Zeppelin II - "Thank You". Led Zeppelin III - "Gallows Pole". Led Zeppelin IV - "Four Sticks". Houses of the Holy - "The Crunge". Physical Graffiti - "Black Country Woman". Presence - "Hots On for Nowhere". In Through the Out Door - "Hot Dog". Coda - "Darlene". There isn't really a Led Zeppelin song that I dislike. Some of their songs I've only heard once or twice, they might grow on me or I may come to hate them. I'm pretty tolerant of music though.
  10. Arthur Lee with Love - "Seven & Seven Is". 7/10. Good live performance, but not mindblowing. Good listening, but pretty brief. Frijid Pink - "House of the Rising Sun". Rate. http://www.youtube.c...h?v=jS-TmkF_h88
  11. I'm not listening to them at the moment, but I'm going to use this thread to review albums that I've listened to recently. If there is a thread for rating and reviewing albums, just point it out to me. I don't listen to things very consistently, but the lowdown is that I've been going through the Led Zeppelin studio albums systematically, and I've also listened to some metal. Like I said, I haven't been consistent about it: I listened to Houses of the Holy before July 4th and I plan to listen to Physical Graffiti today, but I listened to two metal albums in a day not to long ago. But here's my review of all the albums I've listened to in chronological order of listening (and coincidentally release). 1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin. 1969. 4.5/5. A very solid debut. Obviously it was a sign of even better things to come. Heavily blues-based, but not really psychedelic like many of the other English bands of the late '60s. Although more-or-less lacking the hard-rock riffs of II, the folksiness of III, or the epic mystique of IV, Led Zeppelin hints at all of them. Although my least favorite of the first four albums (the ones which established the band's reputation), I've actually listened to this album three or four times just to get the feel of it. "Dazed and Confused" is the album's jaw-dropper, any minor complaints I might have about the album are cast aside here in the its brilliance. 2. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin. 1969. 5/5. A heavier (in terms of sound) follow-up to Led Zeppelin. It shows hints at the folk-based sound that would be dominant on the next album, but the stand-outs here are "Whole Lotta Love" and "Heartbreaker". Overall a great, confident successor to a very good debut, and more indicative of the band's outstanding capabilities. 3. Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin. 1970. 5/5. Often shunned as the odd man out of Led Zeppelin's first four albums, Led Zeppelin III is unique and eclectic. Opening with "Immigrant Song" which is really the only hard rock song on the album, the rest of it has roots in folk and blues. When you think about it, the albums aren't even all that different, Led Zeppelin just had a huge range. Initially I too was a bit disappointed by its seeming dissimilarity to Led Zeppelin II, but this one grows on you. 4. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin. 1971. 6/5. Led Zeppelin's defining moment for me. Perhaps it is only regarded so highly because of the media surrounding its production, but it will always be my favorite album. No track here could be called filler, the album is that tight. "Black Dog" is the grooviest song on the album. "When the Levee Breaks" also has groove, but it's a different kind of groove. "Stairway to Heaven" is my favorite song, and I've written enough about it in the past. Those are the stand-outs for me, but the whole album is fantastic. 5. Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin. 1973. 4/5. A solid follow-up to a career-defining album, but it doesn't have the tightness of any of its predecessors. It doesn't feel like it has a particular direction it wants to go into. The last three tracks ("D'yer Mak'er", "No Quarter", and "The Ocean") are all excellent, and the opener, "The Song Remains the Same" really works. Good, but doesn't grow on you like Led Zeppelin III. 6. Master of Puppets - Metallica. 1986. 5/5. Maybe my favorite metal album. Standout track: "Master of Puppets". 7. Leviathan - Mastodon. 2004. 4/5. I liked it, but I was using it as background music, so I should give it another listen. Standout track: "Blood and Thunder".
  12. Recently I've been listening to a lot of stuff by Jimi Hendrix (for example "All Along the Watchtower") and Eric Clapton (for example "Crossroads"). I'm considering buying Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Jimi Hendrix & Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Eric Clapton (I understand that these both feature what have been selected as the artist's ten prime blues tracks, not just ten of their best tracks interpreted as being modern blues songs regardless of their actual sound or influence). Still, sounds interesting, plus if anything Martin Scorsese has shown that he has a very developed taste in music. "All Along the Watchtower" and "Crossroads" are both incredible songs (and both are radically reinterpreted covers coincidentally). They both feel perfect, even though Hendrix may not have been fully satisfied with his version, and Clapton has noted that Cream's take on Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues" was in the wrong time signature. I first heard both of these songs a long time ago, I just happening to be relistening to them now. They're both the kind of song where you can listen to the whole thing over and over again and love the whole thing. And "All Along the Watchtower" happens to be the feature on my Song of the Week segment To explain, I do a segment called "Song of the Week" on my Facebook account on Mondays; I'm on the seventh week currently. The format that I've established since the first week is to post a link to the most convenient website with the song (so far it's been Youtube for all seven songs), then I'll write a small general statement about the song (such as its genre or some other menial detail about the song), followed by an official heading for the post (Song of the Week #(insert number here): "(insert title of song here)" - (insert name of artist here)), which is itself followed by an in depth description of the song (like a review or an examination). The seven songs that I've chosen are listed below. #1: "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin. What can I say? It's been called overrated, it's been called a lot of things. It's been loved, it's been accused of carrying Satanic messages. But whatever it is, it's my favorite song, which is why I chose it to begin my weekly segment. The distinction once belonged to "Kid Charlemagne" which I still love, and is probably the first song I really listened to for the music (if you know what I mean). #2: "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience. My favorite Hendrix song. Originally I was going to use "Kashmir", then "Achilles Last Stand", but I wanted to mix it up a little. I'd probably single this out as my second favorite song, but I don't know if I can choose beyond "Stairway to Heaven". When I think of Hendrix, I think of this song, as if it's his own life motif. #3: "Sunshine of Your Love" - Cream. Brilliant Cream track. If I'd call "Stairway to Heaven" my favorite song, and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" maybe my second favorite, would I perhaps call "Sunshine of Your Love" my third? Probably not, too many great songs. This might be my favorite Cream song though (but jeez there's also "White Room" and "Crossroads"). Mostly I chose this to keep in line with the classic rock that had been established by my previous choices. I'm not going to confine Song of the Week to being just classic rock songs. By accepting all music, there's an unlimited supply, assuming people don't stop making it (I'll grant that there might be a limited supply of songs that I love, but music is what it is). #4: "Comfortably Numb" - Pink Floyd. A favorite of mine from The Wall, along with the three parts of "Another Brick in the Wall". Really love the feel of this song. Like "Stairway to Heaven", I can think of no other song like it. It expresses feelings of apathy, emptiness, and just numbness to me, especially the last solo. #5: "Eruption" - Van Halen. A really cool guitar instrumental. Basically the whole song is a solo with a bit of drumming. The first time you hear it is definitely a holy shit moment, especially if you're aware that it's being done on a guitar (and most people are). At this point, I had decided to draw my choices from Guitar World's list of 100 greatest guitar solos (first 50 can be found here at Guitar World's site: http://www.guitarwor...olos?page=0%2C4; all 100 can be found here: http://guitar.about....00greateste.htm; I only post two links because the second link makes a mistake in the top 50, which Guitar World's website presumably has correct). Three of the four choices prior to this are on the list ("Stairway to Heaven" makes #1, "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" hits at #11, and "Comfortably Numb" is #4); despite a wonderful solo, "Sunshine of Your Love" did not make the list, a mistake in my opinion. "Eruption" is #2, and from here to the latest, I go chronologically, skipping gaps where a song has already been featured. Anyways, had I not decided to use the list, I would have chosen a song that I really loved, but "Eruption"'s still an awesome song (I'd give it 4/5). #6: "Free Bird" - Lynyrd Skynyrd. Selected because it was the next on Guitar World's list (#3). I like this song, but it's a little slow and long for me: slow in the first half, long in the second. I really like how it transitions from being sentimental into a solo which really seems to fly. I don't listen to much Lynyrd Skynyrd (have heard "Sweet Alabama" plenty of times, Christ who hasn't?). #7: "All Along the Watchtower" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In keeping with choosing songs off of Guitar World's list, this is #5 (my list skips from their third selection to their fifth because I had previously used their fourth, "Comfortably Numb"). The Experience is the first group to score two songs on my list, and I consider it almost the equal of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)". My favorite cover ("All Along the Watchtower" was originally a Bob Dylan folk song). If I continue to use Guitar World's list, the next song will be "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses, followed by Metallica's "One", the Eagles' "Hotel California", Ozzy's "Crazy Train", and Cream's "Crossroads" (and these songs combined with some of those that I've already selected would comprise Guitar World's top 10 guitar solos). "November Rain" is not a favorite of mine (I find it too long and over-sentimental), but I do think the solo is really cool. Slash's best work really gets the feel of the song and heightens it. But actually I'm kind of wondering if I should use Digital Dream Door's rock guitar solo list instead (link here: http://digitaldreamd...guitarsolo.html), because their list features "Sunshine of Your Love" (at #114 (seriously how can that many pitiful solos be regarded as better than "Sunshine of Your Love"'s?); not even on the top 100, but it's there). I could just do Guitar World's list then Digital Dream Door's, but I really feel like doing Digital Dream Door's. What a hard choice, teehee. Anyways, if I were to use Digital Dream Door's list for my material, the songs (combined with those on their list that I've already used) that make up their top ten guitar solos are "Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic, "Texas Flood" by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, "Highway Star" by Deep Purple, "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" by Jeff Beck, and "Hotel California" again. I'll try to post my selection for Song of the Week every Monday on this thread.
  13. Thanks for getting back to me on that. I'll check out that article.
  14. I'd like to thank everybody that has replied to this thread. This information has been of great help, although I'd still like to know who made them (although at this point I'm assuming (safely I hope) that they were custom made).
  15. Yeah, my dad saw Page wearing a dragon suit (didn't ask him what it looked like) on the North America '75 tour, so that fits with what you're telling me. I knew that he had at least two different suits (one black with dragons, the other white with flowers), but I didn't know when he wore them, or that he had preferences over time. Shame he stopped wearing them, really cool clothes. I wonder why. I'm generally not into fashion (a lot of fashion just redefines itself in stupid trends), but I'd kill to have a suit like the ones Page wore. Not one of the suits Page himself wore, because I wouldn't touch it out of respect. But something close. It'd be blue, and it would have an ouroboros embroidered on the back. You're right. The suits he wore around '73 probably aren't quite the same thing he wore later, as some of my sources stated, although they were obviously signs of the suits to come.
  16. Thanks, that affirms what I thought. I would have bet that Page still had them, or I probably would have found something about them being auctioned. Too bad about his weight though. Do you remember where you read this article?
  17. To the best of my knowledge, Jimmy Page wore what were known as dragon suits starting from at least 1973 (earlier maybe?) to the end of his reign as rock's most prominent guitarist in 1980. These suits were embroidered, elaborate, and downright awesome. Also, they'd surely catch a hefty sum if auctioned today. This is all I really know for sure about them. Who made the dragon suits? Were they custom made for Page (as I've always assumed), did he just buy them, or were they perhaps a gift of some sorts? How many were there? And lastly what happened to them? I've only found two sources on the web that have helped even in the least. The first was a radio interview with Page which I found on Youtube (here: ) where he mentions that a dragon suit was on loan in Cleveland (this interview was conducted around the time Walking into Clarksdale was released, which makes it around 1998). The second I found after searching for "Led Zeppelin wardrobe" on Google (http://rockpopfashion.com/blog/?p=41). This mentioned that Page was friends with Paul Reeves, a fashion designer who co-owned a fashion label called Sam Pig in Love, yet further searching left me with no indication that Reeves had been involved with the dragon suits. Does anybody have answers?
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