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  1. I haven't seen this photo before. It's great! But also taken by Pennie Smith are the well-known pictures from Wandsworth Common in September 1974. Here's one of them, and it's definitely the same guitar.
  2. There is a short passage about Royston Ellis in a book by David Williams called First Time We Met the Blues. The author became a bit of a blues purist - no accident, because he wasn't a musician himself and after all there was an older scene of blues collectors in the UK which tended to see things from that kind of purist perspective ... of course, Jimmy and Jeff Beck both had a rockabilly sensibility and an interest in the possibilities of the guitar that made them see the blues legacy differently. We all have perspectives, however, and Williams's book is delightful reading, especially for those interested in the very beginning of Jimmy Page's musical life.
  3. Well people, while you're at it, also check out The Union, a British band too. This song sounds like they wanted to mix together a lot of different things from Led Zeppelin - there's quite a bit of Traveling Riverside Blues there, the stomp from Bron Yr Aur Stomp, some of the slide things from In My Time of Dying, and so on. Another song - hard rock indeed.
  4. Hi Ally! Take the first song, a very basic kind of rocking number. In terms of the actual music, much of that one sounds like something that could have been on Exile on Main Street, boogie piano and all ... but it's not just nuances of arrangement that are different from the Stones, as the rhythmical surging, the waves the band is making, sounds more like you would get with Guns 'n' Roses. And you have the slide parts that are very southern rock, no doubt more in the style of Skynyrd than the Allmans.
  5. Go on Youtube and look up the band Saint Jude from London. They are fronted by a female singer, Lynne Jackaman, who is very obviously influenced by soul music, but is using that in the framework of what is basically a rock band; when asked about it, she has herself cited Aretha Franklin, Etta James and early Tina Turner. There are people who maintain that the band sounds a lot like the Black Crowes, but that seems dubious to me - they are moving within what is a somewhat similar musical landscape, but from a different angle, so that their take on things is quite different. I am hearing a bunch of all kinds of different influences in their songs. Lynne has guested with The Answer, and also made appearances with The Union. Now, the band was formed about six years ago - they are still struggling to get people's attention, have mostly gigged in London so far, but have also participated in various festivals. Their original guitarist and main songwriter, with Jackaman, on their first and thus far only album, Adam Green, died of cancer in January of this year. Their current lineup however includes two really good guitarists, Ivor Sims and Marcus Bonfanti, a blues musician, basically. The band sounds great - I also like their drummer, Lee Cook. They performed at High Voltage in the summer of 2011 - this is one of their songs: Let's take a couple of examples from their studio album, Diary of a Soul Fiend (2010). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGNmq2IjXVk&feature=related Check out the bit of Beatle psycehedelia towards the end of this song: They performed at the Genesis book launch for a volume of the lyrics Jim Capaldi wrote, where Robert Plant was present ... they performed Mr. Fantasy there, which I don't think suited the band - but hey, bear in mind what the occasion was, and who doesn't love that song? Ron Wood is a fan, as they are fans of his work especially with The Faces. I believe Jimmy Page has also seen them live in London.
  6. I really have fun listening to Dazed from Texas Pop in '69 these days ... I usually tend to prefer the shorter, early versions of the song, where they also play it a little faster than they later would, which to me really makes it more eerie and psychedelic - when it's not too stretched out, the song will just seem like a more pointed statement. But the Texas Pop version in fact is somewhat in between here, about 15 minutes long. Jimmy had recently acquired the Les Paul and it sounds aggressive, evil, ominous ... and the band is fantastic.
  7. That to me is simply an absurdity. I think it's one of his best solos, and most certainly one of the reasons why I think he is just an unusually inspired musician, if hardly the most "technical" guitarist out there (which in any case is a very abstract criterion as technique is so relative to musical style and content).
  8. What I have is the following ... I sold my entire vinyl collection 14 years ago, as I decided it would be impractical for me to use and keep both formats, and in fact I have only recently started to purchase the original LZ albums again on vinyl, mainly because I have missed the artwork so much. ON CD Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin III fourth album Houses of the Holy Physical Graffiti Presence The Song Remains the Same The Song Remains the Same - Remaster In Through the Out Door Coda Box Set 1 Box Set 2 BBC Sessions How The West Was Won Mothership Deluxe Edition ON VINYL Led Zeppelin III Presence ON DVD The Song Remains the Same (VHS) The Song Remains the Same (older edition) The Song Remains the Same - Collector's Edition DVD Led Zeppelin. The Making of a Supergroup Led Zeppelin. Live at Earls Court Copenhagen and More, 1969 The First Night. August 4th, 1979 Kingdom Come Led Zeppelin. History Led Zeppelin: Way Down Inside. Interviews Led Zeppelin. The Origin of the Species Led Zeppelin Reflections Live London 2007 BOOKS RELATED TO LZ Howard Mylett: Led Zeppelin Howard Mylett: Jimmy Page. Tangents Within a Framework Howard Mylett: Led Zeppelin. From the Archives Howard Mylett: Led Zeppelin. On Stage Action Howard Mylett: On Tour With Led Zeppelin Howard Mylett/Richard Bunton: Led Zeppelin. In the Light Paul Kendall (ed): Led Zeppelin in Their Own Words Dave Lewis/Paul Kendall (eds): Led Zeppelin Talking Susan Fast: In the Houses of the Holy Shannon McBay/Karol Rhys-Gruffydd: Follow the Legend: Led Zeppelin Stephen Davis: The Hammer of the Gods Stephen Davis: LZ '75. The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour Richard Cole: Stairway to Heaven Ralph Hulett/Jerry Prochnicky: Whole Lotta Led Ralph Hulett/Jerry Prochnicky: Good Times, Bad Times Paul Kendall: Led Zeppelin: A Visual Documentary Mick Bonham: John Bonham Chris Welch: John Bonham. A Thunder of Drums Chris Welch: Led Zeppelin Chris Welch: Peter Grant. The Man Who Led Zeppelin Chris Welch: Dazed and Confused. Led Zeppelin - The Stories Behind Every Song Mick Wall: When Giants Walked the Earth. A Biography of Led Zeppelin Andy Fyfe: When The Levee Breaks. The Making of Led Zeppelin IV Robert Godwin: Led Zeppelin: The Press Reports (4th ed.) Robert Godwin: The Illustrated Led Zeppelin Collection Robert Godwin: The Making of Led Zeppelin's [four symbols] Ritchie Yorke: Led Zeppelin: The Definitive Biography Scott Calef (ed): Led Zeppelin and Philosophy Alan Clayson: Led Zeppelin: The Origin of the Species Nigel Williamson: The Rough Guide to Led Zeppelin Göbölyös N. László: Zoso Samuel Ketenjian/Mark McFall: Led Zeppelin. The Singles.Worldwide Guide to Led Zeppelin 45's Luis Rey: Led Zeppelin Live. An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes Dave Lewis/Simon Pallett: Led Zeppelin. The Concert File Erik Davis: [four symbols] Dave Lewis: Led Zeppelin: A Celebration Dave Lewis: Led Zeppelin: The Complete Guide to Their Music Dave Lewis: Led Zeppelin. Celebration II: The 'Tight But Loose' Files Dave Lewis: Led Zeppelin: The Final Acclaim Barney Hoskyns: Led Zeppelin IV Michael Gross: Robert Plant. Led Zeppelin's Golden Boy George Case: Jimmy Page. Magus, Musician, Man David Williams: The First Time We Met the Blues Jason Draper: Led Zeppelin Revealed Keith Shadwick: Led Zeppelin: The Story of a Band and Their Music, 1968-1980 Jon Bream: Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin Neville Marten/Jeffrey Hudson: Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin Charles Cross/Erik Flannigan: Led Zeppelin. Heaven and Hell Neal Preston: Led Zeppelin Portraits Neal Preston: Led Zeppelin Neal Preston: Led Zeppelin A Photographic Collection Eddie McSquare: Led zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times Naomi Toshi/Koh Sakai (eds): Led Zeppelin. HM Photo Book MAGAZINES & OTHER PUBLICATIONS The magazines are too numerous to list here, but somewhere in the region of 150. Also have the original Earls Court Program and Jimmy Page's Outrider Tour Program BOOTLEGS Led Zeppelin: Through the Years (5CD box set) Led Zeppelin: Another Trip (a 5CD box set) Led Zeppelin BBC (a 2CD Antrabata Release of the complete Paris Theatre gig in Stereo) Apart from these exceptions I generally adhere to the rule of not purchasing bootlegs, but download them in full quality (.flac). The shows I have in that format are too numerous to list here, but close to 110 shows; in some cases I have different versions of the same ones. ROBERT PLANT SOLO ON CD: Pictures at Eleven The Principle of Moments Shaken 'n' Stirred Now and Zen Manic Nirvana Dreamland Fate of Nations Mighty Rearranger (w. The Strange Sensation) Raising Sand (w. Alison Krauss) Band of Joy HONEYDRIPPERS The Honeydrippers vol. 1 JIMMY PAGE SOLO ON CD Hip Young Guitarslinger (a 2CD collection of sessionwork) Death Wish II Outrider Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes: Live at the Greek Jugula (w. Roy Harper) The Firm: The Firm The Firm: Mean Business Coverdale/Page PAGE & PLANT No Quarter (Fontana 1994 release) No Quarter (Atlantic 2004 release) Walking Into Clarksdale JOHN PAUL JONES Zooma Thunderthief Also have four different compilations of various music that influenced Led Zeppelin, Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends, and various other related music. Also have various solo bootlegs, mainly from the Outrider Tour (about 10 shows), and Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation: Soundstage on DVD, Eric Clapton & Friends: The ARMS Benefit Concert on DVD, and Page/Plant Unledded on DVD.
  9. I can't afford to buy these; which is an excellent argument for me not to buy them, but of no import for Jimmy Page when it's a question of whether to make these photos available or not. He likes quality in such things, and has always been a bit of a visual artist in how he's approached Rock anyway, so I am not that surprised that he made these available. I think he just likes this kind of product himself, whether it's photos of him or somebody else. What I am looking forward to now, on the other hand, is the forthcoming book of interviews.
  10. Ah, thank you 3hrs (and Knebby)! I missed that one the first time around.
  11. With many of the great songs on the albums I find it understandable that they didn't play them live, for various reasons. I can't really imagine In the Light as part of the setlist, although it's a great song. The Rover is another story, and so is Tea For One - with the latter I think it's more the similarity to Since I've Been Loving You than anything else ... after all, it was a kind of conscious revisiting of that earlier song, which they did play a lot.
  12. A part of the riff from Out on the Tiles, yeah - which itself originated in a ditty Bonzo used to sing. If you listen to more of their songs, however, I believe you will find that while there is a certain resemblance to Led Zeppelin, they do have a distinct identity. In places they remind me a little bit of an Icelandic group that has very deliberately played on a combination of certain influences, Deep Jimi and the Zep Creams - I wonder if people can guess what the influences are.... They started out sometimes doing covers by these bands, anyway, so that's why they chose that name (the original band name was Pandora though, and they've always written their own songs as well, since the late 1980's); and then, as sometimes happens, it just stuck, so they call themselves Deep Jimi now. They are actually really good players, and the rhythm section is phenomenal. There isn't as much up on Youtube as I would have hoped to see, but here's one of their songs: Bonzoghost, perhaps I shouldn't either... But I wonder if these guys can be persuaded to do a gig here when they go back to England in November? I would certainly love to see them.
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