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Otto Masson

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  1. I have decided to stop contributing to these forums - no big news really, as for a long time now I have posted only occasionally and sometimes even missed out responses (sorry). I am perfectly aware that there are people who are not sad to see me go, although I'm not really sure who those people think forums like these are for if not somebody like me ... but then I must admit there have been a few clashes with some of them. I don't regret that actually, because it only means I tended to state my own opinions no matter what the popularity odds were. At any rate, that's how I see it. That sa
  2. Steve ...15000? Admittedly a number like that is often enough insignificant as such, but in your case I'd say it's as good an opportunity as any to say that you've contributed a lot to the forums that I really appreciate ... At some points we may have argued a little, and while that fact is perhaps no mere accident, it's entirely irrelevant to the very real contribution you've made. So thanks!
  3. Here's a band from the era of supergroups - which of course arrived late in Iceland! Óðmenn were a trio featuring Jói G on bass, Óli Garðars on drums and Finnur Torfi on guitar. As you can hear they had been listening to Cream! The song is from their 1970 double album.
  4. A thread on Icelandic rock simply has to include Megas - artist name for Magnús Þór Jónsson. He started writing music in the late 1950's, I believe, but his first recorded album only came out in 1972. His lyrics, that have now been collected in a huge book, definitely rank among the best in Icelandic popular music, and he's a fabulous song writer. The example I give here is from 1987 and features Björk and her sister on backing vocals - as so many people here at least know Björk! The song comes from one of his best albums, in my opinion, and sees Megas working with musicians of a later generat
  5. All right - I suddenly remembered this thread! Let me first point out that the Youtube link in my first post is to a Trúbrot song that they actually got from elsewhere ... nobody here made any remarks about it at the time, but it's a Motown classic - by the Supremes, no less! Trúbrot did credit Holland-dozier-Holland for the song. The song is a particularly good example of the playing of drummer Gunnar Jökull and Hammond organ player Karl Sighvatsson. Both were truly great musicians on a world scale. Notice all the subtlety there ... the song, as indeed so many of the old Motown clas
  6. Perhaps nobody's noticing the tasteless references there to the dramatic opening of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-minor. Oh well - I think it's hilarious ...
  7. Boston! Don't know about the rest of you, but I think I was 11 when their first album came out, and More Than a Feeling certainly wasn't my favorite on that album, but my younger self used to love Smokin', especially the part with the insistent riffing and the harpsichord and then the organ ... so way over the fucking top it's ridiculous. But I feel a kind of fondness for it now!
  8. Bayougal, thank you so much for the link to that interview with Jonesy - wonderful to read. Jonesy has answered this for me, hasn't he?The thing is they worked together in the sixties on sessions, as Jonesy talks about in the interview, but it was always mostly a professional relationship, whereas Jimmy and Robert became close friends in Led Zeppelin. If there are some real ideas to work on, they may still do it together - you never know - but that of course is not Led Zeppelin.
  9. Surely, if you think about it, you'll see that this is an exaggeration! Robert has also often spoken very highly indeed of Jimmy as a musician. There was a period when Robert needed to put some distance between himself and that Zep background, and as I see it, that need motivated the more sort of negative remarks. When it comes to personal relations between the two men, it's really more than a little risky to assess how it has developed. It does seem clear that Jimmy's problems in the late 1970's affected Robert, who I think tended to idolize Jimmy somewhat in the earlier years. Remember also
  10. Robert and Jimmy are and will always remain friends, I think, but their temperaments are extremely different. There are various interviews where Robert has said things that I don't particularly like, even apart from the ones that have been discussed here. And it is true that he sometimes makes unnecessary, somewhat nasty asides about other musicians (not talking about Jimmy here). Well, I don't really like that either. But hey, Robert is allowed to be himself ... and there was a rather lengthy period where he obviously felt a need to put some distance between himself and JP and the whole Zep l
  11. OK, that's a question ... but what does it mean? One more gig? A tour? Another album? A full-on revival of the band? The last option is merely an absurdity - it can not and will not happen. John Bonham died, after all. I loved the O2 gig, and Jason did a marvelous job. At the time I was rather hoping that they would go on to record an album and play just a handful of gigs - with the whole thing dedicated to Bonzo's memory. It would have been beautiful, you know? And I think it would have made Jimmy Page contribute new music ... keep in mind that there really aren't many compelling reasons
  12. 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.
  13. 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 th
  14. It's Robert. I posted it years ago: http://forums.ledzeppelin.com/index.php?/topic/3927-robert-plant-in-people-weekly-1977/
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