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Christopher Lees

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  • Birthday 01/25/1974

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  1. I just came across the Grame Remaster of this excellent 75 show and I have to say it sounds fantastic! Among others, this show has my favorite versions of Kashmir, The Rain Song, No Quarter, Dazed, Trampled and Stairway, but the Whole Lotta Love middle section is outstanding too with JPJ really funking it up! According to me ears, Jimmy plays as well in this show as any show from 73. I'm not a real big fan of 75 shows and rather prefer earlier Zeppelin, but on more than one occasion, when trying show people the greatness of Jimmy Page's live playing, I've turned to this show to do it and played them NQ, Dazed and Stairway to make my point.
  2. I'd rather hear another 5 minutes of NQ than Candy Story Rock, that's for sure. I'm learning not to hate that song nowadays, but it's a work in progress. Your point is taken though; it would have been okay if they shortened NQ a bit so we could hear some other cool songs. I would like to have heard The Rover and Houses of the Holy in 75-77. I could see them alternating NQ with In the Light too. My top 5 No Quarters as of today: 1. TSRTS 2. 2-14-75 3. 5-18-75 4. 3-27-75 5. 3-21-75
  3. I find this offstage stuff very interesting too, and I thank the poster who started this thread. It was a great read!.
  4. Robert aged 10 years between July 19 73 and when this photo was taken in 1977. He looks a lot older here. In the song remains the same he still looks like a kid and in this picture he definitely looks over 30.
  5. I thought Jimmy cranked it to 10. The only reason I didn't was because it was almost too loud already in the rehearsal space. Glad you mentioned this. I put my pre amp to 10. Where do you put the Master? And where are you and the others setting your lows, mids and highs for songs like, say, The Ocean, WLL, CB, Dazed and so forth? EDIT: I see that in your earlier comment you said you start with the Master at about 6 and then it goes up to about 8 near the later part of the show. We have almost the same amp except mine's a 77.
  6. I can attest to this myself. I played a rehearsal with my Strat when my LP was in the shop. The Strat performed wonderfully as far as tone goes. I listened to the recordings (we record rehearsals) in my car afterward and I couldn't tell it was my Strat! I was using it through a little Fender GDec 30 watt amp and placed the recording mic just right, getting a monster tone on record. I get a monster tone from that little Gdec when I run it through the PA, but it's time for me to step it up a notch and get a real rig together.
  7. I want to thank everyone for their valuable input. I've always played through combo amps and I know how to work them pretty good to get the sound I want, but playing gigs is a new thing for me and I've never worked with a head and cab before, and I've never used pedals because my combos have all the digital effects already (except back in 1989, I picked up the Digitech GSP 5 multi-effects digital processor.) Guys, I picked up a 1977 50 watt Marshall MK2 and a B52 4x12 cab. I wanted a Marshall cab but my next gig is coming right up and I needed something fast. The amp sounds okay, but it's very clean. I cranked the pre amp to 10 and put the volume at about 3. It was pretty clean indeed. I cranked the volume up to 7 or 8 and it got a bit dirtier, which was nice, but much cleaner than I expected. It's got no reverb. Just high, med, low, pre amp, master volume and presence, but the presence hardly does anything. I don't know if it really works or not. I came to realize I'm going to need some pedals, so I picked up a Twin Bender from Ramble Fx (a Tone Bender copy) for my fuzz. I tried it through my little Fender Blues Jr. tonight and it was kinda cool, but I couldn't really nail the Communication Breakdown tone, but then again I was using my Les Paul. Still, I could hear the classic fuzz tone almost doing its thing when I played the Dazed riff and The Girl I love. I used it for about 2 hours, playing with the attack level, the selector for "fat", "stock" and "mids", the bias and my amp's eq. I almost got WLL but not quite. Not good enough. Thanks for the great tip! I wonder if you guys have any input about the following pedals, which I selected based on a bunch of research. Tone Bender Fuzz Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret JHS-Crayon Xotic SL Drive Boss RV-3 Reverb Catalinbread EchoRec Echo Fulltone OCD Drive Boss CE-2 Chorus You can find these recommended at https://reverb.com/news/nailing-it-achieving-the-tones-of-jimmy-page
  8. I read your post, and it doesn't say how you know. That's why I asked you, "How do you know?" But I haven't gotten an answer, which suggests that there isn't a good answer, and I'm fine leaving it at that.
  9. If you don't run it through the PA as well, it's still plenty loud enough for a pub? I'm thinking of picking up a 50 watt head anyways and your comment is sort of validating this for me. I was wondering why you use the overdrive pedal when you could just turn up the gain on the head. Any insight you can share on that?
  10. Guys, thank you so much for your recommendations! I really appreciate them. Such interesting suggestions too! Which one are you using exactly? Are you able to crank it? What kind of cab? Is this all you're playing through, or do you run it to the PA too? Sorry for so many rapid fire questions, but I've got to get my shit together! lol
  11. I agree with everything you wrote here. I can't see Plant smacking Jimmy, although he and Bonzo used to smack each other back in the day, hippies or not. That's when they were very young though. I can't see a 50 year old Plant punching poor Jimmy in the face. But who knows, maybe it did happen. All I wanted to know was where these posters got their information and how they know it is true. I pushed the point few times and they all dried up, which suggests it's nothing more than a rumor.
  12. I've joined a Zeppelin cover band and never played out before (just once and it was with this band) and I need some advice on which amps to use and any other general advice from you more experienced gigging Zeppelin guitar players. All my life I played tube amps and one thing I like about them is that if you set it to a certain volume, but turn your guitar down or play really quietly, you get a clean/pretty clean sound, but then if you change your pick attack or turn up the volume, you get the necessary distortion. Digital effects processors always struggled with this. When using them, if you were on an overdrive setting but turned your guitar down, instead of getting a clean sound you got a sort of fizzy sound. I have to admit, from the experimentation I've done lately, the digital processors have come a long way and I'm actually able to sound like I'm playing on a tube amp, getting clean tones with light pick attack/low volume and breakup without the fizz with aggressive pick attack/higher volume. I'm bringing this up to see if you guys recommend using an Ax Fx pedal in combination with 4x12 cabinet or something. Or, should I just pick up a Marshall head and a 4x12 cabinet? Here's the thing about Marshalls that I want some advice on. In my experience, when I've played Marshalls in the past, they really only sounded good cranked up. Jimmy got a lot of his tones with the suckers cranked. My problem is that if I get a 100 watt head and a 4x12 cab, I won't be able to crank it in a pub. It will be way too loud. One more thing: What I'm trying to do, mostly (with a few exceptions) is to replicate as closely as possible the guitar tones as recorded on the albums, rather than Jimmy's live tone. This is why I'm thinking about getting the Ax Fx. A few years ago I read that one of the guitarists for Get the Led Out uses the Ax Fx and to my ears, they sounded right on. Recommendations?
  13. Zeppelin in 77 was like Muhammad Ali in 77. Still the world champions but just a shadow of their former selves, albeit with moments of genius flashing through here and there. Although the members of Zeppelin were still very young in 77, being between 29 and 33 years old or so, there's still no way to fake the genuineness of the youthful exuberance they displayed between 69-73. They got lazy, they were doing too much dope, drinking too much and screwing around too much. People talk about whatever happened to Robert's voice after 72, but I think Jimmy's playing suffered a decline just as steep, if not more. Robert did recover some voice in 77, but he still sounded like he was shouting a lot rather than singing, and I don't really go for that. If Plant still sang in 77 like he did in 71, then we could handle Jimmy slopping around. Likewise, if Jimmy kept improving like he did from 68-73, then 77 would be really interesting even if Plant still had his vocal troubles. But with both of them in post Thrilla in Manila mode, it makes 77-80 difficult for a true fan. It takes a special talent as a fan and listener to learn not to be majorly disappointed with 77-80 gigs, and indeed even 75 gigs. One has to really be of the mind to look for the silver lining in the dark cloud to find a way to appreciate most of the shows in 77-80 (and 75). If Jimmy wasn't a heroin addict and had the character and drive to practice his guitar all the time, like a professional musician should, from 73 onward, he would have easily maintained his killer technique and overall feel from Europe 73 and MSG 73, but instead, he got rich, spoiled and lazy, and the playing showed. It's part of being human, all too human as Nietzsche might say. Plant couldn't help his voice giving out I don't think. It's not like he was lazy so his voice turned to shit. It's just that there was some kind of physical problem. It's a shame, but that's life.
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