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ADK-Zeppy

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    Zeppelin music, Jimmy Page guitarist, Robert Plant singing, Orange amps & Cabs, Les Paul guitar’s.

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  1. I don't know if Jimmy or perhaps a tech did adjustment on his guitars, but many times pickups are lower to get a clearer tone. Page's neck PAF on his #1 is quite a clear sounding pickup and the bridge pickup was adjusted to get its best tone by itself and to get a certain middle position tone. Gibson was not too “scientific” in pickups assigned to their early Les Paul of the '59 era instruments. Different strengthen magnets were used and the tone results in one guitar may have been quite different in another. This is all conjecture on my part, but certainly Jimmy recognized “something” he heard in that instrument that Joe Walsh delivered to him, and he figured out a tone that he could manipulate to his advantage and do so to the point that we still discuss it 50 years later. Even Paganini could not manage that with a Stradivarius. ADK-Zeppy
  2. It is something of a lost art these days when Rock guitarists use an array of pedals for their tones; not to mention multi channel amps. And, Page's #1 Les Paul had a particular set of pickups that were wound in perhaps a haphazard or not uniform manner, givIng it a not so typical Les Paul tone. There are some Les Pauls that don't lend themselves to the trick of tone sculpting and volume changes in the same manner that Jimmy's did. His #1 and his playing style were made for each other......think of a violin virtuoso and the Stradivarius that was perfect for him and his manner of playing. ADk-Zeppy
  3. Muskee, thanks for posting that one of Jimmy's #1. I am always looking directly at that neck pickup each time I see a shot of his Les Paul. In his hands that'58 or '59 is just a magical tone and it was a combination of the right guitar and pickups and their windings together with his manner of selecting chords that made that Zeppelin guitar sound and attitude. I never get tired of listening to and watching him play it. I don't know if he personally set the heights on this guitar, or if he had a guitar tech mess will all of that. It is a very personal type of “housekeeping” with a lot of guitarists. ADK-Zeppy
  4. Pretty interesting re: adding milk last to brewed tea by the pot compared to tea bag variety. I tried both ways with the loose leaf that I brew every morning. I can not determine the difference, by the way. My “theory” is that in prior days in Britain, fresh milk may Not have been easy to chill or keep that way, so milk added first may not have clotted as much when the hot tea was poured into it., whereas the opposite would not appear as appetizing in the cup. No? For the past 25 years or so, I have ordered loose leaf tea from The Republic of Tea, first by mail order and now online. One variety I cherish and a bit more pricey is Keemun from Anhui Provence in China. Small dried leaves...sweet and smooth, with a touch of smoke and chocolate and with a bit of milk and sugar can be a great start to the day. The other I use is “All Day Breakfast Tea; which is a blend of Keemun and silver tipped Oolong leaves, also really great. I don't mind spending for the additional cost and shipping, as it really is one of life's enjoyable moments. I don't order Keemun too often, but last order was in part paid for by the “points” I accumulated and was about to lose. ADK-Zeppy
  5. Love this post!! being from Massachusetts where we threw your King's tea (by the case) into Boston Harbor because of His Majesty's tax increase, I have developed a love for imported Teas. At least two cups each morning and it helps me make my ancestors' ancient connection to Hampshire over where you enjoy your tea, daily. My question is: Is it true that arguments can get carried away over there as whether it's “Milk in first”? ADK-Zeppelin
  6. On the Led Zeppelin albums and stage performances, I don't think Page was using all that much gain as compared to what I hear in the 2007 O2 performance. In the later one, you can hear the gain rumbling in his amp(s) even when playing softly, and in the Zeppelin, his tone was mainly derived from sheer volume......and it's that era that I think Jimmy deserves a heap of credit in the amount of control that he demonstrated in how he could handle an amp on the verge of it blowing up; not withstanding the amount of tones that he summoned forth from them. Hendrix was another one and both players were amongst the few at the time that could play at extreme volume and still sound great. ADK-Zeppy
  7. Yes, to the previous post. The one with probably the most structured musical knowledge was John Paul Jones whom Page had worked with in recording sessions. Jimmy may have recognized Jones' talents back then. The main asset that JPJ had in Zeppelin was his ability to take the sounds he heard from his band mates and come up with an “arrangement”. The reason that I state this is that many of Zeppelin's songs almost have a “Classical” feel to them which upon repeated listenings do take on a really symphonic feel. Just as a well-rehearsed symphony orchestra would do, Zeppelin used the “light and shade” approach to their lengthy hits songs. Page, himself, described his work into that phrase. ADK-Zeppy
  8. Are Page and Plant performing from memory here, or was there some prior rehearsal for this performance? ADK-Zeppy
  9. I'm thinking that the radio broadcast may have been in stereo. No? Ican remember have a few long play 1960 era recordings that were done in monaural and converted late to a sort of “faux” stereo which to me sounded just horrible. ADK-Zeppy
  10. Steve, listened to the downloaded remaster work. I enjoyed the stereo and fidelity of a +51 year-old broadcast. Excellent work on your behalf and looking for more from your future projects. ADK-Zeppy
  11. If this is a fine as your others, I'm in! Sent you a p.m. ADk-Zeppelin
  12. I have read on other websites that Jimmy did not use much gain on his amps. That huge tone from his Marshall amps was mostly sheer volume and controlled from his guitar. ADK-Zeppy
  13. Thanks for the heads up, Sam! I'm one of the army of 29,000 here who has the Celebration Day HD video on my tablet. Well worth the space it occupies in the memory. For other Zeppelin fans that have this concert, here is a link to an interesting article on how the sound was done and mixed for that historic music event. https://www.soundonsound.com/people/inside-track-mixing-led-zeppelin-reunion ADK-Zeppelin
  14. It should not be too surprising that Bonham, Jones, and Jimmy bonded so well as musicians when united in Zeppelin. Page and JPJ had worked for some some time before Zeppelin, as studio session players and there were occasions where both appeared at the same session. Jimmy in his own words related that he was 1st choice call for mostly Rock type of music and Big Jim Sullivan drew many calls in the same role for Countrish type music. Being constantly chosen for those roles meant that you had to have the ability to improvise something to fit the music and that the talented ones have that delightful habit of always putting the “right notes” in the “right spots”. Those are the players that are on call frequently. Bonham being the guy that can drive the music, had to listen to everything going on and decide how to slow it down or speed it up and when to put in an accent at spots as sort of a que up to a soloist. Bonzo when in Zeppelin for a spell developed a feel for Page's style which of was sometimes a “shoot from the hip” and take your chances approach to playing when in Zeppelin; something not quite so available to him when playing on other artist's sessions. Jimmy's taking of chances adventures is best heard in the “Immigrant Song”. The composite performance video filmed in both Long Beach Arena in Los Angeles, CA in summer '72 and the Sydney Showground, AU February, 72 is an example where Page goes on a limb and just before the breaks, comes back in to finish a solo. It's one aspect of Page's playing skills that kept him the exciting player he was, is not heard often enough in my estimation. ADK-Zeppy
  15. In reading the article, one wonders just how “cool”was the relationship around 2014 between Plant and Page. I think some of that stemmed from Page wanting to continue on with a Zeppelin project akin to their O2 2007 appearance. It seems by Plant's remark, “A laugh a minute?” that Robert might have become weary about discussing Zeppelin as he already had been quite successful with his own “re-inventing” the Robert Plant brand and looked at a Zep project as a chore, and was content to let the past be. I'm sure the remaining 3 musicians all pinch themselves at times to take in their world success and how 4 struggling musicians became one unit melded into a identifiable sound and which still endures to this day. ADK-Zeppy
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