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JPJ w/ Etta James - Montreux 1975

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John Paul Jones performing with Etta James in Montreux - July 1975. (Released on video a few years ago)

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Quote from the Etta James' guitarist, Brian Ray: "After the show we went backstage to hang and I was looking for the Zep guys because as a young lad on my first trip to Europe with Etta James at the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival , John Paul Jones was set to play bass for Etta at the fest.. Me, skinny little 19 year old kid with blond hair halfway down my back was the bandleader, teaching Zep's bassist Etta's songs..

Well, at the end of our first rehearsal, who walks in but Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.. !! Page pulled me aside and asked to play my '57 Les Paul and told me he thought he had met me in a past life [wow!!].. Then they invited me to dinner, Racqlette in a chalet in the Alps.. with Led friggin' Zep!! All this was made better when 2 of my friends from LA had witnessed the show there and came back to LA to tell the stories for me."

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http://www.eagle-rock.com/product/live-at-montreux-1975-1993/

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A friend of mine in the biz was escorted to Etta's green room at a show about a year before she died. He complimented her and tried to make some small talk. She asked who let him in to her room, and refused to sign a LP for him. She then ordered someone to "Get his fat white ass outta here". Apparently, she was a real beyotch. :)

Edited by The Dark Lord

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GOD DAMN! That woman could SING!!!! I love Etta James, great singer. Unfortunately Dark Lord is correct, she could be quite tempestuous and a regular diva.

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Brian Ray has been playing guitar and bass in Paul McCartney's band for years now, he's a good musician..

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Available on vinyl:

 

THE ESSENTIALS – Vinyl Collection

Etta James - Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 1975
Etta James (piano & vocals), Arthur Young (trumpet), Gene « Mighty Flea » Conners (trombone), Klaur Doldinger (tenor saxophone), Pony Poindexter (soprano saxophone), Howard Johnson (bariton saxophone), Brian Ray (guitar), John Paul Jones (bass), Douglas Hammond (drums), Frank Abel (electric piano & organ)

 Tracklisting

1.    Claude Nobs Introduction
2.    Respect Yourself
3.    Drown in My Own Tears
4.    W-O-M-A-N
5.    Dust My Broom
6.    I’d Rather Go Blind
7.    All the Way Down
8.    What You Want Me To Do
9.    Rock Me
10.   Stormy Monday
11.   Tell Mama
 
Recorded live: 11 July,1975
Double LP, 78 minutes
180 grams, re-mastered sound
Edition limited to 1’000 numbered copies
Mini-poster inside

Co-production between the Montreux Jazz Festival and Radio Télévision Suisse

http://www.montreuxjazzshop.com/product_info.php?language=en&info=p398_Etta-James-1975.html

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Nice , thank you! Never knew about this gig. Jonesy showing his Jamerson and Duck Dunn influences here. He sounds great! I just ordered the 2LP from Montreux Jazz Shop. 

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RP and JP in Montreux in July 1975 - pics with Keith Emerson and Rory Gallagher:

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