gibsonfan159 Posted February 6, 2018 Share Posted February 6, 2018 I had to be sure I wasn't mistaken on my view on this show, so I listened again paying close attention to Page. The show is good for 75, but there's no way I'd say his phrasing is as good as the majority of 71, 72 or 73. It definitely has some good moments, but like so much of the post 73 stuff, there are a lot of moments where Page seems to lose his fire when improvising and wander aimlessly a little. Regardless, I still tried to point out the parts that were exceptional as well. I used the matrix version so the articulation would be a little more masked (so the time posts will be off a little depending on which version you listen too). I don't think he hits one note on the opening run on the Rock and Roll solo, though that part is usually intentionally sloppy (Jimmy Page smear). The rest is ok. Missed notes at 3:21. Sick Again- 1:54-2:02 strains to hit notes. 4:01-4:05, yikes. 4:26-4:29, straining. 4:44-4:50, straining. OTHAFA- :16, missed note (He commonly scrogs this part though). The solo- Not necessarily any missed notes, but the phrasing is a nightmare. Doesn't go anywhere until 3:40, then he finally takes off. 4:14-4:19, that signature 1975 lack of articulation where his syncopation is off (sounds like a turkey gobbling because his picking is out of sync with his fret hand). 4:40 on is pretty good. 5:41-5:48, barely survived that last run. IMTOD- Pretty good. TSRTS- Not bad. A little sluggish and the solo is lacking some articulation, but not too bad. I've heard worse in 72/73 versions. Rain Song- Missed note at 4:55, but that's nitpicking. Pretty good version. Kashmir- It's Kashmir. No Quarter- Solo- Page gets into a groove on this and his phrasing is good, can't complain too much. Though the end of it has that "kid jamming in his bedroom with his wah pedal" feel. The sweeping pattern he "attempts" at14:47-15:08 sounds a little rough, but it usually does on other versions. SIBLY- I'd have to nitpick here. Page would have to be braindead to play this song badly. TUF- This solo is the classic post 73 "You guys jam for a while and I'll run through the same pentatonic lines again".4:07, syncopation issues (gobble, gobble).5:34-50, running out of ideas for phrasing. 6:23-6:33, holy shit, where did this come from? Very nice ending there. Dazed- 4:31-4:40, syncopation problems. I've noticed whenever he does this he usually switches from a single note lead pattern to a funky, chorded riff until he gets back into it. Which he does here. 5:15-5:25, repetition of a lick which shows he has lost some ability to phrase well, so he just repeats the same three or four note runs.5:35, either his hand gets tired or he runs out of ideas, but he gives up on playing fast for a while. The flamenco-esque lead in to the "Stardust" interlude is really quite perfect. 23:05, some very sloppy lead playing. 25:15-25:50, now that's the phrasing and articulation from the days of old. Should have been playing like this the whole show. 28:00-28:33, not bad. 28:35, I despise this "sweep" lick Page does because not only does he almost never do it cleanly, it's obviously a fall back riff when he just throws in whenever. He uses it in No Quarter as well. 29:28, repetition much? Then straight back to the sweep pattern. That's slightly embarrasing (Bonzo actually sounds like he's throwing in extra patterns to take some attention off Jimmy). 31:50, the band takes off and leaves him. 33:38, disaster. Jimmy ends the song once again trying to improvise whatever he can, although the final few runs are quite nice. Stairway- This solo is a good blend of fluidity, intensity, and phrasing, so no major complaints. 10:38 sounds a little off though. Whole Lotta Love- Adequate version. Excellent Crunge with nice funky riffs throughout. Black Dog- The solo for this song is a perfect meter for Page's playing for a show. It's full of blinding fast blues runs and giant string bends that you have to hit perfect, else it sounds like shit. Starts off a little rough, but not too bad. Good bending. 4:50 is what I think Page does when his hand starts cramping a little. Fortunately Bonzo matches him here and it sounds awesome. Ending runs sound good, pretty smooth sailing thoughout. Which is strange considering how he played earlier in the show. Communication Breakdown- Not too bad, but he's using a heavy wah effect here. I think it's probably because this is his fastest solo and he needs a little smokescreen. Heartbreaker- The Heartbreaker solo has always been an intentional "Jamming in my bedroom" solo, so it would be unfair to call it that here. All in all it's an entertaining run, with most parts sounding much more inspired than other solos from the show. If you guys like this I might "Nitpick" some other shows (even the best ones to highlight Jimmy at his peak), or if you think I'm being way too anal then I'll shut up. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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