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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by mnutz, Sep 20, 2017.
Stairway to Heaven... not many people have heard it though.
He achieved amazing things on such a limited kit. Most drummers seem to hate him. Page used to stick his kit at the base of the stairwell at Headley Grange to pick up the ambience with mics above.
Apparently during the last years the roadies put down plastic sheets because he shovelled handfuls of coke, out of plastic bags taped to his kit, into his mouth and nose it went everywhere.
After the gig the roadies carefully decanted it back into baggies for their own use...
Recent doco 'It Might Get Loud', featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge & Jack White has some great segments of Page, including this one where he casually strums one of my fave Led Zep songs, 'Ramble On':
Que references to Gollum and Mordor.....
I love Sandy Denny's duet with Plant on The Battle of Evermore, very Tolkeinish, a bit Elvish. She was - apparently - the unofficial 5th member of LZ and present at a lot of recording.
Another tragic casualty of Page's devil worship allegedly. Fell down some steps, split her skull
If you can find Kenneth Anger's Lucifer Rising Page was doing out-there theremin and violin Bow stuff for that before it was aborted. Pretty out-there film.
Also the band of my teen years. The first album was a milestone. On the radio at the time was the Beach Boys, Beatles, Paul Revere and the Raiders and then LZ came along and everybody went "What is that?" Changed the face of music completely. Saw them live, amazing show. Still keep LZII in regular rotation in my car. Killer road music.
Don't hear Stairway to Heaven so much in the guitar stores anymore but for years in the 70s, 80s and 90s you could usually catch someone playing the intro. So much so that it became kind of looked down on lick.
Trampled Under Foot. Check out Celebration- they're old but JP is still amazing.
Oh we have started!!! Okay last reply! I bought the dvd the same time I was going to jr. College. I ended up ripping the audio from the DVD JUST so I could listen to that version of Since I've Been Loving you in my truck.
I eventually started skipping class and stayed home instead to watch the whole film, (I would listen to it while getting ready for school every day). I dropped out but a year later ended up going to Musician's Institute haha. Best decision ever!
communication breakdown down can be played in the punk style...the dickies do a cover of it
Four Sticks by the Rollins Band
Off 'Encomium' the Zep tribute album. Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Hootie and the Blowfish, 4 non blondes....
The double disc 'Live at the BBC' has some great stuff on it.
Only one I've learned is Living Loving Maid, that one is fun to play as well.
I was a teenager in the 90s (turned 13 in 1990).. didn't get really into Led Zeppelin till I went to college, where my roommate and I left that 1995 Box Set on repeat for most of sophomore year. I'm thinking if you were a teenager in the 80s you were WAY late to the party.
An awful lot of the songs seem like they sound worse than they are because they're actually multiple simpler guitar parts overdubbed on top of each other.
Probably time for me to try and learn another one. I'm pretty sure my teacher knows almost all of their songs.
Still very weird, every single junior high + high school dance/prom whatever that I went to ended with "Stairway to Heaven", and that was close to 20 years after Zeppelin had finished. We didn't really know what was going on with that song. I don't have any older brothers or sisters who would have gotten me into LZ earlier, and my parents were so far into the Singer Songwriter & "soft" stuff in the 70s that they totally missed Led Zeppelin somehow. I have NO idea how that happened as they were exactly the right age, and my dad does have the oddball heavier LP, like he's still got his original copy of "Inna Gatta Da Vida" that he bought right away when it came out. How did you buy that and totally miss Led Zeppelin?
Start at side one, cut one, album one.....progress through catalog. So much fun to play. Page has the perfect RNR attitude in his electric playing.
Physical Graffiti, III, Houses of the Holy and Presence are where it's at.
I and II and ZoSo are also where it's at.
It's all so so so good.
Nobody has gotten it right the way they did since them.
It all just sounds like Free or AC/DC or something which is NOT the same.
I was lucky enough to see them 3 times. They're still one of my all-time faves. Even though it's Jason Bonham (rather than the original Bonzo) on drums, see if you can get "Celebration Day" on DVD. It was a getting together many years after they'd split. All a few years older but the beauty is that the sound recording is so much better than it was for some of the original era material.
There's also a double CD or Early and Later years with most of their hits / most commonly played tracks. Great as an introduction.
Welcome to Zep.....
Get the live DVD Led Zeppelin, put the second disk on, go to Knebworth, and listen to Achilles' Last Stand. Then go listen to the studio version on Presence and see how Page constructed his guitar army.
Fun fact: Barracuda by Heart is pretty much a blatant ripoff of the galloping rhythm of Achilles, and the Wilson sisters even acknowledged that.
So many great Zep song out there. I think the reason the videos lack a focus on Jimmy's playing is because of Plant, Bonham, and Jones, so much going on and the directors aren't thinking about what musicians want to see when they're filming these things. On the plus side there are a ton of lessons on youtube.
Whole Lotta Love
If you want to slow things down a bit.
If you're diggin' Zep, check out these kids.
Heavy L.Z. Influence.