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    Happy Birthday Jimmy Page!

    Jimmy Page is 75 today. One of my all time favorite guitarists. Here's a great clip from the DVD "It Might Get Loud":



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    Ramble on James Patrick Page

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    Bron Y Aur Stomp, live 1975

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    I've put this up before, but it's worth it again, since it seems to me that the majority of folks forget what he was doing before the 900 megaton Zeppelin entered the room:
    http://yardbirds68.blogspot.com/
    Although at least the recent Dragon Tele "re-issue" helps keep the memory alive.
    Speaking of which, a couple of teasers from that blog:



    Yes, Jimmy was bowing his Tele before there was ever a Led Zeppelin.

    And if you were lucky, you might have even got to see 'em at your high school dance:
    LIVE SHOW: 29 March 1968. Senior Class Concert, Conard High School, West Hartford, Connecticut. Supported by Dick Davy. Show delayed until 9.30pm due to a snowstorm.
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    Good stuff, Al! And he was playing on hundreds of songs as a studio musician before this!

    I think another aspect of Page that gets overlooked is that he produced many songs when he was working as a studio guitarist, and he produced all the Led Zeppelin albums. A few examples of stuff he did that was really different - backwards echo (ex. "Whole Lotta Love"), Bonham's drum sound, and the layering of guitars (his so-called "guitar army").

    His working knowledge of the studio really helped Zeppelin create their sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Good stuff, Al! And he was playing on hundreds of songs as a studio musician before this!

    I think another aspect of Page that gets overlooked is that he produced many songs when he was working as a studio guitarist, and he produced all the Led Zeppelin albums. A few examples of stuff he did that was really different - backwards echo (ex. "Whole Lotta Love"), Bonham's drum sound, and the layering of guitars (his so-called "guitar army").

    His working knowledge of the studio really helped Zeppelin create their sound.

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    True all dat, but let's not forget yet another Hendrix/Yardbirds (by way of Zeppelin) engineering connection, besides Roger Mayer:
    Eddie Kramer.
    (I must admit I myself never fully registered that fact, "back in the day", and he certainly never got album credits for his work with the Beatles....)
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    It was on BBC-World this morning, he was the studio guitar musician on Petula Clark's "Downtown," his first #1 recording...
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    Even at the ripe ol' age of 75 I'm sure Jimmy could still smack a groupie around with a mud-shark like nobody's business!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Ashton View Post
    It was on BBC-World this morning, he was the studio guitar musician on Petula Clark's "Downtown," his first #1 recording...
    A nit-pick (aimed at BBC's short-changing the other 2 guys' contribution), but Wiki has 3 session men on that session:
    Vic Flick, Page, and Big Jim Sullivan.
    Flick and Sullivan had a lot more stature than Page at the time; Flick was the guy who played the original James Bond theme.
    Arguably one of the most recognizable riffs of the era.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    A nit-pick (aimed at BBC's short-changing the other 2 guys' contribution), but Wiki has 3 session men on that session:
    Vic Flick, Page, and Big Jim Sullivan.
    Flick and Sullivan had a lot more stature than Page at the time; Flick was the guy who played the original James Bond theme.
    Arguably one of the most recognizable riffs of the era.
    I think the James Bond theme could be considered the most recognized guitar riff ever, particularly on an international scale...

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