Back in December 1969 Jimmy Page was featured in Melody Maker's "Blind Date", popular musicians were played records without knowing who it was and give their responses.
Jimmy Page was both intrigued and pleased by the album tracks chosen for his "Blind Date" session, especially with Les Paul & Mary Ford and Merle Travis rarities. " Where did you get these from?" demanded Jimmy. They came from a private collection and are all now unfortunately deleted from the Capitol catalogue.
Jimmy Page has released a new edition of his photo- autobiography, "Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page" . If you missed out on the leather bound $2k + first edition ,the current hardcover at $46 is a bargain and you won't be too nervous to flip through the pages. This is a must for the dedicated but even the casual fan will appreciate the scope of Jimmy's illustrious career. From the opening shot of the young man as choir boy , the evolution through skiffle and into blues and rock, studio player, Yardbird, it's easy to forget that even before the birth of the quintessential Olympian Rock God band Jimmy had already made his mark on modern music.
You'd be unlikely to hear any resistance to the claim that the single biggest icon in the world of guitar is Jimi Hendrix or in the world of martial arts, Bruce Lee. After all, magazines of both genres still regularly feature cover stories with each that predictably have higher sales although both men left the planet over four decades ago . Aside from the fact that they were absolutely committed to mastering and redefining their crafts it isn't often noticed the many connections between them.
By James H.
After the last echoes of the cacophonous din subsided in Anaheim's annual NAMM show Gary Hoey, Matt Scurfield and AJ Pappas took the stage at the Gaslamp Club in nearby Long Beach. An enthusiastic crowd filled the room as Hoey and
band established a cool hypnotic groove with ethereal moans and wails from a very Pagey
looking Les Paul . Once the crowd was entranced the groove exploded into a smokin' version of "Goin Down" that would make Jeff Beck proud. For the first part of the set Gary wielded the Gibson to great effect.
Travel back to 1937, between the World Wars; no electric guitars, no Marshall amps, Echoplex, Phase 90, whammy bars or other contemporary tools of the trade.
For many listeners their familiarity with Robin Trower is primarily the trinity of FM radio "album oriented rock" staples "Day of the Eagle" , "Bridge of Sighs" and "Too Rolling Stoned". If that were all he'd ever done it would definitely be sufficient to place him in the constellation of the greats, but there is so much more treasure to be discovered in his recordings.