OK you lucky lot. Today you’re getting eight episodes of ‘Epic’ all on the same day; essentially because I’m away for a week with no possibility of updating blogs etc.
And the final episode, bringing us up to date before my next posting on Saturday 19 August is ‘No Quarter’, a live album by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, released by Atlantic Records on 14 October 1994. The long-awaited reunion between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant occurred on a 90-minute “UnLedded” MTV project, recorded in Morocco, Wales, and London.
In addition to acoustic numbers, the album features a reworking of Led Zeppelin classics featuring a Moroccan string band and Egyptian orchestra supplementing a core group of rock and roll musicians, along with four Middle-Eastern and Moroccan-influenced songs: “City Don’t Cry”, “Yallah” (or “The Truth Explodes”), “Wonderful One”, and “Wah Wah”.
The album was #4 on debut on the Billboard’s Pop Albums chart.
Several years later, Plant reflected on the collaboration very positively:
The will and the eagerness with Unledded were fantastic and [Page] was really creative. Jimmy and I went in a room and it was back. His riffs were spectacular. To take it as far as we did, and the tour we did – it’s one of the most ambitious and mind altering experiences.
The Black Crowes & Jimmy Page – Live at the Greek (1999)
This ranks up there in my top ten live albums of all time. Working in partnership with Jimmy Page and recorded over the nights of 18-19 October 1999 at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, this double album is the result.
Recorded in 1968 and released as the final track on their debut album in 1969, this put Led Zeppelin firmly on the blues rock music mountain and paved the way for their future monopoly of the heavy rock scene. In an interview given to ‘Guitar World’ magazine in 1993, Jimmy Page said that the song “was made up of little pieces I developed when I was with the Yardbirds, as were other numbers such as “Dazed and Confused”. It was played live in the studio with cues and nods.”
For my April playlist – aka ‘MacApr’ – I’ve downloaded 18 crackers. Should keep me going for a while. Some old stuff; some new. No particular theme – just downloaded whatever took my fancy. Here’s what I ended up with.
(1) Massive – Dancefloor
(2) Ramble Riders – Why
(3) Elephant Child – Kiss
(4)Led Man – Was it hard
(5) UK Blues Project – I’m back
6. Jimmy Page & the Black Crowes – Custard Pie
(7) Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Sneaking Suspicion
(8) Cage the gods – Favourite sin
9. Therapy? – Enjoy the Struggle
(10) Laurence Jones – Soul Swamp River
(11) The Medicine – The changing of the times
(12) Led Zepagain – Whole lotta love
(13) Nine Below Zero – I’m so alone
(14) Band of Skulls – Asleep at the wheel
15. The Winery Dogs – Desire
(16) Toseland – Singer in a band
(17) Spin Doctors – Scotch & Water Blues
18. The Jesus Lizard – Queen for a day
Watch out for the next Jemtunes blog – the next in the ‘Desert Island Discs’ series – coming here soon.