We have something historical in today’s release of Jimmy Page’s mastered remix. The importance of having the original recordings remastered by Jimmy is profound.
Page commented: “This version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn’t have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they’ll think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the original’ and all of a sudden they’ll go ‘No, it’s not.'”
Jimmy Page on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon May, 21st, 2014
From Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) – Led Zeppelin’s remastered second album will include additional companion audio with unreleased studio outtakes To be released on multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats as well as a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box.
The official music video for Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)” This title will be released on June 3, 2014.
Jimmy Page talks about performing with Led Zeppelin, how he learned music, influences on his sound and music, and being chosen for an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.
Jimmy Page is a world renowned guitarist, composer, and producer who has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He began his career as a studio session guitarist in London and subsequently became a member of the Yardbirds, in 1966, before founding Led Zeppelin, in 1968. Over the next decade, Led Zeppelin effectively redefined rock music, drawing on a wide range of influences to create a string of legendary albums that have to date sold an estimated 300 million copies. Through his work with Led Zeppelin, Page became recognized as one of the greatest and most versatile guitarists in history. From acoustic ballads to hard rock standards, his use of unconventional scales and tunings, innovative use of electronic effects, and fresh approaches to records and production took the rock genre to a new level. His solo from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is still widely considered the greatest guitar solo of all time, four decades since it was recorded.
Rob Hochschild: interview Filmed by 21summit Productions Joe Barnard: videographer, editor Simon Katz: audio
Led Zeppelin Rem asters Paris Listening Party – Jimmy Page
Blake Morgan has stepped into the arena with Washington with 8411 signatures on the http://www.irespectmusic.org petition, as of this writing, Congress will have to listen. Twitter is ablaze with hundreds of photos with musicians, celebrities holding a sign saying #irespectmusic.
New York, NY – February 11th, 2014: The Washington beltway turned a deaf ear to artists’ rights until one guy, one activist, wrote the words “I Respect Music” on an index card and showed it to the world.
Now, thousands upon thousands of music makers and music lovers are standing together and making history by adding their names to a petition that is not only shaking up the music world, it’s shaking up Congress.
The petition, written and launched from the laptop of artist and musician Blake Morgan, has gone viral at an unprecedented pace. Everyday working musicians, music fans, music organizations, and luminaries like David Byrne, Patrick Stewart, Gavin DeGraw, Jean Michele Jarre, Marc Ribot, Roseanne Cash, Mike Mills, John McCrea, Civil Twilight, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and countless others have voiced their support by both signing the petition and posting or tweeting a “selfie” with the hashtag: #IRespectMusic.
“The idea for ‘I Respect Music’ was born in an Op-ed I wrote for the Huffington Post in mid-December,” says Morgan (article here: http://huff.to/1gItlZW) . “Once the article went viral and passed 40,000 ‘likes,’ it was clear that idea––and those three words––had resonated far more deeply than anyone could have expected.”
Blake Morgan is no stranger to how democracy works in the modern age, or to winning a David vs. Goliath struggle for artists’ rights. The I Respect Music campaign follows his whistle-blowing victory over Internet radio giant Pandora, which led to the multi-billion dollar company abandoning its own signature legislation in Washington which would have reduced artists’ pay by up to 85% (article here: http://huff.to/1iMROLL).
“Many are surprised to learn that the United States is the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay. And, that the short list of countries that share the United States’ position on this issue includes Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda.” Morgan adds, “What’s more, as a result of not paying their artists for radio airplay here in the United States, other democratic countries aren’t paying American artists in their countries.”
“Art is one of the United States’ top five exports. It’s one of the few things the United States still makes that the world still wants,” says Morgan. “So it’s not just rock stars who aren’t getting paid, we’re talking about millions of working class artists and musicians, as well as millions more who are––or used to be––employed through music: electricians, carpenters, bus drivers. This isn’t just about music, it’s about American jobs, and American exceptionalism.”
John Moe, the witty and affable host of MPR’s Wits just tweeted something really nice about INNER SUNSET by The Paul & John: 7-16-2014
“Hey, know what? [The Paul & John] has created a really great album of dreamy Beatlesque pop music. Wisdom! Hooks! Listen!” – @johnmoe
“I dig it. Will listen to it *recreationally*, a rare thing in a job where I listen to a ton of music professionally.” – @johnmoe
I’ve known Paul Myers for about two years, his talent as a music journalist, writer and tweeter has shredded my 80’s legwarmers and tangled them in the air conditioner more than once. So you guys need to know about The Paul & John.
As a journalist, Paul has written for everyone from FastCompany.com to Mix Magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian and more, more, more! His critically acclaimed biography of Todd Rundgren respected by musicians and music lovers… but then I heard the music he’s been creating with John Moremen! John Moremen is the lead guitarist in the critically acclaimed Bay Area band The Orange Peels and was lynchpin in D.C. band The Neighbors.
The Paul & John is a collaboration between guitarist/vocalist songwriters Paul Myers and John Moremen.
The depth, resonance and genuine feeling of going back in time, yet, keeping us right here is palpable. Flavors of The Beatles with layering of The Beach Boys, the clean feeling of Elvis Costello and the reminsicence of time somehow wrapped in the beautiful harmonies of The Paul & John all the while the music is fresh, new. I felt myself traveling through the tunes like a stream meanders gracefully around pebbles and then rocks, we find ourselves with the feeling of home. Something so comfortable right away at the first listen to The Paul & John.
The Paul & John is a collaboration between guitarist/vocalist songwriters Paul Myers and John Moremen. The Paul & John only record music they’ve written together. Additionally, Paul is the designated lyricist. The two handle all major sounds between them, with John on the drums and Paul on the bass. Producer Allen Clapp is a voting member in the arranging and sonics.
Follow Paul Myers on Twitter @pulmyears and John Moremen @JohnMoremen
First Colony Records, now Bleeker Bob’s, where has all the vinyl gone?
Remember, as a kid, placing the ‘needle’ on a record and ‘feeling’ the sound of each groove, hearing the depth of the layers of all the instrumentation, each vocal inflection, each breath..
At 7, I had a General Electric portable record player, my first. I remember sitting for hours on end writing down every lyric as I would move the needle back ever so gently to catch the next phrase with my pen just so I could eventually sing each word with the artist. As I grew older, I found out that record shops in Manhattan had printed lyric sheets. I was on the subway faster than lightening with my eye on the prize. Off to Colony Records! Then headed downtown to Bleeker Bob’s! Had to get my fill! I’d come home with new albums and sheet music ready to sing and learn write lyrics. This was my classroom. It would take hours to get each word written and when I finally finished getting them all, I’d sing my heart out. Yes, that one song over and over til I knew each word by heart and then I would repeat the entire process again. Ahhh.. persistence…
Owner Bob Plotnik and his shop have been a Bleeker Street fixture for 45 years. Bleeker Bob’s is one of those places you could spend hours and hours in. Searching through each stack of albums, touching each one, reading each jacket. A new or old release always echoing though the store. Bleeker Bob, you and you perfect little shop on Bleeker Street will be truly missed. Thank you for so many wonderful years Bob….
For The Records” A documentary film on ” Bleeker Bob’s by Hazel Sheffield and Emily Judem