Tuesday, March 15, 2016

On This Day 15 March

Hot. HOT. HOT!!
1993 15 March On This Day Coverdale/Page released
AUDIO: Shake My Tree (Coverdale Page)

  • 1967 The Yardbirds – Offenbach ,Germany at Stadhalle, Beat Beat Beat TV Show
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - Gladsaxe, Denmark at Egegard Skole,Box 45 Teen Club and Brondby,Denmark at Norregards-hallen,Brondby Pop-Club
  • 1985 The Firm - Oakland, CA at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
  • 1986 The Firm - Hollywood, FL at Hollywood Sportatorium
  • 1993 Coverdale/Page album released

It's no secret I'm a Coverdale/Page fan. I've written about the duo in this blog before HERE and HERE. People who profess to be Jimmy Page fans tend to get stuck in the Led Zeppelin years, dismissing his later work as mere add-ons. I believe Coverdale/Page is an excellent example of why thinking that way is a mistake. 

It's fascinating to follow how Jimmy Page's guitar work has changed over the years. While his earliest work was crisp and technical, the more Mr. Page matured the more emotion he put into the guitar and the deeper, darker and more nebulous the playing got. He pushed the envelope as he plumbed the depths of his psyche and higher meaning. 

Coverdale/Page brings in a maturity to the music that could not exist with Led Zeppelin - the boys were just too young still. Years of living change a person. Fans clamor for more Led Zeppelin but there's no need to hang on to the past when there is so much to reveal about the now. The added layers of experience, of new understanding of what has been lived before, and of knowing that the past is gone forever, gives an emotional depth and poignancy to the collaboration of David Coverdale and Jimmy Page that raises this music to new levels that Mr. Page had not been able to achieve before. 

Plain truth:  Athough Coverdale/Page has been relegated to "imitation Robert Plant", in fact Robert Plant has never tried, as a mature musician, to bring to Jimmy Page what David Coverdale did. 

1993 Coverdale/Page promo photo

Listen to Take Me For A Little While and weep for what has slipped into the past. Listen carefully to this whole album, my friends, because it bears a truth that should truly shake your tree: The best is yet to come.

No comments:

Post a Comment