Wednesday, July 8, 2015

On This Day 08 July

1997 08 July On This Day Rainer Ptacek’s tribute album released with the Page/Plant track, Rude World

  • 1966 The Yardbirds - Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland at Raith Ballroom
  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Kerrisdale Arena
  • 1995 Page & Plant - Unledded Tour - Frauenfeld, Switzerland- Out In The Green Festival
  • 1997 08 July On This Day Rainer Ptacek’s tribute album released
  • 1998 Page & Plant - Virginia Beach, VA at Virginia Beach Arena
  • 2000 Jimmy Page with The Black Crowes - Camden, NJ at E-Center 

Rainer Ptacek (1951–1997) was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter whose work influenced many musicians. He was not widely known to the general public, but with his own distinctive approach to blues and guitar techniques he earned the reputation of "musician's musician". Ptacek impressed Robert Plant enough that Plant flew Ptacek to the UK to record the B-side tracks for the Fate of Nations singles, including Whole Lotta Love  and 21 Years.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recorded Ptacek's Rude World for the album, The Inner Flame - A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek.  Here's the review I wrote of the track.
Look, the voice of Robert Plant of the 21st century isn't the voice of Robert Plant of the 20th. We all get that. Too bad, too sad. Here's the thing: even if there was some other vocalist to pair with the musical magic of Jimmy Page's guitar, the chemistry wouldn't be the same.
There's chemistry in Rude World. It's that alchemical mix of sound that churns the soul and makes you wonder if you're acting funny in public while listening to it. It's a song that when you've heard it for the first time you feel like it's been in you forever. And oh, that guitar...
A fitting tribute to Rainer Ptacek, who was no slouch himself in the music magic department.

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