If you want a graphic demonstration of Page’s legendary status, try the look of giddy delight that appears on the faces of Edge and White as Page demonstrates the riff to ’Whole Lotta Love’.For a moment, professional reserve collapses into goofy fandom at the foot of the master.“But it turns out it was always about composition, about ideas and themes and stuff you actually had to write. Meeting the man, I realised we were almost brothers in arms in terms of musical philosophy.” Page is in enthusiastic agreement.I think Jimmy’s guitar playing was a lot more composed than others of that era and much better for that. “I was always trying to push the technology, what was going on with the sound and production techniques.“Give three guitarists the same guitar and ask them to play the same song, it’ll come out different.Even people who have only been playing for a short time, untrained musicians, you can recognise their character in their playing.“I’m not a guitar hero,” insists Jimmy Page, modestly.
In Led Zeppelin, I was tracking all these guitars to orchestrate it, to give more colours and light and shade.Claire and Lisa Walker are neurotic sisters on the run who assume the identities of Internationally renowned poets The Wilding Sisters to take refuge at a Poetry Retreat for the weekend; ...See full summary » This series follows country vicar Merrily Watkins, who is one of the few women priests working as an exorcist in the UK.“Musicians can always play together but I don’t think you can go out with a band called Led Zeppelin if you haven’t got the original vocalist.” Page’s disappointment in the way things have turned out is tangible, but whether with his most legendary band or not, he continues to find creative expression in his chosen instrument.“Its such a tactile instrument, it moulds into your personality,” says Page.
Which, it turns out, is another notion that troubles Page. “Either I was playing it or it was playing me, it depends how you look at it. I want to see if there is a new shape, a new pattern of chords, a new riff. Always.” Page was a young session prodigy on the London sixties scene (he played on recordings by The Kinks, The Who and The Rolling Stones amongst hundreds of others) who joined The Yardbirds, then formed Led Zeppelin with bassist John Paul Jones, drummer John Bonham and singer Robert Plant.