Monday, December 26, 2011

A Little Help For Your Friends



Recently finding it's way under the radar and into your favorite record shops is a new compilation entitled "Jimmy Page- Playin' Up A Storm," a collection of tunes showcasing JP as sideman. But don't be fooled, all this really is is the Keith De Groot LP from 1968. (Hello? Wait! Come back!)

As Dave Thompson over at AMG says:

Keith De Groot is one of those names that flickers only briefly across the average fan's mind, courtesy of just one performance -- as lead vocalist on one of the manifold superstar jam albums recorded in the U.K. during the late '60s.

None of this very exciting. If you're ready to bail and head over to the Naked Midget Canola Oil Wrestling site, I wouldn't blame you. But, let me just get one more thought in.

When I first saw the title of this release, it was Joe Cocker's version of "Bye Bye Blackbird" that immediately came to mind, and not any one of Jimmy's stellar performances from a little band called Led Zeppelin.

Check it out:



Got to be in the Top 3 Jimmy solos... in my book.

So, I was burning some wood, and aside from Eric Clapton, who we've chinwagged to death on these pages, who else rises to the occasion when someone else is the boss? If you want to get real specfic, is there a guitar player whose best performance appears on a record other than his own?



18 comments:

Albert said...

This is a toughie, Sal....and a good question to post, so here goes..first one comes to mind is Rick Nielsen guesting on Gene Simmon's re-do of See You in Your Dreams..odd choice but I've felt this way ever since I first heard it in '78...also Mr. Derringer's exquisite jazzy/bluesy turn on the Dan's Chain Lightning...never heard the man play quite like this before or after...so mature....still processing and hope to come up with one that doesn't necessitate a "wha...?" response...are we the only two fools up this early on Christmas-plus -one??!!

jeff k said...

Well, I know it's not his best solo, but Bruce's work on Warren Zevon's posthumous album is pretty great.

Anonymous said...

eddie van halen.. beat it

Sal Nunziato said...

Do you really think Eddie's best solo is "Beat It," or just a great solo on someone else's album? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

George Harrison on Badfinger's
Day After Day

Sammy said...

I'm happy just to listen to this cocker song (and jp does take one mighty solo)...wish i still had this record...oh (since you asked)...my favorite duane allman solo comes from loan me a dime (boz scagg's first solo lp)

Jeff in Denton TX said...

I'd agree with Anon that "Beat It" should at least be in the discussion of EVH's best solos. It serves the song perfectly.

I won't claim it's his best, but I also really like Page's solo on The Firm's version of "Live in Peace." Since this was a preexisting Rodgers solo tune, I guess it was less collaborative than some of their other output.

Anonymous said...

The opposite??? Jimmy Page with Puff Daddy/Diddy /Diddly Squat whatever his name is- Come With Me.... disgraceful

Sal Nunziato said...

"Live In Peace" really is a lost gem.

Leon said...

Eric Clapton on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"?

(My deep and thorough research into this (ahem) revealed only that Clapton played lead on the song, which I assume inc the solo but that's not always the case, with 2 virtuosos on board...)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/While_My_Guitar_Gently_Weeps

charlie c. said...

Obvious but not included -- Duane Allman on Loan Me a Dime (boz scaggs). Could, possibly, all of Duane's work on Derek and the Dominoes count?!?
Jerry Garcia on Pasture's of Plenty (bruce hornsby) -- certainly not his best, that, arguably may or my not occur, at 8:31 > 15:19 of Dark Star (2/13/70).
Gotta go twirl . . .

charlie c. said...

Sal – Could someone from Quality Control or The Department of Redundancy Department delete “not included” from my previous missive?!?

Anonymous said...

Intentionally provocative and (probably) untrue statement to follow:

I think Jimmy Page's solo on the Stones Sympathy for the Devil is one of his best ever.

I'm a big Stones fan and Keith fan, but I've always been more than a bit suspicious about the solo in Sympathy. Although I'm not a completist, I've listened to a few Stones bootlegs in my time and I've never heard him duplicate a couple of the licks in that solo. Ever. Not even in the Rock 'n Roll circus which was pretty contemperaneous to the recording, right?. Anyone else feel that way or I am the only one disposed to tinfoil hat conspiracies?

RichD

buzzbabyjesus said...

Robert Fripp's solo on Eno's "Baby's On Fire"
from "Here Come The Warm Jets".
Approximately 3 minutes of joyous guitar mayhem.

Anonymous said...

Oooh. Robert Fripp. Ok...I really like his guitar solo on "Hammond Song" by the Roches. Is it better guitar work than his own stuff? No clue. I haven't listened to anything by him since Crimson King in high school. But I'm certainly not going to let ignorance stop me. I mean, where's the fun in that?

RichD

Paul in Brentwood said...

RE: JP on the Stones - I've always felt that the solo was terrible. It's pitchy and off-beat. It's also very bright and tinny, something that Page's Telecaster wouldn't have done - a Tele's bright and twangy, in a different way. I could be wrong but for Jimmy's sake, I hope I'm right.

Anonymous said...

Oh definitely Duane's work on "Loan Me A Dime." Good god, one of the all time best blues-rock riffs.

Brian said...

I vote for what Peter Frampton did on John Entwistle's Whistle Rymes album.