Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Led Zeppelin: Lost Jimmy Page track surfaces

One of the many tracks cut by Jimmy Page in his pre-Led Zeppelin days as a session man has surfaced on a television trailer for the BBC’s weather forecast.

Mojo reports “I’ve Got Everything You Need Babe” by British band The Fenmen was released in 1965 following the band’s split with frontman Bern Elliott.

Page, who estimates he recorded three sessions per day in 1964 and 1965, identified his presence on the track when he saw the trailer on television.

“I heard the track the other day while I was watching TV,” Page told Mojo last fall. “I thought, ‘Oh. That sound familiar.’ Then, all of a sudden there’s a solo that comes in and I go, ‘That is me!’ It’s something that I would have forgotten about had I not heard it again. In fact, if they hadn’t left the solo on the trailer, I may not have known I’d even played on that track.”

Page recalls playing on records by artists as diverse as The Kinks, The Who and Petula Clark.

“I did so many sessions and not all of them were big," says Page. “But I was on all of those big sessions with Tony Hatch and I did a string of records with Petula Clark that did really well. You know what? I think I might even have been on a Benny Hill track, that’s how varied things were!” he laughs, recalling sessions that took place prior to his joining The Yardbirds in the summer of 1966.

These days, Page has been busy working on the planned Led Zeppelin reissues project, which has been scheduled to begin this year.

“The first of the Led Zeppelin reissues – comprising of ‘Led Zeppelin I,’ ‘Led Zeppelin II’ and ‘Led Zeppelin III’ – will be released this year,” wrote Page on his website. “I’ve also been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014.”

The guitarist recently confirmed that the reissues will include unreleased material by the band.

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