Tuesday, April 12, 2011

JIMMY PAGE Death Wish II Soundtrack SWAN SONG LP 1982

Hot guitar licks blast in and out of this soundtrack for Charles Bronson's "DEATH WISH II" courtesy of Jimmy Page, who wrote all the music and also plays synthesizers. Released on the Swan Song label in 1982, this LP is hard to come by (and a very rare CD) and although not a masterpiece, it's a MUST HEAR for Zeppelin freaks. This was Jimmy's first post-Zep project and his only release on Swan Song. The opening and closing tracks are sung soulfully by Immediate star Chris Farlowe (a few years later he would sing on Jimmy's first proper solo album, "Outrider") with Pilot/Elton John bassist Dave Paton and legendary Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks filling out Jimmy's main band for the album. "Who's To Blame" definitely would have been a nice Zep track and has an "In Thru The Out Door" vibe. "The Chase" is a cool instrumental with lots of different guitar sounds including what sounds like a B-Bender and also 'guitar synthesizer' effects alongside a string section. Another standout is "Jam Sandwich" which is mostly an Isley riff ripoff but again it's also very Zeppelin (who are no strangers to riff ripoffs!) and Page shreds throughout.Jimmy, healthy as ever, plays pool in 1982

The guitar becomes more scarce on side two but the music is always ominous and creepy. "Prelude" is a slow blues that sounds like Gainsbourg's "Jane B" and "Big Band, Sax, and Violence" has a Zep-like riff but with bad synthesised brass sounds. Another heavy Zep rocker called "Hynotizing Ways (Oh Mamma)" closes the album. Considering it could've been just a bland all-instrumental record, this soundtrack holds up as a rock classic.

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