by JIMMY PAGE
Following the split of Led Zeppelin in 1980, Jimmy Page became involved in numerous new projects. In 1982, he collaborated with
director Michael Winner to record the Death Wish II soundtrack. This and several subsequent Page recordings, including the Death Wish III soundtrack, were recorded and produced at his recording studio, The Sol in Cookham, which he had purchased from Gus Dudgeon in the early 1980s.
In 1983, Page appeared with the A.R.M.S. (Action Research for Multiple Sclerosis) charity series of concerts which honoured Small Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, who suffered from the disease. For the first shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Page's set consisted of songs from the Death Wish II soundtrack (with Steve Winwood on vocals) and an instrumental version of ‘Stairway to Heaven’. A four-city tour of the United States followed, with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company replacing Winwood. During the tour, Page and Rodgers performed‘Midnight Moonlight’, which would later appear on The Firm's first album. All of the shows featured an on stage jam of ‘Layla’ that reunited Page with his old chums from the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. According to the book Hammer of the Gods, it was reportedly around this time too that Page told friends that he had just ended seven years of heroin use. On 13 December 1983, Page joined Robert Plant on stage for one encore at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
Page next linked up with Roy Harper for the 1984 album Whatever Happened to Jugula? and occasional concerts, performing a predominantly acoustic set at folk festivals under various guises such as the MacGregors and Themselves. Also in 1984, Page recorded with Plant as the Honeydrippers for the album The Honeydrippers: Volume 1, and with John Paul Jones on the film soundtrack Scream for Help.
Page subsequently collaborated with Paul Rodgers on two albums under the name The Firm. The first, eponymous, record, was released in 1985. Various other projects followed, such as session work for Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and the Rolling Stones (on their 1986 single "One Hit (to the Body)"). In 1986, Page reunited again - temporarily - with his former Yardbird bandmates to play on several tracks on the Box of Frogs album Strange Land. Page released his first real solo-album entitled Outrider in 1988, which featured contributions from Robert Plant (with Page contributing in turn to Plant's solo album Now and Zen, which was released the same year). Outrider also featured singer John Miles on the album's opening track ‘Wasting My Time’.
When Jimmy went out on the road to promote the new album, it was Miles who came along as vocalist for the whole tour, alongside Durban Laverde on bass and Jason Bonham on drums. On 19th October ’88, the entourage played a superb show at Ohio’s ClevelandPublic Hall, which was recorded for live FM Broadcast across the greater Cleveland areas.
Previously unreleased, this exceptional concert is now available in its entirety on this new CD, certain to prove a must-have release for Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin fans worldwide.
Label: GOLDFISH RECORDS
EXTRAORDINARY BROADCAST RECORDING FROM JIMMY PAGE’S OUTRIDER TOUR 1. Who’s To Blame 4:08
2. Prelude 2:09
3. Over The Hills And Far Away 6:02
4. Writer Of Winter 3:21
5. Tear Down the Walls 5:06
6. Midnight Moonlight 3:38
7. White Summer/Black Mountain Side 4:17
8. Midnight Moonlight 7:02
9. In My Time Of Dying 10:35
10. Prison Blues 7:28
11. Wasting My Time 4:30
12. Custard Pie 3:43
13. Train Kept A Rollin’ 4:13
14. Stairway To Heaven 9:21