[–] cynicaloldfart [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Two of my favorite tracks are "Big Band, Sax, and Violence" (at 31:34) and "Hypnotizing Ways (Oh Mamma)" (at 34:25).


[–] cynicaloldfart [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Following the XYZ project, Page was asked by his London neighbour, movie director Michael Winner, to record a soundtrack for the film Death Wish II in late August 1981. Page was given a deadline of a few weeks to write and record the album at his personal studio The Sol and to travel on location to Los Angeles with Winner for songwriting themes. Winner later explained:

"I'd lived next door to Jimmy for many years. It was a very bad time for him – the drummer (John Bonham of Led Zeppelin) had died, and he was in a very inactive period. (Led Zeppelin manager) Peter Grant and I made arrangements for Jimmy to do the Death Wish II score, for which he wasn't actually paid, because Grant wanted to restore Jimmy back to creativity. Jimmy rang the doorbell, and I thought if the wind blew he'd fall over. He saw the film, we spotted where the music was to go, and then he said to me "I'm going to my studio. I don't want you anywhere near me, I'm going to do it all on my own." My editing staff said this is bloody dangerous! Anyway, we gave him the film, we gave him the timings, and he did it all on his own. Everything hit the button totally! I've never seen a more professional score in my life."

Death Wish II starred Charles Bronson, and was set around Los Angeles, which inspired Page to write a blues-flavoured soundtrack. The soundtrack features Dave Mattacks from Fairport Convention, former Pretty Things keyboards player Gordon Edwards, and veteran singer Chris Farlowe, who also later appeared on Page's 1988 solo album Outrider. Page used a Roland guitar synthesizer on a number of the tracks. Tracks from this album were later reused by Winner for Death Wish III. Page was later asked by Winner to compose the soundtrack for Scream for Help (1985), but he declined and suggested John Paul Jones to the director instead.

This album is Page's only solo material to appear on Led Zeppelin's record label Swan Song Records. His two later albums with The Firm were released on Atlantic and Outrider was on Geffen Records. Swan Song ceased operations in 1983.

Side one
1. "Who's to Blame" 2:41
2. "The Chase" 5:48
3. "City Sirens" 2:01
4. "Jam Sandwich" 2:35
5. "Carole's Theme" 2:50
6. "The Release" Page 2:35

Side two
1. "Hotel Rats and Photostats" 2:40
2. "A Shadow in the City" 4:01
3. "Jill's Theme" 4:00
4. "Prelude" Page 2:20
5. "Big Band, Sax, and Violence" 2:51
6. "Hypnotizing Ways (Oh Mamma)" 2:49


[–] Nadeshda 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Geez :D Another one to add to my playlist today, really cool :)