Eric Clapton, Lead Guitar
Produced by Jimmy Page
Mick Jagger on Harp
Bill Wyman (Bass)
Charlie Watts (Drums)
Ian Stewart (Piano)
Jeff Beck, John Mayall,
Some real Rock Anthropology here. In 1965 John Mayall and his band, The Blues Breakers, featuring guitarist Eric Clapton, who’d left the commercially successful Yardbirds because he wanted to play The Blues, got a deal with Immediate Records, which was owned by The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Oldham, to record a single: “I’m Your Witchdoctor” and “Telephone Blues.” They went into a studio session overseen by Immediate’s new in-house producer, Jimmy Page.
One Session, according to Jimmy’s website, was August 17th, another on the 22nd of September. This was the year preceding Mayall’s (and Clapton’s) seminal “Beano” album, which was recorded in May of 1966.
What makes this a historical confluence of karmic proportions: besides the session itself, Clapton and Page got together after hours in the home studio of Jimmy's house to have some fun, jam, recording loose 12 bar blues. An academic gold mine, you hear two monuments of rock guitar working on licks, getting their chops down.
We first got onto these recordings in the Seventies when we found an LP called White Boy Blues, though the most notable collection of this material was entitled Guitar Boogie.
Jimmy spoke about what happened to Pete Frame for his 1974 book: The Road to Rock: A ZigZag Book of Interviews:
“That (Blues Anthology Immediate LP) was a real tragedy for me. I got involved with Immediate, producing various things, including..."
Jimmy Page Reunites with His Iconic "Dragon Telecaster"
Shot in 2019 to promote the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Play It Loud” Exhibit, Jimmy Page talks about his iconic guitars, amps and gear, among them his double-neck Gibson SG, the ’59 Les Paul Standard he got from Joe Walsh, and his use of the bow and theremin. The highlight, however, is the way Jimmy brightens when he picks up his “Dragon” Telecaster.
“I love this guitar,” says Page, beaming.
It is possibly the most personally revealing moment Jimmy Page has ever exhibited.
Perhaps the most legendary guitar in Classic Rock, used to record...