The movie “It Might Get Loud” features Jimmy Page performing five songs alone.
Two are “Embryo No. 1” and “Embryo No. 2,” which are pieces of new music perhaps destined for a “big project” Page says he has “had in mind for some time.”
The three others are “The Battle of Evermore,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Ramble On.”
The way he played “Ramble On” onscreen prompted Bob Lefsetz to revive his writing in “The Lefsetz Letter” for the first time in 10 days. He viewed the film at its L.A. premiere on Friday, a few seats from Page himself.
Just as I was getting comfortable in my seat, just as I’d settled into WATCHING this movie, Jimmy strapped on a sunburst Les Paul and started to play…
A tingle just shot through my body thinking about it.
You know how Jimmy holds his guitar so low, down by his pubic area, like it’s a sexual being, not a musical instrument? He’s not just playing, he’s romancing the entire instrument, the neck is bobbing and weaving, the body of the Gibson is throbbing, and with his nimble fingers, Jimmy Page is playing RAMBLE ON!
The track has not been overdubbed after the fact, the original master has not been stripped in, this is the guy who wrote and played it standing there and WHIPPING IT OFF! And in classic “Led Zeppelin II” fashion, he’s not playing to the last row, there’s that subtlety that separated the band from its imitators, they could be quiet as well as heavy.