Friday, January 3, 2003

Your favorite studio moments with John Paul Jones

These comments originally appeared in an edition of the newsletter "On This Day In Led Zeppelin History" distributed on John Paul Jones's 57th birthday.

As an appreciation of John Paul Jones's studio work, "On This Day In Led Zeppelin History" readers recall some of their favorite John Paul Jones moments on record.
"The Rain Song." I always imagined JPJ conducting an orchestra whenever I listened to this song. And don't miss those subtle piano bits from JPJ. Lovely. Understated, but absolutely essential to the overall listening experience. You'd miss them if they weren't there.
- Billy, Brooklyn, N.Y.

"The Thunderthief." JPJ does damn near everything on this track. There are vocals, basses, guitars, and that rapid-fire keyboard part. I hope I get to hear this one live.
- Steve "The Lemon," Silver Spring, Md.

That funky Clavinova in "Trampled Underfoot," his intro to "In the Light," and everything he does on "Zooma."
- Kate, East Lansing, Mich.

His droning, ambient piece, "4 Minute Warning," from Brian Eno's Opal compilation, Music for Films, Vol. 3.
- Mark, Oregon
Obviously, there are many more where these came from. And, as John Paul Jones reveals in his recent letter to fans at, there's more to come:
Christmas already! How the time flies.

As you may have noticed I have not been touring this year as hoped.
Events and builders have conspired against it for the past months but I hope to get back on course in 2003. I have meanwhile been honing various musical skills and working on some new instruments. I have also been singing quite a bit more and will soon unleash a value added JPJ!

Work also continues on the forthcoming Led Zeppelin DVD, it all looks
and sounds very exciting and should be coming out soon. I am still reminded what an incredible band it was, (excuse the modesty;-) I think that sightings of us meeting for this project have given rise to many rumours of reunions etc., but rumours they are.

In the meantime I hope that you all have pleasant and peaceful holiday and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Best Wishes
John Paul Jones
Christmas 2002

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