been used to a pretty rubbish sounding bootleg of this (on cassette) and having
misguidedly missed an opportunity to buy a vinyl bootleg, it’s difficult to compare
this with what has been in circulation previously – no doubt someone has done
questions are raised that were beyond the space available for the review. Chief
amongst them must be why Jimmy Page has chosen to release this now? Clearly, it’s
come about as part of a process of casting back associated with the publication
of his Genesis Publications autobiography. But still, why now? What else does
he have that begs to be heard? Also, despite the title’s and Other
Soundtracks, it all
sonically and stylistically sounds of a piece and presumably all stems from the work on Lucifer Rising?
surrounding Page’s association with Kenneth Anger is covered in Stephen Davis’ Hammer of the
Gods. But that was Led Zeppelin
book with a particular slant and Anger wasn’t (and would never have been) a focus.
Reflecting on Anger’s context though does suggest that perhaps that he and Page
coming into contact was inevitable. Three years earlier, Mick Jagger had played
and composed to the soundtrack to Invocation of my Demon Brother, which was rescued from surviving
elements of the original Lucifer Rising. Anger had been resident at Jagger’s
Cheyne Walk house. When the new Lucifer Rising rose off the ground,Chris
Jagger, Marianne Faithful and Donald Cammell
(who was in Performance with Mick Jagger)
were included in the cast. Cammell’s father, Charles, had published a biography of Aleister
Crowley in 1951.
Interest in Crowley habitually
linked the fascinated. And so it was with Anger and Page, the latter of whom – like
Jagger had before him – installed Anger in his house.