A good point was made about the Marshall thing, and yes, Page does owe a lot to THE WHO for getting those amps developed..BUT, that would be like saying Hendrix wouldn't have been what he was if it wasn't for The Who. And we all know page only played the Marshall live. In the studio he used a variety of amps.
I don't think it's fair to compare to the two. They're both incredible talents. But I think they worked in different directions. I don't think Pete fashions himself a great guitar player, but as a composer I think he's miles beyond Page. And Page is an iconic guitarist and producer. Perhaps my favorite.
You should make a poll. The winner goes on to the next week and faces off against someone else. Or make it like a March Madness bracket or something like that. Use polls to figure out who wins and advances.
They both are two different to compare. Both have produced moments of music that make life worth living.
I just put on 'Live at Leeds' again... to hear Pete and the boys do 'My Generation' and 'Magic Bus' ....the breaks which lead to outtakes of 'Amazing Journey/Sparks' are just breathtaking. Pete sucks at single note lead guitar work, but plays his melodies with chords.
I was listening to the LZ BBC sessions on the way to work today. Great moments there too.
I wish I was around these parts during this original thread. Had I been, I would’ve rocked the boat hard for Pete.
First off, he never played into that boring “can’t leave the pentatonic scale” blues-rock paradigm, being a far more original player, coming up with lead bits that he owed to absolutely nobody. Don’t believe me? Go check out Leeds vs SRTS or even HTWWW. Second, tone-wise, his live Hiwatt CP103 sound absolutely smoked Jimmy’s disgusting “swarm of bees” live Marshall tone....never understood the appeal of that sound. Up against Page’s Hiwatt, it’s closer, but Pete still wins, as his tone was the perfect blend of crunch-meets-clean. Again, see the live albums for comparison. And Pete was much better at playing while wasted, for whatever that’s worth (which apparently happened often in the days of yesteryear...see The Who at Charlton ‘74 and Zep’s set Live Aid).
Personally, I find Jimmy Page is one of the most overrated guitarists in rock and roll, which I know is not a popular opinion. But it’s my opinion nonetheless.
Ultimately, none of this matters, but sometimes it’s fun to get hyped about meaningless things.