The iconic guitarist and founder of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page has recalled the times when he and the frontman of the band Robert Plant made a musical innovation by mixing up the traditional sounds with the oriental ones.

Page has explained in detail the making process of his collaborative live album project with his bandmate Robert Plant. The album, ‘No Quarter,’ was released by Atlantic Records on 14 October 1994. The reunion between Jimmy and Robert occurred on a 90-minute ‘Unledded‘ MTV project, recorded in Morocco, Wales, and London.

In honor of the day the two legends finished the recording of the album, Jimmy Page talked about how they were prepared to back then to make the musical mischief. He said that they incorporated the Egyptian ensemble of strings and percussion who would be flying over the pad of a classical orchestra.

Page added that they showcased Nigel Eaton on Hurdy Gurdy to play on ‘Gallows Pole‘ and Najma Akhtar who sang on ‘The Battle of Evermore.’ As the rehearsal occurred, Page and Plant got to hear for the first time the Egyptians and the traditional orchestra play together.

With string arranger Ed Shermer on keyboards, Michael Lee on drums, Charlie Jones on bass and guest guitarist Porl Thompson, Page, and Plant came up with an evolution in the music industry. ‘No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded‘ was number 4 on the Billboard’s Pop Albums chart and defined the 90s.

Here is what Jimmy Page said in his recent Instagram post:

“On this day in 1994, I finished filming Unledded for London Weekend Television.⁣

This day marks the final day of recording of the Page and Plant Unledded ‘No Quarter’ project for MTV at LWT, located by the river Thames in London.⁣

Two days before, we had the final rehearsal and incorporated the Egyptian ensemble of strings and percussion who would be flying over the pad of a classical orchestra. Amongst other elements that were incorporated, we showcased Nigel Eaton on Hurdy Gurdy to play on ‘Gallows Pole’ and Najma Akhtar who sang on ‘The Battle of Evermore.’”

He continued:

“The rehearsal was the first time we would get to hear the two orchestras play together, as up to this point, the Egyptians and the traditional orchestra would have rehearsed in separate locations.⁣

With string arranger Ed Shermer on keyboards, Michael Lee on drums, Charlie Jones on bass, and guest guitarist Porl Thompson, we were ready to make musical mischief! The recordings were from two performances – one from yesterday and one from today.

Along with the field recordings in various locations in Morocco and Wales like the magickal children of Alan Lomax, Page and Plant were soon to be ready for a world tour to present new musical textures to a world audience!⁣”

You can see the post below.

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On this day in 1994, I finished filming Unledded for London Weekend Television.⁣ ⁣ This day marks the final day of recording of the Page and Plant Unledded ‘No Quarter’ project for MTV at LWT, located by the river Thames in London.⁣ ⁣ Two days before, we had the final rehearsal and incorporated the Egyptian ensemble of strings and percussion who would be flying over the pad of a classical orchestra. Amongst other elements that were incorporated, we showcased Nigel Eaton on Hurdy Gurdy to play on ‘Gallows Pole’ and Najma Aktar who sang on ‘The Battle of Evermore’.⁣ ⁣ The rehearsal was the first time we would get to hear the two orchestras play together, as up to this point, the Egyptians and the traditional orchestra would have rehearsed in separate locations.⁣ ⁣ With string arranger Ed Shermer on keyboards, Michael Lee on drums, Charlie Jones on bass and guest guitarist Porl Thompson, we were ready to make musical mischief! The recordings were from two performances – one from yesterday and one from today. Along with the field recordings in various locations in Morocco and Wales like the magickal children of Alan Lomax, Page and Plant were soon to be ready for a world tour to present new musical textures to a world audience!⁣ ⁣ Photos © Ross Halfin, 1994

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