05 September 2009

Jimmy Page - Lucifer Rising

Untouched, Unedited Raw Blue Vinyl.

Cooked up and ordered to go with a side of evil.

Every pop hiss and crackle in glorious magistry.

Considered as avant garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger's most elaborate film, Lucifer Rising (1970-1980, 28 mins) takes place at various historically "magic" spots in Egypt, England and Germany. On screen, the odd rock-tinged soundtrack pulls viewers through a series of obsessively staged and hauntingly realized ceremonies, movements and rituals.

Originally Led Zeppelin guitarist and leader Jimmy Page was to compose the score. Page had been working on the score for three years (since 1973) and delivered 28 minutes of completed tape. However, Anger fired Page for time-wasting and a lack of dedication to the project, and claimed that Page's personal problems had made him impossible to work with. Eventually, musician Bobby Beausoleil, a member of the Manson family, was commissioned to complete the soundtrack.

Page and Anger first met at Sotheby's, at an auction of boots by the English Occultist/Magician Aleister Crowley. Both Page and Anger are students of Crowley's teachings. Anger is a practicing Magus (a priest/magician) and his films, of which Scorpio Rising is perhaps the best known - are replete with occult symbolism. Anger himself describes them as "Spells and Invocations."

Page has often expressed interest in the teachings of Crowley. He owns the second largest collection of Crowley's books in the world, and one of his three houses is Crowley's former residence at Boleskine on the shores of Loch Ness.

Lucifer Rising deals with the "fallen angel" of orthodox Christian Mythology, who in Anger's film is restored to his Gnostic status as "the Bringer of Light," an implicit part of Crowley's own teachings. Experimental editing techniques, mixed with more traditional cinematic structures, add to the eerie and compelling visual quality of this avant-garde masterpiece. Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones, Satanism, lightning, pyramids and extravagant costumes are only a few of the contributing elements that bring this film to a fever pitch of strangeness and cultural abstraction. According to popular internet movie site, rottentomatoes.com, "like other Anger films, Lucifer Rising reads like a music video from outer space or Ancient Egypt or wherever the two may meet."

The Page material was released on a soundtrack album of uncertain legitimacy on the label Boleskine House Records on June 19, 1987. The blue vinyl disc contains 23 minutes of soundtrack music Page provided for the movie but was dropped from the final release. (Page played electric guitar, guitar synthesizer and the theremin.) The all instrumental soundtrack was originally recorded by Page between November 1973 and 1974. As far as we can ascertain, this material has not been officially released and continues to be shared among Zeppelin connoisseurs.

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Paolo Meccano said...

Thanks for sharing.

Vasily Zaytsev said...

Very interesting album, thank you!

Fred Benning said...

Hello crazy!

Possible link in Woodstock with the proper credits?
Great blog!



Anonymous said...

Oooooh scary!!

(Crowley was one of the biggest frauds and fakers in the history of mankind, btw.)

Dino & Janice said...

Yes he was.....

And woodstock, this was sent in to us, I just added Big-O info to give some background. Don't know who ripped it from vinyl?