Page came up with some great riffs and notable solos on record, but could be kinda sloppy or lazy in the soloing live. Whereas Alvin-- never. From what I ever experienced, Alvin's a much more disciplined and consistently exciting live guitarist. Plus, Page was kind of a weasel on the side. Alvin may have been a bit of a wolf in his day, but hey, which of those two animals is the preferred totem symbol, or sometimes ends up on family crests? :-)
While he may not have cited ALvin as an influence,there was a story I read in musician mag years back of Jimmy Page being awestruck and mesmerized watching Alvin play. I had a friend that worked for a record compmany that told me of Alvin opening up for Jeff Healy and as always Alvin blew the place away--he told me that Jeff was so blown away that he supposedly said "how am I supposed to follow that?!" I believe Tony Iommi also has expressed reverence for Alvin and remember reading something complimentary from Leslie West.
I have spoken to Leslie West about Alvin...and he has the utmost respect and appreciation of him as a person and a player.
Apr 24, 2012 - 6:53AM
Re: Leon Rhodes
Armand, I read an article where Alvin told Tonni to tone down the evil, black magic metal sound he was using for the "Black Sabbath" album. Just goes to show what mental giants we are all are! Oh well, so much for their carreers in A&R.
Back in the day, Sabbath was a very proficient blues band! I think Alvin just wanted the boys to avoid the failure that surely awaited them in their heavy metal fling! I'm sure he's never been happier being so wrong !
Summer of '72, heard the gig had plenty of seats available at the Hollywood Bowl. Put five bucks, a half-tank in my Ford falcon, got there barely in time, paid my $2.50, Ozzy passed out during the third song. A refund was offered, but I just went home with a very nice girl from Laguna Beach! A very well-spent $7.50!