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Same Old Rock
Roy Harper
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Regarded as Harper’s best song in his extensive oeuvre and one which Harper himself sees as a highlight. On his website he says of the track on the “Stormcock” album; “…I would definitely say that my personal highlight on the record is Jimmy
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Composer Roy Harper
Genre Rock
Album Stormcock
Released 1971
Page's guitar solo on 'The Same Old Rock.' My opinion has not changed since the day he put it on there. Absolutely brilliant”. The song has also provided a framework for fine solos from his son Nick and long time collaborator Andy Roberts. Lyrically the song is a poetic rant against organised religion, reminiscent of Bob Dylan but with more inward looking, stream of consciousness approach. Harper’s interior world is accompanied by his accomplished playing but the songs musical focus has always centred on the solo and Jimmy Page’s fine blues rendition on Stormcock is one of the best performances he has ever recorded, including his Zepplin days.


Roy Harper and Music
Roy Harper
Roy Harper talks about his disillusionment with the music industry and returning to his career with a changed attitude.

 

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Roy Harper
 This live version of Same Old Rock comes from a Bob Harris broadcast made in 1971 

..a blistering guitar backdrop that covers Harper's anger in sheer beauty..


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