Kenneth Anger is an experimental film maker who worked exclusively with short films and commissioned Jimmy Page to write the music for Lucifer Rising as he knew of Page’s admiration for occultist Aleister Crowley (Page bought Crowley’s house). Ultimately the soundtrack was never used as Page and Anger fell out. I bought this album years ago as a bootleg on blue vinyl and I read that Page had recently made it available. The whole story of this record and Kenneth Anger could be a short film in itself so I’ve decided to direct your attention to the music on a You Tube link (plus I gather something extra music that wasn’t on the bootleg version) and let you make up your own mind about what’s true and what isn’t from the links below.
The album is a series of drones and weird sounds, with at times a distinctly Indian feel – you probably aren’t going to hear this on the radio. Light some candles, close your eyes and immerse yourself in this obscure album. Jimmy Page was seventy years old yesterday.