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The Principle of Moments
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Once again, Robert Plant doesn't stray too far from the sound of Led Zeppelin's In Through The Out Door. And why should he? The Principle of Moments is an excellent album, no apology necessary. If Thru with the Two Step sounds like All of My Love, or Wreckless Love like In The Evening and Carouselambra, more power to Plant. While Principle didn't chart as high as Pictures At Eleven, its singles fared better. The beautiful Big Log and In The Mood both landed in the US Top 40 and will surely be present when Plant's best songs are assembled for some faraway compilation. What's always impressed me about Robert Plant's solo career is his willingness to keep pushing himself as an artist. He could get by simply by singing, as Bryan Ferry and Roger Daltrey have done, but Plant instead continues to grow on his own, fertilized (if you will) by the creative chemistry cultivated in an actual band. Whether or not the band actively sought to hone a single aspect of In Through The Out Door (its wistfulness) down to an art form, that's what happens here. The Principle of Moments might well have been calibrated to All Of My Love, but I can think of few better templates for a post-Zeppelin Plant. Understated arrangements are important for a singer of this calibre; we need to be able to hear every nuance, the sad and the seductive, the wise and the weary. I've never given the idea of a "best" Plant album much thought, since they're all good for their own reasons, but I might well give The Principle of Moments the honor. It may have plenty of sleepy moments, but never a dull one.

From: Connolly & Company

Jul. 11, 1983 (US)
Jul. 11, 1983 (UK)
Apr. 3, 2007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#8 (US) #7 (UK)

Gold: Oct. 17, 1983
Platinum:Jan. 12, 1984


1. Other Arms
2. In the Mood
3. Messin' with the Mekon
4. Wreckless Love
5. Thru' with the Two Step
6. Horizontal Departure
7. Stranger Here... Than Over There
8. Big Log

9. In the Mood (Live)
10. Thru' with the Two Step (Live)
11. Lively Up Yourself (Live)
12. Turnaround (Live)
Quick Fact

The music video for Big Log was shot at the following locations: Crystal Road, Crystal, Nevada (gas station sequences), the Amargosa Opera House, Death Valley Junction, California (driving and "feather" sequence), Calico School House (Calico Ghost Town) Yermo, California (schoolhouse sequence), Glass Pool Inn, Las Vegas, Nevada (pool sequence). The bar sequence is believed to have been shot at a small bar in Shoshone, California (now the Crowbar Cafe & Saloon), though this is unconfirmed.


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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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