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The Principle of Moments

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

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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