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Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar More Info

LULLABY AND THE CEASELESS ROAR
Nonesuch 543973 (U.S.) / 543973-1 (U.K.)
Robert Plant – vocals, production
The Sensational Space Shifters (as backing band):
Justin Adams – bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals
Liam "Skin" Tyson – banjo, guitar, background vocals
John Baggott – keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabla, background vocals
Juldeh Camara – kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals
Billy Fuller – bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass
Dave Smith – drum set
Julie Murphy – vocals on "Embrace Another Fall"
Nicola Powell – background vocals on "Poor Howard"


1. Little Maggie 5:06 (Traditional, arranged by Robert Plant, Justin Adams, John Baggott, Billy Fuller, Dave Smith, Lian "Skin" Tyson)
2. Rainbow 4:18 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Fuller/Tyson)
3. Pocketful of Golden 4:12 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Juldeh Camara/Fuller/Smith/Tyson)
4. Embrace Another Fall 5:52 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Camara/Fuller/Smith/Tyson)
5. Turn It Up 4:06 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Fuller/Smith/Tyson)
6. A Stolen Kiss 5:15 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Fuller/Tyson)
7. Somebody There 4:32 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Fuller/Smith/Tyson)
8. Poor Howard 4:13 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Camara/Fuller/Smith/Tyson)
9. House of Love 5:07 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Fuller/Smith/Tyson)
10. Up on the Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur) 4:35 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Fuller/Tyson)
11. Arbaden (Maggie's Babby) 2:44 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Camara/Fuller/Smith/Tyson)

Length: 49:30

All tracks recorded at Helium Studios, Wiltshire and Real World Studios, Bath
Except "Rainbow", recorded by Tim Holmes at Contino Rooms, London
Piano on "A Stolen Kiss" recorded at St. George's Chapel, Bristol

Tim Oliver – recording, mixing
Tim Holmes – recording
Tchad Blake – mixing
Bob Ludwig – mastering
Brett Kilroe and Geoffrey Hanson – art direction

Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar

Band Of Joy
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Robert Plant's 2014 album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, his label debut for Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Plant and features 11 recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.

lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar is Plant's first record since 2010s Band of Joy, which followed 2007's six-time Grammy Award winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. Justin Adams and John Baggott of The Sensational Space Shifters appeared on Plant's 2002 release Dreamland, while all but Camara and Smith appeared on 2005's Mighty Rearranger. The 2014 line-up toured the world before recording lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath, UK. The track Rainbow was recorded in Contino Rooms in London. Tchad Blake mixed all but three tracks on the album.

"It's really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep," Plant says. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music...I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what's happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships," Plant explains, "... and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidescope of sound, colour, and friendship."

From: Amazon
Statistics

Released:
Sept. 8, 2014 (US)

Chart Position:
#10 (US) #2 (UK)

Certified:


Tracks

1. Little Maggie
2. Rainbow
3. Pocketful of Golden
4. Embrace Another Fall
5. Turn It Up
6. A Stolen Kiss
7. Somebody There
8. Poor Howard
9. House of Love
10. Up on the Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur)
11. Arbaden (Maggie's Babby)
Quick Fact

Asked by Uncut magazine about the meaning of the Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar album title, Plant replied: "It's explanatory of all life. Life has a dynamic. It's not always so dramatic, but the extremes are... Well, the extremes. It probably follows right the way through the story of my choices in music. Where I've been pleased to rest along the way in music, with people, with certain musical attitudes and enthusiasms – and sometimes the very opposite of that. It's just like, what a life!"

Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters (Live in London '12) More Info

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Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters (Live in London '12)

Live in London July '12
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Tired of rock, but somewhat superficial in his flirtations with world music is how Robert Plant came through this evening. Add to this his urge to distance himself from the intensity and the drama of the legendary band which made him a rock god, and at the same time his inability to get away from those songs, and you’ll get an idea of the limbo Plant finds himself in these days.

A possible way out would have been to explore more the ethnic music direction he has been leaning towards for years now, but tonight things didn’t go any further outside of the non-Western paradigm than tranced chants, grooves and riffs, and having Juldeh Camara – a Gambian member of the band – play a few traditional instruments. As soon as the door into traditional Gambian music was beginning to open slightly wider than simply adding an exotic accent to rock, the proceedings would elegantly return to Plant’s habitual comfort zone – back to familiar (albeit charming) rockabilly crooning, American folk numbers (tastefully performed by Patty Griffin) and songs from the Strange Sensation catalog.

And when time came for Led Zeppelin numbers, you could instantly sense Plant’s reluctance to go back to the initial impulse which spawned them. This is how “Gallows Pole” or “Black Dog” were tonight turned into a New Age hodgepodge of rock, ambient, and world music entwined to support the complex pose Plant now assumes toward his past.

With the core of this new project comprised of musicians from Strange Sensation, the band provided a comfortable, safe framework for the star attraction. And so Plant sang with convincing flair, despite the complex equilibrium he was maintaining between different genres and different eras of his career. The shift of emphasis from real emotional punch – which Plant can still occasionally deliver – to nuanced understatement has more to do these days with the change in his inner realities, rather than the change in his vocal ability compared to his younger days. Where before he could kill with one sustained high-pitched note, now it’s all about intonation – something he has been a master of practically since day one, but which today is his method of choice. It’s just that now the songs he sings are sequences of sumptuous (and deliberately constructed) episodes rather than a spontaneous flow of inspiration. But with inner continuum as complex as Plant’s, winging it on impulse is perhaps not an option anymore.

One thing this show has proved is that with an artist such as Robert Plant nothing can remain hidden. It was all laid bare – him having departed emotionally from hard rock, but still searching for a valid alternative. And just the way it’s difficult to describe where he finds himself now artistically, it’s equally difficult to put your finger on who Robert Plant’s fans are these days. There were punters in Zeppelin shirts this evening who came to see the legendary singer of the iconic band. The vast majority in the crowd were over 45, and few looked like world music aficionados or even folk music fans. The most ecstatic reception was given to the Led Zeppelin numbers, so it’s certainly this material which remains the biggest draw. Between the past and the present, between hard rock and world music, it’s a peculiar in-between state Robert Plant is in these days – unable to forget, unwilling to resurrect, and reluctant to dedicate himself to a completely new genre.

-Alissa Ordabai, HardrockHaven.net
Statistics

Released:
July 13, 2012

Chart Position:
-- (US) -- (UK)

Certified:
Gold: --
Platinum: --

Tracks

1. Fixin' to Die
2. Tin Pan Alley
3. 44
4. Friends
5. Spoonful
6. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
7. Ohio
8. No Bad News
9. Standing
10. Black Dog
11. Somebody Knocking
12. Witchdoctor
13. Whole Lotta Love > Steal Away > Bury My Body
14. Another Tribe
15. Gallows Pole
Quick Fact

This was Plant's first solo live album release in a non-DVD format.

Live From The Artists Den: Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy More Info

LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN: ROBERT PLANT & THE BAND OF JOY
Robert Plant: Lead Vocals, Harmonica
Buddy Miller: Guitar, Vocals
Patty Griffin: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Darrell Scott: Pedal Steel, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals
Byron House: Bass
Marco Giovino: Drums, Percussion

1. Black Dog (John Baldwin/James Page/Robert Plant)
2. Angel Dance (David Hidalgo/Louis Perez)
3. Houses Of The Holy (James Page/Robert Plant)
4. House Of Cards (Richard John Thompson)
5. Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday (Steven Miller/Robert Plant)
6. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down (Steven Miller/Robert Plant)
7. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go (Julie Ann Miller)
8. Tangerine (James Page)
9. A Satisfied Mind (Joe Hayes/Jack Rhodes)
10. Move Up (Traditional)
11. Down To The Sea (Steven Charles Jones/Robert Plant)
12. Ramble On (James Page/Robert Plant)
13. Gallows Pole (James Page/Robert Plant)
14. In The Mood (Robert William Blunt/Paul Martinez/Robert Plant)
15. Rock And Roll (John Baldwin/John Bonham/James Page/Robert Plant)
16. I Bid You Goodnight (Traditional)

Format: DVD or Blu-ray
Language: English
Format: Widescreen (16:9)
Audio: PCM Stereo, DTS HD 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German
Length: 77 Minutes
Regions: All Regions
Number of discs: 1

Creator & Executive Producer: Mark Lieberman
Director: Jojo Pennebaker
Coordinating Producer: Theresa A. Young
Director of Programming & Interviewer: Alan Light
Film Editing: David Jakubovic
Production Manager: James Weems
Audio Producer: David Pattillo
Audio Recording: Shamus Bacon
Camera Operator: Larry Boothby
Camera Operator: Mike Breece
Lighting Designer: David Butzler
Lighting Designer: Chris Lisle
Camera Operator: Matt Coale
Still Photographer: Erika Goldring
Grip: Bob Hill
Camera Operator: Terry LeCroix
Camera Operator: Scott Mumford
Camera Operator: Kit Pennebaker
Camera Operator: Christopher Piazza
Post-Production Coordinator: John Hanle
Audience Development: Alice White
Art Direction: Anji Chandra
Business Affairs: Jeff Levy
Business Affairs: Samantha Rhulen
Artist Management: Bill Curbishley
Artist Management: Nicola Powell

Live From The Artists Den: Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy

Live From The Artists Den: Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy
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If you did not have the pleasure of seeing Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy in concert, this release is something that you'll want to see. Filmed live on February 9, 2011 at Nashville, Tennessee's War Memorial Auditorium, this concert captures a hot performance on what was a snowy, cold night.

Lead singer Robert Plant brings his 40+ years of singing experience and his new-found love for American music, plus his old repertoire, singer/guitarist Patty Griffin brings her gospel/soul/country-style vocals plus some excellent acoustic guitar rhythm, Buddy Miller brings his arsenal of string instruments, including, acoustic guitars, Wandre electric and a Teo 12-string. He's an excellent picker that lends itself to the Americana roots style of playing, but I feel that he's got a mean streak of rock inside him, which shines while he's playing. Multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott is a real delight. He plays acoustic, electric, mandola, pedal steel and banjo, plus he's got a hell of a great voice. So full of soul. It's not what you would expect upon first seeing him. Bassist Byron House was brought in by Buddy Miller and does not disappoint. He plays both upright bass and electric four-string both with ease and adds some very tasty bass lines. Percussionist Marco Giovino fills in the blanks and adds so much, but doesn't make an attempt to take center stage.

The set list for Live From the Artists Den: Robert Plant & the Band of Joy is pretty standard for the tour, offering up some new songs, some old songs and everything in between.

Set list:

1. Black Dog
2. Angel Dance
3. Houses of the Holy
4. House of Cards
5. Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday
6. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
7. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
8. Tangerine
9. A Satisfied Mind
10. Move Up
11. Down to the Sea
12. Ramble On
13. Gallows Pole
14. In the Mood
15. Rock and Roll
16. I Bid You Goodnight

Long gone is the golden god, flowing lion's mane, cock rock. What you will see in this release is not Led Zeppelin or anything close. It is bits and pieces of Americana, roots, country, soul and gospel goodness. Robert said in an included interview that he now prefers the intimacy of playing at smaller auditoriums and ballrooms. The music that they play requires it. This release captures the live experience so well, with full-stage shots as well as close-up views, it's as if you could have been in the audience that night.

Robert Plant has moved on to the Sensational Space Shifters, returning to a more international edge that Plant is known for, but for the brief amount of existance that the Band Of Joy performed, this release captures that time perfectly.

Live From the Artists Den: Robert Plant & the Band of Joy will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 10 and worldwide on July 9 through Universal Music Group International at all the online retailers, as well as your usual retail stores. I highly recommend that you reserve yourself a copy now.

Jeff Strawman
July 3, 2012


Statistics

Released:
July 10, 2012 (U.S.)
July 9, 2012 (International)

Filming Location:
War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee

Length:
77 mins.

Tracks

1. Black Dog
2. Angel Dance
3. Houses Of The Holy
4. House Of Cards
5. Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday
6. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
7. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
8. Tangerine
9. A Satisfied Mind
10. Move Up
11. Down To The Sea
12. Ramble On
13. Gallows Pole
14. In The Mood
15. Rock And Roll
16. I Bid You Goodnight
Quick Fact

Live From The Artists Den: Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy was filmed at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on February 9, 2011.

Soundstage: Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation More Info

SOUNDSTAGE: ROBERT PLANT AND THE STRANGE SENSATION
Rounder Records/Zoë Vision Catalog #B000IFRR9Y (U.S.)
Universal Catalog #1712971
Robert Plant: Vocals
Justin Adams: Guitar, Gimbri, Darbouka
Skin Tyson: Guitar
Billy Fuller: Bass
John Baggott: Keyboards
Clive Deamer: Drums

1. No Quarter (Jones/Page/Plant)
2. Shine It All Around (Plant/Baggott/Deamer/Adams/Tyson)
3. Black Dog (Page/Plant/Jones/Bonham)
4. Freedom Fries (Plant/Baggott/Deamer/Adams/Tyson)
5. Four Sticks (Page/Plant)
6. Tin Pan Alley (Plant/Baggott/Deamer/Adams/Tyson)
7. Gallows Pole (Ledbetter, arr Page/Plant)
8. The Enchanter (Plant/Baggott/Deamer/Adams/Tyson)
9. Whole Lotta Love (Page/Plant/Jones/Bonham)

BONUS TRACKS
10. Hey Joe (Roberts)
11. Girl from the North Country (Dylan)
12. 29 Palms music video (Blackwell, Boyle, Johnstone, Jones, Plant)
13. Morning Dew music video
14. 29 Palms April 28, 1993 Top Of The Pops performance (Blackwell, Boyle, Johnstone, Jones, Plant)

15. Big Log July 29, 1983 Top Of The Pops performance (Plant, Blunt, Woodroffe)

Length: 81:00

Format: NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1

Director/Producer: Joe Thomas
Associate Producer: Christine Davies
Line Producer: Nicolette Ferri
Film Editing: Skip Masters
Art Direction: Michael Glascott
Makeup Artist: Cindy Surman
Production Manager: Ron Yergovich
Associate Director: Cynthia Malek
Assistant Director: Skip Masters
Graphic Designer: Nicole Scigouski
Camera Operator: Roy Alan
Lighting Director: Dave Ambrosio
Lighting Director: Jim Gedwellas
Camera Operator: Clark Gray
Camera Operator: Ken Heinemann
Video Operator: Steve Miller
Camera Operator: Ray Moffat
Camera Operator: Mike Prendergast
Camera Operator: Tom Siegel
Jib Camera Operator: Mark Sofil
Camera Operator: Jim Tianis
Camera Operator: Carlos Tronshaw
Camera Operator: Mark Zurawiec
Wardrobe: Linda Fuelling
Consulting Engineer: Don Adydan
Production Assistant: Peggy Brandt
Production Assistant: Carolyn Broughton
Administrative Coordinator: Lauren Cohen
Production Assistant: Stacey Egan
Production Coordinator: Tim Ferrin
Production Assistant: Eddie Griffen
Production Assistant: Susie Guttenberger
Station Relations: Fran Harth
Production Assistant: Beth Humbert
Production Assistant: Robin Humbert
Legal: Joel A. Katz from Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Engineer in Charge: Dave Moyer
Artist Relations: Susan Nadler
Floor Director: Marvin J. Pienta
Production Assistant: Sandy Raeside
Artist Relations: Evelyn Shriver
Production Assistant: Rose Sifuentes
Production Assistant: Stephen Siwinski
Legal: Andrew J. Velcoff from Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Production Assistant: Mike Wanka
Production Assistant: Sarah Warner
Technical Director: Derrick Young
Talent Wrangler: Mary Zaug
Craft Service: Spencer M. Rohan

Soundstage: Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation

Soundstage: Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation
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SOUNDSTAGE: ROBERT PLANT AND THE STRANGE SENSATION

Robert Plant and his backing band The Strange Sensation reel, rock and sway their way through this Sound Stage performance, covering some of his solo tunes as well as reworked Led Zeppelin classics, on this first ever music DVD from Robert Plant. The Strange Sensation was handpicked from some of the best and most varied musicians that England had to offer, from electronica to brit pop and all held together by Plant's passionate vocal wail. These classics are approached with a world music vibe that shines and carries the day, expanding the groove where the Plant and Page project left off.

The Strange Sensation has a wonderful world music sound, percussion heavy and rhythmically funky, spitting out all kinds of keyboard tricks while holding fast to a solid rock drive. The expanded-upon Zeppelin songs include No Quarter, Black Dog, Four Sticks, Gallows Pole, and a jamming version of Whole Lotta Love. Sticking with the blues/rock base and expanding them by the addition of keyboards and more percussion/hand drums than you can shake four sticks at.

The music becomes funkier and a bit spacey at times, but that's alright because it's a new take on old favorites and Plant's vocals remain the same. The drums are jazzier too yet still thunder when they should. The guitar drives are hard and heavy, while new instruments like the gimbri and darbouka only add to the rockin' cocktail that is The Strange Sensation. Whole Lotta Love, done as it should be, a long jam, is the perfect example of this band at its creative best. The entire band comes together very well here and the tune is the perfect closer for the original broadcast performance.

Tin Pan Valley and The Enchanter are the two songs where drummer Clive Deamer and keyboardist John Baggott, both from the electronica/trip-hop unit Portishead get a chance to shine and bring forth their style and brand of pop/rock. Tin Pan Valley opens with Baggott's keyboard mastery, and Deamer's steady drumming put the band in a trip-hop mood, while the guitar soars around them. The song s structure allows the band to break this vibe by kicking everything up and then bringing you back down to mellow out and chill. The drum machine soaked beat on The Enchanter takes a page right out of the Portishead book, while the sitar-esque guitar, darbouka rhythms (a Turkish conga/bongo type of drum) and Plant's echo-laden moans send this one spinning into orbit.

The bonus tracks are two old favorites made popular by Plant contemporaries Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. Hey Joe is a tune best associated with Hendrix, although not one of his originals, while Girl From The North Country was written and recorded by Dylan. Both are essentially folk tunes, one rocked up a bit more than the other. The Strange Sensation rework them yet maintain the true feel of the songs. Guitarist Skin retains the driving force on Hey Joe, meanwhile second guitarist Justin Adams picks up the gimbri (a North African lute-like string instrument) and the infused keyboard samples take the song someplace it's never been before. For Girl From The North Country bassist Billy Fuller switches to the upright bass, Adams rocks the mandolin and Baggott shows us how well he can tickle the ivories. Which all make for a wonderfully mellow closer to the show and DVD.

Robert Plant shows that he can still rock at close to sixty years of age and that his musical vision is still fresh. Plant's energy is perfectly matched by his band, who help bring his vision to life while leaving their own fingerprints on the overall sound. The sound stage audio is awesome and the camera angles give you the feeling of being right there in the mix, on stage next to the band, a wonderful place to record Robert Plant's first music DVD. --Fantasma el Rey

Statistics

Released:
October 24, 2006 (U.S.) November 6, 2006 (U.K.)

Filming Location:
WTTW Grainger Studio, Chicago, Illinois

Length:
66 mins. (81 mins. with extras)

Tracks

1. No Quarter
2. Shine It All Around
3. Black Dog
4. Freedom Fries
5. Four Sticks
6. Tin Pan Alley
7. Gallows Pole
8. The Enchanter
9. Whole Lotta Love

BONUS TRACKS
10. Hey Joe
11. Girl from the North Country
12. 29 Palms
13. Morning Dew
14. 29 Palms
15. Big Log
Quick Fact

Soundstage: Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation was filmed at WTTW Grainger Studio, Chicago, Illinois on September 16, 2005.

Nine Lives More Info

NINE LIVES
Rhino R2 78778
CD ONE
1. Burning Down One Side 3:55 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe)
2. Moonlight in Samosa 3:58 (Plant/Blunt)
3. Pledge Pin 4:01 (Plant/Blunt)
4. Slow Dancer 7:43 (Plant/Blunt)
5. Worse Than Detroit 5:55 (Plant/Blunt)
6. Fat Lip 5:05 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe)
7. Like I've Never Been Gone 5:56 (Plant/Blunt)
8. Mystery Title 5:16 (Plant/Blunt)
9. Far Post 4:42 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe)
10. Like I've Never Been Gone (live) 7:31 (Plant/Blunt)

CD TWO
1. Other Arms 4:20 (Plant/Blunt)
2. In The Mood 5:19 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
3. Messin' with the Mekon 4:40 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
4. Wreckless Love 5:18 (Plant/Blunt)
5. Thru' with the Two Step 5:33 (Plant/Blunt)
6. Horizontal Departure 4:19 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe)
7. Stranger Here... Than Over There 4:18 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe)
8. Big Log 5:16 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe)

9. In The Mood (live) 7:35 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
10. Thru' with the Two Step (live) 7:31 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
11. Lively Up Yourself (live) 3:04 (Bob Marley)
12. Turnaround 4:55 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe)

CD THREE
1. I Get A Thrill 2:37 (Rudy Toombs)
2. Sea Of Love 3:01 (George Khoury/Phil Phillips)
3. I Got A Woman 2:55 (Ray Charles/Renald Richard)
4. Young Boy Blues 3:28 (Doc Pomus/Phil Spector)
5. Rockin' At Midnight 5:55 (Roy Brown)
6. Rockin' At Midnight (live) 4:14 (Roy Brown)

CD FOUR
1. Hip To Loo 4:51 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe/Hayward)
2. Kallalou Kallalou 4:17 (Plant/Woodroffe)
3. Too Loud 4:07 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe/Hayward)
4. Trouble Your Money 4:14 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
5. Pink And Black 3:45 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe/Hayward)
6. Little By Little 4:43 (Plant/Woodroffe)
7. Doo Doo A Do Do 5:09 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
8. Easily Lead 4:35 (Plant/Martinez/Woodroffe)
9. Sixes And Sevens 6:04 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe/Hayward)
7. Rockin' At Midnight (live) 4:14 (Roy Brown)

CD FIVE
1. Heaven Knows 4:02 (Johnstone/Barrett)
2. Dance On My Own 4:31 (Plant/Johnstone/Crash)
3. Tall Cool One 4:37 (Plant/Johnstone)
4. The Way I Feel 5:39 (Plant/Johnstone/Boyle)
5. Helen Of Troy 5:03 (Plant/Johnstone)
6. Billy's Revenge 3:33 (Plant/Johnstone)
7. Ship Of Fools 4:59 (Plant/Johnstone)
8. Why 4:12 (Plant/Crash)
9. White, Clean And Neat 5:28 (Plant/Johnstone)
10. Walking Towards Paradise 4:40 (Jerry Lynn Williams
11. Billy's Revenge (live) 6:00 (Plant/Johnstone)
12. Ship Of Fools (live) 10:35 (Plant/Johnstone)
13. Tall Cool One (live) 5:07 (Plant/Johnstone)

CD SIX
1. Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes On You) 4:04 (Johnstone/Barrett)
2. Big Love 4:24 (Plant/Johnstone/Crash)
3. S S S & Q 4:38 (Plant/Johnstone)
4. I Cried 4:59 (Plant/Johnstone/Boyle)
5. She Said 5:10 (Plant/Johnstone)
6. Nirvana 4:36 (Plant/Johnstone)
7. Tie Dye On The Highway 5:15 (Plant/Johnstone)
8. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night 4:36 (Plant/Crash)
9. Anniversary 5:02 (Plant/Johnstone)
10. Liars Dance 2:40 (Jerry Lynn Williams
11. Watching You 4:19 (Plant/Johnstone/Blackwell)
12. Oompa (Watery Bint) 5:48
12. One Love 3:15
13. Don't Look Back 3:02

CD SEVEN
1. Calling To You 5:48 (Plant/Blackwell)
2. Down To The Sea 4:00 (Plant/Jones)
3. Come Into My Life 6:32 (Plant/Blackwell/Boyle/MacMichael)
4. I Believe 4:33 (Plant/Johnstone)
5. 29 Palms 4:51 (Plant/Jones/Boyle/Johnstone)
6. Memory Song (Hello Hello) 5:23 (Plant/Johnstone/Jones/Blackwell/Woods)
7. If I Were A Carpenter 3:45 (Tim Hardin)
8. Colours Of A Shade 4:43 (Plant/Johnstone/Blackwell/Allcock)
9. Promised Land 4:58 (Plant/Johnstone)
10. The Greatest Gift 6:53 (Plant/Blackwell/Jones/MacMichael/Johnstone)
11. Great Spirit 5:27 (Plant/Johnstone/MacMichael)
12. Network News 6:42 (Plant/Blackwell)
13. Colours Of A Shade 4:43 (Plant/Johnstone/Blackwell/Allcock)
14. Great Spirit (acoustic mix) 4:45 (Plant/Johnstone/MacMichael)
15. Rollercoaster (demo) 3:54 (Plant/Boyle/Jones/Blackwell/Johnstone)
16. 8:05 1:49 (Miller/Stevenson)
17. Dark Moon (acoustic) 4:57 (Plant/Ptacek)

CD EIGHT
1. Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die) 4:45 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson/Bukka White)
2. Morning Dew 4:26 (Bonnie Dobson, /Tim Rose)
3. One More Cup Of Coffee 4:03 (Bob Dylan)
4. Last Time I Saw Her 4:41 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)
5. Song To The Siren 5:53 (Larry Beckett/Tim Buckley)
6. Win My Train Fare Home (If I Ever Get Lucky) 5:23 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)
7. Darkness, Darkness 3:45 (Jesse Colin Young)
8. Red Dress 5:23 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)
9. Hey Joe 7:12 (Plant/Johnstone)
10. Skip's Song 4:27 (Plant/Blackwell/Jones/MacMichael/Johnstone)

11. Dirt In A Hole 4:46 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)
12. Last Time I Saw Her (Remix) 3:24 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)

CD NINE
1. Another Tribe 3:17
2. Shine It All Around 4:03
3. Freedom Fries 2:53
4. Tin Pan Valley 3:47
5. All The King's Horses 4:20
6. The Enchanter5:27
7. Takamba 4:06
8. Dancing In Heaven 4:26
9. Somebody Knocking 3:47
10. Let The Four Winds Blow 4:52
11. Mighty Rearranger 4:25
12. Brother Ray (inc. hidden track Shine It All Around [Girls Remix]) 8:43
13. Red, White and Blue 3:11
14. All The Money In The World 3:12
15. Shine It All Around (Girls Remix) 7:31
16. Tin Pan Valley (Girls Remix) 6:21
17. The Enchanter (UNKLE Reconstruction) 6:50

DVD DISC
1. Nine Lives Documentary
2. Burning Down One Side
3. Big Log
4. In the Mood
5. Rockin' at Midnight
6. Sea of Love
7. Little by Little
8. Pink and Black
9. Heaven Knows
10. Tall Cool One
11. Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)
12. Nirvana
13. Tie Dye on the Highway
14. 29 Palms
15. Calling to You
16. If I Were a Carpenter
17. I Believe
18. Morning Dew
19. Darkness, Darkness
20. Shine It All Around
21. Bonus Material

A&R – Dave Bates (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-11)
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar [Lap Steel] – Skin Tyson (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17)
Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Crispin Cioe (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-6)
Art Direction [CD5], Design [Book], Art Direction [Book] – Richard Evans
Art Direction [CD6] – The Leisure Process
Artwork [CD8] – Andie Airfix, Joe Spix
Artwork [Original Concept, CD8, Sleeve Concept, CD4] – Robert Plant
Backing Vocals – Chrissie Faith (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-6), Ginny Clee (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), John David (Tracks: CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12), Kirsty MacColl (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), Marie Pierre (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), May Clee Cadman (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), Millie Whiteside (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-6), Raj Das (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), Ray Martinez (Tracks: CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12), Toni Halliday (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), Ula Hedwig (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-6)
Bass – Charlie Jones (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14, CD8-1 to CD8-12), Justin Adams (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17), Skin Tyson (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17), Paul Martinez (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12, CD3-6), Phil Scragg (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10)
Bendir – Clive Deamer (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17), Justin Adams (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17)
CGI Artist [Electronic Illustrations, CD6] – Julia Stone (3)
Co-producer – Mark Stent (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14)
Coordinator [Project, DVD] – Nicola Powell
Design [CD1] – Michael Hoppen, Robert Plant
Design [CD5] – Richard Evans
Design [CD6] – The Leisure Process
Design [CD8] – Andie Airfix, Joe Spix
Design [Sleeve, CD2] – App, Std
Design [Sleeve, CD4] – Icon
Design [Sleeve, CD7] – Cally
Design [Sleeve, CD9], Design [Cover Art, Box] – Grahame Baker Smith

Drums – Barriemore Barlow (Tracks: CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12), Chris Blackwell (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10, CD6-1 to CD6-14), Clive Deamer (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD9-17), Phil Collins (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12), Ritchie Hayward (Tracks: CD3-6 to CD4-10)
Electric Bass, Double Bass – Billy Fuller (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17)
Electric Guitar, Lute [Tehardant], Steel Guitar [Lap Steel] – Justin Adams (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17)
Electronics, Synthesizer [Moog Bass] – John Baggott (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17)
Engineer – Benji Lefevre (Tracks: CD4-1 to CD4-10), Dave Barrett (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), Jonathan Dee (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), Mark Stent (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14), Martin Russell (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), Michael Gregovich (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10, CD7-1 to CD7-11), Pat Moran (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12), Phill Brown (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), Rob Bozas (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), Tim Burrell (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), Tim Palmer (Tracks: CD4-1 to CD4-10)
Engineer [Assisted By] – Dan Austin (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), Graham Domily (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), Jeremy Wheatley (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14), Michael Butterworth (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14), Raj Das (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12)
Engineer [Second] – Danton Supple (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-11), Henry Bunns (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-11), Jacque Turner (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-11), John Cornfield (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-11), Mark O'Donoghue (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-11), Pete Lewis (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-11), Ross Cullum (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-11)
Film Editor [DVD Editor] – Benny Trickett (Tracks: DVD-1 to DVD-21)
Film Producer [DVD Producer] – Aubrey Powell (Tracks: DVD-1 to DVD-21)
Guitar – Doug Boyle (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), Jeff Beck (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-5), Jimmy Page (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-5), Justin Adams (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), Porl Thompson (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), Robbie Blunt (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12, CD3-6 to CD4-10)
Guitar [Master Guitars] – Doug Boyle (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14)
Guitar [Some Guitars] – Chris Blackwell (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14), Phil Johnstone (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14)
Guitar [Synthesized] – Robbie Blunt (Tracks: CD4-1 to CD4-10)
Harmonica – Robert Plant (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17)
Illustration [CD9 & Box] – Grahame Baker Smith
Keyboards – Jezz Woodroffe (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12, CD3-6 to CD4-10), John Baggott (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD9-17), Phil Johnstone (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10, CD6-1 to CD6-14)
Liner Notes – Ed Vulliamy
Management – Bill Curbishley
Mastered By – Denis Blackham (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12)
Mixed By – Benji Lefevre (Tracks: CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12), Michael Gregovich (Tracks: CD7-8, CD7-9, CD7-11), Pat Moran (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12), Robert Plant (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12), Steve Evans (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17), Tim Palmer (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-7, CD7-10)
Mixed By [Assisted By] – Benji Lefevre (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9), Jezz (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9), Robbie (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9)
Other [Steering & Guidance] – Andrea Thompson (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), Roy Williams (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12)
Other [Unconsidered Trifles] – Billy The Bootlegger
Painting [Cover Painting, CD4] – Tim Davies
Percussion – Chris Blackwell(Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10), Clive Deamer (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12)
Photography By [Book] – Al Pereira, Anna Luken, Bertrand Alary, Brian Aris, Chris Aubrey, Ebet Roberts, Ercole Baldini, Fernando Aceves, Frank Melfi, Fred Devann, George Bodnar, Getty Images, Grahame Baker Smith, Göran Lindsjöö, Kevin Westenberg, Mick Hutson, Mike Randolph, Mishka Westell, Ralph P. Fitzgerald, Richard Evans, Robert Ellis, Ross Halfin, Sabouret, Statia Molewski
Photography By [CD1] – Michael Hoppen
Photography By [CD4] – Icon
Photography By [CD5] – Starr, Davies
Photography By [CD8] – Maria Mochinacz
Photography By [Cover, CD6] – Ralph Fitzgerald
Photography By [DVD Cover Photograph] – Piper Ferguson
Photography By [Kids Photos, CD7] – Andy Earl
Photography By [Robert Plant Photo, CD7] – Julian Broad
Piano – Paul Shaffer (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-5)
Producer – Benji Lefevre (Tracks: CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12, CD4-1 to CD4-10), Chris Hughes (Tracks: CD7-1 to CD7-11), Fabulous Brill Brothers, The (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-5), Nugetre (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-5), Pat Moran (Tracks: CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12), Phil Johnstone (Tracks: CD5-1 to CD5-10, CD6-1 to CD6-14), Phill Brown (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12), Robert Plant (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12, CD4-1 to CD5-10, CD6-1 to CD7-11, CD8-1 to CD8-12), Tim Palmer (Tracks: CD4-1 to CD5-10)
Recorded By – Clive Deamer (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17), John Baggott (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17), Skin (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17), Steve Evans (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17), Teo Miller (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17), Tim Oliver (Tracks: CD9-1 to CD9-17)
Remastered By – Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch
Remastered By [Remastered And Renovated By] – Raj Das (Tracks: CD1-9, CD1-10, CD2-9 to CD2-12, CD3-6, CD4-10, CD5-11 to CD5-13, CD6-12 to CD6-14, CD7-12 to CD7-16, CD8-11, CD8-12, CD7-13 to CD7-17)
Research [Biographical Research And Trawling] – Dave Hodgetts
Research [Facts And Referencing] – Dave Lewis
Rhythm Guitar – Nile Rodgers (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-5)
Sintir [Gimbri], Goblet Drum [Darbuka] – Justin Adams (Tracks: CD8-1 to CD8-12)
Supervised By – Nicola Powell
Synthesizer – Jezz Woodroffe (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12)
Tenor Saxophone – Arno Hecht (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-6)
Trombone – Bob Funk (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-6)
Trumpet – Paul Litteral (Tracks: CD3-1 to CD3-6)
Vocals – Robert Plant (Tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD3-1 to CD6-14, CD8-1 to CD9-18)
Vocals [Additional] – Toni Halliday (Tracks: CD4-1 to CD4-10)
Vocals [Girl] – Caroline Harding (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14), Laila Cohen (Tracks: CD6-1 to CD6-14)

Tracks CD1-1 to CD1-9, CD2-1 to CD2-8, CD2-12 recorded at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Gwent.
Track CD1-10, CD2-9 to CD2-11 recorded at The Summit, Houston, Texas, on September 20, 1983.
Track CD2-12 is an unissued studio track.
Track CD3-6 bootleg recorded at Birmingham NEC on September 8, 1985.
Tracks CD5-1 to CD5-10 recorded at Swanyard Studios and Marcus Studios, London, England.
Tracks CD5-11 & CD5-13 bootleg recorded at Universal Amphitheater, Universal City, California, November 1, 1990.
Track CD5-12 bootleg recorded at the Paradiso Club, Amsterdam, Holland, December 20, 1993.
Tracks CD5-11 to CD5-13 are previously unreleased.
Tracks CD6-1 to CD6-14 recorded at Olympic Studios, London, England.
Tracks CD7-1 to CD7-11 recorded at RAK Studios. Additional recording at Sawmill Studio, Cornwall and Monwow Valley Studio, Monmouth. Mixed at Westside Studios.
Tracks CD8-1 to CD8-12 recorded at RAK Recording Studios, Moles Studios and The Church.
Tracks CD9-1 to CD9-17 mixed and manoeuvred at Riverside Studios, Batheaston, Bath, England. Additional mixes at RAK Studios, London. Recorded at The Lodge, Bathford; Ellenbury, Bath; Dôl Ghoch, Cwm Einion; Attic Studios, Kingswood; Livingstone Studio, London; Riverside, Bathampton; The Windtunnel.
Track CD9-13 was previously only available in Japan and France.
Remastered at DigiPrep. Bonus tracks remastered and renovated at RAK Recording Studios.
Track CD8-6 contains elements of "If I Ever Get Lucky" (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup), "Milk Cow's Calf Blues" (Robert Johnson), "Crawlin' King Snake" (John Lee Hooker) and "That's Alright Mama" (Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup).
The DVD is Region 1 only.
This Compilation © 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. © 2006 Robert Plant.
Manufactured and marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company in the U.S. and Warner Music International for the rest of the world.
Printed in U.S.A.

Nine Lives

Nine Lives
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NINE LIVES

The title of this bonus-track-rich, 10-disc chronicle of Robert Plant's post-Led Zeppelin career refers not only to the number of solo albums the singer has released since Zep flamed out in 1980, but also his penchant for stubborn endurance and artistic reinvention in the face of time and the tides of fashion. While both Plant and Jimmy Page have never been able to fully escape the lengthy shadows of their original world-beating collaboration, it's the vocalist who's best--if irregularly--tempered, teased, and folded Zep's legacy into his mercurial solo career, with his 1982 debut Pictures At Eleven and 1988's Now And Zen being the most overt about it. More crucial to Plant's restless muse has been a willingness to move beyond Led Zeppelin, whether successfully casting a more structured set of songs in synth-drenched new wave veneer on The Principle Of Moments (supplemented here by the previously unreleased Turnaround and three live cuts, including an unlikely cover of Bob Marley's Lively Up Yourself), revisiting a wide swath of influential roots on the Honeydrippers EP and his first release with contemporary backing band Strange Sensation on 2002's Dreamland, or the symphonic ambitions of Manic Nirvana and multihued folk retrenchment of Fate Of Nations. Enhanced by 26 bonus tracks of outtakes, demos, live cuts, and remixes, the nine albums anthologized here are also covered in an insightful essay by journalist Ed Vulliamy. The set's bonus DVD contains an hour-long retrospective hosted by Plant himself and features rare film clips and comments from many of his collaborators and admirers, as well as 20 career-spanning solo videos. --Jerry McCulley
Statistics

Released:
Nov. 21, 2006(UK)


Tracks

CD ONE
1. Burning Down One Side
2. Moonlight in Samosa
3. Pledge Pin
4. Slow Dancer
5. Worse Than Detroit
6. Fat Lip
7. Like I've Never Been Gone
8. Mystery Title
9. Far Post
10. Like I've Never Been Gone - (Live)

CD TWO
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

CD THREE
1. I Get a Thrill
2. Sea of Love
3. I Got a Woman
4. Young Boy Blues
5. Rockin' at Midnight
6. Rockin' at Midnight - (Live)

CD FOUR
1. Hip to Hoo
2. Kallalou Kallalou
3. Too Loud
4. Trouble Your Money
5. Pink and Black
6. Little by Little
7. Doo Doo a Do Do
8. Easily Lead
9. Sixes and Sevens
10. Little by Little - (Long Version remix)

CD FIVE
1. Heaven Knows
2. Dance on My Own
3. Tall Cool One
4. The Way I Feel
5. Ship of Fools
6. Helen of Troy
7. Billy's Revenge
8. Why
9. White, Clean and Neat
10. Walking Towards Paradise - (bonus track)
11. Billy's Revenge - (Live)
12. Ship of Fools - (Live)
13. Tall Cool One - (Live)

CD SIX
1. Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)
2. Big Love
3. S S S & Q
4. I Cried
5. She Said
6. Nirvana
7. Tie Dye on the Highway
8. Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night
9. Anniversary
10. Liars Dance
11. Watching You
12. Oompa (Watery Bint)
13. One Love
14. Don't Look Back

CD SEVEN
1. Calling to You
2. Down to the Sea
3. Come into My Life
4. I Believe
5. 29 Palms
6. Memory Song (Hello, Hello)
7. If I Were a Carpenter
8. Promised Land
9. Greatest Gift, The
10. Great Spirit
11. Network News
12. Colours of a Shade
13. Great Spirit - (Acoustic mix)
14. Rollercoaster - (Demo)
15. Dark Moon - (Acoustic)

CD EIGHT
1. Funny in My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' to Die)
2. Morning Dew
3. One More Cup of Coffee
4. Last Time I Saw Her
5. Song to the Siren
6. Win My Train Fare Home
7. Darkness, Darkness
8. Red Dress
9. Hey Joe
10. Skip's Song
11. Dirt in a Hole
12. Last Time I Saw Her - (remix)

CD NINE
1. Another Tribe
2. Shine It All Around
3. Freedom Fries
4. Tin Pan Valley
5. All the King's Horses
6. The Enchanter
7. Takamba
8. Dancing in Heaven
9. Somebody Knocking
10. Let the Four Winds Blow
11. Mighty Rearranger
12. Brother Ray
13. Red, White and Blue
14. All the Money in the World
15. Shine It All Around Tin Pan Valley - (Girls remix)
16. Tin Pan Valley - (Girls remix)
17. The Enchanter (Unkle Reconstruction)
Quick Fact

The title describes the different facets of Robert Plant's post-Zep solo career - Nine CDs = Nine Lives.

Sixty Six To Timbuktu More Info

SIXTY SIX TO TIMBUKTU
Atlantic 83626-2 (U.S.) / Mercury 986 591-3 (U.K.)
CD ONE
1. Tie Dye On The Highway 5:09 (Plant/Blackwell)
Vocal/Harmonica: Robert Plant, Drums: Chris Blackwell, Master Guitar: Doug Boyle, Bass: Charlie Jones
Produced by Robert Plant and Phil Johnstone, Recorded at Olympic Studios, London.
Published by: Sons of Einion Limited. Taken from: Manic Nirvana - 1990
(P) 1990 Atlantic Records Inc.

2. Upside Down 4:11 (Johnstone/Barratt)
Vocal: Robert Plant. Guitar: Doug Boyle, Keyboards: Phil Johnstone, Bass: Phil Scraggs
Produced by: Robert Plant/Tim Palmer/Phil Johnstone. Recorded at: Swanyard Studios
Published: © Johnstone/Barratt. Previously unissued.
(P) 2003 Atlantic Records Inc.

3. Promised Land 4:57 (Plant/Johnstone)
Vocal/Harmonica: Robert Plant, Guitars: Kevin Scott MacMichael, Francis Dunnery, Bass: Charlie Jones, Drums: Chris Hughes, Organ: Phil Johnstone
Produced by Chris Hughes and Robert Plant. Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd/BMG Music Publishing Ltd. Taken from: Fate of Nations
(P) 1993 Mercury Records Limited

4. Tall Cool One 4:38 (Plant/Johnstone)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitar: Doug Boyle, Keyboards: Phil Johnstone, Drums: Chris Blackwell, Guitar Solo: Jimmy Page
Produced by Robert Plant and Tim Palmer. Recorded at Swanyard Studios and Marcus Studios
Published by Sons of Einion Limited/EMI Virgin Music Ltd. Taken from: Now and Zen - 1988
(P) 1988 Atlantic Records Inc.

5. Dirt In A Hole 4:44 (Plant/Adams/Deamer/Baggott/Jones/Thompson)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitars: Justin Adams, Keyboards: John Baggott, Bass: Charlie Jones, Drums: Clive Deamer, Guitar: Porl Thompson, Backing Vocals: May Clee Cadman and Ginny Clee
Produced by Robert Plant and PhiII Brown. Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Published by BMG Music Publishing Limited. Taken from Dreamland - 2002 - released in UK
(P) 2002 Mercury Records Limited

6. Calling To You 5:48 (Plant/Blackwell)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitars: Kevin Scott MacMichael, Bass: Charlie Jones, Drums: Pete Thompson
Produced by Robert Plant and Chris Hughes. Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd. Taken from Fate Of Nations - 1993
(P) 1993 Mercury Records Limited

7. 29 Palms 4:50 (Plant/Blackwell/Jones/Boyle/Johnstone)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitars: Kevin Scott MacMichael, Bass: Charlie Jones, Drums: Chris Hughes
Produced by Robert Plant and Chris Hughes. Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd/BMG Music Publishing Ltd. Taken from Fate Of Nations - 1993
(P) 1993 Mercury Records Limited

8. If I Were A Carpenter 3:45 (Tim Hardin)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitar: Kevin Scott MacMichael, Bass: Charlie Jones, Drums: Chris Hughes
Mandolin: Maartin Allcock, String Arrangement: Lynton Naiff
Produced by Robert Plant and Chris Hughes. Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Published by EMI-Robbins Catalog Inc. Taken from Fate of Nations - 1993
(P) 1993 Mercury Records Limited

9. Sea Of Love 3:03 (Khoury-Baptise)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitar: Nile Rodgers, Keyboards: Paul Shaeffer, Guitar solo: Jimmy Page, String Arrangement: Lynton Naiff
Produced by Fabulous Brill Brothers and Nugetre. Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York
Published by Peer Music UK Ltd. Taken from Honeydrippers Volume 1 - 1984
(P) 1984 Atlantic Records Inc.

10. Darkness, Darkness 5:02 (Jesse Colin Young)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitars: Justin Adams, Keyboards: John Baggott, Drums: Clive Deamer, Guitar: Porl Thompson
Produced by Robert Plant and Phill Brown, Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Published by Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd. Taken from Dreamland - 2002
(P) 2002 Mercury Records Limited

11. Big Log 5:03 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitars: Robbie Blunt, Keyboards: Jezz Woodroffe, Bass: Paul Martinez
Produced by Robert Plant, Pat Moran, Benji Lefevre. Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth
Published by Sons of Einion Limited/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK). Taken from The Principle Of Moments - 1983
(P) 1983 Atlantic Records Inc.

12. Ship Of Fools 4:58 (Plant/Johnstone)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitars: Doug Boyle, Keyboards: Phil Johnstone, Drums: Chris Blackwell, Bass: Phil Scraggs
Produced by Robert Plant, Tim Palmer, Phil Johnstone. Recorded at Swanyard Studios and Marcus Studios, London
Published by EMI Virgin Music Limited/BMG Music Publishing Limited. Taken from Now and Zen
(P) 1988 Atlantic Records Inc.

13. I Believe 4:54 (Plant/Johnstone) Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitars: Kevin Scott MacMichael, Bass; Charlie Jones, Piano: Phil Johnstone, Drums: Chris Hughes
Produced by Robert Plant and Chris Hughes. Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd/BMG Music Publishing Limited. Alternative take from Fate Of Nations - 1993
(P) 1993 Mercury Records Limited

14. Little By Little 4:42 (Plant/Woodroffe)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Keyboards: Jezz Woodroffe, Guitars: Robbie Blunt, Bass: Paul Martinez, Drums: Richie Hayward
Produced by Robert Plant, Tim Palmer, Benji Lefevre. Recorded at Swanyard Studios London & Rockfield Studios, Monmouth
Published by Sons of Einion Limited/Hit and Run Music. Taken from Shaken and Stirred - 1985
(P) 1985 Atlantic Records Inc.

15. Heaven Knows 4:04 (Johnstone/Barratt)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitar: Doug Boyle, Keyboards: Phil Johnstone, Drums: Chris Blackwell, Bass: Phil Scraggs, Guitar solo: Jimmy Page, Backing Vocals: Kirsty MacColl, Marie Pierre, Toni Halliday
Produced by Robert Plant, Tim Palmer, Phil Johnstone. Recorded at Swanyard Studios and Marcus Studios
Published by © Johnstone/Barratt. Taken from Now and Zen - 1985
(P) 1988 Atlantic Records Inc.

16. Song To The Siren 4:06 (Buckley/Beckett)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitar: Justin Adams, Keyboards: John Baggott Drums/Percussion: Clive Deamer, Guitar: Porl Thompson
Produced by Robert Plant and Phill Brown. Recorded at RAK Studios, London
Published by Carlin Music Corp. Radio Edit from Dreamland - 2002 (P) 2002 Mercury Records Limited

CD TWO
1. You'd Better Run 2:30 (E Brigati/Cavaliere)
Listen. Recorded in London 1966. Produced by Roger Bolton and Danny Kessler.
Published by EMI Music Publishing Umited. Issued 1966 CBS Records
(P) 1966 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

2. Our Song 2:32 (Bindi/Clarke)
Recorded in London in 1967. Produced by Roger Bolton and Danny Kessler.
Published by Cecil Lennox Ltd. Issued 1967 CBS Records
(P) 1967 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

3. Hey Joe 4:57 (William Roberts)
Band of Joy. Vocal: Robert Plant, Drums: John Bonham, Bass: Paul Lockie, Organ: Chris Brown, Guitar: Kevin Gammond
Demo recorded at New Regent Sound, London - 1967. Published by Carlin Music Corp.
(P) 1967 Trokharm Limited

4. For What It's Worth 3:29 (Stephen Stills)
Band of Joy. Vocal: Robert Plant, Drums: John Bonham, Drums: Paul Lockie, Organ: Chris Brown, Guitar: Kevin Gammond
Demo recorded at New Regent Sound, London - 1967. Published by Warner Chappell
(P) 1967 Trolcharm Limited

5. Operator 4:36 (Korner/Plant/Miller)
Vocal/Harmonica: Robert Plant, Guitar/Backing vocal: Alexis Korner, Piano: Steve Miller
Produced by Alexis Korner. Recorded in London, 1968
Published by Alexis Korner Enterprises Limited.
Features on Alexis Korner, 'Bootleg Him' Album - Essential Records
(P) 1972 Castle Music Ltd., Licensed courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group.

6. Road To The Sun 5:35 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe/Martinez/Collins/Barlow) Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitar: Robbie Blunt, Bass: Paul Martinez, Keyboards: Jeff Woodroffe, Drums: Phil Collins
Produced by Robert Plant/Benji Lefevre and Pat Moran. Recorded at Rockfiefd Studio - 1983
Published as Better than Brussels by BMG Music Publishing Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Unissued
(P) 2003 Atlantic Records Inc.

7. Philadelphia Baby 2:14 (Charlie Rich)
The Crawling Kingsnakes. Vocal: Robert Plant, Bass: Paul Martinez, Drums: Phil Collins. Guitar: Dave Edmunds, Backing vocals: Robert Plant/Phil Collins/Paul Martinez
Produced by Robert Plant. Recorded at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, 1983
Published by Knox Music Limited. Issued as The Crawling Kingsnakes - 'Porky's Revenge' Soundtrack - CBS 1985
(P) 1985 Trolcharm Umited

8. Red For Danger 3:38 (Robin George)
Vocal: Robert Plant. All instruments: Robin George
Produced by Robert Plant and Robin George. Recorded in Wolverhampton in 1988.
Published by Dejamus Limited. Previously unissued
(P) 2003 Trocharm Limited

9. Let's Have A Party 3:40 (Robinson)
Vocal & Guitar: Robert Plant, Lead Guitar: Mick Green, Keyboard; Keith Miller, Pedal Steel: Pete Willsher, Bass: Steve Shoan, Drums: Richard Mark Angelo
Produced by Robert Plant. Recorded Korner Studios, London - 1990
Published by Cartin Music Corp. For NME/Roy Carr project 'the Last Temptation of Elvis'
(P) 1990 Trolcharm Limited

10. Hey Jayne 5:23 (Plant/Jones)
Vocal & Sitar: Robert Plant, Guitars: Kevin Scott MacMichael, Bass & Programming: Charlie Jones, Drums: Chris Hughes
Produced by Robert Plant and Chris Hughes. Recorded at RAK Studios, London in 1993
Published by BMG Musk Publishing Limited.
Bonus track on UK Single 'I Believe' from 'Fate of Nations' - Fontana - UK release only
(P) 1993 Mercury Records Limited

11. Louie, Louie 2:53 (Richard Berry)
Vocal & Lead Guitar solo: Robert Plant, Bass: Charlie Jones, Drums: Michael Lee, Keyboards: Phil Johnstone, Guitar: Francis Dunnery
Produced by Robert Plant. Recorded at Arlyn Studios, Austin, Texas - 1993
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. For "Wayne's World 2' Soundtrack - Reprise
(P) 1993 Paramount Pictures Corp

12. Naked If I Want To 0:47 (Jerry Miller)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitars and Vocal Harmony: Kevin Scott MacMichael
Produced by Robert Plant. Recorded at RAK Studios, London - 1993
Published by The International Musk Network.
Bonus track on UK single 'Calling To You' - Fontana 1993. UK release only
(P) 1993 Mercury Records Limited

13. 21 Years 3:30 (Plant/Ptacek)
Vocals/Harmonica: Robert Plant, National Steel Guitar: Rainer Ptacek
Produced by Robert Plant and Chris Hughes. Recorded at RAK Studios, London - 1993
Published by Mushed Music/Sons of Einion Ltd. Bonus track on UK single '29 Palms' - Fontana 1993. UK release only
(P) 2003 Mercury Records Limited

14. If It's Really Got To Be This Way 3:59 (Alexander/Fritts/Nicholson)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Lead Guitars: Jon Tiven, Brent Rowan, Bass: Muzz Skillinqs, Pedal Steel: BJ Cole, Strings: Lynton Naiff, Drums: Owen Hale, Keyboards: Gary Smith, Acoustic Guitar: Cris Levzinger
Produced by Robert Plant/Jon & Sally Tiven/Donnie Fritts/Gary Nicholson/Greg England
Recorded at Church Studios, London - 1994. Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing/BUG Music
Contributing track for 'Adios Amigo: A Tribute To Arthur Alexander. US release only
(P) 1994 Trolcharm Limited

15. Rude World 3:44 (Rainer Ptacek)
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page. Vocal: Robert Plant, Guitar: Jimmy Page, Guitar: Oliver Woods, Drums: Michael Lee, Bass: Charlie Jones, Keyboards: Phil Andrews/Charlie Jones
Produced by Phil Andrews & Charlie Jones. Recorded at RAK Studios, London - 1997
Published by Mushed Music. Contributing track on 'the Inner Flame' Rainer Ptacek album. US
(P) 1997 Atlantic Records Inc.

16. Little Hands 4:19 (Skip Spence)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Bass: Charlie Jones, Guitar: Innes Sibun, Vibes: Ted Benham
Produced by Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Phil Andrews. Recorded at NAM Studios, Wiltshire in 1999
Published by EMI Songs Limited. Contributing track on 'More Oar - A Tribute to Skip Spence'. US
(P) 1999 Trolcharm Limited

17. Life Begin Again 6:18
Afro Celt Soundsystem. Produced by Simon Emmerson, James McNally and Martin Russell Music by Simon Emmerson, James McNally. Iarla Lionaird, Martin Russell and Mass; Lyrics by Iarla Lionaird
Robert Plant: vocals, Julie Murphy: vocals, Simon Emmerson: 6 and 12 string guitars, James McNally: high and low whistles, keyboards, bodhran, accordion, harmonium,
Martin Russell: Programming, NiFaly Kouyate; kora, Johnny Kalsi: dhol drums, Demba 'shadowman' Barry: vocals, Moussa Sissokho: talking drum, Mass: keyboards and programming,
Nawazish Ali Khan: violin, Nigel Eaton: hurdy gurdy, Rosie Welters: solo cello, Pete Locket: Big Drums, Hossam Ramzy: Egyptian Tabla Recorded at Redchurch Recordings, London; Sonic Innovation, London; Real World Studios. Wiltshire.
Album mastered by Ian Cooper at Metropolis. Programming by Mass and Martin Russell.
Julie Murphy of Fernhill appears courtesy of Beautiful Jo Records
Published by Real World Music Ltd. Includes an extract from 'Marwnad Yr Ehedydd' (The Lark's Elegy")
The Afro Celts appear courtesy of Real World Records Ltd/Virgin Records. (P) 2001 Real World Records Ltd
(P) 2001 Real World Records Ltd.

18. Let The Boogie Woogie Roll 2:36 (Ertegun/Wexler)
Vocal: Robert Plant, Piano: Jools Holland, Drums: Gilson Lavis, Guitar: Mark Flanagan, Bass: Dave Swift, Baritone Saxophone: Nick Lunt
Backing Vocals: The Extraordinaires - Mark Hall, Roy Hall, G Fofie
Produced by Laurie Latham. Recorded in The Pyramid Room at Helicon Mountain Studios - 2002. Published by Carlin Musk Corp.
Contributing track on Jools Holland's 'small World Big Band Volume Two - More Friends' - 2002 - WSM
(P) 2003 Warner Music (UK) Ltd.

19. Win My Train Fare Home (Live In Timbuktu) 6:16 (Plant/Adams/Baggott/Deamer/Jones/Thompson)
Guitar: Justin Adams, Guitar: Skin Tyson, Bass: Nicolas Meslien. Djemb: Mathieu Rousseau
Produced by Triban Union. Engineered by Live Sound: J-Paul Romann, Anthony Harcourt and Jaja.
Mixed by Tim Oliver and Justin Adams.
Recorded Live at the 'Festival in the Desert', Essakane, Nr Timbuktu - 2003
Published by BMG Musk Limited - Track contains elements of:
a) 'If I Ever Get Lucky' (Arthur 'Big-Boy' Crudup) - Universal-MCA Music,
b) 'Milk Cow's Calf Blues' (Robert Johnson) - Paul Rodriguez Music Limited,
c) 'Crawling King Snake' (John Lee Hooker) - BMG Music Publishing Limited,
d) 'that's Alright Mama' (Arthur 'Big-Boy' Crudup) - Carlin Musk Corps
Contributing track on 'Le Festival au Desert' Live album - 2003 - Triban Union
(P) 2003 Trolcharm Umited

Length: 146:53

Sixty Six To Timbuktu

Sixty Six To Timbuktu
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Featuring music that spans a time frame from Plant's pre-Zeppelin days through a live performance captured earlier this year, the aptly titled 35-track, double disc Sixty Six to Timbuktu serves as both a greatest hits-style career retrospective (disc one) as well as a rarities collection (disc two). In its former capacity, it stumbles only slightly by completely ignoring his debut Pictures at Eleven and inexplicably excluding the 1980's staple In the Mood. One could quibble that the set pays far too much attention to Plant's 1993 outing Fate of Nations, but the fact of the matter is that songs such as 29 Palms and Calling to You stand the test of time better than the cluttered arrangements of Tie Dye on the Highway, Tall Cool One, and Heaven Knows. Other gems include interpretations of Tim Buckley's Song to the Siren and Jesse Colin Young's Darkness, Darkness (both from last year's Dreamland), The Honeydrippers' rendition of Sea of Love (a vintage R&B tune popularized by Phil Phillips), and the lovely 1988 hit Ship of Fools, none of which try to force the music to be something that it isn't just for the sake of selling albums or experimenting with new technology.

As for the rarities portion of Sixty Six to Timbuktu, it collects everything from long forgotten, early singles and demos to b-sides, side projects, and movie soundtrack material. Although his cover of Charlie Rich's Philadelphia Baby is routine rockabilly and his partnership with Robin George on Red for Danger is virtually unlistenable, the bulk of the material is actually much better than the typical aggregation of odds and ends. Both Hey Joe and For What It's Worth, recorded as demos in 1967 with Band of Joy, are stuffed full of blazing psychedelic blues, powered by the bashing and crashing of John Bonham. Elsewhere, the ghost of Robert Johnson haunts the back roads of 21 Years; Plant's perfect moan lends a raw edginess that lifts the slow-burn of Operator as well as the thunderous Road to the Sun; Arthur Alexander's If It's Really Got to Be This Way, with its country twang and pedal steel bliss, sounds closer to the Rolling Stones than Led Zeppelin; and the world beats and organic grooves that fill his collaboration with Afro Celt Soundsystem (Life Begin Again) as well as a recent concert cut (Win My Train Fare Home) prove that even after all these years, Plant still has an awful lot to contribute to his legacy.

From: John Metzger for The Music Box, December 2003, Volume 10, #12
Statistics

Released:
Nov. 4, 2003 (US)
Nov. 4, 2003(UK)

Chart Position:
-- (US) --(UK)

Certified:


Tracks

CD ONE
1. Tie Dye On The Highway
2. Upside Down
3. Promised Land
4. Tall Cool One
5. Dirt In A Hole
6. Calling To You
7. 29 Palms
8. If I Were A Carpenter
9. Sea Of Love
10. Darkness, Darkness
11. Big Log
12. Ship Of Fools
13. I Believe
14. Little By Little
15. Heaven Knows
16. Song To The Siren

CD TWO
1. You'd Better Run
2. Our Song
3. Hey Joe
4. For What It's Worth
5. Operator
6. Road To The Sun
7. Philadelphia Baby
8. Red For Danger
9. Let's Have A Party
10. Hey Jayne
11. Louie, Louie
12. Naked If I Want To
13. 21 Years
14. If It's Really Got To Be This Way
15. Rude World
16. Little Hands
17. Life Begin Again
18. Let The Boogie Woogie Roll
19. Win My Train Fare Home (live)
Quick Fact

The title describes the span of Robert Plant's career at the time that this compilation came out - from 1966 (w/ the single You'd Better Run) to Timbuktu (Win My Train Fare Home from January 8, 2003 in Essakane, Mali).

Band of Joy More Info

BAND OF JOY
Es Paranza 11661-9099-2 (U.S.) / Decca 2748331 (U.K.)
Bekka Bramlett - Backing Vocals (1,2)
Marco Giovino - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals (3)
Patty Griffin - Vocals, Backing Vocals (2,3,4,5,8,10,11)
Byron House - Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Buddy Miller - Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, 6-String Bass Guitar, Mandoguitar, Backing Vocals (2,3,6)
Robert Plant - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals (1,2,3,5,11)
Darrell Scott - Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Banjos, Accordion, Pedal Steel Guitar & Lap Steel Guitar, Backing Vocals (1,2,3,4,6,7,10,11)

1. Angel Dance 3:50 (David Hidalgo, Louie Perez)
2. House Of Cards 3:14 (Richard Thompson)
3. Central Two-O-Nine 2:49 (Robert Plant, Buddy Miller)
4. Silver Rider 6:06 (Zachary Micheletti, Mini Parker, Alan Sparhawk)
5. You Can't Buy My Love 3:11 (Billy Babineaux, Bobby Babineaux)
6. Falling In Love Again 3:38 (Dillard Crume, Andrew Kelly)
7. The Only Sound That Matters 3:45 (Gregory Vanderpool)
8. Monkey 4:58 (Zachary Micheletti, Mimi Parker, Alan Sparhawk)
9. Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday 3:37 (Traditional, arranged by Plant, Miller)
10. Harm's Swift Way 4:19 (Townes Van Zandt)
11. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down 4:12 (Traditional, arranged by Plant, Miller)
12. Even This Shall Pass Away 4:03 (Theodore Tilton, arranged by Plant, Miller)

Length: 47:32

Produced by Buddy Miller, Robert Plant

Band of Joy

Band Of Joy
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BAND OF JOY

Having won enough awards to keep his mantelpiece groaning for years for his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Robert Plant resists the temptation to repeat the Americana formula and give us Raising More Sand. Instead he invokes the name of Band of Joy, the psychedelic blues group he originally fronted before the birth of Led Zeppelin over four decades' earlier, for an album of bounding energy and unexpected eclecticism.

Produced with formidable intensity and an impressive sonic feel by Nashville-based country stalwart Buddy Miller, it offers yet another indication of Plant's commendably enduring desire to keep moving. Clearly neither advancing age nor years of unabated success have deprived Plant of either his constant appetite for challenge or his ability to deliver in a cogent, credible and thoroughly convincing fashion. Whether wailing yearningly over a buoyant acoustic rhythm on the Lightnin' Hopkins blues Central Two-O-Nine or rockin'n'rollin' in time-honoured fashion on You Can't Buy My Love, Plant is in terrific voice throughout. Pounding drums (from Marco Giovino) are pushed to the front of the mix and steel guitar and banjos abound on an album with country roots but which quickly develops tentacles that spread in surprising directions, from the gothic chime of Monkey to a vivacious spin on the folk song Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday.

Patty Griffin pops up with sublime vocal harmonies as Plant tackles some intriguing material. Opening with rhythmic overload on a Los Lobos rocker Angel Dance, he conjures up an authentic 1950s sound on an old Jimmie Rodgers hit Falling in Love Again, delivers an edgy treatment of a lesser-known Townes Van Zant song Harm's Swift Way; creates a virulent swirling chorus on Richard Thompson's House of Cards; and performs a masterly arrangement of the spiritual Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down, spritely banjo vying with broody guitar and ghostly backing choir as the track develops its subtle air of menace.

Just as producer T-Bone Burnett deservedly copped much of the acclaim for Raising Sand, Buddy Miller merits much credit for the richness here. But the glory rightly belongs to Plant.

From: Colin Irwin for BBC Music
Statistics

Released:
Sept. 14, 2010 (US)
Sept. 13, 2010(UK)

Chart Position:
-- (US) -- (UK)

Certified:


Tracks

1. Angel Dance
2. House Of Cards
3. Central Two-O-Nine
4. Silver Rider
5. You Can't Buy My Love
6. Falling In Love Again
7. The Only Sound That Matters
8. Monkey
9. Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday
10. Harm's Swift Way
11. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
12. Even This Shall Pass Away
Quick Fact

The group of musicians who were on this album and toured with Robert Plant were the fifth group labelled as the Band Of Joy.

Raising Sand More Info

Raising Sand RAISING SAND
Rounder 11661-9075-1 (U.S.) / Decca 478 0205 (U.K.)
Robert Plant - Vocals
Alison Krauss - Vocals, Fiddle
Riley Baugus - Banjo
Jay Bellerose - Drums
Norman Blake - Acoustic Guitar
T-Bone Burnett - Acoustic and Electric Guitar, 6-string Bass Guitar
Dennis Crouch - Acoustic Bass
Greg Leisz - Pedal Steel Guitar
Marc Ribot - Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Electric Guitar
Mike Seeger - Autoharp
Patrick Warren - Keyboards, Pump Organ, Toy Piano

1. Rich Woman 4:04 (Dorothy LaBostrie, McKinley Millet)
2. Killing The Blues 4:16 (Roly Jon Salley)
3. Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us 3:26 (Sam Phillips)
4. Polly Come Home 5:36 (Gene Clark)
5. Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) 3:33 (Don Everly, Phil Everly)
6. Through The Morning, Through The Night 4:01 (Gene Clark)
7. Please Read The Letter 5:53 (Charlie Jones, Michael Lee, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant)
8. Trampled Rose 5:34 (Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits)
9. Fortune Teller 4:30 (Naomi Beville)
10. Stick With Me Baby 2:50 (Mel Tillis)
11. Nothing 5:33 (Townes Van Zandt)
12. Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson 4:02 (Milton Campbell)
13. Your Long Journey 3:55 (Doc Watson, Rosa Lee Watson)

Length: 57:13

T-Bone Burnett - Production
Gavin Lurssen - Mastering Engineering
Stacy Parrish - Audio Engineering
Mike Piersante - Audio Engineering, Mixing

Raising Sand

Raising Sand
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What on paper looks mis-matched can often be utterly right. Raising Sand has to be one of the best ever examples of this. Most people would have bet on Plant's ex-band mate, John Paul Jones, as being the one to have forged this big league bluegrasss pairing. After all he's worked with Chris Thile and Nickel Creek as well as Uncle Earl, and plays a mean mandolin himself. But no, it's the grizzled, leonine king of c*ck rock who gets to get up-close and personal with the Union Station legend. And thank goodness it was, because Raising Sand has to be one of the releases of the year.

The first thing you notice about Raising Sand is how the pair's vocals compliment each other. Krauss' honey-sweet chords can be saccharine on her own work at times, but here she's balanced by the mature grain of Plant's almost whispered delivery. On Killing The Blues or Gene Clark's Polly Come Home they nudge up against each other, buoyed up by Greg Leisz's floating pedal steel. And this from a man reknowned for going ‘baybeeee, baybeee'. Phew...

The selection of songs proves to be just as inspired as the pairing. With material by the Everlys (Gone, Gone Gone), Townes van Zant (Nothin') and even one from Plant's last collaboration with Jimmy Page (Please Read The Letter – completely improved from its original incarnation) it would be hard to go that wrong, but the best of an embarrassment of riches has to be Krauss' rendition of Tom Waits Trampled Rose. Spellbinding doesn't even come close to describing this.

The album's other main star has to be T Bone Burnett. His production adds a veneer of authenticity and his choice of musicians is spot on at every turn. Marc Ribot (guitar) along with Dennis Crouch, Mike Seeger, Jay Bellerose, Norman Blake, Greg Leisz, Patrick Warren, and Riley Baugus make this a stunning, dark, brooding collection, comparable in tone to Daniel Lanois' masterful job on Dylan's Time Out Of Mind. It captures a gothic southern vibe effortlessly.

Hearing Krauss emote so bluesily on tracks like Rich Woman is a revelation, while her coruscating fiddle on Nothin' is rawer than you'd ever expect to hear from such a pillar of the new bluegrasss community. Raising Sand is proof that even with such dynamite raw material sometimes things really do add up to far more than the sum of their parts. Superb, in every way...

From: Chris Jones for BBC Music
Statistics

Released:
Oct. 23, 2007 (US)
Oct. 23, 2007(UK)

Chart Position:
#2 (US) #2 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Nov. 27, 2007
Platinum: Mar. 4, 2008

Tracks

1. Rich Woman
2. Killing The Blues
3. Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us
4. Polly Come Home
5. Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)
6. Through The Morning, Through The Night
7. Please Read The Letter
8. Trampled Rose
9. Fortune Teller
10. Stick With Me Baby
11. Nothing
12. Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson
13. Your Long Journey
Quick Fact

The term "raising sand" basically means to start a ruckus or to stir up trouble.

Mighty ReArranger More Info

MIGHTY REARRANGER
Es Paranza R2 74166 (U.S.) / Sanctuary SANCD356 (U.K.)
Robert Plant – Vocals, Harmonica
Justin Adams – Electric Guitar, Bendir, Tehardant, Lap Steel Guitar, Bass Guitar
John Baggott – Keyboards, Electronica, Moog Bass Guitar
Clive Deamer – Drums, Bendir
Billy Fuller – Electric and Double Bass
Liam "Skin" Tyson – Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Bass Guitar

1. Another Tribe 3:17
2. Shine It All Around 4:03
3. Freedom Fries 2:53
4. Tin Pan Valley 3:47
5. All The King's Horses 4:20
6. The Enchanter 5:27
7. Takamba 4:06
8. Dancing In Heaven 4:26
9. Somebody Knocking 3:47
10. Let The Four Winds Blow 4:52
11. Mighty Rearranger 4:25
12. Brother Ray (inc. hidden track Shine It All Around [Girls Remix]) 8:43

REMASTERED VERSION BONUS TRACKS
13. Red, White and Blue 3:11

14. ll the Money in the World 3:12
15. Shine It All Around (Girls Remix) 7:31
16. Tin Pan Valley (Girls Remix) 6:21
17. The Enchanter (UNKLE Reconstruction)

Special Tour Edition bonus disc - Recorded on June 9, 2005
18. Shine It All Around 4:50
19. Black Dog 5:03
20. Freedom Fries 5:47
21. When The Levee Breaks 6:28
22. All The King's Horses 4:47
23. Takamba 4:49
24. Tin Pan Valley 6:28
25. Gallows Pole 5:39
26. The Enchanter 7:55
27. Mighty ReArranger 5:43
28. Whole Lotta Love 10:31

Length: 54:14

Best Buy Special Edition disc
29. A Conversation With Robert Plant (with Nigel Williamson) 44:15

Produced by Robert Plant, Phil Johnstone and Mark Stent
Produced by James Lavelle (17)
Produced by Richard File (17)
Mixed by Steve Evans
Recorded by Teo Miller, Tim Oliver
Remastered by Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch, Raj Das
Patience and Supervision by Nicola Powell
Management by Bill Curbishley

Mighty ReArranger

Mighty ReArranger
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Re-energized by Dreamland - and by the critical acclaim that greeted it - Robert Plant cemented his relationship with his backing band (now minus guitarist Porl Thompson and bassist Charlie Jones) by bestowing the name the Strange Sensation on them. He then dragged them off to his farm in South Snowdonia. "The environment just seemed like the right thing to do," he said. "A place where we'd be together 24 hours a day, five days a week, so that people could go off in different little factions."

On the blastingly powerful Mighty ReArranger, Plant used the Strange Sensation to effect a new fusion of Zeppelin-esque rock and North African rhythm: a mighty rearrangement indeed. Though he had long been fascinated with the exotically discordant scales of eastern and African music, the immediate inspiration was his recent appearance at Mali's Festival in the Desert. "We were exposed to some of the most vibrant music and delivery I've ever experienced," Plant said of the festival near Timbuktu. "We've taken quite a few of the rhythms from there and superimposed them onto rock and roll structure." Key to effecting this was chief accomplice and multi-string-instrumentalist Justin Adams, who would go on to work with the acclaimed Malian troupe Tinariwen.

The album's songs were pitted with outbursts at military idiocy (Another Tribe), American jingoism (Freedom Fries) and classic-rock complacency (Tin Pan Valley), while still finding room for All the King's Horses, one of the loveliest acoustic ballads Plant's ever recorded.

The pulsing Another Tribe came complete with eddying Asiatic strings that recalled John Paul Jones' Mellotron interludes on Kashmir. John Bonham's primordial stomp came more to mind on the more thrusting Shine It All Around, which wasn't so far from the widescreen Britrock of Oasis and their ilk. The early highlight, though, was the thrilling Tin Pan Valley, lurching violently from ominous ambient softness to metallic Moroccan frenzy as explosively as Zeppelin ever did.

Takamba started out like Tinariwen itself before again blasting off into rock rage. Dancing in Heaven moved Plant back up to the Welsh mountains, with lap steel and Byrdsy 12-string acoustic fashioning a more folk-rock feel; Let the Four Winds Blow tapped Plant's infatuation with 1960s West Coast rock. Somebody Knocking returned us to the Malian desert, all hypnotic gourd grooves and monochordal blues dread, and the title-track could have been Tinariwen covering the Stones' Hip Shake Thing, complete with tinkling Ian Stewart-style piano. Piano it was, too, that faded into the closing Brother Ray, a brief homage to the late Mr. Charles that could have been recorded out in Plant's cowshed.

Mighty ReArranger stands up handsomely as some of the most energised and eclectic music Robert Plant has ever made.

From: Barney Hoskyns for BBC Music
Statistics

Released:
May 10, 2005 (US)
May 9, 2005 (UK)
Mar. 20, 1007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#22 (US) #4 (UK)

Certified:


Tracks

1. Another Tribe
2. Shine It All Around
3. Freedom Fries
4. Tin Pan Valley
5. All The King's Horses
6. The Enchanter
7. Takamba
8. Dancing In Heaven
9. Somebody Knocking
10. Let The Four Winds Blow
11. Mighty Rearranger
12. Brother Ray (inc. hidden track Shine It All Around [Girls Remix])


REMASTERED VERSION BONUS TRACKS
13. Red, White and Blue
14. All the Money in the World
15. Shine It All Around (Girls Remix)
16. Tin Pan Alley (Girls Remix)
17. The Enchanter (UNKLE Reconstruction)


Special Tour Edition bonus disc
18. Shine It All Around
19. Black Dog
20. Freedom Fries
21. When The Levee Breaks
22. All The King's Horses
23. Takamba
24. Tin Pan Valley
25. Gallows Pole
26. The Enchanter
27. Mighty ReArranger
28. Whole Lotta Love


Best Buy Special Edition disc
A Conversation With Robert Plant
Quick Fact

Mighty ReArranger was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for Shine It All Around and Best Hard Rock Performance for Tin Pan Valley.

Dreamland More Info

DREAMLAND
Universal 314 586 962-2 (U.S.) / Mercury 586 962-2 (U.K.)
Robert Plant - Vocals
Justin Adams - Guitars, Gimbri, Darbuka
John Baggott - Keyboards, String Arrangements (2,5)
Clive Deamer - Drums, Percussion
Charlie Jones - Bass
Porl Thompson - Guitar
BJ Cole - Pedal Steel (5)
Raj Das - Backing Vocals
May Clee Cadman - Backing Vocals
Ginny Clee - Backing Vocals

1. Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die) 4:45 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson/Bukka White)

2. Morning Dew 4:26 (Bonnie Dobson/Tim Rose)
3. One More Cup Of Coffee 4:03 (Bob Dylan)
4. Last Time I Saw Her 4:41 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)
5. Song To The Siren 5:53 (Larry Beckett/Tim Buckley)
6. Win My Train Fare Home (If I Ever Get Lucky) 5:23 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)
7. Darkness, Darkness 3:45 (Jesse Colin Young)
8. Red Dress 5:23 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)
9. Hey Joe 7:12 (Plant/Johnstone)
10. Skip's Song 4:27 (Plant/Blackwell/Jones/MacMichael/Johnstone)

Length: 54:38

Bonus UK/Japanese track
11. Dirt In A Hole 4:46 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)

iTunes Bonus track
12. Last Time I Saw Her (Remix) 3:24 (Adams/Baggot/Deamer/Jones/Plant/Thompson)

Special Limited Edition tracks
13. Song To The Siren (Radio Edit)
4:10
14. Song To The Siren (Alpha Mix)
4:53
15. Morning Dew (BBC Radio 2 Session)
4:45
16. Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die)
4:51
17. Darkness, Darkness (video)
3:26

Produced by Robert Plant and Phill Brown
Engineered By Phill Brown
Assisted by Raj Das at Rak Recording Studios, Dan Austin at Moles Studios, Graham Domily at the Church
Master by Denis Blackham at Country Masters
Artwork & Desin by Andie Airfix at Satori and Joe Spix
From an original concept by Robert Plant

Dreamland

Dreamland
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Robert Plant entered the new millennium with an album that looked defiantly backward – not to Led Zeppelin, mind you, but to a round-up of his personal musical heroes. The grunge-era Manic Nirvana (1990) and Fate Of Nations (1993) had already junked the overegged synth-rock of Plant's 80s albums – while 1995's Unledded reunion with Jimmy Page breathed new life into the Zeppelin catalogue – but Dreamland definitively set Sir Percival on the Americana-rooted course he has steered ever since.

There was a distant clue in Fate Of Nations'' If I Were a Carpenter. Nine years on from that Tim Hardin cover, Plant opted to pay homage to such American cult figures as Tim Rose (Morning Dew), Tim Buckley (Song To The Siren), Moby Grape's Skip Spence (Skip's Song), and the Youngbloods' Jesse Colin Young (Darkness, Darkness). Additionally, he tipped a wink to Dylan (Desire's One More Cup of Coffee) and – on a spooky, jagged cover of Hey Joe – to both Hendrix and Love's Arthur Lee.

Plant also parted ways with primary collaborator Phil Johnstone, creating a more organic feel around guitarist Justin Adams and bassist Charlie Jones. From the raggedly exciting opener – a Hurdy-Gurdy-propelled update of Bukka White's I Believe I'm Fixin' to Die that sounds more like Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds than like Now And ZenDreamland is instantly rough and ready, stripped of studio sheen. The mournful take on Morning Dew is built on Adams' spare backwards guitar and John Baggott's murky electric piano; Song To The Siren is more minimal still, but no less affecting than the version by This Mortal Coil. Darkness, Darkness becomes a statement of haunting despair. Skip's Song packs the euphoric punch that made a giant Moby Grape fan of Plant back in 1967.

Most striking is the change in Plant's voice. Close-miked, it has become an instrument of breathy intimacy – middle-aged, yes, but in its serene way as powerful as his full-throttle shrieking in days of old.

Interspersed with Dreamland's covers are several originals written by Plant with Adams, Jones, Baggott, drummer Clive Deamer, and former Cure guitarist Porl Thompson. Win My Train Home (If I Ever Get Lucky) is an African blues that incorporates elements of songs by Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup and anticipates Adams' production stints with the Malian troupe Tinariwen. Last Time I Saw Her is an outbreak of freak-funk, complete with unhinged synth oscillations and manic wah-wah guitar. Red Dress is raw, slide-slashed blues, Dirt In A Hole a powerfully driving finale.

From: Barney Hoskyns for BBC Music
Statistics

Released:
Jul. 16, 2002 (US)
Jun. 24, 2002 (UK)
Apr. 3, 1007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#40 (US) #20 (UK)

Certified:


Tracks

1. Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die)
2. Morning Dew
3. One More Cup Of Coffee
4. Last Time I Saw Her
5. Song To The Siren
6. Win My Train Fare Home (If I Ever Get Lucky)
7. Darkness, Darkness
8. Red Dress
9. Hey Joe
10. Skip's Song

Bonus UK/Japanese track
11. Dirt In A Hole

iTunes Bonus track
12. Last Time I Saw Her (Remix)

Special Limited Edition tracks
13. Song To The Siren (Radio Edit)
14. Song To The Siren (Alpha Mix)
15. Morning Dew (BBC Radio 2 Session)
16. Darkness Darkness (video)
Quick Fact

Dreamland was nominated for two Grammys in 2002 - Best Rock Album and Best Male Rock Performance.

Fate of Nations More Info

MANIC NIRVANA
Es Paranza 92264 (U.S.) / Fontana 514 867 (U.K.)
1. Calling To You 5:48 (Plant/Blackwell)
Bass - Charlie Jones
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael
Violin - Nigel Kennedy
Drums - Pete Thompson
2. Down To The Sea 4:00 (Plant/Jones)
Bass, Everything Else - Charlie Jones
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael, Oliver J. Woods
Drums - Chris Hughes
3. Come Into My Life 6:32 (Plant/Blackwell/Boyle/MacMichael)
Backing Vocals - Maire Brennan
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael, Francis Dunnery, Richard Thompson
Bass - Charlie Jones
Harmonium - Phil Johnstone
Hurdy Gurdy - Nigel Eaton
Drums - Chris Hughes, Pete Thompson
4. I Believe 4:33 (Plant/Johnstone)
Backing Vocals - Julian Taylor, Kevin Scott MacMichael, Steve French
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael
Bass - Charlie Jones
Piano- Phil Johnstone
Hurdy Gurdy - Nigel Eaton
Drums - Chris Hughes
5. 29 Palms 4:51 (Plant/Jones/Boyle/Johnstone)
Bass - Charlie Jones
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael, Doug Boyle
Drums - Pete Thompson
6. Memory Song (Hello Hello) 5:23 (Plant/Johnstone/Jones/Blackwell/Woods)
Bass - Charlie Jones
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael
Keyboards - Phillip Andrews
Drums - Michael Lee
7. If I Were A Carpenter 3:45 (Tim Hardin)
String Arrangement - Lynton Naiff
Mandolin - Maartin Allcock
Bass - Charlie Jones
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael
Keyboards - Phillip Andrews
Drums - Chris Hughes
8. Colours Of A Shade 4:43 (Plant/Johnstone/Blackwell/Allcock)
Aeolian Pipes - Chris Hughes
Guitar, Mandolin, Aeolian Pipes, Bass - Maartin Allcock
9. Promised Land 4:58 (Plant/Johnstone)
Bass - Charlie Jones
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael, Francis Dunnery, Robert Plant
Organ - Phil Johnstone
Drums - Chris Hughes, Chris Blackwell
10. The Greatest Gift 6:53 (Plant/Blackwell/Jones/MacMichael/Johnstone)
String Arrangement - Lynton Naiff
Backing Vocals - John Flynn
Bass - Charlie Jones
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael
Electric Piano - Phil Johnstone
Drums - Chris Hughes, Pete Thompson
11. Great Spirit 5:27 (Plant/Johnstone/MacMichael)
Backing Vocals - Phil Johnstone, Robert Plant
Bass - Charlie Jones
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael
Electric Piano - Phil Johnstone
Drums - Pete Thompson
12. Network News 6:42 (Plant/Blackwell)
Bass - Charlie Jones
Guitar - Kevin Scott MacMichael, Doug Boyle
Sarangi - Surit Singh
Dilruba, Sarod - Gurdev Singh
Violin - Navazish Ali Khan
Electric Orchestra - Phil Johnstone
Drums - Chris Hughes, Michael Lee

Length: 58:53

2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
13. Colours of a Shade 4:45
14. Great Spirit (acoustic mix) 3:54
15. Rollercoaster (demo) 4:01
16. 8:05 1:49
17. Dark Moon (acoustic) 4:57

Recorded from 1992-1993 at recorded at R A K Studios, London, England, Sawmills Studio, Golant, Fowey, Cornwall, England, Monnow Valley Studio, Rockfield, Monmouth, England. Mixed at Westside Studios, London, England

Producer - Robert Plant, Chris Hughes
Engineer - Michael Gregovich, Danton Supple, Henry Binns, Jacquie Turner, John Cornfield, Mark O'Donoughue, Pete Lewis, Ross Cullum
Mixer - Michael Gregovich, Tim Palmer
Photographer - Andy Earls (Kids), Julian Broad (Robert Plant)
Sleeve Design - Cally at Antar

Fate of Nations

Fate Of Nations
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Another masterfully conceived and executed album from the charismatic spiritualist. Drawing the old bones of Physical Graffiti from the deep sands of time, Robert Plant dances with the ghost of Kashmir on the opening Calling To You and proves he hasn't lost a step since his youth. Old shadows appear throughout, from Great Spirit to 29 Palms, delivered in the rich and saturated sleepy exoticism that has become a Plant hallmark. Though new players are involved (drummer Chris Hughes, guitarist Kevin Scott MacMichael), many of the songs seem to date from the last lineup; thus, Chris Blackwell is credited with cowriting five tracks but only appears on one (Promised Land, which he didn't cowrite). It's a testament to the template that Plant has laid out since his days in Zeppelin, departing little from his original vision and audibly improving on the product with age (similar to Phil Collins, whose ...But Seriously... was equally masterful). Fate Of Nations contained several shoulda-been hits (only 29 Palms charted well), including Calling To You and I Believe. A cover of Tim Hardin's moldy oldie If I Were A Carpenter is less effective; Plant nails it, but who cares? Every time I listen to Fate Of Nations, I'm impressed all over again that Plant has managed to carve out such a fine solo career. Every album he makes is made to be the best, driving himself onward where a weaker man might have retreated to the comfort of the past. My only knock on this effort is the heavy-handed packaging, spewing out environmental factoids that bandy about some pretty big numbers: 40 tons of radioactive waste left on Gulf War battlefields, 67 million tons of oil burned during the same war, etc. Maybe environmental consciousness powers Plant, but he should stick to the one renewable energy source he knows best: himself.

From: Connolly & Company
Statistics

Released:
May 25, 1993 (US)
May 25, 1993 (UK)
Mar. 20, 2007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#34 (US) #6 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Dec. 7, 1993

Tracks

1. Calling To You
2. Down To The Sea
3. Come Into My Life
4. I Believe
5. 29 Palms
6. Memory Song (Hello, Hello)
7. If I Were A Carpenter
8. Colours Of A Shade
9. Promised Land
10. The Greatest Gift
11. Great Spirit
12. Network News

2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
13. Colours of a Shade
14. Great Spirit (acoustic mix)
15. Rollercoaster (demo)
16. 8:05
17. Dark Moon (acoustic)
Quick Fact

The song I Believe is a tribute to his late son, Karac.

Manic Nirvana More Info

MANIC NIRVANA
Es Paranza 91336 (U.S.) / Es Paranza WX339X/C (U.K.)
Robert Plant - Vocals
Chris Blackwell - Drums/some Guitars
Doug Boyle - Master Guitars
Phil Johnstone - Keyboards/some Guitars
Charlie Jones - Bass
Laila Cohen - Girl Vocals
Caroline Harding - Girl Vocals
Mickey Groome - Some Male Vocals (2)
Rob Stride - Some Male Vocals (2)
Siddhi Makain Mushkin - Voices (11)

1. Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes On You) 4:04 (Johnstone/Barrett)
2. Big Love 4:24 (Plant/Johnstone/Crash)
3. S S S & Q 4:38 (Plant/Johnstone)
4. I Cried 4:59 (Plant/Johnstone/Boyle)
5. She Said 5:10 (Plant/Johnstone)
6. Nirvana 4:36 (Plant/Johnstone)
7. Tie Dye On The Highway 5:15 (Plant/Johnstone)
8. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night 4:36 (Plant/Crash)
9. Anniversary 5:02 (Plant/Johnstone)
10. Liars Dance 2:40 (Jerry Lynn Williams
11. Watching You 4:19 (Plant/Johnstone/Blackwell)

Length: 49:43

2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
12. Oompah (Watery Bint) 5:48 (Plant/Johnstone)
13. One Love 3:15 (Plant/Jones/Blackwell/Boyle/Johnstone)
14. Don't Look Back 3:02 (Billy Vera)

Recorded in Fall 1989 at Recorded At Olympic Studios, Barnes London, England

Produced by Robert Plant, Phil Johnstone, Mark "Spike" Stent
Mark Stent - Engineer
Bill Price - Mixing
The Leisure Process - Design and Art Direction
Julia Stone - Electronic Illustrations
Ralph Fitzgerald/Screaming Art - Cover Photograph

Manic Nirvana

Manic Nirvana
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Manic Nirvana is the closest Robert Plant has come to releasing product. If Tall Cool One left you feeling cold, then get ready for another chilly reception. Plant cheerleads his way through most of the record, supported by the same band from Now And Zen, pausing to reflect at welcome intervals and indulge his moodier muse. Other icons from the '70s were making similarly soulless music at this point (Aerosmith, Rolling Stones), but Plant had heretofore differentiated himself from that pack by pushing boundaries. The only thing being pushed here is the suggestion that Robert could be trans-Planted into the '90s by straddling modern studio rock, rap, and the moody spiritualism of Led Zeppelin. He’s no stranger to rhythmically driven music, but where Shaken 'N' Stirred seemed strange, Manic Nirvana feels mundane. Where earlier albums built off the Zeppelin foundation that Plant helped build, these songs seem to lean on old victories like a crutch. Hurting Kind is essentially a rewrite of Tall Cool One, Big Love borrows from D'yer Mak'er, and so Manic Nirvana adds little new to the discussion. The better moments come when Plant puts down the mystical pom-poms and engages his darker side, felt to best effect on the pained I Cried and Anniversary. On a different note, the playful Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night serves as a neat bookend to I Cried. Ultimately the heartless arrangements and lazy lyrical content win the day, drowning out the few good cuts on here. Among the breathtaking specimens and interesting hybrids in Plant’s garden, here is a relatively weak and flavorless yield, best left on the vine until you’ve had your fill of finer fruits like Fate of Nations and The Principle of Moments.

From: Connolly & Company
Statistics

Released:
Mar. 19, 1990 (US)
Mar. 19, 1990 (UK)
Mar. 20, 2007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#13 (US) #15 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: May 18, 1990

Tracks

1. Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes On You)
2. Big Love
3. S S S & Q
4. I Cried
5. She Said
6. Nirvana
7. Tie Dye On The Highway
8. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night
9. Anniversary
10. Liars Dance
11. Watching You

2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
12. Oompah (Watery Bint)
13. One Love
14. Don't Look Back
Quick Fact

S S S & Q (short for Soak, Shake, Splash and Quake) contains a James Brown sample at the 2:36 mark.

Now and Zen More Info

NOW AND ZEN
Es Paranza 90863-1 (U.S.) / Es Paranza 790 863-1 (U.K.)
Robert Plant - Vocals
Chris Blackwell - Drums/Percussion
Doug Boyle - Guitars
Phil Johnstone - Keyboards/Programming
Phil Scragg - Bass
Dave Barrett - Programming/Engineer
Robert Crash - Programming
Toni Halliday - Backing vocals
Kirsty MacColl - Backing vocals
Jimmy Page - Guitar solos (1,3)
Marie Pierre - Backing vocals
Jerry Wayne - Backing Vocals (9)

1. Heaven Knows 4:02 (Johnstone/Barrett)
2. Dance On My Own 4:31 (Plant/Johnstone/Crash)
3. Tall Cool One 4:37 (Plant/Johnstone)
4. The Way I Feel 5:39 (Plant/Johnstone/Boyle)
5. Helen Of Troy 5:03 (Plant/Johnstone)
6. Billy's Revenge 3:33 (Plant/Johnstone)
7. Ship Of Fools 4:59 (Plant/Johnstone)
8. Why 4:12 (Plant/Crash)
9. White, Clean And Neat 5:28 (Plant/Johnstone)
10. Walking Towards Paradise 4:40 (Jerry Lynn Williams)

Length: 46:59

2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
11. Billy's Revenge (live) 6:00 (Johnstone/Plant)
12. Ship of Fools (live) 10:35 (Johnstone/Plant)
13. Tall Cool One (live) 5:07 (Johnstone/Plant)

Recorded in Oct.-Nov. 1987 at Marcus Studios, London, England and recorded/mixed at Swanyard Studios, London, England

Produced by Robert Plant, Tim Palmer & Phil Johnstone
Rob Bozas - Engineer
Tim Burrell - Engineer
Jonathan Dee - Engineer
Michael Gregovich - Engineer
Martin Russell - Engineer
Richard Evans - Design and Art direction
Davies and Starr - Icon photography

Now and Zen

Now And Zen
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NOW AND ZEN

Kronomyth 4.0: ZEN I BEEN LOVING YOU. And there I sat, transfixed with horror, as the great ghost of Zeppelin was shuffled across the stage, the punchline to Robert Plant's latest rap record. That was my initial reaction to Tall Cool One, although like so many other things I've softened on it some over the years. In fact, I would tell you that Now And Zen is one of Plant's best. New band, new blood, and a batch of new songs written by Plant and Phil Johnstone that stand out over a career, including Heaven Knows, Ship of Fools and Dance On My Own. Even TCO is a lot of fun to hear nowadays, since it turned out to be a dalliance (like The Honeydrippers); Plant wasn't about to divorce himself from his rock icon status for the role of an aging rap star. Over the years, the former Zep frontman has released a handful of very good albums, usually separated by merely average albums. For example: Pictures at Eleven (pretty good), The Principle of Moments (very good), The Hondeydrippers (Plant takes a mulligan), Shaken 'N' Stirred (pretty bad), Now And Zen (very good), Manic Nirvana (not so good), Fate of Nations (very good), etc. Commercially, Now And Zen is Plant's most popular work and his only multi-platinum record. It featured then state-of-the-art production (as had Shaken 'N' Stirred before it), which initially turned me off but apparently endeared it to a lot of other listeners. In fact, I remember at the time thinking that Robert Plant had sold out. (Sold out to whom I'm not sure, since it's not like he labored in obscurity with Led Zeppelin.) Today, of course, Plant is on less shaky ground, his iconic status assured, and I hear Now And Zen as an effective contemporary album from a peerless artist. The brief reunion with Jimmy Page, the seeming sacrilege of Tall Cool One, both are overshadowed by Now And Zen's achievement as a new album of modern, relevant music for the masses once more. Of minor interest, consumers who bought the original CD received a “bonus” track: Walking Towards Paradise, which had earlier appeared as the B side to the Heaven Knows single. The Rhino 2007 reissue includes that track plus a trio of live songs.

From: Connolly & Company
Statistics

Released:
Feb. 29, 1988 (US)
Feb. 29, 1988 (UK)
Apr. 3, 2007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#6 (US) #10 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Apr. 19, 1988
Platinum: May 9, 1988
Platinum 3x: Sept. 7, 2001

Tracks

1. Heaven Knows
2. Dance on My Own
3. Tall Cool One
4. The Way I Feel
5. Helen of Troy
6. Billy's Revenge
7. Ship of Fools
8. Why
9. White, Clean and Neat
10. Walking Towards Paradise


2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
11. Billy's Revenge (live)
12. Ship of Fools (live)
13. Tall Cool One (live)
Quick Fact

In response to the Beastie Boys' unauthorised sampling of some Led Zeppelin songs on their 1986 album Licensed to Ill, Plant also used samples from Led Zeppelin songs Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean, Black Dog, and Custard Pie on Tall Cool One.

Shaken 'N' Stirred More Info

SHAKEN 'N' STIRRED
Es Paranza 90265 (U.S.) / Es Paranza 79 0265 (U.K.)
Robert Plant - Vocals
Robbie Blunt - Guitars/Synthesised guitars
Toni Halliday - Additional vocals
Ritchie Hayward - Drums
Paul Martinez - Bass/Guitar
Jezz Woodroffe - Keyboards

1. Hip to Loo 4:51 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe/Hayward)
2. Kallalou Kallalou 4:17 (Plant/Woodroffe)
3. Too Loud 4:07 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe/Hayward)
4. Trouble Your Money 4:14 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
5. Pink and Black 3:45 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe/Hayward)
6. Little by Little 4:43 (Plant/Woodroffe)
7. Doo Doo a Do Do 5:09 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
8. Easily Lead 4:35 (Plant/Martinez/Woodroffe)
9. Sixes and Sevens 6:04 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe/Hayward)

Length: 41:45

2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACK
10. Little by Little (Remix) 5:12 (Plant/Woodroffe)

Recorded in March 1984 at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York

Produced by Robert Plant, Tim Palmer & Benji Lefevre
Tim Elcoch - Silk screen prints
Icon - Sleeve Design and photography

Shaken 'N' Stirred

Shaken 'n' Stirred
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If you'd told me in 1980 that Robert Plant would make a record like this, I'd have said you were nuts. Maybe it's Plant who's come unhinged; exorcising old demons with new sounds, indulging the hip groove in ecstatic fits... whatever's driving Plant on these sessions, Shaken 'N' Stirred is fascinating, even if it's like watching a staged train wreck some of the time. Plant has always placed sound over substance, but here he descends into nonsensical words that serve the rhythm, as titles like Hip To Loo, Kallalou Kallalou and Doo Doo A Do Do testify. The decoupage of effects and vocals is radical not just by Plant's standards; in embracing new music (something Plant wasn't expected to do), the singer overshoots the edge and finds himself in uncharted territory here. Ex-Little Feat drummer Ritchie Hayward plays a key part in Plant's experiment, adding unusual rhythms to the mix that keep listeners on their toes, stopping and starting according to some invisible whim. Shaken 'N' Stirred doesn't completely abandon Plant's trademark moody atmosphere, best exemplified in the single Little By Little (arguably the album's most conventional track). But the album didn't have a second strong single in it, as both Pink and Black and the delightful Too Loud failed to chart in the Top 100. This was Plant's most modern album to date, but it's questionable whether fans will appreciate the effort; surely there were some who were confused that Little By Little was the exception rather than the rule. Along with the subsequent single Tall Cool One, Shaken 'N' Stirred marks the height of Robert's flirtation with rap's rhythm-driven sensibilities and reliance on studio effects. As arty and adventurous an album as it is, it may take some time to get acclimated to this music, but the effort is worth it.

From: Connolly & Company
Statistics

Released:
May 20, 1985 (US)
May 20, 1985 (UK)
Mar. 19, 2007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#20 (US) #19 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Jul. 18, 1985

Tracks

1. Hip to Hoo
2. Kallalou Kallalou
3. Too Loud
4. Trouble Your Money
5. Pink and Black
6. Little by Little
7. Doo Doo a Do Do
8. Easily Lead
9. Sixes and Sevens


2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACK
10. Little by Little (Remix)
Quick Fact

It is occasionally claimed that a demo version of Sixes And Sevens, from Plant's Shaken 'n' Stirred album, exists of Zeppelin experimenting with the tune. This is not the case, as it is taken from a tape of demos for the Plant album, of around thirty minutes duration, containing this and other songs from the album in demo form. The Zeppelin bootleg that is the source of this misunderstanding is called Round & Round and features the Chicago, July 6, 1973 soundcheck, widely mislabelled as the one from Minneapolis in 1975. What happened was that the company that made the cd took off a few of the songs that were played at the soundcheck, such as Hungry For Love and Reeling And Rockin, and put the demo of Sixes And Sevens on there, for reasons best known only to them. This same mistake was also made on the Uncensored bootleg, where the demo was said to have originated from a 1975 soundcheck, the soundcheck of which they were referring to was 1973 anyway. The song was not demoed until the early 1980s.

The Honeydrippers: Volume One More Info

THE HONEYDRIPPERS: VOLUME ONE
Es Paranza A1-90220 (U.S.) / Es Paranza 790220-1 (U.K.)
Jeff Beck - Guitar (3,5)
Jimmy Page - Guitar solos (1,2)
Wayne Pedziwiatr - Bass
Robert Plant - Vocals
Nile Rodgers - Guitar
Paul Shaffer - Keyboards
Dave Weckl - Drums
Robbie Blunt - Guitar (5)
Paul Martinez - Bass (5)
Jezz Woodroffe - Keyboards (5)
Richie Hayward - Drums (5)
Arno Hecht - Tenor Sax (5)
Crispin Cioe - Alto and Baritone Sax (5)
Bob Funk - Trombone (5)
Paul Litteral - Trumpet (5)
Ula Hedwig - Backing Vocals (5)
Chrissie Faith - Backing Vocals (5)
Millie Whiteside - Backing Vocals (5)

1. I Get A Thrill 2:37 (Rudy Toombs)
2. Sea Of Love 3:01 (George Khoury/Phil Phillips)
3. I Got A Woman 2:55 (Ray Charles/Renald Richard)
4. Young Boy Blues 3:28 (Doc Pomus/Phil Spector)
5. Rockin' At Midnight 5:55 (Roy Brown)

Recorded in March 1984 at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York

Produced by Nugetre and The Fabulous Brill Brothers (Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Nile Rodgers, Phil Carson)
Adam Michael Yellin – Engineer, Mixing

The Honeydrippers: Volume One

The Honeydrippers: Volume One
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Sluuurph. That's the sound of the rock being sucked right out of me. I was musing this morning that 1984-1987 were the suckiest years for rock, because they were and because that's what I do: I muse, ruminate, cogitate, shuffle along in my slipper socks, mope and mumble about how the 80s sucked. And I knew they sucked at the time they were sucking. How? Because Jimmy Page and Robert Plant finally reunited, and what did they do but put out an EP of oldies. And not under their own name; no, that might not have sucked enough. They did it as The Honeydrippers. Verily, the 80s Suckpocalypse was upon us. So what happens but Sea of Love becomes their highest-charting US single ever. That's right. Sea of Freakin' Love. Higher than Whole Lotta Love, bigger than Big Log, better than that ridiculous single from the Death Wish II soundtrack (itself an early harbinger that a major sucktastrophe was imminent). There, I got it out of my system (shuffle, shuffle, shuffle). Honestly, it's not a bad little novelty record. The two ballads are swell, really swell. The three rockers really aren't, unless you're the kind of person who enjoys watching the stars play Chuck Berry songs together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHallF) ceremony. You wait years for an alignment like Page, Plant and Beck, and what do you get but a lukewarm reading of Rockin' At Midnight or I Get A Thrill. Tsk. In 2007, Plant did the oldies route right with Alison Krauss on Raising Sand. Volume One is simply a souvenir from a short-lived dalliance that yielded a great ballad (Sea of Love), a good one (Young Boy Blues) and revived a few old rock songs for a surprisingly profitable lark.

From: Connolly & Company
Statistics

Released:
Sept. 24, 1984 (US)
Sept. 24, 1984 (UK)
Apr. 3, 2007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#4 (US) #56 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Dec. 13, 1984
Platinum: Dec. 13, 1984

Tracks

1. I Get A Thrill
2. Sea Of Love
3. I Got A Woman
4. Young Boy Blues
5. Rockin' At Midnight
Quick Fact

Robert Plant and Ahmet Ertegün discussed the possibility of doing another Honeydrippers album, but with the latter’s death in December 2006, the plan was shelved permanently.

The Principle of Moments More Info

THE PRINCIPLE OF MOMENTS
Atlantic 90101 (U.S.) / WEA 79 0101 (U.K.)

Robert Plant - Vocals
Robbie Blunt - Guitars
Phil Collins - Drums
Paul Martinez - Bass
Jezz Woodroffe - Keyboards
Barriemore Barlow - Drums (4,7)
John David - backing vocals
Ray Martinez - backing vocals
Bob Mayo - Guitars, keyboards, backing vocals on bonus tracks


1. Other Arms 4:20 (Plant/Blunt)
2. In The Mood 5:19 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
3. Messin' with the Mekon 4:40 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
4. Wreckless Love 5:18 (Plant/Blunt)
5. Thru' with the Two Step 5:33 (Plant/Blunt)
6. Horizontal Departure 4:19 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe)
7. Stranger Here... Than Over There 4:18 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe)
8. Big Log 5:16 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe)

Length: 38:50

2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
9. In the Mood (Live) 7:35 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
10. Thru' with the Two Step (Live) 11:11 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez)
11. Lively Up Yourself (Live) 3:04 (Bob Marley)
12. Turnaround 4:55 (Plant/Blunt/Martinez/Woodroffe)

Recorded in 1983 at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales

Engineered by Pat Moran
Mixed by Benji LeFeure, Pat Moran and Robert Plant
Production and Quality Control: Robert Plant, Benji LeFeure and Pat Moran 

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
Statistics

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

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

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

Tracks

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


2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
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.

Pictures at Eleven More Info

PICTURES AT ELEVEN
Swan Song SS 8512 (U.S.) / SSK 59418 (U.K.)
Robert Plant - Vocals, Mixing, Design
Robbie Blunt - Guitars, Mixing assistance
Phil Collins - Drums
Paul Martinez - Bass
Jezz Woodroffe - Keyboards & Synths, Mixing assistance
Cozy Powell - Drums (4,7)
Raphael Ravenscroft - Sax (3)

1. Burning Down One Side 3:55 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe)
2. Moonlight in Samosa 3:58 (Plant/Blunt)
3. Pledge Pin 4:01 (Plant/Blunt)
4. Slow Dancer 7:43 (Plant/Blunt)
5. Worse Than Detroit 5:55 (Plant/Blunt)
6. Fat Lip 5:05 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe)
7. Like I've Never Been Gone 5:56 (Plant/Blunt)
8. Mystery Title 5:16 (Plant/Blunt)

Length: 41:49


2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
9. Far Post 4:42 (Plant/Blunt/Woodroffe)
10. Like I've Never Been Gone (Live in Houston, 1983) 7:31 (Plant/Blunt)

Recorded from Sept. 1981-Spring 1982 at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales

Pat Moran - Engineer, Mixing
Benji Lefevre - Mixing assistance
Michael Hoppen - Photography, Design

Pictures at Eleven

Pictures At Eleven
[Click above for album images]



After the long, hot journey in the Zeppelin, an oasis. Robert Plant's first solo album is rooted in the music of Zeppelin, of course, but that's not to say he's tied to the past. Rather, he branches out, embracing a lighter, crisper studio sound that indulged in familiar exotica while shedding the heavy intensity of Led's epic arrangements. You've seen the swagger of Burning Down One Side and Worse Than Detroit before, but unchained from his former band Plant could pass for Steven Tyler in a serious mood. Drummer Phil Collins keeps the beat on its toes, Cozy Powell is more a student of the Bonham school, and the core of Robbie Blunt, Paul Martinez and Jezz Woodroffe are as tight as any band Ozzy brought along for the ride. If you're looking for a lost Zeppelin album, better to bark up Coda's tree. If you're looking for Plant's genius in full flower, you really want Principle. Pictures At Eleven is simply a stake in the ground; a declaration that there would be life after Zeppelin, and it would look something like this (cue the moody Like I've Never Been Gone). What's most impressive about Pictures is that Plant and Blunt come up with some awfully good material. Clearly, I hadn't given Plant a large enough share of Zeppelin's glory, and Pictures makes plain that much of what was best about that band (that indefinable groove, the heavy caravans of emotion driven through dark endless night) emanated from the singer. I'd always seen him as something of a slightly more substantive Roger Daltrey, and I didn't count on Pictures At Eleven being so close to the genuine article. (Meanwhile, Jimmy Page, the grand architect, was noodling out inconsequential soundtracks.) It's not the first time I've put my money on the wrong horse. It was, however, the first time that anyone from the legendary Led dared to get back in the saddle. To his eternal credit, Plant came in riding tall like we remembered.

From: Connolly & Company
Statistics

Released:
Jun. 28, 1982 (US)
Jun. 28, 1982 (UK)
Mar. 20, 2007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#5 (US) #2 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Aug. 27, 1982
Platinum: Dec. 17, 1990

Tracks

1. Burning Down One Side
2. Moonlight in Samosa
3. Pledge Pin
4. Slow Dancer
5. Worse Than Detroit
6. Fat Lip
7. Like I've Never Been Gone
8. Mystery Title

2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
9. Far Post
10. Like I've Never Been Gone (Live at Houston, 1983)
Quick Fact

Led Zeppelin's final album Coda was delayed until November 1982 to be released so that Robert Plant's first solo album, Pictures At Eleven, could be released.
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November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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