Re: Plant's Nine Lives set
Date: February 6, 2007 18:37
> I just took the plunge and bought Robert Plant's
> big 9-album retrospective ...
I'm a big Plant fan as well. His last three solo albums (1993's Fate Of Nations, 2002's Dreamland and 2005's Mighty Rearranger) have alll been excellent. I agree that his earlier solo stuff is a mixed bag, with some very enjoyable material and some dreck mixed in. With the exception of the Honeydrippers album as you pointed out, that's good all the way thru. I recently read he was going to do a sequel to that this year because Ahmet Ertegun asked him to, but he shelved it when Ertegun died. Which is a shame.
I haven't bought the boxed set because I have all the original albums and it seems like a high price to pay for just the bonus tracks, but I'm sure I will eventually acquire it from somewhere.
> The set kinda left me hoping he DOESN'T reunite
> with LZ, and instead just keeps experimenting with
> middle-eastern and african sounds, and keeps
> working with new and interestiing musicians. You
> gotta hand it to him for experimenting.
I have to agree. Plant's tours with Page in the '90s where great, but the album they put out together in 1998 mostly blew chunks. I think at this point I'd rather have my memories of Zeppelin (all second hand, because I didn't become a fan until 1984 at the tender age of 14) and have Plant put out some more solo albums. Of course, a Page/Plant/Jones/(Jason) Bonham tour would probably be pretty good, as long as they didn't call it Zeppelin and didn't put out any new music unless it was up to snuff.