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Plant, Robert - 1983 Principle Of Moments

ARTIST: Plant, Robert
ALBUM: Principle Of Moments
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 90101-1
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2007, Rhino Records, R2 74159 (with 4 bonus tracks)


LINEUP: Robert Plant - vocals * Robbie Blunt - guitar * Jezz Woodroffe - keyboards * Paul Martinez - bass * Phil Collins, Barriemore Barlow - drums * John David, Ray Martinez - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Other Arms * 02 In The Mood * 03 Messin' With The Mekon * 04 Wreckless Love * 05 Thru' With The Two Step * 06 Horizontal Departure * 07 Stranger Here.. Than Over There * 08 Big Log


Unlike many of our reviewers and readers I was never big on Led Zeppelin. Heresy I know, writing for what is a very hard rock oriented web site and not gaga over Zep. It's almost as bad as Steve Perry saying he never felt part of Journey eh?! Well maybe not quite, but the truth is I only own Zeppelin 'III' which was probably their most diverse release in a storied career blending folk with rock in a truly unique way. After their split following John Bonham's tragic alcohol driven death, Robert Plant cut his hair and released 'Pictures At Eleven' in 1982 which was much more to my liking, offering a stylish collection of AOR. Fast forward to a late summer night in 1983 driving on Interstate 94 through Kalamazoo, Michigan past the local hockey arena and a lighted marquee flashing 'Robert Plant Tonight 7pm'. With a rush of adrenalin I swerved sharply (nearly taking out another car) and up the exit ramp, witnessing a great concert with Phil Collins on drums and the bulk of material coming from Plant's latest release 'The Principle Of Moments'.

The Songs
Opening with two of the record's strongest tracks 'Other Arms' and the exotic 'In The Mood' which was the first song played on the 83' set list. It's an outstanding tune with lilting keys and a great hook that gently burrows in your ears. 'Messin' With The Mekon' sounds like filler although I quite like 'Wreckless Love' with East Indian vibe and outstanding percussion work from Jethro Tull's Barriemore Barlow, but the star of the show is the final cut 'Big Log'. It's one of Plant's best, slow moving with an inventive use of both drum machine and synthesizer. It was a top 20 hit in the States for good reason, yet overall 'The Principle Of Moments' does not sound like a typical early 80s album. It never suffers from overproduction or the overuse of gadgetry which plagued so many albums of the era and in a crowded field it's easily one of the finest releases of 1983.

In Summary
There have been rumors of a full blown Led Zeppelin reunion for years, something Plant continues to poo-poo while putting out folk, country and blues albums, none of which are worthy of coverage here.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 07 2015 23:58:20
Robert Plant - 1983 Big Log
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#2 | jeffrey343 on February 08 2015 04:47:01
You're not alone, Eric - I was never a huge Zep fan either. My brother, who is three years younger than me, did really get into them. From this album, I've heard only the two that got lots of airplay, and they come up regularly on the SiriusXM Classic Rewind station. I often change the station, though, if I'm in a finicky mood.
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