Robert Plant

Robert Plant

Band of Joy (released 10/09/2010)

How is it that we are still at Robert PlantHanging s lips when he steps up to the microphone again and presented a new album? How can it be that countless people entgegenfiebern in the music business of its next release after more than forty years? The reasons are certainly many; but two of them are particularly important: First, there of course his voice. Finally, the voice is the central element with which to reach his audience and listeners, connects to them and continues to captivate his music. Plants voice has something Addictive, and in many ways: the mere sound of it, the spectrum edgy and unique enough hard of sensitive and delicate to; his phrasing, in this always fOr him resonates typical urgency, and perhaps most importantly, this poetry that is in it, and the fact that his song always seems to carry a bit of mystery.

The second reason that Plant even after so many years, people are still fascinated by the fact that he has always remained curious and hungry - and very hungry. He has not enough to revive the sound of one of the most successful bands in the history of rock, nor does it appear to have ever interested him, two albums to publish in succession, the beat in a similar musical score; rather it seems to be driven by an insatiable thirst for new influences and directions - and it may well happen that it just been dealing with sounds from North Africa to musically break immediately afterwards in the Appalachia. It is important only one thing: The music must grab him, get him.

made the first recordings of his career Robert Plant in 1966. In it he had a group called Band of Joy to be assembled, which included the drummer John Bonham belonged. It was not long until Bonham and Plant together with the guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones a band called The New Yardbirds founded, which eventually contained Led Zeppelin should rename.

As John Bonham died in 1980, the era of ended Led Zeppelin. Since then, Plant his musical spirit of exploration on various solo albums lived; this he recorded with Jimmy Page and played several albums with bands like The Honeydrippers, Priory of Brion and Strange Sensation on. Time he presented psychedelic rock of the American West Coast, then Roots and blues sound, sometimes African music and then classical folk.

FOr the album Raising sand, he 2007 together with Alison Krauss publications, he expanded his musical horizons again: The so Surprising as grandiose collaboration with Krauss, fOr he producers God T-Bone Burnett won, was celebrated not only by critics and fans, but eventually also won six Grammy awards - among others in the "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year" (for the track "Please Read The Letter", a composition of Plant and Jimmy Page).

For Band of Joy, his latest work, has Plant now Buddy Miller involved as a co-producer who during the tour to Raising sand-Album had played in his band. "I have Buddy Miller asked because he every concert I with Alison have played, this certain magic awarded. This concentrated music knowledge, this look he has ... he is such a thing as the curator of a Rock - Roll Museum, whose entire collection has crammed into three or four guitar case, and you have these bags tear bare and the guitars so agree, as one comes to mind - and you've got an insane result ".

But why the new album so call as one of his first bands? "Well, when I was seventeen and with the Band of Joy making music, I only played songs by other artists and turned it into something of their own; and I somehow had the feeling that it was time to build on this setting and this approach and to start there. "

Most importantly fOr Plant thereby, not simply to covern the compositions, but to make it truly "his songs": "I wanted these pieces necessarily pressing my personal stamp and a sense occur a door: my hips slide in between and create Room for own impulses naturally sing. I now times as I sing, and when I look so songs from other vorknÖpfe, I can as it were only as Plant-make it sound songs; So I thought of Zeppelin III, to this mix of acoustic sounds and punchy electric guitars. "

The Band of Joy, who supports him - consisting of Darrell Scott (Acoustic guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, banjo, accordion, pedal-Steel- and Hawaiian guitar) Byron House (Bass), Marco Giovino (Drums and other percussion instruments) and of course, Miller (Electric guitar, baritone guitar, six string bass, Mando guitar) -, shall from the outset really begins and presented at the opening piece "Angel Dance" from Los Lobos a groove that immediately goes into the legs, while the oriental melody that shines through in the chorus, once again reminded how widespread is the musical spectrum, Plant includes in its interpretations. continue with "House Of Cards" from Richard Thompson, in the Plant and Co. miss the folk rock sound of British bands like Fairport Convention and Pentangle a completely new paint. On Thompson addressed, says Plant, he was "still such a music maniac" and describes the song itself as "so incredibly good and so irrefutable. The text is simply terrific"

"Central Two-O-Nine" from Plant and Miller is an acoustic song with a chorus that almost reminiscent of hymns. "The piece has something of 'Hats Off To Harper' of Zeppelin III; I have it processed all grandiose blues influences that have come to me at the moment just to mind. "

Their interpretations of "Silver Rider" and "Monkey" (Originally penned by the band low) Remember perhaps best to the ethereal sounds of Raising sand, only this time it's Patty Griffin, whose voice the perfect counterpart to that of Plant forms. He describes Pattys vocals in this case as "a kind of mixture of This Mortal Coil and The Shangri-Las." References and comparisons or not, the two complement each other perfectly and create on these two cover a mood that sounds beautifully mysterious and mysterious.

Barbara Lynns song "You Can not Buy My Love" discovered Plant on a compilation that the Oxford Magazine was settled, "and I found the piece just super nice", as he reports. "It's a real pop song, so I have a few 'Ooh ooh' incorporated in the reconciliation, while Patty has fully embarked on the number and we both together just gave everything. The song sounds like it came from a cabinet, the your uncle in 1963 has nailed. You open the door and it shuffles to a booming and going "

From the same era also comes "I'm Falling In Love Again", Originally from The Kelly Brothers has been recorded. "It may be that it was because we had this Anglo-Saxon thing in the studio going, definitely we went on this song almost automatically toward Honeydrippers and Country. In this case, we probably best managed to incorporate the other voices. I was in fact from the beginning important that we sound like a BAND actually on the album, a Band of JoyMy voice should be surrounded and framed by various other voices. I think I was pretty spoiled in this respect from my previous recordings in which me Stuart Duncan and Buddy and Alison have supported the microphone, because that I got used fully in mind that there are other voices besides my "The additional votes -. here of Buddy Miller and Darrell Scott - Sound in this case as a gospel quartet from the South and give the track a classic country-feeling.

"The Only Sound That Matters" While on the other hand just sounds carefree and boisterous, but is Plant just the message of this song particularly dear: "I believe that musicians who it 'really serious' a very different Contact with them can with their songs; that's one of the most beautiful things Ever when a group of people who really in their songs expresses what she thinks and feels, can pack a and carried away: you hear this great text and must automatically 'Wow' say ... and the idea behind this text is just fantastic. "

Plants recording of the folk classic "Cindy I'll Marry You Someday" based on the version of Bascom Lamar Lunsford. And even if it is perhaps the simplest folk song throughout the LP, this track is played just a central role in the search for the right sound. "After we played about three hours together, we discovered gradually the common denominator - our sound as a band so; thereby we probably started even with the most difficult point, because the first thing we tried to us 'Cindy I'll Marry You Someday'. On one hand, I had to bring my ideas and, therefore, set the tone, but I had the same time also pay attention to the direction in which the other wanted to go with this piece and whatever else all happened around me. As it was then, however, clicked, we grew with every song ever closer together to form a unit. "

Townes Van Zandts contemplative piece "Harm's Swift Way" converted Plant Finally, even in a knotless rock anthem: "I listened to the recording of Townes , and it sounded almost like a demo version; and besides that, also this text has it all: He bangs a inevitably. As he presented the song, definitely has something disturbing: It sounds like the ultimate demonstration that you receive before you put the guitar aside to them afterwards never to touch again. As a final point, the everything has an end, finally, his version is very sad and sounds almost like a dirge. So I thought that it is possible the number determined revolutionize and do something completely different from it, because the text is so profound and it will bear as much. However, it should not be a musical monument for him, but simply reflect his work in a different way and remember. "

The album ends with the minimalist arrangement and pleading vocals of Country classic "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down", whereupon Band of Joy the 150-year-old poem "Even This Shall Pass Away" transform into an almost psychedelic and quite driving song and thus round off their album. Both songs are a look back - or perhaps we should rather say: a look ahead - to the unique career of Robert Plant. The year is 2010 and we still hang on his every word.

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