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Principle Of Moments (Remastered / Expanded) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (April 3 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000HWZ5W4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
10. Thru' With The Two Step
11. Lively Up Yourself
12. Turnaround

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Robert Plant's Post-Led Zeppelin Solo Career is celebrated with an expanded & remastered edition. The Principle of Moments is a complex and expressive sonic marvel. It includes four rare bonus tracks as well as the previously-unreleased track, "Turnaround."

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The title and cover say it all. And the reviews here are all accurate in describing the album. Plant's second solo album sees him largely trying to get away from the Zep sound, and deconstructing the heavy riffs. "Big Log" was a big surprise at the time with its (if you saw it) existentialist video. This was the guy that sang in Led Zep? People were surprised. But Big Log and In the Mood have indeed as one reviewer puts it below, become Plant melancholy classics. The main criticism with this album is that the instrumentation is deliberately sparse and sometimes mechanical. But hats off to Plant for trying something different here, and succeeding in parts. Anyone buying this album will probably have a few favourite songs from it, but as an album in entirety - it's a bit too minimalistic!
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First let me state something for the record: I'm a big Led Zeppelin fan. When I first started listening to Robert Plant's solo stuff back in the 80's I was more or less attracted to the catchy nature of some of his tunes (Ship of Fools, for example). But as time went on, I realized that most of Plant's solo work is pretty much devoid of character -- it lacks a certain emotional quality that much of his work with Zeppelin had in spades. I think the primary reason for this is the lyrics. So many of Zeppelin's lyrics are what made the songs great (in addition to Jimmy Page's ingenius guitar work).
Plant's solo work simply doesn't convey any emotion or meaning. The songs are all kind of just...there. You don't really feel a connection with the words or the message because frankly, it's hard to know what the message is. Robert has seemingly gotten a bit cryptic in his old age, though I certainly commend him for being as successful as he's been, for such a long time.
That said, it is a little unfair to hold Robert Plant to a different standard than other solo artists. Compared to a lot of the stuff on movie soundtracks or pop radio, Plant's music is indeed a breath of fresh air and frankly superior in many respects. If you happen to listen to the radio often, you've no doubt heard songs like "In the Mood" and "Big Log" several times. These are good songs and one's that have more than stood the test of time.
The bottom line is, if you like CD's like Pictures at 11 or Now and Zen, you'll probably like this one too. But it's not a classic by any means.....
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The 1980s held so much promise for Led Zeppelin. Their final album had shown they could make the transition into the digitally-minded decade with ease by toning down the guitar attack in favor of lush keyboards. However, drummer John Bonham's death silenced that notion and the surviving members decided to carry on alone. No surprise, but Robert Plant being the most visible member of Zeppelin, found solo success first. His 1982 debut PICTURES AT ELEVEN sold well thanks to his previous fame with Zeppelin, even peaking at #5 on the charts without a high-selling single. But that album seemed to say that Plant still missed the heavy blues-rock that Zeppelin had all but pioneered. With the follow-up PRINCIPLE OF MOMENTS, Robert probably decided to sever ties with his past once and for all. Indeed, MOMENTS introduces a more pop-oriented facet to Plant's personality, and like the keyboard-based departure that was IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR, it works surprisingly well. The album generated 2 top 40 hits for Plant: the simple yet infectious "In The Mood" and the moody, introspective "Big Log". This was probably due to the airy soundscapes that producers Benji Lefeure, Pat Moran, and Plant himself bring to songs that may have also worked had Jimmy Page had a hand in them. "Mood" proves that blues-shouter Plant could convincingly sing mellow pop, while "Big Log" maintains the mystery of Zeppelin's best work, although some have said it is Robert Plant having a conversation with God (maybe about John Bonham's death), so who knows? Hinting at Led Zeppelin's underrated willingness to experiment, PRINCIPLE OF MOMENTS has its share of more left-field ditties like the eerie "Stranger Here...Read more ›
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The Principle of Moments, Robert Plant's second solo release, is a good album. A total of eight songs is included. Every one of them is worthwhile and has something to offer. When it comes to the musical style of the disc, some of the tracks are in a pop rock vein, while others are in a progressive pop rock direction. The musicianship is skilled, the songwriting is pleasing, and the production is tight. Plant does a nice job with the vocal duties. Robbie Blunt's guitar playing is proficient. Jezz Woodroffe's keyboard playing is impressive throughout. There are two drummers that play on the album--Phil Collins and Barriemore Barlow. Collins performs on six songs, while Barlow handles two of the others ("Wreckless Love" and "Stranger Here ... Than over There"). Barlow's drumming on the interesting "Wreckless Love" is conspicuous and complex. The two tracks that impress me the most are the memorable and touching "Big Log" (one of my favorite songs) and the engaging "In the Mood." "Big Log" is truly a very good, well-written ballad that I admire; the singing is nice, the guitar work is smooth and unforgettable, and the background vocals are soulful and attractive. The better-than-good "In the Mood" is also a highlight. This gentle, atmospheric track features cool backing vocals and a skillful guitar solo. "Thru' With the Two Step" is another one (containing prominent keyboard playing) that I enjoy that's progressive in nature and ethereal-sounding. The keyboard work is encompassing, lush, and majestic. This tune displays a plaintive and well-played guitar solo, too. The curious and experimental "Stranger Here ... Than over There" contains some ominous-flavored keyboard playing. The CD booklet doesn't include the song lyrics. The disc is just under 39 minutes in duration. The Principle of Moments is consistent and enjoyable.
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