Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jimmy Page, Robert Plant|
Walking Into Clarksdale
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Japanese edition of the 1998 & second collaborative outingby the former Led Zeppelin bandmates with 'Whiskey From TheGlass' added as an unmarked bonus track. 13 tracks total,also featuring the single 'Most High'. Steve Alb... more »
Japanese edition of the 1998 & second collaborative outingby the former Led Zeppelin bandmates with 'Whiskey From TheGlass' added as an unmarked bonus track. 13 tracks total,also featuring the single 'Most High'. Steve Albini (Pixies,Nirvana, Cheap Trick,
Legends Survive Trip to Clarksdale -- Pictures at Eleven
TexRex96 | Chicago | 03/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard Jimmy and Robert were producing original material together for the first time since the break-up of the mighty Led Zeppelin, I winced. After all, we've seen the old-rockers-try-again formula before, and it usually doesn't work. But Plant and Page avoid that pitfall with a meticulously crafted album that shows they still care. Radio hit "Most High" takes the long-standing interest in Middle Eastern sounds to new heights, while "Please Read the Letter" and the title track experiment with very cool arrangements and innovative structures. "When the World Was Young" is one of the more vibrant and complete tracks. "Upon a Golden Horse" and "Burning Up" rock, though Robert's voice shows a little wear here and there. Most Zeppelin moment: The first touch of the guitar shortly into "Blue Train" - my favorite track -- is unmistakable Page, and the ensuing effort could be "Tea for One" Part II. Second Zep moment: "Shine in the Light" sounds like a cross between "Friends" and "Poor Tom," yet stands beautifully on its own. Overall this is not Led Zeppelin, but of course it could never be. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts though, and like Plant's own first solo effort, "Pictures at Eleven," this CD is not a classic but it's quite solid. I'd put "Clarksdale" above anything Page has done post-Zep, and right up their with Robert's best solo jaunts."
Let down in almost every manner
Stephanie Sandlin | Spokane, Wa | 09/30/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Walking Into Clarksdale.
First, before you proponents of this record yell at me. I get it. This isn't Zeppelin and should not be treated as such.
What I will drive home is there are so many things wrong with this record.
First, with two capable musicians and having such a storied history one would expect a effort with more "kick." Other reviewers have said it and I concur - this record feels well - tired. There is no spunk, no energy and nothing that grabs you by your wrists and demands you listen. What you get it is a meandering mediocre (did I just say that? - Yup) record that takes you nowhere. I'll go one step further if two unknowns had cut an album like this I doubt it would've even been released.
Second, the mix is total crap. I have no clue why Jimmy didn't produce. We know he's incredibly capable in this department. My only thought this is another "Plantism." Which turned out to be the kiss of death. Take out the heart and soul leaving only a sterile midrangy recording with no ummphy bass and searing leads - its painful to listen to after awhile.
Third, the songwriting. We know these guys can write some great stuff. Where is it? Only a few tunes merit a passing interest. Best example of this is the hit "most high." Other than that, we're left with one listen wonders. Tunes you hear and go "My God, this is boring."
Its not say this record is bad. Its just such a huge letdown. I don't know what the lads were going for. The mature rock audience? If so, they missed badly. They should've just been themselves. Bringing in Albini to produce - they don't need to cater to the Nirvana mallrats. Be themselves, set the trend don't try emulate something they think is hot.
Bottom line here I view this record as a Plant solo record. You ask why? Its obvious to me Plant wore the pants here. He dictated the feel and much of the approach of this record. Jimmy left to his own devices would crank out something more akin to Coverdale/Page - the Guitar army in force. The Guitar army was left locked outside the studio on this one.
This is not an accessible record - even for moderately interested people. Heck being a fan of Zep I want to get into this - I try to get into it once a year. I've still been unable to. It simply doesn't connect on any level to me.
Don't buy this if just starting. This one is for diehards.
Makes you wonder if this was a case of sabotage (Plant has been accused of it before). Or a shining example that the magic of years past wasn't all Jimmy and Percy. They just got all the glory of it.
One could conclude either of those scenarios."
Give It a Chance
scomoore | Seattle, WA USA | 03/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, Page and Plant are older. Yes, the sound is more mature and less "bombastic" as another reviewer described Zep's sound. But the music itself stands on its own.
There are many excellent songs on this CD, all burning with emotion, lyrical depth (if understated delivery), and less reliance on fretboard wizardry. "Shining in the Light," "When the World Was Young," "Blue Train," "Most High," "When I Was a Child," are all fantastic. There is an attempt to recapture the magic, but the songs are organic in that they are honest efforts and not an attempt to rely on former glories.
Page's efforts are showcased best in the songwriting. His soloing is not at the same level as it once was...there are only one or two instances on this record where he hits a relevant target. He doesn't try often, and the songs don't suffer. To be honest, when he does try it is sometimes painful. Plant's voice has not been the same since Led Zeppelin IV and his singing is similar to that of his other solo efforts. Still, he reaches the emotional depth and delivers comperably excellent pitch, if not the range of his early 20's.
I rediscovered this CD this month, after it sat on the shelf since I bought it right after its release. I now like it a lot, enough to wholeheartedly recommend it.