Plant's solo debut, 1982's PICTURES AT ELEVEN, hit #5 on Billboard®'s pop albums chart, and featured the talents of blues guitarist Robbie Blunt and Phil Collins on drums. Stand-out tracks include "Burning Down One Side... more »," "Pledge Pin," and "Slow Dancer." Two bonus rarities include a live version of "Like I've Never Been Gone" and "Far Post."« less
Plant's solo debut, 1982's PICTURES AT ELEVEN, hit #5 on BillboardÂ®'s pop albums chart, and featured the talents of blues guitarist Robbie Blunt and Phil Collins on drums. Stand-out tracks include "Burning Down One Side," "Pledge Pin," and "Slow Dancer." Two bonus rarities include a live version of "Like I've Never Been Gone" and "Far Post."
"led zeppelin is amazing but i never got any of plant's solo stuff except page&plant hehe. if your a fan of ageless 80's music the album is very beautiful. i doubt i will like any of his other albums like this one.
p.s check out jimmy pages first solo album after zeppelin also! it's called Deathwish II soundtrack."
Plant looks forward
Paulo Alm | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 10/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robert's first solo album is a must-have. The music still sounds fresh and his band had a definitely unique way of playing. The guitar player Robbie Blunt throws great ideas into the fold with Moonlight In Samosa and Slow Dancer being great achievements. As for Robert he is as passionate as in any Led Zeppelin album and obviously excited by the new soundscapes and possibilities his new music offered him. His singing is still in forward motion true to the spirit of his previous band and to think this was recorded a little more than a year after John Bonham's death makes it even more special and puzzling. I can't help but imagine a great Led Zeppelin album that never was... The remastered version is a definite upgrade and lets Pictures At Eleven show all its brilliance."
"I can't believe..." Plant's best solo album was his first
Joker | Michigan | 08/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pictures At Eleven (1982) was Robert Plant's first solo album after the breakup of Led Zeppelin in 1980. I personally think it's his best solo album, ranking just above Manic Nirvana. This album contain eight good songs. A lot of people say this album sounds a lot like what Led Zeppelin would have sounded like had they continued on after John Bonham died. Or, they say it sounds a lot like Zeppelin's last studio album, In Through The Out Door (1979). But no matter how you view it, it's a Robert Plant album that really has its own distinct identity. While I agree to a certain extent on peoples' observations, there's a part of me that sees only certain elements of Led Zeppelin in this album. The rest is Robert Plant, solo career.
The album starts with Burning Down One Side, a solid rock and roll song that is one of Plant's best songs of his entire solo career. Moonlight In Samosa is mellow and melodic. An excellent song. Pledge Pin features drumming by Phil Collins and a saxophone. Slow Dancer is a hard rock song with Plant sounding very much like he did when he was singing with Led Zeppelin. This song has a lot of good changes and is a good mix of hard and mellow. Worse Than Detroit is excellent. Good beat and melody and a middle section with fantastic guitar work. My favorite track on the album is Fat Lip. This is the signature song on the album, in my opinion. Another song with good changes. Like I've Never Been Gone is a slower song and one of the gems of the album. The last song on the album to me is a filler song that probably went unnamed, hence the title Mystery Title. It sort of reminds me of Led Zeppelin IV, the untitled fourth album. They couldn't think of a title for that one. Instead, they used symbols representing each member of the band.
All in all, this is an outstanding album. This album kicked off Robert Plant's solo career in fine fashion. Highly recommended.
. | . | 06/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
This CD is one of Plant's best ever. Yes, that includes his Led Zeppelin stuff, too. The band does an excellent job also, especially the guitarist, Robbie Blunt. Most of the songs on this CD have a definite Zeppelin feel to them. While Plant would produce a few more solo albums, this one, his first, is the best in my opinion."