No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded [US Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ever since Led Zeppelin parted ways after the death of drummer John Bonham, fans were clamoring for the mighty band to reunite. This willfully ignored both the vital contribution Bonham gave to the group's mystique and Zeppelin's woeful one-off reunion at the 1985 Live Aid charity concert, but the legend of the band was so strong, reunion rumors reached a fever pitch whenever vocalist Robert Plant or guitarist Jimmy Page had a new album in the stores. In 1994, following Plant's moody, misunderstood 1993 album Fate of Nations and Page's widely lambasted collaboration with Whitesnake singer David Coverdale, the two quietly reunited to record a concert for MTV's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ever since Led Zeppelin parted ways after the death of drummer John Bonham, fans were clamoring for the mighty band to reunite. This willfully ignored both the vital contribution Bonham gave to the group's mystique and Zeppelin's woeful one-off reunion at the 1985 Live Aid charity concert, but the legend of the band was so strong, reunion rumors reached a fever pitch whenever vocalist Robert Plant or guitarist Jimmy Page had a new album in the stores. In 1994, following Plant's moody, misunderstood 1993 album Fate of Nations and Page's widely lambasted collaboration with Whitesnake singer David Coverdale, the two quietly reunited to record a concert for MTV's then-popular acoustic concert series Unplugged. Page & Plant interpreted the Unplugged moniker rather liberally, bringing in a full orchestra, mandolins, and a hurdy-gurdy among other instruments, and Page turned to an electric guitar on occasion. Nevertheless, the "unplugged" setting did give the duo an opportunity to gracefully back away from the bombast that was assumed to be Zeppelin's stock-in-trade; after all, it would have been very hard to do "Whole Lotta Love," "Dazed and Confused," or "Trampled Underfoot" in this setting. Instead, this gives them a chance to dive into the moodiest material, trading heavily on the folk, blues, and world music that gave Led Zeppelin a richness unheard in their heavy rock peers. This might not be what some diehards were expecting from a reunion, but it was a gutsy move from Page & Plant, and the ensuing album, No Quarter, has aged remarkably well. That's not to say that it's timeless music, or a latter-day comeback on the level of Bob Dylan's Love and Theft, but this is ambitiously atmospheric, restless music by musicians not content to rest on their laurels. They do draw heavily from their past, but these new versions of classic Led Zeppelin songs sound reinvigorated in these new arrangements. At times, this means that the songs are given rather drastic reinterpretations -- "Nobody's Fault but Mine" brings the brooding undercurrent of the original to the surface, "Four Sticks" sounds livelier in this spare setting -- while other tunes sound similar to the recorded versions but are given spirited readings "That's the Way," "The Battle of Evermore," "Gallows Pole". Between these revived Zeppelin numbers are a few new songs, all ambitious and solid, fitting right into the vibe of the album; even if they don't match the older tunes, they're respectable and gain strength upon repeated listens. As good as much of No Quarter is, it isn't necessarily the kind of record that invites those repeated listens. At its core, it's an experiment, the sound of two middle-aged musicians looking back at their groundbreaking work and finding both sustenance and inspiration there. That makes for fascinating listening, both upon the first spin and a return play several years later, but it doesn't necessarily make for an album that's played all that often. [Upon its original 1994 release No Quarter contained 13 tracks. Several years later, it was reissued overseas, adding the previously unreleased original "Wah Wah" as a bonus track. Upon the album's tenth anniversary, it was reissued in the U.S. with "Wah Wah," plus the previously unreleased "The Rain Song," which took the place of "Thank You," which was cut from the album on this reissue. Finally, the 2004 reissue retitled the original "Yallah" as "The Truth Explodes."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227569525
  • Catalog Number: 75695
  • Sales rank: 26,886

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nobody's Fault But Mine (3:57)
  2. 2 No Quarter (3:47)
  3. 3 Friends (4:34)
  4. 4 The Truth Explodes (4:42)
  5. 5 The Rain Song (7:29)
  6. 6 City Don't Cry (3:14)
  7. 7 Since I've Been Loving You (7:28)
  8. 8 The Battle of Ever More (6:39)
  9. 9 Wonderful One (3:22)
  10. 10 Wah Wah (5:24)
  11. 11 That's the Way (5:36)
  12. 12 Gallows Pole (4:17)
  13. 13 Four Sticks (4:57)
  14. 14 Kashmir (12:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Page Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Najma Vocals
Robert Plant Vocals
Peter G. Hanson Violin
Mark Berrow Violin
Caroline Dale Celli
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Rusen Gunes Viola
Hossam Ramzy Musical Direction, Dobola
Pauline Lowbury Violin
Rita Manning Violin
Stephen Milne Celli
Edward Shearmur Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Cathy Thompson Violin
Porl Thompson Banjo, Guitar
Janet Atkins Viola
Ben Chappell Celli
Bill Hawkes Viola
Jim Sutherland Mandolin, Bodhran
Harriet Davies Violin
Rosemary Furness Violin
Clare Thompson Violin
David Ogden Violin
Andrew Parker Viola
Jeremy Williams Violin
Cathy Giles Celli
Ed Coxon Violin
Ian Humphries Violin
David Juritz Violin
Nic Pendlebury Viola
Elizabeth Layton Violin
Amin Abdelazeem Strings
Waiel Abo Baker Strings, Soloist
Jonathan Tunnell Celli
Charlie Jones Bass, Percussion, Bass Guitar
Abdul Salam Kheir Oud
John Jezzard Viola
Najma Akhtar Vocals
Andrew Brown Viola
Bashir Abdel 'Aal Nay
Farouk El Safi Bendir
Ibrahim Abdel Khaliq finger cymbals, Bendir
Farid Khashab Bendir, Reque
Bahig Mikhaeel Strings
Anne Morlee Violin
Jessica OLeary Violin
Ali Abdel Salem Bendir
Hanafi Soliman Strings
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Andrew Brown Viola
Michael Lee Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Jimmy Page Arranger, Composer, Producer
Robert Plant Arranger, Composer, Producer
John Paul Jones Composer
John Bonham Composer
Edward Shearmur Orchestral Arrangements
Kevin Shirley Remixing
Mike Gregovich Engineer
Traditional Composer
Farouk El Safi Contributor
Ibrahim Abdel Khaliq Contributor
Ali Abdel Salem Contributor
Tim Young Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Effin' amazing.

    I remember LZ's first visit to Chicago back in the '60s. I was blown away by the force of nature they were onstage back then...and I'm delighted to have this album to complete my circle of experience. Calmer, less frenetic, but still soulful and rich. Call it LZ Lite. Loved it, loved them, love where they've come to.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A somewhat Muted Reunion

    I left Zeppelin behind a long time ago but I do like this Page & Plant reunion. I think Robert Plant dominated the project. It has folk and Middle Eastern shades that make it a good companion to the Plant and Alison Krauss CD Raising Sand. Jimmy Page plays a lot of nice acoustic guitar but very little of his trademark electric and Plant tones down his vocal gymnastics to a tolerable level. In short, this is LZ for we who feel like we outgrew them.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A good album worthy of adding to your Zep collection

    There is some very good work here, not quite to the level of the Zep albums, but certainly enjoyable enough to add to that collection.

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    Posted November 22, 2008

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