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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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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: 11/8/1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678270628
  • Catalog Number: 82706

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nobody's Fault But Mine - Page & Plant (4:06)
  2. 2 Thank You - Page & Plant (5:47)
  3. 3 No Quarter - Page & Plant (3:45)
  4. 4 Friends - Page & Plant (4:37)
  5. 5 Yallah - Page & Plant (4:59)
  6. 6 City Don't Cry - Page & Plant (6:08)
  7. 7 Since I've Been Loving You - Page & Plant (7:29)
  8. 8 The Battle of Evermore - Page & Plant (6:41)
  9. 9 Wonderful One - Page & Plant (4:57)
  10. 10 That's the Way - Page & Plant (5:35)
  11. 11 Gallows Pole - Page & Plant (4:09)
  12. 12 Four Sticks - Page & Plant (4:52)
  13. 13 Kashmir - Page & Plant (12:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Page Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Najma Vocals
Robert Plant Vocals
Mark Berrow Violin
Caroline Dale Cello
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Rusen Gunes Viola
Hossam Ramzy Doholla
Michael K. Lee Percussion, Drums
Pauline Lowbury Violin
Rita Manning Violin
Stephen Milne Cello
Edward Shearmur Organ
Cathy Thompson Violin
Porl Thompson Banjo, Guitar
Janet Atkins Viola
Ben Chappell Cello
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 Cello
Ed Coxon Violin
Ian Humphries Violin
David Juritz Violin
Elizabeth Layton Violin
Amin Abdelazeem Strings
Charlie Jones Bass, Percussion
Andrew Brown Viola
Bashir Abdel 'Aal Nay
Farid Khashab Bendir, Reque
Anne Morlee Violin
Ali Abdel Salem Bendir
Abdelhak Eddahmane Musician
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Technical Credits
Jimmy Page Producer
Robert Plant Producer
Hossam Ramzy Musical Director
Edward Shearmur Orchestral Arrangements
Mike Gregovich Engineer
Ali Abdel Salem Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    not unplugged and not unledded either.

    the title has some irony in it. "unledded" it's not. it's the closest thing i've heard to having a led zeppelin reunion, unless they put the '08 reunion on cd. this could not have been perfect without j p jones on it. it was a nice tour through zep 1,2, and the lovely 3.i think plant and page know 3 was the most underrated zep album. they should have called this album "thank you" to tie off the zep era, not no quarter. that song did not come off well here. gladly,they left off the tired "stairway to heaven".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Older is better

    This CD shows me that older musicians can and do make better music, especially when they are concentrating on their own material. Every track is excellent, most of them are better than the original, and the musicianship is excellent throughout. I can only wonder why they didn't invite John Paul Jones to join them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Strange Folk Songs

    This album is a live album but the choir sounds African. This is a proof that never should do again that what is already good. Old Led Zeppelin songs has been rewened. There is a couple tracks "Gallows Pole", "Friends" and "The Battle of Evermore" that sound good but the rest of the album is awful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This recording is awesome!

    This is the CD that introduced me to the majesty of Led Zeppelin. The only problem is that upon hearing these amazing versions, the original recordings seem so primitive. Robert Plant's voice sounds great, putting the original vocals to shame. I love how the "Battle of Evermore" becomes an amazing, exotic vocal masterpiece, (this is my favourite song). All I can say is Wow!, even after almost 10 years of listening to it, it still captures my imagination. This isn't just a CD, it's an experience. It has many textures and shades of light. It's great to listen to really loud, in the case of "Kashmir", or with your eyes closed, for "Wonderful One". I'm still at a loss for words when discribing this recording, so I will just say, give it a listen, and let the music do the talking.

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