Sixty Six to Timbuktu

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since the split of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant has deftly sidestepped pigeonholing as a mere purveyor of classic rock, preferring instead to indulge his mercurial interests in everything from old-school psychedelia to swing to Eastern ragas. This two-disc retrospective of Plant's solo career touches on all those aspects, painting a picture of the artist as an exceedingly adventuresome -- if no longer so young -- man. In recent years, he's been prone to more mystical musings, and as evidenced by his versions of Tim Buckley's eerie "Song to the Siren" and Jesse Colin Young's oft-covered "Darkness Darkness." Both evince a different side of Plant's trademark higher ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since the split of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant has deftly sidestepped pigeonholing as a mere purveyor of classic rock, preferring instead to indulge his mercurial interests in everything from old-school psychedelia to swing to Eastern ragas. This two-disc retrospective of Plant's solo career touches on all those aspects, painting a picture of the artist as an exceedingly adventuresome -- if no longer so young -- man. In recent years, he's been prone to more mystical musings, and as evidenced by his versions of Tim Buckley's eerie "Song to the Siren" and Jesse Colin Young's oft-covered "Darkness Darkness." Both evince a different side of Plant's trademark higher register, a facet that's icy and desolate, rather than horn-doggedly wailing. Plant doesn't ignore his libidinous nature altogether, of course, delivering songs like "Tall Cool One," "Big Log," and the previously unreleased "Upside Down" which dates from the same mid-'80s period. The singer showcases his facility with rock chestnuts on soundtrack offerings such as "Louie, Louie" recorded for Wayne's World 2 and "Let's Have a Party" culled from The Last Temptation of Elvis. The set's real revelations, however, come in its surfeit of archival material, including versions of "Hey Joe" and "For What It's Worth" both of which feature a pre-Zep John Bonham on drums and Plant's first single, 1966's "You Better Run." And just to prove he hasn't lost the spark that's burned within over the decades, Plant includes a freshly recorded live rendition of "Win My Train Fare Home," recorded during his stopover in Timbuktu. Whether the air is as smoke-filled as in a Route 66 juke joint or as rarefied as in the Himalayas, Plant provides the right soundtrack to cut through.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sixty Six to Timbuktu has to be the icing on the cake for Robert Plant. After Led Zeppelin issued its second live album as well as a spectacular DVD in 2003, his career retrospective outside of the band is the new archetype for how they should be compiled. Containing two discs and 35 cuts, the set is divided with distinction. Disc one contains 16 tracks that cover Plant's post-Zep recording career via cuts from his eight solo albums. Along with the obvious weight of his former band's presence on cuts like "Tall Cool One," "Promised Land," and "Tie Dye on the Highway," there is also the flowering of the influence that Moroccan music in particular and Eastern music in general would have on him in readings of Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter," Jesse Colin Young's "Darkness, Darkness," and his own "29 Palms." There is also a healthy interest in technology being opened up on cuts from Pictures at Eleven and Now & Zen. The sequencing is creative, and the way one track seemingly foreshadows another is rather uncanny. But it is on disc two where the real treasures lie, and they are treasures. Of the 19 selections included, five are pre-Led Zeppelin. And these are no mere dead-dog files. Plant was revealing himself to be a jack-of-all-subgenres master: he drops a burning rendition of the Young Rascals' "You'd Better Run" circa 1966, and a wailing version of Billy Roberts' "Hey Joe" recorded in 1967 and rivaling the emotional wallop of Jimi Hendrix's version recorded that same year. There's also the proto-blues moan and groan of "Operator" with British blues god Alexis Korner from 1968, which foreshadows the following year when he would join Zep. But Plant was not all raw raunch & roll. On Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth," he lays out a paisley hippie sincerity that is downright stirring. And on "Our Song," he takes the example of crooners like Dion and sings a love song, so pure and true it might have come from screen rushes of American Graffiti. These tracks are worth their weight in gold for the integrity in their performances and their rough edges. But these are just the beginning. What comes after the breakup of Led Zeppelin is a smorgasbord of exploratory music from a very restless and confident Plant. Here are outtakes, one-offs, loose ends, and covers that add up to 70 minutes of awesome music. There's the intense Zep sound-like skronk of "Road to the Sun," with Phil Collins on drums and Robbie Blunt doing his best Jimmy Page, and the shuffling rockabilly of Charlie Rich's "Philadelphia Baby," with Dave Edmunds, recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis for the Porky's Revenge soundtrack. On the roots tip there's also Plant's contribution of "Let's Have a Party" to The Last Temptation of Elvis compilation, as well as cuts he contributed to the Rainer, Skip Spence, and Arthur Alexander tribute albums. There are B-sides such as "Naked if I Want To" from the U.S. release of "Calling to You," and "Hey Jayne," a limited bonus flip on the U.K. issue of the "I Believe" single from Fate of Nations, as well as a collaboration with the Afro-Celt Sound System on "Life Begin Again." This indulgence of modern technology began earlier than the 1990s, however, as the inclusion of Robin George's proto-electro "Red for Danger" attests -- the track is previously unreleased. And this is only a smattering. There are cuts from his stint with the Jools Holland big band, the Wayne's World soundtrack, and many, many others. Once again, Plant's manner of sequencing is full of a crazy wisdom that is as witty as it is aesthetically sound. Finally, something has to be said about Plant's wonderfully informative, cocky, and delightfully humorous liner notes. Should he ever decide to give up music, he might become the next Lester Bangs. It all adds up to one hell of a package that provides the best surprise of the season and is a real candidate for reissue of the year.
Blender - Greg Kot
All told, it's a whole lotta fun.

All told, it's a whole lotta fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678362620
  • Catalog Number: 83626
  • Sales rank: 10,441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tie Dye on the Highway (5:09)
  2. 2 Upside Down (4:10)
  3. 3 Promised Land (4:59)
  4. 4 Tall Cool One (4:37)
  5. 5 Dirt in a Hole (4:44)
  6. 6 Calling to You (5:49)
  7. 7 29 Palms (4:51)
  8. 8 If I Were a Carpenter (3:47)
  9. 9 Sea of Love (3:04)
  10. 10 Darkness, Darkness (5:03)
  11. 11 Big Log (5:03)
  12. 12 Ship of Fools (4:58)
  13. 13 I Believe (4:54)
  14. 14 Little by Little (4:41)
  15. 15 Heaven Knows (4:04)
  16. 16 Song to the Siren (4:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You'd Better Run (2:29)
  2. 2 Our Song (2:31)
  3. 3 Hey Joe - Band of Joy (4:58)
  4. 4 For What It's Worth - Band of Joy (3:30)
  5. 5 Operator (4:36)
  6. 6 Road to the Sun (5:35)
  7. 7 Philadelphia Baby - Crawling King Snakes (2:13)
  8. 8 Red Is for Danger (3:38)
  9. 9 Let's Have a Party (3:40)
  10. 10 Hey Jayne (5:23)
  11. 11 Louie, Louie (2:52)
  12. 12 Naked If I Want To (0:46)
  13. 13 21 Years (3:30)
  14. 14 If It's Really Got to Be This Way (3:59)
  15. 15 Rude World (3:45)
  16. 16 Little Hands (4:19)
  17. 17 Life Begin Again - Afro Celt Sound System (6:19)
  18. 18 Let the Boogie Woogie Roll (2:36)
  19. 19 Win My Train Fare Home (6:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Plant Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Sitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Alexis Korner Guitar, Background Vocals
Phil Collins Drums, Background Vocals
Dave Edmunds Guitar
Jools Holland Piano
Kirsty MacColl Background Vocals
Jimmy Page Guitar, Soloist
Nigel Kennedy Violin
Roy Hall Background Vocals
Marie Pierre Background Vocals
Nile Rodgers Guitar
Jezz Woodroffe Keyboards
Keith Miller Keyboards
Martin Allcock Mandolin
Robbie Blunt Guitar
John Bonham Drums
Doug Boyle Guitar
Ginny Clee Background Vocals
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Clive Deamer Percussion, Drums
Francis Dunnery Guitar
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Kevin Gammond Guitar
Mick Green Guitar
Owen Hale Drums
Toni Halliday Background Vocals
Richie Hayward Drums
Hossam Ramzy Tabla
Chris Hughes Drums
Phil Johnstone Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Gilson Lavis Drums
Michael K. Lee Drums
Nick Lunt Baritone Saxophone
Kevin Scott Macmichael Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Paul Martinez Bass, Background Vocals
James McNally Accordion, Harmonium, Keyboards, Human Whistle, Bodhran, Low Whistle
Lynton Naiff Strings
Brent Rowan Guitar
Muzz Skillings Bass
Porl Thompson Guitar
Jon Tiven Guitar
Pete Willsher Pedal Steel Guitar
Simon Emmerson Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Mark Hall Background Vocals
Nawazish Ali Khan Violin
Innes Sibun Guitar
Mark Flannagan Guitar
John Baggot Keyboards
Johnny Kalsi Drums
Peter Lockett Drums
Moussa Sissikho talking drum
Rosie Wetters Cello, Soloist
David Swift Bass
Phil Andrews Keyboards
Pete Thompson Drums
Charlie Jones Bass, Keyboards
Justin Adams Guitar
N'Faly Kouyate Kora
Richard Mark Angelo Drums
Demba "Shadowman" Barry Vocals
Ted Benham Vibes
Mary Clee Cadman Background Vocals
Cris Levzinger Acoustic Guitar
Paul Lockie Bass
Extraordinaires Background Vocals
Rob Farrar Composite
Nicolas Meslien Bass
Steve Miller Piano
Julie Murphy Vocals
Skin Tyson Guitar
Chris Brown Organ
Chris Blackwell Drums
Technical Credits
Alexis Korner Composer, Producer
Charlie Rich Composer
Tim Hardin Composer
Arthur Alexander Composer
Tim Buckley Composer
Robert Plant Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Creation
Skip Spence Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
Jesse Colin Young Composer
Richard Berry Composer
Donnie Fritts Composer, Producer
Robin George Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Jezz Woodroffe Composer
Rainer Ptacek Composer
Robbie Blunt Composer
Doug Boyle Composer
Clive Deamer Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
The Fabulous Brill Brothers Producer
Chris Hughes Producer
Phil Johnstone Composer, Producer
Laurie Latham Producer
James McNally Composer, Producer
Jerry Miller Composer
Steve Miller Composer
Lynton Naiff String Arrangements
Gary Nicholson Composer, Producer
Nugetre Producer
Tim Palmer Producer
Martin Russell Composer, Programming, Producer
Porl Thompson Composer
Jon Tiven Producer
Jerry Wexler Composer
Simon Emmerson Composer, Producer
Danny Kessler Producer
Larry Beckett Composer
Ian Cooper Mastering
John Dent Remastering
Benji Lefevre Producer
Sally Tiven Producer
The Pat Moran Quartet Producer
Andie Airfix Artwork
George Khoury Composer
Roger Bolton Producer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Phil Andrews Producer
Phillip Baptiste Composer
Charlie Jones Composer, Programming, Producer
Phil Brown Producer
Greg England Producer
Triban Union Producer
William Roberts Composer
Chris Blackwell Composer
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