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Plant, Robert: Robert Plant's Blue Note (DVD)

For about 2 hours you are taken on a trip through the many genres of music that has been touched upon throughout the career of Plant. From the early blues and how that foundation was the basis for the work of his band Led Zeppelin to the mystic Eastern rhythms of the North African and Egyptian musicians that would influence his work and finally arriving at the Appalachian mountain music that would be his inspiration for his collaboration with Alison Krauss. While Plant does not take part in the making of this movie, he does appear through the use of interviews and concert footage. The majority of the disc is a documentary featuring people who have worked with Robert or insiders of the music world.

One thing that this disc has done is remind me that Plant is much more than just the frontman for the legendary Led Zeppelin. He has been a bit of a chameleon throughout his musical career and as this movie points out, he was largely regarded as someone who would latch onto whatever was the flavor of the day musically and often resulted in many of his releases being panned. He still managed to create many a great disc and this is also brought out in the movie.

A good portion of the disc is spent upon the making of his reuniting album and concert with Jimmy Page called No Quarter. It goes into great detail about how this came about and even goes so far as to question whether it was done to draw on the name Led Zeppelin. Interviews with many of the participants dispel this idea as the ability to craft the world of heavy metal and Eastern music had always been a goal of Plant and this was the way that he could make it happen.

The Honeydrippers and his recent Band of Joy are barely touched upon but at least get mentioned here. It is the same with his work with Alison Krauss. I would have liked to see more time spent on these facets of his work than on the very long intro that gives you the history of rock and roll that preceded Plant's emergence onto the scene.

This was a very entertaining disc but relied to heavily upon the thoughts of people who were not really in a position to know what was going on in the head of Plant. There is too much guess work and without Robert's input you have to take much of what is said with a grain of salt or as just what it is, an opinion from someone that may or may not be accurate.

Added: September 30th 2011
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: Robert Plant's Official Website
Hits: 1934
Language: english

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