Quite coincidentally, no less than three of Robert Plant‘s post-Led Zeppelin solo albums are marking significant anniversaries, so no better time to examine all three via the impressive Nine Lives box set. Thirty years on it was Robert’s second solo album, 1983′s The Principle of Moments, which convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Zeppelin with whom he fronted for twelve fabled years. Angular extended songs “In the Mood” and the cryptic “Big Log” became rock radio staples in the States, followed by “Little by Little” from Shaken and Stirred in 1985.
Not until 1988′s Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Led Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song ” Tall Cool One”, brilliantly sampling the “thunder of the gods” iconic licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar twenty-five years ago. “Heaven Knows” and “Ship of Fools” made it a blockbuster. “Hurting Kind” in 1990 from Manic Nirvana and the tender heartfelt “29 Palms” twenty years ago on Fate of Nations complete our visit with Robert Plant In the Studio for this classic rock interview.- Redbeard