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Robert Plant Audio CD
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When Robert Plant collected the 2009 Grammy for Album of the Year for Raising Sand, and a further five more for his work with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, it confirmed what has been apparent, that Plant is one of the few musicians of his generation whose appetite for musical innovation remains keen.

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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B003YC2T1O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is back with his first album since 2007’s six time Grammy Award-winning Raising Sand.

Picking up where the critically acclaimed roots rock of Raising Sand – which sold 700,000 in the UK and 3 million worldwide, scooping the Grammy for Album of the Year – left off, Band Of Joy was recorded in Nashville with a stellar cast of musicians.

A timeless plunge into authentic Americana, the album was co-produced by Plant and Nashville legend and guitarist Buddy Miller. “Buddy's integral to this album, you can hear his taste all over the instrumentation,” enthuses Plant. “Buddy's zone is beautiful, with a lot of reflections going back into mid-Fifties rockabilly, the singing fishermen and all the great country stuff, along with the soul and R&B from Memphis.”

As well as Miller, the Band of Joy is made up of multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, who provides the mandolin, guitar, accordian, pedal, lap steel and banjo lines, country singer-songwriter Patty Griffin who adds the main vocal foils to Plant's lead parts, while Byron House plays bass and percussion comes from Marco Giovino.

Band Of Joy features intriguing new interpretations of songs from a wide range of sources. Opening with a throbbing rendition of Los Lobos's "Angel Dance", the album encompasses the glittering drone-rock of Low's "Silver Rider" and "Monkey", the Fifties-style country-gospel harmonies which transform The Kelly Brothers' Sixties soul classic "Falling In Love Again", the desolate banjo-driven interpretation of "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down", the transplanted English/Appalachian folk ballad "Cindy, I'll Marry You Some Day", and jangling blues imagery of "Central Two-0-Nine".

Robert Plant's most eclectic work so far, in a career that has constantly embraced the unexpected, it’s an album which takes in continents of influence and oceans of emotional depth, taking the explorations of Raising Sand into bold new territory.

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Having won enough awards to keep his mantelpiece groaning for years for his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Robert Plant resists the temptation to repeat the Americana formula and give us Raising More Sand. Instead he invokes the name of Band of Joy, the psychedelic blues group he originally fronted before the birth of Led Zeppelin over four decades’ earlier, for an album of bounding energy and unexpected eclecticism.

Produced with formidable intensity and an impressive sonic feel by Nashville-based country stalwart Buddy Miller, it offers yet another indication of Plant’s commendably enduring desire to keep moving. Clearly neither advancing age nor years of unabated success have deprived Plant of either his constant appetite for challenge or his ability to deliver in a cogent, credible and thoroughly convincing fashion. Whether wailing yearningly over a buoyant acoustic rhythm on the Lightnin’ Hopkins blues Central Two-O-Nine or rockin’n’rollin’ in time-honoured fashion on You Can’t Buy My Love, Plant is in terrific voice throughout. Pounding drums (from Marco Giovino) are pushed to the front of the mix and steel guitar and banjos abound on an album with country roots but which quickly develops tentacles that spread in surprising directions, from the gothic chime of Monkey to a vivacious spin on the folk song Cindy, I’ll Marry You Someday.

Patty Griffin pops up with sublime vocal harmonies as Plant tackles some intriguing material. Opening with rhythmic overload on a Los Lobos rocker Angel Dance, he conjures up an authentic 1950s sound on an old Jimmie Rodgers hit Falling in Love Again, delivers an edgy treatment of a lesser-known Townes Van Zant song Harm’s Swift Way; creates a virulent swirling chorus on Richard Thompson’s House of Cards; and performs a masterly arrangement of the spiritual Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down, spritely banjo vying with broody guitar and ghostly backing choir as the track develops its subtle air of menace.

Just as producer T-Bone Burnett deservedly copped much of the acclaim for Raising Sand, Buddy Miller merits much credit for the richness here. But the glory rightly belongs to Plant.

--Colin Irwin

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A more consistent album than Raising Sand? 12 Sep 2010
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Robert resurrects the name of his 60s band 'Band of Joy' for this album produced by Buddy Miller, guitarist on 2007's collaboration with Alison Krauss "Raising Sand". However, this isn't 'a back to the 60s' record, although some of the covers are from the 60s. In fact it's a very similar collection of songs to "Raising Sand", covers of old country, rockabilly, R&B and blues tracks, with a similar atmospheric sound - banjos and mandolins, with lashings of reverb and tremolo on the guitar. I really like the variety of the songs and the way that the producer creates a unifying overall sound from the disparate styles, similarly Robert's voice seems to fit all the different styles without compromising any of his usual vocal stylings.

I think that this is a more consistent album than "Raising Sand", although again chances have been taken and some songs work better than others, the best songs here are really excellent. My favourite tracks are the opening cover of Los Lobos' "Angel dance" and the following version of Richard Thompson's "House of cards", with 'Fairportesque' vocals from Patty Griffin. In fact I thought that Patty's backing vocals were really good throughout and I would have liked to have heard more of them. I also enjoyed the 50s country song "Falling in Love Again" (with Robert sounding a bit like Elvis), the 'Merseybeat' "You Can't Buy My Love" and the haunting "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down". It will be interesting to see if this record sells as well as "Raising Sand".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious and compelling 17 Sep 2010
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Robert Plant returns to the sonic landscape which he explored with Alison Krauss in 2007's Raising Sand - that of rattling drums, howling overdriven guitars, jangling banjos and mandolins, and a ghostly, ethereal female vocal. Patty Griffin provides the latter element here, but this outing - unlike the landmark date with Krauss that introduced so many listeners to the joys of Americana - sees Plant completely in charge, and ranging over a somewhat wider array of styles. It's early days, but I think this makes it more of a mixed bag; whilst he's to be commended for the range, some of these songs work better than others. My current favorites probably hark back to the "Raising Sand" sound: the tense, moody "Silver Rider", the densely compelling "Monkey", and the mysterious, almost frightening, take on "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down". I've found myself returning to these tracks time and again this week, but there are many dusty jewels in the rest of this collection, which repays repeated listening.
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How easy would it be for Robert Plant to rest on his laurels, live on past glories and occasionally resurrect that popular beat combo Led Zeppelin for the odd lucrative tour? It is to his huge credit that as he gets older his musical journey takes more adventurous twists and turns, heading into constantly interesting and diverse new territory with a restlessness that would put many younger artists to shame. Another bonus is at the age of 62 his voice just gets better and better.

It is also the case that many had expected Plant to reconvene his wonderful collaboration with Alison Krauss and produce "Raising Sand part 2". But it appears that despite a number of recent sessions with her it didn't quite recapture the initial magic and Plant admits in the latest edition of Mojo that "you can only spend so trying to get it right". So what we have is the resurrection of a previous band name but a whole new set of musical collaborations which overall is effortless and a stonkingly good listen. And how could it not be? His hand-picked bunch of Nashville session musicians are made up veteran guitarist Buddy Miller's, drummer Marco Giovino, bassist Byron House, multi-instrumentalist Daryl Scott's pedal steel and to add the proverbial icing to the cake one of the queens of country Patty Griffin is present to provide possibly one the most experienced vocal foils in the history of modern music. Frankly this lot could play on combs and spoons and it would sound great.

The music follows the Raising Sand template and draws from a wide musical palette of gospel, country, blues and rock. Plant tackles head on songs ranging from artists as diverse as East LA's finest Los Lobos to those Kings of quiet slow core introspection the Minnesota trio "Low".
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Slice of Americana 5 Sep 2010
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After the multi-million selling grammy award winning 'Raising Sand' with Alison Krauss, Robert Plant returns with another Americana tinged album. This time around it's not a straight album of duets, as female companion Patty Griffin provides harmonies rather than lead vocals. What is surprising about this album is just how good Plant's vocals are, probably his best since his Led Zeppelin days, and he clearly learned a lot from his time with Krauss and the result of this is an album that is much more easier on the ear than the majority of his previous solo offerings. The album starts with a joyous cover of Los Lobos's 'Angel Dance'filled with excellent musicianship which sets the scene for the rest of the album. This is followed up with an excellent version of Richard Thompson's 'House Of Cards; which then leads into the 'Central Two-O-Nine' with a very bluesy feel. The album is very eclectic and sometimes the songs don't quite run well together in the way that 'Raising Sand' did, but there are great songs throughout which include 'You Can't Buy My Love', 'Harms Swift Way' and 'Cindy I'll Marry You One Day'. Towards the end of the album the music flows more smoothly through a series of folk-esque songs and on the whole its a great set. 'Raising Sand' raised the bar very high for the follow up 'Band Of Joy' which doesn't quite live up to its predecessor but clearly Plant has a great passion for this type of music that shows throughout the album, and it really does suit his voice. If you enjoyed 'Raising Sand' then this is definitely worth considering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality.Plant
Robert Plant knocking out a few great tunes. Satan, your kingdom must come down being a classic. "Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday" , being another great track. Read more
Published 12 days ago by ChopperChapman
5.0 out of 5 stars utter joy
Every bit as good as I had hoped for. Will be played very often, Robert Plant has excelled himself this time
Published 1 month ago by bernice
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Well produced, well packaged, and he's still got a helluva voice. Joyous kinda music that puts a smile on your face
Published 1 month ago by C. J. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, great value
Bought this after hearing Angel Dance on Chris Evans Breakfast Show a few weeks back, and really glad I did. What a wonderful album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. D. Crussell
5.0 out of 5 stars band of joy
One up for the old guys.he is grate From a old guy .
From the 60 and around the grates are still gowing.
Published 5 months ago by saw cut
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love this album! Robert Plant at his very best. Just love Silver Rider and Falling in Love again. A treat for all Robert Plant fans.
Published 9 months ago by HatLincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB
Published 9 months ago by brochen
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
what a star Robert Plant is, National treasure. Keep playing this over and over in the car and don't get tired of it.
Published 10 months ago by Ean Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert plant
I chose this rating because the every track was great ,Robert plant is a great singer seen him a few times just love his music
Published 11 months ago by jacquitinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Took Forever
Really, it's a good album a little different as all Robert Plant's tend to be. My only issue was with the time it took to arrive. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tezzy M
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