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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 (10 Jan. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B000002JLX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heaven Knows
2. Dance On My Own
3. Tall Cool One
4. The Way I Feel
5. Helen Of Troy
6. Billy's Revenge
7. Ship Of Fools
8. Why
9. White, Clean And Neat
10. Walking Towards Paradise (Bonus Track)

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Robert Plant ~ Now & Zen

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
...In which our hero grows his hair again and begins the journey back from the archives of oblivion. RP seemed to have spent the most of the 80's up to this point attempting to transform himself from 70's Rock God to 80's lounge-lizard-king. Thus we saw the surprising "Pictures at Eleven" turn into the interesting "Principle of Moments" to be followed by the frankly dumbfounding "Shaken 'n' Stirred." Remember the jump suits?! Remember the big fluffy sweaters?! :-o :-) Fortunately, RP seemed to snap out of it, hiring a new, younger band, buying a sampler, getting his old mate Jimmy Page to play a couple of solo's and dusted off some of the more well-known moments from his back catalogue. There are some good tracks on this album - "Heaven Knows" was a nice single, "Tall Cool One" was one of his best and most upbeat solo efforts up to that point and "Billy's Revenge" is still a great track, rooted in a 50's rockabilly groove. At the time, Now and Zen seemed to represent a new lease of life in a seemingly flagging career and I certainly enjoyed it (and the accompanying tour) immensely at the time. These days, it sounds a little dated, with (what sounds to me now) like a very 80's production feel to it. Most importantly, though, it represents a watershed moment in Plant's career and started a path that would lead to the magnificent "Fate of Nations" album a few years later.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Coe on 9 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
As an interpretation of the 80's musical asthetic this album is a powerhouse. The sounds are clean and crisp (to excess obviously - this was 80's production), however too many people listening to the album, post it's release into an understanding musical landscape, completely miss this point and concept. If you can't look beyond production values alone then you shouldn't critique music, if this was the only basis for music's worth then many a classic song or album would be dismissed. The break up of standard song structure and use of emerging sounds is a highlight, giving the album depth and delvering more each listen. The lyrics reflect the time and an inability to relate is certainly not the artists responsibility. This album is a highlight in Plant's solo career and certainly carries no more 'dead weight' than Fate of Nations. Do yourself a favour and listen to this album in it's entirety on an audiophile quality system and revel in the creativeness of the soundscape and Plant's intoxicating wail - it never sounded better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KiraLilli on 13 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Despite the other reviews, I REALLY LIKED this CD when came out & the U.S. Tour that RP did that followed. His voice still sounded great at this point, plus the back-up Band he used on the Tour kicked it out behind him (although...unfortunately NO JIMMY PAGE!).

I still like this CD now, too---it's very listenable even if there's nothing 'ground-breaking' about it.

There's a couple of 'mellow' tunes on this collection, but I like the upbeat songs like "Tall Cool One" & "Dance on My Own". Even though it has that "80's glossy sound" to it, so what? If your'e a fan of Robert Plant, get the CD and enjoy the transition from Zeppelin to the 80's.
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By Antony J on 18 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Great album, Great price and it arrived very quickly in excellent condition for a second hand CD.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael lawrence on 23 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was a new band, new song-writing team and a new era for Robert. The sterility of previous albums is gone, and he almost sounds like he's having fun. Musically, it all sounds fresh and inspired and the experimentation is natural and not forced. He's also at ease with his past- LZ samples abound in 'Tall Cool One' and LZ songs now featured in the live sets. Great songs such as 'Ship of Fools' held their own beside 'Going to California', and Jimmy Page could now appear on Robert's solo albums (he's on 'Heaven Knows' and 'Tall Cool One') or join him onstage, as he often did at this time.
The bonus live tracks show a cooking live band with great imagination and spontaneity.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "the-pink-one" on 10 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I like Robert Plant, don't get me wrong, he has done some good stuff in his time - but this is not it!
I bought this album on vinyl in '88 (maybe '89) and my opinion hasn't changed.
This sounds like a poor attempt by a hope-to-be-star to create an awe-inspiring piece of work, and it fails miserably!
The only saving grace is "Ship Of Fools" - a diamond in a bowl of broken glass.
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By joao duarte on 19 Nov. 2014
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Excelente!
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