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Sixty Six to Timbuktu [Special Edition, Enhanced]

Robert Plant Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Enhanced
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B0000TCPAE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tie Die On The Highway
2. Upside Down
3. Promised Land
4. Tall Cool One
5. Dirt In A Hole
6. Calling To You
7. 29 Palms
8. If I Were A Carpenter
9. Sea Of Love
10. Darkness, Darkness
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. You'd Better Run
2. Our Song
3. Hey Joe
4. For What It's Worth
5. Operator
6. Road To The Sun
7. Philadelphia Baby
8. Red For Danger
9. Let's Have A Party
10. Hey Jayne
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Sixty Six to Timbukto offers the listener two CDs worth of solo Robert Plant hits, key album cuts and obscurities, beginning with his vinyl debut in 1966 (a precocious cover of the Youngbloods' hit "You Better Run") and ending with a live version of "Win My Train Fare Home", recorded in the most famous city in Mali (hence the album title).

Aficionados will head straight for disc two: although it's not comprehensive (it contains only one of Plant's four recordings from 1966), it's a bounty of rarities. While there's nothing from Plant's pre-Zeppelin combo "Hobbstweedle", the raw crackle of two "Band of Joy" cuts from 1967 (featuring John Bonham on drums) serves to remind us how much the White Stripes are indebted to the lion-haired lemon-squeezer from West Brom. And while there's plenty of interesting stuff collated from sources as diverse as film soundtracks (the rockabilly "Philadelphia Lady" from Porky's Revenge, a ludicrous "Louie Louie" from that cinematographic masterpiece Wayne's World 2) and collaborations with Alexis Korner, Afro Celt Sound System and Jools Holland, one can only marvel at the generosity of a man who can place a song as superior as "Hey Jayne" on a B-side.

Disc one (hits and album tracks) is a more than useful meet-and-greet for the uninitiated. The earlier post-Zep material suffers from a thin 80s production (the tippy-tappy drums would have driven Bonzo Bonham bonkers) but the Fate of Nations stuff is great. "29 Palms" would have sounded positively regal if presented by Roy Orbison and British hit "Big Log" makes long-distance haulage seem as romantic as a noctural cruise along the Nile. --Kevin Maidment


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get this for CD2! 17 Dec 2003
By David J. Kelly VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The first CD is Robert's selection of the hughlights of his solo albums and it seems he prefers the later ones as only Big Log appears from the first three, which is a shame as there were other quality songs on those LPs. There is also The Honetdrippers' Sea of Love which may have been Robert's biggest post Zep hit. CD1 leans heavily on Now and Zen, Fate of Nations and Dreamland the latter two being Robert's best solo albums. There is one previously unissued song Upside Down but the first CD, while having some great music, doesn't grab you as much as the second.
The second Cd is a collection of rare recordings from Robert's pre Led Zeppelin career with bands such as Listen and Band of Joy as well as Alexis Koerner. These are interseting in that apart from the blues he sings with Koerner's band these songs are probably more akin to what he was trying to do with Priory of Brionand Strange Sensation. The remainder of the CD is made up of B sides and rare or previously unreleased collaborations. These songs show the breadth of Robert's musical interests, including some covers of songs from his favourite late sixties psychadelic period. His vocal over Jools Holland's piano on "Let the Boogie Woogie Roll" is as reminiscent of The Honeydrippers. The CD ends with a live version of Win My Train Fare Home from the Festival in the Desert and this proves a great way to close.
Additional material comes in the form of the videios for darkness Darkness and Calling to You, and a little booklet full of photographs and liner notes written by the man himself. Ultimately this collection, especially CD2, shows that Robert Plant may have done his best work in Led Zeppelin but what followed was worthwhile. I look forward to his next studio album.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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A superb special collection of 35 songs in 2 cd's, featuring the voice of one of the main singers in rock history. CD 1: features material from his solo albums; but CD 2: is full of rarities, bonus tracks, pre-zeppelin works with groups like Listen and Band of Joy and a live performance in Timbuktu. Sad, but no songs from the first solo Plant CD Pictures at eleven(Because I think "Like I've never been gone" is the best of the Plant's solo career), and no other hits like "In the mood" and "Other Arms"; The cd 1 contains "Big Log" from Principle of Moments; "Sea of Love" from Honeydrippers vol.1; "Little by Little" from Shaken and Stirred; "Heaven Knows; Tall cool one; Ship Of fools" from Now and Zen; "Tie dye on the highway" from Manic Nirvana; "Calling to you, 29 Palms; I believe; If I were a carpenter; Promise Land" from Fate of Nations; and "Darkness, Darkness; Song to the siren; Dirt in the hole" from last cd Dreamland. The rest are the "good news" of the track list: "Hey Jayne; Naked If I want to; 21 years"; 3 unreleased tracks: "Upside Down; Road to the sun; Red for Danger"; early tracks: "You'd better run; Hey Joe; For what's is worth; Operator"; a side project song recorded under the moniker Crawling Kingsnakes:"Philadelphia Baby"; special appearances: "Let's have a party; If it's really got to be that way; Rude World; Little Hands; Life begins again; Let that boogie woogie roll" and live performance in Timbuktu: "Win my train fare home". This cd sounds great, and worth to be part of your own collection. 5 stars.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plant keeps it moving! 6 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
2003 has been a great year for Led Zepplin and in particular Robert Plant.
Earlier in the year they released their monster Double DVD and Double CD that showcased some of their lost and most finest performances.
Now with the release of Robert Plant's solo anthology collection, this caps off a great year for music in general.
Again, a double cd, Sixty-Six To Timbuktu showcases a man with real genunie talent that has made it as a successful solo star, escaping the tag of just being part of the great Led Zeppelin.
The first cd is where all the action takes place and showcases Plant at his finest, while CD 2 focuses more on the lost music with the demo's and B-Sides, etc.
Plant's mesmeric version of "Sea Of Love" on CD 1 is one of the albums highlights. Though there are many to be had on this excellent collection.
Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why does Plant snub his first solo album? 9 Nov 2003
By Steve
Format:Audio CD
A collection of Robert's solo work was well worth waiting for. The early pre Zeppelin stuff is excellent especially my favorite (which had many crackles on my vinyl version) 'Our Song'. The only thing Robert got wrong for me was the fact that no tracks from his first album made it onto this one. Surely there was room for Moonlight in Samosa?. Anyway that aside its a great collection that any fan would be proud of owning, with some previously unreleased material and an alternative version of 'I Believe'. One thing it does show is that like with Led Zeppelin, Robert's solo work has changed as the years have gone by, giving us something fresh each time. Thats why he is still Number One. Nice one...Cheers Robert.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection of fine songs 13 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
A superb special collection of 35 songs in 2 cd's, featuring the voice of one of the main singers in rock history. CD 1: features material from his solo albums; but CD 2: is full of rarities, bonus tracks, pre-zeppelin works with groups like Listen and Band of Joy and a live performance in Timbuktu. Sad, but no songs from the first solo Plant CD Pictures at eleven(Because I think "Like I've never been gone" is the best of the Plant's solo career), and no other hits like "In the mood" and "Other Arms"; The cd 1 contains "Big Log" from Principle of Moments; "Sea of Love" from Honeydrippers vol.1; "Little by Little" from Shaken and Stirred; "Heaven Knows; Tall cool one; Ship Of fools" from Now and Zen; "Tie dye on the highway" from Manic Nirvana; "Calling to you, 29 Palms; I believe; If I were a carpenter; Promise Land" from Fate of Nations; and "Darkness, Darkness; Song to the siren; Dirt in the hole" from last cd Dreamland. The rest are the "good news" of the track list: "Hey Jayne; Naked If I want to; 21 years"; 3 unreleased tracks: "Upside Down; Road to the sun; Red for Danger"; early tracks: "You'd better run; Hey Joe; For what's is worth; Operator"; a side project song recorded under the moniker Crawling Kingsnakes:"Philadelphia Baby"; special appearances: "Let's have a party; If it's really got to be that way; Rude World; Little Hands; Life begins again; Let that boogie woogie roll" and live performance in Timbuktu: "Win my train fare home". This cd sounds great, and worth to be part of your own collection. 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10 to Timbuktu
Plant really does produce the goods on most of these tracks. If you like his rasping voice buy this CD.
Published 5 months ago by The Wiser Miser
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT compilation album
I was a late starter with Plant and Led Zeppelin and bought his solo album Band Of Joy, which kick started the Process. Read more
Published 13 months ago by cslofty
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cd.
I'm not usually a Robert Plant fan (this was bought as a present ) but I was pleasantly surprised by this.Some tracks I'd heard years ago but didn't know it was him.
Published 16 months ago by phil6079
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Plant Best of
A really great compilation showing all of Plant's types of work from the 60s to the present. Something to be played again and again. Read more
Published 23 months ago by E. Carruthers
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection
This is a fantastic collection and would be a great place to start if your looking for a way to get an overview of the music of Robert Plant. Read more
Published on 12 July 2009 by S. K. FLORA
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem
What a superb album! Robert Plant's pre-LedZep tracks are truly original, particularly "Hey Joe" which is simply mesmerising. A wonderful addition to your CD collection.
Published on 6 May 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Package of Material
Robert Plant's timing of the release of this material may have something to do with the success of the Zep DVD, but hey...why not...especially when the music is this good. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2003 by S. Bradnam
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