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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Sing My Song...", 7 Aug. 2012
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live At The Artists Den [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Forever facing an audience quite literally frothing at the gash to hear Led Zeppelin classics every time he plays live (and who can blame them) - to some extent Robert Plant has spent years distancing himself from that to establish a solo identity. And a truly genius move on his part was his "Raising Sand" album from 2007 with Alison Krauss - a captivating mixture of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" old-timey Gospel and Country music given modern-day arrangements and a deliciously softened intimacy. Then came Part 2 of sorts in the "Band Of Joy" project/album from 2010.

Filmed in 2011 in the gorgeous setting of the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville in Tennessee - I mention these two CDs because in some ways "Live At the Artist's Den" feels like a live gig of both albums - with a few curveballs thrown in. And instead of Alison Krauss - we get Patty Griffin doing the female vocal honours - and she (like the rest of the band) absolutely rock.

As for the main man - Robert Plant not only looks and sounds great on this fab BLU RAY (he can do a soft vocal caress or a rock-God scream on a dime) - it's thrilling to see that he is wholly relevant to 2012 and not just 1969. His present set list and song choices now encompass Blues, Gospel, Traditionals, Folk, Rock and World - and it all meshes into the most wonderfully uplifting sound. You can't quite nail down a genre for this but you know it's good. Throw in a truly stunning set of musicians backing him up (Buddy Miller and Darrell Scott on guitars in particular) - and Plant finally seems comfortable - glad to be on stage with these great people - even grinning with relish as he revisits rarely-heard Led Zep album tracks. Wisely too he gives solo slots to Miller, Scott and Griffin - all of whom carry the limelight with shockingly good voices and an ability to play most famous musicians under the table. The four even do an Acapella piece at the end that is more than impressive.

But inevitably it's when the evening touches on stuff from Zep II like "Ramble On" and Zep III like "Tangerine" and "Gallows Pole" - then things just lift off into another stratosphere. Plant has re-arranged the songs so that they now sound like the unplugged feel of the "No Quarter" sessions but with a more rocking band and a grittier edge. The results are fantastic. There are also brilliantly reconstructed versions of "Black Dog" and "Rock And Roll" from "Zep IV" and a funkily cool reworking of "Houses Of The Holy".

Released July 2012 - the picture quality (on BLU RAY) is superb - the gig intimate - and the crowd responsive. And even if you don't know the newer material - the songs are very strong melodically and played with superb feeling by musicians who have a lifetime of musical knowledge flowing through their veins. The only downsides would be that the extras are short - and the gig could have been longer. I actually wanted more - and not less.

To sum up - you can't help but feel that Percy has always been smart - constantly trying to evolve himself and his knowledge of what he loves. And this superbly musical gig sees him finally arrive at a place where he's here in his future and at peace with his past. And we mere mortals can get to enjoy both.

Recommended like a "Hey Hey Mama..."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVE OR WHAT...FABULOUS DVD IN SNOWY NASHVILLE !, 5 Aug. 2012
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The CD of Robert Plant with the Band Of Joy was OK without being outstanding as we'd expect from the man,but this truly superb DVD is another level altogether. Songs from the album,some old Zepellin songs including amazing versions of 'Black Dog','Ramble On' and 'Gallows Pole' that simply are unmissable.Also a song on which Buddy Miller sings 'Somewhere Trouble Don't Go' is an absolute standout with Mr. Plant playing some fine harmonica. All recorded live in Nashville obviously on a snowy winters day, but this set really turns up the heating in a big way.My only quibble is why little inserts of Robert chatting are added between some songs when there is a full interview that's very interesting on the bonus section. The Band Of Joy are as a band simply awesome, Robert's in great voice and with the excellent Patty Griffin on backing vocals and acoustic guitar this adds upto one of the best music DVD's of the year. If your a Robert Plant fan this is unmissable, if not get it anyway because I just don't see how anyone could not enjoy and get to tap their toes to such an amazing gig as this. 5 STARS ALKL THE WAY !
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5.0 out of 5 stars who needs Led zeppelin, 18 Feb. 2014
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A true artist who could easily fritter away his talents by touring with his old band and filling stadium and taking the money. You can tell he still gets Joy ( forgive me) from playing music in whatever style excites him at that moment and God bless him for it. If one day that invloves his old mates, great, if not I wont cry either way.

JImmy you better get your chops together just in case , you KNOW what I mean.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concert in amazing setting, 1 July 2013
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Plant joined by stellar musicians interpreting newer Plant-songs, own songs and Zep-songs. Outcome is very personal and in places very impressive. However, in my opinion not quite as electric as Plant & The Strange Sensation. Picture and sound work is spot-on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars robert plays superb, 18 April 2013
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i purchase this blu ray to see mr plant in the live area and to say he is in his 60s can still get the notes a word for the fantastic musians he has got fantastic highly recomended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Plant Live at the Artists Den, 8 Sept. 2012
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Brilliant,Brilliant,i'm not a fan of Country and Western but when you hear this blu-ray with the great artists it has made me think again;it's of excellent quality and sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Band of Joy, 18 Aug. 2012
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Forget all about ego's and music genres, make this the last thing you watch one night and go to bed happy. It is brilliant !
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, 19 July 2012
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This is simply a must see, must hear concert of "absolute beauty". Truly brilliant! Just buy it, pour a glass of red, turn the lights down low and the volume and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great band having a good time, 18 Feb. 2015
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I lost interest in the members of Zep after they split because nothing they did subsequently came anywhere near the perfection of those incredible albums. But then came Raising Sand and suddenly good old Planty had returned to form. Band of Joy continues his resurgence. This is an excellent concert with a bit of eveything thrown in - rock, country, blues (and yes) a few Zep goodies as well. My particular favourite is Gallows Pole which is taken quite a way from the Zep version but the song remains the same. (sorry, couldn't resisist that). Rock and Roll is pretty faithful to the Zep version and it really rocks!
The whole band are excellent and are clearly having a great time judging by their gleeful expressions. I just wish I had been there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Feb. 2015
With Percy Plants ever growing status as the one member of Led Zep to actually continue to do anything interesting and not live on past glories, all fans should pick up this superb DVD from a show a couple of years back.
Truly Desirable Material throughout the show and a dynamic performance from Robert and band..
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