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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Sing My Song...", 7 Aug 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 Sep 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 7 Dec 2012
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If I didn't know Percy's other stuff I'd be impressed. As it is, this performance is quite lacklustre compared to, say, Plant and the Strange Sensation, and the blu-ray audio is not the best... The arrangements and musicians are fairly pedestrian and uninspiring. Some good rockin' however. Not sure how often I'll have this in my player when I have a choice of Zeppelin Celebration Day and the aforementioned Strange Sensation (even tho the latter is only DVD).
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