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"It's just recovery baby, just recovery",
By A Customer
This review is from: Now and Zen (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.