Date: Sun, 4 Dec 1994 21:54:28 -0500
From: Steven Wheeler
To: email@example.com (Digital Graffiti)
Subject: A favourable review of "No Quarter"
Here's a review that appeared in the _Sunday_Examiner_ this last weekend by
the local music reviewer-type guy. He usually does really good reviews and
I am pleased to say this was no exception! The maximum rating is *****
which is "Essential" while **** is "Brilliant".
JIMMY PAGE AND ROBERT PLANT UNLEDDED
The eastern sound of Led Zeppelin's dreamy epic tune Kashmir was always a
tantalising, isolated example of where the band might head next.
Then the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980 extinguished the band.
Fourteen years later guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant
return with four new tunes and 10 oldies backed by Egyptian musicians and a
There is no Stairway To Heaven or Black Dog on NO QUARTER (Fontana/
Phonogram) but that's no loss, truly.
The stripped back versions of the now bluesy and abridged Nobody's
Fault But Mine and the majestic No Quarter show just how good the tunes are
without the overblown arrangements.
Under-rated Zep tunes like Thank You, That's The Way, Friends and the
spine-tingling Since I've Been Loving You sound as good or better than
they're ever sounded.
The album stompers are the wailing mandolin-driven Battle Of Evermore
and the perennial favourite, the rollicking folk song Gallows Pole.
To create this album full of arabesque sounds Page and Plant made
disciplined use of an Egyptian ensemble and a string orchestra.
It's a ploy that could have ended in self-indulgent disaster but
triumphantly it doesn't.
Page's guitar is mostly low-key although he does let rip on Since I've
Been Loving You and provides the ragged edge to the lush, big sound of the
Vocally Plant is superb. On the slower songs his voice is a husky,
bluesy tone, and he flies all over the rockers with his signature falsetto
Four Sticks is given a suitably primitive sound with Egyptian
percussion while of the new songs, City Don't Cry and the jangly acoustic
Wonderful One are worthy of a place on the album.
Like the Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge album Plant and Page's No
Quarter proves that ageing rock doesn't have to be cabaret.
- Rod Whinnett-Smith
And by the way, "Wah Wah" _is_ on the Australian version of the album,
although not on the US one.
And, even better, "No Quarter" has moved to number one on the Australian
album charts! Woohoo! It has displaced Kylie Minogue which makes me even