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Date: Sun, 4 Dec 1994 21:54:28 -0500 From: Steven Wheeler To: zeppelin-l@cornell.edu (Digital Graffiti) Subject: A favourable review of "No Quarter" Message-ID: <199412050254.NAA07044@lawson.its.utas.edu.au> 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 -No Quarter **** 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 string orchestra. 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 lovely Kashmir. 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 flourishes. 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 happier! Regards, Steve.

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