Jimmy Page and Robert Plant-No Quarter, 1994
Sure, every Zeppelin fan wanted to see some kind of project happen. Unfortunately no John Paul Jones involved here, but we did get Plant and Page together. However it's acoustic and it's live so would this approach work. I remember being both excited and apprehensive about this one. Excited because of who was involved, but apprehensive because of what it might mean if this album was flat. Honestly I was a bit worried about Page more than Plant just because I certainly preferred Plant's solo albums to the Firm, Page's Outrider album and the Coverdale/Page project. Live acoustic albums are difficult to pull off because there is no room for mistakes. Plant and Page not only pulled it off, but they created some different, interesting version of Zeppelin classics plus a couple of new tracks. Of course they have the advantage of having a large entourage of talented musicians backing them up. Yet the two principle players shine all through the album as well. With Plant sounding very vibrant and he hits most of the notes pretty well for being around twenty years after most of these tracks were first recorded. Page comes across strong as well with playing that is both sharp and fluid. There are many elements of middle-eastern music thrown in here and there. This results in giving the old tracks a new flavor. I remember this being an album that fans of different music enjoyed. By 1994 grunge and alternative had taken over, but there were still hard rock fans around. I remember discussing this album with people who were fans of different styles of music but they all enjoyed this album. My favorite tracks include Thank you, No Quarter, City don't cry, The Battle of Evermore, Four Sticks and Kashmir.