Now & Zen [Bonus Tracks]

Now & Zen [Bonus Tracks]

by Robert Plant

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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After years of trying to separate himself from his legendary status as Led Zeppelin's frontman, Robert Plant finally reconciles with his past on Now & Zen. He borrows a few Zeppelin riffs, and even enlists Jimmy Page to play guitar on the hit "Tall Cool One." This album is also notable in that it marks his first collaboration with keyboardist Phil Johnstone, who would continue to play and write with Plant on subsequent albums. Musically, the album relies on standard rock arrangements except that the vocals and drums are at the forefront and keyboards instead of guitars are used to fill out the sound. Although most of the album is comprised of midtempo songs aimed at rock radio, Plant includes the lovely ballad "Ship of Fools," which demonstrates that he is more than capable of vocal subtlety. Plant, who often uses mysterious (and mystical) lyrics, writes some of his most direct songs, and the way in which the lyrics complement the melodic arrangements are partially responsible for the commercial success of Now & Zen. This is Robert Plant's best solo album, and a must-own for fans of Led Zeppelin. [The 2007 edition features three bonus tracks: live versions of "Ship of Fools," "Billy's Revenge" and "Tall Cool One."]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227416225
catalogNumber: 74162
Rank: 14075

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Plant   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kirsty MacColl   Background Vocals
Jimmy Page   Guitar,Soloist
Marie Pierre   Background Vocals
Chuck Blackwell   Percussion,Drums
Doug Boyle   Guitar
Toni Halliday   Background Vocals
Phil Johnstone   Keyboards
Jerry Wayne   Vocals,Voiceover
Phil Scragg   Bass
Charlie Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

Robert Plant   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Doug Boyle   Composer
Tim Burrell   Engineer
Bill Curbishley   Management
Phil Johnstone   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tim Palmer   Producer,Audio Production
Martin Russell   Engineer
David Barrett   Composer,Engineer
Rob Bozas   Engineer
Jonathan Dee   Engineer
Robert Crash   Composer
Richard Evans   Art Direction
Ed Vulliamy   Liner Notes

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