Artist: Robert Plant
Title: Pictures At Eleven
Label: Swan Song
Musicians: Robbie Blunt-guitars, Paul Martinez-bass, Jeff Woodroffe-keyboards & synths, Phil Collins & Cory Powell-drums, Robert Plant -vocals, Raphael Ravenscroft-sax
Producer: Robert Plant
Engineer: Pat Moran
Ok, everybody knows who Robert Plant is, so I won’t go into a long-winded story. In fact, I don’t need to say anything in that regard.
So, on to this LP. After Led Zeppelin dissolved in December 1980 (following the death of drummer John Bonham), Plant briefly considered abandoning music to pursue a career as a teacher in the Rudolf Steiner education system; going so far as to be accepted for teacher-training. He nevertheless embarked on a successful solo career, helped by encouragement from Genesis drummer Phil Collins, who would go on to play with him.
Pictures at Eleven is the debut solo album by former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, released in 1982. Genesis drummer Phil Collins played drums for six of the album’s eight songs. Ex-Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell handled drums on “Slow Dancer” and “Like I’ve Never Been Gone.” The title is an often-heard phrase in U.S. television news that would follow a brief announcement of a story of interest to be shown later during a station’s 11 p.m. news program. Pictures at Eleven is the only one of Plant’s solo albums to appear on Led Zeppelin’s record label Swan Song. By the time of Plant’s next release, 1983’s The Principle of Moments, Swan Song had ceased to function and Plant had started his own label titled Es Paranza, which would also be distributed by Atlantic Records.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictures_at_Eleven
The sound quality is not bad at all for the early 80’s. I don’t know the exact provenance, but it was pressed correctly.
Burning Down One Side – This track starts the album off with a bang. While Mr. Plant may not agree with me, I think this song has the classic Led Zeppelin flavor to it, except with a synthesizer in the mix. I’m not sure if I like the synth on this song, but to me it’s still good. A nice strong song, the way we like it. This is one of the songs that feature Phil Collins on drums.
Moonlight In Samosa – Pretty ok guitar work in this and good lyrics.
Pledge Pin – This may be the weakest track on the LP. It seems ill-fitted to a degree and here is nothing outstanding about it.
Slow Dancer – This is not only the longest track, but may well be the best track on the whole album in my opinion. It has a slight flavor of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir (Who isn’t a fan of that epic song?) and crazy good drumming. Just listen to the double kick bass drum work. I think Cory Powell takes the drum duties on this one, it doesn’t say.
Worse Than Detroit – To me, this song has a pop/rock feel to it, sounding a bit like under a heavy Aerosmith influence. Not the best track, but carried off well and has an interesting guitar/harmonica break.
Fat Lip – Another song with a pop feel and nothing outstanding on this one. This also has what sounds to me like a drum machine being used. If I did not know better, I’d almost call this one filler.
Like I’ve Never Been Gone – Ah, back to a more sophisticated structure with this track. It has a more signature sound and is one of the better tracks on the LP.
Mystery Title – I guess the title was hard to come by on this one, but this works as well. This song is not bad, but not that good either.
Slow Dancer: https://youtu.be/cQVDGHKpFAY