The Epic 2017 Project #230: 170818
Plant & Page – No Quarter (1994)
OK you lucky lot. Today you’re getting eight episodes of ‘Epic’ all on the same day; essentially because I’m away for a week with no possibility of updating blogs etc.
And the final episode, bringing us up to date before my next posting on Saturday 19 August is ‘No Quarter’, a live album by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, released by Atlantic Records on 14 October 1994. The long-awaited reunion between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant occurred on a 90-minute “UnLedded” MTV project, recorded in Morocco, Wales, and London.
In addition to acoustic numbers, the album features a reworking of Led Zeppelin classics featuring a Moroccan string band and Egyptian orchestra supplementing a core group of rock and roll musicians, along with four Middle-Eastern and Moroccan-influenced songs: “City Don’t Cry”, “Yallah” (or “The Truth Explodes”), “Wonderful One”, and “Wah Wah”.
The album was #4 on debut on the Billboard’s Pop Albums chart.
Several years later, Plant reflected on the collaboration very positively:
The will and the eagerness with Unledded were fantastic and [Page] was really creative. Jimmy and I went in a room and it was back. His riffs were spectacular. To take it as far as we did, and the tour we did – it’s one of the most ambitious and mind altering experiences.