Robert Plant Bridges The Musical Divide

Robert Plant Rises From The Ashes With Pictures at Eleven

by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator January 16, 2017

Robert Plant’s first post-Led Zeppelin Solo Album featured Robbie Blunt from Robert Plant’s Pre Led Zeppelin group ‘Band of Joy’ on guitar, Cozy Powell & Phil Collins Share Drum Duties, Paul Martinez on Bass Guitar and Jeff Woodroffe on Keyboards.  This is a great album that helps bridge the gap between the mourning of John Bonham and the celebration of a new musical day.  A musical journey mostly free of Led Zeppelin, a journey that continues to this day.  This album represents the best of both worlds.  Paul Martinez played bass on the next two Robert Plant albums as well.  Once Martinez left the band, Robert Plant’s musical direction veered much further away from Led Zeppelin than it ever had before.

Robert Plant Pictures at eleven, The Laguna Spectator
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I am not saying that is a good or a bad thing.  It just is what it is.  I prefer this era of solo Plant material the most.  Albums from this era included: Pictures and Eleven, The Principle of Moments and Shaken and Stirred.   Each album contained wonderful moments of Led Zeppelin nostalgia to keep me on this musical journey.  After Martinez left the band, so did my interest in the new music that was being put out.  Out of habit, I forced myself to appreciate the next couple of solo albums but it was never the same after that.