In February 2018, I came across an article about Robert Plant and his current group, the Sensational Space Shifters, who’ve been together since 2012! My, I’m behind in tracking his post-Led Zeppelin career trajectory.
I’ve written at some length about my love/hate affair with Led Zeppelin, who were innovative thieves. I have more than half of their albums in one format or another, as well as the boxed set. FWIW, ten folks answered this Quora question: Why did Plant and Jimmy Page treat John Paul Jones like dirt after Led Zeppelin disbanded?
I own at least four of the first six solo albums of Robert Plant. I have the Honeydrippers one-off from 1984, with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, on cassette, if I can find it. I also bought a Page/Plant CD.
My wife is a big fan of bluegrass star Alison Krauss, who we saw play live in 2003. So I got her the Raising Sand CD with Plant and Krauss for Christmas in 2007. She thought it was too loud – I disagree – so I stole it back.
My fascination with his group Band of Joy from 2010/2011 is that there’s a cover of a song my father used to sing.
Plant said in that newspaper interview that he keeps in shape by falling “in love about every 18 months. I do my best to be in love with life. I like to see the sparkle that exists and the kindness and the charm of the world, as well as the mess.”
Listen to songs by Robert Plant:
Big Log (#20 in 1983)
In the Mood (#39 in 1984)
Little by Little (#35 in 1984)
Sea of Love – the Honeydrippers (#3 in 1985)
(Good) Rockin’ At Midnight – the Honeydrippers (#25 in 1985)
Tall Cool One (#25 in 1988)
Ship of Fools (#84 in 1988)
Hurting, Kind (#46 in 1990)
29 Palms (#111 in 1993)
Darkness Darkness (2002)
Rich Woman – with Alison Krauss (#118 in 2009)
Please Read The Letter – with Alison Krauss (#120 in 2009, Record of the Year award at the 2009 Grammy Awards)
Cindy I’ll Marry You One Day – Band of Joy (2010)
Carry Fire – Sensational Space Shifters (2017)
Bluebirds Over the Mountains – Sensational Space Shifters (2017)