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Robert Plant - And the Sensational Spaceshifters - Live at David Lynch's Festival of Disruption

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Arie van der Graaf Format: DVD
Release date: 2018-02-09 Year: 2018
Label: USM
Genre: Classic Rock,  Folk Rock
Producer: Tate Dendall
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Review

Robert Plant's solo career nowadays is very different from the days in Led Zeppelin.

So if you expect only Led Zeppelin style here you will find this release to be a surprise.

For those that are got to know his Folk/Worldmusic style which he embraced with The Sensational Spaceshifters, combined with Blues and a littlebit of Rock, this one is for you.

Their music includes African rythms with the use of some exotic instruments.

In October 2016, during his Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar tour, Plant performed at David Lynch's Festival of Disruption.This show was filmed and is now released as this concert DVD.

The show starts with two tracks from Lullaby, "Poor Howard" and "Turn It Up." The first having African rhythms, during the song which build in intesity more instruments are included giving the song a fantastic vibe while the crowd is pulled towards the sound. Plant as always gives his talented voice with incredible feel and emotion.

On the follower, they group embraces a more familliar sound being bombastic with a very cool rythm. A highlight.

"Black Dog," is one of 4 Led Zeppelin tracks on this release but the sound is very different from the original, stripped down in power which to me does not do the song credit.

"Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You," Is brought with a sound closer to Led Zep. Robert gives a fantastic vocal range performance here showing he's still got it.

"Little Maggie" follows and like before Plant and the spaceshifters show us their fantastic skills.

Robert goes on a journey back to the roots with a fantastic performance of the medley "Hoochie Coochie Man," Whole Lotta Love" and "Mona.". For me this is by no doubt and by far the absolute highlight on this release.

Closing the album in style with another Zeppelin song "Going To California." Robert once more shows his fantastic vocal skills which are still amazing after so many years on stage.

The DVD Bonus features include short statementst and interviews with David Lynch on meditation, creativity and music. Off course all benefits for this release are for the David Lynch Foundation but it has nothing to do with the performance itself. It would have been better if they would have included an interview with Robert Plant as a comment on the foundation or even meditation instead. Robert Plant also does not actively promote this release himself.

 

Looking back at the dvd the only thing that is really annoying to me is the ever going on use of almost only blue lights. The recording quality is normal which is often the case at festival recordings somehow.

 


Tracklisting

Poor Howard
Turn It Up
Black Dog
Medley: The Enchanter / Rainbow
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
Little Maggie
Medley: Hoochie Coochie Man / Whole Lotta Love / Mona
Going To California



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