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On his Nonesuch debut, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, singer/songwriter Robert Plant bookends an album of brilliantly realized original material with two versions of the haunting bluegrass tune “Little Maggie,” popularized in the mid-’40s by the Stanley Brothers. In the Stanley Brothers’ hands, the song is mournful yet stoic as the narrator vows to leave for ... Read more in Amazon's Robert Plant Store

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000HWZ5W4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Other Arms
2. In The Mood
3. Messin' With The Mekon
4. Wreckless Love
5. Thru' With The Two Step
6. Horizontal Departure
7. Stranger Here...Than Over There
8. Big Log
9. In The Mood
10. Thru' With The Two Step
11. Lively Up Yourself
12. Turnaround

Editorial Reviews

Robert Plant's Post-Led Zeppelin Solo Career is celebrated with an expanded & remastered edition. The Principle of Moments is a complex and expressive sonic marvel. It includes four rare bonus tracks as well as the previously-unreleased track, "Turnaround."

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When I first heard this album, I was in high school and loved it.
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This is truly a brilliant work of art.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan on June 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's unlikely that an album such as this is going to win over new fans - I'd guess most people buying it are fans from the past. So I'll address the three things those who are considering upgrading will care about:

1. Does it sound better?
2. Are the bonus tracks worthy?
3. Is the booklet any good?

Is the sound better? The quick answer is YES. However, it's a MARGINAL improvement only. It's much louder, so if you play your music with the stereo turned up to 5, then you might only need this disc on 3 (if that makes any sense). There is EVER SO SLIGHTLY more clarity, and the bass is tighter. However, probably only audiophiles will care. It is NOT a "night and day" difference. When you adjust volume levels so the old disc sounds the same loudness wise, the differences are very minor.

Are the bonus tracks worth it? Well there are four here. The first "In the Mood Live" is actually quite bad. Plant's vocal is out of tune on the harmonies, and the mix loses instruments every now and again, pushing the guitar to the back. The second "Thru with the Two Step Live" is pretty good though. It clocks in at 10 minutes, with an extended intro of more than 3 minutes. The mix has settled, and it's a good listen. The third is "Lively Up Yourself Live", a Bob Marley tune. This is a good song, and while Plant simply covers it (not major changes really) it's a fun tune, and it's done by musicians clearly having a good time. Finally, there's "Turnaround", an outtake from the original sessions. This is by far the best bonus track here. I wish they had put it FIRST among the bonus songs, so we could have enjoyed the sessions rather than have to wade through the live stuff first.

All in all, the bonus material is okay.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is just a beautiful album, although a bit too short. It's got a great mix of gorgeous songs and experimental tracks. I adore Phil Collins' drumming and Robbie Blunt's guitar (I wish I knew what other albums Mr. Blunt appears on). It's hard to believe I've been enjoying this album for nearly 20 years now.
A couple of songs deserve special mention. "Thru With the Two-Step" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard - a bit heavier on the keyboards than the usual Plant fare, but that Blunt guitar solo just rips out my guts every time. The emotion and clarity is simply breathtaking.
The other standout is "Big Log". OK, this is where I'm going to sound like a wacko. I don't know how other people react to it, but to me this is one of those very rare songs that I could swear the artist wrote while talking directly to God. Although it's a simple song, the version recorded here is absolutely untouchable in its perfection. It's like everything in the universe somehow lined up to produce the perfect performance of the perfect song.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By 34-year old wallflower on June 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The 1980s held so much promise for Led Zeppelin. Their final album had shown they could make the transition into the digitally-minded decade with ease by toning down the guitar attack in favor of lush keyboards. However, drummer John Bonham's death silenced that notion and the surviving members decided to carry on alone. No surprise, Robert Plant, being the most visible member of Zeppelin, found solo success first. His 1982 debut PICTURES AT ELEVEN sold well thanks to his previous fame with Zeppelin, even peaking at #5 on the charts without a high-selling single. But that album seemed to say that Plant still missed the heavy blues-rock that Zeppelin had all but pioneered. With the follow-up PRINCIPLE OF MOMENTS, Robert probably decided to sever ties with his past once and for all. Indeed, MOMENTS introduces a more pop-oriented facet to Plant's personality, and like the keyboard-based departure that was IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR, it works surprisingly well. The album generated 2 top 40 hits for Plant: the simple yet infectious "In The Mood" and the moody, introspective "Big Log". This was probably due to the airy soundscapes that producers Benji Lefeure, Pat Moran, and Plant himself bring to songs that may have also worked had Jimmy Page had a hand in them. "Mood" proves that blues-shouter Plant could convincingly sing mellow pop, while "Big Log" maintains the mystery of Zeppelin's best work, although some have said it is Robert Plant having a conversation with God (maybe about John Bonham's death), so who knows? Hinting at Led Zeppelin's underrated willingness to experiment, PRINCIPLE OF MOMENTS has its share of more left-field ditties like the eerie "Stranger Here...Than Over There", "Messin' With The Mekon" and "Thru With The Two-Step".Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard W Little on June 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I picked up a copy of Robert Plant's album The Principle of Moments recently, at a used record store in Amherst MA, when my fiancee and I were visiting her old stomping grounds. Released in the early 1980s, this album represents a clear departure from Plant's Led Zeppelin days, sounding quiet and mellow and thoughtful.

When this album first came out, I had only recently begun listening to popular music seriously, and the track "Big Log" made a big impression upon me, which has stuck with me through the years. Its mysterious lyrics and title are part of the draw.

"In the Mood", however, is much less played. I think I missed it when it first came out as a single, all those years ago, and I usually hear nothing more than snippets on the radio. It's definitely underplayed; I have realy enjoyed hearing it on my car stereo this past week, as I drive to and from work. The lyrics are simple; it's the musical arrangement that draws me in.

The other tracks on the disc are OK, in comparison; they act as the acoustic meat between these two gems, at either end of the disc. A worthwhile purchase, used.
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