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Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation - Soundstage: Live

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First ever DVD from Robert Plant. Features both solo and Led Zeppelin material, including: "No Quarter," "Shine It All Around," "Black Dog," "Freedom Fries," "Four Sticks," "Tin Pan Valley," "Gallow's Pole,""The Enchanter," "Whole Lotta Love, " "Hey Joe," and more. Filmed in Hi Definition on PBS' Soundstage program during Plant's 2005 Mighty Rearranger tour. Total run time: 66 minutes. Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.

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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Zoe Records
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IFRR9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Luis C. Diaz on November 11, 2006
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I have been pleasently surprise with Robert Plant's work since he decided to carry on with a solo career after Led Zeppeling. He has not followed the nostalgia road trying to do do the same Zep songs over and over. He has explored his interest and vocal possibilities taking advantage of the moment. His last couple of albums, Dreamland and Mighty Rearrenger are true gems. These albums have been covered in this concert DVD.

The main let down... this concert is only a hour long. I was glued to the TV after a couple of songs and I wished it was not over while looking at the DVD menu and DVD package for secret extra bonus performances that I may have missed! I just wish some marketing genius will grant us a chance to hear and see more concert footage from Robert Plan in the future.

It is true that his voice has aged and that he does not seem to be able to hit the notes as in his 20's... but his performance does not ever tries to sell you his past but the present and he does so with an excelent band and a true and sincere performance!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By a music lover on October 18, 2006
When are the pundits of Plant's solo career and especially the previous reviewers going to grow up and realize Robert Plant has. Zeppelin is NO more so deal with it. Once you can get past that, Robert pLant has had quite a remarkable solo career. Some may say it's been a bit uneven but overall it has been quite diverse and he's done things his way.

On to the review--All I can say is this was worth the wait. The video is stunningly clear even though I still have a conventional CRT TV and regular old DVD player, no upsampling or HDMI or fancy component video output. The filiming and editing are done just right, no quick cuts and the producer actually seems to know what's going on in the songs because he cuts to certain instruments at precisely the right time for the most impact. The audio is 2 channel PCM or 5.1 surround and the realism is striking. All the instruments, and there are many of them, are clear and can be heard thru out the mix. It's a very complex soundtrack and the engineer captures every little nuance of each tribal drum, guitar, looped sequence and spaced out electronic sound. Nothing is missing and the intruments are well placed so they can be pinpointed on stage. The only exception is the swirling electronic keyboards which come from every direction as intended.

If you haven't heard anything from his latest release which was 2005's Mighty ReArranger some of the textures and hip-hop beats of the songs might suprise you. All of the Zeppelin songs are reworked in a way that still show the roots of the song but no one is trying to imitate Jimmy Page or John Paul Jones or John Bonham, and I for one find that very refreshing.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on October 22, 2006
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I saw THE MIGHTY REARRANGER tour in Albuquerque, at a beautiful, outdoor venue seating less than 5000 people. The show started right after a rainstorm nearly rained it out, but instead, the sky cleared and it was a fantastic night.

I agree that some of Plant's solo stuff isn't too great. I enjoyed individual songs here and there, but much was forgettable. However, to me, THE MIGHTY REARRANGER album is his strongest solo work. Not because it sounds most like Led Zep...but because the music is intricate, atmospheric and allows Plant to show off his amazing voice in a range that he can handle at his age. It's "trippy" but it's also thoughtful and lovely.

The tour showcased several songs from this album and then a number of great Led Zep covers, plus Hey Joe from Hendrix. That's it. No other "solo"work. It was a great concert, and getting to see a high-quality version of it is an exciting prospect. I'm mostly bummed that the DVD is only 66 minutes. The show I saw as more like 100 minutes, so I know some choice things will be missing.

But to me, it's worth it to recapture some of that great night, and to enjoy a really tight band (The Strange Sensation are a darn talented group of musicians) and a classic singer with enough charisma to totally blow away any weaknesses in his aging voicebox.

If you aren't familiar with THE MIGHTY REARRANGER album, start there. It's a must own, in my opinion. Then if you like it as I think you will, go for the DVD to enjoy Plant in his element...as a live performer.

(And in response to the guy who keeps updating his posts with negative comments...you might notice that I have a few hundred reviews, and they aren't all for Led Zep. I just happen to like this stuff. Sorry you don't. I'll go place my order now.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matt on November 1, 2006
Soundstage presents

Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation DVD

Having been fortunate enough to have seen Led Zeppelin in concert as well as several Robert Plant solo excursions I was eager to watch his first ever live DVD brought to us by the wonderfully intimate PBS series, Soundstage. Robert's diminished vocal range may be reflective of his unwanted AARP card carrying status but it's his boyish charm and love of performing that keeps his fans cheering and the lemon squeezers squeezing.

Using the same Middle Eastern "soundscape" formula that worked so well for him and Jimmy Page on their "Unledded" release, "No Quarter" Robert opens up in fact with, "No Quarter" from Led Zeppelin's majestic "Houses of The Holy" album. Even though the "Unledded" release came out in 1994 the familiarity of it all makes this opener come off a bit redundant. "No Quarter" was one of Zep's greatest "head" songs and replacing the songs original spacey keyboard work and howling sound effects once again with Middle Eastern flavorings just seems repetitive. The DVD does kick into gear with the next few songs. "Shine It All Around" has a swirling stadium feel to it and the country honk verses of "Black Dog" combined with an almost exact Zeppelin replication by the band on the chorus brings this Zep classic back in a big way. "Freedom Fries" is a terrific number that once again showcases this very talented group of musicians even though the song's title should have been left on the counter at McDonalds. This remarkable quintet featuring Clive Deamer (drums), John Baggott (keyboards), Billy Fuller (bass) Skin Tyson( guitars ) and Justin Adams playing gimbri, darbouka, and guitar seem to truly understand and co-inhabit Robert's dreamy vision of this newer and more communal Zen Zeppelin.
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