Robert Plant - Band Of Joy

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Band Of Joy is the ninth studio album by English singer and songwriter Robert Plant, released in September 2010 by Es Paranza Records.

Band Of Joy was the name of  Plant’s Black Country psychedelic folk group of the late ‘60s and his revival of its name and spirit in 2010 is of no small significance. Certainly, it’s an explicit suggestion that Plant is getting back to his roots, which is true to an extent.

The original Band Of Joy was unrecorded outside of a handful of demos, so there is no indication of whether this 2010 incarnation sounds anything at all like the ‘60s band but the communal vibe that pulsates throughout this album hearkens back to the age of hippies as much as it is an outgrowth of Raising Sand, Plant’s striking duet album with Alison Krauss.

Such blurred borders are commonplace on Band Of Joy, where American and English folk meld, where the secular and sacred walk hand in hand, where the past is not past and the present is not rootless. Assisted a band of roots iconoclasts highlighted by harmonist Patty Griffin, Plant finds fiercely original music within other people’s songs, nabbing two songs from slow-core stalwarts Low, cherry-picking relative obscurities from Richard & Linda Thompson and Los Lobos, digging back to find forgotten songs from the heyday of honky tonk and traditional folk tunes not often sung.

Some of these songs feel like they’ve been around forever and some feel fresh, but not in conventional ways: Low’s “Silver Rider” and “Monkey” feel like ancient, unearthed backwoods laments and the riotous “You Can’t Buy My Love” feels as if it was written yesterday.

Much of the wonder of Band Of Joy lies in these inventive interpretations but the magic lies in the performances themselves. Never as austere as the clean, tasteful impressionism of Raising Sand, Band Of Joy is bold and messy, teeming with life to its very core. It’s as a joyous a record as you’ll ever hear, a testament that the power of music lies not in its writing but in its performance.

Check out the tracks: “Angel Dance” and “House Of Cards”.

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with etched Side 4, is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(0602527483382)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Angel Dance

3:49

A2

House Of Cards

3:13

A3

Central Two-O-Nine

2:48

A4

Silver Rider

6:06

B1

You Can’t Buy My Love

3:10

B2

Falling In Love Again

3:36

B3

The Only Sound That Matters

3:43

B4

Monkey

4:58

C1

Cindy, I’ll Marry You Someday

3:36

C2

Harm’s Swift Way

4:17

C3

Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down

4:12

C4

Even This Shall Pass Away

4:03

D

Etching

 

SKU 0602527483382
Record Label Es Paranza Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 2748338
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 18 November 2010
Original Release Date (Year) 14 September 2010
Barcode # 0602527483382
Shipping Weight 0.6000kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Etching Side D, Printed Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP

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