Led Zeppelin History – June 29

This one is post-Led Zeppelin history…

Today in 1982 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant released his first post-Zeppelin solo album, Pictures at Eleven. Genesis drummer Phil Collins played drums on six of the album’s eight songs, while ex-Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell handled drums on the other two. The album was one of the last ever to be released on Zeppelin’s Swan Song label; Swan Song would be defunct by the following year and Plant would create his own label for the rest of his works.

Plant’s first music since the breakup of Led Zeppelin two years earlier, Pictures at Eleven is a valiant effort that fit in nicely with the AOR being played at the time. “Burning Down One Side” and “Pledge Pin” made the Billboard Top 10, but the best track (in my opinion), is “Far Post”, the B-side of the “Burning Down” single. It did not make it onto the album and was only available as that B-side until it was released as a bonus track on the 2007 re-mastered version of the album. Check it out if you get the chance.

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