No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded

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No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded
Live album by Page & Plant
Released 8 November 1994 (1994-11-08)
Recorded August 1994
Genre Rock
Length 75:38 (Original version)
79:32 (2004 reissue)
Label Atlantic
Producer Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Page & Plant chronology
No Quarter
(1994)
Walking into Clarksdale
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

No Quarter is a live album by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, both formerly of English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released by Atlantic Records on 14 October 1994. The long awaited reunion between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant occurred on a 90-minute "UnLedded" MTV project, recorded in Morocco, Wales, and London, which rated highly on network television. It was not a reunion of Led Zeppelin, however, as former bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones was not present. In fact, Jones was not even told about the reunion by his former band mates. He later commented that he was unhappy about Plant and Page naming the album after "No Quarter", a Led Zeppelin song which was largely his work.

In addition to acoustic numbers, the album features a reworking of Led Zeppelin classics, along with four Middle-Eastern and Moroccan-influenced songs: "City Don't Cry", "Yallah" (or "The Truth Explodes"), "Wonderful One", and "Wah Wah".

The album was #4 on debut on the Billboard's Pop Albums chart.

Several years later, Plant reflected on the collaboration very positively:

The will and the eagerness with Unledded were fantastic and [Page] was really creative. Jimmy and I went in a room and it was back. His riffs were spectacular. To take it as far as we did, and the tour we did – it's one of the most ambitious and mind altering experiences.[2]

Legacy[edit]

In July 2014, Guitar World ranked No Quarter at number 17 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[3]

CD Track listing[edit]

All songs by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, except where noted.

Original version[edit]

Initially, the album was released in the United States with the following tracks:

  1. "Nobody's Fault but Mine" – 4:06
  2. "Thank You" – 5:47
  3. "No Quarter" (John Paul Jones/Page/Plant) – 3:45
  4. "Friends" – 4:37
  5. "Yallah" – 4:59
  6. "City Don't Cry" – 6:08
  7. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Jones/Page/Plant) – 7:29
  8. "The Battle of Evermore" – 6:41
  9. "Wonderful One" – 4:57
  10. "That's the Way" – 5:35
  11. "Gallows Pole" (Traditional arr. Page/Plant) – 4:09
  12. "Four Sticks" – 4:52
  13. "Kashmir" (Page/Plant/John Bonham) – 12:27
  • In international releases, "Wah Wah" was included before "That's the Way".

2004 reissue[edit]

For the tenth anniversary, the album was re-released with a different cover and the following tracklist:

  1. "Nobody's Fault but Mine" – 3:57
  2. "No Quarter" (Jones/Page/Plant) – 3:47
  3. "Friends" – 4:35
  4. "The Truth Explodes" (formerly known as "Yallah") (Page/Plant) – 4:42
  5. "The Rain Song" – 7:29
  6. "City Don't Cry" [Edit] – 3:15
  7. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Jones/Page/Plant) – 7:28
  8. "The Battle of Evermore" – 6:40
  9. "Wonderful One" [Edit] – 3:23
  10. "Wah Wah" – 5:24
  11. "That's the Way" – 5:37
  12. "Gallows Pole" (Traditional arr. Page/Plant) – 4:17
  13. "Four Sticks" – 4:57
  14. "Kashmir" (Page/Plant/Bonham) – 12:36

"Gallows Pole" and "Wonderful One" were released as singles.

DVD release[edit]

Cover to the DVD

The tenth anniversary of the recording of the Unledded concerts was commemorated by a DVD release of additional songs, a bonus interview, a montage of images from Morocco, the band's performance of "Black Dog" for Dick Clark's American Music Awards and the music video for "Most High" from the Walking into Clarksdale album. The songs included on the DVD release not included on either CD release were "What Is and What Should Never Be" and "When the Levee Breaks". To compensate for their absence from the Live Aid DVD release, Plant and Page donated a portion of their proceeds to the Band Aid Trust.

DVD Track listing[edit]

  1. "No Quarter" (Jones/Page/Plant)
  2. "Thank You"
  3. "What Is And What Should Never Be"
  4. "The Battle of Evermore"
  5. "Gallows Pole" (Traditional arr. Page/Plant)
  6. "Nobody's Fault but Mine"
  7. "City Don't Cry"
  8. "The Truth Explodes" (formerly known as "Yallah") (Page/Plant)
  9. "Wah Wah"
  10. "When the Levee Breaks"
  11. "Wonderful One"
  12. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Jones/Page/Plant)
  13. "The Rain Song"
  14. "That's the Way"
  15. "Four Sticks"
  16. "Friends"
  17. "Kashmir" (Page/Plant/Bonham)
Bonus material
  • "Black Dog" (performed at the ABC American Music Awards)
  • Moroccan Montage
  • "Most High" music video
  • Interview

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Metal Hammer UK Metal Hammer Albums of '94[4] 1994 14
Mojo UK The 25 Best Albums of 1994[5] 1994 11
Raw UK Raw Albums of the Year[6] 1994 14
Mojo UK Mojo 100 Modern Classics[7] 2001 42

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak Position
UK Albums Chart[8] 7
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 10
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[10] 4
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[11] 2
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[12] 3
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 16
German Albums Chart[14] 18
Dutch Albums Chart[15] 33
Austrian Albums Chart[16] 27
New Zealand RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart[17] 13
French Albums Chart[18] 8

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Gallows Pole" US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[19] 2
1994 "Gallows Pole" Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[20] 14
1994 "Gallows Pole" French Singles Chart[21] 50
1994 "Gallows Pole" UK Singles Chart[22] 35
1995 "Gallows Pole" Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart[23] 46
1995 "Thank You" US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[24] 8
1995 "Thank You" Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[25] 40

Video[edit]

Sales certifications[edit]

Album
Chart (1994) Peak Position
US Billboard Comprehensive Music Video Chart[26] 2
Chart (1995) Peak Position
US Billboard Top Music Video Chart[27] 4
US Billboard Top VHS Sales Chart[28] 15
Hungarian MAHASZ Top 20 DVDs Chart[29] 3
Australian ARIA Music DVD Chart
Country Sales Certification
Canada (CRIA) 200,000+ 2x Platinum[30]
United States (RIAA) 1,000,000+ Platinum[31]
United Kingdom (BPI) 100,000+ Gold[32]
Video
Country Sales Certification
Argentina (CAPIF) 40,000+ Platinum[33]
United States (RIAA) 100,000+ Platinum[34]
Australia (ARIA) 15,000+ Platinum[35]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Additional notes[edit]

Recorded at Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakesh, Morocco; Slate quarry near Corris & Dolgoch Falls, Wales; London, England.

  • Catalogue: Atlantic 82706-2-4-1 (US)

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