The Principle of Moments

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The Principle of Moments
Studio album by Robert Plant
Released 11 July 1983
Recorded 1983 at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales
Genre Rock, hard rock, Arena rock[1]
Length 38:50
Label Es Paranza
Producer Robert Plant, Benji LeFevre, Pat Moran
Robert Plant chronology
Pictures at Eleven
(1982)
The Principle of Moments
(1983)
Shaken 'n' Stirred
(1985)

The Principle of Moments is the second solo album by former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. It was Plant's second top 10 album in the US and UK. It also gave him his first solo Top 40 hit with "Big Log". The most popular track on album-oriented rock radio in the US was "Other Arms", which reached number one on the Billboard Top Tracks chart. Genesis drummer Phil Collins played drums for six of the album's eight songs (as he did on Pictures at Eleven). On the other two tracks former Jethro Tull drummer Barriemore Barlow performed.

Like Plant's first solo album, Pictures at Eleven, the songs departed from the hard rock of Led Zeppelin. Following the strength of these albums, Plant launched a successful tour in 1983. Phil Collins was the drummer for Plant's band on this tour. Collins was content to perform in the background, despite his own enormous success as a solo artist and with Genesis at the time. Little Feat's Richie Hayward played drums for the Australasian leg of the tour.

Rhino Entertainment released a remastered edition of the album, with bonus tracks, on 3 April 2007.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Other Arms" (Robert Plant, Robbie Blunt) – 4:20
  2. "In the Mood" (Plant, Blunt, Paul Martinez) – 5:19
  3. "Messin' with the Mekon" (Plant, Blunt, Martinez) – 4:40
  4. "Wreckless Love" (Plant, Blunt) – 5:18

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Thru' with the Two Step" (Plant, Blunt, Martinez) – 5:33
  2. "Horizontal Departure" (Plant, Blunt, Martinez, Jezz Woodroffe) – 4:19
  3. "Stranger Here... Than Over There" (Plant, Blunt, Martinez, Woodroffe) – 4:18
  4. "Big Log" (Plant, Blunt, Woodroffe) – 5:03

2007 remaster bonus tracks[edit]

  • "In the Mood" (Live) – 7:35
  • "Thru' with the Two Step" (Live) – 11:11
  • "Lively Up Yourself" (Live) (Bob Marley) – 3:04
  • "Turnaround" (Plant, Blunt, Martinez, Woodroffe) – 4:55

Live tracks recorded in Houston, TX in 1983.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1983 UK Albums Chart 7
1983 US Billboard 200 8

Singles and album tracks

Year Title Chart Position
1983 "Big Log" UK Singles Chart 11
1983 "Big Log" US Billboard Hot 100 20
1983 "In the Mood" US Billboard Hot 100 39
1983 "Other Arms" US Billboard Top Tracks 1
1983 "Big Log" US Billboard Top Tracks 6
1983 "In the Mood" US Billboard Top Tracks 4
1983 "Horizontal Departure" US Billboard Top Tracks 44

Music videos[edit]

The music video for "Big Log" was shot at the following locations: Crystal Road, Crystal, Nevada (gas station sequences), the Amargosa Opera House, Death Valley Junction, California (driving and "feather" sequence), Calico School House (Calico Ghost Town) Yermo, California (schoolhouse sequence), Glass Pool Inn, Las Vegas, Nevada (pool sequence). The bar sequence is believed to have been shot at a small bar in Shoshone, California (now the Crow Bar Cafe & Saloon), though this is unconfirmed.

Another video for "In the Mood" was also produced. [1]

Tour[edit]

In 1983, Robert Plant went on a tour to promote the album, starting on August 26 in Peoria, Illinois, and ending on October 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tour dates[edit]

References[edit]

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