No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded
Page & Plant - No Quarter.jpg
Live album by
Released14 October 1994 (UK)
8 November 1994 (US)
RecordedAugust 1994
VenueJemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakesh, Morocco; Slate quarry near Corris and Dolgoch Falls, Wales; London, England
GenreRock
Length75:38 (Original version)
79:32 (2004 reissue)
LabelAtlantic (US/Canada)
Fontana (international)
Producer
Page and Plant chronology
No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded
(1994)
Walking into Clarksdale
(1998)
Robert Plant chronology
Fate of Nations
(1993)
No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded
(1994)
Walking into Clarksdale
(1998)
Jimmy Page chronology
Coverdale•Page
(1993)
No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded
(1994)
Walking into Clarksdale
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

No Quarter is a live album by Jimmy Page and 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. 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 bandmates. 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 featuring a Moroccan string band and Egyptian orchestra supplementing a core group of rock and roll musicians, 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 placed No Quarter on their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, except where noted. Track 10 "Wah Wah" is an extra track not included on the original US and Canada LP, CD, and Cassette 13 track releases, but is included on most other countries releases..

Original version (1994)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original release.Length
1."Nobody's Fault but Mine" Presence (1976)4:06
2."Thank You" Led Zeppelin II (1969)5:47
3."No Quarter"John Paul Jones/Page/PlantHouses of the Holy (1973)3:45
4."Friends" Led Zeppelin III (1970)4:37
5."Yallah" New song4:59
6."City Don't Cry" New song6:08
7."Since I've Been Loving You"Jones/Page/PlantLed Zeppelin III7:29
8."The Battle of Evermore" Led Zeppelin IV (1971)6:41
9."Wonderful One" New song4:57
10."Wah Wah" (not on the U.S. release) New song3:59
11."That's the Way" Led Zeppelin III5:35
12."Gallows Pole"Traditional arr. Page/PlantLed Zeppelin III4:09
13."Four Sticks" Led Zeppelin IV4:52
14."Kashmir"John Bonham/Page/PlantPhysical Graffiti (1975)12:27
Total length:75:38

For the tenth anniversary, the album was re-released with a different cover and altered track listing. "Thank You" was cut, "City Don't Cry" and "Wonderful One" appeared in substantially edited versions, and "The Rain Song" and "Wah Wah" were added. In addition, "Yallah" was retitled, and several other tracks had minor alterations to their running times. The new running order was as follows:

2004 reissue
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Nobody's Fault but Mine" Presence (1976)3:57
2."No Quarter"John Paul Jones/Page/PlantHouses of the Holy (1973)3:47
3."Friends" Led Zeppelin III (1970)4:35
4."The Truth Explodes" (formerly known as "Yallah") New song4:42
5."The Rain Song" Houses of the Holy (1973)7:29
6."City Don't Cry" (edit) New song3:15
7."Since I've Been Loving You"Jones/Page/PlantLed Zeppelin III7:28
8."The Battle of Evermore" Led Zeppelin IV (1971)6:40
9."Wonderful One" (edit) New song3:23
10."Wah Wah" New song5:24
11."That's the Way" Led Zeppelin III5:37
12."Gallows Pole"Traditional arr. Page/PlantLed Zeppelin III4:17
13."Four Sticks" Led Zeppelin IV4:57
14."Kashmir" Physical Graffiti (1975)12:36
Total length:79:32

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

All songs recorded in London except "City Don't Cry", "Wah Wah" and "Yallah" recorded in Morocco; "No Quarter", "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "When the Levee Breaks" recorded in Wales.

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

Personnel[edit]

The songs were recorded in Marrakech, Morocco (spring 1994)[1], on top of a waste tip at a slate quarry in Wales (17 August, 1994)[2] and in a forest in Wales; and in front of an invited audience at London Weekend Television studios over two nights in August, 1994[3].

Musicians in Marrakech (except on Yallah)

London and Wales band (except on No Quarter, Wonderful One)

Egyptian Ensemble (London)

London Metropolitan Orchestra (London)


Production[edit]

  • Jimmy Page – producer
  • Robert Plant – producer
  • Mike Gregovich – engineer, mixing
  • Martin Meissonnier – percussion pre-production on "Yallah (The Truth Explodes)" and "Wonderful One"
  • Andy Earl – photography
  • Cally – design
  • Kevin Shirley – remixed stereo and surround sound for 2004 edition

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

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994/96) Peak Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 2
UK Albums Chart[9] 7
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 10
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[11] 4
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
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[20] 14
French Singles Chart[21] 50
UK Singles Chart[22] 35
1995 Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart[23] 46
"Thank You" US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[24] 8
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[25] 40

Video[edit]

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

Certifications[edit]

Album

Country Sales Certification
Australia (ARIA) 35,000 Gold[30]
Canada (CRIA) 200,000+ 2× Platinum[31]
United States (RIAA) 1,000,000+ Platinum[32]
United Kingdom (BPI) 100,000+ Gold[33]

Video

Country Sales Certification
Argentina (CAPIF) 40,000+ Platinum[34]
United States (RIAA) 100,000+ Platinum[35]
Australia (ARIA) 15,000+ Platinum[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ “I first met Jimmy on Tolworth Broadway, holding a bag of exotic fish...”, Uncut, January 2009, p. 48.
  3. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". GuitarWorld.com. 14 July 2014. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Metal Hammer albums of '94". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  5. ^ "The 25 Best Albums of 1994". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Raw Albums of the Year". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Mojo 100 Modern Classics". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded – No Quarter". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 19 November 1994". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Top 60 Albums – 25 November 1994". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  11. ^ "The Billboard 200 – 26 November 1994". Billboard. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  12. ^ "RPM Albums Chart – 28 November 1994". RPM. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 4 December 1994". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 5 December 1994". musicline.de. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 10 December 1994". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  16. ^ "Top 75 Albums – 11 December 1994". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  17. ^ "Top 50 Albums – 4 December 1994". RIANZ. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Albums – 1994". infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  19. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 29 October 1994". billboard.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009.[dead link]
  20. ^ "RPM Singles Chart – 21 November 1994". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 17 December 1994". lescharts.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 24 December 1994". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  23. ^ "Top 50 Singles – 5 February 1995". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  24. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 4 February 1995". billboard.com. Retrieved 19 January 2009.[dead link]
  25. ^ "RPM Singles Chart – 20 February 1995". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  26. ^ "Top Music Video – 13 November 1994". Billboard. Retrieved 17 January 2009.[dead link]
  27. ^ "Top Music Video – 6 May 1995". Billboard. Retrieved 17 January 2009.[dead link]
  28. ^ "Top Music Video – 6 May 1995". Billboard. Retrieved 17 January 2009.[dead link]
  29. ^ "Top 20 DVDs – 14 November 2004". MAHASZ. Retrieved 19 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  30. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  31. ^ "CRIA No Quarter – 4 December 1994". CRIA. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  32. ^ "RIAA.org No Quarter – 22 December 1994". RIAA. Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  33. ^ "BPI No Quarter certification – 1 February 1995". The BPI. Retrieved 19 January 2009.[dead link]
  34. ^ "CAPIF: Page and Plant – 1 January 2005". CAPIF. Archived from the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  35. ^ "RIAA.org Video Longform: No Quarter – 31 January 2005". RIAA. Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  36. ^ "ARIA No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unleashed certification – 31 December 2007". ARIA. Retrieved 19 January 2009.