Sixty Six to Timbuktu

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Sixty Six to Timbuktu
The album cover has a bus driving in the desert
Greatest hits album by
Released4 November 2003 (2003-11-04)
LabelAtlantic (US/Canada)
Mercury Records
ProducerGary Nicholson, Nugetre, Tim Palmer, Martin Russell, Jon Tiven, Simon Emmerson, Danny Kessler, Benji Lefevre, Sally Tiven, The Pat Moran Quartet, Roger Bolton, Phil Andrews, Charlie Jones, Phil Brown, Donnie Fritts, Robin George, The Fabulous Brill Brothers, Chris Hughes, Phil Johnstone, Laurie Latham, Robert Plant, Alexis Korner
Robert Plant chronology
Sixty Six to Timbuktu
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Sixty Six to Timbuktu is an album featuring the history of the career of Robert Plant, from 1966 to a recording done at the Festival in the Desert in Mali. The album was released in 2003 and contains songs from Plant's eight solo albums up to the time of its release on its first disc, and rarities on its second disc. Some of his well-known songs were omitted from this release, such as "Burning Down One Side", "Moonlight in Samosa", "Slow Dancer", "Other Arms", "In the Mood", and "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)".

Demos and rarities[edit]

  • "You'd Better Run" was recorded in 1966 when Plant was a singer with a band called Listen.
  • "Our Song" was done as a solo artist one year later in 1967 and is an English version of an Italian song called "La Musica è Finita".
  • The next two songs (both demos and covers), include Billy Roberts' "Hey Joe" and Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth" and were recorded by a group named Band of Joy which featured Robert Plant and fellow Led Zeppelin member John Bonham.
  • "Operator" was recorded in 1968 with Alexis Korner on guitar and backing vocals, Robert Plant on vocals and harmonica and Steve Miller on piano. It is also available on Korner's album A New Generation of Blues
  • "Philadelphia Baby" and "Road to the Sun" feature Phil Collins on drums.
  • The Cure's Porl Thompson played guitar on three songs on this album: '"Dirt in a Hole", "Darkness, Darkness", and Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren".
  • On the song "Win My Train Fare Home", Thompson contributed to the writing of that song but did not play on the live version.
  • Former band mate Jimmy Page played on four songs: "Tall Cool One", The Honeydrippers' "Sea of Love", "Heaven Knows" and Rainer Ptacek's "Rude World".
  • Also featured is a song with Afro Celt Sound System, "Life Begin Again".
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone3/5 stars link
The Guardian5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Tie Dye on the Highway" (Chris Blackwell, Robert Plant) – 5:09
  2. "Upside Down" (David Barratt, Phil Johnstone) – 4:10
  3. "Promised Land" (Phil Johnstone, Robert Plant) – 4:59
  4. "Tall Cool One" (Phil Johnstone, Robert Plant) – 4:37
  5. "Dirt in a Hole" (Justin Adams, John Baggot, Clive Dreamer, Charlie Jones, Robert Plant, Porl Thompson) – 4:44
  6. "Calling to You" (Chris Blackwell, Robert Plant) – 5:49
  7. "29 Palms" (Blackwell, Doug Boyle, Phil Johnstone, Charlie Jones, Robert Plant) – 4:51
  8. "If I Were a Carpenter" (Tim Hardin) – 3:47
  9. "Sea of Love" (Phillip Baptiste, George Khoury) – 3:04
  10. "Darkness, Darkness" (Jesse Colin Young) – 5:03
  11. "Big Log" (Robbie Blunt, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe) – 5:03
  12. "Ship of Fools" (Phil Johnstone, Robert Plant) – 4:58
  13. "I Believe" (Phil Johnstone, Robert Plant) – 4:54
  14. "Little by Little" (Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe) – 4:41
  15. "Heaven Knows" (David Barratt, Phil Johnstone) – 4:04
  16. "Song to the Siren" (Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley) – 4:06

Disc two[edit]

  1. "You'd Better Run" (Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere) – 2:29
  2. "Our Song" (Umberto Bindi, Franco Califano, Nisa, Anthony Ralph Clarke) – 2:31
  3. "Hey Joe (Demo Version)" (William Roberts) – 4:58
  4. "For What It's Worth (Demo Version)" (Stephen Stills) – 3:30
  5. "Operator" (Alexis Korner, Steve Miller, Robert Plant) – 4:36
  6. "Road to the Sun" (Barriemore Barlow, Robbie Blunt, Phil Collins, Paul Martinez, Robert Plant, Jezz Woodroffe) – 5:35
  7. "Philadelphia Baby" (Charlie Rich) – 2:13
  8. "Red For Danger" (Robin George) – 3:38
  9. "Let's Have a Party" (Jessie Mae Robinson) – 3:40
  10. "Hey Jayne" (Charlie Jones, Robert Plant) – 5:23
  11. "Louie, Louie" (Richard Berry) – 2:52
  12. "Naked if I Want To" (Jerry Miller) – 0:46
  13. "21 Years" (Robert Plant, Rainer Ptacek) – 3:30
  14. "If It's Really Got to Be This Way" (Arthur Alexander, Donnie Fritts, Gary Nicholson) – 3:59
  15. "Rude World" (Rainer Ptacek) – 3:45
  16. "Little Hands" (Skip Spence) – 4:19
  17. "Life Begin Again" (Simon Emmerson, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Mass, James McNally, Martin Russell) – 6:19
  18. "Let the Boogie Woogie Roll" (Ahmet Ertegün, Jerry Wexler) – 2:36
  19. "Win My Train Fare Home" (Live) (Justin Adams, John Baggot, Clive Deamer, Charlie Jones, Robert Plant, Porl Thompson) – 6:15