The Principle of Moments

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The Principle of Moments
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Studio album by Robert Plant
Released 11 July 1983 (1983-07-11)
Recorded 1983
Studio Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales
Length 38:50
  • Robert Plant
  • Benji LeFevre
  • Pat Moran
Robert Plant chronology
Pictures at Eleven
The Principle of Moments
Shaken 'n' Stirred
Singles from Shout
  1. "Big Log"
    Released: July 1983
  2. "In the Mood"
    Released: November 1983
  3. "Other Arms"
    Released: May 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
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The Principle of Moments is the second solo studio album by the English singer Robert Plant, formerly of Led Zeppelin. 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 sound 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 for the North American portion of the 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 remaining dates.

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

Promotional 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]


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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Other Arms" 4:20
2. "In the Mood"
3. "Messin' with the Mekon"
  • Plant
  • Blunt
  • Martinez
4. "Wreckless Love"
  • Plant
  • Blunt
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Thru' with the Two Step"
  • Plant
  • Blunt
  • Martinez
6. "Horizontal Departure"
7. "Stranger Here... Than Over There"
  • Plant
  • Blunt
  • Martinez
  • Woodroffe
8. "Big Log"
  • Plant
  • Blunt
  • Woodroffe
Total length: 38:50
2007 remaster bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "In the Mood" (Live)
  • Plant
  • Blunt
  • Martinez
10. "Thru' with the Two Step" (Live)
  • Plant
  • Blunt
  • Martinez
11. "Lively Up Yourself" (Live) Bob Marley 3:04
12. "Turnaround"
  • Plant
  • Blunt
  • Martinez
  • Woodroffe
  • Live tracks recorded in Houston, Texas in 1983.


Adapted from The Principle of Moments liner notes.[1]

Production team

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ The Principle of Moments (CD booklet). Robert Plant. Es Paranza. 1983. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ " – New Zealand charts portal". Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  4. ^ " – Swedish charts portal". Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chart Stats – Robert Plant". Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1983". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1984". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 

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