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Death Wish 2
The first sign of life from Jimmy Page since Led Zeppelin announced their split was his soundtrack for Michael Winner’s Death Wish sequel, Death Wish 2. The most interesting thing about this silver-screen tale of one man’s revenge was Page’s atmospheric soundtrack that heightened the tension of the more violent, suspense-filled parts of the film. He released the soundtrack album on Swan Song the same year.
Robert Plant’s Pictures At Eleven
Even without Led Zeppelin behind him the muse hadn’t left Robert Plant, who marked out his solo career in June 1982 with the release of Pictures At Eleven on Swan Song. Plant was perhaps as relieved and surprised as anybody when it didn’t flop. Largely written with the help of guitarist Robbie Blunt, and featuring Phil Collins on some of the tracks, Plant’s first solo album was an eclectic one, happily seeing him view rock’n’roll from new angles, without losing his style or relying on his Led Zeppelin past.
With its low-key release, Coda (No. 4 UK, No. 6 US) spelled the end – for a time – of any forthcoming ‘new’ Led Zeppelin material. A collection of eight outtakes, stretching from 1970 to 1978, it’s a sad fact that perhaps they may have been best left unreleased. While featuring nothing particularly awful, there was nothing incendiary about the work that had previously been left on the cutting-room floor. In putting the album together, Page added electronic sound effects to the solo Bonham showcase, ‘Bonzo’s Montreux’, but it wasn’t as fitting an end statement as the drummer’s earlier ‘Moby Dick’ showcase had been.
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