Rolling Stone - 12/15/94, p.924 Stars
- Excellent - "...far better than anyone but their accountants had a right to expect..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/11/94, p.70
"...With Page strumming away energetically and Plant hitting most of his old mystic-hippie high notes...they and their band offer up sharp remakes....Show the connection between the folk music of the British Isles and...Middle East..." - Rating: B+
Q - 12/94, p.1483 Stars
- Good - "...a curious, new, bombastic, post-Peter Gabriel species of non-groinal World Music Zeppelin. The album is hit-and-miss...but it does stand up, as far as spirit of adventure goes, with prime, hubristic Zeppelin..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 1/95, p.50
Included in Mojo's "25 Best Albums of 1994" - "...A robust and thrilling new beginning....with this hugely enjoyable album..."
NME (Magazine) - 11/19/94, p.47
6 - Good - "...Plant wibbles on about Moroccan sunrises and the like, and actually manages to transfer his wandering moods to the music..."
Personnel includes: Jimmy Page (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin); Robert Plant, Najma Akhtar (vocals); Porl Thompson (guitar, banjo); Jim Sutherland (mandolin, bodhran); Nigel Eaton (hurdy gurdy); Ed Shearmur (Hammond B-3); Charlie Jones (bass, percussion); Michael Lee (drums, percussion); Hossam Ramzy, Ibrahim Abdel Khaliq (percussion); Abdel Salam Kheir (oud); London Metropolitan Orchestra, Hassan El Arfaoui, El Mahjoub El Mathoun, Abdelhak Eddahmane.
Recorded in Marrakesh, Morocco; Bron-Y-Aur, Wales; London, England.
"Kashmir" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
Personnel: Najma, Najma Akhtar (vocals); Abdul Salam Kheir (oud); Mark Berrow, Jessica OLeary, Perry Montague-Mason, Ed Coxon, Jeremy Williams, Pauline Lowbury, Anne Morlee, Elizabeth Layton, Clare Thompson, Peter G. Hanson, Harriet Davies, Ian Humphries, David Ogden, Cathy Thompson (violin); Andrew Brown , Janet Atkins, John Jezzard, Andrew Brown , Bill Hawkes, Nic Pendlebury (viola); Bahig Mikhaeel, Amin Abdelazeem, Hanafi Soliman, Waiel Abo Baker (strings); Bashir Abdel 'Aal (nay); Edward Shearmur (Hammond b-3 organ); Charlie Jones (bass guitar, percussion); Michael Lee (drums, percussion); Ibrahim Abdel Khaliq (bendir, finger cymbals); Farouk El Safi, Farid Khashab, Ali Abdel Salem (bendir); Robert Plant (vocals); Porl Thompson (guitar, banjo); Jimmy Page (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin); Nigel Eaton (hurdy-gurdy); Jim Sutherland (mandolin, bodhran); Rosemary Furness, David Juritz, Rita Manning (violin); Rusen Gunes, Andrew Parker (viola); Hossam Ramzy.
Audio Remixer: Kevin Shirley.
Recording information: 08/1994.
Photographer: Andy Earl.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Ibrahim Abdel Khaliq; Farouk El Safi; Ali Abdel Salem.
Arrangers: Jimmy Page; Robert Plant.
In this age of unplugged it was inevitable that Led Zeppelin would return in some shape or form to reclaim a legacy which fused folky musings with harder leanings. On NO QUARTER, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are joined by a core group of musicians featuring the Cure's Porl Thompson, The London Metropolitan Orchestra, and a multitude of Middle Eastern musicians playing exotic instruments. The result is a fascinating blend of Zeppelin classics and three new songs. "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "Friends" are given a slightly altered interpretation while the more recent "Yallah," "City Don't Cry," and "Wonderful One" revel in multicultural trappings. "Yallah" and "City Don't Cry" are both steeped in chanting in a foreign tongue while "Wonderful One" sounds like an outtake from HOUSES OF THE HOLY.
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page's world music approach casts a positive sheen on the remainder of this collection of Zeppelin songs which include exotic versions of "The Battle Of Evermore," "Gallows Pole," and "Kashmir."