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      Can anybody tell me what the hell happened with his voice in the 70's?

      I mean, in the first albums of Led Zeppelin (I, II, III, IV and Houses Of The Holy) the man is clearly one the best voices in history of rock. But in the next albums (Physical Graffiti, Presence, In Through The Out Door) his voice sounds awful, completely different. You can see the difference in the concerts, specially in Stairway To Heaven (compare the 1973 version with the 1975's).

        I still really loved those striking, ubiquitous Mtv music vids of Plant's set in the American desert and his album then, and later have appreciated his more recent surprising ventures with bluegrass singer Allison Krause. Plant still seems very viable as an artist who takes new different directions and explores different styles. I hope he comes out with more surprises

          My guess would be a combination of singing improperly and over-touring.

            His pants were tighter in the early days.

              SusyLuvsPaul:I still really loved those striking, ubiquitous Mtv music vids of Plant's set in the American desert and his album then, and later have appreciated his more recent surprising ventures with bluegrass singer Allison Krause. Plant still seems very viable as an artist who takes new different directions and explores different styles. I hope he comes out with more surprises

              Of course my friend!! Robert is an amazing artist. But I was talking about the change in his voice.

                SurSteven:His pants were tighter in the early days.

                Most of us have a pretty good idea what religion he is.

                  ^
                  I knew you'd find the humor in that.

                  I wonder if natural aging hasn't played a part
                  as well as lifestyle changes concerning Robert's voice.

                  It seems like his voice has matured over the years?

                    WingsOfMacca:

                    SusyLuvsPaul:I still really loved those striking, ubiquitous Mtv music vids of Plant's set in the American desert and his album then, and later have appreciated his more recent surprising ventures with bluegrass singer Allison Krause. Plant still seems very viable as an artist who takes new different directions and explores different styles. I hope he comes out with more surprises

                    Of course my friend!! Robert is an amazing artist. But I was talking about the change in his voice.

                    Don't know what you're on about Physical Graffiti because it has some of Plant's best vocals. But he was injured in a car crash in '75, and he was still recovering when they made Presence. So his voice may not have been at its peak on that one. I still love that album though.

                      Hi everyone! Being a LED ZEPPELIN fan, I think that his voice sounded great in all of the studio albums. There is a rumor circulating, I don't know how true it is so please don't quote me, but I heard somewhere that Plant had a throat operation in 1973, any truth to that? In all of the studio albums, Plant was awesome!!! However, live after 1973, Plant's voice changed in a way that he would not hit the high notes on songs such as "Over The Hills And Far Away," "Rock And Roll," "Black Dog" and "Stairway To Heaven" just to name a few. Please don't get me wrong, Plant was still fabulous live but his voice did go through some changes by the time 1975 came around. In my opinion, I truly believe that Physical Graffiti is Plant's greatest vocal work ever! "Kashmir," "In The Light," "Custard Pie," "The Rover," "In my Time Of Dying," "The Wanton Song," these songs are just some songs on the Physical Graffiti which really bring out the best in Plant's vocal ranges at the time. It is also my opinion that Plant's voice was changing as he was getting older.

                        I have read many more rumors on numerous forums that state that Robert Plant had surgery in early 1974 to remove nodes on his vocal chords.

                        If this is true, that would explain why he didn't hit the high vocal ranges from 1975 on although he still sang great!

                          I am a big fan of Robert Plant.
                          I think his voice after the 70's was still tremendous. You he had a lot of tragedy with his son dying as a very young child and he went on a spiritual journey afterward. Then John Bonham's death.
                          I think his solo album "Burning Down One Side," "Pictures at Eleven," others on the 1980's and early 90's, his voice was strong.

                          Here is one of obscure to most but one of my personal favorites:
                          Slow Dancer - Pictures at Eleven (1983)
                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QibiJtk10s8&sns=em

                          Great vocal range.

                          Also last I saw him in 1998 with jimmy page at the "walking into clarksdale" tour,
                          He walked around with a bottle of water in his hand all the time and lived clean. He sounded great then too.
                          I also love his new material but have not had the chance to catch him as he was playing very small venues that sold out in minutes!

                          Angel Dance :
                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqt_aknuEWk&sns=em

                            jl4761:Hi everyone! Being a LED ZEPPELIN fan, I think that his voice sounded great in all of the studio albums. There is a rumor circulating, I don't know how true it is so please don't quote me, but I heard somewhere that Plant had a throat operation in 1973, any truth to that? In all of the studio albums, Plant was awesome!!! However, live after 1973, Plant's voice changed in a way that he would not hit the high notes on songs such as "Over The Hills And Far Away," "Rock And Roll," "Black Dog" and "Stairway To Heaven" just to name a few. Please don't get me wrong, Plant was still fabulous live but his voice did go through some changes by the time 1975 came around. In my opinion, I truly believe that Physical Graffiti is Plant's greatest vocal work ever! "Kashmir," "In The Light," "Custard Pie," "The Rover," "In my Time Of Dying," "The Wanton Song," these songs are just some songs on the Physical Graffiti which really bring out the best in Plant's vocal ranges at the time. It is also my opinion that Plant's voice was changing as he was getting older.

                            He rarely if ever hit the high notes in concert that are on the studio recordings. Imagine singing The Immigrant Song night after night. That would surely shred your vocal chords!

                              beatlesfanrandy:

                              jl4761:Hi everyone! Being a LED ZEPPELIN fan, I think that his voice sounded great in all of the studio albums. There is a rumor circulating, I don't know how true it is so please don't quote me, but I heard somewhere that Plant had a throat operation in 1973, any truth to that? In all of the studio albums, Plant was awesome!!! However, live after 1973, Plant's voice changed in a way that he would not hit the high notes on songs such as "Over The Hills And Far Away," "Rock And Roll," "Black Dog" and "Stairway To Heaven" just to name a few. Please don't get me wrong, Plant was still fabulous live but his voice did go through some changes by the time 1975 came around. In my opinion, I truly believe that Physical Graffiti is Plant's greatest vocal work ever! "Kashmir," "In The Light," "Custard Pie," "The Rover," "In my Time Of Dying," "The Wanton Song," these songs are just some songs on the Physical Graffiti which really bring out the best in Plant's vocal ranges at the time. It is also my opinion that Plant's voice was changing as he was getting older.

                              He rarely if ever hit the high notes in concert that are on the studio recordings. Imagine singing The Immigrant Song night after night. That would surely shred your vocal chords!

                              Hi beatlesfanrandy! Up to 1973, Plant would hit the high notes almost every night! Even then, when his vocals were shredded, there were nights when he would rest his voice by not hitting the high notes.

                              You are right beatlesfanrandy, it is almost impossible for Plant to hit the high notes of "Immigrant Song" every night of every tour, he would most definitely shred his singing voice sooner than you think. Take care.

                                One thing I like about Robert Plant is that he is deeply spiritual.
                                In case people don't know then lyrics to Slow Dancer here they are:

                                Slow dancer - no answers
                                For you new moves to see
                                Fast talker in dark corners
                                For you new words to hear
                                Sly glances - half chances
                                For you the eye that sees

                                When the sun slips from the day and the coolness brings relief
                                There's no torment 'neath the stars in the stillness of the night
                                When the swirling has to cease behind the safety of the veil

                                In high places - darkened faces
                                So indifferent in days to be
                                Lost races - no losers
                                Only winners return to see
                                New order - can't be altered
                                When the eyes refuse to see

                                When the sun slips from the day [etc - repeated]

                                Soft spoken - never could be broken
                                Waiting the dawn light with me
                                Slow burning - school of learning
                                Don't hasten it down on me
                                Hearts leaping - hopes been reaching
                                To the heights, to the heights - these signs to see
                                Oh baby -- in the darkness, in the darkness --
                                Oh Lord so good. Oh Lord so fine.
                                In the darkness ---in the darkness---
                                (Plant, R. Blunt R.)

                                Peace and Love!

                                  hey_kittay:One thing I like about Robert Plant is that he is deeply spiritual.
                                  In case people don't know then lyrics to Slow Dancer here they are:

                                  Slow dancer - no answers
                                  For you new moves to see
                                  Fast talker in dark corners
                                  For you new words to hear
                                  Sly glances - half chances
                                  For you the eye that sees

                                  When the sun slips from the day and the coolness brings relief
                                  There's no torment 'neath the stars in the stillness of the night
                                  When the swirling has to cease behind the safety of the veil

                                  In high places - darkened faces
                                  So indifferent in days to be
                                  Lost races - no losers
                                  Only winners return to see
                                  New order - can't be altered
                                  When the eyes refuse to see

                                  When the sun slips from the day [etc - repeated]

                                  Soft spoken - never could be broken
                                  Waiting the dawn light with me
                                  Slow burning - school of learning
                                  Don't hasten it down on me
                                  Hearts leaping - hopes been reaching
                                  To the heights, to the heights - these signs to see
                                  Oh baby -- in the darkness, in the darkness --
                                  Oh Lord so good. Oh Lord so fine.
                                  In the darkness ---in the darkness---
                                  (Plant, R. Blunt R.)

                                  Peace and Love!

                                  I love the song "Slow Dancer!"

                                    I also think he sounds fine on the later albums, and if you listen to Walking into Clarksdale (in my opinion the best post-Zep album), he is great on that too.

                                      Hi all! In my opinion, I thought that Robert's vocal performances during the reunited LED ZEPPELIN concert on 10 December 2007 sounded far better than many of the shows LED ZEPPELIN performed during the 1977 tour.

                                        Watched Robert on Austin City Limits last night.

                                        TOTALLY AWESOME!!!

                                          I find it difficult to understand what he's saying in some of his lyrics. For instance the track "Burning Down One Side" sounds like he's singing w/ marbles in his mouth. Big Led Zeppelin fan though.

                                            Rockerdude wrote:

                                            I find it difficult to understand what he's saying in some of his lyrics. For instance the track "Burning Down One Side" sounds like he's singing w/ marbles in his mouth. Big Led Zeppelin fan though.

                                            Here ya go! 😂

                                            Slipped through the window by the back doorCaught short in transit with my loveJumped up, fell back, cut off from romanceHow could I fall without a shove?Tiptoe like thunder on my feelingsYou rock me gently with your sighsMy knees are week, my head is reelingConsumed by fire in your eyes

                                            Stepped in and shattered my defensesJust playin' hookey with my heartSlipped through the window by the back doorAnd took the keys to my poor heart

                                            Yes my poor heartTry as I might, try as I mayWell I'd try anything to make you stay'cause I need your love, yes I need your loveOoh I need your love, yes I need your loveI'm lookin' high, I'm lookin' lowTryin' to find where did my baby goGotta find out why she ran awayI don't know where did my baby stayTry as I might, try as I mayWell I'd try anything to make you stay

                                            Just find that Boulevard d'amourShoot through a neon in the nightHot-foot through alleys, check the doorwaysTry that old parking lot on 9thThere's 3-course-kissing in the same wayOh but that don't help me none no moreI've been away too long and dreamingLittle girl ain't I seen you before?

                                            Oh little girl

                                            Songwriters: Jezz Woodroffe / Robert Blunt / Robert Plant

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