Robert Plant ‎– Now And Zen

Es Paranza Records ‎– 7 90863-2
CD, Album

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1 Heaven Knows
Written-By – Barrett*, Johnstone*
2 Dance On My Own
Written-By – Johnstone*, Crash*, Plant*
3 Tall Cool One
Written-By – Johnstone*, Plant*
4 The Way I Feel
Written-By – Boyle*, Johnstone*, Plant*
5 Helen Of Troy
Written-By – Johnstone*, Plant*
6 Billy's Revenge
Written-By – Johnstone*, Plant*
7 Ship Of Fools
Written-By – Johnstone*, Plant*
8 Why
Written-By – Crash*, Plant*
9 White, Clean And Neat
Written-By – Johnstone*, Plant*
10 Walking Towards Paradise
Written-By – J. Williams*

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Track 10 is a bonus track not on the vinyl version of the album.

Some copies did come in a longbox.

Recorded at Swanyard Studios and Marcus Studios, London, England.

(P)1988 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
©1988 Robert Plant. All Rights Reserved.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 075679086327
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 3 90863-2 SRC+18 M6S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 3 90863-2 SRC+18 M8S5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 3 90863-2 SRC+09
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 3 90863-2 SRC-03
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): 3 90863-2 SRC+18 M3S1
  • ASIN: B000002JLX

Other Versions (5 of 69) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NA 153 Robert Plant Now And Zen(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Regional NA 153 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
1592571 Robert Plant Now And Zen(LP, Album) WEA 1592571 Portugal 1988 Sell This Version
A190863 CRC Robert Plant Now And Zen(LP, Club) Es Paranza Records A190863 CRC US 1988 Sell This Version
90863-1, 7 90863-1 Robert Plant Now And Zen(LP, Album) Es Paranza Records, Es Paranza Records 90863-1, 7 90863-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
32XD-945 Robert Plant Now And Zen(CD, Album) Es Paranza Records 32XD-945 Japan 1988 Sell This Version


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November 8, 2017
edited 11 months ago
this is often listed as plant's best solo album but for me it's a stinker when compared to "pictures at eleven" and even "shaken and stirred" and i have a love/hate relationship with s.a.s
apparently there is a real drummer credited as "playing" on this album but to me it sounds like a child with learning difficulties got hold of a drum machine , seriously woeful drumming that for the most part is 2 to 4 bars on a loop on each song with the occassional drum fill thrown in .
i realise that sometimes musicians have to dumb shit down to appeal to the mindless masses but this is taking it a little too far .
the songs i rate as 0/5 .
the pressing itself is great apart from the constant sibilance of the vocals.



April 20, 2015
I bought this on CD of course in 1989 and was delighted it said 'a fully digital recording' on the back. It actually got me into Led Zeppelin later that year, and not because of the Zep samples on 'Tall Cool One'!!! Plants solo career is a strange one in the fact that he could have made a new metal band and screamed his nuts off, but from the first solo LP in 1982 he made what seems to be uncommercial music and I don't mean that in a bad way. He kept it rocking but much understated. Just listen to 1985's 'Shaken N Stirred' if you want to hear proof of that. While the music does not always give you the full schtick the voice is always compelling even when he's bellowing out some less than poetic lyrics! I must add he tones it down a bit on this LP and you can here a new singer stepping out of the 70s rock belter. The year is 1988 for Now And Zen and it seems to be time for Plant to really cut loose and this he does. Gone are the sterile guitars and out come the Marshall stacks. The songs are rocking, slick and highly enjoyable. This is the 80s and this is Plant's ultimate 80s LP. Like I said I had the CD, in fact I had the first five solo albums on CD, I sold them on eBay a few years ago as seemed to be just sitting there, but and recently I just bought them all again, but on vinyl this time, for the hell of it, as modern music is becoming a drag. Well as I typed this Now And Zen is blasting from my Rega Planar 2 and heaven knows it sounds fantastic. It's like hearing it for the first time again and I'm glad I got the good sense to back track down memory lane!