Robert Plant Recalls Being Deceived By His Record Label

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant talked about an interesting and disappointing experience with a record company and their offer to him during his Digging Deep podcast. Plant shared his ideas about the situation while giving details about one of his iconic songs, ‘Last Time I Saw Her.’

Robert Plant released his seventh solo album ‘Dreamland’ on July 16, 2002, and it was his debut record with his backing band, Strange Sensation. Plant combined various genres such as blues-rock, folk-rock, hard rock, and psychedelic rock in his works, which contributed significantly to its popularity and commercial success. Also, the frontman covered songs from several artists, including Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, and The Youngbloods.

Years later, in his conversation, Plant revealed that the representatives from Universal Records approached him about choosing them over Warner Bros. and Atlantic Records co-founder and president Ahmet Ertegun. The singer stated that the label guaranteed that Plant could do whatever he wanted while working on new versions of the songs from ‘Dreamland’ by adding that they would make them better than they were before.

The Led Zeppelin icon found their offer sensible, but it became disillusioned after the record company didn’t keep its promise about his works. In time, Plant realized they probably said those words to deceive him about collaborating with a successful and prolific musician like him. He emphasized that they couldn’t manage to rework the songs, and he decided to do the ‘Last Time I Saw Her’ remix as an outcome of that. Plant said he was still waiting for a contract for the other songs.

Plant shared his ideas, saying:

“On some of the records, Steve, who was engineering my works, was doing some crazy shit, but this wasn’t the first crazy shit. A label, I think, was Universal. They said, ‘You’ve had your time with Warners now and Ahmet Ertegun and all that. You need to come over. You can do anything you want, do it, and we’ll make it big.’

Well, that’s what they didn’t do! But why should they? They’re a label! I’m still waiting to have a contract for some of the records I’ve made. I thought that all ended when they put people in jail for less for Roulette Records in the early 1960s. They took the master and gave it half. That is what we get.”

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