Friday, June 24, 2016

"In the Mood" by Robert Plant

Song#:  1698
Date:  11/19/1983
Debut:  88
Peak:  39
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Plant would grab a Top 20 solo hit with "Big Log" (#20) from his album The Principle of Moments. It would end up being the biggest solo hit of his career. To follow that song up, this second single was issued. It did well enough to sneak into the Pop Top 40, but that was as far as it could go. It would do much better at Rock getting to #4, which bested the #6 peak of "Big Log."

ReduxReview:  At the time, I wasn't really into "Big Log," but for some reason this song hit my ears just right. There was something about that repetitive melody followed by the "oo-oo-oo-oo's" that entranced me. Then it gets broken up by a nice guitar section with a little synth action at the end. The song doesn't say much, but I loved the atmospheric production and when I hear the tune I almost feel like I'm just happy as a lark floating among the clouds. I'm almost always in the mood for this melody.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Although this song and "Big Log" were Top 10 hits at Rock, they would be outdone by another track from the album. The LP's opening track "Other Arms" would end up hitting #1 at Rock. Plant's label, Atlantic, fully intended to release the song as a single, but Plant blocked that plan. Instead of issuing a more rockin' song, he wanted the two ballad-leaning tracks pushed out as the singles. The two songs did well and it was a bonus to have "Other Arms" top the Rock chart. One other song from the album got enough airplay to get on the Rock chart as well. "Horizontal Departure" made a brief appearance going to #44.


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